MONTHLY FEATURES

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January 2019 Six Pack Special

The holidays were great and we thank everyone again for being such great customers (and putting up with the roadwork for so long). The roadwork is finished and we’re ready to move forward into 2019.  We’ve got a six pack special priced at $66.90 to celebrate the new year without breaking the bank.  The list of wines with descriptions is coming soon (or stop by the store for details).

2 Whites

Les Roucas Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (France, Languedoc–Pays D’Oc) $9.99

This southern France Sauvignon Blanc comes from vineyards with stony soil and Mediterranean breezes. If your mouth has started to water, we understand. To give fair warning (and protect your dignity) this description could cause a slight drool…

This vintage is packed with bright citrus and wet stone aromas. On the palate, we get juicy ripe grapefruit and well-balanced acidity that gives it a clean, dry refreshing finish.  We could see this versatile white being a perfect pair with all kinds of seafood and fowl, or tomato soup and grilled cheese. It’s a lovely white for the warmer winter days we’ve been having, and a delicious way to prime your palate for spring.

Dragonara Grillo 2017 (Italy, Sicily) $14.99

Grillo (pronounced gree-lo) is said to be a cross between indigenous varietals Catarratto and Zibibbo, fashioned by 19th century scientists looking for a solution to the phylloxera epidemic. Due to its high-sugar content and ability to ripen with restraint in the hot Sicilian summers, Grillo was widely used as the base grape in Marsala.

But vinified as a dry white wine (as this wine is), it shows refreshing citrus fruit, nutty earthy notes, and a unique salinity owed to either an abundance of potassium characteristic to the grape, or as in the case of this producer, salty sea spray from the nearby Mediterranean borne through the air to land on the skins of the grapes. [We hope that last image was soundtracked by soaring Italian opera, as it was for us.]

4 Reds

Milou Rouge 2016 (France, Languedoc–Pays D’Oc) $12.99

This is one of three wines in this month’s lineup from the Languedoc region, which wasn’t necessarily an intentional theme, more of a common denominator that emerged as we gathered wines designed to take it extra easy on the post-holiday pocketbook. Historically this region has been one of France’s most prolific producers, earning a reputation for quantity over quality. But in recent years, along with a new classification system, there’s been a renewed commitment to focusing on terroir and grape varietal again, and a closer look at what this versatile Mediterranean coastal region has to offer. Luckily for us, this still means wonderfully affordable wines.

The fruit for this blend was sourced from a village halfway between Montpelier and Nimes.  The blend is made up of 50% (organically farmed) Syrah and 50% Grenache, both from 50 year old vines. We get a lovely balance of earth and white pepper on the nose,red fruits, cocoa and espresso on the the palate. Nice clean acidity on the finish make this a great medium-bodied wine for drinking with all kinds of meals and all kinds of palates.

Vidigal Vinho Tinto 2017 (Portugal, Dao) $8.99

Dão, in central Portugal, is one of the country’s oldest established wine regions and the home of the Touriga Nacional grape. The climate is temperate due to the mountainous landscape, producing wines with good acidity along with spice and structure.

This blend of 50% Jaen (AKA Mencia in Spain) and 50% Touriga Nacional, is fermented in stainless steel allowing the fruit to take center stage in this dry medium bodied red. With 15-30 minutes of air, we get plum, dark red fruit, a hint of anise, and an earthy spice on the finish.

Fleur Violette Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (France, Languedoc–Pays d’Oc) $12.99

Another lovely little Pays d’Oc from the Med, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is everything we love about the old world style. There’s purple fruit, sweet tobacco and herbs on the nose, with a palate beautifully matched. Then nicely distributed tannins to put a period on each sip.  It tastes like it was made by a Bordeaux-trained vigneron with Loire Valley sensibilities. Oh wait, it was. This wine is a perfect example of the renewed interest in Languedoc fruit and what it can do when vinified with intention!

Olivares Altos de la Hoya Monastrell 2015 (Spain, Jumilla) $12.99

As Spain’s wine making revolution matures, Jumilla continues to produce great value wines. The region’s native Monastrell (also known as Mourvèdre elsewhere) produces rich red wine due to the reliably hot, dry summers. Bodegas Olivares’ high elevation, where nights cool down quickly, contributes just enough acidity and balance.

This Monastrell is rich and full of flavor. Concentrated dark berry fruit, nice acidity, rosemary, good tannins, and a little bit of pepper blend together to create a wine with a great amount of substance that’s just plain nice to drink. Give it 30 minutes of air if you want smoother tannins.