November 2014

Discovery

2012 Santa Julia[+] Malbec

Mendoza Malbec is the unofficial goodwill ambassador of Argentina, putting smiles on faces the world over. This is sustainably-grown wine with aromas of ripe figs, plums and blackberries accented by vanilla, tobacco, coffee and chocolate. Full-bodied and structured, with plush tannins and a long finish. Enjoy it with red-sauce pasta dishes.

Cleopatra’s Pearls

2013 RESSó Garnacha Blanca

From the Catalan for “echo,” RESSó’s Garnacha Blanca rings with the vibrancy of Spain’s Mediterranean coast. Very floral and fruity, all orange blossom and tangerine. Apple and peach flavors are backed by mineral notes and crisp acidity. This is really versatile wine, ready to go from aperitifs through an assortment of lighter seafood, chicken and vegetarian dishes.

Treasured Rubies

2011 Manuscript Red Blend

A Californian red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo and Cabernet Franc. A complete, full-bodied red with balance, focus and freshness. Ripe red raspberries and black cherries swim the length of the palate, with oaky undertones of vanilla. Delicious with all sorts of cuisines, this is especially nice with smoked pork shoulder.

Patrician

2011 Maison Nicolas Perrin Syrah Viognier

In the style of great wines from Côte-Rôtie, in France’s northern Rhône Valley, the earthy red berries and spice of Syrah are enlivened by the floral, peachy zing of Viognier. Balanced and delicious, this is a great value that will pair nicely with bold meat dishes.

Wondrous Whites

2012 Villa Antinori Bianco

A unique Tuscan white blend of Trebbiano, Malvasia, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Riesling from the famed Antinori estate. The blend (and the label) have remained virtually unchanged since the 1931 vintage. Elegant floral aromas of acacia and jasmine. Supple and round on the palate, with golden apples and Bosc pears leading into a persistent finish. A treat with braised chicken.

Regal Reds

2013 Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage

Uniquely South African, Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault developed there in the 1920’s. Intensely fruity wine with a smorgasbord of red and black berries, savory spice and toasty oak flavors. Delightful with citrus-glazed pork tenderloin.

Aristocrat

2013 Orlegi Rioja

Orlegi is a return to the traditional light, fruity wines of Rioja Alavesa in northern Spain. Utilizing whole-cluster fermentation and indigenous yeasts, this is a young Tempranillo (plus 5% Viura) for everyday drinking. Plenty of bright berry fruit with a pronounced acidic backbone that makes it dangerously mouthwatering. Pair with Spanish chorizo and Manchego.

American Beauties

2013 Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling

Dr. Konstantin Frank was a pioneer of upstate New York’s Finger Lakes, producing some of the region’s first wines from European varieties. A benchmark New York wine, this Dry Riesling shows bright apple, peach and floral notes. A natural for Thanksgiving!

European Classics

2013 Triebaumer Furmint

The Austrian town of Rust is situated near the border with Hungary, Furmint’s homeland, where it is the primary grape used to produce the famed dessert wines of Tokay. Triebaumer ferments their Furmint dry, resulting in a beautifully fragrant, floral, peachy wine that can complement a wide range of dishes, from spicy Thai noodles to classic Austrian schnitzel.

Ultimate

2012 Jean-Louis Chave Côtes-du-Rhône Mon Coeur

The Chave family have been making wine in France’s Rhône Valley since 1472, producing some of the most sought-after wines from the region. This Grenache-Syrah blend shows characteristic Chave finesse beneath ripe strawberries and spice notes. Try it with roast lamb.

The Bubbles

NV Jean-Baptiste Adam Emotion Crémant d’Alsace

While Crémant d’Alsace rules permit any of six local varieties, Emotion hews closely to Champagne with a blend of 95% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Noir. Luxurious and silky, with green apple and brioche dancing on fine bubbles. Try it with smoked salmon!

Cellar Master

2011 Marc Morey Rully Blanc

The village of Rully lies at the northern end of the Côte Chalonnaise in Burgundy. While producing both red and white wines from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it is best known for its whites. Morey’s Rully Blanc rests on its lees for 10 months in new and neutral oak, adding richness to the palate of green apple and lemon curd. Delightful with butter-poached halibut.

 

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