Don’s June Collector Series Top Pick

thomas alexander le tigreFor me June’s Collector Series Top Pick is tougher than usual.  We are offering three distinctly different wines this month with little in common, except quality.  Variety is after all the spice of life and quality wines are exactly what most avid wine drinkers spend endless hours searching for as if shopping for wine were a quest for the Holy Grail.   Even though I am enamored of all three wines for different reasons, a choice has to be made.  So this month’s Top Pick goes to Thomas Alexander’s 2010 Le Tigre, a rare California blend of Syrah and Grenache of just 175 cases that was bottled un-fined and un-filtered.  This is a wine that manages to deliver rich California fruit along with the finesse and charm of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  In short, this wine’s quality, singular expression and scarcity earn it this month’s Top Pick.   Taste and see for yourself!