Barrat-Masson Champagne is a favorite from Gordon’s.
After all Boston’s been through lately, you deserve a glass of quality wine. We asked local vintners about their top bottles.
1. Boston Bottle
La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva is the signature of the amazing estate founded in 1978 by Sergio Rossi. At “Vineyard of the Angels,” the wine is only produced in exceptional vintages and has a potential aging of 20 years. With its longlasting, silky finish, this juicy, lively and inviting wine will bring you to the rolling hills of Tuscany. $105, 372 Commercial St., boston-bottle.business.site
2. Boston Wine Exchange
The Château Langoa-Barton 2015 Saint-Julien, a Bordeaux from one of the premier third-growth chateaux, contains austere notes of cedar, black currant and tobacco. “The blend is predominantly cabernet sauvignon with a dash of merlot and cabernet franc,” wine manager Declan McClung says. While it is just hitting maturity, the bottle can age for another two to three decades. $125, 181 Devonshire St., bostonwineexchange.com
3. BRIX Wine Shop
“Coming from an all-time favorite BRIX Barolo producer, the 2012 Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero is fresh and graceful to its core,” says Emily Genevich, general manager at BRIX Wine Shop. The bottle demonstrates a seemingly impossible balance between power and elegance while being light on its feet. Vietti only produces this wine in the best vintages—only nine times in the last 30 years—making it a rare find at any of BRIX’s three locations. $485, 1284 Washington St., brixwineshop.com
The best splurge at Gordon’s is Champagne Barrat-Masson Les Volies Brut Nature (NV). This bottle comes from organic vines and is a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, aged for 30 months. Fine wine manager Jack Morey says, “This refreshing and bone-dry Champagne is the perfect way to make any occasion a celebration or elevate a weeknight seafood bake!” $95, 39 Temple Place, gordonswine.com
5. Huntington Wine & Spirits
With 86 years of experience, Huntington Wine & Spirits recommends indulging in a Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis cabernet sauvignon 2017. This lovely and elegant red cradles toasted oak in a full-bodied sip. The well-structured, complex and layered wine is worth the spoil with its fresh and spicy finish. $85, 301 Huntington Ave., huntingtonboston.com
6. Streetcar Wines
Philippe Remy winery no longer exists, but the 1976 Domaine Philippe Remy Chambertin continues to be an extremely rare, luxurious vintage. When opening this Gevrey Chambertin Les Combottes, Streetcar Wines owner Michael Dupuy was “shocked by the richness of fruit.” Chambertin is one of the most hallowed vineyard sites in Burgundy, and tasting one nearly half a century from harvest is among the finest and rarest of wine-drinking experiences. $250, 488 Centre St., streetcarwines.com
Photography by: Courtesy of wine shops; Carousel image by Declan McClung