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2012 Bordeaux Wine Futures

2012 Bordeaux Futures = High Hopes!

My brother, Glen, and I were in Bordeaux last month tasting the 2012 vintage. We did not know what to expect from this vintage because there had been both positive and negative reports from critics, who had tasted the wines a week or two before we arrived. Glen and I found that there are some really great wines from this vintage. It is definitely a more “spotty” vintage and not as consistent across the board as the 2010 and 2009 vintages were. The bottom line is that you just have to be more selective… our 2012 futures campaign includes only the wines that we thought were the “shining stars.”

After Glen and I tasted through over 1,000 wines in Bordeaux, we had to wait to see what the release prices were from the Chateaux. If the prices did not come down, we were not going to “play ball” with this futures campaign. But, the Chateaux, being wise, dropped their prices significantly from the last 3 vintages (especially 2009 and 2010). Prices are over 30% down from even the well-priced 2011 vintage and double that percentage down for the 2009 and 2010 vintage.

We are so excited about the 2012 futures because buying Bordeaux futures makes sense again at these prices. We have high hopes for the 2012 vintage in Bordeaux. – Jim Knight, Wine House

2012 BORDEAUX FUTURES (Pre-Arrival)

*AS OF THE TIME WE WENT TO PRINT

2012 Calon Segur St Estephe 90-92 Points (RP) 750ml $61.99

2012 Fleur Cardinale St Emilion 93-95 Points (RP) 750ml $38.99

2012 Haut Brion BLANC Pessac-Léognan 98-100 Points (RP) 750ml $924.99

2012 Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac 92-95 Points (RP) 750ml $499.99

2012 Lynch Bages Pauillac 91-94 Points (WS )750ml $93.99

2012 Chateau Margaux Margaux 92-94 Points (RP), 93-96 Points (WS) 750ml $349.99

2012 Mouton-Rothschild Pauillac 95-97 Points (RP) 750ml $359.99

2012 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux 90-93 Points (WS) 750ml $114.99

2011 Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac 90-93 Points (RP) 750ml $99.99

2012 Pontet Canet Pauillac 91-94 Points (RP) 750ml $92.99

2012 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan 93-95 Points (RP) 750ml $89.99

2012 Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge Pessac-Léognan 92-94 Points (RP) 750ml $64.99

2012 Troplong-Mondot St Emilion 94-96 Points (RP) 750ml $84.99

WHITE WINES:

2011 HUGO (Weingut Markus Huber) Gruner Veltliner (Austria) $8.99

This low alcohol (12.1%), crisp, refreshing white wine from Austria is the perfect warm weather sipper! Delicate fresh green apple fruity aromas; displaying flavours of lemon; lime and peaches; solid fruit core; rich in finesse; with a beautiful length and mineral tones. The ideal wine for seafood, white meat and light dishes like salads; or just to be enjoyed by itself.

2011 Dos Minas Torrontés Cafayate (Argentina) $9.99

The dos minas (“two chicks” in Argentine slang) of the name are Lucía Romero, who runs Bodega El Porvenir de los Andes in Cafayate, Argentina, and Heather Willens, who came to Buenos Aires via California and has experience working with small wineries in Argentina. Both are champions of wines from the mystical desert landscapes of Cafayate, and both believe that Torrontés is a wonderfully aromatic, food-friendly wine that is among the best of what Argentina has to offer to the world. Spicy, floral aromatic notes, as well as a lovely rich scent of fresh tangerines. Juicy red grapefruit and mandarin flavors lead the way on the palate -vibrant and full of recently bottled freshness.

2012 A A Badenhorst Family Wines Secateurs Chenin Blanc, Swartland (S. Africa) $13.99

92 Points Wine Advocate: “The 2012 Secateurs Chenin Blanc has a light but pure bouquet with lemon peel, grapefruit and hints of wet wool. The palate is crisp and vibrant on the entry with touches of lanolin and litchi nuts. This is so well balanced – uncomplicated but delicious. Drink now.”

2012 Bodegas y Vinedos Dos Victorias Jose Pariente Verdejo Rueda (Spain) $15.99

The wine shows a brilliant straw yellow with greenish reflections. The aroma, of great intensity, is elegant, fresh and complex. It has a markedly fruity tone that spans the range of white fruits (pear, peach), citrus and passion fruit. There are also hints of fennel, garrigue, balsamic and anise. In the mouth the notes of fresh fruit appear again. Unctuous, sweet and elegant with good crispness on the finish.

2011 Brokenwood Wines Semillon Hunter Valley (Australia) $17.99

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar 90 Points: “Pale straw. Honeysuckle, jasmine, fresh pear and honey on the fragrant nose, accented by a touch of chalk dust. Crisp and nervy on the palate, with vibrant lemon-lime and orange pith flavors enlivened by bitter herb notes. Youthfully tight on the finish, with features clean, brisk citrus tones and a late note of quinine.”

