Downtown, Friday 9/8, 5 – 7:30 pm
Coriole, Chenin Blanc McLaren Vale 2016 – $11.99
(100% Chenin Blanc; McLaren Vale, Australia) Wine of the Week $9.96
The most widely-planted white grape in South Africa is not the world leaders of Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio, but Chenin Blanc. They call it “Steen” and it has become an integral part of South African wine culture and cuisine. Now Australia has followed in its footsteps and begun planting Chenin. Located in The McLaren Vale, Coriole’s vineyards are within sight of the sea. Their Chenin is stylish and flavorful with delicate tropical and peach aromas and a hint of citrus and mineral. Lovely all around.
Domain Jean Touzot, Macon Villages VV 2016 – $14.99
(100% Chardonnay, Burgundy, France) Tasting Price $13.49
Jean Touzot’s Macon Villages is a text book example: a lively bouquet of green apples and flowers (acacia is notable) and good, crisp, persistent, juicy green apple and melon Chardonnay fruit. It is the perfect all-purpose white wine, served chilled but not ice-cold. This wine goes particularly well with lighter fish and fowl dishes, shrimp and crab, cold meats, and is also a perfect aperitif. The Touzot Macon Villages represents outstanding value in Chardonnay. – Vos Selections
Chateau du Pintey, Bordeaux Superior 2010 – $15.99
(Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot; Bordeaux, France) Tasting Price $14.39
2010 was a great vintage in Bordeaux, and Bordeaux Superior is the sweet spot for value and taste in the segmented hirearchy the Bordealais use to market their wines. This stellar bargain can be drunk now or cellared for several years.
Carlos Serres, Rioja Reserva 2011 – $14.99
(90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano; Rioja, Spain) Tasting Price $13.49
We love Rioja! But this one riveted us yesterday. The initial taste charms with sweet, succulent red fruits shot with spice and oak notes. Give it a shake first to soften the tannins.
“Carlos Serres was a pioneer in Rioja. In 1896 he established one of the first wineries in Haro, the wine capital of Rioja. He was an instrumental figure in promoting the early exports of Rioja wines. Today, the Bodega remains family-owned and operated and is one of only a few centenarian producers in Rioja (100+ years old).” –Winesellers LTD
Annabella, Merlot Napa Valley 2014 – $17.99
(100% Merlot; Napa, California) Tasting Price $16.19
Annabella is the second label of the Michael Pozzan Winery. “The 2014 Annabella Napa Valley Merlot entices from the start with aromas of red plum, ripe cherries, and juicy red nectarine, with a subtle touch of vanilla and milk chocolate. In the mouth, the wine shows milk chocolate, dried cranberries, and a hint of toasted marshmallow. The wine is robust, but well balanced and with a lovely texture and creamy tannins, and the lengthy, elegant floral finish.”