What’s On The Barrel
2012 DOMAINE JEAN BOURDY CÔTES DU JURA ROUGE $33.95
An enchanted French red one hour east of Burgundy that drinks identical to mature Vosnee-Romanee at a fraction of the price. Aged four years in old french barrels some of which are 80 years old. The result is a mind blowing taste experience.
2012 I GIUSTI & ZANZA DULCAMARA TOSCANA IGT ROSSO $73.95
An inticing, modern style Super Tuscan with power and grace that is drinking very well after a four hour decant and will develop nicely for another 10 years. Tuscan wines made with French varietals are offering great alternatives to Bordeaux whose costs are sky-rocketing. It is incredibly difficult to find a Bordeaux of this intensity, precision, and concentration even at this price.
2013 PODERI ALDO CONTERNO ‘CONCA TRE PILE’, BARBERA D’ALBA DOC $54.95
There are only a handful of Barbera expressions that have the reputation of Aldo Conterno. For those Barolo enthusiasts, Aldo Conternos top expressions of Barolo reach as high as $600+ and can age for decades. The Barbera offers a glimpse into the brilliance that is a masterpiece of balance between ‘modern’ vs. ‘tradionalists’ style. The “Conca Tre Pile” is a hilly area in Bussia Soprana a stone throw away from where the Gran Bussia by Aldo Conterno is made.
2015 J.P. BRUN L’ANCIEN TERRES DOREES BEAUJOLAIS ROUGE $26.95
The 2015 vintage for Beaujolais will be a life saver after what happened in 2016. This particular 2015 Beaujolais Rouge has the complexity and pedigree of a top cru Beaujolais from Morgon without a top Morgon price tag. Red Burgundy for $26.95 that offers the complexity, power, and elegance at this price point is staggering.
2013 TBILVINO DRY SAPERAVI GEORGIA $25.95
Probably the first ever documented grape varietal dating back to 3000 BCE when, as the story goes, Noah, after the flood, ended up in the Caucasus Mountains and from there decided to plant a vine, grow grapes (Saperavi), and get drunk and pass out naked in his tent. This inky wine is one of our favourite varietals that everyone should try.
2015 COSTANTINO CATARRATTO SICILIANA BLANCO $19.95
Sicily has been more recently producing top expressions of native varietals that are mineral driven, elegant wine with precision. Nothing really comes to mind what this wine is like other than if Viognier from Rhone married Chablis and Sancerre. A love triangle of a drinking experience that you will join.
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.
2014 Domaine du Poujol Cabernet Sauvignon, Languedoc, France
An exclusive wine for Canada, this Cabernet has no sulfur added and is made in a very rustic style of the fabulous Languedoc style. Aromas and flavours of juicy, dark berries and black currants mix with hints of tobacco, garrigue, and earth. Licorice note on the finish of this medium-bodied wine, with well-integrated, dusty tannins.
2015 Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce ‘Depaula Monastrell’, Castilla, Spain
Made from the French Mourvedre, locally called Monastrell in Castilla. This fiercely focused, vibrantly juicy wine is all to drinkable. A somewhat of a ‘Parkerized’ wine style- Robert Parker notably scores rich and intense wines higher and this delivers that style. A wine that will disappear fast.
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.