Wine Notes: December 2013
Jeffery Lindenmuth - December 2013
La Marca Extra Dry Prosecco NV
By-the-glass or as a banquet bubbly, this is a sure crowd-pleaser for its bright and inviting fruit aroma of white peach and melon, laced with floral notes. The medium-bodied palate offers refreshing lemony citrus and crisp apple fruit, with subtle notes of spice and mineral that enhance the brisk, balanced finish. Score: 85/Cost: $160/Cases: 470,000
Markham Merlot Napa Valley 2010
Richly layered, yet supple, soft, and approachable, this velvety Merlot is aromatic of raspberry, cherry, vanilla, and toasted nuts, while the palate reveals good intensity of red plum fruit, coupled with chocolate nibs and herbs. Good structure and plush tannins are apparent on the lingering finish.
Score: 88/Cost: $225/Cases: 25,000
Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc California 2012
This reliably crisp, affordable, and delicious rendition is an artful blend of fruit from across multiple regions and fermented in stainless steel. Floral aromas lead to juicy flavors of stone fruit, Key lime, and tropical fruit, while still embracing the grape’s hallmark vivacity and acidity.
Score: 89/Cost: $120/Cases: 49,475
Montaudon Brut Rosé Champagne Grande Rosé NV
A true rosé Champagne that is priced for by-the-glass pours, yet is also robust enough for a variety of foods, with its bold bass notes of black currant and dried cherry fruit. Delightful biscuit flavors and a persistent frothy mousse are testaments to the pedigree of this well-balanced wine.
Score: 90/Cost: $360/ Cases: 4,000
Jayson Napa Valley 2010
Showing all the pure, rich fruit expected from Jayson Pahlmeyer, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec is built upon a solid foundation of dark fruit—blackberry, plum, and cherry—while notes of espresso and herbs impart complexity as the finish delivers finely polished tannins and plush fruit.
Score: 90/Cost: $540/Cases: 2,500
Bodegas Y Viñedos Tábula Ribera del Duero 2009
This modern Tempranillo delivers the region’s vivid black cherry fruit, with impressive intensity on the palate, while French oak aging adds alluring licorice, smoke, spice, and toast that integrate beautifully with the bounty of ripe fruit. Ample tannins exhibit good grip on the finish, lending cellar potential.
Score: 90/Cost: $550/Cases: 2,000
Leeuwin Chardonnay Margaret River Art Series 2010
A flagship white not just for Leeuwin, but also for Western Australia, this wine, while somewhat reticent in aroma, unleashes waves of guava, quince, pear, and figgy flavors on the palate, exhibiting restrained power that allows the hints of baking spice and toast to shine. Full-bodied, with deft balance and a lasting finish.
Score: 95/Cost: $744/Cases: 500
Louis Jadot Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles 2010
Through its elegant nose of citrus blossoms, stone fruits, and vanilla, to its seductive creamy body buoyed by lively juiciness, this wine triumphs in its poise and balance. Richly layered, with bright acidity and a mineral streak, this is a harmonious wine that will continue to reward for a decade or more.
Score: 96/Cost: $3,200
Penfolds Shiraz South Australia Grange 2008
Australia’s greatest icon wine excels in this vintage, showcasing muscle and grace in the same breath. The fruit is pure and intense, with blueberry and plum nearly cloaking the new American oak, so that only glimmers of exotic spice, coffee, anise, cocoa, and bay leaf peer through. Thoroughly commanding, yet never weighty or ungainly, this is a remarkable expression of Shiraz.
Score: 100/Cost: $6,800/Cases: 330