Summer Sampler Six Packs

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in Wine Blog | 0 comments

“Spain & Portugal Summer Sizzler”

Special Price $45
($57.94 if purchased separately)
These six packs are great to have around the house for everyday drinking or if guests show up unannounced.

2011 Garnatxa Blanca, Herencia Altes, Terres Alta, Spain
This 100% Garnatxa (Grenache) Blanca comes from a combination of older and younger vines, and is vinified in a crisp, unoaked style with naturally fresh acidity and moderate alcohol. It exhibits fresh melon and tropical citrus aromas and flavors with honeysuckle accents. Honeyed notes inform the midpalate, which has a nice creamy texture balanced by juicy acidity. The refreshing finish is accented by notes of ginger and citrus peel. Drink with calamari or squid.

2011 Vinho Blanca, Casa do Saima, Bairrada, Portugal
Casa de Saima Branco is a blend of three grapes, Bical, Cerceal and Arinto. Bical, which is native to Bairrada and its neighbor, Dao, has an angular brightness similar to Riesling in many ways. Cerceal is, rather annoyingly, not the same grape as the Sercial grown on the island of Madeira. Arinto is, perhaps, the most widely planted white variety in Portugal. It is also capable of producing high quality wine although no one is really specializing in the variety. Great with shrimp on the barby.

2010 Viura-Chardonnay, Vega Sindoa, Navarra, Spain
The 2010 Vega Sindoa Viura-Chardonnay is 75% Viura and 25% Chardonnay. The wine is made from remarkably low yields for this price level, perhaps accounting for its superb concentration. Light gold in color, it offers up an attractive nose with notes of mineral, baked apple, and honey. Supple on the palate with gobs of flavor, this medium-bodied wine is nicely balanced and refreshing. It is also a great value.

2010 Romeira, Caves Velhas, Alentejo, Portugal
The History of this winery dates back to the nineteenth century, when João Camillo Alves began his business in the wine trade. He first started to sell wines produced in the famous wine region of Bucelas, an excellent area for producing white wine highly appreciated not only in Portugal but also worldwide. With other family members joining the business in the 1920’s João, already past 50 years old, purchased Caves Velhas. He decided to put all of his holdings under that name.
This wine, Romeira, is made from local varieties, Alicante Bousquet and Trincadeiro. It is smooth and easy drinking, perfect for everyday spring and summer consumption. This wine would be very comfortable at a backyard barbecue with burgers or ribs.

2010 Garnacha, Bodegas Borsao, Campo do Borja, Spain
Very lively red with jammy flavors of blackberry and black cherry that are toned down by chocolate and spice notes. The sweet fruit of Garnacha is nicely balanced by acidity. This is a perfect friend for a backyard barbecue.

2011 Tempranillo, Campo Reales, La Mancha, Spain
Deep ruby color. Aromas of blackberry, meat, dark chocolate, and earth. Round, rich mouth of berries, spice, leather and brown sugar. Intense and complex for the price. Youthful with cherry and blackberry aromas tinged by cracked pepper. Fresh, juicy and spicy.

“Wines From Around the World”

Special price $75.00
($95.94 if purchased separately)
This “six pack” contains a half dozen of our favorites from six different countries. This package is perfect to bring to your vacation house for the weekend or to take along as a house gift for your hosts.

2010 Riesling, Standing Stone, Hector, New York
Indian lore says the Oneida Indians followed a rolling stone until it stopped and that was where they would find a land filled with plentiful food and clean water. The stone stopped rolling (came to a stand) on the shores of a lake. Thus, the Oneida Indians were known as “The People of the Standing Stone”. The Dutch called the Indians “Sinerka”, their word for standing stone and hence, Lake Seneca.
A great example of New York State Riesling. Don’t let the numbers fool you, the residual sugar is 1.5% but the natural balance of the wine tastes like an off dry Riesling. This wine is lively, with round, full notes of tangerine and other exotic and tropical fruits. A hint of acidity balances the wine perfectly. The finish is a pleasant, flinty lift. This wine is great with hard cheeses or grilled chicken, and most Asian dishes.

2011 Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett, Karl Erbes, Mosel, Germany
Würzgarten, which translates to “spice (or perfumy) garden” as always manifests itself in the nose of these wines. The wine has a velvety texture with fresh apple and mineral notes. This crisp bright white is an excellent summer wine for Cajun or Thai cuisine.

2010 Sauvignon Blanc “Gran Reserva”, Concha y Toro, Colchagua, Chile
The Gran Reserva “serie riberas”, or riverbank series, is a family of wines in which each variety is grown in close proximity to one of Chile’s major rivers. These rivers, formed by the rushing meltwater from the snow covered peaks of the Andes mountains, sculpted mineral rich basins and valleys along their route to the sea. The unique climate and soil conditions of each vineyard site result in wines that show a distinctive sense of place, with tremendous concentrations of flavor as well as a broad and complex aromatic profile.
This wine is a bright straw yellow in color, aromatic on the nose, with fresh citrus aromas of lime and grapefruit complemented by clean mineral notes. The flavor is crisp and refreshing, with bright acidity, and a long finish. Great for ocean and fresh water fish.

2009 Chateau de Francs, Bordeaux, France
Two giants in the world of Merlot based Bordeaux, Hubert de Boüard (Château l’Angélus, 1st Grand Cru Classé) and Dominique Hébrard (Château Bellefont Belcier, Grand Cru Classé) formed a partnership more than twenty years ago and launched into the Francs adventure. With their 40 hectares of vines, they make unique wines in a secret appellation which is nonetheless worthy of the most illustrious areas. Chateau de Francs is a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Medium red. Perfumed aromas of redcurrant, strawberry, fresh flowers and mint. Suave and fine-grained, with a light touch to its fresh, easygoing flavors of strawberry, raspberry, licorice and violet. Finishes with relaxed tannins and a subtle lingering note of chocolate mint. Drink with beef.

2009 Chianti Classico, Catello di Querceto, Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Castello di Querceto is about 7 kilometres far 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

2010 Malbec “Llama”, Bodegas Bodequeno, Mendoza, Argentina
Llama Malbec is 100% Malbec from 98 year old vines grown at over 3,300 feet elevation. The nose is full of very expressive aromas of violet and darkly roasted coffee; deeply centered this is impressive with great spice and poise. Bursting on the palate this shows sweet blackberry fruit with toasty oak and a continuation of the violet found in the nose on the lengthy finish.  Great for steaks on the grill.


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