The 2020 Wine Newsletter -V3- is Here!


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A NOTE OF THANKS TO OUR CUSTOMERS:

Dear Friends,

We celebrated our 39th Anniversary on July 3, and we continue to be grateful for your support and patronage all these years, and especially in the last four months of this Covid-19 pandemic.

It is our pleasure to serve you, and our goal is to keep you and our employees safe during your shopping experience. In that spirit, we will be offering any patron a mask if they don't have one upon arrival.

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.

For all our updated policies and offerings, please visit coaltrainwine.com/covid-19-policies.

Since we are not able to conduct tastings and classes in our Tasting Room, we have participated in a few private and online events with great success. Call us if you would like to brainstorm on a private event with one of our wine, beer or spirits experts.

Hope to see you soon,

Jim & Peggy

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WINES OF THE MONTH

RED

2015 Neil Ellis Left Bank Red Blend

Stellenbosch, South Africa · $16.99 | Sale $12.99

In the 1980s, after working at several wineries, including Groot Constantia, Neil Ellis became the first South African winemaker to go out on his own without ownership of any vineyards. Since then Neil Ellis Wines has established a reputation as one of South Africa’s finest wineries (or wine farms, as the locals call them). He now makes wines from a combination of purchased fruit and vineyards that he has acquired over the course of the last three decades. The Left Bank was created to be an affordable red blend based on the wines of the left bank of the Gironde River in Bordeaux where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns supreme. Although the percentages vary from vintage to vintage, Left Bank is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. The fruit is sourced from multiple sustainably-farmed vineyards throughout the Western Cape Region. This is really an exceptional wine for the money. Give it 20 to 30 minutes to open up, and the Cabernet comes to the fore with aromas of saddle leather and rich black fruits. Medium to full-bodied with good depth of fruit and a nice, slightly-smoky finish. Excellent with grilled meats.

WHITE

2019 Sixpence Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon

Breedekloof, South Africa · $12.99 | Sale $10.99

East of Paarl and Stellenbosch, about an hour and a half drive from Cape Town is the Slanghoek Valley. Here, in another perfect valley for wine grape cultivation, is the Opstal Wine Farm. Founded in 1847, the estate has become famous for its Carl Everson Chenin Blanc, one of South Africa’s finest. They also make a line of wines they call Sixpence; a red and a white for everyday drinking they call their Lifestyle Range. The white is a blend of equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, similar to a white Bordeaux. The Sémillon adds tropical fruit nuances and a touch of lemon, while the Sauvignon Blanc gives acidity and freshness. If you want a summer porch pounder with a bit more substance, look no further. Recommended pairing: chicken salad and seafood.

ROSÉ

2019 Pannonica Rosé

Burgenland, Austria · $13.99 | Sale $11.99

In Burgenland, Austria, at the base of the rolling Leithaberg Hills is the beautiful Lake Neusiedl. On the shores of this lake are the family-owned vineyards of Höpler Winery. We were fortunate enough to have Louise Höpler visit us and host a very successful tasting back in March. One wine in particular we just couldn’t get enough of was their Pannonica Rosé. Pannonica is how Romans referred to Burgenland. Pannonica Rosé is a blend of Blaufränkisch, St. Laurent (Austrian varietals) and Pinot Noir. Light and refreshing with flavors of strawberry, pomegranate and a splash of minerality, it finishes crisp and clean. This is your summer rosé, although we recommend drinking it year round! Best enjoyed on the patio, by the pool, golfing, camping…you get what we’re trying to say.

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UNITED STATES

2017 Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling

Finger Lakes, NY · $20.99 | Sale $15.99

Over the past few decades, the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York has really evolved into arguably the best region for Rieslings that this country has to offer. This one is bright and crisp, yet has a delightful minerality which gives it depth and texture. The producer has labeled it as a “dry” Riesling; however, it’s slightly off-dry, with just a hint of residual sugar; not enough to send you into dessert land, but just enough to make this a great drink to have outside on a warm late-spring afternoon. It has acidity and slightly sweet characteristics, which make this wine a great companion to spicy food. It will pair well with Asian cuisine, poultry or shellfish.

