91+ Points for Marchiori & Barraud!

This month, Malbec Cuartel Dos 2015 from Marchiori & Barraud received 91+ points from Vinous! 

...Intense and penetrating but youthfullly bound up; offers lovely density and grain, not to mention definition to its backward dark berry, licorice, bitter chocolate and mineral flavors.
— Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud come from families with long winemaking traditions in Argentina. Located in the Perdriel area in Mendoza, the vineyards are handled with exceptional care and great attention to detail. Together they pursue the best expression of their terrior only by producing small amounts of wines. Learn more about Malbec Cuartel Dos 2015 here

Domaine Begude Etoile 2015 AOC Receives 95 points from Decanter!

 

At this year's Decanter World Wine Awards, Domaine Begude Etoile Chardonnay was awarded Gold earning 95 points. 

The winemaker, Laurent Girault is a native of Limoux and raised in a family of winemakers. The aim at Domaine Begude is to "make excellent wine from long established high-quality terroir... wines reminiscent of the new world, but with the elegance of the old..." The winery organically grows their grapes and is devoted to environmentally sustainable practices. 

Etoile Chardonnay has a classic, complex style. With aromas of honey and fresh fruit that lead to a long mineral acidity with a creamy texture.  

Las Bas Gewuztraminer and Sommos Premium Selected to Represent the Somontano Appellation

On Wednesday March 1, Las Bas Gewuztraminer and Sommos Premium were two of eight wines selected to represent the entire region of Somontano. The event was held at Amada Restaurant in New York City outpost of award winning chef, Jose Garces. Wine Enthusiast, The Somm Journal, The Tasting Panel magainze, Nacho Monclus, Head Sommelier at Amada, amongst others were in attendance. We were very excited for the opportunity to share these wines from Bodegas Sommons!

93 Points for Aguijón De Abeja Malbec Reserva 2015 from Wine Enthusiast!

We are very excited to announce that the Aguijón de Abeja Malbec Reserva 2015 has received a 93-point rating from Wine Enthusiast!

Hector and Pablo Durigutti are two of the best-known young winemakers in Argentina today. Their wines are organically grown and display a beautiful balance of New World fruit with Old World elegance. You can learn more about the Durigutti brothers and the Aguijón de Abeja wines here.

90+ for Legón Reserva 2012 and Legón Roble 2015

We are happy to announce that two of our wines from the Valtostao winery - Legón Reserva 2012 and Legón Roble 2015 - have received 92 and 90 points, respectively, from Vinous! In his reviews, Raynolds described the Roble as "Lush, sweet and open-knit", while the Reserva offered "concentrated blackberry, cherry liqueur and spicecake flavors." 

 
Reserva 2012-
Smooth, sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated blackberry, cherry liqueur and spicecake flavors and showing no rough edges.
— 92, Josh Raynolds
Roble 2015-
Lush, sweet and open-knit, showing very good depth of flavor and a hint of smokiness on the back half...adding shape to a long, smooth, fruit-driven finish.
— 90, Josh Raynolds

The Valtosatao vineyards enjoy some of the best conditions in Ribera de Duero - high altitudes (2,625-2,950), hot dry summers, and cold winters. The grapes are organically grown and yields are kept low with the vineyards dry farmed and the formation and maturation of the clusters carefully monitored. The results of these efforts are wines with excellent structure and concentration of flavors. Learn more about the winery and their wines here.

Jordi Miro’s Ennak Earns a 90 from Vinous!

We are very pleased to announce that Vinous recently gave Jordi Miro’s “Ennak” 90 points! This spice-accented wine from Terra Alta is described by Josh Raynolds as having “very good focus and lift to the bitter cherry and dark berry flavors.”  Click here for full review.

Closes long and silky; rounded, slow-building tannins add shape to the persistent dark fruit.
— Josh Raynolds

A third generation winemaker, Jordi combines the traditional knowledge passed down from his family with a modern touch to create silky, fresh wines that frequently earn high marks. Learn more about the Jordi Miro winery here.

Food & Wine Magazine Picks Commuter Cuvée as Wine to 'Drink Now'!

Holy smokes - Grochau Cellars is once again in the spotlight! We are very happy to announce that Food & Wine included Grochau Cellars' Commuter Cuvée Pinot Noir in their 'Trendspotting' list, 'Drink These Wines Now.'

Author Ray Isle calls the wine an 'unusually fragrant, elegant Pinot' in the November 2016 issue of Food & Wine magazine and advises the reader to buy 'by the case.' An excellent plan for the upcoming holidays. Cheers!

See the full list here, or to read more about Grochau Cellars, check out their page on our site

 

"An unusually fragrant, elegant Pinot for the price that comes from a small Willamette Valley winery."

- Ray Isle, Food & Wine Magazine November 2016

Commuter Cuvée Pinot Noir Picked for New York Times' 20 Under $20 List!

