Monzinger QbA Riesling Trocken Weingut Emrich-Schönleber 2015 - The view from the L232 across the bottom of the valley toward Monzingen is staggering: a sheer wall of red and blue Devon slate capped by the looming, brooding Soonwald, which extends for twenty-five kilometers beyond the northern horizon. The Romans planted vines here in the time of Marcus Aurelius, because the palpably warm thermal wind that rushes up out of the valley melted the snow earliest in the spring. Most of the grapes in this full-bodied, wet slate and ripe Clingstone peach scented Riesling grew here, on a hill that the Germans named “Frühlingsplätzchen” (a nice little place in the springtime). Since the 1960s, Werner (now joined by his son, Frank) Schönleber, has been reclaiming the tradition of fine wine in Monzingen, with his ambitious reclamation of the Frühlingsplätzchen and Halenberg vineyards, both of which are considered among the Großes Gewächs (Grand Crus) of Germany.The slate and clay soils of Monzingen are perfectly reflected in this Riesling trocken. Hand-harvesting, low yields, and pristine cellar conditions are hallmarks of Werner Schönleber, widely regarded to be one of Germany's best winemakers.
Mercurey Rouge Vieilles Vignes Domaine Francois Raquillet 2015 - Considered a "standard bearer" for the the appellation of Mercurey, François farms sustainably, and limits yields with tight pruning, bud removal, and careful leaf management. The vines average sixty years-old, and are planted to extreme density. Yields are well below appellation standards. The wine is aged entirely in neutral barrels, and will develop nicely for six to ten years in a cool, dark cellar.
Bourgogne Crémant Domaine André Bonhomme 2013 - This is another brilliant Champagne-method sparkling wine that you really want to smell and taste. So use a real wine glass, not a tall skinny flute. And prepare to be stunned by how good this is. First, the unique dosage of eighteen-year-old botrytis affected Chardonnay gives the wine a beautiful, saturated yellow gold color. Then ripe Asian pears, raw honeycomb and demerara sugar move in and out of the background, trading places with toasted almonds, sunflower seeds, and a fleeting suggestion of freshly shaved nutmeg as the nose develops in the glass. On the palate, the wine is rich and mouthfilling, with a creamy chiffon texture, and a solid core of clean, honeyed, limestone-grown Chardonnay flavors, which continue to evolve and put on weight, even as the feathery, caressing mousse gradually subsides. Pure, creamy Viré-Clessé! Drink with everything that accompanies elegant white Burgundy.
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Agricola Ca’ La Bionda 2011 - To make Amarone, only the least compact clusters of the best grapes are selected for drying on cane racks, where they lose almost half their weight before they are fermented in early February (just in case you wondered why Amarone is so expensive). After a very slow fermentation (the cellar is cold in February!), 10% of the wine goes into 225-liter barriques, and the rest into 3000-liter oak botti, where it matures for three full years before bottling. In the glass, this classic Amarone has a saturated, dark garnet color, with flashes of raspberry crimson at the edges. Brandied amarena cherries, melted dark chocolate, roasted chestnuts, and warm raspberry jam move in and out of the foreground, adding fresh white tobacco, chiodini tree mushrooms, autumn leaves, and eucalyptus as the nose evolves in the glass. On the palate, the wine is sinewy, not fat, like a nimble heavyweight, with a supple, sweet core of exotic spiced berries that echoes the nose, along with fine grained, cocoa-like, mildly amaro tannins, and fresh cherry brightness seasoned with allspice berries and cardamom.
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Moore Brothers in New Jersey is approximately 10 minutes from Center City Philadelphia. Open 7 days a week.
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Moore Brothers - New Jersey
7200 N Park Dr
Pennsauken, NJ 08109