Friday Feature- 6 for $60 Something 3/29/13

Hello and Happy Friday!

It’s Friday, and usually that means that we are gearing up for another Routier.  Unfortunately…

Routier is on strike this Friday, March 29th.

Yes, that great pastime, the strike, is the verbiage we use when we can’t quite muster up the strength to bring you Routier.

Don’t worry though, Routier will be back in action on Friday, April 5th.

We have updated the calendar, which can be viewed here.

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We’re very excited to introduce our latest “6 for $60-Something” Sampler.

Never heard of this sampler and want to know what it’s about?

Six wines, hand-selected by us, that represent a range of styles – all hovering around the $10 price point. Each wine is available by the bottle or case, but as we often say, for maximum pleasure you should take the whole sampler.

The “6 for $60-Something” is highly recommended to those learning about wines, trying to stock their wine rack with affordable and tasty adult beverages, or wanting to bring a gift to someone hosting a party.

So how does this work? To order, simply e-mail me back and say “Hey Craig, hook me up.” To join the devoted legions of fans who receive them every month you can just say “and keep ’em coming!” Some people are challenged by some of the wines that we put in to my sampler. If Grolleau Gris gives you a rash, or perhaps Kotsifali reminds you of an ex that you are trying to forget about, then we will substitute and try to get the sampler as close to $60 as possible.

A suggestion to those folks trying to learn from this as well as get a buzz – print out a copy of the newsletter to keep with your sampler. That way, when you are in the mood for a bottle, you have your own mini-wine lesson on hand.  So what are you waiting for?  Order yours today!

The “6 for $60-Something” is in stock and ready to be picked up any time!

Cheers,

Craig & Sheb

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6 for $60-Something 

W1

2012 Herbauges “Collection Plaisir” Grolleau Gris, Vin de Pays du Val de Loire 
Look, we are not going to pretend as if Grolleau Gris is a noble grape or capable of producing great and profound wines.
Grolleau is a “worker” grape, the third most widely planted variety in the Loire, and makes a delightful, quaffable, endlessly drinkable wine such as this.
How can one resist a wine that is organic, and part of a line of wines called the “Pleasure Collection?”
It’s fruity, yet dry, with lots of citrus and peachy flavors, and provides a zesty match for light, simple fish dishes (white fish steamed in parchment comes to mind). Maybe you just are going to have a sandwich with leftover roast chicken and mayonnaise? Grolleau will work there too.
Mainly, it’s great for what’s known in the business as a “patio crusher” a.k.a. summer porch wine. The kind of thing you can pound until the dog days of summer are but a distant memory and you find yourself staring into the mouth of yet another uncertain winter.

$12.00 BTL. / $144.00 CASE   

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W2

2010 Altos de la Hoya Monastrell

If you’ve followed the emergence of Spanish wines in the US market over the years, you will instantly recognize the name Altos de la Hoya.

That’s because over that period it has been used as the “poster child” for what Spain could achieve in the under $15 retail category.  Year after year, major publications write glowing reviews, and consumers anticipate the newest vintage.
 

Bodegas Olivares is one of the top producers in the region of Jumilla.  This region located on the Southern Mediterranean coast of Spain is the birthplace of the Monastrell variety, also known as Mourvèdre in France.  Finca Hoya de Santa Ana is the name of the Olivares estate, lying in the Northwest part of the region.  Their high elevation vineyards are stocked full of old, ungrafted vines, 65 hectares-worth, thriving in its sandy soil.

Olivares produces 25,000 cases of Altos de la Hoya which is sourced from an 11-hectare vineyard of ungrafted vines planted in 1872.  8% Garnacha accompanies this Monastrell-dominated wine.  The wine is fermented in tank, and aged in a mixture of barrels of different sizes and ages.
 

Josh Raynolds of the International Wine Cellar shares the results. “Glass-staining purple.  Powerful dark berry preserve aromas, with pungent floral and herbal qualities adding complexity.  Alluringly sweet in the mouth, with deep blackberry and candied cherry flavors showing impressive intensity and power.  The lingering, lucid finish features broad, velvety tannins.  Displays wonderful pliancy and focus, and has the depth to age. 91 Points.”

Don’t miss this excellent Spanish value!

$11.50 BTL. / $138.00 CASE

 

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W3

2011 Tedeschi Valpolicella Classico “Lucchine”

We cycle through lots of Valpolicella here, the classic red wine of the Veneto.

Basic Valpolicella can be a great substitute for inexpensive PInot Noir- light, zippy and ready for dinner. Tart red fruits. brisk acidity and a hint of mineral is what to expect here.

Composed of Corvina, Rondinella & Molinara, and harvested from a single vineyard (Lucchine), you won’t spend much for a surprisingly versatile wine; a great companion for pasta tossed with brown butter, polenta and Parmigiano cheese  or a simple spaghetti all’ Amatriciana.

$12.00 BTL. / $144.00 CASE

 

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W4

2011 Douloufakis Winery ‘Enotria’ Red Wine

Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and take the road less traveled.

So we are offering on this month’s sample pack, a wine from emerging market, Crete! Even though Crete was the center of one of the humanity’s most ancient settled cultures, the Minoans, this was the island’s only time of peaceful thriving. Centuries of conquest, colonization, war, plague and general unrest followed, until finally after WW2 things settled down as the Cretans aligned themselves with Greece. It makes sense that during this much upheaval, viticulture took a backseat.

The Enotria is a blend of two native grapes (Liatiko & Kotsifali) as well as international variety Syrah. And for all we know, this could be the next Jura, hipster sommeliers swigging Laitiko all night long. And you can say you had it first here, from Perman Wine Selections!

$9.50 BTL. / $114.00 CASE 

 

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W5

2009 Guelbenzu Red, Ribera del Queiles

The wine region of Ribera del Queiles is southeast of Rioja and named after a tributary of the famous Ebro River, within the autonomous state of Aragón.

With such a low population density, large areas of Aragón remain wild and relatively untouched. It is a land of extreme natural contrasts, both in climate and geologically, from the green valleys and snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees to the dry plains and lonely hilly areas of the south.

The vineyards for Guelbenzu are stony and infertile, good for viticulture and not much else. The wine is composed of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Tempranillo and has a bit of a rough and rustic edge to it.

You might imagine drinking it straight from a Bota, accompanied by a shepherd’s lunch of plain bread, Manchego cheese, ham and perhaps a conserva of tomato or quince.

$11.00 BTL. / $132.00 CASE

 

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W6

2011 Ca’ Stella Pinot Grigio delle Venezie

Typically I like to take the high road when it comes to not putting down other wines.   I can’t let an opportunity like this go without poking a little fun!

You see, there is this grape varietal called Pinot Grigio, and it can be quite delicious and even complex.  Unfortunately for poor Pinot Grigio, there is a bully on the block.  One producer sends a reported 600,000 cases, yes cases, to the US, so that every steak house and grocery store can build a giant pyramid in the center of their store or restaurant.  It is unfortunate that this pyramid of wine is in no way the 8th wonder of the world.

The good news is, you don’t have to drink that stuff!  Instead, you can drink a well-made Pinot Grigio from the Anselmi brothers, that destroys that wine at less than half the price.  The Società Agricola Anselmi lies in Pocenia, between Trieste and Venice.  This is a wonderfully fresh, crisp and fruit forward style of Pinot Grigio that is sure to please.

So if that bully made you swear off the varietal, please reconsider with this excellent every day value.  Easy drinking on its own, it will pair well with white fish such as cod or halibut.

$9.00 BTL. / $108.00 CASE  
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