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Monthly Red
2016 La Quercia Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Abruzzo

Montepulciano is the dark-skinned grape that populates the central-southern coastline of Italy. It is generally known for its dark color, soft flavors, and gentle tannins. It has become tremendously popular in recent years as a result of high quality and low prices. This quality, however, is closely connected to the attention of the wine grower and wine maker. La Quercia wines are 100% organic and made by Antonio Lamona.  These wines capture the charming and friendly style of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo boasting flavors of dark cherry, red plum, and dried herbs. In terms of food, Montepulciano is tremendously versatile and works well with the majority of traditional Italian food. Pizza, red pasta sauces, and roasted meats help highlight the freshness of these wines and satisfy the rustic, pure joy of good Italian food and wine.

Monthly White
2017 Caves da Cerca Fâmega Vinho Verde, Portugal

The Minho region of Portugal is the northernmost part of wine growing regions in Portugal, it also happens to be one of Europe’s wettest areas. Translated as “green wine” or “young wine,” the Vinho Verde wines have historically been defined by a delicate effervescence on the palate that adds texture and style to the bright apple, pear, and mineral flavors. This was once a result of residual malolactic fermentation taking place in the bottle. Today, most producers simply add a touch of carbonation to achieve the same effect. The grapes used are a combination of local varieties: Loureiro, Arinto, Trajadura, Avesso, and Azal. Vinho Verde has become wildly popular in recent years and is especially delicious in the month of July when the hot weather outside calls for a refreshing, pétillant glass of wine.

Featured Red Wines

2016 Campos de Viento Tempranillo, Spain

Campos de Viento is 100% Tempranillo sourced from stony hilltop vineyards in central Spain.  These 100 meter sites are ideal for producing red wines with concentration and finesse.  In the cellar there are no pump-overs, instead they use gentle extraction techniques to acquire flavor development through the delicate pressure of CO2.  The texture and flavor are further enhanced with time in American Oak barrels.  The vibrant violet and red color is complimented by aromas of ripe, juicy red cherry, raspberry, dust, and smoke.  The palate profile is smooth and silky with bright acidity and perfect balance.  A touch of dried red flowers and licorice add a bit of aromatic charm.  A fantastic wine to pair with grilled fare, simple salads, and fresh vegetables.

2016 Carlin de Paolo Rosso, Piedmont

The hot summer weather calls for a wine with fresh acidity, vibrant fruit flavors, and lighter alcoholic weight.  This Rosso from Carlin de Paolo in Piedmont fits the requirements and offering a delicious red blend of Barbera, Dolcetto, and Bonarda.  Carlin de Paolo is a fourth generation family owned winery with the name coming from two of the family’s great patriarchs; Carlin and Paolo.  This traditional Piemontese produces wines with freshness and finesse in mind.  This daily drinker boasts loads of fresh fruit with a soft, supple tannin profile.  Scents of dried raspberry, red plum, and sour cherry fold in nicely with flavors of anise, dried herbs, and dust.  Production in stainless steel emphasizes fruit freshness rather than oak spice.

2017 Altos las Hormigas Bonarda, Mendoza

Antonio Morescalchi, the owner of Altos las Hormigas, is not your typical Argentinian. To begin with, he’s not Argentinian but actually Italian. He grew up in Tuscany, just not the part of Tuscany that grows grapes. With limited affordable vineyards in Tuscany, he and winemaker Alberto Antonini left for Argentina in the early 90’s to find their site. But their being Italian helps explain their wine’s style. As Antonio said when he was in Boulder last month, Italians cannot think of wine and not also think of food, the two are so closely connected. So when making wine they needed to be food friendly, and that is exemplified in their Bonarda. This is Antonio’s “bistro wine”; juicy but with bright acidity, made to go with all dishes heavy and light without breaking the bank.

2015 Replica 'Just Right' Cabernet Sauvignon, California

With the upcoming CBS Morning Show featuring Replica Wines and our very own Brett Zimmerman, MS we thought it was appropriate to feature a Replica wine! The nose of this outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon provides a beautiful combination of deep red currant, black cherry, and wild plum. The fruit style toggles between fresh flavors and the aromas that would be associated with a warm compote of fruit jam. The bold new world richness is nicely complimented by a pretty herb note, green peppercorn, tobacco, and fresh cinnamon and vanilla from oak influence. The tannins are moderate and polished for Cabernet, yet add the perfect amount of structure to the wine. An approachable style of California Cabernet Sauvignon that should dazzle people with a taste for bold new world red wines.

2016 Mont Rocher Carignan VV, IGP D’Herault

The South of France produces so many exciting wines in a wide range of styles and quality levels.  The Languedoc continues to impress with dramatic wines produced using older Carignan vines from historic sites.  There are certain grapes that are capable of making great wine from younger vines, but Carignan requires older vine material to truly capture complexity and depth.  The fruit for Mont Rocher is sourced from a variety of old-vine sites in the area and produced using stainless steel tanks with just a whisper of oak for aromatics and spice.  The color is a vibrant purple with pinkish hues on the outer rim of the glass.  The wine is loaded with aromas of blackberries, dark cherries, dark chocolate, olives, and dried violets.  Medium in body, but elegant and driven by finesse on the palate.

