VC tasting 2-28-13

Hey guys,

Here’s the tasting selection for this week at the Vintage Cellar. Enjoy!


Dibon Cava Brut Reserve NV, $9.95

Penedes, Spain

45% Macabeo, 25% Xarel-lo, 30% Parellada

Light gold with plenty of bubbles, this wine has aromas of apples and pears with pleasant floral notes. Crisp and light-bodied on the palate, stone fruit flavors are accompanied by a mild minerality and balanced acidity. A delicious sparkler for a great price!


Villa d’ Orvieto, 2011, $6.95


It’s a blend of Grechetto, Procanico (Trebbiano), and Malvasia. Fresh and crisp, it has a beautiful, floral bouquet. It is wonderful with appetizers, fish, chicken, and salads.


Maipe Chardonnay, 2012, $7.95

Mendoza, Argentina

Made from 85% Chardonnay, 15% Viognier. 30% malolactic fermentation, 30% was aged in French oak barrels.

Brilliant yellow golden color with green hints. The wine is crisp and filled with white peach, pear, green apples flavors, toasty vanilla. Elegant and luscious wine, well balanced. Crisp and long finish. Pairs well with creamy soups, pork, veal, vegetables.


Cortenova Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, 2010, $6.95


100% Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo

Deep ruby red color with violet highlights and a pleasant and fruity bouquet. Full bodied, soft tannins and good acidity. Excellent with pasta dishes and red meats.


Monte Aman, 2009, $5.95

Arlanza, Spain

100% Tempranillo.

Fermentation of selected grapes in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature. Aging in American oak casks for 5 months followed by 3 months in the bottle before being released in the market. Inky ruby. Ripe cherry and plum on the nose. Smooth and fleshy, with deep dark fruit flavors complicated by bitter chocolate and anise. A spicy quality adds lift and focus to the weighty fruit. Offers an appealing mix of power and energy and drinks very well right now.


VC tasting 2-21-13

Hey guys,

Here’s the tasting selection for this week at the Vintage Cellar. Enjoy! Also, if you’re free this weekend why not drive over to Richmond for the Virginia Wine Expo?


Les Perles Piquepoul, 2011, $7.95

Cotes de Thau, France

Light and young, this is a straightforward but enjoyable selection that would be an ideal match for light fare such as grilled chicken salads or fluke. Apple flesh, nectarine, and sweet citrus oil aromas and flavors appear on the nose and palate, while the short finish is infused with a flavor of green melon rind.


Tres Ojos Rose, 2009, $3.95

Calatayud, Spain

50%Tempranillo 50% Garnacha
This medium rose-colored rosado boasts a spicy red cherry/plum nose with a soft lush attack of red berry fruit flavors and a crisp dry finish. Simple and refreshing and a natural for tapas.


Villa Pozzi Nero D’Avola, 2010, $8.95

Sicily, Italy

Very dark purple, with a reddish-violet edge, typical of this grape. Black plums, a hint of licorice and subtle spice, not overly complex but appealing. A big mouth full of juicy black fruit is well structured by tart acidity and soft but distinct tannins.


Lost Vineyards Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon, NV, $3.95


60% Shiraz 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
It is dry and contains subtle tobacco undertones with a black licorice, cherry, scent. The oak is in the background. Would pair well with hamburger or a steak rather than stand alone.


Morada Sangria, NV, $4.95


Morada Sangria is a traditional Spanish drink made with red wine and citrus extracts. Garnet color and fresh on the palate. Pasteurization preserves the color, aromas and flavors. 7% Alc. It is a very refreshing Sangria with around 85 grams of sugar. Sangria is now one of the hottest items in the beverage industry and it’s growing exponentially year to year. Serve well chilled, on its own or with lemonade and slices of fruit like peach, banana or apple.

VC tasting 2-14-13

Hey guys,

Here’s the tasting selection for Valentine’s Day at the Vintage Cellar. Enjoy!


Dibon Cava, NV, $9.95


Xarel-lo, Parellada and Macabeo
The nose offers regal yeast and richness, while the palate has
complexity to prop up apple, citrus and grapefruit flavors. Solid
from front to back, with health and freshness.

Norton Torrontes, 2011, $5.95

Mendoz, Argentina

Greenish yellow with hints of gold, this Torrontés has intense
aromas of white peach, rose petal, and jasmine. Norton Torrontés
2011 is pleasant and well balanced on the palate.

Dom de Mirail Cabernet/Merlot Rose, 2011, $5.95

Cotes de Gascogne, France

There is a fresh, crisp character to this light rosé. It is eye-watering
in its refreshing character, with balancing acidity, smoothing out
the edges with a touch of caramel.

Lavarini Valpolicella Classico, 2010, $6.95 


65% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella and10% Molinara
The red ruby color and the dry taste give this
wine joviality and cordiality. It is fresh and fruity, with lovely
strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors, with nice spice and
a silky texture.

Gabriella Chianti, 2008, $7.95


This beautiful wine has the very deep red, almost purple, color that
you would expect in a Chianti. The first thing you notice is the fruit,
balanced by a bit of spice. It’s a good dry wine with a bold flavor.
Even with it’s boldness, this Chianti is velvety smooth.


VC tasting 2-7-13

Hey guys,

Here are this week’s tasting offerings at the Vintage Cellar. Enjoy!


Beringer Riesling, 2009 ,$5.95


This wine is the perfect balance of honeysuckle and bright peach
flavors. A perfect compliment to light fare, appetizers, or just
sharing with friends.


Wine Men of Gotham Chardonnay/Semillon, 2008, $5.95

South Australia

Gotham’s 2008 Wine Men of Gotham Chardonnay Semillon is a
blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Semillon. It gives a moderate
intensity of melon, guava, apricot and butterscotch aromas. The
medium bodied palate provides attractive acidity along with plenty
of tropical fruit flavors and a medium-long finish.


Sokol Blosser Meditrina, NV, $7.95


It’s created from the finest Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Zinfandel. The
taste is lush and velvety with expressive notes of raspberry and
cherry. It pairs nicely with pasta and anything off the grill.


Black Opal Shiraz, 2011, $5.95

South Eastern Australia

The Black Opal wines are sourced from vineyards found in South
Australia along the Limestone Coast, at Langhorne Creek and in
the infamous Barossa Valley. Black Opal Shiraz is rich red in the
glass. Aromas of blackberry, pepper and spice followed with rich
plum flavors round out the palate. Soft tannins give structure to the
fruit-driven palate.


Opera Prima Pink Moscato, NV, $5.95


This fine sparkling presents and intense aroma of fresh berries and
tropical fruits with hints of white flavor petals. Delicate bubbles
caress the palate offering a silky and pleasant sweetness well
balanced by a crisp, refreshing finish. Ideal on it own, as an aperitif
or with all types of sweets and desserts.