HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

The shops will celebrate 37 years in business on Tuesday, October 10th. We again thank everyone who has helped us make our success possible. Cheers!

Deal Of The Month

2016 MUGA BLANCO

A lively blend of 90% Viura, and 10% Malvasía and Garnacha Blanco, the 2016 Muga Blanco from Rioja is a perfect wine for Fall. An aroma of green apple and citrus, with scents of pie crust from the light aging in oak (produced at the estate) give it a roundness rather than crispness. Fun to sip with seafoods and shellfish, this wine reaches its peak with mushroom pastas.

2016 Muga Blanco Rioja 16.00 13.28VS

The Weekly Tasting

2015 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE

The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape vintage saw a return to fullness, with great purity of Grenache fruit. The wines have a balance of fruit and tannin, not as hard as 2005, a bit more like 2010. They show the classic richness of the region that will make them appealing to Châteauneuf-du-Pape fans—a return to form for those who love the bold aromas, succulent palates, and lovely finishes of these wines. Quoting Vinous writer Josh Raynolds, “Indeed, a number of producers in Châteauneuf appear to have made their best wines in recent memory.”

2015 Château Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Tradition’ 39.00 32.37VS

2015 Château Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Cuvée du Baron’ 40.00 33.20VS

2015 Clos des Brusquieres Châteauneuf-du-Pape 45.00 37.35VS

2015 Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 55.00 45.65VS

2015 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape 59.95 net

Taste a selection of the above wines on Saturday,
October 21st at both shops from 11AM-5PM

2015 Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Cuvee Chante le Merle’ 59.95 net

2015 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 99.95 net

New Arrivals

2012 SANTA DUC GIGONDAS

For lovers of garrigue and all things Rhône, the 2012 Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas ‘Aux Lieux-Dits’ is what one drinks on the highway to heaven. A blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 13% Mourvèdre, and 2% Cinsault, grown in 8 separate lieux-dits, or parcels of the village, the wine shows classic “herby” garrigue notes, with sweet plum and red cherry fruit. It is as big as Grenache blends get, and makes one dream of meals fit for Henry the VIII and Catherine of Aragon.

2012 Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas ‘Aux Lieux-Dits’ 38.00 31.54VS

2015 FELSINA CHIANTI CLASSICO

“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie…” The 2015 Fèlsina Chianti Classico has a loveable aroma of dried cherry and plum, a sweet note of nutmeg, and lots of savory spice notes. There is a suppleness to this forward Sangiovese that will add a shine to your smile. Serve it with fett’unta or freshly toasted slices of Tuscan bread, rubbed with garlic, drizzled with olive oil, and sprinkled with salt—“that’s amore”.

2015 Fèlsina Chianti Classico Castelnuovo Berardenga 25.00 20.75VS

Staff Picks

2016 GRABAZAN ALBARINO

Granbazán was founded in 1981, one of the original pioneers in the Rías Baixas region of Spain. It was the first to use clean, free run juice and cool fermentation to realize the potential of the Albariño grape. The Granbazán estate has a terroir of granite soils planted with mature vines close to the sea. The 2016 Granbazán ‘Etiqueta Verde’ shows a fine balance of floral and mineral flavors. The ‘Etiqueta Ambar’, made from 100% free run juice from the oldest vines on the estate, is a truly exceptional Albariño, having great length and complexity reminiscent of great Chablis.

2016 Granbazán Albariño ‘Etiqueta Verde’ Rías Baixas 18.00 14.94VS

2016 Granbazán Albariño ‘Etiqueta Ambar’ Rías Baixas 21.00 17.43VS

2012 ABBADIA RETUERTA

The philosophy at Abadía Retuerta is based on winemaking by plot. Fifty-four different soil compositions are found on the extensive property, from clay along the riverbanks, pebbles and sand on the slopes, gravel in the lower levels, and limestone in the higher elevation vineyards. Each terroir contains only one grape variety, which is carefully selected to extract the best the land has to offer. The 2012 Abadía Retuerta Selección Especial came from a warm vintage and the the base for this wine is 75% Tempranillo blended with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. It has a velvety texture with supple, soft tannins and is perfect for serving with roasts.

2012 Abadía Retuerta Selección Especial Ribera de Sardón 30.00 24.90VS