Hello and Happy Friday!
The “Six for $120” is back!
This sampler, aims to bring you some of the best wines I’ve recently tasted in and around the $20 range. All of these are available by the bottle or case, but for maximum pleasure you should take the whole sampler!
Remember with all the samplers, they are available for pick up anytime at the store, so if you can’t make it this weekend, you can pick one up anytime in the coming month.
Have a great weekend!
2009 ALAIN HUDELOT-NOELLAT BOURGOGNE ROUGE
This is a must buy for any Red Burgundy fan looking for value and a wine that you can drink on an every day basis.
Alain Hudelot-Noellat is a prestigious producer based in the village of Chambolle-Musigny in Burgundy. His 2009 Bourgogne Rouge boasts wonderfully expressive red berry notes, along with a hint of underlying mineral and spice. I love the purity of fruit in this wine.
Fall weather means Coq au Vin for many, and I couldn’t think of a better, and more delicious match. You should be stocking up on this one!
$23.00 BTL. / $276.00 CASE
2009 VIÑA SASTRE RIBERA DEL DUERO TINTO
This is an insane Ribera del Duero value!
There is so much Spanish wine “made” for the American palate these days. It is one of the most unfortunate trends in wine, producers and their importers concocting wines to meet perceived trends and demands.
Here is a Spanish wine, a great Ribera del Duero, that has mad “street cred” in Spain and is reflective of where it comes from. It also happens to be one of the more delicious under $20 Tempranillo’s that I have tasted in quite some time.
Jesus Sastre is a legendary winemaker/vineyard manager in Spain. Everything you want from a great winery exists at Sastre – old-vines, perfect farming, low yields, indigenous yeasts, no filtration and a refined usage of oak.
The ’09 Tinto completely over-performs for the money. It is a wine that sees short ageing (7 months) in 2-year-old American oak barrels. The richness of the vintage is on display in its beautiful dark berry, cherry and violet aromas. Really juicy on the palate, with a long, impeccably balanced finish. This calls out for red meat!
$18.00 BTL. / $216.00 CASE
2008 HACIENDA ARAUCANO “CLOS DE LOLOL”
What a difference a couple decades makes. Back in those days Americans certainly knew about Chilean wines. Concha y Toro rode a wave of popularity for those looking to catch a buzz quickly and cheaply. The only problem is that those inexpensive wines back then were thin, weedy, and pretty much over-cropped pieces of you know what.
Fast forward to today, when for just a few bucks more you are getting world-class wines from top estates that have heavily invested in their vineyards and wineries.
The Lurton family is Bordeaux wine royalty, and they have expanded into South America with properties in both Argentina and Chile.
This wine simply called “Clos de Lolol” is the Lurton family’s expression of the Lolol Valley’s terroir. It is a blend of 38% Carmenère, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah and 14% Cabernet Franc. It is an intense and full-bodied red that should be decanted for at least a half hour before serving.
It is a spice driven red with plenty of dark berry fruits, hints at smoke, licorice, vanilla and spice. It is very long and very complex. This calls out for food like grilled duck breast or hangar steak.
$25.00 BTL. / $150.00 SIX-PACK CASE
2008 FRATELLI PARDI MONTEFALCO ROSSO
I have a love/hate relationship with the reds of Umbria. So much potential to make rustic style reds with great soul, yet so many fail with overly-alcoholic and clunky wines.
In particular the wines of Montefalco can be incredible and also heart-breaking. I am very excited about the wines from Cantina Fratelli Pardi. This producer began estate bottling in 2003, although it has been growing grapes since 1919.
What has me so excited is that the Pardi family manages to produce wines true to the region, full in flavor and body, while at the same time keeping the alcohol levels in check and volatility out of the picture.
Their Rosso di Montefalco is a wonderful value, a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and the remainder Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A relatively short fermentation of the skins, the wine undergoes malo-lactic in tank and then aging in a combination of casks, barriques and tank.
Seductive aromas of strawberry and currant lead to a rich mouthful of fruit, spice, and soft tannins. This would go great with wild mushroom risotto.
$19.00 BTL. / $228.00 CASE
2009 ÉLÉGANTIA GIGONDAS
Gigondas has become the “Prince” of the Southern Rhône wine world. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is clearly the most famous appellation in the South, but many have fallen in love with Gigondas and drink it as a less expensive alternative to the “King.”
While you can expect to find most Gigondas priced from the upper $20’s and mainly in the mid $30’s, here is a superb value from those folks at Élégantia! Élégantia is a négociant project from the director of a fancy Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate.
This shows the typical full-bodied Grenache style that typifies Gigondas. This example is a blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre. It is fermented and aged in tank. It shows really pretty aromatics and flavors of fresh black fruits and a healthy dose of black pepper spice.
A rare serving of leg of lamb and a glass of this Gigondas could orbit you into outer space!
$20.00 BTL. / $240.00 CASE
2010 CLOS LA MAURASSE GRAVES BLANC
When was the last time that you had a great glass of Graves Blanc? Many of us, myself included, often forget about White Bordeaux. With its different styles and multitude of good producers we shouldn’t.
One of the great terroirs for white wine in Bordeaux is that of Graves. It pebble filled soils are perfectly suited to the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon varietals.
Producers take their pick choosing what style of Graves Blanc to make. Many choose to offer both an un-oaked and oaked expression.
For the “Six for $120” I have chose the former, an un-oaked beauty from Rémy and Brigitte Sessacq of Clos la Maurasse. This is a blend of 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc that was cold fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks.
The result is an expressive, aromatic wine filled with bright citrus and mineral notes. Things that swim are the ideal food match. I would gladly open up a bottle of this to drink and slurp down with oysters.
$15.00 BTL. / $180.00 CASE