Keep Kosher with This Bordeaux Red

Keep Kosher with This Bordeaux Red

A bold expression of the region's wine

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Chateau Fontenil is the “baby” of famed Bordeaux oenologist Michel Rolland. Located in Fronsac, near the St. Émilion and Pomerol appellations, this wine gets all the best treatment. Whole cluster fermentation in 100% new wood, and final aging in 60% new oak, the wine is treated royally – and it shows in the great 2015 vintage. What makes this even more interesting is that a portion of the production is Kosher! (That is, produced and bottled under rabbinical supervision.) The result is a sultry, no-holds-barred style that can be enjoyed now or put away for further development. My, how Kosher wines have improved!

2015 Chateau Fontenil, Fronsac $42 srp

A saturated purple, lightening to ruby in color. Vibrant and spicy bouquet of cassis, blackberry, licorice and mint. Overtones of tobacco, leather and forest floor add to the very complex experience. This is heady stuff. The mouthfeel is seamless, with chocolate-covered baked cherry notes, surrounded by a velvety sense of vanilla, mushroom, mocha and pepper on the dry, concentrated finish. This is a medium-full bodied effort that is lush and worthy of conversation. Quite delicious now, it will reward short-term cellaring. Drink now-2022.

92/100 points

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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.