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There is no point in uncorking any of our heavy duty reds with temperatures approaching 120 degrees, so we will continue to coast along in summer mode with lighter styled whites, reds and rosés. This weekend we are concentrating on imports that are perfect for light fare and for simply sipping. It wouldn’t hurt to have some ice cubes bucketed nearby. Wine purists can drink rapidly warming wine if they object. Of course you could pick up some of our Glacier Rocks which cool, yet protect wines and cocktails from being diluted. Sip on…
2011 Crios Torrontés Mendoza, Argentina
LIST PRICE 14.00; OUR PRICE 10.99
The aromas of this wine are strikingly similar to Viognier: lightly floral with hints of peach pit, honeydew rind, pear, and tangerine. On the palate, it has beautiful structure and acidity similar to Sauvignon Blanc along with beguiling fruit flavors that keep you coming back for another sip and plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. It is fruity, floral and yet still quite dry, and is best enjoyed either by itself, or as a partner with smoked meats, mild to medium-strong cheeses, and seafood. It received 90 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2011 Torrontés offers up enticing aromas of peach, melon, floral, and tropical fruit. Medium-bodied, dry, savory, and nicely proportioned, this lengthy effort will deliver plenty of enjoyment over the next 1-2 years.”
2011 Burgáns Albariño, Rias Baixas, Spain
LIST PRICE 15.00; OUR PRICE 13.50
Burgáns is made at the famous Bodega Martin Codax by Luciano Almoedo, perhaps the biggest advocate of the Albariño varietal in Spain. Luciano was extremely influential in obtaining worldwide recognition for not only the varietal, but also for the Rias-Baixas region. Today, the Bodega has grown considerably and is known as one of the most progressive in the zone. The use of wood is eschewed at the Bodega in order to preserve the natural lift and minerality of the grapes. As such, the wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel with light lees stirring. It shows loads of tropical fruit, white peach, honeysuckle and apricot notes along with medium body and a fresh, crisp, lively style.
2011 Crios Rosé of Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
LIST PRICE 12.00; OUR PRICE 9.99
The Crios has a surprising amount of body for a rosé wine, and offers beautiful aromas of fresh, ripe strawberries. It is very soft, yet rich on the palate with flavors of wild strawberries and young cherries that come rushing in, accompanied by some spice notes and a clean, dry finish. This is the perfect chicken wine and a charming companion to spicy Asian cuisine, or simply enjoy by itself on a hot summer day.
2006 Castillo Real Monastrell, Bullas, Spain
LIST PRICE 9.99; OUR PRICE 8.99
This wine from the Bullas region comes from grapes grown in the high altitude pine-studded vineyards in the Andalucía Sierras. The area is known for Monastrell plantings but has had excellent success with Tempranillo and Syrah as well. The blend of Monastrell (90%) and Tempranillo (10%) leads to good fruit expression and pure flavors using only stainless steel. The bouquet shows crushed dark cherries with hints of spice and chicory. The palate is of a medium structure with smooth tannins and good acidity with fresh black fruits. The finish has balance and length with nice minerality and spice.
2009 Poggio Basso Primitivo, Puglia, Italy
LIST PRICE 12.00; OUR PRICE 9.99
Primitivo is an Italian varietal which is a clonal cousin to Zinfandel. This tasty Primitivo has a fresh scent of blackberry with a hint of spicy currant. Flavors of blackberry, cherry and raspberry with a hint of spice play alongside an earthy core. Soft, sweet tannins and acidity with no oak influence make this an easy to like food friendly wine, or simply sip it on its own. Try this one with lasagna.
Achaia Clauss Demestica Red, Patras, Greece
LIST PRICE 13.00; OUR PRICE 11.75
In 1880, Demestica was introduced from the village of Demestiha in Patra of the Achaia region. In 1901, Demestica became the first bottled dry wine of Greece. It is made from the Agiorgitiko (or St. George) grape and is a soft, dry red with berry fruit aromas and lively fruity flavors. It is an excellent accompaniment to Mediterranean dishes.