10 Great Gifts for This Holiday Season

Don’t just buy a bottle of wine for someone—buy the right bottle of wine. The obsessives at Maslow 6 Wine Shop can help you make the perfect choice every time, whether you’re looking for something nice or something extremely nice. They wrap beautifully, in a box, organza bag, or traditional wine bag, and they’ll even write up tasting notes, if you like. See their list of 10 highly gifty bottles below for an idea of the kind of passionate knowledge you can expect. Delivery is free downtown. 211 W. Broadway (between White and Franklin), 212-226-3127, maslow6.com.

Vazart-Coquart Grand Cru Brut Reserve NV
We’re big fans of farmer-fizz, as grower Champagne is known in the business. Why? “You should drink farmer-fizz if you’d rather buy Champagne from a farmer than a factory,” wrote importer Terry Theise. “You should drink it because it’s honest real wine grown and made by a vineyard—by a family just like yours.” The land comes alive in the flavors of Vazart-Coquart Grand Cru Brut Reserve: pears, apples, pastry cream, chalky minerality, warm bread and orange peel. Elegant mousse, bright acids on the palate with delicious apples, pears, freshly baked bread. In other words, high class juice. $54

Giacomo Brezza & Figli Nebbiolo d’Alba – Piedmont, Italy
Enzo Brezza only bottles from his own small vineyards, grapes sourced both from Barolo and Barbaresco (hence the Alba appellation here). This wine spends a year in old large barrels so the oak is very subtle. He makes this Nebbiolo in a fresh style with some fruit. Also nice: You can drink it now, while you are waiting for your Barolos and Barbarescos to mature. Intense nose with juicy fruit, forest floor, leaves, and violets. $33

Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate-Le Coste Barolo 2007
The standard bearer for traditional Barolo, Giuseppe Rinaldi is now assisted by his daughter Marta, and together they’re making striking, elegant, truly amazing wines. This one garnered high points from critics across the board, including Antonio Galloni while he was still working with Parker, and Jancis Robinson. (Two critics worth paying attention to, in our book.) “Marvelous inner minerality and coolness, with deep layers of fruit, menthol, licorice and tar that fill out the wine’s broad shouldered frame,” wrote Galloni. $135

Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino 2011 – Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Rosso di Montalcino is a way to get a hint of what the much more expensive Brunello di Montalcino is like for a fraction of the cost—and without Brunello’s four-year aging requirement. (Rosso wants merely a year) To make Rosso, producers may also use grapes that they don’t believe are up to their Brunello standards (perhaps from younger vines or from less prime sites). But what happens when you have a perfectionist producer like Vincenzo Abbruzzese and a less-than-perfect vintage like 2011? Would he really forgo making any Brunello? Indeed, he would—bottling everything as Rosso di Montalcino ($39 per bottle) instead of his usual Brunello ($125).

Domaine Emmanuel Giboulot ‘Sous le Monts’ 2010 – Burgundy, France
If you want what you eat to be as pure as possible, why wouldn’t you want the same from what you drink? Emmanuel Giboulot has worked biodynamically since 1986; this wine is from a lesser appellation (a step up from Bourgogne Rouge), so the price, for Burgundy, is reasonable. $39

Domaine Meo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanee 2010
2010 was an excellent vintage in Burgundy, and more classic than 2009, when the weather was much hotter. 2011 was also good, but yields were down so prices went up. (And 2012 was smaller yet.) The moral? Nab the remaining 2010s while you can! “The 2010 Vosne-Romanee is a very pretty wine layered with expressive dark red fruit, spices and menthol,” wrote Galloni. “It shows good depth in a weightless, sensual expression of Vosne. Here, too, the energy and sheer verve of the vintages comes through in spades. This is a great Vosne Villages. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.” $104

A Tribute to Grace Grenache 2011 – Santa Barbara, Calif.
If you want to give a wine lover a wine he or she has never tried, consider this one. Originally from New Zealand, winemaker Angela Osborne moved to Santa Barbara in 2006, naming her tiny Grace Wine Company after her grandmother. Her “vineyard” is really three rows she leases out of the Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard; it’s at 3,200 feet above sea level, and quite barren—sand, brush, exposed rock. The vineyard is nurtured by famed manager Lino Bozzano and managed sustainably. Half of the grapes are fermented with whole clusters; all the grapes receive the “gracedance,” when they’re treaded by foot. And the entire production is just 2,244 bottles. $55

Guillon-Paintaraud Cognac VSOP – Grande Champagne, Cognac
The Guillon-Painturaud family owns 18 hectares of Ugni Blanc in one plot around the farm where they have been living since 1610. They started selling the family’s cognac under their own name in the early 1970s instead of selling in bulk to the big houses. The distillation knowledge has been passed from generation to generation: An energetic young woman, Line Guillon-Painturaud, is now running the family business. The average age is 15 Years, meaning the cognac has spent 15 years in barrel before being bottled. $60

Two Messengers Pinot Noir 2011 – Willamette Valley, Oregon
A beguiling, elusive wine with understated elegance and haunting aromas of tobacco, forest floor, and freshly turned earth. It’s young and somewhat closed; decanting it for a day lets the wine expand to show tart red currant and raspberry, and cranberry. Fine-grained tannins and a bare tinge of oak finish the palate. A wine worth waiting for. Evening Land founder Mark Tarlov plus young star winemaker Mikey Etzel plus consultant Louis-Michel Liger-Belair plus access to every barrel of Patricia Green Cellars equals a unique Pinot noir with elements of Ribbon Ridge, the Dundee Hills, Beaux Freres, and Burgundy. Fascinating. $30

Cade Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Because you want to make a splash. Because sometimes a big wine is just the thing. Because at $65, this is on the reasonable side of California cab. The Wine Advocate gave it 94 points: “The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a big, rich, seamless wine endowed with gorgeous depth and plushness. Dark red fruit, licorice, spices and menthol are some of the notes that take shape in the glass in this big, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. A rich, textured finish rounds things out in style. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.” $65


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