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Vintages & Age Statements for 2009

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Cocchi Alta Langa Bianc d’ Bianc 2009 bottle

Cocchi Alta Langa Bianc d’ Bianc 2009

ItalyPiemonteAlta Langa DOCG 12.5% ABV

12.5% ABV • Méthode Traditionnelle

DOCG Alta Langa is the top appellation for sparkling wines in Piemonte. The requirements are very strict, including use of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and at least 30 months for the second fermentation in bottle. Full details

Cocchi Alta Langa Bianc d’ Bianc 2009 label
Domaine de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2009 bottle

Domaine de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2009

FranceRoussillonCôtes Catalanes IGP 16.5% ABV

16.5% ABV • Fully Oxidized, Oxidative

The 2009 vintage is the most complete and balanced of the Rombeau Rancio secs, combining the pronounced umami funk of 2008 with the lighter touch of 2010. It was vinified in tank with native yeasts, then transferred to an assortment of old barrels and glass demijohns for 12-18 months' aging outdoors. A portion was then returned to the cellars, which rest above ground and lack temperature control, while another portion remained in the "barrel park" until the time of blending and bottling in mid-2016. The wine combines roughly equal parts Grenache blanc, Grenache gris and Macabeu, with a touch of the rare Malvoisie du Roussillon (Tourbat). Full details

Domaine de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2009 label
Etter Weichsel Kirsch Eau-de-Vie 2009 bottle

Etter Weichsel Kirsch Eau-de-Vie 2009

SwitzerlandZug AOP 42.0% ABV

42.0% ABV

In this bottle is distilled 17 pounds of sour St. Lucie cherries exclusively of the region surrounding Zug. This specialty kirsch then spends several years maturing in 50-liter demijohns exposed to varying outdoor temperatures, thereby developing a harmonious blend. Full details

Etter Weichsel Kirsch Eau-de-Vie 2009 label
Domaine de Rombeau Rivesaltes Rancio 2009 bottle

Domaine de Rombeau Rivesaltes Rancio 2009

FranceRoussillonRivesaltes AOP 18.5% ABV

18.5% ABV • Fully Oxidized, Oxidative

This is Rivesaltes as God—or whatever gods may be—intended: Topaz, with a lifted nose. Deep and rich, but without weight. Café miel, with every autumnal spice. Grenache blanc, Grenache gris and Macabeu were co-fermented in tank with native yeasts, then aged up in the rafters for more than a decade in old barrique, without temperature control and with minimal ‘topping up’. Bottled after thirteen years in mid-2022, it can be enjoyed on its own, with a variety of cheeses (especially Bleu d’Auvergne), with roasted nuts, and desserts including crème brûlée and apple pie. Shelf-stable, it should be served lightly chilled or at cellar temperature. Full details

Domaine de Rombeau Rivesaltes Rancio 2009 label

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Villa Oeiras Carcavelos 15-Year Old bottle

Villa Oeiras Carcavelos 15-Year Old

PortugalLisboa VRCarcavelos DOC 18.5% ABV

18.5% ABV • Fortified, Oxidative

Arinto, Gallego Dourado and Ratinho form the backbone of this benchmark 15-year-old blend, and the signature of the Atlantic Ocean features prominently in its expression. The wine is aged in a combination of Nacional (Portuguese) and French oak. Full details

Villa Oeiras Carcavelos 15-Year Old label