Tuesday, December 11, 2012

All I want for Christmas is.....

The twelve days of Christmas, twelve bottles of wine in a case.... pure coincidence? I think, not! Whether it's Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or a New Year's Eve celebration, it's certainly a special time of year. What's on our holiday shopping list? Well, here are twelve special bottles that are certain to please your family and friends, impress your boss, or add something great to a holiday party.

1. Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon "Trailside Vineyard" Napa Valley 2004 - $80.99 Legendary California cabernet, not a fruit bomb, a complex, balanced, grown up style of wine for adults. If you are under 40 years of age we will not sell it to you, and we card everybody! :o)

2. Flavio Roddolo Langhe Rosso "Bricco Apiano" 2003 - $66.99 The words "Langhe Rosso" should give you a clue, yes this is from Monforte D'Alba in Barolo but it's not nebbiolo, it's cabernet sauvignon. This wine has a beautiful combination of variety and place. It's a big, rich cabernet with a muscular, balanced structure, notes of mint leaf and menthol, also with the unmistakable floral and tarry, earthy aromatics of Barolo. Just a fantastic, unique, and interesting wine.

3. Hanzell Chardonnay "Sebella" Sonoma 2011 - $38.99 World-class chardonnay from California, this bottling from a legendary producer is a great deal. A very elegant classy style, limes, pineapple with secondary notes of honey and a faint lemon. Super expressive on the palate with beautiful acidity and a long finish.

4. Philippe Chavy Meursault-Blagny Premier Cru "Sous le Dos d'Ane" 2009 - $66.99 I love white Burgundy when it's not heavy-handed, yet ripe and complex and showing the soil profile of it's origin. Here's a great example. The vines are from 1931, you get ripe lemon and orange, notes of anise and peony, a thick and creamy palate with svelte acids. No other place in the world can produce chardonnay like this.

5. CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja 2001 - $61.99  A serious bottle of aged Rioja from a famed vintage. If you don't believe us, hey, even Robert Parker liked it, "...greater harmony and tension. This is a fabulous Gran Reserva with enormous weight and dimension. 94 points."

6. Domaine Chandon De Brailles Corton Grand Cru "Maréchaudes" 2009 - $85.99 It's Grand Cru red Burgundy from an excellent producer whose hallmark is purity and elegance, what do you want for the holidays?

7. La Grange Neuve De Figeac, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2004 - $54.99 This is the second wine from Chateau Figeac, superb Bordeaux from a sleeper (i.e affordable) vintage. Ripe and classy, it has notes of leather woven into the finish with nicely integrated oak.

8. Chateau Gombaude Guillot, Pomerol 2005 - $71.99 Another fantastic Bordeaux, this time from the historic 2005 vintage. This Pomerol has even more ripeness than the previous wine yet still retains remarkable minerality.

9. Cordero Di Montezemolo, Barolo "Bricco Gattera" 2008 - $81.99 An aristocratic and age-worthy wine, it's aromatic elegance is matched by complexity and a relaxed sense of power on the palate. Cherry, camphor, leather, a beautiful expression of Barolo.

10. Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese Trocken 2011 - $47.99 An incredible dry riesling, crisp and balanced with limeskin and long mineral. From a site in the Ruwer valley that's been making wine since 1335. It's a big mouthful to say, but worth it.

11. Villa Rinaldi Première "La Prima Cuvée" Brut - $29.99 What's a holiday without bubbles? This Italian sparking wine is beautifully handcrafted in the Champagne method, 100% chardonnay that sees ageing in both barrel and bottle before release. Dry tropical pineapple in a creamy elegant mousse.

12. Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Champagne Extra Brut "Oenophile" 2005 - $71.99 This is vintage Champagne from the Côte des Blancs, the real deal. All chardonnay of course, there's no dosage here so it's super dry with laser-like acidity and great length.

From all of us at Windsor Wine Merchants we wish you Happy Holidays!
Michael

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