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Gold Selection Plan 1

Gold Selection Plan 1 - 24.95

2 Bottles of Red Wine (tax & shipping not included)

Monsegur 2019 Bordeaux Family Vineyards

Grape Varietal: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot
Origin: Bordeaux, France

We are always on the prowl for wines that over deliver and offer delicious drinkability at an outstanding price. We found such a wine with Monsegur Family Vineyards from the highly acclaimed 2019 vintage in Bordeaux. This Cabernet dominant blend is built to please and a perfect choice as we move into the Fall season. It's hard to believe a $10 wine from Bordeaux can be this good!

The 2019 Monsegur is a delicious wine and a fantastic value-a pairing we love! We tasted this and loved the quality of the perfectly ripened fruit, which is really a hallmark of the great 2019 vintage in Bordeaux. This wine echoes some of the outstanding values we have featured recently such as Chateau Belle-Vue, Chateau Bourdieu and Chateau La Prade.

Aromas of ripe fruits and savory elements are inviting with plums, mixed red and black fruits, wood spice and a touch of earth. This is attractive and balanced! On the palate, fruit is the star of the show with more plum flavors aided by notes of boysenberry and delicious black cherries. The supporting cast is clearly on point with fine-grained tannins and balanced acidity providing freshness. The fruit meanders across the tongue culminating in a long, luxurious finish-like the farewell to summer as we warmly greet the fall season.

Located on a spur overlooking the Drot river, Monségur was founded in 1265 by Eleanor of Provence, wife of Henry III Plantagenet, King of England and Duke of Aquitaine. This Bordeaux blend is composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Merlot, which is grown on clay-limestone soil. The resulting quality is noticeable in the glass.

This is a delicious, crowd-pleasing Bordeaux which totally over-delivers.

Maestracci 2020 Clos Reginu

Grape Varietal: 35% Nielliucciu, 30% Grenache, 15% Sciaccarellu, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre
Origin: Corsica, France

Biodynamic

High in the foothills of Monte Grossu mountain, inland from Calvi, lies the granite plateau of Reginu, an area long known for U Vinu di E Prove - the wine of the Prove, as the micro-climate is known. The particularity of the plateau is the exposition to hot and dry daytime temperatures with high altitude cool nights, all within a short distance from the sea and regular maritime winds.

The plateau has been continuously used for vine and olive growing for centuries, and was once the site of a major olive pressing operation that supplied a large part of France with its olive oil. Michel Raoust (winemaker) allows the red an extended time to age and mellow before release, at least two years in large oak casks and are just quintessential Mediterranean food wines.

Wine Tip

Calvi is located on the North West of the Corsican Island. This wine contains two classic native grape varietals from Corsica; Nielliucciu and Sciaccarellu.

Gold Selection Plan 2

Gold Selection Plan 2 - 29.95

1 Bottle of Red Wine and 1 bottle of White Wine (tax & shipping not included)

Monsegur 2019 Bordeaux Family Vineyards

Grape Varietal: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot
Origin: Bordeaux, France

Who wouldn't want to be in Italy in August? Well, if you can't make the trip this month, you can visit in spirit (okay, in vino) via this amazing blend out of Puglia! This is a great warm-weather red wine that pairs wonderfully with summer fare (grilled meats and bbq in general) and has the forward ripe fruits and excellent structure to please all types of crowds.

The "Tre di Tre" ("three of three" referring to three vines, three cousins, three generations at the winery) is obtained from a blend of Negroamaro, Aglianico and Primitivo, whose carefully selected and treated grapes come from terroirs located in the Salento area that are particularly suited for wine. Think of lounging down near the 'heel of the boot' of Italy and you'll be close to where the grapes and wine comes from.

As in all real estate, it's all about "location, location, location!" Puglia is temperate, mitigated by the sea, while the chain of the Alps protects it from the northern winds. Winters are cold and wet, summers are hot and sultry with medium temperature excursions; in other words, excellent conditions to grow grapes that will make fantastic wines. Adequate water in the off-months, an abundance of sunshine and temperature variance in the growing season (hot days and cool nights are a bonus), plenty of chances for the vines to have to dig deep for the best micronutrients, to work a little, which makes for more intense flavors and a better wine overall.

