Atera- 1 Michelin Star Wine List Picks
2012 Schramsberg, Blanc de Blancs, California 60-
2012 Jean-Max Roger, Sancerre "Les Caillottes" 42-
2014 René Lequin-Colin, Chassagne-Montrachet 90
2005 R. López de Heredia, "Viña Cubillo" Crianza, Rioja 48- Skip the other two vintages offered [2002+2003] and order this 2005 Rioja.
2012 Argyle, Reserve, Willamette Valley 66-
2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina, Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscany 72- The 2010 was a fantastic vintage
2012 Chante Cigale, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 72- This Chateauneuf du Pape is from the great 2012 vintage
2013 Duckhorn Vineyards, Merlot, Napa Valley 78-The 2014 Merlot from Duckhorn vineyards won “2017 Wine of the Year” from the Wine Spectator magazine.
2002 Domaine Faiveley, Clos de la Marechale 1er Cru, Nuits-Saint-Georges 156- This is a “gem”! This Premier Crus [grapes grown in the special Clos de la Marechale vineyard] red Burgundy Pinot Noir is from the amazing 2002 vintage. With bottle age, the fruit in this 1/2 bottle [1/2 bottles age faster] will be completely evolved and complex.
Crémant 2007 Domaine Julien Meyer, Brut 0 Crémant d'Alsace, Bas-Rhin 114- This is not “true” Champagne, but who cares? Cremant is a great sparkling wine from Alsace France. If you are taking guests out for dinner, pick this sparkling wine. When you order a second bottle “bubbly”, everyone will think you are a sport.
2011 Schramsberg, Blanc de Noirs, California 120-
NV Bollinger, Special Cuvée 168-
2002 Lanson, Gold Label Brut (02.2012) 198- The 2002 was an amazing vintage A good value pick.
2008 Cédric Bouchard, Roses de Jeanne La Haute Lemblée (04.2012) 312- The 2008 vintage was amazing o make his/her Champagne.
2014 Zepaltas 78-California Chardonnay
2014 Louis Metaireau, Muscadet Carte Noir Sur Lie 60
2012 Jean-Max Roger, Les Caillottes 66- Sancerre
Bourgogne Aligoté 2014 Domaine Michel Lafarge, Raisins Dorés 72- Aligote is the “sister” grape of Chardonnay in Burgundy France . Many serious winemakers, like Lafarge, produce great dry and floral wines from Aligote grapes. A great value pick.
2006 Henri Prudhon & Fils, Sur le Sentier du Clou 1er Cru 84- St Aubin is white Burgundy [Chardonnay] from “off the beaten path” of other famous villages [Puligny-Chassagne]. That is why this is a great wine value. Prudhon is a master winemaker in St Aubin.
2012 Luigi Ferrando, Erbaluce di Caluso 60-
2014 Hermann J. Wiemer, Riesling "Magdalena Vineyard" 108- Don’t dismiss this great Riesling from Upstate New York. Because of the cold climate there, Riesling grapes flourish. Ask the Sommelier to include N. Y., when choosing a Riesling.
2009 Domaine de la Bongran, Cuvée E.J. Thevenet 108- Veri Clasee white wine [Chardonnay] is from the Macon in France. This “other than” Burgundy region, produces fantastic wine. A great value wine.
2008 Domaine F. E. Trimbach, Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile 100-Riesling
2012 Louis Michel & Fils, Vaillons 1er Cru 102- Chablis
2014 Sylvain Loichet, Les Belles Filles 114- This a great white Burgundy [Chardonnay] value wine. A great wine value from a great vintage
2005 Château de Fieuzal, Pessac-Léognan 168- White Bordeaux from the great 2005 vintage.
2009 Henri Boillot 240- This Puligny Montrachet [Chardonnay] is produced by a winemaker who has risen to the top of his game. Boillot’s ability to express the true terroir of Puligny in his white Burgundies, is amazing. The plus side, is that he does not over charge for his talents. This is a great value wine from the fantastic 2009 vintage.
2009 Agricola Querciabella, Batàr IGT 270- This is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. A lot of orange and lemon “peel” fruit flavors. A very interesting white wine
2009 René et Vincent Dauvissat, Les Preuses Grand Cru 324- The 2009 vintage was amazing and this Chablis [Chardonnay] should be fantastic.
Domaine Leflaive, Sous le dos d'Âne 1er Cru 366- Here is a Meusault [ Chardonnay] that is produced by one of the greatest winemakers in Burgundy.
2012 Domaine Ramonet, La Boudriotte 1er Cru 318- . A very special Chardonnay wine.
2013 Lieu Dit Winery, Syrah "Vallin," Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, -California 78- I picked this California rose because it is made with Syrah grapes. This will ensure that the wine will not be pale and insipid. Ask the Sommelier to describe other rose wines in this price point and see which one matches your preferred style of wine.
2007 Domaine Roche-Audran, Père Mayeux 72- Don’t pass over this gem. Good Cotes du Rhone is a fantastic red wine value. A great wine value!
2007 Castell'in Villa, Riserva 66- This must be a misprint! A Reserva Chianti from the great 2007 vintage at this price? If you are looking for an fantastic Italian red wine at a fantastic price, pick this wine.
2008 J.L. Chave Selection, Silène 78- Syrah- Look for Crozes Hermitage on restaurant wine lists. They are great wines for great prices.
