Vinified in stainless steel tanks without oak contact, the 2012 Cellier de La Thibaude is still quite youthful, offering unusually vibrant citrus, gooseberry, lime, and mineral notes on the bouquet; on the palate, notes of fresh grapefruit, yellow apple, and meyer lemon are nicely set off by brisk, tangy minerality. This is a highly versatile wine, with plenty of freshness for the cocktail hour, but also with sufficient intensity to work at the dinner table.
This nervy rosé really needs a plate of fresh, briny oysters to show at its best. The bouquet is classic Sancerre, with plenty of minerally notes to complement the tart strawberry notes of the Pinot Noir grape. An ideal match with classic Loire cuisine such as such as goat cheese, ceviche, and of course, oysters.
Easy-going and vivaciously fruity, this 100% Pinot Noir reminded me of a hypothetical cross between a Cru Beaujolais and a Sancerre blanc. The bright red Pinot Noir fruit is abundant, supple, and pure, with surprising grip and intensity for Sancerre rouge. It offers abundant grapy freshness, with distinct notes of the flinty Sancerre terroir rising toward the finish.
In Portuguese, Vinho Verde means "green wine," but that is not a reference to its color, which is a brilliant yellow-white, but to its vivacious, youthful character. Made from a blend of native Portuguese grapes, Loureiro, Trajadura, and Pederna, with a little bit of Alvariñho, this Vinho Verde offers vibrant aromas and flavors of citrus, apples and flowers, and finishes with a light, refreshing sparkle.
They are a small estate of 5.8 hectares. Extraordinarily aromatic, vigorous wines from a vintner who grows more commanding each vintage. They have a remarkable reconciliation of weight, solidity and buoyancy. They tend to run stony, as is the Rheingau typeâwhen itâs true! And they are fastidiously specific in their site characteristics. The dry wines are better than most! Still, almost none of Johannesâ wines taste âsweet.â They have the coiled power of a tightly closed fist. They are intensely fragrant, as though they wished to convince you of something. They are like Wachau wines; they crave oxygen, and they do show their best ice cold.
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is beautiful. Scents of pain grille, mocha, black currants, spices and plums emerge from this deep, resonant wine. The 2010 possesses stunning textural depth and richness, not to mention phenomenal overall balance. Readers who want to get a sense of the 2010 vintage without spending a huge amount of money may want to start here. This is a dazzling wine, especially within its price range. The 2010 is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025.