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November 2014 Monthly Case
November Wine Case
Nastl Gruner Veltliner Klassic; From Kamptal in Austria, this 100 % Grüner Veltliner is harvested and selected by hand, with single-berry selection in the cellar, and fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at about 18 °C to preserve its fresh and crisp style. Displaying the marked aromas of the variety with green apple fruit and a peppery spice on the palate, it finishes fresh and balanced. Pairing: Austrian kitchen such as Wiener Schnitzel, roasted or fried chicken, pickled knuckle of pork, cold buffet, fish and seafood
Sierra Madre Pinot Blanc, Santa Maria California; Aromas of butterscotch, caramel and lime leaf waft above the glass with wonderful bright citrus notes. On the palate, experience a rich, creamy taste of baked apple with an energizing tartness on the finish. We certainly have nothing against Chardonnay at Sierra Madre, but the 2010 Pinot Blanc is a marvelous alternative. Classic Pinot Blanc pairings include lightly sauced dishes made with seafood, chicken, or vegetables.
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.
Chateau D’Oupia Heretiques, Languedoc France; A standby favorite at Southern Season, this is from Carignan from vines over 40 years old. The vineyard is located in the Minervois region, complete with a 13th century castle. Half of the wine is fermented in barrel, and the other half is fermented by carbonic maceration (a process in which the grapes are fermented before they are crushed, lending to a softer wine with very low tannins). A fantastic value, showcasing deep, dark fruit with a rustic, earthy side.
Bles Joven, Utiel Requena Spain - BLÉS is the name given to an indigenous plant - Chrysanthemus Blés -whose growth is encouraged between the rows of the vines .Aranleon Bles has 120 Ha of organic vineyard in Valencia (Spain) and are respectful with the environment and maintain the balance and richness of the ecosystem. The best grapes grow in our fields alongside with small insects like the lady bug. This blend of Bobal, Tempranillo and Caberent from Requena are minimally handled yielding a lighter styled wine, juicy with dark berry fruit and hints of mineral and earth but showing delicate floral notes of violets and berry blossom. With a soft finish and supple tannins this makes the perfect accompaniment to any meal.
Evandria Cuvee Sinphonia, Extramadurra Spain– This wine is a blend of 35% Garnacha, 35% Syrah, and 30% Cabernet 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 worthy of our “run don’t walk to buy this by the case” saying. The Sinfonía de Tintos is deeply colored and exhibits aromas of sweet herbs and spices, as well as a lush, full-bodied palate bursting with ripe raspberries, blackberries, and cherries. A great wine for cured meats, cheeses and stewed or roasted meats. Three varietals in perfect harmony – Sinfonía de Tintos!
Mandolin Merlot, Monterey California; With its maritime influence, California's Central Coast region has an extended growing season that yields wines with full flavor development and great acid balance. Mandolin Merlot features ripe cherry fruit complemented by hints of spice and vanilla from nicely integrated oak.
Sinsans Pinot Noir, Languedoc France; Spectacular deal for this lovely fresh floral Pinot Noir, with Morello Cherry and red currant fruit, pronounced violets floral notes on the nose and a silky smooth, lingering finish. Perfect for any meal or just on its own.
Weingut Nastl Klassik Red Blend, Kamptal Austria; The family has a long standing tradition of cultivating grapes and produces finest wines since 1656. The Nastl family wine estate is located in Langenlois, a center of Austrian wine culture where the mainly cultivated variety is Gruner Veltliner which is grown nowhere else in such abundance. Langenlois is located in Lower Austria (the north-eastern part of Austria) in the worldwide known wine growing region Kamptal. Our wines are characterized by its fresh fruitiness and elegant taste. - gentle cultivation to give the wine its personality and individuality “Wild, black cherry mixed with ripe red plum and wonderfully crunchy, fresh tannins make this exuberant and vibrant. The fruit is so frank, you almost forget that there also is a great structure and pleasing freshness. This blend of Zweigelt and Merlot is deceptively easy to drink and so attractive” 90 points from the wine enthusiast
Evandria Garnacha, Extramadurra Spain; This wine shows dark cherry red color with violet hints, bright and intense nose with delicate notes of rosewood. It exhibits a fruit raspberry nose over Mediterranean floral notes. Well structured with velvety tannins, smooth and round palate with strawberry and elegant oak complexity.
Rapariga Da Quinta, Alentejo Portugal; Luís Duarte is one of the most renowned winemakers in Portugal. In 1997 he was seconded to the title of Winemaker of the year by Wine Magazine, the most prestigious specialed publication of Portugal. The wine is a blend of Aragonez (Temmpranillo), Trinciadera and Syrah with plum and ripe cherry on the nose leading to full blueberry and spicy wood notes. It is medium in body with full fresh fruit, perfectly pairs with wild boar, pork and ripe cheese
In Situ Carmenere Aconcagua Chile; Crafted with grapes selected from our best Carmenere vineyards, the goal to capture the true essence of upper Aconcagua terrior, where soil, climate and vineyards interact in a way to make this a truly unique wine. Intense dark cherry nose with cool climate aromas of black currant, tobacco and mint, soft on the palate with red, ripe fruit notes with well integrated tannins.
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