Collector’s Club – August 2014

2011 Pierre André, Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Blanc, “Les Forges” — Château de Corton André is located in the heart of Burgundy in the village of Aloxe-Corton. They own a number of Grand Cru parcels from which they produce stunning Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. They also have vineyard holdings in other parts of Burgundy, including the Hautes Côtes du Beaune in the Côte d’Or, along the hills above the Côtes de Beaune. Higher in elevation and more exposed to harsh weather, wines from the “high slopes” can be simpler and less complex than those from the more celebrated region below, but they are excellent values and we occasionally find some amazing offerings, such as this one. It is pretty and elegant with complex aromas of fruit, white flowers, and spice. Perfect with gougères (French cheese pastry) or ham. $22

2012 La Quercia, Falanghina Colli Aprutini — La Quercia is certainly a familiar face around here. Their regular Montepulciano is a perennial shop favorite and last month we put their Montepulciano Reserva in the club. In addition to their delightful wines, they also produce their own salami, bread, olive oil and cheese on their estate, located on a windy hillside in Abruzzo overlooking the Adriatic sea. But this is a brand new wine for them. A few years ago winemaker Antonio Lamona purchased a small vineyard plot in which happened to grow the classic Campainan grape, Falanghina. His original idea was to blend it with his other whites, but when he vinified the fruit, he discovered that the resulting wine was way too complex and too special to blend away. Thus was born his 100% Falanghina. Aged in oak for six months, it is a lovely, rich wine, full of flavor and notes of white flowers, sea salt, and pear. $19.75

2013 Domaine du Tariquet, Rosé — This Rosé comes from the Côtes de Gascogne region of southwest France. Since 1912 the estate has been run by the Grassa family, who earned their reputation for their excellent Armagnacs which they still produce today. But in the 1980s, their children, Maïté and Yves, broke from tradition and produced the estate’s first still wines. They continue to grow and produce a variety of delicious and well-priced still wines including this Rosé, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Tannat. This was the hit of our Rosé tasting this spring, with its bright pomegranate color, bold flavors of raspberry and spice, and wonderful freshness. It’s a Rosé for sipping on a hot day, or to pair with all sorts of foods: tapas, lighter Italian dishes, or any fresh summer fare. $14

2012 Perazzeta, Erio Rosso Toscano — Like La Quercia, the Tuscan estate of Perazzeta needs no introduction. By now you know many of Alessandro Bocci’s wines, always named for his family members. His daughter Sara, one of those namesakes, now helps produce his wines, including this one, which bears his father’s name. Erio (the wine) is their first and only SuperTuscan wine, a blend of half Sangiovese with 20% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, and 10% Merlot. Always intense and full of fresh fruit, this new vintage is especially delicious, beginning with wonderfully inviting aromas, and followed by soft, dark fruit flavor. Enjoy it with filet mignon, dry salty cheeses or a savory stew. $16

2011 Southard Winery, Columbia Valley Red — We recently tasted through the wines of this small, family-run winery and were blown away! Winemaker Scott Southard, fresh out of university with a degree in drama, realized his calling was actually wine, so he apprenticed at Kana and Yakima Cellars, later becoming full time winemaker at Kana. But he spent more and more time at the winery his parents had built by their vineyard just north of Selah, Washington. And he is already proving that he made the right career move—his wines are pure, elegant, and very deftly made. This one is a blend of 72% Syrah and 28% Zinfandel that knocked our socks off! It’s soft, inviting, perfectly balanced, and a delicious sipper, with or without food. $15

2010 Bodegas Tábula, Damana 5 — This 100% Tempranillo (known locally as Tinto Fino) from Spain’s Ribera del Duero region was a big hit at our Spanish tasting back in February. The small, limited production winery is located on the north side of the Duero river where some of the most revered wines of Spain are made. Combining very old vines with the latest technology, their goal is to make wines that “express the authentic terroir of la Ribera.” Their Damana 5 is dark and intense with a fantastic nose and flavors of red currant, cherry, and spice, finishing with nice soft tannins. This wine is delicious now and is perfect for grilled meats (especially lamb), pasta, pizza, or tapas. $18