Spotlight Wine

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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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2015 Bret Brothers Macon-Villages “Terroirs du Maconnais” Chardonnay (Burgundy, France) *4W*

The Urban Grape | Bret Brothers Macon Villages

Comprised primarily of grapes from some of the most well known zip codes in the Maconnais, this is a White Burgundy you shouldn’t miss! With mouth watering stone fruit and bright acidity, this wine’s slightly creamy texture and citrusy zest create a complex and intoxicating wine at an unbeatable price point.

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SPOTLIGHT 2015 Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) *5R*

What a great opportunity to try a rare 5-star vintage! This wine is a great effort from the Italian producer Canalicchio di Sopra, and is drinking beautifully right now. Bright red fruits are intertwined with anise, wildflowers, and moist potting soil, fading into a backdrop of darker spice and herbs. The warm sun from the vintage is carried through on the palate with an explosive juiciness from the ripe fruit, but the taut acidity and gritty tannins that you find on the finish are indicative of the cooler nights in 2015.
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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2015 Domaine Agape Pinot Noir (Alsace, France) *2R*

The Urban Grape | Domaine Agape Pinot Noir

This week’s spotlight wine is a light and fresh Pinot Noir from the Alsace region of France! Rarely exported to the United States, Alsatian Pinot’s are a rare treat that offers up a whole new look at what Pinot Noir can be. Subtle and restrained, offering a departure from more modern American Pinot Noirs, but much lighter and brighter than a lot of the classic French Burgundy offerings, this Pinot is totally unique.

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SPOTLIGHT WINE 2014 Domaine la Ligiere “Cuvee Point G” Vacqueyras, Rhone Valley, France *7R*

Situated in the Southern Rhone Valley, in Beaumes de Venise, Domaine la Ligiere has been an entirely organically and biodynamic practicing vineyard for over 10 years. Consisting of 60 hectares total, half of this prized land is located within the smaller AOC of Vacqueyras, an area known for its Southern Rhone blends.

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SPOTLIGHT: 2014 Paradigm, Oakville Merlot (Napa Valley, CA)

Paradigm consists of a total of 50 acres of four contiguous parcels of land. Owners Ren and Marilyn Harris, the winemakers, have extraordinarily deep roots in Napa Valley. Both families immigrated from Italy generations ago – Marilyn’s family in 1890, and Ryn’s in 1790. Paradigm is a completely self-contained winery and estate – not only housing vineyards, but two homes, olive trees, a barn, and an entire warehouse for wine production. All tucked away in the idyllic Oakville AVA within Napa Valley, these two winemakers couldn’t have asked to be located in a better spot.

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 Domaine de la Cote ‘Sta. Rita Hills’ Pinot Noir (Lompoc, CA) *1R*

Rajat Parr, the man behind Domaine de la Cote, is a three-time James Beard Award-winning author, sommelier, and winemaker for multiple projects. This chance to taste one of his flagship Pinot Noirs should not be missed! Rajat’s vision for Domaine de la Cote is to make serious, terroir expressive wines worthy of aging from vineyards in Santa Barbara County. That is no easy task, but his 2014 offering truly hits a home run!

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 Revana Family Vineyards “Alexana” Riesling (Dundee Hills, Oregon) *3W*

A house favorite here at The Urban Grape, this dry Riesling from inside the Willamette Valley is sure to satisfy! We love it so much, in fact, that it is one of the featured wines in TJ and Hadley’s new project – Drink Progressively: The Book! This educational book is full of great wine tips, recipes, and pairings, plus it is 35% off if you pre-order through Amazon right now! Check it out via the link above.
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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2012 Barth “Charta” Riesling (Rheingau, Germany)

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2012 Barth “Charta” Riesling (Rheingau, Germany)

Brand new to UG, and found only in the Rheingau, this dry German Riesling has a unique flavor profile and structure that separates it from any other Riesling in the world.

Since 1983 the Charta Association has produced wines according to strict quality standards, and the Barth Riesling is no exception. Expressive fruit character, racy acidity, and elegant balance reflect the high caliber expected of Charta wines.

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