Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!
Every third Thursday of November, wine consumers around the world wait with bated breath for the arrival of the Beaujolais Nouveau. A tradition which extends back to the 1960s, the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau is a celebration which signifies the release of the first wine from the most recent vintage. Beaujolais Nouveau was harvested only weeks ago, crushed, vinified, bottled, and shipped in time for the traditional arrival date. A perfect accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner.
Vinified in the traditional manner and in compliance with the Beaujolais wine, it comes from the south of the Beaujolais area, named the Pierres dorées. This wine has a deep red color with garnet reflections. A nose of fresh fruit typical of Beaujolais Nouveau. On the palate, the attack proves a good liveliness with fruits acidulated flavors, followed by a pleasant sensation of freshness and good length. $15.00
Typical light red of Nebbiolo with blueberry, roses, violet, raspberry and mint aromas. An intrinsic minerality, with lingering hints of sage, entices with bright red fruit, silky tannins and stunning elegance, a thoroughly enjoyable Barbaresco. This wine will easily age for 20 to 25 years.
Ideal with grilled food, sauced and roasted red meat and wild game.
91 points - James Suckling (2009 vintage)
93 points - Wine Advocate (2009 vintage)
Arcangelo is made with 100% Primitivo in Italy's southern Puglia region. Primitivo has been recently genetically identified to be the European father of the Zinfandel grape; therefore the wine shares many of the same jammy, stewed fruit characteristics as its American cousin.
Palamà is a small estate in a sea of gigantic producers–a speck of an island on the Salento Peninsula–and they would have it no other way. With perhaps the lowest yields in the entire appellation, Palamà is committed to the highest quality "everyday" wines that can be produced, without the fuss of new oak, just ripe, fresh, powerful fruit. This Primitivo is a delight; lush, yet bright and approachable, with notes of dark anise, cedar, and blackberry confit. $16.99
This Merlot-driven Bordeaux blend out of Columbia Valley, Washington has firm tannins and a lean core of black cherry, licorice, coffee and tobacco. Tightly structured with an impressive finish. It's comprised mainly of Merlot with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot from Klipsun and Den Hoed Vineyards. Drink now through 2018. Only 421 cases were made, it won't last long! $39.99
SF Chronicle says: "Napa native Travis Scarborough has devised one of the best Washington blends, showing both the fresh tannins of Cabernet from up north with the succulent berry fruit of Merlot. The Royale combines heady jasmine, tea and bayberry accents for a wine that's alluring and just a bit mysterious, with a subtle earthy side."