Top Picks from Vintages' January releases
January 11 release:
Gonzales Byass Oloroso Dulce Solera 1847 (Jerez, Spain)
There might be one hundredth of a drop of 1847 sherry in this bottle (the
year the solera was started), but it's a terrific buy notwithstanding.
Brown colour with a green olive rim, it has a nose of dates and brown
sugar; sweet and unctuous on the palate but given character by notes of
earthiness and grilled nuts.
Food match: bitter chocolate desserts
Weingut Birgit Eichinger Grüner Veltliner 2001 (Austria)
One of the wine world's most under-rated grapes. Yellow straw colour with
a lifted nose of peach and white pepper; mouth-filling fruit, full on
the palate with a lovely balance of peach fruit and citrus acidity. Long
finish, well made. A refreshing change from Chardonnay. A bargain at the
Food match: grilled chicken or poached salmon
January 25th release:
Quails' Gate Pinot Noir "Limited Release" 2000 (British
A consistently good Pinot producer. Tawny ruby colour; vanilla and plum
on the nose with notes of cherry and pencil lead; full on the palate with
expressive fruit, ready to drink but will hold for a year or two. Tannic
lift on the finish.
Food match: grilled quail, veal cutlets
Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore 1995 (Veneto)
This is amazing wine expensive, yes, but unique in its complexity
and style. Tawny ruby colour; a mature nose of spice and fruit cake; full-bodied,
dried fruit flavours but elegant and beautifully balanced. Drinking nicely
now but still has legs.
Food match: hard cheeses, osso buco