Category: Red Wine

E16 Pinot Noir Doctor’s Vineyard

Doctor’s Orders


Grapes for the 2016 bottling by E16 hail from the Doctor’s Vineyard and showcase the classic, juicy freshness of Monterey County Pinot Noir. “This wine is a real charmer thanks to an impossibly silky texture and lively bouquet of sun-ripened cranberry, sweet vanilla, dried rose petal, and minerally earth. ”

E16 Wines select Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from California vineyards graced with the optimum confluence of soil, climate, and human curation. The E16 winemaking team partners with grape growers who share a commitment to sustainable viticulture and devotion to the fruit’s inherent varietal expression. This camaraderie is woven with a passion for excellence and respect for the fundamentals of thoughtful farming to produce noble wines having a true sense of place.

The Doctor’s Vineyard is located in the middle stretch of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. It starts at 300 feet of elevation but promptly climbs another 400 feet into the highlands, providing this part of the vineyard with warmer temperatures and higher winds.

Planted with wide row spacing on east-facing benches offers great sun exposure, allowing the fog to burn off early in the day. The fruit was picked from the gently sloping upper bench where the union of climate, sandy loam soils, and clones produce small crops that translate to complex wines.

2015 – Maison Champy Vosne-Romanée

Burgundy ~ 1er Cru Les Suchots

Maison Champy Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots 2015

In the Burgundy commune of Vosne-Romanee, just a brief stroll from the legendary Romanee-Conti Grand Cru, the Les Suchots Premier Cru vineyard delivers vivid and nuanced expressions of Pinot Noir for a vastly lower price.

Maison Champy’s technical director and oenologist Dimitri Bazas compared the clean fruit from 2015 to the region’s stellar 2005 vintage, taking great care to craft a perfumed, impeccably balanced Les Suchots that could offer early enjoyment or reward patience in the cellar.

“Beautiful garnet ruby color. Cherry notes with, at the same time, a nose of mint and coffee with aromas of plum liqueur. On the palate, an exceptional sweetness and richness that coats a dry extract that gives the persistence and balance in the final of this wine. Great aging potential.”

Appellation: Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru “Les Suchots”
Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Altitude: Between 240 and 340 m, with exposure east and southeast.

Chateau de Beaucastel ~ 2016

Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016

The 2016 vintage in the Southern Rhone valley is exceptional, both in terms of quality and quantity, thanks to idyllic weather conditions that protected the region from climatic accidents throughout the whole year.

This Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a young wine of rare quality! Deep ruby in appearance the nose is very fresh, with notes of chocolate. The mouth is round and reveals ripe fruit, soft tannins and good length. Gorgeous acidity and balance.

Blend: 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Vaccarèse, Cinsault; 10% Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, Roussanne

In 1549, “Noble Pierre de Beaucastel” bought “a barn with its land holdings, containing 25 saumées at Coudoulet”. More than four centuries later, this remarkable domaine, known today as Chateau de Beaucastel, is producing what most people acknowledge to be the finest wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Today, the third and fourth generations of Perrins, François and Jean-Pierre and Jean-Pierre’s sons Pierre, Marc and Thomas, continue in the tradition of their father and grandfather. The vineyards of Beaucastel are treated as a garden: no chemical fertilizer, no chemical week killers or sprays are permitted. Organic fertilizer comes from compost and only a minimum of traditional sulphur-copper spray is used in the vineyards.

2016 CDP Brotte Domaine Barville

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The Brotte family’s 2016 Domaine Barville bottling proves that rich and complex Chateauneuf-du-Pape doesn’t have to break the bank. Their classic Southern Rhone red melds the fleshy fruit flavors and plush texture of Grenache with a punch of peppery spice and floral notes contributed from Syrah and Mourvedre. 

Wine Details
Appellation: Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Varieties: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
Yield: 30 hl/ha
Number of Bottles: 30,000

History and Vineyard
Domaine Barville is Laurent Brotte’s family estate, named Barville, after their ancestors. The 15ha vineyard is situated on the west side of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and is composed of 7 parcels spread over two of the best areas of the appellation – the clay and pebbles of Pradel and the shattered limestone soils of Beaurenard. The vines have an average age of 35 years and, at an elevation of 100m, dominate the Rhone River, which, with the local Mistral wind, brings an exceptional healthy micro-climate. A very warm climate and south-facing position are ideal for perfect maturation and concentration of the berries.

2014 Château de Roquebrune ~ Pomerol

Pure Merlot, this wine comes from a property that borders on Pomerol proper. Its juicy red-berry flavors are classics for the vintage. Ripe while crisp and with acidity

Château de Roquebrune has been a family owned winery for 5 generations.  Today, it is run by Florent Guinjard. The estate is located on the border of the appellation Pomerol on the northern side of the small Barbanne river that splits both appellations.

The vineyard is just across from Château de Sales in Pomerol. It covers 19 ha and the soils are worked manually, with no use of chemicals.

Gigondas ~ France

Located in France’s Southern Rhône, Gigondas produces wines that are rich Grenache-based blends, thanks in part to the region’s Mediterranean climate and red clay-alluvial soils. Under the AOP regulations, only red and rosé wines may be produced; white wines are simply declassified to Côtes-du-Rhône status.

