Free Exclusive Italian Class with Enrico Dellapiani of Cascina Rizzi at Spec’s Oak Ridge

Please join me for a Free Italian wine tasting with Piemontese winemaker Enrico Dellapiani of Cascina Rizzi.  These wines are seriously delicious, so don’t miss this opportunity to fall in love with this amazing Italian producer!

RSVP to RSVP_Woodlands@specsonline.com

What: Rizzi Taste & Buy event

Where: Spec’s Oak Ridge

Date:  Saturday, March 2, 2019

When:  3:00pm to 5:00pm

Winery: Cascina Rizzi

Who:  Enrico Dellapiana, Winemaker.

Biographical Information about the Winery and Winemaker:

Enrico’s father, Ernesto Dellapiana, left the city of Turin and his career as an entrepreneur in the 1970’s to return to the lands that have always belonged to the family in Treiso.  Treiso, a small village in the Bassa Langa located at the meeting point of five hills, including Rizzi Hill, is in the heart of Barbaresco and Langhe area, home to some of the most famous vineyards in the world.  Ernesto faced a myriad of challenges, but his passion and dream of creating something important perservered and in 1974, the first vintage from Cascina Rizzi was produced. Since then, Ernesto has acquired more prime vineyard lands—Cascina Rizzi’s holdings now comprise 44 hectares.

Ernesto’s son, Enrico, following his older sister Jole, joined the estate after completing his studies in Viticulture and Oenology in 2004.  Enrico strives to make wines that are “alive”; clean, pure and not oaky. His creative passions shine through in both his winemaking and artistic sensibilities. As talented a painter as he is a winemaker, Enrico both designs the Barbaresco Rizzi Riserva Boito labels for each vintage and also hand paints each individual label for the limited magnum production of this special wine. 

Wines to be poured:

RIZZI BARBERA D’ALBA 2015

RIZZI NEBBIOLO LANGHE 2015

RIZZI DOLCETTO 16/17

RIZZI BARBARESCO 2014

RIZZI BARBARESCO NERVO (6/CS) 2014

RIZZI BARBARESCO PAJORE 2014

RIZZI BARBARESCO BOITO RISERVA 2013

RIZZI MOSCATO D’ASTI 2017

Thank you,

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

 

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THE TWELVE UNDER $12 FOR FEBRUARY 2019

Dibon Sparkling Rose N/V

Cash Price $10.99

This Garnacha sparkling Rose has beautiful pink color with flavors of raspberry and cherries that are enveloped by fresh, popping bubbles. Pair with your Valentine!

Conde de Velazquez ‘Don Raphael’ Moscato Rose

Cash Price $8.99

This sweet Rose offers candied raspberries with supple notes of red fruit pastries. The finish shows a hint of confection and floral expression.  Pair with flowers for your special one.

Ryan Patrick Unoaked Chardonnay

Cash Price $9.99

Ryan Patrick’s Chardonnay is fresh, fruity and completely un-oaked! This Chardonnay offers flavors of citrus and honeydew melon with hints of apricot and pear. Pair with a quinoa and walnut salad.

Perimeter Black Red Blend

Cash Price $10.99

This juicy red blend jumps into the palate with flavors of cherry, blueberry pie and touches of crème brulee. The finish offers hints of cedar, creamy vanilla and toffee. Yum!

Menuts Red Blend

Cash Price $10.99

The wine is a Merlot based red blend that is wonderfully accessible with notes of blackberry and currant. Smidgeons of all spice and cedar flow into the finish.  Pair with a hearty Sheperd’s pie.

Labet Rhone Red Blend

Cash Price $9.99

The wine is a yummy Grenache based red blend that offers flavors of strawberry and bramble with just a whiff of pepper and spice. Pair with a sweet BBQ sauce and spicy meat.

El Circo ‘Bailarina’ Merlot

Cash Price $9.99

This 100% Merlot shows flavors of fresh raspberry and smoked herbs with hints of rhubarb. The wine is completely unoaked. Pair with spicy chorizo tacos.

Finca Copete Tempranillo

Cash Price $9.99

Copete is ready to drink right now. Flavors of blackberry and currant flow into a plush medium body and just a hint of oak. Pair with a thick crust ‘works’ pizza.

