Over the course of my travels, I chat with restaurateurs and hear the latest hot industry topics. Recently, much of the talk has been about screw caps and how to deal with them. This column addresses the presentation of screw-capped wines on the list. We will also explore ways to present a screw-capped bottle of wine with as much integrity and ceremony as those closed with corks.
Sardinia is actually where Vermentino reaches it’s fullest expression due to the climate and soil. You can find it in two styles – one is fresh and vibrant, with crisp acidity. And the other is more structured and complex, with time spent on the lees.
Everyone has a favorite coffee shop in Manhattan. We each like to think ours is somehow better than everyone else’s, as if we would not be seen in any other spot. I doubt there is a single best coffee shop; there are too many great coffee places in New York (think Eddie Murphy grinning while showing off the “world’s best coffee” in Coming To America). That said Irving Farm is my favorite shop on the Upper West Side and the company from which I buy all of my coffee; it has become a second home to me.
Abundant fruit and spice on the nose, with rich plum, espresso, and caramel flavors, over black pepper, and toasted oak. Busting with fruit on the palate, with raspberry, blackberry, brown spice, cola, and bramble flavors, over touches of cedar and warm toast. Balanced and satisfying finish.
Concentrated, with aromas of cassis, black cherry and dark plum, over exotic spice, vanilla, black licorice, and bramble touches. Intense palate of blackberry jam, stewed plum, nutmeg, clove, caramel, and toasted oak. Soft and round on the finish, with great fruit and spice notes. Big and robust.
Rich aromas of dark cherry, dried currants, mocha, exotic spice, tobacco leaf, and cedar. Full flavors of mature blackberry, black plum, and cassis, with hints of vanilla, clove, anise, and subtle, earthy oak. Peppery tannins and dusty minerals on the lingering finish.
Producer: Miro Cellars
Fruit and spice aromas of cooked red summer berries, star anise, clove, coco powder, and light black pepper. Soft on the palate, with raspberry jam, black cherry, currant, and hints of coffee and peppery spice. Mild tannins on the balanced finish. Nicely done.
Ripe and opulent aromas of jammy currant, blackberry, crème de cassis, bittersweet chocolate, and dessert spice, over warm vanilla toast and cedar. Luscious on the palate, offering rich and ripe blackberry, plum, and red currant, with notes of black licorice, espresso, clove, and smoky oak. Smooth tannins on the long finish. Delicious.
Bold and full on the nose, presenting aromas of black cherries, black plum, dried currant, and dessert spice, with a background of warm vanilla oak and black pepper. Rich and round on the palate, showing cooked plum, blackberry compote and cassis, over sweet oak, dark spice, and a hint of earthiness. Integrated tannins on the silky smooth finish. Great structure.
Enticing aromas of rich red summer berries, pomegranate, baking spice, and cedar, over light mineral notes. Suave on the palate, with black cherry, raspberry, and cassis, opening floral tones and a touch of forest floor. Silky tannins on the balanced finish.
Rich stone fruit aromas, with pineapple, peach, and apricot, over touches of sweet vanilla oak, light toast, and spice. Luscious on the palate, presenting Golden Delicious apple, Bosc pear, and fresh lemon flavors. Clean citrus finish. Great food wine.
Aromas of pear, Mandarin orange, lemon zest, and honeysuckle blossoms, with a touch of vanilla toast and nuts. Refreshing palate of ripe pear, melon, and lime, over soft vanilla and spicy oak. Balanced with a citrus and mineral finish. Delicious.
Beautifully structured with aromas of black and red summer berries, blueberry, and plum, with touches of espresso, and vanilla notes. Smooth and lush on the palate, showing rich black fruit, licorice, dark chocolate, spicy cedar, and light caramel. Smooth tannins and rich fruit on the long, satisfying finish. Very nicely done.
Ripe dark cherry and fresh summer berries on the nose, with floral notes over touches of earthy minerals. Full and lively on the palate featuring blueberry, blackberry, and plummy jam, over a succulent mouthfeel and mature tannins. Balanced finish ending with a note of toasty oak.
Enticing aromas of black plum, red currant, and toasted oak, with notes of chocolate and spice. Generous flavors of black cherry, raspberry, and cassis, over a rich plum base. Silky tannins and an earthy note on the long, flavorful finish. Delicious.
Aromas of ripe black and red fruit, baking spice, and toasted oak over earthy notes. Smooth on the palate, with blackberry, stewed plum, clove, and a touch of anise. Integrated tannins on the balanced finish with a peppery note on the end. Great by-the-glass choice.
Aromas of ripe blackberry, raspberry, and cherry, over wild herbs, peppery spice, and appealing earthy notes. Red summer berries on the palate, open to cassis, subtle spice, and hints of toasted oak. Balanced with integrated tannins and a red berry finish. Stylish.
Bursting with tropical fruit, white peach, nectarine, lemon zest, and spicy minerals on the nose. Rich palate of with ripe peach, apricot, Meyer lemon, and honey flavors, over limestone and pepper spice. Dry crisp finish. Great by-the-glass choice.
Crisp and clean with grapefruit and lemon aromas, over fresh apple and touches of pear and limestone. Bright on the palate, showing citrus, melon, and peppery spice, over touches of briny minerals. Great acidity on the finish. Good food wine.
Aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and sweet blueberry, with black pepper, clove and a note of anise. Full on the palate, offering sweet black and red fruit flavors, over baking spice and cocoa hints. Rich tannins on the lingering finish. Good by-the-glass choice.
Herbaceous, with notes of violets over deep tones of black and cooked red fruit, vanilla, smoky oak, and exotic spice. Chewy and rich palate of black cherry and blackberry compote, currant jam, and black plum, over sandalwood, clove, and a hint of anise. Caramel notes on the velvety finish. A very nice wine.
Rich aromas of black and red berries, black cherry, plum, cinnamon, and clove, with warm toasted oak, tobacco, and mineral notes. Ripe and silky on the palate, offering black cherry, cooked plum, dark chocolate, baking spice, and wild herbs over touches of toffee and earth. Beautifully balanced, with a rich, long finish.
Ripe black and red fruit, dried currants, earthy spice, and toasty oak on the nose, with hints of caramel and smoke. Juicy and flavorful on the palate, featuring stewed blackberries and cherries, star anise, dark chocolate, and spicy earth. Clean, balanced finish with touches of herbs and leathery notes.
Well structured, with aromas of cooked black cherry, cassis, spice box, and toasty vanilla oak, over tobacco and violet notes. Round and ripe on the palate, featuring jammy blackberry and blueberry flavors, with accents of lavender, star anise, and smoky oak. Rich, satisfying finish.
Complex aromas of stewed red fruit, baking chocolate, peppery spice, and vanilla toast. Opulent on the palate, presenting flavors of black plum, cassis, and caramel, over highlights of cedar and earthy spice. A beautifull wine.
Luscious, with rich black fruit aromas over layers of aromatic spice, toasted vanilla oak, and light smoke. Opulent palate, offering ripe black plum, cassis, dark chocolate, and toffee notes. Balanced and smooth finish, ending with a touch of peppery spice.
Rich and ripe black fruit, baking spice, lavender, and earthy minerals on the nose. Lush palate of blackberry, blueberry, and dark plum, with clove, cinnamon, and licorice notes over spicy oak, vanilla, and light smoke. Balanced and satisfying.
Earthy aromas of dark cherry, black currant, cassis, and dark chocolate, with black pepper and soft, sweet oak tones. Full and intense on the palate, showing blackberry, dark plum, and mocha flavors, over crushed tobacco, clove, and earth notes. Silky tannins on the long, spicy finish.