Pinot Noir From All Over

Pinot Noir, Rickshaw, CA, 2015 (Sonoma dudes doing value Pinot right; also, part of the proceeds go to charity!) 36.
Pinot Noir, Becker Family, Pfalz, Germany, 2013 (Fantastic German Pinot? Who knew.) 44.
Pinot Noir, Banshee, Sonoma County, CA 2015 (Pinot this good at fifty-ish bucks? What in the world.) 52.
Pinot Noir, Cristom, ‘Mt. Jefferson Cuvee’, Willamette Valley, OR, 2014 (One of our favorite houses keeps maintaining greatness) 64.
Pinot Noir, Montinore Estate, ‘Reserve’, Willamette Valley, OR, 2014 (Rudy Marchesi grows vivacious fruit with heart and brains) 65.
Pinot Noir, Fiddlehead Cellars, ‘Fiddlestix 728′, Santa Rita Hills, CA, 2012 (Kathy Joseph’s got your #) 78.
Pinot Noir, Ankida Ridge, Amherst, Virginia, 2013 (180 cases made; can I use the word Copernican?) 82.
Pinot Noir, Domaine de la Cote, Santa Rita Hills, CA, 2014 (Super-Somm Raj Parr now fully flexing his burgundy brains in SB county) 99.
Pinot Noir, Shea Wine Cellars, ‘Shea Vineyard-Estate,’ Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley, OR, 2013 (the true face of a legendary site) 110.
Pinot Noir, Big Table Farm, ‘Cattral Bros. Vineyard’, Willamette Valley, OR, 2015 (Brian and Clare are the new-brood of Oregon greatness) 120.
Pinot Noir, Adelsheim, ‘Elizabeth’s Reserve’, Willamette Valley, OR, 2012 (an Oregon originator that hits all the notes) 125.
Pinot Noir, Lioco, ‘Hirsch Vineyard’, Sonoma Coast, CA, 2013 (Matt and Kevin’s open, gorgeous interpretation of a major, classic site) 135.
Pinot Noir, Beaux Freres, ‘Zena Crown’, Eola-Amity, Willamete Valley, OR, 2014 (BF Never lets up; truly great wines of elegance and might) 159.

Pinot Noir From Burgundy

COTE DE NUITS
Bourgogne, Gachot-Monot, ‘Chant De Muses,’ 2013 (Tiny Kermit Lynch discovery working in a pretty, sheeny style) 58.
Bourgogne, Lignier-Michelot, 2012 (Virgile’s Serious Morey St. Denis pedigree shining right through) 74.
Gevrey-Chambertin, Benjamin Leroux, 2013 (Big Ben shows why Gevrey tends to win) 125.
Nuits-St.Georges 1er Cru, Henri Gouges, ‘Les Chenes Carteaux,’ 2009 (Goodness gracious, Gouges is great) 145.
Chambolle-Musigny, Pousse d’Or, 2012 (Unh. Pousse it. Pousse it real good) 180.
Morey-St. Denis, Dujac Fils & Pere, 2011 (Everything that Dujac’s Jeremy and Jacques touch is tip-top level) 185.
Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, Meo-Camuzet, 2007 (Meo has probably the best plot in Vougeot) 320.
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru, Comte de Vogüé, 2007 (one of the greatest of greats) 650.

COTE DE BEAUNE
Bourgogne, Louis Chenu, 2014 (Two Savigny sisters making nice in a hearty, traditional vein) 56.
Bourgogne, Gabriel Billard, ‘Milliane’, 2008 (60+ year old wines, all in Pommard, with age…sign me up) 76
Volnay, Joseph Voillot, ‘Vielles Vignes,’ 2011 (winemaker Jean-Pierre Charlot is 300 pounds of terroir-loving joy) 105.
Chassagne-Montrachet, Sylvia Morey, 2014 (Tiny, impressive domaine with serious pedigree. Only 30 cases in the USA!) 99.
Santenay 1er Cru, Lucien Muzard & Fils, ’La Maladiere’, 2012, (One of Santenay’s brightest family domaines) 110.
Savigny-les-Beaune Pierre Guillemot, ‘Les Picotins,’ 2012 (Guillemot has perfect, lilting pitch) 115.
Volnay 1er Cru, Bernard Moreau, ‘Santenos’, 2011 (Feel The Bern) 135.

ALSO GAMAY FROM BEAUJOLAIS

Beaujolais-Villages, Pascal & Jean Philippe Granger, ‘Le Fetreau’, 2013 (Gorgeous, open nose ready for primetime).
Beaujolais, Jean Foillard, 2016 (Inaugural vintage of this fresh-drinking style by one of the region’s very very greats) 52.
Moulin-A-Vent, Domaine Diochon, 2014 (Rich and pleasantly chewy; Kermit has Bo-Jo eternally on lock) 52.
Morgon, Marcel Lapierre, 2015 (RIP Marcel, leader of the pack & maker of a movement) 68.

