Featured Wine

Vinaceous Snake Charmer Shiraz 2016

vinaceous-snake-charmer-shirazOur featured wine for January is a great choice for cold winter nights. An Australian Shiraz, described by the winemaker as “Deep purple and vivid in color with…lifted aromas of berries and spice. Intense black fruits, dark chocolate and mocha across mid palate.”

Snake Charmer hails from the Pieri Family Vineyard in the McLaren Vale. The region is renowned for growing top quality Shiraz.  Handpicked grapes are fermented in open top tanks, then aged in French and American oak barrels for 14 to 16 months. The bottling and finishing touches of Snake Charmer are handled by Vinaceous.

Wine & Spirits awards 2016 Vinaceous Snake Charmer Shiraz a score of 91 points, describing it as:

“Anise and violets, tangy black olives and salt all combine in this lean Shiraz with plenty of underlying richness. It’s bright and brisk, grounded by red-earth tones in the tannins.”

If you’re looking for a bottle of wine that stands up the winter chill, consider Snake Charmer!

Sparkling Wine for the Holidays!

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We’ve selected some of our favorite sparkling wines to feature this holiday season. Celebrate the new year in style with any of these wonderful bottles of bubbles.

Masottina Prosecco Brut – This one earned a whopping 96 pts from Decanter magazine, described by the Washington Post as “steps above the pardigm of simply bubbles to add an appealing layer of red berries and other tart fruits.”

Lanson 1760 Rosé Champagne – Despite the name, Lanson Rosé Champagne, was created in the 1950’s. Still, that gives weight to the winemakers claim that this is the first Rosé champagne ever made. This french treat is a blend of 53% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier.

Oudinot Cuvee Brut Champagne – This is one the more popular champagnes worldwide. Oudinot champagnes are often considered the best deal when searching for a bottle of true champagne. Oudinot Cuvee Brut is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. Critics note a very sophisticated citrus flavor.

 

Bodega’s Muriel Rioja Reserva 2014

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We featured Bodegas Muriel’s Rioja Reserva 2008 as our monthly wine feature way back in December 2014. For this November, we’re excited to feature the 2014 vintage of Bodega’s Muriel’s Rioja Reserva. The 2008 variety scored very well, and this vintage carries on in that tradition.

Decanter magazine awards Bodegas Muriel Reserva 2014 a scoure of 90 points, with tasting notes that include:

“ripe red and black fruit aromas and spicy oak notes. Rich fruity concentration, long and fresh finish.”

Like many wines produced in Spain’s Rioja Alvaesa region, Muriel Reserva is made entirely of tempranillo. Muriel Reserva is a great choice for fans of Spanish wine, or anyone looking for an introduction to the region.

Worthy Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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The “Worthy” line of wines is a secondary label of Axios Napa Valley. Our featured wine for October is Worthy Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. According to the winemaker, the Worthy line was an instant hit, quickly becoming a common name among wine followers. Critics seem to agree, with Wine Spectator awarding Worthy Cabernet Sauvignon  a score of 93 points, with tasting notes that include:

“…elegant black berry and black cherry, with touches of herb and olive, and pretty toasty oak flavors….”

If you’re a fan of California Cabernets, this one is not to be missed!

ÆRENA Wines – Cabernet Sauvignon

 

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If you’re a fan of California wines, you may have noticed Resolute Wines became  ÆRENA Wines in 2018. Branding aside, this Cabernet Sauvignon continues to score well with critics and fans alike, vintage after vintage. The wines for the ÆRENA label are produced by Blackbird Vineyards winemakers Aaron Pott and Kyle Mizuno.

The grapes for ÆRENA Cabernet Sauvignon are grown in a single vineyard in the Red Hills region of California’s Tuolumne County. The wine is aged in French oak for nine months. Tasting notes form ÆRENA Wines include:

“…enticing aromas of blackberry with hints of black licorice and graphite. Rich, concentrated notes of plum and black cherry on the mid palate leading to layers of dark chocolate with soft tannins that finish with cocoa and vanilla.”

Wine Enthusiast named ÆRENA Cabernet Sauvignon an Editor’s Choice, awarding it 90 points.

Pike Road 2016 Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley

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Erin Brooks of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate calls our featured wine for August – “Delicious and a great value.” Hailing from the west of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, we’re proud to present Pike Road 2016 Pinot Noir. Pike Road’s delicate process for Pinot Noir includes hand picking and sorting, small tank fermenting and 10 months in French oak barrels. The winemaker ntoes that weather conditions for this vintage created and longer growing season, resulting in “highly concentrated flavor”.

The Robert Parker review awards Pike Road 2016 Pinot Noir a 90 point score. And they’re not the only ones. Both James Suckling and Vinous agree, also awarding the vintage a 90 point score. The James Suckling rating scale also echoes Brooks sentiment, with 90 points or more equaling “a wine a want to drink a glass of and is an outstanding purchase.”

Casali Roncali Pinot Grigio 2018

casali-roncali-pinot-grigioOur featured wine for July is extremely limited, only 100 cases, packed 6 bottles to a case, were imported into the US this year. We’re excited to offer Casali Roncali Pinot Grigio 2018 from Fruili, Italy, located in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region. Casali Roncali uses a soft pressing of it’s grapes to avoid contact with the skins.

The winemaker describes Casali Roncali Pinot Grigio:

“….Aromas of orchard fruit, toasted bread and elderflower….bright minerally white, with caressing acidity of pear, lemon peel and apricot leading to tangy finish…”

Stop by soon if you’re interested in Casali Roncali Pinot Grigio 2018. Not only is availability limited, this is an excellent and competitively priced example of the white wines of Italy’s Colli Orientali del Friuli region.

Pago De La Jaraba 2014

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This month’s featured wine comes from Pago De La Jaraba, an enclosed estate in Spain’s Villarrobledo region. Pago De La Jaraba produces single vineyard estate wines, extra virgin olive oil, artisan Manchego cheese, and more. Pago De La Jaraba produces their products in house, distributing everything proudly through their own brands. Our featured wine, Pago De La Jaraba 2014, is a Tempranillo dominant blend, consisting of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot.

Wine Enthusiast awarded Pago De La Jaraba 2014 a score of 87 points, naming it a “Best Buy,” with tasting notes that included:

“Choppy berry aromas are earthy and contain notes of olive and dried leaves…Cherry, plum and dry spice flavors are steady on a finish with some flesh to it.”

If you’re a fan of Spanish Tempranillo, this an excellent blend. If you’re unfamiliar with the style, this is a worthy place to start.

 

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