Spotlight Wine

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 SAMsARA Syrah

2014 SAMsARA Syrah

(Santa Rita Hills, CA)

We’re feeling everything about this new-to-UG wine, from the meaning behind the name to the philosophy that inspires how it is made.

Samsara is the sanskrit word for the continuous cycle of life, death, and reincarnation. This from the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs – “Because past lives affect future ones, a person is never sure about their reincarnation and the suffering that might accompany it because of past actions.” Karma, baby. 

This concept inspires the way owners Chad and Mary Melville live their life – with passion, oneness, and harmony. These concepts carry over into their wine growing, and they believe that the important work for making a good wine happens in the field. From there they do little handling or manipulation, just letting their grapes show their stuff.

Antoni Galloni, a former member of the tasting staff at Wine Advocate, calls SAMsARA “one of the most dynamic, exciting young wineries in California. These are some of the most compelling wines being made in California today.”

The 2014 SAMsARA Syrah has aromas of smoky blackberry, boysenberry and herbs, and a palate of spiced berry and candied cherry flavors, with floral and olive nuances. This is a juicy, luscious wine with soft, velvety tannins. Perfect for the cold weather this week!
Regular Price: $46
15% off per bottle: $39.10
25% off Four Bottles: $138 ($46 savings at $34.50/bottle) That’s Like Buy 3, Get 1 Free!

To order, contact TJ

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2015 HENTLEY FARM SHIRAZ

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2015 HENTLEY FARM SHIRAZ

(BAROSSA VALLEY, AUSTRALIA)

When it’s cold at home, it’s nice to drink wine from some place warm. Wines from hot, arid climates are big and bold and a little in your face. They pair well with winter’s hearty meals but also function as a meal in and of themselves in a pinch. They fill you up and warm you up. A perfect combination.

With aromatics of dark cherry, black currant, raspberry, plum, and olives, and a palate of dark fruits, this badass wine manages to still maintain a nice touch of acidity. Add in some soft velvety tannins and you’ve basically got a red wine that acts like a giant Snuggie.

We’re offering this wine at an awesome price for the week, so while the discount might start at four bottles, it’s not a bad idea to pick up a case! Click the “Buy Now” button below to secure yours.

Regular Price: $31/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $26.35/bottle

25% four-bottle Discount: $93 ($31 savings at $23.25 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!

To make an order, contact our Special Orders Department!

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SPOTLIGHT: WHISTLE PIG

SPOTLIGHT: WHISTLE PIG “THE BOSS HOG 3rd EDITION – THE INDEPENDENT” STRAIGHT RYE WHISKEY

(SHOREHAM, VT)

Since Whistle Pig began in 2008, the company and its products have been an ode to the America Dream. Transforming an old dairy farm into a world-class whiskey production facility, while still retaining its original charm, the distillery has won accolades for its excellent whiskies.

The Boss Hog is a limited edition release, and heralded as the biggest and most profound of their line-up. The first Rye Whiskey ever finished in 250 liter Scotch casks (Hogshead Barrels), the resulting whiskey showcases both tremendous power and delicate nuance. Only 30 barrels of this whiskey were produced.

The nose has elements of oak and vanilla, with undertones of mint, caramel, and baking spice. The palate is warm and bold with lots of spices. Hints of peat and smoke throughout. A collector’s item that we are offering for 15% off as long as supplies last. Which, admittedly, won’t be long!

Regular Price: $295/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $250.75/bottle

To make an order, contact our Special Orders Department!

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: NV DOMAINE DE SOUSA “TRADITION” BRUT

SPOTLIGHT WINE: NV DOMAINE DE SOUSA “TRADITION” BRUT (Champagne, FRA)

We’ve made it through Christmas, the start of Hanukkah and a festive holiday weekend. But the 2016 drinking isn’t quite over yet! UG is here to make sure you’ve got the best wine in your bottle, no matter your price point.

The Champagne House of De Sousa has been making sparkling wine since the 1950’s. Their vines dig down into chalky soil, and the resulting grapes produce a fresh-tasting wine with salinity and minerality. They hand-harvest their grapes as late in the season as possible Continue reading

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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!

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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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