January 2015

Discovery

201501 01 Discovery2012 Castillo de Monséran Garnacha

An easy-drinking, fruit-driven red bursting with ripe berry and plum fruit typical of Garnacha from Cariñena, in east-central Spain. Soft and round on the palate, with well-integrated tannins and lingering red fruit flavors on the finish. Great with meaty, cheesy pepperoni pizza!

Cleopatra’s Pearls

201501 02 Cleopatra's Pearls2011 Château Magence Graves Blanc

Delicious, crisp and refreshing white Bordeaux from Graves, south of the Médoc in southwest France. Equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, with lovely citrus and stone fruit flavors and aromas in perfect balance. Delicious with garlicky pesto and angel hair pasta.

Treasured Rubies

201501 03 Treasured Rubies2013 Flaco Tempranillo

Fresh and fruity unoaked Tempranillo from the region around Madrid, in central Spain. Fresh red berry and spice cake aromas are complemented by deeper hints of cola and licorice. Silky and focused, with a clean finish spotlighting tart cherry acidity. The bright berry and cherry fruit are a delightful accompaniment to hearty, smoky Texas-style beef brisket.

Patrician

201501 04 Patrician2013 Zolo Signature Red

A unique blend of Mendoza, Argentina’s signature red grapes: 30% Bonarda, 30% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Malbec. Bold aromas of mocha, cherry, coffee and peppercorn introduce the supple palate with tangy craisin and spice on the finish. Really tasty everyday red that will pair nicely with anything from grilled meats to red-sauce pasta dishes.

Wondrous Whites

201501 05 Wondrous Whites2013 Domaine de la Motte Chardonnay

This Chardonnay comes from France’s warmest growing region, the Languedoc, making for wonderfully ripe Chardonnay with honeyed pineapple and quince aromas. Aged on its lees for a fleshy palate, with plenty of length on the finish. Think tangy orange chicken.

Regal Reds

201501 06 Regal Reds2013 Yalumba The Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon

This Cabernet from South Australia shows the classic varietal punch of cassis and plum on the bouquet. Black currants and blueberries flood the palate, arriving on plush tannins. Generous and full, with ripe fruit and spice that will have you thinking of hearty lamb stew.

Aristocrat

201501 07 Aristocrat2009 Otoñal Rioja Reserva

A blend of 75% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha and the balance Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano—all traditional grapes of Rioja, in northern Spain. Aged 16 months in oak, then more than 18 in bottle before release. Dark plum and cherry fruit and toasted vanilla round out the palate on this ready-for-action red. Try it with char-grilled soy-marinated lamb chops.

American Beauties

201501 08 American Beauties2010 Stickybeak Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Complex and succulent Bordeaux Blanc-style blend from Sonoma, California. Aromas of lemongrass and citrus lead to a palate decorated with baked apricot and peaches, with hints of Meyer lemon on the clean, lush finish. Pair with buttery crabmeat and chorizo bisque.

European Classics

201501 09 European Classics2012 Château de Valcombe Syrah Grenache

A blend of Syrah and Grenache from Costières de Nîmes, at the southern end of France’s Rhône River valley. Redolent with red cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruit, with herbaceous hints of garrigue and dark spices. Try it with rosemary-rubbed roast lamb.

Ultimate

201501 10 Ultimate2011 Villa Antinori Rosso

A blend of 55% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 5% Syrah from estate vineyards in Tuscany. The aromas are intense and complex, with notes of ripe plum, sweet spices and dried fig. The palate is supple and velvety, with rounded tannins leading the savory, languorous finish. Pop a bottle with pancetta-flecked white bean, kale and wild mushroom stew.

The Bubbles

201501 11 Bubbles2013 Bisson Glera Frizzante

The grape formerly known as Prosecco is now called Glera, while “Prosecco” refers exclusively to a delimited geographic region in Veneto and Friuli where the bubbles produced can bear that name. Technicalities aside, Prosecco fans will love Bisson’s lightly sparkling Glera. Finely balanced, with green apple and floral aromas and chiseled mineral acidity.

Cellar Master

201501 12 Cellar Master2013 Scribe Ode to Emil Sylvaner

When the owners of Scribe learned that Sylvaner grew on their Sonoma County, California property in the 1800s, they decided to bring it back in this Ode to Emil. Its namesake, Emil Dresel, was the property’s original owner and the first immigrant to plant German varieties in California. Flinty, vivid orange blossom and apricot make it great with rich, mild Thai curries.

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