New Arrivals

A Wine Spectator Top 100 Malbec, two Italian Vermouths imported by Kermit Lynch, a couple zero dosage sparklers from New Mexico, and a single vineyard Washington state Merlot that drinks like really top flight Right Bank Bordeaux....all good things. 

 2015 Kaiken Ultra Malbec, Mendoza: 21.99 -  #45  Wine Spectator  Top 100 of 2017     This Malbec shows a beautiful deep ruby color with violet hues. On the nose, flowery and mineral notes are evident, with spicy touches that make the wine more complex and are finely blended with the elegance of the French oak. On the mouth, it's a wine of great structure and power – sweet plum, mocha and black cherry flavors blend with well-integrated oak and tannins that are both soft and present. It has an outstanding balance and a very long and polished finish.

2015 Kaiken Ultra Malbec, Mendoza: 21.99 -  #45 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2017

This Malbec shows a beautiful deep ruby color with violet hues. On the nose, flowery and mineral notes are evident, with spicy touches that make the wine more complex and are finely blended with the elegance of the French oak. On the mouth, it's a wine of great structure and power – sweet plum, mocha and black cherry flavors blend with well-integrated oak and tannins that are both soft and present. It has an outstanding balance and a very long and polished finish.

 Gilbert Gruet founder of Gruet Winery was born in Bethon, France in 1931. He grew up in a poor family, and began working at a young age. In 1952, Gilbert Gruet, along with his wife Danielle, dreamt of producing fine quality Champagne. Gilbert followed his heart and in 1967 created the U.V.C.B. (Union Vinicole des Coteaux de Bethon), a co-op in the village of Bethon.  In 1983, the Gruet family was traveling through the Southwestern part of the United States, and while in New Mexico met a group of European winemakers who had successfully planted vineyards In Engle, near the town of Truth or Consequence, 170 miles south of Albuquerque. The land was inexpensive and the opportunity golden. In 1984, Gilbert Gruet, whose Champagne house, Gruet et Fils had produced fine Champagne in Bethon, France, since 1952, made the decision to plant an experimental vineyard, exclusively planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. His children, winemaker Laurent and daughter Nathalie, then relocated to the great state of New Mexico to begin their American wine making adventure.  The NV Sauvage Blanc de Blancs (20.99) is a 100% Chardonnay bone-dry sparkler, pale straw in color with a delicate but persistent mousse. The aromas of bright mineral and citrus notes tickle the nose followed by touches of green apple, lemon and grapefruit. The finish is structured, flavorful and long.  Made from 100% Pinot Noir and also with zero dosage, Sauvage Rosè's vibrant fruit flavors of wild strawberry and hint of cherry really shine on the nose and palate and are complemented by bright acidity. (20.99)

Gilbert Gruet founder of Gruet Winery was born in Bethon, France in 1931. He grew up in a poor family, and began working at a young age. In 1952, Gilbert Gruet, along with his wife Danielle, dreamt of producing fine quality Champagne. Gilbert followed his heart and in 1967 created the U.V.C.B. (Union Vinicole des Coteaux de Bethon), a co-op in the village of Bethon.

In 1983, the Gruet family was traveling through the Southwestern part of the United States, and while in New Mexico met a group of European winemakers who had successfully planted vineyards In Engle, near the town of Truth or Consequence, 170 miles south of Albuquerque. The land was inexpensive and the opportunity golden. In 1984, Gilbert Gruet, whose Champagne house, Gruet et Fils had produced fine Champagne in Bethon, France, since 1952, made the decision to plant an experimental vineyard, exclusively planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. His children, winemaker Laurent and daughter Nathalie, then relocated to the great state of New Mexico to begin their American wine making adventure.

The NV Sauvage Blanc de Blancs (20.99) is a 100% Chardonnay bone-dry sparkler, pale straw in color with a delicate but persistent mousse. The aromas of bright mineral and citrus notes tickle the nose followed by touches of green apple, lemon and grapefruit. The finish is structured, flavorful and long.

