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Wine of the Week

22 January, 2015

Lionel Osmin 2010 Estela

$29.99 ($25.49 @ mixed case discount)

Let’s be frank, it’s cold and sitting at my window and watching snow fall does not inspire me to drink Vinho Verde. What it does inspire me to drink is something like the Lionel Osmin 2010 Estela which is essentially South Western France’s answer to “vintage character” or “reserve” Port. After 8 months of aging, a fortified blend of 50% Malbec and 50% Tannat is assembled into a deeply colored and fruit driven wine with strength above 15% abv (still lower than your average Port 18% - 20%). This wine can be treated very much like reserve Port, but we find it to be much more approachable to a wider audience. It does well paired with funky blue cheeses, dark chocolates, and one can use it as a vermouth replacement in a Manhattan, or simply enjoyed on its own alongside a fire and a viewing of Arnold Schwarzenegger's "The Running Man."

Wine of the Week

15 January, 2015

Bodegas Aletta 2012 Veraz Garnacha

$8.99 ($7.64 @ mixed case discount)

Between the mountain ranges of the Sistema Iberico to the south and the river Ebro to the north, one can find the region of Campo de Borja. What you don’t usually find here are the international superstars like those found in the the Ribera del Duero or Priorat that clock in at 15 degrees of alcohol with starting prices of $40 a bottle, but you find instead more convivial wines. Bodegas Aletta creates a fine example with their Veraz Garnacha. A simple, yet pure, wine made from old-vine grapes on chalky, sandy soils without oak influence that tastes more of something you would drink with the locals over plates of cured meats than a formula concocted to appeal to the “American palate.” Bright, elegant fruit structures with floral aromatics. Good with dinner, good with lunch, or good on its own at the end of a long day.

Wine of the Week

5 January, 2015

Chateau Maris 2011 Continuite de Nature

$29.99 ($25.49 @ mixed case discount)

This week’s wine is a blend of 90% Carignan and 10% Grenache from the recognized sub-region of Minervois and the greater Languedoc, La Liviniere in southern France. La Liviniere is a region which was recognized because of its consistent performance with full bodied and distinct wines as a result of their unique terroir.

The Carignan in this wine comes from vines planted in 1922, and if the math is correct, that would make the vines 93 years old in this new year. The result of such vine age creates a concentration of flavor in each and every berry unattainable by younger vines. And the biodynamic farming is a nice touch for those of you who happen to be environmentally inclined.

As for the wine itself, it’s driven by a pure core of dark blue and black berries with a wild edge and seamless texture. And it, as is typical of wines from this part of France, is a powerhouse.

A nice change if all of the Carignan you’ve been drinking lately has only been 90 years old.

Wine of the Week

29 December, 2014

Velenosi 2012 Lacrima di Morro d'Alba

$15.99 ($13.59 @ mixed case discount)

100% Lacrima di Morro d'Alba

The Marche region of Italy on the Adriatic coast of the peninsula is home to, in my opinion, some seriously underrated and undervalued wines of interest. Case in point, red wines made from the grape Lacrima di Morro d'Alba (which bears no direct relation to the more famous Alba in Italy's Langhe region).

I rarely find any one not immediately grabbed by the uniqueness of this wine's aromatics; before even arriving at fruit aromas one is engulfed by floral smells of violet and lavender, chased by qualities that make me think of something to be found along the historic Silk Route, lest we forget the notes of true Maraschino Cherry (not to be confused with the impossibly red stuff one finds at the grocery store).

Mid-weight on the palate, try this bottle if you like Italian reds, Carmenere, Merlot, or awesome wine.

Hey, if nothing else, when was the last time you had a good Lacrima di Morro d'Alba? (Open about 30 - 45 minutes before serving)

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