Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2018

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| 165 MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS V ISIT u S AT MORRELLWINE .c OM cALL 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) Sou TH e RN Hem ISPH e R e Fi RST G ROWTH P OT e NT ia L M uch like the partnership of Baron Philippe de Rothschild with Robert m ondavi that formed o pus o ne, their union with v ina Concha y Toro in Chile has created the most highly sought-after red from the southern hemisphere–Almaviva. However, the success of Almaviva didn't come overnight. The 1998 vintage marked the first bottling of Almaviva, taking advantage of the country's best terroir at the highest reaches of the m aipo v alley, where Cabernet Sauvignon thrives in alluvial soils of rock and loamy clay. It's here that winemaker m ichel Friou combined his experience from Château m argaux and work with m ichel Rolland to apply a truly Bordealais style of winemaking to the fruit of Chile. With every passing vintage, the Bordeaux blend of Almaviva has continued to improve. As they mature in our cellars, we bear witness to the foresight of this partnership and the location they chose to create a First Growth of Chile. ✦ Vina a lmaviva Puente a lto Chile 2016 JS 97 » $135 "A very fine and elegant Almaviva ... fine, linear tannins and a chocolate and light cedar undertone to the whole thing. Savory, too. Smoked meat and succulent..." James Suckling (1100004) P R e M ie R C R u Meu RS au LT , OR N OT ? K umeu River has been on a steady rise and receiving acclaim for the past 20–30 years. Having been exposed to the wines of Burgundy in the early eighties, the Brajkovich family began to question why they couldn't create a Chardonnay that would compete with the best white Burgs. Their focus on quality sky-rocketed, while also adding whole-bunch pressing, indigenous yeast fermentations, extended lees aging and malolactic fermentation to their regimen. The results have been wowing critics now for years, including Neal m artin, who compared Kumeu River to a 1er Cru m eursault in blind tastings. The Kumeu River Hunting Hill was once a part of the family's larger estate vineyards, until 2006, when the Brajkovich family decided that it had the potential to stand on its own. Since that time it has gone on to become a regular favorite of critics, often compared to white burgundy, sometimes outscoring them. The 2016 vintage was no different, and at $49 per bottle, it's hard to even make a comparison. ✦ Kumeu River Chardonnay Hunting Hill 2016 W a 95 » $49 "... Voluminous yet weightless 2016 Hunting Hill Chardonnay continues this bottling's successful run of vintages." Joe Czerwinski (1641651)

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