2012 Talosa Montepuliciano
From the ancient Etruscan town of Montepulciano, Italy, the cellars at the Talosa winery date back to the 16th century. This DOCG Montepulciano is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot. The wine has intense aromas of dark fruit, mainly blackberry and black cherry. There is a pleasing vein of warm spice that never dominates the palate and balances with a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is diversified and tasty with young and lively tannins which are nicely reined in by the wine’s silky texture. The finish is flavorful and broad.
2011 Les Vins de Vienne Crozes Hermitage
From the Northern Rhone Valley in France, the Crozes-Hermitage is the largest wine region in France. According to its strict appellation rules, the only red grape allowed to be grown there is Syrah. The vineyards have replaced an area that was formerly fruit orchards in the 20th century, which plays into the vibrant fruitiness of the wine. This 100% Syrah emits aromas of blackcurrant, licorice, tanned leather and smoke. On the palate the dark fruit is balanced with herbal notes of lavender and fennel as well as an overlying peppery earthiness that extends into the long, smooth finish.
2015 Auntsfield Sauvignon Blanc
From Marlborough, New Zealand, the Auntsfield Estate was planted in 1873 by the founding father and winemaker of Marlborough, David Herd. The wines shows the distinctive characteristics of ripeness, texture and minerality which are unique to the ancient Greywacke rock and Loess clay soils of the vineyard. This Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of fresh passionfruit, ripe citrus and lime. There are also notes of dried herbs, lemongrass, jalapeno and blackcurrant which add pungency and intensity to the aromatic quality of the wine. On the palate it is powerful, tight and elegant with intense ripe flavors of passionfruit, white peach, lime and mandarin peel. The flavor is concentrated and weighty, but balanced with an underlying minerality and tight structure with lively tension.
2014 Pintupi 9 The Red
From the McLaren Vale in Southern Australia, this wine is named after the tribe of native Aboriginees that live on the vineyard property. There are only 9 of them left, and they are protected by the national government. The wine is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Shiraz, and 2% Arneis. It has lively aromas of red berries, cherry, cracked pepper and dried herbs. Spicy and precise on the palate, it offers tangy red fruit flavors, picking up a bitter licorice quality and leaving red fruit notes behind. The Arneis is barely noticeable, but gives an important tang to the wine which keeps it lively and nervy.
2014 Domaine de Couron Cotes du Rhone
From the village of Saint Marcel d’Ardeche, 45 miles northwest of Avignon, brother and sister winemakers Jean-Luc and Marie-Lise Dorthe bring you this Cotes-du-Rhone from 46 year old vines. The wine is 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, it’s also fully organic and bio-dynamic. On the nose and palate, the wine offers notes of lightly dusty-edged black cherry and black currant fruit with an underlying graphite note that adds a subtle crisp earthiness. A hint of lavender chimes on the finish.
2015 I Masoletti Pinot Grigio
From Lavis, north of Trentino, Italy, which translates from Latin to “strength”. The vineyards stretch across Dell’Adige, up the green hills of Sorni and Meano, and to the terraces of the Valli di Cembra. There, the winegrowing tradition dates back to the time of the Rhetians, a proud and enterprising people who were among the first to produce Pinot Grigio. The wine is light and crisp, with aromas of fresh white flowers, lemon, and just a hint of summer melon. The wine dances on the palate with flavors of citrus fruit, ripe cantaloupe, and a tangy minerality that slightly extends the crisp finish.