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May 2017 - Special Imported Wine Tasting

May 2017 - Special Imported Wine Tasting
This month's Wine feature is Special Imported Wine Tasting Wines

Special Imported Wine Tasting Reviews

Grifo 2015  Puglia Nero di Troia IGP
97 points
$25
Brilliant ruby color. Candied, sweet, fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry sorbet, vanilla gelato, lavender and violet candy, and turkish bazaar with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a medium-long mocha mousse and candied mint leaf finish with well-integrated, soft tannins. A delicious fresh and fruity wine with great complexity; lip-smacking.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Red Wine, 2017 Top 2 Best Italian Red Wine
Château du Père Antoine 2014 Cuvée Oliva Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
95 points
$35
Violet color. Oaky, elegant aromas and flavors of violets and chocolate berry nut tart, horn, gremolata, and sugared plum with a tannic, soft, bone-dry full body and an elegant, long cedar, green peppercorn nuts, cassis custard, and praline and cedar finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. Delight in this wines complexity and beauty after laying it down for a few years.
Secret de Berticot 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
94 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Attractive, baked aromas and flavors of wildflowers, baked pears, honeyed dried apricots, and dried banana with a lively, dry light-to-medium body and a complex, long meadow brook stones, celery leaf, kiwi, lemon, and melon, and coconut water finish with fine, fruit tannins. A divine subtle white reminiscent of a picnic in the French countryside.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Sauvignon Blanc
94 points $10.99 Best Buy
Signature de Bel-Air 2016  Beaujolais-Villages
94 points
$15
Best Buy
Medium violet color. Aromas and flavors of juicy cherry, cranberry, banana, and violets with an bright, dryish medium body and an interesting, easy warm soil finish with fruit tannins and no oak. There’s nothing simple nor pedestrian about this stellar example of a Beaujolais-Villages.
Awards: 2017 Best Red Beaujolais
94 points $15 Best Buy
Domaine de la Grenaudiere 2016  Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
93 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Brilliant pale light gold color. Baked aromas and flavors of hawaiian bread with brunost, dried citrus wheels, unripe pear, and oyster shell with a round, lively, dry light body and an engaging, medium-long champagne vinaigrette, lemon sorbet, kumquat, and melon and nectarine finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An ethereal Muscadet that will pair too perfectly with oysters.
Awards: 2017 Best Muscadet
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Château du Père Antoine 2015 Cuvée Oliva Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
93 points
$34.50
Dusty deep purple color. Rustic, attractive aromas of mocha and sweet violet, barnyard, spiced cherry preserve, and chervil with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a complex, very long chocolate covered forest berries, espresso bean, twigs, and earth finish with well-integrated tannins. A soulful Bordeaux with gorgeous balance of fruit, earth and tannins.
93 points $34.50
Englar Castle Winery 2015 Passito Mitterberg IGT
93 points
$34.80
Brilliant old gold color. Sweet, floral aromas and flavors of honey, amaretti cookies, honeysuckle blossoms, and pear blossom with a syrupy, crisp, very sweet fat body and an even, relaxed lychee and lemon curd finish with soft, fruit tannins. A honeyed dessert wine to dunk Italian cookies.
93 points $34.80
Perle de Mer 2016  Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
92 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Medium yellow straw color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of grapefruit conserve, almond shortbread, fresh nectarine flesh, and banana with a supple, racy, petillant, dry thin body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length lemon spritz, white peppercorn, and chalk finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A lovely aperitif wine with zippy acidity and a great sense of place.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Château du Père Antoine 2014 Cuvée Paul Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
92 points
$19.50
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Herbal aromas of herbal blackberry tea with lilac, leather belt, fried pickle, and marinated turnip with a gritty, bright, dry medium-full body and an interesting, medium-length gravel, plowed field, pico de gallo, and pomegranate finish with coarse, gritty tannins and moderate oak. A dry and dusty Bordeaux.
