Ladoucette Comte Lafond Sancerre 2017Baron Patrick de Ladoucette produces this wine. The growing area is the Sancerre Controlled Appellation area, which includes the villages of Bué, Chaudoux, Chavignol and Verdigny. Vines are aged from 25 to 35 years. The soil is a combination of clay, limestone and silica. The winery is made up of three levels. The first level is where the grapes are received and sorted without crushing keeping the grapes from the different parcels separate. The juice then flows simply by gravity to the second level where the pressing with the division of the juice "à la champenoise" takes place. The third level is where the wine clarified using a cooling system to regulate the temperature of the juice with maceration “pulpaire”. The wine ages in stainless vats thermostatically regulated to 64°F for six to eight weeks, then on lees for a further three to six months. A beautiful aromatic intensity developing delicate floral notes (small white flowers, blackcurrants) followed by powerful mineral aromas (pebbles and gun powder). An elegant bouquet, complex and typical of the richness of this great terroir. In the mouth, the attack is round and supple with a slight lovely tangy touch. Intense aromatic notes on a fleshy mineral structure reinforce the complexity. The finish is long and harmonious, full of fruity notes (both exotic and citrus).
Quinta do Portal Colheita Rosé 2017Quinta do Portal is a family fine winemaking company that embraced with passion the “Boutique Winery” concept. This project started in the early 90’s of the last century but has its base on a century-old estate where their family has been producing Port since the end of the 19th century. The winemaker is Paulo Coutinho, born in the neighboring village of Celeirós and is an Enology graduate from UTAD. This is a dry and fresh Rosé produced from a blend of the two premium Douro grape varieties. It has a delicate pink colour obtained by free run juice. A careful fermentation retains aromas of fresh wild berries and pomegranate. It is deliciously crisp and refreshing and is best served chilled as an appetizer or with salads, fish and shellfish dishes.
Maior de Mendoza Fulget 2016The Barros family has grown Albariño grapes since the 1970s. At that time the Regulatory Council had not been formed and grape production was done informally on tiny plots of land. After the creation of the Denomination of Origin, the winery was founded under the name Maior de Mendoza, after the Lady Maior de Mendoza, to honor its commitment to the land and its own history. The estate vineyards are planted in granitic–sandy pieces of land, protected from the north wind on gentle sloping hillsides that allow drainage and in plantation frames with wide pathways to aid ventilation. All work is completely by hand: pruning, thinning, defoliation, harvests, with the greatest respect for the vine and to maintain low yields. This pours straw yellow with slight greenish hues. Aromatically you get medium-high intensity with stone fruits like peach and other fruit like apple and pear. The wine shows balanced acidity in the mouth, with pleasant grassy notes. The wine is full-flavored and fruity, with a long and balanced finish.
Domaine des Sauvaire Mas Sauvaire Languedoc Rouge 2015The Sauvaire family has been working the land around Crespian, in the Languedoc, since the mid-1600s. The winery’s buildings date from back then, and are still in use. Its 25 hectares (61.77 acres) of vines, planted to traditional Southern varieties, are scattered on a plateau with lots of small boulders and stones, and thus mainly poor, sandstone soils. This forces the vines to work extra hard to find nutrients. Hervé Sauvaire works the land here using ancestral methods, with no pesticides or chemicals. He believes in letting the vineyard work in conjunction with the land around it to find balance on its own, without man’s help. What little assistance he provides is in the form of compost made from the marc of his grapes. At harvest, everything is manually harvested. This philosophy follows through in the winery, where he takes an almost “hands-off” approach. Indigenous yeasts are allowed to take over all fermentation duties, and the wines are allowed to sit in fiberglass tanks, with absolutely no oak treatment: this allows the purity of the terroir to shine through. Wines are then bottled after 2-3 years in tank with very little SO2.
