Wine of the Week #1529: Emilio Lustau East India Sweet Sherry
This wine is produced employing methods meant to mimic the style of 17th century wines that faced transatlantic voyages to reach various Spanish colonies. During these long journeys, casks of Sherry would be used as ballast in the ships. Demand for these Sherries grew as wine drinkers around the world discovered that this process imparted distinct complexity and smoothness in the wines. Today, Lustau celebrates and acknowledges this important piece of Sherry heritage through the production of their East India Solera.
Wine of the Week #1528: 2013 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape “Telegramme”
“Telegramme” is the “2nd wine” of Vieux Telegraphe – one of the noble names of France’s southern Rhone Valley and one of the great wine estates of France. Vieux Telgraphe produces serious wines that are a must-have for serious wine collectors. Their flagship bottling from at Vieux Telegraphe comes from the famous “La Crau” site – a vineyard that would undoubtedly be amongst the very top “Grand Crus” if the Rhone used the same vineyard designation system found in Burgundy.
Wine of the Week #1527: n/v Bollinger Champagne “Special Cuvee”
[ n/v Bollinger Champagne “Special Cuvee” ] PRODUCER PROFILE | Champagne Bollinger SHOP NOW | Store Locator — [ Why We Love It: ] Bollinger Champagnes are legendary. The name and reputation of this…
Wine of the Week #1525: Lustau Palo Cortado
This style of Sherry can’t be created on-demand, but rather occurs in a small percentage of the wines that begin their life destined to become Fino Sherry, but along the way, the naturally occurring layer of yeast – which grows on top of Fino and protects it from oxidizing – dies and leaves the Sherry suddenly exposed to the open air.
Wine of the Week #1524: 2007 Clos Figueras Priorat
If you’ve been following our newsletters for any period of time, you’ll know that I’ve got a bit of a thing for old vines – and the impact they can have on wine quality: low yields, stunning complexity and breathtaking concentration.
Wine of the Week #1522: 2002 Bollinger R.D.
The 2002 vintage of Bollinger R.D. is particularly sought-after and collectible, both for it’s remarkable quality as well as for the fact that it marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of this now iconic Champagne. In 1967, many customers and distributors had begun encouraging Madame Bollinger to produce a “reserve” wine as an addition…
Wine of the Week #1520: Lustau Oloroso
Well for starters, we love this because Lustau is the platinum standard in the production of fine dry Sheries. This is a reference point for what dry Oloroso Sherry is supposed to taste like – rich aged flavours and aromas of hazelnut, brown butter, caramelized apple, raisin, wood smoke and more.
Wine of the Week #1518: Drathen Gewurztraminer
“The Gewürztraminer from Drathen is amazingly refreshing. Some Gewürztraminers are over the top with screaming lychee and rose petals. But this, while full of subtle floral notes, seduces the palate with slightly sweet complexity. Joseph Drathen 2013 Gewürztraminer Kabinett: Honeydew melon, mild lychee nut, honeycomb and lime sorbet aromas tantalize, while off-dry flavours dish up jasmine, clover blossom and quince with a lemon tart finish. Food suggestion: Coconut shrimp or pad Thai.” – 90/100 Points, Gord Stimmell (Toronto Star)
Wine of the Week #1516: Vina Mayor Ribera del Duero
Our two cents? These are amongst the best BBQ wines made anywhere on the planet. The density of fruit and richness of these wines gives them the stuffing to match up well with boldly flavoured grilled meats as well as the strong flavours often found in the spices and sauces adorning them.
Wine of the Week #1514: Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904
“At this quality level the price is superb especially considering that the wine is being released 10 years after the vintage..” – 96/100 Points – Luis Gutierrez / eRobertParker.com