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  • May 2017 Wine Club Wines

    Sorry it's taken me to almost the end of the month to get these posted.  The shop has been pretty busy and I've been spending too much time working on our new project...Rain City Wines egg production.  Now...onto the wines.

     

    Daily Drinking Red Wine Club $39 per month

    2015 Chateau La Croix du Duc Bordeaux - The first thing you should know is that when you buy this little Bordeaux by the case...it comes in its own wood box. Now for the wine itself. 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc & 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Has some solid fruit with amazing toasty notes and soft tannins. This might be the winner winner chicken dinner wine! 

    2015 Les Jamelles Malbec Pays d'Oc - With its ruby color with red highlights, this wine is elegant, spicy and liquorice nose with notes of red and black fruits. The palate is soft and well structured with very present fruit aromas and fine tannins that provide an elegant length.  With the amount of fruit and structure in this Malbec, I'd suggest tossing some Bratts in the Green Egg and letting them sit there while the wine opens up a bit.

    2013 Indigenous Selections Barbera - This is one bad-ass Barbera for the price!  Pure Barbera, pure awesomeness.  Solid fruit, medium to full-bodied with fine yet sweet tannin's on the end.   I would actually put some meat in the crockpot and let it simmer for 12 hrs.  Add a little of this wine to simmer with the meat.  Don't forget the taters and carrots.

     

    Daily Drinking White Wine Club $39 per month

    2015 Mas Las Cabes Cotes Catalanes Blanc - This is dominated by the orange blossom, mint, and apricot of Muscat, into which is blended a little Grenache Blanc and Macabeu that supply depth and richness. Infectiously juicy and bright, yet with an impressive sense of substantiality and with intriguing saline, savory, and smoky accents, this clever presentation of Muscat with a deft supporting cast is sure to be a food-friendly and porch sipper.

    2016 Domaine Santa Giulietta Corse Rosé - Bright and full of life, this fantastic Corsican rose is filled with a harmonious blend of fruit, spice and mineral, this low alcohol (12 percent) beauty is eminently food friendly with fresh nectarine and cherry notes gliding through a lightly floral finish.  You need this with some street tacos!

    2016 Domaine Le Clos Des Lumieres Cotes du Rhone Rosé -  Color of rose petals with hints of fuchsia. Very fine nose dominated by strawberry aromas. The palate will again reveal the strawberries, in addition to cherry. The mid-palate shows some spiciness, followed by a pink grapefruit and flint finish. Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre.

    Red Wine Club $75 per month

    2002 Chateau Lanessan Haut-Medoc - The wines of Chateau Lanessan are characterized by their deep and intense ruby color. The nose is elegant with dominant fruit and floral aromas. The mouth is structured, complex and dense. Together it is harmonious with a beautifully long finish.  I mean really?  This wine deserves a very nice cut of meat with a reverse sear. ($26)

    2012 Chateau Bellevue Medoc - Showing firm tannins and structure this is currently a tough wine. It has a solid character although plenty of hints of juicy red berry fruits are ready to come out as the wine ages. This wine can Pair up nicely with grilled pork chops with a slight reduction sauce. ($19)

    2013 Masciarelli Marina Cvetic Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - This is a dense red wine that's certainly not your typical Montepulciano. Think of it as a "Super Abruzzo" with supple fruit, rich tannins, and spiced aromas. Aged 36 months in new French oak barrique.  With the amount of spice this wine produces..again..grilled meat but I'd do beef short ribs smoke for around 18 hrs.  Take the time to really think of a nice rub, decant the wine several hrs before you need it. ($30)

     

  • Mystery Tasting Wines Revealed!!

    So what was in the bag?
    Wine #1 was... 2012 Chateau de Corcelles Brouilly $20
    Wine #2 was... 2012 Domaine de Grangeon Chatus $25
    Wine #3 was... 2015 Salcheto Obvius Rosso $25
    Wine #4 was... 2015 Field Recordings Carignan $22
    Wine #5 was... 2015 Kevin White Winery Yakima Valley Red Wine $18
    There you have it.  We're you right?  I heard a lot of talk about Merlot and Syrah for the first three...
    Santoi
  • February 2017 Wine Club Wines

    This month we have some real gems for you.  When we think of February we think of how cold it is outside and how we just want some home-cooked foods.  That's what these wines are all about.

    Daily Red Wine Club $39 per month

    2013 Felline Alberello Salento Rosso - Lovely naturally sweet ripe fruit makes this a versatile everyday wine. Would be a good match for tomato-based dishes which some wines cannot cope with. A mix of local primitivo and bush-trained negroamaro.  Just a flat-out great little daily drinker.

