June 2015

Discovery

 

DSCN10632014 Viña Temprana Macabeo

A Vineyard exclusive! Macabeo, also known as Viura, produces light-bodied, approachable wines with fresh pear and floral aromas. This bottling from the Spanish region of Campo de Borja was fermented in stainless steel to preserve the grapes’ natural freshness. Delicious as a cocktail or with lighter summer fare, from chilled salads to grilled seafood.

Cleopatra’s Pearls

DSCN10642013 VINI Sauvignon Blanc

In the 1980’s, Bulgaria was the world’s second-leading producer of wine, though all of that production stayed behind the Iron Curtain. There’s currently a revival of ancient winemaking traditions, with international varieties like this Sauvignon Blanc joining native grapes. Grapefruit, lime zest and white peach mark this bottling. Delicious with ceviche.

Treasured Rubies

DSCN10652012 Excelsior Syrah

South African wine is in the midst of a renaissance, and not only at the highest price points. This ripe, jammy Syrah is a great value and a total crowd-pleaser, bursting with succulent flavors of blackberry, cherry, licorice and plum, with hints of dark chocolate and Asian spices. Pop this bottle the next time you fire up the grill for steaks. You will not be disappointed.

Patrician

DSCN10662014 Las Valles Red Blend

A tasty red blend from Cariñena, in central Spain, 40% Tempranillo, 40% Garnacha and 20% Syrah from old vines averaging 50+ years of age. Completely unoaked, this wine is all about the fruit. Aromas of blackberries, blueberries and cassis, with intense fruit on the palate and a slightly peppery finish. Smoky, spicy grilled pork chops would pair nicely.

Wondrous Whites

DSCN10672013 Saint Glinglin Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux made by Master Sommelier Richard Betts in collaboration with François Thienpont. The grapes are sourced from a vineyard in the Entre-Deux-Mers region, famed for its dry white wines and home to some terrific values compared to Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley. Grassy, grapefruity and totally quaffable—perfect picnic wine!

Regal Reds

DSCN10682012 Cameron Hughes Lot 487 Lodi Field Blend

A field blend of Zinfandel (57%), Syrah (17%), Petite Sirah (16%) and Tempranillo (10%). Smoky spice aromas interwoven with cherry pie, blackberry and mocha. Juicy and succulent with a long, warm finish of cherries and chocolate. Perfect for burger night!

Aristocrat

DSCN10692014 Dancing Crow Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

From the volcanic soils around Mt. Konocti in northern California’s Lake County, this is elegant Sauvignon Blanc with a bouquet of rose petals, guava and honeycomb. Fresh acidity plays well with crisp golden apple, apricot and pear flavors. Fish and chips, anyone?

American Beauties

DSCN10712013 Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli

Don’t be afraid, just say it: “rr-KAHTS-ee-Tel-ee.” Native Georgian (that’s Caucasus Georgia, not US Georgia) variety made often in a skin-fermented-in-clay-amphorae version, here done in a more accessible style by New York’s Finger Lakes AVA pioneers. Pear, apricot and zingy citrus acidity. Fresh and lively, a great wine for creamy shellfish pasta.

European Classics

DSCN10722009 Terralsole Rotondo Rosso

A red blend of 60% Sangiovese, 40% Merlot from Tuscany, aged 18 months in oak tonneaux and another 12 months in bottle before release. Intense aromas of fresh strawberry, cherry and plum with a round, soft finish. You could go classic and pair it with red-sauce pasta, or enjoy it with grilled or roasted red meats like lamb, beef or bison.

Ultimate

DSCN10732012 Meßmer Pinot Noir 1L

Gregor Meßmer’s philosophy is simple: “The most beautiful wines are those which have had the least ‘winemaking’.” His biodynamically farmed Pinot Noir from western Germany’s Pfalz region is a beauty, all ripe black cherry, raspberry and savory herbal notes. Wonderfully versatile, at home with anything from roast duck to creamy north Indian curries.

The Bubbles

DSCN1074NV Collet Brut Grand Art Champagne

40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier aged a minimum of 4 years in Collet’s 100-year-old chalk cellars. Powerful, fruit-driven bouquet with floral and mineral overtones. Elegant richness on the palate leads to a long, fresh finish.

Cellar Master

DSCN10752009 Primosic Ribolla di Oslavia Riserva

Oslavia, in the northeast Italian province of Friuli, is known for its classic, age-worthy Ribolla Gialla, one of the region’s native white wine grapes. Full-bodied, with seductive hints of acacia honey, ripe pear and peach, and mild citric acidity. Try it with saucy pulled pork BBQ.

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