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Two Affordable Wines for the Shutdown

January 24, 2019 1 comment

As the shutdown continues and a second missed paycheck is all but inevitable, today’s post features two wines that offer plenty of flavor at attractive prices.  The 2013 Domaine Boudau, Clot del Pila, Les Gargolines, Cotes du Roussillon might the best value out there. It is a personable wine about to reach its open, mature period.  This means you can tuck away a few cases to get you through the shutdown or to drink over the next several years. You should also try the latest vintage of 2015 Sella & Mosca, Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva.   The nose is a subtle right now and the flavors are a bit firm so while pleasurable , it will be even better this summer.  You may find these honest wines at MacArthur Beverages.  If you are short on funds then just grab the Clos de Pila.

2013 Domaine Boudau, Clot del Pila, Les Gargolines, Cotes du Roussillon – $13
Imported by Zwine Gallery Imports.  This wine is a blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Grenache.  Alcohol 14%.  Still focused upon opening but after one hour or so it opens up.  The flavors of cherry are supported by fine and firm structure with fresh acidity.  It tastes of vintage hard candy with ripe kirsch in the finish.  Really quite tasty and will drink well for a few years.  *** Now – 2023.

2015 Sella & Mosca, Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva – $15
Imported by Palm Bay International.  This wine is 100% Cannonau fermented in stainless steel then aged for two years in large Slavonian oak casks.  Alcohol 14.5%. A subtle nose right now but fresh tasting fruit and minimal structure indicate it will soon be ready to drink.  There are bits of firm cherry, black fruit, and some sour fruit towards the finish.  It is even a touch mineral.  **(*) Now – 2022.

This wine will save you money

November 22, 2017 Leave a comment

I received an email this week from a friend, a passionate home cook and ever-increasing wine lover, that he already drank his Thanksgiving day wines.  If you find yourself in this predicament or you need to supply a large volume of wine to your family and friends then look no further than the 2013 Sella & Mosca,Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva.  I recommended that you buy the previous vintage by the case and I make the same recommendation with the 2013.  Already with bottle age, it should deliver deep yet lively flavor over the course of the next year.  You may pick this up from the front rack at MacArthur Beverages.

2013 Sella & Mosca,Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva – $13
Imported by Palm Bay International.  This is 100% Cannonau that was fermented in stainless steel then aged for two years in large Slavonian oak barrels.  Alcohol 13%.  The wine opens up quickly, within half an hour, to reveal dark red, grippy and spiced mouth filling flavor.  The wine has moderate roundness, acidity driven strength such that it is lively on the tongue, and a sense of dry firmness in the finish.  It should develop over the next half year.  *** Now – 2019.

Two Red Wines to Purchase by the Case

November 23, 2016 Leave a comment

It is not too late to purchase wine for this long, holiday weekend.  If you are looking for quantities of excellent wine at an affordable price then look no further than the 2015 Chateau Coupe Roses, Bastide, Minervois and  2012 Sella & Mosca,Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva.  They are completely different, yet immensely satisfying wines.  The Coupe Roses has a fruity, tense personality whereas the Sella & Mosca, is more flavorful, weighty, and touch more mature.  I have already purchased the Coupe Roses by the case and plan to do so for the Sella & Mosca.  I recommend you do so as well.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2015 Chateau Coupe Roses, Bastide, Minervois – $13
Imported by Vintage ’59.  This wine is a blend of 48% Carignan, 46% Grenache, and 6% Syrah.  Alcohol 13.5%.  This is an earthy and fruity wine with an attractive deep tone.  It has the right amount of weight and ink.  The very fine structure slowly builds, supporting the ripe fruit which is tense from acidity.  There is really good flavor after one hour.  The earthy note pervades until the mineral, lip-smacking finish.  *** Now – 2018.

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2012 Sella & Mosca,Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva – $13
Imported by Palm Bay International.  This is 100% Cannonau that was fermented in stainless steel then aged for two years in large Slavonian oak barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  This is a flavorful, weighty wine with lively acidity that cuts through.  There are dry hints of black fruit and a general sense of a warm climate.  This is a wine for drinking now with interesting, dark, dry, spiced flavors throughout.  There is even a little structure in the end.  *** Now.

