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An exciting Kosher, Organic, Natural, Sustainable Shiraz made from Hand harvested grapes… bingo! It is made by Richard Harkham who named this wine after his grandmother. Her family moved to Israel from Iraq in the 1920s and she started making natural wines in Israel. Richard continues, now in Australia, the family tradition creating this wine that has been bottled without the use of preservatives or fining agents to convey the full flavors of the Hunter Valley and may show signs of natural sediment. The wine was produced without any sulphite additions yet its is made very much in the classic style of French Syrah wines from the Rhone valley.
The flagship white of the Gai’a portfolio, this wine is bone-dry with strong character: full-bodied, well-structured with crisp acidity, distinctive minerality and delicate honeysuckle aromas. This white wine will continue to evolve for 2-5 years, as the mineral notes soften the palate will develop more nuanced flavors of fruit and honey.
One of the pioneers of the modern Greek wine revolution, Gai’a Estate (pronounced Yay-ya) was established in 1994 by Leon Karatsalos and winemaker Yiannis Paraskevopoulos. Their mission was to capture the best that Greece’s indigenous grapes have to offer by merging traditional viticultural and production methods with innovative techniques. The estate is named after “Mother Earth,” in honor of the unique terroir that gives birth to these world-class wines.
The grapes for the Thalassitis (AKA “Originating from the Sea” in Greek) come from 70-80 year old vineyards located on the Southeastern slopes in Episkopi on the island of Santorini. The nutrient-poor, porous soils are composed largely of pumice; a uniquely harsh environment in which the native Assyrtiko is one of the few varietals that can thrive.
Perhaps, it is the only variety in the Mediterranean that manages to combine full maturity of grapes with considerably high acidity, despite the specific climatic conditions of the island. This fact is an essential factor for accomplishing flavor balance in dry white wines.
All the Assyrtiko grapes selected for THALASSITIS originate exclusively from vineyards in Episkopi, Akrotiri and Pyrgos regions. The vines in these regions are almost 80 years old.
The particularly low-yield that never exceeds 25 hl/ha combined with the terroir and the variety results an exuberant and nervous wine with a strong personality.
Enjoy it at 10oC with seafood, fish, shellfish or even lamb stewed in lemon sauce, generally with flavors of moderate intensity, where salt, sour or oil predominate.
A special feature of most Assyrtiko wines from Santorini is that despite their white color they behave like red wines! Try to age Thalassitis for 2 to 3 years at a temperature 12ο to 14οC and you will witness a change in it. Its mineral dimension will subside while the fruity and honey aromas will expand. Don’t forget to pour Thalassitis into a wide decanter half an hour before serving. You will definitely be pleased by the result!
Quinta Do Crasto Douro Red Reserva Old Vines 2015 from Douro D.O.C comes from select old vines of the well regarded Quinta do Crasto. What makes it exceptional was the unique vintage of 2015 that was dry but well-balanced and saved by the right amount of rainfall at exactly the right moment. It show excellent aromatic distinctiveness and compact structures made up of high quality, rounded tannins. This wine stands out for a generous fruit, natural freshness and extraordinary elegance.
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Seleccion Especial: 2010 was one of the best years for a Rioja Tempranillo blended with Garnacha as a Reserva Especial. The reasons why: very favorable weather, vines in excellent condition, and very moderate production. The official vintage rating was Excellent.
Gaia Santorini Wild Ferment Assyrtiko 2018:
This white wine from the volcanic Greek island of Santorini is the perfect development of new technologies using original grapes like Assyrtiko. The estate is named after “Mother Earth,” in honor of the unique terroir that gives birth to these world-class wines.
Renato Corino Barolo DOCG 2012 The creative genius behind this Barolo is the Italian viticulturist Renato Corino. His reputation is displayed in his wines receiving the best qualifications of the industry. He applies all the techniques of organic care and the result is certainly outstanding: the unique vineyard Barbera Vigna Pozzo joins the half-dozen world-class wines produced by this varietal. A wine of impressive concentration, color and length, shows a phenomenal complexity of flavors and aromas.
Domaine Paul Blanck Riesling Furstentum Grand Cru Alsace 2017: The Paul Blanck estate traces its history in Alsace back to the 17th Century, where they produce a stunning and diverse lineup of wines from enviable parcels in the Haut-Rhin district of Alsace. Located in the village of Kientzheim, Domaine Paul Blanck produces wines that are balanced, terroir-expressive, and versatile. Owners Frédéric and Philippe Blanck farm their vines without the use of chemicals, seeking to gain the clearest possible expression of vineyard character.
