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Portland OR 97239 (Map)
Today, February 14, 3:
FEBRUARY "6 FOR 60-something" SAMPLER
Better late than never!! The release of February's 6 for 60-something sampler!!
It feels like it's been forever since we last did a 6 for 60 so if you enjoy the sampler, take advantage of these fine 6 red wines! As usual, all of the wines are available by the bottle or case, but to resolve to drink well, we recommend doing the entire collection.
6 WINES - $64.00
Easy to order - just click on the link at the bottom of the sampler
2011 ARALDICA BARBERA D'ASTI "ALBERA"
Piedmont, Italy. 100% Barbara. Something that may be a bit safer to your wallet, kneecaps and thumbs is to drink plenty of this stylish Barbera from a genuinely delightful producer from the Asti section of Piedmont. Polished and forward notes of plum, black cherry, licorice, cocoa, rose petal and violet dust prevail on the nose, while ripe, round deep dark fruits and cocoa linger on the supple frame, making it the perfect wine for winter stews or hearty pasta dishes.
2010 CLAAR "RIDGE CREST" SYRAH
Columbia Valley, Washington. 100% Syrah. Once again one of our favorite value-minded Washington estates delivers again!! Teeming with smoke, plum, freshly ground pepper and coffee aromas. Flavorful, chewy dark chocolate tones shine in the mouth along with a lovely core of poised fruit. Very well balanced throughout with an impressive, spice-laden finish. Have it with pulled pork, burgers and more.
2012 J. PORTUGAL RAMOS ALENTEJANA TINTO "LOIOS"
Alentejano, Portugal. 35% Aragones, 35% Trincadeira & 30% Castelão. Aged solely in stainless steel tanks, exquisite scents of blueberry, licorice and savory balsamic tones roll from the glass. On the palate it is engaging, shows nice warmth and fleshy characteristics with nice spicy-earth on the back end. Another winner from one of Portugal's heroic producers! Drink with grilled sausages.
2012 NUGAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON "3RD GENERATIONS"
SE Australia. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Nugan wines are ridiculously delicious for not a lot of money and the 2012 Cab follows this pattern. Blackberry, underlying cassis and mint tones shine on the nose. Dreamy, sultry and all about texture in the mouth, this classy & sassy red is layered with lots of movement and various complex flavor profiles. Drawn-out, lingering and possessing excellent substance on the back end.
2011 CASTANO YECLA TINTO "HECULA"
Yecla region of Murcia, Spain. 100% Monastrell (Mourvedre). This old-vine mourvèdre is deep and pure, chock full of ripe red berries, anise, cocoa, spice and dusty violet aromas. One sip and you know that it is a mouthful of big, dark red wine as it nicely integrates its black fruit, smoke and mineral notes. Enjoy with simple hearty fare such as grilled pork loin or baked meatloaf. If you like value reds then you MUST experience the Hecula from Yecla!
2009 CHATEAU RIVIERE LA BICHE COTES-DE-BOURG
Cotes-de-Bourg, Bordeaux, France. 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec. An excellent petite château from 20 km northwest of Bordeaux city, this is an area famed for rural farming rather than 'grand châteaux' production. Classy Bordeaux with pronounced aromas and flavors of smoked mineral, violet, cherry and a touch of tobacco. Medium-bodied, full of flesh, direct and well made. Enjoy over the next year or two with duck or lamb dishes.
Click to order 6 for 60-something Sampler!!
THIS WEEK'S FRIDAY SIPS
SEAMLESS & THEMELESS RED WINES
Drop by this Friday, February 21 from 3:30-6:30 to taste three red wines that have absolutely nothing in common except for their sheer deliciousness
- 2012 Purple Hands Pinot Noir "Willamette Valley"
- 2011 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Reserva
- 2006 Fattoria Zerbina Ravenna Rosso "Marzieno" (top-drawer Sangiovese-Cab blend from Emilia Romagna)