Lou and I taste excellent bottles of Jean Noel Gagnard, Marisa Cuomo, and Torrione

February 2, 2015 1 comment

Lou and I gathered last week to taste more Italian red wine.  Before we started Lou generously opened a bottle of 2000 Domaine Jean Noel Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Maltroie 1er Cru.  I have minimal experience with mature white Burgundy but this handful continues to surprise me with how they gracefully age and become satisfying to drink.  When we sat down to dinner this is what I drank.  Right now it offers up definitely lemon flavors that show weight and some structure.  Unbreached bottles should last for sometime but once opened, drink it in one evening.  Our bottle of 2007 Sella & Mosca, Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva  proved to be past its peak drinking.  Perhaps I am being a bit harsh, you could drink it, but there was no need in the company of the other wines and its price is not precious.  One sniff of the licorice based aromas focused my attention on the 2010 Marisa Cuomo, Furore Rosso, Costa d’Amalfi.  This wine had the most personality out of all the wines we tasted.  Whether it is the combination of Piedirosso and coastal vineyards will require further research.  This bottle remained firm until the third night so I strongly recommend you cellar at least one bottle for a few years.  While the Cuomo is unique the 2011 Torrione, Petrolo, Toscana is clearly a satisfying wine that will benefit from short-term aging.  I can see why it won Tre Bicchieri and suggest you rest a bottle next to the Cuomo.  Of the pair of 2009s, the 2009 Enrico Santini, Poggio Al Moro, Bolgheri was my favorite over the 2009 Elisabetta Geppetti, Pelofino, Maremma.  The Santini offered a core of dark red fruit delivered in a fresh wine whereas the Geppetti was a bit hollow with its jelly and dark roast flavors.  The Santini also conveyed the strength of the 2009 vintage.

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2000 Domaine Jean Noel Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Maltroie 1er Cru –
Imported by Ex Cellars Wine Agencies.  This wine is 100% Chardonnay that was barrel fermented then aged up to 18 months in new and used oak.  Alcohol ?%.  It was a golden, mature color with a little toast and other hard to place aromas.  In the mouth were flavors of ripe and tart lemon fruit the showed some weight, mixed with sage, and still had structure wrapped up by a nice tang at the end.  With air it developed an old wood hint as well as a mineral finish.  Best on the first night.  **** Now-2020.

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2007 Sella & Mosca, Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva – $13
Imported by Palm Bay International.  This wine is 100% Cannonau that was fermented in stainless steel vats then aged for 2 years in large Slavonian oak barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  There were pruned fruit aromas on the nose.  In the mouth were black and red fruit that had a hint of freshness and firm tannins.  Though this wine was clearly alive it was also past its peak drinking. * Now.

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2010 Marisa Cuomo, Furore Rosso, Costa d’Amalfi – $30
Imported by Panebianco.  This wine is a blend of 50% Piedirosso and 50% Aglianico sourced from terraced coastal vineyards that underwent malolactic fermentation and 6 months aging in used French oak barriques.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The color was a medium black cherry.  The nose remained interesting with licorice-like aromas.  Tasted over three nights, this wine barely budged the first two nights.  It offered unique flavors of floral infused black fruit that were firm and young.  The wine was certainly interesting with a mineral, racy bit, and tart flavors on the tongue.  It developed a savory hint and watering acidity.  ***(*) 2017-2025.

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2011 Torrione, Petrolo, Toscana – $29
Imported by Vintus.  This wine is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from vines that reach back to the 1970s. The wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts in a mixture of French oak barriques, large oak barrels, and cement vats followed by 15 months of aging in French oak barriques and large oak barrels.  This period includes 6 months on the lees.  Alcohol 14%. The nose bore young, red and mixed fruit aromas that eventually showed raspberry candy and smoke.  In the mouth were plentiful flavors of tart, red fruit that had attractive grip and dried herb notes.  Over three nights the wine showed good presence in the mouth with a citric red fruit start, tang, grip, and a finish of black fruit, tannins, and acidity.  A good, young wine.  ***(*) 2016-2023.

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2009 Enrico Santini, Poggio Al Moro, Bolgheri – $22
Imported by Vintus.  This wine is a blend of 30% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, and 10% Merlot that was fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel followed by three months aging in French oak barrels.   Alcohol 13.8%.  The black cherry and garnet color was followed by a plum nose.  In the mouth were pleasing flavors of dark, red mixed fruit then a core of flavor with a strong, fresh structure.  With air the acidity showed perfect integration with the strong structure leaving ripe, drying tannins on the gums. *** Now-2020.

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2009 Elisabetta Geppetti, Pelofino, Maremma – $18
Imported by Nickolas Imports.  This wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc.  Alcohol 13.5%.  As Lou noted, there were jelly aromas on the subtle nose.  In the mouth the flavors were a little soft and a touch hollow.  There was a strong structure, dark roast notes, and eventually the wine firmed up with texture to the jelly fruit.  ** Now-2017.

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Even more from Italy!!!

