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Value Winter Warmers

We promised wines that had the weight to satisfy in the coldness of winter. We did not anticipate how varied they would be and how varied the response would be to them.
January 16, 2019


There was no single favorite. People were attracted their wines according to their own taste and preference.

Some liked the rich dense fruit of the 2014 Barone Cornacchia Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. While not a fruit bomb, it satisfied many tasters' craving for richness and. Of note, we have sold out of the 2014, but now have the 2016. There is little, if no difference.

Others preferred the 2016 Torremoron Tempranillo Ribera del Duero. It had a fair amount of tannin, more like a Napa Cabernet but with overtones of the bright cherry fruit of the Tempranillo grape from which it is made.

Both the 2017 Penya Cotes Catalanes and the 2017 Domaine Cabirau Cotes du Roussillon had a pronounced but delicately nuanced herbaceousness that make them great companions for herbs winter stews. Quite a number of people preferred one or the other. They differed less in flavor than the Cabirau's having more richness and weight. Both were very attractive.

Quite a number of people liked the 2015 Nieto Senetiner Blend's subdued Bordeaux blend. Although mostly malbec, it had a subdued rich sweetness all of a mature St. Emilion. It was very popular.

The 2014 Haras Cabernet Sauvignon Hussenet Gran Reserva not so much. While it did have the sweet richness it did have a pronounced slighty funky herbaceousness frequently found in Chilean cabs. Some found that attractive, but more did not.

The Chambers Rosewood Muscat was a sweet plus to the tasting. Those who like sweet wines founded incredible value in a port like wine at our reduced price. "Maple sugar candy," exclaimed one taster. And so it was.



2014 Barone Cornacchia Montepulciano d’AbruzzoOrganic Deep red. Lots of dark fruit, blackberry and cherry with good structure and very pleasant balsam notes. Very Good Plus Plus 12.99; Mixed Case, 11.69; Case, 11.04

2016 Torremoron Tempranillo Ribera del Duero: On the richer side of Tempranillo with good color. Rich fruit framed by spice and really good structure. Very complete wine and a long finish. Very Good Plus Plus 13.99; Mixed Case, 12.59; Case, 11.89

2017 Penya Cotes Catalanes IGP; Color: medium dark; Aroma: heady dense, rather bright , firm, clean edge, low toned herbal; Mouth: medium bodied sweet berry on entry leads to fresh clean, fine acid, long; Very Good 10.99; Mixed Case, 9.89; Case, 9.34

2017 Domaine Cabirau Cotes du Roussillon; Color: Red black; Aroma: Sweet very dense, pretty forward, juicy forward; Mouth: Juicy forward sweet heady rather dense, spicy, with surprising complexity tight acid fruity forward, fresh; Very Good Plus 14.99; Mixed Case, 13.49; Case, 12.74

2015 Nieto Senetiner Blend Collection; Color: medium dark; Aroma: heady earth , rather softly woody, , earthy, nutty, ; Mouth: clean rather forward, fleshy, juicy, bright fruit, herbal nuttiness; Very Good Plus 15.99; Mixed Case, 14.39; Case, 13.59

2014 Haras Cabernet Sauvignon Hussenet Gran Reserva; Color: very dark ; Aroma: sweet ripe forward, sweet American oak, spiced plum; Mouth: clean bright sweet plum, rather earthy, bright clean forward, fine acidity, firm, bright tangy finish, long; Very Good Plus 15.99; Mixed Case, 14.39; Case, 13.59


1-16 Winter Value Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $145

Instore only 1-16 Winter Value Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $77


and for dessert: Australian stickies are like a cross between sweet sherry, tawny port , and, in this case, French Vin Doux Nature. We got a small amount from this top producer for a much reduced price to share with you. 

Chambers Rosewood Muscat 375 mlColor: gold tan; Aroma: clean fleshy more wood than, firmness, , sweet higher toned, wood influenced, then bright; Mouth: sweet very candied, bright orange rind, clean, very nice structure racy firm; Very Good - Excellent 14.99; Mixed Case, 13.49; Case, 12.74


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These wines (except futures) and any wine in stock assort as follows:

For 12 or more bottles of the same wine, take 15% off.

For 12 or more bottles of various wines, take 10% off.

Wines marked “net” help assemble cases but don’t discount themselves.

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