Bodega 2010 El Agosto Bierzo

Spanish Wine Review   A beautiful bottling of old vine Mencia grapes. A nose of garrigue with pain grillé, basil, and dark berry. On the palate, rich fruit and savage elements dominate. Very nice tannin structure, with pencil shavings and sweet vanilla on the...

Philippe Collotte 2009 Marsannay les Champsalomon

A remarkably aristocratic Burgundy, remarkable especially considering the price point (Burgundy is the bizarro world of wine, in which spending under $30 usually gets you an average everyday bottle). The wine boasts deep floral notes and even deeper fruit aromas. The...

Domaine De La Bastide Blanche 2009 Bandol

For sheer force of fruit and a delivery system of nitro-fueled tannin, nothing matches a Bandol. Creme de cassis, mocha, and sandalwood flavors are beautiful, and temper the argressiveness of this wine a bit. A finish of cigarettes, garrique and grilled meats turn...

Pierre Amadieu 2009 “Romaine Machotte” Gigondas

Gigondas is one of the most complex wine regions in France, terroir-wise. Some in the valley are remarkably similar to the princely Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Some have the imposing structure of the Hermitage. A few have the delicate filigree of Burgundy. Coming from a...

Terre Da Vino 2005 “Essenze” Barolo

This is a under-the-radar barolo negotiant that deserves a bit of attention. The pricepoint is excellent for this level of Barolo. Blended from a few of the top vineyards in the region, including Bussia in Monforte d’Alba, Annunziata in La Morra, Ravera in Novello, La...