August 2015

Discovery

2014 Coto de Hayas Rosado

Rosado is Spanish for rosé, that most refreshing of summertime wines. Made from Garnacha (Grenache) and Cabernet Sauvignon—red grapes whose skins give the wine that lovely salmon-pink hue during a short period of contact during fermentation—from Campo de Borja, this wine is electric with ripe raspberry, strawberry and citrus notes. Pair with grilled seafood.

Cleopatra’s Pearls

NV Mojo Cellars California White Wine

An offbeat California white blend of 40% Pinot Grigio, 25% Chenin Blanc, 15% Colombard, 15% Muscat and 5% Gewurztraminer from select vineyards. Inviting and fruit-forward with elements of peach, pear, apple and elderflower. Enjoy with light, summery fruit salads.

Treasured Rubies

2011 Ca’Donini Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon from northeast Italy, with vibrant blackberry and black currant aromas with hints of earth and spice. Soft and well-rounded on the palate, with flavors of ripe cherries and raspberries accented by well-integrated tannins. Pair with spicy lamb kebabs.

Patrician

2013 Carlin de Paolo Piemonte Rosso

A red blend of Barbera, Dolcetto and Bonarda from northwest Italy’s Piedmont region, home to well-known wine regions such as Barolo and Barbaresco. Fruity and fresh, with intriguing spice notes behind cherry, currant and blackberry. Try it with a plate of formaggi e salumi.

Wondrous Whites

2013 Gauchezco Clasico Torrontés

Torrontés from the Cafayate Valley in northwest Argentina’s Salta province. These vineyards reach elevations of as much as 6,500 feet, with wide diurnal swings that keeps the grapes’ acidity bright and fresh—all the better to highlight expressive green apple, melon and floral notes. We’ve found Torrontés to be a perfect pairing with classic Colorado pork green chile.

Regal Reds

2014 Vinosìa Piedirosso Beneventano

Native to Campania, in southwest Italy, Piedirosso makes fresh, aromatic red wines like this bottling from the comune of Benevento. Cherry, strawberry, and subtle hints of violet on the nose and palate. Soft tannins make this an approachable wine for your next pizza night.

Aristocrat

2013 Lucas & Lewellen Chardonnay

Estate-grown Chardonnay from northern Santa Barbara County, California, fermented in stainless steel to maintain aromatic purity and bright, food-friendly acidity. Distinct pear, peach and Fuji apple aromas with hints of lemony citrus in the background. A pure expression of Chardonnay untrammeled by oak aging, delicious with delicate poached salmon.

American Beauties

2014 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris

Long riding shotgun to Pinot Noir’s popularity in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Pinot Gris from the region deserves consideration on its own merits. Lush and dry in the Alsatian style, with aromatics of peach, tangerine and tropical kiwi. Pair with creamy pasta dishes.

European Classics

2013 Reja de Rejadorado Toro

A red blend of 85% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo), 15% Garnacha from vineyards in Toro, in west-central Spain. Alluring aromas of spice box, licorice, espresso and blackberry jump from the glass. Ripe, succulent and concentrated on the palate, with a long finish marked by vibrant acidity and inviting tannins. Tempranillo loves char, so pair with grilled chipotle-rubbed beef tri-tip.

Ultimate

2013 Bodega Bouza Tannat Reserva

The Bodega’s flagship bottling of Tannat, a grape native to southwest France that has become the ambassador variety for the growing Uruguayan fine wine industry. Aged 15 months in used French and American barrels, with a stout, full-bodied palate that’s chewy and oaky underneath flavors of prune, blackberry, raisin and spice. A unique wine for roast venison with plum reduction.

The Bubbles

NV Lini Labrusca Lambrusco Rosé

Lively, fresh rosé Lambrusco from Lini, producers in Emilia-Romagna, in north-central Italy, since 1910. Lambrusco’s characteristic frizzante style showcases a playful palate of bright cherry, raspberry and red currant fruit. Enjoy it as the Emilians do: with generous curls of prosciutto, a block of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and plump olives—shared with good friends, of course.

Cellar Master

2012 Scarborough Revelation Merlot

Travis Scarborough’s wines show a palpable reverence for the earth beneath the vines, and his Merlot is a prime example of how Washington’s terroir is uniquely suited to this Bordelais variety. Plum, blackcurrant and smoky mocha notes.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: