Our Back to School/Fall mixed case special is full of fantastic wines that pair with cooler weather and harvest time cuisine!
Font Mars Picpoul de Pinet (France) – Picpoul is a crisp, refreshing white wine made exclusively from the ancient Picpoul grape variety, hailing from the Languedoc-Roussillon’s Picpoul de Pinet AOC in southern France. This AOC is one of very few Languedoc appellations to be dedicated solely to white wine production. 4 large co-ops account for 80+% of Picpoul de Pinet production. Font Mars is one of the few independently owned producers of estate Picpoul, and the 55-ha estate owned by Jan-Baptiste de Klock has 10 ha of old vine Picpoul.
The Picpoul varietal is known for its vibrant acidity (the name translates to "lip stinger"). The best examples live Font-Mars tame the mouthwatering acidity with sur-lis ageing and harvesting at the peak of ripeness. Aromas and flavors of pineapple and lime citrus fruit with lychee and briny minerality.
Libertino Sauvignon Blanc (Chile) – Arguably one of Chile’s best values every year, this hand harvested, single vineyard, 100% estate Sauvignon Blanc is from vines that Rafael Tirado planted himself in 1998. 95pts from Wine Advocate in 2018, 94+ WA in 2019, 95 from Tim Atkins for this vintage (no Parker score yet) it is just astounding that this wine sells for less than $25! This SB has a bright nose with Guava, passion fruit, and lemon leading to a mineral mid palate and soft undertones of crushed rock. The volcanic ash from the vineyard adds to this minerality and sustained finish.
Raptor Ridge Pinot Gris (Oregon) – Summertime is for Italian Pinot Grigio, but fall's cooler temperatures and cuisine call for the richer and more complex examples you find in Oregon, and Raptor Ridge, one of the region's Pioneers produces an absolutely fantastic one. Sharp toned at first like and Italian version, it smooths and fattens out with a bit of aeration, bringing up a tasty mix of apple, pear and lemon curd, with notes of vanilla and whipped cream. It was entirely whole-cluster fermented in stainless steel, and retains its richness through a lingering finish.
Côté Mas Rose Aurore "Sud de France" Rose 1L bottle (France) – “Rosé all day” season doesn’t end with the close of summer anymore and is super easy with this 1 liter bottle from Languedoc wine-maker and grape grower, Jean-Claude Mas. A blend of Grenach, Cinsault, and Syrah, each variety is vinified separately, grapes are gently pressed and only free-run juice is used, often called “noble juice” because of its exceptional quality. A perfectly pale pink color offering upfront aromas of iris, lavender and laurel that complement the raspberry and strawberry-hull core. The fruity palate is bright and refreshing, with ample acidity and just a hint of orange blossom on the finish.
La Capuccina "Faren" Nebbiolo (Italy) - It can be tough to find a good Nebbiolo under $25, but we bought all we could of this fantastic example to get it at a great price. The process of vinification is divided in two steps, the first in stainless steel tanks for six months followed by two months in large Slavonian oak barrels. The wine rests for six months in bottle before leaving the winery. The wine is ruby red colored. The aroma is very delicate, with hints of violet and light balsamic. On the palate it is well balanced, mild-manner, kind, and soft with a slightly astringent finish.
Trefethen "Eshcol" Napa Red Blend (California) – Trefethen's new Napa Valley Red Blend "Eshcol" replaces the Double T in their lineup. Eshcol was the original name of the property when it was first planted in the late 1800's, it is a classic Bordeaux-style blend. While we're sad to see the Double T disappear, the Eshcol is definitely a step up in quality. Eshcol Red is sourced entirely from Trefethen's Main Ranch vineyard. Winemaker Bryan Kays uses Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot complemented by smaller amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc to give winedrinkers a taste of the exceptional quality that the Trefethen estate can produce. Opens with bold fruit-forward aromas of blackberry and dried cherry. On the palate, bright red fruit flavors give way to modest tannins and balanced acidity, making it very food-friendly and easy to pair with a variety of cuisines.
