The 2020 Wine Newsletter -V2- Is Here!
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A NOTE OF THANKS TO OUR CUSTOMERS:
In nearly 40 years of business, we've never experienced anything close to what is happening now, with the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our great pleasure and honor to serve you - our neighbors throughout Colorado Springs and beyond - and we want to extend a sincere thank you for your continued patronage and support during these trying times.
As a reminder, the store is still open to guests with adjusted hours of operation:
Monday-Saturday · 9am-9pm | Sunday · 11am-7pm
We are also offering curbside pickup of orders and delivery of our entire inventory, including pastas, sauces, meats, cheeses and snacks via Drizly.com or the free Drizly mobile app.
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Call us if we can help you find something to ease your cabin fever!
Hope to see you soon,
Jim & Peggy
For your convenience, and to save our customers from having to pick and choose from our newsletter wines, for the first time we are offering two staff-selected mixed cases. We have two price tiers as shown below:
WINES OF THE MONTH
2018 Famille Gessler Domaine de Joÿ L'Eclat
Côtes de Gascogne, France · $13.99 | Sale $11.99
In 1927, Paul and Marguerite Gessler traveled from Switzerland to an area in Southwestern France, the Côtes de Gascogne. They found rolling hills, cypress trees, a maritime climate and a history of viticulture that dates back to the Roman times. This terroir allows the production of aromatic, crisp and balanced white wines. The Gascogne also includes the Armagnac region where white grapes are distilled and made into brandy. The Gesslers wasted no time building their winery, Domaine de Joÿ, and started making Armagnac and various blends of white wines. Presently, 4th generation brothers, Roland and Olivier are the winemakers and our wine of the month, L’Eclat is a perfect example of their work and the terroir of the Côtes de Gascogne. A blend of regional grapes that include Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Gros Manseng and Sauvignon Blanc. This wine displays fresh, bright floral and citrus aromas while the palate is full of clementine, lemon and grapefruit flavors with a crisp dry finish. L’Eclat means “The Shine”, and that’s exactly what this wine does!
86 Points + Best Buy | Wine Enthusiast
2017 Lazy Creek Vineyards "Lazy Day" Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, California · $17.99 | Sale $13.99
The Pinot fans on the Coaltrain wine staff were thrilled to find a Pinot Noir with the quality/price ratio that we could offer as a Wine of the Month! This little gem comes to us from a region which yields wines at much higher price points. The land on which Lazy Creek vineyards are planted was established in the early 1900s and is one of the oldest properties in Mendocino County. The bucolic Anderson Valley property was founded by Italian immigrants, and saw several proprietors before landing in the hands of Don and Rhonda Carano in 2008. The wine has those delicious cherry and spice notes that we look for, and finishes with a light toast and astringency. Lazy Day will pair well with a range of foods, and the fact that the vineyard practices sustainable farming is the “cherry” on top!
2019 Moment de Plaisir Rosé
Pays d'Oc, France · $12.99 | Sale $10.99
Hooray! The 2019 rosés are starting to arrive! We look forward to the new rosé season, although we drink these pink beauties all year round. This pale salmon color rosé is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. The grapes are picked at the coldest hours of the day, de-stemmed and crushed before pressing. The free run juice and best pressed juices are blended to produce this wine's soft ripe berry flavors and a long refreshing finish. This delicate rosé pairs well with salads, pasta, pizza, seafood and chicken - or is totally quaffable on its own on a spring evening. A moment of pleasure, to be sure!
2018 Hanna Sauvignon Blanc
Russian River Valley, CA · $18.99 | Sale $16.99
Over the past few decades the Russian River Valley has developed a reputation for world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Less well known is the quality of their Sauvignon Blancs. The Hanna Winery was founded in 1995, and while they do make Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, among other wines, they are best known for their Sauvignon Blanc. There is an ineluctable quality to this wine that belies its price point. While many California Sauvignon Blancs have rich fruit they are often deficient in the acidity that gives Sauvignon Blancs their reputation for refreshing crispness. Due to the cooler climate in the Russian River Valley, especially at night, these wines retain their acidity without losing the fruit that California is known for. Guava, grapefruit, lime, Meyer lemon, mango and pear are some of the nuances in this delightful, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.
