94 Point Zinfandel!-Jack Tipple’s Weekly Wine Picks 1/31/18-2/7/18

Jack’s Picks of the Week: 1/31-2/7
OR while supplies last!

2016 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes
France-Loire Valley (Sancerre)

Winemaker’s Notes: “Les Baronnes” is typical of the Sancerre appellation and the Domaine Henri Bourgeois style. Subtle yet powerful, its persistence and harmony find their origin in the exposition and quality of the terroir. Crispy, and fruity this wine has some lime, apple and flint aromas balanced by ripe tropical and yellow orchard fruits.

A delight at the beginning of the meal, “Les Baronnes” is also an excellent companion to fish dishes such as Scallops with mango emulsion or roullade of bass in curry. The famous Crottin de Chavignol goat cheese, produced in the same region, is the perfect match.

Retail: $24.99
On Sale Thru 2/7: $20.99

2014 Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Zinfandel
California-Sonoma County (Russian River Zinfandel)

Winemaker’s Notes: Our flagship wine is sourced from vines originally planted by Italian immigrants in the early 1900’s. Seamless, with unparalleled clarity of flavor and aromas, this wine is a testament to the hands that have tended these vines for over a century. This little lane is undeniably special, undeniably unique. Varieties now all but extinct except where they are inter-planted in a few old Zinfandel vineyards-Peloursin, Negrette, and Petite Sirah– add structure, color, and acid. The rocks, the dirt, the morning fog and the afternoon sun form an ideal micro-climate that exists nowhere else. These special characteristics allow us to create wines of gravity and depth balanced by bright acidity, redolent of both the grit and the grace of our long history.

94 Points Robert Parker: The 2014 Zinfandel Estate is primarily Zinfandel, but there are other grapes in this mixed black field blend, including Peloursin, Négrette, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Carignan. This is a sensational Zinfandel, with an explosive nose of pepper, raw meat, blackberry, black raspberry and cherry. Deep, chewy and dense, it finishes at 14.8% natural alcohol. The owners of the well-known Marietta Cellars, the Bilbro family, have taken this once-moribund producer, Limerick Lane, and resurrected it to impressive heights of quality. This estate always had some fabulous terroirs spread among their 30 acres of relatively old-vine mixed black blends, dominated by Zinfandel and, to a certain extent, Syrah. They started with a difficult challenge, the 2011 harvest, but brothers Jake and Scott Bilbro hit pay dirt and have continued to build on that success with fabulous wines in 2012, 2013, and again with the following 2014’s.

93 Points Vinous: The 2014 Zinfandel (Russian River Valley) is flat out delicious. Supple, silky and enveloping, the 2014 captures the full personality of this site. Succulent red cherry, plum, menthol, licorice and sweet pipe tobacco are front and center. This racy Zinfandel will drink well for the next 10-15 years, perhaps more. Brothers Jake and Scot Bilbro have decided to concentrate on separate properties. Jake Bilbro is now overseeing Limerick Lane on his own, while Scot is focused on Marietta, the Bilbro family’s first winery. As always, the Limerick Lane wines are potent, which may be a massive understatement. The vineyard is planted with a number of different varieties, but this is Zinfandel country, so it is hardly a surprise the Zinfandel-based wines are the stars in this range.

93 Points Wine Enthusiast: Juicy and balanced in red and black berry, this is meaty, smoky and accessible wine, as complex and sultry as any of its vineyard or block-designates, yet softer and rounder, ready to play. A handful of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Peloursin and Negrette are included.

92 Points Wine Spectator: Distinctive violet, blueberry and raspberry aromas open to layered and expressive flavors of smoky beef, cracked pepper and dried sage. Drink now through 2024.

Retail: $46.99
On Sale Thru 2/7: $26.99

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