Staff Wine Picks

 

 

David Waddington - Sigel's # 1 - 214-739-4012

 Mascarello Dolcetto d’Alba Santo Stefano di Perno - $21.99
"The 2011 Dolcetto d'Alba Santo Stefano di Perno is remarkable in the way it captures the truest essence of this vineyard. Wild herbs, menthol, dark fruit, violets and minerals come through loud and clear in this focused Dolcetto. As always, the Dolcettos are the most rustic wines here, and the Santo Stefano di Perno will provide its greatest enjoyment at the dinner table. - 90 Pts Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate

Elio Perrone Bigaro 2012 - $17.99
At the same time that he was branching out into Barbera, Stefano Perrone produced his first vintages of Bigaro—a softly sweet, gently effervescent salmon-colored sparkler made from Brachetto and Moscato. Robert Parker called the debut 2001 Bigaro “beguiling,” and the wine rapidly developed a cult following.  Our faith in Stefano has been rewarded by an unbroken string of sensational wines since we began working with him in 1995. 
Bigaro is an innovative blend of Brachetto and Moscato. Similar to Moscato, it substitutes red fruits for Moscato’s typical tropicals fruits.

Domaine de la Cadette 2011 “la Chatelaine”, Bourgogne Vezelay
From vineyards located deep in the Morvan, the mountains that run west by Northwest, the wines Vezelay have long been unnoticed. In 1987, the Montanet family created Domaine de la Cadette and by 1997 they had achieved AOC status and received organic certification in 2002.
The marine soils are largely marl and  limestone with great sun exposure yielding wines  balanced between generous fruit and deep mineral structure. “La Chatelaine”  is harvested by hand then undergoes natural fermentation and is aged 7-10 months in stainless steel.
Citrus blossoms lead to lemon scented Asian pears and a full, mineral driven mid palate. The finish is clean. Perfect as an aperitif or served with cold or spicy shellfish.  

Cote de Brouilly 2011 Nicole Chanrion, Beaujolais, France - $18.99
Beaujolais has become a forgotten appellation to most modern day wine lovers. It is a wine we drank as neophyte wine drinkers, now known mainly for the light and grapey Beaujolais Nouveau and a plethora of insipid Beaujolais villages.
BUT the wines of Nicole Chanrion tell a completely different story. Since taking over the domaine in 1988, Nicole works her 6.5 hectares entirely by herself, from pruning the vineyards to driving the tractors to winemaking and bottling. And the wines of Cote-de-Brouilly are something else as well. The appellation sits on a prehistoric volcano with blue schist stones and volcanic rock which yield structured wines with great minerality.
Nicole’s Cote de Brouilly comes from 50 year old vines, is hand-harvested and made with purely traditional cellar techniques. The wine shows deep red berry flavors with bright structure and mineral edge which lingers through the finish. Serve with the lightest of chills to accompany your best grilled chicken or salmon.

Domaine de la Quilla Muscadet 2011 - $10.99
One of our favorite aperitif wines at an unbeatable value.  Made from 100% Melon de Bourgogne, this is a bright, lean, refreshingly crisp Muscadet with loads of citrus, and stone and orchard fruits—especially pear and green apple—and faint flinty minerality.

Drew Pinot Noir Fog-Eater 2010 - $38.99
If you love sumptuous California Pinots with a touch of Old World maturity about them, then check out this beauty from Anderson Valley.  Elegant yet earthy, with lots of black cherry and plum fruit, a richly floral nose, and a plush, almost velour-like structure to complement a variety of autumn seasonal dishes.

Darrell Gibson, CSW - Sigel's Addison - 972-387-9873

Andre Brunel Cuvee Sabrine Cotes du Rhone Villages 2010 - $14.99
Discover the classic roots of today’s popular red blends within this beautifully crafted old world wine. Exceptionally balanced and expressive with notes of dark fresh cherry, black plum and Kalamata Olive. The initial flavor profile is then accompanied by a subtle introduction of an elusive mocha-like characteristic on the finish.

Lail Vineyards Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010 - $34.99
Truly unrestrained with intense notes of kirsch, red cassis and black currants. Curiously, it remains brilliantly balanced with an extraordinary level of fresh, lively and invigorating acidity to frame its unforgettable flavor profile. Considering the impressive and historic lineage of Robin Lail, it comes at no surprise that this wine is so outstanding.

Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay 2010 3D Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills - $38.99
The second bottling from this site which marks our first “ground to glass” undertaking. Planted by our crew on land leased from the Davidson family, this chardonnay block is comprised of five selections (4, 76, Hyde, Mount Eden and Wente) planted on a gentle west-facing slope in sandy loam soil.
Hibiscus, straw and citrus peel aromatics give way to flavors of Meyer lemon, pine needles and Clementine orange. Very creamy and viscous mouth feel while still maintaining very direct precision.

