New England Wine & Spirits
Friday November 17, 4-7p
1. Taittinger Brut La Francaise $49.99 Sale Price $42.99
Taittinger is one of the great Champagne houses of Rheims and is known for its more
elegant style of Champagne because of its emphasis on Chardonnay.
This deliciously delicate Champagne has subtle scents of flowers, honeysuckle and mint with a luscious matrix of lime-drenched honeydew melon and apple leading to a sustained and refreshing finish. 90 points—Robert Parker
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2. Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay $49.99 Sale $39.99 net
Perched on top of soaring coastal ridges that border the Pacific Ocean, Flowers’ estate vineyards were some of the first planted on the “extreme” Sonoma Coast in 1991.
The 2015 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast is an attractive, open-knit Chardonnay to drink now and over the next few years. Lemon confit, hazelnut and dried flowers grace this very pretty, if somewhat hushed, Chardonnay. Veins of underlying salinity add brightness and freshness throughout. (AG) 91 points Vinous
3. Lange Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $31.99 Sale $25.99 net
The Willamette Valley produces some of the finest Pinot Noirs made in the United States. The Langes, under mentorship of Dick Erath one of the Pioneers of Oregon Pinot, bring it to a new level at a very reasonable price. Forward drinking and enjoyable now, with mid weight flavors of black cherry and blackberry framed by slightly chalky tannins and sweet oak plying in the background. The wine leaves a favorable impression on the fruit-laden finish
4. Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $54.99 Sale $44.99 net
Flowers' 2015 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is a lovely appellation level wine, and also one of the highlights in this range. Sweet red cherry, plum, dried flowers and tobacco all flesh out in the glass. Nuanced, soft, and open-knit, the 2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next years. This polished, impeccable Pinot is very nicely done. 93 Points Vinous
5. Mt Veeder Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $36.99
Mount Veeder is a magical place—a rare and beautiful spot where vines cling to the steep hillsides, producing tiny, concentrated berries that give wines their big, bold, brambly fruit character.”
Aromas of plums and terracotta follow through to a medium to full body, soft and velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Delicious already. Drink now or hold. 92 points James Suckling
6. Montes Purple Angel Carmenere $74.99 6 pack $50.00 per bottle
This superb wine represents a whole new dimension for Carmenère, the long-lost grape variety that recently resurfaced in Chile after being presumed extinct in Bordeaux, its original home.
The transparency is incredible to this year of Purple Angel. Aromatic and bright with blueberry, fresh herbs and spice. Full body, silky and perfectly polished tannins. Fabulous length and layers. Superb. Blend made from 46% Carmenere from Marchigue, 46% from Apalta and 8% Petit Verdot. 97 Points James Suckling