With winemaking in his family blood, Vito Lauria decided to attend the University of Udine in Friuli where he obtained a degree in Enology in 2003. After stepping off the campus he worked at a number of wineries in northern Italy for a few years before returning to Sicily in 2005. Vito came home to open the old family winery in Alcamo, 30 miles west of Palermo.
The organically-produced Alacre is a blend of the indigenous Nero d'Avola grape along with Syrah. Alacre is full of dark, soft black fruit, hints of earth with a spicy, peppery finish. $25.99
The grapes for this red blend are 100% Colorado grown! BookCliff Vineyards is located in the Vinelands, a region east of Palisade, Colorado, where grapes were grown at the turn of the century. Situated just West of DeBeque Canyon, across from the Colorado River and underneath the BookCliff escarpment, our vineyards benefit from evening winds that prevent frost and provide moderate growing temperatures.
Friday's Folly Red Blend is a medium bodied red with tastes of raspberries up front turning into blackberries in the smooth finish of light tannins. Have a pizza and share with friends. Varietal: Red blend Appellation: Grand Valley Production: 600 cases
"Régis Bouvier in Marsannay achieves a rare hat trick in Burgundy, the mastering of all three colors–red, white and rosé, through reasonable yields and high quality terroirs. Bouvier makes the best Burgundian rosé that we have ever tasted, his whites are delicious, with their own particular character completely unlike other Chardonnays from Burgundy, and his reds are his crowning achievement, managing to be wild and exciting while refined and elegant at the same time.
Profound aromas of spice, pepper, smoke, and small red fruits galore leap out of the glass. Deep, bold, and masculine, this wine will reward those who choose to cellar it for a few years."
"The Guillemot family has worked Savigny-lès-Beaune vines for eight generations (!) and produces wines with classic Burgundian finesse and balance, all while leaving us a reminder of Savigny's rustic character. Guillemot is one of the quintessential Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant producers, with wines that epitomize the local terroir and emphasize grace and elegance over power and structure.
Not dark in color, no, it doesn't even try to be dark, but then Pinot Noir from Burgundy is rarely noir. The perfume gets to me every time—it just screams Burgundy— classic in every sense."
The Acentor is made from Spain's Garnacha variety in the Calatayud region. Calatayud lays in the north-eastern corner of the country on the border with France.
"This wine is produced from old vines, aged 50 years and older which are trained en vaso. The vineyards are located between 750 and 1000 meters above sea level and have iron-rich clay soils with many large stones. Aromas of ripe blueberries with a spicy undercurrent and a fresh, medium-bodied character with soft tannins." $13.99
"5 European wines to try, at $15 and under. Spicy berry flavors are typical of good, inexpensive Spanish garnacha, and this wine delivers them, along with smoky earthiness for added interest. Not a particularly complex wine, just a really fun one."
- The Washington Post
￼88 points - International Wine Review Issue 39, Nov/Dec 2013
"Camp/The Hobo Wine Company is the brainchild, side job, menace to the wine industry, hedged bet, cash strain, mental anguish, late night musing, bruised hands, dirty t-shirts, and constant companion of Kenny Likitprakong. Despite knowing better, he started his own label in 2002 with the simple idea to have some good fun.
Camp was created by the Hobo Wine Company in 2013 to showcase the quality and value of Sonoma County wine. We work with top growers and vineyard managers in very high quality and responsibly farmed, though lesser know, vineyards throughout Sonoma County to produce table ready, food friendly, approachable and affordable wines."
This Sonoma County Cabernet starts with a deep ruby/crimson color. The nose offers aromatics of cassis, blackberry liqueur, and cedar. The intriguing palate delivers plenty of black and purple fruit with supple tannins, good acidity, and a lingering finish.
Rook is produced by the Corvidae Wine Company in Columbia Valley, Washington. This Merlot-based blend also includes a strong portion of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
"Rook is made to showcase the world-class Merlot grown in the cooler, higher elevation sites located in the Columbia and Yakima Valleys. The wine is aged in mostly neutral French oak to keep the bright fruit flavors lively in this stellar vintage.
Showing red and black fruits, sarsaparilla, orange peel, cinnamon and tobacco, this crisply textured red is balanced by fine grained tannins and a rich, pillow soft mid-palate." Only 2,200 cases produced.
The family of famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli has been making wine for over 130 years.
This Tuscan red is made with the ubiquitous Sangiovese grape variety. The Bocelli family's passion and expertise are on full display in this exceptionally bright, lush, and appealing Sangiovese. With grapes hand-harvested from some of the best vineyard sites in Morellino, the fruit is deliciously ripe and smoky, with notes of marasca cherry, granite, and rhubarb compote. The finish is long and suitably dry, with admirable acidity that makes the palate taut and pleasing.
La Croix Peyrassol is a red blend comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah sourced from France's southern 'Méditerranée' region. Harvested from the oldest vines on the estate and from several prime parcels, the wine is fermented in stainless steel and is then aged in barrel for a period of twenty-four to thirty months before bottling. A small percentage of new oak is used. A powerful expression of the garrigue of Provence, this is a sturdy wine with compelling aromatics. Only 1200 bottles per year are imported to the USA.
Unoaked and full of fruit and fresh floral character, this gives off lovely notes of rich dark berries, lavender, and violets.
The Monchiero Barolo hails from Rocche di Castiglione Falletto, a single vineyard site in the heart of the Barolo region. Made from the ubiquitous Nebbiolo grape, this wine is highly structured with intense acidity and aging ability. This Barolo possesses a meaty quality with aromas and flavors of red flowers, natural rubber, spice, and cured meat.
92 Points - The Wine Enthusiast, 2005 vintage
"This is an extraordinary example of the potential of the 2005 vintage. The wine boasts a meaty, bold style with thick aromas of cured meat, bresaola, white mushroom, moist earth, natural rubber and spice. Very intense flavors of chocolate and ground espresso explode in the mouth. Drink after 2018."