Pedigree, rather than taste, is often the decisive factor in the commercial success of a fine wine. Nowhere perhaps is this more true than in Champagne.
Since 1842, when the 270-year-old house of Moët & Chandon began maintaining records, it has produced only 70 vintage Champagnes, each one representing an exemplary harvest.
The Corsini family has owned the Le Corti Estate since 1427; however, the Marsiliana Estate, which the Corsinis first began managing in 1760, did not come into the family’s portfolio until the 19t
Bruno and Marcello Ceretto carry on the tradition begun over 70 years ago by their father, Riccardo, and are known for their sublime bottles of Barolo and Barbaresco.
Tasting notes: The Rennina 2004, of which 2,200 cases were made, is a dark-red sangiovese redolent of violets, rosemary, spiced wood, and wild berries.
Tasting notes: This ruby-colored wine’s flavors are a saturated and have a rich rotation of ripe cherry, wild berry, allspice, and a gamy touch of dried meat.
Tasting notes: The seductive, smoky nose gives way on the palate to dark plum, blueberry, juniper berry, and cocoa essences.
Tasting notes: Beautifully rendered, but playful, its blueberry intertwines with the leathery, cigar-sweet refrains of the syrah to create an intoxicating jazz impromptu that envelops nose and pal
Tasting notes: A masterpiece of ripe fruit—a roiling medley of dark mountain berries—through which glide sweet currents of smoky oak.
Tasting notes: Creamy pear melds with lemon and peach, while crisp acid gracefully balances the wine’s rich sweetness.
Tasting notes: Magnificent misty gold color with a satin texture: pear, apricot, white peach layer atop a creamy custard that dissolves on the long finish to a bright pinpoint of acidity.
Tasting notes: A dazzling composition of crisp apple and sweet pear mingled with a mouthwatering crème brûlée. Lively acidity shows, with a long, layered finish.
Tasting notes: Stunning plum, cassis, berries, and sweet oak overlay a gorgeous texture and rich, soft tannins.
Tasting notes: Primarily a blend of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca varietals.
Tasting notes: Elegant and amazing, this wine is ripe, lush, beefy, and tangy with acidity and depth of flavor. It goes long and deep on the palate, revealing spiced plum and ripe berries.
Tasting notes: Grown northeast of Rutherford, Calif., near Lake Hennessey, this inky, voluptuous wine gives off heady, spellbinding aromas of blackberry, black cherry, rose water, and wildflowers,
Tasting notes: Dances with astoundingly deep plum, blackberry, cassis and lively acid. As close to perfect as merlot gets.
Tasting notes: A close relative of Hungarian Tokaji. Shows deep, sun-ripened concentration and magnificent mineral-laced terroir.
Tasting notes: Full-bodied, this vintage is a complex blend of dark berry, coffee, and mineral that remains balanced and precise to its lengthy finish.
Tasting notes: Exhibits a deep indigo color that creates anticipation for its concentration of complex aromas: sweet, moist tobacco and hints of cumin, black pepper, and spicy dried meat.
Tasting notes: Shows lovely oak notes and concentrated berry flavors with loads of finesse and amazing finish.
Tasting notes: An exotic confection of lemon-lime, ripe, ginger-spiced pear, and vanilla bean, this unusually sophisticated viognier embraces and enlivens the palate.
Tasting notes: Dark and dense with amazing depth of black cherry and not a hard edge in sight.