A Sparkling Dream Wine

Domaine Carneros’ 2005 Le Rêve (“the dream”) by Taittinger ($95) is the 14th vintage of the Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine that Claude Taittinger dreamed of creating in California to match the style of his French Comtes de Champagne. To achieve his goal, in 1987 he personally selected noted winemaker Eileen Crane to oversee his […]

Vietti 2005 Barolo Lazzarito Piedmont

Vietti winemaker and industry visionary Alfredo Currado passed away this year, leaving the estate in the capable hands of his son, Luca. The Nebbiolo grapes used to make this Barolo are sourced from 39-year-old vines in the Lazzarito Vineyard in Serralunga. This wine is aged for over two years, first in French oak barrels, then […]

Valdicava 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Tuscany

Owner Vincenzo Abbruzzese’s winemaking has earned Valdicava a permanent place among the top wines producers in Montalcino. The latest release of his outstanding Brunello has deep, concentrated aromas of tobacco and leather and earthy flavors of dried cherry and dried herbs.

Tenuta San Guido 2005 Sassicaia Tuscany

The definitive Super Tuscan, this legendary and revolutionary wine is produced by Tenuta San Guido, which is owned by the Incisa della Rochetta family. A blend of 85 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 15 percent Cabernet Franc, the 2005 vintage offers classic Tuscan flavors of dark plum, menthol, graphite, and leather.

Donnafugata 2005 Mille una Notte Sicily

Since 1983, Giacomo Rallo and his wife, Gabriella, have been the owners of this major Sicilian estate, which was first planted to vines over 150 years ago. This offering—a typically beautiful Nero d’Avola—gives off a heady aroma of superripe blackberry and dried herbs, while on the palate powerful flavors of jam, graphite, and tar intermingle.

Bruno Giacosa 2005 Barolo Le Rocche Falletto Piedmont

This incomparable producer owns vineyards in the Serralunga d’Alba, La Morra, and Barbaresco regions of Piedmont. Those who admire the massive flavors and incredible balance of Giacosa’s wines will not be disappointed by this Barolo, which shows layers of sweet raspberry, cocoa, dried rose petals, and roasted meat.

Louis Roederer 2005 Rosé Reims Champagne

Founded in 1776, this estate in Reims was bequeathed in 1833 to Louis Roederer, who brought the property to international prominence. Although the firm—which also owns estates in Bordeaux, Provence, Portugal, and California—produces the coveted Cristal Champagne, this fine rosé measures up to its most opulent offerings. Fabulous flavors of strawberry, pear, and roasted almond […]

Ladoucette 2005 Baron de L Pouilly-Fumé

The Pouilly-Fumé of Baron Patrick de Ladoucette, a descendant of the Comte Lafond, is amongst the best in the Loire Valley. The broad profile of this steely white wine includes aromas of flint and lemon that enhance its palate of tropical fruit.

Celani Family Vineyards 2005 Ardore Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting notes: The Celani Family Vineyards 2005 Ardore Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits fruit and sarsaparilla aromas and an alluring blend of boysenberry, black-cherry, and currant flavors. The French-oak barrels used for aging lend spice to a long finish that promises great cellaring potential. Worth knowing: Theories about the function of the punt—the depression in the bottom […]

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