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.
From the Vine
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.
It’s Summer Somewhere!
Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50
Travel to warmer climates with wines from the Southern hemisphere! We may be experiencing freezing temperatures and a case of the winter doldrums in the northern hemisphere, but head below the equator and you’ll be bathed in vibrant sunshine as summer is in full swing. UG’s January Sampler, “It’s Summer Somewhere,” includes four wines hand-selected by our staff to introduce some liquid sunshine. So leave the gloom behind and head south of the border to South Africa, Australia, Argentina, and New Zealand.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Sparkle, Spice, & Everything Nice!
December Urban Sampler includes four wines hand-selected by our staff to get you in a festive mood. “Sparkle, Spice & Everything Nice” features a classic Italian bubbly for holiday toasting, a floral white to sip on while baking cookies, a light & bright Beaujolais for hors d’oeuvres and an earthy French Malbec for the main course. Check off your wine wish-lists with this fabulous 4-pack, perfect for any holiday soiree!
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!
This holiday season, give the gift of learning how to Drink Progressively! TJ, Hadley, and sometimes Gabriel, are popping up around town for a series of fun and educational classes on pairing wine and food. Tickets to one of these events would make the perfect stocking stuffer!