Loire Valley

Chinon, Olga Raffault, ‘Les Barnabes,’ Loire Valley, France, 2013 (Whole-cluster cab franc twang from a true legend.) 44.
Chinon, Charles Joguet, ‘Les Varennes du Grand Clos’, Loire Valley, France 2007 (Joguet with age is an uncommon joy) 78.

Austria

Blaufrankisch, Prieler, ‘Johanneshohe’, Burgenland, 2011 (Young goofball Georg keeps smiles coming) 52.

Spain & Portugal

Garnacha, Ludovicus, Terra Alta, Spain, 2013 (Jaunty value from españas sunny high country) 32.
Ribeira Sacra, D.Ventura, ‘Vina Do Burato’, Spain, 2015 (It’s high time you fell in love with fresh-fruited Mencia) 48.
Bierzo, Descendientes de Jose Palacios, ‘Petalos’, Spain, 2013 (red, red Mencia fruit and spicy red flowers) 48.
Priorato, Cesca Vicent, Spain, 2013 (Francesca is a soil nerd; the result is rich, delicious, dark mineral power) 52.
Rioja, Luis Alegre, Reserva, Rioja Alavesa, Spain, 2011 (Fresh, respectable modernity in Alavesa’s well-framed form) 52.
Touriga Nacional, Fitapreta, ‘A Touriga Vai Nua’, Alentejano, Portugal, 2016 (A spicy, lovable version of the main grape in Port) 56.
Bierzo, Raul Perez, ‘Ultreia’, Spain, 2012 (A master of Mencia, Raul is Northwest Spain’s finest hero) 68.
Rioja, R. Lopez de Heredia, Reserva, ‘Vina Bosconia’, Haro, Spain, 2004 (THE classic producer of Spain) 82.

Italy

TUSCANY
Sangiovese, Brusco, 2014 (all from chianti classico, this is genuine through and through, like vino della trattoria) 36.
Chianti Classico, II Palazzino, ‘Argenina’, 2013 (Purity without sacrificing punch) 44.
Chianti Classico Riserva, Felsina, 2013 (An eternally impressive house with Sangiovese fixations) 65.
Toscana Rosso, Le Palaie, ‘Bulizio’, 2011 (Beefy blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and Petit Verdot) 68.
Bolgheri Rosso, Grattamacco, 2015 (Cab, Cab Franc, Merlot, and Sangio from a true OG estate.) 85.
Brunello di Montalcino, Il Grappolo, ‘Sassocheto’, 2010 (Classic cherry & leather in the old school mood.) 110.
Brunello di Montalcino, Campogiovanni, 2011 (Generous and righteous side piece from Chianti house San Felice) 125.
Brunello di Montalcino, Casanova di Neri, 2012 (Has become one of the most reliable names on the hill) 135.

PIEDMONT
Dolcetto di Dogliani, Francesco Boschis, ”Pianezzo’2015 (Is this the best Dolcetto house out there?? Is it??) 42.
Barbera D’Alba, Mauro Molino, 2016 (A gentle barolo master’s fresh & delicious old-style barbera) 44.
Langhe Nebbiolo, G.D. Vajra, 2015 (Gosh dang it, this is delicious-100% declassified Barolo fruit!) 48.
Langhe Freisa, Giacomo Borgogno & Figli, 2014 (A Barolo giant’s version of this oft-neglected grape) 60.
Barbaresco, Produttori del Barbaresco, 2014 (One of our Earth’s classic wines— & always a great buy) 85.
Barolo, Mirafiore, ‘Serralunga D’Alba’, 2011 (Terrific wide-appeal style that yet remains Barolo true) 89.
Barolo, Paolo Conterno, ‘Ginestra’, Monforte D’Alba’, 2010 (Classic house working from its home turf cru) 140.
Barbaresco, Sottimano, ‘Pajore,’ 2007 (Awesome muscle from a major site) 145.

SICILY
Nero d’Avola/Frappato, Occhipinti, ‘SP68′, 2014 (Arianna Occhipinti is a bronzed Sicilian badass) 65.
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico, COS, 2013 (The boys at COS raised the bar for one of Earth’s oldest wine regions) 68.
Etna Rosso, Terre Nere, ‘Feudo Di Mezzo-Il Quadro Delle Rose’, 2010 (What a treat! Best part of the vineyard, amplified with age) 115.

OTHER ITALIAN PLACES
Aglianico, Poderi Foglia, Roccamonfina, Campania, 2013 (Like cherry juice and stogies.) 44.
Merlot, Scarbolo, ‘Campo del Vitto,’ Friuli, Italy, 2013 (Valter borrows amerone technique to get his merlot swole) 75. 
Amarone, Remo Farina, Veneto, 2012 (Totally cool smaller house making Amarone with a classic vibe) 105.
Amarone, L’Arco, Veneto, 2007 (Luca is a prodigy at the top of his game and this is maybe the best wine he’s ever made) 225.

