Fleurie Domaine de Robert 2014 - In the glass, the wine has a limpid garnet color all the way to the edge. The nose unfurls with the perfume of strawberry preserves, mulberries, and rhubarb, along with black cherries, lavender, roasted chestnuts, and fleeting suggestions of black raspberries, rose petals, tamarind, and fresh white tobacco. On the palate, the wine is multi-layered, concentrated, and graceful, with a core of black-and-red-fruit flavors that echo the nose, adding damson plums, walnut shells, and just-rained-on wet granite as the wine evolves in the glass. The persistent, satisfying finish is extended by lively fresh fruit acidity and dry mineral extract, and is punctuated with mild, fine-grained tannins. This is seriously elegant Burgundy. Drink now – 2022.
Contra Costa County Petite Sirah Three Wine Company 2012 - Along with Joel Peterson at Ravenswood in Sonoma, and Paul Draper at Ridge Vineyards in Santa Cruz, Matt Cline was one of the original champions of single-vineyard, old-vine Zinfandel. Before establishing Three Wine Company in 2006, Matt was a founding partner of Trinitas Cellars (which he sold in 2006), and had worked with his brother Fred at Cline Cellars since 1982. Along the way, he has quietly produced some of the most dramatic red wines ever made in California, mostly from grapes purchased under contract with third and fourth generation farmers of ancient parcels in Oakley and Lodi in Contra Costa County.In the glass, the wine has an inky, saturated, dark purple color, almost jet black in the center. The nose erupts with a cornucopia of ripe blueberries, black raspberries, black currants, and sweet herbs. On the palate, the wine is massive and chewy, yet supple, juicy, and sleek, with ripe black fruit flavors that echo the nose, adding smoky, dark-chocolate-covered black cherries, baking spices, cardamom, and a hint of white pepper. As smooth, and succulent, and full-bodied as natural wine can be.
Champagne Blanc de Blancs Diebolt-Vallois NV - Jacques Diebolt himself provided the fiche technique when I visited last year: 100% Chardonnay from Cramant, Chouilly, and Cuis, all hand-harvested, with primary and malolactic fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and a dosage of about 7g/l. But this isn’t about technical details. There is more human presence in a bottle of wine like this than there is in any mass-market Champagne – no matter how much more expensive, or how prestigious the label.Use a good all-purpose wine glass with an egg-shaped bowl, and don’t fill it more than one third of the way. The color is a lovely pale gold, with a streaming bead of tiny precise bubbles. At first, the elegant nose suggests green apples and white flowers. On the palate, the wine is both creamy and firm, with a fine mineral structure, and a feathery, delicate mousse. The flavors evolve with more white flowers, green apples, caraway seeds, minerals, and lemon zest, and the long finish is carried by lively acidity and the velvety, persistent mousse.
Pacherenc-du-Vic-Bilh Sec Château Viella 2014 - In 1952, Alain Bortolussi's grandfather purchased 25 hectares of land in the department of Gers that had recently been classified under AOC regulations as Madiran. Over the next 35 years, these gentle slopes of gravel and clay were replanted carefully with the best clones of Tannat and Cabernet Franc, and the winery was gradually modernized. Alain also replanted small parcels of the indigenous white grapes of the area; Arrufiac, Petit Manseng, and Gros Manseng to produce this dry, vibrant wine which carries the appellation, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh. The limestone-rich, clay soils of the area provide perfect drainage and minerality to the wines, and Alain’s very rigorous, natural farming produces very concentrated wines, of which, this is a perfect example. Rich aromatics of quince and lime are matched with a beautiful textural richness from the (neutral) barrel fermentation and aging.
The Tasting Table is always open at Moore Brothers Wine Company. Come taste the wonderful variety of handmade, artisan wine.
Moore Brothers in New Jersey is approximately 10 minutes from Center City Philadelphia. Open 7 days a week.
Mon-Fri: 10AM - 8PM
Sat: 9AM - 6PM
Sun: 11AM - 5PM
Moore Brothers - New Jersey
7200 N Park Dr
Pennsauken, NJ 08109