Honoro Vera Garnacha 2016
The grapes come from vineyards, 30-40 years old, with yields of 2T/Ha and located high on the hillsides, 700-900 metres above sea level. The vineyards are planted in mainly decomposed slate and gravely clay soils. The fermentation was carried out in small stainless steel tanks for 15 days at temperetures below 27oC, and then spent a short period of two months in French oak barrels. It exhibits greater aromatic complexity, richness with mineral and blueberry notes leading to a savory and spicy wine nicely balanced and very easy to drink. FOOD PAIRINGS Rice, pasta (noodles, spaghetti, macaroni), white and blue fish, goat cheese, cold meat, vegetables, lentil soup, peas, mushroom, beef, chicken, roast meat, red and white grill meat. SERVICE TEMPERATURE 14 - 16 oC
Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Selección Especial 2011This is one of those vintages which is great to drink from the start without detracting in the least its potential for laying down for the future. These wines amaze you with their great flavour from the first sip, the seemingly precocious integration of the tannins, the freshness of their "Atlantic" features interwoven with the more mature "Mediterranean" character. If we look for the words to describe the wine we can come up with ripe fruit, without reaching the dried fruit stage, mainly small red berries and plums, followed by balsamic notes, especially mint and liquorice, and then, right at the end, hints of spices in the pepper, clove and vanilla range gently coming through. In retro-olfaction spices like tobacco and vanilla make a strong impression. Then, very subtle milky nuances evolve, followed by noble leather. All perfectly integrated in glorious harmony. A very pleasant mouth-feel with the sweetness of fine lees, pastries and soft, noble tannin.
Casanova di Neri Ir Rosso 2015
Pacherhof Pinot Grigio 2015Color: Bright straw-yellow color with greenish hues. Bouquet: The nose is rich of fruity aromas with impressions of apple, candied pear, and almonds. When fully mature, overtones of nuts and honey are noticeable. Flavor: On the palate the wine is silky and juicy, with a good structure and a round and harmonious finish, thanks to aging in oak barrels. Pairings: Ruländer Pinot Grigio goes extremely well with light starters, cold cuts, fish and seafood. Ideal also with egg and mushrooms recipes.
McPrice Myers Helmet Red 2015McPrice Myers Winery in Paso Robles only made 960 cases of this crowd pleasing Best Buy. A blend of 55% Grenache, 31% Syrah, 11% Mourvedre and 3 % Viognier aged in 2nd and 3rd year wood barrels. Sourced from sustainable and/or organically-famed vineyards. Part of the "natural wine" trend, meaning foot-trodden, native yeast with no new oak exposure. Staff Selection for Best Buy for its easy drinking style with dense, savory fruit that is highly recommended with grilled foods especially sausages, burgers or marinated chicken.
Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano D'abruzzo Tralcetto 2015Intense violet robe. Aromas of plum and ripe blackberry. Each sip delivers a mouthful of ripe berries, leather and black pepper with subtle hints of oregano, dried herbs and a touch of vanilla; all leading to a dry and supple finish. Food Pairings: Assertive, full-flavored "country style" cooking such as: venison or rabbit stew; ossobuco; roast leg of lamb; spaghetti puttanesca; pasta with sausage, pepper and onions; roast duck with green peppercorn sauce.
Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2014Appearance: The initial ruby red gradually shades into warmer, less intense shades as the wine ages. Nose: The faintly tousled woodland fragrances of the wine's first year mature with ageing into a complex, elegant bouquet proffering distinct whiffs of violets that fuse well with the tertiary notes of spiciness contributed by cask conditioning. Palate: Warm, dried and beautifully poised, with a restrained background note of plums and an aristocratic hint of oak.
