Marchesi di Grésy 2004 Barbaresco Martinenga Gaiun

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. Worth knowing: Although the four estates of Marchesi di Grésy have a history in the Alba region of Piedmont that stretches back many generations, their reputation for producing […]

Mas de Boislauzon 2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Quet”

Tasting notes: Huge, concentrated, and blessed with a vault-like structure, this gorgeous wine should continue to develop for the next decade or more. Worth knowing: The traditional 59-acre Mas de Boislauzon estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape has been run for generations by the Chaussy family. The unassuming family maintains a low profile, but this has not prevented […]

Beckman Vineyards 2003 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache

Tasting notes: A mischievous medley of tart berry, pomegranate, and vibrant acidity—an intense and fun complement to well-spiced paella. Worth knowing: Focusing primarily on Rhône varietals (except for a cabernet sauvignon and a sauvignon blanc), the Beckmen family, despite their considerable acreage, work with small vineyard blocks to produce their portfolio of boutique wines.