June 2014

Discovery

2013 Frontera Specialties La Negra Pais

Most varietal Pais wines don’t leave Chile—where it was, until recently, the most-planted wine grape—and we can see why they’d want to keep the secret! Ripe strawberries and cherries dominate this fun, fruit-forward wine. Pop a bottle for your next taco night!

Cleopatra’s Pearls

2012 Tenuta Garetto Amicone Cortese dell’Alto Monferrato

Tenuta Garetto, just a short drive from Asti in northwest Italy’s Piedmont region, has been producing wine since the early 1800’s. Their Cortese is bright and beautiful, with crisp green apple, citrus and floral notes. Light and refreshing, it pairs nicely with chilled seafood salad.

Treasured Rubies

2012 Cambridge & Sunset The Grass Cutter Red

A blend of Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from across northern California during the truly epic 2012 vintage. Black currant, blueberry and pepper greet the nose, and the robust palate swims with cherry cordial, caramel and vanilla. A must for summer BBQs!

Patrician

2013 Underwood Pinot Noir

One of the best values in Oregon Pinot Noir, Underwood over-delivers for the price point. Aromatic, intriguing raspberry and cherry notes gain mass on the palate with a hint of earth and cola. Nicely balanced, with food-friendly acidity toeing the line against “hey, I just want a glass of Pinot” fruit. It’s a light summertime red that’s terrific by itself or with smoky grilled trout.

Wondrous Whites

2012 Corvidae Wine Company Mirth Chardonnay

This Chardonnay from Washington’s Columbia Valley shows the hallmarks of a warm growing season, with breadth and depth on the palate of luscious tropical fruit, green apple and Meyer lemon. Try it with lemony roast chicken—just make sure you have another bottle handy.

Regal Reds

2010 Sofos Red

In case your Greek is a little rusty, sofos translates as, roughly, “wisdom.” The winemakers combined hearty Cabernet Sauvignon with lighter Greek variety Agiorgitiko (eye-or-YEE-tee-ko) to create this organic red blend. Balanced, structured, fruit-driven and easy to love, this is wisdom you don’t have to wait to attain. Enjoy it now with a garlicky roast beef panini.

Aristocrat

2012 Principe Pallavicini Poggio Verde Frascati Superiore

Frascati Superiore is one of three DOCG areas in Lazio, the region in central Italy around Rome. Principally Malvasia, with native white grapes rounding out the blend. Easy-drinking and enjoyable, with marked floral notes over ripe tropical fruit. Try it with grilled shellfish.

American Beauties

2012 Amador Foothill Katie’s Côte

A Côtes du Rhône-style blend of Grenache and Syrah from California’s Shenandoah Valley AVA, at the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Impressive, rich, full-throated testament to 2012 as a near-perfect vintage in California. Strawberry tart and blackberry jam aromas introduce the fleshy, ripe palate of dark fruit and spice. Pop a bottle with roast pork one breezy evening.

European Classics

2009 Monte Faliesi Aglianico

Sourced from vineyards in southern Italy’s Campania region near Avellino, this Aglianico is characteristically full-bodied and impressively structured. Dense tannins and high acidity give it great aging potential, as those elements will integrate over time with rich chocolate, plum and dried cherry notes. Try this big, bold wine with a similarly impressive roast leg of lamb.

Ultimate

2012 Roots Deux Vert Vineyard Melon de Bourgogne

Melon de Bourgogne is a grape most associated with Loire Valley Muscadet, but this white wine hails from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Unlike its Gallic cousins, Roots’ Melon sees no lees aging, leading to bright citrus aromatics and crackling acidity. Perfect with oysters!

The Bubbles

NV Bérêche & Fils Brut Reserve Champagne

From a 9.5-hectare family estate in the Montagne de Reims, this cuvée is equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Deep and energetic, with toasty aromas of apple, apricot and red berries. The palate dances on fine bubbles; the finish is lengthy and elegant.

Cellar Master

2008 Recaredo Brut Nature Gran Reserva Cava

Full of energy, balance and minerality, this luminous artisanal Cava from one of the most exacting producers in Catalonia is exceedingly complex, with a toasty, mineral touch. Fine perlage delivers delicate hints of hazelnut and apricot preserves on the creamy finish.

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