Rhone Etc.

SOUTHERN RHONE
Cotes Du Rhone, CDR, France, 2013 (Terrific little guy with a plain jane name, made by cult hero Herni Milan) 36.
Cotes Du Rhone-Villages, Mas de Boislauzon, France, 2015 (Grown within feet of their CDP! Impressive stuff at this level) 44.
Vacqueyras, Domaine la Garrigue, France, 2014 (Year-in, year-out, this confident little beast always impresses) 52.
Gigondas, Saint Damien, ‘Les Souteyardes’, France, 2012 (Classic producer, manhandling vintage and single old vine plot!) 78.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Clos Des Brusquieres, France, 2015 (Spicy Grenache vibes; Fans of Rayas will be pleased.) 89.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Bosquet des Papes, ‘Tradition’, France, 2013 (Loads of great savory; pepper and tobacco lovers take heel) 99.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Charvin, France, 2013 (Whole-cluster and old-school but mighty beastly, too) 120.

NORTHERN RHONE
Syrah, Yves Cuilleron, ‘Les Vignes D’A Cote’, Collines-Rhodaniennes, 2013 (Yves, please.) 48.
Syrah, Domaine Faury, Collines-Rhodaniennes, 2015 (Faury is one of the true booutique heroes of St. Joseph) 50.
St.Joseph, Domaine Blachon, ‘Hommage A Roger Blachon’, 2014 (Stately spice and meat from the original St. Jo zone) 78.
Syrah, Domaine Rostaing, ‘Les Lezards’, 2013 (Cote Rotie hero rene’s all-purpose rocker) 89.
Cote-Rotie, Domaine Jamet, France, 2013 (Rotundonerrific!!!!) 295.

The Wide American West

Cabernet Sauvignon, House of Independent Producers, ‘Sagemoor Farms Vineyard’, Columbia Valley, WA, 2014 (rockable) 36.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Halter Ranch, ‘Adelaida District’, Paso Robles, CA, 2014 (All-Estate stuff with balance and oomph) 56.
Zinfandel, Mauritson, Dry Creek, Sonoma County, CA, 2013 (Clay’s Pioneer family have been farming grapes here since the 1860’s!) 56.
Syrah, Stolpman, Estate, Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley, CA, 2013 (Oh Wow! Sashi hit another home run, rich & savory.) 65.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Domaine Eden, Santa Cruz Mountains, CA 2014 (We love eden and their old-California feels.) 99.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Robert Craig, ‘Affinity’, Napa Valley, CA, 2014 (Slick and powerful stuff from an old Napa Pro) 115.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Inglenook, ‘Cask’, Rutherford, Napa Valley, CA, 2011 (When History runs Deep; Amazing story here!) 175.

Bordeaux

LEFT BANK
Medoc, Chateau Fleaur La Mothe, 2011 (It’s pretty satisfying when Medoc drinks above its station) 48.
Graves, Chateau Perron 2010, (The 2010’s are already getting serious) 58.
Haut-Medoc, Chateau Aney, Cru Bourgeois, 2014 (Hearkens to that open, heartfelt style of the 60’s & 70’s) 64.
Saint Julien, Chateau Peymartin, 2011 (The cab here shows nicely with 2011’s extra zip; second house to chateau Gloria) 99.
Saint-Estephe, Chateau Beau-Site, 2005 (a fresh, open vintage demonstrates Estephe’s country charm) 89.
Saint-Estephe, Chateau Tronquoy-Lalande, Cru Bourgeois, 2009 (The family behind Montrose, Haut-Brion’s longtime winemaker!) 125.
Moulis en Medoc, Chateau Chasse-Spleen, 2000 (It’s in the zone! Also, do people still say ‘in the zone’?) 225.

RIGHT BANK
St. Georges-St. Emilion, Chateau St. Andre-Corbin, 2014 (An always dependable expression of the smallest appellation in Bordeaux) 44
Canon-Fronsac, Chateau Moulin, 2010 (A strong addition to Kermit Lynch’s stable of goodies) 65.
St. Emilio Grand-Cru Classee, Chateau La Marzelle, 2014 (Open power and grace from one of the actual OG 1955 Grand Cru Estates) 110.

Southern Hemisphere

Malbec, Ernesto Catena, ‘Padrillos’, Mendoza, Argentina, 2014 (Ernesto, eccentric heir to Mendoza’s noble clan.) 36.
Malbec, Susana Balbo, Mendoza, Argentina, 2015 (Susana is Mendoza’s great Malbec maven) 62.

—SG