    2014 Leydier et Fils Vin de Pays de Vaucluse - With a blend of 55% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Merlot, 10% Marselan and only around 8 acres to work from, this is a pretty small production wine made specifically for Kermit Lynch.  Try this with some meatloaf.  No need for A1 sauce here people...this is all the meat and potatoes you'll need.

    2015 Villa Chigi Chianti - This is what I'd call your garden variety Chianti.  95% Sangiovese with 5% being other local grapes.  All stainless steel and about 10 days on the skins to give it that little touch of tannin that all Chianti's need.  This is the pasta in a meat sauce kinda wine.  If you buy this wine during the month you'll be able to get the bottle price down to $11.05 per bottle.  Day two is better than day one.

     

    Red Wine Club $75 per month 

    2014 Ettore Germano Barbera d'Alba $20 - Sergio's graceful Barbera is from younger-vine fruit in the Vigna della Madre, the Balau, east of Cerretta, and the Lorenzino sites. Stainless-steel vinification preserves the excellent acid found here and accentuates the natural raspberry and spice flavors. An earthy, mushroom pungency, typical of Serralunga, underscores the brightness, balancing the wine beautifully. Excellent wine for braised veal or chicken, agnolotti and risotti.

    2014 Giacomo Borgogno Barbera d'Alba $25 - Pretty complex wine for only $25!  Full-bodied, rich with some firm tannins.  This is a dry wine that needs to be decanted for about an hour.  Pull some hanger steak out and do a quick grill.  This isn't the spendy stuff you eat on date night.  This is daily man food.  Trust me...you'll love it.

    2013 G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba Superiore $35 - A phenominal effort and easilly one of Peidmont's finest Barberas. Made mostly from old vines from the family's top Barolo cru "Bricco delle Viole", the depth and purity is stellar. Crushed wild berries and dark cherry flavors with beautiful aromas of sweet earth and raspberries flow on a full and luscious palate, finishing succulent. Cellar worthy just like good Barolo.  So I'm going to go out on a limb here but you really need to try this wine with wild boar.  I know...where might one find boar?  Try any decent butcher!

    Daily White Wine Club $39 per month

    2015 Sportoletti Assisi Grechetto - This white wine is so easy to drink you'll need to be careful.  Goes great with grilled chicken and veggies or just have it by itself.  Notes of ripe pear with great balance and acidity.

    2015 Felline Salento Vementino - The green apple comes off this wine like a mad man.  You'll want some sharp cheese and crackers or just a nice turkey pot pie.  Not sure why it goes so well with it..but it does.  Not a fancy pie, something you pull out of the freezer will do.  

    2013 Domini Veneti Soave Classico - Wine attracts a soft texture, harmonious acidity and a wonderfully balanced, fresh, delicate flavor with a slightly bitter finish their notes of almond, typical of the grape Garganega.  Wine is an excellent aperitif, it perfectly blends with appetizers, salads, pasta with vegetables and fish.  Very nice.

  • January 2017 Monthly Club Wines

    January 2017 Monthly Wine Club Wines

    White Wine Club $50 per month

    Champagne Moutard Brut Grande Cuvée NV $30 -  The NV Brut Grande Cuvee comes across as a bit understated in this vintage. Pears, hazelnuts and spices are some of the notes that take shape in the glass in this fresh, vibrant Champagne.

    2015 Cantina di Mogoro ‘Anastasia’ Semidano di Mogoro $20 - Light straw and bright yellow. Its a fine, elegant and delicate wine. It expresses olfactory notes of aromatic herbs such as thyme, rosemary, chamomile and liquorice. The savory taste is characteristic, combined with delicate acidity and a long finish. Its a special wine that improves with aging.

     

    Daily Drinking White Wine Club $39 per month

    2012 Bruno Cormerais Chambaudiere Muscadet Serve et Maine $13 - Rich, this offers both bright crisp citrus fruits and ripe peach and pear flavors. It is still young, still textured and tight, needing to broaden to bring out more of the attractive fruitiness.

    2015 Due Torri Pinot Grigio $13 - DueTorri Pinot Grigio is an exquisite dry white, fragrant on the nose bursting with citrus fruit aromas. It is fresh on the palate with an excellent balance of acidity and minerality. Vinified entirely in stainless steel, enjoy this wine in its youth for maximum fruit expression.

    2014 Vina Mein Ribeiro Blanc $13 - Light yellow. Fragrant scents of poached pear, melon and orange zest, with a chalky mineral overtone. Fresh orchard fruit and honeydew flavors are enlivened by zesty citrus peel and ginger qualities and pick up a hint of quinine with air. This focused, clean wine finishes with excellent cut and length.

     

    Daily Drinking Red Wine Club $39 per month

    2014 Les Jamelles Cabernet Sauvignon Pays d’Oc $13 - Has aromas of red fruits (blackcurrants, strawberries) together with a light fresh vegetal note (green peppers), spicy scents (cinnamon, mint, honey) and subtle woody notes on the finish (cedar, oak, walnuts). This is an elegant and complex wine, long and velvety on the palate, with well-balanced tannins.

    2014 Les Jamelles Syrah Pays d’Oc $13 - One of the finest wines Jamelles. Mythical grape variety that is perfectly expressed in the Pays d'Oc. Wine combines the rich and powerful aromas of red fruits, a touch of mint, with a fresh finish undergrowth in summer, Syrah "The Jamelles" has been the subject of numerous citations and awards in the world press.

    2014 Oraison Cotes du Rhone Rouge $13 - his is a gorgeous, highly typical Côtes-du-Rhône with perfectly balanced structure and roundness. Beautiful garnet red in color with berry and cherry on the nose underscored by lovely notes of licorice and pepper. Nice structure on the palate with fine, silky tannins.

     

    Red Wine Club $75 per month

    2014 Vignale di Cecilia Covolo $18 - Vino rosso da uve Merlot e Cabernet Sauvignon. La vinificazione e l'affinamento in cemento vetrificato preservano il frutto di questo vino, che rappresenta al massimo la filosofia interpretativa del titolare: vino di terroir, semplice ma allo stesso tempo ricco di emozioni, che i Colli Euganei sanno regalare.

    2013 Barone Ricasoli Casalferro $57 - Intense ruby red in color. The nose is powerful with balsamic eucalyptus tones and ripe red fruit aromas. The wine is elegant and sharp with soft tannins. Excellent persistence smell taste. A cru of merlot that reflects the terroir of Brolio.  100% Merlot!

     

  • Vega Sicilia Valbuena Vertical…..A once in a lifetime offer!

    Bodegas Vega Sicilia is easily the most iconic winery in Spain.  Located in the Ribera del Duero, the winery was found in 1864 by Non Eloy Lecanda y Chaves, who planted Bordeaux varietals alongside the tradition Spanish grapes.  Since 1982, the same year Ribera del Duero was granted Denominación de Origen status, the winery has been owned by the Álvarez family, who are members of the Primum Familiae Vini.  In comparing the wines of Spain to the First Growth wines of Bordeaux, wine expert Hugh Johnson noted that "Vega Sicilia is the Latour”. 

    There were only 3 of these gift sets brought into the state and sources tell me...only 50 made world wide!

    2011 Vega Sicilia "Valbuena" Ribera del Duero

    The Wine Advocate - "The 2011 Valbuena was fermented plot by plot, something they started after a deep soil study in the 2010 vintage. 2011 was a very warm and ripe vintage in the zone, and the challenge was to keep the freshness. There are more black fruit aromas, subtle spices and hints of complexity, as well as tertiary aromas that are quite classic and turn more balsamic with time in the glass. Again, this is very different form the 2012 Alión, rounder, riper, richer, more polished, mellow, soft, quite exuberant and hedonistic." RP94

    Wine Spectator - "Flavors of black cherry, kirsch and orange peel mingle with anise, graphite and balsamic notes in this focused red. Firm, yet harmonious and energetic, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2026." WS92

    2010 Vega Sicilia "Valbuena" Ribera del Duero

    Since the 2010 harvest, they ferment plot by plot, and it shows. This Valbuena has almost 100 components in it, smaller lots, all of them corresponding to a plot of vines. It has all the signs of being one of the best vintages ever for this second wine from Vega Sicilia, mostly Tempranillo but with 5% Merlot that matured five months in 20,000-liter oak vats, 18 months in new barriques (equal parts French and American oak), three months in used barrels and then five months in the vats again before being bottled in May 2013. 2010 seems to have the exuberance of the 2011 and the seriousness and elegance of 2009. It has the Burgundian philosophy of terroir, with all plots fermented and aged separately, giving each vineyard what it needs in terms of vinification and elevage resulting in something like 40 separate lots to blend. This wine has gained in precision and sharpness, and is very pure with delineated aromas and flavors. It is a world-class wine, possibly the best Valbuena ever. RP96

    Jancis Robinson

    Succulent and earthy, with lots of common ground with Burgundy in its fungal, earthy aroma. Long, plush fruit on the palate. Comprehensive structure – gets all of the elements in charming, co-flattering balance. Sophisticated, open, truly delicious. 18/20 points. 