Alandra White Blend

Cash Price $8.99

Portuguese dry wines are becoming quite popular. This dry white is fresh and zingy with notes of lemon zest and white peach. The wine is unoaked with good acidity.  Pair with ceviche or sushi.

Dr. Pauly Dornfelder Sweet Red

Cash Price $9.99

Dr. Pauly offers red cherries and violets with lively acidity that melds easily with a juicy fruit character. Hints of sweetness play into the floral notes. Pair this with your main squeeze and chocolate.

Roblar Cabernet Sauvignon

Cash Price $9.99

This easy drinker has a creamy smooth sensibility with notes of plum and black cherry. The finish offers touches of oak, vanilla and graham crackers.  Pair this with 11 other bottles to make a full case in your home.

Particular Garnacha

Cash Price $6.99

Particular is a super ripe, fruit forward wine that offers harmonious flavors of red cherry and pomegranate with silky, integrated tannins. Pair with fried catfish and hushpuppies.

James C. Barlow,CWE,CSS

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JAMES BARLOW’S ‘THE THIRTEEN’ PICKS OF FEBRUARY 2018

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

February is upon us and it already feels like Summer is right around the corner.  As always, I took January off from writing this blog so I hope you didn’t miss my selection too badly.  I have a delightful list prepared for my Birthday month that are great wines with great value.  You will see that most picks this month are under $20 as I have been tasting some amazing inexpensive wines lately.  I also have a couple of Valentine’s Day picks for the special ones in your life that love wine and chocolate….Enjoy!

Bodegas La Horra ‘Corimbo’ Tempranillo 2013

Ribera Del Duero, Spain

Cash Price $41.79

I recently tasted through the portfolio of the Iconic Rioja producer, Roda. This winery owns a property in Ribera Del Duero called La Horra which is named after the town in which it presides.  The wines are a definition of the newer style of ripe wine-making that is taking Spain by storm.  The wines were all of very good quality.  The Corimbo is produced in their La Horra estate and is 100% Tinta Del Pais (Tempranillo). The vines are an average of 25 years old on limestone/chalk soils in the towns of La Horra and Roa.  The wine is fermented in large oak and stainless steel then aged for 12 months in 80% French/20% American oak with 20% of that being new oak. The color of the wine is pristine with little to no signs of aging which shows that this wine will have a long life if you so choose.  The wine offers delicious flavors of black cherry and cassis are enveloped with medium plus tannins and acids.  The mid palate offers a soft, approachable plushness that sinks into a long, lingering finish with kisses of vanilla, cedar and spice.  James Score: 93 Points

Domaine Thibert Chardonnay 2015

Pouilly Fuisse, Burgundy

Cash Price $29.99

I have continued to be impressed with the Chardonnay coming from this southern Burgundy producer.  I visited this Domaine last year while touring with the BIVB becoming a Bourgogne Wine Ambassador.  Pouilly Fuisse is offering some of the better Chardonnay in all of Southern Burgundy.  Wonderfully aromatic flavors of lemon citrus flow into medium acidity with just hints hazelnuts.  Notes of creamy vanilla and almonds dance through the mid palate with licks of minerality.  The finish is fresh and offers hints of key lime zest and touches of brioche.  James Score: 91 Points

Domaine de Cabasse ‘Cuvee Jucunditas’ Red Blend 2016

Gigondas, France

Cash Price $23.69

I recently had the pleasure of taking Benoit Baudry, owner of Domaine de Cabasse, around our beautiful city showing his fantastic Rhone Valley wines.  His eyes lit up like birthday candles when he talked about this wine, boasting that it was one of the best wines he has ever produced. The wine is a blend of 70% Grenache/15% Syrah/15% Mourvedre grown at 1,300 feet above sea level.  The wine is supple and inviting from the 1st taste.  Flavors of ripe plum and roasted dates fling effortlessly into the palate with medium intensity followed by candied cherries.  Notes of licorice and black raspberry flow into hints of cracked black pepper with touches of garrigue.  Get this wine while you can!  James Score: 94 Points

Casa de Uco Malbec Single Vineyard 2014

Mendoza, Argentina

Cash Price $19.94

This Uco Valley wine is an expression of everything that is going right with $20 Malbec.  The wine is a classic Malbec with flavors of plum and blackberry with hints of violet throughout a medium intensity. Notes of wild herbs and hints of game are prevalent on the mid palate.  The finish is packed full of cedar, clove and just a whiff of minerality.  James Score: 91 Points

