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About the Wine
Looking for that perfect quaffer to bring you back to the Mediterranean Sea? Look no further. The key here is that the wine is sourced from 30+ year old vines. You get a graceful wine that would normally sell for much more. Since BHW is a direct importer, our price here is unbeatable.
This wine has only four months in French oak barrels, and it is light, uplifting, and a joy to drink with tapas, light to medium weighted foods. It's perfect with B-B-Q too.
Tasting Notes: Very intense red-violet color. Aroma: notes of red and black fruit and spicy touches. On the palate: very fresh, complex and soft wine, with a long finish.
Blend: 60% Carignan, 35% Grenache Noir, 5% Syrah
Serve this wine with a light chill.
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The winemaking tradition of the Brunel family dates back to the 17th century. Gaston Brunel, a famous négociant, acquired the Château de la Gardine in Châteauneuf du Pape in 1945. The estate is now run by his two sons, Patrick and Maxime with the help of their wives Eve and Maryse and their children Marie-Odile and Philippe. The estate spreads over 52 ha of vineyards (48 ha of red and 4 ha of white) and 20 ha of forests, all gathered around the property. The Domaine is famous for the quality of its wines and for the unique Gardine bottle. Today around 70% of the production is exported in about 30 countries.
The Gardine bottle, both original and elegant, is the result of a happy coincidence. When he first wanted to expand his cellar, while digging in the ground, Gaston Brunel found a mouth-blown bottle. He loved it and decided to use a similar shape for all his wine. In the beginning, he had to go all the way to Italy to find a glass supplier that was able to make it. Since 1964 all the wines have been bottled in the unique La Gardine shaped-bottle.
Tasting Notes: Red wine. From 90+ year old vines. Very long drinking window. See details below.
The dense inky ruby/purple-colored 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des Generations is backward for a 2004, and should be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage. It exhibits notes of creme de cassis, smoke, toast, and plenty of licorice and chocolate. It is full-bodied, powerful, and unusually tannic and structured for a 2004. Give it 5-7 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 15+ years. A decidedly modern take on Chateauneuf du Pape, but wine built for long-term aging is the rule of thumb from this estate tucked away in the very western reaches of Chateauneuf du Pape. I have cellared their Cuvee des Generations as far back as 1978. It’s a wine that does behave more like a Bordeaux than many Chateauneuf du Papes, requiring a good decade of cellaring, and it may be one of the few wines that takes that long to shed some tannin. Of course it sees aging in new oak barrels, as La Gardine was one of the first to use new oak for its Chateauneuf du Pape, and while the wine can be somewhat internationally styled and oaky in its youth, the wood does get absorbed as the wine ages, and after a decade there is no doubt it is a southern Rhone wine with plenty of Provencal typicity in it. At about age 7-8, the aromas of black cherries and other black fruits intermixed with smoky garrigue notes come to the forefront. ~91+ Robert Parker, WA Drink 2012-2027
About the Wine
Crafted with painstaking care, from hand-harvested grapes to the pitch perfect aging in oak barrels, this is a masterclass in balance. It undulates effortlessly between velvety softness, moderate acidity and structural tannins, showcasing the elegance of Sangiovese with the force of Cabernet. Fresh berries and a refined finish make Nesios Toscana 2018 the perfect match for just about any Italian dish.
Blend: Sangiovese 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 50%
About Corte de Medicea
Corte Medicea winery was born from a passion for the Tuscan winemaking tradition. From its desire to follow the footsteps of the region’s greatest winemakers, Corte Medicea creates wines that express their vision of life as simple and pleasant but also intriguing and mysterious. The Corte Medicea vineyards are situated on picturesque rolling hills at an altitude of 380/400 meters, with clay/loam soils in the south of Tuscany.
Winemaker, Andrea Bernardini, has previously worked with Poggio Bonelli and Ruffino in Tuscany, and beyond in South Africa, Romania and Greece. This flying winemaker blends traditional and modern techniques to craft high-quality wines that express the full flavor profile of the grape and terroir with which he works.
Chosen by Luca Maroni in his annual guide, "The Best Wines of Italy" as one of the year's best from Tuscany. ~98 points Luca Maroni
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The innovative blend combines equal parts of the indigenous grapes Nero d'Avola and Nerello Mascalese with two Bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Layers of flavors with blueberry, chocolate, mocha, and baked cherry are topped off with a deft touch of oak, vanilla, and Mediterranean herbs in the finish. The result is a spectacular wine that screams "Delizioso!"
Blend: 25% Nero d'Avola, 25% Nerello Mascalese, 25% Merlot, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. Typical and varietal notes of cherry, mulberry, and raspberry, blended with nuances of elegant spices such as vanilla, coffee, and cocoa. The palate is wide, warm and envelopes the mouth with grip, elegant and velvety tannins. Fruity and rich aftertaste. Enjoy on its own or comfortably pair with any tomato dish, pasta, puttanesca, or grilled meat.
Bring home a taste of Sicily today!
