Montes Classic Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
This Cabernet has been a huge success at the Bottle Shop. Made of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, this was aged for 6 months in French oak, and has good body with cassis, black cherry, mint and spice complexities. Made from grapes grown in Chile's Colchagua Valley, which has become famous for good Cabernet's, this is one of the greatest value in Cabernet in the market. Winemaker/Owner Aurelio Montes was named "Winemaker of the Year" by Wine Spectator in the years 2002 and 2006. Montes and his partners run a great, quality-driven operation in both Chile and in Argentina at Kaiken.
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Famiglia Castellani Sangiovese Toscana 2014If you want to drink the best pizza red ever , you must try this tasty little Sangiovese! The historic Tuscany region of Italy has been making wines since the 13th century. This red made by the Castellani family of Chianti Classico fame, is a great value and total crowd-pleaser. Made of 100% Sangiovese, this will be perfect to pair with pizza, dried salumi, assorted cheeses, oven roasted tomatoes and olives, or bring a couple bottles to your favorite local Italian BYO and Buon Appetito !
Tenuta Rapitala Nuhar Nero d'Avola 2014Nuhar, meaning flower, is made from Nero d’Avola, which develops rich tannins and body, with Pinot Noir, King of Burgundy, responding well to the warmth of Sicily giving color, ripeness and finesse. Look for a bouquet of dried fruits, flowers and berry. The palate is warm and full with a balanced acidity and elegant tannins. The finish is long and lingering. This pairs well with meats, game, pasta, truffle dishes, cheese and pizza. Rapitalà, much like Sicily itself, is a mosaic of influences that comes together to create its unique identity. A marriage of Sicilian soul and French know-how, Rapitala showcases the power and personality of Sicilian terroir with an elegant, French winemaking style. In 1968, the French-born Count Hugues Bernard de la Gatinais, and his wife, Gigi Guarrasi from Palermo, inherited this estate from the Guarrasi family after it was destroyed by an earthquake. The winery was soon rebuilt and vineyards were replanted to include not only indigenous varieties, but beloved French varieties as well. At the forefront of the quality revolution in Sicily, Rapitala was one of the first five producers on the island to offer estate bottled wines, starting with the 1976 vintage. Today, Rapitala’s over 550 contiguous acres are divided into 180 unique vineyard parcels. Each parcel is managed, harvested and vinified separately, crafting optimal terroir expressions. As a result, Rapitala has one of the longest harvest seasons, starting in August and ending in November, to ensure that each variety and parcel is picked at the right moment. The work, started by Hugues de la Gatinais and his wife Gigi, is now carried on by their son, Laurent, with the same care and passion. He oversees Rapitala’s continuing mission to integrate and improve sustainable practices and new technologies into the property in order to achieve the purest expression of this region’s distinct terroir. Pushing beyond sustainability, Rapitala is starting to certify some of its vineyards as organic.
Chateau Lanessan Haut Médoc 2016Château Lanessan in the Haut-Médoc dates back to 1793 when it was founded by Jean Delbos. The classic château, with its Tudor-inspired influences was constructed in 1878. Eight generations later, Château Lanessan remains in the hands of the Bouteiller family, which are direct descendants of the founder. The 80 hectare, Haut Medoc vineyard of Château Lanessan has 45 hectares cultivated with vines. The vineyard is close to the St. Julien appellation. In fact, it’s just a bit south, as you drive up the D2, the Route de Medoc. The terroir is mostly gravel-based soils. The vineyard is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. On average, the vines are 30 years of age. To produce the wine of Château Lanessan, vinification takes place in traditional, concrete vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is aged in a combination of 33% new, French barrels, 33% one year old, French oak barrels and 33% two year old, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months.
