"The grapes come primarily from the Asti and Doña Elsa Estate, situated in Rama Caíida, San Rafael, Mendoza, around 2500 ft. (760M) above sea level. It is an ideal climate for the Cabernet Sauvignon grape because of the warm days and cool nights that are typical of the area. The soil is of sandy calcareous composition and alluvial origins. Picked by hand, the grapes went through classic crushing and fermentation, with maceration on skins. The wine was aged for six months in French and American barrels, second and third use. The wine then underwent stabilization, filtering and bottling.
This Cab shows a red-purple color and an enjoyable nose offering spicy aromas, as well as cassis and berry notes. The mouth is balanced, with the aforementioned aromas following through to the palate, enhanced by a pleasing, soft berry-vanilla finish.
Pairs beautifully with red meats, lambs and stews." $13.99
When one sits and ponders all the fascinating Italian grape varietals that exist, Teroldego doesn't normally make the list. In fact, "Teroldego" (Tear-ahl-de-go) doesn't even SOUND Italian.
That's because the red grape Teroldego hails from the northern Italian province of Trentino-Alto Adige (Südtirol), located on the southern border of Austria. Trentino-Alto Adige is a high alpine area annexed to Italy as a spoil of victory over the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I. Natives of Trentino still speak German as their first language, hence the existence of words like "Teroldego."
This light-bodied red grape has an intense, violet-toned ruby colour which becomes garnet with age. Intense and intriguing violet scented fruit characters, typical of this wine, dominate the nose, becoming full, ethereal and persistent as the wine ages. The palate is warm and sappy with a pleasingly bittersweet aftertaste, well balanced with a good tannin structure. If you had to compare it to another well-known variety, Pinot Noir or Gamay would be a good fit.
The wine's acid structure makes it a great accompaniment to many types of cuisine including stew with dumplings, Italian Speck, minestrone soup, and fresh young cheeses. $19.99
This 100% Garnacha was produced in the Campo de Borja region of Spain and consistently offers great drinking value for its meager price. It's made from 100 year old vineyards and rests for three months in French and American oak casks.
91 points Wine Spectator 2011
"This fleshy red delivers a rich core of blackberry and blueberry compote, accented by toasty vanilla, sweet licorice and cinnamon spice. Well-integrated tannins give this backbone. A bold, modern style. Drink now through 2017."
Malbec is all the rage these days, and for good reason! Affordable and approachable, this Argentine Malbec delivers loads of juicy purple fruit aromas, roasted coffee, and a touch of spice. The tannins are soft and easy and very well integrated.
"Argentina is in the midst of a Revolution. The same restless spirit which is the soul of the Argentine people has ignited a revolution in winemaking. This revolution has hundreds of young winemakers bringing out the natural beauty the vineyards of Argentina have to offer. Best reflected in its signature wines; Malbec and Torrontés. These wines express both power and elegance, soulfull yet unique. A reflection of Argentina itself. It is our passion to spread this spirit of rebellion and originality ¡Viva la revolución!" $12.99
Sourced from several vineyards throughout the Yakima Valley and the Horse Heaven Hills, the 2012 Lenore Syrah shows the more opulent and balanced 2012 vintage with its fruit forward attack and rounded, rich mid-palate texture. Aging in predominantly neutral French oak maintains the bright berry and savory aromatics of this wild, gamey varietal.
Pair this crowd pleasing wine with barbecued babyback ribs, a hearty lamb stew or your favorite burger. Of course she's a beauty on her own as well. $14.00
The Keeper is an incredible value; it's plush and full-bodied, and is approachable now but will age beautifully. Perfectly ripened grapes give this wine notes of savory spices, cigar box and black fruits. On the palate, a rich mouthful of blackberry, cassis and black tea commingle with a velvety, luscious mouthfeel and a long, generous finish. $18.00
95 points Wine Enthusiast *Editor's Choice*
Shows the ripe voluptuousness that this vineyard always brings to Pinot Noir, as well as near-perfect balance. So rich, so delicious, it’s hard not to drink the whole bottle. Waves of raspberry and cherry preserves, date-nut bread, white pepper, brown sugar, vanilla and toast are wrapped in a silky texture, with gorgeous acidity and smooth tannins. Drink over the next six years. $48
This is a structured Cabernet with a balance of flowers and oak, subtle notes of vanilla and spice interwound with violets and roses. The Cultivar Napa Cabernet has aromas of ripe black currant and plums. Rich on the palate, it is bright and fruit-driven with a long finish. The perfect wine with grilled meats and hard cheese. $24.99
The 2012 Central Coast Pinot Noir is 49% Mission Ranch (Monterey), 49% Cedar Lane (Monterey), and 2% Vecino Vineyard (Potter Valley). 80% of this vintage is Pommard Clone (We love the Pinot funk) with 20% Dijon clones for fruit and jamminess. All of the Monterey vineyards are farmed under the Central Coast Vineyard Team’s Sustainable Points Program and the Potter Valley fruit is Biodynamic. The wine was aged in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fill French oak barrels for 9 months. The various lots were harvested in the 22 Brix range, 100% destemmed, and co-fermented (with the exception of the Potter Valley fruit.) Native yeast fermentation, this wine with it's nose of cherry cola and crushed cranberry, would pair deliciously with Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. $21
In the early 1970s, Michel and Louis Bronzo of Chateauneuf de Pape fame decided to acquire the Bastide Blanche property in Bandol. Their winemaking expertise was rewarded when vintage conditions in 1993 put Bandol and the Bastide Blanche on the map of top Southern French producers. The 2010 is no exception, as this 100% Mourvedre is powerful and slightly game-y with licorice, fig and plum flavors and soft but lengthy tannin structure and acidity. This dense wine pairs well with grilled meat, duck and venison as well as most hard cheeses. $28