Grochau Cellars is once again making waves. The Commuter Cuvée Pinot Noir 2014 has made Eric Asimov’s much loved 20 Wines for Under $20 list! Asimov looks for ‘exciting and distinctive’ wines to fill his lists, an excellent way to sum up the Commuter Cuvée.

Read an excerpt below, or read the full article here. Additionally, you can learn more about Grochau Cellars, and its devoted founder and namesake, John Grochau here

"That rare treat: budget-priced pinot noir from good terroirs, grown and produced conscientiously. Commuter Cuvée shows bright aromas of red and black fruits intermingled with herbs and flowers." -Erick Asimov, NYT Oct. 6, 2016

Viñabade Albariño Featured in Somm Journal!

Our very own Viñabade Albariño has been featured in the August/September 2016 of Somm Journal! "The Albariños of Rías Baixas: An Overview Refresher Course" takes an in-depth look at the land, people and history of the grape and the region. 

Sommelier Allyson Gorsuch note's the Viñabade winery's 'deep, collective experience, acquired over more than 50 years in the wine industry" and says the wine "...offers a citrusy, clean palate."

You can read the profile on Viñabade here or check out the full article here

90's for Lunar Apogé's CDR & Lirac Red from Wine & Spirits Magazine

Lunar Apogé’s Côtes du Rhône and Lirac Red scored high marks with Wine & Spirits Magazine recently! Each earned 90 points - the CDR was noteworthy for its “vibrancy…seeming to radiate energy,” while the Lirac was “bold and juicy, a riot of wild cherry, spice and floral flavors.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

You can learn more about this pioneering, biodynamic winery on their webpage. For the complete reviews, please read below. Cheers!

CDR: "This wins on vibrancy, the wine seeming to radiate energy with its glowing red fruit. A blend of grenache, syrah, mourvèdre and cinsault, all of which Christian Leperchois farms under biodynamics, this holds its freshness for days after opening, the red berry fruit tangy, spicy and clean."

Lirac: "From the 37 acres Christian Leperchois farms under biodynamics in Lirac, this is bold and juicy, a riot of wild cherry, spice and floral flavors, with a hint of sweaty animal in its midst. Its energy is invigorating, and inviting when there’s a roast leg of lamb on the table."

90 Points for Gran Gesta Cava Reserva Especial!

Exciting news - Wine Enthusiast Magazine gave our new Gran Gesta Cava Reserva Especial 90 points! Author Michael Schachner says that "Direct flavors of apple, herbs and white pepper don't mess around..." You can read the full review here, and learn more about the winery on their page

"...stone-fruit and apple aromas arrive prior to a crisp, whole palate. Direct flavors of apple, herbs and white pepper don't mess around...a finish that's tight as a drum." 

- Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast

92 Points for Quinta de Pancas Reserva!

We are very excited to announce that Wine Enthusiast Magazine has given Quinta de Pancas Reserva 2012 a 92 point rating! Author Roger Voss describes it as "...a powerful wine, dense and full-bodied." We couldn't agree more and think it would pair beautifully with a perfectly grilled steak, an earthy mushroom dish - or you could always cellar it for that next special occasion. 

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Learn more about the 518 year old Quinta de Pancas winery on their webpage, or check out the full Wine Enthusiast review here

Maisulan & Honoratus Aurum A Hit With Vinous

We are very happy to announce that five wines from Bodegas Vinaspral received top marks in Vinous' "The Many Facets of Rioja" (November 2015), by Josh Raynolds. 

"Smokey dark berries, licorice...on the assertively perfumed nose. Juicy, spicy and focused..." 90 points - Josh Raynolds, Vinous

"Smokey dark berries, licorice...on the assertively perfumed nose. Juicy, spicy and focused..." 90 points - Josh Raynolds, Vinous

The word "Maisulan" means "good hard work" in the Basque language. In this case, it has been well rewarded. Raynold's gives 90 points to their Maisulan 6, calling it "Concentrated but lively, with very good finishing thrust and length."

He found Honoratus Aurum, their aged white Rioja "Fleshy and dry, offering concentrated lemon and peach flavors" and scored it a 90. 

The Maisulan Crianza, Sobremoro, and Los Lagos wines also garnering 91, 93 and 92 points, respectively. You can check out the full reviews here.

"This weighty, classically dry wine finishes with strong finishing thrust and length..." 90 points - Josh Raynolds, Vinous

"This weighty, classically dry wine finishes with strong finishing thrust and length..." 90 points - Josh Raynolds, Vinous

Husband and wife winemaking team, Luis and Eva, craft the Maisulan and Honoratus wines in the mountains of Rioja Alavesa. They cultivate their families' vineyards following biodynamic practices and aim to make wines that fully express the character of the place they both know and love. To read more about this hard working pair, please check out their page on our website.

