April’s Most Exciting Wines

Checking in with our favorite wine professionals


We’re back with our professional friends, getting their advice on wines, and in particular wines that rang their bells this past month. As always this is an eclectic list of wine, answer to an open ended question. We’ll be asking more focused questions in the coming months but we’re always interested in this sort of query above all.

Without any boundaries, our collection of wine professionals tends to respond more emotionally than analytically, discussing the wines that got them excited each month, rather than wines that fit in the pigeon holes of expectations.We hope you enjoy this feature as much as we do!

Gowanus Wine Merchants

What is the most exciting wine you've tasted this month?
Wow this is a tough one! We recently started carrying a 1998 Spanish Blend from the Bierzo region (the Casar de Santa Ines) that comes direct from the winery; half Cabernet Sauvignon, with Mencia, Merlot, and Tempranillo making up the balance. It wears its age well with serious depth and character from this bizarre blend produced in a region few people have heard of. The distributor we buy it from was visiting the winery buying some current vintages of their Mencia when he noticed older wines stacked in the corner of their cellar. They opened one and he was dumbstruck by it's beauty! We are lucky to have gotten a little of it to sell.
Rick Lopez
493 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA


Shiraz/Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache Noir
Very well defined and bright.  Dark , jewel-like intense red-purple hue.  Beautiful, aromatic and complex with hints of fresh, ripe red and black fruit, wild forest herbs, mineral and balsamic notes. Warm and fresh in balance. Sumptuous in the mouth.  
Allison Phillips F.W.S.
Co-owner Aligra Wine & Spirits, West Edmonton Mall, Alberta

Pour Sip Savor

As a lover of bubbles, I am always on the search for the next 'I am drinking stars' moment.  Ayala recently switched distributors in Massachusetts and it was featured at a spring trade tasting event (much to my shagrin!).  While I have always been a fan of their Brut Majeur and Rose Majeur, this was my first experience with their BdB and I can guarantee you that it will not be my last. 
This is the first vintage of this wine produced by Ayala with their current winemaker since the purchase of the property in 2005 by the family Bollinger.  The wine is 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay and is aged for at least six years after disgorgement before release. 
Soft gold color with refined mousse, this Champagne shows the quality of the vintage.  The nose shows a hint of maturity with pear, ripe pineapple and a hint of almond.  Creamy, rich, intense and pure on the palate which will inspire you to drink more. An amazing value for a vintage selection.
Jenny Benzie
Head Sommelier + CEO
benzie@poursipsavor.com | 561.779.7687 (POUR)

Plume Ridge Bottle Shop l

After an evening of blind tasting California Pinot Noir with a group of casual friends, the Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards “Bailey”  Pinot Noir 2008 had won the most amount of nods. This European styled, food friendly Pinot Noir stood out amongst its California counterparts as a wine with deep red fruit, crushed dried cherries and cranberries. A complex wine that has great depth and density. Originally planted in 1999, this wine comes from Dijon clones 667 and 115. Unfined, and unfiltered, only 121 cases made.
California can produce some good quality Pinot Noir and they do not have to all taste the same. At a steal of $21.99, this wine rivals the other great producers of Pinots in Russian River Valley.
Monica Yu Wine Buyer
1485 Andrew Dr, Claremont, CA 91711

The Wine Bottega

The 2011 Ovni Montilla-Moriles dry Pedro Ximenez made my tastebuds dance in happiness. I am familiar with the syrupy sweet versions of PX and this couldn't be further from that.  The wine undergoes a brief period of contact with flor and is aged in amphora shaped vessels.  The result is a silky, salty addiction that did not survive long with a dish of cashews...
(Eric Solomon Selections - A Selection by Equipo Navazos $22/btl)
Kerri Platt

Sec Wines

This is smokin' Oregon Pinot Noir!  The nose explodes with aromas of game, earth violets and cherries.   The mid-weight palate is full and lush with the most perfect Pinot fruit and mineral notes framed by vibrant acidity and velvety tannins.  I'm not going to blather on about this wine but just know it's freakin' delicious and beautifully balanced.  Enjoy over the next ten years.
Eric Pottmeyer
Portland, OR

Vin Boutique

This very fun white from the Languedoc is a great blend of 50% Marsanne, 45% Rousanne, and 5% Viognier. Citrus and white flesh fruit are balanced with a creaminess and excellent finish. This easy medium bodied sip will be great with anything from the barbeque, ethnic food and also make a fabulous white Sangria. It’s also yummy mixed into eggs, either scrambled or French Toast. 
Danielle Cross. Level 3 Sommelier
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