Wine: Red, $15 - 30
This is a fun wine from Lazio, where you'd find Rome. The nose has bright candied raspberry and some savory herbs followed by vibrant red fruits and a bit of pepper. This is an easy drinking red that can stand up to the big flavors of Italian cuisine and more.
It's difficult to find a mencia so good at this price point. From the northwestern region of Castilla y Leon in Spain, this wine is deep marron in color with a bit of transparency. Concentrated black fruits, mint and wild sage dominate, with a clean minerality and refreshing acidity. This wine is great in the summer with a slight chill or in the winter to pair with heavier meals.
A delicious Cotes du Rhone that would make anyone happy. Big, lush Grenache dominates this wine, which has plenty of fruit up front, but is balanced by a bit of tannic structure and just enough acidity. We could drink this everyday!
This is made from Barbera vines grown in the Colli Tortonesi in Piemonte. It’s a natural, non-filtered, everyday kind of vino. If Parker Posey were a wine she’d be Fuso: indie, hip, quirky, democratic and approachable. Classic cranberry and raspberry notes with zippy lemon-acidity and soft tannins. Lots of deliciousness for a deal. Winemaking Details: Unfiltered, Unfined, Wild Yeast Fermentation
Lush nose laced with black-berry and plum fruit. Soft yet focused on the palate, with additional flavors of strawberry and wild herbs. Medium tannins and balanced acidity. A more complex and interesting wine than most Malbecs at this price, but still a crowd-pleaser! Winemaking Details: Natural Yeast, Unfined
We've been getting lots of requests for Lacrima di Morro d'Alba. Italian wines can be terribly confusing, but don't let the name fool you. This grape is indigenous of the Marche region which borders the Adriatic sea in the middle of the boot, and not from the Alba region in northern Piedmont. This unique varietal will surprise you with its unmistakable bouquet of violets, roses and geranium flowers with a touch of and wild strawberries and pomegranate. This wine is concentrated with exotic fruit and a touch of pink peppercorn with just the slightest bit of tannins on the finish.
Mr Charles Smith, the gentleman who owns this winery made his money in the rock world, you can tell by his BIG hair. Once seen atop the bar at Terroir in the East Village. Rich round ripe black..velvety fruit with vanilla hints, this is one of hits in the wine world.
The winemaker decided to create a distinctive new wine by blending 2 vintages, 2006 and 2009. The result of this balancing act is greater than the sum of its parts; a charming new cuvee that delivers immediate fresh fruit pleasure of Provence. Bright black fruit, but not jammy, balanced with food friendly freshness then a hint of tannins. Joie de Provence!
Ben Glaetzer set his sights on the up-an-coming regions of Langhorne Creek and Limestone Coast. Along with small group of wine lovers, including Geoff Hardy, vineyards were purchased in each of the regions and Heartland Wines was born. These value driven wines derive from a stringent pruning regime, low yields and that deft touch that is Ben Glaetzer. Has the ripe fruit of an Aussie Shiraz, while also being balanced.
Pittnauer is run by the young Brigit and Gerhard Pittnauer, who have been considered benchmark producers and specialists of the Austrian varietal St. Laurent and Pinot Noir. This special blend of Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt is lovely and ripe with blackcurrent, floral notes, and a bit of spicy meatiness. Moderate acidity and a touch of tannic grip on the finish, this wine can be both serious and playful, but no doubt a great value.