Holidays, holidays and more holidays! We have selected wines for Wine Club members that are perfect for festive nights with friends, or quiet evenings in.
2012 Black Stallion, Estate Winery (Napa Valley, California)
91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 1% Cab Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 14.5% Alc. In store Price $28
This bottle is everything you want in a Napa Valley Cabernet! Bright, bing cherry and vanilla flavors abound with hints of clove, cardamom, and white pepper spicing up your palette. This is a round and balanced wine that finishes long and clean. We all agreed that the Black Stallion is like having a special guest at your house who you hope never leaves. This wine drinks well on its own, but it will pair especially well with sharp cheeses and charcuterie and fattier cuts of red meat…the ultimate steak wine!
2014 Extremarium de Mont Marcal, Mont Marcal (Barcelona, Spain)
Chardonnay, Xarel.lo, Macabeo, Parellada, 12% Alc. In Store Price $27
‘Tis the season for bubbles! We would be remiss if we didn’t throw in a bottle of bubbles for December’s wine club. We took one sip of the Extremarium and fell into a deep, sparkly-eyed love with Cava. Produced in the traditional method champenoise, Cava is Spain’s answer to Champagne. This particular Cava by Mont Marcal is a great choice for those looking for a little bubbly to celebrate this holiday season. The nose has notes of bright, candied citrus and brioche. The palate features pear, fresh peach, citrus and a long, creamy, mousse finish. You could go traditional and pair this wine with aperitifs like slow roasted yellow tomatoes and brie, but we encourage you to try something out of the ordinary and pair this Cava with chili con carne or a tangy chicken and BBQ pizza with caramelized onions. An unexpected pairing? Absolutely, but this Cava can work wonders in balancing the intensity of complex sauces and lets chili’s flavors shine.
2014 Impulse Riesling, C.H. Berres (Mosel, Germany)
100% Reisling, 11.5% Alc. In Store Price $16
Mosel is perhaps the most famous of Germany's 13 official wine regions. Some of the steepest, most labor-intensive vineyards line the banks of the Mosel River. The sedimentary makeup of the soil lends itself to the mineral notes found in this Riesling. Some Mosel Rieslings are dry and some are sweet, the Impulse is on the drier side but it still has lots of life to the fruit. The taste reveals a complex combination of lemon, apple and slate. There is a wonderful viscosity to the body of this wine making it pleasantly bigger than expected from a Riesling. The Impulse is vibrant and lively, complex and balanced, and pairs well with spicy Thai or Vietnamese cuisine such as Tom Kha Kai (Chicken in Coconut Milk Soup). It will also be a lovely addition to cured meats and cheeses, the sweetness balancing the smoky saltiness. Wine enthusiast gave this wine 90 points.
2013 Hazaña Viñas Viejas, Bodega Abanico (Rioja, Spain)
85% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano, 13% Alc. In Store Price $12
Hazaña means “illustrious deeds and exploits of Spanish literary heroes.” That definition certainly applies to this fantastic spanish red made from tempranillo grapes. This $12 wine tastes like it should cost $50. The gold and white label befits a fine wine. Lovers of Rioja will be surprised by its dark color, depth, complexity, and flavors of dark ripe fruit, with hints of oak and leather. Those not familiar with Spanish reds will be pleased by it softness and rich mouth feel. This is our best-selling wine and a genuine bargain. Stock up. Your holiday guests will be impressed by your sophisticated palate. (Just don't tell them how much it cost).
2013 Le Pigeoulet, Selon Frédéric & Daniel Brunier (Provence, France)
80% Grenache, 10 % Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% Cargnan, 14% Alc. In Store Price $20
Brought to you by the men who produce world class wines like the “Vieux Telegraph” in the Southern Rhone, the pigeoulet is a gateway into old world wines. A blend of grenache, syrah, cinsault and carignan, this wine starts with fruit and ends with earth. Each sip takes you to a happy place. The Pigeoulet (pronounced: Pee-joe-lay) is a soft red wine, with bright red fruit, mediterranean minerals, and earth expressed on the nose. A medium body and balanced acidity and alcohol are prevalent on the palate. No need to wait on this one, the Pigeoulet is a pop and pour bottle ready for any occasion. Drink on it’s own or with light meats and sauces.
2014 Dolcetto D'Alba Dabbene, Bovio Gianfranco (Piedmont, Italy)
85% Dona Blanca, 15% Godello, 12% Alc. In Store Price $19
The italian word dabbene means honest and this wine is as straightforward as a wine gets. The Dolcetto D’Alba Dabbene is made in the same traditional way that Dolcettos have been made predating World War II. The grapes are harvested by hand from old vines, then fermented and aged in steel barrels from start to finish. There are no additives or oak used in this process creating a fantastic, young, bright, subtly fruit forward wine with a nice acidity. The beautiful dark ruby colored wine has hints of cranberries, raspberries and spice. This wine pairs well with a variety of foods, its acidity can hold up to the richness of a holiday feast with lighter meats, just as well as it compliments a quiet evening with pizza or pasta.