Ten great new wines, fresh on our shelves!
1) Underwood Rose 375ml Cans $6.99 – Canned wines are exploding! They’re convenient, go anywhere packages that preserve the freshness and flavors of the wine better and more consistently that any other package. Underwood’s new Rose is here and is dangerously drinkable. Fruity strawberry, watermelon and peach flavors balanced by vibrant acidity. Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir also in stock & $6.99 each.
2) Venge 2014 Penny Lane Vineyard Sangiovese $37.99 – Kirk Venge’s 2014 reds are nothing short of extraordinary and his tiny production Sangiovese is no exception. We just received the last handful of bottles of the minuscule amount that was allocated for retail shelves this year. Notes of strawberries, black cherries, new saddle leather, bay leaf, and pepper. Ripe, with excellent fruit, medium body, and no hard edges.
3) Peirano Estate 2015 Illusion Red $12.99 – We’ve almost sold through our first batch of this delicious new wine from the Peirano family, and in record time (but don’t worry, more arriving on Thursday). A juicy blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate explodes with rich mouthfilling blackberries, black currants, plums and dark fruit. The long, seductive finish is filled with hints of black licorice and has firm, round, yet supple mouthfilling tannins.
4) Domaine Houchart 2016 Provence Rose $12.99 – Without a doubt, the Domaine Houchart is one of the best value Provence Roses each year. This family owned estate in the south of France is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and has a pretty soft pink hue. The nose is fresh, with strawberry and red berry notes, followed by delicate aromas of yellow peach and grapefruit. Fresh and delicious, with a fine attack, it is well balanced and long in the mouth.
5) Lavau 2013 Gigondas $25.99 ($23.39 during French Wine Month) – “Bright and racy in feel, with high-pitched red currant, cherry and raspberry coulis notes, laced with violet, white pepper and chalk details. The long, youthfully taut finish should settle in with mid-term cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2023. 5,000 cases made. – Wine Spectator Top 100 #71”
6) Hourglass 2014 HG3 Red $53.99 – When Hourglass owners Jeff Smith and Carolyn Duryea brought on Josh Clark as their new vineyard manager, he replanted parts of their Blueline Vineyard. Winemaker Anthony Biagi (of Plumpjack fame) decided to create an entirely new wine from the fruit from these new vines, and HG III was born. A knock-your-socks-off blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and Malbec, this is a serious Napa wine at an unbelievable pricepoint.
7) Loring Wine Co. 2014 Mateo Pinot Noir $34.99 – We’re big fans of everything Brian Loring makes and if you were fortunate enough to attend our tasting with him last year we’re pretty certain that you are now too.
Mateo is the fruit of the friendship between two winemakers (José Ignacio Cuenca & Brian Loring), two countries (Spain & the US) and two worlds (the Old & the New). This wine is a unique blend of California’s finest Pinot Noir grapes is dedicated to José Mateo Cuenca Anderson. Deep ruby color with earthy plum and cherry aromas. Full, rich plum and cherry flavors with baking spice and white pepper notes. Great structure and balance with a long, complex finish.
8) Middle-Earth 2015 Sauvignon Blanc $15.99 – Since it seems that spring has already sprung, it’s time for Roses and crisp whites. Crisp, zippy, and loaded with tart and tangy grapefruit, this new Sauvignon Blanc from the land of Hobbits and Elves is just what the wizard ordered. An intensely expressed Sauvignon Blanc, the bouquet shows passionfruit, feijoa, grapefruit and sweet basil characters. It is juicy and vibrant on the palate, and delivers excellent fruit power and plenty of tasty flavors, leading to a lengthy succulent finish.
9) Chapelle de Bastion 2015 Picpoul de Pinet $10.99 – A perfect example of the fantastic and inexpensive wines coming from France’s Languedoc region. Picpoul is a local variety that makes a deliciously zippy white wine that perfectly melds the flavors of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio into one tasty package.
10) Casanova di Neri 2011 Brunello di Montalcino $64.99 – Giacomo Neri has produced a very approachable wine in this warm vintage. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is plump and juicy with loads of dark fruit and mild spice at the back, offering floral, strawberry, cherry and spice aromas and flavors. On the lean side at the end, finishing with lively acidity. 92pts WS, 92 RP, 92 VM