90 points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

2017 Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling

Finger Lakes, NY · $20.99 | Sale $15.99

Over the past few decades, the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York has really evolved into arguably the best region for Rieslings that this country has to offer. This one is bright and crisp, yet has a delightful minerality which gives it depth and texture. The producer has labeled it as a “dry” Riesling; however, it’s slightly off-dry, with just a hint of residual sugar; not enough to send you into dessert land, but just enough to make this a great drink to have outside on a warm late-spring afternoon. It has acidity and slightly sweet characteristics, which make this wine a great companion to spicy food. It will pair well with Asian cuisine, poultry or shellfish.

90 points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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FEATURE: SOLÉNA ESTATE

While attending college in Bordeaux, Laurent Montalieu discovered his passion for winemaking. He graduated with a degree in agricultural engineering and soon landed an internship with Mumm Napa. When that ended, Laurent didn’t return to France; instead he fell in love with the terroir of Oregon and moved there. He obtained a job as winemaker for Bridgeview Vineyards, followed by a stint at WillaKenzie. When he married Danielle Andrus, Gary Andrus’s daughter of Pine Ridge and Archery Summit fame, they purchased 80 acres of premium vineyards in Yamhill-Carlton AVA and developed the property into Soléna Estate. Their winery is devoted to wines that show balance, vibrant acidity and the terroir of Oregon.

2018 Soléna Chardonnay

Willamette Valley, OR · $24.99 | Sale $19.99

The 2018 Soléna Chardonnay shows finesse and layers of complexity. Notes of melon, peach and citrus are found on the nose and in the palate, and graced by a light touch of French oak on the finish. When we tasted this, we knew we weren’t in California. This wine shows the delicate softer style of Oregon Chardonnays. Perfect by itself or with a variety of lighter foods. An amazing value!

2018 Soléna Grande Cuvée Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley, OR · $29.99 | Sale $20.99

Finding affordable Oregon Pinot Noir is on par with finding hidden treasure. It takes a lot of time, patience and in this case, tasting many not-so-great wines. Well folks, we struck gold! The 2018 Soléna Grande Cuvée is your answer for delicious Pinot Noir. Elegantly structured with notes of raspberries, strawberries and a touch of spice, it demonstrates a wonderful blend of fruit, earth and minerality. The finish is soft, long and held together by well-integrated tannins. Many wine critics are also hot on this Pinot. Don’t miss out on it!

92 points | Wine Spectator

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2017 Holloran Stafford Hill Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley, OR · $22.99 | Sale $16.99

The Holloran Stafford Hill is based on barrel selections from a combination of the estate’s vineyards. These sites are based on volcanic and sedimentary soils, and are located in the Willamette Valley, primarily in the Dundee Hills and the Eola-Amity Hills. All of these sites are farmed with organic and biodynamic practices. Red and black fruits dominate, with an undercurrent of citrus.

2018 Sobon Estate Old Vine Zinfandel

Amador County, CA · $15.99 | Sale $13.99

The Sobon Estate winery started in 1989 when Leon and Shirley Sobon purchased one of the oldest wineries in California. The old vine Zinfandel was retained, and this bottling is estate-grown and sustainably-farmed in the highest elevations in the Shenandoah Valley. From a vintage of unparalleled quality, this wine exhibits sharp focus and balance. Notes of licorice on the nose give way to black and red fruits with depth, yet the wine is light in body and not overly jammy. A perfect summer barbecue wine.

2014 White Rock Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa, CA · $59.99 | Sale $49.99

This Napa winery is one of the first that gave Cabernet the reputation it has in this special region. It is estate-grown, produced, and bottled one mile off Silverado Trail, east of Yountville on the south end of the Stags Leap Range with east and west facing hilltops, white volcanic ash soils in a microclimate a few degrees cooler than the valley floor. Gorgeous, well-integrated French oak (only 35%), sturdy but well-knit tannins and long, complex finish. Notes of cassis, black currant and cedar make this old-worldsy Napa reminiscent of Bordeaux, with a little more fruit.

92 points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

2015 Easton Zinfandel

Amador County, CA · $23.99 | Sale $19.99

In the late 1980s, Bill Easton created the Terre Rouge winery in Amador County with the intention of producing primarily Rhône varietals. His wines quickly garnered a following, and his Syrahs, in particular, are considered to be some of California’s finest. A few years later, after seeing the wealth of old vines growing in Amador County, he created the Easton line for non-Rhône varietals, featuring this bottling, along with a selection of old vine Zins. He uses only French oak, but never overdoes it. He holds onto his wines for a year or two after bottling, until he feels they are ready for release. The current release is this 2015 which has received much acclaim. "A velvety texture and extremely concentrated black-fruit flavors make this full-bodied wine delicious to savor. It has beautiful big tannins that are well integrated, luxurious blackberry, sage and cedar flavors, plus great length on the finish."

