A lot of people love wine, are curious about wine, and would love to start a wine collection. These six bottles were chosen with that goal in mind. A beautiful present for housewarming, wedding, graduation, or for yourself.
Our wine buyer Kevin McNamara explains each selection:
- 2019 Martin Woods Pinot Noir Hyland Vineyard Willamette Valley
100% Pinot Noir from the dry-farmed, organic Hyland vineyard planted in 1972 in Jory soils. This vineyard is planted with the Coury clone of PN, known for elegance, spice and supple tannin structure. The Jory soil (volcanic basalt) furthers these characteristics. The wine ages 10 months 50% Oregon oak and 50% French oak, 228L & 400L barrels and is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
- 2014 Chateau Potensac Medoc Rouge
The Château Potensac 2014 is a blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot .With low yields after a hail storm, the wine is concentrated and dense. It has a touch of wood aging as well as dark black fruits. The palate is medium-bodied with quite noticeable acidity like many in the Médoc, quite lively in the mouth already.
- 2019 Domaine Pierre Guillemot Savigny-les-Beaune Vieilles Vignes
The place where it all begins for Guillemot, 100% Pinot Noir from 55+-year-old vines between 3 parcels totaling 2.09 hectares (Dessus les Gollardes and Les Vermots north of the village, and Les Planchots at the southern Chorey side of the appellation.) If you buy only one bottling of village-level red Burgundy from KLWM this year, it should be this one.
- 2017 Diego Conterno Barolo DOCG
100% Nebbiolo sourced from three separate organically-farmed vineyards in Monforte. ‘San Giovanni,’ not far from the Barolo commune, contributes suave fruit; ‘Bricco San Pietro’ provides freshness; and ‘Ginestra’ the wine’s heady structure. The wine is made naturally, fermented on indigenous yeasts and aged for two years in traditional oak casks.
- 2019 Domaine Pallieres Gigondas Terrasse du Diable
90% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Clairette from 45-year-old low-yielding organically-farmed vineyards ranging from 250-400 meters in altitude with varying proportions of sand and clay interwoven with limestone. The higher altitudes express great structure and intense minerality. Owned by the Brunier brothers, Daniel and Frédéric, of the famed Vieux Télégraphe in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
- 2016 Castagnoli Chianti Classico Riserva Terazze
100% Sangiovese from organically-farmed estate vineyards in Castellina in Chianti on the western edge of the Chianti Classico DOCG. The estate possesses a striking terroir, one of Chianti’s most beautiful. Steep terraces are carved out of a western facing amphitheatre and the vines are pruned and trellised like Syrah of the northern Rhône, with one wooden stake per vine. Fermented with indiginous yeasts, the wine ages for 16 months in small neutral oak barrels and 5 months in larger botti.