Tala Monastrell 2012


Straightforward, this is a fantastic value packed with dense fruit and a good dash of acidity making it great with a wide variety of dishes.

Winemaking: Tala hails from the ancient wine growing region of Alicante in southwest Spain. I was not able to locate more information other then Tala is bottled exclusively for Astor Wines & Spirits.

Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour with aromas of cherry and gamey earth. Dry earth elements and firm tannins supported dense black cherry and baked plum flavours, whilst hints of black peppercorn and suggestions of bitter chocolate comprised the dry, clean finish.

Monastrell [Mourvedre] I was not able to verify varietal percentage
Produced and Bottled by R.E. No. 0007796/A, Pinoso
14.5% Alcohol
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Domaine des Bacchantes Côtes du Rhône 2010

A simple, yet well composed Côte du Rhône with a rustic, tranquil demeanor.

Winery: Les Vignerons D’Estézargues is a co-operative winery of 10 different growers in the small town of Estézargues, just west of Avignon. Founded in 1965, they became a pioneer for quality and individuality in their wines when in 1995 they began to vinify their wines separately and to make single cuvées from their best plots.

Winemaking: With nearly 1000 acres of vineyards, they are now one of the most modern and progressive co-ops in the Southern Rhône, with a focus on sustainable agriculture, low yields and small batch vinification. Believing in as little intervention as possible, they do not add external yeast, sugar, or enzymes in their production process. Sulphur is only added in minimal amounts during bottling, and their wines are neither refined nor filtered. Grapes were sourced from the ‘Les Bacchantes’ vineyard. The owner of the vineyard, Didier Kupke, “loves seeing this wine fashioned in his image: powerful and happy”.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in color with earthy aromas of eucalyptus, meat and funk. Rich black cherry and sour cherry notes ran atop an undercurrent of earthy mushroom and hints of dried herbs, along with spicy pink peppercorn and dusty minerals lingering on the finish.
*Enjoyed with a slight chill and about an hour of decanting.

80% Syrah, 20% Grenache
Côtes du Rhône
Mis en Bouteille a la Propriété
15% Alcohol
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Vera Vinho Verde 2013


Simple with a jaunty bend of fizz and acidity, this is a good companion with light dishes.

Winemaking: Vera Vinho Verde is the creation of winemakers Rui Abecassis and Bruce Schneider. The wine is produced at Casa do Valle by Luis Duarte, one of Portugal’s “preeminent vignerons”. Grapes were sourced from vines located at an elevation of 1050 feet in sandy loam, granite and schist soils from select blocks of Casa do Valle’s main estate vineyard.

Tasting Notes: Gold in colour with aromas of apple and grapefruit. Apple and lemon notes along with a brazing acidity zipped through the slightly fizzy body, whilst minerals and grassy nuances comprised the clean finish.

60% Arinto, 30% Azal, 10% Loureiro
Vinho Verde
Estate Bottled by Engarrafado Na Quinta
11% Alcohol
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Ameztoi ‘Rubentis’ Getariako Txakolina Rosado 2013


Snappy and fun, this is a wonderfully food friendly Rosé. With its modest alcohol content it will vanish before you realize it.

Estate: The Ameztoi family has been making wines in the Basque region of northern Spain for 7 generations. The vineyards are located near the ocean in the town of Getaria. They are known for crafting wines with exuberant character that are the “most representative and classic txakoli”. Their Rosé is produced in limited amounts and has gained a cult following in New York City and the California Bay area.

Winemaking: White Hondarrabi Zuri grapes are fermented and then blended with the red Hondarrabi Beltza grapes.

Tasting Notes: Rose pink in color with aromas of wild strawberry and clean minerals. Fresh strawberry and raspberry notes ran atop a racing undercurrent of bright acidity in the slightly effervescent body, whilst the snappy finish displayed an edge of clean minerals along with flashes of tart green apple.

50% Hondarrabi Zuri, 50% Hondarrabi Beltza
Getariako Txakolina
Bottled by Amesguren S,L.
11.5% Alcohol
$24 [average price]
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Kitma Pavlidis Thema Sauvignon Blanc/Assyrtiko 2013


Refined and engaging, with a harmonizing vibrant acidity, fruit, minerals, spice and floral notes.

Estate: Pavlidis Estate was founded by Christoforos Pavlidis in 1998 and is located in the Drama region of northern Greece. In order to utilize ancient, unique terrors, the 60 hectares of vineyards are situated in two different areas, Kokkinogia and Perichora.

Philosophy: With a belief “that wine personality is ultimately connected to the vineyard” the estate aims to produce premium wines “with a distinct and recognizable character” of the region.

Winemaking: Environmentally friendly integrated farming is practiced and “all viticulture practices are conducted manually”.

Tasting Notes: Pale gold with greenish hints in colour, with inviting aromas of grapefruit, sea minerals and honeysuckle. Floral notes underscored bright pineapple and lemon notes, grapefruit zest, spicy ginger and hints of sweet honey comprised the crisp, dry finish.

50% Sauvignon Blanc, 50% Assyrtiko
Produced and Bottled at Kitma Pavlidis Winery
13% Alcohol
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