What's Just Landed / Wine Clubs
January 10, 2022
January 2022 Wine Club WinesJanuary 2022 Champagne ClubChampagne de Saint-Gall Le Blanc de Blancs is a true delight, this emblematic varietal Champagne is wonderfully aromatic. With a lovely pale hue and a nose of white flowers and linden, it is delicate, mineral and superbly fresh on the palate. 100% Chardonnay Premier Cru is at its best as an aperitif or when served with a salmon-mango tartare with a fennel emulsion. $40January 2022 Red Wine Club $75 per monthChâteau Picque Caillou produces a red wine from Pessac-Léognan based on the best merlot and cabernet sauvignon from 2013. The 2013 Château Picque Caillou is the ideal red to combine with birds and white meat. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Merlot plus when you order 12 bottles it comes in a wood box.Toasted notes pronounced, peppers, licorice, after a few minutes of aeration, cooked dark fruit notes (blackcurrant, cranberry) on the nose with broad and generous pretty good soft attack, round mouth, red fruit, fine tannins and well melted. Long finish with a slight bitterness..perfect! $502018 Comtesse de Malet Roquefort Bordeaux made by the traditional family who owns and makes Château La Gaffelière in Saint Emilion, this is a well structured, yet subtle red wine. Silky and fresh with juicy red fruits, the Merlot in the blend gives it a deep and ripe character with crisp acidity; the Cabernet Sauvignon gives it a more modern richness, and the Cab Franc imparts a tangy, delicious taste. The tannins are soft and nicely harmonized. Brighter notes of blackcurrant and plum pick up on the long finish. This wine pairs really well with grilled meats, rich pasta dishes and fine cheeses. $25January 2022 Daily Red Wine Club $39 per month.For the start of the year I picked out a few little gems 💎 that taste great while not breaking the bank.This little 2018 Bordeaux from Chevalier du Moulin, a blend of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. On the nose, there are notes of dark cherry, spices and earthy tones. The palate is balanced and silky with a fruit-forward finish.Franco Serra makes a pretty killer Barbera d'Asti! for an even better price. Brilliant ruby red with hints of crimson. Cherry and floral on the nose, with a hint of anise. Dry and medium bodied with ripe red fruit, bright acidity and smooth tannins.The La Vigna Chianti is as barebones as it comes when looking for a Chianti. That being said...it's a pretty tasty little wine. Showing a delightful red color, it has an intensely vinous bouquet with a fragrance of violet. The flavor is dry and harmonious. It's just what momma needs for that bowl of pasta.
October 09, 2019
October Wine Club Wines 2019Red Wine Club $75 per mo2014 Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva - Year in year out, this Reserva blend of Tempranillo with 10% Garnacha and 5% Graciano delivers the goods. Youthful, scented and deeply colored, with ageing only in French oak, it has focus and intensity with lots of dark berry fruit and a sheen of vanilla spice. ($30)2014 Muga Rioja Seleccion Especial - Cherry red in color, this wine offers aromas of ripe red fruits, spices (pepper), undergrowth, coffee, and caramel. The palate is silky, with tannin present, denoting youth and good aging potential. Elegant and balanced. Pair with red meats, lamb and grilled rockfish. Blend: 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 7% Mazuelo, 3% Graciano. ($45)Champagne Wine Club $30 - $120 per mo2008 Champagne Colin Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru - If you've been looking for a Blanc de Blancs that can hold its own with a wine like Egly-Ouriet's otherworldly Blanc de Noirs (which goes for twice as much money), here it is. It's easy to see why: it comes from 35 year old vines, with 5 years on the lees before disgorgement. This is Grand Cru, from the villages of Oiry and Cramant. Here are our notes, verbatim: "So good. Rocking. Triple cream cheese. Savory. Expressive. Pain au chocolat. Chalk. Bravo!Daily Drinking Red Wine Club $39 per moWho's ready for some daily red wine? We have a stellar lineup of wines for you this month.
2017 Domaine Le Clos des Lumières L’éclat Cotes du Rhone Rouge - 70/30 split of Grenache and Syrah...this medium-bodied Rhone will pair up with pretty much anything you toss at it. Solid red-fruit notes of cherry and other tree-vine fruit. A touch of earth on the back part but not enough to make you think of a cheap Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Finish is as soft as a babies butt yet doesn't smell like a diaper.
