Shopping the wine critics October 27, 2014

Grape Collective takes a look at this week’s wine selections from the top US critics.

Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague

A group of young vintners in Burgundy are experimenting with winemaking techniques to produce a new crop of distinctive, and very reasonably priced, Chablis

2013 Patrick Piuze Terroir de Courgis Chablis

Burgundy, France

“The Terroir de Courgis (a town in Chablis) is an old-vine, bone-dry wine of remarkable purity and precision.”

$26.96 Available at Astor Wines or elsewhere through Winesearcher

2012 Domaine Charly Nicolle Mont de Milieu Premier Cru Chablis

Burgundy, France

“Although this well-balanced, aromatic wine is drinking beautifully now, it will be even better in a year or two.”

$36.49 Available at Corx Wines or elsewhere through Winesearcher

2013 Sébastien Dampt Chablis

Burgundy, France

“This bottle is a delightful example of an entry-level Chablis, crisp and clean with a lovely citrus note and a bright, cleansing acidity.”

$11.99 Available at The Wine House

2012 Domaine Pattes Loup Vent d’Ange Chablis

Burgundy, France

“Marked by beguiling aromas of jasmine and white flowers, this is a rich and concentrated yet beautifully balanced wine from the young superstar Thomas Pico.”

Unavailable through search on Winesearcher

2012 Domaine Costal Premier Cru Vaillons

Burgundy, France

“There have only been a few vintages of this beautifully balanced, thrillingly mineral wine imported into the U.S., sadly in rather small amounts. Worth searching out.”

$42 Available at Morrell Wine

Los Angeles Times, S. Irene Virbila

Wine Review: 2012 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir

2012 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir

Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

“A glorious full-bodied, velvety Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley that tastes of Santa Rosa plums, sweet spices and a smidgen of earth. Just smell the bouquet: It tells you volumes about the wine. The 2012 is a big Pinot, 14.4% alcohol, but it's so well-integrated into the wine, it doesn't feel out of balance. A beautiful texture and all that bright, juicy fruit only add to its appeal.”

$46.98 Available at Wine Works Online or elsewhere through Winesearcher

San Jose Mercury News, Jessica Yadegaran

Five perfect Thanksgiving wines

2013 Morgan Metallico Un-Oaked Chardonnay

Santa Lucia Highlands, California

Aromas of nectarine and honeydew follow with flavors of grapefruit and pear. A crisp and bright complement to all those rich side dishes.”

$23.99 Available at Beacon Wine or elsewhere through Winesearcher

2012 Davis Bynum Jane's Vineyard Pinot Noir Dijon Clone 115

Russian River Valley, California

“Pinot noir's soft tannins and bright acidity make this a favorite for Thanksgiving, and this juicy light red shows us why: Cherry tea and cola aromas lead to flavors of rhubarb and mocha.”

$55 Available at Davis Bynum

2011 Castoro Cellars Whale Rock Syrah

Paso Robles, California

“From the certified-organic Whale Rock Vineyard on the cooler west side of Paso Robles comes this unctuous Rhone, with good tannin structure, aromas of thyme and leather and flavors of bay leaf and blackberries.”

$25 Available at Castoro Cellars

2013 Rock Wall Sparkling Blanc de Blancs


“With its clean fruit, lovely aromatics and low alcohol, it will keep your palate cleansed bite after heavy bite. “

$16 Available at Rock Wall Wine Company or elsewhere through Winesearcher

Claiborne & Churchill Dry Riesling

San Luis Obispo, California

“This harmonious example from a 30-year Central Coast veteran provides the perfect blend of floral aromatics, earthiness and minerality.”

$10.84 Available at Saratoga Wine Exchange or elsewhere through Winesearcher

Sacramento Bee, Mike Dunne

Amador couple strives for Sangiovese success

2011 Amador County Sangiovese

Shenandoah Valley, California

“adequately fruity, wiry and dry, and would be a quietly welcome companion with a meal”

$18 Available at Vino Noceto

Vino Noceto 2011 Shenandoah Valley “Misto” Sangiovese

Shenandoah Valley, California

“cherry and tropical fruit flavors and bright lift to its acidity”

$28 Available at Vino Noceto

Vino Noceto 2011 Shenandoah Valley “Dos Oakies” Sangiovese

Shenandoah Valley, California

“dry yet sweetly and lushly fruity, with more freshness and complexity and a more substantial structure than other sangioveses tasted”

$28 Available at Vino Noceto

2007 Amador County sangiovese

Shenandoah Valley, California

“delightfully aromatic, sweet with fruit and fleshy in texture, with both tannin and oak far in the background”

Unavailable through search on Winesearcher

Financial Times, Jancis Robinson

Online wine retailer Naked Wines

Moerbei White Gold Chardonnay 2013

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Unavailable through search on Winesearcher

Richard's Chardonnay 2013

Elgin, South Africa

Unavailable through search on Winesearcher

Stefano di Blasi & Federico Cerelli 2012 Chianti Classico

Tuscany, Italy

Unavailable through search on Winesearcher

Matt Parish Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Napa Valley, California

$34.99 Available at Naked Wines

Santolin Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2013

Yarra Valley, Australia

Unavailable through search on Winesearcher

Dom du Mortier, Soulane 2012 St-Joseph

Rhône Valley, France

Unavailable through search on Winesearcher

Rod Easthope Pinot Noir 2013

Martinborough, New Zealand

Unavailable through search on Winesearcher

Vincent Paris 2013 St Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage

Rhône Valley, France

Unavailable through search on Winesearcher