Spotlight Wine

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 TENUTA DELL’ORNELLAIA “LE VOLTE” RED

The Urban Grape | 2014 TENUTA DELL'ORNELLAIA "LE VOLTE" RED (TUSCANY, IT)

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 TENUTA DELL’ORNELLAIA “LE VOLTE” RED (TUSCANY, IT)

Ornellaia. If you have a fondness for Italy’s Super Tuscan wines than you know and love the Antinori family’s offering, one of the most famous wines in the world. Ornellaia is an homage to well-structured Bordeaux blends and shows Tuscany’s ability to make world-class wines that are not dominated by Sangiovese. But for most of us, the price of Ornellaia puts it out of reach. Luckily, their more affordable wines have been gaining a foothold and creating a buzz all their own.

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 BAND OF VINTNERS “CONSORTIUM” CABERNET SAUVIGNON

The Urban Grape | Consortium

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 BAND OF VINTNERS “CONSORTIUM” CABERNET SAUVIGNON (NAPA VALLEY, CA)

What happens when seven wine industry friends get together to blend a Cabernet Sauvignon? They end up making one of the most approachable, palate-friendly, and affordably priced Napa wines on the market.

Industry leaders like Jason Heller of Harlan and BOND Estates, Barrett Anderson of Jackson Family Wines, and Dan Petroski of Larkmead and Massican Wineries joined together to form the Band of Vintners, a label dedicated to sourcing the best fruit at the best price to produce the “best pound-for-pound” Cabernet possible.

The resulting Consortium is a fantastic wine, and one that pleases even the most finicky Cabernet palate. The wine has everything you want in a Cab – dark red and black fruit aromas and flavors, mixed with baking spices, leather, tobacco, and cocoa. In other words, depth. The finish is soft and silky – the tannins are present, but integrated.

The bottle is beautiful, the juice is exquisite, and the price is right. Grab a six-pack or case, and gift and drink this all December long. It will become an instant favorite!

Regular Price: $42/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $35.70/bottle

25% six-bottle Discount: $189 ($63 savings at $31.50 a bottle) 

To make an order, contact Sophie at orders@theurbangrape.com, or click “Buy Now” to fill out our online order form!

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 BAND OF VINTNERS “CONSORTIUM” CABERNET SAUVIGNON (NAPA VALLEY, CA)

What happens when seven wine industry friends get together to blend a Cabernet Sauvignon? They end up making one of the most approachable, palate-friendly, and affordably priced Napa wines on the market.

Industry leaders like Jason Heller of Harlan and BOND Estates, Barrett Anderson of Jackson Family Wines, and Dan Petroski of Larkmead and Massican Wineries joined together to form the Band of Vintners, a label dedicated to sourcing the best fruit at the best price to produce the “best pound-for-pound” Cabernet possible.

The resulting Consortium is a fantastic wine, and one that pleases even the most finicky Cabernet palate. The wine has everything you want in a Cab – dark red and black fruit aromas and flavors, mixed with baking spices, leather, tobacco, and cocoa. In other words, depth. The finish is soft and silky – the tannins are present, but integrated.

The bottle is beautiful, the juice is exquisite, and the price is right. Grab a six-pack or case, and gift and drink this all December long. It will become an instant favorite!

Regular Price: $42/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $35.70/bottle

25% six-bottle Discount: $189 ($63 savings at $31.50 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!

To make an order, contact Sophie at orders@theurbangrape.com, or click “Buy Now” to fill out our online order form!

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2012 GROTH RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

The Urban Grape | Groth

SPOTLIGHT: 2012 GROTH RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON (OAKVILLE-NAPA VALLEY, CA)

If ever there was a time of year to treat yourself to a wine from the spectacular 2012 Napa vintage, this is it. This heralded vintage lives up to the hype – the wines are almost universally balanced, classically structured, and highly rated. These wines drink well now, but will find a long life in your cellar too.

The 2012 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with 10% Merlot from from the Hillview Vineyard. The combination adds up to a wine with huge fruit aromas and flavors. It’s softly textured and velvety, but the vintage’s structure remains and plays nicely off of the big fruit on the palate. Aged 22 months in barrel.

A lot of people don’t know that Groth makes a Reserve Cabernet. While their regular Cab can be found on every steak house list, this wine is harder to come by and more serious in nature. It earned 93 points from both James Suckling and Wine Enthusiast. It’s a wonderful choice for a holiday dinner!

Regular Price: $110
15% off per bottle: $93.50
25% off Four Bottles: $330 ($110 savings at $82.50/bottle) That’s Like Buy 3, Get 1 Free!