Cune Rioja Crianza 2016The Cune winery is situated in Rioja where the oldest wineries of Rioja are established in the sub-region of Rioja Alta. In 1879, two brothers set up C.V.N.E., Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) or la Cuné, as it is commonly known in Haro, to produce fine Spanish wines. The Cuné winery in Haro, is made up of a group of buildings, mostly from the 19th century and arranged around a courtyard surrounded by pavilions for the purpose of wine production, aging, and bottling. The Crianza is made of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha and Mazuelo. Hand harvested, de-stemmed, and short macerated, followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a temperature between 26 and 28ºC to retain varietal aromas. Following alcoholic fermentation the wine was transferred to American oak casks where it remained for at least 12 months, with regular rackings to develop its finesse.
Neirano Barolo 2015Even in the throws of summer, this full-bodied Barolo has been one of our top selling wines. Tenute Neirano is a small DOCG estate, and part of the company founded in 1911 by Antonio Sperone beginning with fortified wines and vermouth in a small cellar just outside of Turin. Sperone wanted to focus on high end wines in Piemonte in the 1980's so the family purchased a 25 hectare property in the heart of Monforte d'Alba, a region famous for its compressed sandstone soils, crafting intense, structured wines with great power and longevity. It is there, in an ancient 17th century villa, that this fine Barolo is produced. It spent 3 years in large Slovenian oak barrels and 1 year in bottle before leaving the winery for export. The 4th generation of the family is now making the wine.
Cecchi La Mora Maremma Toscana 2015The region of Maremma in Tuscany is known for its warm, sun drenched vineyards and the sandy, feldspathic quartz soils. At their best, Maremma Toscana DOC wines possess a Mediterranean soul, and a fruity character drawing on the combination of the native Sangiovese grape, with international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Maremma region is loved for its food, sunshine, culture and beauty, and especially its wines. Serve with grilled meats and medium-aged cheeses. In 2018 Cecchi celebrated its 125th anniversary. Dedicated to bringing out the best of the Chianti Classico terroir since 1893, the Cecchi family is today headed by Cesare and Andrea, the fourth generation of the family. In addition to their fame in Chianti, the family produces wine in San Gimignano, with Vernaccia whites, and the Maremma, with its Morellino and red blends such as this one.
Cellier des Dauphins Cotes du Rhone Reserve 2018The Cellier des Dauphins vineyards lie in the Rhône Valley, with the foothills of the southern Alps rising in the distance. In these terroirs, sun-drenched vines swaying in the southern breeze, grow the renowned grape varieties that have made the Côtes du Rhône famous: Syrah, Grenache, Viognier and other local grapes. Such diversity enables the winemakers at Dauphins to produce aromatic blended wines of great complexity. This Côtes du Rhône Reserve is made from grapes g rown on sunny slopes and harvested at the peak of ripeness from the villages of Richerenches, Vinsobres, Puyméras, Tulette and Saint Maurice. Made of Syrah and Grenache, look for a deep ruby red color and a rich mix of sun-baked black fruits on the palate and soft ripe tannins on the long finish. *** DECANTER MAGAZINE GAVE THE DAUPHINS 2018 CÔTES-DU-RHÔNE RÉSERVE 97 POINTS AND A PLATINUM MEDAL AT THE 2019 DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS *** This is an elegant French café style red wine…easy-to-drink yet full of flavor. Côtes-du-Rhône is typically made of mostly Grenache, a red fruit-driven grape which picks up hints of thyme, pepper and purple flowers from the soils of the beautiful sun drenched vineyards in the south of France. Serve with chicken with Provencale herbs, Mediterranean fare, spicy bean soups, cheeses, olives, rosemary flatbreads and more.
