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Red Wine

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.


Finca Sophenia 2016 Reserve Malbec

sopheniaOur featured wine for February, Finca Sophenia 2016 Reserve Malbec, comes from Argentina’s Mendoza Province.

The region is known for Malbec, and Finca Sophenia have reserved a special section of their vineyard for raising carefully selected Malbec clones from around the region.

Decanter awards Finca Sophenia 2016 Reserve Malbec 96 points, describing it as:

“Intense aromas of floral-tinged black cherry and blueberry fruit, with a beautiful length of elegance and herbal and floral black fruit on the palate.”

If you’re a fan of Malbec, or fine wines in general, this one to consider.


2015 Austin Hope Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

AustinHopeThe Hope family began growing grapes in the Paso Robles region of California in 1978. Charles Hope would go on to become one of the area’s top grape producers. Austin grew up amongst the grapes, and moved the family into winemaking in 1995.

According to Austin Hope, the picturesque terrain of Paso Robles present the ideal conditions for growing Cabernet. The wine maker describes their 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon as:

“…A big, powerful, modern-styled wine layered with heaps of juicy blackberry and cherry fruit, while nuances of cedar, clove, nutmeg and vanilla bean round out the long smooth finish. It’s full-bodied and rich, balanced by fresh acidity and firm, polished tannins.”

If you’re a fan of Cabernet, or just fine California wines, consider giving this one a try.

Contino Reserva 2010

continoOur featured wine for December comes from Spain’s Rioja region. Contino Reserva is made from 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazeulo y Garnacha. Due to an ideal growing season, the winemaker considers 2010 an “excellent vintage”.

James Suckling awarded Contino Reserva a score of 96 points. Suckling’s tasting notes include:

“Lots of plum character, chocolate, bay leaves and rosemary on the nose. Full body and lots of concentration, yet this delivers amazing freshness and balance. This is all about refreshment in combination with power.”

The winemaker’s tasting notes include:

“Deep red garnet. Intense nose of red fruits, some smoke, gloves, medium to full body palate, fresh, with a spiced finish. Well balanced, fine, very fresh, juicy.”

Vallis Dei Amarone Della Valpolicella 2014


This month’s featured wine hails from Italy’s Valpolicella Region, an Amarone from Vallis Dei. Amarone wines are made from partially-dried grapes, resulting in a concentration of sugars and flavors for a unique wine experience.

Amarone tend to be a bit more expensive, as more fruit goes into making each bottle, but this also can result in a higher alcohol percentage.

Vallis Dei offers a reasonably price Amarone if you’ve been interested in giving this style a try.


Collosorbo, Brunello Di Montalcino


Tuscany is known or producing many excellent wines. Wines made outside of Tuscany’s town of Montalcino are no exception. Wines of this region are called Brunello Di Montalcino, or simply, “Brunellos”. Our featured wine this month Collosorbo Brunello Di Monatlcino is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes, as are all Brunellos.

If you’re looking for an introduction to the region and style, rest assured, Collosorbo has been rates among the best.

James Suckling awarded Collosorbo Brunello Di Monatlcino a score of 95 points. The tasting notes include:

“Lots of balsamic and dried-cherry character. Full-bodied, rich and silky with beautiful fruit and intensity. Long and flavorful. Gorgeous wine.”
– James Suckling

You’ll find this one on our shelve under “Highly Recommended”, or ask our staff to point you to it.

Viña Real Crianza

VinaRealOur featured wine for July, Viña Real Crianza, is made from grapes grown in Spain’s Rioja Alavesa region. Crianza is first fermented in stainless steel, before moving to French Oak, then American barrels. It’s racked every 5 to 6 months throughout the aging process.

The winemaker is sure you’ll find a good balance of dark berry fruit and oak in both the nose and on the palate.

James Sucking awards Viña Real Crianza 2014 a score of 92 pts. Tasting notes from James Suckling include:

“A perfumed nose of dried-flower, blackberry and currant character. Cloves and cinnamon too. Full-bodied, very fruity and concentrated with soft ripe tannins and a long, fresh and lightly oaky finish.”

Purple Heart Wines – Napa Valley Red Wine 2014

purpleheartwineOur featured wine this month comes with philanthropic spin. Purple Heart Wines donates a sizable portion of their profits to the Purple Heart Foundation. Purple Heart helps military members and their families meet unfulfilled needs.

Currently we have Purple Heart Napa Valley Red Wine 2014. This California red comes lavishly packaged in a purple bag with a golden bow. The wine is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon,4% Petite Sirah, 1% Petit Verdot.

The wine maker’s tasting notes include:

“…..aromas of mulberries, plums and blackberries with hints of black licorice….lushly textured with notes of red and black fruits and hints of cardamom.”

With 88 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, and multiple 90+ point gold medals earned, Purple Heart is not one to overlook.

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