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The Cristom Pinot Noir Mt. Jefferson Willimette Valley 2015 is interestingly placed just 43 miles from the pacific ocean, in the 45th parallel and planted in a diverse range of volcanic soils, “Mt Jeff” has vibrant red cherry and blackberry notes with spices.
Domaine Lafage Cotes Catalanes Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes 2015 is a masterpiece. This irresistible Syrah-Grenache blend won 94 points from Robert Parker!
Domaine Glinavos Ioannina Paleokerisio 2017 is innovative and at the same time a traditional wine with a characteristic orange colour.
A unique in its kind orange, semi-sparkling and semi-dry wine, which impresses with its distinctive and totally traditional vinification. It is produced from the indigenous white wine grape variety Debina with the addition of a small percentage of the red variety Vlahiko. It is a special type of wine, which revives the well-known traditional semi-sparkling wine of Ioannina, produced in the past by the locals. The little natural carbonate reveals the richness of flavours and aromas with a sweetness that blends in with all the other elements.
Domaine Glinavos Ioannina Paleokerisio has a characteristic orange colour which resembles that of honey, tea or a cognac colour. It is rich, refreshing and well – balanced with main aromas of apple, butter flavour with a mild oxidation, as well as aromas of cinnamon and a hint of vanilla. Aftertaste reminiscent of sweet cherry and refreshing bubbles that highlight the complexity of aromas in every sip.
Becker Estate Pinot Noir 2013 is a remarkable crisp and elegant light bodied Pinot Noir, very popular in the USA. These german wines have the highest quality and are grown on the steep banks along the rivers in this region of Pfalz in West Germany neighboring Luxembourg. Small vineyards continue to be cared for and picked by hand, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these hillsides.Limestone soils are perfect to reach the best of mineralities in a remarkable full of depth and elegance, light bodied Pinot Noir. This lovely German high quality wine has a perfect combination of fruit and minerality, grown on the steep banks along the rivers in the of region Pfalz in West Germany, neighboring Luxembourg.
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!
Viña Bujanda Rioja Gran Reserva 2011: The winery combines the family tradition of these wine producers with the most modern techniques in the elaboration of wines. Joaquín Martínez Bujanda founded the original family winery, that has created this dynasty of vine-growers and winemakers, whose fourth and fifth generation is now in charge of the business.
La Biancara Bianco Masieri IGT 2016: La Biancara was born in 1988 by Angiolino Maule and his wife, Rosamaria. Before, they had worked for twelve years as pizza makers, but now they are dedicating themselves to the viticulture, their passion. At the beginning of 80’s, they bought a plot of land, about six hectares, in the hills of Sorio di Gambellara, where they built their house and winery. Both in vineyard and in the cellar,
Nature is the core idea of our personal wine philosophy, which, from the beginning, is always expressed by our production. Our first label was Sassicaia, a white wine which, even now, expresses in the best way our land and vine variety: Garganega. From the beginning, our work and vision is characterized by the constant research of quality and ecological integrity
Tselepos Amalia Brut Rose NV: For the production of the base wine, grapes are harvested at an early stage where they are lightly unripe with a low potential alcoholic strength and high natural acidity.
Traditional method is used with the second fermentation in the bottle.
Tselepos Amalia Brut NV: Located in the region of Tegea, Arcadia in the Peloponnese, the estate’s vineyards lie at an altitude of 750 meters and boast sandy clay soil. The vineyards’ yield does not exceed 55 hl/ha. and the region’s microclimate can be characterized as continental with cold winters and warm, dry summers.
This incredible Natural Sparkling Wine is brut due to method of harvesting: the grapes are picked while their sugar are still low. Also favors great quality of this Sparkling the use of grapes harvested early for low potential alcohol in order to create the base wine. Traditional method is used with the second fermentation in the bottle.
Maison Roche de Bellene Chardonnay Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes 2017: The name comes from “Belenos,” an ancient Gallic god of sun and beauty. It is the origin of the city name, Beaune, which was called “Belena” in Roman times, and “Bellene” in the Middle Ages.
