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Featured Wines

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On occasion, we feature either individual wines or a particular winery or event. Read on for current “Wines of the Week” and other Featured Wines!

Wine of the Week – 10 March 2020

Club Card Price: $16.49 (Regular Retail: $23.99)

The Mastroberardino family has been making wine in Campania since the 1700’s, which of course means that this isn’t their first rodeo. 

Their Greco comes from southeast facing vineyards, due east of Naples and Vesuvius, in the appellation of Greco di Tufo. The soils here have considerable volcanic influence and altitude, of about 1000 feet above sea level, which helps the grapes maintain precise acidity that aids in the perception of the stonier, more mineral driven flavors.

The wine has a noticeable apple blossom edge to its aromatics while on the palate, it is incredibly dry dry dry. Floral, stony, lemon zest followed up by an almond skin quality towards the finish. 

A good option to try if you’re enthusiastic about Italian white wines or if you haven’t had a good glass of Greco lately.

-Joe Buchter, Import Wine Buyer

Wine of the Week – 26 February 2020

Vincent Girardin 2016 Bourgogne Blanc Cuvée Saint-Vincent

Retail: $25.99

Vincent Girardin started making wine in Burgundy more than forty years ago. Time has taught him, and current winemaker Eric Germain, that a gentle hand is best when making wine.

After toying around with biodynamic farming, they’ve decided that what they want from their own fruit and the fruit that they purchase from local growers is simple: no herbicides or insecticides, emphasizing the use of natural composts from Burgundy, specific trellising for better photosynthesis, and manual harvesting in the vineyard and in the winery. The quality shows in the finished wine.

Their Cuvée Saint-Vincent is Chardonnay from 50 year old vines found around Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, and Meursault. After vinification the wine is aged in 500L French oak barrels (10% of which are new).

-Joe Buchter, Import Wine Buyer

Wine of the Week – 28 January 2020

Penfolds 2016 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz

Retail: $22.99

While some unnamed, unwieldy, and gargantuan wine producers in Australia are known for making wine the equivalent of alcoholic jam, Penfolds has stuck to their guns making wines of balance. Dare I even say restraint? Bigger isn’t always better.

Penfolds has a long, established, history as one of Australia’s great wineries, dating back to the mid-1800’s as a fixture in developing quality Australian viticulture into what it is today.

Bin 28 is made of Shiraz sourced from a number of Penfolds’ vineyards, but primarily coming from the Barossa Valley. Subtle dark fruits reinforced with 12 months in used American oak. This adds just enough to the wine to notice that it’s there without being bludgeoned with oak flavor. A complex wine to age and develop without spending a fortune.

-Joe Buchter, Import Wine Buyer

Wine of the Week – 15 January 2020

Murgo 2016 Etna Rosso

Retail: $14.99

Anyone who has attended some of our small group wine tastings knows that I’m rather smitten by the wines of Etna. It’s a perilous vinescape planted on the slopes of an active volcano where they use the red grape Nerello Mascalese, almost exclusively.

The altitudes reached on the slopes of Mount Etna provide for overall cooler growing areas than the rest of Sicily, which means a very different expression of Sicilian wine compared to the more popular Nero d’Avola.

Murgo’s Etna Rosso is 100% Nerello Mascalese from 30+ year old vines. Etna reds are for the Pinot Noir enthusiast who needs a little more volcanic pizzazz in their life.

-Joe Buchter, Import Wine Buyer