Featured Wine

Summer Rosés 2020

With the weather heating up it’s time for a list of Summer Rosés…

  • Gerard Bertrand Côte de Rosé – You’ve seen this perpetual favorite featured on our website before, but we can’t exclude it from a summer Rosé list! Gerard Bertrand Côte de Rosé is typically described as light and refreshing. Each bottle has a unique rose pattern in glass along the bottom, making for an elegant gift.
  • Dominio de Punctum Lobetia Rosado – This Spanish Rosé is made with organic grapes, described by Lobetia as “rich and fresh.” Wine Enthusiast names Lovetia Rosado a “Best Buy.”
  • Aimé Roquesante Côte de Provence Rosé – The winemaker describes Aimé Roquesante as “fresh and subtle, with red and citrus fruit notes.” The folks at Ultimate Wine Challenge agree, awarding Aimé Roquesante a 90 pts score, adding “crushed rock, lime zest and grapefruit flesh” to their tasting notes.
  • Finca Sobreño Crianz

    This month’s featured wines comes from Finca Sobreño of western Spain’s Toro region, in the province of Zamora. Finca Sobreño Crianz is made entirely of the regions premiere grape, Tinta de Toro. Sobreño says Tinta Toro is similar to Tempranillo, but smaller and thicker with a higher concentration of color. Sobreño describes the color of their Crianz as “Deep-red cherry with purple tones”. Their tasting notes include black berry, oak and spice on the nose, and a “meaty” flavor of “very fine and ripe tannins”.

    JamesSuckling.com seems to agree with this assessment, rewarding Finca Sobreño Crianz a 92 pt score.

    “Biscuit-like aromas with grilled nuts and chocolate oak-influence, acorss ripe dark berries. The palate has a very succulent, sweet-fruit core with plenty of ripe mulberries and plums. Supple tannins. Drink or hold.” – James Suckling

    If you’re a fan of Tempranillo, or spanish wines in general, Finca Sobreño Crianz is a must try!

    Castra Rubra Butterfly Rock

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    Castra Rubra Butterfly Rock, our featured wine this month comes to us from the Telish Winery in Bulgaria’s Thracian Lowlands region. The area is in the south of Bulgaria, and known for red wine production, due to a Mediterranean style climate. Butterfly Rock is 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Syrah.

    This delicious blend has consistently received professional ratings of 90 points and above. Robert Parker awards Butterfly Rock a 90 pt score, as does Decanter magazine, stating:

    “The wood and tannins are well integrated into the dense juicy red fruit.”
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    Wine Enthusiast awards Butterfly Rock a 91 point score, and i-winereview.com comes in at 92 points. Haven’t tried a wine from Bulgaria before? Critics seem to agree, Butterfly Rock is a great place to start.

    Vinaceous Snake Charmer Shiraz 2016

    vinaceous-snake-charmer-shirazOur featured wine for January is a great choice for cold winter nights. An Australian Shiraz, described by the winemaker as “Deep purple and vivid in color with…lifted aromas of berries and spice. Intense black fruits, dark chocolate and mocha across mid palate.”

    Snake Charmer hails from the Pieri Family Vineyard in the McLaren Vale. The region is renowned for growing top quality Shiraz.  Handpicked grapes are fermented in open top tanks, then aged in French and American oak barrels for 14 to 16 months. The bottling and finishing touches of Snake Charmer are handled by Vinaceous.

    Wine & Spirits awards 2016 Vinaceous Snake Charmer Shiraz a score of 91 points, describing it as:

    “Anise and violets, tangy black olives and salt all combine in this lean Shiraz with plenty of underlying richness. It’s bright and brisk, grounded by red-earth tones in the tannins.”

    If you’re looking for a bottle of wine that stands up the winter chill, consider Snake Charmer!

    Sparkling Wine for the Holidays!

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    We’ve selected some of our favorite sparkling wines to feature this holiday season. Celebrate the new year in style with any of these wonderful bottles of bubbles.

    Masottina Prosecco Brut – This one earned a whopping 96 pts from Decanter magazine, described by the Washington Post as “steps above the pardigm of simply bubbles to add an appealing layer of red berries and other tart fruits.”

    Lanson 1760 Rosé Champagne – Despite the name, Lanson Rosé Champagne, was created in the 1950’s. Still, that gives weight to the winemakers claim that this is the first Rosé champagne ever made. This french treat is a blend of 53% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier.

    Oudinot Cuvee Brut Champagne – This is one the more popular champagnes worldwide. Oudinot champagnes are often considered the best deal when searching for a bottle of true champagne. Oudinot Cuvee Brut is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. Critics note a very sophisticated citrus flavor.

     

    Bodega’s Muriel Rioja Reserva 2014

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    We featured Bodegas Muriel’s Rioja Reserva 2008 as our monthly wine feature way back in December 2014. For this November, we’re excited to feature the 2014 vintage of Bodega’s Muriel’s Rioja Reserva. The 2008 variety scored very well, and this vintage carries on in that tradition.

    Decanter magazine awards Bodegas Muriel Reserva 2014 a scoure of 90 points, with tasting notes that include:

    “ripe red and black fruit aromas and spicy oak notes. Rich fruity concentration, long and fresh finish.”

    Like many wines produced in Spain’s Rioja Alvaesa region, Muriel Reserva is made entirely of tempranillo. Muriel Reserva is a great choice for fans of Spanish wine, or anyone looking for an introduction to the region.

    Worthy Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    The “Worthy” line of wines is a secondary label of Axios Napa Valley. Our featured wine for October is Worthy Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. According to the winemaker, the Worthy line was an instant hit, quickly becoming a common name among wine followers. Critics seem to agree, with Wine Spectator awarding Worthy Cabernet Sauvignon  a score of 93 points, with tasting notes that include:

    “…elegant black berry and black cherry, with touches of herb and olive, and pretty toasty oak flavors….”

    If you’re a fan of California Cabernets, this one is not to be missed!

    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.