Dorato. Splendidi i sentori dolcemente agrumati, con essenza di mandarino, cedro candito, poi zenzero, miele, biancospino, albicocca in confettura, sasso di fiume. Bocca rotonda, splendidamente armonica, senza una minima sbavatura
Luminoso dorato. Al naso sensazioni di albicocca e pesca gialla, si alternano a note minerali di roccia liquida, poi rosa, mandarino candito, zenzero, anice stellato. Grasso e saporoso in bocca, ha incredibile persistenza
Took about 60 minutes for the excess alcohol to blow off and for the wine to gain complexity. peach, white jasmine, honeysuckle, ...amazing with as an aperitif with pate de poulet and good company. Too expensive for its reputation, but a great condrieu nonetheless. Drink or hold. 14%abv.
Had this wine in magnum, served slightly chilled. It was a revelation. A wow wine of the highest order. Very mineral, chalky tones on the nose, with gorgeous peaches, cream and hints of violets. In the mouth, this was pure nectar. Silky, oily, sweet fruits (but without being too thick or cloying), fresh as a daisy, perfect acidity, and a fabulous long, long finish. Balanced, intense, long and complex. Certainly, the best Condrieu I have ever tasted, and right up there in terms of great white wines. A masterpiece. I shall remember it for a very long time!
Casual Rhone Dinner (Storefront Company - Chicago IL): Started slightly musty, but the wine's floral and perfumed character emerged within 10-15 minutes. Incredibly alluring and ripe with an oily tropical nature. Aromatics kept getting more and more intense for an hour. I think this is at its peak today, possibly just past that peak, but should drink great for at least another couple of years.
Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.
This week's Friday SPECIAL list is one of the best in a while - there's something for everyone and all are worth consideration, especially at the prices - about the same as at the cellar door for each (or lower).
All of the items below have exemplary provenance and have been stored under ideal conditions. With the state of the Euro, most on this list took a lot of cajoling so I hope you support it.
PLEASE BE PATIENT with Niki on final allocations - there could be a fairly large response due to pricing:
1999 Giuseppe Lonardi Amarone della Valpolicella 1.5lt STRICT LIMIT 2/person
Yes, this is a magnum. A crazy price.
2000 Giuseppe Lonardi Amarone della Valpolicella 1.5lt STRICT LIMIT 2/person
Much better than the touted 2001 - Also a magnum. Another crazy price.
Let's see, last year's Cuvee Christine was a WA95 and Josh Raynolds already gave this a 93 in the IWC, making it one of the highest scoring of his review (Parker hasn't rated the 2006 yet). At this price, I don't think our parcel will last very long...
2006 Georges Vernay Condrieu "Coteaux du Vernon" STRICT LIMIT 2/person This one isn't about price - the wine has become so hard to obtain that I'll take what I can get. One of the grand dames of Europe, a simply surreal drinking experience on par with the world's finest white wines. Singular and captivating in the way that 1989 Laville-Haut Brion is as well.
2005 Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale STRICT LIMIT 6/person
2005 Violot-Guillemard Pommard 1er Cru "Les Platieres" (BH88-91) STRICT LIMIT 3/person This is not the generic Pommard... One of the best prices out there for a 2005 Pommard 1er and a wine I've enjoyed since the original barrel tastings all the way to bottle. Should age beautifully.
1999 Il Ciliegio Vin Santo 500ml (Riserva)
No, this is not a joke - maybe the best dessert wine deal we've ever offered on something this limited...cinnamon, candied clementine, almonds...should I go on? Can be left open for a week or more with little if any degradation - I left mine open for a month. At this price, guilt-free experimentation is easy...