92 points $19.50 Best Buy
Domaine des Poutoux 2016  Brouilly
92 points
$19.50
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Aromas of raspberry liqueur, thyme and lavender, cherry bubble bath, and wet autumn leaves with a supple, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and an amusing, medium-long raspberry candy and mint gum drop finish with well-integrated tannins. A delicious and fruity Beaujolais.
92 points $19.50 Best Buy
Château du Père Antoine 2010  Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Dusty garnet black color. Spicy aromas and flavors of bay leaf, spiced lignonberries, and stewed tomato and dolmas with a tannic, bright, dry full body and an intriguing, medium-long spiced molasses beets, leather belt, proscuitto, and eucalyptus finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A rich and bold savory red for big meals.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Fleurie 2015 Les Damoiselles Fleurie
92 points
$22
Nearly opaque ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate cherries, blueberry cobbler a la mode, and mocha toffee with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a compelling, medium-long spiced blackberries, pencil shavings, and pepper finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. A full-throttle, very ripe Beaujolais with a rich mouthfeel and ample fruit and oak spice; serve with a slight chill.
Château du Père Antoine 2008  Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
91 points
$21
Dusty ruby black color. Rustic, interesting aromas and flavors of herbal tomato sauce, salt cured cherry, allspice, and juniper with a chewy, bright, dry full body and a snappy green olives, capers, pomegranate custard tart, and dusty minerals finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. An intensely herbal and dry cotes de Bordeaux with lovely salinity.
Belairissime 2015 Cote du Py Morgon
91 points
$22
Medium violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry compote, chocolate nuts, and minerals with an bright, dryish medium body and an appealing, medium-length craisin, pencil lead, and vanilla nuts finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A smooth and elegant Beaujolais with lots of subtle nuances and fine balance; this will show best with a little aeration.
Domaine des Ailes 2015  Moulin-a-Vent
91 points
$23.50
Nearly opaque garnet color. Earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of black licorice, chocolate covered cherry, and cherry bubble bath with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-length grape bubble gum and vanilla mint finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lovable Beaujolais with aging potential.
91 points $23.50
Château du Père Antoine 2012  Bordeaux Rouge
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of gherkin, spiced berries, tomatoes and and carrots with an bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a charming, medium-long praline, reduced citrus, and pencil shavings finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak. A nicely balanced and toothsome French red.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Englar Castle Winery 2015  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$20.60
Pale golden straw color. Interesting, citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit marmalade, chickpeas and meringue, cat box, and mint gum drop with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-long red pepper finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A savory sauvignon blanc that will really shine with food.
90 points $20.60
Château du Père Antoine 2016  Sauvignon Gris
89 points
$14.90
Best Buy
Light gold color. Fruity, sweet, elegant aromas and flavors of peach frosting, mango cheesecake, country gravel, and praline with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an intriguing, medium-long haricots verts, apricot pit, keffir, and melon rind finish with well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A pretty and peachy cote de Bordeaux.
89 points $14.90 Best Buy
Englar Castle Winery 2014 Riserva Pinot Noir
89 points
$30.60
Bright dark ruby color. Earthy, fruity aromas of marinated mushrooms, dried cranberries, mountainous earth, and rhubarb with a lightly tannic, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a refreshing, medium-length toasted coconut finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A food-friendly and savory wine for the table.
89 points $30.60
Château Berthenon 2015 Cuvée Chloe Red Blend Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
89 points
$34.50
Garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate nougat bar, singed berry tart, and earth with a bright, dryish medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length craisins, cedar pencil, and cornichon and beets finish with well-integrated, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A savory, appetizing well-oaked French red.
89 points $34.50
Cru Clisson 2012  Muscadet Sèvre et Maine
88 points
$18.50
Golden yellow color. Elegant, clean aromas of young melon, lemon blossom, honeyed fresh cheese, and hawaiian roll with a supple, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length honeyed lemon slices, green tea, lime spritzed melon and apple, and nutskin finish with fine, fruit tannins. A balanced quaffer with delicate citrus notes.
