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July 2016 Wine Case
July 2016 Wine Case
A blend of 33% Grenache Blanc – 33% Colombard- 33% Clairette grown on basalt and clay-limestone terraces which impart this wine with a lovely fruit base as well as a delicate mineral underpinning. This wine is very fresh and floral in style with white peach, lemon verbena, grapefruit, and honeysuckle notes backed by a long, super-lively finish. Very tasty! This makes a great aperitif wine or an excellent option to accompany light first courses, ideally fresh salads or seafood. It’s a great wine to serve with shrimp, and it complements white meats, light sauces, vegetarian dishes, and fresh pastas with Mediterranean herb sauces nicely.
Terres Basses de Laballe Blanc
A wine unable to deny its origin : Colombard, Ugni Blanc and Sauvignon, clearly Gascogne! Crisp, fresh and fruity, embodying and easy drinking aperitif wine with excellence but he also accompanying summer cuisine very well, such as fish and white meat thanks to the elegance of the Sauvignon and freshness of Colombard. .
Doria Sauvignon Blanc
A great value for Sauvignon Blanc lovers. A multi-appellation wine sourced from mainly younger vines from these upper Loire valley appellations: Menetou Salon, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. This wine offers lots of class, elegant fruit, minerality and is an outstanding value. The nose is fresh and fruit filled with classic floral, herb, white peach, and grapefruit nuances. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh, pure and utterly delicious in a dry, yet fruit-driven way. This refreshing wine hails from some of the best regions for growing this grape and should pair well with a variety of fish and chicken dishes as well as any fresh or aged goat cheeses.
Illauri Nora Chardonnay
Chardonnay was introduced into the Abruzzi at the end of the nineteenth century and was immediately successful in terms of quality. Today, it is recognized as one of its most popular varietals. The Abruzzo region is bordered by the dramatic landscape and terroir of the Maiella and Gran Sasso mountain ranges, home to one of the area's most celebrated rivers, the Nora. Fresh fruit flavors blend harmoniously with an appealing, crisp acidity that lingers on the palate. An enticing bouquet of ripe apple, lemon and tropical fruit renders all types of seafood a natural pairing for this wine. It also makes a great aperitif wine to sip on a warm summer's night.
The delicate coral pink/onion skin color invites the eye to investigate this wine more closely. A blend of 40% Grenache - 40% Cinsault - 20% Syrah grown on basalt and clay-limestone terraces which impart this wine with a lovely fruit base as well as a strong mineral underpinning. Dry, with bright strawberry, currant, and crunchy red berry aromas and flavors, this is a quintessential example of the engaging charms that southern French rosé wines bring to the table. Great as an aperitif, delicious with picnic fare, spicy seafood dishes, as well as grilled fowl.
Terres Basses de Laballe Rouge
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tannat from the Cote de Gascogne region of France. In this soft and elegant wine you will find a complex range of aromas, diverse and well balanced. Hints of tannin to define the body with notes of spice, blackberry and violet on the nose. Resulting in an ability to be well paired with several styles of cuisine: traditional, exotic, Italian, barbecue. You will be spoiled with options!!
This wine is a blend of 40% Syrah, 45% Merlot, and 15% Grenache grown on schist, basalt, limestone and clay terraces in the foothills near Cévennes. Readers looking for a sensational, easy to like red wine with character that also represents great value should check this out. An exuberant, explosive bouquet of dark cherries, strawberries and black fruits is followed by a round, sexy, fresh, lively, garrigue nuanced, medium-bodied palate with no hard edges. Delicious now - don’t miss it! Great with the grilled foods of fall.
Vieux Clocher Ventoux
Armand Roux Clocher Ventoux grapes come mostly from the slopes of Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence overlooking the Rhone Valley, from Clay-limestone scree and tertiary. A blend of 75% Grenache 10% Syrah 10% Carignan 5% Cinsault, Their assembly engender a bouquet wine with subtle aromas of red fruit with notes of spices and scrubland. The palate is smooth, supple and generous with a spicy finish.
Iuvene Rioja Rojo
Intense color, fresh & vibrant style. Unoaked. Traditional 'field blend' grapes accent the savory bouquet of red currant and cherry aromas with peppery grace notes. Shows a balanced expression of fruit forward juiciness with a clean and persistent finish. With whimsical versatility, this young Rioja will pair to a wide variety of foods, adding vibrant flair to any occasion.
NQN Picada 15 Red Blend
Is this the finest Patagonian Pinot Noir in the world? Kind of… Argentina's Bodegas NQN was founded with the notion of producing top-caliber red and white wines from their newly-minted vineyards in Patagonia. The Picada 15 is one of the first wines to hit our shores, and if the quality of this Cabernet, Merlot, Malbec and (yes) Pinot Noir blend is any indication, Patagonia should be a region to watch. This distinctive red is totally unique with a structure and finesse we attribute to its unique grape composition. Enjoy it with pan-roasted trout fillets, lamb-spiked pasta dishes or grilled pork loins.
Healdsburg Ranches Merlot
A super crowd pleaser, this Merlot is sure to be the hit of your dinner party. Aggressive aromatics provide delicate aromas of vanilla and fresh berries. The palate is juicy; bursting with lean plum, bramble, and a light jam. There is just enough oak influence to dust the wine with a subtle hint of mocha leading to a long enjoyable finish. One of our house favorites!
Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Rouge
Robert Parker at one time called Recougne the finest Bordeaux Superieur. It is an estate that has produced wine for over 400 years, and its name is said to have come from King Henri IV in the early 17th century, in "recognition" of the quality of its wine. “A blend of 78% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, has a dense ruby/plum color and attractive, juicy blackcurrant fruit. Supple, round and generous, this is an over-achiever and a sleeper of the vintage. Drink it over the next 5-10 years, although I wouldn’t be surprised if it lasts longer, given the fact that I’ve had the 1953 and 1955 in the last five years and both were still in great shape.” Robert Parker