2014 Les Darons – 91-94 Points Wine Advocate
Grenache ~ Carignan ~ Syrah
“A wine that blew me away…thrilling notes of black and blue fruits, violets, and peppery spice to go with a medium to full-bodied, elegant, seamless profile on the palate…striking purity, integrated acidity and a great finish. It should drink nicely on release and have 7-8 years of overall longevity.”
Jebb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
This is not just any white Burgundy, this is Olivier Leflaive’s closely guarded secret blend of prime vineyards in Puligny Montrachet & Meursault.
This is by far one of the most interesting AND delicious whites I have ever tasted! La Novella is made from Nebbiolo which is a red, sultry, intense grape that makes the famous RED wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. To make this as a white wine, the grapes are picked early in the season before they mature but at a time when they have a nice acidic backbone and soft floral notes. The color is only in the skins of the grapes so in order to make a white wine, the skins are removed immediately to maintain the white color. This is one of those wines that not only tastes great but has a great story and is the perfect wine to makes friends with!
91 Points – International Wine Cellar
92 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocat
Ripe blackberry and boysenberry aromas are complemented by deeper-pitched notes of mocha and licorice. At once rich and lively, offering vibrant dark fruit preserve flavors and a kick of peppery spices. Smooth with a seamless and persistent finish which leaves notes of blueberry and espresso behind. A great example of old vine Garnacha!
I tasted this in Florida a few years back but at the time it was not available to us here in MA. I was so thrilled to finally see it listed with one of the MA distributors a few months back. Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar gave this wine 90 points and declared it “a ridiculous bang for the buck” and I agree. On the palate the wine is velvety in texture and offers lively red fruit and floral flavors with a touch of bitter chocolate. Closes with impressive clarity and energy, leaving juicy raspberry and floral notes.
2011 Window Pane
This is the second label of Kobalt…a wine that routinely gets anywhere from 90-95 points from the Wine Spectator and sells for $100 per btl.
The 2011 Window Pane (68% Cabernet Sauvignon 27% Petite Sirah & 5% Carignane) oozes with very fragrant ripe black raspberry and blackberry jam aromas. It is juicy, full bodied and loaded with extracted fruit yet balanced and very suave. The aroma and flavor profile consists of: ripe black currant and blackberry with complex hints of dark chocolate, boysenberry, and plum with notes of cinnamon and hints of black cherry. The finish is accentuated by wisps of gentle oak and dry but moderate tannins that integrate with the dark fruit and linger nicely on the palate.
When I tasted this wine from Puglia, Italy I simply fell in love with it and its under $15 price. The Fiano grape produces a bright, lively white with aromas of mild citrus and pear. Elegant, dry, crisp and refreshing! With the under $15 price tag, this is a must try for white wine lovers! Look for it in our Italian white section!