September 26, 2014 Leave a comment

There is so much to try from Italy that I always seem to have stacks of pictures and notes waiting to be posted.  This apparent bias stems from my trend of the summer to taste a smaller variety of wine and drink more humble southern French wines.  There are some good bottles below.  At the more affordable end both the 2008 Duca di Salaparuta, Passo Delle Mule, Nero d’Avola, Sicily and the 2008 Pio Cesare, Oltre, Langhe should be tried.  You can drink the former while the later develops. For a few bucks more the 2007 Montepeloso, Eneo, Tuscany reminds me of an Italian claret that is entering middle age. Fun!  I finally recommend you try the 2011 Pala, Cannonau di Sardegna Reserva.  There is a reason why both the 2011 and 2012 vintages won Tre Bicchieri. I recommend you find out yourself by pulling the cork.  Please find my tasting notes in order of increasing age.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2011 Pala, Cannonau di Sardegna Reserva – $26
Imported by Banville & Jones Wine Merchants.  This wine is 100% Cannonau that was aged in large French barrels followed by stainless steel.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose revealed mixed blue and red berries along with spices and black tea.  The wine showed ripe, black fruit with air and was clearly blacker with a mineral hint in the finish.  This was a well-balanced all around enjoyable wine with tannins, extract, and a little spicy bit in the aftertaste.  I enjoyed the slight tobacco, spices, and wood box notes.  *** Now-2022.

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2009 Sella & Mosca, Tanca Farra, Alghero – $23
Imported by Palm Bay International.  This wine is a blend of 50% Cannonau and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged for two years in oak casks.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose of clean fruit mixed with herbacious notes from the Cabernet Sauvignon.  The mouth followed the nose with black, clean, herbacious fruit. This tight wine had firm acidity, some fresh herbs, and a dry, dusty finish.  ** 2016-2020.

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2009 Taurino, Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva – $14
Imported by Verity Wine Partners.  This wine is a blend of 90% Negroamaro and 10% Malvasia Nera that was aged for six months in small oak barriques.  Alcohol 14%.  There was an interesting nose with a subtle soil aroma, stones, and black fruit.  The flavors were closely played, ripe, and matched by integrated acidity.  It eventually revealed strawberry flavors with a slightly tannic finish.  Seems young and in need of a wee bit of age.  ** 2015-2020.

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2008 Duca di Salaparuta, Passo Delle Mule, Nero d’Avola, Sicily – $17
Imported by Wine Cellars.  This wine is 100% Nero d’Avola that was aged in barriques.  Alcohol 13.5%.  There was a good deep nose of scented black fruit.  The black fruit flavors follow the nose and take on some wood notes as well.  This weightier wine was a little meaty with seamless acidity, subtle structure, and a finish of dense, dark wood.  It even had a little kick.  *** Now-2017.

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2008 Pio Cesare, Oltre, Langhe – $17
Imported by Maisons Marques & Domaines USA.  Thsi wine is a blend of Barbera, Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.  Alcohol.  There was an interesting grapey nose with mulberry aromas.  In the mouth this young wine opened up well after half an hour.  It had a certain brightness to the black and red fruit.  There was a tobacco note, round tart red fruit followed by a dry and black finish.  **(*) 2015-2020.

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2007 Montepeloso, Eneo, Tuscany –
Imported by The Rare Wine Co.  This wine is a blend of 40% Montepulciano, 25% Sangiovese, 25% Marselan, and 10% Alicante Bouschet that was aged in used French oak barrels. Alcohol 14.5%.  There was claret-like red fruit and wood box on the nose.  with air it took on herbs and meaty aromas.  The flavors began with red fruit before taking on black notes and minerals in the finish.  There was good integrated acidity that was balanced by the structure of citric-pith tannin.  The wine is developing secondary flavors and after many hours of air it some some dense blue and black flavors that lean towards the dry.  *** 2016-2024.

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2007 Fattoria Del Cerro, Caggio Al Vescovo, Rosso Toscano – $20
Imported by The Rare Wine Co.  This wine is 100% Colorino.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose was tight revealing just subtle leather aromas.  In the mouth this modern wine had ripe grip to the flavors dominated by tobacco, smoke, and bacon in the drying finish.  This wine will clearly last but there is more structure than fruit.  **(*) Now-2022.

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2006 Taurino, Notarpanaro, Salento Rosso – $20
Imported by Verity Wine Partners.  This wine is 100% Negroamaro.  Alcohol 14.5%.  This wine had a light nose of dark aromas.  In the mouth were dark red fruit and other low-lying flavors.  This was a cool, ripe wine that took several hours to open up and show black, almost mineral infused fruit.  **(*) 2016-2022.

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September 24, 2014 Leave a comment

From white to red this post features an array of Italian wines so there is bound to be a wine for you.  In focusing on two wines the 2012 Castelluccia Miano, Miano, Catarratto, Sicilia is made to good effect from the second most widely planted grape in Italy.  The unique combination of acidity, creamy fruit, and chalk will last all week.  I have heard it from several merchants that the warm 2009 Barolo vintage combined with contemporary winemaking techniques yields early drinking wines.  One example of which is the 2009 Reverdito, Barolo.  I never would have thought this true until I tried this contemporary wine that blends Nebbiolo traits with bottle aged notes.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages and Weygandt Wines.

