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Janunary 2015 Monthly Case
January 2015 Wine Case
German Gilabert Cava – Penedes, Spain: Cava is Spain’s most famous sparkling wine. In order to be called Cava, the wine has to be made using the Champagne method, or método tradicional, where the secondary fermentation happens in the bottle. This blend of 50% Macabeo, 30%Xarlel-lo and 20% Parellada is a cuvee made especially for Jose Pastor Selections in collaboration with a vintner whom has deep roots and intimate knowledge of Cava production. Fresh, fine bubbles, with aromas of green apple, citrus and mineral notes lead to a medium bodied and elegant palate with a lingering finish.
Claude Val Blanc – Languedoc, France: A unique blend of Vermentino, Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Mauzac, Chesan and Sauvignon Blanc with tropical fruit aromas and delicate floral notes. Bright and crisp on the palate with mango, pineapple and ambrosia along with honeyed acacia aromas, it finishes completely dry and clean.
Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc – Napa Valley, California: “This 2013 Sauvignon Blanc showcases the pleasing influences of a warmer growing season and the reliable Long Meadow Ranch house style. Careful vineyard and winery practices protected the wine’s freshness and complexity. The nose and palate offer enticing fruit (kiwi, pineapple, honeydew melon, white mulberry), floral esters, and varietally true minerality. The entry is soft and pleasing while at the same time exceedingly clean and sufficiently crisp. The progression presents late impressions of Meyer lemon zest, sea spray, and fresh-cut pippin apples. The finish lingers with persistent softness, nectar texture, and surprising apricot fruit sweetness. The wine is classically dry, perfectly ripe, and refreshing. Enjoy while young.” 90 Points – Best Buy - Wine and Spirits Magazine.
Belcreme de Lys Chardonnay – Central Coast, California: Slow down, exhale, and enjoy this rich, creamy Chardonnay. The winemaker chose California vineyards that yield incredibly lush flavors of tropical fruit, baked apple and citrus. Sur lie aging gives this wine its soft, creamy style. Use of primarily French oak adds hints of vanilla and crème brûlée on the finish, making this wine the perfect reward at the end of your day.
Aveleda Charamba Tinto – Douro, Portugal: Since 1870, Aveleda has been managed by the Guedes family. Today they are one of the largest wine producers in Portugal, producing a range of wines, brandies and cheese. Charamba, the traditional Portugese dance from the 15th Century gives its name to this wine made from the best grape varieties of the Douro. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca, this easy drinking red is intense ruby in color with aromas of preserved red berries, cinnamon and vanilla. Charamba can be enjoyed with a variety of foods including grilled tuna, roast chicken, braised beef and cow’s milk cheeses. “A light and fruity wine, this boasts attractive red-berry fruits and bright acidity. This is not a Douro for aging, but enjoying this year for its ripe, fresh character and juicy structure.” 86 Points – Wine Enthusiast.
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.
Evandria Cuvee – Extremadura, 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.
Vieux Clocher Rouge – Ventoux, France: The Arnoux’s entrance into viticulture began in 1717 when the count of Vacqueyras gifted the family a small parcel of land in the Rhone Valley. This Ventoux is their interpretation of an intensely flavored red made from ancient grapes (Grenache/Syrah blend) ripened beneath the Provencal sun. With ripe, plump raspberries notes and spicy black cherry this juicy red is the perfect accompaniment to any grilled meal.
Domaine du Traginer Rouge – Collioure, France: Located in North Catalonia, Domaine du Traginer is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful French vineyards. Between Collioure and Banyuls, vines arranged in terrace sink into the Mediterranean Sea with a strong and penetrating the vineyards that cling to the brutal slopes. The owner endeavors to employ traditional methods of cultivation and organic biodynamic agriculture with most of the vineyards still plowed by mule, a tribute to his grandfather. This blend of 25% Carignan, 25% Mourvedre, 25% Syrah and 25% Grenache is young and approachable with dark red fruit flavors and aromas.
Claude Val Rouge – Languedoc, France: A delicious blend of Grenache, Merlot, Syrah, and Carignan grown in the Aude Valley of Languedoc. Bright, forward fruit balanced with great structure showing black raspberry and rhubarb as well as blackberry, violets and hints of lavender make this an excellent wine that you can afford to drink daily.
St Hilaire D’ozilhan Rouge – Cotes du Rhone, France:St Hilaire d'Ozilhan is situated in the rolling hills of the Southern Rhone on the right bank of the Rhone River. It is very close to the famous Pont du Gard, a great area for premium wines. The majority of the vineyards are planted with Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault, with Viognier being the most widely planted white grape. A blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache this easy drinking red has aromas of plum, cranberries and soft spices. Great intensity of flavor in the mouth, is balanced by soft tannins and medium acidity. Pair with cured ham or slow roasted lamb.
Chateau Coupe Roses La Bastide – Minervois, France: One of four Minervois cuvees by Chateau Coupe Roses, La Bastide is made of roughly equal parts Carignan and Grenache, with around 5% Syrah. Aromas of blueberry and black fruits combine with notes of dried herb, black cherry and anise. Full-bodied with moderate acidity and firm, tight tannins, this youthful wine has a nice dark fruit core.
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