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Inside this issue:
Lyric /Etude | Faury St. Joseph | Green and Red Zin | Anciano Tempranillo | Vida Mezcal | Siegrist Bland de Noir | Goubard Bourgogne Blanc
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CHATEAU PERICOU 2010
This Bordeaux blend is perfect for the spring and especially if you are going to do lamb for the Easter holiday. Two classic grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, make up this rich, fruit forward wine. It is a nice, well-made Bordeaux at a good price. $12.99 reg $11.69club
MONTARIBALDI ROSATO 2015
Made from 100% Nebbiolo, this dry Rose is intense in both color and flavor. Nebbiolo is the grape used to make Barolo and Barbaresco but here it makes a delightful Rose that will pair well with light beef dishes. $12.99 reg $11.49 club
ALFREDO ROCA PINOT NOIR 2016
You may know Argentina for its fruity Malbecs and floral Torrontes but did you know that it produces some pretty good Pinot Noir? If you didn’t here is your opportunity to try a wine by the Roca family who have been producing wine for four generations. Cherry aromas and a little plum flavor make this wine a great match for pizza or pasta. $13.99reg $12.39club
LYRIC BY ETUDE PINOT NOIR 2015
Etude is a well respected winery that has focused on Pinot Noir. It was started by the great winemaker Tony Soter. The Pinot Noir is inextricably linked to Soter. His Pinot Noirs have received a stream of high scores that speak to his special talent with Pinot Noir. Although his focus has been Carneros, with this wine he moves on to Santa Barbara— a great region for Pinot Noir in its own right. This wine is silky with fresh fruit; red berries and velvety tannins abound. Don’t miss out on this one. $19.99/bottle
“Beer is made by men, wine by God”—Martin Luther
LIONEL FAURY ST. JOSEPH BLANC 2013
The St. Joseph region in the northern Rhone is not as well known as Cote Rotie or Condrieu. Lionel Faury is the son of Phillipe Faury. The latter founded the winery in 1979 (although some vines are much older than that). In 2006 the son took over the winery and they have been working side by side on the slopes that take advantage of the sun exposure to ripen the grapes appropriately. The winery pays incredible attention to detail and it shows in the final product. This wine is made from 60% Marsanne and 40% Rous-sanne. The grapes are treated very gently with as little manipulation as possible in order to preserve the integrity, flavors and aromas. The importer, Kermit Lynch, describes it as “Complex, smoky nose gives way to hints of blooming white flowers. The texture is out of this world: luscious, succulent, and reminiscent of white peaches”. $32.99/bottle
ANCIANO 10 YEAR TEMPRANILLO GRAN RESERVA 2005
In the past we featured one wine from this property and now we bring you another. We simply cannot pass up on the offering from Bodegas Navalon. The winery prefers to highlight the name Anciano (which mean aged in Spanish) and let the delicious Tempranillo from Valdepenas speak for itself. The 30 year old vines in this stony vineyard produce (what we think) is one of the best values from Spain (and there are certainly many of them). Tempranillo is the best known grape from Spain and this wine is ready to drink now. The wine shows a brick rim indicating that it is ready for drinking now. Leather, tobacco and vanilla abound in this mature wine. $16.99/bottle
DEL MAGUEY VIDA MEZCAL
You probably know that tequila is big in the spirits world. You probably also know that mezcal has also been rising in popularity. What you may not know is that this brand—Del Maguey—is the reason why you should come back to mezcal. The Vida mezcal from this company is the entry level spirit that will change how you see mezcal. It may not be inexpensive but it is worth every penny. Del Maguey describes it as having “a nose of fruit aromatics, a hint of honey, vanilla and roast agave; the palate offers ginger, cinna-mon, burnt sandalwood, banana and tangerine, with a long soft finish”. ORGANIC $40.99/bottle
SIEGRIST BLANC DE NOIR 2013
This wine is not at all what you might’ve been expecting. First of all it is from Germany. Second, it is a white wine. Third, it is made from Pinot Noir. Yes, that is Blanc de Noir means—white from black. The Pinot Noir skin is dark and the inside is light. The color of a wine depends on the color of the skin and the time of skin contact. This is a soft easy wine that smells a bit like burgundy but made in Germany. If you drink mostly white wines but want to give Pinot Noir a try, perhaps you should try this. $18.99/bottle
GREEN AND RED CHILES CANYON ZINFANDEL 2013
First things first: Chiles Canyon is in Napa Valley. It may not be as well known as Yountville or St. Helena, but this winery is probably the best known in this particular area. The name of the winery comes from the fact that it is made up of red iron soils and green serpentine. Wineries take a long time to establish; the land was purchased in 1970, the first plantings were done in 1972 and the winery was finally built in 1977. Since then some vineyards have been replanted and new ones have been developed. It’s not easy work but the Zinfandel they are growing in Chiles Canyon is all from their own vineyards. It is aged for 14 months in 60% American oak and 40% French. They only used 20% new oak and really let the fruit shine thru. Only 2000 cases were made. Wine and Spirits Magazine voted it as one of the Top 100 Wineries in 2016. It is the house Zinfandel at Chez Panisse and it received 92 points from W&S Magazine. We couldn’t say it better than the winery “dark cherry and rasp-berry flavors with tinges of bay leaf and clove”. $25.99/bottle
Here is the story of their history laden label: OUR LABEL is adapted from a wine chalice painted by Exekias in the 6th century B.C. depicting the Homeric “Hymn to Dionysus” wherein he is abducted by pirates. Against the better advice of the helmsman, who recognized the god of wine, the pirates tried to bind Dionysus, whereupon he changed into a raging lion.
“…Wine broke out, babbling, bubbling over their speedy black ship, it was sweet, it was fragrant, its odor was divine. Every sailor who saw it was terrified. Suddenly, a vine sprang up, on each side, to the very top of the sail. And grapes, all over, clung to it… …They all jumped ship into the sea, they jumped into the divine sea. They became dolphins.” Translated by Charles Boer
DOMAINE GOUBARD BOURGOGNE BLANC COTE CHALONNAISE 2015
Chardonnay is the reigning white grape in Burgundy. It is like a canvas upon which you can paint simple objects or create a complex work of art. It is unusual to find white Burgundy i.e. Chardonnay from the Cote d’Or that is relatively inexpensive and this good. This is a hand picked selection by Dan Kravitz who has a talent for finding wines that are true to the land and that are excellent values; in fact the mot-to is “Character Counts”. The vines average about 20 years and are sustainably grown. This wine is 100% Chardonnay and aged in traditional cement tanks. It does not see any oak at all. If you like unwooded Chardonnay then this is a wine to add to your lineup.
The Cote Chalonnaise is in the southern part of the Cote D’Or and produces red, white and Rose wines. The wines here are flavorful with aromas of flowers and make great aperitifs. They also accompany food really well, especially because they don’t tend to see new oak. Michel Goubard’s family has been making wine in the village of Saint Desert since the 17th century and this label with its throwback look to the days of the monks conveys a traditional approach to wine. This is good tasty white Burgundy that won’t break the bank. $20.99/bottle
One of the most important aspects of making drinks and serving wine is temperature. We don’t often think about temperature unless the temperature is in some way not right. Think about the cube of ice you need for the shaken martini or the block of ice you need for the summer party punch. Either way you want ice that is pure, clean and brilliant.
Ice. Ice. Baby.
Towne Liquor Store
Established in 1948, and still family owned, has been the premier supplier of excellent wine, beer and spirits in South Eastern Connecticut. We are located close to both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos. We provide a great selection and can also advise you on your spirited beverage needs.