92 points + Top 100 Wines - No. 45 | Wine Spectator

91 points + Editor’s Choice | Wine Enthusiast

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FRANCE

2018 Lequin-Colin Bourgogne Blanc

Burgundy · $25.99 | Sale $22.99

The 2017 sold out quickly, and due to the limited amounts available we were unable to obtain more. Fortunately, the 2018 has just arrived, and we can safely say that it continues the tradition established by its predecessor. 100% Chardonnay, the grapes come from a vineyard in Santenay and one adjacent to Puligny-Montrachet and are certified organic. Half is fermented in used oak, the rest in tank. Only 5% is aged in new barrels. The 2018 is a bit lusher due to the warmer growing season, but it still retains the freshness that the estate is known for. Unfortunately, due to the imposition of tariffs, the price is a bit higher. Nonetheless, this is an outstanding example of white Burgundy at a reasonable price.

2018 Aurélien Chatagnier Saint-Joseph Blanc

Rhône · $31.99 | Sale $28.99

One of our favorite estates in the Rhône is that of Aurélien Chatagnier. He owns about 15 acres of vines and does almost all of the work in the cellar and vineyards by himself. His wines show beautiful purity and elegance and reflect their origins. We have featured his Saint- Joseph Blanc in the past, and the recent release of the 2018 has done nothing to dispel our enthusiasm. The wine is a blend of roughly equal parts of Marsanne and Roussanne and comes from two acres of organically-farmed vineyards. It is aged for eight to nine months in used barrels and never loses a sense of freshness that can evade all but the best northern Rhône whites. Total production is only about 400 cases, so we treasure every bottle we receive. It showcases notes of almond, honey and apricots with hints of green apple and white peaches. Despite the richness on the palate, the wine is bright and fresh. “The bouquet produces a cocktail of tropical fruit. The palate is pretty robust which sets it up for sauced dishes, no holding back on that front. It’s nicely voluptuous and embracing, gives a fun, gourmand glass.”

4 stars | John Livingstone-Learmont of Drink Rhône

2018 de Ladoucette Pouilly-Fumé

Loire · $42.99 | Sale $39.99

Along the banks of the Loire River in central France lies the appellation of Sancerre, home to some of the most sought after wines made from Sauvignon Blanc. Across the river but less well known is the smaller Pouilly-Fumé appellation; here the Sauvignon Blanc grape can reach equal and at times superior heights. One of the most prestigious estates in Pouilly-Fumé is that of the Baron de Ladoucette. (Yes, he still uses the title... safely, since the guillotine was retired in 1977!) His is one of the great wines of Pouilly-Fumé. With the advent of warmer temperatures, the wines are a bit more full-bodied than in the past, but they still retain the acidity and minerality that characterizes the great Sauvignon Blancs of the Loire Valley. They also make an excellent everyday Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards in Touraine called Les Deux Tours. “The 2018 de Ladoucette Pouilly-Fumé is one of the best examples of Sauvignon Blanc I have tasted this year. This wine fills the palate and stays long in the finish. Its aromas and flavors of dried herbs and ripe fruits, as well as its elevation on the palate, should pair it superbly with a piping bowl of freshly-steamed clams and mussels.”

93 Points | Wilfred Wong of Wine.com

2018 Le Petit Canet Vin de Pays d'Oc Rouge

Languedoc-Roussillon · $14.99 | Sale $12.99

This charming red is a blend of 50% Carignan and 25% each Syrah and Grenache sourced from vineyards around Minervois in southern France. A collaboration with Laurent Graell, a partner at Domaine de la Dourbie in the village of Canet, the grapes come from Dourbie’s own certified-organic vineyards, and are blended to highlight the traditional Carignan-based blends of the region. All of the wines are vinified with native yeast and aged in tank to ensure a fresh, easy to enjoy bottle. Black fruits, with savory garrigue notes and a touch of spice on the finish, this wine provides a lot of bang for your buck.

