Tasted 07-24-17 thru 07-28-17, Nicholas Troilo

Wines tasted during the week on July 24th thru July 28th are not posted here. All the wines we tasted during that period are in our Wine Club notes or have been or will be sent via email offers to our subscribers. They were all that good.

Tasted 07-25-17, Nicholas Troilo

Domaine De Pouy Côtes de Gascogne 2014. Made from 100% Ungi Blanc grown in the stoney soil of the area gives the wine a clear, bright white color with a nose of wet stone and pineapple. There is a pure, honest expression of ripe fruit on the palate with a bit of orange peel. Low in alcohol makes it perfect of summer drinking. We learned of an August price increase. If you are a subscriber to our email list, check your email for ordering.
We are offering it in July at $120 the case.

Evozúcio Tokai Furmint 2016 - a very clean, clear transparent white color that is almost lost in the glass. The color defies the nose and palate since the nose is peach and cinnamon and there is some weight on the palate which finishes with a hint of anise.
$15 the bottle $160 the case

Lunae Colli Di Luni Vermentino 2015 - another good summertime white, low in alcohol, and bright and clear in the glass. A bit of lemon and limestone on the palate. I wanted more acidity in the wine but I like whites with high acidity in the summer to match summertime foods.
$21.00 the bottle $225.00 the case

Dry Creek Dy Chenin Blanc 2016 – We chose this wine today for both our medley and white wine club selections. We’ll have a complete notes and background on the wine later this week.

Nippozzano Chianti Riserva Rufina
– from the house of Frescobaldi – 13% alcohol. Pretty, bright, red, ruby color; lovely cherry nose; hint of sweet violets and strawberry, slight hint of chocolate on the end. The Nippozzano, from vintage to vintage, never fails.
$24 the bottle. $256 the case.

Noble Tree Merlot 2013
– from the Wickersham Ranch in Sonoma County. Deep red color almost royal purple. Such a pretty nose of spicy fruit with a forward palate of raspberries and a spicy peppery finish.
$22 the bottle. $236 the case.

Tasted 07-24-17, Nicholas Troilo

831 Wine Company

The husband and wife team of Bob and Daphne Balentine make wines from grapes they purchase throughout Monterey County which as you might know has areas of differing soil composition. Monterey County also has several micro-climates which allows for the production of a variety of different grapes.
While Balentines like to showcase small growers and small plots within Monterey County, these wines are made for more general consumption at relatively modest prices with the reds averaging about $20 the bottle and the whites slightly less.
Today we tasted the 2014 Viogner, 2014 Chardonnay, 2014 Pinot Noir, 2015 Syrah, 2015Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2015 Petite Sirah,
Nothing about the wines sent me head-over-heels wanting to stock our shelves with these wines and they don't fit our portfolio requirements at this time. The wines will have appeal, I think, for large group gatherings and are good alternatives to the large branded items that carry a much heftier price tag.
I'd recommend them for parties because they will have general appeal and you won't see them everywhere. You can serve them whenever you might want without having you guest whispering that you went cheapo at the discounters for the event.
Ever wine has its place in the market. The 831 Wine Company's place is for the times you welcome a crowd.

Tasted 07-21-17, Nicholas Troilo

Four Wines from Aziendo Calcagno tasted today at 1:30pm

Azienda Calcagno Etna Ginestra Bianco 2015 – the wine is 85% Carricante, a grape indigenous to Sicily and primarily grown on the slopes of Mt. Etna. The other 15% is well, whatever. The nose is fresh and lively with grass and dew and on the palate I got mild acidity and nice minerals with a touch of pear and apple on the finish. Of course, the smoke of volcanic ash from the soil is there too. This wine may be a wine club white candidate so don’t buy now until we have the pricing set.

Azienda Calcagno Etna Rosato Arcuria 2016 – A pretty strawberry nose with hints of large stone peach fruit. There is nice weight and texture on the forward palate. A rich rosé that would definitely fall into the Brosé category. I could only think of lobster with drawn butter as I drank this wine. This is a wine we would buy now and keep through the autumn and winter season. It’s perfect for any time of year including, of course, the summer. But it’s not a sip alone rosé. It’s a serve with food rosé. We will have this wine in the shop starting next Wednesday and we will have it on the shelf until it is all gone. I’d suggest ordering by the case because not much came into the USA. The rosé market is geared to the summer beach crowd and this is a year round rosé that most unschooled consumers won’t appreciate. $21.00 the bottle $225.00 the case.

