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Red Wine

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

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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

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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.

Tellus Cabernet Sauvignon

TellusOur featured wine for March, Tellus Cabernet Sauvignon, comes from Italy’s Umbria region. This Cabernet Sauvignon is fermented in stainless steel, then aged in “barrique” for six months. These uniquely shaped oak barrels were originally designed for Bordeaux wines.

The winemaker’s tasting notes include:

“Here, the climate is moderate but elevation is also important, so flavors lean to ripe black fruits and tell-tale herbaceous notes.”

James Suckling rates Tellus Cabernet Sauvignon 92 pts, calling it:

A firm, silky cabernet with chocolate and currant aromas and flavors. Full body, fine tannins. Attractive currant, rosebush and almond aftertaste. “

 

 

Quinta de Porrais 2012 Douro

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Our featured wine for February comes from Portugals Douro Valley. The Douro is considered by some to have the most beautiful landscapes of any wine country.

Wine Enthusiast awards this Porrais Douro 90 pts. Wine Enthusiast’s European Editor, Roger Voss:

“From vineyards north of the Douro River on the plateau, this wine shows both richness and a fine cool, elegant style. The wood aging has given the wine depth and extra richness, adding to the berry fruits with spice and hints of toast. It’s a wine to drink soon, full of fruit and balanced tannins. Drink from 2017.”

You heard the man, time to open a bottle of 2012 Porrais Douro!

Tinazzi Corvina di Verona Selezione di Famiglia 2015

corvina-veronaOur featured wine for January comes to us from Italy’s Tinazzi family. The Tinazzi have been making wine in the Veneto region since the 1960s.

This Corvina di Verona is a “Selezione di Famiglia”. This wine is an entirely made from the  Corvina Veronese grape. Tinazzi Corvina di Verona is aged in French and American oak barrels for six months to a year.

Tinazzi describes Corvina di Verona:

“Color: Deep bright red

Aroma: Ample and harmonious, ranging from red fruits to spices

Taste: Velvety, persistent and full, with great harmony “
The wine maker suggests serving with all types of meat and aged cheeses.
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