2017 Chateau Beau-Puits Bordeaux - A traditional Bordeaux blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Beau-Puits flaunts full fruit aromas with flavors of ripe cherries, fresh herbs, and hints of fresh mint accompanied by round tannins. Chateau Beau-Puits is a 35-acre property located in the Entre-Deux-Mers region of France and is home to the Tarride Family, the winemaking team behind this traditional Bordeaux. The 35-year-old vines located on the property of this Chateau produce a red wine with a velvety, easy-to-drink quality.
2015 Chateau Andriet Bordeaux Supérieur - This is an un-oaked Merlot-based beast with some Cabernet on the end. The wine is so good we sold 6 cases the first weekend I had it in the shop. Matter fact...the wine was going to be on last months wine club but we sold it all and I needed to grab another wine so here it is now. Trust me...just taste it!
As always, during the month of October if you want to pick up some more of the wines above you'll get 15% off! Only for this month though.
March 12, 2019
March 2018 Wine Club WinesChampagne ClubFor the month of March I decided that I wanted a Champagne that was a bit different and rare. Being that the 2009 is only the second vintage they have produced and one of the favorites in the shop. Notes: Yellow in colour with glints of light amber. Discreet and extremely fine bubbles. Intense bouquet combining sweet flowers (honeysuckle, broom), yellow fruits (peach) and lightly roasted dried nuts (hazelnut). Evolves towards spicy and citrus notes with a hint of Sancho pepper as well as soft, sweet, ripe notes of chestnut cream. Ample and light on entry to the palate. Ample, thanks to its sweet, creamy, almost spherical texture that seductively wraps around the mouth, coating the palate; light, due to its elegant, saline freshness that «stretches» the wine giving it a smooth, delicate and airy mouthfeel. You will not fail to be charmed by its juicy aromas of sun-drenched fruit that gently caress the palate. An elegant bitterness combined with zesty, spicy and delicate oaky notes linger on the finish. $95Red Wine Club2014 Moulin de Duhart, Pauillac - Château Duhart-Milon’s second wine is selected on the same basis as the “Grand Vin”. In general, the grapes are from the younger plots in the vineyard. Moulin de Duhart has several characteristics similar to the grand vin, but with less potential for ageing as its barrel ageing period is shorter. It should be consumed younger than its more robust counterpart. The origin of the name comes from the former presence of a windmill on the Carruades plateau, next to the Duhart-Milon vineyard. $432012 San Lorenzo La Gattara Rosso Conero - San Lorenzo Rosso Conero La Gattara is a velvety and deep red, soft and at the same time particularly expressive. Dark ruby red in appearance, the nose expresses deep notes of ripe red fruit embellished with balsamic and spicy tones. A vegetal trace opens to a long, material taste, characterized by a thick and soft tannins. Vibrant, closes on notes of fruit jam, of particular persistence. Throughout the meal, it goes well with rich meat dishes. Try it with a particularly seasoned beef tartare. Excellent on all types of roasts. $32Daily Drinking Red Wine Club2016 Principato Red Blend - Some might say this is a Bordeaux-type blend being that it's 80% Merlot & 20% Cab Sauv but...it's grown in Italy and taste nothing like a wine from Bordeaux. It is full-bodied, rich with an elegant finish but its the spices that really get me. For the price...I love this wine. $132016 Principato Pinot Noir - The grapes are picked at peak maturity and undergo fermentation for 6-8 days under controlled temperatures in small stainless steel vats. The wine then is placed in larger oak barrels, where it rests on its lees until malolactic fermentation has occurred. The wine is refined in tank before bottling and release. A perfect complement to grilled meats, salmon and turkey. $132016 Domaine de Couron Marselan - Quality aromas and flavors of black currants, wild herbs, loamy earth, tobacco leaf and background meatiness to go with a medium-bodied, nicely balanced profile on the palate. It is quite good and well worth the price of admission. $13
November 13, 2018
Daily Drinking Red Wine Club Nov 2018This 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 03, 2018
November '18 Red Wine Club Wines2013 Chateau Villa Bel-Air, Graves - A 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)