WINES DIRECT FROM OUR CELLAR

Over the years we’ve laid down bottles we’re especially fond of in Rosemont’s own dark, cool cellar. We always knew that if we didn’t sell them, they’d be there for our own appreciative consumption, but we’d love to share these with you! Here is all of the tempting information, and if you have any questions at all about any of these wines, please email us. We’d be happy to discuss your choices via email, phone or in person.

 

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AUSTRIA

Jutta Ambrositsch is one of the great wunderkinder of Vienna’s winemaking renaissance. She farms biodynamically and with deep respect for tradition, but produces wines of incredible precision and length with high-acid verve to spare. Also, in a past life she and her husband were graphic designers, so their labels are killer hybrids of Bavarian illustrated manuscripts from the 16th century and Berliner globalism circa 2019. The Grüner Veltliners are linear, mineral in the extreme, bracing. The Gemischter Satz are the traditional field blends (Grüner, Riesling, Muscat, Rotgipfler, Zierfandler and a whole lotta others, co-harvested and co-fermented), a bit more lush and layered. They all can age for three to nine years: drink the 2014s now if you like ‘em bracing and nervy; wait a while if you enjoy halls of mirrors:

Jutta Ambrositsch Mukenthal Grüner Veltliner 2011
 
$29.99
 

Jutta Ambrositsch Satellit Grüner Veltliner 2014
 
$29.99

Jutta Ambrositsch Himmelfahrt Wiener Gemischter Satz 2014 
 
$44.99
 

Jutta Ambrositsch Glockenturm Grinzinger Wiener Gemischter Satz 2014
 
$34.99
 

Jutta Ambrositsch Sommeregg Alte Reben Wiener Gemischter Satz 2013
 
$54.99
 

Jutta Ambrositsch Sieveringer Ringelspiel Wiener Gemischter Satz 2014 
  
$54.99
 

Rebenhof ‘Peter O’Toole’ Gemischter Satz 2012

Crazed-in-a-good-way, layered/intricate biodynamic field blend of Welschriesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Morillon. Unfamiliar with Morillon? No you aren’t: it’s the Austrian synonym for Chardonnay. When Rosemont General Manager Dan Roche first tasted this at the winery, the best one had been opened, corked in a cupboard, for three months (sic). Eerie portrait of Peter O’Toole on the label. Great gift for the ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ fan on your list. Drink between now and 2071.

$49.99

Steininger ‘Grand Grü’ Grüner Veltliner Kamptal Reserve 2008 in magnum

A stunning dinner-party centerpiece, from the great Steininger family (seriously; they’ve got three generations currently growing and making the wines) in Kamptal. Two years ago, I (Joe) drank the 2003 vintage of this wine with some friends (not many of them wine geeks), and after what seemed like an hour of reverential silence, we began high-fiving each other (and checking our bus tickets to make sure we hadn’t been rerouted to Bugundy). That was a hot vintage, not predicted to age well, but age well it did, beyond dreams. This 2008 is from a much cooler, more balanced vintage, so snag this and you will be in der zone!

$66.99

FRANCE

Bernard de Cherisey Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Hameau de Blagny 2010 
 
Sweet holy of holies. Crazy thing is, this is just beginning to be be great. Lushly floral and softly honeyed by the touch of new French oak typical of great Montrachet, yet pristinely punctuated by the pin-prick of Puligny soils. This is already a deep pleasure, but give it a couple more years and we’re scared you’ll never buy normal wine again.
 
$84.99
 

Alain Chavy Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru La Maltroie 2013 
 
A supreme bargain for what many people consider the greatest appellation in Burgundy. A bit more voluptuous than the Puligny above, with its best years ahead of it.
 
$39.99
 

Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec ‘Le Mont’ 2014 
 
Most observers consider Huet the pinnacle of Chenin Blanc masters in Vouvray, and ‘Le Mont’ is their age-worthiest dry wine. (They make demi-sec from Le Mont, too, and if you lay hands on any let us know.) Incredibly well-structured mélange of flint, quince, lemon, thyme-steeped honey. Already generous and inviting, but could age another five years, minimum. One of the world’s great dry white wines.
 
