Spotlight Wine

SPOTLIGHT WINE 2015 Tyler Winery Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara, CA) *2R*

We are huge fans of the Tyler Winery Pinot Noir. It’s one of the best American Pinots on our shelf, especially for the price. Both spicy and floral, this wine shows lovely black cherry fruit and a nice long finish. What is truly unique about this California Pinot, is how restrained it is. The fruit is present but not overbearing, allowing many subtle nuances to come through as well, such as the undertones of warm spices and dried violets. It is both light-bodied and low in alcohol, making it both a delight to drink and wonderfully food-friendly.

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SPOTLIGHT WINE 2015 Le Piane “Mimmo” Vino Rosso Alta (Piemonte, Italy) *3R*

This week’s spotlight highlights a truly unique wine from a previously unexplored region in Italy. And boy does this wine deliver! The 2015 Le Piane “Mimmo” Vino Rosso is full of expressive character, with flavors of fresh red cherries and raspberry compote, along with cloves and dried herbs. The medium body of the wine is accentuated by a velvety texture and soft tannins, with a jolt of acidity that perfectly balances out each sip.

 

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SPOTLIGHT WINE 2015 Division Winemaking Company “Un” Chardonnay (Willamette Valley, OR) *6W*

Ring in the New Year with one of our favorite up-and-coming winemakers! This beautifully balanced Chardonnay from Division Winemaking Company exhibits characteristics of fresh orchard fruit, spiced citrus, a touch of salinity and just a touch of creaminess to round out the body and add a luxurious mouthfeel.
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SPOTLIGHT WINE 2015 Domaine Des 3 Cellier “Cuvee Alchimie” (Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone Valley, France) *6R*

After a nice weekend enjoying family and friends, we wanted to highlight an exciting bottle from a vineyard with a close family dynamic. The Domaine des 3 Cellier Red “Alchimie” Chateuneuf-du-Pape is ruby red, with notes of fresh red fruit, musky earth, and dried herbs. The juicy fruit gives way to a lush finish lengthened by soft tannins. This is a sure crowd pleaser and a perfect accompaniment to all your holiday leftovers!

 

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SPOTLIGHT WINE 2014 Domaine Roger Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Rhone Valley, France) *6R*

This week’s spotlight opens the door to exploring the amazing wine found in the Southern part of the Rhone Valley. One of the most famous appellations, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, is home to many exceptional bottles – one of which we are sharing with you now! The 2014 Roger Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape is intense and densely packed with notes of sharp raspberry, blackberry, and wild cherry, followed by incense and pepper. There is significant length on the palate, with mouthwatering acidity and fine tannins rounding out each well-balanced sip.

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SPOTLIGHT WINE  2012 TreRose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  (Montepulciano, Italy) *5R*

This week’s spotlight comes from one of Tuscany’s big DOCGs known for the Sangiovese Grape, and boasts an impressive 93 point score from Wine Enthusiast for just over $30! TreRose’s 2012 vintage of Santa Caterina Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is full of bright aromatics of luxardo cherry, tart currant, blackberry, orange peel, and fresh rosemary. There is an unmistakable softness and elegance to this wine that is characteristic to Sangiovese from this region alone, and is one of the reasons we can’t get enough!

 

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 Ultraviolet Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, CA) *7R*

The Ultraviolet Cabernet is a wine that sheds new light on what Napa Cabernets can bring to the table! This bottle brings together Old World, Bordeaux influences to a distinctly New World Cab, all at an unbelievable price point. Pair that with a skilled winemaker and premium grapes, and what can go wrong? Full of blackberry glaze and blueberry cobbler aromas,  underscored by dried tobacco, leather, and a distinct earthiness, this wine has it all. The bright acidity and soft tannins are delicately balanced, putting the finishing touches on this masterpiece. Based on this vintage, it is easy to see why Ultraviolet Cabernets have developed a cult following!

 

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SPOTLIGHT 2015 Domaine Philippe Colin Pinot Noir (Burgundy, France) *1R*

A sure crowd-pleaser, Philippe Colin’s Pinot Noir is sure to hit the spot! Fresh and light bodied, with notes of tart cherry and fresh strawberry, spice, and earthy nuances, this wine is exactly what we are looking for in an approachable Red Burgundy. With an ample amount of bright acidity and fine tannins, there is some potential to age this wine, but why wait?! Unlike some Old World Pinot, this bottle is made to drink well almost immediately, and boy am I glad. After you taste it once it is hard not to open a bottle for every occasion.

 

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2015 Girolamo Russo “A Rina” Etna Rosso (Sicily, Italy) *4R*

Girolamo Russo’s “A Rina” is a spectacular wine that stands apart as an affordable bottle that over-delivers in every way. One of our favorite light-bodied wines in the entire store, expect lots of finesse with ample notes of cherry and plum. Nice undertones of leather, tobacco and spice give this wine added intrigue. A little rustic, and yet, pure elegance. Depth and flavor of fruit abound, with an ashy minerality that is a signature trait of wines originating from around the famous Mount Etna. Velvety tannins and fresh acidity come together to make this wine a pleasure to drink.

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