Friday Tasting "TOP TEN" Edition !!
We are excited to announce the TOP TEN wines of 2017, and we will begin by tasting the wines that were voted in #6-10.
As most of you may already know, the Top Ten wines are selected through senior staff nomination, sampled, debated, and then voted on. They represent what we feel were amazing examples of great wines throughout 2017, and not necessarily based on sales. These wines often opened new and special doors for us, point us in interesting directions, and generally make us excited.
So here we go !
#6- La Stoppa "Macchiona"- Italy
Every time we try this wine we love it even more. Its not only an amazing wine, but a triumph in natural wine making. Bright, bold, and alive with flavor and complexity. No chemical or herbicides, absolute minimal sulfur added, natural yeast fermentation. It's exactly what 'terroir' as a concept was meant to be. This is a reoccurring winner for us time and time again.
#7- Berthet-Bondet "Balanoz" Chardonnay- France (Jura)
A relatively new wine to the store, but is executed with beautiful finesse. Layers and layers of sun baked meadows are found in the spirit of this wine, with huge finish. A complete joy for any Chardonnay lover.
#8- Battenfeld-Spanier Trocken Riesling- Germany
Our regular customers know that we LOVE Riesling, and this dry example took us by storm. Full Trocken Riesling can so easily suck the "life" and "fun" out of Riesling, losing so much charm in the quest to appeal to dry North American palates. The Battenfeld Spanier keeps its' sexy, lively, fresh stone-fruit notes while ditching the sugar. Remarkable wine-making.
#9- Bonhomme "In Cot We Trust" Malbec- France (Loire)
Even though this was a total clear winner for us this year, we sadly are currently sold out, so we can't taste it today (we will be getting more late spring though!). This wine changed everything about how we previously thought about Malbec. Bright and brilliant, high acid, amazing structure and wonderful balance. You must try this when it comes back !
#10- Tiare Collio Sauv Blanc- Italy (Collio)
Literally everyone who likes Sauv Blanc needs to try this wine. It takes what we already love about Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and turns it up louder. Intensely herbaceous, with bright lime, green apple, gooseberry, pineapple, and grass notes, without the "cat's pee" notes that so often accompany this grape. Fresh, sharp, modern wine-making.
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