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  • Daily Drinking Red Wine Club Nov 2018

    This month is action-packed with some stellar finds that I'm pretty proud of.  All three of these wines are perfect for that holiday burn that will be sitting on top of the dinner table this month.
    2015 Branciforti dei Bordonaro Syrah - Deep intense ruby red colour. Marvelous and well-defined nuances of cherry and plum aromas with a touch of spice. Suave, soft and caressing, it reveals its great and intensely Mediterranean character admirably matching a powerful and hearty texture and an extraordinary vivacity.  Ideal match with dishes like lasagna with ragout, veal filet with wild mushrooms, stewed boar.
    2012 Enate Crianza - Earthy red-berry aromas include a note of forest floor. A medium-bodied palate is centered on tight racy acidity, while this blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon tastes of red plum, mixed spices and cocoa powder. An edgy finish with spiced cherry and plum flavors is juicy and primed by raw acidity.
    2017 Flaco Tempranillo - 

    Produced from organically grown, dry-farmed vineyards. Flaco shows the complexity of twice its price. These vines are tended in diverse micro-climates, allowing for more consistency of ripeness year after year.

    The fresh, pure character of this wine makes this an extremely versatile wine to pair with food. This wine pairs well with white meats like pork and chicken and flaky fish like hake, cod or flounder. This has the fruit and acidity to match with red meats, as well.

  • November '18 Red Wine Club Wines

    2013 Chateau Villa Bel-Air, GravesA blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, the wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels.  Château Villa Bel-Air lies 15 km south of Bordeaux, at the entrance to the village of Saint-Morillon, in the heart of the Graves appellation with its many centuries of winemaking traditions. This Italian-inspired “chartreuse” house lies in the heart of the vineyards, near to Brède château. It has been classified as a Historical Monument and is a veritable jewel of the XVIII century.
    A remarkable wine inspired by its impressive historical legacy, Château Villa Bel-Air now produces a red wine and a white wine that perfectly illustrate the finesse and complexity of Graves wines. “The domaine has been subject to numerous improvements that aim to improve the quality of the vineyard and the wines produced here (…). Wine amateurs are yet to discover the excellence of this Grand Cru” (Robert Parker, 2005). ($25)
    2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvee Classique Rouge - There is something about the dark, inky Mourvèdre, plus the salty sea air caressing the vines every night, that typifies classic Bandol. This wine is complete, and ready to serve cooled down a touch.  With a blend of 75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, 2% Carignan, this wine is the backbone of Domaine Tempier.  More Mourvedre La Migoua yet less than La Tourtine.  It will lay down for decades and treat you like a king.  Pick up a case or two and stash it away. ($50)
  • Moulin Touchais Pre-Sale

     

    On the banks of the river Layon in the beautiful Loire Valley exists one of the world's largest and oldest single wine stocks. Miles of underground cellars contain wines dating back to the 1800's. These are the sweet Chenin Blanc wines of Moulin Touchais, one of the Loire Valley's most legendary estates. Their vineyards are among the most famous in the Anjou area, lying in the heart of the Coteaux du Layon region. Like Huët, these wines are some of the most age-worthy on the planet. In fact, Moulin Touchais is the only winery in the world we know of who gives a CENTURY LONG GUARANTEE ON THE LONGEVITY OF THEIR WINES.

    These are by definition sweet wines, though not in the classical sense. Over time, the residual sugar melds with the acidity and fruit, leaving the impression they are much less sweet than they actually are. They are wines of great versatility, perfect harmony and among the great hidden gems of the wine world.

    Unfortunately, the wines are seldom seen on the market. For one, it is only produced in great vintages. Secondly, they aren't released until at least ten years after date of harvest. When they are, the vast majority is quickly snatched up by locals, leaving very little for consumers here in the US. However, we just got our hands on a lot from their most recent release and were able to acquire good quantities on top back vintages. And because we bought them directly from the domaine, the wines are not only pristine, but we obtained them at amazing pricing. In fact, really amazing! Wines of this quality, age and provenance simply don't exist in today's market, so we encourage you to take advantage of this unique buying opportunity while you can.

     I need to know what you'd like by Friday the 2nd so we can get them on the ship and have them in time for the holidays.

