"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
This Cabernet - Syrah blend from Washington State is produced by winemaking team Charles Smith and Charles Bieler.
"Tightly focused and precisely defined, with dark berry, chocolate, and rose petal flavors on a supple frame, lingering easily on the polished finish."
Wine Spectator's 'Best Value'
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
The Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a ripe, rich, layered, yet elegant wine. It has a dark, ruby color and a complex nose of cassis jam, mocha, violets and nutmeg. On the palate, the wine has a delectable berry-laden entry and a rich, mouth-coating mid-palate. The tannins are beautifully integrated and the wine has a long, satiny finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2032. $110
This Pinot Noir from Belle Pente Estate vineyard is an example of wine where the total is more than the sum of the parts. The parts (in this case grapes) come from 12-year old vines, about half were newer Dijon clone selections and one third Pommard with the balance Wadensvill. By mixing these "old" and "new" clones the resulting wine is a complex, complete wine regardless of vintage. This pinot strikes a balance between accessibility and ageability, showing well in it's youth but with enough structure to age at least several years.
The Pinot is fresh, focused, and persistent with ripe plum and blueberry flavors and aromas. Accents of fresh herbs and flowers frame the fruit. The wine is medium-bodied with smooth, silky tannins and a crisp, clean finish. Only 785 cases produced. $35
Viña Los Valles was the first organic wine from Bodegas Vinícola Real, launched in 2000. It is also our first "official" staff pick! Vinicola Real uses only organic, natural farming practices thus preserving the natural cycles of the earth, and letting the soils recover and recycle themselves using ancestral agronomical methods. This attenion to the ecosystem results in genuine, natural, honest wines which respect and reflect their terroir.
90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha, the grapes are harvested manually in 15-kilo tubs from vines with an average age of more than 25 years. “Deep ruby red with complex aromas of spices and forest scents. Powerful on the palate, with a good structure and hints of soft tannins and spices on the long, elegant finish”. $13.99