Featured Wine

Cusumano 2012 Saganà

Our featured wine for October is Cusumano 2012 Saganà from Scicily. The Cusumano winery is a family affair, with Francesco Cusumano working with his two sons on various family owned vineyards.

Saganà is a particularly Sicilian wine, made entirely from Nero d’Avola grapes, considered to be the most popular red wine grape of the region.

The winemaker describes Saganà as having:

“Aromas of mulberries, wet earth, and blackberry notes with a full body and velvety tannins.”

A bottle of Cusumano Saganà comes sealed with a unique glass stopper. The winemaker believes this keeps the wine treasure, and of course, offers various possibilities for re-use.

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Martin Ray Sonoma County Pinot Noir – 2016

MartinRayPinotThe current Martin Ray Vineyards and Winery was born when it’s founder stumbled on a warehouse full of wines from the orignal Martin Ray winery. Martin Ray operated from 1943 through 1972, and was known for making single  varietal wines in the Santa Cruz area.

This Sonoma County Pinot Noir carries on that single varietal tradition, and with the detailed vintage notes to go along with it. According to the winemaker, the grapes for this 2016 vintage saw ideal growing conditions. After a careful fermentation, this Pinot Noir is aged in oak barrels for 11 months.

The winemaker’s tasting notes include:

“freshly macerated raspberry, cherry bramble, and spicy cola,…a subtle touch of nutmeg….with hints of creamy vanilla.”

James Suckling awarded Martin Ray Sonoma County Pinot Noir an impressive score of 94 points, describing it as a “subtle and rich pinot with dried-cherry and strawberry character.”

 

The Prisoner – Napa Valley, California

the-prisonerThis month’s featured wine is The Prisoner from Napa Valley, California. According to the Prisoner Wine Company, this red blend is based on the “mixed blacks” made by Italian immigrant wine makers in the early days of Napa Valley.

The Winemaker notes include:

“…enticing aromas of Bing cherry, dark chocolate, clove, and roasted fig. Persistent flavors of ripe raspberry, boysenberry, pomegranate, and vanilla linger…”

The vineyard claims to have started a Napa Valley trend with this unique blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Charbono.
The Prisoner features a piece of art taken from Francisco Goya’s “The Disasters of War” engravings. If you’re in the mood for something new and exciting, consider The Prisoner!

 

Carlo & Sylvia Piemonte Brachetto

carlo-sylviaOur featured wine for July is 100% Brachetto, an Italian red wine grape from the north western Piedmont region. Brachetto may be still frizzante (lightly sparkling).

Carlo & Sylvia Piemonte Brachetto

Wine Maker Tasting Notes

“Floral and musky notes – with light nuances of forest fruits. Sweet, aromatic and balanced in the mouth, with an enjoyable savoury finish.”

Carlo & Sylvia Piemonte Brachetto is frizzante. The winemakers suggests serving Carlo & Sylvia Piemonte Brachetto as an apertif or with desserts and fruit.

We also have a Carlo & Sylvia Mosacto D’asti, a sparkling white wine, native to the same region. If you’re a dessert wine fan, Mosacto D’asti is a wine to consider.

 

Protea Dry Rosé & Cabernet Sauvignon

proteaFor June we’re featuring a pair of wines from South Africa’s Protea Wines, Dry Rosé and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Protea Dry Rosé is made of 63% Mourvedre, 20% Shiraz, 16% Cinsault, 1% Grenache from South Africa’s Darling, Swartland and Wellington regions.

The vineyard describes Protea Dry Rosé  as:

“a vivacious mouthful of juicy strawberry and cherry flavor.”

Protea Cabernet Sauvignon is described by the winemaker’s as:

“A beautiful deep ruby…immediately shows aromatic notes of blackberry, espresso and spice. On the palate the wine is full and juicy.”

Both of these Protea wines come in beautiful clear glass bottles with frosted artwork. Visit the Protea Wines website for ideas on making use of the bottle when you’re finished.

Summer Rosés

bertrand-hecht-roseOur featured wine for May is a pair of fantastic Rosés, perfect for Summer.

From France, we have Hecht and Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016. If you’re familiar with this wine, the winemaker describes the 2016 vintage as having a more “elegant balance” and lower ABV.

If you’re new to Hecht and Bannier’s Rosés, know that with each vintage, they set out to create a wine that is “pale, fruity and round, soft and well balanced.”

Decanter awarded Hecht and Bannier Rosé 2016 a rating of 92 points.

The second of this month’s pair of Rosés, also from France, is Gerard Bertrand Côtes de Rosé.

Gerard Bertrand’s Rosé is a work of art, both inside and out.Turn the bottle over and you’ll discover an intricate rose design in the glass. A unique and elegant touch.

Inside is a Rosé the winemaker describes as “big and fresh and fruity”.

Rosé Wines for April 2018

We’re excited to feature a nice selection of Rosé Wines for April 2018.

Rosatello Rosé – California’s R0satello specializes in sweet wines. They describe their Rosé as a “sweet blush wine with its tempting aromas of pomegranates and red currants.”

Elouan Rosé – This Rosé comes from Oregon, and is made from grapes collected up and down the Oregon coast. According to the winemaker, this variety provides an “intensity of fruit flavor, structure and a fresh vibrant acidity.”

Lobetia Rosé – This organic Rosé comes from Spain, made with organic grapes from the Dominio de Punctum estate, which uses an advanced biodynamic growing practice. The winemaker claims a gentle filtration helps to “keep all natural aromas and characteristics of the grape and vine.”

Dark Horse Rosé – This California Rosé  is made from Grenache, Barbera, Pinot Grigio, Tempranillo and Zinfandel. Dark Horse claims this Rosé  holds up well with a variety of foods, including backyard BBQs.


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Cantine San Marco ‘Romae’ Roma Rosso

Roma-wineOur featured wine for March comes from the Roma Region of Italy – Cantine San Marco ‘Romae’ Roma Rosso. Like most Roma wines, ‘Romae’ is a blend, made from 80% Montepulciano and 20% Sangiovese.

The wine maker describes Romae as “Intense ruby red,” with a “wide bouquet..and dry, round and persistent” flavor.

Cantine San Marco ‘Romae’ Roma Rosso consistently scores high with critics and fans alike. If you’re a fan of Italian wine, or just curious about Montepulciano grapes, consider giving this excellent wine a try, available in our Highly Recommended section.

 

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