What’s On The Barrel
Collectible Age Worthy Whites
2006 R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia ‘Vina Gravonia’ Crianza Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain
A beautiful 100% Viura from the estates vineyards that was aged 4 years on barrel. The wine is incredibly complex, aromatic, and fine. It is such a rare opporunity to experience aged white Rioja from Tondonia. The wine was stored for 10 years at the estate and then released. Capable of handling anything you want to throw at it- from seafood to beef dishes. $47.95 *SOLD OUT*
2006 Chateau Musar Blanc, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
This is a wine for the adventurous palate. Made from 100% Merwah, a Lebanese varietal, that is incredibly complex. Barrel fermented and aged in oak for 9 months then bottled and aged 7 years from harvest. With loads of chalky minerality this white is best enjoyed at around 13-15 degrees celsius after a 2-3 hour decant. Musar Blanc can handle spicy dishes as the wine is loaded with enough power and flavour, but we do think the wine is at home with oysters. $59.95
2005, 2006, 2007 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay, Napa Valley (2006 is from Sonoma Coast), California, USA
A real treat to offer a vertical of such a special Californian producers whose wines are incredibly sought after by collectors. Upon tasting the 2005 blind and thinking it was either aged Burgundy or Rousanne from Hermitage it is clear that these wines have garnered attention for good reason and can still age for another 5+ years. Considering the alcohol being 14.9%, the wine wears it like a glove. A real treat for lovers of top age white Burgundy. Decant them all at 12-14 degrees celsius for an hour.
2005: $102.95 2006:$124.95 2007:$104.95
2005 Dr. Zenzen Valwiger Rosenhang Spätlese, Mosel, Germany
A delicious and mineral offering of Mosel Riesling. This wine is still “young” at 12 years old. The wine offers the classic petrol notes with underlying granite and lemon peel. This wine can go for another 15+ years with ease. It is delicious upon opening but an hour decant at 10 degrees celsius will help. Riesling, known for it’s high acid, does always work well with soft cheeses like aged Camembert. $38.95
Case of the Month
2012 Bertrand Machard de Gramont Bourgogne Aligote, Burgundy, France
That other white varietal from Burgundy, Aligote, can be just as pure and terroir driven as Chardonnay. Planted on clay and limestone soils located on the “Colline de Vergy” in the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits. A much more austere expression with chalky-limestone minerality dominating with lemon peel and lime zest in the background.
2013 Villa Matilde Greco Di Tufo, Campania, Italy
One of Italy’s oldest wine regions, known for it’s white wines. The best expression of the Greco di Tufo vine is found on the volcanic hills of the Avellino province in central Campania, and only eight villages can legally claim to make Greco di Tufo: Tufo, Montefusco, Petruro Irpino, Chianche, Torrioni, Altavilla, Irpina and Prata di Principato Ultra. This exprssions derives from the Altavilla villiage and offers volcanic minerality and tropical fruit and brilliant acidity.
2015 Domaine de l’Amauve, Vaucluse, Rhone, France
An unclassified region of the Rhone allowed for some incredible wines to be made when in the hands of hands-on wine makers and vignerons like Christan, whose family makes their wines from a mere 10-hectares they own. The wine is a prime example of Vaucluse and delivers a true sense of place with intense aromatics and strong fruit underlying minerality. This wine hints more towards Cotes-Du-Rhone Villages than a simple “Vin de Pays”.
2013 Solonio Fontanapiana Rosso, Lazio, Italy
Made from 100% Montelpuciano grown on volcanic soils. A distinct Italian varietal hardly grown anywhere outside of Italy that offers up layers of raspberry laced with leather and cooking spices. Located just 30 kilometers south of Rome, this region is entrenched with Roman history having produced wines drank, with vigor, by Roman Patricians. This is a wine that can easily become your house wine with it’s superb crush-ability. A very food friendly wine that can match up with mushroom risotto to pizza to oven roasted chicken.
2013 Tbilvino Saperavi Dry, Kakheti, Georgia
Saperavi is arguably the first every documented varietal when Noah washed up on what is now the Caucasus Mountains, he decided to plant a vine (Saperavi), make wine and pass out naked in his tent. Usually made medium sweet in style, when make dry Saperavi offers an incredibly inky wine due to it’s red flesh. Deep Purple in the glass, this wine is incredibly fruit forward with some undertones of clay and marl. A varietal everyone needs to try.
2013 D’Angelo ‘Sacravite’ Aglianico
Made from Aglianico Del Vulture grapes and aged for a shorter time in oak barrels, offers classic volcanic structure from one of the founders of Vulture wine business. Very traditonal in style with ripe aromatics and intense fruit at an approable level where decanting nor aging is needed.