98pts: "One of the year's best wines in Italy" ~Luca Maroni "I Migliori Vini Italiani 2019"
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Produced by La Bollina Winery. This wine comes from Puglia in Italy, a region located in the southern peninsula of the country, bordering the Adriatic Sea to the east, the Ionian Sea to the southeast, and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf of Taranto to the south. This is a very fertile region, known for the cultivation of olives, figs, almonds, wheat, and of course grapevines.
Puglia is an important wine region in the world with dozens of DOC. The wines were once known as “inexpensive bulk wines” because they were more focused on quantity over quality. Much has changed in Puglia over the last two decades and wines from the “heel of the boot” now represent very high quality and some of the best values in the world, with a particular focus on the indigenous varietals like Primitivo, Uva di Troia, Malvasia Nera, and Negroamaro.
Nowadays, the wine from this region is considered of high quality at an affordable price, loved by the most demanding palates.
Cazzaro is a tiny production that was rated 98 points in the "Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani 2020" which is an annual guide from Luca Maroni that is dedicated to wine criticism. It is one of the most comprehensive references for Italian wine in the world.
This wine has a cold maceration for a week and 10 days of fermentation in controlled temperatures of 20º to 22º C. Aged for 6 months in French and American barrels.
Tasting Notes: Ruby Red color. Fruity aromas like berries, cherries, and blackberries are in perfect combination with the soft notes that come from the oak, such as mocha, chocolate, and vanilla. Gentle entrance on the palate, well-balanced tannins, rounded body that makes this wine very easy to drink. This wine pairs great with grilled meat and medium-aged cheeses.
Blend: Primitivo, Negroamaro, Uva di Troia, Malvasia Nera.
98 points, Luca Maroni, "Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani 2020"
Certified by the USDA
About the Wine
More frequently, people seek to consume healthier products, and little by little people have begun to think about what they’re putting into their bodies.
2019 V2G Languedoc Organic is a wine produced in Languedoc-Roussillon, in southern France. Languedoc is characterized by its beautiful Mediterranean climate and varied soils ranging from rocky sand to clay, thanks to its ideal conditions and terroir, wine has existed in this region for many years.
Today, Languedoc-Roussillon is recognized as one of the fastest-growing wine regions in France. They are known for being extremely committed to the quality of the wine. Languedoc is also the largest organic wine producer in France.
This 2019 V2G Languedoc organic wine is owned by Biagio Cru Wines & Spirits, an importer of fine wines and spirits from around the world, they are globally known for their flagship wine: Rosé All Day.
V2G is the acronym for “Vine 2 Glass” and as its name indicates, it is a wine produced with respectful practices for health and the environment and is certified by the USDA. The vineyard uses sustainable agricultural practices, free of chemicals, insecticides, pesticides, and sulfites. From the Vine to Your Glass!
"V2G takes the growing trend for organic wines and goes further with their exceptional taste, great value and sustainable production," said Darren Restivo, director of Biagio Cru Wines & Spirits.
Tasting Notes: 80% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of fresh red fruits. A spectacular acidity that reflects great freshness on the palate. This wine pairs great with spicy and salty food.
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Celestino Gaspari may not be a name you recognize from the Valpolicella, but his hand has touched some of the most important wines to ever come out of the region. After marrying Giuseppe Quintarelli's daughter, Celestino apprenticed with the master for a dozen years until 1997. Celestino then ventured off on his own and consulted at several top properties in the region including Bertani and Romano dal Forno. In 1999, he launched Zyme, his own project from his garage.
Zyme is Greek for "yeast". The logo for the winery and the winery itself is a pentagon, which mirrors the grape leaf. If you're ever in the area, the winery must be seen to be believed as it's an incredible dichotomy of modernity and natural winemaking built above a 15th-century sandstone quarry. There is literally an underground stream running in between the huge boulders in the cellar that help maintain natural humidity. It is a contemporary winery that oozes eco-sustainability.
Everything about Celestino and Zyme is like peeling an onion. Layer upon layer is gradually revealed in the label, the symbols, the names, the blends, and in the wines he crafts too. From the first scent of the nose on the wine, you'll be drawn in, wanting to know more about the wine, the man, and the place. The winemaker is a philosopher and a competitive person striving to experiment and tinker until he can produce the perfect wine.
If you love aged Italian wines, this wine over-delivers. Celestino's top wine is Harlequin and it's priced similar to the top Amarone of the region (>$300/btl) Kairos is the second wine, made similar to Harlequin. It's an experimental blend that with age has transformed into a true experience that must be tasted to be appreciated.
The label shows the link of Kairos to the Harlequin project: Harlequinʼs costume is composed of pieces of many colors, just as the wine is composed of 15 different grapes, each with its own characteristics. In ancient Greek, Kairos means “opportune, at the right moment.” The addition of the sundial and the clock express the idea of exact time.
Aging: 24 Months in 100% New French Oak
Tasting notes: Red Wine. 15 Different Varietals (4 white, 11 red: Garganega, Trebbiano toscano, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syraz, Teroldego, Croatina, Oseleta, Sangiovese, Marzemino) with some air drying of grapes prior to fermentation.
