Exploring the wines of Chile is certainly a great adventure, especially because they are becoming so renowned in the wine world. Chile’s Central Valley (Valle Central in Spanish) is the hot bed of the country’s burgeoning wine industry. The Kiyapura Cabernet-Carmenere 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 fruit-forward wine with layers of generous dark berry and cherry aromas. Flavors emphasize cassis, raspberry and cherry with a hint of cedar. An easy-to-enjoy wine and example of what makes Cabernet Sauvignon so popular all around the world. This classic California Cab was one of our expert wine panel's favorites.
Inside Tuscany, the winemaking industry has very strict laws about what grapes you can use within a region of Italy, including the amount, and blending composition. To most, this means nothing but to us, we know that when we select wines for our customers, we are ensuring a level that would be expected from wines from this region. But with this, it limits innovation and in the 1970s, winemakers were bursting through the boundaries of blending and were creating wines that would rival many and score extremely well among critics. So in the 1980s, “Super Tuscans” were taking the stage of what would become a wine making revolution in Tuscany. Sangiovese, the principal grape of Tuscany was being blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to create truly dynamic wines. Bigger in color and flavor from normal Tuscan wines, this elegant and enthusiastic red wine has bold cherry and strawberry fruits mixed with plum and a hint of fig. It’s herbaceous, has hints of smoke, earth, tobacco, and is a delight to drink. Gather up some Italian food, good friends and enjoy.
This enchanting Napa Valley red blend is dark and seemingly ominous in color. While on the palate, it bursts juicy red fruits with a slightly sweet and sensuous body with a hint of dark espresso chocolate. It's a good kind of hex.
Chianti is a wine region inside Tuscany in Central Italy. If you don’t know it by name, you might know it by its reputation. I’m not talking about the wine you get in neighborhood Italian restaurants with the woven baskets caressing the bottles. I’m talking about Chianti in its glory, the Chianti region that makes wines that revival the best in the world. Val Di Botte Chianti is 85% Sangiovese and the rest is a blend Canaiolo Nero and Cabernet Sauvignon. The results of this blend is intense but refine, persistent wine with flavors of wild berries and spicy notes intertwining together. This fruity, spicy, slightly smoky, and generally pleasant red wine is a delight to have at the dinner table. The wine is versatile with food, getting along with everything from cheese and charcuterie, hearty pastas, pizza, and meat and fish dishes in the Tuscan style.
Coming to us from some of the oldest Zinfandel plantings in California, the Sierra Trails Old Vine Zinfandel is a complex wine offering aromas of ripe berry, dried plum and red currants. These remarkable fragrances are echoed in the flavoring where a hint tobacco, black pepper spice and sweet oak lifts the fruit and carry them through a lingering finish.
Viña Maipu has been making some intriguing wines over the last couple of vintages. More and more, the wines we taste from this Mendoza powerhouse have been impressive. From Alta Max to Sublimis, these Bordeaux varieties are being crafted carefully to rival the best. The 2012 vintage of Sublimis Limted Edition Malbec is an intense red wine with a deep red hue, prominent red fruit of raspberry, intense aromatics, silky layers with vanilla, and a kiss of oak. Sweet tannins at the end of the sipping experience round out a solid experience that will guide you to savor this Malbec to the last drop.
Who doesn't love Malbec from Mendoza, the heart of winemaking in Argentina. Malbec provides an alternative to California wines, providing a beautiful bouquet and palate profile for not a lot of money. Alta Max is the latest example of this trend of value Malbec that drinks absolutely beautifully. Flavors of plums and red ripe fruit with snappy raspberry and a bright vibrant finish makes this wine an enjoyable addition to any dinner. So much so this vintage was rated 86 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It's not hard to see why a wine of this quality and value is coveted. With Vina Maipu's mission to hand harvest grapes and Winemaker Didier De Bono's attention to detail, we welcome Alta Max to our cellars with joy.
This 2013 Merlot is a wine you’ll fall in love with on the first silky, smooth sip you take. Inviting aromas of sweet berry and cherry jump out of the glass, while harmonious flavors of berry, plum and spice create a deliciously full-bodied taste experience. Enjoy it around the fireside or alongside your dinner plate as the perfect complement to roast chicken, beef roast or even thick, juicy burgers.
As the name says, this is a wine big on flavor and bold, with ripe flavors floating over a fine structure of natural fruit acidity. If you haven’t already tried it, there’s no better time than now. The Geja’s Big Bold Red is a feisty, impudent red with prominent, aggressive tannins that are fresh and forward. This is one wine you can enjoy every day of the week at a price that’s hard to beat.
River's End offers rich blackberry and cherry aromas with ripe fruit flavors complemented by hints of spice and vanilla from integrated oak. A Merlot that's a perfect choice for grilled portabello mushrooms, grilled chicken or ribs and a nice partner for tomato based pasta dishes. You'll want to stock up on this one!
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.
California is known for making some big fruit driven wines. From Cabernet to Syrah, winemakers achieve stunning results from the terroir of the golden state. Case in point is Owens Crossing Shiraz from the vintners at Saddlehorn Cellars that bring us a few of the wines we love. So when you think about Shiraz, you don’t think California, you think Australia. But we can tell you that this grape can uniquely flourish in the Northern Hemisphere. The results achieve is a lighter bodied red wine with gorgeous ruby hues and candied fruit flavors. Underneath the ripe red fruit are layers of herbs and a hint of licorice, rounding out a smooth finish and not to lengthy finish. Enjoy this wine as a compliment to a spice rubbed steak.
Both Zinfandel and Merlot are popular grapes on their own and this combination with Syrah proves that the sum can be greater than its parts. Concentrated blackberry and cherry aromas are joined by notes of black currant, plum, spice and violet. Fruit forward flavors are accented with a touch of sweet tobacco and spice. A smooth texture and ripe tannins make this wine very food friendly.
With flavors of cherry, spice, vanilla, and oak, it is no wonder why Tempranillo has been on such a hot streak over the last decade. More and more, wine lovers are seeking out this grape variety because it has full flavors but can be found at an amazing value that the masses can enjoy. We are always on the hunt for great wines from Spain and our latest find, Vina Albali is a great discovery. When it pours a vibrant cherry red color with violet highlights and bursting with ripe fruit flavors of cherry and strawberry combined with a perfumed nose. It drinks well with a fine structure and a smooth finish. We recommend opening the bottle and walking away for a half hour allowing the wine to breath.