The focus at Roche de Bellene is on individual terroirs from vieilles vignes (old vines – 40 years or older) that are farmed responsibly. All of the growers are either BIO certified or farming according to the principles of lutte raisonée (sustainable viticulture). This enables the winery to consistently produce the expressive, terroir-driven style. The Maison’s entry-level white Burgundy comes from old-vine parcels in the Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise. The vines have an average age of 48 years and, as with all the wines, harvesting is done by hand.
Follies Touriga Nacional 2016 has a maroon, deep ruby color, revealing an intense aroma complemented by scents of berry, oak and vanilla. The mouth shows a well balanced body, with supple tannins resulting in an elegant whole.
Tenuta Argentiera Bolgheri Rosso Poggio Al Ginepri 2016: Poggio ai Ginepri – Bolgheri Doc – is born from the separate vinification of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grapes extracted with a soft pressing. A beautiful wine with good structure and superior concentration. It has a wide and deep olfactory panorama that opens in a very frank and immediate way. Intense structure, but also beautiful softness and good executive cleanliness.
To date, the 2016 vintage, particularly full-bodied and balanced, should be included among the last great vintages, such as 2010, 2012, and 2015.
JS92: James Suckling
Lovely brambleberries, underbrush, cedar and dried herbs and licorice. Full body, grippy tannins and a finish with a delicious serving of blue-fruit flavors.
RP91: Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
This 40/30/20/10 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot has fine mineral notes and is on the salty side. Fruit is sourced from sites with sandy soils and younger vines. The fruit is beautifully fresh, direct and clean. The 2016 Bolgheri Rosso Poggio ai Ginepri offers fullness and generosity of dark red fruit. Some 200,000 bottles were made.”
Rhous Estate Red 2016: A mix of olive and pepper aromas bond with characters such as cherries and cassis. The presence of the barrel is evident with notes of vanilla and toasted bread. On the palate, the tannins are well balanced with the alcohol and the acidity, and the result is a well-structured wine. The aftertaste has a fruity return.
The family owned and operated Rhous Tamiolakis winery is located in the village of Houdetsi, 25 km south of Heraklion and belongs to the viticultural zone of Peza. Rhous is the ancient Greek word for “flow”, the continuous progression of things. The family is committed to the production of wines using indigenous varieties that truly showcase the Cretan Vineyard. This forward thinking and creative approach has resulted in the rescue of many indigenous grapes on the verge of extinction, specifically Vidiano and Moschato Spinas. Today, these varieties are producing exceptional wines and gaining recognition throughout Greece; they are considered by many as the future ambassadors of Cretan wines.
Quinta de Foz de Arouce Tinto 2012 offers good aromatic concentration with notes of red fruits and resin. Smooth tannins. Well balanced with a persistent finish.
Foz de Arouce Tinto is sourced from the schistous alluvial vineyard of Quinta de Foz de Arouce, which has been in the family of Count João Fillipe Osorio since the twelfth century. The wine, which is 85% Baga and 15% Touriga Nacional, is fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in French oak for eight months.
Foz de Arouce has a long history of winemaking that can be linked to the legend of the Arab King Arunce, who built a castle in the region to protect his daughter, his treasures, and, of course, his wine. Today, the fourth Count of Arouce, João Filipe Osorio, lives nearby in his 16th century family home, overseeing one of the most consistently top-rated estates in Portugal – Foz de Arouce.
The estate has a rich history: A Roman road runs through the vineyard, and it was the site of the 1811 Napoleonic Battle of Foz de Arouce. In 1939, a tornado destroyed the pine forest that had covered the land and the family took this opportunity to repopulate the area with vines. Some of the original 70-year-old vines still produce fruit today. The estate is the definition of unique terroir – not another vineyard is to be found in a 50-mile radius.
Inama Carmenere Piu 2015: A new wine with a great personality. Inama is the first estate to create an important project with the Carmenere in the Colli Berici area and to give an identity to this variety with a new DOC: Colli Berici.
Carmenere is a variety that is often considered unique to Chile. However, few people know that Carmenere has been widely planted in Italy for a long time, and that in 2009 the DOC Carmenere Colli Berici (in the province of Vicenza) was recognized. It is in fact in the beautiful hills of this region that the Carmenere grape variety has found the ideal place in which to reach full ripeness.
