New Wines This Week

2009 Reynvaan “In the Rocks” Syrah – The 2008 Reynvaan “In the Rocks” Syrah received 95 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and 93 points from Wine Spectator, and we anticipate similar rave reviews for the 2009 from this up-and-coming Walla Walla producer. The Advocate’s review on the 2008 was accompanied by these comments: “Reynvaan Family Vineyards produces its wines from organically farmed, estate-grown fruit. The Reynvaans have essentially entrusted their entire operation to Christophe Baron of Cayuse. It is the only winery with which he consults because he has been given carte blanche to go for the best. Based on these wines, it was a no-brainer of a decision.” (08/11) “In the Rocks” is a Syrah-Viognier blend with an intensely dark-fruited nose undescored by cracked pepper and smoked meat. Gamey flavors continue on the palate, accented by vanilla spice and savory herbs. This complex, meaty Syrah needs air to fully express itself; enjoy young with decanting or lay it away for a few years to develop further in bottle. Buy in store or Online at ShopTipples.com

2009 Domaine de Pallus Chinon Les Pensees de Pallus – Since the debut 2004 vintage, Les Pensées has grown in stature with each passing vinage. It is assembled from parcels on several different soil types, with the aim to define “Chinon” in a glass. It reveals classic Loire Valley Cabernet Franc aromas and flavors, but with remarkable precision and the kind of textural depth that is rarely seen in Chinon. 91 points Wine Spectator “”Concentrated, with black currant, fig and crushed cherry fruit, but also racy, with a mouthwatering iron note cutting through this, backed by lively tobacco, juniper and olive notes on the finish.” Buy in store or Online at ShopTipples.com

Bugey Montagnieu NV – The wines of Bugey are little known outside of their own home, but the whites are crisp and fresh and the Sparkling wines of Bugey Montagnieu are lively with a blend of Chardonnay and the local varietal of Altesse.The Franck Peillot is the 5th generation to take the reins of this small family vineyard. His Vin du Bugey-Montagnieu sparkling wine is made of a majority of the native Altesse with a little Chardonnay also used. It is made in the method Champenoise tradition. It is a dry, aromatic, minerally sparkling wine with good acidity that can be drank as nice aperitif or aged to enjoy it’s complexities in the future. Buy in store or Online at ShopTipples.com

2011 Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir – 90 points Wine Advocate. Calera’s 2011 Pinot Noir Central Coast wafts from the glass with freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries and mint. This is a fairly laid-back vintage for the wine, with less of the pure breed of the 2009 and 2010, but frankly that may be an unfair comparison as those wines were superb over achievers. The 2011 is more an inline performer. The tense, saline finish laced with pretty floral and spiced notes is lovely. Buy in store or Online at ShopTipples.com

2010 Elisabetta Foradori Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco – In general, Elisabetta Foradori’s wines need little introduction. They are already the stuff of legends. For some 20+ years Elisabetta has been quietly tweaking and tinkering with her local grape varieties indigenous to the high Dolomite Alps of Trentino-Alto Adige, most notably the brooding red grape teroldego and the buoyant and aromatic white, nosiola. This is a peculiar white wine based on the little known, oft-misunderstood grape variety called Incrocio Manzoni. Signor Manzoni, a well-respected Italian hort iculturalist and botanist turned up with this variety high in the Dolomites many decades ago. It is a hybrid of riesling and pinot blanc that is actually fairly common in the Alto -Adige. Here it is vinified half in anfora and half in stainless steel. The result is a bright, crisp and savory alpine white wine with lots of character. Buy in store or Online at ShopTipples.com

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