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lucchetti.jpgLucchetti Lacrima di Morro d'Alba 2012
(Campania, Italy)

One of the most unique reds we’ve come across. The nose is floral: lilacs, lilies, even roses. But take a sip and you’ll also get berries and a bit of earthiness. Best with a bit of a chill, this a love it or hate it wine. But there are enough of you that love it…that are obsessed with it…that we have needed to it as it bounced from distributor to distributor. Sure we’ve had a few other Lacrimas di Morro d’Alba on the shelf, and they have a similar, wacky-unique profile, but this is THE ONE. The one that brings on longing and lust and whining and crying whenever it’s not available. It’s been about a year since it was available… and it has been a long year. But it’s back. And on the shelf. So come and get it all you Lucchetti-lovers, because we can’t promise how long it will stick around.

Price: $16.99



Eric Asimov’s monthly Wine School column at the New York Times heads into its second installment. The first column focused on Bordeaux – giving me the perfect excuse to go hunting for one of my old favorites that had fallen off the shelf: Chateau Cantemerle. This month, the topic is another “B”: Beaujolais!

To recap what the Wine School serious is all about: it’s sort of like Oprah’s book club, but with booze. You can read the details yourself, but it’s very simple: each month, Eric will recommend a few specific wines, as well as the general category to consider if you can’t find the specific bottles. Then you drink them. He drinks them. We all drink them. And we all chatter about them online. The key thing here, is that we’re to drink them… not just taste them. But actually sit down with the bottle over a night or two, over a meal or two, and experience them. I’m as excited about this as anyone – because while I get to taste a lot of wine, but I don’t get to drink it as much as I like. So this will be a chance for me to stop and smell the roses… or, um… drink the grapes?

Another key thing –this exercise is not necessarily about liking the wine. It’s about experiencing the wine. The idea is to get a sense of how to think about wine, how to talk about it, and how to understand what you like and don’t like.

So this month, it’s Beaujolais. Eric makes three specific recommendations from the 2011 vintage and then refers readers to a recent review that sets up a broader range of options. This time around, we’re not going to go chasing down those exact bottles. We already have a slightly out of control Beaujolais section to select from. So if you can’t find his exact bottles, or don’t feel like hunting them down, we have some suggestions that will work quite well. Even though we do stock some of the producers from his 2013 review, we're sticking to the 2011 vintage he talks about in his columns.

Chateau Cambon Le Cambon Beaujolias-Village 2011:the lighter, happier side of Beaujolais. This plot was initially a joint project involving Marcel Lapierre and Jean-Claude Chanudet of Domaine Chamonard. It’s not officially part of the Morgon cru, but it shows a similar charming red-fruited happiness quality with this village and producer. Price: $23.99

Domaine des Cotes Moliere Moulin a Vent 2011: Dark berry fruits, mulberry skins, a touch of dusky minerality and texture that manages to be a touch silky and crunchy all at once. This wine shows off  the darker, earthier side of Beaujolais. Price: $24.99

Go to the WINE page, search on BEAUJOLAIS, and these will pop up (among others. Feel free to buy multiples!)



moulin.jpgDomaine des Cotes de la Moliere Les Moulin a Vent 2011: Isabelle and Bruno Perraud make this Moulin a Vent and I love it. So much that I bought, oh, 25 cases. The only 25 cases in the country. So if you try it and like it, you’ll either need to visit the Perrauds in France, or visit me. (French winemakers may be charming, but I’m much more convenient!)  It’s one of those wines that shows best with a slight chill (it was the hit of our summertime “Chilled Reds” tasting – and can go for days without losing its tastiness.  Dark berry fruits, mulberry skins, a touch of dusky minerality and texture that manages to be a touch silky and crunchy all at once. (‘Crunchy??’  Yes, crunchy. Think of that snap of freshness when you bite into an apple. That’s crunchy. And it’s a very good thing.)  Pick one up one to try. And then come back from more!

Price: $24.99
6-bottle price: $135 ($22.50/bottle)
12-bottle price: $240 ($20/bottle)

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Liquid Sunshine Suggestion: Holly's Garden Pinot Noir

Neil Prentice Holly's Garden Pagan Pinot Noir 2011
(Whitlands, Victoria, Australia)

hollys.jpgIt’s time to re-think Australian wine. While there’s still plenty of big, jammy kangaroo-style juice available, there’s a lot of wine diversity over on the other side of the world. And good for us, more and more is making it over here. Like this sunny little bottle of Pinot Noir. It’s light, almost translucent, with just-shy-of-ripe fruit that plays wonderfully with the hint of thyme that you’ll find in many wines from this region. (It’s not actually thyme… it’s a hint of eucalyptus that may actually come from the leaves of the trees that surround the vineyard.) If you’re looking to be surprised by what Australia is doing these days, pick up a bottle. If you’re looking for something bright and fresh to get you out of the winter doldrums, pick up a bottle. Heck, just pick up a bottle!

Price: $24.99


AUSSIE RULES: Happs Semillon

happs.jpgHapps Semillon 2010 (Margaret River, Australia): This semillon from the Three Hills vineyard is Strictly Ballroom. The telltale sharpness of lime zest, wheatgrass and unripe apricot partner in an inseparable tango with the mildest white peach skins and lush semillon texture. Added structure from a partial barrel fermentation and the slightest hint of a jalapeno spice add some extra flare to this Down Under discovery from Gordon Little’s exciting Little Peacock line up.

Erl and Roslyn Happ have cultivated several vineyards in Margaret River since 1977 (while all of Oz was humming Abba's Dancing Queen, btw). They've used organic soil treatments and dry grown cultivation methods from the start.  The Three Hills site is one cooler Happs parcels and it pairs well with the slow-ripening semillon, allowing the wine to achieve a shimmering balance. The vineyard was planted in 1994 "with the driving objective of crafting the finest wine in the world." But we think the 2010's beauty has to do with the couple's shared passion, for each other and for the dance!   - JO

Price: $19.99


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