Block 807 Reserve Chardonnay 2017

Chalone, California

Cash Price $19.94

The Block wines are a staple of consistency typically at right under $20.  Chalone AVA is an under rated region that is best known for Chardonnay.  Flavors of tropical pineapple and nectarines flow into a medium intensity.  Notes of ripe lemon and hazelnuts are prevalent with touches of vanilla and cream.  The finish offers hints of wet rock minerality and a citrus zest.  James Score: 90 Points

Goldbelly Syrah 2016

Sierra Foothills, California

Cash Price $24.99

but only $19.99 with your Spec’s Key for a limited time

I love California Syrah, unfortunately it often takes a backburner to Cabernet Sauvignon.  I have spent years tasting as much Syrah as possible and I must say that I am infatuated with American Syrah.  This Syrah is sourced primarily from a single vineyard located 2,200 ft. above sea level in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range.  There is a purity of fruit in good Syrah that is hard to duplicate. Racy, textured flavors of boysenberry and blackberry fling sensuously into medium tannins and acids. The mid palate shows a touch of sweetly jammed black cherry and plum that flows into touches of smoked meat, tar and mocha.  The finish is chalked full of spices with flashes of sweet tobacco that sink into licks of vanilla and toasted oak.  James Score: 91 Points

Osso Anna Merlot 2014

Napa Valley, California

Cash Price $19.94

Osso Anna is a label created by the Buoncristiani Family Winery. Jay Buoncristiani, winemaker of the critically acclaimed wines that bear his name, makes the Osso Anna wines with fruit from Napa Valley.  I have long been a fan of the wines produced by Buoncristiani and am ecstatic that they are making wine for an every day price point. This juicy Merlot offers flavors of plum and black raspberry with notes of milk chocolate and exotic spice. The wine has medium intensity and a easy approachability that begs to become your daily red.  The finish is fleshy and smooth with hints of cedar and vanilla.  James Score: 89 Points  

Taft Street Medallion Red Blend 2016

Lodi, California

Cash Price $18.99

This wine is a Zinfandel/Petite Sirah blend made from grapes sourced from Lodi.  The wine was aged in French and American oak for 18 months.  Medallion explodes on the palate with unctuous flavors of blueberry pie and roasted plums with smidgeons of blackberry and bramble.  The wine has medium plus intensity with a good dollop of alcohol.  The finish offers cinnamon, vanilla and graham crackers.  James Score: 89 Points

Chenin de Mercues Blanc 2014

Cotes du Lot, France

Cash Price $16.99

This wine comes from the famed Cahors producer Georges Vigouroux.  Only red wines based on Malbec are allowed to be labeled Cahors, but he has produced an amazing Chenin Blanc under the Cotes du Lot IGP label.  As most of you know, I LOVE Chenin Blanc!  This wine offers delicious fruits of citrus and pear with whiffs of white flowers and beeswax.  The mid palate shows a pure intensity with medium plus acidity that is encompassed by licks of honeyed jasmine and ripe green apples.  The finish is beautifully integrated with hints of toasted nuts and crushed rocks.  James Score: 89 Points

Francois Labet Cremant Rose N/V

Bourgogne, France

Cash Price $16.99

Francois Labet, owner of Ch. de la Tour, has been producing one of my favorite Cremants for several years now.  Cremant is a term used for sparkling wine produced outside of Champagne like, in this case, Burgundy.  This 100% Pinot Noir is fresh and delightfully bubbly.  Flavors of red cherry, roses and raspberry sing into the palate with nice, tight bubbles.  The wine has medium intensity with a weight in the palate leading to hints of brioche and yeasty complexity.  Perfect Valentine Sparkler! James Score: 89 Points

Scotto Family ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel 2014

Lodi, California

Cash Price $14.99

The Scotto family is a 5th generation winemaking family based out of Lodi.  They are focused on producing great value wines for consumers.  This jammy Zinfandel offers flavors of dark cherries, plum and stewed blueberry pie.  Silky smooth, this wine offers medium intensity with a softer mouth feel than expected. Great BBQ wine!  James Score: 88 Points

Chateau Camino Salva Red Blend 2015

Bordeaux, France

Cash Price $14.99

You all know that I have been extremely impressed with the 2015 vintage and its early approachability.  I have found excellent value in the mid tier wines, as you don’t have to spend over $20 in this vintage to drink great wine.  Camino Salva offer a medium intensity with crunchy red cherries and currant that show lively acidity.  Smidgeons of licorice and spice show through the long, flavorful finish.  Excellent food wine.

