Join us this weekend for a complimentary wine tasting hosted by Hugues Beaulieu of Elite Wine Imports!
Hugues will be joining us in the store on Saturday from 11:30 to 5 to guide you through this lineup of wines, a majority of which are organic or biodynamic.
All wines will be available for purchase for 10% off retail price. Scroll down to read more, or print out a PDF of the tasting notes via the link below!
Find a printable PDF of this week’s tasting notes here.
Umani Ronchi CaSal di Serra Verdicchio 2017
Retail: $22.95 | Sale $20.65
The Umani Ronchi story is one of ancient vines, land and people. From Serra dei Conti in Marche to Roseto degli Abruzzi, Umani Ronchi has a total surface area under vine of 210 hectares nestled between the hills and the sea along the Adriatic coast. This wine is a beautiful example of an indigenous varietal with personality, without altering its fine balance and special elegance. Enticing aromas of jasmine, Granny Smith apple and white peach float from the glass. The medium-bodied, concentrated palate doles out Bartlett pear, ripe grapefruit, ginger and sage touches alongside bright acidity and energizing mineral sensations.
Seifried Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Origin: New Zealand
Retail: $19.95 | Sale $17.95
Seifried Estate is a company devoted to sustainable winegrowing and producing the very best Nelson has to offer. The ‘Seifried’ Sauvignon Blanc is a premium Estate label, using only older vines, usually in excess of eight years of age. Lively fruit characters are evident on the clean nose with inviting notes of guava, passionfruit, and fresh herbs. The palate is generous with zesty tropical flavors balanced with a long, crisp mineral finish.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Schloss Saarstein Riesling 2017
Retail: $17.95 | Sale: $16.15
Schloss Saarstein is a genuine German Château. Rather unusual for Germany, the manor house is situated right in the middle of a prime wine growing site with plenty of sun exposure and consistent soil quality. The grey shale soil warms up easily and stores the heat of the day. It is the perfect basis for the Riesling grape, which is grown on more than 90 percent of the vineyard. Ripe developed fruit and spice aromas are contrasted by balanced crisp acidity and minerality from the blue slate soil. Serve chilled with appetizers, Asian cuisine or salads.
Le Pas De L'Escalette Ze Rosé 2018
Retail: $19.95 | Sale: $17.95
Before establishing Pas de l’Escalette, Julien Zernott went to wine school in Dijon and acquired most of his work experience with Domaine Henry Pellé for five years. Today Julien and his wife, Delphine Rousseau, craft some of the most precise and unexpectedly elegant, organic and biodynamically farmed wines in the Languedoc. The 2018 Ze Rozé from Escalette was crafted using some of the better parcels that are typically used for their red wines. The result is a rosé with even more complexity than usual due to the superior quality of the vineyards that make up this year’s final blend. It’s more textured and supple than usual but still maintains exceptional natural acidity making this vintage, in the owner’s words, the best rosé they’ve made!
50% Grenache | 30% Cinsault | 20% Carignan
Boedecker Pinot Noir 2016
Retail $27.95 | Sale $25.15
Boedecker Cellars, owned by husband-and-wife team of Stewart Boedecker and Athena Pappas, is a full-blown urban winery that churns out some of Oregon’s best pinot noir. The 2016 Pinot Noir draws you in with heavy aromas of sour cherry and cranberry, with undertones of wet earth and mushrooms. On the palate you will find these same red fruit flavors, which lead into a smooth, complex finish. Significant time in seasoned French oak contributes to the complexity and structure of this wine, while also adding a very interesting smoky component on the nose and palate.
100% Pinot Noir
Umani Ronchi Podere Montepulchiano d’Abruzzo 2017
Retail: $14.95 | Sale: $13.45
Montepulciano is one of the most widespread indigenous varieties in Italy, and is cultivated predominantly along the Adriatic side of the peninsula. The Umani Ronchi version of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo expresses its varietal characteristics and freshness with just the right amount of charm and softness. The result is a very pleasant and drinkable wine which goes with many different kinds of dishes, making this your perfect go-to table red for the summer.
Domaine de la Roubine La Grange de Briguieres 2017
Retail: $20.95 | Sale: $18.85
La Grange de Briguieres Sablet is made by Eric and Sophie Ughetto at their tiny base in the southern Rhone village of Gigondas. The nose is full of pure raspberry and wild strawberry aromas followed by a distinct garrigue herb note. The palate has a silky texture with raspberry fruits and a deeper note of blueberry and dark cherry balanced by fresh acidity and a ferrous and granitic minerality. This is not your average Cotes du Rhone, and this wine achieves greater depth without a sense of ‘heaviness’. The finish is lovely with a savory note of bay leaf and thyme combined with a beautiful expression of fruit.
70% Grenache | 25% Syrah | 5% Cinsault