Armas de Guerra Rosado 2013

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A fantastic year-round Rosé with crisp, clean flavours that are a great match with light dishes.

Winery: Vinos Guerra was founded by Don Antonio Guerra in 1879, making it the oldest winery in the Bierzo region of northwest Spain. Today the estate’s 2471 acres of vineyards are one third of all the vineyards Bierzo. The winery is known for its highly selective processes of only using the best 10% of grapes, which translate into wines with consistent “extraordinary quality”. The estate also possesses “the oldest and most precious Mencia and Dona Blanca vines in the Bierzo region”.

Winemaking: All of the vineyards are dry farmed and cultivated using only organic methods. The average vine age is 50 years. Grapes for the Rosado were sourced from vines in river stone and clay soils at nearly 2000 ft in elevation planted in 1958-68. Aged in stainless steel.

Tasting Notes: Coral pink in colour with aromas of wildflowers and traces of pink peppercorn. Cranberry and apple flavours were supported by a bright acidity, whilst fresh citrus and clean mineral notes elongated the dry finish.

Recommended Pairing: Salads, light pasta and rice dishes [from the winery]. I enjoyed it with soft goat cheese, quince chutney and grilled bread and it was absolutely fantastic.

100% Mencía
Bierzo
Spain
Bottled by Vinos Guerra
13% Alcohol
$12 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2015

Forstreiter ‘ZVY-GELT’ Zweigelt 2011

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Lively, friendly, super versatile at the table, this is a great value and a fun grape to get to know.

Winery: ZVY-GELT is the brainchild of Monika Caha & Toni Silver of Monika Caha Selections, along with winemaker Meinhard Forstreiter of Weingut Forstreiter. The Forstreiter family has been making wine since 1868; their vineyards are located along the right bank of the Danube River, across from the Wachau. Along with a fun, contemporary label, the phonetic spelling of Zweigelt gives everyone a helping hand when it comes to pronouncing this easy drinking Austrian varietal.

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards 10-50 years old, and then aged in stainless steel [50%] and in old oak [50%].

Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour with welcoming aromas of spicy black pepper, toasted oak, sweet vanilla and cherry. Blackberry and raspberry flavours were underscored by tart cherry and a food friendly acidity. Black pepper, black cherry along with sweet and spicy oak elements comprised the lengthy finish.
Enjoy slightly chilled.

100% Zweigelt
Niederösterreich
Austria
Produced and Bottled by Weingut Meinhard Forstreiter
13% Alcohol
$9
Rated 85 points by Wine Enthusiast

Domaine de la Madone Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2014

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A little weightier then most Beaujolais Nouveau, with well balanced fruit, acidity and spice.

Estate: Domaine de la Madone is run by the Bererd family, whose history in the Beaujolais region dates all the way back to the 16th century. The domaine is located on the famous hillside of La Madone in the northern part of the Beaujolias region. The vineyards are situated on high altitude, steep slopes with pink granite soil, which bestow their wines with a renowned “complexity and depth than nearly any other wines designated Beaujolais-Villages”.

Winemaking: All grapes are hand harvested from low yielding old vines, the majority of which are 100 years old. Since 1998, Skurnik Wines has been importing this limited edition Nouveau, and it has consistently been “at the top of the Nouveau rankings in Wine Spectator and the New York Times”.

Tasting Notes: Bright red-violet in colour with aromas of fresh strawberry, cherry and traces of wet rock minerals. A substantial Nouveau with strawberry and black cherry flavours supported by a food friendly acidity, finishing with lingering notes of white pepper, licorice and clean minerals.

100% Gamay
Beaujolais Villages
France
Mis en Bouteille au Domaine
13% Alcohol
$10
Enjoy now thru 2015

Sardus Pater ‘Is Solus’ Carignano del Sulcis 2012

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Warm and spicy, embodying the sunny island from where it was crafted, a cozy Carignan for sipping on its own or pairing with a wide variety of dishes.

Winery: Cantine Sardus Pater is located on the island of Sant ‘Antioco, off the southwestern coast of Sardinia. It was founded in 1949 and began producing wines in 1955; today the cooperative has 200 members and 300 hectares of vineyards, the majority of which contain vines over 50 years in age. Although other grapes are grown, such as Vermentino and Monica, Carignano is the main focus of the winery.

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from ungrafted vines in sandy soil, vinified in stainless steel and aged 3 months in the bottle. ‘Is Solus’ takes its name from a Roman fountain located in the center of the town of Sant ‘Antioco, and the label displays a Roman mosaic from the archaeological museum in the city. [Two felines drinking from a krater, from which spring ivy leaves, symbolic of Bacchus [or Dionysus] the god of wine and winemaking.]

Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour with cozy aromas of sweet raisin and clove. Straightforward cherry flavours culminated in crushed white peppercorn, clove and hints of sweetness on the hearty finish.

100% Carignano
Carignano del Sulcis
Sardinia
Italy
Estate Bottled by Cantine Sardus Pater Coop. Agr. Sant’Antioco
13.5% Alcohol
$14 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2015

Tierra Divina Vineyards Reds 2012

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Fun and easy drinking, with a bold spicy core, a fantastic value red blend to pair with a wide variety of dishes.

Winery: Tierra Divina Vineyards are owned by Patrick Campbell, a winemaker of 34 years and the first North American producer of Malbec in Mendoza. Tierra Divina Vineyards focus is on “Heritage Vineyards” from Lodi, California and also Argentina; old vine vineyards cultivated by “the hands of the same family for three generations or more. Heritage vineyards are not good because they are old, rather they are old because they are good.”

Winemaking: The Carignane grapes were sourced from 135 year old vines in central Lodi.

Tasting Notes: Garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, earth and smoky herbs. Black cherry and blackberry flavours were supported by an earthy backbone, whilst crushed black peppercorn, licorice and a smoky sweetness infused the spicy finish.

40% Carignane, 30% Zinfandel, 30% Petite Sirah
California
Vinted & Bottled by Tierra Divina Vineyards
14.5% Alcohol
$6
Enjoy now thru 2015