Wines of the Month
These are wines that are hand-selected by the staff every month, typically one lighter in style and one fuller in body, that pair with the time of the year. Always outstanding, sometimes great deals, never disappointing.
2019 La Veneranda Montefalco Grechetto DOC
Montefalco DOC, Perugia, Italy
Traditional vinification, in stainless steel tanks for a duration of 15/20 days at a constant controlled temperature. Scents are intense with a bouquet of elderflower, broom and yellow fruits like peach and mango. Finish of aromatic herbs reminiscent of thyme and sage. Ideal as aperitif wine when paired with cheese. It is particularly suitable when paired with tartare, Carpaccio meat or with black or white truffle dishes. It can also be paired with first and second courses of meat or shellfish.
N/V El Maestro Sierra Amontillado Sherry
Clear, light amber color. Tangy aromas of caramel, toastyness, and aged earthy wood. A mouth feel that was rich, elegant, dry, medium body and a 200-grit texture. Strong, yet delicate tastes of over ripe apple, dried apricots, orange and spiciness intertwined with a substantial nutty background. Well integrated lively acidity and a long smooth opulent finish that was filled with savory smoky tastes of aged wine.
2011 R. Lopez de Heredia Viña Cubillo Crianza
65% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacha, 5% Graciano, & 5% Mazuelo
Rioja Alta, Spain
Initial sense of dill and vanilla on the nose that transforms into pleasant lightly dried red fruits, bit of rose, lacquer and a dash of green herbs. The palate is more of the same, good fruit, dominated by cherries and some tertiary development with a touch of leather, rose and dried meat. There is a presence of vanilla and softness from the oak, but it does not feel intrusive. Medium, fine tannins and medium acidity. A lot of wine for the money, this drinks well now and will most likely keep well for a good while. Aged 3 years in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.
2017 Grey Stack Four Brothers Vineyard Chardonnay
Bennett Valley, Sonoma, California
This wine serves up rich and heady aromas of ripe pear, honeysuckle, beeswax and ripe stone fruits. The palate reveals lots of complex and layered flavors that go on and on. The wine finishes clean and uplifting with a long delicious lingering aftertaste. The wine is aged for 15 months on lees and racked gently. It is bottled without fining or filtering. 50 cases produced.
2017 Grey Stack Four Brothers Vineyard Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir
Bennett Valley, Sonoma, California
This is a truly unique wine with deep dense fruits of plum and black cherry. Slightly pressed rose petals and spice add to the evolving nose. The wine has an incredibly intense minerality that dances on the palate and mixes with the bright acidity. This wine has a beautiful balance. The wine finishes clean and pure without any lingering heat or astringency or anything out of place. French Oak (35% new). Malolactic occurred naturally in barrel with nothing added. The wine was aged for 15 months on lees and racked gently before bottling. Bottled without fining or filtering. 100 cases produced
2019 Jean-Marc Brocard Cablis Vaulorent Premier Cru Chablis
Vaulorent, Chablis, France
Vaulorent is a part of Fourchaume, one of the best known Premiers Crus of the Chablis. It is the only Premier Cru growing on Grand Cru hill, beside the Grand Cru Les Preuses. The chardonnay is grown on Kimmeridgian soils and fermented with natural yeast. The alcoholic fermentation and maturing occur on the lees in oak for 14-15 months. The wines undergo full malolactic fermentation. Aromatically the wine is perfumed with fresh stone fruits such as apricots, peaches, yellow apples, as well as lemon zest and a touch of clotted cream. On the palate the wine is much more creamy and full-bodied, drinking beautifully upon release and predicted to age wonderfully.
2016 Italics Sixteen Appellations Red Blend
67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
Napa Valley, California
Truly one of a kind and only found in our portfolio. Some of the notable vineyards used for this year's blend include: Robert Keenan; Spring Mountain District; Blackbird, Oak Knoll District, Annapurna, Stag's Leap District; Constant, Diamond Mountain District. the 2016 Sixteen Appellations is a wine full of fruit and bright acidity, pairing each AVA to bring together Napa Valley in a Bottle. Notes of black cherry, plum, rhubarb, and cassis. Hints of chocolate, vanilla and nutmeg round the palate. Enjoy tonight with braised meats or cellar for 7-10 years.
Wines of the Month for November 2020
2019 Italics Rosé of Malbec
Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
Aged 100% used French Oak for 5 months. A pale, see-through salmon color. The nose is highlighted by strawberry, rose, red currant and lime. The red cherry notes lead to focused flavors of strawberry, peach, green mango and meyer lemon. The bright raspberry finish is long lasting with refreshing acidity. A fantastic limited production rosé that is Grapenuts favorite rosé of 2020. Only 159 cases produced. This wine begs for Thanksgiving turkey like Homer Simpson begs for Duff & Doughnuts.
