New Wines Winter 2017
Chateau Haut-Gaussens 2012 Bordeaux rouge $9.99
Just one of a dozen of value oriented Bordeaux we stock, this new arrival packs loads of fresh fruit and hints of mocha, gravel and cherry onto this affordable bottle. Tends more on the Merlot side of things, with a little Cabernet Sauvignon.
Nicolas Potel 2014 Macon-Village blanc $14.99
Nicolas Potel 2014 Bourgogne Pinot Noir $14.99
This is a good negotiant address, producing well priced Burgundy at this regional appellation level. The white is crisp, with mineral tinged fruit typical of the Macon, clean and very serviceable, while the Pinot shows hints of cherry and strawberry fruit. This brand tends to avoid the hard edges and rustic nature of some wines typically found at these price points.
Pomum 2013 Red Wine Columbia Valley $19.99
Yes we do carry Washington wine! Pomum is a great way to get in touch with WA terroir, winemaker Javier Alfanso comes from Ribera del Duero, Spain, but after an engineering career he has sunk his teeth into Washington wine. His winemaking skills present dark, concentrated fruit, with good balancing acidity and judicious oak aging. The Red blends Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, to create a dark, yet elegant red blend with mocha, vanilla and spice.
Marengo 2011 Barolo $39.99
Imported by famed Marc de Grazia, itself a sign of good wine, this 2011 over achieves for the vintage, and provides a surprisingly drinkable 5 year old Barolo. The price is certainly right, and the wine, aged two years in oak, displays rather elegant pure vanilla and cherry, with classic notes of tar and bitter chocolate, grippy, but refined. The grapes come from La Morra, mostly the Brunate vineyard, an excellent source of raw material to fashion a Barolo, and La Morra is known for its more delicate and refined character, so this humble estate has captured the terroir of La Marra quite well, but don't mistake this wine for a Barbaresco, it has hidden muscle too.