Featured Wine

Vinsacro Dioro Rioja

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Our featured wine for April 2019 comes from Bodegas Vinsacro of Spain’s Rioja region. Vinsacro is a self-described “château-style winery,” with a barrel-ageing hall beneath the garden of Castilian courtyard. Vinsacro ages all of their wines for approximately 18 months, employing their arsenal of American oak, French oak, and a few Romanian oak barrels.

VInsacro Dioro Rioja is made from a variety of grapes, referred to as “100% Vidau” by the winemaker. Dioro is a blend of Tem­pranil­lo, Gra­ciano, Mazue­lo and Gar­nacha.

Critics seem to agree that Vinsacro has a special wine in Dioro, with a 93 point score from Antonio Gailoni’s Vinous, and 92 point score from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.  Vinous describes Vinsacro Dioro Rioja so vividly you can almost taste it:

“Ripe black and blue fruits on the expansive spice and smoke-accented nose, along with suggestions of vanilla, candied flowers and cola. The oak qualities recede quickly on the palate… sappy, deeply concentrated boysenberry, black raspberry and spicecake flavors….”

A ringing endorsement indeed!

Emporium Appassimento

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Our wine selection for March comes from wine importers Enovation Brands. In making Emporium Appassimento, winemakers sought to re-create an old fashion technique. Appassimento is a method in which grapes are dried to a shrivel state, to concentrate flavors. Emporium Appassimento is made with grapes from Salento, in Italy’s Puglia Region. The area is easily identified geographically as the “heel” of Italy’s “boot”.

The winemaker describes Emporium Appassimento:

“Aromas of raisins, dried cherries and savory cranberry. Focused, medium to full body with a bounty of fruit flavor. Smooth, long, earthy finish with papery tannins and moderate oak.”

The winemaker and reviewers seem to agree, Emporium Appassimento pairs well with just about anything!

JNSQ Rosé Cru & Gerard Bertrand Côte de Rosé

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If the special someone in your life is a fan of rosé wines, we’ve got a couple of perfect choices or valentines day, each in a unique bottle.

The first is an old favorite of ours, first mentioned in last year’s “Summer Rosés” – Gerard Bertrand Côte de Rosé. The bottom of each bottle of this French Rosé has a unique rose-like pattern to the glass. Inside is a Rosé that special someone is sure to love. Reviews of Gerard Bertrand Côte de Rosé typically describe it as light and refreshing.

This second Rosé is featured on our website for the first time, JNSQ Rosé Cru. If you’re unfamiliar, the JNSQ is derived from the french phrase “je ne sais quoi“, used to describe something unique and exceptional. With its signature white rose stopper and elegant shape, the JNSQ bottle is designed to resemble luxury perfume. This superior Rosé is made in the french style from California grapes.

Enroute Winery – Les Pommiers Pinot Noir

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Our first featured wine for 2019 comes form California’s EnRoute Winery. Enroute exists to make Pinot Noir, though they do make a Chardonnay as well. With Pinot Noir in mind, the founders chose to focus on the Russian River Valley to build their vineyards and winery.

Les Pommiers is made entirely from Pinot Noir, and aged in french oak barrels for eleven months. The winery takes the name from the apple orchards that once stood where one one of the blends vineyards is now located.

Enroute’s tasting notes include:

“…Les Pommiers possesses the luxurious perfume aromatics and rich textures that we love about Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. On the nose, aromas of ripe cherry and plum are complemented by notes of earth, sage and forest floor.”

Vintage after vintage of Enroute Les Pommiers consistently earn 90+ pt scores. Critics and enthusiast seem to agree, Les Pommiers is a fine example of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

Galet Du Roi – Chateauneuf du Pape

chateauneufdupapeOur featured wine for December is a private label by Kysela Pere et Fils, Ltd. hailing from southern France’s Rhone region, and carrying the Chateauneuf du Pape AOC.

Like many wines of this appellation, Galet Du Roi Chateauneuf du Pape is predominately Grenache (60%) with 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault.

Kysela’s tasting notes include:

“On the nose, wild berries are embellished with spicy notes leading to hints of leather. The palate displays balance, evolving to a long tannic, fruity and spicy finale.”

Robert Parker Wine Advocate awarded Galet Du Roi Chateauneuf du Pape 88 points, describing it as having “Cherry, earth and cinnamon notes, framed by supple tannins.”

Ninety Plus Cellars – Pinot Noir Lot 137

Williamette-Valley-PinotOur featured wine for November is 90+ Cellars Pinot Noir Lot 137, an excellent selection for your Thanksgiving Day feast. 90+ Cellars Lot 137 Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown by a vineyard in Oregon’s Williamette Valley. According to the winemaker, Lot 137 is one of their most sought after wines.

90+ Cellars tasting notes include:

“Rich ruby red in color with aromas of fresh cherries and strawberries rising above a fragrant mix of cinnamon, violets, black tea and cedar.”

90+ Cellars is brand made entirely of wine purchased from other winemakers. The company’s stated goal is to offer high quality wine at affordable prices. 90+ Cellars chooses from vineyards based all over the world, tasting and tasting until they’ve found another worthy of a lot number.

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.”

 

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