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Featured Wine

2013 Silencieux – Venge Vineyards

vengeOur featured wine for November is a 2013 Silencieux, a Cabernet Sauvignon from Venge Vineyards of Napa Valley, California. The Venge family has been making wine since the 1970’s. Today, Venge vintages routinely receive scores over 90 points. Silencieux will surely be no exception when the reviews are in.

Venge describes Silencieux:

“This wine is full bodied and powerful, opening with aromatic anise, scents of sweet cassis, blackberries and smoky coffee that lead to a concentrated and lengthy finish. Approachable upon release, and cellar worthy in proper aging conditions.  Best now through 2025.”
– Venge Vinyards

Silencieux is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Carbernet Franc, 2 % Petit Verdot, and 1% Merlot. The grapes are hand-pciked and processed “gently” creating what the winemaker describes as “fruit caviar”. After a up to just over a month in stainless steel, the wine is aged in French Oak barrels for 18 months. Only 1,295 cases were produced, all of which have already been distributed.

Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino


Our featured wine comes to us from Italy’s famed Brunello di Montalcino region. Wine from this region is some of Italy’s most renowned, and often most expensive. Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino is more reasonably priced, and considered a top example of the style. The wine is matured for 36 months in Slavonia and French oak barrels, and then bottle aged for another year.

Wine Spectator awarded Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 93 points:

“Cigar box and leather aromas are balanced by strawberry and cherry notes at the core. There is a vibrant, refreshing quality here, with a long, complex aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2033. “

- Wine Spectator

The New York Times recently ran an article on the wines of Brunello di Montalcino. The reviewer described the Caparzo as “beautifully aromatic ” and “well worth checking out.” If you’re not familiar with the region, this a great introduction. And if you are, then you already know, this is one excellent wine.


3 Rings Shiraz – “It’s Magic”

3-rings-shiraz3 Rings comes to us from the Barossa Valley of South Australia. The region is known for its exceptional Shiraz wines, and the 3 Rings makes the grade, and possibly raises the bar. This is one deep dark wine, the wine maker describes as having…

“…expressive and powerful notes of dark and exotic berries leads to a full-bodied wine that has a palate of dark and rich chocolates, traces of tar, leather and spice, with a core of supple, yet immense, fruit-driven characteristic…”

Wine Spectator awarded 3 Rings Shiraz 92 pts. and called it a “Smart Buy”. This isn’t the first vintage of 3 Rings Shiraz to receive such high marks. Pick up a bottle or two while its available!

2013 Sean Minor Four Bears Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc

sean-minor-hdr-webSean and Nicole Minor founded Four Bears Winery, and Sean Minor Wines, in 2005. One of the couple’s primary goals, was making affordable wine without compromising quality. They’ve certainly achieved that goal, and we’re excited to feature two white wines from the Four Bears collection.

2013 Four Bears Chardonnay – Central Coast
Sean Minor takes their winemaking very seriously, and this Chardonnay is no exception. The grapes are put through a slow cool fermentation, some in french oak barrels, and the rest in stainless steel. The wine makers tasting notes for Four Bears Chardonnay includes:

“On the entry, pear and green apple flavors are framed by nice acidity which integrates well with the medium body mouth feel.  The green apple and peach flavors evolve into a hint of minerality that adds complexity to the lengthy finish. “
2013 Four Bears Sauvignon Blanc – California

The Sauvignon Blanc goes through a similar winemaking process, with a few exceptions. Only a small portion is aged in French oak barrels, most in stainless steel. And the wine in the oak barrels is i”sur lie aged”, meaning it is left to sit on the lees after fermentation, the sediment at the bottom, a combination of yeast and grape remains. The wine makers tasting notes for Four Bears Sauvignon Blanc include:

“On the entry, the juicy grapefruit acidity integrates well with a medium body mid palate mouth feel.  The kiwi, green apple and peach flavors evolve into a hint of minerality that adds complexity to the finish.”

Bryn Mawr Vineyards – Rosé of Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc

bryn-mwar-webWe have two great summer wines to highlight for July, both from Oregon’s Bryn Mawr Vineyards.

Bryn Mawr Vineyards – Pinot Blanc

While Pinot Blanc, a white variety of Pinot Noir, is not widely grown in Oregon, the folks at Bryn Mawr felt they had the perfect conditions for it when they planted the vines back in 2010. It turns out they were correct, as Bryn Mawr really delivers with a grape typically associated with cooler European climates.

The wine makers tasting notes include “honey, ginger, rose water, pear flowers, and mandarin…”

Bryn Mawr Vineyards – Rosé of Pinot Noir

The winemakers say their rosé is very “intentional”, that many other  rosés are simply leftovers from red wine making. Bryn Wawr pulls their rosé from the early stages of red wine fermentation.

The wine maker’s description includes “rich and creamy notes combine with fresh raspberry, strawberry, mandarin, and orange zest.”



Summer is a great time for Rosé!

rose-june-2015-2We have a great variety of Rosé in stock for these hot summer months.

Rosé of Sangiovese
This Rosé comes to us from the west coasts Barnard Griffin winery. They describe this wine as having a “Distinctive, fragrant nose of ripe strawberries and tangerines…Wonderful hints of maraschino cherry and candied orange peel.”

Dogajolo Rosato
Made with grapes grown in Tuscany, Italy, where Rosé is called Rosato. The winemaker describes Dogajolo as having “ fruity and vivacious floral aromas”.

Rosa de Arrocal
Bodegas Arrocal’s Rosé is made with half tempranillo and half albillo grapes. According to Arrocal this wine has an ” intensely fruity, sparkly palate. A universe of colours and smell and taste sensations.” The winemakers tasting notes include “juicy red berry flavours, spicy, and floral touches”.

Lobetia Garnacha Rosé
Lobetia wines are certified Organic and Biodynamic in the US, Europe and China. A new generation of family winemakers took the step to certifcation in 2005.

Genio Espanol Monstrell Rosado 2014
This exciting new Rosé is made with Monastrell grapes, helping give this Rosé its bold complex flavor.

Bodegas Volver Tarmia Hill Old Vine Monastrell

tarima-hillThis month’s featured wine is Tarima Hill Old Vine Monastrell from Bodegas Volver. This is not the first wine we’ve featured from this renowned wine maker, and probably won’t be the last.

Tarima Hill is made entirely of Monstrell grapes, and aged in french oak barrels for 14 months.

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar gives Tarmia Hill 92 pts, describing it as:

“Sweet, penetrating and seamless on the palate, offering intense black raspberry and mocha flavors underscored by juicy acidity. At once rich and energetic, finishing with a strong thrust, supple tannins and a whiplash of floral pastilles.”

Whew, quite a strong description from industry experts!

Confidencial Reserva 2010

confidential-reserva-2010This month’s featured wine hails from Portugal’s Lisbon region–Casa Santos Lima’s Confidencial Reserva 2010. Casa Santos Lima has been a family owned operation for a number of generations. Their wines often find themselves on “Best Buy” shelves, and Confidencial Reserva 2010 is no exception.

Awarding it 92 pts, Wine Enthusiast describes Confidencial Reserva 2010:

“Full of tannins at this stage (Aug 2014), it shows power and density. It’s a blend of more than 10 varieties, giving complexity as well as structure. There is acidity as well, bringing together the rich tetxure and a solid, wood and dark fruit combination.”

Right now at Village Beer and Fine Wine you’ll find a display of Confidencial Reserva 2010 right in the front of our store. One sip and you’ll see why this is a “Best Buy” favorite.

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