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May 2016 Wine Case
May 2016 Wine Case
Vigneron de St. Hilaire Cotes du Rhone Prestige Blanc
Set on the right bank of the Rhone, a few steps from the historic site of the Pont du Gard, Vignerons Proprietis Associes stretches out in a triangle between the famous commune of St Hilaire d’Ozilhan at the heart of that southern slice of land bordering the Gard region and the Cotes du Rhone, then heads westward towards Sommires, to the edge of the Camargue Region. Vignerons Proprietes Associes gathers together wine makers with a love of their land, the Rhone Valley and the Languedoc, and willingness to create and sustain quality wines. It is in this spirit that their team of men and women work together, encompassing tradition, and progress while respecting the environment. The wine has a Lovely pale golden yellow, Floral nose, highly expressive ending on a touch of lime flower. It is Round and fleshy in the mouth, but with crisp acidity. Well balanced, the finish takes on aromas of apple. Pairs well with grilled fish, fish stew and sea food.
Akra Morea white
Protected Geographical Indication Peloponnese. A blend of: Roditis (50%) – Moschofilero (50%). Moschofilero is an intense aromatic variety. Roditis liberates lemon and citrus flavors and it is characterized by good structure. The mix of those two has as a result the attribution of the best characteristics of each. With light green – gold color, flower, apple, pear nose, crisp, full body, intense acuity and long finish. Best Food Matching: Seafood, White Sauced dishes, cheese
Traviata Pinot Grigio
Traviata Pinot Grigio, from Goriska Brda in Slovenia is 100% Pinot Grigio – fermented and matured in stainless steel, is a pleasant full bodied wine. The wine has a straw yellow color with a pinkish hue. The bouquet is reminiscent of ripe pear, grapefruit, pineapple and cinnamon. A crisp white wine that is medium to full bodied, with a clean finish. Versatile wine with broad range of food pairings. Great with chicken and grilled fish and dishes with garlic and thyme. Highly recommended winner at the table. A great symphony of flavors.
Haut Marin Blanc
The Haut Marin is Domaine de Menard's top white and is made up of the traditional grapes of the region. It’s a cuvee that you don’t see around very much (60% Colombard, 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Gros Manseng) but that clearly works here. A melange of tropical fruit, quince and grapefruit, this little white seems the perfect summer option. The blend is Colombard (60 %), Sauvignon (20 %), Gros Manseng (20 %). The result is an aromatic and elegant crisp wine, with notes of tropical fruit, pineapple and grapefruit. Please enjoy this wine with fish, shellfish or seafood.
Indomita Grand Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
Grown in the Casablanca valley of Chile, a cold-weather valley with prevailing cool and saline winds from the Pacific Ocean. An extreme location for grapevines because the annual accumulation of heat that barely reaches the minimum suggested for vineyards. The grapes ripen smoothly into perfection. The vineyards have been established on the hillsides as well as on the valley floor in a n-s and w-e orientation. This combination produces grapes of high enological potential with very disparate profiles, though always brimming with powerful acidity and a briny minerality from the ocean influence. The wine has incredible grayish, steel-like green color. A heady palette of aromas ranging from grapefruit to lemon peel, jasmine, white peach, pineapple, and some mild hints of green onion that opens up slowly to reveal a very interesting and seducing layered structure. Green apple, fresh herbs, asparagus, pineapple, salt, and a wild, restless note, with tongue tingling acidity. Its vibrancy and a perfectly dry finish combine to offer a delicious overall sensation. An unrivaled choice to pair with oysters, sashimi, ceviche and tres leches cakes.
Les Hautes Plateaux Rose
The Breban Company is one of the last family owned company producing artisanal sparkling wines in the South of France. Two generation have been managing the company with the same passion and philosophy for quality. Today, they are famous in France and all over the world for the quality of the wines of Provence and for their premium hand crafted sparkling wines. Syrah - 40%; Grenache - 40%; Cinsault - 20%. The vines of this cellar are mainly planted on more or less dry hillsides in full bright Provence of Jean Giono. The syrah is a characteristic red varietal of the northern part of the Côtes du Rhône. It gives to the wine its structure, its color and its aromas of small red, with a characteristic flavor of violet, possessing great intensity on the nose (gooseberry), supple in texture, and easy to drink. A perfect accompaniment to quiches, pissaladières, and crudités.
Vigneron de St. Hilaire Cotes du Rhone Prestige Rouge
The wine shows Lovely clear shimmering ruby and the nose is delicate and offers aromas of red fruit and warm spices. The mouth is velvety fresh and elegant with harmonious tannins and a definite touch of smokiness. Enjoy with red meat, barbeques, and cheese.
Akra Morea Red
Agiorgitiko 100% from the Peloponnese Region. Selected grapes are destemmed, crushed and inoculated by selected strains of dry active yeast. The wine is rich in body, with good acidity and great aromas of forest fruits. With vibrant color, cherry, nutty nose, medium body, elegant finish. Best Food Matching: Grilled meat, Red Sauced dishes, light cheeses
Villa Valentino Primitivo
The Calò family has had close links with Apulian land for generations, beginning with the patriarch "Salvatore", who provided fine wines for his family. Today the Calosm grape production area covers 24 hectares, 12 of which are owned by the family. Grapes are harvested in the traditional manner and then carefully hand selected to ensure the highest quality wines. 100% Primitivo from the Salento area of Puglia. The wine is brilliant ruby red color. Floral and red fruit smells are emphasized. Cherries and spices fragrance. Elegant and persistent taste. It matches red meat dishes and tasty cheese.
Santa Alba Reserve Carmenere
From the Curico region in Chile, with a mediterranean climate characterized by large day/night temperature differences as a result of the proximity with the Pacific Ocean (80 Km) and the Andes Mountains (60 Km). Unlike the neighboring areas Santa Alba Winery receives a fair amount of wind coming from the south during the summer afternoons. This helps keep the temperature from rising too much during the summer months. Annual precipitation is of 600mm concentrated during the winter months. This Carménère is made starting with grapes from parcels in Los Riscos sector, characterized by deep, rocky loam-clay soil. Wine conserved on its lees for six months in stainless steel vats with micro-oxygenation and with French oak staves; 15 percent of the wine aged 8 months in French and American oak barrels. With deep red color with violet highlights. Intense nose of raspberry, chocolate, menthol and a hint of smoke, on the palate Smooth mouth feel, full on the palate and well-balanced.
Healdsburg Ranch 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!
Hogue Cabernet Sauvignon
Eastern Washington’s warm days and cool nights provide the perfect conditions for producing Cabernet Sauvignon that is rich and complex. The 2014 season proved to be an excellent year for Cabernet, and the resultant wine is silky smooth and nicely balanced. It offers up a bouquet of black cherry, spicy oak, and tobacco, with sassafras and cassis notes. The palate is soft and creamy with cassis, black cherry, and toasty oak. Pair with pork roast, barbecued baby back ribs, or grilled sausages. A blend 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 5% Syrah, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot. Selected fruit from Horse Heaven Hills (43%) and Wahluke Slope (13%), Columbia Valley regions where summers are often extremely dry, windy, and warm—ideal conditions for producing richly flavored, well-structured Cabernet Sauvignon. In Yakima Valley vineyards (44%), conditions were slightly cooler, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and retain bright acidity.