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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If you haven’t had a bottle of Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, it’s time to change that immediately. There’s probably no better place to start than right here. The Chad 2018 shows off the best of Oregon in 2018; fine aromatics, pretty fruit and a long, mineral backbone that makes it great at the table with anything.
97+ RP’s WA; 97 Vinous; 97 JS
*Pre-Arrival* Winemaker Fabien Teitgen’s 2017 Smith Haut Lafite is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that dances in the glass from first pour. It’s classic Left Bank, a Cab dominant blend that is complex and deep with the acidity and structured tannins needed for a tremendously balanced wine.
100 points, JS; 99 points, RP
Not Eligible for Further Discount The 2016 Continuum Proprietary Red is the product of absolutely perfect weather conditions for the Mondavi’s in their Pritchard Hill mountain vineyard. A deeply concentrated gem of a wine worthy of its 100 points from wine critic, James Suckling and 99 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Limited quantity.
This picturesque estate lies in the commune of San Casciano, just outside of Florence. The pristine vineyards contain Sangiovese, ranging in age from 5 to 35 years, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines, averaging 20 years in age. The 2017 Chianti has juicy fruit with just enough backbone to make it the perfect companion for just about any food dish.
This wine truly defies its age. The nose is awesome, showing off a bouquet of dark fruits laced with baking spices and a hint of mint. The fruit is deep and concentrated yet the wine is light on its feet, dancing across the palate, very fresh and quite long. This is wine to experience over a few hours, it’s got many layers, take your time with it.
This wine is textbook Sancerre Blanc from the village of Bué, the highest in elevation in Sancerre with the most calcareous soil. It is a chiseled, tightly wound and incredibly complex Sauvignon Blanc, which I’d argue is one of the best in the world. In the 2019 vintage, the Carrou has a brilliant pale green color and soaring aromatics of green apples, pear and jasmine.
The 2019 Effet Papillon Rose is made 100% from Grenache (as many of the best Southern French Roses are). Pale salmon in color, it boasts aromas of bright red fruits, orange rinds and a hint of lemon zest. It’s incredibly smooth and dry, making it a great food wine– but this Rose is serious with depth and complexity, making it worthy of enjoying on its own.
96+ Points, Vinous
Antonio Galloni loved the 2016 Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Chiniera. He called the wine “a vibrant, massively tannic, austere wine, the likes of which I have never tasted here before. Vertical and explosive in the glass with tons of pure power, the 2016 Gavarini Chiniera is a gorgeous Barolo that is going to need a number of years to be at its best.”
Robert Foley’s Shelter Cabernet Sauvignon gets released after years of both barrel and bottle aging once they’re finally deemed ‘ready’ by the master himself. Not starving for money or fame, Foley holds the wine back out, aging graceful, smooth blends of Napa Cabernet from some of the same vineyard sites he uses to make his signature wines.
Juliana Layla Chardonnay continues to be one of our most requested reorders and for good reason. However, the 2018 even takes it up a notch. The 2018 Layla Chardonnay benefits from the cooling Pacific breeze which allows the grapes to mature in slow motion, extending the growing season by weeks, imparting an extreme depth of both aroma and flavor.
It took almost a year of prodding but I finally got a warm introduction to the folks of this historic distillery. I was not only able to secure a barrel for the restaurant, but was even able to choose it from a lineup of a dozen! The barrel that I selected was head & shoulders better than the others I tasted, aged 12 years at one constant temperature.
95 Points, Vinous
Chad Melville in his first year of taking the reigns from legendary winemaker, Greg Brewer churned out an extraordinary Pinot Noir using 16! clones from the winery’s estate vineyards. The wine is a knockout and at the price one of the best values anywhere. 95 Points and a rave review from Vinous’ Antonio Galloni. Not to be missed!