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Featuring Spanish and French wines from Eric Solomon’s European Cellars Portfolio!
Eric Solomon is one of the best importers of wine in the business. He’s been named:
- Food & Wine Magazine, Best Importer, 2006
- Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Personality of the Year, 2002
- James Beard Award 2009 Nominee, Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional
- Hospice du Rhone, Person of the Year 2008
For the whites, we'll have:
- Novellum Chardonnay 2009 (France) $11.99 - year-after-year, a delicious wine! An excellent Chardonnay! This just ROCKS! With a Viognier twist! It’s fermented on Viognier lees (lies). Tropical fruit (pineapple, peach, honeysuckle) notes, with Viognier's fragrant aromas....this is not a big, buttery, creamy Chardonnay (no malolactic fermentation)...rather the fruit, acidity and aromas shine! 30% of this is aged in Burgundian oak, but it isn’t oaky. Food pairing – seafood, poultry, lighter dishes…drinks well on its own. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, “one of the best Chardonnay values going."
- Mas Que Vinos Ercavio Blanco 2009 (Spain) $10.99 – This is similar to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc at a much lower price! Mas Que Vinos = 3 winemakers and 3 friends. Ercavio is the name of an old Roman settlement. The winemakers and owners renovated an old family winery that dates to 1851. They ferment the wines in “tinajas” = large clay vats that are traditional for winemaking in this area. This are is just east of Toledo – the summers are hot, but the high altitude helps moderate the temperatures. The grape is Airen. Organic farming. Food pairing – seafood, lighter dishes, salads.
- Domaine Lafage Côte Est 2008 (France) $11.99 - This is a tasty white – perfect for entertaining! Great pear, peach and apricot aromas and flavors. Notes of white pepper, fennel, mint, oranges and limes. Big flavors in a value-priced wine! Clean, crisp, refreshing! Racy acidity. Ripe & full without being heavy like many oaky Chardonnays. Competely unoaked. Blend of 60% Grenache Blanc & Grenache Gris, 20% Chardonnay and the rest Marsanne. The winemaker is Jean-Marc Lafage, who makes Las Rocas Garnacha as well. From the Côtes Catalanes in southwestern France – almost in Spain! Food pairing - Great wine with salads and appetizers and on its own! Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 90 points
- Burgañs Albarino 2008 (Spain) Reg. $15.99, Sale $13.99 - Ah…Albarino… what a wonderful white wine this is! The Spanish are making some wonderful white wines! Pretty pale yellow color. Aromas of lemons and limes, minerals, honey and a hint of almonds….Flavors of pear, apricots, honey and minerals….rich and lush. It's medium-to-full-bodied, yet dry, and has enough acidity to maintain balance. Stainless steel fermentation. Aged on lees to add richness. Food pairing - Great paired with fresh Maine seafood. Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, 89 points
For the rosé, we'll have:
- Capçanes Mas Donis Rosat Montsant 2009 (Spain) $10.99 – This is a full, complex rosé with aromas and flavors of strawberries and raspberries and stone fruits. The finish is long and loaded with fruit. This is ripe and fresh! Blend of 80% Garnacha, 10% Syrah and 10% Merlot. The Garnacha vines are 10-50 years-old. Made in the traditional SAIGNEE method of bleeding off the juice soon after crushing. The juice is only in contact with the grape skins for 10 hours after crushing. Aged 4 months in stainless steel before bottling. Organic, sustainable farming. Food pairing – grilled chicken, tuna, salmon, spicy foods. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 89 Points
For the reds, we'll have:
- Domaine D'Andezon Cotes-du-Rhone 2008 (France) $13.99 - Outstanding wine. Darkly colored with a gorgeous nose and flavors of dark berry fruits, plums, smoke and Provencal herbs (the French call this garrigue). Nice texture and crisp acidity. Not tannic. 90% Syrah & 10% Grenache. 100% old vine grapes. Unfiltered. Stainless-steel fermentation. Southern Rhône. Organic farming. Food pairing - Good with steak & other grilled meats, roast pork & lamb, other hearty entrees. Drinks well on its own.
- Capçanes Mas Donís Montsant 2007 (Spain) $14.99 - Outstanding wine! I flat out love this wine! Great value! You won’t find a better Spanish red at this price! Bright ruby-red. Lush, rich, great fruit (blueberry, raspberry and blackberry), great spice (Provencal herbs). Medium-to-full bodied. Well-balanced…Rich, long finish! Just a “killer wine” at this price! 85% Garnacha & 15% Syrah. Aged 8 months in French & American oak. The Grenache is about 60% Garnacha del Pais (an indigenous clone from Catalan) and 40% Garnacha Peluda – vines imported from France after Phylloxera hit Spain). The Garnacha vines are over 80 years-old and the Syrah vines are over 30 years. Bottled unfiltered & unfined. Will drink well for 2-3 years. Organic, sustainable farming. Food pairing – a night grilling meats, veggies &/or mushrooms! Lasagna. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 90 Points
- Evodia Garnacha 2008 (Spain) $10.99 - Another hit from top importer Eric Solomon! This is delicious, smooth and easy drinking! Aromas of raspberries, strawberries, smoke, licorice and savory herbs. Lots of cherries, red berries, baking spices, minerals and more in this wine! Smooth texture. Clean, fruit-filled finish! Easy drinking! 100% Garnacha (Grenache) from old, old vines (100 years) in slate soil. The vineyards are as high as 3,000 feet. This area in Catalayud is similar to Priorat in steepness and soil composition. Food pairing – drinks well on its own or with grilled foods. Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, 89 points
- Cellar Mas Doix Salanques Priorat 2005 (Spain) $49.99 – This is a superb wine! It’s just delicious with lots going on in it! Glass-coating wine! Dark, dark purple. Aromas of smoke, slate, cedar, dark berries, wild berries and cherries, white pepper and baking spices. Rich, ripe flavors of raspberries, cherries. The tannins are fine-grained. Blend of 65% Garnacha, 20% Carinena and the rest is Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged 14 months in French oak. This will easily cellar for another 15 years and will benefit from cellaring for another 5-7 years before you pull the cork. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 93 Points
For the sparkling, we'll have:
- Jean-Francois Merieau Sparkling Traditionelle "Bulles" (France) $19.99 - Delicious blend of Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. "Bulles" means bubbles. Aromas and flavors of white peaches & green apples. This is bright, fresh and clean. Nice acidity. Just a pleasure to drink on a warm day! Or...any day! This sparkling wine is produced is produced in a similar way to Champagne. It is aged 18-20 months su lie. Jean-Francois Merieau returned to his family's farm in Touraine, just east of Tours, after working at wineries in South Africa and elsewhere. He is one of the rising stars of this area. Touraine is often called the "Garden of France." This is the part of the Loire that you think about when you picture gorgeous chateaus. They farm organically. This is not an Eric Solomon wine. The distributor didn’t have a sparkling wine that fit the bill. This is from Jon-David Headrick portfolio. JD worked with Eric Solomon for years before branching out on his own. Wine & Spirits, 88 points