2015 Louis Barruol Cotes du Rhone Blanc. 80% Marsanne/ 20% Rousanne. Deep gold color. Deep pear and tree fruit nose along with floral notes. Controlled acidity, very little minerality. Dry, crisp.
2016 JM Brocard Chablis Vau de Vey - Pale gold. Vanilla nose with melon. Controlled acidity, heavy body, lemon fruit, flinty/steely finish.
2016 Brocard Chablis Vaudesir. Heavier vanilla, body is heavier and acidity more checked than the Vau de Vey. A beautiful Chablis and more easily quaffed than the Vau de Vey.
2016 Henri Bourgeois. Pale lemon color, strong gooseberry aromas, grapefruit rind on palate with acidity. heavy body.
2014 Maldonado Chardonnay Parr Vineyard (Napa) 2014. Lemon yellow. 16 mos of neutral French Oak aging. Clove and broiled pineapple on the nose, broiled pineapple continuing on the palate. Body medium, acidity controlled.
2014 Bouvier Gevrey Chambertin Pinot Noir. Medium garnet color, French oak on nose with aromas of cranberry. On the palate, acidity is very controlled.
2014 Brunier Chateauneuf du Pape Piedlong. Medium garnet color, stewed black and red berry fruit. Muted notes of blackberry and red plum on the palate.
Fantino Barolo Bussia Riserva Cascina Dardi 2012. Ruby color with telltale browning at the edges. 60 year old vines, five years in oak and one in the bottle. Spicy/musty nose. Elegant with controlled acidity, velvet sof tannins and cherry/red berry fruit. Very perfumed and floral nose. Look for this soon at Somm.