Spotlight Wine

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2013 HUBERT BOUZEREAU-GRUERE et FILLES “LES TILLETS” MEURSAULT

2013 HUBERT BOUZEREAU-GRUERE et FILLES “LES TILLETS” MEURSAULT (BURGUNDY, FR)

White Burgundy seems to be made for Spring meals. Picture sitting down to a meal of citrusy salmon, barely cooked asparagus, new potatoes, and a glass of chilled, Old World-style Chardonnay. Nothing shakes off the winter blahs like that scene!

Hubert Bouzereau is the 7th generation of winemakers in his family, and he passed his love of farming and wine down to his daughters, Marie-Laure and Marie-Anne. Together they created Domaine Bouzereau-Gruere et Filles in 2001.

Their wines pay homage to the old vines that constitute their estate, and they make wines with well-balanced minerality and aromatic purity. And, of course, vibrant acidity runs throughout their offerings.

While these wines do see some light oak aging, the oak influence is not greatly felt throughout the palate. Instead, they are fresh and bright, with sweet fruit on the palate and the region’s tell-tale peanut finish. This is a pretty wine, and a perfect one to have in your glass to welcome Spring!

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Regular Price: $60/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $51/bottle

25% 6-bottle Case Discount: $270 ($45 a bottle)

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 DOMAINE JOSEPH VOILLAT VIEILLES VIGNES PINOT NOIR

2014 DOMAINE JOSEPH VOILLAT VIEILLES VIGNES PINOT NOIR

(BURGUNDY, FR)

Try as we might, we just can’t drag our taste buds away from Burgundy. The more we drink it, the more we love it. But having a love affair with Burgundy can be an expensive proposition. That’s why we like this week’s Spotlight wine even more – all the quality with none of the price. Especially with this week’s six-bottle case discount of 25% bringing the bottle price down to just $25.50 a bottle!

Domaine Joseph Voillat’s estate has been in the same family for five generations, and their careful winemaking techniques have been passed down with each turning of the guard. The vineyards are spread over twenty acres across the famous Burgundy sub-regions of Volnay, Pommard, Meursault, and Beaune.

This wine sources old vine grapes from Volnay and Pommard. The resulting wine is brightly flavored with fresh herbs and raspberry. Despite being light on its feet, it has a rich and well-integrated mouth feel, meaning you’ll love it on it’s own, but it will pair well with dinner too.

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Regular Price: $34/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $28.90/bottle

25% Case Discount (Six Bottle Case): $153 ($51 savings at $25.50 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!

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SPOTLIGHT: 2014 JEAN DAVID “CUVÉE BEAU NEZ” SEGURET

2014 JEAN DAVID “CUVÉE BEAU NEZ” SEGURET (CÔTES DU RHONE, FR)

This is such a pretty, unassuming wine, that’s it’s easy to miss it’s complexity. “Beau Nez” means beautiful nose, which refers to the rich aromas of black fruit, licorice, and kirsch.

Winemaker Jean David (that’s him on the label with his self-described red nose and red pom pom hat!) was originally hesitant to begin farming organically, but his son convinced him that his wine would be the better for it. Now organically farmed and wild yeast fermented in cement vats with no added sulfites, this wine has found fame thanks to its alluring natural wine appeal. It seems his son was correct after all!

The nose is indeed beautiful, but the flavors are no slouch themselves. It’s reminiscent of spicy black cherry compote, with noticeable acidity and smooth tannins. This wine showcases the best of the Côtes Du Rhone – an enjoyable treasure that lacks intimidation in presentation or price! At just over $20 a bottle, you’ll feel no guilt slurping this one down with slice of pizza!

Regular Price: $30
15% off per bottle: $25.50
25% off Four Bottles: $90 ($30 savings at $22.50/bottle) That’s Like Buy 3, Get 1 Free!

 

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2013 SWANSON VINEYARDS MERLOT

2013 SWANSON VINEYARDS MERLOT

(NAPA VALLEY, CA)

When TJ and I got married in 2004, we served the Swanson Vineyards “Alexis” as our wedding wine. Ever since, we’ve had a soft spot in our hearts for this iconic Napa winery, but we’ve never carried them in the store before. Happily for all of us, Swanson’s quality wines are now on our shelves.

Swanson’s Merlot is blended with 19% Cabernet and 2% Petit Verdot, which helps this robust and round wine from becoming too jammy or sweet. The 2013 has a gorgeous deep purple color, with signature cocoa and black cherry fruit aromas. The palate of the wine is both complex and delicious, with elements of cedar and mocha, and nice big tannins. This is a premier Merlot made by one of Napa’s best winemakers, Chris Phelps, who came to Swanson by way of Chateau Petrus and Dominus.

Terroir, pedigree, flavor, and complexity – this wine has it all, but as you can see from the offer below, doesn’t come with the expected big price tag. It’s just $24 a bottle! Click the “Buy Now” button below to be connected with Brian in our Special Orders Department!

Regular Price: $32/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $27.20/bottle

25% four-bottle Discount: $144 ($48 savings at $24 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 1999 GIORGIO PELISSERO “ANNATA” BARBARESCO

1999 GIORGIO PELISSERO “ANNATA” BARBARESCO (PIEDMONT, ITALY)

Nebbiolo is hands-down TJ’s favorite varietal and he has a passion for Barbaresco, which is often considered more approachable and feminine in style than its big brother Barolo. The knock on Nebbiolo is that it can take a long time to be ready to drink, especially Barolo. At lot of us just don’t have the patience to let these wines mellow out.