And the proof is in the pudding. Well, wine glass. This one's a keeper! The nose is filled with both fruit and more savory elements. Ripe plum, mixed red berries and fruit leather lead to a hint of peppercorn and wood spice. The palate continues with the ripe fruits and plum again comes to the fore as notes of cherry compote, licorice, light brown spices and citrus make for a delicious, balanced red wine. The medium tannins and ample acidity keep the wine grounded and fresh while the 14% abv won't weigh one down in the August sunshine. After a day being opened, the wine was even better-- the ripe fruit was clearly the star of the show but the balance is breathtaking-- this wine is the complete package and will certainly make us feel like we're relaxing on the southern Italian coast with a glass of red sunshine to keep us content.

Blazic 2018 Belo

Grape Varietal: 50% Rebula, 25% Malvazija and 25% Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Goriska Brda, Slovenia on the border with Italy

The Bourgogne Aligoté is a traditional regional appellation. It was granted its own AOC in 1937. It is produced throughout the Burgundy region (Côte d'or, Yonne, Saône et Loire). This one is grown in the area of Puligny-Montrachet.

It is a still dry white wine with a pale golden color and a well-balanced taste. It ranges from a fruity bouquet to a more floral palette. This vibrant wine offers a nice freshness and is easy to drink.

Its liveliness and citrus notes stand up well to the saltiness of oysters and grilled fish.

In summer it pleasantly accompanies raw vegetables, salads and grilled meats. It is a light and fruity wine and can equally be enjoyed without food. As an appetizer, it can be mixed with “Cassis de Dijon” and it turns into the famous “Kir”, named after its inventor Chamoine Kir, former deputy major of Dijon.

Please enjoy it chilled, at a temperature of 50/52 Fahrenheit.

Platinum Selection 1

Platinum Selection 1 - 49.95

Coster dels Olivers 2018

Grape Varietal: 60% Carignan, 30% Garnacha and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Priorat, Spain

The rugged slopes of the Priorat alternate between forest and wild herbs, then groves of olive trees and vineyards. It's said that you can't get from Point A to Point B in Priorat without a detour through Points F and Q-- on either road or terrain. But the careful eye can detect that even the densest of forests in the Priorat bear traces of generations of farmers who have attempted to tame this wild landscape. Crumbling terraces overgrown with brush, tiny broken-down shelters from which one could escape the blisteringly hot midday sun, and the occasional twisted metal of an abandoned farming implement, the use of which has long since been forgotten.

The region would have remained raw and undiscovered had it not been for the pioneering four founders of the Priorat: Daphne Glorian, Alvaro Palacios, Josep Luis Perez and Rene Barbier. With their efforts, the modern Priorat was born, and it has seen tremendous growth in the last thirty years.

Appreciating and honoring both tradition and newer practices, we have a new custom cuvée from Eric Solomon: Coster dels Olivers. This is a blend of 60% Carinyena (Carignan), 30% Garnatxa (Grenache), and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon grown on slate soils by the Sangenis family of Porrera. A combination of younger vine fruit, a relatively cooler northwestern exposure of the vineyards, a high percentage of Carinyena, and 12 months of aging in well-seasoned French and Hungarian oak barrels, ensures a brighter and juicier style of Priorat made for immediate enjoyment. And so enjoyable it is! You might be familiar with the name 'Eric Solomon' as his wines have graced our shelves and palates for many years and will continue to do so when he keeps releasing liquid gems like this one.

Dark ruby red in color, the nose leads with red and dark fruits, particularly black cherry and strawberry, adding streaks of minerality and earth along with a touch of rose bush and garrique. On the palate, mixed red fruits occupy most of the foreground as hints of wood spice, slatey minerality and rose water act as an award-worthy supporting cast. There is a nice lushness to the mouthfeel but smooth tannins and the right amount of acidity keep it fresh and lively. The finish brings fresh cherries together with minerality and light spice as it slowly resolves on the tongue, the flavors lingering on and on after the final sip.

Chateau Marsau 2018 Bordeaux

Grape Varietal: 100% Merlot
Origin: Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux

JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS

"Beautifully pure cherry, berry, black-olive and lightly toasted coffee-bean aromas follow through to a full body with a lovely center palate and purity of fruit. Lots of fine tannins. Balanced and poised. Wonderful depth. Tiny production – only 20% of the normal production. Pure merlot. From organically grown grapes. Needs two or three years to come around. Try after 2022."

Marsau is a plateau, an unusual, rugged, clay terroir. Their vines are deeply rooted in the earth and here reveal their true expression, sensitive to the intricacies of the soils and landscape, and exposed to the nuances of climate. They cultivate the vines with their true potential guiding every step; the resulting fruit is of great quality and diversity, as varied as the many facets of the terroir itself. Merlot takes a presiding role in plantings and in their wines is the inimitable hallmark of a sense of place, replete with freshness, depth and intensity. The intrinsic character of the landscape allied with silky tannins.