2018 Domaine Marcel Deiss Alsace Rouge
100% Pinot Noir
Alsace AOC, France
Grapes are hand-harvested, sorted, and de-stemmed before vatting. Traditional vinification with gentle extraction of the fruit. The wine matures 50% in tank and 50% in barrel for one year before bottling. Fined, not filtered. Dark, powerful ruby robe. Fine, elegant, and open aromatics of small red fruits and cream. Fresh and full of fruit on the palate, with volume, vibrant acidity, and lots of energy. A great wine for the table and can be drunk in its youth with a wide range of pairings. Biodynamic.
Wines of the Month for October 2020
2019 Remhoogte “Honeybunch” Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc
Simonsberg, Stellenbosch, South Africa
The wine has a pale golden yellow color. The nose is complex and begins with fresh aromas of tropical fruit and honeysuckle, with undertones of subtle butter scotch and spicy acacia. The Palate is rich and full bodied with a creamy texture and is livened by a fresh acidity and has a lingering, crisp finish. Honeyed aromas and flavors will develop with aging in the bottle. Maturation for 9 months in 225 and 300 liter French oak barrels, 20% new barrels used. Certified Organic.
92pts Wine Spectator
2016 Remhoogte Chronicle Cape Red Blend
Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Pinotage
Simonsberg, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Deep red in color. On the nose, there are blackcurrants, cherries, anise, and white pepper. On the palate, this wine is juicy with broad, soft tannins and a bright acidity the brings freshness and length. Aged 24 months in French oak barriques ranging from 30% new to 3rd fill.
Wines of the Month for September 2020
2019 Château Guiraud “Le G” Bordeaux Blanc Sec
50% Semillon & 50% Sauvignon Blanc
G of Château Guiraud is a dry white wine made from grapes harvested at full maturity. It is aged for approximately seven months in the oak barrels that produced the previous year's Grand Cru. It reveals richness of expression and an assertive personality. The blend of 50% sauvignon and 50% Semillon makes it a remarkable wine whose potential will challenge the palate of wine-lovers and confirmed wine-tasters alike. 100% Organic and Biodynamic.
92pts Wine Spectator
2015 Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva
Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, Italy
Tenuta di Capraia Riserva is a deep red-colored wine. The sensory associations that it evokes are complex and highly refined, gradually fading from fruity to spices and licorice. On the palate it is meaty, harmonious and very thick with a long aromatic finish. Aged at least 15 months in typical Chianti barrels and tonneaux, then at least 6 months in steel and 1 year in the bottle.
94pts James Suckling
Wines of the Month for August 2020
2018 Domaine Marcel Deiss Alsace Blanc
Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Muscat, Gewürztraminer, and Sylvaner
Alsace AOP, France
Pale yellow color, intense fruity nose show the blending notes of lemon, white flowers, pineapple and yellow peach. The palate is remarkably fruity and soft; a tinge of salinity grows from the freshness of the wine to add to its appeal. This wine is always a perfect companion for your informal meal, cold or hot entrée, fish or seafood, or on a warm summer day by itself.
2019 Big Table Farm Lauging Pig Rosé
100% Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
“We made the 2019 Rosé with a direct press fruit that was placed on top of an equal amount of fruit and allowed to soak and slowly ferment for several days. This was then pressed and transferred to neutral barrels. As we have always done, the 2019 Laughing Pig Rosé was fermented to dryness with malolactic complete and bottled unfined and unfiltered. This rosé has a floral nose of rose petals and orange cordial, and chamomile tea. Your first sip gives tart cherry and sweet ripe strawberries. The finish is gives a little spice which balanced with a rich mouth feel. This is a dry and complex rose that compliments lots of food and is a beautiful and balanced wine.”
Wines of the Month for July 2020
2019 Domaine des Bérioles Gamay Rosé
Saint-Pourçain, Auvergne, France
A dry rosé from South-Central France, this beautiful interpretation of Gamay rosé by Jean Teissèdre is a summertime stunner in the glass. A bright pink-to-peach color, with aromas of red raspberries and forward hints of minerality. On the palate, this rosé showcases strawberries up front, with a bright minerality mid-palate and a lingering finish. A wonderful warm weather wine that can pair easily with light fare or anything off the grill.
2014 Alain Brumont Château Bouscassé Grand Vin de Madiran
50% Tannat, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc
Madiran, Gascony, France
“From the home estate of the Brumont family, certainly the leaders in Madiran, this wine is dominated by Tannat, with additions of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend produces rich tannins and broadens the palate to bring in a black-currant flavor, with a crunchy, juicy texture. This wine will age well and should be ready to drink from 2023.
Wine Enthusiast #13 Wine of 2018
94 Points WE
Wines of the Month for June 2020
2019 Hubert Brochard Sancerre Tradition
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Sancerre, Loire Valley, France
Sancerre Tradition comes from six different communes in the Sancerre appellation from approximately 40% limestone, 30% flint, and 30% clay. All the parcels are estate-owned and have an average vine age of 30 years. Grapes are destemmed and pressed pneumatically with vinification entirely in stainless-steel tanks. Sancerre Tradition is intended as a classic expression of the appellation with aromas and flavors of citrus, fresh herbs, and elderflower. The wine’s medium weight and texture are lifted by firm acidity. Components of flint and limestone lend a strong mineral character to the finish, making it an appetizing wine for the table.
