2013 July Mix Six

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2012 Airen, Latue, La Mancha, Spain
$9.99/bottle     $7.99/bottle (mix six $)
Bodegas Latúe began as San Isidro Cooperative in 1954. Between 1954 and 2007, the Cooperative membership grew to more than 600 experienced vine growers focused on preserving the integrity of producing quality products. With the increased demand for their products, more than 50 years of experience and the growth of a great human team, in 2007 San Isidro implemented an “export” business model. This enabled a greater disbursement of San Isidro Cooperative products to regions outside of Spain.
Airen might be the most popular wine grape that no one has ever heard of. At 30% of Spain wine grape production, it is purported to be the world’s most widely planted grape. Intense light yellow color. A strong banana and apple aroma in the nose. Fresh and fruity in the mouth with a persistent finish.
Crisp enough to match shellfish yet soft enough to drink on its own.

 

2010 Chardonnay, Mandolin, California
$12.99/bottle     $9.59/bottle (mix six $)
Mandolin is a collaboration between veteran winemaker Philip Zorn and longtime wine executive Brent Shortridge. Born in the US and raised in Germany, Zorn has made wine in Germany for Wieingut Pieroth and in California for Sunny St. Helena, Gauer Estate, Paraiso Springs and Tria among others. Bringing together their previously established relationships with winegrowers in California’s Monterey County, Zorn and Shortridge have created wines that stand out for their balance, finesse and distinct varietal character, as well as their sense of place. Mandolin wines are internationally recognized as outstanding values.
Crisp acidity and laser-pure fruit immediately characterize this as a Central Coast Chardonnay. With zesty pineapple, apricot and peach flavors, it’s a great buy at this price.
Great with barbecued chicken or pork.

 

2011 Tempranillo, Latue, La Mancha, Spain
$9.99/bottle     $7.99/bottle (mix six $)
Cherry color with violet tints, clean and bright. Intense cherry and forest fruit aromas. Very good body, smooth with good structure and a very long finish.
Great roasted meats or bbq brisket.

 

2011 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – FinAmore, Cantina Agriverde, Abruzzi, Italy
$11.99/bottle     $9.59/bottle (mix six $)
The Montepulciano d’Abruzzo comes from a parcel of the vineyard known as FinAmore. It boasts the perfect microclimate for the grapes including a wide spread in day and night time temperatures and high iron content in the soil..
Finamore is made from the Montepulciano grape. Its deep ruby-red color with violet highlights suggests the depth and weight of the wine. The bouquet is quite refined, with complex black fruits like plum and currants with rich deep aromas of black licorice and milk chocolate. In the mouth, it is full-bodied and soft, with lots of tannins, nice acidity and a very long finish
Great with cheese and meat antipasto.

 

2011 Garnacha – Crucillon, Bodegas Argonesas, Campo do Borja, Spain
$8.99/bottle     $7.19/bottle (mix six $)
Bodegas Aragonesas is located in the Campo de Borja Denomination of Origin, with vineyards in the foothills of the Cordillero Iberico, south of Rioja, in the northern part of the province of Zaragoza. Garnacha (grenache) is the predominant varietal grown (some vineyards being 100 years old), with 20% Tempranillo and lesser amounts of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay, in a region that produces more than 13,000 tons of grapes annually.
Crucillon is made from 100% Grenache. Located just southeast of Rioja, this wine has a lot in common with the wines from the Côtes du Rhône to the north. Rich, ripe black cherries with a pleasant touch of earth; medium bodied with firm tannins and juicy, ripe fruit. Fabulous value. The wine is made from young vines.
Perfect for burgers on the grill.

 

2011 Neprica, Tormaresca
$10.99/bottle     $8.79/bottle (mix six $)
The Tormaresca estate is composed of two properties. Bocca di Lupo is located in the Castel del Monte DOC of northern Puglia. It offers an ideal growing environment for Chardonnay, Aglianico and Cabernet Sauvignon. Masseria Maime is located on the Salento peninsula in Southern Puglia. Its vineyards extend over half a mile along the Adriatic coast and are planted with Negroamaro, Primitivo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Neprica’s name and juice is a blend of Negroamaro, Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2011 Tormaresca Neprica begins with aromas of black cherry, spice and leather. It starts off nicely but a little more time in the glass also reveals hints of violet and black pepper. The real magic happens when tasting this wine which features lots of rich, dark berry fruit wrapped up in a chewy mouth-coating texture. Fans of fruit bombs will find a lot to like here but it’s not a one trick pony — good acidity, soft tannins, lots of spice and some succulent dried herbs round out the experience.
Great with meats on the grill and any meal with a red sauce.

 

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