Wine of the Week
Erasmo 2009 Red Reserva
Maule Valley, Chile
$14.99, $13.49 for Wine Club Members or by the case of 12.
Reg. $24.99 SAVE $10!
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot,
10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Syrah
What were you doing in 2009? That's the thing about enjoying a wine with age. It let's you go back in your own personal time machine. Here's your chance to experience 2009 all over again. This time it's a little more subtle and balanced, not so fruit forward, a couple pounds lighter but drinking exceptionally well for it's age.
We only have 10 cases of this wine so don't dillydally if you're interested.
"Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a percentage of Syrah. The Cabernet is clearly dominant here, with aromas of graphite and cedar rising above wild flower and toasted spice. Black fruit and lusciously ripe plums ride across the deep tannins that smoothly fold into smokey elements. Vanilla and pomegranate come forward in the finish which jumps into a slam dunk of tannin." "90 Points". James Suckling
Some wine gets a little tired after 11 years in the bottle. We trust our distributor and so gave this one a try. We're happy to report that this bottle is still wide awake and ready to party. This is a great example of a wine with bottle age on it that's certified organic. In today's world of sub $20 wines it's rare to see an offering with this much age still showing well.
It's a tasty, interesting experience with little cost to you.
Erasmo is a dry farmed, certified organic estate in Maule Valley of Chile owned and operated by the Cinzano Family and the wines the family produce are stunning values and it shows in the bottle! The Cinzano family are the also the owners and operators of the iconic Brunello Estate, Col D’Orcia, and their style of powerful elegance translates perfectly to the high elevation valleys of South America.
In 1995, Count Francesco Marone Cinzano, owner of the eminent Col d’Orcia estate in Montalcino, visited the Maule Valley in Chile on a trip to the Conquistadores Trail. He fell in love with the land – an area he felt exhibited a true “Harmony of Nature”. Count Cinzano and long time consultant Maurizio Castelli settled on the area of “Riserva di Caliboro” in the Maule Valley to establish Erasmo. The decision to farm organically was paramount from the beginning. In fact, the Caliboro area was chosen because of the allowance of dry farming.
Wine Olympics Blind Tasting Results
For the last two weeks we have been offering a new blind tasting package that put country against country to help fill the sport-less void we find ourselves in. Our stringent criterion-- what wine did you enjoy the most? We've asked you to judge the wines and determine the winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
The winners are:
Thurston Wolfe 2019 PGV, Washington-USA! $13.99
Chateau Pajzos 2018 Tokaj Furmint, Hungary $12.99
Monte Xanic 2019 Chenin Blanc, Mexico $15.99
Rasa Vineyards Occum's Razor 2017 Red, Washington-USA! $14.99
Kanonkop Kadette 2018 Red, South Africa $14.99
Saint Cosme 2019 Cotes du Rhone, France $12.99
Whistle appropriate national anthem now.
Not a sports fan? That's ok. These wines are available in the shop for you to try based on their merits and appeal.
Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet 2018
$9.99, $8.99 for Wine Club Members
One of the oldest of the indigenous Languedoc grapes, Picpoul has grown for centuries. Prized for its zippy acidity, Picpoul pairs beautifully with seafood and fried dishes.
Picpoul de Pinet is a tiny appellation within the Languedoc AOC, in the very south of France, and is produced exclusively within six communities. Cave de l’Ormarine’s Picpoul de Pinet vineyards lie approximately 130 feet above sea level, overlooking Lake Thau.
Dry and refreshing, this Picpoul has an abundance of crisp apple and white peach notes. Its mineral quality is expressed in notes of wet stone, with an edge of salinity. A hint of gooseberry emerges on the crisp, bright finish. Drink with Dungeness crab, French fries, or poached fish with Hollandaise.
Christina Orange Chardonnay 2019
$24.99, $22.49 for Wine Club Members
As orange wines go, you’re likely to have tried a skin-contact Pinot Gris, or maybe even a skin-contact Riesling. Christina, an Austrian producer who works with ancient winemaking practices and has a passion for natural wines, brings us a skin-contact Chardonnay.
Chardonnay grapes love the Pannonian climate of the Carnuntum wine growing region and the deep and nutritious soils in combination with top soil gravel. As a result, the wines develop intense and enticing aromatics, with friendly acidity on the palate.
Fermented spontaneously in open boxes, the wine is in contact with the skins for a full 24 days (not hours!). After pressing, the wine spends 10 months aging in stainless steel.
Clean and dry, Christina Orange Chardonnay is full-bodied with aromas of citrus peel and stone fruits. Notes of honey and wildflowers greet you on the palate with a hint of spice. Lemon brightness leads into tea-like tannins on the finish. Drink with Peking duck, gnocchi with lemon mascarpone, or hummus with za’atar.
Christina Gruner Veltliner 2019
$19.99, $17.99 for Wine Club Members
At only 5 years old, Christina Netz began her education as a winemaker, working on her family’s farm and vineyard. Christina later studied oenology in London, and returned to her parents’ Austrian winery in 2007. She fell in love with ancient winemaking practices, and launched the Christina line of natural wines as a result of her passion.
Grown in Lower Austria, the vines are chilled by the winds of the nearby River Danube, especially beneficial during hot summers. This preserves the intense aromatic quality and fizzy acidity of the grapes. The iron-rich red gravel of the vineyards brings minerality and the typical peppery note to the Gruner.
Christina is unfined and unfiltered, leading to a hazy, preserved-lemon yellow hue. Subdued and earthy, the palate has notes of citrus, lemon, chalk, and tropical fruits, with the characteristic pepper spice found in the varietal. Serve with pork Schnitzel, buttery artichokes, or fish and chips.
CURB SIDE PICK UP
COULDN'T BE EASIER!
We are continuing our curbside-only practice for the duration of Phase II due to the size of our shop. We continue to offer personalized service over the phone or via email, and you're welcome to shop through our website. Place your order on-line and orders are usually filled within 15 minutes during business hours.
PICK UP HOURS
Tip from Ted-I highly suggest you put us in your contacts to avoid having to look us up or even enter our phone number when your arrive. Shouldn't your favorite wine shop be on your speed dial?
This week a very quiet celebration occurred. After many years of sharing life together, Miss Diane Jones and Harry Hegarty have made it official. Sorry boys. They were married among family in the their back yard.
We are thrilled for them and wish them many years of laughter and happiness together. And to displace the rumors, this was not a shot gun wedding.
Our recent facebook joke confused a couple people. The name remains the same. We did have fun photoshopping our image to appear that we had. We should have photo shopped Harry into this one.
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