$34.99
 

Domaine Georges Brunet Vouvray Demi-Sec 1995 in magnum

Yup, a large bottle of white wine more than 20 years old, and it’s singing! The cool kids love dry Vouvray, but the coolest of the cool go for Vouvray demi-sec, that magical middle-ground of earth, dried citrus, spices and baked-in honey. If you’re drawn to tertiary flavors — the gorgeous ones behind the curtain that shielded the curtain that protected the other curtain — start planning your dinner party.

$69.99

Cave de Tain Hermitage Blanc ‘Grand Classique’ 2010 and 2015 
 
The imposingly steep, terraced granite knob of Hermitage, in France’s Northern Rhône valley, used to be esteemed (by the best esteemers) as one of the world’s most important white wine regions — beyond Burgundy — especially for long aging. The esteem died down at some point, but the wines are as scintillating as ever, especially from this venerable cooperative: exotic and exuberant, not quiet wines at all, but still incredibly well put together. The 2015 has just the right amount of flesh, and no fat; so, so silky, suffused with mineral saltiness, redolent of beeswax, peach, clove. The 2010 is somehow even more mineral in character, with a hint of old-Riesling diesel, the trademark peach notes more absorbed. Buy this for someone who loves white Burgundy, Viognier, and/or life.
 
$57.99
 

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘La Crau’ 2008 
 
For old-world bona fides, for historical significance, for overall profundity, what can compare to Vieux Télégraphe? The domaine that built Kermit Lynch (or is it, sort of, the other way around?), the vineyard that has convinced multiple generations of American wine enthusiasts of the truth of terroir, the evidence of Heaven’s manifestation on Earth — it’s all here. And it’s here in just the sort of vintage we love: Relatively cool, rainy and late-ripening, 2008 produced wines that failed to wow fruit-bomb seekers upon first release because…well, you know why: because the wines weren’t obvious enough! Over time, this beauty has settled into masterly late middle age, learned and narrative.
 
$59.99
 

Domaine des Miquettes Saint Joseph ‘Étiquette Verte’ 2010 
 
Stunningly pure, sleek northern Rhône Syrah, from one of our favorite under-the-radar organic farmers in France. I (Joe) am continually befuddled by the overall lack of respect old-school Syrah seems to garner. As this wine has aged, its violet-smelling, peppery, almost savage depth has evolved into an almost Pinot-Noir-like delicacy. And it could probably rest another five years or so. How can something so beguilingly wild move simultaneously with such grace?
 
$39.99
 

Château de Lescours Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2010 in magnum

Yes, the legendary vintage in Bordeaux’s Right Bank, at the top of its form. (2010 got heaps of praise, but in our experience has matured rather briskly. If you want great Bordeaux to age for the long haul, go for 2011.) Anyway, anyone who wants to know why the big deal about Bordeaux still deserves, sometimes, to be big, should drink this. Majority Merlot, all dense and creamy, braced and chiseled by 10 percent each Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon.

$74.99

GERMANY

Johann Josef Prüm: The Mosel River valley is home to so many legendary Riesling estates, but few are more revered than the one founded by Johann Josef Prüm. This is the unique home of devon and blue slate soils, insanely steep slopes and 50-100-year-old vines, and if you haven’t tasted Riesling grown on that stuff you’ve really missed one of Wine’s most shimmering experiences. Seriously. The way these wines combine piercing minerality, quenching acidity, and gorgeous fruit is heart-rending. And yeah, the fruit is a little sweet, the way fruit should be, the way life should be; can we not argue about this anymore? These are delicious now, though 2009 is about as young as we want to be drinking them. Hold any of them in your cellar for up to 30 (ah, make it 45) years.