Instinct and elegance.

Platinum Selection 2

Platinum Selection 2 - 49.95

1 Bottle of Red Wine and 1 Bottle of White Wine (tax & shipping not included)

Coster dels Olivers 2018

Grape Varietal: 60% Carignan, 30% Garnacha and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Priorat, Spain

The rugged slopes of the Priorat alternate between forest and wild herbs, then groves of olive trees and vineyards. It's said that you can't get from Point A to Point B in Priorat without a detour through Points F and Q-- on either road or terrain. But the careful eye can detect that even the densest of forests in the Priorat bear traces of generations of farmers who have attempted to tame this wild landscape. Crumbling terraces overgrown with brush, tiny broken-down shelters from which one could escape the blisteringly hot midday sun, and the occasional twisted metal of an abandoned farming implement, the use of which has long since been forgotten.

The region would have remained raw and undiscovered had it not been for the pioneering four founders of the Priorat: Daphne Glorian, Alvaro Palacios, Josep Luis Perez and Rene Barbier. With their efforts, the modern Priorat was born, and it has seen tremendous growth in the last thirty years.

Appreciating and honoring both tradition and newer practices, we have a new custom cuvée from Eric Solomon: Coster dels Olivers. This is a blend of 60% Carinyena (Carignan), 30% Garnatxa (Grenache), and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon grown on slate soils by the Sangenis family of Porrera. A combination of younger vine fruit, a relatively cooler northwestern exposure of the vineyards, a high percentage of Carinyena, and 12 months of aging in well-seasoned French and Hungarian oak barrels, ensures a brighter and juicier style of Priorat made for immediate enjoyment. And so enjoyable it is! You might be familiar with the name 'Eric Solomon' as his wines have graced our shelves and palates for many years and will continue to do so when he keeps releasing liquid gems like this one.

Dark ruby red in color, the nose leads with red and dark fruits, particularly black cherry and strawberry, adding streaks of minerality and earth along with a touch of rose bush and garrique. On the palate, mixed red fruits occupy most of the foreground as hints of wood spice, slatey minerality and rose water act as an award-worthy supporting cast. There is a nice lushness to the mouthfeel but smooth tannins and the right amount of acidity keep it fresh and lively. The finish brings fresh cherries together with minerality and light spice as it slowly resolves on the tongue, the flavors lingering on and on after the final sip.

Gicaometti 2021 Patrimonio Cru des Agriates

Grape Varietal: 100% Vermentinu
Origin: Patrimonio, Corsica, France

Practicing Organic

Corsicans are no strangers to rugged landscapes and isolated areas, yet there is only one spot on the island that has earned the name of “Desert” among Corsicans. The Agriates Desert is a large, rugged, empty and arid swath of land between the Cap Corse and Calvi on the northern end of the island. There are no cities nor towns, only one small paved road, and only one hamlet, with a dozen or so inhabitants. It’s swept year-round with the Libecciu, a hot and dry wind that rolls down off the Italian coast, and it’s been an empty area for nearly a century. The wind combined with the clay-granite soils makes growing anything here extremely laborious, with the vines requiring constant plowing to allow the roots to forage deep for water and nutrients. The Giacometti family boldly moved here in 1987, taking over vines that had been planted in 1966.

The Giacomettis have long made a generous, approachable style of Patrimonio, similar to what has traditionally been served by the pitcher at the Corsican dinner table.

Fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tank

Aged for less than 6 months on fine lees in stainless steel tank

Wine Tip

This is the second vintage that I picked from this excellent cuvee. I think this 2020 shows even better the quality of this beautiful location. Expect huge freshness and high minerality, alongside that classic stone fruit quality from Vermentinu ( the Corsican name for Vermentino).

All White Selection

All White Selection - No more than $45.00

2 Bottles of White Wine (tax & shipping not included)

Blazic 2018 Belo

Grape Varietal: 50% Rebula, 25% Malvazija and 25% Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Goriska Brda, Slovenia on the border with Italy

Organic

Without question the most famous region in Slovenia is Goriska Brda, which is located immediately due East of Udine in Italy about 30km. All of the greats in the world of Slovenian wine have come from here: Radikon, Gravner, Klinec, Simcic (both), etc (a case can be made for Cotar though, who is in the Karst). The Blazic family is located in the heart of the Goriska Brda appellation, in the micro village of Plesivo, which is literally on the Italian border. It is a miracle this winery exists at all, as the cantina is located on today's Slovenian side, but many of the old vineyards and orchards are on the Italian side. Farming through the communist years was not easy for the Blazic family.