Cloudline Pinot Noir 2018Cloudline is one of the best values for high quality Pinot that we have found. With its pure, ripe fruit flavor, balanced acidity and a silky, smooth texture, Cloudline is an exuberant glass of wine. The talented winemaker Veronique Drouhin-Boss oversees the production of Cloudline, as well as making the wine at her family's estate Domaine Drouhin Oregon in the Willamette Valley. Look for a ripe core of cherries, raspberries and red plums with accents of violets, vanilla and roses. Veronique Drouhin-Boss' family has been growing and making fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in France's Burgundy region since 1880 under Maison Joseph Drouhin. She herself has been making wine in Oregon's Willamette Valley for over 20 years… serve this fine quality value with salmon, chicken, cheeses, beet salads, baby lamb chops and more.
Fleur Pinot Noir Carneros Select 2017With an enthusiasm for the red wines of Burgundy and a confidence in northern California’s potential for producing good Pinot Noir, Francis & Kathy Mahoney have realized their dream. On a modest budget, a small, functional winery was built in 1972. Francis knew that his best tool was his palate. Calling on his experience in the cellars of Burgundy, the profile of superb Pinot Noir was in his memory, soon to be expressed at Fleur de California Winery. Veteran Pinot Noir winemaker Ken Foster oversees production at Fleur de California. Foster was Winemaker/Production Manager at David Bruce Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California where he held positions in winemaking and production for 15 years. During that period, he helped to convert the focus of the winery from Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel. This Pinot's expansive array of fresh, ripe red fruit aromas are accentuated by a spicy perfume note. Generous flavors envelop the palate with similar spicy red fruit flavors. This is a richer, denser Pinot than you expect at this price.
Luigi Voghera Barbera d'Alba 2017The Voghera family have been farmers in Neive in Barbaresco for many, many generations. They grew grapes for a modest production of family wine, but also cultivated grain and fruit trees. The estate as we know it today was born in 1974, when Luigi Voghera, the father of the current owner, dedicated his farm entirely to the production of grapes and started to vinify and bottle his own production. Luigi’s son Livio adheres to his father’s old-school and time-tested methods of production: longer maceration on the skins, and aging in large oak cask. All of Livio’s offerings are estate bottled, and across the board tremendous values. Made of 100% Barbera from vines up to 30 years of age, this is sourced from three hectares in the Cotta cru of Neive and grown at an elevation of 200-250 meters above sea level. Cotta is one of our favorite vineyards for Barbaresco, always very pretty and fresh, so we love this expression of the Barbera from this great site. Fermentation and maturation occur in stainless steel tanks. 1,600-2,000 cases produced annually.
Eisacktaler Kellerei Cantina Valle Isarco Sauvignon Alto Adige 2018Tasted and loved by our staff, this is clean, fresh, dry, aromatic and thirst quenching, filled with mineral, lemon/lime citrus and herb flavors. Made by Cantina Produttori Valle Isarco, which is high quality co-operative founded in 1961. Located in the Isarco Valley of Alto Adige in northern Italy, this Cantina has 130 members from 11 municipalities of Alto Adige: Varna, Bressanone, Funes/Tiso, Velturno, Chiusa, Laion, Castelrotto, Villandro, Barbiano, Fié and Renon. The grapes for each bottling are blended to express the classic nature of the wines of this region, known for its exceptional white wines. Originally from France, the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety was brought to Alto Adige about 100 years ago but only much more recently to the Valle Isarco. The porphyry-rich, warm, frost-protected soils of the lower Valle Isarco with their SE exposure are perfect for this variety, and express its noble character. Serve with asparagus, snails, poached or grilled fish, or as the perfect aperitif. Substitute your Friday night Sancerre with this, you will be very happy.
