Featured Wine

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.

 

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!

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