It’s a vine that originated on the Dalmation Coast and spread throughout the Roman Empire in ancient times. This variety was grown especially in the Bordeaux region, and was long used in the typical blends of the area. However, due to its low productivity and difficulty of reaching full maturity (especially in an Atlantic climate like that of Bordeaux), Carmenere was not replanted after the phylloxera epidemic that struck Europe around the middle of the nineteenth century. This grape was considered extinct for a long time, until, only in 1994, DNA testing confirmed the opposite. It was discovered that Carmenere had traveled across the world, hiding in history. To the great surprise of scholars and growers, this vine was found widespread in Chile (where it had been confused with Merlot) and in the north-eastern regions of Italy.
About the label: This label was designed by Michela Coltro, an artist from San Bonifacio. The intention is to describe this wine, produced since 2005, at the beginning of Inama’s Carmenere project, as something young and lively, yet still classic and respectful of the style used for all the other labels. The idea was to design a cherub holding a cornucopia of fruit (classic figure) from which a bunch of red grapes comes out: Our Carmenere.
Marengo Dolcetto d’Alba 2017: Dolcetto d’Alba is a dry red wine noted for its juicy fruit character, low levels of acidity and mild tannins. This medium to full body Dolcetto d’Alba is a great and elegant red wine, typical of the Piedmont mountains. Well balanced and with the personality of La Morra wines.
This estate was established by the Marengo family in 1899. Marco Marengo, the present owner, manages it, very successfully, together with his wife Jenny and his son Stefano, a wine technician.
The vineyard extension is just 6 hectares, but 1.2 hectares are in Le Brunate, a grand cru of La Morra (and one of the greatest crus of the Langhe area) and 1 hectare is in Bricco delle Viole, one of the main crus of the town of Barolo. These two vineyards have belonged to the Marengo family for five generations.
Marco has an extraordinary palate: it was and is quite an experience to taste the wines from the barrels, first in the small and cluttered cellar in the town of La Morra and now in the new cellar that was recently built (the first vintage to be vinified there was 2011).
The philosophy of Marco is to respect what the vineyards give him as much as possible, the work in the vines is more important to him than the work in the cellar.
Vinification and ageing
Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks with temperature control, malolactic fermentation and maturing in steel for 10 months.
Fraga Do Corvo Godello 2016: From the Spanish region of Monterrei in Galicia comes this impressive jewel, a very elegant and aromatic white wine with a delicate allusion to the flavors of lemon, pear and orange blossom complemented by its refreshing acidity. Nowadays, the white grape variety Godello is one of the most favorite in Spain, which was almost lost after the ravages of phylloxera.
Vouni Panayia Alina Xynisteri Dry White 2018: Clear, straw yellow colour with green reflections. The nose is clean and intense with aromas of citrus, melon, mango and white flowers like jasmine and is fresh and soft in expression with predominating taste of tropical fruits with a clean fruity finish.
From the best terroir of Cypres comes this easy to drink fresh white wine made with the indigenous grape Xynisteri.
Vouni Panayia winery was established in 1987 by Andreas Kyriakides. Now next generation is also in motion with Andreas’ sons, Yiannis, Petros and Pavlos. The family run winery produces wines from indigenous grape varieties, highlighting the exceptional character of the area’s unique terroir. Vouni Panayia wines blend tradition with innovation and experience with knowledge, showcasing select indigenous grape varieties that carry all the distinct characteristics of the region.
This aromatic Barbera from La Morra offers scents of black cherries, cinnamon, and wet herbs. It is a bright and clean wine, with a fresh acidity reminiscent of ripe raspberries and mandarins. The brief passage in oak creates a slightly softened and balanced texture.
Ktima Tselepos Driopi Classic Agiorgitiko Nemea 2016:
Agiorgitiko – An exquisite grape variety prevailing in Nemea vineyards
The viticultural zone of Nemea, one of the largest winemaking regions in Greece, is surrounded by mountain ranges ending in hills and gentle verdant slopes covered in vineyards, where agiorgitiko is the prevailing grape variety. Named after Agios Georgios (St. George), which was the previous name of the region, agiorgitiko is considered to be one of the exquisite indigenous varieties of Greece. Since 1971 with an area covering 2.000 hectares, it has comprised the prominent red zone of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) of the Peloponnesian vineyard. The agiorgitiko variety is referred to as “Hercules’ blood” due to deep ruby red colour of its grapes.
