Featured Wine

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.

90+ Cellars Winter Weekender

winter-weekenderThis month our featured wine is a seasonal variety pack from 90+ Cellars. If you’re not familiar with brand, this is a great place to start. 90+ Cellars began in 2009, with the goal of offering great wine at discounted prices. They achieved that goal, by buying excess wine from top rated winemakers.

Our feature is this year’s 90+ Cellars Winter Weekender collection. This box set includes three perfect wines for the season.

Cabernet Sauvignon – Lot 53
90+ Cellars Lot 53 is sourced from an Argentian winemaker, whose vines were originally planted in the late 1700’s. 90+ Cellars describes this Cabernet as having the taste of “uicy, dark berry fruit…followed by a trickle of sweet spice and savory plums.”

Pinot Grigio – Lot 42
The Lot 42 Pinot Grigio comes from Trentino Italy, made from grapes growm at the base of the Dolomite mountains. 90+ Cellars says this Pinto is “Medium bodied with a generous smack of minerality.”

Malbec – Lot 7
90+ Cellars doesn’t sell this Malbec directly. Only available from select retailers, like us! The Lot 7 Malbec is made from grapes frown in the Andes Monutains of Argentina. The wine was aged in French and American oak for at least six months. 90+ Cellars says this Malbec has “Aromas of fresh black currants raspberries and plums with a hint of dark chocolate.”

Zuccardi Q Malbec

zuccardi-webIts said that Familia Zuccardi Vineyards is one of the winemakers leading the development of Argentina’s wine business, from wine intended for domestic consumption, to wines for the international community.

This fine Malbec is no exception. James Suckling awards Zuccardi Q Malbec 92 pts, describing it as:

“Dark violet, with shades of black. Great floral aromas with rich, ripe blackberry, plum and chocolate notes melted with blackcurrant and cassis display an excellent balance and freshness. A persistent and velvelty finish. “

-James Suckling

The winemaker’s tasting notes are consistent with suckling, adding that the chocolate notes come from french oak aging.

Pick up a bottle of Zuccardi Q and taste where Argentina is headed!

Amor Fati Syrah 2010

Amor-FatiOur featured wine for December is Amor Fati Syrah from Murmur Vineyard, located in California’s Santa Maria Valley.

Amor Fati is aged for 16 months in 35% new, and 65% neutral French Oak barrels. Only 300 cases were produced. Murmur suggests this wine will age well for approximately 10 years.

The wine maker describes 2010 Amor Fati Syrah:

“boysenberry, spice cake, aniseed and bacon fat with an undercurrent of dried Chinese plums, soy and Mexican chocolate. Rich, concentrated and medium to full bodied, it has a good line of crisp acid and velvety tannins, finishing long and layered.”

This is an excellent wine to sip around the fireplace this winter, or the next winter, or the next…

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!

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