April 2015

Discovery

DSCN09952013 LAB Branco

A white (“branco”) blend of native Portuguese varieties Fernão Pires and Arinto rounded out by international varieties Moscatel and Sauvignon Blanc. Appealing floral and tropical aromas of pineapple, mango and frangipani. Balanced on the palate between ripe tropical fruit and crisp citrus notes. This would be a great pairing for well-seasoned Cuban-style black beans and rice.

Cleopatra’s Pearls

DSCN09962013 Casa do Valle Branco

A blend of native Portuguese varieties Arinto, Azal and Loureiro from the mountainous southern part of Vinho Verde DOC in northern Portugal. Vibrant citrus fruit makes this white wine crisp and refreshing, bright and lively—perfect for springtime in Colorado! Enjoy on its own or with lighter dishes from salads and fruit courses to fish and poultry.

Treasured Rubies

DSCN09972012 Blue Plate Grenache

One of the most-planted red wine grapes on the planet, Grenache ranges from Spain and southern France to Lebanon, Australia and the US. It thrives in hot, dry conditions and can make spectacularly intense wines, though this Californian bottling is remarkably restrained. Its high-toned cherry and berry fruit and bright acidity will tame even the most powerful lamb rogan josh.

Patrician

DSCN09982007 Kovács Nimród Egri Bull’s Blood

The classic red blend of Hungary, Bull’s Blood from Eger (aka Egri Bikavér), can take many shapes. Kovács’ is a blend of four French varieties from estate vineyards, plus a liberal dose of Kékfrankos (Blaufränkisch). Its peppery red fruit will shine with smoky meat dishes.

Wondrous Whites

DSCN09992013 Carpineto Dogajolo Bianco

A blend of 40% Chardonnay, 30% Grechetto and 30% Sauvignon Blanc from hillside vineyards in Tuscany. Pear, apple and tropical fruit aromas lead to a scintillating palate graced by mouthwatering acidity, stone fruit and citrus notes and a brisk, lively finish. Put it next to a creamy pasta dish, maybe fettucine Alfredo, and let it sing!

Regal Reds

DSCN10002012 Montoya Pinot Noir

Lush, ripe Pinot Noir from Monterey County, California—and one of the best-value Pinots we’ve seen in a long time. The inviting, varietally correct palate features red raspberry, cherry and cola, with smooth tannins and balanced acidity. One of the great things about Pinot Noir is its versatility, so try a bottle with pork, a bottle with salmon, a bottle with chicken…

Aristocrat

DSCN10012014 Schild Estate Unwooded Chardonnay

As the name suggests, this Chardonnay from South Australia’s Barossa Valley sees no oak (or acacia, or any other wood, for that matter), which leaves only fragrant, delicate floral notes and pure, driven pineapple, nectarine and pear fruit. A treat with seared sea scallops!

American Beauties

DSCN1002Two Mountain Hidden Horse Red Blend No 12

47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 15% Malbec and 6% Cabernet Franc from Washington’s Yakima Valley, aged 18 months in French and American oak. Blackberry, black cherry, tobacco, pepper and vanilla framed in toasty oak notes. Great for burger night!

European Classics

DSCN10032013 Fiesta de Azul y Garanza Garnacha/Tempranillo Blend

A blend of Spain’s signature red grapes, Garnacha and Tempranillo, from Navarra. Juicy, fresh and persistent, with raspberry and cherry complemented by cracked pepper and baking spice. Pro tip: pick up an extra bottle, then barbecue a few pounds of spice-rubbed pork chops.

Ultimate

0315CLS 132009 Château Gautoul Cahors

A great example of why serious Malbec fans should learn to say “Cahors” (it’s “cah-ORE”), this is Malbec from southwest France accented by a touch of Tannat. Dried cherry and red plum fruit aromas with grace notes of oaky spice. The wine’s tannins are soft and well-integrated after several years of bottle age. Wine this rich deserves similarly indulgent braised beef short ribs.

The Bubbles

0315CLS 84NV Campos de Estrellas Brut Nature Cava

Zero-dosage Cava from the Penedès region of Catalonia, in eastern Spain. A brilliant sparkling blend of 40% Xarel·lo, 30% Macabeu and 30% Parellada, the classic blending grapes of DO Cava. Aromas of peaches and apricots with yeasty touches of freshly-baked bread.

Cellar Master

DSCN10042011 Andrew Rich The Knife Edge Pinot Noir

The last-released of Andrew Rich’s 2011 Willamette Valley Pinots Noirs, The Knife Edge lives up to its name, with chiseled acidity and firm tannin structure by now well-integrated with dense (but not heavy) red fruit on the mid-palate. A wine to ponder with game fowl.

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