Monthly Newsletter Specials

Monthly Red
2017 MDZ Malbec, Mendoza

We have been working with our friend and importer JC Chaplin to get this wine featured for quite some time, and I am thrilled that we are finally able to offer this marvelous MDZ Malbec.  The MDZ winery is run by Raúl Jofré and his four daughters and was established in 1996 in the region of Lujan de Cuyo.  Today the family owns over 60 hectare in the Uco Valley within multiple subregions that give depth and style to this wine.  The 2017 Malbec is zippy and bright with loads of blackberry, dark plum, boysenberry, and hints of mocha, mint, clay, and violets.  It is plush and silky on the palate, with smooth tannins and vibrant acidity.  This wine is truly delicious and quaffable, but also serves as a serious food compliment for grilled meats, spiced cuisine, and hard cheeses.

Monthly White
2015 Irony Chardonnay, Monterey County

Finding a Monterey County Chardonnay at $8.99 is a tall order, yet we found this outstanding offering from Irony.  This Chardonnay shows bold flavors of tropical fruit, ripe apple, and lemon custard, with depth and complexity reflecting a much higher price point.  The Monterey AVA is part of the Central Coast AVA and contains five smaller AVA’s.  Monterey is a cool growing region with plenty of sunshine and a long growing season.  Large diurnal shifts in the daily temperatures contribute to the big flavors with bright acidity and pronounced intensity.  Chardonnay is king here with more than 50% of the vineyards planted to this variety.  Irony offers a remarkable Monterey Chardonnay selected from a range of high quality sites with plenty of power and richness, yet balanced and bright on the long, lingering finish.

Featured Red Wines

2015 Symington Altano, Douro

The Douro has forever been known as the region responsible for the robust, fortified wines of Port.  While this is certainly the region know for fortified Port wines, there is currently a focus on making dry wines of higher quality.  The Symington family has been farming vineyards in the Douro for many years and has mastered both dry and sweet styles of wine from this noble region.  The grapes used in the Altano echo those in the Port wines with Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Tinta Barroca sharing parts in the blend.  Altano is made using stainless steel tanks to preserve as much freshness as possible considering the arid, dry climate of the Douro region.  In recent years, the family has been dedicated to farming their vineyards organically and doing everything possible to reduce their carbon footprint by operating sustainably.

2015 Château Haut-Lamouthe Bergerac Rouge

The story of Château Haut-Lamouthe is based upon two generations that have settled on making wines in Bergerac, in the heart of the Dordogne.  The trio of winemakers; Michel Durand, Julien Durand, and Nicolas Pouget produce both sweet white and dry red wines from the regional AOCs.  This red blend is a combination of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon aged in a combination of stainless steel and older oak barrel for balance and added depth.  The 2015 vintage is absolutely spectacular in Bordeaux and surrounding areas, so it is not a surprise that this Bergerac wine is stunning.  Packed with dark cherry, currant, and plum fruits that are highlighted by a hint of fresh green herb, turned soil, and fresh flowers.  It is pure, clean, and pretty on the nose and finishes beautifully with a long, lingering finish complete with layers of concentrated fruit and mineral.

2014 Mas de Libian ‘Khayyam’ Côtes du Rhône

The Thibon family purchased this historic estate in 1670. Today, there are three sisters, Hélène, Catherine, and Cécile who all work in the wine business. Hélène and Catherine both live in Libian and run the family winery while Cécile resides in Bordeaux and works as an oenologist. The vineyards at this Rhône Valley estate are farmed meticulously according to the principles of Biodynamic farming. Furthermore, Mas de Libian is also Demeter certified for being Biodynamic. The clay-limestone soils of this area are perfectly balanced for producing wines with depth and precision. The limestone component adds a lift of acidity and brightness on the palate. This Côtes du Rhône shows tremendous purity and focus, with layers of vibrant fruit avors. Dusty minerality folds delicately into the mix of dried red fruits, sage, and licorice spice.

2014 Land of Saints Grenache/Syrah, Santa Ynez

This is a truly outstanding bottle of wine for the price. We taste a ton of wine in order to bring our customers the best possible offerings, and this is a remarkable value. A blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, the wine is produced in the small village of St. Gilles, just 25 miles outside of Avignon. True to the wines of this region, the Grenache character dominates the blend with robust flavors of dried strawberry and raspberry, scents of garrigue and fresh herbs, a subtle smokey wood spice and fragrant floral notes. For those who like great Châteauneuf du Pape and quality Côtes du Rhône wines, this wine will offer a tremendous treat. It is a perfect match for Mediterranean cuisine, especially grilled lamb or pork.

