Posts tagged "2009"
Reason not to hate Chardonnay #137:  Saint Aubin

Reason not to hate Chardonnay #137: Saint Aubin

The 2009 vintage was a watershed moment for wine regions throughout France.  It put serious Beaujolais, Cru Beaujolais, (back) on the map and it set record prices in Bordeaux.  It also yielded a great vintage in Burgundy.  And while it may not be the most classic vintage of all time, it is certainly a vintage...
Did 2009 Burgundy make me a believer?

Did 2009 Burgundy make me a believer?

Did the 2009 vintage in Burgundy make me a believer?  Maybe it was a recent bottle of Domaine de la Romanée Coniti that I (finally) tasted?  I am not sure how it all happened really, but after being a hater for some time, I finally feel like I have come to Burgundy. Or did Burgundy...
Buil & Giné 2009 Rosat

Buil & Giné 2009 Rosat

I have wanted to try Buil & Giné wines for some time.  Namely because they are the other major brand imported by my friend Monica Nogues at Think Global Wines.  Her other major brand is Lopéz de Heredia, so if you only represent two brands and one is Lopéz then I kinda think I gotta...
Bodegas Marañones "Piesdescalzos" 2009 Albillo

Bodegas Marañones “Piesdescalzos” 2009 Albillo

Every time I try a white wine from Bodegas Marañones I am completely seduced.  In some way I feel like someone has slipped me a mickey and I am being conned.  There is such a richness and depth, that I feel like there is new oak carefully laced through the wine to caress me into...
El Brozal 2009 Rioja Blanco:  Another Great White Hope.

El Brozal 2009 Rioja Blanco: Another Great White Hope.

The genre of classic white Rioja is very small.  In fact, until recently, the only real bearer of this cross was Lopéz de Heredia with it’s Gravonia and Tondonia whites.  And while these still remain the archetypes of traditional white Rioja’s, there have been some welcome new additions.  Marqués de Murrieta’s Capellania springs to mind,...
COS Nero di Lupo 2009 + Sicilian Dreaming

COS Nero di Lupo 2009 + Sicilian Dreaming

I continue to dream of Sicily every time I taste wines from COS.  My roots run back to Sicily on my mother’s side with my great grand parent having immigrated to America, and having come through Ellis Island some time in the last century.  One always hears of how magical Sicily can be, and it...
Domane Bart & Comte Armand, as in Burgundy.

Domane Bart & Comte Armand, as in Burgundy.

Well the original Burg hater is fully in Burg mode.  And I really think what got me here, after thoughtful retrospection, is Beaujolais.  With that in mind and with the recently released The Finest Wines of Burgundy by Bill Nanson in my skyrocket (pocket), I was swayed to order some Burgs on a recent night...
Catherine & Dominique Derain "Le Plante Chassey" 2009 Mercurey

Catherine & Dominique Derain “Le Plante Chassey” 2009 Mercurey

The Catherine & Dominique Derain 2009 Mercurey is under the radar, natural (organic + biodynamic) Burgundy, and it’s the real deal.  This all coming from the Pinot hater.  But I was impressed with the range of Derain wines at the Jenny & Francois portfolio tasting, and had been curious to enjoy a bottle in the comfort...
Motley Cru Beaujolais 2009

Motley Cru Beaujolais 2009

Everyone should be drinking some 2009 Cru Beaujolais right now.  Don’t confuse Cru Beaujolais, or even the region of Beaujolais for that matter with Beaujolais Nouveau, the quickly made, cheaply sold, mass market wine from the Beaujolais that is released every fall.  That stuff is a mass marketing gimmick that has dragged the good name...