Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My Picks: Vintages On-Line Exclusives -- May 19

Here’s my shopping list for this week’s Vintages On-Line Exclusives Release.


DOMAINE OSTERTAG HEISSENBERG RIESLING 2007, AC Alsace (France); #0164962; 13% ABV; $35
One of the best producers in Alsace…believes in terroir…Biodynamic too…and a great vintage! Nuff said.

Off the Beaten Track

BODEGA DEL ABAD CARRACEDO TINTO MENCÍA 2005, DO Bierzo (Spain); #0167718; 14% ABV; $29
100% Mencia from Bierzo! Bierzo is up in northwest Spain, with influence from both Atlantic and Mediterranean climates. Mencia is the red varietal native to Beirzo. Amazing wines now coming from there. Unfiltered.

SCHIOPETTO SAUVIGNON 2007, DOC Collio (Friuli, Italy); #0165027; 14% ABV; $29
100% Sauvignon Blanc. OK, so it’s not a native grape. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. A good summer wine; should be great with grilled seafood.

SERGIO MOTTURA POGGIO DELLA COSTA GRECHETTO 2008; IGT Civitella d'Agliano (Lazio, Italy); #0165043; 14% ABV; $20
100% Grechetto, an underappreciated varietal from central Italy. Aged on its lees in stainless steel. Another candidate for summer sipping on the patio with grilled seafood.

VIGNE DEI MASTRI MARCELLO ROSSO 2007, DOC Monferrato (Piedmont, Italy); #0167411; 14% ABV; $24
A blend of Barbera (40%), Merlot (40%), and Albarossa (20%). Albarossa is a Barbera x Nebbiolo crossing and this is the first time that I’ve seen it used. Aged 14 months in French oak.

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