Welcome to Featured Wines
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 January 2018
Vasse Felix 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – Full Retail – $22.99 :: By The Case – $19.54
When one thinks of Australian reds often it is the heavier hitting Barossa Shiraz that comes to mind. Meanwhile, on Australia’s western coast, the Margaret River region of Australia is quietly doing a fabulous job producing wines classically styled akin to some of the great wines of Europe.
Vasse Felix makes this wine, reminiscent of red Bordeaux, in the aforementioned Margaret River region. The wine is aged in 100% French oak (13% new oak, 87% 1 – 5 year old oak) with a small portion of Malbec making it into the final blend.
The nose has some of that light cedar, French oak quality underlying the black fruits and dried sage. While on the palate the fine grained tannins play a perfect textural balance to the blackberry flavors and light notes of French oak.
Wine of the Week: 3 November 2017
Hexamer 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Trocken – Full Retail – $22.99 :: Mixed Case Discount – $19.54
This may surprise you, but it turns out they make Sauvignon Blanc in Germany. Hexamer is located in Germany’s Nahe wine region along the river by the same name. The river helps moderate the local climate, creating almost Mediterranean-like conditions in some south facing vineyards.
Hexamer’s Sauvignon Blanc is an example of how a wine region can surprise you. As a Sauvignon Blanc, it’s more tropically fruited than your average Sancerre, but it isn’t as grapefruity as what you expect from New Zealand. And thankfully, it doesn’t taste like a pile of grass and bell pepper.
The Sauvignon Blanc to try this week if you’re a lover of the grape or German wine.
Wine of the Week: 26 September 2017
Tenuta delle Terre Nere 2015 Etna Rosso – Full Retail – $19.99 :: Mixed Case Discount – $16.99
On the island of Sicily one can find Europe’s tallest active volcano, Mount Etna. And for some ridiculous reason, a number of winemakers have chosen to plant vines in remarkably close proximity to it, it being AN ACTIVE VOLCANO. Though I’m too much of a wuss to plant vineyards next to a volcano, I’m thrilled that there are braver folks than I because the resulting wine is pretty fantastic.
It might go without saying, but vineyards planted on the slopes of a volcano are planted in volcanic soil. Over time, disintegrating lava flows lay a foundation rich in minerals that prove beneficial for agriculture, especially wine grapes. Terre Nere’s Etna Rosso is made with the local grape Nerello Mascalese (about 95% of the blend) and Nerello Cappuccio.
Aside from grapes that are difficult to pronounce without a semester of Italian, what does this spell for the flavor? It offers the freshness and red fruit flavors of red Burgundy, the tannin and acid structures of some of Piedmont’s famous wines. And after a little decanting, all sorts of thought provoking flavors and aromas. Now if only I had the patience to age these, I imagine some wonderful things would happen.
Wine of the Week: 21 September 2017
Domaine Glinavos 2015 Paleokerisio 500ml – Full Retail – $16.99 :: Mixed Case Discount – $14.44
I’ll be upfront about this, Paleokerisio is not a wine for everyone. In fact, it might be more suited to your average Basque cider or sour beer drinker.
It’s made in western Greece’s Ioannina out of the white grape Debina and a little bit of the red grape Vlahiko. The wine is made with the pressed juice seeing contact with the grape skins, not unlike the way a red wine is made; hence its almost amber color.
The wine naturally retains carbonation from the fermentation process and it has an almost paradoxically fruity quality in comparison to the dryness of the finish.
Wine for the adventurous palate.
Wine of the Week: 7 September 2017
Domaine la Capelle 2014 Minervois Rouge – Full Retail – $11.99 :: Mixed Case Discount – $10.19
You’ve had the old GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) blend, now it’s time to try the opposite. La Capelle makes their MSG blend (60% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah, 20% Grenache) in the southern French appellation of Minervois.
Pure, honest red fruit for days in this wine. Medium bodied and the perfect red if you’ve been drinking red blends from around the world or Cotes-du-Rhone wines. The grapes for this wine reach optimal ripeness easily in the warm vineyards of Languedoc-Roussillon where they are then hand harvested.
After fermentation 40% of the wine is aged in French oak, all of which is 2 – 4 years old, while the rest is aged in stainless steel. A good, all around, everyday red wine.
Wine of the Week: 17 August 2017
Laura Hartwig 2013 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – $14.99 – $12.74 @ Mixed Case Discount
Bordeaux, California, and Chile? When considering parts of the world known for Cabernet Sauvignon production, Chile is often, unfortunately so, overlooked. Their style often combines the structure of Bordeaux, but with the early drinking accessibility of Cali Cabs.
Laura Hartwig’s single vineyard Cabernet comes from Chile’s Colchagua Valley which is known for its old vine vineyards and production of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere.
After aging in French and American oak, followed by a period of time in bottle, Laura Hartwig’s Single Vineyard Cab is not one to be missed for Cabernet enthusiasts.