Red Wine

Galet Du Roi – Chateauneuf du Pape

chateauneufdupapeOur featured wine for December is a private label by Kysela Pere et Fils, Ltd. hailing from southern France’s Rhone region, and carrying the Chateauneuf du Pape AOC.

Like many wines of this appellation, Galet Du Roi Chateauneuf du Pape is predominately Grenache (60%) with 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault.

Kysela’s tasting notes include:

“On the nose, wild berries are embellished with spicy notes leading to hints of leather. The palate displays balance, evolving to a long tannic, fruity and spicy finale.”

Robert Parker Wine Advocate awarded Galet Du Roi Chateauneuf du Pape 88 points, describing it as having “Cherry, earth and cinnamon notes, framed by supple tannins.”

Ninety Plus Cellars – Pinot Noir Lot 137

Williamette-Valley-PinotOur featured wine for November is 90+ Cellars Pinot Noir Lot 137, an excellent selection for your Thanksgiving Day feast. 90+ Cellars Lot 137 Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown by a vineyard in Oregon’s Williamette Valley. According to the winemaker, Lot 137 is one of their most sought after wines.

90+ Cellars tasting notes include:

“Rich ruby red in color with aromas of fresh cherries and strawberries rising above a fragrant mix of cinnamon, violets, black tea and cedar.”

90+ Cellars is brand made entirely of wine purchased from other winemakers. The company’s stated goal is to offer high quality wine at affordable prices. 90+ Cellars chooses from vineyards based all over the world, tasting and tasting until they’ve found another worthy of a lot number.

Cusumano 2012 Saganà

Our featured wine for October is Cusumano 2012 Saganà from Scicily. The Cusumano winery is a family affair, with Francesco Cusumano working with his two sons on various family owned vineyards.

Saganà is a particularly Sicilian wine, made entirely from Nero d’Avola grapes, considered to be the most popular red wine grape of the region.

The winemaker describes Saganà as having:

“Aromas of mulberries, wet earth, and blackberry notes with a full body and velvety tannins.”

A bottle of Cusumano Saganà comes sealed with a unique glass stopper. The winemaker believes this keeps the wine treasure, and of course, offers various possibilities for re-use.

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Martin Ray Sonoma County Pinot Noir – 2016

MartinRayPinotThe current Martin Ray Vineyards and Winery was born when it’s founder stumbled on a warehouse full of wines from the orignal Martin Ray winery. Martin Ray operated from 1943 through 1972, and was known for making single  varietal wines in the Santa Cruz area.

This Sonoma County Pinot Noir carries on that single varietal tradition, and with the detailed vintage notes to go along with it. According to the winemaker, the grapes for this 2016 vintage saw ideal growing conditions. After a careful fermentation, this Pinot Noir is aged in oak barrels for 11 months.

The winemaker’s tasting notes include:

“freshly macerated raspberry, cherry bramble, and spicy cola,…a subtle touch of nutmeg….with hints of creamy vanilla.”

James Suckling awarded Martin Ray Sonoma County Pinot Noir an impressive score of 94 points, describing it as a “subtle and rich pinot with dried-cherry and strawberry character.”

 

The Prisoner – Napa Valley, California

the-prisonerThis month’s featured wine is The Prisoner from Napa Valley, California. According to the Prisoner Wine Company, this red blend is based on the “mixed blacks” made by Italian immigrant wine makers in the early days of Napa Valley.

The Winemaker notes include:

“…enticing aromas of Bing cherry, dark chocolate, clove, and roasted fig. Persistent flavors of ripe raspberry, boysenberry, pomegranate, and vanilla linger…”

The vineyard claims to have started a Napa Valley trend with this unique blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Charbono.
The Prisoner features a piece of art taken from Francisco Goya’s “The Disasters of War” engravings. If you’re in the mood for something new and exciting, consider The Prisoner!

 

Carlo & Sylvia Piemonte Brachetto

carlo-sylviaOur featured wine for July is 100% Brachetto, an Italian red wine grape from the north western Piedmont region. Brachetto may be still frizzante (lightly sparkling).

Carlo & Sylvia Piemonte Brachetto

Wine Maker Tasting Notes

“Floral and musky notes – with light nuances of forest fruits. Sweet, aromatic and balanced in the mouth, with an enjoyable savoury finish.”

Carlo & Sylvia Piemonte Brachetto is frizzante. The winemakers suggests serving Carlo & Sylvia Piemonte Brachetto as an apertif or with desserts and fruit.

We also have a Carlo & Sylvia Mosacto D’asti, a sparkling white wine, native to the same region. If you’re a dessert wine fan, Mosacto D’asti is a wine to consider.

 

Protea Dry Rosé & Cabernet Sauvignon

proteaFor June we’re featuring a pair of wines from South Africa’s Protea Wines, Dry Rosé and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Protea Dry Rosé is made of 63% Mourvedre, 20% Shiraz, 16% Cinsault, 1% Grenache from South Africa’s Darling, Swartland and Wellington regions.

The vineyard describes Protea Dry Rosé  as:

“a vivacious mouthful of juicy strawberry and cherry flavor.”

Protea Cabernet Sauvignon is described by the winemaker’s as:

“A beautiful deep ruby…immediately shows aromatic notes of blackberry, espresso and spice. On the palate the wine is full and juicy.”

Both of these Protea wines come in beautiful clear glass bottles with frosted artwork. Visit the Protea Wines website for ideas on making use of the bottle when you’re finished.

Cantine San Marco ‘Romae’ Roma Rosso

Roma-wineOur featured wine for March comes from the Roma Region of Italy – Cantine San Marco ‘Romae’ Roma Rosso. Like most Roma wines, ‘Romae’ is a blend, made from 80% Montepulciano and 20% Sangiovese.

The wine maker describes Romae as “Intense ruby red,” with a “wide bouquet..and dry, round and persistent” flavor.

Cantine San Marco ‘Romae’ Roma Rosso consistently scores high with critics and fans alike. If you’re a fan of Italian wine, or just curious about Montepulciano grapes, consider giving this excellent wine a try, available in our Highly Recommended section.

 

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