31 Jan Wines of the World Tasting
Saturday, February 2
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
Challenge your palate as you travel on a tasting trip around the world! This Saturday we’re popping wines from Germany, France, the US, and Italy!
2016 Kerpen “Blauschiefer” Riesling Trocken
On Sale $12.99
Sourced primarily from Bernkastel plus a bit of Wehlener Rosenberg, this cuvée delivers a meld of juicy dark cherry, fresh apple and grapefruit on a surprisingly glossy, satiny palate. Hints of pit and seed lend invigoratingly piquant counterpoint on a refreshing finish. Once again, Martin Kerpen has managed to deliver excellent value in a generic dry Mosel Riesling.
88 Points, Antonio Galloni
2016 Pierre Sparr Pinot Blanc, Alsace, France
On Sale $14.99
Pale yellow color with hints of green, this wine is clear and brilliant. The nose is fresh and delicate. Aromas of peach and apple are followed by floral and mineral notes. On the palate, again there are fruit flavors and a dynamic, ripe acidity that refreshes, while the firm minerality gives the right tension. The fine-balanced body is light and textured, with a lingering finish.
2017 Paolo Scavino Dolcetto d’Alba, Piedmont
On Sale $13.99
A juicy, black cherry-infused red. Vibrant and firm, with hints of chocolate and earth adding depth. Shows fine length and purity. Drink now through 2023. 800 cases made.
90 Points, The Wine Spectator
2015 Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico DOCG
On Sale $29.99
The 2015 Chianti Classico is simply magnificent. A deep, boldly sketched wine featuring dark cherry, blackberry, licorice, lavender and spice, it offers unreal density and power at this level. The purity of the fruit alone is striking. Even with all of its obvious intensity, the 2015 maintains freshness and energy. It is without question one of the wines of the vintage so far.
93 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous)
2016 Domaine Rose Dieu Cote du Rhone Villages “Plan de Dieu”
On Sale $11.99
Notes of red fruits, soft spices, and vanilla on the nose, followed by a rich and lengthy palate of cocoa and spices.
2016 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape “Sables de la Crau”
On Sale $69.99
I suspect the 100% Grenache 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sables de La Crauwill be even better than the 2015. Loads of ripe blueberries, sandalwood, spice, and incense emerge from the glass of this beauty and it’s a ripe, hedonistic, incredibly sexy wine that has terrific purity, fine tannin, and a blockbuster finish. Reminding me of the Vieilles Vignes cuvée from Domaine de Marcoux (one of my favorite wines in the world), it should keep for 10-15 years.
94-96 points, Jeb Dunnuck
2016 Carlisle Red Blend “The Integral,” Sonoma County
On Sale $44.99
Checking in as a blend of 55% Syrah and 45% Mourvèdre, the 2016 The Integral has a touch of Cornas-like meatiness to go with sensational notes of blackberries, peppery herbs, bacon fat, and game. It’s rich, full-bodied, thrillingly textured and beautifully balanced. In short, don’t miss it!
96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck