Friday Feature – 23 Excellent Values/Impromptu Tasting

Hello and Happy Friday!

Tomorrow (Saturday, May 12th) at the store, I’ll be having an impromptu, informal “walk-around” tasting.  You can stop in any time from 12:00pm to 3:00pm to taste 10 different wines (***annotated below).  The cost of the tasting is only $10 per person!  Please RSVP via email, as only 12 people will be able to participate.

Everyone loves a good sale, and this week I took advantage of an amazing “end of bin” sale from a local distributor.  Offers like this don’t come around very often.  An outstanding group of wines from Austria, Germany, France and Italy were being offered at ridiculously low prices!

To incentivize you to buy now, I’m offering these at crazy low prices, and will raise the prices to their normal retail price at month’s end.  So do yourself a favor and grab as much as you can!

Those attending the tasting will have first crack at the wines that are being poured.  The wines being poured on Saturday are annotated with ***.

If you have any questions about the wines below, please let me know!  I’ve kept the descriptions short, which is difficult for me to do, since I’m passionate about each one!

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Cheers,

Craig

 

 

***2009 HIRSCH GRÜNER VELTLINER “HEILIGENSTEIN”
A richer style of Grüner Veltliner that pairs with so many foods.  25-year-old vines from loess and loam soils in Kammern.
PLEASE INQUIRE / NORMALLY $23.99 BTL. – ONLY 29 BOTLES AVAILABLE

 

***2009 HIRSCH RIESLING “ZÖBING”
This is a ridiculous DRY Riesling value.  Young vines fruit from the rocky terraces around Zöbing.  Such a refreshing wine. PLEASE INQUIRE / NORMALLY $26.99 BTL. – ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

***2009 HIEDLER RIESLING “URGESTEIN”
At this price any DRY Riesling fan should be standing in line for this!  A weightless, lip-smacking style of Riesling.  My pool wine for the summer!
PLEASE INQUIRE/ NORMALLY $23.99 BTL. – ONLY 50 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

2010 GLATZER GRÜNER VELTLINER
$11 Grüner of this quality doesn’t exist – ok, 12 bottles of it does!
PLEASE INQUIRE/ NORMALLY $15.99 BTL. – ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

***2009 GLATZER GRÜNER VELTLINER “DORNENVOGEL”
Walter Glatzer is one of the stars of the relatively unknown Carnuntum region.  Dornenvogel is his top Grüner Veltliner, and I don’t think there is a better value on this newsletter.
PLEASE INQUIRE/ NORMALLY $18.99 BTL. – ONLY 37 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

2010 GLATZER GRÜNER VELTLINER “DORNENVOGEL”
See above – this is a steal!  Drink this now, or hold for several years!
PLEASE INQUIRE/ NORMALLY $19.99 BTL. – ONLY 24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

2009 PRIELER BLAUFRÄNKISCH “LEITHABERGE”
I wish that the wine world would catch on to the exciting red wines being made in Burgenland in Austria.  Here is one of the finest.  People trample each other to get their allocations from Prieler.  Age-worthy magnums from Leithaberg!
PLEASE INQUIRE/ NORMALLY $112.99 MAGNUM – ONLY 12 MAGNUMS AVAILABLE

 

2010 ALZINGER GRÜNER VELTLINER “MÜHLPOINT” FEDERSPIEL
Alzinger is one of the gems of the Wachau.  This comes from the hillsides just below Steinertal.  The 2010 is so refined!
PLEASE INQUIRE / NORMALLY $33.99 BTL. – ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

2010 ALZINGER RIESLING “LOIBENBERG” SMARAGD
Ummm amazing!  A wine for the decades.  Mad street cred!
PLEASE INQUIRE / NORMALLY $68.99 BTL. – ONLY 3 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

2010 ALZINGER RIESLING “STEINERTAL”SMARAGD
Please see “Loibenberg” above.  Have a baby born in 2010 – I do, and that is where the other 3 bottles are – in waiting!
PLEASE INQUIRE/ NORMALLY $65.99 BTL. – ONLY 3 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

2007 NIKOLAIHOF RIESLING STEINER HUND RESERVE
Not only one of Austria’s greatest white wines, one of Europe’s!  This is the epitome of dry Riesling.
PLEASE INQUIRE / NORMALLY $88.99 BTL. – ONLY 17 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

***2007 LONDER PINOT NOIR “PARABOLL”
If you liked the Londer in this past month’s sampler, you should rush down to grab some of this beautiful wine blended from two vineyards located in Anderson Valley.
PLEASE INQUIRE / NORMALLY $53.99 BTL. / ONLY 19 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

***2008 THIERRY LAFFAY CHABLIS “VAILLONS,” PREMIER CRU
If I could drink a bottle of Premier Cru Chablis from a classic producer every day I would.  Wait – I can!  This will sell out in 2 seconds.
PLEASE INQUIRE / NORMALLY $31.99 BTL. – ONLY 30 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

***2009 SPREITZER RIESLING “101″Whether you frequent BYOB sushi restaurants or know some one that likes just that kiss of sweetness in their white wine, don’t miss this crazy bargain from Spreitzer!  Buy this by the case!
PLEASE INQUIRE / NORMALLY $15.99 BTL. – ONLY 84 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

2010 MERKELBACH ÜRZIGER WÜRZGARTEN RIESLING SPÄTLESE
An under the radar Mosel estate.  A Spätlese for the ages, this will evolve over the course of a couple decades.
PLEASE INQUIRE / NORMALLY $22.99 BTL. – ONLY 24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

2010 MERKELBACH ÜRZIGER WÜRZGARTEN RIESLING AUSLESE
If the Spätlese is two decades add another for this tremendous Auslese.  Don’t be fooled, you can also drink this now with creamy cow’s milk cheese.
PLEASE INQUIRE / NORMALLY $24.99 BTL / – ONLY 9 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

***2009 CHRISTOFFEL ÜRZIGER WÜRZGARTEN RIESLING KABINETT
Directly in the center of the radar, Christoffel’s wines are coveted throughout the world.  Don’t be fooled, this Kabinett also can age in your cellar, or be enjoyed now for its apricot flavors.
PLEASE INQUIRE / NORMALLY $26.99 BTL. – ONLY 23 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

2010 CHRISTOFFEL ERDENER TREPPCHEN RIESLING SPÄTLESE
Why does know one talk about Treppchen as a great terroir in the Mosel?  Iron-infused, red slate soils – both powerful and elegant at the same time.  A beauty.
PLEASE INQUIRE / NORMALLY $28.99 BTL. – ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

2006 SALICUTTI ROSSO DI MONTALCINO
Graceful, complex, with amazing length.  This is a Rosso only in name as it outshines many Brunello di Montalcino that I taste.  A steal!
PLEASE INQUIRE / NORMALLY $25.99 BTL. – 10 CASES AVAILABLE

 

2004 SALICUTTI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO “PIAGGIONE”
Salicutti is in my top five of the best Brunello di Montalcino producers.  This winery is small, only 15,000 bottles produced among all the wines.  Power and grace, from the great 2004 vintage. THIS IS A STEAL!
PLEASE INQUIRE / NORMALLY $99.99 BTL. – ONLY 60 BOTTLES AVAILABLE 

 

***2006 ALBINO ROCCA BARBARESCO
A terrific Barbaresco estate, producing very accessible wines.  This 2006 is a beauty, and a value even at the regular price.
PLEASE INQUIRE / NORMALLY $45.99 BTL. – ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

***2005 ANTONIO CAGGIANO TAURASI “VIGNA MACCHIA DEI GOTI”
Aglianico doesn’t get enough respect.  It has been called the Nebbiolo of the South, and those that appreciate the great wines of Piedmont will find a connection with the great appellation of Taurasi.  This is one of Taurasi’s finest.  The top bottling of Caggiano.  Drink it young for a full-bodied treat or age it for a decade.
PLEASE INQUIRE / NORMALLY $56.99 BTL. – ONLY 34 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

2006 CANTINE DEL NOTAIO AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE “LA FIRMA”
The rockstar of the Basilicata region, and here is one of its top wines.  If you ever thought tannic wines don’t exist any more, try this.  Enjoy with a side of beef now, or age for 10-15 years in the cellar.
PLEASE INQUIRE / NORMALLY $112.99 MAGNUM – ONLY 10 MAGNUMS AVAILABLE  


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