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Fine and Rare Selections

The Spirited Gourmet does not boast a huge selection of fine wines but, with that said, we do have some very interesting fine wine selections, as well as some wines that are difficult to come by, suitable to the wine aficionado in your life, or, even better as a treat for yourself!

All of our offerings are organized by country and have been attractively priced.

Australia

2007 Brokenwood ‘Graveyard Vineyard’ Shiraz, Hunter Valley, Australia, $90.00 (was $125.00)

“The 2007 Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz is holding firmly to its youthful deep garnet-purple color. Very pretty, cool-climate fruit nose: violets, dark cherry, cumin, vanilla, anise, cassis and a bit of tar. Medium bodied with a tightly knit, elegantly fruited palate. Medium-high level of fine tannins and medium to high acid. Concentrated. Very long finish. 13.5% alcohol. 1000 cases produced. Drink 2013-2025.” 93 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Parker’s Wine Advocate

Founded in 1970, Brokenwood, by virtue of its illustrious founders (3 lawyers from Sydney) and a proven track-record for producing superlative wines, is today amongst the Hunter Valley’s icons. … Hunter Valley fruit constitutes around 25% of production and it’s their wines from this region that really make Brokenwood outstanding. Brokenwood’s famous Graveyard Vineyard was planted in 1968 using Shiraz cuttings from the vineyards of a couple of the Hunter’s oldest examples: Tyrrell’s and McWilliams. The soils at Graveyard are relatively infertile, slowing the ripening process and giving small vines.” – WA

Recently elevated to the top level – Exceptional, on the Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine (right next to Penfolds’ Grange), it is still the only Hunter Valley Shiraz to feature.

 

2008 Henschke Shiraz Mount Edelstone, Eden Valley, Australia, $99.99 net

“Produced from nearly 100-year-old, dry-grown, ungrafted Shiraz vines, the 2008 Mount Edelstone has a deep garnet-purple and a wonderfully fragrant nose, with notes of roses and lavender over ripe cassis and blackberry, plus hints of sage, allspice and anise. The full bodied palate provides a great concentration of ripe, spicy fruit with crisp acid to give just enough lift and a medium level of velvety tannins, lending support. The finish is long with some earthiness coming through. It’s tempting to drink now though it should be best 2013 to 2022+” 94 points, L.P.B., Parker’s Wine Advocate

2010 Giaconda Estate Vineyard Chardonnay, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, $120 net

“This 2008 Chardonnay has incredibly intense aromas of peach blossom, golden delicious apple, pineapple, meal, struck match, ginger shortbread, fennel seed and white pepper going into some pleasantly funky aromas with some air. The medium to full-bodied palate is crisp, very tight and very concentrated with a very long finish giving some minerality. In short, this is a beautiful wine. I tried this one from screwcap and cork – the cork is just a shade more open at the moment, but there’s not much difference. 800 cases made. Drink 2012 though 2021+.” (2008 vintaged rated) 97 points, L.P.B., Parker’s Wine Advocate

Giaconda was one of the most fascinating and rewarding. Fascinating because Rick Kinzbrunner is inspired and inspiring, rewarding because the wines are so mind-blowingly good. If not Australia’s greatest dry white wine, Giaconda’s Chardonnay is certainly right up there. The grapes come from a small (4 hectare) patch of silicified soil (unique to this area) just in front of the winery. In terms of production, there are no shortcuts. Receiving 100% barrel fermentation, natural yeasts and full malo-lactic, the wine spends just under 2 years in barrel, 1/3 new wood. It is left on its lees for 2 years, but if necessary some barrels are racked. There is not a lot of lees stirring here and the wine is never pumped or filtered but strictly bottled by gravity flow. L.P.B., Parker

