Jean Boxler’s name has become synonymous with the very best Alsatian wines, but if you ask him, he doesn’t seem to know what the fuss is all about. He’s a vigneron, tout simplement, just doing his job in the beautiful little village of Niedermorschwihr.
Capovolto is a delightful and refreshing white from Le Marche region of Italy, a relatively less-traveled part of the country that is ideally situated between the green, heavily forested hills of Umbria and the Adriatic Sea. La Marca’s organically tended vineyards grow in the limestone soil of an ancient seabed, benefiting from mountain breezes at their back and cool sea air in their face. This pure Verdicchio has a divine fullness followed by a long, crisp finish, like an Italian version of Mâcon.
Several decades of work as an agronomist and enologist, not to mention being a native of Tuscany and an avid student of history, gave Federico all the tools he needed to ferret out this forgotten limestone terroir high in the hills of eastern Tuscany, known to the Etruscans long before him. Truth be told, given Federico’s track record, I had very high confidence that I would find the stars aligned. However, Pinot Nero in Toscana? It had to be seen and tasted to be believed.
For those of you still unacquainted, Quentin Harel is the latest addition to our Beaujolais portfolio. His wines first caught our eyes—or rather, our noses—when I chanced upon a bottle of his Morgon, a perfumed little beauty that stood no chance after being uncorked at the family dinner table one summer evening......
I am not shy about sharing my opinion with any of our Italian growers that the world’s best Vermentino is produced in Corsica. Yves Leccia’s magical limestone terroir of E Croce in the northern commune of Poggio d’Oletta produces one of the island’s and the world’s most magnificent examples....
Kermit once said...
When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:
1. Big wines do not age better than light wine. 2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration. 3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them. 4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would. 5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.
Inspiring Thirst, page 174
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