Domaine Regis Bouvier's reds are his crowning achievement, managing to be wild and exciting while refined and elegant at the same time. This domaine represents terrific value for a number of reasons–a lesser-known appellation combined with quality vineyard holdings and a conscientious and talented wine grower.
"We consider this one of our most prized finds of the last 5 years." Kermit Lynch, Wine Importer
This Pinot Noir boasts a deep red color with purplish hues. Vegetal notes first appear on the nose to quickly transition to small red berries aromas and undertones of springwood. Ample texture, with noticeable but silky tannins and flavors of raspberries
“Our Carneros Pinot Noir is medium-bodied with cherry, cola, plum, and blueberry. It is well-structured and elegant, with lingering spicy/earthy notes and cherry flavors throughout the mid-palate. The vanilla and toast integrates well with the silky round tannins on the lengthy finish.”
Scarpetta is a collaborative effort of Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and Chef Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson of Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, Colorado. This sparkling Rosé is crafted in northern Italy of the Franconia and Pinot Nero grape varieties.
Crisp and dry, this sparkling Rosé explodes with delicate red fruit and floral aromas. Delicate on the palate, the wine’s acidity makes it a perfect accompaniment to a wide range of foods including ham, shrimp cocktail, salty snacks, lobster, salmon gravlax, and spicy asian food.
Burgundy is synonymous with Pinot Noir and Bouchard Pere & Fils have been making wine in this illustrious region since 1731. This entry level Pinot Noir offers a curious nose of menthol, barnyard, forest floor, and mushroom aromas. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find muted hints of red cherry fruit. The palate is lively with acidity and red berry flavors.
Here, we travel to the Rioja wine region in Spain where Tempranillo is king and American oak barrels are used prodigiously in the wine making process. The term ‘Crianza’ refers to a wine that has been aged for a minimum of 2 years with 6 months of oak aging.
This is a SPECTACULAR Rioja for the price!
“… The nose demands coaxing from the glass, but it eventually offers a crisp, natural bouquet of dark berries, burnt toast and singed leather. The palate is very well balanced, with lithe tannins that caress the mouth. The oak is seamlessly integrated towards the lingering, supple finish. This is a very well-crafted, natural Rioja."
- 91 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Italian viticultural area known as the "Langhe" is situated in north-western Italy in the province of Piedmonte, at the foot of the Alps. It is here you will find some of Italy's most noble red wines made from the variety known as Nebbiolo. Nebbiolo (from the word 'nebbia', which means fog) is king of the Langhe and produces wines that are lightly colored, highly tannic, and which offer scents of tar and roses.
This Langhe Nebbiolo is a great entry to the category which includes Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara, and a few others. Although those wines fetch much higher prices, the Nebbiolo from Monchiero will offer an expression of Nebbiolo without breaking the bank.
Light, bright ruby red color. Straightforward fruity aromas of cherry, plum, strawberry, and red flowers. A bit more depth and grip than the light color and bouncy, fruity nose would lead you to expect. The acid is strong, and noticeable tannin makes this a very food-frinedly wine. Clingy flavors of dark cherry and some roasted herbal resin.
Try it with Venison, roasted meats, pasta with a strong meat sauce, beef casseroles, and salami. $15.99
Justin Willet Tyler crafts small production Burgundian varietals in southern California's Santa Barbara County appellation. He utilizes some of the very best vineyards throughout the area and focuses on creating wines that are both delicate and balanced. A close collaboration between the wine-maker and the growers results in wines of the highest quality. His wines will allow you to experience a "sense of place" and help you understand the terroir responsible for the wine in your glass.
"A blend of both young and old vines from the best three blocks in my estimation: G, N, & Q. (I'm not sure when we'll stop calling the 'young vines' young, they are now 15 years old...). This combination of age adds layers of complexity to the finished cuvee: the old vines give depth and sophistication; the young vines add freshness, richness, and youthful exuberance. Dusty Tannin, Violets, Spice, Dark Cherry, Cola." $55.00
In 1972, Bodegas LAN was founded and named after the initials of the 3 provinces in the Rioja Designation of Origin of Spain: La Rioja; Alava; Navarra. Bodegas LAN is located in the heart of Rioja Alta. The vineyard is situated in a breathtaking portion of the River Ebro. The vineyard occupies an area in which the climate, river and soil endow already exceptional grapes with a unique personality.
"Fresh and balanced, this red brims with cherry, spice and licorice, with light, firm tannins and vibrant acidity. The texture is generous yet delicate. Not heavy, but vivacious. Drink now through 2014. 200,000 cases made." – 90 Pts from Wine Spectator.
On the nose it smells of sour cherries, herbs, forest undergrowth, mulch, and mushrooms. It’s palate delivers herbal and rustic qualities, with enough tannin to help it pair well with hearty food. It is dry, well-balanced and showing great development. Cold starters, pasta and cheeses will pair exceptionally well with this wine.
"This has been a reliable producer of terrific values in the Cotes du Rhone (and for their Tavel rose) for a number of years, and they have once again done an admirable job." - Wine Advocate (#201, June 2012)
Here we travel to France’s southern Rhone region where we explore the AOC wine from the village of Lirac. Lirac is located opposite the Rhone river from the prominent Chateauneuf-du-Pape region where Grenache, Syrah, & Mourvedre along with a spate of other autochthonous grapes are blended into red wine nirvana.
The Lirac from Chateau de Segries is crafted from 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan. In the glass, you’ll notice a deep and dark ruby color with an opaque center, indicating a high amount of Syrah. The nose delivers forest aromas of blueberries, blackberries, and black cherry. The palate delivers spicy dark fruit flavors with mildly grippy tannins and a touch of black pepper. With a little aeration this wine really starts to smooth out those grippy tannins. A fun wine to watch stretch its legs in the glass. This wine will shine alongside barbecued dishes, duck, lamb, sausages, and roast beef.
The most noble of Tuscany's wines, Brunello di Montalcino is produced from vineyard sites surrounding the medieval hill-top town of Montalcino located about 75 miles south of Florence. Sangiovese is the only grape allowed in the vinification of Brunello.
The 2006 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino is superbly crafted, striking balance between intense floral aromatics, structure, and power. "The 2006... is a striking wine blessed with gorgeous clarity and precision in an effortless, weightless style. Dark cherries, tobacco, incense, dried flowers and minerals come together beautifully in the glass in this sensual, understated wine. Tobacco, licorice, menthol and an assortment of other balsamic aromas and flavors add complexity and character to the vivid, textured finish.” – Wine Advocate
The acidity keeps everything in balance and the ripe tannins assert themselves on the very finish. Give this one 3-5 years in the cellar and it will be even more expressive.
96 Points – Wine Advocate