 

Martha Stewart Living features Bere Aran!

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Exciting news! Our dry, delicious Bere Aran has been featured by Martha Stewart Living. Author Sarah Tracey recommends including cider on your table this fall, and calls Sidra "one of the most food-friendly ciders out there." For Bere Aran, she offers the excellent pairing of shrimp tapas with cured ham. 

Read the full article here! And don't miss Tracey's explanation of "escanciar," the show-stopping pouring method that gives Bere Aran its unique effervescence.

Learn about Bere Aran's 4th generation makers and the 60 different types of apples that go into every bottle here. Cheers!

Onix Classic Blanc a "Best Buy of the Year"

Vinicola del Priorat's Onix Classic Blanc has once again been singled out by Wine & Spirit's Magazine. The wine is one of only 8 Spanish selections included in their "100 Best Buys of the Year" list for 2015.

A blend of hand harvested Macabeo (60%), Garnacha Blanca (35%) and Pedro Ximenez (5%), they describe it as "...nutty and creamy with powerful richness...it ends fresh and crisp, calling you back for another sip." We find this makes it the perfect match for seafood pasta, polenta or vegetable dishes. Cheers!

Learn more about Vinicola del Priorat and their much acclaimed winemaker, Sandra Estevez here.

"Cool Down With Las Lilas Rose," Says Charleston Style & Design

Our Las Lilas Rosé Vinho Verde is featured in the summer 2015 edition of the Charleston Style & Design Magazine. Writer Robert Calvert finds it "crisp and refreshing" paired with a light salad and seared scallops. Saying it's "like biting into a slice of chilled watermelon on a hot summer afternoon," he makes us wish we had a bottle waiting for us at home!

Below is an excerpt, or read the full article here. Cheers!

 

"Las Lilas Rosé...is a beautiful cherry color, darker and richer in hue than the typical rosé. The bouquet reminds one of minerals and rhubarb with a whiff of yeast. The wine is slightly tart in the mouth, with elements of cherries, oranges, peaches and strawberries."

Wine Enthusiast Picks Cicchitti!

We are very pleased to announce that our Cicchitti Gran Reserva and Melipal Nazarenas Vineyard Malbecs are once again earning high marks from the critics! In the October edition of Wine Enthusiast, Cicchitti's Gran Reserva 2012 will receive 93 points and Melipal's Nazarenas Vineyard 2012 earns a 94. They will also be included on the "Editor's Choice" list.

 

The Cicchitti Gran Reserva Malbec is inky purple in color, with aromas of spice box, tobacco and black cherry. Thick and sweet, it has excellent depth, concentration and superb length. The May issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine gave 92 points to the 2008 vintage and recommended a pairing of beef empanadas. We think it's also delicious with mushroom and sausage pasta, barbecue or cumin spiced dishes. Or cellar it for a special occasion. 

Learn the story behind the Cicchitti winery here

92 Points for Cicchitt's Gran Reserva Malbec!

Exciting news - our Cicchitti Gran Reserva Malbec receives a 92 point rating in the current issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine! They describe it as a "rich red that flows with perfect ease," that is "generous in fresh fruit, soft in texture and has enough grip." Read the full review below.

They recommend enjoying it with beef empanadas, which would certainly be delicious. You could also uncork it with mushroom and sausage pasta, barbecue, lean meats, or cumin seasoned dishes. Or cellar it for a special occasion. 

To learn more about this beautiful, family owned winery, go to their page.

 

"Balanced between sweetness and freshness, this takes on Malbec's friendly and approachable role as a rich red that flows with perfect ease. It's generous in fresh fruit, soft in texture, and has enough grip to serve with beef empanadas. The Cicchitti family farms the fruit for this Malbec on 30-year-old vines in Tupungato."

- Wine & Spirits Magazine, May 2015

Brunn’s Riede Stein Gruner Veltliner One of the “Year’s Best Austrian Wines” at 93 points

Wine & Spirits' April 2015 issue hit the stands recently, giving Brunn's Riede Stein Gruner Veltliner a rating of 93 points. They call it "primordial in its rich swirl of peachy flavors, violent scents" with "everything brought together by the wine's umami richness." We couldn't agree more!

They suggest pairing it with tafelspitz (Austria's national dish of boiled beef in broth, served with horseradish). Other options that work well are: grilled veal cutlet, grilled asparagus or spicy Asian food. Read the full review below. To learn more about Brunn, check out their page.

Brunn 2013 Kamptal Riede Stein Gruner Veltliner - 93
"This gruner comes off a plot of loess over primary rock (stein in German). It feels primordial in its rich swirl of peachy flavors, violet scents and a vegetal, mustard-green note, everything brought together by the wine’s umami richness. It has the stuffing to pour with a beef-brothy tafelspitz, or to age for several years.
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