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Dynamite Vineyards | Domaine Larue | Luigi d’Alessandro | Fantini | Perez | Cazin | Seguin Manuel
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CHATEAU PERICOU 2010
This red wine from Bordeaux is a blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 70% Merlot. It’s always good to find an affordable blend from Bordeaux. The importer describes it as “nice plum-ruby color accompanied by a floral note. The palate is structured with firm tannins and shows lovely forward fruit, too. It’s rich, intense and vivid with red fruit. Quite elegant and perfumed, it has amazing balance and purity”. This wine is an amazing value!!
$12.99 reg $11.61 club
CUNE VINA REAL CRIANZA 2014
We have said this before and we’re still saying it: Spain has some of the best values out there! This 90% Tempranillo/10% Graciano, Mazuelo, Garnacha blend from this outstanding winery is worthy of your attention. With perfect poise and balance, this wine drinks above its price. Yummy!!
$15.99 reg $14.37 club
COMTESSE DE MARION CHARDONNAY 2016
This 100% Chardonnay from the South of France should help you usher in spring. It is aged in stainless steel which gives fresh and floral aromas and flavors that are pure fruit without undergoing malolactic fermentation.
DYNAMITE VINEYARDS RED BLEND 2013
This winery’s name was inspired by the fact that some vineyards in California had so many rocks, that blasting them with dynamite was one of the ways to clear the land. Red blends from California are among the most popular wines. The variety of grapes balance out the flavors and makes for pleasant drinking. This blend will satisfy the wine drinker who likes to have a wide variety of grapes in wine. The varieties in this wine include Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Sirah, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Each one of these grapes contributes its own unique characteristic. Of course, there are lots of red berry flavors in here along with some dark fruits. If you are looking for a big, jammy wine…this is for you!
“Beer is made by men, wine by God”—Martin Luther
DOMAINE LARUE SAINT-AUBIN 2015
Fans of white Burgundy know just how expensive a bottle of this French Chardonnay can be. Yes, the grape in almost all white Burgundy is Chardonnay. It can be as rarefied as Corton Charlemagne and as quaffable as white Beaujolais. This wine from the Saint-Aubin region in Burgundy is a great, affordable wine from a region that should get a lot more attention. The area where the grapes for this wine are grown is really tiny and it is all sustainably farmed. The wine goes into oak barrels of which 20% are new so as not to overwhelm the wine. The winery describes the wine as ” clear and bright with an agreeable vanilla fragrance. The mouth is fresh and sprightly, the structure light and full-flavored”. And contrary to popular opinion, white wine can age and this one can certainly stick around for a few years
LUIGI D’ALESSANDRO CORTONA BORGO SYRAH 2014
There is fascination in the understanding that practically every square inch of Italy grows grapes for wine. The wine map of Italy is one big vineyard that produces an incredibly diverse amount of wine. You probably would not think of Syrah when you think of Italy but right here in the center of Tuscany not far from Siena it is grown. The DOC of Cortona is not big and isn’t as well known as some other Tuscan wine areas. What Cortona does have, is a small cadre of winemakers who are focused on high quality wines. The other thing that makes this area special is the soil; it is not unlike parts of the Cotes du Rhone region and therefore allows this winery to grow Syrah. The winery has also undergone a three year conversion to be certified organic. The organic movement is not just a movement anymore, it is now becoming part of the normal process of winemaking. The wine comes from younger vines and is ready for drinking now. It is fermented in stainless steel tanks and is aged in used barrels which means no overwhelming oak flavors. The winery likes to say that it has a “fragrant brushwood nose” with “blackberry, and spicy notes”. This is a quietly elegant wine with much to offer.
Fantini Gran Cuvee Rose NV
This absolutely beautiful bottle of wine is as lovely on the outside as it is on the inside. The hue of this wine can only be described as a translucent shade of pomegranate. Before any- thing else, we’d like to tell you that this is a sparkling rose that is DRY. The grapes are delicately crushed in order to get only free-run juice so that no harsh tannins make it into the wine. Made from the eponymous grape Aglianico di Vulture, this wine has long lasting bubbles with an aroma that tickles the nose with its “ripe notes of cherry fruit, raspberry, red currant, and wild strawberries confirmed on a fresh, flavorful and well-balanced palate”.
RAUL PEREZ ULTREIA MENCIA 2016
In the northwestern part of Spain lies Bierzo. A grape growing area that unless you are a fan of the Mencia grape, you might not even know exists. Raul Perez is one of the rock stars of Bierzo and his family has been there for generations. It is grown on just 3 hectares of clay and slate soil which he manages with the utmost care for the environment by avoiding products that would harm the earth. The flavors of Mencia might remind some of Pinot Noir but with a little more body. It also reminds us of a cool climate red such as those from Loire. This wine is a field blend of Mencia with Trousseau, Alicante Bouschet, Dona Blanca and Palomino.
FRANCOIS CAZIN COUR-CHEVERNY 2015
What if we could give you an alternative to the usual spring white wines? The Loire Valley is a large area that produces Sancerre and Pouilly Fume but also smaller appellation wines like Cour-Cheverny. It is made from a grape that hardly ever makes front page news—Romorantin. The importer describes it as “naturally high in minerality… it can be dry, steely, zingy, though always with underlying ripe-apple… but always with a solid mineral core”. This wine is aged on the spent lees and spends some time in a neutral barrel (which means no wood flavors) and unfiltered. A glass of this will wipe away the remainder of winter.
SEGUIN-MANUEL MERCUREY BLANC VIEILLES VIGNES 2015
This white wine, made from old vines Chardonnay, may sound new to you but its heritage is impeccable. The winemaker/vineyard owner, Thibault Marion, grew up in the Chanson Pere & Fils family. That family is one of the largest winemakers in Burgundy and afforded Marion a good opportunity to learn a lot. Now with his own plots in Burgundy, in excellent villages, he is farming organically small plots. It is described as having “concentrated fruit and vanilla nuances…on the palate, ripe fruit and mineral nuances come first. Oaky notes give a lovely finish to the wine”.
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.
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