Leschi Market Wine News weekly update
October 20, 2017

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Red Wines

2014 Occhipinti "Il Frappato" Rosso Sicily $42.99/$35.49/$31.94

“Arianna Occhipinti has outdone herself with the 2014. The bouquet opens to ripe blueberry, raspberry and dried cassis. The nose is pristine. In the mouth, Il Frappato delivers vibrant acidity and snappy fruit flavors. More than any other wine, this vintage and this producer can claim to have produced something close to a Pinot Nero with an all-Sicilian soul. Drink 2016 – 2023.” –Wine Advocate, 93 points. New vintage.

2014 Joseph Castan Châteauneuf du Pape Rhône $38.99/$29.99/$26.99

“The dress is beautiful, a deep Garnet color with purple highlights. Intense nose brings together notes referring to the fruits of black and red, spices, menthol and balsamic notes like resin. The attack is full and fresh, and then a generous and fleshy structure takes place. The finish is lingering spicy and balsamic notes.” –Winemaker notes. New item.

2016 Mark Ryan NumbSkull Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley $34.99/$29.99/$26.99

“Red and black cherry fruits explode on the palate, eventually mingling subtler tones of vanilla, dark chocolate and hints of toasty oak. It is a substantial wine, with mouth-filling richness and remarkable complexity for the price. A blend of 78% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot.” –Winemaker notes. New vintage.

2016 Mark Ryan NumbSkull Rhône Blend Columbia Valley $34.99/$24.99/$22.49

“This dynamic blend showcases silky texture and deep aromas and flavors of blackberry, raspberry rocky minerals and hints of smoky meat and spice. Soft plush tannins round out the finish of this old-world classic. A blend of 82% Syrah, 12% Grenache and 6% Mouvèdre.”
–Winemaker notes. New vintage.

2016 M. Lapierre Gamay Morgon Beaujolais $35.99/$29.99/$26.99

“This barrel sample from one of the masters in Beaujolais shows such a balance and focus already. Juicy and fruity with lots of plummy fruit and spice character. Fine tannins and a crisp finish. Clear and ethereal.” - James Suckling, 93-94 points. New vantage. 

2015 Domaine Pecheur Rouge Trousseau Côtes Du Jura $34.99/$29.89/$26.90

“Made exclusively in neutral oak barrels, the wine carries moderate tannin, minerality and darker fruit hinting at brambly sous-bois notes.” -Importer’s notes. New item.

2015 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

“Aromas of dark fruit, blackberry, cherry, cassis, plum, vanilla and a slight cocoa and chocolate note. In the glass there are rich flavors of plum, cherry, cassis, blackberry, spice and chocolate. This is a smooth wine with medium body, nice balance and a long finish.”
Winemaker notes. New vintage.

2015 Prosper Maufoux Pinot Noir Bourgogne $22.99/$18.69/$16.82

Opulent with explosive aromas of fresh fruits, such as raspberry, black, black currant and red berry. Perfect balance between freshness and fruitiness. New item.

2016 Marcel Lapierre Vin de France Raisins Gaulois Beaujolais Burgundy

Marcel makes some of the best Morgon from his old vines of Gamay in Beaujolais. This second wine is from those same vineyards, made in a fun, easy drinking and thirst-quenching juicy style to enjoy with grilled meats and hard cheeses. Alcohol 12.5%.
A staff favorite! Organic. New vintage.

2016 Mitravelas Red on Black Agiorgitiko Nemea Greece $14.99/$13.99/$12.59

“Young Kostas Mitravelas is a fourth-generation Nemea merchant of bulk wine who, in 2004, decided to bottle some of his best batches under his own label. He has quickly risen to one of Nemea’s top addresses. The wine is 100% Agiorgitiko, from vineyards that are 30 years old or more; it has aromas and flavors of red fruits, cocoa and spicy vanilla.”
–Winemaker notes. New vintage.

2015 Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi $26.99/$13.39/$12.05

“Our Lodi Zin explodes with blueberries, black plums, vanilla, and cocoa. Lush and mouthfilling, with incredibly silky tannins that slide into a long, flavorful finish. Uncork now for a tempting taste, or cellar for up to 10 years of flavor development. 79% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 1% Alicante Bouschet.” –Winemaker notes. New vintage.

2016 Hahn Winery Monterey Pinot Noir Monterey Central Coast California

“This wine’s bouquet charms with scents of bright cherry, red fruit and cedar with slightly toasty notes. On the palate, round soft tannins with a mouth full of cherry flavors, finishing with mellow acidity.”–Winemaker notes. New vintage.