2016 La Carafe Corbières Vieilles Vignes Rouge

We launched this brand new project from the dynamic Little Nell Hotel duo, Wine Director Carlton McCoy, MS and F&B Director Csaba Oveges by offering their white Burgundy last October.  After a recent visit to Boulder where they hosted the Frasca Monday night dinner we were inspired to once again offer another La Carafe wine.  When the wines were first released, they immediately ran out of the Corbières based on demand with some of Boulder’s top restaurants.  That said, the Corbiéres has returned to inventory and we are offering this special wine during the month of February.  The wines are skillfully made by winemaker Vincent Dubernet with input from Carlton and Csaba.  The Corbières is a blend of Syrah, Carignan, and Mourvèdre - a brilliant combination of deep purple color, wild violet and dark earth aromas, and a mouth watering freshness.

Featured White Wines

2015 Petite Cassagne Blanc, Costières de Nîmes

This beautiful estate in the Costières de Nîmes region of France is owned by the lovely Diane de Puymorin and offers a traditionally styled southern French gem of a white wine.  The fruit is pressed immediately after picking and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The blend is a combination of 50% Rolle, 30% Grenache Blanc, and 20% Roussanne, which all combine for a delicious wine exhibiting brightness of exotic tropical fruit flavor, spice, and floral aromatics.  The texture is rich and mouth filling with hints of wax and minerality, perhaps influenced by the rocky ‘Cailloux’ soils that cover the region. This dry, thrilling wine is delicious with rich, winter vegetable inspired fare and can even be enjoyed as a simple aperitif.

2016 Cabert Pinot Grigio, Grave

While standing in the Cabert Pinot Grigio vineyards within Italy’s Grave region one can look directly north and see the majestic Dolomites and perhaps establish a greater understanding of the influence the mountains have on the vineyards.  They provide the benefit of the rainshadow effect that protects the vineyards from the elements and also contributes to a dry environment.  Additionally, the cold air that descends from the hills in the evening cools the grapes and elevates the acidity for a wine that is racy and bright.  This 2016 Cabert is an outstanding Pinot Grigio and seems to offer more fruit richness with less bitterness than most in this category.  Often Pinot Grigio will show a slight bitter almond note on the finish, but this wine is round and pure with a clean, supple finish.

2016 Maison Foucher Lebrun Chardonnay ‘Petit le Mont,’ Loire

This is a delicate and detailed example of great organically farmed Chardonnay from the Loire River Valley.  The Petit Le Mont is sourced from multiple parcels in the Southern Touraine on clay and limestone rich soils, with a bit of silex and tuffeau that add intensity and aroma to the wine.  These wines are produced using only stainless steel tanks, so there is no oak influence inhibiting the clarity of the pure Chardonnay flavors.  That said, the wine is rested on the lees for 6 months prior to bottling for added texture and weight in the absence of oak.  For those who enjoy the mineral and bright acidity of good White Burgundy you should consider purchasing this wine by the case at this price!

2016 Ethereo Albariño, Rías Baixas

Ethereo is sourced from 100% Albariño vines planted in the Condado do Tea subzone of Rías Baixas in the northwest corner of Spain.  This region is wet and cool with influence from proximity to the ocean.  Soils of sand and granite lay the foundation for the structure in this high acid white wine.  Winemaker Ivan Martinez Laorden produces this Albariño using an 8 hour maceration followed by a long, cold fermentation to preserve the delicate, fresh aromas of this floral grape. Following fermentation the wine is simply rested, then racked and bottled.  Ethereo offers a vibrant combination of tangerine, passion fruit, lime pith, and pineapple on the nose and palate.  Fresh floral notes of orange blossom and white flowers find balance with the chopped chervil and salty mineral tone.  Delicious with seafood, salads, and lighter fowl dishes.

2016 Lorenza Rosé, California

From runway to Rosé, the Lorenza winery was born from the travel and experiences of Michele Oulette during her career as a model.  Spending time in Paris and New York, she gathered an interest in the color, labels, and ultimately, the taste of delicious rosé wine.  With help from her family, she took her middle name and launched the Lorenza label.  This has been a tremendously popular wine with our Boulder Wine Merchant customers over the years, especially with the family connection to Fairview High School.  The Kearney family all went to Fairview and grew up in Boulder.  We know it is still technically winter, but why not offer a rosé to bridge the gap with some of those 60 and 70 degree days.  There is always a time for rosé!