Our Mixed Case Special has been updated to include some heartier reds for the cooler weather that December brings and adds a sparkling wine from Italy that perfect for toasting anything and everything/
Mader Pinot Blanc (Alsace) – It's finally back in stock. Pinot Blanc and Pinot Auxerrois are allowed to be and often are blended together in the Alsace region of France and simply labeled "Pinot Blanc." Mader leans heavily on the Auxerrois, which is why I like it so much and why it works well for a wide variety of foods, especially things with a little bit of spice. Think Gewurztraminer (DRY!!!) crossed with Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc and you've got great Pinot Auxerrois/Blanc like this one here.
Il Meridione Grillo (Italy) – Grillo DOC is gaining popularity as one of the new must-try Italian whites and for good reason. Indigenous to Sicily where the hot maritime climate is perfect for the grapes’ fresh and fruity verve. This Grillo DOC Sicilia is a delightful expression of the grape with its vivid aroma and broad, persistent fresh fruit taste with notes of apricot and citrus fruit.
Poggio Costa Prosecco Brut (Italy) - Light straw yellow color with green reflections, clear, with a faint, rich and persistent perlage. Its perfume is elegant, with a rich bouquet characterized by flowers surrounded harmoniously by fruity hints that redolent of Golden apple. The taste is fresh, delicate, balanced and light and is exceptionally lively and fresh with strong minerality. This a crisp, fruit-forward, brut (dry) style Prosecco that is refreshing and easy-drinking. Perfect for everyday enjoyment, mimosa and bellinis, or toasting with friends.
Bodegas Muga Rioja Rose (Spain) – Rioja Rose is one our favorite "new classic" Thanksgiving pairing wines. Opening with a pretty nose of flowers, especially rose petals, and almonds. Fruit aromas come through well too, red berry fruits, wild strawberries together with some creamy vanilla notes. On the palate, there’s a soft full attack, quite succulent followed by lovely acidity that balances out the first impressions of fruitiness. The wine then develops beautifully with a tangy, refreshing finish.
Domaine du Joncier "LO" Lirac Rouge (France) - Domaine du Joncier is a vineyard of 32 hectares, passed from father to daughter currently run by Marina Roussel. Organic since 2008 and Demeter certified biodynamic since 2010, the wines produced from the estate's hand harvested fruit utilizing native yeasts and with minimal intervention. This lovely, Grenache Lirac shows the ripe, Provençal style of the vintage and is medium to full-bodied, has a wonderful bouquet of mulled red and black fruits, black licorice, violets, and peppery garrigue, loads of fruit, a good sense of freshness, and solid length on the finish.
Vilamar Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon (Spain) – From Spain's spectacular 2013 vintage, this Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend is just now entering its prime drinking window. Candied, oaky aromas of clove outmuscle foxy berry scents. This blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cab Sauvignon is heavy, tannic and ultimately a bit overweight and flabby. Clove, wood spice and cooked berry flavors finish with baking spice and woody notes.
Allegrini Palazzo della Torre (Italy) - Palazzo della Torre is Allegrini’s take on the Valpolicella 'Ripasso' method; however it is made from a portion of grapes dried specifically for this wine and not from the the Amarone pomace as is the case in other expressions. The portion of grapes that are dried do so in the 'Terre di Fumane' drying centre, to intensify the character of the vineyard. The wine spent 15 months in second-use barriques, and was blended together for two months, then aged for a further seven months in bottle before release. A blend of Corvina (40%), Corvinone (30%, Rondinella (25%) and Sangiovese (5%) Palazzo della Torre offers enticing aromas of dried cherry and hints of cloves, cinnamon and vanilla. The palate is velvety in texture, well-balanced and offers ripe, juicy dark fruit, with soft tannins and refreshing acidity.
Argiano "NC" Toscana (Italy) - Lively ruby red color with intense aromas or red fruits like plums, cherries with raspberry, blackcurrant and green bell pepper and hints of coffee. A bit reserved when first opened, a bit of air welcomes ample black cherry, black currant and spice flavors set within a solid structure. Fresh and focused, it lingers, echoing the fruit and adding an iron note. A Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot.
El Goru Gold (Spain) – The new, 2017 vintage is another amazing wine that tastes like it should cost 3-4 times as much and received a whopping 93 points from Wine Spectator. This red is sleek and solid, in the modern style. Bright cherry, berry and currant flavors mingle with licorice, black tea and mineral notes, giving way to a floral and minerally finish. The firm tannins are well-integrated and juicy acidity keeps this li Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blend lively.
Hierogram Zinfandel (California) – Solidly built and fruity without seeming sweet, this full-bodied wine combines concentrated flavors with a firm structure of fine-grained tannins and supportive acidity. Light oak touches add interest, but the wine's power and appeal come from bold varietal-fruit flavors.Concentrated and complex, this full-bodied wine overflows with ripe berries, black-pepper and beef aromas that continue in the generous flavors. A big broad mouthfeel, full body and mild tannins all add to an impression of richness.
Ghostrunner Ungrafted Red (California) – The Ghostrunner red blend includes Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel. It shows a dark ruby color with an aroma that’s rich in mixed berries and black cherry preserves. Hints of spice including black pepper and bacon carry through on the palate. This decadent red blend finishes with soft tannins, dark fruit and elaborate oak.
Chronology Red (California) -"From nine counties across California, the 2017 Chronology Red is made up of 32% Petite Sirah, 22% Merlot, 13% Syrah, 13% Grenache, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Mission, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Mourvèdre and 1% Petit Verdot. Aged 20 months in 16% new oak, it has a deep garnet-purple color and features bold blackberry preserves, baked plums and Morello cherries with suggestions of Indian spices, Sichuan pepper, dusty earth and menthol. Full-bodied, rich and decadently spicy, it has a velvety texture and long, lively finish." 91pts Parker's Wine Advocate
750ml x 12
Please note that with the uncertainty around shipping & deliveries from our suppliers, it might become necessary to make comparable substitutions in our mixed packs as certain items run out. Thanks for understanding!