2013 August Mix Six

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2012 Vinho Verde, Raza, , Portugal
$9.99/bottle             $7.99/bottle (mix six $)
Quinta da Raza has a unique terroir created by the gentle slopes and magnificent exposure to the sun. The soil benefits from its granite origins with areas of schist and clay. It has a microclimate created by the mountains in the west and the valley of the Tamega River which runs Northeast to Southwest, which prevent the influence of the Atlantic winds. Therefore, there is less rain and a greater temperature range. Moreover, the average altitude of Quinta da Raza is 250 meters, which corresponds to the best altitude for growing grapes. Quinta da Raza Vinho Verde is a blend of Arinto and Azal.
Crisp enough to match shellfish yet soft enough to drink on its own.

 

2010 Pinot Gris, Omaka Springs, New Zealand
$9.99/bottle   $7.99/bottle (mix six $)
Omaka Springs Estates is the sole producer of estate wines in the Omaka Valley of Marlborough.  All of the grapes are grown on their 180 acre estate located in the very heart of the valley and all of our wine is created on-site by Winemaker, Ian Marchant.
Omaka Springs Estate Pinot Gris is a rich and aromatic wine with a luscious mouth feel.  It is fruit-driven, displaying nectarines, peaches, spiced pear, and a honeyed sweetness, before ending with a classic clean finish.  This cool climate, Alsacian-style Gris has a bit of residual sugar to help round out the grapes natural acidity and amplify its tropical aromas.
Drink with spicy foods like Asian and Mexican.

 

2011 Bourgogne Chardonnay, Vignerons de Buxy, Cote Challonais, France
$12.99/bottle           $10.39/bottle (mix six $)
One hundred and twenty families work the plantings that go to make up this vineyard, perpetuating the techniques of their forefathers. Working together, these men and women uphold the values which are at the root of quality and respect of the environment. Thanks to the fruit of their labors, the passion for their profession and their deep attachment to the soil, these winegrowers have managed to bring out all the character of their land.
Great for grilled chicken and fish dishes.

 

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Foxglove, San Miguel, California
$16.99/bottle           $13.59/bottle (mix six $)
Foxglove is the negociant label of brothers Jim and Bob Varner, who make lauded wines Varner Chardonnay and Neely Pinot Noir.  While we knew about their deft hands with the Chardonnay grape, this affordable Cabernet really blew us away.
“The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous. Dark cherries, mocha, grilled herbs, smoke and tobacco all burst from the glass in this beautiful, expressive, unoaked Cabernet. The 2011 is naturally a bit less exuberant than some previous years, but all the elements are nicely balanced just the same. Once again, Bob and Jim Varner have produced one of the most delicious value-priced Cabernets in California. In 2011, the harvest stretched into November, which is virtually unheard for Cabernet Sauvignon.” 87 points Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate
Great with cheese and meat antipasto.

 

2011 Portada, DFJ Vinhos, Lisbon Portugal
$8.99/bottle             $7.19/bottle (mix six $)
Portada is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Castelao, Tinta Roriz, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Caladoc. It is a perfect example of the great value wines coming out of Portugal!
While a modern winery, DFJ Vinhos still vinifies classically. The grapes are destemmed an allowed pre fermentive skin contact which results in brighter color. During the 30 day fermentation temperature are controlled to 30°C for the first 20 days and 20°C for the last 10 days. During the whole fermentative process, pumping over 2 times per day, using each time half of the volume contained in the vat. After the alcoholic fermentation, the cap is plunged for 30 days, and during that period, extraction of the gentle tannins is conducted, along with the malolactic fermentation and the natural stabilization of the wine.
Perfect for burgers on the grill.

 

2010 Côtes du Rhône – Sid Absolu, La Ligiere, France
$14.99/bottle $11.99/bottle (mix six $)
The Domaine La Ligiere is a third generation family domaine comprising of 22.5 hectares in four different appellations, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise and Côtes du Rhône. Philippe Bernard completed his studies of Oenology in Beaune in 1999, after which he joined the family business.  He soon became disenchanted with working with the local co-operative.  In 2008 he and his wife Elisabeth decided to produce their own wines.  They set out to renovate and convert (over time) the vineyards in Vacqueyras into an organic estate.  They were so certified in 2012. An application for certification has been made for the other vineyards too.  Domaine La Ligiere has also asked for certification as biodynamic by Demeter in 2011.
“A silky, restrained style, offering a ripe core of dark blackberry and plum pâte de fruit notes. Black tea, singed apple wood and a subtle charcoal shading guide the finish. Drink now. 1,250 cases made.” 88 points Wine Spectator
Great with meats on the grill and any meal with a red sauce.

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