- Bodegas Laukote Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada 2010 Product #27282 (In Stock)
Norberto Miguel only makes this, his top wine, in selected vintages of exceptional ripeness and quality. It’s from 80+ year-old Tempranillo vines planted by Norberto’s grandfather and grown on the rocky, barren, soils of Rioja Alavesa. Norberto hand-harvests the grapes when they taste good to him and then crushes them gently by foot to extract plenty of color and flavor without getting harsh tannins from the stems or seeds. After vinification the wines go into American and French oak barrels (about 30% new) And there the wine sits until Norberto thinks it’s ready – not one day longer.
The result is just about the perfect marriage between Rioja tradition and modern winemaking sensibility. In 2010, this wine is just fabulous, supple and mineral with excellent length and very little obvious oak. Scents of black raspberry and plum fruit accented by notes of sweet spice, tobacco, violets and a touch of iron. In the mouth, the wine is very pure and elegant, with focused dark fruit and spice lifted by a hint of tangy cherry acidity and supported by silky smooth, ripe, tannins. With air, a touch of coffee/mocha emerges and fruit broadens, but the minerality and acidity keep the wine focused, pure, and beautiful. Drink it now with roasted or grilled meats and enjoy how it gains even more layers over the next 8-10 years in cellar. Outstanding value for a Rioja of this quality and grace.
- Maillard Corton Blanc Grand Cru 2010 Product #27204 (In Stock)
A top-notch, Grand Cru white Burgundy here from first sniff to last sip. There's a touch of reduction on the nose - as there should be in a wine built to age - but also oodles of salty caramel, grilled pear, roasted hazelnut, tangy butter and crisp apple scents. True Grand Cru size and texture here, as the wine fills your mouth and coats your palate with a lush, almost oily, texture. On opening, the flavors are still fairly compact in this young, young, beauty but intense ripe peach and apple fruit, butter, and warm nut elements show immediately over layers of chalky mineral and fresh mint. Give it some air, the the palate explodes with notes of nectarine, grilled pineapple, lemon curd, and even more mint joining the show.
The big, rich, texture, is perfectly balanced by bracing acidity and loads of chalky mineral on the firm, fresh, finish where a note of tangy peach and more hazelnut goes on and on. It's amazing for a wine of this ripeness, power, and size to have so much saline, mineral, freshness - but, then, that's why it's a Grand Cru! Let it sit for 3-4 years and enjoy for 20.