Gualdo del Re Eliseo Rosso 2014Gualdo del Re is family owned and operated by Theresa and Nico Rossi. Val di Cornia itself is an up-and-coming wine region, recognized for its quality and was awarded its own DOC as recently as 1989. Suvereto is the most well-regarded sub-region of Val di Cornia. The microclimate here, coupled with the the gently sloping hills that rise from the valley of the Cornia River towards the metaliferous hills, have lent themselves to centuries of grape production. Named after their grandfather, this blend of 60% sangiovese, 20% cabernet sauvignon and 20% merlot is Gualdo del Re’s entry Super Tuscan. The grapes are from the same plots as their top wines and chosen on the sorting table. The wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, aged for 12 months in barriques and matures for 3 months in bottle before release. No new oak used. Total production 2900 cases per year. The structure is balanced with both fruit and tannins. Darker more brambly fruit from the Merlot, spiciness from the Cabernet Sauvignon and acid structure with earth tones from the Sangiovese. The wine pours ruby red with a good intensity. It is fruity and elegant with red berries notes and pleasant spicy sensations. It is lively and harmonious, with good structure and! characterized by a smooth and pleasant tannin weft. Ends with a long and persistent finish.
Asara Stellenbosch Cape Fusion Vineyard Collection 2015Asara is situated on land that was first settled and farmed in 1691, when it was part of the Cape Colony. In 2000 the land, by then a farm known as Verdun, was purchased by the current owners. In 2001 an adjoining farm – Morgenster – was added to make the 180 hectare Asara, one of the largest wine estates in the heart of the renowned Stellenbosch wine country. The new farm was named Asara to represent Astar, Asis and Asase, African gods of earth, sun and sky – symbols of the balance and harmony of nature which is reflected in Asara’s wines. This is a blend of shiraz, pinotage, malbec and petite verdot. These four diverse varieties create a harmonious blend with complex layers of spice, mocha and dark berry aromas. The palate is full round with luscious blackberry, dark chocolate and sweet violet flavors with a dry yet fruity finish.
Cave de L' Ormarine Picpoul De Pinet Sur Lies 2016In 1773, Turgot, one of Louis XVI's future ministers, gave permission for each barrel of local wine to be branded with a red-hot branding iron with a sign marking the quality of the Pinet vineyards. Thus was born the legacy that would lead to the creation of the Picpoul de Pinet appellation. The AOC area itself was established after a detailed, parcel by parcel examination by INAO. Today, the Master Winemakers of the Ormarine Winery are perpetuating this centuries-old tradition and legendary history with considerable success. Ormarine Winery's vineyards cover roughly 4484 acres, with some 1161 acres planted with its unique white AOC grape variety, the Piquepoul. This wine is made from a plot selection of more than 15 year-old vines. Grapes are harvested at night to keep freshness and aromas. Cold pre-fermentary maceration with fermentation at low temperature. Ageing on lees in concrete vats for several months. Filtration then preparation of the wines prior to bottling on the estate. This wine pours uminous, pale gold yellow with mother of pearl highlights. Reveals subtle lychee and pear aromas. After aeration, mineral notes appear. The wine open fresh revealing lemon grass and citrus aromas. Buttery notes and roundness lead to a soft persistent finish. This wine expresses its full flavors with seafood, shellfish, starters, fish and Mediterranean dishes.
Aperol AperitivoThe name says it all: Aperol is the perfect aperitif. Bright orange in color, it has a unique taste, thanks to the secret recipe, which has never been changed, with infusions of selected ingredients including bitter and sweet oranges and many other herbs and roots in perfect proportions. Aperol's strength is in its low-alcohol content of only 11 percent. Nose: Lightly alcoholic, zesting orange with appealing complex herbal scents harmonized with a touch of vanilla. Body: Intense orange top with herbal and woody body notes, pleasantly bittersweet and salty. Texture: Velvety and rounded, with long-lasting orange and wood memories. Backtaste: Herbal long pleasant typical bitterness.
Prairie Cucumber VodkaMild cucumber on the nose, fresh on the palate, crisp at the finish. Pure and refreshing to the last sip.
