07 Sep Ultimate Beaujolais & Germany Tasting!
Tuesday, September 10
5 to 7pm
In our Event Space
It doesn’t get any better (read: wine-nerdier) than this! We are tasting the best of the best from Germany (Terry Theise Rieslings) and the best of the best from Beaujolais (Kermit Lynch selections) this Tuesday!
Terry Theise and Germany
2008 Schlossgut Diel Goldloch Riesling Sekt Brut Nature, Nahe, Germany
On Sale $64.99
An extremely creamy and subtle sparkling riesling with a very long, super-elegant finish and a ton of salty minerals at the bone-dry finish. Drink or hold.
95 Points, James Suckling
2017 Carl Loewen Alte Reben Riesling Trocken “Laurentiuslay,” Mosel, Germany
On Sale $33.99
A Mosel riesling masterpiece. The fine floral honey on the nose slowly pulls you in. This is a very concentrated and refined wine that is anything but loud. A very graceful, pure finish. Drink or hold.
95 Points, James Suckling
2017 Muller-Catoir Riesling Trocken “Herrenletten,” Pfalz, Germany
On Sale $39.99
This is like a top GG, but for a friendly price. Very deep and complex wine with power that is totally underplayed. The balance is near perfect and the finish is super-long. From organically grown grapes. Long aging potential. Delicious now, or hold.
96 Points, James Suckling
2017 Von Winning Sauvignon Blanc “I,” Pfalz, Germany
On Sale $34.99
More smoky, ambitious; black-salt as if it grew on cold black lava. The palate is juicy and enveloping, again thoroughly green but not vegetal, as though the first shoots to emerge from the cooled-down magma were a leaf of verbena and a leaf of currant. By the way, if you still have any of the amazing (and +++) ’13 vintage-as I do-I’ve yet to open a bottle that made me question my first judgment. That is sensational wine.
2015 Von Winning Pinot Noir “II,” Pfalz, Germany
On Sale $34.99
This lovely Pinot has edged up in my estimation since I reviewed it for my last report, so I thought I would publish a fresh tasting note. A deep scent and ripe flavors of dark cherry are accented by smoky, pungent marjoram, with brown spice and caramelized resin from barrel nicely relegated to the background. (Attmann works with a wide range of tonneliers noted for the discreet efficacy of their barrels and their willingness to adapt to winemakers’ wishes.) Hints of marzipan further reinforce the impression of sweet ripeness, but at the same time meatiness and salinity lend savory counterpoint and saliva-inducement on a silken yet brightly juicy palate. That savor and brightness keeps the ripeness from turning in the least cloying.
90 Points, Antonio Galloni
Kermit Lynch Beaujolais
2017 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Villages
On Sale $13.99
he elegance, freshness, bright fruit, and utter affability of this beautiful wine will immediately blow you away. One glass is never enough.
2018 M & C Lapierre “Raisins Gaulois,” Beaujolais, France
On Sale $15.99
What’s the best turn of phrase to describe this year’s Raisins Gaulois, a vintage that combines the structure and depth of a cru Beaujolais with the unencumbered joie de vivre we’ve come to love and expect? Some options: seriously lighthearted; frivolously brooding; mercurially pragmatic. Let’s all try a bottle and then take a vote.
2018 Chateau Thivin Cotes de Brouilly, Beaujolais, France
On Sale $26.99
Thivin is an institution in the Côte de Brouilly appellation: the splendid château dates back to 1383, and the Geoffray family, who has called it home for generations, has a long history of producing fabulous wines from this fabled cru. Arguably even more legendary is the cuisine of Evelyne Geoffray, who tackles the crucial task of feeding hungry harvesters every September. Her cooking embraces the best of the French culinary tradition and puts forth the Beaujolais’ richness of fine local products. Loaded with wild fruit, spice, and crunchy minerality, Thivin’s Côte de Brouilly marries to perfection with Evelyne’s generous, soulful cuisine.
2018 Nicole Chanrion Cotes du Brouilly, Beaujolais, France
On Sale $20.99
Her Beaujolais is different from the rest, and when I have a glass of it in hand, I cannot imagine a better one. Hers is superbly winey, if you know what I mean. And forget any prejudice about wimpy Beaujolais. This woman makes macho wine. It is loaded! It is also super complex: mainly it smells of real, live red fruits, especially freshly crushed strawberries.
2017 Guy Breton Morgon Vieilles Vignes, Beaujolais, France
On Sale $31.99
Guy’s principal wine, the Morgon “Vieilles Vignes” is sourced from the Saint Joseph and Grand Cras subzones of the appellation, which give fine, stony wines. A high-lying sandy parcel contributes more complexity, structure, and acidity to the blend. Aromas of cherries, pungent soil, grilled meats and cassis introduce the 2017 Morgon Vieilles Vignes, a medium to full-bodied, chewy wine with good stuffing and structure that will need a year or two in the cellar to round out.
90 Points, The Wine Spectator