Shannon Ridge High Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon 2018Owner of Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, Clay Shannon has transformed his ranch into one of the agricultural icons of California’s North Coast, and in doing so is changing the face and substance of grape-growing in the USA. Clay grew up on a farm in Healdsburg in Sonoma County. He began his career as a vineyard manager in St. Helena, traveling the wine regions of California managing the company’s vineyards. A short time later he started his own vineyard management company, growing grapes for some of the top wineries and fruit companies in Northern California. In 1995, Clay discovered a magnificent piece of property in the hills overlooking Clear Lake in Lake County, thirty-five miles north of Napa’s famed vineyards. He quickly set out to develop vineyards, Clay’s vision was simple: “We wanted to grow the best fruit in the world,” says Clay, “and we wanted to do it in a way that made us happy living there.” This Cabernet here is part of Clay's High Elevation Collection series, from sustainably farmed mountain vineyards, adding layers of flavor and richness to their wines.Aged 9 months in oak, 80% American and 20% French, this has abundant blackberry and dried cranberry characters with notes of pepper and allspice. The lengthy finish shows hints of cedar along with ripe fruit and toasted oak. Serve with steaks, burgers, chili and cheeses, especially cheddars and cotswold.
Monte Degli Angeli Piemonte Pinot Noir 2018From the region of Piedmont of northern Italy, this well-made Italian Pinot has red and black fruit flavors with hints of vanilla, chocolate and purple flowers. Quite complex and long for the price, this is smooth, ripe and supple. Made by two quality-driven brothers, Antonio and Paolo Sperone, who also produce delicious, well-priced Barolo which we also carry. Serve with grilled tuna, roasted chicken, lamb, or with light pasta dishes, especially topped with shrimp and plum tomatoes.
Caparzo Rosso di Montalcino 2018This is an incredibly delicious Tuscan Sangiovese, in essence a 'baby Brunello', made by an Italiana, the quality-driven Elizabetta Gnudi Angelini. Caparzo was first established towards the end of the 1960’s. The company has grown and adapted with the times all while maintaining and respecting the traditions of the terroir. The rustic and elegant Caparzo villa, La Casa, located at the bottom of Montalcino is available for rent for those who want to fully experience the beauty and tranquillity of the Tuscan countryside. This is Rosso di Montalcino is from the acclaimed 2018 vintage. Rosso di Montalcino is typically made from the younger vines of the Sangiovese Grosso, which also make each estate's Brunello wines. Therefore, Rosso di Montalcino has earned the nickname of 'baby Brunello.' Also, Rosso di Montalcino wines spend less time in wood compared to Brunello di Montalcino, and are perfect for more simple meals of classic Tuscan fare and/or Italian cheeses and olives. Caparzo was listed by Wine Spectator as one of Brunello di Montalcino's 'Cream of the Crop' producers. The estate is comprised of 475 acres, with 125 total acres planted to vineyards on all 5 sides of the hill of Montalcino, the only estate with this benefit. This gives owner Elizabetta Gnudi Angelini, with her winemaker Massimo Bracalente, access to all of the different terroirs of the appellation, from soil differences to unique microclimates to varying altitudes of vineyards.
Stafford Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018Stafford Hill is the 'second label' of famed Holloran Vineyard Wines, and is an outstanding value for handcrafted, small production wines. The Stafford Hill wines are produced from the same vineyard sources and use the same hands-on, traditional winemaking approach as the Holloran wines. Made from p rimarily Holloran Le Chenaie Vineyard with volcanic soils in the Eola Amity Hills located near Salem, Oregon. These are elegant Oregon wines made in a classic style. The Pinot Noir has limited use of new oak to keep the wine fresh and approachable for everyday drinking. Beautiful wines and great, everyday values. Small lots, mix of indigenous yeast and cultivated yeasts. 100% destemmed, hand punch downs. Malolactic fermentation is also natural and occurs in barrel. Aged 11 months in 100% french oak barrels (medium toast), 10% new. Only 1200 cases made. The lots used for this wine are aged for 11 months in up to 15% new French oak. The nose offers sweet cherry fruit and forest underbrush, with food-friendly acidity and structure on the palate, and a floral perfume in the mouth and finish. Made in the style of traditional Burgundy, the fruit is sourced from non-irrigated vines with fermentation occurring in small open-top tanks that are punched down by hand. Many of the lots are fermented with native yeasts, and all malolactic fermentation occurred naturally. This wine is both unfined and unfiltered. Natural sediment may occur over time.
