August Mix Six

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Mix Six, Wine Blog | 0 comments

2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Mohua, New Zealand
$14.99/bottle     $11.99/bottle (mix six $)
The aroma of this wine is subtle and almost entirely astringent gooseberry. On the tongue, however, there is lively snap of grapefruit abetted by grassy notes and hints of lime, honeydew and white nectarine. The whole profile is underpinned by a nearly flinty minerality, which contributes substantially to a long, dry and refreshing finish.
Drink with freshwater fish.


2010 Garnacha, Artazuri, Navarra, Spain
$12.99/bottle     $10.39/bottle (mix six $)
Artazu established its presence in the historic wine region of Navarra in 1996, where their production area is well defined by both brown-limestone and clay-calcareous soils. The climate in this region is full of contrasts being dry and hot in the summer, and cold and humid in the winter.
A Focus on Grenache– Artazu places their sole focus on this ancient variety, Grenache, which they find full of charm and authenticity. Artazu crafts their wines using grapes from old vineyards nearly a century old, as well as from young vines – all made in a modern-style cellar.
“Bright violet. Black raspberry and spices on the nose, with cola and cracked pepper adding complexity. A juicy, focused garnacha with tightly wound dark berry flavors displaying good clarity and tangy bite. Takes a jammy turn on the finish, with the peppery note echoing.” International Wine Cellar
Great for burgers and bbq chicken.


2011 Rose, Pellehaut, France
$9.99/bottle $7.99/bottle (mix six $)
Domaine de Pellehaut is situated at the highest point in the district of Montréal du Gers and today covers 1300 acres of which 450 are vines.
It is a true farming estate run in a traditional way by Gaston Béraut and his sons, Martin and Mathieu. The vines are only situated on the slopes, with the low land being reserved for cattle and cereal crops. The straw from the local “Blonde d’Aquitaine” cattle sheds makes a first rate manure for the vines, thus allowing a balance of organic matter to be maintained in the different parcels, while limiting the use of synthetic fertilizer.
Made from three-quarters merlot to one-quarter tannat, this juicy rosé delivers plenty of ripe, crunchy, herbaceous fruit with the slight but agreeable jammy, soft finish.
Great with grilled pork.


2010 Malbec, Kaiken, Argentina
$12.99/bottle     $10.39/bottle (mix six $)
Aurelio Montes, head of Montes Wines in Chile, is a man of boundless energy and unbridled enthusiasm. When he found himself itching for a new venture, it was only natural for him to look on the other side of the mountains to Argentina. Kaiken is the Argentine side of the Montes Winery, which is from Chile.  Montes went into Argentina because of its grapes. From the start, Kaiken searched for the best grapes in Mendoza, instead of worrying about big investments in land and winery. This has enabled them to “map” all the quality-producing areas in Mendoza (Maipú, Cruz de Piedra, Ugarteche, Agrelo) and the Uco Valley.
“Notes of game and spice lead to rich dark cherry and jammy blackberry fruit character that gives way to more spice and smoke notes on the finish. Drink now.” ~87 points Wine Spectator
Great for burgers or steaks.


2010 Pinot Grigio, Villa Marchesi, Italy
$12.99/bottle     $10.39/bottle (mix six $)
Pinot Grigio enthusiasts will find this Friuli wine highly atypical. Instead of the dry, flinty elements they might expect, it offers up a soft blend of pear and peach, with very little acidity. This wine is at once easy to drink yet sophisticated enough to pair with seafood and chicken breast preparations.
Great with shrimp on the barby.

2010 Chianti Classico, Querceto, Tuscany, Italy
$15.99/bottle $12.79/bottle (mix six $) 
Castello di Querceto is about 7 kilometres from Greve in Chianti, at about 470 meters above sea level. Its land extends over 190 hectares: 60 are planted with vineyards, 5 with olive trees while the remaining are woods, mostly of oak and chestnut trees. In the bottom of the valley there is a little fishing lake.
The 2009 Chianti Classico emerges from the glass with big, generous fruit supported by the firm tannins of the vintage. Black cherries, plums, smoke and licorice wrap around the plush finish. There is more than enough depth in the fruit to make me think this wine will drink nicely for a number of years.
Drink with pasta and fresh tomato sauce

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