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Wine Notes: March 2014

Jeffery Lindenmuth - March 2014

Sagelands Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2011
With its modest alcohol, nimble flavors, and lovely balance, this lighter-style Chard is as food-friendly as they come. Small doses of other white grapes fill the aromatic voids with pear, pineapple, and flowers. The palate is crisp with tart apple and hints of buttery toast. A nice apéritif or superb pairing with prawns.
Score: 87
Cost: $104
Cases: 3,500

Boutari Moschofilero Mantinia 2012
This trailblazing Greek white continues to excel. Ripe and aromatic, with seductive aromas of stone fruits, mulled apple, and gooseberry, the fruit comes draped in baking spices. The palate reveals plenty of juicy fruit, along with a hint of chive and sea salt on the fresh finish.
Score: 88
Cost: $126
Cases: 105,556

E. Boeckel Gewürztraminer Alsace 2011
Zesty and bright with tangy acidity and flavors of grapefruit and tangerine, this dry rendition features exotic flavors of ginger, anise, and spices on the palate, lending it the complexity to marry with Asian fish stews or grilled fish. A stony mineral quality defines the fresh finish.
Score: 89
Cost: $200

Michelot Meursault Les Narvaux 2011
Elegant and alluring, aromas of peach and lemon curd, with toasted hazelnut and smoke, introduce this striking Chardonnay. On the palate, the wine delivers good concentration of fruit, pouring silky and smooth, with pleasant acidity rising out of the savory finish, where lingering notes of fennel and spice emerge.
Score: 90
Cost: $550
Cases: 20 imported

Marc Roy Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2011
A vibrant and pure expression of Pinot Noir, this medium-bodied wine opens with plump cherry and ripe raspberry aromas, before subtle glimpses of tea and smoke begin peering through. Thoroughly seductive in its texture, the tannins are here to support the gleaming, gorgeous fruit, as it washes through the long finish.
Score: 90
Cost: $480
Cases: 580

Chehalem Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Ridge-crest Vineyards 2011
With its tart cherry and rhubarb notes echoing on the palate, this Pinot offers impressive complexity in a lithe package. The layered flavors include earth, pepper, smoky spice, and caramel, with a supple texture and refreshing finish of plump red berries buoyed by acidic verve.
Score: 92
Cost: $500
Cases: 515

Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2011
This wine embraces Viognier’s white flower and perfumed quality, while delivering a fresh and juicy palate of peach and apple fruit, bolstered by toasted brioche and vanilla flavors. With generous body, but good acidic cut, distinctive minerality, and a vibrant finish, this a remarkable and singular expression of the grape.
Score: 94
Cost: $1,800
Cases: 40 imported

Domaine St.-Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape White Cuvée Spéciale Vieilles Clair­ettes 2011
An aroma dripping with stone fruit, orange marmalade, honeysuckle, and almond portends the richness and intensity of this white, crafted from 100 percent Clairette. The palate adds honeycomb, juicy melon, and salted butter, as the striking mineral surges forward on the long finish. Nervy acidity lends this robust wine freshness and balance.
Score: 94
Cost: $790
Cases: 525/1.5L

Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne Rare 2002
With a powerful presence and an intense aroma, this vintage Champagne launches in a beguiling sequence of flavors, including tart apple, citrus peel, pie crust, pear, ginger, yeast, and even hints of red berry from 30 percent Pinot Noir. The palate is racy and razor sharp, finally delivering smoke, seashell minerals, and spice on the rich finish.
Score: 97
Cost: $1,600
Cases: 1,000