Lyrarakis Kotsifali 2018New Greek Red! This may be new to the Bottle Shop, but Lyrarakis Kotsifali is made from an ancient grape variety grown since around 3000 BC. A native grape of Crete, Kotsifali is a dry red, with medium-full body, and a terrific red for grilled meats, Greek lamb dishes, pasta, pizza, cheeses, and all kinds of Mediterranean foods. We tasted and loved the Lyrarakis family's Kotsifali here, with its excellent purity and balance of fruit, acidity and tannin. Traditionally, the Kotsifali grape has a black color, and comes from vigorous, high yielding vines that have a medium burst period and a medium ripening time. The grapes usually ripen between the end of August and early September in Crete. The resulting wines are high in alcohol and have a low acidity. However, Lyrarakis has produced a red wine with a nice balanced level of alcohol and a nice burst of acidity in a juicy, smooth style. This is no doubt due to their hard work in the vineyards, and their gentle approach to the winemaking. Farming is sustainable and organic, and the wines are made with certified Vegan methods. Look for c lassic Kotsifali aromas and flavors of spices, herbs, plums, blackberry, beetroot, salinity and 'Mediterranean' nuances. #welovethis!!! Vintage 2018—2019 JancisRobinson.com, 16.5 points
Paul Jaboulet Aine Viognier 2018In 1834, a full 100 years before the introduction of the A.O.C. system, Antoine Jaboulet began to transform a sleepy region into one of the most important quality winegrowing terroirs in the world. Since that time, Paul Jaboulet Aîné has become the benchmark in the Northern Rhône, with the iconic Hermitage ‘La Chapelle’ being responsible for some of the greatest wines ever produced. Ten years ago, the Frey family purchased this historic property and committed tremendous effort and resources to improve upon the already legendary estate. They immediately started converting the estate vineyards to organic biodynamic principals and encouraging sustainable practices from every family grower they work with. With each successive vintage the purifying effects of these natural agricultural improvements can be felt and tasted. This is one of France’s finest estates, the crown jewel of the Rhône Valley. Oenologist and proprietor Caroline Frey, alongside Winemaking Director Jacques Desvernois, are producing the authentic standard for quality Syrah across the Northern Rhône. Brimming with perfumed aromas of peach, pear and citrus all balanced by a salty minerality, this is a Condrieu at a fraction of the price. Great with Asian fare, sushi, mango Chicken, spicy white fish dishes and ginger apricot pork loin.
Viña Zorzal Garnacha Navarra 2019Brothers Xabi, Iñaki and Mikel Sanz created Viña Zorzal in 2007, taking advantage of their long history and tradition as a winemaking family in Correla, Navarra. Their family winery, Bodegas Correlana, had been run by their grandfather and father to great success in the region, and they became a reference point in the industry. But while the older generation had been more preoccupied with having a viable and commercial trade, the current one decided to take a holistic approach to agriculture, and make artisanal wines, focusing on single-parcels and single-vineyards, and on the terroir of Fitero, this subzone of the D.O. Navarra. Their landscape differs from the much flatter areas of Navarra where Garnacha and Tempranillo are cropped in high volumes. Their vines grow on rocky and stony soils with variegated clays (heterogeneous), and limestone and composite soils. The fact that the clay-based soils are non-homogeneous makes them much more permeable and resistant to erosion than the soils of the Ebro Basin. They own 40 hectares, 25 of which planted with the traditional Garnacha of the land. The wild bush vines are old, many centenarian, and are farmed organically. The remaining land is planted with Graciano (which quickly made their fame), Tempranillo, and some Garnacha Blanca and Chardonnay. The wines are made in a remodeled part of the family’s old winery, and the work in the cellar follows the work on the land, which they summarize here: “We practice low intervention, environmentally-friendly viticulture; we do not till the vineyards, and all processes are carried out manually; we use selected native plants for ground cover fertilizing with compost to improve the vine’s resistance to diseases. This philosophy is carried through to the winery, where our wines ferment spontaneously. We avoid racking, and don’t filter nor clarify. No additives are used, only a sufficient, moderate amount of sulphur.” The fruit for this delightful little Garnacha comes from different plots in the Fitero village. Serve with cured meats and cheeses, stews, roasted vegetables, game and meat dishes.