Gemtree ‘Dragon Blood’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

McLaren Vale, Australia

Cash Price $12.29

McLaren Vale is considered one of the finest regions in all of Australia and the area is best known for their red blends.  Gemtree garners very high praise from critics on a regular basis.  They have become famous with their organic and biodynamic vineyard practices.  Truthfully, the wines are quite impressive at excellent price points.  This is truly a Daily Cab drinkers Cabernet.  Fruit forward and approachable, Dragon’s Blood offers flavors of black cherry and cassis with accessible tannins and acids.  The mid palate is rich and enticing with notes of black pepper, plum and currant.  The finish is loaded full of cobbler and exotic spices.  James Score: 89 Points

Thank you,

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

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A Napa Experience Hosted by James Barlow

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to offer my first class of the year.  I have been focusing mostly on French wines (Burgundy) in the past several classes.  For this class, I’d like to walk you through one of the most prestigious wine regions in the world: Napa Valley.

In this class I will dive into the AVA’s within Napa Valley, showing wines from different areas from the valley floor to the mountain sides.  We will walk through the sub American Viticultural Areas within Napa Valley learning about soil structure, grapes, vintages, wine-making techniques and much more.  We will taste wines from the regions to understand the unique differences of the areas.

This will be a wonderful experience as we will taste wines from all over Napa Valley with some single vineyard wines to help give a sense of place to each area.

I will have a selection of cheese and bread to nibble.

RSVP to Jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com

What: A Napa Experience hosted by James Barlow

When: Wednesday, February 27th from 6:30-8:00pm

Where: Prohibition Texas Bar in Old Town Spring: 26420 Preston Ave, Spring, TX 77373

Cost: $45 Per Person

Wines to be poured:

  1. Illumination Sauvignon Blanc – Rutherford/Napa Valley AVA
  2. Matthiason Ribolla Gialla – Oak Knoll AVA
  3. Jayson by Pahlmeyer Chardonnay – St. Helena/Carneros AVA’s
  4. Snowden Petit Verdot – Napa Valley AVA
  5. Napanook Red Blend – Yountville AVA
  6. Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon – Stags’ Leap AVA
  7. Nickel and Nickel ‘John C. Sullenger’ Cabernet Sauvignon – Oakville AVA
  8. Vagabond Syrah – Carneros AVA

See you there!

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

 

 

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The ‘Twelve under $12’ for January 2019

 

TWELVE UNDER $12 FOR JANUARY 2019

Hayes Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Cash Price $11.99

A perfect cool weather Cabernet with red cherry and cassis that envelope the palate with smooth tannins and cream vanilla. Pair with a dark chocolate, a blanket and your favorite movie.

Chateau Maret Bordeaux Rouge

Cash Price $8.99

A classic Merlot based red that gives silky plum flavors with medium intensity and just a hint of earthy complexity. Pair with tenderloin tips with onions and green peppers on a kabob.

Perimeter Chardonnay

Cash Price $9.99

A staple house-style chardonnay with easy tropical fruits of pineapple and apricot with tinges of butterscotch and oak on the finish. This is a day that ends with ‘Y’ Chardonnay.

Roblar Merlot

Cash Price $9.99

This wine is a real overachiever. Bright flavors of red raspberry, currant and rhubarb flow into a dollop of creamy vanilla that lingers on the finish quite nicely. Pair with a honey baked ham sandwich and baked beans.

Harvest Acres Sweet Red Moscato

Cash Price $9.99

Delightfully sweet notes of candied strawberry and wild berry flow into tinges of creamy chocolate and tickles of skittles on the finish. Pair with a strawberry chocolate mousse cake.

Mia Moscato White Sparkling N/V

Cash Price $9.99

This fun sparkler has wonderful aromatics with hints of white flowers, peach and apricot. Fun and fresh, pair this with friends at a party.

