2013 Poderi Elia, Barbaresco Serracapelli, $49.75
Winery info: The Stella family have been producing wine in their commune of Neive, in the heart of Piedmont’s Barbaresco area, since 1890. We have featured several previous vintages of this wine in the club. Federico Stella is extremely meticulous and serious about every aspect of his winemaking. Case in point: he experimented with over 30 combinations of French oak before settling on his cooperage formula!
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo
Vineyard: Their estate vineyard, with white tufo (clay and sand) soil. Planted in 1970.
Flavor Profile: Stunningly elegant, with aromas of red current, violets, and Morello cherry. It is full-bodied, with solid structure and round, fine-grained tannins that will continue to soften with time.
Availability: They make only about 600 cases annually and, because it is a direct import through Small Vineyards, almost all that is imported is allocated to pre-orders.
Drinkability: Give it a few years to develop, then enjoy by 2023.
Food Pairing: Perfect for osso bucco, roasted meat or fowl, salumi, or wild mushroom dishes.
2016 Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard, Hautes-Côtes de Beaune, “Sous Éguisons,” $43
Winery info: Based in Chassagne-Montrachet, a village in the Côte de Beaune district of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or. Although this region is planted 80% to Pinot Noir, it is particularly renowned for its Chardonnays. Jean-Noël Gagnard inherited vineyards here from his parents and began to make wine in 1960. He continued to expand the estate over the years and in 1989 passed the reins over to his daughter, Caroline Lestimé. She is committed to viticulture and winemaking practices that respect the land and the region. The winery is certified organic and follows biodynamic methods.
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay, aged on its fermentation lees in French oak (one third new each year) for 12 to 15 months.
Vineyard: Sous-Éguisons, a parcel in La Rochepot which is considered to be one of the best communes in the appellation. The parcel is named for the cliff above the vineyard which offers protection from the harsh north winds, allowing the grapes to ripen more slowly and develop beautiful varietal character.
Flavor Profile: Deep in both color and flavor, this wine is expressive and elegant, with an excellent balance of fresh acidity and rich, beguiling body and depth. The aromas and flavors of fresh white and yellow fruit linger on the long finish.
Availability: Only 300 cases made. The distributor has a small amount left.
Drinkability: It is drinking beautifully now. Enjoy it over the next year or so, up to 2020.
Food Pairing: Fish, shellfish, or chicken dishes.