May 27, 2010

Memorial Day 6-pack/12-pack

Memorial Day Weekend

The 6-pack: Reg. $98.94, Sale $72.94....take another 5% off for the 6-pack and it's $ 30%!

The Whites:

Markham Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (California) Reg. $16.99, Sale $12.99 – Classic style of California Sauvignon Blanc – this is zesty, juicy, bright and fresh. It has those lemon-lime and tropical fruit aromas and flavors that are so typical of CA Sauv. Blanc! As the wine opens up you get a bit of grapefruit and white peaches. This is crisp and clean. Food pairing – grilled shrimp, fish and chips, pasta primavera.

Legitimo Joven Cariñena 2009 (Spain) Reg. $9.99, Sale $8.99
– this is a great warm weather white – it’s zippy, crisp, clean and has a long, crisp finish! 100% Macabeo (one of the grapes used to make Spanish Cavas, the Spanish version of Champagne). Stainless steel fermentation and aging. Food pairing – salads, light dishes, shellfish. Joven means young (as in this is a drink young wine). Brand-new to Maine! We just tasted this on Thursday and loved it!

The Reds:

Milbrandt Vineyards “Legacy” Merlot 2005 (Washington) Reg. $26.99, Sale $14.99
– This is Merlot as it should be – rich, big and velvety! Aromas and flavors of dark berries, black currants, cedar and leather. Great red berry fruit on the finish. This is smooth and tasty! Blend of Merlot (77.5%), Cabernet Sauvignon (19.5%) and Petite Verdot (3%). The Petit Verdot and Cabernet add weight and body to the wine. Food pairing – roasted chicken or duck, steak, chicken marsala, mushroom dishes. Wine Enthusiast, 89 points

Legitimo Joven Cariñena Grenache Blend 2009 (Spain) Reg. $9.99, Sale $8.99
This is a juicy, soft red with lots of red fruit in the aromas and flavors! The tannins are soft and don’t dry out your mouth, but they do add depth to the wine. Blend of Grenache (60%), Tempranillo (30% and Carignan (10%). Food pairing – anytime you are grilling or baking a pizza! Joven means young (as in this is a drink young wine). Brand-new to Maine! We just tasted this today and loved it!

Domaine Paul Ponnelle Pinot Noir 2008 (France) Reg. $12.99, Sale $11.99
- Nice combination of “Old World” earth and a little funk and “New World” cherry fruit! This is smooth and tastes great! Aromas and flavors of cherries, raspberries and a little earth. The finish is clean and has nice length. 100% Pinot Noir from the Languedoc in southern France. Food Pairing – poultry, meat and pasta dishes. Mushroom dishes. Harder cheeses such as Piave Vecchio.

Fattoria Capannacce Rosso della Maremma Toscana Super Tuscan 2005 (Italy) Reg. $21.99, Sale $14.99
- Fabulous, big & bold Super Tuscan! Aromas and flavors of cherries, blackberries, cedar, toasted baking spices, mocha and licorice. This is rich and lush. Long finish. This area of Tuscany is considered its "Wild West." It is rugged, arid, lightly populated and its people have an independent spirit. The winemaker, Alberto Porta, is called the “happiest man alive.” 80% Sangiovese, 10% Syrah, 5% Canaiolo & 5% Grenache. The entire estate only makes 4,000 cases. Organic farming. Food pairing - grilled meats of any kind, roasted lamb or beef, rich mushroom dishes. I like this by itself, but I like really big wines without food!

The 12-pack: Reg. $167.88, Sale $137.88....take off another 10% for the 12-pack and it's $ 24%!!!

The Whites:

Broadbent Vinho Verde 2009 (Portugal) $10.99 - Wonderful wine for the hot days of summer! Delicious, easy to drink, fresh, crisp, light! Slightly spritzy – you really won't notice bubbles in the glass, but you will notice it in the mouth. Clean, good citrus (lime) aromas and flavors. Well-balanced. Many in Portugal refer to Vinho Verde as "mother's milk" - traditionally low in alcohol & meant to be consumed young & fresh....This wine is 9% alcohol - most whites & reds are 12-13.5% alcohol. Food pairing - Great with shellfish, fish and lighter poultry dishes. Great for just drinking!

Vientos del Sur Viognier 2009 (Argentina) Reg. $12.99, Sale $11.99 - Delicious summertime wine! Aromas and flavors of flowers, orange blossoms, peaches, apricots, tropical fruits and minerals. Crisp lively texture! Medium-bodied. Nice acidity that makes the wine crisp at the finish. 100% Viognier. Aged in stainless steel. Food pairing – Viognier is perfect when your food-worlds collide! Curry basil, lobster with a mango sauce! Most any spicy food. Great with seafood and salads. Drinks well without food.

The Rosé:

Legitimo Joven Cariñena Grenache Rosé 2009 (Spain) Reg. $9.99, Sale $8.99
– Generally, I’m really biased towards French rosés, so why am I hot for this Spanish one? It reminds me of a Provencal rosé and it’s at such a great price! Food pairing – grilled chicken, salmon, salad nicoise! Sitting on the deck in the sun! Joven means young (as in, this is a drink young wine). Brand-new to Maine! We just tried this today and loved it!

The Reds:

Leese-Fitch Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (California) $10.99
– This is a big, rich, smooth Cabernet! It’s also closed with the ZORK! No tools needed to open this – so, it’s perfect for a picnic, boat, outdoor concert or whenever! This is deep and dark in color. Aromas of dark cherries, cedar, vanilla and earth. This has flavors of figs, black currants, dark chocolate, mocha and blueberries. Food pairing – burgers, mushroom risotto, grilled steak. Drinks great with or without food.

Enrique Foster “IQUE” Malbec 2008 (Argentina) $12.99 – This is fresh, vibrant and loaded with fruit! Aromas and flavors of fresh red berries and white pepper. This has soft tannins and a smooth finish. 100% estate-grown Malbec from 30 year-old vines in Mendoza. Hand-harvested. Stainless steel fermentation and aging. Food pairings - meat, pasta and cheese.

Petraio Primitivo 2008 (Puglia, Italy) Reg. $10.99, Reg. $8.99 - Great tasting wine at a song of a price! Aromas and flavors of raspberries, chalk, blackberries, a little spice and earth. This has soft tannins. This grape is grown in Puglia & is a close relative of Zinfandel. Both Primitivo & Zinfandel are related to the Croatian grape Crljenak. Zinfandel is identical to Crljenak, while Primitivo is a clone of Crljenak. Primitivos are generally lighter than Zinfandels and lower in alcohol, which, in my opinion is a good thing and helps the wine better pair with food! Food pairing - pasta with red sauce or pizza.


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