Salt of the Earth Flore de Moscato 2017Staff Selection for Best Buy - I love this wine because it reminds me of pomegranates, raspberries and apples with just a touch of spritz. It is refreshing and gentle with only 7.5% alcohol. I find it mysteriously addictive! I love it with chocolate covered strawberries. - D'Arcy Barrett Winery Notes - Salt of the Earth Moscatos taste unlike any other Moscato because they are made unlike any other Moscato. We use superior Muscat grape varieties that are handled with care from the time they are grown to the moment they become wine. That’s why Moscato fans go out of their way to find Flore de Moscato and Moscato Rubino – they just haven’t tasted anything this good before.
Jack Creek Estate Pinot Noir 2014Aged for 11 months in French Oak (30% new), the 2014 vintage was quite similar to the 2013, a blessing! This wine was recently bottled and we recommend you hold on to it for 6 months, or decant before drinking. The wine has gorgeous notes of raspberry, cranberry and sage. Drink mid 2016 through 2022.
Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay 2016Raeburn is a nod to classic California Chardonnay-elegant and expressive with bright fruit character, creaminess and toasty vanilla. The Russian River Valley Chardonnay ages sur lie for enhanced complexity, flavor and texture. Chardonnay of this vintage showcases intense fruit and crisp acidity.
Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2015Deep ruby in color with aromas of dark, ripe fruit, plum, cassis, and fig with complex hints of porcini and smoked meats. Over time, dark chocolate, bergamot, with underlying hints of bay, dried herb, and peppercorn emerge on the nose. Rich, full-bodied with generous Cabernet structure, yet a very supple mouthfeel. Brambly with berry, peppercorn, and olive that fill the palate and lead to a long, lingering finish of dark fruit and notes of crÃÂ¨me brÃÂ»lÃÂ©e.
MAN Free-run Steen Chenin Blanc 2017A crisp, expressive, light bodied wine. Light straw in appearance. Vibrant aromas of quince, pear and pineapple. On the palate, fresh stone fruit and apple flavours are backed by refreshing acidity, minerality and a full-bodied mouthfeel. A versatile food wine that will pair well with poultry, shellfish and vegetable dishes. Also fabulous as an aperitif for a hot summer afternoon. Great to drink now, but ages beautifully over 2-5 years. Serve chilled.
Frank Family Frank Family Zinfandel Napa Valley 2015Winemaker Notes: Opens with aromas of raspberries, vanilla, and earthy dried herbs notes. Medium bodied on the palate with an abundance of fresh fruit and black pepper flavors on the entry, this wine is round, silky, and finishes with flavors of ripe blackberries. 16 months in 33% new French oak barrels, and 67% once and twice-filled French oak barrels.
Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon 2016Appearance: Deep, dark brick red to blood plum. Aroma: A seamless blend of creme de cassis, hazelnut, cocoa, blackberry preserves, charry meat, and blackberry pie along with suggestions of dark licorice, stewed rhubarb, strawberry, spice and vanillin. Mouth Feel: Rich and satisfying with chocolate brownie, yogurt, molasses, brown sugar and rhubarb notes presented in perfect balance with higher-toned fruit emphasis. Food Pairing: Cowboy-cut, grilled rib eye steak with bearnaise sauce; lamb chops with balsamic reduction; or a charcuterie platter with smoked duck breast, dry-cured pork sausage, figs, pecans and sliced apple.
Cardella Winery Sangiovese Vineyard 22 California 2012Staff Selection! Local Favorite brought in by Popular Demand. - Quite a ripe, youthful and showy, dominated by red fruit especially wild raspberries. Lots of earthy undertones, hint of spice and oregano which gets more exagerated as it warms. A touch of cherry Pez candy to me on the after taste. Highly recommended, slightly chilled and served with pepperoni pizza or pasta with spicy sausages and Arrabiata sauce. Word on the local grapevine has been encouraging Nick to take a closer look at Cardella for years now. - D'Arcy Barrett
Bruni Poggio d'Elsa 2017Color: Purple color with ruby reflections. Bouquet: Tart fruity nose of cranberries with hints of vanilla and spices. Flavor: A wine showing notable density, gorgeous depth and richness, with soft tannins. Pairings: Pairs well with appetizers, meat dishes and game.