02 Mar BIG Tasting: Italy vs. France: Meet Mauro & Martina Molino!!
Saturday, March 4
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
Join us for a BIG tasting where we’re pitting Italy against France! At table one we’re welcoming the Molinos from Mauro Molino in Barolo to pour a selection of awesome modern-style Barberas and Barolos. And at table two we’re pouring a selection of Burgundy beauties. Do you prefer the wines of Italy or France? Find out this Saturday!
Table 1: Piedmont with Mauro and Martina Molino
2015 Mauro Molino Barbera d’Alba
On Sale $14.99
A fresh and fruity barbera with light boysenberry and citrus character. Medium body and a clean finish. Drink now.
88 Points, James Suckling
2012 Mauro Molino Barbera d’Alba “Le Gattere”
On Sale $41.99
A red with delicious chocolate, dark fruit and blanched almond character. Medium body. Drink now.
88 Points, James Suckling
2012 Mauro Molino Barolo Gallinotto
On Sale $52.99
Another opulent 2012 from Molino with crushed strawberry, raspberry and lemon rind. Hints of stone. Full body, chewy tannins and a caressing textured finish. A beautiful young wine. Better in 2019 but excellent now.
93 Points, James Suckling
2012 Mauro Molino Barolo La Serra
On Sale $79.99
Intense aromas of rose petal, rose hips and dried strawberry. Full body, chewy tannins and savory fruit. Very rich and intense. Needs four or five years to soften the solid tannins backbone. Try in 2020.
92 Points, James Suckling
2012 Mauro Molino Barolo Conca
On Sale $84.99
Insane aromas of fresh roses and crushed strawberries. Full and velvety-textured. Loads of fruit yet the serious tannin backbone of the wine gives it form and tension. Superb. Better in 2020 but who has the patience?
97 Points, James Suckling
2013 Mauro Molino Barolo Bricco Luciani
On Sale $64.99
Lots of smoke, meat and dried-fruit character on the nose. Full body, chewy tannins and loads of fruit and richness. Needs time to soften. Very structured. Better in 2021.
95 Points, James Suckling
Table 2: Burgundy Beauties
2014 Domaine Heritiers du Comte Lafon Vire Clesse
On Sale $35.99
(Lafon bought seven hectares of east-facing vines on clay-rich soil in Viré in 2009, including some that date back to the 1930s; the youngest vines here are at least 30 years of age): Bright lemon-yellow. Intriguing aromas of pear, white peach, flowers, minerals, menthol and white pepper. Pliant and thick but very juicy and fresh; lovely lemony cut (4.4 acidity) gives a light touch to the fruit. Shows strong spine and structure without especially high acidity. Lovely fine-grained wine with class. This vineyard needed a lot of work, noted Gon. “And we need to pick early to capture the floral aromas of Viré.”
90+ Points, Stephen Tanzer
2014 Domaine Dublere Savigny-Les-Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses
On Sale $42.99
A mild touch of reduction shaves the top notes from the citrus and floral-scented nose. Otherwise there is excellent detail and vibrancy to the medium-bodied and lightly stony flavors that terminate in a dry, clean and focused finish. This saline-inflected effort should reward 4 to 7 years of cellaring if desired.
89-91 Points, Burghound.com
2013 Albert Bichot Chassagne-Montrachet
On Sale $53.99
A pungent nose of reduction and petrol notes strongly suggests that this would benefit from a few minutes in a decanter if you’re tempted to try a bottle young. Otherwise there is very good tension and delineation to the medium weight flavors that deliver fine depth and very solid length for a villages level Chassagne. Moreover this is notably finer than the average example and while I wouldn’t describe this as a wine of finesse, it’s certainly not rustic.
89 Points, Burghound
2015 Jean-Marc Burgaud Beaujolais-Villages Chateau de Thulon
On Sale $11.99
Bright magenta. Very fresh and energetic on the nose, displaying fresh cherry and red berry qualities and a subtle mineral overtone. Shows very good freshness and lift on the palate, offering vivacious raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that tighten up on the back half. Shows a light touch for the vintage and closes long and taut, featuring lingering red fruit character and just a hint of dusty tannins. This wine punches well above its weight, appellation-wise.
91 Points, Vinous Media
2015 Jean Marc Burgaud Regnie Vallieres
On Sale $14.99
The 2015 Regnie Vallieres underwent a 7-day carbonic maceration and was bottled in April after the vintage. It has a slightly muted nose following the feisty Beaujolais Villages, does not quite “sing” as Jean-Marc’s other 2015s. The palate is fleshy on the entry, quite saline at first with edgy tannin. Plenty of dark cherries here that have a pleasant bitter edge that lend tension, leading to a composed finish that does not quite possess the length as the Beaujolais Villages. Still, this is a fine Regnie.
88 Points, The Wine Advocate
2011 Jules Desjourneys Fleurie “Chapelle des Bois”
On Sale $49.99
The 2011 Fabien Duperray Fleurie La Chapelle des Boiscomes from 1.9 hectares of vines on granitic sand, from vines aged 60 and 120 years (certified by Ecocert). Cropped at just 17.40 hectoliters per hectare, it is aged for 24 months, half in oak, of which 20% is new. There is tangible warmth on the nose, a sumptuousness that comes through the scents of macerated dark cherries and boysenberry infused with dried violet petals. The palate is full-bodied for a Fleurie, with dense tannins, very masculine and deep, with broody black fruit. There is a huge weight on the finish, although I feel that bottle age is necessary for it to evolve the requisite finesse and in order to express the character of the appellation. Drink 2018-2025.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate