Wines from around the world
The wines featured in today’s post also come from my moving backlog. I am a bit late to the game but in case you have not yet had it, I highly recommend the 2013 Birgit Eichinger, Gruner Veltliner, Wechselberg, Kamptal. Rich, lively, and textured this wine is all pleasure. The 2012 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules, Qu’es Aquo, Costieres de Nimes is sourced from 80 year old Carignan vines that offer plenty of concentrated, dense flavors. The latest 2014 Neyers, Chardonnay 304, Sonoma County is actively opening up. It should hit its stride this winter so why not watch the evolution? I was about to pass off on the 2012 Emblem, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley as too soft but with extended air it tensed up. Good thing I track all new wines over two days. Enjoy! These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.
2012 Domaine d’Aupilhac, Montpeyroux – $20
Imported by Kermit Lynch. This wine is a blend of 30% Mourvedre, 25% Syrah, 25% Carignan, 16% Grenache, and 4% Cinsault that was aged for 20 months in used foudres and barrels. Alcohol 14%. Tasted over two days this tart, red and black fruited wine, had roundness, a sweet fruit note, and a developed a dry structure. It took on a brighter-citric aspect, some pepper, and flavors evocative of a natural wine. Hmmm. *(*) Now-2017.
2009 Cascina Corte, Pirochetta Vecchie Vigne, Dogliani – $23
Imported by Simon N Cellars. Alcohol 13.5%. The aromas of roast earth made way to tart red then dry black fruit in the mouth. The minerally black fruit was backed by plenty of tannins, a drying finish, and some acidity. Not quite the balance I prefer. Will last but why wait. ** Now.
2013 Birgit Eichinger, Gruner Veltliner, Wechselberg, Kamptal – $20
Imported by Weygandt Metzler. Alcohol 12.5%. The attractive honey-suckle nose was followed by weighty, slight rich fruit right as the wine hit the tongue. The richness was backed by lively acidity on the tongue as well as a chalk note. It had a tart, yet ripe middle and plenty of texture. Very enjoyable. *** Now-2016.
2012 Emblem, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – $26
Alcohol 14.4%. In the mouth were powdery black fruit flavors with a touch of chocolate, all of which was bound in approachable tannins with just enough acidity as underlying support. With air the wine deepened revealing plums with more acidity and structure that showed better tension. The fruit was blacker as well. Perhaps it needs a short period in the cellar. **(*) 2016-2019.
2014 Neyers, Chardonnay 304, Sonoma County – $20
Alcohol 14.1%. The mouth brought forth slightly tart white fruit on the sides of the tongue before it turned creamy with a yeast note. The wine became creamier with air and took on an attractive lemon-citrus flavor in the finish. It needs a bit of time to settle down but it is obvious it will get there. **(*) 2016-2017.
2012 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules, Qu’es Aquo, Costieres de Nimes – $25
Imported by Robert Kacher. Alcohol 13.5%. The pungent nose revealed pure, dense fruit that mixed with earthy orange aromas. In the mouth the fruit was sweet and smooth with very fine chocolate flavor, tannins, and a seamless acidity that does not poke out. The very fine texture existed in a weighty, almost thick and unctuous wine. With air this wine showed persistent power, minerally black fruit, and gentle power. *** Now – 2020.