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Behind the Cellar Door Imports - Best of Show
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INTRODUCTION
BEHIND THE CELLAR DOOR IMPORTS - BEST OF SHOW
Wayne Parker's Behind the Cellar Door Imports is a boutique Michigan wine distributor that represents selections from some of the finest national importers, as well as Wayne's own finds. It offers a trade tasting twice a year. This past May there were 70 wines available to sample, including many attractive 2017 white wines. In fact, I tasted more 2017 whites at this show than I had the rest of 2018 to date. I selected for purchase 28 wines overall--40% of the array. That's a very high percentage for a trade show tasting. Here are 20 that are front and center. The rest of the 2017 whites will arrive later this month and will be added to the feature as they come in.

s0604-102. 16 DOMAINE COULAUDIN-BUSSY CHABLIS
Nice. Fresher, brighter, more lifted than the 2015. Better Chablis vintage, more vitality. This impresses. A proper Chablis./ Boy, bountiful character. Emphasis on Chablis chardonnay instead of Chablis terroir. Delightful fruit, nice take. 92/100, at least.
How Many: 24.99 each

s0604-103. 15 DOMAINE L‛AMEILLAUD COTES DU RHONE
35 year old vines. 55% grenache, 30% carignan, 15% syrah. Full color./ Full fruit romance. 15 fulfilled into confit purity, clarity. Ripest in years and softer than the 2010. Red and black fruits and peppercorns. Dash of garrigue. Full grenache core fatness and carignan rough edge. Syrah black beauties. Textured and deep./ Rich in ripe fruit flavor and texture. A giant after the past several vintages. Fruity and also well structured. Lots of red fruit. Balanced. Full blown, ripe palate, fine tannin, deep flavors. Come hither. Body, flavor, amplitude. Breadth, depth, and taste range. Superior. 92/100.
How Many: 14.99 each

s0604-104. 15 DOMAINE L‛AMEILLAUD CAIRANNE COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES
60% grenache, 20% syrah, 18% carignan, 2% mourvedre. 45 year old vines. Blacker still, more intense. Fuller, deeper, darker, spicier. Lots of raspberry and Cairanne black stuff. Beautiful, pure Cairanne. Definitely up to the competition. Dark, dark fruit. Peppery quality./ Meaty, dense, full of material. Real Cairanne. Fine tannin. More backward, more powerful, more age-worthy. A big boy. Very much a definition of Cairanne. 92++/100.
How Many: 16.99 each

s0604-105. 15 DOMAINE L‛AMEILLAUD HARMAS CAIRANNE COTES DU RHONE
Really sweet and intense, almost port like. Barrel aged, I‛d say. Super ripe, but nothing to excess. Simply a Cairanne on steroids. Really, really delivers./ Super rich and intense palate. 93+/100.
How Many: 19.99 each

s0604-106. 17 DOMAINE LAFOND ROC EPINE LIRAC BLANC
50% grenache blanc, 30% roussanne, 20% viognier. Of course, the last two are the talkers on the aroma. Spot on peach and honeysuckle. It does have the body of grenache blanc./ Still some fermentation residual (May 8). No problems. That will move out. Has the goods. Likin‛ it! 92+/100.
How Many: 19.99 each

s0604-107. 17 QUINTA DAS ARCOS ARCA NOVA VINHO VERDE
Perfect. Completely fresh. Full of the aromatic varieties. Past its fermentation side, it‛s a NOW wine./ Good, light fizz keeps it dry tasting, while the fruit is sweet and flavorful. The right stuff. 92/100.
How Many: 10.99 each

s0604-108. 17 QUINTAS DAS ARCOS CARA NOVA VINHO VERDE LOUREIRO
A good one. Has loureiro‛s lemon verbena character involved with aromatic apple varieties. Super. 92/100.
How Many: 12.99 each

s0604-109. 17 BODEGAS AS LAXAS ALBARINO RIAS BAIXAS
Voluminous, sweet, bountiful ripe fruit. Still some fermentation apple blossom. (May 8)./ Yeah, that premie taste. Good fruit revelations coming to the fore with aeration. Voluminous, rich, righteous. Just needs a few more weeks. 92+/100/
How Many: 16.99 each

s0604-110. 13 CANTINA DEL PINO BARBARESCO TRADITION
Deep and 'sauvage'. There‛s animal here. Positive gaminess./ Oh, yes, it‛s a proper 13 Barbaresco take on nebbiolo. Great acid. The finest of fine tannins. Superb poise, balance. Useful now with hearty fare. Sure to age gracefully. 93+/100/
How Many: 39.99 each

s0604-111. 14 PAITIN BARBARESCO SERRABOELLA
Deeper, darker 14 nature, with some gaminess also. Great clarity. A really well focused set of attributes./ Yeah, rich cherry flavor. Delicious take. 93+/100.
How Many: 42.99 each