2015 La Carafe Bourgogne Rouge, Burgundy

This is a brand new project between the dynamic Little Nell Hotel duo, Wine Director Carlton McCoy, MS and F&B Director Csaba Oveges. They just launched the wines in the market and have been greeted with immediate anticipation and enthusiasm. We have offered their Touraine Sauvignon, Bourgogne Blanc, rosé, and red wine from Corbiéres. This Bourgogne rouge is sourced from a combination of vineyard sites varying in vine age, but all producing outstanding fruit quality. The sites are carefully selected for Pinot Noir grapes that are capable of offering a wine with the perfect balance of freshness and finesse.  2015 is an outstanding vintage and yielded concentrated wines with plenty of depth and flavor.  The La Carafe Bourgogne was carefully fermented using 20% used French Oak barrel and bottled with approachability and drinkability in mind.

Featured White Wines

2017 Belle Etoile Rosé, Rhône

Made by Château de Manissy, La Belle Etoile is made from grapes grown in the winemaker’s mother’s vineyard. Château de Manissy itself is actually owned by a order of missionaries, and although their rosés have had an excellent reputation for about a hundred years, the winery began to become stagnant at the beginning of the 21st century. In a fairly dramatic change of events, the winery hired a young winemaker named Florian André who quickly changed all the vineyards over to organic practices and is working on becoming biodynamically certified. La Belle Etoile is no exception. All the grapes are hand-harvested and fermentation happens with indigenous yeast. The result is a naturally light rosé with hints of watermelon and white strawberries, perfect for summer barbeques and warm weather.

2016 Volker Wein Grüner Veltliner, Niederösterreich

Volker Donabaum, the founder of Volker Wines, has been in the wine industry practically since birth. He grew up on the Donabaum family estate in the Wachau in Austria, where the family has been making wine since 1833. Volker worked several harvests in Austria before working as an assistant winemaker in California, France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Oregon and Canada. Having been recently featured by the James Beard Foundation and Wine Enthusiast, it’s no doubt his wines will just continue to gain in popularity. His namesake Grüner Veltliner is classical in many ways. The grapes are harvested and sorted by hand before being left to spontaneously ferment with native yeasts and age for seven months. Nice mouthfeel, subtle citrus and mineral notes with a touch of white radish make this a perfect pairing with salads or sashimi.

2017 Wise Guy Sauvignon Blanc, Washington

Corvidae is latin name for the family of birds that includes crows and ravens. For most people the thought of these birds brings images of Halloween and Edgar Allan Poe to mind, but for Washington winemakers they are even more ominous. There they are notorious for eating the ripe grapes right off the vine, often consuming an entire vineyard in one pass. But just as Bruce Wayne used the symbol of the bat - the creature he feared most - for his alter ego, the folks at Corvidae decided to chose these black birds as their symbol, embracing that which they fear... Ok, so maybe that’s a bit of a stretch. Maybe they just like the way they look. Either way, they produce some phenomenal wines. The Wise Guy Sauvignon Blanc has flavors of peach pit, pear, and wet stone, with a touch of fresh hay.

2016 Garciarevalo, Finca Tres Olmos, Rueda

Garciarevalo is a family owned winery established in 1991 in the heart of Rueda. They have 40 hectares of over-100-year-old-vines including Verdejo vines that are up to 130 years old. The unique qualities of this site are evident in the soils, which differ from most other areas of Rueda. The soil is sand here, allowing for excellent drainage and greater difference between day and night temperatures. Long winters with late frosts combine with hot and dry summers to create the ideal situation for cultivating grapes with the perfect balance of sugar and acidity. The grapes are then fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged on the lees for added texture. Flavors of Kaffir Lime and grapefruit pith dominate, but a hint of brine gives the impression of drinking at the beach while watching the sunset.

2016 Brand Weissburgunder, Pfalz (1 liter)

The Pfalz region is located between the Rhine River and the low-lying Haardt mountain range, the natural continuation of the Alsatian Voges.  The Pfalz produces a wide range of styles, and while the stone fruit flavored Rieslings of the region are popular, grapes like Weissburgunder offer outstanding dry alternatives.  Daniel and Jonas Brand are producing outstanding organically grown wines with personality and charm.  They avoid the use of fertilizers and pesticides and rely on natural herbal extracts and teas as vineyard applications to maintain balance with the plants.  This focus on biodiversity keeps the vines and soils healthy producing wines with greater precision.  Weissburgunder or Pinot Blanc is a grape that offers bright flavors of golden apple, pear, lemon and a touch of herb and spice.  The palate is racy and vibrant with lifted acidity and a refreshing clean finish.

2017 Domaine Saint Cyr ‘La Galoche’ Beaujolais Blanc

Raphael Saint Cyr is now the fourth generation at Domaine Saint Cyr.  Since 2008, he has been in charge of the family Domaine in Beaujolais.  During this time, he has expanded his vineyard ownership to include villages in the north and has also converted the 23 hectare property to certified organic viticulture.  Rafael generally incorporates a combination of concrete tank fermentation with used barrel ageing for his wines, but this Beaujolais Blanc is produced using entirely in stainless steel tanks.  Additionally, all wines are fermented using natural yeasts for a wine with more aromatic complexity and lift.  This 100% Chardonnay is sourced from a tiny 1 hectare site planted with 30 year old vines on clay and limestone soils.  This is truly an amazing value for anyone who enjoys great White Burgundy.