2005 Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore

Coaltrain’s Treasure Trove

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Wine score legend:
ST: Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
WA: Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
WE: Wine Enthusiast
W&S: Wine & Spirits
WS: Wine Spectator

These are a selection of the finest wines we have a Coaltrain. They don’t come cheap. But they are perfect for an awe inspiring gift or a divine holiday dinner. Naturally, supplies are minute.

2009 Jean-Marc Roulot Meursault, $86.99: Jean-Marc Roulot is one of the eminent winemakers of Meursault. He has 81 acres of vines and bottles various wines from delightful village vineyards. This is a lithe Meursault, not as big and oaky as many. It’s totally our style.

2005 Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore2005 Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore, $119.99/Sale $99.99: Dal Forno is a paragon of the Veneto. This Valpolicella is actually much more impressive than most Amarones – and is made in the very same method. It is a wonder to behold, with depth and structure not often matched. Several years ago this wine sold for closer to $200 a bottle. Due to the economy of recent years, the winery has made the price a bit more approachable. For Italian wine aficionados, it is not to be missed. Excellent aging potential. 95 WA

2005 Calon Segur, Saint Estephe, $103.99: Though Saint Estephe is heralded for its relentless power in Bordeaux, this vintage is a little more yielding and could be enjoyed mightily tonight. 92+ WA

2001 J.L Chave Hermitage Rouge $169.99: It’s hard for us to put in words what we feel about this wine. It’s the paragon of the Syrah grape from a profound young winemaker with centuries of tradition behind him. It is incredibly beautiful! 91-95 WA

2007 Domaine La Romanee-Conti, La Tache, $1050.99: Well, you don’t get much more expensive than the DRC wines. But there is a reason here, unlike many other costly bottles…these are great. We always feel La Tache is the one to buy because it is less than the top “Romanee-Conti” and usually just as brilliant. 96 ST, 96 WA

2006 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo, Brunate-La Coste, $109.99: Those who have followed the Coaltrain newsletter know all too well our adoration of Giuseppe (Citrico) Rinaldi. He makes some of the finest and most traditional Barolos in his bewitching corner of northwest Italy. 97 WA

2006 Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanee, Les Suchots 1er Cru, $215.99: The Liger-Belair wines can joust with any Burgundy can put up. Since their star is just rising, they offer relative value. This Vosne-Romanee has the confounding style and power of its appellation. 91 WA

2005 Penfolds Grange2005 Penfolds Grange, $369.99: Obviously this is the flagship of the fleet Down Under. It has been so since Max Shubert created it decades ago. It shows all the greatness Australia is capable of producing; it is, truly, quite profound. 97 WA, 97 WS

2008 Peter Michael Les Pavots, Napa Valley, $168.99: Sir Peter Michael is without much debate the finest Brit winemaker working in the States. He brings that ineffable style and class to this red blend. It’s superior to a vast many Bordeaux. His Chardonnays are wondrous as well, much like white Burgundy. 95 WA 95 WA

2004, 2005 Harlan Estate, Proprietary Red, Oakville, Napa Valley, $599.99: Bill Harlan has created an American 1st Growth in the Napa Valley. The wine has the class and finesse of a profound Bordeaux, yet is firmly rooted in the renowned vineyards of Napa. It is extremely difficult to find. 2004: 97 WS, 98 WA, 2005: 97 WA

2008 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $290.99: Yet another American 1st Growth. It gives grace and power. Liquid gold. Like the above Harlan Estate, it isn’t easy to find, but is well worth the effort. 97+ WA

2006 Bodegas Alto Moncayo, Aquilon, Campo De Borja, $149.99: From the windy plateaus around the city of Zaragoza, comes one of Spain’s finest wines. Frankly, Campo de Borja is more renowned for quantity than profundity. But Aquilon proves the wine zone can do grand things. The wine is 100% old-vine Grenache and aged 20 months in small oak barrels. Orin Swift lovers (for instance) looking for a very special bottle could hardly do better. 96 WA

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