TUA RITA, Tuscany: The Legend & the Value

A Legendary Merlot (99 pts) and a Fabulous Red Blend
from Tuscany’s Maremma Coast

2016 TUA RITA Rosso dei Notri 92 pts. $19.99 (Organic)
“This is a fabulous blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah available at an irresistible price point. The 2016 Rosso dei Notri is just plain terrific on all levels. I just love it. The finish shows chocolate and toasted espresso bean. Drink this wine now—because it is that good. 92 pts.” — WA

2016 TUA RITA Redigaffi 99 pts. $300; $255 in 3-bottle case (Organic) No surprise, TUA RITA delivers yet another unbelievable edition of its legendary 100% Merlot from Coastal Tuscany. “The 2016 Redigaffi is rich, powerful and explosive, with serious depth and volume in all of its dimensions. A host of chocolate, mocha, espresso, licorice and smoke overtones give the wine nuance to match its intense, super-ripe fruit. 95 pts.” – Vinous
“More powerful than the perfect 2015. Great wine. Score: 99.” — James Suckling

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Walk on the Wild Side: Jura

New Arrivals from the Jura: Not for the Faint of Heart

Join Eric Broege for a taste of these compelling new Jura wines from Les Matheny and Dom. Montbourgeau, Dom. Pelican & Michel Gahier.  This weekend we highlight the Jura’s red grape varieties Poulsard and Pinot Trousseau, Arbois ChardonnaySavignin and Vin Jaune 2009!

2015 LES MATHENY Arbois Chardonnay $30; Spec. $25.50
Produced from vines averaging 45 years of age, the wine soars from the glass, a storm of ripe green apples, freshly blasted quarry, and musky honey. The palate is both firm and expansive, with a generous pinch of telltale Jurassic salt lengthening the complex, penetrating flavors. Emeric’s “partial sous-voile” approach shows in the wine’s gently oxidative edge.

2013 DOMAINE DU PELICAN Arbois Chardonnay $50; Spec. $42.50 (Marquis d’Angerville)
“Nicely balanced, with light citrus fruit flavors accenting pithy pear and nectarine. A very pure wine with as much minerality as fruit, the 2013 rises to a spicy finish. 90 pts.” – Vinous

2011 MONTBOURGEAU l’Etoile en Banode $35; Spec. $29.75
“En Banode” is a field blend of Chardonnay and Savagnin from a single vineyard. Not produced every vintage, the “En Banode” is more full-bodied and rustic than the regular L’Etoile bottling and it reflects the special soil characteristics (the grey and blue marne) that are best for planting the finicky Savagnin grape. Aged 30-36 months in large barrel.

2016 MONTBOURGEAU Cotes du Jura Poulsard $35; Spec. $29.75
Nicole Deriaux at Montbourgeau produces a tiny amount of red wine from the Poulsard grape. It is a bright, airy wine with a hint of tannin to the finish.

2016 LES MATHENY Arbois Poulsard $30; Spec. $25.50
Emeric—like Jacques Puffeney before him—produces firm, bold red wines proud of their structure and deeply evocative of their limestone-dominated terroir. The lifted, expressive 2015 Poulsard displays enchanting sandalwood aromas, bursting with black cherry and freshly turned earth, toeing the line of appropriate volatile acidity in the most appealing fashion.

2016 LES MATHENY Pinot Trousseau $30; Spec. $25.50
A brooding, serious beast, bristling with energy and thickly textured. Its brash, iron-inflected nose erupts from the glass like a missile, with pitch-black, spice-drenched fruit battling for attention with the wine’s core of mineral-tinged leather and black pepper. Not for the faint of heart, this is a profoundly structured, ruggedly tannic wine.

2009 MICHEL GAHIER Vin Jaune $85; Spec. $72.25
Michel’s Vin Jaune is utterly distinctive
–a maelstrom of wild Indian spices, assertive minerality, a vivid blast of fruits both candied and fresh (preserved lemons, tart cherries, grilled apples), and what feels like a bucket of Maldon sea salt. The wine takes off like a rocket on the palate, with a lift and energy that only fearless winemaker can achieve. Gahier Vin Jaune is a rare bird, and those truly interested in the Jura or in natural wine in general owe it to themselves to check out this wine.

