2013 McCarthy & Schiering Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 22.95 net
The 2013 McCarthy & Schiering Pinot Noir has a transparent, beautiful, vivid ruby-red hue. An aroma of rose petals, red raspberry, and spicy elements of cinnamon and nutmeg emerge with a hint of toast, cedar, and chalky mineral notes. On the palate, flavors of cherry and raspberry combine with subtle cola and spice notes. The impressive lush balance of tannin and acid with mid-palate intensity lead to a silky finish.
The 2013 McCarthy & Schiering Pinot Noir is a blend of 8 barrels, crafted largely from Broadley estate fruit including South Block (777 clone), C Block (115 clone), and Jessica’s (115/667 clones). Pommard clone fruit from Zenith and Palmer Creek Vineyards round out the cuvee. The wine was 70% whole cluster fermented, and is 100% irresistible!
The supply of red Burgundy is dwindling due to short vintages, with prices climbing and supplies vanishing on arrival. Now is the time to bolster the cellar with a stash of 2012 reds to last for the year.
2012 Maurice Ecard Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir 20.00 16.60VS
2012 Chauvenet-Chopin Bourgogne Rouge 23.00 19.09VS
2012 François Raquillet Bourgogne Pinot Noir 23.00 19.09VS
2012 Domaine René Leclerc Bourgogne Pinot Noir 32.00 26.56VS
2012 Domaine Parent Bourgogne Pinot Noir 32.00 26.56VS
Bob Harris has ramped up the purity of his Robert Ramsay reds in the 2012 vintage. The wines have always been tasty, but these 2012 reds are adding bright and well defined fruit flavors to already richly textured wines. The 2012 Robert Ramsay Mason’s Red is a Languedoc-styled blend of 48% Cinsault, 26% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, and 11% Counoise with a bold aroma of black currants and a great length of flavor for a $20 wine.
2012 Robert Ramsay Mason’s Red Columbia Valley 20.00 16.60VS
2012 Robert Ramsay Grenache ‘Upland Vineyard’ Snipes Mountain 32.00 26.56VS
2012 Robert Ramsay Cinsault ‘McKinley Springs’ Horse Heaven Hills 32.00 26.56VS
Just in time for the “r” months—those months when oysters are at there best—there are three great whites for bivalve-loving souls. The 2012 Bruno Comerais Muscadet ‘Chambaudière’ is a steal at its price—racy and clean with big flavor. The 2013 Luneau Papin Muscadet ‘Clos des Allées’ has all the citrus one could ask for with an oyster. The 2013 Thomas Labaille Sancerre ‘Les Monts Damnés’ has a generous amount of salty Sauvignon Blanc that also works well.
2012 Bruno Comerais Muscadet ‘Chambaudière’ 14.00 11.62VS
2013 Luneau Papin Muscadet Vieilles Vignes ‘Clos des Allées’ (Limited) 21.00 17.43VS
2013 Thomas Labaille Sancerre ‘Les Monts Damnés’ (Limited) 27.00 22.41VS
More and more, winemakers are chosing to de-classify their wines to the most generic category—Vin de France. The 2013 cuvée of Jean Royer ‘Le Petit Roy’ is 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah and is vinified in the same manner as his Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but isn’t aged. The aroma shows crushed raspberry, cherry, and plum. The palate shows the deep Grenache flavors —raspberry and black cherry, with a faintly earthy tone. This is a great wine for wintery nights.
2013 Jean Royer Rouge ‘Le Petit Roy’ Vin de France 20.00 16.60VS