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Featured Wine

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. “

 

 

Quinta de Porrais 2012 Douro

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Our featured wine for February comes from Portugals Douro Valley. The Douro is considered by some to have the most beautiful landscapes of any wine country.

Wine Enthusiast awards this Porrais Douro 90 pts. Wine Enthusiast’s European Editor, Roger Voss:

“From vineyards north of the Douro River on the plateau, this wine shows both richness and a fine cool, elegant style. The wood aging has given the wine depth and extra richness, adding to the berry fruits with spice and hints of toast. It’s a wine to drink soon, full of fruit and balanced tannins. Drink from 2017.”

You heard the man, time to open a bottle of 2012 Porrais Douro!

Valentine’s Day Wine Recommendations

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED VALENTINE’S DAY SPARKLERS!

Theses are a few of our BEST Champagnes that will put a smile on your Valentine:

  1. Besserat Brut from France -92 pts. Wine Spectator
  2. Gruet Blanc de Noirs-90 pts. Wine Spectator and Best Buy!
  3. Veuve Clicquot Brut

Tinazzi Corvina di Verona Selezione di Famiglia 2015

corvina-veronaOur featured wine for January comes to us from Italy’s Tinazzi family. The Tinazzi have been making wine in the Veneto region since the 1960s.

This Corvina di Verona is a “Selezione di Famiglia”. This wine is an entirely made from the  Corvina Veronese grape. Tinazzi Corvina di Verona is aged in French and American oak barrels for six months to a year.

Tinazzi describes Corvina di Verona:

“Color: Deep bright red

Aroma: Ample and harmonious, ranging from red fruits to spices

Taste: Velvety, persistent and full, with great harmony “
The wine maker suggests serving with all types of meat and aged cheeses.
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