From the Vine

From the Vine

SPOTLIGHT WINE  2012 TreRose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  (Montepulciano, Italy) *5R*

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!

 

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December 2017 Sampler

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!

 

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 Ultraviolet Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, CA) *7R*

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!

 

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DRINK PROGRESSIVELY Around Town!

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!

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SPOTLIGHT 2015 Domaine Philippe Colin Pinot Noir (Burgundy, France) *1R*

A sure crowd-pleaser, Philippe Colin’s Pinot Noir is sure to hit the spot! Fresh and light bodied, with notes of tart cherry and fresh strawberry, spice, and earthy nuances, this wine is exactly what we are looking for in an approachable Red Burgundy. With an ample amount of bright acidity and fine tannins, there is some potential to age this wine, but why wait?! Unlike some Old World Pinot, this bottle is made to drink well almost immediately, and boy am I glad. After you taste it once it is hard not to open a bottle for every occasion.

 

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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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November 2017 Urban Sampler

Drink Progressively this Thanksgiving

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

November is all about Thanksgiving. Whether your holiday sees the traditional spread of old-school classics, a modern-day feast fit for a chef, or a meat-free vegetarian bounty – the only requirement we have of America’s country-wide binge is good wine to pair and wash it all down (although pants with an elastic waist-line are a close second). We’ve picked the top four table-ready selections, straight from our new book Drink Progressively, for your Holiday pre-game. With a light to heavy approach to pairing, you can go back to worrying about the turkey. Continue reading

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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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