Orders are available for pick-up at Restaurant Nicholas at 160 Route 35 South Red Bank, NJ 07701 during the following times:
Monday: 9:30-3:30; Tuesday – Friday: 9:15am – 9:00pm; Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00pm; Sunday: Closed
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#70 Wine of the Year, 2022 Wine Spectator Top 100
This is a total beauty drawn from old vines on different plots of 60- to 80-year-old vines on schist and slate soils in the villages of O Barco and Petín. It’s a gorgeous and sophisticated white that was fermented in 500- and 600-liter oak barrels for 10 months. Generous pear, waxy lemon and apricot notes with a creamy middle and hints of white pepper on the finish. So much to like. This is a full-bodied wine with plenty of life ahead. Only one reviewer has gotten to it and it’s already a Top 100 wine of the year. Not too shabby.
92 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2019 El Andén de la Estación is a new red that takes advantage of the Barrio de la Estación, the train station neighborhood of Haro. It’s a Crianza with less extraction, looking for the elegance and finesse of the classical Rioja wines. It’s a blend of Tempranillo from their younger vines and Garnacha (that they buy) that matured in French and European barrels for 14 months. It’s a quaffable red with lots of Garnacha character. It’s floral, juicy and expressive, very open and approachable. This is delicious and still quite complex.”
90 Points, Tasting Panel
Cristina Forner is a fifth generation winemaker who is trying to further the legacy of her family in Spain. The Brut Cava that she makes is simply unbeatable for the price. It’s got a ton of energy and lift from the tiny bubbles, leading with a bouquet of citrus fruits and notes of freshly baked brioche. The mouth is fun and round with great balance, harmony and structure.
If you’ve never had one of José Manuel Martínez’s wines, you’re in for an absolute treat. Jose’s estate, Couselo is located in the northern tip of Portugal in Rias Baixas. It’s a coastal wine, sourced from old and savvy Albariño vines. It’s a terrific wine that mixes wonderful stony minerality with a creamy, long finish that makes it both fantastic with anything from the sea but also just as good with a pre-meal apertif. There’s no better under $25 Labor Day white.
91 Points (Best of Edition), Wine Enthusiast – 90 Points, James Suckling
This is a gorgeous example of Albarino from one of the hottest and very best wineries in Spain. They have been a champion for this varietal for the last decade and a half plus. For me, the fact that the San Campio checks in at under $20 is shocking. It’s excellent – fresh and well-balanced, with tropical and stone fruits and a hint of sage. Great with sushi, fresh seafood, pasta with cream sauce and even some salads with nuts.
#74 Wine of the Year (Top 100 List, 2022), Wine Spectator – 92 Pts, Wine Enthusiast – 91 Pts, James Suckling
“The 2021 Terras Gauda O Rosal is an exemplary bottling of a truly stellar Spanish white wine. It is full-bodied with soft acidity, lively on the palate and has an incredibly long finish. Predominant aromas of ripe peaches, tangerines and orange peel with complementing delicate earthy, mineral and floral overtones and subtle creamy and minty notes. The 2021 vintage exhibits a well-rounded wine Galician white wine, filling the palate with a fresh, youthful and vibrant mouth feel.”
91 Points, James Suckling
This is a wine that is always amongst the wines slated to be doled out amongst some of the bigger restaurant players, but I always try to skim a little bit from the top for us. It’s such a great value for a Rioja. 91 points from James Suckling who called out the “juicy, fluid mid-palate, coated by supple, soft tannins and a creamy finish.” This is a super solid bottle of wine. Big and bold with spicy and smoky undertones, this is the kind of wine that screams for food and pairs well with everything.