In 2003 wine producer Giannis Tselepos pursuing his dream to expand his wine making activity decides to purchase a vineyard covering an area of 8.5 hectares after a long search throughout the Peloponnesian growth. This 50 year-old vineyard is located at Koutsi, Nemea at an altitude of 380 metres. Nemea is well-known among both wine producers and wine lovers as the perfect location to produce wines of the highest standards with great ageing potential from agiorgitiko grapes. Agiorgitiko produces quality wines with intense colour, rich in polyphenols and with high levels of tannins.
With the establishment of a brand-new, bioclimatic winery within the premises of the Estate, located at the subzone of Koutsi, Nemea; with exceptional Agiorgitiko vineyards (PDO Nemea) stretching over 10 hectares; with the valuable experience and know-how acquired over our long-course in the art of winemaking, creating the multi-awarded wines of Tselepos and Driopi Estate; with knowledge, passion and dreams for even more exquisite wines.
Markus Altenburger Blaufränkisch Vom Kalk 2015 this Austrian wine offers a fresh red currant and black cherry with an attractive floral character of rose, violet, and lavender.
Markus Altenburger is stoking a building fascination with Leithaberg wines. His vineyards perch at Austria’s far eastern edge, where vast, shallow Lake Neusiedl and the low Leitha mountain range wrangle for influence. His wines express the distinctive climate, limestone and slate soils, and the handful of native and traditional Austrian varieties he has chosen to work with.
In the few years since Markus took over his family’s estate, he’s moved from what he calls “well-behaved wines” to wines that are much closer to nature and bear a far more personal stamp. Working from 30 small plots (all now in the third year of organic conversion) scattered around the historic wine village of Jois, he is focused on blaufränkisch and a narrow range of now-rare native white varieties and old-vine chardonnay.
In addition, he and his wife Bernadette makes a few styles of distinctly Austrian rosé. He thrives on tapping into what he calls “the yin and the yang of Jois” — 800 years of winegrowing counterposed with thoughtful, innovative winemaking.
Vouni Panayia Maratheftiko Plakota 2018: Crimson red and intriguingly aromatic with and intense nose of black fruit: cherry, raspberry and blackberry with some earthy notes. Juicy and round palate, leading to a persistent and refreshing finish.
Maratheftiko is hard to find and rediscovered ancient grape from Cyprus. It does not have hermaphrodite flowers like most cultivated grape varieties and requires co-planting with other varieties in order to achieve fertilisation and fruit development.
Ktima Biblia Chora Areti White 2017 is produced from the Assyrtiko varietal cultivated on the Biblia Chora estate, near Ambelia, where the soil is limestone and clay.
On the nose-bright citrus notes (lemon/lime) with touch of white flowers and saline quality. On the palate-high tone acidity, evident stony minerality with concentrated citrus and red orchard fruit, a dry, crisp wine that shows depth and a long complex finish. Potential for ageing is 10 years.
When it was formed, D.O. Priorat ignored twelve villages that belonged to the historic Priorat region and Cataluña. These twelve towns now form D.O. Montsant, a region tied to Cataluña’s culture and history. All of the vineyards are controlled completely distinctly and individually, in order to take advantage of the characteristics that the different terrains contribute to the Garnacha and other grapes. Similarly, the wine is vinified in separate, distinct lots separated by the zones that the grapes are sourced from. This extracts the different qualities of each soil – the fruit forward nature of the fruit sourced from the sandy soils, the complexity and concentration of licorella, and the structure of the limestone soils. The best lots of each vinification are blended after in order to obtain this unique wine, which demonstrates the range of qualities of the terroir of Montsant.
“Bright and youthfully energetic on the palate, offering intense raspberry preserve, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that show seamless texture and a hint of smoky minerality. An impressively long, focused finish features rounded tannins.”Josh Raynolds, Vinous – 91 points
Cottanera Etna Barbazzale Rosso 2016: “Our wines are the offspring of a mountain and wild environment and inherit their explosive minerality from the volcano. Working in the vineyard and in the cellar makes them refined and elegant, of great balance.”
Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosato 2018 is a very interesting Rose from a volcanic terroir in the island of Sicily, Italy. Grown from organic grapes Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio varietals, this is a great fresh wine for the summertime but also a serous pairing for a large variety of delicious seafood, fishes and many other entrees.Goes especially well with eggplant and meatballs.
Brick House Gamay Noir Willamette Valley has found many friends since first released in 1995. Bright, floral and often laced with hind of anise or licorice, try this great french grape variety grown in Oregon, grown in a very similar terroir as the original Beaujolais Region.
Domaine Paul Blanck Riesling Furstentum Grand Cru Alsace 2015: 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.
Alois Lageder Conus Lagrein Riserva 2014 is a typical Lagrein red wine with most of the good qualities of this varietal grape grown in the most interesting terroir at the south of the Tirol. A 100% Alto Adige Reserve from an excellent year 2014.
Maison Joseph Drouhin Brouilly Domaine des Hospices de Belleville 2015 displays a deep red purple robe, a fleshy body with supple, caressing tannins, perfectly balanced, fruitiness is present with a delicately peppery note to finish. It is a great vintage. The colors are very pretty, often very intense. The bouquet is also intense with notes of ripe red fruits. Overall the wines show a nice tannic structure.
Alphonse Mellot La Moussiere Sancerre Blanc 2017 comes from Mellot’s home Domaine of La Moussière. It is young and intense, with a mix of spice, concentrated citrus and crisp acidity. The depth of flavor in this wine is extraordinary and merits aging.
Ovum Elkton Big Salt 2018 Sustainable and organic vineyards throughout Oregon are the building blocks for Big Salt. Big Salt is a bright, fresh, dry with sea breeze scent, spices and stone fruits. Made with no additives except low quantities of SO2, crossflow filtered and bottled after 6 months on lees.
Tami Nero d’Avola 2017: Farmed organically, fermented naturally, macerated for one week and aged six months in stainless steel. In the 1980s, a new generation of wine producers sought to prove that Sicily could make great dry wines. As happened elsewhere in Italy, they first focused on international varieties like cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay. As those wines drew attention, they then looked to Sicily’s myriad indigenous grapes. 100% Nero d’Avola.
Adelsheim Caitlin’s Reserve Chardonnay 2015: This vibrant, skillfully balanced Chardonnay shows aromas of star fruit on the nose, followed by hints of lemon curd and green fig on the palate. It would pair wonderfully with rich seafood and pasta dishes.
Juve Y Camps Gran Reserva La Familia Brut 2014 Cava endowed with a bright and attractive pale golden color. Its tiny and abundant bubbles rise up forming numerous rosaries and a stable crown. High quality Cava from the hearth of D.O. Cava in Western Catalunya, Spain.
Ovum Wines Base Line Riesling 2017: This Oregon Riesling is of the kind of white wines that are honest reflections of time and place. Native ferments, no subtractions or additions, except for SO2 – extended lees contact 8-9 months, for textural complexity. All of this is done in neutral barrels of acacia and oak, as well as cement egg and Austrian cask. A rare but impressive wine to enjoy paired with Pork, Shellfish, Spicy food or Poultry.
Tami Frappato Terre Siciliane 2017 : 100% Frappato. From organically farmed, hand-harvested vines on a flat, sandy site in the DOC of Vittoria, Italy. The grapes are destemmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in large concrete and steel tanks. Another masterpiece of Arianna Occhipinti.
Ovum Wines Off the Grid Riesling 2017: This exquisite Riesling was entirely fermented with native yeast in both concrete egg and neutral wood. Given extended lees contact, it’s textural and loaded with dry extract. Flavors highlight citrus rind, grapefruit and wet stone through the long and satisfying finish.
Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Bianco 2017 is a white wine capable of expressing the richness and personality of Sicily. It is made from indigenous grapes macerated on the skins and expresses aromas of fruit, citrus, aromatic and balsamic herbs and an expressive, traditional and direct taste.