Wine of the Week 03/28 – 04/03

Taliano Birbet NV Brachetto d’Acqui $14.95
Overview: Similar to Bracchetto, this is a pinkish-red slightly sparkling wine that’s sweet, but in this case, the sugar is capably balanced by a sense of minerality. Slightly floral and earthy, with flavors of dust-covered black cherries. 88 pts. Wine Enthusiast

Grapes: 100% Brachetto
Region: Piedmont – Italy

Marcato Lessini Brut NV Sparkling $12.95
Overview: Straw yellow colour. unique sparkling of the delicates yeasty, bready notes. flavors of yellow fruits and hints of vanilla. At the palate present medium body and roundness with a delicious freshness on the finish. .

Grapes: 85% Durello, 10% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Noir
Region: Alpone Valley – Italy

Wine of the Week 03/21 – 03/27

Anciano Tempranillo Reserva 2003 $10.95
Overview: Old world style label and wine from Valdepenas. Very rustic colored, comes in a little golden cage! The scent is of cassis, earth, a cask aroma. With a toasty, light-cedary flavor with cherry and vanilla on the finish. A classic.

Grapes: 100% Tempranillo
Region: Valdepenas – Spain

Dom Delorme Pouilly-Fuisse ‘Sur la Roche’ 2006 $11.95
Overview: This one’s all minerally and dry with a touch of fruit, rounded and very balanced in the acidity department. You’ll also find it to be a little stony with a touch of apple core on the finish.

GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
REGION: Burgundy – France

Wine of the Week 03/14 – 03/20

Viejo Isaias Bonarda Classico 2008 $9.95
Overview: At the hearing, is characterized by a palette of deep reds, purples and blacks. Appear primarily in the nose and intense, red fruit, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries. The small grants through oak aromas of vanilla and snuff, very slightly, giving complexity to it. Flavor is presented with great body, fleshy tannins still present, with flavors reminiscent of red berries and black, with long lingering finish.

Grapes: Bonarda
Region: Mendoza – Argentina

Pirie South Pinot Gris 2007 $9.95
Overview: A mildly exotic fruit discreetly impresses upon.the palate but never dominates. Subtle spice notes compliment these more overt notes resulting in a gently poised, elegant dry wine.

Grapes: Pinot Gris
Region: Tasmania – Australia

Wine of the Week 03/07 – 03/13

Glory Days Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 $9.95
Overview: Aromas of black cherry with underlying notes of toasted warm coffee and cassis. A touch of cedar folds seamlessly into a rich opulent black fruit core; layers of oak with a velvety long finish.

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Lodi Appellation – California

Caves De L’Angevine Rose D’Anjou 2008 $9.95

Overview: Gorgeous salmon pink color and fresh, enticing aromas of raspberries and strawberries. The palate is packed with ultra-ripe fruit – Summer berries, cherry, white peach – and there’s a subtle hint of sweetness that makes this oh-so-easy to drink! Perfect apéritif or seafood partner.

Grapes: Grolleau Noir, Grolleau Gris, and Cabernet Franc
Region: Loire Valley – France

Wine of the Week 02/28 – 03/06

Van Ruiten Vineyards ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel 2007 $16.95

Overview: After years of playing second fiddle to the so called “King” Cabernet, Zinfandel has finally become trendy, and in Lodi is the undisputed champion among champions. This Zinfandel fruit was hand selected from the first vineyard John Van Ruiten planted over 50 years ago and is among the families most prized grapes. Our 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel is packed full of blackberry, cherry and blueberry jam with barrel flavors contributing aromas of coffee, cedar, and finishing with anise.

Grapes: Zinfandel
Region: Lodi Appellation – California

Leitz ‘Eins Zwei Dry’ Riesling Trocken 2008 $14.95

Overview: This bottling comes from the Rosenberg vineyard in neighboring Geisenheim, long famed for its rose-scented Rieslings. In recent years, this site just hasn’t had a great grower working it. Johannes has leased a winery just below the vineyard to give him more space to work, and with the winery came old vines on the steepest section of this vineyard. In years to come we may once again hail the Rosenberg for the great site it is! A wonderfully dry but not mouth searing style of Riesling for those who love the delicate attributes of the noble riesling varietal but aren’t keen on any residual sugar.

Grapes: Riesling
Region: Rheingau – Germany