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April 2015 Wine Case
April Wine Case
Garofoli Antica Osteria Bianco, Marches Italy - Two brothers took over this estate from their father in the 1970s. Today their children are now taking the reigns, making 5 generations of winemakers in this family. This non-vintage white comes from their vineyards in Marche and is typical of what we would drink from a carafe when we visit a cantina. An Osteria is a sort of cafe/restaurant and this is their house wine. It can be yours too! Light and crisp with citrus notes and a hint of almond on the finish to give the wine a bit of roundness and texture.
Aquagiusta Blanco IGT Marema, Italy – “Acquagiusta 100% Vermentino, a name so beautiful on the tongue, is a child of the wind. The wind that cradles and coddles it enabling it to develop, in all meanings of the word, as both a wine and a plant. This salty sea breeze gently caresses the rows of vines, creating the ideal conditions for grape maturation. A perfect microclimate but, most importantly, a natural cure that protects plants from sickness. A kind of primeval dehumidifier that also produces zero emissions. The grape harvest here is always measured by nature and the climate and based on time proven agronomic knowledge. There are three phases in the harvest: the first or “early” harvest for freshness and acidity; the second when grapes are fully ripe for structure and smoothness; and, finally, the third that captures the full expression of aromatic elements.” Winemaker notes
Lioco NOCO Chardonnay, North Coast California; Matt Licklider & Kevin O’Connor, founders of LIOCO Winery and very much a part of the New California Wine movement, believed it possible to both make compelling wine domestically and to do so from vineyards outside the prized county of Sonoma. NoCo (an abbreviation for North Coast) is our second label focusing on wines grown in the six counties north of San Francisco (Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Lake, Mendocino). The principled philosophy which propelled LIOCO into the limelight is applied here— choice vineyard sites, clean horticulture, low yields, early harvest dates, minimalist winemaking. 100% stainless steel winemaking with green pear, lemon drop and wet stone notes, with lemon peel and nectarine fruit and stone notes on a clean mineral finish.
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.
Vecchia Torre Leverano Rosato, Puglia Italy – A blend of 80% Negroamaro and 20% Malvasia Nera, this Rosato is bright, with body and structure. Intense and delicate with hints of raspberries, soft and tangy red fruit notes fill the palate. An ideal companion to all kinds of meals, to first courses with tomato sauce, white meat, fish soup and roast prawns
Cavalo Preto Pinot Noir, Mendoza Argentina - The Mendoza Province is the largest wine producing area in South America and provides the ideal growing conditions for a wide variety of grapes. Mendoza wines benefit from the high altitude and mountain climate of these vineyards and are typically rich, fruit-forward and aromatic. Cavalo Preto Pinot Noir is ruby red in color with aromas of raspberry, floral and earth notes. Flavors of berry and cherry with hints of leather come through on the smooth palate.
The Curator Red Blend, Swartland South Africa - These lucky grapes grow in the Swartland region, clost to the wild West Coast of South Africa, from 8 different farmers on a multitude of different sites, mainly granite and slate soils. The wine is matured mostly in concrete tanks and old casks and is blended early so the components get some time together to integrate properly. Shiraz, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Viognier.
Aquaguista Rosso IGT Marema, Italy- “Acquagiusta Red, or rather, “strength in numbers”. How? With the “classic” blend of three varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. The simplest things are often the most difficult: taking “the best” from each grape with the freshness and intensity of their different fruity and floral scents. This wine has no specific season but is delicious any time of year, recalling the pleasure of good drinking and conviviality. And thus an everyday wine, to drink cool, on any occasion, available at the right price and versatile in its pairings, particularly with seafood” winemaker notes
Vieux Clocher Cotes du Ventoux, France - The grapes come for the most part from the slopes of Mont Ventoux, the giant of Provence who dominates the Rhône Valley.The Vieux Clocher Ventoux Rouge is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault ... Their blending gives life to a wine with bouquet, subtle red fruit aromas, with touches of spice and garrigue. The mouth is harmonious, supple and generous, with a spicy finish.
Evandria Cuvee, Extramadurra Spain – A blend of 35% Garnacha, 30% Syrah and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon grown on sparse and well-drained soils. The hand harvested grapes for this wine are sourced from two very stony vineyards, Viña Amelia and El Carrascal, and along with a very traditional fermentation and subsequent barrel ageing they have transformed themselves into a complex, fruit-filled red. Richly colored with aromas of sweet herbs and spices, and a lush, full-bodied palate bursting with ripe raspberries, blackberries, and cherries this is a perfect pair for cured meats, olives and cheeses.
Izadi Reserva Rioja, Spain - Rich aromatic intensity with a nice balance of red fruit, liquorice and spices and smoked hints in the background. Elegant and round in the palate with a long afterstate that brings back floral and fruity memories. Bodegas Izadi’s owner, the Anton family, also owns the well-known Finca Villacreces in Ribera del Duero. Izadi is a relatively large estate with more than 375 acres in Rioja Alavesa. About 40% of the vineyards are over 70 years of age, which is quite impressive. The 2010 Reserva is another remarkable bargain from European Cellars. Made from 100% Tempranillo aged 14 months in American and French oak, it boasts a dense purple color as well as a big, sweet perfume of cassis, vanillin, graphite and forest floor. Full-bodied and ripe with terrific texture, purity and palate presence, this wine can be drunk now or cellared for 5-10 years, possibly longer. 92 Points Robert Parker
Mandolin Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast California - With its maritime influence, California’s Monterey region has an extended growing season that yields wines with full flavor development and great acid balance. This light ruby colored Cabernet opens with a mild red raspberry bouquet with hint of cherry and oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a gentle cherry with notes of red raspberry with a hint blueberry. Its moderate tannins linger on the prolonged, dry finish.
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