Tenuta di Burchino Il Burchino Toscana
A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, this is very sleek and international in style. This estate-grown wine is a Super Tuscan in all senses of the word. Licorice and vanilla on the nose, this Tuscan bottle is full-bodied and chewy on the palate with dried cherry, lactose, and milk chocolate flavors. A finish moves towards leather and crushed sage.
91 Points (Wine School Rating)
Hecht & Bannier Rosé, Côtes de Provence
The palate is bright cherry with a juicy melon undercurrent with a nose of fresh tarragon and red fruit. The texture is zesty with just enough texture to give the deep fruit flavors some dimension. The finish keeps the fruit coming. Salted peach, pear, and a closing note of honeysuckle. This is a spring and summer standby, perfect for lounging on the deck.
Moniker Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino County
This is the last vintage of this wine, so I’d recommend picking up a few bottles. A rock-solid cabernet that has the big oak and extraction one would expect for a luxury wine, but it snuck into the PLCB Wine & Spirits stores for half of that. Moniker’s corporate overlords are focusing on the value-brands rather than high-end Cabernets. Their change of direction gives us some delicious juice for a pittance.
The Chook Shiraz Viognier, McLaren Vale
A top-notch example of the classic Aussie model: big delicious jammy wines. On the nose, crushed herbs and smoke over ginger and chocolate. The palate gets a bit simpler, with dried fig and blackberries rolling into nutmeg and cinnamon. The varietal and reductive gamey notes come into the finish. Medium to full-bodied with plenty of silky tannins and boozy richness to drown a goose.
Robert Mondavi Winery Fume Blanc, Oakville
This is a landmark bottle of Napa wines. One of those historic wines that fly under the radar these days. This Sauvignon Blanc is largely sourced from the historic To Kalon vineyard in Napa Valley and a small addition of Semillon to add some backbone and weight. Exotic fruit on the nose, with orange leaf and kafir lime on the palate. Bright and fresh, this is a bit fleshier than most Sauvignon Blancs and a lovely springtime bouquet in the finish.
Simi Reserve Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
A barrel-fermented, barrel-aged, full buttery bomb MLF of a Chardonnay. This bottle is largely sourced from the Goldfields Vineyard in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley; this bottle offers exactly what you’d expect from a luxury-level Cali wine.
There is rosewater and smoky popcorn on the nose: Full-bodied, the wine layers into a confection of lemon curd and pineapple cake. The fresh acidity dries out the palate with fresh pear and toasted allspice—Cedar, vanilla, and caramel on the finish.