February 5, 2010

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Most of the wines from last week are gone.....I did find a few more deals!

Quantities are limited. We have all the wines in stock. Please call or e-mail if you want any of these!

The Wines!

Bonterra Viognier 2006 (California) Reg. $19.99, Sale $9.99 - This has Viognier's classic peach and apricot aromas and flavors with just a touch of vanilla from the barrel aging. The Marsanne adds weight and texture. The Roussanne adds to the floral aromas. Blend of mostly Viognier (about 80%) with Marsanne, Roussanne and Muscat, so this is a California take on Cotes-du-Rhone or Chateauneuf-du-Pape! Aged 4 months or so in small French oak barrels (about 1/3 are new). 100% biodynamic farming. Wine Spectator, 89 points

Cristom Eola-Amity Hills Syrah 2005 (Oregon) Reg. $29.99, Sale $19.99 - Delicious wine from one of my favorite Oregon wineries! Aromas of red raspberries, currant and blueberries. Bright, fresh flavors with a hint of baking spices and smoky meat. The tannins are moderate. This is just coming into its own in terms of aging. Syrah with less than 1% Viognier added to the blend. 100% estate-grown fruit. 90% of the grapes were destemmed and the remainder were whole-cluster fermented. Aged 22 months in 31% new French oak. 613 cases made. Wine Spectator, 91 points

D'Arenberg "The Ironstone Pressings" 2006 (Australia) Reg. $65.99, Sale $39.99 - Big, complex, blockbuster of a wine! Aromas of baking spices, leather, coffee, black cherries, blueberries and more. Flavors are intense and huge! Dark fruit, stewed dark fruit, peppery spices and baking spices. Long finish. Blend of Grenache (70%), Shiraz (25%) and Mourvedre (5%). This will drink well through 2026. Family-owned winery since 1912. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 93+ points

Viña Doña Paula Chardonnay 2006 (Argentina) Reg. $15.99, Sale $9.99 - This is wonderful! Big hit at recent tasting! Great value Chardonnay! Aromas and flavors of pears, apples, citrus, figs and toast. Baking spices. Crisp acidity. Great balance of fruit and acidity! Nice minerality to the wine! 70% aged in new French (70%) and American (30%) oak barriques. 10% goes through malolactic fermentation (so, this is somewhat creamy and buttery). Food pairing - roasts, steaks, grilled meats, stews, mushroom dishes, etc. Aged cheeses. Drinks well on its own! Wine Spectator, 89 points

Gunderloch "Messidor" Rheinhessen Beerenauslese 2005 (Germany) Reg. $36.99, Sale $15.99 - A wonderful dessert wine from this legendary producer and from an outstanding vintage! Deliciously sweet with the acidity needed to balance the sweetness - so this is not cloying, it's not syrupy. Tropical fruit, oranges, hazelnuts and more!

Hope Estate Hunter Valley Chardonnay (Australia) Reg. $12.99, Sale $9.99 - Ripe nectarine, melon,peach and pineapple fruit characters with nutty, creamy butterscotch characters. The buttery, oaky complexity is balanced by the flinty, citrus finish. Rich depth of stonefruit flavours are balanced by the fresh citrus and melon. The fruit integrates with the creamy oak to achieve a complex and full mouthfeel with persistent flavours and a very long, crisp, refreshing finish.

Thierry & Pascale Matrot "Les Chevalieres" Meursault 2007 (France) Reg. $44.99, Sale $29.99 - Delicious, "weighty" Chardonnay! Lush wine with aromas of vanilla beans and pears. To me, this is "oakier" than most Burgundies, but it's "oakier" in a really nice way! This is soft and juicy and just mouth-filling with racy acidity and hints of minerals and licorice on the finish.

Patz & Hall Durrell Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 (California) Reg. $44.99, Sale $24.99 - I bought more of this! Good medium yellow. Lemon drop, orange, clove and minerals on the nose, complicated by a musky flinty, smoky character. Glyceral in the mouth, with fruit-driven flavors of pineapple, lemon custard and stone fruits. More complex and deep than the Napa Valley bottling.

Torres Viña Esmeralda 2004 (Spain) Reg. $12.99, Sale $6.99 - We just tasted this last week. It's delicious and has great fruit and vibrant acidity. Touch of sweetness. Aromas of flowers, roses, lillies. Flavors of oranges, lemons and tropical fruit. A little of that classic Gewurz pepper and lychee. 85% Muscat and 15% Gewurztraminer. Food pairing - Excellent with shellfish (a sublime match for an avocado and shellfish salad, for instance), as well as with fish, fresh melon with cured Spanish ham, pâtés, poultry or pork in a sweet and sour sauce.

Trefethen Chardonnay 2006 (California) Reg. $17.99, Sale $9.99 - "Liquid sunlight" in the glass, this Chardonnay has aromas of poached pear, lemon cream, toasted brioche, and bright white honeysuckle. A full, viscous mouth is balanced by classic Trefethen fruit - bright and crisp pear and lemon. A little vanilla, butterscotch, and cooking herbs linger in the background and tickle the tongue during a nice, long finish. In 1979, Trefethen 1976 Chardonnay was named "Best Chardonnay in the World" at the Gault Millau World Wine Olympics in France. This is a half-bottle!

Vinum Cellars "VIO" Viognier 2007 (California) Reg. $29.99, Sale $22.99 - Big, rich white that is delcious! Aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, lychees, coconut, honey and vanilla. Long, juicy finish. Aged "sur lies" for 9 months to add richness and depth to the wine's texture. Partial malolactic fermentation to add buttery notes. 45% aged in 2-year-old French oak and 55% aged in 3-year-old French oak, so this is NOT oaky. 925 cases made. Food pairing - sushi, sashimi, Thai food, poultry dishes, seafood.

Pfeffingen Scheurebe Spätlese Ungsteiner Herrenberg 2006 (Germany) Reg. $29.99, Sale $15.99 - The coolest wine I've had in AGES! Deep yellow color. Rich texture. At the same time, it has this zesty, spritzy feel on the tongue......it kinda pops and zigs and zags!

Plus, just try pronouncing this! That's a riot!

How do you read this bottle?

Pfeffingen - the winery

Scheurebe - the grape

Spatlese - quality of the grape (really high)

Ungsteiner - name of the village (Ungstein; the "er" means of Ungstein)

Herrenberg - the vineyar

The color and richness come from, I think, the botrytis on the grapes. What is botrytis? Well....it's a fungus....that sounds gross.....but, it is what makes so many wines in the world GREAT, rather than merely good! The fungi stick a root into the grape and pull out water, concentrating the flavors in the wine!

This is rich and smooth and just wraps itself around your mouth and tongue. The aromas are intense and I just loved sitting and smelling this for a couple of hours. Mint, sage, black currants, white stone fruits (nectarines and peaches), grapefruit, tropical fruits such as green bananas. Scheurebe often has pink grapefruit and currant aromas and flavors and this does. It has a little bitter tartness in a good way - and this helps balance the wine's sweeter characteristics! This is lush and rich.

It'll age for at least another 10-12 years! Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 91 points

Again, if you want any of these wines, please call or e-mail ASAP!

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