Bordeaux Cuvée Majeure Blanc Château Turcaud 2014 - Six parcels of vines contribute to this spectacular blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and the rare Sauvignon Gris (long abandoned in most of Bordeaux because of its tiny yield). Here the Sauvignon Gris marks this incredible white Bordeaux with a saturated, straw green color, and exotic yellow fruit aromatics. The barrels add texture and discreet seasoning, but nothing that distracts from the pink grapefruit, freshly cut pineapple, honeysuckle, and lemongrass in the nose. On the palate the wine is full-bodied and sleek, with ripe citrus, sweet almond, and dried honey flavors seamlessly integrated with incredible mineral extract.
Castillon Côtes-de-Bordeaux Chateau Brehat 2011 - The de Monteil family has grown grapes in St. Émilion and Castillon-la-Bataille since the 17th century. In 2009, Jérôme and Béatrice de Monteil left their careers (in software development and human resources, respectively) to assume responsibility for the properties, and to carry on the family’s winemaking traditions. Under the guidance of enologist Gilles Pauquet (who also consults at Châteaux Cheval Blanc, Figeac, Canon, and L’Arrossée, among others), a small, dedicated team cultivates five south-facing hectares on the argilo-limoneux slope above Saint Etienne de Lisse. The wine is composed of about 65% Merlot, with the balance made up of the two Cabernets, all harvested by hand, fermented in thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks, and matured for twelve months in a mix of one and two year-old barriques. In the glass, the wine has an opaque purple color, almost black in the center, with flashes of red near the edge. The classic “Right Bank” nose unfurls with crème de framboise, ripe black currants, griotte cherries, and fresh truffles. On entry the wine is juicy and succulent, building to a dense, rich mid-palate, loaded with a cornucopia of black and red fruit flavors that echo the nose, all lightly seasoned with nutmeg, vanilla, black tea, and cocoa, and framed in ripe, round, velvety tannins. Almost Napa-like in concentration and texture, with perfectly integrated Right Bank Bordeaux acidity that carries the flavors through a long, elegant finish.
Rheinhessen QbA Trocken Weingut Keller 2015 - When Klaus-Peter and his wife Julia took over at Weingut Keller in 2001, they had an enviable advantage: his parents had laid a solid foundation for the future of the estate with their work in soil analysis and clonal selection, and were already producing the best wines in Rheinhessen. But Klaus-Peter has taken Weingut Keller to even higher heights, inspiring a renaissance of viniculture in the Hügelland, where the Benedictines of the Kloster Lorch grew some of the most prestigious wines in the Rheinland, in vineyards that were forgotten after the French Revolution. But Klaus-Peter doesn’t have time for media stardom, and is quick to point out that “great wine would not be possible here, if it weren’t for these great limestone soils. It’s only that someone had to remember the old tradition and just make good wine.”This pale, green-gold dry Riesling has a penetrating, irresistible nose, with ripe green apples, lime blossoms, grapefruit zest, and a faint suggestion of sweet wood smoke moving in and out of the foreground as the wine evolves in the glass. Along the way, for a few moments, it smells almost as if it were seasoned with lemongrass and fresh wild rosemary. On the palate the wine is generous, pure, and complex, with ripe white peach, green apple, and citrus flavors unfolding with vibrant limestone mineral intensity, and the finish is long and refreshing, with plenty of fresh acidity, depth, and cut. This is flat-out great wine: worthy accompaniment to the most elegant seafood, and one of the happiest non-Burgundy accompaniments to a simple roasted chicken that I have ever experienced.
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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