Poderi Colla: Piedmont Greatness in a New Life

"Readers in search of a top flight, traditionally-styled Barolo will find much to explore in these very fine, noble wines from the Colla family." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Sometimes we introduce new producers in these stories. Sometimes we revisit old classics. But this time we have the best of both worlds: an old classic that has become new again. The Colla family has one of oldest histories in the region. For many generations, they futzed about. They dabbled in Champagne-style sparklers. They learned something about Vermouth and Amaro at Carpano and ended up making their own Amaro from Moscato. But then, in the 1950s, Beppe Colla settled into Barolo fame by taking over the old Prunotto ... Read More »

Natural Discovery in 2015 Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage

2015 Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph: There are treats and than there are very rare treats There’s nothing more exciting than being turned on to a truly great producer from a favorite region for the first time. Make the discovery in stellar vintage, like 2015 Northern Rhône, and you have a very rare treat. Natacha Chave’s Crozes and St. Joseph were just such a treat. Maybe it shouldn’t have been a surprise. We were at a tasting put on by Jeffrey Alpert, a very tiny boutique importer you probably haven’t heard of. He doesn’t blog, he doesn’t retail or even distribute his wines himself. But he does find absolutely stunning natural producers (like Ganevat, no less!). But ... Read More »

A cut above the rest: 2013 Collemattoni Brunello

2013—a very good Brunello vintage Don’t yawn! I know vintage hype can be tiring, especially in Italy, where climate change has (for now, at least)—really been a friend to wine. The message can get repetitive. For instance, in Montalcino three of the past four vintages (2010-2013) have been all-stars (and early tastes of 2014s have even revealed some gems in that tricky year). But having too many good vintages in quick succession is a good problem to have, right? So I'm not going to shirk from asking you to pay attention to the 2013 Brunelli, as it's what we call a "classic" vintage with especially strong communication of terroir. The wines are lifted, light-filled things of beauty. ... Read More »

The delicious case of Benjamin Zidarich

Long before Sicily, there was Friuli Friuli is special. It's where the old Austrian empire ran into Italy, and where the Eastern Bloc of the Cold War met the West. It's also where the earth enjoys an unusually dense patch of limestone, and a climate ideal for producing fresh white wines and late-ripening red varieties. No wonder that—since long before Sicily emerged on the world stage—Friuli has been a center for experimenting, for natural wine-making, and for simply making lots of delicious wines. Everybody associates all this with Gravner, and his bold, frankly tannic orange wines that shocked the wine world when they first appeared. But others have followed in his direction, ... Read More »

Eric Asimov’s Wine School: Get Aligoté for Your Next Lesson

Eric Asimov’s latest New York Times Wine School is up, and we’re studying Aligoté this time. And once again, you can find that wine here! Aligoté is a longtime favorite variety at Flatiron Wines. Over the years, we’ve featured examples from many of our favorite producers, who also happen to be among Eric’s faves. But, as usual, we never get very much of them, so what we have we always offer to our loyal Weekly Newsletter Subscribers first — and with great discounts, too. The email for this month's Wine School lesson went out earlier this week. You can see it here now, NY Times Wine School: Aligoté, and be sure to click through to see what wines are left.  There has been ... Read More »

New York City Tasting with Will Bucklin, Thurday May 31

We're super-excited to be hosting a free tasting at the Manhattan shop (929 Broadway) with California winemaker extraordinaire, Will Bucklin, from 5-7pm on Thursday, May 31. Bucklin is a relatively young winery, but they’re making wine from one of the oldest vineyards in California, the Old Hill Ranch Vineyard. Founded in 1851 and resurrected in 1981, the vineyard is mostly Zinfandel, with the remainder a mix of about 15 other varieties. All the wines ferment using only native yeast and just a touch of new oak. With fruit coming from such an old site, the goal at Bucklin is to let the terroir speak for itself through the use of minimal intervention. And it works! It’s not an event to ... Read More »

NYC: This week’s tastings

Meet the Winemaker and the Wine Writer: Will Bucklin Thursday, May 31st, 5-7pm Bucklin is a relatively young winery, but you wouldn't guess it tasting the wines. These are classic New World wines, with an Old World feel to them. We are very happy to have Will Bucklin here at the shop to pour some of his delicious reds. He's been making wine in various locales for over 2 decades! We'll be tasting: Bucklin, Sonoma Valley Zinfandel "Bambino Old Hill Ranch", 2014 $25.99 $22.09 Bucklin, Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon "Old Hill Ranch", 2015 $39.99 $33.99 Bucklin, Field Blend "Upper 5th Vineyard", 2014  $31.99 $27.19 Loire Valley  Friday, June 1st, 5-8pm Every so often, ... Read More »

Fresh Release from Cult Star: Thibaud Boudignon Rose de Loire 2017

Thibaud Boudignon has gone through the three stages of small-producer cultdom. First, there were the tweets and instagram posts. Maybe a foreign blog or small magazine article. The allusions to his wine were rapturous, but enigmatic and mostly from overseas. Then came phase two: devoted wine folk "suit-cased" bottles home to America to share with friends. Word spread. The hunt was on. Finally, phase three: an importer (Sacred Thirst) started bringing small amounts straight to California. Thanks guys! Boudignon really exploded as a Chenin producer. But he has 40ish-year-old Cabernet Franc vines that he treats much like the Chenin (except that he blocks malos to preserve freshness). ... Read More »

NYC: this week’s tastings

Meet the Winemaker: Thomas Dinel of Marchand-Tawse Wednesday, May 16th, 5:30-7:30pm The holdings of Marchand-Tawse are numerous and widespread -- they source grapes from over a dozen Grand Cru vineyards. Pascal Marchand may be the face of the brand, but it wouldn’t be possible without his winemakers, including our guest for the evening, Thomas Dinel. Thomas has worked for Domaine Dujac in the past, and his is a dynamic and exciting style of winemaking. We are very excited to show a variety of wines from a few different years, including the excellent 2015 vintage. Join us tonight, Wednesday the 16th, to taste some classic, yet intriguing Burgundy wines. Marchand Tawse, Bourgogne Pinot ... Read More »

2016 Burgundy Report from Marchand-Tawse

A Special Report from John Beaver Truax In March I had the good fortune to return to Burgundy and attend the Hospices de Nuits auction and a bi-annual event for the international wine trade, the "Grand Jours de Bourgogne". This is a five day event that covers the wines of Burgundy from Macon all the way up to Chablis. It is a lot of work and a lot of fun. I really look forward to going every two years. I stayed for an extra week and visited some new producers and revisited a lot of old friends - like the ebullient and dynamic Pascal Marchand, a charismatic Canadian who moved from Montréal to Burgundy in 1983, worked harvest for Bruno Clair.  He worked so hard that Bruno invited him to stay ... Read More »