    2005 Coteaux du Layon $54 per 750ml

    2002 Coteaux du Layon $58 per 750ml

    1997 Coteaux du Layon $62 per 750ml

    1996 Coteaux du Layon $62 per 750ml

    1985 Coteaux du Layon $66 per 750ml

    1981 Coteaux du Layon $70 per 750ml

     

    Let me know people...These prices are only for the pre-sale.  Once the wines come in...they'll go up.

  • January 2018 Wine Club Wines

    January 2018
    Here are your club wine peeps...
    Daily Drinking Red Wine Club $39
    2015 Garofoli 'Farnio' Rosso Piceno
    Notes:  60% Montepulciano & 40% Sangiovese.  This medium-bodied wine comes from the hilly areas of Ancona, Macerata and Ascoli Piceno. It is meant for early consumption.  Perfect accompaniment for savory pizzas and those made with cheese; introductory dishes with red sauces and grilled meats.
    2015 Maiana Salice Salentino Rosso DOC
    Notes:  This wine is ruby-red in color with expressive notes of ripe plum mingled with blackberry jam and sweet spice. On the palate, Maiana is full-bodied and robust.  A wonderful partner to roast game, beef, or hearty casseroles.
    2015 Contrade Negroamaro 
    Notes:  Deep ruby red; intense aroma, with notes of cherry and blueberry jam, cocoa, licorice and floral fragrances. Round with warm structure and smooth tannins.  On these cold nights...this wine makes it worth sitting on the front porch with a book!
     
    Red Wine Club $75
    2015 Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon $17
    Notes:  This soft, juicy and fruity is full of red-berry flavors that are laced with acidity and a spicy, smoky edge. The wine is smooth and ready to drink.
    2008 San Felice Campogiovani Brunello di Montalcino $58
    Notes:  The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is strikingly beautiful in this vintage. Sweet floral notes meld into raspberries, flowers, mint and spices. A sexy, radiant wine, the 2008 impresses for its balance and overall sense of harmony. The long, polished finish is impeccable. All the elements are in the right place. I don’t expect the 2008 to be a long-term ager, but it is very appealing today.  There were only 36 bottles of the 2008 brought into the state...I guess you folks in the red wine club just happen to know someone in the industry.
  • 2015 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée da Capo" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

    Folks I'm not gonna lie...I can get you several bottles of 1982 Chateau Lafite faster than I can get a bottle of two of Cuvee da Capo!  This is an ultra rare opportunity for me to be able to offer this pre-sale to you guys.  At this time we are looking at a delivery date of January 2018.  This is a wine that will cellar for decades and I can truly say the bottles of 1998 I consumed back in NY when I was working at the auction house were some of the finest CDP's I've ever had.  Matter fact...the finest wines I've ever had.  God I wish I had more.

    Check out the reviews for the '15 vintage...

    Vinous | Rating: 95-97

    Saturated ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe dark berries, incense and garrigue , accented by a sexy Asian spice nuance in the background. Plush, seamless and alluringly sweet, offering intense black raspberry, cherry liqueur and floral pastille flavors that reach every corner of the palate. Smooth, seamless and deeply concentrated but lively as well; velvety tannins add shape to an extremely long, spice- and mineral-accented finish. The interplay of richness and vivacity here is awfully impressive.

    Wine Advocate | Rating: 96-98

    The flagship cuvee, which isn't made in every vintage (when the Cuvee da Capo isn't produced, Laurence normally releases a Cuvee Laurence), the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo is primarily Grenache, with 4% Mourvedre, and the rest and assortment of varieties. It comes all from la Crau (a few different parcels), isn't destemmed and there's only a single foudre ever made in a vintage. Easily one of the wines of the vintage, it sports a deep, opaque purple color as well as thick, concentrated, unctuous notes of black cherries, caramelized meats, liquid smoke, pepper and charcuterie. Full-bodied and beautifully concentrated on the palate, with masses of sweet tannin, it reminds me of a slightly toned down 1998 as opposed to the more opulent 2000, 2003 or 2007.

    $25 will secure your bottle or bottles.  Once we confirm the exact amount we can get you...we'll bill you the rest of the $375.

    We'll also be asking request for 1.5L & 3.0

    1.5L $890

    3.0L $1765

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