The current proprietor Borut Blazic is devoted to a Slovenian conversation in wine, meaning he works to build structure into his white wines via skin macerations. In some cases, these macerations lead to 'orange styled' bottlings, but in many others the macerations are merely there to build in power and texture.

Borut's "Cuvee Belo" is a fantastic entry into this world as it carries just a hint of maceration. The wine is technically a dry white wine, while it gives some of that texture and unctuousness that is prevalent throughout the region. Its base is the most important varietal of the region- rebula, which is then flanked by equal parts malvasia and sauvignon blanc. Flavors are defined by orange and stone fruits, and there is the idea of a patina of richness, all while the wine still delivers a dry white wine palate.

How to drink this wine?

Seafood is the order. Baja lobster, preferably split in half and grilled over open coals, with a mango/chile/white sage salsa would be the perfect SoCal pairing. All things vegetable work fantastically as well. Or, even a simple Summer salad with grilled tuna would be beautiful. Or, if you just want to drink the wine, and not get too geeky, it will deliver quite well.

Um, lovers of Cali Chard...this has the fruit and the weight you like. Lovers of Loire Chenin from Savennieres, this has the flint. And if you ask Me, lovers of Alsace give it the nod as well.

Enjoy!

Gicaometti 2021 Patrimonio Cru des Agriates

Grape Varietal: 100% Vermentinu
Origin: Patrimonio, Corsica, France

Practicing Organic

Corsicans are no strangers to rugged landscapes and isolated areas, yet there is only one spot on the island that has earned the name of “Desert” among Corsicans. The Agriates Desert is a large, rugged, empty and arid swath of land between the Cap Corse and Calvi on the northern end of the island. There are no cities nor towns, only one small paved road, and only one hamlet, with a dozen or so inhabitants. It’s swept year-round with the Libecciu, a hot and dry wind that rolls down off the Italian coast, and it’s been an empty area for nearly a century. The wind combined with the clay-granite soils makes growing anything here extremely laborious, with the vines requiring constant plowing to allow the roots to forage deep for water and nutrients. The Giacometti family boldly moved here in 1987, taking over vines that had been planted in 1966.

The Giacomettis have long made a generous, approachable style of Patrimonio, similar to what has traditionally been served by the pitcher at the Corsican dinner table.

Fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tank

Aged for less than 6 months on fine lees in stainless steel tank

Wine Tip

This is the second vintage that I picked from this excellent cuvee. I think this 2020 shows even better the quality from this beautiful location. Expect huge freshness and high minerality, alongside that classic stone fruit quality from Vermentinu ( the Corsican name for Vermentino).

Champagne Selection

Champagne Selection - No more than $45.00

1 Bottle of Champagne (tax & shipping not included)

Guy Charlemagne Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Origin: Mesnil sur Oger, Grand Cru and Cotes des Blancs
Disgorgement Date: N/A
Dosage: Brut

WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS

"Fresh and focused, with a panoply of flavors—ripe fruit notes of mango, tangy quince and tangerine, joined by a minerally sublayer of smoke, stone and spice. This shows firm structure and intensity, but the overall juiciness of the acidity makes this very appealing right now."

The Reserve Brut cuvée is from the Le Mesnil sur Oger and Oger, Côte des Blancs terroir, both with their limestone soils. This brut champagne is made solely with Chardonnay from our 100% Grand Crus. A champagne where lightness and finesse play the lead role, made from a reserve wine blend and light dosage at around 8 grams per litre. This gives it longevity and subtle aromas. Vinified in thermo regulated stainless steel and matured between two and three years in our underground cellars, the Cuvée Reserve Brut is a harmonious wine, wholesome, full-bodied with very mineral aromas. It possesses an elegance and vivacity which will allow for the best pairings but it will be particularly appreciated as an aperitif.

Pale yellow color, steady stream of fine bubbles, bright. Very citrusy nose, where acacia and rose water balance each other out. Creamy mouth with an exceptional length, the citrus notes (lime and pink grapefruit) give it freshness before melting into notes of fresh hazelnuts and yeasty brioche. This wine will be appreciated both during aperitif or with an appetizer of warm oysters.