Brumont VDP Rouge

Cash Price $9.99

This wine is half Tannat/Merlot and offers intense red fruits with excellent structure and grip. The finish shows touches of spice and earthiness.  Pair with dark roux gumbo with lots of spice!

Dimino de Eguren ‘Protocolo’ Tinto

Cash Price $6.99

This 100% Tempranillo is unoaked and shows excellent aromatics. Flavors of juicy black cherry and hints of licorice are prevalent with medium intensity and smidgeons of peppery herbs on the finish.  Pair with smoked ham hocks and beans.

Arabella Chenin Blanc

Cash Price $8.99

Chenin Blanc is becoming quite popular. This entry level wine offers an easy drinking appeal with medium intensity and flavors of lemon citrus, grapefruit and kiwi.  Fresh and light, pair this with light cheese and white fish.

Messias Tawny Port N/V

Cash Price $9.99

This is the time to pop Port! Tawny offers flavors of brown sugar, dried apricots, marzipan and nuts. Lightly viscous and delish.  Pair with pecan pie or salted caramel cheesecake.

El Portillo Malbec

Cash Price $9.99

The Malbec craze is still strong. Unoaked flavors of blackberries and plum flow into sweet tannins and hints of clove and cinnamon.  Pair this with taco steak pasta.

Reserve St. Marc Merlot

Cash Price $6.59

This 100% Merlot is brimming with fresh currant and cassis with medium intensity and hints of dusty mocha on the finish. Pair with a ‘works’ thin crust pizza.

SPECIAL FOR SPEC’S KEY HOLDERS:

Buy a mixed case consisting of one 750ml bottle of each of our JANUARY 12-UNDER-$12 selections for only $100.00.

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

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2016 (Mostly) Cru Classé Bordeaux Tasting

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please join me for this Spectacular event to taste the Highly Acclaimed 2016 Vintage.

4:30 – 8:30pm   Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice

SPEC’s will host over 30 Bordeaux chateau owners, directors, and/or winemakers presenting 67 mostly Cru Classé Bordeaux wines, all from the superb 2016 vintage in a standup- and-walk-around tasting format. This is our eighth time to host such a delegation from Bordeaux and each of the previous events have been smashing successes. The list of well-known and highly regarded Bordeaux wines includes …

Dry White Wines: Blanc de  LYNCH BAGES (2017), Ch. CARBONNIEUX, Ch. SMITH HAUT LAFITTE, Domaine de CHEVALIER
Bordeaux, Cotes de Bordeaux, Satellites: Ch. CROIX MOUTON and Ch. le CONSEILLER, Ch. AMPÉLIA, Ch. d’AIGUILHE, Ch. PUYGUERAUD, Ch. CAP St. GEORGES
Haut-Medoc and Moulis: Ch. CAMENSAC, Ch. CANTEMERLE, Ch. SENEJAC, Ch. CHASSE SPLEEN, Ch. MAUVESIN BARTON, Ch. POUJEAUX
Margaux:Ch. BRANE CANTENAC and BARON de BRANE, Ch. CANTENAC BROWN, Ch. GISCOURS and Ch. Du TERTRE, Ch. FERRIERE, Ch. RAUZAN SEGLA
St. Julien: Ch. BRANAIRE DUCRU, Ch. GLORIA and Ch. SAINT PIERRE, Ch. LANGOA BARTON and Ch. LEOVILLE BARTON, Ch. LEOVILLE POYFERRE, Ch. TALBOT
Pauillac: Ch. d’ARMAILHAC, Ch. CLERC MILON, Ch. HAUT BAGES LIBERAL, Ch. GRAND PUY LACOSTE and LACOSTE BORIE,Ch. LYNCH BAGES and ECHO de LYNCH BAGES,Ch. PICHON – COMTESSE de LALANDE and Reserve de la COMTESSE, Ch. PICHON – BARONde LONGUEVILLE and GRIFFONS de PICHON BARON, Ch. PIBRAN
St. Estephe: Ch. Les ORMES de PEZ, Ch. PHELAN SEGUR
Pessac Leognan Rouge: Ch. CARBONNIEUX,Ch. CARMES HAUT BRION
Ch. HAUT BAILLY, Ch. SMITH HAUT LAFITTE, CLOS MARSALETTE, Domaine de CHEVALIER
Pomerol: Ch. CLINET, Ch. Le CROIX St. GEORGES, Ch. GAZIN, Ch. La POINTE and BALLADE de la POINTE
St. Emilion: Ch. CANON, Ch. CANON La GAFFELIERE and CLOS de l’ORATOIRE, Ch. DAUGAY, Ch. GRAND CORBIN-DESPAGNE, Ch. LA CONFESSION, Ch. LARCIS DUCASSE, Ch. PAVIE MACQUIN, CLOS FOURTET
Sweet Whites: Ch. SUDUIRAUT and LIONS de SUDUIRAUT, Ch. COUTET

