SELECT SIX FOR MAY 2017
2015 MONTESOLE FALANGHINA DEL SANNIO
Campania is one of the great areas in Italy for those looking for something a little different. The city of Naples has a history and culture that rivals the other great cities, and the wines found here are equally unique and profound. The white varieties in particular- Greco, Fiano, and Falanghina- show off the regional character and are gradually emerging to take a place alongside the wines of the North in public perception. Falanghina tends to be the lightest in body of the three, parallel in some ways to a Sauvignon Blanc in that it has some grassy notes, but so much else as well. Fresh citrus and mineral on the nose, with some peach and grassy notes showing as it opens. On the palate the high mountain growing area of Sannio becomes evident with brisk vibrant acidity on the palate that pulls out more of the stone fruit flavors, whereas lower vineyards closer to the sea produce softer more tropical flavors. This is a great warm weather wine to pair with zesty Mediterranean seafood full of oils, citrus, and sun dried vegetables.
Regular Price $17.99, $15.29/case
2014 McPHERSON WINE CO. PINOT NOIR VICTORIA
Another lesson on the under-rated quality found in the cooler forgotten corners of Australia, particularly the Victorian Peninsula. With all the high volume brands (also known as 'critter labels') that inundated the market, a large part of the Australian diversity vanished as those wines became the image of what they were able to provide. The mountains near Melbourne and the southern extension towards Tazmania have a relatively cool and even climate that parallel some of the coastal areas of California than the 'Red Center' far too many people think of when Australia comes to mind. Ripe and silky Pinot fruit, no candied character or hot elements at all on the nose, with a hint of dark spice in the background. On the palate there is a hint of savory and cool acidity backing the fruit that could even remind some of Oregon or North Coast California, providing a nice needed hint of tart cherry on the finish. A tasty value at it's everyday price; an absolute steal at the 'end of availability' price we are offering now!
Regular Price $12.99, $11.04/case
2015 HERENCIA ALTES GARNATXA BLANCA TERRA ALTA
(Wine Advocate 89points)
The availability for great red wine values from pretty much every corner of Spain is undeniable. White wines can be a bit more erratic, with the exception of the cooler Galician region along the northwest coast. Plantings at the higher elevations are beginning to evolve as a much needed source, and the values are starting to roll in. Terra Alta is right on the Southern edge of Catalonia, but the combination of high altitude and coastal proximity brings a much appreciated cooling influence to the vineyards. Relatively old vines planted in low nutrient soils allow the vines to naturally limit their yields and intensifies the flavors, resulting in a fresh tasting white that absolutely over-delivers for the price.Lightly honeyed white fruit aromas with a touch of refreshing citrus peel, impressively weighty and mouth-filling for the price thanks to being aged on the lees for a few months, as well as an equally surprising minerality and citrus skin texture to the finish. Refreshing without any austerity, juicy without any sweetness, this could very well be one of the most broadly crowd pleasing wines around for the price.
Regular Price $10.99, $9.34/case
2015 AGRINA PORTUGUISER FRUSKA GORA
One of the more unique red wines you will come across in Wine Warehouse, and a delicious step outside many people's comfort zone.Fruska Gora is a mountainous region in Serbia and also considered one of their premium wine growing territories. The Portuguiser grape doesn't have anything to do with Portugal (aside from centuries old stories of its supposed origin) and is well established across Eastern European countries. Fans of the Hungarian creation Egri Bikaver or 'Bull's Blood' have had this as it acts as the base variety in the blend.In recent times there has been a lot more movement away from the massive co-operative corporations and back to family run wineries, and this is the first of what we anticipate to be many great values. Though it is designated as 'semi-dry' on the label, there is virtually no detectable sweetness due to the grapes dark plummy fruit and cool dark tannins. If anything the residual sugar give a touch of body and softens any earthy astringency that could have existed. Plump and flavorful, lower in alcohol than most, and very easy to enjoy even with a slight chill in the warmer weather, this is great as a pizza or red sauce wine, or with midweek burgers on the grill.
Regular Price $12.99, $11.04/case
2015 DOMAINE DE REUILLY REUILLY BLANC
Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume have long been the most desirable destinations on the Loire for Sauvignon Blanc fans. Further off the Loire itself near the city of Bourges, Reuilly is often referred to as 'the poor man's Sancerre' because the quality of wine produced regularly outdistances its meager reputation. After the phylloxera epidemic in the late 1800s decimated the vineyards, hard financial times and World War I left the vineyards here largely unplanted and returned to pastured or new growth forests. The family vineyards at the estate around which the town was named were among the first new plantings in 1935 and they remain among the most important estates in the AOC.While not quite as teeth-cuttingly minerally as Sancerre, the vibrant white fruit and chalky aromas are very much a parallel. A definite level of intensity up from the enjoyable but mostly straightforward Touraine Sauvignon Blancs, this bridges the gap with both refined character and a budget friendly price point.
Regular Price $16.99, $14.44/case
2014 DOMAINE LES GENESTAS COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES SIGNARGUES
A surprisingly high quality Cotes du Rhone from a co-operative, but considering it is one of the most unique co-ops in France it makes sense. Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues is the only co-op that allows all its growers to make their own bottlings from their best sites, as well as practice natural wine making using all native yeasts for their wines. The concept is similar to the 'custom crush' facilities in California that allow for the creation of boutique brands, but essentially unheard of in France. This example has been very successful here in America for several vintages, providing a savory, slightly rustic background to the dark red fruits thanks to the native yeasts and bit of Carignan in the blend. For those that don't want a fruit bomb as their wine, but do still want a bit of intensity, this is a great all purpose everyday wine.
Regular Price $16.99, $14.44/case
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