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December 2014 Monthly Case
December Wine Case
Gran Bach Cava; Masia Bach was founded at the beginning of the last century by brothers and textile manufacturers Pere and Ramon Bach. This Sparkling from DO Cava is a blend of Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Parellada and Chardonnay with primary aromas of apple, citrus, almond blossom and delicate honey undertones. It finishes with fine bubbles, balanced acidity and a touch of toast. Ideal accompaniment to tapas and aperitif.
Champteloup Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine France 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley. Light and crisp with depth, elegance and a full-flavored grassy, lemony freshness. Touraine Sauvignon Blancs, when done as well as here, represent some of the best value examples from anywhere in the World. The lemony note would match well with salmon in a creamy sauce.
LaVis Gewurztraminer Simboli, Trentino Italy - an aromatic grape variety originating from Alsace, has been cultivated for many years in specific micro-zones on the Pressano hills, where the soil, rich in clay, provides all the nutritional elements necessary for this vine to flourish. Highly aromatic, well-structured and full-bodied, Simboli Gewürztraminer has a deep golden-yellow colour and a flowery and spicy aroma of cloves and nutmeg. Full-bodied, consistent and well-rounded on the palate.
Sola Chardonnay, North Coast California Launched in 2007 Sola Winery produces high quality wines at affordable prices. Their North Coast Chardonnay has aromas of apple blossom, tropical fruits and ripe pear that lead to a smooth palate with citrus flavors and notes of toasted almonds. Great paired with fish cooked in lemon butter, pasta in creamy sauces and roasted chicken.
Colonias Los Libras Bonarda, Mendoza Argentina - Made with the consulting expertise of Alberto Antonini, 100% Bonarda Argentina grapes come from high-trellised vineyards located in a unique microclimate in the area of Medrano and Carrizal de Abajo, Mendoza. This area sits slightly higher than the neighboring vineyards to the north, at 800 m. The low fertility soils help control vigor, and the deep soils with good drainage facilitate root development. A luminous red-purple hue and expressive red and black fruits on the nose provide a strong first impression of the unique Bonarda Argentina grape. On the palate the wine is fresh and lively, with a silky, smooth mouth-feel and nice volume. This wine receives no oak treatment in order to show the purest expression of the Bonarda grape.
End of the Vine No. 8, North Coast California – Another winner from our friends at End of the Vine. Hailing from the North Coast, A delightful blend of Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel and Petit Sirah showing a wonderful mix of black and red fruit character with hints of the telltale Zinfandel spiciness, yet still presenting a softer, lighter style. The perfect accompaniment for grilled and summer meals, or on its own.
La Felra Nero D’Avola, Sicily; Lovely nose here of crushed rose petals and sweet cherries. Full-bodied, with lush fruit that reveals some powerful black cherry and blackberry aromas. Long and sustained, its polished and supple tannins are supported by a solidity and firmness of texture which means at this price this will age for 7-8 years. This was shear joy to swirl in the glass and sip. Just AWESOME and a long, flavorful finish. Delicious. This is an excellent value for the money. Drink now.
Primosole Sangiovese, Marches Italy;Made with 100% organic grapes from the Marches in Italy. This wine shows classic sangiovese characteristics of black cherry, strawberry and notes of leather and spice. Completely approachable with bold floral and savory spice notes, ideal pair for any meal that combines savory meat with grilled or seasoned vegetables.
Cellar del Roure Setze Gallets, Valencia Spain The vines of Setze Gallets are treillis planted with a density average of 3,000 vines per hectare. The winemaking process involves total destemming, a 12 day maceration, and malolactic fermentation in stainless tank with lees work. The name, Setze Gallets translates to “16 Cookies”, and refers to a local term ‘16 coins’, an expression which refers to an exceptional value or very affordable price. Celler del Roure was created in 1995 as a family estate by Pablo Calatayud. Based in the village of Moixent, the property is committed to nurturing and championing indigenous varietals of the region, most notably the Mando grape. Mando is a rare and experimental varietal found primarily in the Valencia region of Spain. It is a dark grape, usually high in alcohol. Moixent is located just to the west of Valencia in the D.O. Valencia. Valencia is in the eastern region of Spain bordering the Mediterranean. This blend of Garnacha, Monestrell, Merlot and Mando is a beautifully expressive red revealing a terrific texture along with lots of raspberry and blueberry fruit, and a cool climate mouthfeel that belies the region from which it was produced.
Casa Ferreirinha Esteva, Douro Portugal. This delicious Douro red always seems a bit brighter, fresher and higher toned than others from the Douro region. It is delicious, very expressive, and recommended for a great interpretation of a traditional, everyday Douro red. The Ferreira brand has been known since 1751 and was established by a wine-growing family of the same name from the Douro. Ferreira has for centuries been synonymous with high-quality Portuguese wine. Casa Ferreirinha was the brainchild of Fernando Nicolau de Almeida, whose purpose was to begin producing high-quality table wines from the Douro Region. Ferreira became the first port wine company to produce quality table wines in the region. Casa Ferreirinha was the name given to the table wines produced. Esteva is a fruity wine of medium body that is quite enjoyable to drink. Grape varietals include Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz, and Tinta Barroca.
Cascina Barbera D’alba; Cascina del Santuario is a family-managed wine producing firm in Castiglione Tinella, a small Piedmont village located between Langhe and Monferrato. Their wines reflect their passion and they use traditional methods in the production process to ensure that all products are genuine and of exceptional quality. Produced from estate grown Barbera grapes, Cascina del Santuario Barbera d’Alba is a deep red color with purple hues. Intense and clear floral aromas, roses and violets, mingle with dark berry and earthy, spice notes. Full and balanced with a pleasant savory finish, this is a Southern Season staff favorite that pairs well with roast chicken, veal and lamb.
Evodia Garnacha, Calatayud Spain - Evodia is an exciting project in the Denominacion de Origen Calatayud, hailed as one of Spain’s most progressive and promising wine growing regions. Calatayud is distinguished by its prevalence of high elevation vineyards planted to the Garnacha variety – in fact, the highest in the entire country. The vineyards surrounding the small town of Atea reach upwards of 3000 feet – the highest within the DO. It is here, in the vineyards of Atea, that Altovinum sources their Garnacha grapes for EVODIA. In addition to the remarkable climate due to elevation, the property is comprised of pure schiste soils, known as pisara in the local area. Aficionados familiar with the wines of the Priorat and the Roussillon are well acquainted to this soil type and its extraordinary influence on the wines. These vineyards were ferreted out by the amazingly talented team behind Altovinum - Eric Solomon, Jean Marc Lafage and Yolanda Diaz. Yolanda Diaz, a native of Calatayud, has an intimate knowledge of the DO and its terroir – her relationships in the region are an invaluable asset to the project. The winemaking is placed in the capable hands of dynamic enologist, Jean Marc Lafage – a man Robert Parker called “irrepressible.” Jean Marc consults on projects worldwide and owns one of the Roussillon’s visionary wineries, Domaine Lafage. And finally, Eric Solomon, who through his import company, European Cellars, represents the finest Grenache producers in the world.
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