s0604-112. 16 GD VAJRA LANGHE NEBBIOLO
Like Scavino's lovely 16 Langhe nebbiolo, it‛s open, generous, and sweet. Fruity, deep, full, round. Inviting nebbiolo cherry./ Vajra race, good tannin. More to come here, yet lots of joy and food accommodation present now. What more could you want? 92/100/
How Many: 23.99 each

s0604-113. 15 AZELIA LANGHE NEBBIOLO
Stylistic winemaker difference. Sweetness of the vintage. Extra year. Different approach. Lovely also. Come hither Langhe nebbiolo./ Very, very bright, definitive nebbiolo cherry. Tannin here. Makes it drier than the Vajra. Less inviting at present. All around good potential. 92+/100/
How Many: 24.99 each

s0604-114. 16 GD VAJRA LANGHE ROSSO
Nebbiolo, dolcetto, barbera, albarossa, freisa, pinot noir. Definitely a sweet take. Come hither, fruity, attractive. Good sense of scale too./ Juicy and ripe. Good acidity. Nice show. Well rendered Piemonte red grape melange. Definitely quaffable. 91/100.
How Many: 16.99 each

s0604-115. 15 LE PIANE MIMMO PIEMONTE ROSSO
From Boca, the highest winegrowing zone of Piemonte. In the 1990s, Boca had one winemaker left, octogenarian Antonio Cerri. Boca would have died with him had Christoph Kuenzi not fallen in love with the region and bought Cerri's estate. His Mimmo is made of croatina, nebbiolo, and vespolina. Totally sweet smelling 15. Boy, you couldn‛t ask for better ripeness from a northern Piemonte rosso./ Delectable. Carries on the cherry theme. Also some raspberry. Yeah, and strawberry too. Remarkably appealing. 93/100.
How Many: 29.99 each

s0604-116. 16 FATTORIA AMBRA BARCO REALE DI CARMIGNANO
Bright, sweet take on that Carmignano duo of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon. More abundant, sweet, and attractive than every before./ Good acid of the vintage. Palate less sweet than the 15. Which makes it well balanced and good with food. Scores big time. 91/100.
How Many: 15.99 each

s0604-117. 13 FATTORIA AMBRA CARMIGNANO SANT CRISTINA IN PILLI
This 2013 is coming into fine form. Unlike a lot of Med 13 reds right now, this is blossoming rather than closing up;. It has bouquet, lots of dried fruit, floral overtones. Deep, elegant cherry sangiovese with a dash of cabernet blackberry./ Yeah, it‛s ripening, expanding, deepening. Coming on. More intricate and giving in flavor. Still has some tannin to shed. All the same, pretty awesome stuff. 92+/100.
How Many: 18.99 each

s0604-118. 16 PERTICAIA UMBRIA ROSSO
Mostly sangiovese, with some sagrantino. Sweet, maraschino cherry sagrantino contribution./ And again on the palate. A little bit goes a long way. Very successful here and not as uber ripe as the 15. Spot on. 92/100.
How Many: 15.99 each

s0604-119. 17 ROUSSEAU FRERES TOURAINE ROSE NOBLE JOUE
Well, the sweetest, fruitiest, most ample vintage expression in the series./ Light fermentation residuals (May 8); not much. More fruit driven than any previous vintage. Gosh, that‛s nice; it‛s dry yet padded. What it should be. Super stuff. 92/100.
How Many: 17.99 each

s0604-120. 16 DANIEL BOCCARD CERDON BUGEY METHODE ANCESTRALE PET-NAT DEMI-SEC ROSE
'Pet-Nat' is all the rage these days with trendy sommeliers. It's short for 'petillant-naturel', a wine rendered fizzy by bottling before the original fermentation is complete. The process pre-dates 'methode champenoise'. This one's from high Savoie. Lots of pink fruit; lots of nasal presence, both aromatic and textural. Peels are in here./ Abundant pink fruit flavor. RS for sure. I'm lovin' it! Got to try it with strawberry shortcake. 92/100.
How Many: 21.99 each

s0604-121. 16 ANDREOLA PROSECCO VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE DIRUPO
Lots of personality, lots of oomph. Leesy stuff in addition to the glera grape's appley personality. Creaminess, cake frosting. Smells sweeter than brut./ Rich, round, creamy mousse. On the dry side actually. Classic brut with a creamy take so it‛s not stark. .8 RS maybe. Terrific. 92/100.
How Many: 18.99 each

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
BEHIND THE CELLAR DOOR IMPORTS - BEST OF SHOW
1-5 bottles 10% off     6+ bottles 12% off
12 bottles of same wine 14% off
Quantities limited


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