Conde Villar Vinho Verde $8.95
The Conde Villar Vinho Verde comes to us from the famous Quintas Das Arcas estate located in Portugal’s northwest corner. It’s made from three traditional grapes – 40% Loureiro, 30% Trajadura, and 30% Arinto. The high percentage of Loureiro gives the first hint of the quality here: Lourerio is the hardest to grow of the three and gives the wine a boost in aromatic complexity.
The 2009 Conde Villar shows Vinho Verde at its vibrant, youthful, best. The Loureiro in the blend delivers a burst of intensely fresh citrus and green pear fruit, lime skin, and floral aromas. Take a sip and you’ll discover more citrus fruit, wet stones, and a touch of yeasty freshness. The finish is bright, crisp, and dry with lingering mineral/yeast and lime notes. A perfect wine to sip on its own on a warm, late-summer, night or to enjoy with shellfish, salads, or grilled veggies.
Grapes: 40% Loureiro, 30% Trajadura, and 30% Arinto
Shotfire Barossa Shiraz 2008 $15.95
Deep red in color. The lifted nose has plums and sweet spice – cardoman and cinnamon, with choc mint oak characters. The palate is full bodied but refined with some expressive berry fruit, plums, liquorice and complex spicy oak. There is a great depth of fruit which will ensure the longevity of the wine and also gives it wonderful mouthfilling sensation. The tannins are velvety and combined with the rich fruit and spicy oak gives the wine great length of flavor.
Grapes: 100% Shiraz
Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Benegas Sangiovese 2006 $19.95
Overview: The 2006 Sangiovese is dark ruby-colored with a lovely red cherry perfume, notes of cedar and mineral, and an elegant personality. This smooth, friendly wine could easily pass for Tuscan in a blind tasting. Give it two years in the cellar and enjoy it from 2010 to 2018.
-90 points Wine Advocate
Region: Mendoza – Argentina
Valminor Albarino 2008 $13.95
Overview: A brilliant and lively yellow color. On the nose, the wine shows a great complexity marked by intense fruity aromas of fresh grapefruit, apricot and melon. In the mouth, Valmiñor combines fruity flavors and freshness with a rounded acidity, resulting in a balanced wine that boasts an opulent taste with elegant aromas.
Region: Rias Baixas – Spain
Bodegas J C Conde “Vivir Vivir” 2007 $11.95
Overview: The 2007 Vivir, Vivir is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 20- to 60-year-old vines in La Horra. It was aged for ten months in tank prior to bottling. Dark ruby-colored, it features racy aromatics of mineral, spice box, black cherry and blackberry. Silky on the palate with no hard edges, this tasty wine will provide pleasure over the next three years.
Wine Spectator 90 points
Grapes: 100% Tempranillo
Region: Ribera del Duero – Spain
Encostas do Lima Vinho Verde 2008 $15.95
Overview: A low-alcohol, low-priced treat of a wine. Crisp, and clean and tasty. A light, fragrant nose with aromas of sweet pears that leads into pears and tropical flavors in your mouth. The wine has a crisp effervescence which adds weight and texture and goodness. A great aperitif wine- serve it nice and cold. If you haven’t tried a Vinho Verde, pick up a bottle of Encostas Do Lima; you won’t regret it.
Grapes: 80% Loureiro and 20% Trajadura
Region: Colheita – Portugal