Pierre Andre Bourgogne Chardonnay Reserve 2018Founded in 1923, the firm of Pierre André was born at the foot of the hill of the grand cru Corton vineyard. Today Pierre André continues to produce top grand cru wines, along with village wines from up and down the Côte d'Or. The overall house style is one that represents the terroir of each village and vineyard, while also exposing concentration of fruit flavors, and balancing the classic acidity and tannin of Burgundy. All of the grapes are handpicked by vineyard manager Jacques Briday's team, and minimal intervention is used by winemaker Mathieu Carrara. We tasted and positively loved this Bourgogne Blanc from the charming 2018 vintage. Dry, crisp and ripe in style, the citrus, white flower and mineral flavors dance on the palate with a hint of acidity. Serve with shellfish, lemony white fish dishes, creamy cow's milk cheeses and Marcona almonds.
High Note Malbec 2018High Note is a wonderful new discovery here at the Bottle Shop. Crafted from a blend of the finest vineyards in Uco Valley including Vista Flores, La Consulta, Altamira, Eugenio Bustos and Gualtallary, when it comes to vineyard locations, Altitude is everything. Altitude is essential to providing the vineyards with intense sunlight and cool temperatures. This perfect paradox allows the winemaker at Vista del Sur in Mendoza to craft a Malbec with a deep violet hue, smooth velvety texture & vibrant fruit flavors, and name it 'High Note'. Vista del Sur is a state-of-the-art winery high in the Andes foothills of Argentina’s famed Uco Valley of Mendoza. Ranging in altitude from 3,300 to 5,000 feet, Vista del Sur’s vineyards are among the highest in the world and enjoy the perfect combination of elements for growing the finest Malbec. Intense desert sunlight, very cool nightly temperatures, low humidity and dry, sandy soil with excellent drainage provide the fruit with extended hang times that result in a slow, balanced ripening cycle with good acidity and concentrated flavors without excessive sugar. These conditions also help reduce vine disease and provide a long, dry growing season producing low yields of small grapes with concentrated flavor, color and tannins. While other wineries around the world are planned to create multiple varietals using the same equipment, Vista del Sur was designed from vine to bottle to enhance the quality of the Malbec it produces. Grapes are sourced from five vineyards with sandy loam soils, ranging in elevation 3,300 - 5,000 feet above sea level. Vista Flores vineyard has flavors of spice, red fruits and minerality. La Consulta adds black fruit and mid-palate weight while Altamira's fruit has notes of violets. Eugenio Bustos vineyard offers racy acidity and floral notes while adding to the violet color. Gualtallary vineyard, at the highest altitude, brings deep purple color and additional floral and black fruit notes balanced with acidity. Fernando Buscema is a fourth-generation winemaker whose early childhood memories are set in his grandfather’s vineyards. Buscema earned his bachelor's degree in enology and food science from the Universidad Maza in Mendoza, where he graduated top of his class. His winemaking experience was gained through his work at reputable wineries all over the world including Vicenza, Italy; Napa Valley, California; and Mendoza, Argentina. At Vista del Sur, Buscema is devoted exclusively to Malbec where he remains at the forefront of oenological research and development.