2017 Elian Da Ros "Le Vin est une Fête"

Côte du Marmandais · $23.99 | Sale $21.99

This is the escapist wine we all need now - "Wine is a Party." From right outside Entre-Deux-Mers, the blend is “like Beaujolais meets the Loire made by a Burgundy lover near Bordeaux.” Merlot and Cabernet Franc are joined by Abouriou, a native grape of the tiny Marmandais appellation, whose darker skins contribute color and structure to the finished product. The Merlot and Cab Franc are de-stemmed and fermented in open concrete tanks. The Abouriou sees semi-carbonic maceration, giving the wine that “je ne sais quoi” that makes it perfect for lovers of every French region! Certified organic and practicing biodynamic.

2017 Château de Saint Cosme Les Deux Albion Côtes-du-Rhône

Rhône · $23.99 | Sale $19.99

Louis Barruol’s family has owned the Saint Cosme estate since 1570. In the ensuing centuries it has come to be regarded as one of the best estates in Gigondas. They purchase fruit from throughout the Rhône to produce wines for their affordable Saint Cosme label. Estate bottlings are called Château de Saint Cosme and consist primarily of their Gigondas bottlings and this premium Côtes-du-Rhône called Les Deux Albion. The grapes for Les Deux Albion come from organically-farmed vineyards in the appellation of Cairanne and two appellated Côtes-du-Rhône Villages; Plan de Dieu and St. Maurice. Made from 50% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Clairette, this is a wine of great power. Deeply-colored, rich and full-bodied, this can rival many Gigondas at twice the price. If you wish to challenge your culinary expertise, the winery recommends pairing it with Moroccan tagine of pigeon! “...a very attractive, dark-stone and black-fruit nose with rich and intense blackberries and licorice and some savory, rust-like, sanguine elements. The richness and depth are impressive and there’s a wealth of intense, rich and very concentrated fruit on offer.”

93 Points | James Suckling

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ITALY

FEATURE: THE WHITE WINES OF ITALY

Lost in our adulation of Chardonnay (as in White Burgundy), Sauvignon Blanc and wines from the Loire is the almost limitless bounty of wonderful and unique white wines from Italy. Italy is the world’s largest wine producer by volume, and despite the renown of its reds, 57% of production is white. Quite a bit of this is the oceans of innocuous Pinot Grigio produced primarily in the Veneto region, but there are literally hundreds of other white wine varietals planted throughout the country. Most are indigenous only to Italy. Summer is white wine time, and this is an opportunity to explore the multitude of options available. Here are a few premium selections for your delectation:

2017 Vie di Romans Flors di Uis

Friuli · $29.99 | Sale $26.99

From Friuli, one of Italy’s great white wine regions, comes this rich blend of Malvasia, Friulano and Riesling Renano. “Sliced apples and limes with hints of honey and lemon tea. Full body. Very intense flavors with powerful acidity and brightness on the palate. Flavorful finish.”

95 points | James Suckling

2017 Manni Nössing Kerner

Alto Adige · $32.99 | Sale $29.99

Kerner is a cross between Riesling and Schiava. The viticulturist who conceived of it named it after an obscure poet, Justinus Kerner, who once wrote a poem entitled “Arise, Still Drunk!” Not a behavior we advocate, but we do recommend Kerner, grown in the Valle Isarco in Alto Adige. Only about 50 acres of Kerner are grown in Italy, and Nössing’s is one of the best. Scents of mountain flowers and white fruits. Full- bodied with good acidity, and despite its Riesling heritage, not sweet! Wonderful stuff.

2016 La Colombera Derthona

Piemonte · $30.99 | Sale $25.99

Derthona is made from the Timorasso grape, grown almost exclusively in one corner of Piemonte. Rescued from extinction just a generation ago, it now produces one of Italy’s most fascinating white wines. Timorasso is a thick-skinned varietal, and the resulting wine is full- bodied with alluring floral scents, creamy apricot and apple flavors and bright acidity. Capable of aging for years, it eventually develops dried fruit and honey notes with an intriguing smoky nuance.

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2017 Rizzi Langhe Nebbiolo

Piemonte · $25.99 | Sale $22.99

We were so pleased to find this well-priced Langhe Nebbiolo that we could offer to customers looking to explore this noble grape. The Rizzi winery has been family owned since the mid-1800s, with Enrico Dellapiana currently at the helm as winemaker. They also produce three Cru Barbarescos (look for one of them in our Italian section!), and this sustainable wine is considered to be declassified Barbaresco. It has great structure, with approachable fruit and that classic dry finish. Try it with your next Osso Buco or Bolognese.