Jim Fleming - Sigel's Elite - Cole & Fitzhugh - 214-635-3162

 Neyers Sage Canyon 11 Red Blend - $19.99
This Rhône varietal blend from Neyers Vineyards combines organically-farmed Grenache from the Sierra foothills; Mourvèdre and Carignane from 130 year-old vines grown in northeast Contra Costa County, near Oakley; and Syrah from the Sonoma Coast. In the tradition of Rhône wines, each varietal seems to add a component that makes the whole much more than the sum of its parts. This is the wine we've wanted to produce for twenty years. It was worth waiting for.

Steele Outcast 2009 Lake County Red Blend - $21.99
Four California counties have been legally recognized as the North Coast Grape Growing Region. These four counties, lying to the north of San Francisco are Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. Due to the remoteness and splendid isolation, Lake County has never received the tourist attention of its north coast neighbors. It has 8,500 acres of grapes, but its resident wineries are few. While the quality of its grapes is widely recognized, most all of them are shipped out of county to fuel the wines of its more popular neighbors. We in Lake County, in this sense, feel ourselves to have become an "Outcast". The special blend in this bottle clearly demonstrates the excellence of wine from Lake County grapes. In drinking and enjoying this wine, you will be helping us to shed the chains that have for so long bound us in the role of "Outcast".  45% Syrah, 22% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 10% Barbera, 3% Petite Verdot.

 Margerum Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Sybarite - $19.99
SYBARITE is our definitive Sauvignon Blanc. An amalgamation of all of the top Sauvignon Blanc vineyards we work with. It is crafted from Sauvignon Blanc grown at McGinley Vineyard (38%), Three Creek Vineyard (32%), Grassini Vineyard (22%) and Curtis Vineyard (8%). By blending these diverse vineyards we get bold expressions of Sauvignon Blanc’s range of flavors. The result is a wine with remarkable complexity, texture, persistence, and length. SYBARITE is a general term for describing one fond of pleasure and luxury. SYBARITE is derived from Sybaris, an ancient Greek city in southeastern Italy noted for the luxurious, pleasure-seeking habits of many of its inhabitants. It is pronounced Sib-bar-right.

Margerum Syrah 2009 ÜBER, Santa Barbara - $44.99
We set out to make the ultimate Syrah. We co-ferment all of the top Santa Barbara County Syrah vineyards we work with: Alondra de los Prados Vineyard 15%, Great Oaks Ranch Vineyard 15%, Black Oak Vineyard 20%, Vogelzang Vineyard 10%, Colson Canyon Vineyard 15%, Purisima Mountain Vineyard 15%, and Alisos Vineyard 10%. We then blend in selected barrels from the above list. The result is a wine with tremendous structure, length, and complexity. 2008 was one of the most perfect vintages we have ever worked with. ÜBER is a synonym for super; e.g. ubercool. We began calling the wine ÜBER because of the intense multifaceted flavors it produced and for just how cool the whole idea is/was. The wine is aged 20 months in Ermitage and Françoise Frères French oak barrels.  350 six-packs produced.  Winemaker notes: Wow, really good – full sweet fruit long textured and a complete package.

 

Bill Robinette Sigel's - Skillman & Abrams - 214-343-4399

Patz and Hall Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2011 $39.99
From the cool-climate charm of our Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir to our sought-after single-vineyard bottlings from the Russian River Valley, Carneros, Mendocino and the Santa Lucia Highlands, our Pinot Noir program captures the vibrant diversity of this exceptional varietal. In the winery, we craft wines that balance the depth, power and purity of Pinot Noir with elegance, structure and finesse. This is an aromatic wine with layers of flavors, vivid and pure fruit of red cherries, raspberries, and cinnamon. A long creamy finish makes this an exceptional food wine.

 Bodegas Oliveras Altos de la Hoya Monastrell 2010  $10.99
(93% Monsatrell; 8% Garnacha; raised in Demimuids and barriques ranging from new to three years old) Bright violet. Spicy, floral-accented aromas of black raspberry, sassafras, dried flowers and allspice, enhanced by a subtle mineral overtone. Lively and precise, with sweet red and dark berry flavors and a nervy mineral spine. Shows very good energy on the finish, leaving tangy red fruit and spice notes. This is quite unlike most wines from Jumilla, which can show more richness than balance. Some of these vines date back to 1872.  Rich blackberry fruit, candied cherries, and floral and herbal qualities make this an outstanding wine and a great value.  $10.99

David Olivas - Sigel's Fine Wines - Plano - 469-241-8800

Larkin Cabernet Franc 2010 Napa - $54.99
My flagship wine. From the first vintage back in 1999, I’ve made every e ort to stay true to both the  uniqueness of the varietal and the particular jolt of power that Napa Valley provides.  The objective then, as it is today, is to coax a wine that manages to telegraph those beautifully aromatic high fruit tones while packing a hedonistic one-two punch of intensity on the palate.  The bottling rocks blueberry and blackberry flavors and notes of savory herb, black licorice and purple flowers, with just the right bounce of acid to balance out some serious, albeit refined tannins.

Loring Chardonnay 2011 "Rosella's" - $46.99
We decided to make Chardonnay to sell because it's getting harder and harder to find the richer style Chardonnays that we prefer in the marketplace. It seems that stainless steel fermentation and non-ML Chardonnays are all the rage these days. Maybe I'm just not "hip"... but I like some buttery, toasty, oaky goodness in my Chardonnay. Not gobs and gobs of butter and oak, but enough to add texture and depth.