Made from 100% Pinot Noir and also with zero dosage, Sauvage Rosè's vibrant fruit flavors of wild strawberry and hint of cherry really shine on the nose and palate and are complemented by bright acidity. (20.99)

 Founded in 1890, the distillery of Castelnuovo Don Bosco was purchased in 1906 by Carlo Quaglia, the great grandfather of the current distillery director. A succession of fathers passing the historical and traditional knowledge of distillation, liqueur, and vermouth production to their sons, and each son adding their own vision brings us to present day. The current ambition of the distillery is to preserve the multitude of traditional liqueurs and vermouths of Piedmont. Brothers Alessandro and Gian Natale Fantino of Barolo introduced us to Carlo Quaglia, who helps them make their Barolo Chinato.      The Bèrto red vermouth (Ross da Travaj) and white vermouth (Aperitiv dla Traddission) are standard-bearers of traditionally and artisanally produced sweet vermouth from Piedmont. The recipe dates back to the 1930s and was resurrected by the Italian chef Federico Ricatto. His vision was to create Piemontese Vermouth that could stand on its own as an  aperitivo  or digestivo. Bèrto is the nickname for Alberto, Federico’s nephew, who was born around the time he was recreating the recipe. Federico recommends consuming their vermouth in wide glasses or in a tumbler with ice and an orange peel. (20.99)  The Berto Rosso is a blend of Freisa, Trebbiano, and Moscato Must, Herbs and Spices (Bitter orange, absinthe, gentian, cardamom, vanilla, coriander, mint, mace, hops, thyme, marjoram, lemon, cinnamon, clove, rhubarb, angelica)

Founded in 1890, the distillery of Castelnuovo Don Bosco was purchased in 1906 by Carlo Quaglia, the great grandfather of the current distillery director. A succession of fathers passing the historical and traditional knowledge of distillation, liqueur, and vermouth production to their sons, and each son adding their own vision brings us to present day. The current ambition of the distillery is to preserve the multitude of traditional liqueurs and vermouths of Piedmont. Brothers Alessandro and Gian Natale Fantino of Barolo introduced us to Carlo Quaglia, who helps them make their Barolo Chinato.

 


The Bèrto red vermouth (Ross da Travaj) and white vermouth (Aperitiv dla Traddission) are standard-bearers of traditionally and artisanally produced sweet vermouth from Piedmont. The recipe dates back to the 1930s and was resurrected by the Italian chef Federico Ricatto. His vision was to create Piemontese Vermouth that could stand on its own as an aperitivo or digestivo. Bèrto is the nickname for Alberto, Federico’s nephew, who was born around the time he was recreating the recipe. Federico recommends consuming their vermouth in wide glasses or in a tumbler with ice and an orange peel. (20.99)

The Berto Rosso is a blend of Freisa, Trebbiano, and Moscato Must, Herbs and Spices (Bitter orange, absinthe, gentian, cardamom, vanilla, coriander, mint, mace, hops, thyme, marjoram, lemon, cinnamon, clove, rhubarb, angelica)

 Berto Bianco: Trebbiano and Moscato Must, Herbs and Spices (Bitter orange, absinthe, gentian, cardamom, vanilla, coriander, mint, mace, hops, thyme, marjoram, lemon, cinnamon, clove, rhubarb, angelica)

Berto Bianco: Trebbiano and Moscato Must, Herbs and Spices (Bitter orange, absinthe, gentian, cardamom, vanilla, coriander, mint, mace, hops, thyme, marjoram, lemon, cinnamon, clove, rhubarb, angelica)

 Pretty freaking spectacular wine from one of of my very favorite American winemakers, Charles Smith. This Merlot from Northridge Vineyard in the Wahluke Slope AVA of Washington state, is planted on loamy soil and reminds me of stunning. Right Bank Bordeaux. Not only me, either. Jeb Dunnuck (The Wine Advocate) had this to say.   "Reminiscent of a top-flight Pomerol, the 2014 Merlot Northridge Vineyard is total blockbuster that gives up incredible notes of black cherries, bouquet garni, earth and chocolate. Layered, rich, concentrated, yet seamless and silky, my notes end with "Best Merlot in Washington?" 94 points 49.99

Pretty freaking spectacular wine from one of of my very favorite American winemakers, Charles Smith. This Merlot from Northridge Vineyard in the Wahluke Slope AVA of Washington state, is planted on loamy soil and reminds me of stunning. Right Bank Bordeaux. Not only me, either. Jeb Dunnuck (The Wine Advocate) had this to say. 

"Reminiscent of a top-flight Pomerol, the 2014 Merlot Northridge Vineyard is total blockbuster that gives up incredible notes of black cherries, bouquet garni, earth and chocolate. Layered, rich, concentrated, yet seamless and silky, my notes end with "Best Merlot in Washington?" 94 points 49.99

Kristian Denis