2015 Sobon Estate ‘Old Vines’ Zinfandel Amador County $16.99/$11.19/$10.07

“Rich and bold. ‘Old Vine’ blocks from 35 to 104 years old. Zesty black fruit flavors that have made this irresistible wine, our most popular and sought after offering. It is spicy and fresh with accents of licorice and sandalwood. Medium to full bodied with enticing aromatics and a smooth clean finish. 90% Zinfandel, 5% Syrah and 5% Petite Syrah.” –Winemaker notes. New vintage.

2016 McManis Cabernet Sauvignon California $16.99/$11.19/$10.07

“A bouquet that is full of dark berry fruit, such as Blueberry, Blackberry and Black Cherry. Oak aging has contributed just a hint of smoke to the nose. The round, creamy wine delivers an abundance of the fruit flavors promised by the olfactory. The fruit and oak are well integrated and the complexity of the wine plays on the tongue long after the wine has been ingested.” –Winemaker notes. New vintage.

2014 La Playa Reserve Block Selection Tinga Claret Colchagua Valley Chile

“An elegant crimson color. On the nose, strawberry and plum with hints of nutmeg. It has good structure and volume with a long ripe red fruit finish. 40% Cabernet, 40% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Franc.” –Winemaker notes. New vintage.

2014 Faustino VII Tempranillo Rioja Spain $17.99/$9.99/$8.99

"Lively red with ochre hues. Scents of redcurrant and cherry with a touch of vanilla. Well-balanced and velvety flavors of red cherry and raspberry. A long, expressive finish of vanilla and toasty oak." -Winemaker notes. New vintage.

2016 Atalaya Laya Red Blend Spain $11.99/$7.99/$7.19

Laya is a blend of two grape varieties, 70% Garnacha Tintorera and 30% Monastrell (aka Mourvèdre). “The most normal and satisfying wine from this producer. Full, dry tannins and quite fresh acidity, but the best thing is the fresh fruit. Drink now or in 2018.”
-James Suckling, 90 points. New item.

White Wines

2015 Domaine Romuald Petit Bourgogne $19.99/$16.99/$15.29

Romuald Petit runs this small, 7 hectare domaine. He farms young vines he planted himself and very old vines planted over 100 years ago. The soil is an unusual red limestone that is ideal for growing Chardonnay, yielding wines of great freshness and aromatic intensity combined with lots of life and fruit. The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats. New item.

2017 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand

This intense Sauvignon Blanc is alive with a myriad of flavors dominated by gooseberry, passionfruit, fresh citrus, melon and herbaceous aromas. The wine has an enticing palate with a juicy flavor profile, purity and concentration, finishing crisp and clean with an interwoven thread of acidity. New vintage.

2016 Joseph Drouhin Mâcon-Villages Blanc $18.999/$12.19/$10.97

"The color of the wine is bright and limpid. The nose is floral and fruity. Very straightforward and direct on the palate, as if biting into a grape. Fresh and light, with a very pleasant aftertaste."
- Véronique Boss-Drouhin. New vintage.

2016 Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc Loire Valley

“Domaine Henri Bourgeois is unmatched when it comes to fantastic and affordable wines from the Loire. The ‘Petit Bourgeois’ Sauvignon Blanc offers bright Meyer lemon and white peach flavors that lead to a pure, racy finish. Awarded a Gold Medal at the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon Blanc with our ‘Petit Bourgeois’ 2016! A very aromatic white wine with an astonishing freshness.” –Winemaker notes. New vintage.

2016 Giocato Sauvignon Blanc Brda Slovenia $17.99/$10.29 /$9.26

“Piercingly clean and bright, its body is taut and linear, with a compelling array of stone fruit and minerals on the palate. Aleks Simcic, the renowned winemaker, achieves a wine with stunning character and quality, and characterized by white floral and nettle notes without ever slipping into the full-tropical end of the Sauvignon spectrum. An opportunity to enjoy a beautiful Sauvignon at a terrific value.” –Small Vineyards, New vintage.

2016 Bonair Winery Chardonnay Yakima Valley $13.99/$10.29/$9.26

This small production Chardonnay (less than 1000 cases) comes from the Château Puryear Vineyard (Rattlesnake Hills) and the FaireAcre Vineyard (Prosser Flats). A soft, lightly buttery, very approachable wine. Nice light tropical fruit flavors are a blend of mango, pineapple and banana. There is nothing heavy-handed about the oak; it’s nicely layered into the background. The is the best to date Chard from Bonair! New vintage.

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