2006 Henschke Hill of Grace, Eden Valley, Australia, $600 net

“Hill of Grace is 100% Shiraz from pre-phylloxera material brought from Europe by the early German settlers in the mid 1800s and grown in the Eden Valley. Some of the original vines are over 145 years old. Matured in new French (65%) and American (35%) hogsheads for 21 months, the deep garnet purple colored 2006 Hill of Grace presents an incredibly perfumed, ethereal nose of warm crushed blackberries, rose petals, kirsch, violets, cinnamon stick, mace, fennel seed, eucalypt and damp earth. Very crisp and rich in the mouth with medium-firm velvety tannins and tons of fleshy fruit, it displays opulent layers of warm berries and spice in the finish. This is staggeringly beautiful wine and delectably approachble even at this very early stage. I anticipate this great vintage will cellar to 2025+.” 97+ points, L.P.B., Parker’s Wine Advocate

“A gorgeous wine, smooth, polished, silky and seductive, teeming with licorice- and exotic spice-tinged blackberry, cherry and roasted meat flavors. Exquisitely balanced, sporting a finish that keeps undulating for minutes on end. Magnificent stuff. Shiraz. Drink now through 2020. 7 cases imported.” 98 points, H.S., Wine Spectator

France

Delord XXV Armagnac, Bas Armagnac, France, $69.99

Delord dates back to 1875 when Prosper Delord first started distilling and today is run by his grandsons, Jerome and Sylvain. Owners of a prime 20 hectare vineyard in the heart of the Bas Armagnac, (widely known as the 1st Cru), they have been distilling, ageing and blending their eaux-de-vie the exact same way their great-grandfather did. This superb blend displays flavors or cocoa, spices, vanilla, raisins, walnut and cinnamon. Its finish is long, silky and biscuit. Wine Enthusiast “Top 10 Best Armagnacs”, 5 Stars, Highest Recommendation, Best Buy

NV Jean Milan 1864 Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru, Champagne, France $74.99

“The NV Brut Grand Réserve 1864 is one of the best wines I have tasted from Milan in a few years. Powerful and intense, the 1864 opens with slightly reductive aromatics, but with time in the glass, the wine gains depth, texture and resonance. Layers of fruit continue to blossom to the rich, explosive finish. There is a lot going on in the glass, but above all else, the 1864 impresses with its depth and overall palate presence. The current release is equal parts 2007 and 2006. Dosage is 6 grams/liter. Disgorged: June 2015.”  93 Points Vinous


Normandin Mercier Prestige Fine Champagne Cognac, Reg $89.99, December Special Price $79.99

Since 1872, five generations have contributed to the development of the prestigious Normandin-Mercier Cognacs. The family has built its fame by perfecting the art of blending and ageing cognacs in an exceptional geographical site. 15 years minimum: Blend of Grande Champagne (brings sharpness and length) and Petite Champagne (subtlety, delicacy and sweetness). Flavors of fruits, almond and plum with a rich and fat but clean finish. Ultimate Spirits Challenge, “Excellent” 93 Points

Jean Fillioux XO Grand Reserve 30yr Cognac, Reg $129.99, December Special Price $116.99

“A scrumptious cognac offering deep aromas of vanilla, honey, cinnamon and exotic fruits, ending with rich and spicy hot chocolate flavors.” Spirit Journal 5 Stars, Highest Recommendation

Jean Fillioux Cigar Club 35yr Cognac, Reg $149.99, December Special Price $134.99

“Superb Grande Champagne Cognac, with a great personality, powerful. A velvety nose with notes of vanilla and honey. Very complex and unctuous palate with jammy aromas, prune, orange, then notes of cinnamon and black chocolate. Very long finish with notes of liquorice and spices coming through, toasted coffee. A perfect cognac to go with your favourite Havana cigar, Hoyo de Monterrey, Montecristo N°2, Partagas D4.” Cigar & Spirits Magazine “Number One”, 97 Points

2012 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle, Musigny 1er Cru Les Haut Doix, $159.99

“Good dark red with ruby tones. Very ripe aromas of raspberry, black cherry and bitter chocolate. Densely packed, sweet and juicy, with enough acidity for balance. The tannins are ripe but the finish shows an herbal edge and a youthfully aggressive quality.” 91 points Stephen Tanzer

