Winter Reds Case
Your Winter Reds case includes one bottle each of
Abbazia Dolcetto d'Alba D.O.C.
Just seeing the word Alba makes us excited. Known as the gourmet capital of Italy, many things come from Alba that bring us tremendous joy. White truffles, savory cheeses, homemade pastas, roasted meats that make our mouths water, and exquisite wines to go with it all. From Alba, we turn to Dolcetto to enjoy for a nightly meal. Known as the “Shy” Italian, it drinks one way, simply to be enjoyed. It is not like its sister variety, Nebbiolo, which is far too complex and requires too much thought and attention. Here, you can enjoy wines from Alba, especially Dolcetto, for what it is, a great wine to enjoy, now. What to expect from Dolcetto? It simply drinks beautifully when paired with anything with tomatoes. Even though Dolcetto means ‘little sweet one’ in Italian this wine is dry and definitely not little. Flavors of blackberry and boysenberry flow through its velvety mouthfeel with a firm finish.
Qapay Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva
Maule Valley in Central Chile possesses some of the country’s oldest vineyards. So it is safe to say that this region in ingrained with winemaking tradition and experience with red wines. Currently undergoing a winemaking renaissance, we are seeing wines of increasing quality and that are stylistically innovative. Qapay Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine with concentrated dark berry flavors with an herbaceous vibe. If you haven’t explored much with the regions of Chile and are looking for a exciting new wine to try, you should start here with this Reserve level Cabernet from Qapay.
Poco a Poco Tempranillo
30 years ago, Tempranillo was not even on the map of American wine drinkers. Only a select few in the know enjoyed the powerful wines coming from the Iberian Peninsula. They were heavily laced in fruit, sweet tobacco, and lots of oak. Most wine lovers have had a love-hate relationship with Tempranillo and it wasn’t until the last 10 years that innovative winemakers have been producing Tempranillo with a balance of power and finesse. Like Poco a Poco which means "bit by bit", strides in progress were taken to get to the end result, a wine of balance. With flavors of cherry, plum, sweet tobacco, tomato, and vanilla, Poco a Poco Tempranillo is for any Spanish wine enthusiast and is too good to be missed.
Chile’s Central Valley is located directly in between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Its residents can ski in the morning and then catch the sunset down by the water in the evening. Its central location provides a lifestyle balance that we all crave to have, being able to live somewhere amazing, and work somewhere equally as stunning. The attitudes of the crafters of this amazing wine shows profoundly in the 2014 vintage of Camartina Carmenere. The wine displays a violet red color and the aromas of fresh red fruit—raspberries and cherries—along with notes of herbs and toasted coffee beans. The aromas follow through on the palate with red fruits, spices and bittersweet chocolate. So no matter which side of the country you live, whether it be coastal or inland, you can find joy in this fun and flexible wine from Chile. Serve this wine with a zesty pork dish, or a hearty tomato seafood stew.
Longchase Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon
A 2013 Vintage Cabernet, this wine has flavors of cherry, raspberry and cinnamon with a medium finish and a light mouth feel. This is a wine that can be enjoyed every day no matter what you are doing, ordering pizza from your favorite neighborhood joint or grilling with lots of friends.
Geja's Private Reserve Big Bold Red
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.
Vista De Noche Malbec
Drinks profoundly, with dark fruits such as blackberry with herbaceous notes, and that a nice smoky overlay, 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.
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.
Sierra Trails Old Vine Zinfandel
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.
Rivers End Reserve Merlot
A wonderful wine from the River’s End winemakers with ripe berry fruit flavors and aromas with a nice touch of oak. An amazingly versatile choice for serving with grilled duck, turkey, chicken, braised lamb, pork or beef – and a nice partner for dishes featuring a rich tomato sauce.
Pavillon La Tourelle Bordeaux
The lands of Pavillon La Tourelle draw their unique character from the inimitable terroir of Bordeaux. A blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine has a vivid red color. The wine has medium depth, and reveals clean but intense flavors of cherry and blackcurrant with a fleshy mouth feel. Pavillon la Tourelle is an enjoyable, supple, smooth wine with an easy finish on the palate.
El Portal Red Blend
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.