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 NICOLAS JAY PINOT NOIR (WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OR)

The Urban Grape | Nicolas Jay Pinot Noir

Before we get into this week’s Spotlight, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible energy that so many of you brought to our Grand Tasting this past Saturday. I know a lot of us were feeling unsettled, and looking for community, and the fact that you chose to find it at The Urban Grape made us feel like we had truly fulfilled our mission to create community, memories, and joy through the shared experience of wine. To have many hundreds of people spend time in the store, all of whom were being kind, thoughtful, and genuine, felt like balm for the soul. Thank you for that.

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2013 BRICK AND MORTAR “COUGAR ROCK VINEYARD” PINOT NOIR (NAPA VALLEY, CA)

The Urban Grape | Pick&Mortar

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2013 BRICK AND MORTAR “COUGAR ROCK VINEYARD” PINOT NOIR (NAPA VALLEY, CA)

Pinot Noir is seldom blended with other varietals, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a blended wine. Instead, the winemakers carefully choose different clones of Pinot Noir to make a wine that has beautiful fruit, acidity, and structure.

No grape has more clones than Pinot Noir. The grape is considered genetically unstable, and mutates easily into new versions of itself. These version diverge over time, and become known for different qualities – early bud break, mildew resistance, higher quality fruit, intense floral aromas, etc., etc. The average wine drinker does not need to worry about clonal variety at all because good winemakers will work the clones on your behalf.

That’s exactly the case with the Brick & Mortar “Cougar Rock Vineyard” Pinot Noir, a blend of three clones: 777, 115, and Pommard 4. That’s geeky stuff. What you need to know is that 777 and 115 give the wine lush fruit characteristics, and the Pommard 4 give the wine acidity and structure. The result is a perfectly balanced American Pinot Noir, and one that we think will taste fantastic with Thanksgiving dinner.

Brick & Mortar’s wines are allocated and hard to find, but you can grab them at UG this week for 25% off!

Regular Price: $58/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $49.30/bottle

25% four-bottle Discount: $174 ($58 savings at $43.50 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!

To make an order click “Buy Now” to fill out our online order form!

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THANKSGIVING BORDEAUX AT AN UNBELIEVABLE PRICE!

The Urban Grape | Fombrauge

THANKSGIVING BORDEAUX AT AN UNBELIEVABLE PRICE!

It is no secret that I love a great value Bordeaux, and the 2008 Chateau Fombrauge Saint-Emilion Grand Cru is a quality wine at a killer price point. The first harvest at Chateau Fombrauge was in 1599, and although the property has changed ownership a few times, quality has always been paramount. Chateau Fombrauge is the 2nd largest Grand Cru Classe in Saint-Emilion with a diversity of soil that provides a foundation for the wine’s complexity.

TJ and I tasted this recently and we were blown away with the power and elegance this medium-bodied Saint-Emilion possesses – not to mention it is seriously yummy (in our professional opinions). It’s soft and silky with rich notes of dried fruit, a touch of earth, and seductive notes of herbs. This will be an incredible pairing for all Thanksgiving menus! This week we are offering 25% off a 6-pack (in wood) of the 2008 Chateau Fombrauge Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe.

  • Regulary Priced: $50.00 per bottle/$300.00 per 6-pack
  • 25% Off 6-pack: $37.50 per bottle/$225.00 per 6-pack

The largest vineyard in St.-Emilion had surprisingly good yields of 38 hectoliters per hectare (low by the standards of recent top vintages). The final blend was 77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine was aged in 55% new oak, and it tips the scales at 14% natural alcohol, which is slightly higher than the 2005. Made with minimal intervention (gravity flow, manual punching down a la Burgundy), it is a showy, dense ruby/purple-hued effort with sweet tannin, medium to full body, some unresolved smoky oak, blueberries, black fruits, and a hint of ink. This pure, attractive 2008 should drink well young, and evolve for 10-12 years.” 
– 92 Points, Robert Parker

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SPECTAULAR SPANISH RED FOR JUST $13.50 A BOTTLE!

The Urban Grape | Spanish Red

SPECTAULAR SPANISH RED FOR JUST $13.50 A BOTTLE!

For centuries, the region of Montsant has toiled away in the literal and figurative shadow of its neighbor Priorat. While the two regions grow the same grapes and produce similarly styled full bodied wines, Priorat gained the glory while Montsant was thought of as the little sister. Everywhere Montsant tried to go and make a name for itself, Priorat had already been there, done that.
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25% OFF ONE OF NAPA’S ORIGINAL CULT CABERNETS

The Urban Grape | Two Old Dogs

Over 25 years ago, Jennifer and Herb Lamb bought a small 7-acre estate at the base of Howell Mountain. After years of selling their fruit to such prestigious labels as Colgin and Karl Lawrence, they decided to hire wine maker Mike Trujllio for their own Herb Lamb label. Shortly thereafter, their “companion” label, Two Old Dogs, was born. “Two Old Dogs” references the relationship between Herb and his loyal pup, Camo.

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