Friday, October 14, 2016

95 -96 point wines!

95 and 96 Point Chardonnay, one with bubbles one without!

It's back! The 2014 Hartford Court 4 Hearts Chardonnay is one of the best Russian River Chardonnay's we have tasted in years and the best part is the price. Not often these days you can find a world class Chardonnay for under $50 let alone below $40 if you are buying by the case.

2014 Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay $41.99
The 2014 Chardonnay Four Hearts Vineyard is a larger cuvée of 1,285 cases that comes from relatively old vines for Northern California (planted in 1975). The wine is super-opulent, offering terrific honeysuckle, orange marmalade and pineapple notes in a full-bodied, sexy, super-fresh, pure style. This stunning Chardonnay was aged in 43% new French oak and should drink well for 5-6 years.
Rated 96/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

NV Billecart Salmon Blanc de Blanc....$149.99 / 1.5 liter
When Clement Calleja of Billecart Salmon was in town this past June he could hardly contain his excitement over the Billecart Salmon NV Blanc de Blanc. Clement informed me that while the wine is Non-Vintage the base wine is from the amazing 2008 vintage and it will rival the best Vintage Champagne they have made.  He said he was sorry to inform me that they only had Magnums of this beautiful wine to ship. I told him not to be sorry that Champagne in Magnum is a wonderful idea and to send what he could on the next order. Well the Magnums are here, come and get them!
"Really attractive ripe and pure chardonnay sourced from the Côte de Blancs villages of Avize, Cramant, Chouilly and Mesnil-sur-Oger. This has bright ripe peaches and nectarines in addition to mangoes, lemons and – not to mention some background chalky aromas. The palate's a riot of fleshy and flavorsome chardonnay fruit with a helping of stone fruits and another of green mango flavors and deeper-set citrus zest. Seamless balance flows to the finish. Drink now. Superb!"
Rated 95/100 James Suckling

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