A mandated 50% Grenache is required in the wine, with Mourvèdre and/or Syrah usually accounting for the bulk of the remaining blend—adding structure, savory tones and color intensity to Grenache’s alcoholic power and lush richness. These wines are often compared to the great wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but can even offer better value.

Like Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas is defined by luscious fruit, generosity and spice. It’s typified, however, by a slimmer profile than the brawny wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, as well as an intoxicating pungency of garrigue, the rustic base notes of underbrush and herb found throughout Provence and the South of France.

In 1971, Gigondas was the first of the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellations to be elevated to cru status. The wines offer remarkable affordability compared to ever-escalating prices for Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

2015 Canon-Fronsac Château Mazeris

 Canon-Fronsac 2015 Château Mazeris Bordeaux red wine


The richness of this wine is palpable in the dense, chewy black-plum-skin flavors, in the dark tannins and in the concentrated structure that comes through strongly. The wine has power, concentration and dark intensity. Produced from 40-year-old vines, it will age slowly. Drink from 2023.

The wines of Canon-Fronsac offer an affordable, flavorful alternative to the more expensive reds produced in Bordeaux’s Right Bank. Chateau Mazeris melds Merlot’s velvety texture with cedar-scented Cab Franc in their 2015 offering to show a softer, more modern style of French blend. A generous palate of chocolate-covered cherry, violet, sweet spice, and sandalwood make this bottling an ideal pairing for grilled flat iron steak, hearty lamb stew, or an earthy mushroom tart.

In the heart of Canon-Fronsac, Chateau Mazeris is one of the nicest estates of the Fronsac area, belonging to the same family since 1769. The wine is seductive, with supple and round tannins. It has all the necessary qualities of a great vine of the Right Bank thanks to the dominant Merlot grapes and well-controlled maturing.

Owner: Famille de Cournuaud
Area: 17 ha
Average Age of Vines: 40 years
Density: 5500 vines/ha
Blending: Merlot 80%, Cabernet Franc 20%
Terroir: Limestone, clay
Maturity: 10 years

Winemaking Notes
Manual harvest, traditional vinification in vats. Ageing in barrels (15%) and concrete tanks (85%).

2016 St-Émilion Grand Cru Château Marquis de Mons

Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon are the go-to trio for many of Bordeaux’s producers for a reason – when they join forces, the resulting wines are dynamic, expressive, and a real treat. The 2016 Saint-Émilion Grand Cru bottling by Chateau Marquis de Mons fits the bill with a core of plump, dark berries that are bolstered by wildflowers, toast, and generous spice notes. Firm tannins and vibrant acidity ensure the wine’s longevity, and at an astonishing 71% off, you’ll want to stock your cellar up!

“…inviting aromas of blackberries and cherries woven together with florals, tobacco, minerals and hints of light spice notes that all take shape beautifully in the glass. This well structured, medium-plus bodied red displays a lovely touch of underlying acidity, which keeps beautifully balanced through the long finish.”

French Wine Sales ….. $33.00

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Roger Sabon Reserve 2017

The Grenache-dominant range of Châteauneuf-du-Pape bottlings from Domaine Roger Sabon continues to garner critical acclaim and the 2017 Réserve is no exception. Their fruit-driven blend delivers a powerful spectrum of ultra-ripe black and red berries, lavender, licorice, cracked pepper, and dark chocolate notes that complement its plush, full-bodied frame. With a finish that lasts for minutes, this complex Southern Rhône red will provide years of drinking pleasure ahead – take advantage of a generous discount and stock up today!

“Sabon’s 2017 Châteauneuf du Pape Reserve should be a stellar wine worthy of cellaring when it’s released. The sample I was shown displayed gorgeous red fruit aromas of raspberries and strawberries allied to darker notes of plum and chocolate. This full-bodied, richly concentrated wine is packed and stacked, loaded with ripe tannins that should guarantee a long life.” – Wine Advocate

2017 Domaine Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape ….. $50.00

2015 Michele Chiarlo “Le Orme” Barbera d’Asti Superiore


The wine producing firm of Michele Chiarlo was founded in 1956 by the sole and present owners, Michele and Giuseppina Chiarlo. Son of over seven generations of esteemed wine growers, Mr. Chiarlo is today one of the most respected producers of the fine wines of Piedmont and a leading figure in its viticultural industry.

In 1995, Michele Chiarlo acquired the estate of Azienda Agricola Aluffi in Castelnuovo Calcea, considered to the most beautiful and prestigious property in the heart of the classic Barbera d’Asti zone. The estate is comprised of two separate vineyard holdings, La Court and Il Castello, with a total area of 62 acres of which 50 are planted in Barbera vines, quite extensive for this area. The principally southwest and easterly-exposed slopes support superb, calcium and mineral rich soils which are of ideal composition for the production of great Barbera d’Asti.

Garnet in color, the wine is medium bodied and robust with rich, ripe cherries and earth on the nose and an elegant palate.

Pairs well with a wide range of dishes: chicken scallopini with sage and wild mushrooms, farfalle pasta with pork sausage and broccoli rabe and grilled or roasted red meats.

” The 2015 Barbera d’Asti Superiore Le Orme is an absolutely delicious, entry-level Barbera from Chiarlo. Blueberry jam, plum, spice, licorice and lavender infuse this pliant, expressive Barbera. I can’t think of too many wines that deliver this much pure pleasure at such a modest price. Readers looking for a budget-friendly red will find much to admire” Vinous