March Mix Six

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Wine Blog | 0 comments

2011 “Classic” Ugni Blanc-Colombard, Domaine Tariquet, Gascogne, France
$9.99/bottle      $7.99/bottle (mix six $)
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.
Drink with spicy foods like Asian and Mexican.

2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Joel Gott, California
$12.99/bottle      $10.39/bottle (mix six $)
Barely 40 years old, Joel Gott is among the hottest rising stars in California winemaking. When he’s not making great wine, Joel keeps busy with at least four other businesses, including the Palisades Market in Calistoga and Napa Valley’s hottest burger stand, Taylor’s Refresher, where Robert Parker enjoyed one of his “Most Memorable Meals.” How many burger stands offer Ahi Tuna on a bun and wine by the glass?
The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in Monterey, Lake County and Russian River. It is aged in large stainless steel tanks with a small portion aged on the lees in small tanks to add complexity.
Great for Ham.

2012 A to Z Rosé, Dundee, Oregon
$12.99/bottle      $10.39/bottle (mix six $)
Our first 2012 Rose arrival!
The A to Z Rose has bright and vibrant aromas of wild strawberries, red currants, peach, watermelon, cherries, raspberries and hibiscus with hints of rosemary and thyme. In the mouth, the juicy attack is a riot of red fruit and melon flavors that move into a mid-palate that is bright and rich all at once. The wine ultimately finishes crisp and clean with lingering flavors of strawberries and lavender. Pure enjoyment! A to Z Rose is made with intention from grape to glass.
Great with grilled pork.

2010 Malbec – Serie Riberas, Concha y Toro, Chile
$16.99/bottle      $13.59/bottle (mix six $)
The “Serie Riberas” is a relatively new group of wines for Concha y Toro. Since Concha y Toro is far and away the largest vineyard owner in Chile, they were looking for some way to highlight their vines that are located on or in close proximity to one of the many rivers of Chile. They knew that rivers create a special microclimate that keeps the temperatures cooler and makes the growing season longer.
These wines come from Palo Santo vineyard on the south bank of the Tinguiririca River in central Chile.
Great for burgers or steaks.

2009 Napa Red, Sean Minor, Napa, California
$22.99/bottle      $18.39/bottle (mix six $)
This unique red wine blend (30% Merlot, 23% Petit Verdot, 17% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah, 4% Malbec) is from sites throughout Napa Valley with grapes harvested at optimal maturity, then de-stemmed and gently crushed into open-top stainless steel fermenters, at warm temperatures, to fully extract color and flavor. The fermented wine then was racked to a combination of French and American oak for aging of which 18% was new. During the aging process the wine lots were tasted throughout and blended back together just before bottling.
The nose is bright with berry and spice notes. Curiously, before I knew the blend, my first thought was Cabernet (conspicuously missing from the blend of grapes). Deep dark fruit flavors that are both layered and complex. This drinks quite well today, but there is no reason to believe it won’t continue to improve over the next 3-5 years.
Great with lamb.

2011 Merlot “The Velvet Devil”, Charles Smith Wines, Washington
$11.99/bottle      $9.59/bottle (mix six $)
83% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Syrah. classic The Velvet Devil does pack some flavor. Think darker fruits like blackberries and or even chocolate-covered cherries. The bright-violet red is smooth (like velvet, you might say) on the palate and aromatic, giving off a clean, spicy scent with a hint of tobacco at the end. At 13.5 percent alcohol, there’s a little bit of heat to each sip, but it’s not overpowering. Yeah, believe it! Super smooth….a true Velvet Devil.
Drink with roasted chicken.

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