Summer 2021 Mixed Case Special
$235 Value for just $159
Save over 30% off regular prices!
This month’s case includes 1 bottle of each wine (3 whites, 1 rose & 8 reds):
Mystery White (???) – Try something different with this first white this month. I'm not going to tell you what it is & its going to be wrapped in a brown bag concealing the label. The hope is that you'll try it "blind" so you'll go in with no preconceived notions or expectations. If you like dry, crisp, unoaked, refreshing yet food friendly whites, then we think you'll really love it.
Chateau Galissionere Hell' Celt Muscadet (France) – Most residents of the southern United States see a wine that starts with “muscad” and assume it is going to have something to do with or taste similar to Muscadine or Moscato. Please believe us, that could not be further from the truth. Muscadet is a style of wine produced in France’s Loire Valley from the Melon de Bourgogne grape that is light, crisp, aromatic, dry and briny. Hell' Celt is a small production cuvee crafted in honor of Hell Fest, one of Europe's largest music festivals, just 2500 cases made with much of it sold at the festival and at the winery, this fantastic example of Muscadet greets you with aromas of fresh fruits and flowers (apricot, hawthorn). These notes continue over to the palate and are joined by the varietals classic briny, iodiney, minerality. Muscadet is one of the world's best shellfish wines!
Casa Silva Sauvignon Gris (Chile) –Thought to be an older version of the Sauvignon Blanc varietal, though there is some conjecture as to which is the chicken and which is the egg. Sauvignon Gris has more of a pinkish hue to its skin (it is also known as Sauvignon Rosé) and has similar levels of acidity as that of Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Gris does produce fruit with higher sugar levels than its cousin, which contribute to greater aromatics and a more rich and round feel to the wines. At one point these wines were highly prized yet due to the rediculously low yields that the grape produces it almost became extinct. Currently it is enjoying a small revival in the Graves region of Bordeaux.
Most of the world's Sauvignon Gris is located in Chile. The parcels that Casa Silva makes theirs from average 105+ years old and create an extremely complex and interesting wine. This bottling has serious charm, showing lots of chalky minerality, briny notes of crushed sea salt and oyster shell, and fragrant pomelo and grapefruit flavors.
Patrick Lambert Chinon Rose of Cabernet Franc (France) – You don't see that many Loire Valley Roses, especially from the region of Chinon that specializes in Cabernet France, but you'll be glad that you found this one. Especially at this fantastic price for the last of the 2019 vintage. Showing a very light pale pink color and lovely aromas of wild strawberry, red currant, raspberry, citrus and rose; the palate is ripe and pretty with raspberry, citrus and stone flavors with nice density and texture, a bit dryer and lighter than the 2018, with juicy acids, berry flavors and minerals in the finish.
Bonny Doon Vineyard Cigare Volant (California) - Deep, shimmering red. Displays lively red berry, cherry and floral qualities on the nose, along with building suggestions of exotic spices and succulent herbs. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering fresh raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that slowly turn sweeter with air. Shows sharp delineation and spicy cut on the impressively long, silky finish, which emphatically repeats the red fruit and floral notes. This vintage marks a sharp and intentional change of direction and style for this iconic wine as winemaker/owner Randall Grahm wants it to exhibit more finesse than it has in the past.
Domaine LeFage "Bastide Miraflors" Rouge (France) – A blend of 74% Syrah and 26% Grenache that was brought in a mix of tank and used barrels, the 2018 Bastide Miraflors has a fabulous minerality as well as terrific kirsch, black raspberry, wild fennel, white pepper, and hints of black licorice aromas and flavors. Pure, medium to full-bodied, silky, and seamless on the palate, it's perfectly balanced, and way over-delivers. 95 points Jeb Dunnuck
Tasca d'Almerita Perricone (Italy) - For eight generations, the Tasca d’Almerita family have been devoted to Sicily, its land, its unique nature and its inimitable wines. Their story began in 1830 with the purchase of Tenuta Regaleali, a green oasis spanning nearly 550 hectares in the center of Sicily. Their focus on the ancient varietal Perricone, nicknamed "Guarnaccio" by the Regaleali winemakers, is paying huge dividends. Cultivated at the estate since 1954, Perricone is normally blended with Sicily's #1 varietal: Nero d'Avola. This stand alone version has a lot in common with Barbera. Highly aromatics with sappy black and red cherry aromas complicated by violet and underbrush, fermented in stainless steel before resting in French barrique for 12 months. An outstanding everyday Italian red, this is a new favorite for $15!
92 points Suckling, 92 points Wine Enthusiast
Picchioni "Cerasa" Buttafuoco Dell'Oltrepo Pavese (Italy) - Cerasa, named after a cherry tree in its vineyard, is the entry-level still red wine in Picchioni’s range. While it appears to be simple, fun and fruity at the onset, serious complexity emerges with some time after opening. This depth comes from the ground that makes up Buttafuoco’s original historic hillside, which has been written about in centuries past, along with neighboring steep vineyards on the same south-facing ridge. The hillside for these vines is located in the Solinga Valley on a slope of vertigo-inducing steepness, calcareous sandy soils which bring lift, and a mixture of rounded granite-like quarzite cobbles that impart strength. Its simple vinification and cellar aging makes it easy to approach once the cork is pulled. It’s not intended to wow on an intellectual level (though it can do this as well), but it’s a wine whose copious amounts of pleasure and flavor pair perfectly with any convivial occasion.
Tikves "Special Selection" Vranec (Macedonia) – The Tikves winery takes its name from the Tikves region of Macedonia where it is located, the main wine region of the country that has been producing wines since the 4th century BCE. The word Vranec means strong, black and powerful horse (black stallion), and wine made from this grape variety is associated with strength, potency, and success. Vranec also means raven colored or black, which is why the wine is known also as black wine in Macedonia. This native variety reveals briery, raspberry, earthy, peppery fruit character, as well as a spice box note mixed with chocolate. Gorgeous fruit, medium to full body, supple tannins. It comes from the 30-60 year old Vranec vines & pairs exquisitely with grilled meat, lamb, veal or pork.
Bodegas Cuarto Dominio "Chento" Malbec (Argentina) – Winemaker's Notes - The Chento Vineyard Selection Malbec has a profound dark, violet color with rubicund highlights. In the nose it has black fruits, spices and violet aromas followed by some mineral and graphite notes. Great concentration and very well balanced acidity along with soft silky tannins, ripe plum and chocolate flavors with a persistent finish.
"Beautiful, dark color with so much blue fruit, flowers and licorice on the nose. Medium-to full-bodied, creamy and intense with softness and firmness at the same time. The flavors turn to licorice at the end. Wait until 2021 for the wine to open further, but it’s hard not to drink already." - 94 points James Suckling
Komodo Dragon Cellars Columbia Valley Red (Washington) – Komodo Dragon’s label lists Columbia Valley as its AVA, but roughly 85% of its fruit hails specifically from the Wahluke Slope, one of the warmer spots in the state with self-draining sandy soils and cooling breezes. Nearly opaque violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, berry pie, and dulce de leche gelato with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium length toffee and spiced cherries finish with a silky tannins and light oak. A seamless, inviting red blend that is sure to satisfy.
Prelius Toscana Cabernet Sauvignon (Italy) - Crafted from the estate's certified organic vineyards, he nose is expressive, displaying aromas of blackberry, blueberry and a hint of cinnamon, rounding out with seductive oak notes. Color is bright, with an intense gem-like quality paired with dark violet highlights. This is a full-bodied wine that displays solid structure and complexity, exhibiting dark red fruit and a lingering finish. - 93 points James Suckling
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!