May 7, 2010

Mother's Day 6-pack/12-pack

Here’s how the 6-pack/12-pack works…..we put together a grouping of wines…..and drop the prices a little…

Send an e-mail back (or call – 869-4048) and we’ll put these in a box for you!

If you want to substitute any wine (i.e.; get 2 or more of any wine, just let us know).

One of the wines in the 6-pack, the Mas Carlot “Les Enfants Terribles” translates, “The terrible children,” which is a comment about the troublesome vines in one of the vineyards.

The 6-pack: Reg. Price $84.94, take 5% off the lowest price and it’s $77.84!

The White Wines:

Le Brujo Macabeo Calatayud 2009 (Spain) Reg. $12.99, Sale $11.99
- Bewitchingly good! If you have guests, buy 2 bottles….they’ll disappear like magic! Just a wonderful wine to drink! Medium-bodied, crisp, zesty, clean and fresh! Great aromas of citrus and tropical fruit and a little minerals. Unoaked…well-balanced fruit and acidity. Long, pleasing, juicy finish. 100% Macabeo – this is one of the grapes used to make Spanish Cava. The grapes are grown high in the mountains. Stainless steel fermentation and aging. Food pairing - Great with grilled or broiled fish, chicken, cheese and as a party wine! Drinks great with or without food!

Oveja Negra Chardonnay Viognier 2008 (Chile) Reg. $9.99, Sale $8.99 - This is YUMMY!!! Huge hit at a wine tasting! Bright, fresh yellow stone (peach & apricot) fruit aromas. Just a subtle hint of oak. Rich, soft & mouthfilling. Crisp, well-balanced acidity that brings this alive! Flavors of tropical fruits (melon & pineapple), peaches, Granny Smith apples. 70% Chardonnay & 30% Viognier. The Viognier & Chardonnay are fermented separately, the Viognier on lees & in oak - adding richness to the wine. Food pairing - fresh scallops, shrimp, lighter fish, mussels in Thai coconut curry sauce, ham, roasted chicken, cream soups such as potato-and-leek, crab cakes.

The Red Wines:

Le Brujo Garnacha Calatayud D.O. 2008 (Spain) Reg. $12.99, Sale $11.99
- Smooth, spicy and easy! This will cast a spell on you! Wonderful berry fruit flavors and aromas with a nice hit of peppery spice. Soft tannins. Nice fruit. Clean and smooth finish! 100% Grenache. Old vine grapes (50 years). Stainless steel fermentation and aging. 7,500 cases made. Organic farming. Food pairing – Grilled chicken or pork. Pizza. Tomato sauce dishes! Drinks great with or without food!

Mas Carlot “Les Enfants Terribles” Costières de Nimes Syrah & Mourvèdre 2008 (France) $15.99 - I LOVE this! Complex, robust, tasty! Aromas & flavors of rocky, mineral soil, leather, dark berries, dark plums, black cherries, anise, earth, smoke. Layers & layers - that's probably why it speaks to me so! Everything is well-put-together. Well-balanced. Medium-to-full-bodied. This screams & defines "terroir" - that sense of place that we think wine should have! Half is aged in new oak. Will drink well thru 2012. Food pairing - lamb with rosemary, beef, rich mushroom dishes, etc.

d’Arenberg “d’Arry’s” Original Grenache Shiraz 2005 (Australia) Reg. $19.99, Sale $17.99 - This is a wonderful Aussie blend…Great wine! A tremendous hit at a tasting! The original d’Arenberg wine! This is a tasty, big, chewy Côtes-du-Rhone style blend. Dark red. Aromas of red berries, cherries, spices, pepper and mint. Notes of earth & smoke. Blend of equal parts Grenache and Shiraz. Aged 12 months in oak barrels. Bottled unfiltered and unfined. Family-owned winery since 1912. Food pairing - Serve with grilled or roasted meats, rich mushroom dishes, and mature cheese. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 88 points

Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna DOC Riserva 2005 (Sardinia, Italy) $14.99
- We had this wine with dinner & loved it! I took it to a private wine tasting and it was the hit of the night! Rich, complex, enjoyable. Beautiful, pale, translucent color. Rich aromas of violets, red berries and more. Good fruit (cherries, red berries). Good spice. Medium-bodied. Nice long finish. Can’t say enough about this wine! We had a great halibut dish & a rich seafood stew (spicy Italian version of bouillabaisse). Cannonau is Sardinia’s primary red grape – in France it is Grenache. Food pairing - Goes great with rich foods, red meats and flavorful cheeses. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 88 points

The 12-pack (this includes all the wines from the 6-pack):

The White Wines:

Terredora Dipaolo Falanghina Irpina 2009 (Italy) $14.99
- This is a tasty, great-valued wine! Medium-to-full body. Aromas of peaches and apples and minerals. Flavors of honey, minerals, lemon and apples. Wonderful, pleasing crisp finish. This is from the Vesuvius area – and the volcanic soil really shows in the minerality of this wine. Stainless steel fermentation and aging. This is aged on lees to add body. Food pairing - Great with soups, seafood, lighter poultry dishes, etc. Fresh goat cheese. Mozzarella.

Domaine Henri Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc “Petit Bourgeois” 2008 (Loire, France) $14.99 - Beautiful, beautiful TASTY wine! This winery makes superb Sancerre – this is not from their Sancerre vineyards. Think of this as a “baby” Sancerre & with Sancerre prices sky-rocketing, you must try this! It's a touch softer & lighter than Sancerre, but, it is oh-so-close! Dry, crisp, good citrus nose & fruit. Nice finish. Nice minerality. Just a well-balanced, enjoyable wine to drink. 100% Sauvignon Blanc from old vines & fermented in stainless steel. Food pairing - Perfect with lobster, as well as most seafood and lighter dishes. Great with fresh goat cheese!

The Red Wines:

Thunder Stone Zinfandel 2005 (California) $14.99
– Made in California by and for a Mainer! This is a ripe and spicy Zinfandel! Lots of dark fruit and peppery spice. Shows some vanilla and toast from the oak aging. Food pairing – when you’re grilling, this should be your wine!

Michele Satta “Bolgheri Rosso” Super Tuscan 2007 (Italy) Reg. $26.99, Sale $19.99 - This is a fresh, bright and delicious red! This has those classic Tuscan flavors of ripe cherries and raspberries with Provencal/Tuscan herbs and spices. The tannins are well-integrated & have softened with the barrel & bottle aging. Blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 10% Syrah, 10% Teroldego (this last one is a grape that originally was grown in NE Italy). Aged in oak barriques for 12 months and then in the bottle for 6 months before release. This will drink well through 2012. 5,500 cases made. Food pairing - lamb, steak, mushroom risotto and more. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 88 points

Wall Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (California) $14.99 – If you’ve thought really good Napa Cabernet prices have gone crazy, you are mostly right! Try this – it’s a steal! This has all of the classic Napa Cab aromas and flavors! Black cherry, blackberries, vanilla, smoke, herbs and more! The tannins are smooth and the finish is peppery. This is more restrained and nuanced than many Napa Cabs – and that is a good thing! Food pairing – steak, lamb, grilled meats, etc. Drinks great without food as well!

Écluse Blind Dog Midnight Run Cuvee (Paso Rables, California) $18.99 – Steve and Pam Lock founded this winery in 1997. The name, Écluse, is French for lock, the locks that are in canals. An eclectic blend of some of the best Paso Robles reds, Blind Dog Midnight Run Cuvée is delicious, approachable and affordable! This is a big, robust wine. Lots of wild berries, brambly fruit, mocha and pepper. Not for the faint of heart. Barrel aged from 14 to 30 months, this complex wine is a perfect "companion" with meals. Blend of Merlot. Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. A portion of the sales of this wine go to support “Dogs for the Deaf.”

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