Azienda Calcagno Etna Rosso Feudi di Mezzo 2014 – from the Nerello Mascalese grape - another grape indigenous to the Sicilian slopes of Etna. This pretty wine has a nose of fresh fruit and flowers and mostly cherry on the forward palate. The wine sits in small used oak casts to mature so there is no oak or woody taste but the purity of the wine comes through. I got hints of chocolate and hazelnut on the finish with just very light tannins which makes the wine ready to drink now and for the next few years.
$34 the bottle $350.00 the case.

Azienda Calcagno Etna Rosso Arcuria 2014 – from two different grapes, Nerello Mascalee and Nerello Cappuccio grown on a higher elevation of Etna so the fruit is riper and fuller. This is a juicy wine with a nice tannic structure that will give the wine some aging capabilities. I would recommend buying this wine for the cellar. It is currently at a relatively low price with only limited quantities available. We won’t stock the wine except for our private cellar but we will be happy to order the wine for other collectors. Don’t get me wrong. You can drink the wine and enjoy it today. It’s just that I would like it to rest for another year or two. About three day advance notice needed to fulfill orders.
$35 the bottle $375.00 the case

Tasted 07-20-17, Nicholas Troilo

Chateau L'Argentier 2010 Coteaux Du Languedoc
from Elizabeth and François Jordon is a blend of the four grape varietals most often grown in the area. Because it is vinified in concrete cask there is none of the heavy, earthy tones often in wines from the area. I found it light and better as it sat in my glass. A little spice but mostly cherry on the palate. Could be a perfect summer BBQ red. A beach slugger?

Don't buy now. We may be offering it for our August Wine Club selection if the distributor has enough. Will let you know the best time to buy and best price

Tasted 07-19-17, Nicholas Troilo

Baron Patrick de Ladoucette Les Deux Tours 2015 - This Sauvignon Blanc from the fabled Ladoucette estate is all declassified Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé. I found the smokiness of the Fumé coming through on the nose with crisp acidity and a hint of pear on the mid-palate. The wine is clear and bright with a soft, pleasing finish. A great value at $19 the bottle, $205 the case

Bailly Lapierre Cremant de Bourgogne Rosé Brut. This sparkling Cremant is made from 50% pinot noir and 50% chardonnay and is all strawberry on the nose with a yeasty, doughy front palate and crisp acidity. This inexpensive sparkling wine I thought would be an ideal summer aperitif.
We didn’t taste the Brut which is 100% pinot noir with no skin contact but I’m told it is equally appealing as a summertime - anytime actually - wine. Same price as the Rosé Brut $22 the bottle, $237 the case

Thierry et Pascal Matrot Marranges Vielle Vigne 2014 - Marranges isn’t well known by most wine lovers but it is at the very tip of - it doesn’t matter. The wine has a bit of earthiness on the nose and then the rhubarb comes forward on both the nose and the forward palate. The wine is a bright, light rose color. Just pretty in the glass. It is the youngest, freshest pinot noir I’ve tasted to date with a bit of hazel nut on the end. If you like strawberry rhubarb pie, you’ll love this wines. $34 the bottle, $365 the case

Domaine Joblot Givery 1er Cru Clos Du Cellier Aux Moines 2013 - I loved this wine and found it one of the most interesting wines that we tasted today because of its freshness. It was all ripe cherry fruit with hints of pine and a great sense of the terroir. It had a long finish that kept me wanting to go back for more. There are only two cases available in CT and we will have those sold before this reaches you but if you can find it around in other markets, I’d suggest you buy a bottle to try. Look for vintage 2013.

Bertram Ambroise Beaume 1er Cru Les Tuvilains 2014 - A deep but clear garnet color with an impressive freshness on the forward palate. Bright raspberry, apple and cherry nose. Balanced acidity and fruit. Long, lasting small berry fruit finish. $54 the bottle, $570 the case.

Chauvenet- Chopin Bourgone Rouge 2013 - It doesn’t say Nuit St George on the label but in the glass you know it is all Chauvenet Nuit St George without the hefty price tag. I’m not sure why it is bottled this way but I really don’t care. I liked what was in the glass and it was all characteristically Nuit St. George juice - which, btw, was the very first bottle of burgundy wine I ever bought - on my honeymoon. $32 the bottle, $340 the case