2010 J. L. Chave Selection, Offerus 90- Syrah
2015 Jean Foillard, 'Cuvée Corcelette' 97- Don’t dismiss this Beaujolais as one of those “super fruity” red wines. This is Crus Beaujolias from the Morgon area. A serious wine that has the same complexity and nuance as some red Burgundy [Pinot Noir] wines.
2013 Aldo Conterno, Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba 96-
2010 Jayer-Gilles, Hautes Côtes des Nuits 108- This “basic” Pinot Noir is a great pick! Why? The 2010 vintage was amazing.
2008 Luigi Ferrando, Etichetta Bianca 108- Pick this wine, it could be the most underpriced wine on the whole list.
2009 Château Moulin Pey-Labrie 132- Do you love Bordeaux but never heard of Moulin Pey-Labrie? It does not matter because this Petit Chateaux [small family owned wineries] is from the amazing 2009 vintage. In a great vintage EVERY Chateaux makes great wine, even Chateau Moulin Pey-Labrie. You just don’t over pay for it here. Email me if you are disappointed in this wine. Look at another Petit Chateau the 2005 Château Guittot Fellonneau 72.
2006 Montevertine, Toscana Rosso 108. An amazing “Super Tuscan”wine from the great 2006 vintage, at a ridiculously inexpensive price. Wow!
2010 Domaine Franck Balthazar, Cuvée Casimir Balthazar 120- I love Balthazar Cornas [Syrah].
2009 Château des Tours 144- This Syrah and Grenache blend is from Vacqueyras [Vah-kay-rah] in the southern Rhone valley. Guess who owns this Chateau? Rayas, the master winemaker in Chateauneuf du pape. The 2009 was a really good vintage so you get all the fruit and spice you want, at a great price. Repeat after me Vah-Kay-Rah… Vah-Kay-Rah….
2010 Château Léoville-Barton, Le Réserve de Léoville Barton 144- All big Chateaux select the “best” grapes to make the “marquee” label. The “second best” grapes go into a second label wine. Le Reserve is the second label wine of Leoville -Barton. In a great vintage, like the 2010, there is little difference between “the best” and the “second best” grapes. Here is where the consumer has an opportunity to taste high grade 2010 Bordeaux for a nominal price.
2004 Château Pibarnon 156- I just tasted a 2004 Bandol from another producer and it was amazing.
2012 Argyle, Spirit House Knudsen Vineyard 180- Oregon Pinot Noir
2005 Paolo Bea, Pagliaro Sagrantino di Montefalco 198-Sangratino
2009 Produttori del Barbaresco, Rio Sordo Riserva, Barbaresco 186- . A great wine value!
2001 Paul Autard, La Côte Ronde 198- Pick this Chateauneuf du Pape from the really good 2001 vintage.
2013 Turley, Hayne Vineyard 204- California Zinfandel
2010 Château Margaux, Margaux du Château Margaux 210- This the second label of Chateau Margaux in the amazing 2010 vintage. See my review above 2010 Leoville Barton], for an explaining of “second label” wines
2009 Clos Rougeard 210- I love this Cabernet Franc from Clos Rougeard. The 2009 was a great vintage and I would choose this wine to drink with my dinner! A sublime pick.
2004 Pertimali, Riserva 234- Brunello di Montalcino
2008 Château de Fonsalette, Syrah 288- Have you ever heard of Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape? He is a master winemaker in the southern Rhone valley. Here is using less pedigreed grapes to make a “simple” Cotes du Rhone. This wine is anything but “simple”
Gevrey-Chambertin 2011 Domaine Fourrier, Les Champeaux 1er Cru 300-
2004 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville, Taille Pieds 1er Cru 300- Volnay. Style, grace, and powerful.
2010 Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio, Monprivato, Castiglione Falletto 336- This is Barolo from a great producer in the historic 2010 vintage. .
2009 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia, Valbuena 5 Año 330-Vega Sicilia is perhaps the greatest winemaker in all of Spain! Pick this Valbueno from the great 2009 vintage and you will receive an amazing wine experience. You will be talking about this wine for years to come
1984 Diamond Creek, Volcanic Hill 450- Recently I was lucky to taste some California Cabernets from the 1980s. The Diamond Creek blew my mind! This 34 year old wine was produced when “old school” California winemaking was the standard. This was before the “over extraction” phenomenon started, This wine will be in perfect balance [The wine acts like a wave. Flavors slowly rise up, crest, and end with a long slow finish], with beautiful evolved Cabernet fruit flavors. This could be a once in a lifetime wine experience.
1990 Dominus Estate 540- Here is what Christian Mouiex [owner of Chateau Petrus in Bordeaux] dreamed of when he started the Dominus California venture. Close your eyes when you taste this wine.
Magnum-2007 Mayard, Crau de Ma Mere (1.5L) 240- If you are dining with 5 or more people, a second bottle of wine will be necessary. This Chateauneuf du Pape from the historic 2007 vintage, will be a fantastic wine. Nothing says cerebration, like a big bottle being poured at the table.
Magnum-1995 Fattoria di Fèlsina, Fontalloro (1.5L) 324- Again, with 5 or more people you will need a second bottle. I just tasted a 1997 Chianti and it was exotic. Ask the Sommelier if this wine is past it’s “prime”or " tired" [lost it’s fruit]? Will I be disappointed when I taste it? Put the burden of “proof” on the Sommelier. That is what he/she is there for.
2001 La Rioja Alta, Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial (1.5L) 198- La Rioja Alta is one of my favorite Rioja producers. Intense bing cherry flavors make this wine a great pick.