2017 Collazzi Chianti Classico Bastioni

Toscana · $23.99 | Sale $15.99

Villa Collazzi is one of the most impressive estates in all of Tuscany, originally designed by Michelangelo in 1560 for his friend, Agostino Dini. During the last decade, the Marchi brothers, Carlo and Bona, have invested heavily in the development of Collazzi’s farming business, renewing the vineyards and restructuring the cellar with the goal of producing excellent wines. Their Bastioni combines Sangiovese, Merlot and Malvasia Nera to produce a fine, bright Chianti Classico that makes a brilliant companion for rich meat dishes. Beautiful ruby red, with juicy tannins and an elegance that belies the power of the cépage. We got an incredible deal on this wine - don't miss out!

92 points | James Suckling

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FEATURE: CAPPEZZANA WINES

2015 Capezzana Villa di Capezzana

Toscana · $29.99 | Sale $27.99

A generation ago, it was unheard of, and indeed illegal, for Chianti producers to add Cabernet Sauvignon to their wines. The exception to this Tuscan regulation was the tiny appellation of Carmignano in the northwest corner of the region; before there were Super Tuscans, Carmignano was growing Cabernet supposedly imported from cuttings from Château Lafite Rothschild and adding it in small percentages (10-20%) to its Sangiovese bottlings to create wines with more power than traditional Chianti. The preeminent estate in this small DOCG outside Florence is Tenuta di Capezzana. Grapes and olives have been growing on the property since 804 AD, and the ensuing owners and generations have expanded and improved upon the estate and its wines to create a legacy of quality unparalleled in the region. Their 2015 Villa di Capezzana is 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, all organically grown. The wine offers “an enticing nose with ripe red and black fruits and a floral perfume. Firm tannins but a lovely texture and understated oak.”

95 points | Decanter

2016 Capezzana Barco Reale

Toscana · $17.99 | Sale $15.99

Capezzana also makes a second label wine called Barco Reale (Royal Park, because this area used to be a private hunting preserve of the Medicis). This is the little brother of their Carmignano with no aging or barrel requirements. It is a similar blend, made up of Sangiovese, Cabernet, Canaiolo and Cabernet Franc, and is an excellent introduction to the wines of Carmignano. Unlike Carmignano DOCG, there are no mandated amounts for the Cabernet that goes into these blends.

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SPAIN

2018 Celler del Roure Cullerot

Valencia · $16.99 | Sale $14.99

This wine from Valencia is very cool. It's made from a blend of heirloom grapes aged in large amphorae buried in underground caves. When Pablo Catalayud founded Celler del Roure in 1995, he chose an ancient country estate which had been farming grain, almonds, olives and grapes. The estate had a large olive press and an extensive subterranean cellar with dozens of intact 17th century amphorae. After a few years of research and restoration, Pablo began using these ancient clay vessels to make wine once again. Cullerot is the white blend that Pablo makes in this old cellar. Most of this wine goes to a hip, happening restaurant on the East Coast, but our distributor was able to get a little for Colorado. Cullerot is super lively with notes of lime zest and herbs along with undertones of peaches, figs and anise. It's very tasty... great for summer... and at this price, stunning! Don't miss the chance to taste this one!

92 points | Wine Advocate

2015 Godina Garnacha

Jumilla · $28.99 | Sale $26.99

Godina is the newest child in the Juan Gil family, and they continue to produce exceptional Spanish wines which appeal to a wide range of drinkers. This bold wine carries an ABV of 16%, and the body and flavor handle that power deliciously. 100% Garnacha grapes are hand-selected for fermentation and aged for 15 months in all new French oak; each barrel is tasted to create the final limited bottling. Aromas of plum and licorice give way to velvety tannins and a long finish.

2017 Raul Perez Ultreia St. Jacques

Bierzo · $22.99 | Sale $19.99

Raul Perez continues to prove himself as one of the powerhouses of the wine world, garnering praise from all sides for his powerful and unique style. In 2018, Decanter wrote, “Raul Perez is the archetype of the intuitive winemaking genius.” He still works and lives in the same small village in Bierzo where his family has tended vines for more than 300 years. His St. Jacques blend from the Ultreia range combines mostly Mencía with Bastardo (Trousseau) and Garnacha Tinterero (Alicante Bouschet) to create a wine with great vibrancy and length; 80% whole cluster fermentation and aging in three different vessels (cement, foudre, and small barrels) demonstrate Perez’s love of the unexpected.

