Featured Wine

Volte Face Vinho Branco and Reserva

nov-wine-webOur featured wines for November, the mysterious Volte Face, comes from the Alentejano region of Portugal.

The first of this pair, Volte Face Vinho Branco, was featured in the Washington Post. Vinho Branco is made from Antaõ Vaz, one of the most sought after grapes in the region.
The Washington Post rates Vote Face Vinho Branco “Excellent”, with tasting notes that include:

“Flavors of white flowers and talc are backed up by rich textures of lanolin and beeswax. Delicious. There is also an excellent red at the same price.”

That “excellent red” is Volte Face Reserva, our second featured wine for the month. Volte Face Reserva is what’s known as a rare red blend.

Either of these wines will pair well with your Thanksgiving turkey or ham.

Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon – Thorn Clark Barossa Winemakers

Our featured wine for October is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia. The 2013 Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon from Thorn Clark Barossa Winemakers. This family owned operation has been around for six generations.

Thorn Clark have a reputation for high quality affordable wines, and Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception. The wine maker describes this wine:

“A varietal palate with primarily dark berry fruit characters and dried herbs. French oak spice adds to the complexity of the wine. The palate has long elegant tannins which balance the fruit and oak weight well. “

Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon has been rated highly, including a 91 pt score from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Their note’s include:

 “Aged in French oak, it reveals leafy black currant notes intermixed with wood, damp earth, and spice. This supple-textured, delicious red is best consumed in its exuberant youth … over the next 2-4 years.”

Voiles de Saint Tropez Rosé

lesvoilesOur featured wine for September is a spectacular Rosé from the Côtes de Provence of France. Wines of this region are typically considered some of the best of the Mediterranean region.

Don’t let the pink color fool you. The winemaker describes this Rosé as:

“A powerful wine with fresh aromas of citrus fruit, flowers, and spices.”

Voiles de Saint Tropez Rosé is made up of Grenache and Cinsault grapes. The winemaker goes to great lengths to emphasize that making Rosé is both an “art and a science.” The claim three factors are key: the selection of the grapes, consistent cold temperature through the entire process, and the duration of contact between juice and skin.

Supplies are likely to be limited, so don’t wait to0 long to give this one a try. Particularly if you’re already a fan of Rosé.

Château Lilian Ladouys – Saint-Estèphe


Our featured wine for July hails falls under France’s Saint-Estèphe appelation, of the Médoc sub-region of the Bordeaux region.

Château Lilian Ladouys’ Saint-Estèphe  is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot.

Wine Enthusiast describes this exciting wine as having…

“…dense fruit flavors and a scented, smoky character. It’s full of fruit and structured tannin, with ample acidity and excellent cellaring potential.”

Château Lilian Ladouys – Saint-Estèphe consistently scores well, with a 92 pt rating from Wine Enthusiast.



Domaine Lafage Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes

tessellae-webOur featured wine is often referred to as one of the top Carignan wines from France’s Roussillon region. The Carignan grape is of spanish/french origins, but is now planted all over the world.

Tessellae Carignan is no fresh planting, made from vines over 70 years old.

Wine Advocate rates this one 92 pts, calling it a “crazy value”. Their tasting notes include:

“…tons of black raspberry and black cherry fruit, licorice and dried spices.”

Tessellae Carignan is a great introduction to the the style, but also an excellent choice for any connoisseur.

Alejandro Fernández’s Grupo Pesquera – El Vínculo

vinculoWe’ve bought a discounted supply of this month’s featured wine, and we’re passing the savings on to you. From Alejandro Fernández’s Grupo Pesquera, we are excited to offer El Vínculo.

El Vínculo is one of four Grupo Pesquera Bodegas. This La Mancha bodega was restored from a traditional building in 1999. El Vínculo makes limited production old-vine Tempranillo.

The wines of El Vínculo consistently receives scores over 90 points from International Wine Cellar, Wine Advocate and more.

Stop by and pick up a bottle today. Our special pricing is only good while supplies last, quantities are limited.


Domaine du Grapillon d’Or Gigondas

grapillon-1896The Grapillon d’or estate was founded in 1806, and has remained in family hands to this day.

An anchor of southern France’s Rhone Valley, Grapillon d’Or has won countless medals. Among them, the region’s top honor for consistently winning the most gold medals at the Concours Général Agricole three years in a row.

The winemaker’s tasting notes:

“It has a brilliant deep ruby red colour with intense aromas of red fruits, pepper, spice and liquorice. It’s a full bodied and powerful wine, well balanced with a very long finish. It’s a rich and elegant wine.


Fabre Montmayou 2011 Grand Vin

march16-wineOur featured wine for March, Fabre Montmayou’s Grand Vin, comes from Argentina. The wine is made from grapes grown on the winery’s 106 year old Malbec vines, aged in French oak barrels for 16 months. In addition to 85% Malbec, this bold wine is 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot.

The winemaker’s tasting notes include:

“…an alluring bouquet of smoke, toasty oak, incense, black cherry, and plum…it has layers of sweet black fruit, ripe tannin, and excellent balance. “
This wine consistently scores in the 90+ points range year after year, including 94 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate for this 2011 vintage.
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