J.J. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2009 
 
$39.99
 

J.J. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2011 
 
$39.99
 

J.J. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2012 
 
$39.99
 

J.J. Prüm Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spätlese 2009  
 
$39.99
 

Von Schleinitz Weissenberg Riesling Spätlese 2003 
 
If you’ve been with Rosemont for any length of time, you know how much we love the Mosel wines of Von Schleinitz. Exquisite slatey stupendousness. If you recall, 2003 was an extraordinarily hot year in Europe — the hottest on record since the 16th century, causing hundreds of death during the summer. Winemakers in many regions were scared the vintage would produce flabby wines from heat-blasted grapes. Von Schleinitz’s masterful weingut Konrad Hähn held this 2003 vintage in the estate’s cellar for more than ten years before releasing it to the market, because he wanted to make sure it would be worthy. ’Tis. Rich and ripe for sure, distinctly sleek in texture, and glass-drainingly delicious.
 
$49.99
 

ITALY

La Spinetta ‘Bionzo’ Barbera d’Asti Superiore 2003 in magnum 
 
We used to feel the same way you did about Barbera: yummy, easygoing pizza/pasta wine everyone in Piemonte drinks while they’re waiting for their Barolo to mature. This wine changed all that for us, and will for you as well. It’s “yummy” the way Caribbean sunsets are “nice” or roller coasters are “fun” — the adjective is that insufficient. This is a great, great wine: soulful, deeply earthy, beautifully integrated, eternally resonant.
 
$110.99
 

La Spinetta Barbaresco Vignetto Gallina 2006 
 
See to the left, regarding La Spinetta maestro Giorgio Rivetti’s take on Barbera. This is what happens when such a man produces a single-vineyard Barbaresco from old-vine Nebbiolo, in a vintage that has developed into one of the most engaging of the past 20 years. You know how they say you should pay for experiences, not things? This is not a thing.
 
$149.99
 

Marchesi Di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 2009 
 
The Marchesi di Grésy encompasses four estates in the Langhe and Monferrato, all of them known as some of the most treasured in Piemonte. But it is Alberto di Gresy’s Martinenga vineyard site that is regarded as the most distinctive and rewarding. South-facing and therefore sun-sucking, it lies in the heart of Barbaresco, planted to the rosé clone of Nebbiolo from which the most aromatic and elegant expressions of the grape are born. Great Barbaresco is often called an iron fist inside a velvet glove; this wonder of a wine plays to the velvet side, rapturously.
 
$59.99
 

Pecchenino Barolo San Giuseppe 2008 
 
If you prefer a more robust, muscular style of Nebbiolo, capable of another 15-25 years of aging, here’s the Barolo monument for you. Deep red fruit, with an iron spine and firm tannins offset by tantalizing aromas of dried flowers, tar and forest. Decant it at least, age it at best — the vintage as well as the producer demand it — but reap serious benefits if you do.
 
$54.99
 

Vietti Barolo Brunate 2009 
 
The sweet-natured, calming yin to the Pecchenino Barolo’s assertive yang, due to the particulars of site, soil and vintage as well as producer profile. This is a Barolo you could almost cozy up to, with forgiving tannins and overall approachability, yet still the layered complexity and inimitable vibratory thrill only Barolo can bring.
 
$109.99
 

Camigliano ‘Gualto’ Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2007 
 
Some Brunello producers seem to be trying to escape what their wines are meant to be, competing for bombast with “market competitors” from California or Australia. A traditionally minded house with exquisite Montalcino terroir in southern Tuscany, Camigliano is known for the opposite: long, slow vinification of 100% Sangiovese on native yeasts in stainless steel, followed by two years of aging in Slavonian and French oak barrels of varying sizes. That “regular” Brunello is wonderful, but this, the special ‘Gualto’ Riserva cuvée, is the pinnacle of their achievement. It ages for three years in large oak casks, then rests for another year in bottle before release to the market. We bought it in 2013, and have waited until now to make it available. Incredibly fine, soft tannins; rich, mature body; impeccably well integrated ripe, black fruit. And at 13.5% alcohol (their regular Brunello is 14.5%), the essence of refinement.
 
