November 16, 2016 by PWM
2007 IL CELLESE CHIANTI CLASSICO
RISERVA, BLACK ROOSTER EXPRESS
$19.95 BTL./$102.00 6-PACK
Several months back we had offered up a 'Deal' we had made with an out of state importer on a Chianti Classico from an estate that we were completely unaware of. At that time we had just picked up 25 cases of their 2010 Chianti Classico which if you fortunate enough to have grabbed any you know how special the wines produced at this estate are. At that time we knew that the importer also had 30 cases of the 2007 Il Cellese Black Label Riserva but they were not willing to let that go.
Interestingly enough, since the time of that first offering we had the opportunity to speak with the owner of the winery. And while most Chianti producers either have national importers or agents trying to get their wines into the states with Il Cellese that was definitely not the case. We were told that the importer had approached them on several occasions over several years trying to get their wine but they just didn't have enough to export to the states. Why send wine to the U.S. if you could sell it all in your own backyard? But eventually they shipped a small amount to one U.S. importer and then told them that they were not going to be able to supply them with anymore wine until.....like maybe forever!
And not only is this from the exceptional 2007 vintage but the "Black Label" Riserva is from their oldest Sangiovese vines (& 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) and from select barrels that they have deemed extraordinary.
The 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva Black Label brings together all of the best elements of this site and house style. Firm tannins frame a core of deeply expressive, opulent fruit in this full-throttle, huge Chianti Classico. Threads of sweet perfumed fruit run through the 2007 as it shows off its class and personality. Mint, flowers and ripe black fruits punctuate the explosive finish. This is a dazzling showing from Il Cellese. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2027. - 95 POINTS!
November 15, 2016 by PWM
2014 CUTLER CABERNET SAUVIGNON
DRAINING THE CALIFORNIA SWAMP!
$5.95 btl. / $60.00 cs.
Warning: this editorial is for our female patrons only!*** Ladies, have you noticed there is a pseudo religion surrounding the selection and consumption of wine, a product that should be intrinsically more akin to groceries than art? A strange way of thinking that seeks to narrow the discussion by eliminating whole styles and countries full of wine so that direct (sports / warlike) comparisons can be made, always trying to quantify the impossibly diverse with scores and classifications then dictate absurd rituals be performed before the sacrament is consumed? What up wit ‘dat???
Like most of Western Civilization, this is part of a grand conspiracy propagated by a gang of rich, white (primarily British), mostly dead MEN!!!! And they mostly look and act more like Benny Hill meets Rumpole of the Bailiwick than, say, Pierce Brosnan. This cult was then popularized in America by an Attorney from D.C. and a cigar huckster who hangs out with Rush Limbaugh. So what does this have to do with you and your girlfriends wanting to know what wine to drink while having some pasta and watching "Great Performances on PBS"? NADA, ZIP, ZERO, NOTHING!!!!!!! And, since 70% of all wine is purchased at retail by women anyway, WHY DO YOU STAND FOR THIS???
Furthermore, since Mr. Testosterone over there seems to think that bottle of Domaine Ink Cabernet with Rutherford Dust he read about in the Wine Expectorator (99/100 but undrinkable for ten to twenty years, if ever) is the only solution to every wine question, we're depending on YOU to bring home something interesting, food-friendly and reasonably priced to change his channel. Then, having lulled him into lowering his defenses, you can ask him trick questions like whether your hips look bigger in your blue dress or your red slacks and whether he really thinks your roommate / sister / boss is sexy and watch him jump through hoops like a schizoid poodle while you enjoy a second glass of one of these amazing Cabernet Sauvignon.
Ever wonder what Big Hotsy Totsy California producers do with their fruit that doesn't make it into their $100 wines? Well now you know. A easy drinker that is as enjoyable with a Big Blackened Steak as it is with Licorice Gummy Bears!