88 points $18.50
Château du Père Antoine 2015  Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
88 points
$19
Dusty ruby black color. Woody, earthy, elegant aromas of ripe cassis, fine leather, blueberry, and zucchini with a tannic, vibrant, dry full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long blueberry jelly, smoky coffee beans, custard, and wormwood finish with woody tannins. A drying, tannic Bordeaux seeking steaks and butter.
Signature de Bel-Air 2016  Beaujolais Blanc
88 points
$19
Pale straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of cantaloupe, crystallized lemon peel, cottage cheese, and juicy pear with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a carefree vanilla cream and citrus finish with no oak. A carefree sipper with crisp flavors and acidity.
Chateau Pipeau 2014 Grand Cru St. Emilion
88 points
$32
Ruby black color. Aromas of dusty leather, jamón iberico, cassis, and marinated grape leaf with a tannic, lively, dry medium-full body and a smooth, involved, medium-long tar and tart blackberry, green pepper, fresh tobacco leaf, and pencil shavings and malted barley finish with coarse, husky tannins and moderate oak. A big and savory Bordeaux to cellar for a few years.
Château du Père Antoine 2012 Cuvée Oliva Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
88 points
$35.50
Dark garnet color. Vegetal, earthy aromas of roasted green pepper in coffee grounds, allium skins, thyme, and blueberry sauce with a bright, dry full body and a complex, long rosemary, black peppercorns and cocoa, salted plum, and coconut macaroon finish with firm, earthy tannins. A bright, savory, appetizing wine with fun roasted coffee notes.
88 points $35.50
ForteMasso 2015 Nebbiolo Langhe DOC
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright light ruby color. Fruity, sweet, complex aromas of blueberry jam, violet flowers, and black currants with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long blueberry tart with rose petals, sweet tobacco leaf, and cracked peppercorn finish with medium, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A wine with a beautiful nose and satisfying arc of flavors.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Englar Castle Winery 2015  Riesling
87 points
$16.80
Light straw green color. Clean, green aromas of green apples, green papaya, lilly, and melon with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long lemon sorbet, white pepper, and green apple gel finish with fine, fruit tannins. A bright and zingy Italian white.
87 points $16.80
Castello di Radda 2013  Chianti Classico Riserva
87 points
$18
Brilliant ruby garnet color. Rustic aromas and flavors of fresh cherry skins, leather, and cedar with a round, crisp, dryish medium body and a complex, medium-long dried mint, pomegranate, nutskin, and green peppercorn finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A Chianti that hits every note with a finish that really carries.
Domaine de Saint-Guilhem 2016 Rosé Emeraude Fronton AOP
87 points
$18
Best Buy
Coral orange color. Fresh aromas and flavors of overripe strawberries, pickled watermelon rind with peppercorn, lemon bar, and white chocolate with a crisp, medium body and a buoyant strawberry hard candies, dill, and fleur de sel finish with medium tannins. A rose with slightly overt tannins that hit the right notes.
87 points $18 Best Buy
Chateau Berthenon 2015 Red Blend Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
87 points
$19
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of smoky charred nuts, baked berries and olives, and sandalwood incense with a soft, dryish medium-to-full body and a relaxed pencil shavings, nut brittle, and espresso finish with firm, barky tannins and heavy oak. A robust, oaky French red with a nice savory streak.
Château du Père Antoine 2014  Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
87 points
$19
Dusty deep purple color. Oaky, rustic aromas of smoked pickling spices, pencil shavings, and dark roasted nuts with a tannic, bright, dry full body and a delightful, medium-length currant coulis, mulch, oregano, and gravel finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A dark and roasty red wine for meat lovers.
Château du Père Antoine 2015 Cuvée Paul Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
87 points
$29
Dusty garnet black color. Complex, earthy aromas of eucalyptus, extra dark chocolate with dried cherries, salt cured olives, and cedar closet with a slightly chewy, bone-dry medium body and an intriguing, medium-length amaro and espresso beans, cherry pits, black earth, and arugula finish with barky, harsh tannins. A nice, chewy and savory Bordeaux.
