The River Cafe Wine List Picks-1 Michelin Star

Champagne

 

 

Rose Champagne Henriot - Rosé Brut- 150-This is a great NV [non vintage] Rose Champagne. 

 

Roederer - Brut Premier- 88-This NV[non vintage] Champagne is delicious. 

 

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs - Brut-160 - This is an excellent Blanc de Blanc [all Chardonnay grapes] which give a “lively” flavor on the palate.

 

Roederer - Brut 2008-175- This Champagne is from the great 2008 vintage. 

 

 

 

Whites

 

Under $100.00

 

 Riesling - Dry - Hermann Wiemer - Finger Lakes-2015-47- Don’t dismiss this great Riesling from Upstate New York. Wiemer is making great Rieslings in the cold climate of New York. This is a great wine value.

 

Chablis - Vaudon - Joseph Drouhin 2015-75- French Chardonnay

 

 Macon-Village - Clos Saint Pancras - Domaine Chagnoleau-2014-52- This French Chardonnay is from the Macon region where great wine is made for a great price. 

 

Riesling - Reserve Personnelle - Domaine Weinbach-73-Ask the Sommelier to describe [bone dry-dry-semisweet-sweet] all the Rieslings [German-Austrian-Alsatian] on the list. See which matches your preferred wine style.

 

White Bordeaux Clos des Lunes d’Argent - Domaine Chevalier 2013-58- This white Bordeaux [Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon] is from the amazing 2013 vintage!

 

California Chardonnay Domaine Eden -74- California Chardonnay

 

Over $100.00

 

Chardonnay Pernand - Vergelesses Premier Cru - Domaine Chandon de Briailles-2015-144-French Chardonnay

 

California Chardonnay Kistler - Sonoma Coast - Les Noisetiers-150- A “rich” and a crowd pleasing Chardonnay.

 

White Bordeaux Château Lynch Bages Blanc-150-This is an excellent white Bordeaux [Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon] from the famed Chateau Lynch Bages.

 

Chardonnay Puligny Montrachet - Carillon 2014 160-This white Burgundy is from the great 2014 vintage.

 

Chardonnay Chassagne Montrachet - Premier Cru Morgeot - Domaine Ramonet-2012-290- This is an excellent Chassagne from the great Domaine Ramonet. 

 

Riesling Egon MillerKabinett - Mosel - Scharzhofberger -177- Pick this excellent semisweet Riesling from a great producer.

 

Chardonnay Chablis Premier Cru - Le Forest Dauvissat-2014-272-  Dauvissat is a fantastic winemaker. He is able to express the true terroir [unique soil and flora/fauna scents and flavors surrounding the vineyard] of the Le Forest vineyard site. 

 

Sauvignon Blanc Blanc Fume de Pouilly - Silex - Didier Dagueneau-2012-350-. Didier Dagueneau will change your definition of Sauvignon Blanc! 

 

 

 

 

Rose

 

Château d’Esclans - Rock Angel-2016-68-

 

 

 

Reds

Under $100.00

Muga - Reserva-2012-68- This Rioja is a great value wine. 

 

Carmignano - Capezzana-2011-58- These guys were blending Cabernet and Sangiovese grapes long before the Super Tuscan wines emerged. A great red wine. 

 

Chianti Classico Riserva-2012-67-A great vintage, 

 

Pinot Noir - Les Cousins - Beaux Freres - Willamette Valley 2014-73- A fantastic Oregon Pinot Noir at this price. Robert Parker and his brother in law[Beaux Freres] make this serious Pinot.

 

Gigondas - Domaine Cecile Chassagne- 2012-63-Syra

 

Château Plince - Pomerol-2008-96- This is an all Merlot grape wine grown in Bordeaux France. I have tasted Chateau Plince on many occasions and have found it to be an excellent value wine. The 2008 was an amazing vintage. Did I mention that Chateau Plince is owned and operated by Christian Moueix, the owner of Chateau Petrus? Chateau Petrus is one of the most expensive wines in the world. Christian knows Pomerol!

 

 Château Moulin Rouge - Haut Medoc-2000-87- The 2000 vintage in Bordeaux is considered to be one of the top 5 vintages in history. 

 

 Zinfandel Turley - Buck Cobb Vineyard - California-2015-78- Helen Turley is a brilliant winemaker using Zinfandel. 

 

Rioja Faustino - Gran Reserva-2004-97- This is a great mature Gran Reserva Rioja.

 

 

 

Over $100.00

 

Burgundy Château De Sales - Pomerol-2008-122- This Pomerol [Merlot] is ready to drink from the 2008 vintage.

 

California Cabernet Laurel Glen Estate - Sonoma-2013-138- I love this Cabernet! A little young, but approachable. 

 

Syrah Cornas - Les Vieilles Vignes - Domaine Alain Voge-2011-140- I love Syrah from Cornas France.

 

Burgundy Beaune Premier Cru - Clos du Roi - Domaine Vougeraie-2011-160 I love Premier Crus Pinot Noir from Beaune because they are not expensive. The 2011 vintage was very good.

 

California Pinot Noir Kistler - Russian River Valley-2014-166-If you are having a celebration and entertaining guests, pick this wine. I have tasted Kistler Pinot Noir on many occasions and found it to be “lush” and “rich”. The people at your table will happy you ordered this Pinot from the amazing 2014 vintage. You do not have to know a lot about good wine to enjoy this Pinot.

 

Brunello di Montalcino - Poggio Antico-2010-195-

 

Burgundy Volnay - D’Angerville-2009-215- This Pinot Noir is from the village of Volnay and is produced by one of the best winemakers. 

 

Bordeaux Château Magdelaine - Saint Emilion-2005-250-This St Emilion[Cabernet-The 2005 was a great vintage.

 

California Pinot Noir Peter Michael - Ma Danseuse - Sonoma-2014-250-This an excellent California Pinot Noir from an amazing winemaker. 

 

Burgundy Chambolle Musigny - Domaine Roumier-2009-290- The Pinot Noirs from the village of Chambolle are almost “ethereal”. They are light in color. The 2009 vintage was amazing.

 

Ribera del Duero Vega Sicilia - Valbuena-2012-295- I have tasted this wine many times and have always been amazed by the intensity of fruit flavors. Vega Sicilia wines are coveted by collectors.

 

Châteauneuf du Pape - Château de Beaucastel-2009-295- This Chateaupneuf du Pape is from the very good 2009 vintage and produced by the famed Chateau Beaucastel.

 

California Cabernet Philip Togni Vineyard - Napa Valley-2005-365-

 

 

 

Magnum

 

Magnums represent 2 bottles of wine. If you are ordering wine for 5 or more people, you will need at least 2 bottles of wine. Why not order a magnum of great wine? Nothing says “celebration” like a big bottle of wine coming to the table. There is a theory, that the wineries put the best juice into the Magnums and larger format bottles.

 

Chianti Classico Riserva - Monsanto - Il Poggio-2012 -120-The 2012 was a great vintage and this is a Reserva wine. Monsanto is a great winemaker.

 

Zinfandel - Ridge Vineyards - Geyserville - Sonoma-2015-170- Zinfandel are not very tannic, so you can enjoy them young, like this 2015.

 

Rioja La Rioja Alta - Reserva Vina Ardanza-2004-220-This is one of my favorite Spanish Rioja wines. Super bing cherry flavors in this mature Rioja.

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