Friday, February 12, 2016

VILLAGE-FAMILY-WINERY 2012 VOLPAIA CHIANTI CLASSICO


 

 



2012 VOLPAIA CHIANTI CLASSICO
VILLAGE, FAMILY, WINERY
...

90 POINTS
AND UNDER $18

        "At Castello di Volpaia, a dedicated family has created outstanding wines and preserved an ancient town." Mitch Frank Wine Spectator


                                       Volpaia
 

   

Village, Family, Winery-The Castello di Volpaia was built in the 11th century as a
fortified village on the Florence/Siena border. In 1250 Volpaia become an important
 part of Chianti and one of the area's most illustrious families. They were Scientific
Instrument makers and friends of Leonardo da Vinci. Their instruments are still on view
at the Science museums and Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, as well as the Adler
Planetarium in Chicago. The family took their surname from the village itself and
throughout the centuries dedicated themselves to the arts and winemaking. 
 Volpaia is the highest-elevation winery in Chianti with it's vineyards situated at the
1300-2100 foot level. They are committed to organic farming and the wine is
 fermented in two cellars situated in the heart of Volpaia. It is then aged in cellars
beneath the ancient village buildings such as the Church of San Lorenzo, Commenda
, (another large church) and in the original church located on Via Castellana.
  After aging and bottling, it is left to rest in the cellars below Palazzo Canigiani
where the dark and controlled temperature allows the wine to blend and develop
 its unique characteristics.








2012 Volpaia Chianti Classico
Tuscany
Price $17.99/bottle

"Fresh red fruits with hints of animal and wet mountain mushroom.
 Sweet tannin with pencil chalk, dark chocolate and a layer of wood.
Drink now." James Suckling 90 points

Wine Spectator 88 points
Robert Parker Wine Advocate 88 points
Drink 2016-21
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2012 Volpaia Chianti Classico
Tuscany
Price $17.99/bottle

"Fresh red fruits with hints of animal and wet mountain mushroom. Sweet tannin with pencil chalk, dark chocolate and a layer of wood. Drink now." James Suckling 90 points

Wine Spectator 88 points
Robert Parker Wine Advocate 88 points
Drink 2016-21
 
 
 
 
 
 
2012 Volpaia Chianti Classico
Tuscany
Price $17.99/bottle

"Fresh red fruits with hints of animal and wet mountain mushroom. Sweet tannin with pencil chalk, dark chocolate and a layer of wood. Drink now." James Suckling 90 points

Wine Spectator 88 points
Robert Parker Wine Advocate 88 points
Drink 2016-21




 
2012 Volpaia Chianti Classico
Tuscany
Price $17.99/bottle

"Fresh red fruits with hints of animal and wet mountain mushroom. Sweet tannin with pencil chalk, dark chocolate and a layer of wood. Drink now." James Suckling 90 points

Wine Spectator 88 points
Robert Parker Wine Advocate 88 points
Drink 2016-21
http://www.bedfordwines.com/sku96014.html




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Saturday, September 5, 2015

95 POINT 2012 MOUNT EDEN CHARDONNAY ESTATE

 

95 POINT 2012 MOUNT EDEN CHARDONNAY ESTATE

"Mount Eden wines remain reference points for the Santa Cruz Mountains."
Antonio Galloni Vinous Media

 

Mount Eden above the clouds
Mount Eden Vineyards is a small historic wine estate located on a 2000 foot peak in the Santa Cruz Mountain Appellation about 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Founded in 1945, it is recognized as one of the original “boutique” California Winery properties focusing on small lots of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. While most of California was producing jug wine Martin Ray started to produce wine from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes in the 1930s. Following in his footsteps have been such outstanding winemakers such Richard and Peter Graff, Merry Edwards, Bill Anderson and Fred Peterson to continue Martin Ray’s legacy by using the same sites and clones to craft delicious, complex, long-lived estate wines.

Since 1981 Jeffrey Peterson has guided the winemaking and grape growing at Mount Eden.  The continued success of Mount Eden is a tribute to all those visionaries that came before him.
 
2012 Mount Eden Chardonnay Estate Santa Cruz Mountains
Bottle Price $59.99/bottle

"An utterly enticing, striking wine, the 2012 Chardonnay is captivating from the very first taste. Lemon oil, white flowers and mint are some of the signatures. The 2012 remains subtle and hushed in the glass, with striking interplay of fruit, acidity and bright saline notes. Above all else, the 2012 speaks to pure class. Once again, Mount Eden's Chardonnay stakes its claim as one of this country's oenological jewels. The 2012 appears to have a very bright future. Readers who can find it should not hesitate to pick it up." 
Antonio Galloni Vinous Media 95+ points  Drink 2015-27

 

 

 


 


 

 

 


 

             

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

STONE THE CROWS

Stone the Crows: The latest entrant ino the Napa Cabernet sweepstakes suceeds with this flashy wine. is a single vineyard, estate grown wine, produced entirely of fruit from the Three Twins Vineyard. Planted in 2005, the vineyard is the brainchild of Rick Talmadge. Rick, who resides in Bedford, New York, purchased the property, which is located at the 600-foot elevations in the hills above St. Helena on the northern slopes of Lake Hennessy. The vines are pruned to yield no more than three tons per acre

The first public release is the 2010 Stone the Crows Cabernet Sauvignon that received 94 points from the Wine Enthusiast, 92 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and 91 from Steve Tanzer. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, with 5% Petit Verdot, and aged 20 months in 75% new French oak barrels


Josh Clark who is responsible for the development and management of high quality vineyards from one end of the Napa Valley to the other manages the vineyard. The winemaker is Thomas Rivers Brown who began making wine at Turley Vineyards and in 2000, joined the Schrader Cellars team as winemaker and today crafts a brilliant portfolio of classically styled wines. He made history as the youngest winemaker to score not just one, but two perfect "100 point" ratings from Robert M. Parker, The Wine Advocate, for the 2006 Schrader "Old Sparky" and 2006 Schrader CCS Cabernet Sauvignons. In 2010 he followed that up when Senior Editor James Laube, Wine Spectator, awarded two top “100-point” ratings to the 2007 Schrader "Old Sparky" and 2007 Schrader CCS Cabernet Sauvignons.