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Monthly Red
$9.99

Lodi Avenue Cellars is made by the Scotto Family of California, best known for their intense, straightforward, knock-out wines like Heavyweight Red. And isn’t that just what you want sometimes? A wine that doesn’t want or claim to be complex. A wine that pairs with sitting on the couch watching some mindless Netflix show. Well Lodi Avenue Old Vine Zinfandel is exactly that. Deep ruby in color, bursting with black cherries, dried plums, baking spices, cedar, and chocolate. A big, bold roundhouse flavor kick to the face paired with a snappy one-liner! Enough acid and tannin to keep the wine balanced, but neither are particularly noticeable. So relax, turn down the volume on your worries, and simply enjoy a glass of wine.

Monthly White
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Steen, the traditional South African word for Chenin Blanc, thrives in the Mediterraian-like climate of South Africa’s southern tip. The vineyards here are unirrigated, bush-vine plants that are over 25 years old. After harvesting, only the free-run juice (no pressing of the grapes) is used to make this wine, the free-run considered to be the highest quality part of the grape. All of this together plus a warmer vintage creates a wine that balances crisp acidity with a touch of richness, revealing layers of flavors as it warms in the glass. Vibrant aromas of quince, pear, and pineapple are followed by stone fruits, apples, and minerality on the palate.

Featured Red Wines

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Rafael Cañizares founded Volver in 2004 with the goal of reviving indigenous Spanish grapes and old vineyards. In August we brought you “Wrongo Dongo” Monastrell, with its memorable mustachioed character on the front label. This month we are featuring Mr. Dongo’s sidekick Madame Bobalu. This elegant lady is made from 100% Bobal from Valencia, Spain. Bobal has traditionally been a blending grape native to this area, but in recent years has proven that it is more than capable of standing on its own. Brilliant ruby red in colour with a  nose of dried red fruit, blackberries, licorice, and plums. The palate follows with sweet and subtly toasted spices thanks to the time spent in the barrel. Hearty but balanced.

$11.99

Nuno Cancela de Abreu is a person whom you could call the “Elder Statesman” of winemaking in Central Portugal and he carries the torch as the fourth generation of his family to operate their estate in the foggy, cool climate hills of the Dão that sit above the village of Mortagua. His Tinto is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo). This wine presents the delicate, pretty side of Dao. Tasted blind we thought it was a high-quality Côtes du Rhône! Its bright fruit flavors bring to mind muddled cherries and sarsaparilla, with spicy notes of pink peppercorn, flowers, and fennel. This tinto is incredibly food friendly, and with a few years of bottle age it is drinking beautifully right now.

$12.99

Altos Las Hormigas was founded in 1995 by a consortium of prominent Italian winemakers, including Alberto Antonini of Antinori and Antonio Morescalchi. As you may expect, the philosophy of the winery has always had an Italian feel, focusing on the individual terroirs of Mendoza and creating Malbecs that are slightly crisper and more food friendly. When I met Antonio Morescalchi a few years back he said, “We are Italian. We cannot imagine food without wine or wine without food.” Their Clasico Malbec, like all their wines, comes from the higher elevation parts of Mendoza, giving the wine noticeable brightness and red fruit flavors. Balanced with flavors of fresh plum and a hint of pepper, the wine leads into a long, smooth finish.

$14.99

The Cerester winery, located just east of Pisa, has focused on growing organic Chianti for three generations. The Castelgufo Chianti Riserva is made from certified organic Sangiovese (80%), Colorino (10%), and Malvasia Nera (10%) vines, set on rocky clay-limestone terroir. ‘Riserva’ in Chianti means the wine needs to be aged for at least 2 years in barrel, and usually is reserved for the best grapes from an estate. Castelgufo ages their riserva for 3 years, further imparting a woody flavor and a savory spice characteristic. Full of dark cherries, cedar, and dried flowers, this is certainly the heavier side of Chianti, but has soft enough tannins to be enjoyed tonight.

$18.99

Land of Saints is a collaboration between Angela and Jason Osborne (A Tribute to Grace Wine Company), and Manuel Cuevas (C2 Cellars). The name comes from Jason’s roots in Cornwall (also known as the Land of Saints) but is also a play on California’s many Saintly cities (Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, San Francisco, etc.). For them it is a way connecting their roots from one side of the globe to the other. Like its namesake, their Cabernet Franc takes the typically heavy side of California Cab Francs and marries it with the subtle style usually found in France. Aged for 11 months in neutral barrels, this wine shows a blend of red and black fruits with a hint of herbal tones. It’s still young, so give it a chance to breathe and reveal its full potential.

Featured White Wines

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The legend goes that in the 12th century, a wine-loving bishop was traveling through the Italian countryside on his way to see the coronation of the Pope. As he traveled, he would send a scout ahead of the convoy to let him know the wine of the area was good by marking “Est” (“It is”) above an inn's door. As the scout traveled ahead to Montefiascone, the wine was apparently so good, that the scout marked that location with “Est! Est!! Est!!!” Montefiascone remains an excellent wine today, particularly so when crafted by Riccardo Cotarella, who blends 50% Trebbiano, 30% Malvasia, and 20% Roscetto together for legendary results. The nose offers playful aromas of citrus, apple, and white flowers. On the palate, its crisp acidity is balanced with soft flavors of pear and melon which make for an easy-to-drink, refreshing wine.

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Vicente Gandia is a century-old winery founded in Valencia in 1885 and now managed by the 4th generation of the family Gandia. The winery remains faithful to its founding values, contributes to the progress and welfare of society and is committed to quality and innovation without forgetting the wine tradition of their ancestors. This cava is made from one of the estate’s smaller plots of organically grown Chardonnay and Macabeo. Clean and fruity citrus aromas with an undertone of floral notes. The 15 months of cellar aging contribute to a lovely toasty, yeasty flavor. Dry but with a nice fruity finish, making it perfect by itself or mixed into a mimosa.

$12.99

Ettore Anselmi first planted vines in 1937 after he bought two small farms in Pocenia and Dolegna del Collio. These areas are unique and specialize in white wine production. Limestone and clay soils suit Pinot Grigio, Friulano, and Glera very well. The Bora winds from the northern Julian Alps keep the vineyard fresh and dry. Today the grandsons Giuseppe and Luigi continue the family estate. Local success of their wines has grown the estate to 80 hectares. The estate is run sustainably by dry farming and using only natural humus to replenish the soils. The Friulano comes from 20 to 40 year old vines and is fermented in stainless steel. Notes of crisp apples blend with melon and white flowers. Textured yet crisp, perfect with appetizers.

$24.99

Founded in 1994, Fortulla is located on the Tuscan coast just north of the famous village Castiglioncello in the IGT Terratico di Bibbiona. It’s a small, very high quality estate mostly planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Vermentino. The vineyards sit on cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean with exposure to the sun and persistent winds, which yield fruit with perfect phenolic ripeness, moderate sugar development, and fresh natural acidity. Total production is a mere 900 cases. 

 

The 2018 ‘Serpentino’ is a blend of 90% Vermentino and 10% Viognier, the name coming from the green rocks of the same name found only in this area. Although not a traditional duo, Vermentino and Viognier seem to be a natural pair, the Vermentino bringing high-toned minerality and citrus while the Viognier adds a subtle hint of tropical fruits and melon.