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Featured Wine

Contino Reserva 2010

continoOur featured wine for December comes from Spain’s Rioja region. Contino Reserva is made from 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazeulo y Garnacha. Due to an ideal growing season, the winemaker considers 2010 an “excellent vintage”.

James Suckling awarded Contino Reserva a score of 96 points. Suckling’s tasting notes include:

“Lots of plum character, chocolate, bay leaves and rosemary on the nose. Full body and lots of concentration, yet this delivers amazing freshness and balance. This is all about refreshment in combination with power.”

The winemaker’s tasting notes include:

“Deep red garnet. Intense nose of red fruits, some smoke, gloves, medium to full body palate, fresh, with a spiced finish. Well balanced, fine, very fresh, juicy.”

Vallis Dei Amarone Della Valpolicella 2014

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This month’s featured wine hails from Italy’s Valpolicella Region, an Amarone from Vallis Dei. Amarone wines are made from partially-dried grapes, resulting in a concentration of sugars and flavors for a unique wine experience.

Amarone tend to be a bit more expensive, as more fruit goes into making each bottle, but this also can result in a higher alcohol percentage.

Vallis Dei offers a reasonably price Amarone if you’ve been interested in giving this style a try.

 

Collosorbo, Brunello Di Montalcino

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Tuscany is known or producing many excellent wines. Wines made outside of Tuscany’s town of Montalcino are no exception. Wines of this region are called Brunello Di Montalcino, or simply, “Brunellos”. Our featured wine this month Collosorbo Brunello Di Monatlcino is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes, as are all Brunellos.

If you’re looking for an introduction to the region and style, rest assured, Collosorbo has been rates among the best.

James Suckling awarded Collosorbo Brunello Di Monatlcino a score of 95 points. The tasting notes include:

“Lots of balsamic and dried-cherry character. Full-bodied, rich and silky with beautiful fruit and intensity. Long and flavorful. Gorgeous wine.”
– James Suckling

You’ll find this one on our shelve under “Highly Recommended”, or ask our staff to point you to it.

Rosés of Côtes de Provence

rose-aug-17A few months ago we featured our Rosé selection. But with so many Rosés on our shelves, we just had to do it again.

This month we’d like to feature Rosés from France’s Côtes de Provence. The region has quickly become known for producing some of the best Rosés in the world.

Le Charmel Rosé
Described as “wonderfully bright and fresh with notes of strawberry and pear.”

Hecht & Bannier Rosé
George Hecht himself says they “sought a Provence rose of immense charm and minerality redolent of dried herbs and mountain flowers.”

Domaine Aureillan
The family that makes this Rosé describes it as “A fresh and full-bodied wine, with a complex bouquet and a fruity, generous palate.”

Viña Real Crianza

VinaRealOur featured wine for July, Viña Real Crianza, is made from grapes grown in Spain’s Rioja Alavesa region. Crianza is first fermented in stainless steel, before moving to French Oak, then American barrels. It’s racked every 5 to 6 months throughout the aging process.

The winemaker is sure you’ll find a good balance of dark berry fruit and oak in both the nose and on the palate.

James Sucking awards Viña Real Crianza 2014 a score of 92 pts. Tasting notes from James Suckling include:

“A perfumed nose of dried-flower, blackberry and currant character. Cloves and cinnamon too. Full-bodied, very fruity and concentrated with soft ripe tannins and a long, fresh and lightly oaky finish.”

Purple Heart Wines – Napa Valley Red Wine 2014

purpleheartwineOur featured wine this month comes with philanthropic spin. Purple Heart Wines donates a sizable portion of their profits to the Purple Heart Foundation. Purple Heart helps military members and their families meet unfulfilled needs.

Currently we have Purple Heart Napa Valley Red Wine 2014. This California red comes lavishly packaged in a purple bag with a golden bow. The wine is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon,4% Petite Sirah, 1% Petit Verdot.

The wine maker’s tasting notes include:

“…..aromas of mulberries, plums and blackberries with hints of black licorice….lushly textured with notes of red and black fruits and hints of cardamom.”

With 88 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, and multiple 90+ point gold medals earned, Purple Heart is not one to overlook.

Bodegas Brecha Garnacha de Fuego Rosé

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You’ll find our shelves are stocked with various Rosé wines for the coming summer months. Pellehaut, Touraine, Apothic, Layer Cake, and more. Our featured wine for April is Bodegas Brecha Garnacha de Fuego Rosé. Bodegas Brecha is one of several Spanish wineries that make up the Jorge Ordoñez Group.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate awarded Garnacha de Feugo Ro 90 points.

“An absolutely spectacular rosé, the 2015 Garnacha De Fuego Rosé (my pick as a top value in dry rosés from around the world) is 100% Grenache rosé,..It has a light, almost neon-pink color and delicate strawberry and cranberry fruit notes, with a hint of pomegranate. It is fresh, lively, ripe, medium-bodied, and has more texture and length than one usually expects in a rosé.” 

Garnacha de Feugo Ro is a great place to start your summer Ro experience. Ask our staff about our countless other Ro selections.

Tellus Cabernet Sauvignon

TellusOur featured wine for March, Tellus Cabernet Sauvignon, comes from Italy’s Umbria region. This Cabernet Sauvignon is fermented in stainless steel, then aged in “barrique” for six months. These uniquely shaped oak barrels were originally designed for Bordeaux wines.

The winemaker’s tasting notes include:

“Here, the climate is moderate but elevation is also important, so flavors lean to ripe black fruits and tell-tale herbaceous notes.”

James Suckling rates Tellus Cabernet Sauvignon 92 pts, calling it:

A firm, silky cabernet with chocolate and currant aromas and flavors. Full body, fine tannins. Attractive currant, rosebush and almond aftertaste. “

 

 

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