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It’s Time to Split!
March 29, 2017
It’s Time to Split!
It’s Wednesday. You’ve had a hard day. You just want a great glass of wine. You know you don’t want to open a full bottle because you won’t (or shouldn’t) drink the whole thing.
If you have a fancy wine preservation system, terrific. For those who don’t, consider the appeal of the split: Rogers & Company offers 17 wines in 375 ml bottles, all in cases of 12. Here, you’ll find a few offerings that are in stock now.
In my mind, every great meal begins with Chablis. This is the most singular of Chardonnays. The great chalky terroirs of the best vineyards produce wines with indelible character.
Medium-bodied and austere with a floral, melon and citrus personality, the minerality on the palate of the Vau de Vey is truly what it’s all about. There is no scientific explanation as to why this wine, grown in soils that were once an ancient sea floor, pairs so well with seafood. It just does.
Tightly wound in its youth, this really benefits from some ageing. I recommend drinking it beside some shucked oysters or chilled seafood.
Three generations of have worked the Vacheron family vineyards in the heart of the appellation. Today, they are regarded as one of the great Sancerre producers, leaders in the modern era who embrace biodynamic farming.
Simply delicious, this Sancerre displays candied citrus and berry aromas and flavours accented by grain and pencil shavings on a firm, light-bodied structure. On the dry side, it lingers nicely on the finish.
Great Pouilly-Fuissé is one of the wine world’s best values. Located in the Mâconnais region of Burgundy, the best sites often share the calcareous limestone soils so sought after in the Côte d’Or, but benefit from warmer days, longer hours of sun, and little risk of frost or rot.
The Luquet family has farmed here for over 50 years. Their wines are aged not in oak, but on lees in stainless steel. They use only indigenous yeasts, and introduce little sulphur. This is artisan Chardonnay.
This Pouilly-Fuissé is a generous and rich wine, with an emerald-gold colour. The bouquet presents notes of hazelnuts, toasted almonds and exotic fruit. It is a full-blown, opulent Burgundian Chardonnay that will age well for 6 years.
The “Cuvée du Baron” is 45% Grenache, 45% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre. Grapes are harvested and fermented by varietal in stainless steel, transferred to concrete tanks for malolactic fermantation, then blended and transferred to large oak foudres to age. No new oak means that the warm earthy, stoney, perfumed, savoury nature of these varietals is fully present. Drink now and for 10-15 years.
“Ripe and flattering, with a silky texture to the layers of boysenberry and raspberry fruit, liberally inlaid with red licorice and roasted apple wood notes. The long finish lets a violet hint check in. This should unwind pleasantly. Best from 2016 through 2024. 3,000 cases made.”
92 points, Wine Spectator, November 2015
“Dark ruby. Smoke-accented cherry, dark berries and cured meat on the deeply scented nose. Lush and open-knit, offering sappy blackberry and bitter cherry flavours and a hint of cracked pepper. Game and candied lavender qualities linger on the finish, which features velvety tannins and a sweetening touch of cola. On the slightly wild side, but in a good way.”
One of Napa Valley’s blue-chip wineries, Duckhorn Wine Company is a specialist in Merlot. If you enjoy fruity, soft, round, juicy red wine: Here it is. You’re having filet mignon tonight? Look no further than this lush, delicious Merlot.
“Solidly built, with a lively, focused core and aromas of dark berry and spice mixed with sleek flavours of cherry and licorice. Drink now through 2027. 48,300 cases made.”
90 points, Wine Spectator, November 2016
“Duckhorn takes the soft lushness of Merlot and brings along some crisp tailoring. It’s a clean wine with stamina, coasting on soft cherry flavour, darkening to blueberry length. A simple pleasure.”
Lytton Springs (and Geyserville below), are so much more than simply “Zinfandels”. This 115 year old, dry-farmed vineyard in Dry Creek Valley produces a full-bodied, opulent, muscular red wine.
The blend matters: The contribution of 18% Petit Sirah provides the musculature that Zinfandel lacks, 11% Carignane brings the aromatics, and 2% Mataro brings a little spice. Drink it now and for 15-20 years.
“The 2014 Lytton Springs is another absolutely gorgeous wine. Perhaps because of its relatively recent bottling, the 2014 feels a bit compressed, but there appears to be plenty of complexity and depth hiding behind the acidity and tannin. Far from an easygoing Zinfandel, the 2014 Lytton is a wine to buy and cellar for at least a handful of years. The wine’s richness, persistence and vertical intensity all lead me to believe it will be special in time. Black cherry, pomegranate, mint and sweet spices meld into the resonant finish. A kick of tannin from the Petite adds personality, something the 2014 has in spades.”
94+ points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2016
Geyserville comes from a vineyard in Sonoma Valley called Whitton Ranch. The oldest vines, the ones that bring us this bottling, are over 130 years old. More spicey and aromatic than Lytton Springs, I think of this as a lovechild of Zinfandel and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Drink now and for 10-15 years.
“A classic 2014, the downright sexy, hedonistic and ready to go 2014 Geyserville Proprietary Red Wine (60% Zinfandel, 24% Carignan, 12% Petite Sirah and 4% Mourvèdre) is medium to full-bodied, perfectly balanced and loaded with notions of blackberries, plums, brambly herbs, licorice and spice. It’s relatively soft and already approachable, but it will nevertheless keep through 2024.”
93 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, October 2016
Napa Valley Merlot from great wineries is a lush, hedonistic wine. A palate rush of plush red fruit, like strawberries and raspberries, is enhanced by 14% Malbec and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon providing darker flavours, tannins, and weight. The fruit is grown just south of the Stags Leap District in Yountville. Roast chicken, grilled salmon, or wood-fired pizzas would be wonderful dinner companions.
“Shafer also makes one of the better Merlots. The 2014 Merlot includes 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and is a beauty. Mocha and chocolaty notes intermixed with red cherry, plum and blacker fruits jump from the glass of this perfumed and fragrant style of Merlot. It is medium to full-bodied, exceptionally pure and rich and should drink beautifully over the next 10-12 years of life. 2016-2028.”
92 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, October 2016