European Reds Half-Case
Your European Reds Half-Case includes one bottle each of
Cuvèe Joëlle Malbec et Merlot
Among the many grapes that originate from France, two come to mind that have been known to craft stunning wines. Malbec has a dark, rustic nature and Merlot with its fruit forward, soft, and herbaceous character are two wines, that when put together, craft a unique wine flavor. Cuvèe Joëlle is a perfectly balanced blend of Malbec and Merlot fusing flavors of red plum, raspberry, blackberry, vanilla and fresh herbs. This wine is meant to be paired with fun and exciting dishes like bacon-wrapped blue cheese stuffed dates, pungent cheeses, and bacon blue cheese burgers.
This wine is round and fruity and expresses the character of its French soil. Made exclusively from this emblematic grape by legendary wine producer Bernard Magrez, its aromatic elegance makes it the ideal partner for red meats and sharp cheeses.
Val di Botte Sangiovese Puglia
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.
Della Flora Nero d'Avola
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.
Vila Nova Red Duoro Blend
The Duoro region of Portugal is in the spotlight because in 2014 it produced four of the top 10 wines in the world, as rated by Wine Spectator Magazine. Now in the forefront of wine lover’s minds, the wines from this region are becoming more and more sought after. A blend of Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, Vila Nova is a fresh red wine that has a dark, deep and intense ruby color, with a nose dominated by fruity aromas. It is well-balanced, with silky tannins and a long finish. Harvest is conducted 100% by hand from vines that are 20-to-30 years old, with the best grapes of each of the above varietals chosen for fermentation at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks. Fifty percent of the finished wine is then aged for six months in 400 liter French oak barrels. This wine is ideally served at room temperature with light meat dishes, such as pork, or flavorful, hard cheeses, such as Italian cow and sheep’s milk cheeses.
Castillo D' Albai Rioja
Spain’s most famous wine region is renowned for creating top quality wines with exceptional ageing ability. It lies in northern Spain, along the River Ebro from which the region’s name is derived. Elegance and poise are the hallmarks of wines made here. Rioja’s different soil types, together with the use of modern and traditional growing practices, allow winemakers to produce a wide range of wines with different personalities, although always within the framework of the Denominación de Origen Calificada (D.O.C.) regulations. Castillo de Albali flaunts deep cherry red with purple reflections and powerful aromas of red fruits, strawberries and flowers on the nose. Fresh and smooth on the palate, while the fruit intensity mirrors the aromas and includes lovely long finish. A wonderful wine to compliment a range of dishes including red meat, pasta, cheese and paella, and some fish dishes like “bacalao a la riojana”.