2006 Dom Perignon, Champagne, France, $185.00

“The 2006 Dom Pérignon is a beautifully balanced, harmonious Dom Pérignon that strikes an incredibly appealing stylistic middle ground. Rich, voluptuous and creamy, the 2006 shows off fabulous intensity in a style that brings together the ripeness of 2002 with the greater sense of verve and overall freshness that is such a signature of the 2004. Bass notes and a feeling of phenolic grip on the finish recall the 2003, as the Pinot Noir is particularly expressive today. After an irregular summer that saw elevated temperatures in July followed by cooler, damp conditions in August, more favorable weather returned in September, pushing maturation ahead and leading to a long, protracted harvest. The 2006 falls into the family of riper, more voluptuous Dom Pérignons, but without veering into the level of opulence seen in vintages such as 2002.” 97 points Vinous Media

2013 JL Chave Hermitage, Northern Rhone, France, $239.999

“Inky ruby. Vibrant black and blue fruit aromas are complicated by suggestions of candied flowers, incense and licorice, and a bright mineral nuance adds lift. Sweet, fleshy and focused, offering palate-staining cherry compote, black raspberry and violet pastille flavors accented by smoky Indian spices and a hint of cracked pepper. Shows impressive depth but comes off surprisingly lithe, finishing with superb focus and length and fine-grained tannins that sneak in slowly.” 96-97 points, Vinous Media

 

2013 JL Chave Hermitage Blanc, Northern Rhone, France, $239.99

“Pale gold. Powerful, sharp aromas of mineral-accented pear, nectarine, orange pith and candied ginger, backed by hints of pungent flowers and iodine. In a bright, vibrant but concentrated style; a solid core of minerality adds cut and lift to the intense, impressively concentrated orchard and pit fruit flavors. Tightens up slowly with air and finishes dry, minerally and extremely long, leaving behind sexy floral and candied citrus fruit notes.” 96 points, Vinous Media

 

2002 Champagne Bollinger R.D., Champagne, France, $299.99

“(60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay; about 4 g/l dosage; disgorged on October 22, 2013): Light gold. Powerful, mineral-laced scents of orange zest, pear skin, iodine and chamomile, with a hint of anise in the background. On the palate, vibrant orchard and citrus fruit flavors unfurl slowly, picking up toasty lees and mace nuances that build on the back half. Sappy, tightly focused and stony, finishing with excellent thrust and building florality. This is showing an extremely youthful profile for its age and while I know that the received wisdom is that R.D. wines should be drunk soon after release, I’d let this one get some more years on it.” 90 points Vinous

 

2011 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Bourgogne Blanc, Burgundy, France, $299.99

2011 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France, $499.99

“Deep red-ruby. Slightly high-toned aromas of blueberry, roasted herbs, musky earth and chocolate; this could hardly be more different from the Amoureuses. Round, rich and sweet, with a fairly sizable structure for 2011. Plenty of depth here but the black fruit and chocolate flavors seem almost heavy following the Amoureuses. Finishes with dusty, broad tannins and excellent rising length.” 90-93 points, Stephen Tanzer

 

2012 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru, Burgundy, France, $629.99

“Very dark, bright red-ruby. Outstanding lift to the aromas of blueberry, licorice and violet. Silky yet taut on entry, then locked up tight in the middle, hinting at dark fruits and crushed rock. There’s no easy sweetness today, but this backward wine already shows great palate-staining intensity. The explosive finish features noble tannins, a hint of bitter chocolate and uncanny lingering sweetness. This potentially great 2012 conveys a powerful impression of solidity.” 95 – 98 points Stephen Tanzer

“The 2012 Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru is initially mild-mannered on the nose, unassuming at first but unfolding with each swirl of the glass to reveal scent of dark cherries, Dorset plum, blueberry and licorice. But it is very contained like the Bonnes-Mares, the bouquet strongly advising to return in a decade’s time. The palate is very well balanced with filigree tannins, brambly red berry fruit and a marine-influence from start to finish ‘ hints of brine and seaweed; shucked oyster shell on the finish. This is a very accomplished, fascinating Musigny from de Vogue.” 96 – 98 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“A gorgeously spicy nose is comprised of liqueur-like dark berry fruit scents that also display plenty of floral influence that includes notes of lavender, violet and, somewhat curiously, honeysuckle. There is outstanding concentration and punch to the seductively textured and marvelously intense big-bodied flavors that are borderline robust as the supporting tannins are dense but refined. I really like the Zen-like sense of harmony to the explosively long finish that really stains the palate. In a word, terrific.” 94- 97 points Allen Meadow’s Burghound

