Carl Roy is a production of Chad Alexander (I usually link to the winery, but this guy is under the radar, and he changes wineries/names faster than I can keep up with him.). As a reminder, Chad searches wineries for excess wine inventory, purchases the wine, and resells them under his label at a discount to the wineries’ prices. As part of his purchase, he agrees not to disclose the name of the winery that sold him the wine, but he can discuss location.
The 2009 Carl Roy Cabernet Sauvignon East Side Cuvee was a blend of wine from two sources, both in Napa Valley. The first source was Soda Canyon and the second was Howell Mountain. The wine’s ABV was 14.3%. I had a lot of difficult sourcing information on this wine.
This was another wine I found by way of Restaurant Nicholas. Given my hit or miss experience with their wines, I was unsure what to expect from Carl Roy. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
Tavarnelle Val di Pesa is a small town in the province of Florence in the Tuscany region of Italy. The town is home to Poggio Al Sole winery. In addition to wine, Poggio Al Sole also produces olive oil. The winery was purchased by the Davaz family of Switzerland in 1977, and is run by Johannes and Kathrin Davaz.
The 2009 Poggio Al Sole Chianti Classico was 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine was aged in old oak barrels. The ABV was 13.9%. There were 40,000 bottles of this vintage produced. The wine’s designation was DOCG.
I discovered this wine by way of Restaurant Nicholas, a local restaurant. Nicholas Haray, the restaurant’s owner, has a knack for finding some lesser known gems in the wine world. The wines I’ve gotten from him tend to be hit or miss. I’ve had some outstanding wines and then I’ve had some less than spectacular wines, but no recommendation has ever been a bad bottle.
I was unsure what to expect from this bottle from Italy.
Rockledge Vineyards is located in the St. Helena section of Napa Valley in California. The winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Merlot.
The 2009 Rockledge Vineyards The Rocks Cabernet Sauvignon was a red blend composed of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot (percentages unavailable). The label listed ABV was 14.5%.
I first tasted The Rocks at a wine tasting at Restaurant Nicholas in 2011. I couldn’t recall my exact impressions so I decided to give the wine another try.
In February of 2012, Restaurant Nicholas hosted a wine dinner featuring 12 different wines from the Burgundy region of France. I had previously not been particularly fond of wines from this area. The dinner at Nicholas changed that.
Domaine Faiveley, founded in 1825, is located in the town of Nuits-Saint-Georges in the Burgundy region of France.
The 2009 Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Lavieres was 100% Pinot Noir. This vintage was aged for 14 to 16 months in French oak barrels (roughly 30% new). The label stated ABV was 13%.
As a 2009, I drank this wine much too early, but it was difficult staring at it on each trip to the cellar and wondering if it was as good as it was at the dinner. I can now definitively state this was a great bottle. And this is one of their lower end wines.
Domaine Jacques Prieur, based in Meursault, France, produces red and white wines with grapes sourced from the Burgundy region of France. Gevrey-Chambertin is a village in the Cote-de-Nuits region of Burgundy.
The 2007 Domaine Jacques Prieur Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru is 100% Pinot Noir. The wine was aged in oak (I’m guessing all French!) for an undetermined period of time.
I discovered this bottle in early February at a Burgundy wine dinner hosted by Restaurant Nicholas, in Red Bank, NJ. Pinot Noir has never been a favorite variety of mine, nor have I often chosen France over the U.S., Spain, or Italy.
The wines at this dinner completely changed my mind with respect to both Pinot Noir and French wine. They were among some of the best I have ever tasted. I was fortunate enough to purchase several bottles from different producers after the dinner.
The 2007 Jacques Prieur Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru is one nice bottle of wine.