Red Wine

Jose Maria Da Fonseca – Waterdog Portugal Wines

Our featured wines this month come from Jose Maria Da Fonseca’s premium Waterdog line. The wines are from the southern coast of Portugal, home of the original Portuguese Waterdogs.

Waterdog Portugal White Wine 2020 is a blend of 90% Arinto and 10% Fernão Pires grapes. The winemaker’s tasting notes for Waterdog Portugal White include “peach and pineapple aroma and a touch of spices and wood.”

Waterdog Portugal Red Wine 2020 is a blend of 56% Castelão, 22% Touriga Nacional, and 22% Touriga Francesa grapes, aged for 6 months in French and American Oak. The winemakers describes Waterdog Portugal Red as having a “fruity palate with notes of red berries and a touch of wood”.

Llama & Alain de La Treille Cabernet Francs


We’ve selected a pair of special Cabernet Francs for this month’s featured wines.

Llama 2018 Cabernet Franc – Belasco De Baquedano
While the wines of Belasco De Baquedano have a deep history, Llama 2018 Cabernet Franc is described as a “modern wine”. The winemaker’s tasting notes include:

“Fruity aromas, ripe black fruits, stand out against a background of fine toasty hints from ageing in top-quality oak.”

Alaine De La Treille Cabernet Franc
Alaine De La Treille Cabernet Franc comes from the Loire Valley region of France. The wine is named for the memory of a local farmer, wine drinker and friend of the winemaker, who describes Alaine De La Treille as:

“…Perfumed, showing juicy red & black fruit and spices…soft tannins lend structure and create a delightfully fruity red wine.”

Archery Summit Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley – 2018


After years as a winemaker, Gary Andrus founded his first Archery Summit vineyard in 1993. Andrus settled first in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, known for its pinot noir vineyards. Our featured wine is one of those Pinot Noirs.

Archery Summit Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley – 2018
The winemaker considers this a bottle that “epitomizes the spirit of the valley.” With tasting notes including fennel, mulberry and dried anise on the nose, and bramble and wild huckleberry on the palate.

Wine Spectator awards this 2018 Archery Summit Pinot Noir a score of 93 points, with tasting notes that include “floral blueberry and raspberry flavors that gather accents of orange blossom and spice cinnamon.”

Ayni Malbec Paraje Altamira 2018

Our featured wine for January comes from Argentina’s Uco Valley. Ayni Malbec is made from 100 percent Malbec, fermented both with spontaneous and native yeasts, aged for 12 months in untoasted oak, and bottled unfiltered.

Critics unanimously award Ayni Malbec over 90 points.

  • Decanter – 97 points – “Lovely freshness…great fruit purity…attractive use of oak.”
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  • Tim Atkin – 95 points – “an outstanding Malbec from the richly talented Gabriel Bloise.”
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  • James Suckling – 93 points – “Love the blackberry, nutmeg, dried-flower, mushroom and graphite aromas.”
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  • Vinous – 92 points – “An energect, nuanced Malbec.”
  • Spanish Wines for the Holidays!

    A selection of Spanish wines for the holiday season.

    We’ve chosen a fantastic selection of Spanish wines for the holiday season.

    Vega Escal- Reservaa De La Tierra

    This wine is a delicious blend of Merlot, Garnacha Negra, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carinena and Syrah from the Priorat region. The 2017 variety was awarded a 94 point score by Wine & Spirit Magazine, describing it as including “flavors of blue and black fruit rounded out with notes of fresh vanilla bean and toffee.”

    Goru Gold – Ego Bodegas
    Goru Gold is made from Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes, and aged in french and american oak barrels for 12 months. Wine Spectator awarded Goru Gold a 93 point score, describing it as having “bright cherry, berry and currant flavors…with licorice, black tea and mineral notes.”

    Marques Del Atrio Reserva

    This fantastic Spanish wine is amde from Tempranillo and Graciano of the Mendavia region. James Suckling awards Marques Del Atrio Reserva a 93 point score, describing it as having “lots of cool and clean fruit with dark berries, dark chocolate and hints of vanilla.”

    Castano Solanera

    Solanera is made from Monastrell, Carbernet Sauvignon and Garnacha Tintorera from the Yecla region. Winebow awards Solanera a 93 point score, with tasting notes that include “blue fruits, cedarwood, speiced cherries, and peppery herbs.”

    Bio Zero – Wines Without Sulfites


    Every so often we have a customer requesting a wine without added sulfites. We’ve kept our eye out and found Bio Zero, a line of “wines without sulfites” from Italy’s Cascina Del Colle.

    The Bio Zero red wine is made entirely of Montepulciano grapes, fermented in stainless steel tanks, and aged for one month. The winemaker’s notes describe:

    “red berry fruit, complemented by subtle herbaceous nuances and pleasing floral sensations…balanced, fresh, young, with good tannic texture, body and persistence.”

    Bio Zero’s white wine offering is made of Trebbiano grapes, also fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks for one month. Casinca Del Colle’s notes include:

    “…fresh notes of green apple, white flowers and citrus notes…sapid, fresh, balanced, refreshing.”

    Whether you’ve been searching for a sulfite free wine, or just looking for something interesting to try, consider picking up a bottle of Bio Zero on your next visit to Village Beer & Fine Wine.

    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.”
    -Decanter

    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.