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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017

VINTAGES

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UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017

GERMANY

–WHITEWINE

MOSEL

FRITZ WILLI FRIEDRICH-WILHELM-

GYMNASIUM RIESLING FEINHERB 2015

Qualitätswein

TASTING NOTE: The intensely warm 2015 vintage

goes full force in this off-dry Riesling. It’s gorgeously

sunny, with forward scents of guava and white

peach and plump in flavors of apricot and tangerine.

Approachable and easy, yet irresistibly charming.

Score:

90

(Anna Lee Iijima,

Wine Enthusiast

,

Dec. 1, 2016)

Off-dry & Fruity

523894

(M)

750 mL

$20.95

2

RHEINHESSEN

SCHMITT SÖHNE

BEERENAUSLESE 2015

Qualitätswein

TASTING NOTE: Schmitt Söhne is now under the

stewardship of the fourth generation of the family to

oversee operations, but the Söhne name has been

a part of the winemaking landscape for more than

200 years. Their 2015 Beerenauslese is rich, ripe

and tasty with notes of dried apricots, vanilla and

honey. This has superb concentration and acidity,

and is very well priced for such a treat. (Vintages

panel, March 2017)

Full-bodied & Rich

523837

(S)

500 mL

$21.95

2

ITALY

–WHITEWINE

ALTO ADIGE/TRENTINO

SANTA MARGHERITA IMPRONTA DEL

FONDATORE PINOT GRIGIO 2016

DOC Alto Adige

TASTING NOTE: Aromas of tropical fruit and floral

notes introduce a sweet, ripe river of honey-drizzled

white peach and pear bathing the palate with notions

of spice and lemon-lime cordial. It’s light on its feet with

a balanced and mid-length finish and aftertaste. Pour

alongside lighter-styled appetizers. Score:

HHHHK

(Vic Harradine,

winecurrent.com

, June 5, 2017)

Light & Crisp

231258

(XD)

750 mL

$24.95

1

LA FERME DU MONT LE PONNANT

CÔTES DU RHÔNE-VILLAGES 2015

Unfiltered, AP

TASTING NOTE: Offering more depth and richness,

with tons of black raspberry, graphite, leather and pep-

per, the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Villages Le Ponnant

(60/40 Grenache and Syrah) is medium to full-bodied,

has beautiful purity, fine tannin and a great finish. It

has a touch of modern flair, but everything is perfectly

balanced and it has serious potential. Score:

89-91+

(Jeb Dunnuck,

robertparker.com

, Oct. 28, 2016)

Full-bodied & Smooth

171371

(XD)

750 mL

$20.95

2

LA FERME DU MONT PREMIÈRE

CÔTE CÔTES DU RHÔNE 2015

Unfiltered, AP

TASTINGNOTE: The 2015 Côtes du Rhône Premiere

Côte, which is based on 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah

and 10%Mourvèdre, its deep ruby/purple color is

followed by terrific notes of blueberries, strawberries,

spring flowers and hints of garrigue. Drink this soft,

medium-bodied, totally charming Côtes du Rhône on

release and over the following 3-4 years. Score:

88-90

(Jeb Dunnuck,

robertparker.com

, Oct. 28, 2016)

Full-bodied & Smooth

251645

(XD)

750 mL

$17.95

2

XAVIER ARCANE XV LE DIABLE 2015

Vin de France

TASTING NOTE: There are two slightly eccentric

wines from this estate that merit serious attention.

Almost 100%Mourvèdre from a parcel close to

Vinsobres, the sensational 2015 Vin de France

Arcane XV Le Diable had a three-week maceration

(Xavier prefers to get as much extraction as possible

before alcoholic fermentation), and was aged mostly

in small oak tanks and concrete. Blueberries, black-

berries, peppery herbs and spice all flow from this

layered, full-bodied beauty that has awesome purity,

integrated acidity and plenty of structure. Give bottles

2-3 years and drink over the following 10-15 years.

Drink date: 2018-2033. Score:

94

(Jeb Dunnuck,

robertparker.com

, Oct. 28, 2016 )

Full-bodied & Smooth

526301

(XD)

750 mL

$29.95

2

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