Who says Merlot isn't enjoyable? We think quite the contrary. When this iconic grape is crafted correctly it produces very delicious results. Now this textbook Merlot comes with a twist as 5% Cabernet Sauvignon is blended in, to round out the wine and provide very enjoyable soft tannins and smooth finish. Luscious fruit of plum and black cherry, with a pinch of fresh herbs round out the flavor profile. Because of its soft tannins and luscious fruit, Merlot is a delicious wine that’s food-friendly or can be savored by itself. It works with many types of meat or fowl, such as roast turkey or chicken, grilled blackened salmon, pasta with meat sauces, pork, grilled vegetables or a steak salad.
Argentina has been producing wine for more than 400 years. The first grapes for wine were planted in 1544. There are 960 wineries in Argentina with over 600 located in Mendoza. Blended with Syrah, the 2013 Pico Malbec is deep red in color with violet flashes with intensely fruity aromas of cherries and blueberries leading to a palate of delicate tannins and sweetness, and a smoky, persistent finish.
The region of Puglia makes up the “heel” and “back of the boot” region of Italy. It is here that the Sangiovese grapes share much of the spotlight like it does in Tuscany. With unlimited coastal access, the warm Southern Italian sun and cool breezes throughout the day and night, produce balanced grapes that have big fruit and light. This combination is perfect for the acids of the tomato-centric cuisine of Puglia. Pastas, pizza, you name it. It works well. Val di botte Sangiovese flaunts flavors of red currant, raspberry, and aromatics reminiscent of potpourri and elements of clay. We recommend decanting for 30 minutes or so to lets the flavors evolve.
The region of Buzet AOC in Southwest France is known for producing quality Bordeaux style blends. The primary grapes of Buzet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Merlot are great by themselves, but when blended together, the results are wines with deep personalities. Pretium is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Malbec with grapes only from vineyards in Buzet, located along the Garonne River. The winemaking team combines traditional winemaking techniques with modern equipment—a fusion of ideology in winemaking that yields an elegant profile of red fruits and spice in a well-balanced mouthfeel and a delicate finish.
A dedication to quality from the vineyard to the bottle is reflected in this “growers lot” wine from the central California winemakers of Kalder. Served with your favorite roasts or slow-simmered meat dishes, this bold, rich treat will add a special touch to everyday dining or your most important occasions. Deep purple in color, its aromas and flavors of ripe plum and wild berry are carried by soft tannins through a clean, flavorful finish.
Italy is home to almost 350 different wine grape varieties, giving wine lovers a plethora of styles to choose from. One of our favorites, Nero d’Avola from Sicily has found a home in our cellar. These wines are bold in nature. After all, Nero d’Avola also is known as the “Black Grape of Avola.” When crafted well like the Della Flora Nero d’Avola, they yield a bold wine with lots of dark blackberry fruits, plum, sweet and smoky nuances and hints of spice. This combination in perfect harmony is a blessing on our palates with its smooth and sultry finish. Enjoy this wine with hearty stews, gamy meats, and our favorite, bacon buffalo cheeseburgers.
Spain is the definitive source for top notch Tempranillo in the world. Despite being grow in other regions internationally, it is here in Spain, where the unique characteristics of this wine shine bright. This thick skinned black grape, which makes up 100% of Buscado Tempranillo, has flavors of dark fruit, plum, vanilla and fresh herbs in this easy to drink selection. We recommend opening this wine and coming back an hour later as aeration greatly improves the aromatics.
Chile’s Central Valley (Valle Central in Spanish) is the hot bed of the country’s burgeoning wine industry. The Kiyapura Cabernet is composed of grapes from two of the region’s vineyards. One is right near the gorgeous Maipo River and the other is in the cooler Maule region. The combination of the two vineyards results in a stunningly balanced wine. A bright ruby red, this wine has charming aromas of ripe red fruit and spices like black pepper with maybe even a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied with elegant tannins, there is no mistaking that this is a juicy red. Chocolate and red berries define the palate with a subtle of coffee in the finish. Brilliant.
A stylistic red blend of Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Tannat, some of the noble grapes that populate the southern region of France. When these three grapes get blended together, the results are outstanding. Cherry, raspberry, and blackberry combined with pepper, clove, and hints of earthiness round out the flavor profile in this French beauty. This a food lover's wine, pairing it with foods that have spice.
Why it is that Malbec from Argentina is so popular? Clues point to the fact that Argentina’s climate, soil, and dedication to making the best wine for the dollar make this is an easy thing to solve. Our latest discovery, Vista De Noche and its delicious fruit hail from Mendoza, the beating heart of Malbec for Argentina. It drinks profoundly with dark fruits such as blackberry with herbaceous notes, and that nice overlay of smoky, destined to be best friends with many grilled meats. It’s full bodied, has a personality, and has a finish that can please the wine drinker in all of us.
Ribera del Duero is in a never-ending competition to be Spain's greatest wine making region producing wines of impeccable quality. This flat and rocky region provides the perfect amount of sunlight for this ripe and fruit driven red. Altos De Tamaron is a wine with deep cherry red and purple tones. Immerse your senses with aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, licorice and spices. The finish is long and the mouth feel is silky and fruity. Enjoy this Spanish red with grilled flank steak and roasted tomatoes to bring out the near perfect acid structure.
Syrah from Chile is not as common of a find than Carménère, the principle grape of Chile, but it is grown with passion and a vigorous strive to produce wines that highlight the best of both new and old world styles. Maule is on the rise in Syrah production as this noble grape is growing in demand and popularity. Enjoy fruit flavors of blueberry, blackberry, wrapped in hints of pepper, violets, clove and thin layers of vanilla with every sip of this beautiful Single Vineyard Estate wine from Maule Valley located in central Chile.
Inspired by a memorable vacation along the wine roads in France with guide Peter Bellchambers, celebrated landscape architect, artist and bon vivant, a top California winemaker created this rich and jammy red wine. Petite Sirah is known for ripe fruit wines with flavors of dense plum, blackberry, with spicy notes and a full tannin structure. Bellchambers is no exception and this wine adds to the standard of the beloved Petite Sirah with added notes of coffee and white pepper, making this wine an perfect accompaniment to the grilling and barbecue enthusiast in us all.
Colchagua Valley, Chile is home to many amazing wineries producing gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon, just like Cachil. This reserve offering from one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon producing regions of Valle Central boasts beautiful flavors from this stunning vintage. Currants, Raspberry, and cassis take lead followed by hints of cocoa. Enjoyably lighter in body than most cabs from this region, it has a medium body and a smooth silky finish. Chile is known for being innovative with wine over the last decade and this is a great example of why wines in from this region are a perfect fit for most occasions. It’s no wonder why Colchagua Valley was named Wine Region of the Year in 2005 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Chateau Beau-Puits is a 35 acre property located in the Entre-Deux-Mers region of France and is home to the Tarride Family, the winemaking team behind this traditional Bordeaux wine. The 35 year old vines located on the property of this Château produce a red wine with a velvety easy-to-drink quality that is perfect for wine lovers who covet wines from this region. A traditional Bordeaux Blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, Château Beau-Puits flaunts full fruit aromas with flavors of ripe cherries, fresh herbs, and hints of fresh mint accompanied by round tannins. The Tarride family is one a permanent quest for quality and value which shows whole-heartedly in this 2013 vintage.