Top of Form
2017 Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon
96% Cabernet Sauvignon 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
Red Hills Lake County, California
Your nose is teased with coffee nibs, blueberries and black pepper, but a shy side emerges after time in the glass: blackberries and a gentle floral lift. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and fresh blackberry are carried on silky tannins—they speak clearly, but don’t shout. Aged for 18 months in 45% New, Medium Toast Plus and Heavy Toast Kádár Barrels
Wines of the Month for May 2020
2019 Prá Otto Soave Classico
Soave Classico DOC, Italy
A pale yellow color, its bouquet bursting with notes of flowers (hawthorn and jasmine) and yellow fresh fruits (drupe, peach and apricots). On the palate, the wine is medium bodied and flavorsome, full of fruit, with clear mineral notes. The grapes are pressed softly before undergoing fermentation at 16 °C-18 °C. The wine is fermented and matured in stainless steel vats. Really good as an aperitif paired with delicate nibbles or sweet Parma ham and fresh cheese. Excellent with pasta or rice based fish dishes and vegetable soups.
2018 Prá Morandina Valpolicella Red
Blend of traditional Valpolicella grapes Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Oseleta
Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
Bright red color with tints of purple. The mineral notes in the wine are accentuated with the period of maturation in the bottle. The nose is of sharp spice and berries. On the palate it has good acidity and freshness. The persistent tannins give harmony to the wine. An aftertaste of black pepper and currant. The grapes undergo a light drying period of 20 days. The grapes are destemmed, pressed and vinified with délestage method. Alcoholic fermentation followed by malolactic one in vertical stainless steel vats. 3-6 months aging in 20 hl oak cask of Allier.
Wines of the Month for April 2020
2019 Peay Cep Vineyards Hopkins Sauvignon Blanc
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Russian River Valley, California
This Sauvignon Blanc is unique and may be easiest to understand by comparing it to other regions. It does not have the fruity sweetness found in New Zealand or the melon and gooseberry oak inflected fatness of most California Sauvignon Blanc. It is also not grassy like a typical Sancerre but there is bright acidity, mineral, citrus and green notes.
2015 Ridgeback Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Paarl, South Africa
Ridgeback Cabernet Sauvignon shows classic upfront cassis, dark plum and a hint of mint evolves to notes of cigar box and dried herbs. Firm, ripe tannin, wood spice and minerality lingers on the finish. Maturation in 24% new, 52% second fill and 24 third fill French oak barrels lasted for 17 months. Would pair well with roasted lamb legs with rosemary and thyme.
Wines of the Month for March 2020
2017 Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay
Edna Valley, California
A bright but complex Chardonnay, this wine has upfront favors of crisp pear, lemon zest, pineapple, and hints of vanilla. Aromas of citrus and honeydew melon highlight the chalky minerality that runs throughout. This wine is smooth and balanced with refined acid structure, and a nice creamy finish. Fermented in 30% new French Oak for 9 months, no malolactic fermentation.
2017 Domaine Chapelle & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir
Cherries and spice, brilliant ruby red color in the glass with black fruit and juniper berry. Aged for 12 months in stainless steel vats, put in bottles without gluing or filtration. In total, Domaine Chapelle covers 20 hectares, the vast majority of which is planted with Pinot Noir. The domain has a production of 110,000 bottles annually with only 5% of this is exported out of France.
We have stumbled across quite the Champagne deal, just in time for Valentine's Day! The 1.5L magnums are $59.99
(two 750ml bottles would be $73.98, before tax)
It's a deal not to miss!
Wines of the Month for February 2020
N/V Jacquart Mosaique Brut Champagne 1.5L Magnum
40% Chardonnay 35% Pinot Noir 25% Pinot Meunier
Reims, Champagne, France
Pale yellow with tints of white gold and a stream of fine bubbles. Aromas of fresh pear, fig and almond, with hints of orange blossom. A light swirl of the glass brings out richer notes of honey and freshly baked bread. Fresh and supple. Full, with a long fruity finish. Dosage: 9 g/L
Ageing: 3 years' maturation in the cellar in bottle
2015 Domaine Aubaï Mema “La Douzieme”
95% Syrah & 5% Viognier
Gard IGP, France
Certified organic. The grapes are hand-picked, de-stemmed and vinified together in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to pursue a complete vinification with natural yeasts only. The wine is then matured in French oak barrels for 9 months. Deep, young color. Refined nose driven by plum, cherry and peach with a spicy touch of garrigue. Chewy, powerful palate with aromatic depth placing rich, suave Mediterranean flavors to the fore.