    2009 Vega Sicilia "Valbuena" Ribera del Duero

    The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Valbuena was harvested early, the result of a warm summer. It’s mostly Tempranillo complemented with 5% Merlot. The wine matured for five months in 20,000-liter oak vats, 16 months in new barriques (equal parts French and American oak), four months in used barrels and then four more months in the vats before being bottled in May 2011. 180,000 bottles produced. It has some reductive notes and would benefit from some time in a decanter, where you’d start appreciating its background of cherries which feels very classical and serious. The palate is well-built, with polished tannins, very good acidity and freshness with elegance and fine tannins. Mature and with good typicity." RP94

    International Wine Cellar - "Opaque ruby. Spice- and mineral-accented aromas of dark berries, cherry pit and potpourri, with a toasty topnote. Minerally, incisive and sweet on the palate, offering smoky cherry and blackcurrant flavors complicated by vanilla, mocha and licorice. Shows impressive power and vivacity on the youthfully tannic finish, with the smoke and spice notes strongly repeating." ST94

    2008 Vega Sicilia "Valbuena" Ribera del Duero

    The 2008 Valbuena is produced with Tempranillo and 7% Merlot and Malbec from a cold, rainy season and late harvest. It reminds me of the Riberas of yesteryear, sharper with a slight rusticity, long and sharp. Once fermented, the wine matured for seven months in 20,000-liter oak vats, 12 months in new barriques (equal parts French and American oak), three months in used barrels and then six months in the vats again before being bottled in May 2011. The aromas are subtle, there is fruit, but there is soil and above all there is harmony. The palate is long rather than round, with some blood orange notes, sharp and austere, a serious wine that should age very well. The average production of Valbuena is around 180,000 bottles and 2008 was no exception. Drink now-2022. RP94

    Vega Sicilia’s 2008 Tinto Valbuena 5 Anos is compelling. A young, intense wine, the 2008 is going to need significant time to fully come together, but it boasts superb depth, persistence and a total sense of harmony. Hints of cedar, tobacco and sweet spices wrap around an intense core of dark fruit.  94 points VinousOpaque ruby. Sexy, oak-spicy aromas of dark berry preserves, pipe tobacco, licorice and vanilla, with a smoky overtone. Plush, expansive blueberry and cherry-vanilla flavors show superb depth and pick up Indian spice and bitter chocolate nuances with air. Finishes sweet and seamless, with slow-building tannins and a whiplash of sweet blue fruit.   93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

    Made from the younger vines at Vega Sicilia--80 percent tinto fino, the balance cabernet and merlot--this is one of the best vintages of Valbuena in recent memory: a fountain of red fruit, intense in flavor, yet with more lively freshness than typical for Ribera del Duero. The acidity forms a steel rail that projects the flavors and nuanced aromas off into the distance. It’s surprisingly easy to drink, especially for a wine of this price.  93 points Wine & Spirits

    2007 Vega Sicilia "Valbuena" Ribera del Duero

    International Wine Cellar - "Ruby-red. Aromas of dried cherry, raspberry, vanilla, mocha and Cuban tobacco, with smoke and potpourri accents. Supple and expansive, offering sweet, spice-accented red and dark berry and floral pastille flavors that stain the palate. Dusty tannins add shape and grip to the very long, smooth, penetrating finish. I find this wine quite approachable now but it has the balance to age. Not the weightiest Valbuena but very impressive for the vintage." ST93

    The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Valbuena is rounded and warmer than the 2006 with lush dark berry fruits interlaced with scents of espresso and bay leaf. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp acidity with a composed, focused finish of black cherries, raspberry, cedar and mocha. The 2007 has great precision and focus. It is more feminine and assured than the 2006, but one senses that it is holding something back to charm consumers in five or six year's time. This is very impressive. Drink 2017-2030." RP92

    2006 Vega Sicilia "Valbuena" Ribera del Duero

    Deep ruby. Heady, exotic bouquet evokes candied cherry, cassis, sassafras, vanilla and potpourri, plus a smoky overtone. Sappy and expansive but energetic, offering sweet cherry and floral pastille flavors lifted by spice and mineral notes. Gains sweetness with air and finishes with superb clarity and spicy persistence. This benefits enormously from aeration but really should be stashed away for at least another five years.   (9/2011) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

    The 2006 Valbuena is a blend of 80% Tempranillo with 20% Merlot and Malbec. It has great volume and intensity on the nose, yet it is never overbearing. Fragrant aromas of maraschino, dark plum and orange peel are extremely pure and upon further examination, there is an attractive seam of minerality. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple, citrus-fresh entry. Crisp delineation, edgy dark cherry and cassis flavors intermingled with sour lemon that leads to a very assertive, angular finish. (NM)   (8/2012) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

     

    All of this for only $1100.00

     

    Trust me folks...when it comes to Spanish wines you are looking at either a badass tasting for a bunch of friends or one killer investment that will give you an ROI of over 50% in less than 5 years!  How do I know?  I do wine for a living.  It's what I know and love.  I also dabble in baby drool and recently...quality to 

     

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