Orlandi Contucci Ponno 2015 Rubiolo Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Opaque black violet color. Rustic aromas and flavors of saddle, crushed blackberries, and forest floor with a chewy, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a medium-length nutskins and twigs finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A well structured Montepulciano for weeknight family meals.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Monasterio de Palazuelos 2016  Verdejo
86 points
$9
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of grapefruit peel tea, kiwi-lime custard, lime blossom, and strawberry-banana yogurt with a rough, tart, dryish light body and a medium-length lemon segment and salted bitter almonds finish. Enjoy a the gorgeous bouquet on the nose of this Spanish white.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Château du Père Antoine 2012 Cuvée Paul Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
85 points
$30
Dusty garnet black color. Rustic, oaky aromas of pickled berries and cedar pencil with a tannic, bright, bone-dry full body and an interesting, medium-length forest berries, Dutch chocolate powder, green almond, and ground coffee finish with coarse, gritty tannins. A dry, oaky French red.
De Alberto 2016  Verdejo
84 points
$12
Brilliant golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of minced green apples, warm almond tart, and peach skin with a satiny, vibrant, light body and a warming, medium-length buttered lemon loaf, underripe strawberry, and underripe banana finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp everyday sipper with great floral aromas.
Chateau Joinin 2015 Mis en Bouteille au Chateau Bordeaux Rouge
84 points
$13.50
Dusty garnet black color. Aromas of sweet red berries, chocolate ganache, menthol, and oregano with a tannic, vibrant, dryish full body and a distinctive, breezy bitter chocolate, pecan skins, mocha mousse, and tomato leaf and black olive finish with cottony, woody tannins. An herbal and chocolatey Bordeaux; mixes well with rich meats.
84 points $13.50
Englar Castle Winery 2014  Chardonnay
84 points
$19
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of golden delicious apple, tinned hearts of palm, and sweet potato chip with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a momentary yellow apple Danish, mineral, toasted coconut, and wool finish with coating tannins and no oak. A daytime Chardonnay for the table.
Englar Castle Winery 2014 Riserva Vernatsch
84 points
$20.60
Bright ruby garnet color. Aromas of cherry pie, clove, and wet charcoal with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a fast candied cherries and chocolate toffee finish with medium, cottony tannins and a suggestion of oak. A food-friendly wine for the table.
84 points $20.60
Domaine de Saint-Guilhem 2011 Renaissance Red Wine Fronton AOP
84 points
$25
Opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, tar, mulberries and pepper, and planked oak and attic rafters with an puckering, bone-dry full body and a charming, brief finish with woody, earthy tannins and heavy oak. All manner of dark matter, this wine needs to be paired with big charred flavors.
Chateau du Ballandreau 2014 Cuvee Excellence Red Blend Bordeaux Supèrieur
83 points
$14.99
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of baked berry tart, slate, toffee, and grass with a bright, dry medium-to-full body and an appealing, breezy roasted nuts and green apple, pomegranate and cranberry, and wet cedar finish with firm, barky tannins and heavy oak. A firm dry French red for the table.
83 points $14.99
Château Berthenon 2015 Cuvée Henri Red Blend Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
83 points
$29
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa dusted nuts, roasted peppers and olives, toasted dill, and cedar planks and ink with a lively, dry medium-to-full body and a buoyant pomegranate, dried cherry, and charred nuts finish with leafy, firm tannins and heavy oak. A dry oaky French red well suited for the table.
Lo Sparviere NV Satén Franciacorta
82 points
$13.50
Light straw color. Cheesy, baked aromas and flavors of brie, rice crisps, and overripe lemon with a crisp, dryish light body and a medium-length vanilla yogurt with nuts and old peaches finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A funky sparkler.
82 points $13.50
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