 

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Introducing Greg Wood, New Wine Buyer at VINTAGES

We are very excited to welcome GREG WOOD, our new Wine Buyer at VINTAGES, Adventures in Wine. Greg was the long-time wine director and buyer at 109 Wine & Cheese in Ridgefield, CT. Greg and his family moved to the Boston area a few months ago, and he joined the VINTAGES team earlier this month. Greg is not only incredibly knowledgeable about all things wine and food, but he has a wonderful ability to guide you to just the right wine for your dinner, celebration or gift. Wine pairings are just one of his specialties. When he’s not planning his next wine adventure, you might find Greg hitting the slopes!

Generally you can find Greg Monday-Friday 11-7 at the shop. If you have a question, here’s how to reach him:

Call the shop: 978-369-2545 x1 Mon-Fri 11-7
Email: greg@vintagesonline.com
Or best of all, stop in the shop and say hello!

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MARISA CUOMO: Rare & Precious Wines of the Amalfi Coast

Cantina Marisa Cuomo
Brilliance of the Amalfi Coast

“Marisa Cuomo and Andrea Ferraioli have really hit a sweet spot when it comes to making wines that reflect the uniqueness of their territory and the distinct grapes used in this isolated garden of viticulture. The winery grows 20 hectares of sea-facing vines on stone terraces that are literally planted on the side of cliffs overlooking the panoramic splendor of the Amalfi Coast and the brilliant azure seashores below. Marisa Cuomo’s wines reflect a profound sense of craftsmanship. They are precious and significant wines, especially when considered against the rich backdrop of Italy’s patrimony of indigenous grapes.” – Wine Advocate

Overlooking the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, gnarled, 100-year-old vines cling to steeply terraced limestone cliffs. Marisa Cuomo and her husband Andrea work these vines entirely by hand, grueling work against a gorgeous backdrop. The result? Profoundly pleasurable, rare and original wines of a singular character. 

Overlooking the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, gnarled, 100-year-old vines cling to steeply terraced limestone cliffs. Marisa Cuomo and her husband Andrea work these vines entirely by hand, grueling work against a gorgeous backdrop. The result? Profoundly pleasurable, rare and original wines of a singular character. 

 2016 MARISA CUOMO Fiorduva Bianco $85
Blend of indigenous 40% Ripolo, 30% Fenile, 30% Ginestra
“Furore Bianco Fiorduva is a gorgeous wine. Marisa Cuomo’s vineyards benefit from the salty sea breezes and the sunny luminosity that characterize the Amalfi Coast. Those marine influences are what give this wine its profound sense of elegance and beauty. So is the generosity of its fruit aromas. Summer peach, honeydew melon, preserved lemon and tropical fruit all conspire to build the wine’s soaring aromatic intensity.” – Wine Advocate
2017 MARISA CUOMO Furore Bianco $32
60% Falanghina and 40% Biancolella aged in steel. Furore exudes the aromas and flavors of the coast: sea breeze, citrus, jasmine, sun-dried herbs and white flowers clinging to the cliffs above the azure waves.

2017 MARISA CUOMO Ravello Bianco $30
60% Falanghina and 40% Biancolella. Offers zesty citrus and ripe orchard fruit aromas, accented with brisk marine notes. Apple, sage and mint notes dance on a mineral tightrope. Enticing!

2017 MARISA CUOMO Rosato $28
The most versatile of roses is this one – flat-out gorgeous berry fruit, lush texture and refreshing finish. The hint of coastal herbs makes it a great food wine year-round.

2016 MARISA CUOMO Furore Rosso $30
A blend of Piedirosso and Aglianico. Red cherry and flinty red berries on the perfumed nose. On the palate, the telltale Piedirosso herbal nuances mingle with Aglianico’s richer red cherry and plum fruit. Finishes bright and long, with smooth tannins and plenty of fruity exuberance.

2014 MARISA CUOMO Furore Rosso Riserva $65 
Blend of 50% each Piedirosso and Aglianico, from ancient vines clinging to the limestone coastal terraces at 200/550 m above the sea. The grapes are harvested when fully ripe at the end of October, fermented with intense maceration for 30 days, followed by aging in new French oak barriques for 12 months. Dark ruby hues, intense aromas of black forest fruits, blackberries, blackcurrants and blueberries. Silky texture, with a whiplash of granitic minerals and good intensity of fruit on the palate. Very long aromatic finish of brushwood and spices.

