Wine of the Week 01/31 – 02/6

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

Wine of the Week 01/24-01/3

D’Arenberg “The Stump Jump” Shiraz 2008 – $11.95

Overivew: A Best Value designation and one the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2009: “Ripe and open- textured, this is impressive for the way it packs in the cherry, blackberry and raspberry flavors and doesn’t take the foot off the gas pedal until the mineral-inflected finish has played through. Drink now through 2018.”

Wine Spectator 90 points
Grapes: 100% Shiraz
Region: McLaren Vale – Australia


Babich 2008 Sauvignon Blanc – $15.95

Overview: The aroma of lantana and wild herbs combines with tropical fruits and green apple. The palate is exuberant and intense -fruit salad, nettles and fresh herbs burst into existence and continue through the length of the palate, joined at the end by lime/citrus and mineral notes. A powerful and lengthy Sauvignon.

Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Marlborough – New Zealand