Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Good Value Wine Selections!

We like good values. But unfortunately it might take tasting 100 wines to find those 10 good ones; I mean a  really solid wine for the price. There are a lot of duds out there. We taste everything before we buy to ensure the quality. And because of this filtering we are proud when we put together a nice collection of wines that taste-better-than-they-cost. Our under $15 section is always building.

2012 Braschi Albana di Romagna Secco $14.99 Italy
The Albana white DOCG was the first in Italy. Straw yellow with golden highlights. Aromas honeysuckle, peaches and minerals.

2012 Hedges CMS Blend $12.99 Washington
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 6% Syrah. All Columbia Valley fruit. A food-friendly, open-knit and ready to drink wine, with a burst of juicy acidity at the finish to keep it fresh.

2011 Lo Nuevo Verdejo Lunares $12.99 Spain
Wonderfully aromatic with bright pineapple, fresh spring flowers and peach aromas. Slightly creamy on the palate, this wine is ripe with exotic fruit

2012 Niepoort Twisted Tinto Douro $14.99 Portugal
A pleasant, easy drinking red from Portugal, made with local grapes: Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Amarela. Balsamic and dark red fruits.

2013 Fossil Point Pinot Noir $14.99 California
Edna Valley Pinot Noir at a great price. The fruit was hand harvested and fermented in small lots prior to aging for 10 months in French oak barrels. Classic ripe cherry fruit.

2013 Laporte Sauvignon Blanc Le Bouquet $14.99 France
Certified organic. Great value-driven Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley. Aromatic, pleasantly floral and fruity. A hint of lemon gives it all its liveliness.

2013 Luc Lapeyre San Brés Minervois $12.99 France
From predominantly gravel, sand and clay soils comes this bright and refreshing red from the south of France. Youthful red filled with bright fruit. Grenache and Syrah.

2014 La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet $12.99 France
Picpoul de Pinet is the grape and the appellation (in the Languedoc Roussillon). Bright yellow with green highlights. Stone fruit, pears and citrus.

2014 Domaine Duffour Blanc Cotes de Gascogne $9.99 France
A fresh blend of Gros Manseng, Colombard and Ugni Blanc. Notes of melon, clean, pure flavors of citus fruit, an engaging herbaceous note, and a pleasingly dry finish.

2010 Chateau la Coustarelle Grand Cuvee Tradition $14.99 France
The Cuveé Tradition is fashioned from 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot from a 30+ year old parcel of vines. This hearty red displays intense aromas of blackberry, black truffles and licorice.

2013 Domaine de Colette Beaujolais-Villages $14.99 France
45-year-old vines grown in pink granite soils with South-Southeast facing slopes, this is another wine that over-achieves. Quality Gamay for a silly price. Raspberry, red currant and strawberry.

NV Capdevila Pujol Cava $14.99 Spain
(89 Points: International Wine Cellar) "Light greenish-yellow. Musky lemon and pear on the nose, with subtle floral and mineral qualities. Juicy and a touch grapey, yellow plum and pear flavors."

2014 Bodegas Aragonesas Crucillón Garnacha Campo de Borja $12.99 Spain
Cherry red color with blue edges denoting its youth. Earthy, warm berry aromas on the nose. The palate on this everyday drinker is loaded with black and red fruits.

2010 Laila Rosso Piceno Marche $14.99 Italy
Made with 80% Montepulciano and 20% Sangiovese. Sustainably-farmed fruit, no use of chemicals. Fresh. Meaty. Cherry fruit. Good depth and great value.

2012 Independent Producers Chardonnay $14.99 Washington
The House of Independent Producers Chardonnay is as close to a Chablis-style white as you can find on the West Coast. No oak. Apple, flint, citrus and stone define the palate.

2012 Schmid Grüner Veltliner Stratzinger Satzen $14.99 Austria
30-year-old vines. 100% stainless. Clean. Bright yellow green, citrus fragrance, on the palate fresh and well balanced, delicate aromas of green apples, harmonious interlacing of acidity.

2011 Viticcio Chianti Classico Tuscany $14.99 Italy
(90 Points: James Suckling) "Aromas of dried cherries and flowers follow through to a medium to full body with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Nice creamy acidity. Drink or hold."

2013 Massiac Viognier Vin de Pays d'Oc $13.99 France
Importer notes: "Early morning harvest to take advantage of the cool morning hours, fermentation and elevage in tank. Fresh, lively and expressive notes of flowers and stone fruits."

2013 Massiac Minervois Rouge Sentinelle $12.99 France
A blend of 75% Syrah and 25% Carignan. It is dark in color and rich when young, with dominant flavors of blackcurrant. These primary fruit aromas give way to herb/garrigue characteristics as the wine ages. A classic bistro wine, that is food-friendly.

2012 Adelaida Version White $14.99 California
(90 Points: Wine Advocate) "The 2012 Version White checks in as blend of 33% Grenache Blanc, 25% Picpoul, 25% Viognier and the balance Roussanne. Aged 10 month in neutral barrels, it gives up pretty apple and pear fruits, with additional citrus and floral notes coming through with air. Medium-bodied, pure and elegant."

NV Domaine Collin Cremant de Limoux Brut $12.99 France
Produced in a traditional method with a second fermentation taking place in the bottle. Balanced, elegant and with no rough edges. The Chardonnay gives the wine brightness and a lively acidity, the Chenin Blanc adds richness and texture, while the Pinot Noir adds depth to the wine

Always more coming so come in to check it out...