2012 MARISA CUOMO Ravello Rosso Riserva $50
Blend of 70% Piedirosso and 30% Aglianico planted to dolomitic-limestone rock on the Ravello coast at 300/400 meters. Grapes harvested at end of October with intense maceration for 20 days, followed by aging in new French oak barriques for 12 mos. Red with garnet hues, intense aroma of forest fruit jam. Smooth and well-balanced taste with a licorice, vanilla and a long, spicy finish.

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New Wines from MARISA CUOMO, Furore, Amalfi Coast

NEW from MARISA CUOMO, Costa d’Amalfi
Overlooking the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, gnarled, 100-year-old vines cling to steeply terraced limestone cliffs. Marisa Cuomo and her husband Andrea work these vines entirely by hand, grueling work against a gorgeous backdrop. The result? Profoundly pleasurable, original wines of a singular character.

Just in time for July’s intense heat, a new shipment of the Costa d’Amalfi wines from MARISA CUOMO have arrived in the shop! When you pour these whites and rose into a glass, the cool marine breezes refresh your palate and your outlook.

2017 MARISA CUOMO Furore Bianco $32
60% Falanghina and 40% Biancolella aged in steel. Furore exudes the aromas and flavors of the coast: sea breeze, citrus, jasmine, sun-dried herbs and white flowers clinging to the cliffs above the azure waves.

2017 MARISA CUOMO Ravello Bianco $30
60% Falanghina and 40% Biancolella. Offers zesty citrus and ripe orchard fruit aromas, accented with brisk marine notes. Apple, sage and mint notes dance on a mineral tightrope. Enticing!

2017 MARISA CUOMO Rosato $28
The most versatile of roses is this one – flat-out gorgeous berry fruit, lush texture and refreshing finish. The hint of coastal herbs makes it a great food wine year-round.

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Wine-Buying Trip to Piedmont, Italy

Visit to Piedmont April 2018

Eric and Carolyn just returned from our wine buying trip to Piedmont, Verona and Venice. It had been several years since our last stay in Piedmont’s Langhe region, and we were excited to find out what had changed since our last visit. It’s always been a stunning landscape with green, vine-covered hillsides, narrow twisting roads, fantastic local cuisine, and of course, our very favorite tannic wines and taciturn winemakers.

The landscape? Still stunning, still very green, and even “greener” – many estates are certified organic or in the process of doing so.

The food? Amazing ly, it’s even better than ever – the addition of fish, especially crudo (raw) on nearly every menu, is a recent and welcome event. While there are no new white wines to pair with the pesce, Champagne and Franciacorta are plentiful.

The wine? Breathtaking. The wines we tasted at the 16 estates we visited were, undoubtedly, the best wines these estates have ever made. And so drinkable!  Where were the formidable tannins that would dry out your mouth and nearly shut down your palate? Where was the dominant oak at certain addresses? Not a trace did we find – in its place were elegance, length, purity, and yes, terroir

 

The excitement was palpable: at each cellar, not only were we excited to connect with our old friends, they were equally excited to present their 2013 and 2014 wines, both very different yet superb expressions of the noble nebbiolo grape. We were honored to spend time with our long-time friends, who, no surprise to us, represent the very best estates in the entire region.  A grand grazie mille to all the Langhe estates for their gracious hospitality, incredible wine, and enduring friendship:

Giuseppe Rinaldi, Barolo

Brovia, Castiglione Falletto, Barolo

San Fereolo, Dogliani

Elvio Cogno, Novello, Barolo

Burlotto, Verduno, Barolo

Allesandria, Verduno, Barolo

Vietti, Castiglione Falletto, Barolo

Renato Ratti, La Morra, Barolo

Giacomo Conterno, Monforte d’Alba, Barolo

Giacomo Brezza, Barolo

Cantina del Pino, Barbaresco

Albino Rocca, Barbaresco

Giuseppe Cortese, Barbaresco

Sottimano, Barbaresco

Ceretto, Alba, Barolo

Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco

 

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