This blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon will shock you with its clean profile and silky medium body. It offers pretty aromas of dried red flowers, olives, and dark plum on the nose, with moderate acidity and polished tannins that serve the bright fruit flavors with harmony and balance. Schröder & Schÿler was established in 1739 by Jean-Henri Schÿler, a trader from Hamburg, and Jacques Schröder and is on the Quai des Chartrons in Bordeaux. Today Yann Schÿler represents the 8th generation and runs the firm, which also includes châteaux all across Bordeaux; Kirwan in Margaux and Fourcas Hosten in Listrac. Their fruit purchases are carefully selected from growers with longstanding relationships to ensure quality and consistency. The Chartron La Fleur wines are outstanding for the price - this firm is an excellent source of good value, quality clarets.
We constantly on the search for well priced oak-influenced wines and were delighted to find this traditional California style Chardonnay. For those who love the robust combination of tropical fruit, caramel, and vanillin oak tones, this full-flavored Chardonnay will leave you wanting another glass. Flavors of caramel apple, oven baked pineapple, and baking spices offer complexity and intensity on the palate with structure and length on the finish. The texture is round and rich, the fruit is ripe and baked, and the oak tones are vibrant and powerful. Once the baked fruit flavors dissipate, there is a combination of European butter and butterscotch that linger on the palate. Given its richness, the structure of this wine is bright and vibrant with moderate acidity that leaves the wine finishing clean and light.
Featured Red Wines
The Cariñena Denominación de Origen is situated at just southeast of Zaragoza, in Aragón, in the Iberian mountains between the Campo de Cariñena Valley and the Ebro River. The DO covers 50,000 hectares and has a long viticultural tradition. Generally, the climate is arid in Cariñena with dry and sunny summers followed by cold winters. The area often feels the effects of “the Cierzo” wind, which contributes to the arid climate. The soils are poor, stony and made up of sand and limestone. Mas Sorrer is 50% Tempranillo and 50% Garnacha aged in a combination of stainless steel and older oak barrels for 10 months. The 2014 vintage is elegant and supple with wild berry and dark cherry fruits. Secondary flavors of dried herbs, potting soil, and potpourri add to the charm and bring background to the forward fruit flavors.
The Rhône Valley has a long tradition for winemaking and by the eighteenth century the wines from its southern banks had become so renowned that all casks were required to be branded with the letters “CDR” by a 1737 royal decree. Honoring the historic reputation for quality in the appellation, CDR Côtes du Rhône is made from old bush vines planted atop a sunny, windswept plateau in Laudun, one of the four original Côtes du Rhône villages. The 2012 is drinking beautifully now that the combination of Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault have had time to properly integrate. There is a hint of garrigue and dried meat on the nose with a lush core of sun-kissed raspberry and strawberry on the palate. Smooth and round, with brilliant balance and immediate drinkability.
These vineyards and winery are located just south of Chieti, a town along the Adriatic coast of central Italy. This wine region was once overlooked wine drinkers, but has been revitalized by talented producers who have reworked the vineyards and cleaned up the practices in the cellars to produce fresh wines. These reds are often recommended to people who are looking for something softer and rounder than the wines of Chianti while staying true to the zippy red fruit style of central Italy. Sangiovese is often a component of these wines, but the Montepulciano grape provides the color, weight, and girth in the blend. Look for aromas of ripe cherry, and blackberry along with dried herbs, dust, and violets. Production and maturation in stainless steel keeps this wine clean and focused, perfect for aperitif or fresh tomato sauces and light pastas.
The traditional style of producing Rioja has definitely made a comeback in recent years. The Akutain wines are stunning traditional wines and are amazingly clean and pure. Juan Peñagaricano Akutain established this micro-bodega just 5 km west of Haro in 1975. All 6.5 hectare of the estate is located in the Rioja Alta subzone at higher elevations with vines ranging from 25 to 40 years of age. Today, Juan’s son Jon is running the day to day operations with respect to the traditions and techniques established before him. Interestingly, this 2015 is the first time Akutain made a Cosecha wine. The fruit is all harvested by hand and fermented using natural yeast in fiberglass vats. The Cosecha continues its aging in the same vats for additional time before bottling. 14 cases only of this wine are available in Colorado.
Wyatt is a custom label that was created by Doug Polaner with the idea of making delicious, mouth-filling wines at reasonable prices. He works with several winemakers in California to make the blends using declassified wine that often sells at a much higher price under other labels. The result is a great value with lots of character for a super reasonable price. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon carries a California designation, but is made largely from North Coast fruit (primarily from the Red Hills), and includes 6% Syrah in the blend. Seventy percent is tank-fermented and aged and the rest spends time in barrel (5% new). It offers textbook varietal character with plenty of black currant, loamy earth, licorice and pepper notes. Medium-bodied with silky tannins and a core of rich fruit, it is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon
Established in 1981, Domaine Rochette has recently turned over the winemaking to the newest generation, Matthieu. Together with his father, they farm their 15 hectares of Gamay in Régnié and Morgon. With tiny production they are able to produce wines using the utmost care and attention to detail. After tasting this wine a few months ago our staff liked the wine so much we purchased the remaining 15 cases of inventory. Considering the pedigree Cote du Py, it is truly unbelievable that we can offer this wine at a price below $20. This special hillside sits on an alluvial fan of schist and granite and produces some of the finest wines in Beaujolais. Aged in older foudre, this wine shows the dynamic style of the 2015 vintage - electric red fruits of currant and cherry, with fresh flowers and a dark mineral note.
