Here are a few handpicked selections we uncorked August 26, 2017
2014 Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano, Tuscany, Italy ($14)
This 100 hectare vineyard produces delicious spiced plum and berry flavors that lead to a medium-long, ripe finish. It has good tannin structure and acidity. Lovely!
2009 Moraga Vineyards Estate Red, California ($175)
Moraga grapes come from the South Coast of California…the Los Angeles Community of Bel Air to be exact. The area is home to various terrain and soils, primarily growing Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The 2009 is mature and round with dark red fruits and spice. Finishes long and strong with a good dose of tobacco, tar and dark fruits.
2015 Moraga Vineyards White Wine, California ($115)
This is a refreshing Sauvignon blanc with pretty peach and tropical fruit notes that lead to a long, mineral, grapefruit finish with a touch of vanilla. Pair this with shrimp piccata. You’ll love it.
2013 Moraga Vineyards Red wine, California ($175)
This 2013 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It’s a ripe and rich blackberry blend that that is robust and full-bodied. It’s a perfect accompaniment to grilled steaks. Delicious!
2015 Château Paul Mas Clos des Mûres, Languedoc, France ($20)
Luscious dark fruits with smoke and chocolate notes. Finishes long and strong with chewy tannins and plum notes. Great quality-to-price-ratio (QPR). The blend is 85% Syrah, 10% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre.
NV Côté Mas Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs, Languedoc, France ($12)
Delicious, fresh and fruit with feisty bubbles that dance in the glass. Looking for sparkling pairings? This sparkler would taste deliciously with buttered popcorn, or delicate fish dishes with lemon butter sauces.
2013 Domaine Papagiannakos Vareli Savatiano, Greece ($23)
Domaine Papagiannakos was founded in 1919, just 18 miles from the capital of Athens, in the region of Attica. The family-owned vineyards are planted mainly with the Savatiano and Malagouzia grapes that produce 180,000 bottles annually from a 100 acre lot. The 2013 is floral and acidic with lemons and grapefruit notes. It’s crisp and enticing, making it a perfect summer sipper.
2015 Domaine Papagiannakos Savatiano Old Vines, Greece ($17)
The 2015 is fresh with balanced acidity and flavors. It’s lemony and bright with light herbaceous notes that dance in the glass. It finishes delightfully with a slight nuttiness. I paired it with a Mediterranean feast, which paired perfectly, of course!
2016 Domaine Papagiannakos Savatiano Old Vines, Greece ($17)
Attractive bouquet of lemons and limes. On the palette, ripe apricot, spice and peach dominate with lingering, lively acidity that finishes long and strong.
2012 Chateau Aney Cru Borgeois du Medoc ($24)
A traditional Haut Médoc blend made from 40 year old vines that produced a straightforward, easy to drink wine with fruity flavors. Grab a bottle for a family picnic and enjoy with burgers. Blend: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot.
2012 Chateau Greysac Cru Bourgeois du Medoc ($30)
This blend of 65% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot is luscious and round, with red and black fruit flavors that play nicely on an herbaceous, earthy core. I paired this with a mushroom tart, which really accentuated the herb notes in the wine.
2012 Chateau Cap Leon Veyrin Cru Bourgeois du Medoc ($24)
Layered and feisty, this 52% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot is pretty, with red fruits consisting of cherries and raspberries, which lead to a white pepper and spice finish. Good quality-to-price-ratio (QPR) with broad culinary applications—from cheese platters to grilled meats and pizza.