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2011 Domaine Lafage
Tessellae Old Vines
Reg $14.99 / $12.99
by the case
Robert Parker 93
"An intriguing blend of 40%
Syrah, 40% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Grenache Gris, a rare white grape. It
was aged 12 months in concrete tanks prior to being bottled unfiltered. It
boasts an expansive, intense, complex bouquet of garrigue, strawberries and
black cherries intermixed with a hint of spring flowers, a velvety texture and a
voluptuous mouthfeel. It made me write in my tasting notes that it was a "$12
Cote Rotie of the south," although $12 Cote Roties went out of existence about
50 years ago. This beautiful, soft, round, seductive red should drink well for
2011 Antica Chardonnay
reg $39.99 / $29.99 SALE
The Chardonnay is aged in 30-33% new barrels, sees batonnage for
the first three months and undergoes partial malolactic fermentation.
Wine Advocate 92: Antica's Chardonnay is laced with lemon peel,
white flowers, spices and crushed rocks. In this vintage, the estate's
Chardonnay is especially rich and powerful, largely because the irregular
flowering lowered yields by 50%. This is an unusual Chardonnay that is bright
in its aromas and flavors but fairly broad-shouldered in style.
2009 Antica Cabernet
reg $49.99 / $39.99 SALE
Wine Advocate 92 - The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon comes across
as a bit more reticent and inward next to the superb 2008, but it, too, is a
gorgeous wine. Dark red fruit, licorice, smoke and tar are some of the nuances
that flow from this layered, gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2009 was bottled
just two months ago. It will almost certainly be even better in a few years’
time. A mid-weight, gracious wine, the 2009 should drink well to age 20 or so.
In 2009 the blend includes 1.5% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029.