Archive for December, 2012
Last night was yet another wonderful opportunity to try some wines with a little bottle age to them. Here are some of the highlights.
Here is a yet another bunch of older wines we sampled in VINO.
2001 Arnaud Ente Meursault
Arnaud Ente is a relatively “new” star in Burgundy, where there are many stars, & lots of them coming from multi generational estates. He wasn’t one of the fortunate to inherit vineyards & has instead had to work hard, buy grapes & buy parcels as he goes along & when he can afford to. He is never the less, one heck’uv a winemaker with brilliance, passion & dedication & his wines show that. The 2001 Meursault AOC is very captivating–wonderfully& quite ethereal, minerally, majestically perfumed, so tasty & invigorating, all done with class, seamlessness, impeccable balance & brilliance. It really is drinking beautifully right now.
Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy’s most prized red wines & can trace its roots back to the 14th Century. The small medieval village of Montalcino is set at roughly 1850 feet elevation in the Siena province of Tuscany. The many sites vary in soils & includes limestone, clay, volcanic & marl, which all can result in very different wines. By law the sole grape variety permitted is Brunello (Sangiovese Grosso).
In 1888, Ferrucio Biondi Santi released the first modern version, after the wine spent 10 years in oak barrels. Since then, until very recently, the number of wineries grew slowly……in the 1960′s there was but 11 producers….1980–53…& in 2000–over 200.
Last night was one of our friend’s 50th birthday & as one would imagine there was a bevy of older wines opened in the celebration. Here are some of the highlights.
1999 Francois Jobard Meursault Premier Cru “Genevrieres”
We have been really fortunate to taste a whole slew of older Jobard wines in the past 18 months. They have, without a doubt, been quite the revelation as each have been a truly incredible experience …..that is if you like mature, old style white Burgundy. Eventhough this was a 1999, it seemed like a baby–still very youthful in its core, surprisingly tight fisted & unyielding. It really was a glorious, aged Chardonnay nonetheless, which just kept opening up with additional air time.
The world of Californian Pinot Noir is really changing. There is a whole, now generation of young winemaking phenoms which have stepped forward into the lime light & are being embraced by the wine media, sommeliers & wine professionals around the country. Here are few AND a few of the Old Timers, which you may not have heard of before.