Friday, May 18th
Featuring Wines SOPO
(South Portland Wine Company)
That Are Great For This Time of Year!
10% off the price of all tasting wines!
Eola Hills Pinot Gris 2009 (Oregon) $13.99 - An American CLASSIC – perfect for picnics, parties and a host of meals! This is a wonderful Oregon Pinot Gris! Crisp. Dry. Lovely Granny Smith apple, pear, peach and pineapple fruit aromas and flavors. A little white pepper and lemon/lime citrus on the finish! 100% estate grown fruit (unusual at this price). Stainless steel fermentation. Food pairing – Thanksgiving Dinner! Great with salmon, Winterpoint Oysters, or grilled or roasted poultry. Prosciutto. Scallops. Both together!
Fuente Elvira Verdejo 2010 (Rueda, Spain) $15.99 - Delicious! This is a perfectly bright, fresh and crisp wine. Great value! Think of this as a Spanish Sauvignon Blanc! Aromas of nectarines, limes and dried herbs. Flavors of lemons, limes and green apples. Subtle smokiness. Well-balanced & integrated acidity. Finishes crisp, clean & dry with nice mineral notes. Rueda is best known for producing dry wines from the Verdejo grape. This is a great example! Single vineyard with vines that average 40 years. Food pairing – AS FOOD FRIENDLY as PINOT BLANC! Oysters, goat cheeses, poultry dishes, smoked fish, etc. Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, 91
Domaine Sainte-Eugenie Rosé Corbières 2011 (France) $11.99 – this winery is located just west of the historic wall city of Carcassone in Corbières in the Pyrenées foothills near the Mediterranean coast. It’s a blend of 80% Cinsault, 10% Grenache and 10% Syrah. This is classic Southern French rosé – notes of red raspberries, herbs and minerals. It’s soft, fresh, vibrant and tastes like summer! Food pairing – lamb, beef, fish. .
Poggio Anima Samael Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2009 (Italy) $13.99 - Delicious red from Abruzzo in Italy! Aromas of dark berries, leather, dark earth, baking spices and Provencal herbs. Medium-bodied. Smooth. Flavors of dark cherries, a little smoke and coriander. 100% Montepulciano. Hand-harvested and destemmed. Aged in large, neutral Slavonian oak barrels. Food pairing – Traditional Italian fare, especially anything with red sauce. Sustainable Agriculture
Monte Volpe Primo Rosso 2007 (Mendocino County, California) $11.99 – This is a soft, smooth easy-drinking blend from Graziano, a fabulous Zinfandel producer. Mendocino County winemaking started with Italian immigrants, who brought vines with them from the old country. This wine pays homage to those immigrants. It’s a blend of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Negroamaro, Zinfandel and Carignane. It’s aged 18 months in American, French and Eastern European oak barrels. This has great aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, raspberries and plums. Very smooth and soft.
Alberti 154 Malbec 2010 (Argentina) $12.99 - This is a rock-solid, tasty Malbec at a great price! Wonderful aromas and flavors of earth, figs, licorice, dark plums, dark berries and more. Long, smooth finish and a lush texture. The tannins are soft and well-integrated. 100% Malbec from a small vineyard. Aged 6 months in oak. Gravity-fed winery to more delicately handle the fruit. Food pairing – steak, grilled meats, lamb. Wine Spectator, “Top Value”
Prima Toro 2009 (Spain) $19.99 - Delicious, rich, full, smooth wine! Aromas of black cherries, blackberries, graphite, smoke and baking spices. Medium to full-bodied. Lots of depth and length to this wine! Flavors of dark, dark fruit, dark chocolate, smoke, minerals & more. Soft tannins. This is big and lush! Toro is a wine region comparable to Rioja. Blend of 90% Tempranillo (called Tinta de Toro in this area) and 10% Garnacha. Aged 12 months in French and American oak. You can cellar this through 2016. Food pairing – steak, lamb, roasts, grilled meats, etc. Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, 90 points
Bodega Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 (Spain) $28.99 - Delicious wine! Bright red. Attractive aromas of candied cherry, plum and cedar, with vanilla and clove notes coming up with air. Sweet, open-knit and nicely focused, offering palate-staining red and dark berry flavors and mounting vanilla and cocoa qualities. A musky herbal quality lingers on the long, sweet, sappy finish. Blend: 88% Tempranillo, 8% Graciano and 4% Mazuelo. French & American oak barriques. Food pairing – There's a decadent quality to this wine that calls for lamb or a piece of dry-aged steak. Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, 90 points