$57.99
 

Alessandro Mori ‘Il Marroneto’ Brunello di Montalcino 2012 
 
The Camigliano listed nearby is the great Brunello that is ready to drink right now. If, however, you’re looking for a truly legendary wine to lay down in a cellar, Il Marroneto, from the world-renowned ur-traditionalist Alessandro Mori in the northernmost reaches of Montalcino, is the one. The relatively cool weather in this sub-region, along with north-facing, high-elevation limestone vineyards and very natural, minimalist winemaking, yields a Brunello of unsurpassed precision, intense aromatics (you really almost don’t want to stop sniffing and start drinking), and singing acidity to back up the succulent fruit. It ferments in a combination of wood and stainless steel before 39 months of aging in large French oak, resulting in a very alive, just flat-out incredible wine. Drink after 2020.
 
$69.99
 

Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona ‘Pianrosso’ Brunello di Montalcino 2008 in magnum 
 
Rosemont customers have adored many wines from Ciacci Piccolomini, an estate producing wine under two Tuscan royalty families since the 17th century. There’s the delicious $14 Rosso Toscana, and the astounding ‘baby Brunello’ Rosso di Montalcino in the low $20s. But what Ciacci is best known for, throughout the world, is Pianrosso. It’s only produced in the best vintages, a stunning marriage of power and grace. Organically farmed Sangiovese Grosso grapes are fermented in steel and concrete, then the juice ages in enormous Slavonian casks for four years, then back into stainless steel for a year and then into bottle, unfined and unfiltered, for another year. This wine is cared for like a future Dalai Lama, and expresses nearly as much wisdom. We drank this out of a regular-sized bottle two years ago, and the craziest part was how drinkable it already was. Elegant and profound, with many years ahead, yet just so on point.
 
$153.99
 

Josko Gravner
There’s more and more almost ordinary orange wine available these days, and to be frank “ordinary” is a charitably neutral characterization for wines that are too often flat-out flawed. Josko Gravner’s amphora-aged, skin-contact-white wines are the utter opposite: flawless, perfect, transcendent. Magnificent. Peerless. Platonically great. OK, breathe. Gravner, in Friuli, Italy, is widely recognized as the world’s foremost producer of traditionally made orange wine. If you or anyone you know is into exploring the outer edges of traditional winemaking, these are the wines for you. Next time you have an hour or so to get blissfully lost in a funhouse of inspiring material, check out Gravner’s website. He is rightfully worshipped by anyone interested in natural wines, white grapes fermented after long skin contact, amphora winemaking, and sustaining a future for our planet through respecting its past. The wines are supremely heady, layered, texturally intricate and bursting with aromatic vibrancy. The flavors seem to emerge from the center of the Earth and the top of the heavens, simultaneously. The single-varietal Ribolla Gialla is slightly more focused and linear (those terms used relatively), while the mixed-bag ‘Breg’ spins in more directions. Both are from 2006: ready to drink yesterday, and probably 65 or so years from now as well.

Josko Gravner Ribolla Gialla 2006 
 
$99.99
 
 

Josko Gravner ‘Breg’ 2006 
 
$99.99
 

SPAIN

Señorío de Cuzcurrita Rioja 2008 & 2009
 
Battles rage about traditional-vs.-modernist Rioja, and there’s enough disappointing, unbalanced, barely recognizable “Rioja” out there chasing the almighty internationalist dollar that rage they should. But a wine like the Seńorio de Cuzcurrita will dismay those holding too fast to either side in the war. It has the seamless, soulful integration, the delicacy and limpidity, the earthy whisper of old-school Rioja, but at at the same time there’s something in the concentration of its dark fruit flavors, the velvety grandeur of its expression, that could only come from a winemaker comfortable experimenting with modern technique. The old vines are mercilessly pruned during the early part of each vintage, to concentrate the dark, black-cherry fruit. In the cellar, long fermentation takes place in gigantic tanks before gentle aging in oak. This is deeply rewarding wine, at a great price. The 2008 is cooler and more thought-provoking; the 2009 is riper and presents “bigger” overall.
 
