2014 January Mix Six

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2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Casillero del Diablo, Chile
$10.99/bottle      $8.79/bottle (mix six $)
Casillero del Diablo offers wine lovers the very special opportunity to participate in the propagation of a century old legend known throughout the world. In the 19th century, the founder of Concha y Toro, Don Melchor, discovered that his vineyard workers were sampling his greatest wines. To discourage this action, Don Melchor spread the rumor that his deepest, darkest cellar was the Casillero del Diablo (Cellar of the Devil), so that no one would dare go in there. It worked, and a legend was born. Today, this mysterious and legendary cellar continues to hold the finest, estate grown wines of Casillero del Diablo.
After fermentation in stainless steel tanks, 60% of the wine is aged in medium toast, American oak for 8 months, 40% is aged in stainless steel for 8 months. Casillero del Diablo Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark, ruby red with aromas of cherries, black currant and dark plums. This Cabernet Sauvignon is very concentrated, rich in flavor, perfectly balanced, and boasts a satisfying and lingering finish.
Drink with roasts and hearty cheeses.

2011 Garnacha, Bodega Breca, Spain
$16.99/bottle      $13.59/bottle (mix six $)
Grapes are sourced from Old Vine vineyards situated high on the hillsides at about 3,000 ft. above sea level. There is a range of soil types throughout the region, however most vineyards could be described as having gravely clay loams. The clay is at depth and allows for the vines to obtain moisture and be dry grown even though there is very little rainfall in the region (around 350ml per year). The climate is continental and very dry. During the growing season there are high daytime temperatures moderated by cool nights due to the high altitude. Winters are cold and scant rainfall throughout the year.
The 2011 Breca was fashioned from remarkable yields of .4 tons of fruit per acre, and was aged 21 months in French oak. The wine offers enjoyable notes of strawberries, black cherries, dusty, loamy soil and meaty, peppery characteristics. Consume this medium-bodied 2011 over the next several years.
Great for spicy soups and stews.

2012 Malbec, Norton, Argentina
$10.99/bottle      $8.79/bottle (mix six $)
Bodega Norton was founded by Edmund James Palmer Norton, an English engineer, in 1895. Norton bought the estate and land in Perdriel, Lujan de Cuyo, and planted vines creating a winery soon thereafter. Bodega Norton is the first winery in Argentina south of the Mendoza River.
Ripe red-fruit flavors are true to the varietal, while the palate feels fresh and lifted by balancing acids. Focused raspberry and plum flavors are clean and don’t push the oak envelope. Overall, this is a lively and fun wine.
Drink with roasts and pasta dishes.

2011 Tempranillo, Dacu, Spain
$9.99/bottle      $7.99/bottle (mix six $)
Dacu is a single-vineyard wine made in the unknown region of Ribera del Guadiana, located in southwestern Spain next to the Portuguese border. Although unknown, it is the second largest geographical wine appellation in Spain. Dacu was founded in 2007 with the goal of showcasing the many virtues of this unknown territory. Ribera del Guadiana not only possesses perfect weather that is consistent year after year to produce high quality, fully ripened grapes, but it has a cool climate in the south. This means it is warm because of its southern latitude but it is also cool due to the winds. This allows the Tempranillo grapes to exhibit great amounts of fresh cherry and red berry aromatics and flavors. Ribera del Guadiana shows a different side of Tempranillo than Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Toro. Similar to the great grape varieties of Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo, Tempranillo has an ability to adapt itself to different climatic conditions and geographies and can also communicate the character of the place where it is grown before imparting its own personality. The sublime Tempranillo grape can transmit all the minute differences of its terroir. In Ribera del Guadiana, Tempranillo shows intense raspberry flavors, silky tannins, lots of dense, luscious fruit and balanced acidity that is bright and fresh.
Dacu is a wonderful match for roasted meats and red sauces.

2011 Chardonnay, Casillero del Diablo, Chile
$10.99/bottle      $8.79/bottle (mix six $)
Casillero del Diablo offers wine lovers the very special opportunity to participate in the propagation of a century old legend known throughout the world. In the 19th century, the founder of Concha y Toro, Don Melchor, discovered that his vineyard workers were sampling his greatest wines. To discourage this action, Don Melchor spread the rumor that his deepest, darkest cellar was the Casillero del Diablo (Cellar of the Devil), so that no one would dare go in there. It worked, and a legend was born. Today, this mysterious and legendary cellar continues to hold the finest, estate grown wines of Casillero del Diablo.
This wine is 30% fermented in French oak and aged eight months on the lees. The remaining 70% is aged 8 months in stainless steel. 10% undergoes malolactic fermentation. Casillero del Diablo charrdonnay is light lemon yellow with expressive and attractive aromas of pineapple, citrus, and vanilla. This elegant wine is balanced with bright acidity and a long, memorable finish.
Great with roast chicken.

2012 Domaine Tariquet “Classic” Ugni Blanc-Colombard
$9.99/bottle      $7.99/bottle (mix six $)
These grapes have been grown in southwestern France for centuries to be used in the production of the regional brandy, Armagnac. It is only in the past few decades that the grapes are used to make commercially available wines.
Tariquet has been the cradle of an entire family since 1912. First of all, the home of Hélène and Pierre Grassa, who began the tradition with their love of fine Armagnac. Then it became the home of their children Maïté and Yves, both fervent winemakers, who have now been joined by Yves’ sons, Armin and Rémy, the third generation of winegrowers in the family. Together they manage the Tariquet estate, which has always remained an independent and, now more than ever, family-owned company. Yves Grassa was the first in the region to dare to plant Chardonnay, Sauvignon or Chenin grapes, which were far from popular in those days. Worse still, he conjured up combinations of sworn enemies such as chardonnay with sauvignon, or chenin with chardonnay. In this case, he has paired the two main grapes of Gascony, Ugni Blanc-Colombard. In fact the two are also paired together to make the staple product of the region, Armagnac.
This is perfect for spicy cuisine such as Szechuan or Mexican.

 

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