Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wine gems...

2000 Gaja Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino....$69.99
The cheapest in the country on Wine Searcher is $91.29 at Bedford Wine Merchants
"The 2000 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille is dark in color as well as fresh in its aromas and flavors. It exudes a deep palate packed with smoke, tar, underbrush, tobacco and vibrant dark fruit in a style that marries power with finesse. A few years of cellaring are suggested, after which this wine will drink beautifully to at least age 20. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2016."
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Le Serre Nuove dell Ornellaia...$51.99
"The 2006 Le Serre Nuove, the estate’s second wine from Ornellaia, will challenge many of the top bottlings in this vintage for years to come. The 2006 is a rich, sumptuous wine bursting with ripe dark fruit, smoke, tobacco, grilled herbs, new leather, minerals and tar. The wine possesses superb density and explosive, utterly irresistible personality. At roughly one-third the price of its big sibling Ornellaia, the 2006 Le Serre Nuove is a must-purchase wine. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. This set of new releases from Tenuta dell’Ornellaia leaves me looking for words that can adequately capture the pure magic and sheer profoundness the property has achieved in this important, hallmark vintage. I will try with one word: Monumental. The Ornellaia team led by Oenologist Axel Heinz and Agronomist/General Manager Leonardo Raspini has done a fabulous job with these wines, which have never failed to literally send shivers down my spine on the multiple occasions I have tasted them."
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Mitolo GAM Shiraz....$49.99
"The 2006 Shiraz “G.A.M.” (the initials of the Mitolo children) was aged in French and American oak, 60% new. Opaque purple in color, it has an aromatic array of roasted coffee, violets, lavender, pepper, Asian spices, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. In the mouth it is velvety-textured, deep, concentrated, opulent, and altogether hedonistic. It will evolve for 5-7 years and drink well through 2026."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Bodegas Y Vinedos de Murcia
Pico Madama Jumilla...$36.99
The 2005 Pico Madama is composed of 50% Monastrell and 50% Petit Verdot. Both varieties were aged in oak for 13 months, Petit Verdot in French and Monastrell in American. Deep purple-colored, it reveals an alluring nose of wood smoke, pencil lead, mineral, violets, blueberry, and blackberry. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with a smooth-texture, excellent depth and concentration, and a sense of elegance. It nicely conceals enough tannin to carry the wine for another 6-8 years of cellaring. It will drink well through 2025."
Rated 95+/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard...$69.99
"Deliciously complex and full-bodied, this is layered with flavors, showing citrus and tropical fruit, with hints of anise and buttery oak, yet the acidity keeps the flavors tangy and vibrant. Drink now through 2012. 1,300 cases made. –JL"
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

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