MARCH-APRIL Newsletter. Wines of the Month.
We survived what seemed like a tame winter compared to last year and it appears that Spring is fast approaching. You know what that means: Rose’ season! Our 2015 Rose’s are slowing starting to leak into our stores and the massive displays of pink will start forming as the temperature starts to climb. As we usually do, we’ll be offering 20% off on three bottles or more of all 750ml Rose all season long.
In addition, our new double monthly special is all wines from France and Italy. 20% off 6+ bottles (750ml only, net items excluded.
Wines of the Month
2014 Pomelo Sauvingon Blanc.
It’s not everyday, or EVER in fact, that a wine that costs below $10 makes the Wine Spectator Top 100 list. This past year, the 2014 vintage of one of our favorite domestic white value wines did just that. #40 on the Top 100 list and 90pts from Wine Spectator is quite impressive; at least at this price point. Graceful, with fragrant orange blossom, ruby grapefruit and white peach flavors that are fresh and lively, set on a light, lithe body. Appealing lime zest and passion fruit accents show on the long finish. On sale through April (or until we run out) for only $7.98 per bottle!
2012 Castano Hecula Monastrell
One of our all-time favorite, value wines from our stores is the Castano Monastrell. We’ve sold more cases of that wine over the years than most. This is the big-brother to the entry-level Monastrell from the Castano family. This is the perfect wine at the perfect time; the start of grilling season. Pair this with anything that comes off of your Weber and you’re in good shape. We’re offering this at the same price as the regular Castano and it just received 91pts from Parker! The basic offering from proprietor Ramon Castano Santa, who owns a whopping 1,000 acres in Yecla, is the 2012 Hecula, which is sourced from a non-irrigated, single vineyard planted with 100% Monastrell. Aged in both tank and French oak, it comes from 60-80-year-old vines planted in limestone soils at a relatively high elevation of over 1,600 feet. Its opaque purple color is followed by copious aromas of blueberries, black raspberries, camphor, licorice, white flowers and a chalky limestone/dusty character. Full-bodied, rich and well-balanced, it is an incredible value! On sale for only $9.98 per bottle!
2008 Aljibes Petit Verdot
This next Wine of the Month is sure to blow you away. Typically a blending grape in Bordeaux, this 100% Petit Verdot from Spain, yes… Spain is eight years old! And 2008 is the current vintage! Good thing Parker said to wait to drink it until 2013-2023 in his whopping 92pt review. Upon first taste, we knew that this would be a smash hit for any red wine drinker despite being a little quirky. Napa Cab drinkers and anyone who likes a bold, full-bodied red needs to try this. The 2008 Aljibes Petit Verdot spent 12 months in large French oak followed by 4 months in second use barriques. Exotic spices, violets, incense, espresso, and blackberry aromas inform the nose of a dense, layered, sexy, potentially complex, lengthy wine. Give it 2-3 years to become a bit more civilized and drink it from 2013 to 2023. On sale through April for only $14.98 per bottle.
2014 K Vintners Viognier
We chose this wine with Spring and Easter in mind. This is one of the most beautiful, complex, and intriguing white wines we’ve tasted in a long time. Hailing from the Columbia valley, Washington, from maniac-winemaker, Charles Smith, this 100% Viognier is what you want to be serving with your ham. Bright medium yellow. Subtle leesy complexity to the aromas of peach, mint and flowers. Concentrated, silky and sweet but with excellent firming acidity and underlying minerality. Seriously tannic for Viognier and long on the aftertaste. This rich wine’s structure suggests that it will last longer than most examples of this variety. 90pts from Parker and 91pts from Galloni. On sale for only $21.98 per bottle (regularly 29.99). Truly something special for those who enjoy rich, satisfying whites.