91 points | James Suckling
2016 Trisaetum Coast Range Dry Riesling
Yamhill-Carlton, OR · $28.99 | Sale $19.99
Think you know Riesling? Think again! This gem was crafted by James Frey, owner and winemaker for Trisaetum Winery. He moved his family to Oregon in 2003, bought a small parcel of steep and rocky land in the Willamette Valley and started to make some outstanding wines. What makes it even more amazing is that James was self-taught and he’s been making award-winning wines for the last 10 years. We’ve always enjoyed Trisaetum’s Pinot Noirs, but due to limited availability had not had their Rieslings. Well, we were caught off-guard when we were blind tasted on this wine. We couldn’t agree on the varietal but we all agreed that we liked what we tasted! On the nose, there is orange blossom and fresh peach. In the mouth, there is a gorgeous concentration of flavors, interwoven with bright acidity and a flinty minerality. We were not disappointed, and you won’t be either. Don’t mis out on this rarity – quantities are ext
2019 Kinero Alice Grenache Blanc
Paso Robles, CA · $25.99 | Sale $23.99
Many moons ago, there was a mutation in northern Spain. A white version of the commonly planted Garnacha grape was discovered. It eventually found its way to the Rhône Valley in southern France where it is known as Grenache Blanc and is most commonly used as a blending grape in white Châteauneuf-du-Pape to add weight and body. Often deficient in acidity, it is rarely bottled on its own. Enter Anthony Yount. At the ripe old age of 25 he became winemaker at Denner Vineyards in Paso Robles. In 2008, he started Kinero Cellars as a side project making only single-vineyard, organic white wines. His Grenache Blanc is a revelation. He picks early to retain freshness but still obtains phenolic ripeness. At only 12.5% ABV it is lighter than even its European counterparts but has excellent balance and vivacity. “Fresh pear, melon and Meyer lemon aromas are complemented by a gingery nuance that builds in the glass. Juicy and focused on the palate, showing very good clarity and firm bite to the lively citrus and orchard fruit flavors.
92 points | Vinous
2017 Acacia Chardonnay
Carneros, CA · $19.99 | Sale $14.99
In 1979, Mike Richards and Larry Brook were looking for the ideal environment to start a winery and grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They needed a cool climate with low rainfall and a challenging soil to stress the vines. They found the answer they were looking for in southern Napa and Sonoma in a place called Carneros. At the time, this wasn’t even a recognized American Viticultural Area, but they knew it was perfect! We too, enjoy the wines the Carneros region produces. Instead of heavy handed, fruit-forward wines, Carneros' wines tend to be a little more subtle with crisp acidity, and this Chardonnay is no exception. Aromas of fresh stone fruits and flavors of baked apple, ripe lemon with a hint of French oak and a slight creaminess that rounds out the finish. Most Carneros Chardonnays are double this price, so take advantage before it’s gone!
2017 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay
Russian River Valley, CA · $59.99 | Sale $48.99
Since he first started interning with Robert Mondavi and Opus One in 1977, Paul Hobbs has become one of the leading figures in premium California wine. Through multiple long-term contracts and recent vineyard additions, he has amassed a catalog of wines from many of the finest vineyards in California. Aside from these single-vineyard bottlings, there are several regional appellation wines as well. The Russian River Valley Chardonnay comes from several premium vineyards, all harvested at night to retain acidity and then barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts. It's aged for 12 months in French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered. “...a rich, upfront bouquet of caramelized pineapple, tangerine, honeysuckle, spice, and a touch of toasted nuts. It's rich, concentrated, has beautiful mid-palate heft, and nicely integrated acidity. It's a rocking wine as well as a great introduction into the wines of this great winemaker.”
94 points | Jeb Dunnuck
2015 Benton Lane Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, OR · $23.99 | Sale $19.99
Lifelong winemakers Steve and Carol Girard founded this winery. High school sweethearts whose families loved wine, they began their wine journey in the Napa Valley where they established their first winery together, Girard Winery. They soon developed a passion for Pinot Noir and began searching the world for a Pinot Noir vineyard. They found Sunnymount Ranch in the foothills of the Willamette Valley Coast Range near Monroe, which straddles both Benton and Lane counties. The Girards bought the 1,860-acre property in 1988 and began the planting of Pinot Noir the following year. The first Benton Lane wine was produced in 1992. Estate-grown using organic, sustainable and biodynamic methods, the 2015 Pinot is black fruit driven (boysenberry, black cherry, blueberry and cassis), lending depth and concentration to the wine. Rich, smooth and deep with a touch of tannin, this would be the perfect match for roast lamb.
91 points | James Suckling
2017 Huntington Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara, CA · $21.99 | Sale $18.99
Pali Wine Co. was founded in 2005 in Lompoc, California with the express purpose of making small lots of affordable Pinot Noir. Their Huntington Pinot Noir is sourced from a vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and one in the Santa Maria Valley, both in Santa Barbara County. Medium to full-bodied with notes of cherry, strawberry and spice on the nose. Rounder and more fruit on the palate than No.33, but a well realized example of its origins. Another small production affordable Pinot Noir with some personality.
90 points | Wine Spectator
2018 Stolpman La Cuadrilla, Ballard Canyon
Central Coast, CA · $23.99 | Sale $20.99
When Tom Stolpman purchased the land that is now Stolpman Vineyards, he declared that if his dream