Germany

Italy

2001 Cantina Ca’del Monte Amarone, Veneto, Italy $49.99

Intense with distinct aromas of dark and wild cherries jam followed by hints of dried roses, hot spices and bitter chocolate. The palate explodes with flavors of baked fruits, tobacco and spices. Bold and elegant with great character. Pair with braised beef, stewed venison, aged cheeses. It also works as a great after dinner companion.

 

2011 Cantina Del Pino Barbaresco Albessani, Piedmont, Italy $54.99

“The 2011 Barbaresco Albesani is the richest of these four Barbarescos from Cantina del Pino. Suave, silky and enveloping throughout, the 2011 possesses superb density and richness, both signatures of this south-facing site in Neive. Sweet dark cherry, plum, spice, mint, leather and blood orange and tobacco add shades of nuance on the close. 94 points Vinous

 

2010 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato, Piedmont, Italy $154.99

“Medium red. Knockout nose showcases tangy red fruits, minerals and porcini. Conveys an impression of superb concentration and dusty extract, with the tactile solidity of the best young 2010s already coming through in spades. A wine of great length and potential. I’ll play the interventionist wine writer and wonder out loud why this won’t be bottled for another year. But as devil’s advocate to my devil’s advocate, 2010 is one vintage that generally has the extract and energy to benefit from an extended elevage.” 93 – 96 Points Stephen Tanzer

2010 Sandrone le Vigne Barolo, Piedmont, Italy, $164.99

“Sandrone’s 2010 Barolo Le Vigne is one of the wines of the vintage, hands down. Rich, layered and utterly impeccable, the Le Vigne boasts stunning depth and richness. This is the second year in which Le Vigne includes fruit from Baudana which gives the wine a sense of volume and pure breadth it has never had before. Dried rose petal, tar, mint, wild flowers and cinnamon flow through to the multi-dimensional finish. The 2010 is a blend of fruit from Vignane and Merli, two historic sites for Le Vigne, while Cerretta and Conterni have been replaced by Baudana, a site in Serralunga that confers a level of depth, darkness and masculinity that has not been present in the past. Villero is the next vineyard that will appear in Le Vigne, starting in 2011. In the meantime, readers will not want to miss the 2010 Barolo Le Vigne, an epic achievement from the Sandrone family.” 100 points, Antonio Galloni

 

United States

2011 Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon,  $54.99

“Vivid red. Spicy cherry and red berry aromas are complemented by zesty minerality and a hint of potpourri. Bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors put on weight with air, showing a silky texture and slow-building sweetness. At once powerful and lively, with the berry and mineral notes echoing on the focused, persistent finish. 92 Points, Stephen Tanzer

 

 


Jean Edwards Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon 74-41 Napa Valley, $74.99

“A big, firm 100% Cab, rich in blackberry jam and black currant flavors, enriched with lots of sweet, smoky oak. It’s made in the modern cult style of soft approachability. It might age, but seems best now for sheer luxury.” SH, Wine Enthusiast 91 Points

 

1996 Opus One Proprietary Red Wine, Napa Valley, California, $325 net

“This is one of the finest Opus Ones to date, offering a dark ruby/purple color, as well as a striking, intense bouquet of sweet licorice intermixed with blackberries, cassis, plums, and saddle leather. This seamless, full-bodied wine is more velvety-textured, opulent, and succulent than past vintages. The mid-palate is expansive and chewy. The long finish is filled with glycerin, ripe fruit, and sweet tannin. Drink this impressive, user-friendly yet richly concentrated effort over the next 15 years.” 94 points, Robert Parker, Issue #126