2015 Domaine Delarche, Pernand-Vergelesses “Les Combottes,” $49.75
Winery info: Established in the 1940s in the northern end of Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune region. They are based in the picturesque hamlet of Pernand-Vergelesses, which is adjacent to the famed hill Corton, source of some of the most stunning white wines in Burgundy. Pernand-Vergelesses wines can be very reminiscent of Grand Cru Corton-Charlemagne, but at much more down-to-earth prices.
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay from vines averaging over 30 years in age. They use indigenous yeasts and ferment in mostly older French oak barrels.
Vineyard: Les Combottes is an east-facing vineyard high up on the slope with clay and limestone soil, along with some marl.
Flavor Profile: Aromas of spice, crushed stone, and a hint of citrus with pure flavors of white fruit and a touch of pepper on the finish. With beautiful concentration and texture.
Availability: The distributor has less than two cases left.
Drinkability: From an excellent vintage, this wine is lovely now, or over the next few years.
Food Pairing: Perfect for shellfish, such as oysters or clams, seafood in general, or sushi.
2008 Masciarelli, Villa Gemma, $39.75
Winery info: The iconic Italian wine guide, Gambero Rosso, has called winemaker Gianni Masciarelli one of Italy’s finest winemakers. He began making his own wines in 1981 was a bit of a revolutionary in the region, in that he used extremely low yields, practiced organic farming, and introduced French barriques in his cellar to add depth and complexity to his wines. Over the years Gambero Rosso has awarded Masciarelli’s wines nearly 30 Tre Bicchieri (“three glasses”—their highest honor), including 14 straight years for this wine, his flagship Villa Gemma. Gianni passed away in 2008, the year of this vintage, but the winery continues in the capable hands of his wife, Marina and their daughter, Miriam.
Grapes: 100% Montepulciano
Vineyard: From their vineyards In San Martina sulla Marrucina, situated at 1300 feet above sea level with clay/calcareous soil.
Flavor Profile: Intense and complex, with rich, powerful, dark fruit flavors and undertones of spice and black pepper. A bold, yet elegant wine.
Availability: The distributor is now out of this vintage.
Drinkability: Enjoy this wine now or over the next three years.
Food Pairing: A fabulous wine for meat (beef, game, pork, lamb), mushroom dishes, or with olive or anise-based cuisine.