2005 Baron de Ley 7 Viñas Reserva
An homage to traditional Rioja winemaking, Baron de Ley 7 Viñas is made from all seven grape varieties permitted by the Rioja D.O. including Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, Mazuelo and the three white varietals Viura, Malvasia and Garnacha Blanco. An impressive take on The Old Rioja meets The New Rioja.
2011 Didier Dagueneau “Pur Sang Blanc”
Loire Valley, France
100% Sauvignon Blanc. Practicing Biodynamic. The legendary Didier Dageneau died in a tragic accident 2008 but his family keeps his vision in sight. His work has been carried on by his son Benjamin, to critical acclaim. The wines at Domaine Didier Dagueneau deserve their rightful place among the great singular wines of the world, the goal being balance, harmony and longevity always. Since the beginning, the wines at Dagueneau have always been raised in oak barrels. Through extensive experimentation, there is always a mix of sizes, shapes and percentage of new and used barrels which are exploited to varying degree depending on vineyard and vintage. The Dagueneaus have worked closely with the world’s top coopers to create some uniquely-shaped, very low-toast barrels (e.g. “cigares” and small foudres) that offer nuanced benefits of lees contact and/or specific oxygen exchange, all tiny facets that add up to a finer product in the end. The domaine’s most popular cuvee, Pur Sang is filled with aromatics of citrus, quince and fine minerals. On the palate the wine is ethereal, intense, and mouth-puckering.