In the glass, the wine is a dense ruby red, with garnet highlights. The nose explodes with rich and complex fruit. Driven by fruit, spices, marmalade, and forest floor, followed by pipe tobacco, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. A kiss of minerality following the complex palate put the tremendous depth of this wine on display. Pairs with elaborate dishes of all meats with hearty and spicy sauces. Excellent with aged and full-flavored cheeses and with game.
Run, don't walk to purchase this wine. This wine delivers the joy we all need.
**Special Note Regarding Older, Vintage Wines like this: Red wines lose color with age. Unfiltered red wines like this have sediment and this has nothing to do with the quality of the wine. The cork may be moist or even crumble, but this doesn't effect the quality of the wine either, as long as the bottle isn't leaking. This particular wine benefits from 30 minutes of aeration prior to service.
The 2004 Kairos is conceived as the second selection of the estate’s flagship Harlequin. It is a deep, super-ripe wine loaded with dark fruit. The French oak is a touch overbearing here, which keeps the score from going higher. Kairos is made from a variety of red grapes which are dried prior to vinification. The wine spends 24 months in French oak prior to being bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2018. ~90 Antonio Galloni
Proprietor Celestino Gaspari boasts one of the most extensive resumes in Valpolicella. Once widely considered the heir-apparent at Quintarelli, where he worked for a number of years, Gaspari subsequently consulted for a number of local wineries, helping launch some of the most exciting young properties on the scene. More recently Gaspari has scaled back his consulting activities to focus on his own project. The dramatic Zyme cellars are carved out of rock and hold some of the most dramatic wines being made in Veneto today. Zyme is still a young property, and I am curious to see what happens here over the coming years. Gaspari is highly ambitious and technically very proficient, as these wines clearly show. The open question is whether he will allow the wines to express more personality over the coming years. Given his track record elsewhere, there is every reason to think that will indeed be the case. There is a very clear struggle here in trying to acknowledge tradition on one hand, while not being excessively bound by convention on the other hand. As a result, the top wine here is not Amarone, but Harlequin, a blend of various grapes given a short time of air-drying and aged in 100% new French oak. All of these wines required considerable aeration for some of the SO2 to blow off. ~90 Wine Advocate
Gambero Rosso ~Due Bicchieri
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Flechas de Los Andes is the brainchild of Benjamin de Rothschild (of Ch Clarke) and Laurent Dassault (Ch Lafleur) who have sought out exemplary terroir quintessential for Malbec cultivation. Together the duo has transformed selected plots at the base of the Andes mountains into pristine vineyards perfectly suited for viticultural development. The 2015 Punta de Flechas Corte showcases the technical winemaking abilities of established Chateau like Clarke and Lafleur with a mindblowing value that redefines quality wine at an affordable price. Taste the excellence of this high-quality Bordeaux Argentino before it's gone!
The name Punta de Flechas or “spike of the arrows” refers to the 5 arrows, emblem of the Rothschild family (symbolizing the 5 brothers from this dynasty of entrepreneurs).
Wine consultant, Michel Rolland is not only a pioneering winemaker with an unrivaled pedigree within the famed region of Bordeaux but a fearless leader and champion of Argentina viticulture. After traveling to Argentina in 1988, he recognized that all the conditions were right to grow exceptional wine and partnered with other Bordeaux families to develop 7 vineyards in the Uco Valley of Mendoza. Michel has become an Andes viticultural guru singlehandedly transforming the wine-producing pedigree of South America's leading wine producer!
"There are good places to grow wine everywhere, but Argentina is especially blessed. Its position in relation to the Andes Mountains means you can play with altitude and benefit from milder weather in a very sunny country. The soil types made up of gravel and stones that have washed down from the mountains are also particularly conducive." ~Michel Rolland
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 50% Malbec, 9% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, & 8% Petit Verdot. This wine has a deep purple color, with intense fruit concentration. An elegant wine with mature tannins and excellent aging potential.
A dense yet linear red with blackberry and currant aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, layered and ripe with new wood and a flavorful finish. On the riper side but remains fresh. Drink or hold. ~91 James Suckling
Martellotto's "Evening Red' Bordeaux blend Steals the Spotlight. One of the best value and high quality red blends from the Happy Canyon in Santa Barbara.
Greg Martellotto believes blends are better and this wine highlights the symphonic harmony of three Bordeaux varietals: 40% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 25% Cab. Franc.
Aromas of luxardo cherry, cedar, and fresh Med. herbs entice. Flavors of ripe plum, blueberry, and oak dance on the tongue.
ReviewsAlready bottled, the 2017 Rosso di Sera is a plump, rounded, sexy wine that has loads of ripe cherries, blackberries, toasted spices, and earth. With medium to full-bodied richness and ample fruit, it's a delicious, fun wine to drink over the coming 4-5 years. The blend is 40% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 25% Cabernet Franc, all aged 10 months in 20% new oak. ~90 points, Jeb Dunnuck