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SPOTLIGHT: 2014 ALHEIT VINEYARDS “CARTOLOGY”

SPOTLIGHT: 2014 ALHEIT VINEYARDS “CARTOLOGY” (WESTERN CAPE, SA)

South Africa is doing absolutely incredible things with Chenin Blanc, and these wines are fast becoming our new wine obsession. For those of you picturing your grandmother’s sweet Chenins of yesteryear, you can’t imagine how much these wines have changed over the decades. They are now lovely and balanced, with wonderful aromatics and a vibrant palate.

This wine from Alheit Vineyards in the Western Cape region of South Africa is 89% Chenin Blanc and 11% Semillon, the famous Bordeaux grape. It has aromas of honey and lime tropical notes, and a lovely bees wax quality on the finish. TJ’s tasting note is just one word – “AWESOME.” As for me, my mouth is watering just thinking about drinking this wine.

Chenin Blanc will continue to be a hot wine trend in 2017. Get yours on sale this week!

 

Regular Price: $55
15% off per bottle: $46.75
25% off Four Bottles: $165 ($55 savings at $41.25/bottle) That’s Like Buy 3, Get 1 Free!

 

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 HARTFORD COURT CHARDONNAY

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 HARTFORD COURT CHARDONNAY

(RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY, CA)

You guys helped us crush our Presidents’ Day wine sale this past weekend, and today the savings continue with an expertly made Chardonnay that comes in under $25 after discount.

Hartford Family Winery was founded in 1994 by Don and Jennifer Hartford. Their mission is to showcase wines that represent the people, terroir, and unique vineyard sites near their Russian River Valley home. (That’s me having a moment overlooking their vineyards last spring.) 

The 2014 vintage was particularly strong across all of the label’s Chardonnay offerings, a vintage in which their winemakers pulled back on the oak finish of the wines to let more of the distinct terroir shine through. The 2014 RRV Chardonnay is a particularly fine example of their ability to produce stunning Chardonnay, at a price that is much more affordable than other California producers.

TJ loves the texture and bright acidity of this wine, along with the bright apple and candied lemon flavors, and floral notes. If you love Chardonnay, you’ll love this wine. Click the Buy Now button below to place your order!

Regular Price: $33/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $28.05/bottle

25% four-bottle Discount: $99 ($33savings at $24.75 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2013 BREA

2013 BREA “MARGARITA VINEYARDS” CABERNET SAUVIGNON

(PASO ROBLES, CA)

The official Paso Robles wine website says that the region’s town feels like it’s right out of a Normal Rockwell painting, but when Paso emerged on the wine scene it had a reputation for being the Wild, Wild West. In the years that have passed, Paso Robles has become more mainstream, but the energy and pioneering spirit still remain. Paso is known for it’s Cabernet Sauvignon, of which the Brea “Margarita Vineyards” Cab is a shining, and affordable, example.

Brea, a project between Chris Brockway of Broc Cellars and Tim Elenteny of TE Imports, has a passion for organically farmed fruit and wild yeast fermentation to produce real deal, unadulterated expressions of California Cabernet. This vintage of the “Margarita Vineyards” has bright red currants and berry flavors wrapped in elegant tannins and striking minerality.

This wine has earned TJ’s top rating of “yummy,” a term reserved for those that make your toes curl with happiness. It’s got big, in your face fruit, but maintains its balance, a hallmark of the Paso Robles wines and winemaking style.

Still not convinced? Compare the price to that of Napa Cabernet and you’ll see it’s worth it to give this bottle a try! Such a steal for Cab coming out of California.


Regular Price: $35/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $29.75/bottle

25% four-bottle Discount: $105 ($35 savings at $26.25 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 DOMAINE ARNOUX-LACHAUX “PINOT FIN” PINOT NOIR

2014 DOMAINE ARNOUX-LACHAUX “PINOT FIN” PINOT NOIR
(BURGUNDY, FR)

Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux is going through a rebirth as the winery passes from one generation down to the next. Much as current winemaker Pascal Lachaux took over from his father-in-law Robert Arnoux, the three Lachaux sons are now preparing to take the reigns from their parents, who have been managing the estate since 1995.

Charles Lachaux, their oldest son, has studied winemaking in South Africa and Oregon, and is starting to bring new world sensibility to one of the most storied sub-regions in the world – the renowned Vosne-Romanee. His first vintage was 2012, and it didn’t take him long to get his footing. The past several vintages have been heralded as some of the best the Domaine has ever produced.

This combination of rustic Old World bones with a touch of New World pizzazz gets us completely psyched up for this wine. TJ loves its bright, fresh acidity and dusty floral notes. It’s an elegant wine, but not one that takes itself too seriously. Whole cluster fermentation of the “Pinot Fin” clone, known for its dense, small grapes, means that this wine has appealing depth and power.

And in case you’re wondering, his dad really likes Charles’ influence on the wine too. We only have three cases of this wine, so grab some while you can!

Regular Price: $42/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $35.70/bottle

25% four-bottle Discount: $126 ($42 savings at $31.50 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!

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