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Wine Notes: July/August 2014

Jeffery Lindenmuth - July/August 2014

Planeta Sicilia La Segreta White 2012
A blend of international and local grapes—Grecanico, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Fiano—ensures this tangy Italian white offers layers of intrigue. A floral and tropical fruit nose; a palate of pear, white peach, and lemon; and a finish that balances lively acidity with a saline and mineral finish add up to a perfectly refreshing and well-balanced summer white.
Score: 86
Cost: $144
Cases: 50,000

Viña Leyda Pinot Noir Leyda Valley Classic 2012
Taking its name from Chile’s cool Leyda Valley, this winery serves up a winsome Pinot Noir, with classic flavors of cherry and raspberry, a medium body, and mouthwatering acidity. Its fruit purity, soft tannins, and pleasing notes of spice and earth underscore the red fruit, showing great varietal character.
Score: 87
Cost: $120
Cases: 10,500

St. Francis Merlot Sonoma Valley 2009
With pleasant notes of cherry, herbs, cocoa, and licorice, this red offers moderate complexity but immense likeability with its easy-drinking style, plush red fruit, and smooth tannins. Versatile as a by-the-glass red and equally serviceable with red meat, this wine can make you fall in love with Merlot again.
Score: 87
Cost: $184
Cases: 29,000

Ronco Delle Betulle Friuli Colli Orientali White Vanessa 2009
With an expressive nose redolent of jasmine, cardamom, and peach pie, this Italian white delivers elegance and complexity, juicy pear and peach fruit meeting smoke and flinty mineral on the palate. Pinot Bianco, Friulano, and Ribolla Gialla mesh nicely in this fresh wine with a floral finish.
Score: 90
Cost: $35
Cases: 350

Cune Rioja Reserva 2009
Beneath the initial rush of ripe red fruits lurk licorice, smoke, and spice aromas that persist nicely on the palate, with its plush texture, fresh acidity, and polished tannins. A fine balance of dried fruit and savory notes with a very dry finish keeps this rooted in the Old World, despite the lavish dose of nicely integrated toasty oak.
Score: 91
Cost: $220
Cases: 900

Churchill Douro Grande Reserva 2011
Touriga Nacional shines in this robust red that exhibits familiar Port flavors, and staying power, in a suave and approachable red wine. Black plum and crushed berry fruit is sprinkled with black pepper notes and mingled with savory black olive and dark chocolate, while the full, creamy palate displays graphite and mineral notes on the long finish.
Score: 94
Cost: $550
Cases: 50

Falletto di Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2007
One of the rare Riserva bottlings, its red label indicates that Giacosa saw something especially profound in this vintage, where classic Nebbiolo flavors of cherry and violet, licorice and spice, converge in a seductive aroma. While robust on the palate, the wine also exudes balance and grace, with tobacco notes appearing on the finish.
Score: 95
Cost: $3,535
Cases: 170

Jacques Prieur Meursault Perrières 2011
From less than one acre of Chardonnay in this premier cru, Prieur crafts a striking wine, with lean fruit flavors of green apple and lemon pierced by stony mineral and tinged with spicy oak. The intense flavors join harmoniously through the long finish, with lingering citrus and finely honed mineral edge.
Score: 95
Cost: $2,450
Cases: 3

Dr. Hermann Riesling Beerenauslese Gold Cap Mosel Erdener Prälat 2012
An aroma dripping with honeyed stone fruits—peach and apricot—along with candied orange, pastry, and generous smoke leads to a creamy, fruit-filled palate, where the sweet, plump fruit is laced with spice and buoyed by ample acidity in a richly layered finish that goes for days.
Score: 95
Cost: $3,500
Cases: 12