Teatro Latino Il Covo (Italy) - Delicious Italian blend from Sicily of the native Nero d'Avola together with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. “Il Covo” comes from the estate's best vineyards where the fruit is ripened in the warm Sicilian sun and cradled by the roving Mediterranean winds. Aromas the sea, Moroccan spices, Tunisian markets, and dark berry fruit with a palate that is soft and alluring, showing the deep dark fruit of the Nero d'Avola, the peppery notes of the Syrah, plus the vanilla hues ceded by the barrique.
Dory Lisboa Red Blend (Portugal) - Rich and meaty, it's a blend of Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Today, the best red grapes from Touriga Nacional, Aragonez and Syrah varieties came from the most continental terroir from Alenquer. From AdegaMãe's new Atlantic Vineyard, Pinot Noir, closes the blend of the new Dory Red 2019, reinforcing all its elegance and taking the place of Merlot in previous versions. Brimming with flavors of black fruit, plum,dark chocolate and spice if finishes with complex, tarry tannins.
Puro Malbec (France) – This ancient, 17th century château located about an hour from the city of Cahors is making some fantastic and well-priced cuvées. Their 37 hectares of vineyards, aged between 30 and 120 years old, are planted on southeast-facing gravel slopes for maximum exposure, with grass between the rows to force the vines to work harder. Grapes are sorted both in the vineyard and at the winery. The end results are very elegant but very “Cahors” wines, with beautiful black fruit balanced by lovely acidity and long length. The Puro Malbec comes from the domaine’s youngest vines: 40+ year old Malbec grown on steep rocky hillsides covered in clay and gravel using environmentally conscious methods. No chemicals are used in the field, grapes are hand-harvested, native yeast fermented in stainless and cement tanks, then bottled unfined and slightly filtered with a drop of SO2 for stability.
This is a young savory Malbec from vineyards around Cahors, known as Cot du Lot It is soft, packed with black fruits and with layers of spicy acidity and just a tannic touch.
Le Regose Valpolicella Classico (Italy) – Since 1969 Arnaldo and Marta Galli.(and now their adult children) have overseen every aspect of grapegrowing and winemaking at their small family owned estate. Their Valpolicella Classico is 50% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 20% Corvinone and 10% other authorized grapes, that is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts.The result is a fresh, fruit forward wine that his light and easy to drink during the last hot days of summer when served with a slight chill, or great with a variety of Italian dishes as cellar temperature. Brilliant ruby red in color with a bouquet of intense red fruits notes such as currant, strawberry and black cherry. On the palate the wine is medium in body but with a surprisingly enveloping mature berry flavor with hints of dried figs, coffee notes and cocoa powder. It is silky with sweet/tart fruit ripe fruit flavor dense, ripe and lush mature berries.
Compton Pinot Noir (Oregon) – A classic Willamette Valley, OR Pinot Noir that we can offer at at fantastic price (sells for $28 at the winery). A nose of soft plum, roses, berries. A juicy, full-in-the-mouth wine with a balanced fresh acidity, lush berry/cherry flavor with hints of chocolate and more plum. Hints of spice, a layered wine – young and so promising, now but should get even better with a couple years in the cellar.
Domaine les Bugadelles Cuvee Sandokhan La Clape La Clape (France) - Medium-intense notes of brambly raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry lead the nose of this well-balanced wine, with hints of soaked tea leaves and peppery spice. The medium-weight mouth is smooth and satiny, with a solid structure of fine-grained tannins that frame ripe berry and cherry flavors. The finish lingers, evolving from fruit flesh to skin and ending on an earthy, foresty wood-spice note. - 90 pts Wine Enthusiast
750ml x 12
Please note that with the uncertainty around deliveries from our suppliers, it might become necessary to make comparable substitutions in our mixed packs as certain items run out. Thanks for understanding!