Tag Archives: Unique Red

Baracchi Sparkling Rosé of Sangiovese, NV, Tuscany, Italy

16 Jan

DSC03208Sparkling rosé of Sangiovese? Sounds delicious! This rare sparkling displays aromas of cherry, wild berry, and fresh rose petal. The palate is dry, refreshing and harmonious with an elegant finish of black currant and sweet almond. Expect amazing things from this wine at any celebration, both for the quality and the presentation. $55

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COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico, 2010, Sicily, Italy

15 Jan

DSC03201When was the last time you had a Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico? If the answer was “never,” give this bad boy a try. A blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato, both grapes native to Sicily. “Cerasuolo” translates to cherry-colored, or having the aroma or flavor of cherries–both translations apply here.

“Complex layers of salumi, forest floor and spice box lead off in this medium-bodied red, as firm tannins settle around the pure cherry and currant fruit. Needs time in the cellar, but the long, minerally finish shows potential. Best from 2014 through 2020. 5,000 cases made.” 92 pts WS. $36

#50 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2013

Vino dei Fratelli Nero d’Avola, 2011, Sicily, Italy

14 Jan

DSC03195Nero d’Avola is a grape indigenous to Sicily, where the warm, dry climate contributes to the ripe, dense fruit flavors characteristic of the variety. Fratelli’s is luscious and explosive with ripe red plum and blueberry, full-bodied and mouth-filling across the palate. This is great cocktail wine, easy on the tannins, but it’s also a good match for grilled meats and aged cheeses. $10

MAN Family Wines “Bosstok” Pinotage, 2011, Coastal Region, South Africa

14 Jan

DSC03194Unique to South Africa, Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, which was once known locally as “Hermitage.” (Hence “Pinotage”—say: PEE-no-tazh). This wine shows aromas of mocha and roasted coffee beans followed by juicy flavors of red raspberries, nutmeg and vanilla spice on the palate. Try it with smoked pork shoulder and rich, sticky barbecue sauce. $8

Tikveš Vranec, 2010, Macedonia

12 Jan

DSC03184Say it with us: “TICK vesh VRAH nets.” Easy enough, right? Now try this one: autochthonous (“aw TOCK thuh nuss”). That last one means “native to a place,” which describes the Vranec grape and its relationship to the western Balkan peninsula. It’s dark, full-bodied, densely fruited red wine, perfect for hearty sausage dinners. $12

If You See Kay Cabernet Blend, 2011, Lazio, Italy

11 Jan

DSC03170You’ve heard of Super Tuscans? This is a Super Roman red blend, predominantly hyper-ripe Cab leavened with Petit Verdot and Primitivo. Creamy and rich, with baskets of juicy plum and blackberry. And there’s the quirky label, which should sell the wine for every label-art-o-phile out there. $22

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!

21 Nov

DSC03060It’s the third Thursday in November, which means that fans of fresh, fruity harvest wines can once again slake their thirst with that quintessential quaffer, Beaujolais Nouveau. If you’ve been waiting impatiently (as have we) for this moment, wait no longer! Stop by the store and pick up some of Jean Baronnat’s bottling, which is some perfectly bright, bouncy, bodacious Beaujolais nouveau. $15

Statti Gaglioppo, 2010, Calabria, Italy

15 Oct

066Gaglioppo is not just a bottle name—it is also a rare species of grape native to southern Italy, capable of producing wines of depth and charm. Brings to mind fresh currant, blossoming flowers and hints of eucalyptus at the finish. Serve slightly chilled in warm weather, with a platter of hard salami and cheeses. $18