Selections for December 2017

Really Lovely

2016 CANTINE COLOSI NERO d’AVOLA – Sicily, Italy

This is a bottle we’ve long sold here, but we never dreamed of a deal that would make its wholesale price friendly enough for your club.  Let’s all count our blessings and savor a delicious Nero d’Avola, the most prevalent red grape of Sicily.

Uber-fragrant with black fruits, dark rose petals, and a distant meatiness, this colorful red welcomes – nearly seduces – you to a mouthful of extravagant yet well-framed wine sauce.  Oodles of sappy plums and cherries are automatically appreciated, with a later-on finish of sweet date and – perhaps – tomato paste.

This is no shy wine.  It loves correspondingly bold foods like roasted meats and – considering the nice price – burgers on a Tuesday night.  I’ll bet a portabella mushroom baked with some potent kind of cheese atop would also kick it.

As for the label on the bottle – have you ever seen a prettier one?!

Our lowest price ever may not last long.

 

I hope we see more of this!

2015 SANTA JULIA ‘Mountain Blend Reserva’ – Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina

Even the occasional wine sipper probably knows it:  Malbec runs the wine show in Argentina.  Purple-Black in color and blatant with reckless fruit, it could be blamed for knocking Australia’s Shiraz off the “favorite foreign red” podium. 

- But even Malbec is watching its back these days.  The general wine audience quickly tires of the same dark ‘n rich thing all the time, bound to wander off in search of the next big wine.  Malbec’s “bigness,” therefore, may be its undoing:  The public palate will reach saturation, so where from here for Argentina’s wine game?

There are more than one great wine types broadening that wine country’s provisions, but one “darkhorse” in particular has impressed us time after time:  Argentine Cabernet Franc.  Whenever I have it I like it and – more than that – I know a lot of wine lovers who would take another look at Argentina with this in their curious mouths.  One of the best-selling wines in our store right now – at any price – is Bressia’s Cabernet Franc from Mendoza.  For less than $30 it makes the thinker AND the casual drinker happy with identifiability and generosity, a tricky thing to achieve with this grape.  One price level up from there, our World Class Wine Club has been privy to several different highly successful $40-ish versions in recent years. 

But this is the first time I’ve seen Cabernet Franc partnering with Malbec exclusively in a blend and - tasting it - I think it’s a terrific idea.  Here the monolithic purple impact of Malbec is broadened and “reddened” by more curvy Cab Franc.  Those who value darkness over other wine attributes might wonder at the fusing, but have you given this a sniff?  Isn’t the more sultry forest floor addition to fruit an engaging uptick in intrigue?   Let’s see some more Cab Franc from down there!