Don Ramon $10.00
What can we say about this little $10 wine? It's easy drinking but with some fun Old World character. 6 months on oak lends a bit of structure but only enough to keep the bottle from being guzzled in one go. Nice dark cherry, a bit of warm earth, and priced to drink a couple times a day.
Campos Enanzo Garnacha $11.00
A 300 yr old family coop makes this lovely rich rose. Vibrant raspberry red color is the result of extended skin contact, which also adds to its richer than typical mouth feel. Intense cranberry and strawberry with some hints of watermelon. The acid hold the fruit in balance.
From Castilla-La Mancha in Central Spain, a unique blend made with the Garnacha Tintorera grape. Not only is the skin red, but so is the flesh. This provides a sturdy structure and noticeable tannins. Aged only 4 months in oak, this wine has luscious red and black fruits with hints of spice. Definitely one you should try, especially at this price!
Leon Perdigal Cote du Rhone $12.00
With a ruby red robe, this wine features a bouquet of red berries with hints of pepper and garrigue herbs. On the palette, the red fruit flavors carry over with spicy, well integrated tannins on a medium body.
Ripe cherries and strawberries from the Garnacha, riper cherries from the Tempranillo, and black pepper from the Garnacha, the Syrah and the Cabernet, along with Cab’s herbal, cedar aromas. There’s lots of barrel-derived spice and vanilla to create a framework for the wine.
Terum Garnacha $13.00
Grenache/Garnacha from the oldest continuously operating vineyard in Spain! Vines that have survived world wars and revolutions for over 900 years. Clean flavors of warm raspberry, orange peel and rich soil wrapped in a wine that is bright and easy drinking. Pairs nicely with any lighter meats, especially those with strong herbs or roasted.
Acentor Garnacha $13.00
We haven't figured out why Garnacha isn't more popular in the U.S. Big, full aromas of dark red berries and spice. medium weight with good structure and intense fruit flavors with hints of smoke, earth and minerals. Nice dry finish and just enough oak. Plus its a bargain!
Chapoutier makes wine in the Rhone valley that can go for over $400 a bottle. But whether it his rock stars or his everyday drinkers, they are made with style and substance. And this one tastes like it should cost a lot more! Great spicy blackberry flavors and tangy spice notes.
Sella & Mosca Cannonau $14.50
From the island of Sradegna, where Grenache is known as Cannonau, this is a truly beautiful wine. Bursting with aromas of violets accompanied by plums and black fruits on the palate. Take one home and share with loved ones tonight.
Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone $15.00
Kermit Lynch helped craft this wine from a co-op in the Southern Rhone. Undergoing natural fermentation, aged in concrete vats, this wine showcases generous black fruits, a gentle spiciness and herbaceous thyme and rosemary. Juicy with chewy tannins, a textbook Cotes du Rhone that can work with spicy food quite handily.
Pieza El Coll $15.00
Fun blend from the North of Spain and a great jump in quality this year. The nose shows cranberry, leather, black licorice, and sweet smoke. Flavors of spicy bramble and more cigar and leather on the palate. A fun sturdy wine for BBQ or burgers.
Domaine Lafond Tavel $16.00
This richly colored Rose from Tavel opens with a mild wet stone and gentle strawberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is light to medium bodied, balanced, and savory. The flavor profile is a mineral infused strawberry and gentle red raspberry blend with a hint of white pepper. The finish is dry and nicely refreshing. I would pair this very nice Rose with grilled salmon this summer.
Can Blau $16.00
Wine has been produced in Montsant for over 2,000 years. The diverse soil types and landscapes are conducive to making a high quality product. Surrounding Priorat, and sharing it's Llicorella soil, this wine has a lot going on. Dark cherry, black and blue berries, spice, herbs and minerality. Good amount of tannin with acid to balance.
Domaine de la Cote $16.00
Beautiful and complex Cotes Du Rhone from the village site of Valreas. Black cherry, thyme, subtle medicinal quality (in a good way). Medium body, smooth tannin, an excellent food wine. A great price for a higher tier C.D.R.
Are you a fan of red blends? Oh yeah? What kinds? This will take some of the guess work out for you. Garnacha, Carignan, Tempranillo, merlot and Syrah all play very well together in this delicious Spanish blend. Stewed cherry and strawberry, baking spice with lovely structure. Now you can be more specific when you say you like blends.
Calissa (Limestone) is a 100% Garnacha from Montsant adjacent to Priorat. Barely oaked, this wine has a vivacity and freshness contrasting with the earthy, slightly pungent notes from the limestone. A great wine by itself but a unique experience to have with its brother raised on Slate soils.
Domaine le couroulu $26.00
Old vine Grenache planted in 1932 blended with old vine Syrah planted in 1960 make for a deeply concentrated wine. Black cherry, blackberries, hints of spice and coffee, persistent tannins and lingering finish. Can drink now, but buy two, because this can lay down for another 5 years!
The Barrot family produces pure, unpretentious, classically-styled Chateauneuf-du-Pape from their 40 acres of vines scattered throughout 28 different parcels. This abundance of tiny plots helps protect against hail. Winemaking here is very straightforward and unfussy: no de-stemming of the grapes; fermentation of all varietals together; long, slow macerations; long aging in large, old foudres; bottling without fining or filtration.
Telegramme C.D.P. $49.00
If your sock are on, prepare for them to be blown off! This C.D.P. is made from seven single vineyard sites, some of which are Grand cru areas. The only thing that separates this from the Grand Crus is that younger vnes are used for this wine. Grenache dominant with Syrah, Mouvedre and Cinsault in the blend. Black cherry and raspberry, baking spice and white pepper and licorice. Juicy and delicious!