Piedmont is still, slowly, climbing its way into the ranks of great wine regions. It's a fun moment. There are still plenty of discoveries to be made. This is especially true in Barbaresco, a DOC with a remarkable number of small producers who make fabulous wines that only intermittently make their way over to the U.S. Why bother with exporting when you can sell everything you make to local restaurants? An example is Musso. Small and off-the-radar, Musso has only six hectares of vineyards in the DOC of Barbaresco. What they do have are well situated, as they lie entirely within the Crus of Rio Sordo and Pora. They have been bottling their own Barbarescos since the 1930s. One of our ... Read More »

Produttori del Barbaresco 2013–Better than 2010 Barbaresco?

Three years ago we offered the Produttori del Barbaresco 2010 to our newsletter friends and suggested buying it by the case: an under-$35 wine that is delicious to drink on release but that just gets better and better for year or even decades. And we took our own advice–but even at that, we didn't buy enough. Don't you wish you still had cases of the 2010 lying around now? We do! But with the release of the 2013s, nature has given us another chance. Vintages this great usually come only once in every generation or so. But this time, they're only three years apart. As Jancis Robinson puts it (in her clinical British prose), "The prognosis is for a vintage similar in quality to the ... Read More »

A Farewell from Dan Weber

This Saturday, August 2 will be my last official shift here at Flatiron Wines.  After two amazing years at the shop, I am leaving to work for Schatzi Wines, a new importer focused on German, Austrian and French growers.  I will be working directly with wine stores and restaurants here in New York as well in other markets up and down the east coast.  I am very excited to learn another side of the wine business and to work even more closely with the producers. It has been one of the great pleasures of my life to have been a part of Flatiron Wines from the embryonic stages to seeing it grow into the great wine shop that it is today.  The concept was simple, create the wine store where ... Read More »

New Sauvignon Blanc in the Old Style

Back in the '70s and '80s Kermit Lynch was one of a tiny handful of pioneers that roamed the French countryside, discovering wines to bring to America. Now there are literally hundreds of Americans doing exactly that. But surely all the great wine has long been found? Every now and then I'm surprised to learn that's not the case. I learned it on Monday evening with a bottle of Quincy from a producer who is completely new to us: Domaine Trotereau. It was a truly delicious bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. The temptation in Quincy is to make Sancerre. Sancerre, after all, is a very famous name, and the easiest thing in the wine business is to tell people "this is just like Sancerre but it's $2 cheaper." ... Read More »

Old Rioja at Unbeatable Prices

For decades it was like a little secret.  Almost no one knew about them.  Maybe just a few Spanish and Basque here and there, some drinkers from southwest France who thought the wines paired well with fish, plus a small handful of Americans and Brits. The Spanish themselves became obsessed with new things -- French barriques, wines with big scores.  They didn't know what to do with the funny-looking bottles in wire cages that they inherited from their moms and dads.  But Americans started to figure it out.  At first, it was just a trickle of interest.  Really it was just hard-core wine folks who started to drink the wines.  But that circle expanded dramatically thanks to writers like ... Read More »

Giuseppe Mascarello’s Freisa

As much as we love Nebbiolo, especially from a master traditionalist like Giuseppe Mascarello, it is not the right wine for all occasions. And that is why there is Freisa. Freisa is like a kinder, gentler Nebbiolo. It has those glorious aromatics, and even some of its velvety texture, but with a twist to it that the French might call "feminine" -- a laciness, an airiness. Mascarello's 2009 Freisa just arrived in this country. Virtually all of it will be served by the glass at Masa. Yes, it's that kind of red wine: perfect with sushi. We were able to snag just a single case for our shop. It is drinking beautifully. Please order it here. Read More »

Jeff’s Top Ten Picks for Holiday Gifts

10. Bottle of Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut "Cuvee Nicolas Francois Billecart" 1999 -- $89.99. This gets my vote partly because it's a gorgeous looking bottle of Champagne from one of the classiest and most-well recognized of the boutique Champagne houses. But the main reason is that it is a ridiculously good value. The Nicolas Francois is Billecart's Tete de Cuvee, and they are only now releasing the 1999! No one would ever guess that you paid less than $100 for it. 9. Chateau Bernadotte, Haut Medoc, 2000 -- $39.99. This is a classy bottle of mature Bordeaux from a Flatiron favorite, Bernadotte. Great price, too. 8. Cascina delle Rose, Barbaresco "Tre Stelle", 2008 MAGNUM -- $109.99. A big ... Read More »

Old Bordeaux!

With prices on new release Bordeaux getting pretty insane, we're scooping up bargains on older stuff…and we're talking stuff that is fully mature going for far less than 2009s and 2010s….whenever we can find it.  Here's a list of some recent acquisitions: Chateau Bernadotte, Haut Medoc 2000 - $39.99 Chateau Rollan de By, Medoc 2000 - $44.99 Chateau Corbin, St. Emilion 1998 - $52.99 Chateau Sociando-Mallet, Haut Medoc 1995 - $74.99 Reserve de la Comtesse, Pauillac 2000 - $74.99 Chateau Beausejour-Becot, St. Emilion 1995 - $74.99 Chateau Sociando-Mallet, Haut Medoc 1985 (damaged labels) - $79.99 Chateau Gruaud Larose, St. Julien 1978 - $89.99 Chateau Gruaud Larose, St. Julien 1989 ... Read More »