2012 Talai-Berri Getariako Txakolina (Spain) $19.99

Light straw-colored, it has an uplifted nose of slate/mineral, green apple, and spring flowers. This is followed by a crisp, balanced, dry, intensely flavored wine with solid length and great freshness. It is an ideal accompaniment to oysters, clams, and shellfish.

2010 Compania de Vinos Trico Albarino Rias Baixas (Spain) $23.99

“Light yellow. A highly fragrant bouquet evokes orange pith, pear and melon, with a floral overtone. Pliant, expansive citrus and orchard fruit flavors show very good depth and pick up a mineral nuance with air. Rich but dry and focused, finishing with very good cut and length.”- Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar 90 Points. Also try their: 2011 Compania de Vinos Trico Albarino “Tabla de Sumar” Rias Baixas at $16.99

RED WINES:

2011 Bodegas Breca Garnacha De Fuego Catalyud (Spain) $7.99

We got more of this amazing value red wine! 92 Points RP! “The 2011 Garnacha de Fuego, a 100% Grenache cuvee, was aged in both stainless steel and neutral French oak. There are 10,000 cases for the United States. This amazing wine boasts a dark ruby/purple color along with a sweet kiss of jammy black cherries intertwined with crushed rock notes that give the wine an undeniable minerality. As it hits the palate, a full-bodied, voluptuous texture takes hold and the flavor profile moves towards blacker fruits (ripe raspberries and black currants) intermixed with camphor and forest floor. This full-bodied, rich, glycerin-filled effort should drink well for 4-5 years, perhaps longer.”- Robert Parker

2010 Bodegas Salentein Malbec Reserve Valle de Uco (Argentina) $11.99

“Good saturated ruby. Dark berries, tobacco and earth on the nose, along with some chocolatey oak. Rich, lush and sweet, with a generous texture to the flavors of dark berries and chocolatey oak. Quite ripe and plump but has good spine for its stuffing. Nicely persistent and smooth on the aftertaste.” - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2010 Bodegas Volver Volver Single Vineyard La Mancha (Spain) $12.49

“(100% tempranillo, from vines planted in 1957 at 660 meters altitude; aged in French oak, half of it new, for 17 months and bottled without filtration): Glass-staining ruby. Explosive, seductively perfumed aromas of candied red and dark berries, incense, rose pastille and Asian spices. Sappy, penetrating black raspberry and blueberry flavors show excellent depth and clarity, with smoky mineral and star anise nuances gaining strength with air. Closes sweet and very long, with lingering spiciness and gentle tannins. Importer Jorge Ordonez told me that lots of high-end oak is used here, from the likes of Taransaud, Darnajou and Dominique Laurent, for example.”- Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar 91 Points

2010 A A Badenhorst Family Wines Secateurs Red Blend, Swartland (S. Africa) $14.99

90 Points Wine Advocate: “A blend of 74% Shiraz, 10% Cinsault plus Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre aged for 14 months in old French casks, the entry-level 2010 Secateurs Red Blend has ripe raspberry, blackberry and wild hedgerow on the nose that is well defined and very natural. The palate is medium-bodied, supple on the entry with juicy bright red berries, raspberry, red currant and has a touch of citrus peel lending freshness and vitality. Drink now-2014.”

2011 Tikal Natural Mendoza (Argentina) $21.99

91 Points Wine Advocate: “The 2011 Tikal Natural is a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Syrah both organically farmed in Vista Flores from 10-year-old vines. It is aged for ten months in 80% French and 20% American oak of which 10% is new. It has a vibrant, almost life-affirming bouquet of lifted dark cherries, blueberry, soy and minerals that is beautifully defined. The palate is sensual and caressing on the entry, setting you up for its silky tannins, pure macerated dark cherries and blueberry fruit struck through by a keen thread of acidity. Utterly seductive! Drink now-2017.”

2004 La Rioja Alta “Vina Ardanza” Rioja Reserva Especial (Spain) $32.99

93 Points Wine Advocate: “The 2004 Vina Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from 30-year-old vines in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. It is aged for 36 months in four-year-old American oak. It has a very enticing bouquet with dark cherry, Christmas cake, dried fig and espresso with fine delineation and bags of exuberance. The palate is medium-bodied with taut tannins, underpinned by a keen citric thread that cuts through the licorice-tinged, dark berry and allspice-tinged fruit with style. It is simply delicious on the bittersweet finish. Drink now-2020+.”

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 (Spain) $55.99

96 Points Wine Advocate: “The 2001 Gran Reserva 904 will not be released for another 3 years. Dark ruby-colored with a garnet rim, it displays a lovely nose of Asian spices, incense, tobacco, balsamic, and blackberry. On the palate it has exceptional depth, layers of spicy black fruit, excellent ripeness, and an elegant personality. Upon release it should continue to evolve for another 5-6 years and drink well through 2040.”

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