Hangar One RoséA unique blend of Hangar 1 Vodka and California rosé wine. Floral with notes of crisp apple, sweet pea blossoms, and a hint of oak on the nose, with a silky and soft mouthfeel finishing fresh with hints of cranberry.
La Gritona Reposado TequilaThis exciting new tequila is made by one of the few but rising tide of female distillers in tequila country at the tiny NOM 1533 in the Valle de Guadalupe. Gritona is made according to traditional methods and because the team begins with perfectly ripened select highland agave plants, they ensure no shortcuts are necessary on their way to great tequila. The harvested plants are slow cooked in brick ovens and then left to naturally ferment with ambient yeasts before being double distilled in small pot stills. The new make spirit is then aged for 8 months in old American oak barrels. Complex and brooding in character the spirit gives off notes of caramelized fruit, ginger and pepper.
Bellis BourbonUnlike other young bourbons, which are typically harsh, Bellis Bourbon undergoes a second distillation process to remove impurities for a smooth finish. This proprietary process separates out the fusel oils from the flavor, color, and aroma, making the bourbon easy to drink. Fusel oils - German for "bad liquor"- are a mixture of several alcohols which are produced as a byproduct of alcohol fermentation. These oils give spirit products a harsh rubbing alcohol taste and may contribute to hangover symptoms. Bourbon is prone to having excessive concentrations of fusel oils, but unlike other bourbons, Bellis Bourbon is so smooth, you'll want a double. When you see the Bellis Bourbon barrel, you can expect a consistently smooth bourbon from the first sip to the last drop.
Hewitson Old Garden Mouvedre 2010Established in 1998 Hewitson winery is situated in the heart of the Barossa Valley, Australia, on the historic Seppeltsfield Road and boasts some of the oldest vines in the world. The grapes for this wine are sourced from Hewitson’s Old Garden, an ancient vineyard of Mourvèdre planted in 1853 by Friedrich Koch. Old Garden has seen the entire history of Australia’s wine industry evolve around it. Having survived floods, fires, famines and the worldwide spread of Phylloxera in the late 1800s, this is the oldest-known surviving planting of Mourvèdre. “With a medium density of garnet color, the 2010 Mourvedre Old Garden is evolving into a meat and earth-laced bake berry and preserved plum character with nuances of new leather and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, it delivers plenty of earthy/savory flavor with a firm backbone of chewy tannins and a good, long finish.” – 92 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
Vincent Girardin Bourgogne Blanc 2012This should be very familiar to you as we regularly see Vincent’s wines in stock. Vincent Girardin is a man of conviction. Vincent’s roots are deep in the most prestigious terroirs of Burgundy. He knows every vine, every parcel of land. He also ensures that the very highest quality is maintained by following each wine’s development every step of the way, at all times respecting the most important element of Burgundy – the individuality of its terroirs. This cuvee sees no new oak and is finished in stainless steel. The resulting wine showcases the typical citrus and floral characteristics of Burgundy with a freshness and elegance framed by mineral notes and beautiful length.
Noble Tree Wickersham Ranch Merlot 2013A beautiful, dark ruby-purple colored Merlot. Offers aromas of lead pencil, and spiced red fruits. Flavors of blackberry, black pepper with an almost spicy texture. Finishes with well defined chalky tannins.
Delas Freres Saint-Esprit Cotes du Rhone 2016The Côtes-du-Rhône Saint-Esprit is made from a blend of 60% syrah and 40% grenache grapes, which come from a small village in the Ardèche region. The vineyard’s southern exposure on steep granite hillsides provides the best growing conditions for the vines. Delas Saint-Esprit Cotes du Rhone 2016 $14 the bottle/ 10% off case "Lovely rich opulent and floral, blackberry and plum nose, the palate is big with well layered fruit, attractively firm but soft tannin and hints of oak, a big wine with a lovely finish." - 95 Points, Decanter