Yacoubian-Hobbs Rind Areni 2016: In the village of Rind, in Armenia, the Areni grape thrives in rich volcanic and limestone soils. Hot summers are tempered by cooler temperatures at these high elevation sites, and water is provided by the melting snow caps atop Mount Ararat.
VIK Milla Cala Red Blend Valle de Cachapoal 2016: Milla Calla is relaxed, easy going and bohemian with plenty of finesse, a delicious and easy to drink wine. A great blend of red grapes cultivated in a privileged terroir of the Cachapoal valley, just next to famous Colchagua valley in the middle of long chile.
Doro Princic Collio Ribolla Gialla 2017: Named for Founder Doro Princic, the Princic estate is located in the Collio DOC area of Italy’s northeastern Friuli region, one of the smallest growing areas in the country. Its white wines have been respected for many years as the very best of Italy.
G.D. Vajra Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2016: This Barbera is a fine red wine variety, originally from Italy, which is best known as the second-most important Piedmontese variety after Nebbiolo. An incredible medium body round varietal of 100% Barbera, delivers deep fruity flavors of Blackberries, Black Cherry, Chocolate and fairly mellow tannins.
Radici Taurasi is Mastroberardino’s flagship wine. Although first released in 1928, the wine became known as, Radici, which translates as ‘roots’ in 1986. This classic red is the result of painstaking research into exposure, chemical and physical characteristics of this region’s unique volcanic terroir and topography. Made from 100% Aglianico, and sourced from the Mirabella Eclano vineyard where vine age averages 30 years, Radici Taurasi is one of the most superb expressions of this ancient terroir.
A great gift set that includes a Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut Champagne in a gift box with two beautiful champagne flutes.
The 2014 Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir from Andrew Rich begins with inviting aromas of red and dark fruits with earthy undertones. On the palate this is medium bodied with a core of red fruits. It displays an elegant side with a lovely sense of place. Eola Amity Hills Pinot shows the best of both worlds in that it has the spiced red fruit of volcanic soils, and the prized structure from marine sedimentary sites.
Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial Reserva 2014 is perhaps the most easily paired with food of the Muga reds, a wine which combines the past and the future to perfection. On the one hand, it takes from classic wines its ability for evolution, its complexity and its delightful elegance, while on the other hand, its marked fruit-forward character comes to the fore, along with its fresh, spicy touches, more typically found in modern wines.
The grapes come from old vineyards planted on terraces and the must ferments using native yeasts in oak vats.
Malbec is a full-bodied red wine from France but found fame and a new home near the Andes mountains in Argentina. Although it’s grown in many parts of the world, Malbec is very much a tale of two regions, Cahors and Mendoza. Experience both great expressions of Malbec side by side and have a fun experience exploring the wonders of Malbec. You will receive (1) 750ml bottle of Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2015 and (1) 750ml bottle of Chateau Saint-Didier de Parnac Mission de Picpus Cahors Malbec 2016. Comes with a tasting sheet.
Tinto Pesquera Ribera del Duero Reserva 2012 A classic and a legend among the wineries of Rivera del Duero, Spain. One of Alejandro Fernández’s most consumed wines, which is elegant, with great finesse and silkiness, good tannins and an intense and long finish. Wine & Spirits have it among the Top 100 wines of 2018.
Voliero Brunello di Montalcino 2012 The famous enologist Andrea Cortonesi is very well represented by this Brunello, with a very nice grade by Robert Parker and the prime terroir of Uccelliera in Montalcino. Great Sangiovese varietal wine for the connoisseur and collectionists.
Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016: Vintage year 2016 is among the Best Vintages of Chateauneuf-du-Pape! This Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine is a dry, rich and intense red produced by Michel Maret, who produces a number of different cuvees all from low yields and all bottled without filtration. Michel produces wonderfully well balanced wines that combine intensity and depth of fruit with finesse and elegance.
Madeira wines are among some of the world’s greatest and most unique fortified wines. Enjoy this beautifully expressive medium- dry Madeira wine with a restrained sweetness and fine acidity from a distant volcanic island called Madeira, home to the most imperishable wines in the world. Madeira is one of the few wines that has not changed much in the last 200 years.
Catena Alta is an assemblage of historic rows within the Catena family Estate vineyards. The blend, like the marriage of sounds that create a symphony, yields a highly aromatic and elegant wine that speaks for the earth and the vines that have been tended by the Catenas for four generations. Try one of the wines created at a terroir above 5,000 ft.!