We’ll be tasting great wines from every major appellation in Bordeaux. The tasting will open at 4:30pm and run thru to 8:30pm, giving you ample time to taste the wines and visit with our guests from Bordeaux. The tasting will include a spread of artisanal cheeses and breads chosen to help absorb the wines and refresh the palate. We will taste from Riedel Degustazione (tasting) glasses.  The 2016 Mostly Cru Classé Bordeaux Tasting will cost $100.00 per person (including a 5% discount for cash or check, regular price is $105.26). To purchase your ticket, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or coburnsusan2@gmail.com.

The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice is located in downtown Houston at 909 Texas Avenue between Travis and Main. Valet Parking will be available.

If you buy a ticket and will not be able to attend, please cancel at least 24 hours before the event. No shows and later cancellations will be charged.

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JAMES BARLOW’S ‘NO BRAINER’ BUBBLES FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE!

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have a whole weekend of festivies before New Year’s Eve this year!  It’s time to get your bubbles on!  I have 3 exceptional choices for you to POP this NYE.  Please be safe, but always remember…..Life is too short to open bad sparkling wine!  Thank you as always for being part of this blog and I hope my recommendations lived up to expectations this year.  See you in 2019!

Michel Mailliard ‘Cuvee Alexia’ Premier Cru Rose N/V

Champagne, France

Cash Price $49.99

Located in the famous sparkling town of Vertus in the Cote de Blancs, Michel Mailliard is a fourth generation Premier Cru producer.  ‘Cuvee Alexia’ is lovingly named after his daughter.  This Bubbly is a veritable fruit cocktail with clean, delicious sparkles from 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir that is quite dry on the palate.  Flavors of strawberry, raspberry and bing cherries explode in the palate.  The mid palate shows fleshy citrus fruits that are encompassed by a rich, creamy complexity that mellows into touches of dark chocolate and rose petals.  The finish sings with gracefully tight bubbles that dance melodically  with hints of chocolate mousse, cherry pie and all things delicious!  This Premier Cru Champagne is a must for the WOW! factor at table this Holiday Season.  James Score 94+ Points

Jean-Pierre Marniquet Brut Tradition N/V

Champagne, France

Cash Price $29.99

There is a term in biz referred to as ‘Farmers Fizz’.  These Champagnes are made from grower-producers.  Easily put, these sparkling gems come from the blood, sweat, and tears of a farmer growing his own grapes and bottling his most prized possession.  The letters ‘RC’ on the label of the bottle refer to this farmer, also known as a Recoltant Manipulant.  This wine is not traditional Champagne in the sense that it uses Pinot Meunier as its primary varietal whereas Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are usually the heavy hitters in Champagne blends.  Pinot Meunier gives the bubbles a refreshing youthfulness of vibrant fruit and texture. Red fruits are prevalent and consistent through the tight bubbles.  Complex notes of apple citrus, Bosque pear and lemon pop into the palate with delightfully tight, clean bubbles.  The palate offers notes of confection and dough with just a smidgeon of button mushroom.  Yum!  James Score: 92 Points

Blason de Bourgogne Brut N/V

Bourgogne, France

Cash Price $13.99

Some of the best value bubbles in the world are coming from the Bourgogne region.  The wines are made Methode Champenoise and can often rival that of its neighbors to the north but without the price tag.  This wine is 60% Pinot Noir/20% Chardonnay/10% Gamay/10% Aligote and aged on the lees for twelve months.  Blason bubbly is an extremely pretty wine.  Flavors of citrus and fleshy green apples pop into the palate with hints of freshly baked biscuits.  The mid palate offers pear and apricots that meld into zesty acids.  The finish is light and refreshing with touches of confection and candied sweet tarts.  James Score: 89 Points

Happy New Year!

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

 

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