Wine at Toppers Cellar Door!

label  MARCHESI DEL SALENTO 2015 PRIMITIVO

Commercial Description:

“Cherry color, fruity aroma, young Primitivo, medium alcoholic and acid levels, wine with small complexity, medium ending and low tannin. Cherry, woody and strawberry tasting notes.”

Toppers note: Primitivo is known as the mother of Zinfandel and probably originated in Asia Minor countries, the Italian style is more robust with rustic earthy flavors that are perfect on the palate in the fall. Salut!

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New Spanish Rioja on the shelf!

Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva 2011

Commercial Description:

MARQUÉS DE CÁCERES Rioja ‘Reserva’ 2011

The 2011 Rioja ‘Reserva’ from Marqués de Cáceres is a gorgeous showing, which slowly unwinds to aromatics reminiscent of black tea, pencil shavings, mint and Asian spices. On the palate this possesses a wonderful structure and a dense mouthfeel with rich flavors of wet stone, wild blackberry cobbler, green olive and a lovely saline and mineral driven finish. While this is already offering plenty of appeal, allowing this beauty at least another year for the fruit to integrate will certainly be worth the wait.

Toppers notes: I agree with the writer that this red is well worth the wait, the nose has abundant berry notes with hints of spice, the body has consist flavors of dark berry fruit with a concentration of black raspberry and medium acidity coupled with a good structure of tannin. The finish is full-bodied and smooth this is a real treat!

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Commercial Description:

French Viognier has arrived!

Toppers note: A smooth gentle Viognier, that appeals to the nose with subtle aromas of tropical fruit and naunces of Asian spice. The body has light hints of stone fruit and exoctic berry, accented spice and just enough acidity for structure. The finish has a velvety texture on the palate which invites you to the next glass. Wine would do well socially and also with shellfish.

New Bordeaux Sauvignon!

Monsieur Touton - Sauvignon Blanc

Commercial Description:

 

  • Producer Monsieur Touton Selection, LTD
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • Appellation Bordeaux
  • Bordeaux is the planet’s largest source of fine wine, the model for Cabernet Sauvignon– and Merlot-based wines around the globe. Bordeaux wines are considered by many wine connoisseurs to be the world’s greatest reds.

    The Bordeaux region encompasses both banks of the Gironde estuary in southwest France, as well as the land bordering the Garonne and Dordogne, which split off from the Gironde in the southern Medoc. Bordeaux‘s highest-quality red wines generally come from seven major appellations: Saint-Estephe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, and Margaux in the greater Medoc region, Graves to the south of the city of Bordeaux, and Pomerol and Saint-Emilion to the east (an area commonly referred to as the “Right Bank”). The best dry white wines come from the large Graves region, while the finest sweet wines are made in Sauternes and Barsac, enclaves within the southern reaches of the Graves appellation.

    In general, red wines from the left bank of the Gironde, particularly from the Medoc region of Bordeaux, are based on Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with varying amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc and sometimes bits of Malbec and Petit Verdot. These red wines are dry and firm, with a solid tannic spine, and are often austere in their youth. They are among the longest-lived wines made anywhere. Red wines from the gravel and sand soils of Graves often show a bit more texture early on, as well as more roasted notes of smoke, hot stones, and tobacco. Wines from Bordeaux‘s Right Bank, located mostly to the east of the town of Libourne, are blends based on the softer Merlot grape. They are generally fleshier and more pliant than wines from the Medoc and are accessible earlier, though the best of them are capable of improving in bottle for decades.

    Toppers note: Smooth and elegant from the beginning to the end of the glass, pair this wine with white fish, chicken or shellfish it will be sure to please the palate.

 

Chianti for fall!

Familia Dante - Chianti Riserva

Commercial Description:

 

  • Producer Familia Dante
  • Blend 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Canaiolo, 85% Sangiovese
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany
  • Appellation Chianti
  • Technical Info

    Vinification

    Old traditional vinification method: completely mature grapes are harvested from vineyards and crushed almost immediately. Afterwards the grapes are poured in large inox tanks for fermentation. The primary fermentation evolves at a controlled temperature of 23-24° for a certain period till the extraction of 25/30gr of sugar. When the primary fermentation is perfect, the wine is filtered and stored at constant temperature in Slavonian oak casks for a minimum period of 24 months. It completes its refinement in dark bottles for a minimum period of 3 months.
    Toppers note: This is the perfect accompanying red with rich Italian cusine, Full-bodied with lush rich black fruit aromas and flavors balanced with enough tannin and acidity in the structure which flows effortlessly into the elegant finish. 

 

Bordeaux its the time of the year for red!

Chateau La Faviere, Bordeaux Superieur, France

Commercial description:

vintage 2011 blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon:

Beautiful dark garnet. Quality toasted oak, ripe red and black fruits and a spice note on the nose. Suave attack leading into a silky, fresh and fairly svelte palate. Balanced yet dominated by oak. A charming wine that needs a few years bottle age.

Toppers note: There is enough on this wine that it’s perfect, the quintessential Bordeaux blend of the big three grapes of the region. from the nose to the finish this is an elegant subtle wine with integrity and depth. Pair with quality beef steaks or pork.