Mauro Molino Nebbiolo 2018Italy's best source for wine reviews, the Gambero Rosso , raves about the family-owned and managed Mauro Molino estate: 'The Molinos again showed why they are among the top Langhe producers. Credit goes in particular to Mauro and his son, Matteo, who is partly responsible for the estate's enormous critical success. For the basic Barolo, the estate ages the wine in large Slavonian oak barrels, which is a classic practice in the region, and the wine is known for its delicate nose of violets and roasted fruits, and concentrated, harmonious palate.' Mauro Molino founded this estate and today works alongside his son Matteo and daughter Martina. In 1973 Mauro graduated from enology school in Alba, and then followed that with five years of winemaking experience in Emilia Romagna. In 1979 after his father’s passing, he returned home to the family farm in La Morra and began consulting for local wineries while building up his own estate. 1982 was the first vintage from the famed family parcel in Conca dell’Annunziata, the conch-shaped parcel pictured above, and the rest is history. In 2003 Matteo joined the company, and then in 2009, Matteo’s sister also joined the gang. Today they manage approximately 12 hectares of vineyards, 50% dedicated to Nebbiolo for Barolo, and the rest mostly Barbera, and Dolcetto. This estate practices sustainable organic viticulture. This Nebbiolo is made from 10-30 year old vines in Monforte d’Alba and Guarene. Fermentation in stainless steel, then aging six months in large French oak casks coopered in Austria. Only 1000 cases produced.
Chateau-Siaurac Lalande de Pomerol 2015Our family has had a long-time love affair with Ch â teau Siaurac in Lalande-de-Pomerol. The estate has been producing beautiful wines for 200 years, in the 'satellite' appellation of Lalande-de-Pomerol. Long associated and marketed with Château Pétrus in Pomerol, we always considered Siaurac such an incredible value for an authentic, velvety, delicious red Bordeaux. As a 'satellite' of the esteemed Pomerol area, Lalande-de-Pomerol has a similar climate and similar soils to its famous, luxurious neighbor. The owners of Siaurac are oriented toward quality, not quantity, and strive to express the unique typicity of the soils and climate (which we call the terroir ) . The Ch â teau has also been certified organic since January 2009. The average age of the vineyard is between 25 and 30 years. Today, Siaurac is owned by the owner of Château Latour, Francois Pinault and the Artemis group. It i s therefore made by an exceptional, world class team : the technical director from Chateau Latour, Penelope Godefroy, has worked with Jean-Claude Berrouet, the winemaker at Pétrus for 40 years. The 2015 Siaurac is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. It tastes rich, velvety and pure with notes of cherry, mocha, licorice and rose petals. We have enjoyed many bottles at home over the last 25 years of this under-the-radar, classic Bordeaux red. Pair with filet mignon, lamb chops, roasted pork, Comté Gruyere cheese, Petit Basque sheep's milk cheese, meat pâté and/or cured meats.
Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2015Marques de Murrieta has a long, meaningful history at the Bottle Shop. When we were first learning about wines, it was very important to our dad for us to know the best, most classic wines of every great winemaking region in the world. In Spain, Marques de Murrieta was at the top of his list. We had the opportunity to taste old wines from Murrieta from vintages such as 1968 and 1959 with him while we were still in the infancy of our wine training. The estate is very much a traditional estate in style. While rich and deep in flavor, the fruit is multi-layered but not 'New World jammy'. Red and black fruits, cedar, leather, hints of spices, even hints of tar are revealed. We would pair this with Spanish-inspired cuisine, especially pork or lamb dishes. WINE ADVOCATE reports: 'Yes, this is one of the oldest wineries in Rioja, created back in the 19th century, and they keep their traditions, but now but each wine is selected from specific plots, something that they have done since the year 2000, a year that marked a big change in the winery. I feel more balance and better integration of the oak with the wine in recent vintages. I really liked the wines I tasted and was very excited to be shown a tank sample of the 1986 Castillo de Ygay Gran Reserva Blanco. Yes, you have read it correctly, it was a tank sample which is waiting to be bottled after almost 21 years in wood and 6 years in tank that will be released sometime in the future. I simply loved it.'