Did we say white wines or PATIO WINES?? For entire email offer, click here!
We tasted two whites this weekend which we believe are well worth mentioning. Both are unoaked. Both are low alcohol ( 12.5 and 13% ). Both are sensational patio wines which find a whole new degree of seriousness when served with food- and both are under twenty dollars.
We knew we liked this wine...the first time we sent it out, it had no ratings....
Average $61, Today $45 per
lowest price on net, only 24 bottles
Hess Collection's signature Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our estate Veeder Hills Vineyard. The elevation of this vineyard ranges from 600-1,120 feet, and its steep slopes and sedimentary clay and shale soils restrict root growth, resulting in Mount Veeder's hallmark small berries with intense fruit flavors. read more
From time to time, we put a collection of previous offers and a few new surprises in a list. As with all our offers, please do not hesitate to contact us if you see something you would like to order.
Here it is!!
1. Pinot Grigio
2. Sparkling Brut Rose
3. 4 Grape Super Tuscan Red
Today we tasted a variety of Italian wines with wine importer, Dejan Petrovic. There were three which we thought were exceptional in both category and price point..Our notes are to follow, as well as some technical info.
1. 2015 Marcato La Giareta Pinot Grigio Veneto Michele immediately said it tasted like Chablis,and it does. There are serious indications of both the chalk and volcanic soil of Chablis in this Pinot Grigio, because both of those aspects of soil composition exist in this region of Veneto. This Pinot Grigio is a combination of refreshing pear combined with lemon flavors. There is kumquat and apricot pit at the center with a granite, wet stone finish. $14.50 ( tastes well beyond this price point )
I hate to say this, but I am not a fan of Pinot Grigio. This one changed my mind...this wine is perfect for the spring and it really drinks at least twice the price...very impressive!! This is one of those wine you buy by the case!! If you blind tasted it, you could fool a lot of people. Silly....but the label is pretty cool too. Michele
2. We like really good sparkling Rose. Because they tend to be expensive, we really like them when they are at reasonable cost. Today we tasted the N.V. Buonamico Rose Brut ( Tuscany) This is really enticing Rose Brut, and comparatively cheap. This Rose is very fresh, very strawberry and very effervescent. The bubbles are tight. The flavors are delicate strawberry, with a finish of crisp blueberry. This sparkling is 50% Sangiovese which reveals a certain electricity of flavor when used as a base for dry sparkling wine. $21.00, ( chill 2 )
Guess I am being redundant, but this wine too drinks above its price point...there is a dry smoky, strawberry component that is awesome. This is one of the very few sparkling wines from Tuscany that ever make it to the market. It wins awards in Tuscany from all its peers - we learned that if a winery makes sparkling, they usually just drink it at the winery. This one was so good in the region, they started selling it!! Winery also famous for their olive oil. Michele
3. 2013 Buonamico Etichetta Blu Montecarlo Rosso The 2013 Etichetta is a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Carminolo and Syrah. The Etichette is a brambly composition of smokey plums and blackberry which cries out for a bit of roasted pork or sausages and chicken from the grill, supple tannins and long finish, sophisticated Asian spice! $19.50.
Rex called this one a transition wine...one to go from winter to spring! A lot of black fruit going on.. a baby super Tuscan! Another wine to buy by the case and have a party!!! Michele
full email with tech sheets here
Val di Suga employs the Burgundy method, crafting wines that follow appellation regulations but with an additional focus on individual territories; the result is high quality Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino renowned for its aging potential but also approachable when young.
Yesterday we had the pleasure of tasting great Tuscan wines from the acclaimed producer, Val Di Suga. We tasted Brunello, single vineyard Brunello and we tasted their 2013 Rosso Di Montalcino. The subject of today's email is the Rosso or possibly better explained, finding connoisseur level wines at a value price . Read about 2013 Val di Suga Rosso
This is austere, with a dense matrix of tannins supporting cherry, tobacco, stone and leather flavors. Stays fresh, featuring a coating of dusty tannins on the finish. Best from 2018-2032. 93 points Robert Parker
2010 Val Di Suga Brunello di Montalcino, Poggio Al Granchio
The 2010 vintage of Brunello was heralded as possibly the best of the last 100 years. There was an immediate run on the market when the 2010 Brunello's were originally released, consequently we were surprised when we met with the Val di Suga import rep ( Robert Dillon of Palm Bay Imports ) and realized that it was indeed a 2010 single vineyard Poggio al Granchio which he had brought for our consideration.
" Sure we will be happy to consider your highly touted Brunello-PLEASE FEEL FREE TO POUR SOME".
This is a highly layered Brunello. The nose is red fruit filled with brambly aspects and hints of dust. The front palate is brandied cherries which are distinct and infused with spice. The back palate becomes darker with length until you finally realize blueberry flavors have emerged. There is a hint if dust in the back palate which is reminiscent of Inglenook Cask Reserve or other high dollar Rutherford Bench Cabernet. read more
If you missed this offer in December, we were able to obtain 5 more cases only of the 2014 Substance Cabernet. If you like Cabernet, this is one the biggest values for the buck for the year.
We have purchased the last of the 2001 Izarbe Grand Reserva. This was easily one of the most compelling connoisseur level wines in our previous portfolio. We considered it an extreme value at $37.50 WHOLESALE
From our last review in 2016..
Fruit is bright and vibrant like a young wine. The spice is amazing and there is no funk to this Rioja it is polished and elegant. You would never guess this was a 2001!!
$43.50 per, 5% off 6, 10% off 12
2001 Izarbe Rioja Gran Reserva, Spain
100% Tempranillo - This generous red is round and expressive, yet remains structured, with grip and depth. The plum, tobacco, sanguine and mineral flavors are harmonious and linger on the savory finish. Drink now through 2021. 2,500 cases made. -TM
93 points Wine Spectator - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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The proof is always in the glass!