$34.99
 

Valderiz Ribera del Duero ‘V’ 2011 
 
Ribera del Duero wines can be intimidatingly huge, so aggressively grand there’s no room for pleasure. Valderiz is large and in charge, but kindly. Yes, it is deep, complex, satisfying beyond words; but approachably so. It is the classic expression of this wine region that is so essential to the identity of Spain, and just as essential for the education of any wine lover. All of the great Spanish restaurants in this country, as well as in the wine’s homeland, sell this bottle. The Tinta del País (Tempranillo) grapes are organically grown and biodynamically farmed on a combination of low bush vines and the more common trellised format, in boulder-like river stone soil. Those are blended with five percent Albillo (an indigenous white grape) to bring up the refreshment quotient. A decant is crucial, especially if you drink it soon. Or you could wait five to 15 years. Heady spices, gentian flower, licorice, a bit of kirsch-like cherry.
 
$34.99
 

Valderiz Ribera del Duero ‘Tomás Esteban 2004 in magnum 
 

One probably ought not drink the ‘Tomás Esteban’ without having first experienced the ‘V’. But if you’re like us and adore the ‘V’, you really need to complete the story with this, Valderiz’s flagship wine. In the almost impossibly hardscrabble terroir of this single vineyard, the grapes grow on vines more than 100 years old. Fermentation and two years of aging in French oak. In the glass, it’s satin-wrapped, but remains at its core a muscular, iron-flecked, savory, bone-brothy masterpiece, 93% cacao, French roast. The concentration and majesty of the finished wine are, frankly, beyond the human in scale. Once one’s basic necessities are covered, we can’t imagine a better way to spend 100 bucks.

 
$104.99
 

Rejadorada ‘Sango de Rejadorada’ Toro 2008 in magnum 
 
Toro, in Spain’s Castilla y Léon region, is intense. Intense heat punctuated by surprising cold, extreme winds, very little precipitation. The vines suffer, the wines thrive. Rejadorada is widely recognized as the greatest bodega in the region, and the ‘Sango de Rejadorada’ (“blood of Rejadorada”) is their flagship wine. The vines are pre-phylloxera and ungrafted, in vineyards on the banks of the Duero river that have been tended continuously since early Roman times. This is a wine for people who love deep, saturated blackberry and raspberry flavors. But the incredibly concentrated fruit comes surrounded by cocoa, woodsmoke, vanilla, coffee. Put it away until you and five friends have prepared a very, very good steak.
 
$129.99
 

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Adelsheim Vineyard is a national treasure, a founding winery in Oregon ever since David Adelsheim pioneered planting in the northern Willamette Valley’s Chehalem mountains in the early 1970s. The Adelsheim team has remained true to their vision for pure, luminescent, age-worthy, sustainably grown Pinot Noir all these decades. We are proud to present two of their single-vineyard Pinots from 2013 (a beautiful vintage marred at the end by heavy rains, but these wines are from grapes picked before the bad weather!). Both are extraordinary, though you’ll be amazed at the different personalities of two wines from adjacent vineyards.

Adelsheim Boulder Bluff Pinot Noir 2013 
 
This is the more compacted, powerful of the two wines, from a vineyard so steep the large boulders lying in it regularly slide down the slope. There’s a kirsch-y aspect to it on the nose, seductive red fruit savor, and a compacted, coiled sort of power.
 
$74.99
 

Adelsheim Bryan Creek Pinot Noir 2013 
 
The Bryan Creek 2013 is the more elegant and pinpoint of the wines, due largely to the Pommard clones planted in the vineyard’s volcanic soil. Cool and shielded from direct sun, it’s the last of Adelsheim’s single vineyards to be harvested each year. For all these reasons, the wine is astonishingly graceful, dialed, subtle. This is, for us, the Pinot grail: earthy and mineral, but so, so silken and with the prettiest fruit imaginable. Long, long aging potential.
 
$74.99
 

Copain ‘Wendling’ Pinot Noir 2013 
 
One of the greatest young-vine Pinots from California we’ve ever tasted, lovely now but capable of a long time in your cellar. Copain is based in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, but this single-vineyard bottling is from Anderson Valley to the north: cool, calm and collected. If you’re used to overly fruit-forward California Pinots, come to this for a rare earthy depth. The dark fruit is of an almost dried character, complemented by notes of dried flowers and herbs, especially bay and thyme. It’s already an exciting, pleasurable wine, but its aging in 25% new French oak yields a velvety elegance and firm tannins that will knit together over the next three to eight years.
 
$39.99