 

Jerry England - Sigel's Fine Wines - Plano - 469-241-8800

Lail Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Blueprint, Napa - $34.99
Born in a single vineyard in St. Helena, Blueprint Sauvignon Blanc has a delicate pale straw robe, an elegant and intense floral perfume (geranium, melon and lime), and crisp fruit flavors with profound richness and length.

Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay 2010 Sea Smoke Vineyard - $44.99
We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the rare chardonnay from this prestigious vineyard predominantly planted to pinot noir. We have access to a three acre parcel from which we receive clones 76, 95 and 96. The block is Metz loamy sand immediately adjacent to the Santa Ynez River.
“Bright, green-tinged color. Powerful orchard fruit and orange marmalade aromas and flavors, with intense spice and anise qualities and a touch of agave. Deeply pitched but lively pear and lemon curd flavors pick up spiciness with air, along with sweet butter nuance. The rather smoky finish shows outstanding clarity and resonating spiciness. For a big wine this is quite lithe.” 92 points.  Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar  290 cases produced

 

Miner Merlot 2009 Stagecoach vineyard - $36.99
Challenged by the rocky volcanic soils of this mountainous vineyard site, the vines at Stagecoach produce fruit of extraordinary quality and intensity. This meticulously farmed property is handpicked according to our winemaker’s specifications. Loaded with rich ripe fruit and spice notes with touches of toasty oak, this Merlot has a firm yet fine tannins and a long finish.  90% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc.  Aged 21 months in 55% new French oak.

 

Armando Cervantes - Sigel's - Buckingham - 972-480-8484

Domaine Cordier Pouilly Fuisse 2011 - $34.99
Christophe Cordier is one of the hottest winemakers in Burgundy. The domaine is located in Fuissé and is renowned for making first class wines from fruit grown in only the best terroirs or sites.
Aromas range from butter toast throught tropical notes. Its flavor profiles are grilled nuts, creamy apples and marzipan.

Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas 2010 - $39.99
Yves Gras is the young, passionate owner of Domaine Santa Duc.  The vineyards are incredibly done and he’s improved every segment of this already excellent estate. Gigondas is a rugged area of mountains and very rocky terrain located in the eastern Rhône Valley. Black currant, dried fig and blackberry reduction notes. Lots of bay tabacco.

Randy McLaughlin - Sigel's Office - 214-350-1271

J. Lassalle Brut Cuvée Préférence 1er Cru - $41.99
This is a true growers Champagne.  The house was established in 1942 and produces a signature style of elegant, tightly knit wines with a certain ampleur.  The wines are vinified in wooden basket presses with each plot handled separately.  It is one of the rare Champagnes that have been allowed to finish its malolactic fermentation, just like the great white Burgundies of the Côte d'Or.  Every bottle is riddled by hand and all cuvées are aged a minimum of five years.  This is a 'tour de force’ Champagne.

Vouvray 'La Dilettante' 2011 Sec - $19.99
The wine comes from 50-year old Chenin Blanc vines planted in flinty soil.  A very gentle pressing is followed by a short vinification in stainless steel.  There is no malolactic fermentation. Catherine’s brilliant natural Vouvrays are in two words – de-licious. High toned white fruit notes meld with honeycomb and goats milk wrapped in a loving shroud of sweet blossom.  2011Vouvray La Dilettante is distinctively delightful. Pear, Persian melon, and pineapple dominate the nose and a silken-textured, luscious palate, with subtle chalk and salt inflections in its caressing finish. This vintage-typically generous, relatively low-acid, yet buoyant and (at only 12.2%) almost astonishingly light 2011 should hold its appeal for at least the next 18-24 months.

August Briggs Zinfandel 2010 - $35.99
This is a blend of three very special vineyards. The first, the Luvisi Vineyard, was planted in 1908. The other two are blocks of the Frediani Vineyard, the “old” Frediani vineyard block was planted sometime in the 1940s and the “new” block was planted in the 1950s. All three vineyards are head-trained and dry-farmed, thus yielding small, very concentrated Zinfandel grapes. Our zinfandel is flashy & fragrant with aromas of ripe black berry, black cherry, plum, cedar, and mocha oak tones. On the palate, it is rich & expressive with flavors of dark berry fruit and hints of coffee-mocha. This Zin is a bit old school in style showing great depth, but also having a well balanced, structured finish.  375 cases produced

 August Briggs Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Monte Rosso - $51.99
The Monte Rosso vineyard is so named for its rich, red volcanic soils; it was recognized as a great vineyard site and first planted in the 1880’s. Nestled in the majestic  Mayacamas  Mountain range, 1,000 feet above the Sonoma Valley floor.  The 2009 Cabernet has a dark ruby color with complex aromas of blackberry, black cherry, and smoky oak. On the palate, fruit flavors of mixed dark berries, plum, chocolate, and vanilla integrate nicely. Balanced, well-integrated tannins ensure that this wine will age for years to come. 250 cases produced