Red Wine

ÆRENA Wines – Cabernet Sauvignon

 

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If you’re a fan of California wines, you may have noticed Resolute Wines became  ÆRENA Wines in 2018. Branding aside, this Cabernet Sauvignon continues to score well with critics and fans alike, vintage after vintage. The wines for the ÆRENA label are produced by Blackbird Vineyards winemakers Aaron Pott and Kyle Mizuno.

The grapes for ÆRENA Cabernet Sauvignon are grown in a single vineyard in the Red Hills region of California’s Tuolumne County. The wine is aged in French oak for nine months. Tasting notes form ÆRENA Wines include:

“…enticing aromas of blackberry with hints of black licorice and graphite. Rich, concentrated notes of plum and black cherry on the mid palate leading to layers of dark chocolate with soft tannins that finish with cocoa and vanilla.”

Wine Enthusiast named ÆRENA Cabernet Sauvignon an Editor’s Choice, awarding it 90 points.

Pike Road 2016 Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley

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Erin Brooks of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate calls our featured wine for August – “Delicious and a great value.” Hailing from the west of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, we’re proud to present Pike Road 2016 Pinot Noir. Pike Road’s delicate process for Pinot Noir includes hand picking and sorting, small tank fermenting and 10 months in French oak barrels. The winemaker ntoes that weather conditions for this vintage created and longer growing season, resulting in “highly concentrated flavor”.

The Robert Parker review awards Pike Road 2016 Pinot Noir a 90 point score. And they’re not the only ones. Both James Suckling and Vinous agree, also awarding the vintage a 90 point score. The James Suckling rating scale also echoes Brooks sentiment, with 90 points or more equaling “a wine a want to drink a glass of and is an outstanding purchase.”

Pago De La Jaraba 2014

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This month’s featured wine comes from Pago De La Jaraba, an enclosed estate in Spain’s Villarrobledo region. Pago De La Jaraba produces single vineyard estate wines, extra virgin olive oil, artisan Manchego cheese, and more. Pago De La Jaraba produces their products in house, distributing everything proudly through their own brands. Our featured wine, Pago De La Jaraba 2014, is a Tempranillo dominant blend, consisting of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot.

Wine Enthusiast awarded Pago De La Jaraba 2014 a score of 87 points, naming it a “Best Buy,” with tasting notes that included:

“Choppy berry aromas are earthy and contain notes of olive and dried leaves…Cherry, plum and dry spice flavors are steady on a finish with some flesh to it.”

If you’re a fan of Spanish Tempranillo, this an excellent blend. If you’re unfamiliar with the style, this is a worthy place to start.

 

Vinsacro Dioro Rioja

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Our featured wine for April 2019 comes from Bodegas Vinsacro of Spain’s Rioja region. Vinsacro is a self-described “château-style winery,” with a barrel-ageing hall beneath the garden of Castilian courtyard. Vinsacro ages all of their wines for approximately 18 months, employing their arsenal of American oak, French oak, and a few Romanian oak barrels.

VInsacro Dioro Rioja is made from a variety of grapes, referred to as “100% Vidau” by the winemaker. Dioro is a blend of Tem­pranil­lo, Gra­ciano, Mazue­lo and Gar­nacha.

Critics seem to agree that Vinsacro has a special wine in Dioro, with a 93 point score from Antonio Gailoni’s Vinous, and 92 point score from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.  Vinous describes Vinsacro Dioro Rioja so vividly you can almost taste it:

“Ripe black and blue fruits on the expansive spice and smoke-accented nose, along with suggestions of vanilla, candied flowers and cola. The oak qualities recede quickly on the palate… sappy, deeply concentrated boysenberry, black raspberry and spicecake flavors….”

A ringing endorsement indeed!

Emporium Appassimento

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Our wine selection for March comes from wine importers Enovation Brands. In making Emporium Appassimento, winemakers sought to re-create an old fashion technique. Appassimento is a method in which grapes are dried to a shrivel state, to concentrate flavors. Emporium Appassimento is made with grapes from Salento, in Italy’s Puglia Region. The area is easily identified geographically as the “heel” of Italy’s “boot”.

The winemaker describes Emporium Appassimento:

“Aromas of raisins, dried cherries and savory cranberry. Focused, medium to full body with a bounty of fruit flavor. Smooth, long, earthy finish with papery tannins and moderate oak.”

The winemaker and reviewers seem to agree, Emporium Appassimento pairs well with just about anything!

Enroute Winery – Les Pommiers Pinot Noir

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Our first featured wine for 2019 comes form California’s EnRoute Winery. Enroute exists to make Pinot Noir, though they do make a Chardonnay as well. With Pinot Noir in mind, the founders chose to focus on the Russian River Valley to build their vineyards and winery.

Les Pommiers is made entirely from Pinot Noir, and aged in french oak barrels for eleven months. The winery takes the name from the apple orchards that once stood where one one of the blends vineyards is now located.

Enroute’s tasting notes include:

“…Les Pommiers possesses the luxurious perfume aromatics and rich textures that we love about Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. On the nose, aromas of ripe cherry and plum are complemented by notes of earth, sage and forest floor.”

Vintage after vintage of Enroute Les Pommiers consistently earn 90+ pt scores. Critics and enthusiast seem to agree, Les Pommiers is a fine example of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

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.

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