February is the month of love and to keep in step with the amorous sentiment we have chosen seductive red wines and a classic white burgundy—a fun, interesting mix of old and new world wines for our Wine Club members.
2013 Lia’s, Patricia Green Cellars (Willamette Valley, Oregon)
100% Pinot Noir, 12.5% Alc. In Store Price: $31
With the 2013 Lia’s Vineyard, Patricia Green gives us a window into ‘single vineyard’ Pinot Noir and the effects that sourcing from one particular site can have on the expression of a varietal. This bottle is an amazing example of how terroir (the effects of the weather, soil, slope and climate) can be identified in a wine. We love this wine because of it’s ability to evolve long after you’ve popped the cork. We highly recommend you sit and enjoy this bottle over the course of an evening to see how each swirl and sip can change. At first this wine is more restrained, opening up with a soft aroma of dusty cherries and minerals. Over time however, a baritone earth note and long drawn out finish show themselves. This seductive wine is perfect for the cold weather and cozying up with your love this season. This wine will only get better with age.
2012 Poggio alla Guardia DOC Rocco de Frassinello Winery (Tuscany, Italy)
45% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Sangioveto, 14.5% Alc. In Store Price: $27
This is a fantastic entry level Super Tuscan from the Rocco de Frassinello winery in Tuscany. Super Tuscan wines include the Sangiovese grape, which is the main varietal grown in the region, but also use typical bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In the 1970’s Tuscan winemakers started using these non-native grapes in their blends. Despite the high quality of the wine being produced, the use of these grapes did not allow the wines to fall into the DOC and DOCG regulations for the higher Italian classifications of wine. The wine makers persisted with their blends, despite their wines only qualifying as an IGT (the qualification level reserved for table wines) and produced “cult” followings for the rich, full bodied wines. Super Tuscans tend to be pricey due to their high demand, but this one is very affordable and a great way to experience the unique italian red blend.
2012 Dominios (Castilla Region, Spain)
100% Tempranillo, 14% Alc. In Store Price: $16
Another incredible value from sunny Spain. This is 100% Tempranillo, the primary red wine grape in Spain. Medium to full bodied, soft but structured. The fruit is there, but that is not all—it’s dark and smokey, with traditional notes of oak, leather, and licorice. This is a wine to be enjoyed with red meat -- beef or lamb, roasted chicken, pasta with rich red sauce. Buy a few bottles. The price is almost too good to be true.
2013 Li Veli Passamante (Salice Salentino, Italy)
100% Negroamaro, 13.5% Alc. In Store Price: $16
This wine has an intense, old world nose, full of earth and indications of the terroir in Puglia, Italy (heel of the boot). This full bodied wine is made of 100% negroamaro and has a great balance between the dark red fruit you experience on the front of your palate and the spice in the finish of this wine. This wine pairs well with pizza and pasta but also holds up well to slightly spicier foods, fattier fish such as tuna and cured meats.
2013 Lone Birch Red Blend (Yakima Valley, Washington)
41% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot, 13.9% Alc. In Store Price: $13
This is a fantastic, affordable, everyday red blend that is typical of Washington State. The taste is a smooth combination of fresh picked cherries and vanilla, which is indicative of the time it spent aging in oak barrels. This is a perfect social wine, great to drink now with appetizers, at a book club or with a wide variety of dinners such as pork tenderloin and roasted broccoli or a deliciously simple grilled cheese and tomato soup.
2014 Macon-Villages, Henri Perrusset (Burgundy, France)
100% Chardonnay, 12.5% Alc. In Store Price: $20
This is a beautiful introduction to white burgundy wines and old world Chardonnay. New world Chardonnays tend to be rich, heavy, and are most often characterized as buttery and oaky due to the time they spend aging in French oak barrels. Old world chardonnay is very different. Burgundy is the birthplace of Chardonnay and this wine has a fresh nose with notes of white flowers, pears, and yellow apple. The taste is pleasantly straight forward. This wine doesn’t spend any time in oak barrels, only aging in stainless steel tanks and the crisp, round wine has a long finish that is very different from most new world Chardonnay. The body is substantial enough, however, that this wine is a great white for winter.