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2012 Castelluccia Miano, Miano, Catarratto, Sicilia – $15
Imported by Grappoli Imports.  This wine is 100% Catarratto sourced from vines grown at 2240-2880 feet in altitude.  The wine was fermented and raised in stainless steel.  Alcohol 12%.  There was a light nose of white fruit.  The crisp, textured entry made way to creamy, yellow and white fruit flavors.  The acidity prickle on the tongue tip remained over night.  It had a hint of toast, chalk infused finish, and fresh aftertaste.  *** Now-2015.

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2011 Cantina Sant’Isidoro, Montolmo, Marche Rosso – $19
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is 70% Montepulciano and 30% Sangiovese raised in stainless steel.  Alcohol 14%. There was an interesting combination of tuna roll and smoke to this round, inky wine.  It was robust with ripe flavors of black fruit, dark flavors, glycerin, and a smoky aftertaste.  **(*) Now-2018.

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2010 Cantina Sociale Dorgali, Viniola, Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva – $19
Imported by Monsieur Touton.  This wine is 100% Cannonau that was aged for 12 months in barriques.  Alcohol 14.5%.  There was a very subtle nose of raspberry.  In the mouth were focused flavors of black and red fruit.  The wine had some lift as well as ripe, textured spiced in the finish.  The long, ripe tannin remained on the gums.  There was a touch of roughness in the finish followed by fine, drying tannin the aftertaste.  **(*) Now-2020.

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2006 Falesco, Marciliano, Rosso Umbria – $22
Imported by The Rare Wine Co.  This wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc .  Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose revealed some greenhouse aromas.  In the mouth were nice, tight black fruit flavors.  The wine had a close vein of fruit but was mouth filling with clean, greenhouse-free flavors.  The wine was appropriately young with good structure as well as leather hints, saltiness, and cinnamon.  *** Now-2024.

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2009 Reverdito, Barolo – $35
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is 100% Nebbiolo raised in 1000L oak barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  This wine was immediately approachable with floral red fruit, wood notes, and a focused ripe finish.  The wine is taking on secondary flavors.  The good, modern fruit became savory, taking on a hint of tea and sweet wood notes.  Nice. *** Now-2024.

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A Trio of Cannonau di Sardegna

I am deep in research mode again so just a quick post for today.  I am a big fan of Grenache in general, also known as Cannonau in Sardinia.  The 2011 Pala, i Fiori, Cannonau di Sardegna and 2010 Argiolas, Costera, Cannonau di Sardegna both offer young flavors with the former robust and the later firm.  If you are looking for an inexpensive yet mature wine the grab the 2008 Sella & Mosca, Riserva, Cannonau di Sardegna.  All three represent good wines to drink during the week.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2011 Pala, i Fiori, Cannonau di Sardegna – $17
Imported by Banville & Jones Wine Merchants.  This wine is 100% Cannonau sourced from various soils of clay, gravel, and limestone.  It was fermented in stainless steel then aged for eight months in a mixture of stainless steel and concrete tanks.  Alcohol 14%.  There were robust aromas on the nose.  In the mouth the acidity was immediately noticeable on the tongue tip and persisted until the end.  There were lively ripe flavors that became drier towards the long aftertaste.  There was a subtle hint of wood which morphed into some smoke in the aftertaste.  There was also a hint of minerals.  ** Now-2016.

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2010 Argiolas, Costera, Cannonau di Sardegna – $14
Imported by Winebow.  This wine is a blend of 90% Cannonau, 5% Carignano, and 5% Bovale Sardo sourced from soils of pebbly, calcareous clay-loam.  It was fermented in stainless steel then aged in a combination of barriques and cement tanks.  Alcohol 14%.  There were initial flavors of red and blue fruit followed by firmer red and black fruit.  There was some ripeness, a little watering acidity, and a bit of texture in the finish.  The flavors straightened up with air.  Good value.  ** Now-2015.

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2008 Sella & Mosca, Riserva, Cannonau di Sardegna – $13
Imported by Palm Bay International.  This wine is 100% Cannonau sourced from clay and sandy soils.  It was fermented in stainless steel then aged for two years in large Slavonian oak barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose was a touch heady with woodsy, bottle age notes.  With air there was some attractive wood box aromas alone with an attractive deep and sweaty aspect.  The red fruit flavors were still fresh in the mouth making way to wood box notes in the middle and red-black fruit in the finish.  It did become softer in the mouth with a rougher aftertaste.  There was some watering acidity and a little salty aspect. A solid experience.  ** Now-2018.

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