Montevento Malvasia 2010 – $8.99
(100% Malvasia; Puglia, Italy)
Malvasia is an ancient Greek grape variety that is now undergoing a revival. It was once so popular in the Venetian Republic that its wineshops were called malvasie. The French call it Malvoisie and the Portuguese Malmsey—which makes an important style of Maderia. But it is Italy which has long cultivated and respected this aromatic white. Along with Trebbiano, it is the main ingredient in all sorts of Central Italian—Tuscany, Lazio, Umbria—dry whites such as Frascati and Est! Est!! Est!!! It is perhaps most famous for sweet wines such as Sicily's Malvasia delle Lipari and Tuscany's Vin Santo. Although Malvasia is grown across the breadth of Italy from Sicily to the Piedmont to Friuli, this aromatic dry white is from Puglia, the heel of the boot. Delicate aromas of pear, melon, and citrus announce a palate of soft fresh fruit. Pair it with lemon chicken, sauteed shrimp or scallops, or a front porch.
Marco Porello Arneis 2009 – $13.99
(100% Arneis; Roero, Italy)
“This lovely summer white is a pale yellow color with a green glint and hard-to-define aroma of grass, herbs, tangerine, and wet stones. It's medium weight in the mouth with good lively acidity and a long, very clean finish. This one's an excellent general-purpose aperitif or wine for antipasti, salame and green olives.” – KL Wines
Jean Marc Burgaud Beaujolais Village 2010 – $14.99
(100% Gamay; Beaujolais, France)
“The Burgaud 2010 Beaujolais-Villages les Vignes de Thulon offers a sappy, exuberant, and ultimately gripping profusion of ripe but tart-edged and prominently seedy blackberry. A mouthwatering salinity helps render this simple but pure and intensely-fruited recent bottling irresistible.” – Wine Advocate
Damilano Barbera d'Alba 2009 – $14.99
(100% Barbera; Piedmont, Italy)
“Damilano is recognized as one of the best “new-generation” producers in the Piedmont area of Northern Italy. They specialize in Barolo, however, produce about 2000 cases of Barbera yearly. Barbera is one of the most widely planted red grapes in Piedmont. Once looked down on as a simple everyday table wine, it has now grown to higher levels of quality. Damilano’s Barbera is a perfect example, with an intense ruby red color and a great food friendly nature. This wine is fermented in stainless steel and stored in oak barrels for about 1 month prior to bottling. It is fruity and lightly spiced and quite youthful. This is a medium bodied wine with a flavors and scents of fresh raspberries, cranberries and black plum.”
Trentadue Old Patch Red 2010 – $12.99
(Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Tempranillo; California)
To commemorate the 32nd bottling of our Old Patch Red, we added “Lot 32” to the label to disdiguishthis blend as a true original in the ever expanding red blend category. Most of the grapes, with the exception of our Estate Carignane, were sourced from Mendocino and Lake Counties of Northern California. This OPR blend is predominantly Zinfandel blended with Petite Sirah, Carignane and Tempranillo, resulting in a very fruity and Rhone-like wine. The wine has a dark red color with intense dark cherry aromas, blueberries and cherry cola as an immediate impression. With aeration, nuances of vanilla appear with maple and cocoa and show a slight dose of oak and toast. On the mouth, the wine is fresh and juicy with youthful brightness, finishing long and fruity. Our 2010 OPR is delicious now but it will reward your patience with 2-3 years of aging. Cheers!