The last two wines that I tasted at The Fine Wine Source in Livonia, Michigan were very diverse. One of the wines was from a lauded commune of the Haute Medoc and the other was from one of the least seen areas of the boot of Italy. Both of the wines were worthy of being at the end of the tasting.
Blason D’Issan Margaux 2015 is the second label from the Troisiemes Cru or the Third Growth from the Medoc of Chateau D’Issan. Chateau D’Issan is located in the middle of Margaux and is a great representation of the terroir of the district. This second label was begun in 1995 to utilize some of the younger vines that were planted at the estate. This wine is made from sixty percent Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance is Merlot. The wine is aged for fourteen to sixteen months in French Oak of which a third is new, and they produce ninety-thousand bottles of this wine. This wine had a beautiful color, and a terroir driven nose that delivered a very silky mouth and a very long finish; all of the signs that have made me order more Margaux wines than from any other commune.
The last wine offered was from Casa Vinicola Botter and their Verso Rosso Salento IGT 2014 from the Puglia region of Italy. This big wine was a blend of sixty percent Negroamaro, thirty-five percent Primitivo and five percent Malvasia Nera and made with a small percent of “apassimento” or raisined grapes. The wine spent six months in Slavonian Oak, then three months in Stainless Steel and then an additional three months in the bottle before release and there were eight-thousand bottles produced. This wine had a deep color and a very earthy nose with a big and robust taste that one associates with the Italian wines as one goes further south in the country. All in all, I was very impressed with the large and diverse selection of wines offered by The Fine Wine Source and look forward to trying more wines at a future time.