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August 2015 Wine Case
Product SKU # 532-5000
August Wine Case
Zum Martin Sepp Gruner Veltliner, Austria – Martinshof is run by Michi Martin, one of the most dedicated winemakers you’re likely to meet. Michi’s passion for his homeland’s champion grape is boundless, and he turns that passion into some of the freshest and tastiest Grüner around. Fresh, with clean citrus fruit and spirited acidity, you’ll be glad that this one comes in a liter bottle (a full third more wine than a standard 750ml).
Edalo, Condad de Huelva, Spain –Located in Huelva, in the deep south of Spain, on the Atlantic coast close to Portugal on one side and the Doñana national park on the other, this winery is family owned-and-run. As a family they show commitment to their locality; they are passionate about their vineyards, mostly put down to the local variety, Zalema. Having converted a substantial portion of their vineyards to organic viticulture, they are aiming to soon have certified wines. Their respect for the naturalness of their environment shows through in the way they produce their wines. Edalo comes from the sandy, clay soils closer to the sea and measurably higher in altitude. Vibrant, fresh and young with a distinctively tropical character, pineapple, melon, and peach, this wine is very fruity on the entry with amazing balance of acidity and alcohol. The tropical fruits emerge on the long finish along with apple and pear. Perfect with seafood and lighter fare.
Salsus Vinho Verde, Minho, Portugal – From the Minho region of northern Portugal, where wineries make the country's famous vinho verde (green wine) that are low in alcohol and meant to be drunk young. This is a blend of Trajadura, Loureiro, and Arinto. There is a youthful explosion of citrus and mineral with a refreshing tartness that takes over on the close. It's a splendid choice (and value) for hot days. Pairs well with fish, chicken, raw vegetables, appetizers and creamy cheeses.
Asana Chardonnay, Central Coast, California – This Chardonnay offers a succulent pear aroma balanced with dryness often found with European wines. These Central Coast grapes are harvested from two different vines - one eight years old and one thirty years old. Asana Chardonnay was stored predominantly in French & Hungarian oak and aged fourteen months. Pair it with white fish and cheese and enjoy its smooth, oak flavor.
Vigneti Massa Rosato Terra Sic, Colli Tortonesi, Italy - Walter Massa is a contadino (farmer) with deep family roots in his native Colli Tortonesi and he practices organic and sustainable farming. You won’t find much rosato from the Colli Tortonesi, but this is one of the few and it’s made from Freisa and Barbera. The Freisa gives it a kick of grit and a solid end note; Barbera, as always, brings its fresh fruit to the party. The varieties are vinified together with native yeasts.
Zumm Martin Sepp Zweigelt, Austria - The red wine grape Zweigelt was invented in 1922 by an Austrian researcher named Fritz Zweigelt. He created it by crossing a favorite (and very good) Austrian red grape called Blaufränkisch (sometimes called Lemberger) with an almost unknown, St. Laurent. Zweigelt creates a lovely, soft, aromatic red wine reminiscent of pinot noir in its cherry/raspberry scent and taste, as well as in its gentle, supple tannins. Serve this wine slightly cool with anything from a roast pork loin to a grilled cheeseburger. This wine is presented in a one-liter bottle sealed with a crown cap. (Put an old cork in the bottle if you don't finish it right away.) It's a world-beater bargain and really good, “drink-now” red wine.
Asana Pinot Noir, Central Coast, California - This Pinot Noir comes from estate grown grapes in the Central Coast. The vines, situated under eucalyptus trees, create an unusually deep red color with a slight scent of currants. The wine is aged fifteen months in predominantly Hungarian Oak. Pair Asana Pinot Noir with salmon or lamb and enjoy its elegant fruit appeal.
Herdade de Cataperiero, Tejo, Portugal – Produced by Companhia das Lezírias, this blend of Castelão (Periquita),Aragonez (Tinta Roriz), Alicante Bouschet spends six months aging in new French oak barrels. The wine is bright and rich with smoky red berry and black cherry fruit with slight spice character on the finish. Perfect with grilled meats and vegetables.
Monte da Baia Red Blend, Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal – A blend of Castelao, Touriga Nacioinal and Syrah, the wines from Casa Ermelinda Freitas, established in 1920, are located closest to the Setubal peninsula – one of the most beautiful bays in the world bestowing the vineyards with a unique climate and terroir. Concentrated, with subtle tannins. Complex, hints of ripe red fruits, mingled with wood which gives the wine a subtle vanilla note
Asana Zinfandel, Lodi, California - No detail was ignored in crafting the Asana “Old Vine” Zinfandel.“The grapes were picked early in the morning so they remained cool and fresh on their way to the winery,” the Asana winemaker tells us. “The vineyard lots were kept separate, destemmed entirely to remove any green character, and fermented in stainless steel tanks for better temperature control.” Once fermentation was completed, the lots were transferred to a mix of French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels, lending additional complexity to the lots. Then came final blending, which resulted in a very complex wine that oozes blackberry and raspberry jam flavors, joined by a sweet vanilla impression and an array of earth and spice notes.
Asana Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California “Wine Enlightened.” That’s a mantra we can get behind. Asana’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is just that--a delicious example of focused winemaking with hand picked fruit from the venerable vines of California’s Paso Robles appellation. Aged in French oak to lend additional complexity of earth, spice, and vanilla as the backbone to the dark fruit flavors that waft from the glass, it’s so smooth and easy-drinking that you just might find inner peace while you sip.
Evandria Graciano, Extremadura, Spain – 100% Graciano from the Vina Amelia Estate in Extremadura, this wine is made with hand-harvested grapes. Aromas of ripe fruits and toast precede a mineral palate with soft tannins finishing warm with hints of spices and wood, the wine is aged six months in French oak barrels. Perfect with red meat, barbecue, roast beef and hearty stews.
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