Author Archives: Bruce

Pascal Aufranc’s Glorious Gamay!

2012 PASCAL AUFRANC Chenas "1939"

There is hardly a grape more “holiday friendly” than Gamay. And this fabulous bottle, made from 75 year old Gamay vines (hence the “1939″ on the label) in the heart of the Cru village of Chenas in Beaujolais is spot on. A terrific, even absurd, bargain that delivers amazing richness and balance, with plenty of…

Nada Nebbiolo: Barbaresco Quality at a Bargain Price!

2011 FIORENZO NADA Nebbiolo Langhe
$17.95 bottle/ $172 case

When you speak of traditionalists, Bruno Nada, carrying on for his father Fiorenzo, is making wines that challenge anybody’s in the Piedmont for excellence. This nebbiolo is sensational. Rich, bold, earthy, with the classic rose petal and cherry aromatics followed by smoke, spice, and loamy earth. Aged completely in large oak casks that serve to…

Dolcetto Gets Real!

2012 ASCHERI Dolcetto d'Alba
$16.95 bottle/ $163.00 case

Ascheri is renowned for producing Barolos that are classics. Unyielding, bold, traditional nebbiolo that come from their impeccably maintained cellar in Bra. Their attention to detail, and the intense personality that gives their higher end wines their character, filters down through their other wines as well, as this incredibly dark, full, complex Dolcetto will attest….

Red Burgundy, aka Pinot Pinnacle!

What with all of you getting your juices flowing for a few pinot-centric winery visits these next two weekends, I thought a tasting trip to the area of the wine world that inspires so many of our local wine savants might be just the thing to get you in the mood. I hear all the…

Pico Maccario’s Piedmont Gem!

Pico Maccario "Cantamerli"
$14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case

Wow, did this knock me out when I recently had it with a rather satisfying pasta at home the other night! A big, rich blend of Barbera (60%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) from a small, family-run estate in Italy’s Piedmont region, this has so much going on. The Maccario brothers are intensely quality driven, their…

2012 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon H3

I don’t usually do things prompted by reviews I read in The Wine Spectator, especially wines that are made in the several thousand case quantity, but I know on this bottle when word hits the general public I’m going to get innumerable calls and this wine will most likely be sold out, so I hope…

2013 Buckman Wine Co. Pinot Noir- the return!!

2013 BUCKMAN WINE CO. Pinot Noir "Willamette Valley"
$17.95 bottle/ $96.00 per 1/2 case/ $172.00 case

I may have hoped, but I never thought that this would be the wine I get asked about more than other. For all of who’ve been asking when we’ll have more, here’s your answer… Three years ago when we first came out with our private label Buckman Wine Co. Pinot Noir from the very underrated…

Savory Savoie: 2011Philippe Ravier Roussanne

2011 PHILIPPE RAVIER Roussanne

We’ve been seeing plenty of roussanne based wines coming from various NW wineries. They are usually fairly good, but unfortunately priced at about $15-$20 or more. Now here’s the thing: they are nowhere near as satisfying as this beautifully rendered bottle from Philippe Ravier’s tiny estate in eastern France’s picturesque Savoie region. It has classic…