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Santa Ynez Valley Cuvée Le Bec Beckmen 2013 -   In the glass, the wine has a deep ruby red color, saturated right to the edge. The nose explodes with ripe black plums, crushed black raspberries, dried red peppercorns, and fresh peonies, all seasoned with sweet herbs and exotic spices, including a faint suggestion of star anise, bergamot oil, dried orange zest, and cardamom. On the palate, the wine is forward and juicy, with lavish, sun-warmed ripe red and blue fruit flavors that echo the nose. At the same time, there is plenty of cool-climate mineral brightness and refreshing vibrancy in the mouth-coating flavors, which gain weight over time as the wine evolves in the glass. This is another rare California wine that marries New World succulence with Old World clarity, restraint, and length of flavors. Drink now for its juicy primary fruit, or keep in a cool cellar for up to five years.

Bacharacher Rivaner Weingut Ratzenberger 2014 - The Ratzenberger family moved to the Mittelrhein from East Germany in the 1950s, and young Jochen Ratzenberger first began to make wine in 1994. The 8-hectare estate, west and north of the town of Bacharach, includes holdings in the three steep vineyards of blue-black Devon slate: Steeger St. Jost, Posten, and Wolfshöhle. The Rivaner comes from the only Ratzenberger vineyard that doesn’t cling precariously to one of the dramatic, cliff-like walls of black slate that tower over the village of Bacharach. Instead, it grows on the gentle incline at the top of the hill below the forest above the Posten, overlooking the Rhine. In the glass, this terrific Rivaner has a glowing straw yellow color, and a generous floral nose that evolves to include yellow peaches, ripe pineapples, and sweet freesia. On the palate, the wine is silky and palpably rich, with flavors of dry citrus zest, ripe nectarines, and lemon-spritzed baking apples joining the ripe stone fruit and crystallized honey. The finish is seasoned with fine minerality and subtle delicate bitterness, and the wine’s vibrant acidity is refreshing, but softer than that of the Rieslings from the Posten on the slope just below. And when all is said and done, the aromatics of this lovely wine leave no doubt about its origin: the hill that the Romans named Bacchi Ara: the “Altar of Bacchus.”

Côtes du Rhône Génération Domaine Jaume 2015 - The modern history of this eighty-hectare estate in Vinsobres began with Henri Chauvet and Baron Le Roy, who together introduced the idea of “appellation contrôlée” in France in the 1920s. Henri Chauvet’s son-in-law Pierre Jaume was the driving force in the development of the estate, but it was his son Claude who was the first to estate-bottle the wines. Grandsons Pascal and Richard took over in the 1980s, and have continued to enlarge and improve Domaine Jaume; with carefully considered purchases like the vineyard they call “Altitude 420,” and the “Clos des Échelas.” Generation is a rich Vinsobres blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, mostly grown on the clay-limestone slopes of “Coteaux,” with a healthy dollop of old-vines Grenache from “Altitude 420,” a windswept terrace on “Les Collines.” In the glass, the wine has a limpid, deep purple color, with flashes of magenta at the edge. The aromatics are pure garrigue – with crushed violets, ripe black cherries, stewed red currants, lavender, rosemary, and fennel seed, all moving in and out of the foreground as the wine evolves in the glass. On the palate, a rich core of juicy sweet fruit, bracketed by high altitude, almost saline minerality echoes the nose, and the finish is long and refreshing, mineral-infused and nervy, seasoned with just a suggestion of freshly ground black and white pepper.

Bordeaux Clairet Château Turcaud 2015 - From the beginning in 1973, when Maurice Robert purchased seven hectares of run down, abandoned vines in La Sauve Majeure, this has been one of the most extraordinary estates in Bordeaux. Within ten years Château Turcaud was represented on the wine lists of the most prestigious restaurants in France, including Gerard Vié’s “Les Trois Marches” in Versailles, and Jean-Claude Vrinat’s “Taillevent” in Paris. Under the direction of Stéphane Lemay, who is both a highly skilled vineyard manager, and a sensitive, talented winemaker, Château Turcaud has risen to even higher heights, and is always included on the short list of the greatest producers of white Bordeaux outside of the Graves. The Bordeaux Clairet is comprised of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc, organically grown, destemmed and macerated for four days in a pneumatic press. The result is this delicious anachronism: the most unusual style of Bordeaux – halfway between a rosé and a red wine, and a direct descendent of the wines produced in fifteenth century. In the glass, the limpid Bordeaux Clairet is the color of Red Haven peaches, with flashes of polished copper at the edge. Fresh cut wildflowers, cranberries, and orange peel move in and out of the foreground, sometimes trading places with rhubarb, garden herbs, and a fleeting faint suggestion of fading rose petals. On the palate the wine is generous and round, with red raspberries and fresh strawberries seasoned with a delicate walnut and orange-citric bitterness, which carries the wine through a long, appetizing finish.

 

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