Featured White Wines
Domaine Bliemerose is a relatively new winery, but already Christophe and Carmelle Maetz are producing wines that are worthy of consideration. Unfortunately there is not much wine to purchase, but we took all 10 cases that came to Colorado. The Bliemerose Pinot Blanc comes from a low yielding site with vines that are 20 years old on average. This wine is barrel fermented with indigenous yeast and bottled after a year in bottle. The fruit is handled carefully in the vineyard with respect to certified organic methods. The result is a richer, fuller style of Alsacian wine that shows its weight and texture with nearly 15 g. of residual sugar. That said, there is plenty of acidity and backbone in the wine to balance the richness. Ripe apple, pear, and quince fruit is accented by the stoney earth on the palate with a softness of honey, white flowers, and spice that linger on the finish.
As we nestle into the heart of winter it is nice to find well priced white wines that have richness and depth to match the hearty cuisine of these cold months. South Africa continues to develop as a wine producing region and the white wines are getting better every day. This lovely blend of 48% Viognier, 41% Chenin Blanc, and 11% Grenache Blanc is aromatic, oily, and full of flavor. The grapes are sourced from Malmesbury and Stellenbosch, then produced using traditional fermentation techniques in the cellar followed by maturation in French Oak for a wine that delivers both freshness and lush texture. The nose is lively with floral citrus blossom and chamomile tea spice. Stone fruits, grapefruit, and golden apple are abundant on the nose, then joined in harmony on the palate with hints of vanilla, cinnamon, and coriander. The lengthy finish is marked by creamy oak and bright acidity.
The grapes for this wine are farmed in the Molina area, close to the Andes Mountains in the Curicó Valley. Curicó is Chile’s largest producer of Sauvignon Blanc and despite being situated close to the Pacific Ocean, the moderating influence of the nearby Coastal range results in cool nights that contrast the dry, hot days. This sustainably-grown Sauvignon Blanc is hand-picked in the middle of March, crushed and then cold-macerated in the press for 2 hours. Fermentation takes place in a cool, controlled environment for almost a month, adding structure and complexity. This is vibrant wine with intense aromas of tropical fruits and elegant floral notes. On the palate, it is fresh and fruity with firm acidity. Chilean Sauvignon Blanc is perfect as an aperitif, yet also compliments fish, seafood and light pasta dishes.
The region of Gascony is well known for its rich, decadent, and flavorful food products. This area known for the finest foie gras, black truffles, hams, and duck, all of which are outstanding when paired with these refreshing local wines. Many of the grapes in Gascony are destined for distillation and Armagnac production. That said, the same clay-limestone soils that make the Ténerèze region of Armagnac special lend structure and power to the still wines that are grown here. Grapes like Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, and Gros Manseng do quite well when handled with care in the vineyards. Domaine du Rey is family run and operated by Claude Almayrae. This 26 hectare property is perfectly situated on south and eastern facing exposures with well drained soils and a moderate climate that is regulated by its proximity to the Pyrénées and Garonne and Adour Rivers.
For decades Ernst Loosen and his family winery have produced some of the finest Riesling based wines in the Mosel River valley. The Saint M is an extension of the Loosen production, but comes from the Pfalz region situated further south. The grapes are grown on weathered sandstone in the Mittelhaardt region and when combined with warmer average daily temperatures the wines find a fuller fruit expression and more weight on the palate. In contrast to the tart green apple fruit style of the Mosel wines, there is more ripe peach and apricot in wines from the Pfalz. The Saint M experiences a cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks that preserves its racy fruit flavors and zingy acidity. Try this beautifully balanced Riesling with your favorite Asian dish. The salt and spice from the food should balance nicely with the tart acidity and fruit ripeness in the wine.
The Anne Amie Winery is a family owned and operated winery in the Willamette Valley. Their sustainable focus in the vineyards translates to beautifully balanced wines in the bottle. The Amrita blend is a unique offering from a selection of varieties that are available each vintage. The 2015 is composed of 30.6% Riesling, 23.6% Muller-Thurgau, 23.4% Pinot Blanc, 16.7% Viognier, 4.6% Gewurztraminer & 1.1% Chardonnay. The name Amarita is inspired by the Buddhist equivalent of Ambrosia, or a wine of the gods. This exotic blend was left with a touch of CO2 for a light effervescence that dissipates after a few minutes in the glass. The combination of grapes offers textural richness, aromatic lift, and vibrant acidity. Its fruit-forward profile and exotic aromatic make it an ideal match for Asian and Indian cuisine.