Splurge Sips – Wines over $50

Sparkling
Laurent Perrier Brut Rose $75, Champagne
Ruinart Blanc de Blanc $75, Champagne
Champagne Krug Grande Cuvee Brut $150, Champagne
2006 Dom Perignon $150, Champagne
2006 Louis Roderer Cristal $200
Rose
2014 Domains Ott Chateau Romassan Bandol Clair de Noir $48 Elegant – not a word usually associated with Rose’ but true none the less. Beautifully crafted. From the coastal area in Bandol.  Pale pink, with an almost light orange cast. Delicate flavors of strawberry with little squeeze of grapefruit. Crispy dry.
Chardonnay
2013 Domaine Servin Chablis les Clos Grand Cru $60 “Pale, bright yellow-green. Subtle, pure aromas of lime, white peach, white pepper and white flowers, with the faintest exotic hint of tangy fresh apricot. Supple, silky and elegant, conveying an impression of elegance to its sweet lemon, lime and white peach flavors. Vibrant and energetic for 2013. Like the rest of Servin’s 2013 crus, this wine should be accessible early and give pleasure over the next decade or so.” – Stephen Tanzer. Tasting date: June 2015
2011 Domaine Louis Latour Meursault Charmes $55 Lovely white peach. I’ve loved Meursault since visiting ages ago and enjoying this wine with garlicy frogs legs!
2012 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay Napa $65 Tropical and intense.  A mouthful that has many layers
Riesling
Dr. Loosen Riesling Eiswein 2012 $80 375ml bottle

 

Other White
2012 Guigal Condrieu $60 Lovely. Classic.  Richly satisfying from one of the best Rhone producers.
1999 d’Yquem $100 (auction price) for half bottle 375ml
2012 Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Herrenweg de Turckheim $50
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
St. Jean 2010 Cinq Cepages $60 A modest splurge for a Bordeaux style wine that is boldly driven by the Cabernet in the blend.
2012 Pride Mountain Vineyards  Merlot $60 With apologies to Emeril – BAM!  This is a big juicy Merlot that shows off what this grape can be.  Bold plummy fruitiness with a dash of mocha.  Ripe and full bodied.
Larkmead 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon $110 This is a fabulous wine.  Larkmead sells on an allocated basis so you either have to get on the list or try the auction houses.  Dynamic estate Cabernet.  Certainly age-worthy, but this 2012 we had tasted great, especially after decanting and letting it open up for a couple of hours.
Larkmead Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 $100 I get this on allocation but you may find it on an auction site.  Fabulous Cabernet.  Big and bold fruit with amazing layers of flavor.  Needs a few years to do it full justice.
2012 Chateau Pape Clement Pessac Leognan $100
2012 Chateau Rauzan Segla Margaux $70
2013 Chateau Pontet Canet Pauillac $100
2000 Chateau Latour Pauillac $1,000 – if you have one of these call me!!!
2010 Chateau d’Issan Margaux $80.”A complete, medium to full-bodied, exquisite Margaux from this medieval, moat-encircled, compellingly beautiful estate in the southern Medoc, D’Issan’s 2010 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot – a dense, purple-colored wine with beautiful aromatics of spring flowers, blueberries and black raspberries as well as hints of cassis, tar and charcoal. The wine is gorgeously pure, well-balanced, and soft enough to be approached in 4-5 years or cellared for 25-30.” -Robert Parker Reviewed by: The Wine Advocate – 95 pts
2012 Opus One $235.”Glorious purity of fruit here with black currants, blueberries, dark chocolate, fresh herbs and forest floor. Hints of mint too, plus hazelnut and chocolate. Full body with seamless tannins and balance. Tight and compacted tannins with beautiful fruit and great length. Goes on for minutes. One of the best Opus’ in years. Hard not to drink now but better in 2018. October 2015 release. This is 79% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc, 6% merlot, 6% petit verdot and 2% malbec.” – July 28th, 2015 Reviewed by: James Suckling – 97 pts
Groth Cabernet Oakville $55
Chimney Rock Cabernet Stags Leap $70
2012 Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford $180

 

Pinot Noir
2010 Domaine Mugnier Nuits St. George, Clos de la Marechale, Premier Cru $100 A highly rated and bold Pinot with lots of oomph. Decant a couple of hours if you plan to drink it with dinner.
2012 Domaine A. F. Gros Chambolle Musigny $80 Ah, Burgundy. Delicious Pinot with complexity and just a hint of Burgundian earth under the lush raspberry flavor. I drank this young and loved it.  Great structure and depth.
Syrah/Shiraz
2012 Hentley Farm Shiraz The Beast $80
Zinfandel
Martinelli Giuseppe & Luisa Zinfandel 2013 $65 First tasted an earlier vintage of this at the winery and was blown away.  Concentrated dried black cherry. Big fruit and a mouthful of wine in every sip – isn’t always easy to get.
Other Red
2009 Vietti Barolo Brunate $135
2011 Gaja Barbaresco $190
2009 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino $56
2009 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino $58
2007 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Paganelli $100
Alvaro Palacios Finca Dori $80 It’s the bomb.  Single vineyard Garnacha.
2010 Chateau Saint Jean Cinq Cepages $66. Always delivers! 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot.
2012 Dominus $210. I have had other vintages but not the 2012. According to Parker: “Flirting with perfection, the 2012 Dominus is composed of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Five thousand cases were produced, a relatively modest amount from this large vineyard’s big crop. Christian Moueix told me that there was plenty of heat in 2012, but there were no excessive hot spells that can plague Napa Valley vintners during the growing season and harvest. This wine’s opaque plum/purple color is accompanied by a beautiful nose of sweet crème de cassis, a touch of background oak (only 40% new oak is used), spice box, cedar wood, black cherries and a hint of spring flowers. The complex, intense aromatics are followed by a deep, opulent, multidimensional, full-bodied wine with not a hard edge to be found. Everything is seamlessly crafted in this beauty and the vintage’s abundant richness is well-displayed. This 2012 can be drunk in its exuberant youthfulness or cellared for another 20-25 years.” – Robert M. Parker, Jr., eRobertParker.com #215, Oct 2014. Reviewed by: The Wine Advocate – 99pts
2010 Allegrini Amarone $70. Amarone elegance. Confession: I am partial to Allegrini wines!