93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

2014 Tosalet Vinyes Velles

Priorat · $22.99 | Sale $19.99

Two hours south of Barcelona lies the ancient and rugged region of Priorat. Although vines have been planted there since the 12th century, it is only in the past 30 years that the reputation of the area has grown to the extent that it is now recognized - as one of Spain’s finest wine regions. Priorat is very hot and dry, and old vines of Garnacha and Carignan are scattered about the hillsides. Recent plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are now added to the blend but rarely exceed 15%. The intense heat can create wines of enormous power, and alcohol levels in excess of 15% are not uncommon. The Tosalet Vinyes Velles comes from vines averaging 50 years of age and is a blend of 50% Garnacha, 35% Carignan and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is an old style of Priorat where the emphasis is on spice and fruit, not just on oak and power. It is not often that a Priorat of this quality and maturity is available at this price. ¡Beberse todo!

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GERMANY

2018 Brand Weissburgunder | Liter

Pfalz · $20.99 | Sale $18.99

This one-liter beauty will be the hit of your next (socially-distanced) garden party! From the Pfalz region of Germany, this 100% Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) is produced from biodynamically-farmed vineyards under fifth-generation winemakers Daniel and Jonas Brand. They succeed in their goal of making fun and easy-to-drink wines, and this bottling shows a lovely floral nose and gentle acidity. The large format means there is more to share, so introduce friends to this charming and versatile varietal.

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ARGENTINA & CHILE

2018 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec

Mendoza, Argentina · $13.99 | Sale $11.99

A blend of 100% Malbec grapes harvested by hand from vineyards in Medrano, Lujan de Cuyo, and the Uco Valley in a smaller percentage. The area has a semi-desert climate with hot days and cool nights - the classic combination for fresh, balanced wines. This is not the sweet, oaky Malbec you might be used to at this price point, but rather a more elegant wine, with red fruit notes, supple tannins and balanced acidity.

91 points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

2017 Pascual Toso Barrancas Toso

Mendoza, Argentina · $21.99 | Sale $14.99

In the mid-1880s, Pascual Toso set out from Piedmont, Italy, towards Argentina. He brought with him the expertise in winemaking he had learned from the family business. So in 1890, Pascual Toso built his first winery on his “Las Barrancas” (small canyon) estate. Today, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious wineries in Argentina. Pascual’s legacy can be seen in his Barrancas red blend; a well-balanced mix of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon with flavors of blackberries, chocolate, spice and a hint of toasted oak. Paul Hobbs, a California wine icon, is the consulting winemaker. A great match for any steak, lamb and heavy cheeses.

92 points | James Suckling

2015 Bodega Calle Dharma Reserva

Mendoza, Argentina · $20.99 | Sale $17.99

Dharma is all about the natural essence of wine made with the most natural processes possible. The grapes are organic and bio-dynamically farmed, hand harvested and made with gravity flow in the winery. Unfined, unfiltered, and aged in used French oak for 12 months, this blend of Malbec and Petit Verdot is lush and concentrated, dark garnet-colored and opaque with ripe dark fruits, tar and graphite notes yielding to grippy tannins and mouth-coating persistence. This wine might surprise you! Vegan.

2016 Elqui Carménère Syrah-Malbec

Elqui Valley, Chile · $18.99 | Sale $16.99

The transversal Elqui Valley borders the Pacific Ocean to the West, the Atacama Desert to the North, and the Andes Mountains to the East. While it sits closer to the equator than any other fine wine region in Chile, evening winds blast through this valley 365 days a year, bringing summer nighttime temperatures to as low as 40 degrees and creating electric natural acidity in the region’s grapes. Rich, velvety and mouth filling with creamy, fine-grained tannins, the wine's lingering spice and fruit blends with the more mineral-laden flavors of the micro terroir of the Elqui Valley. Broad, big and bold, but sophisticatedly pleasing.

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SOUTH AFRICA

2017 Avondale Jonty’s Ducks Pekin White

Paarl · $21.99 | Sale $18.99

Avondale Wine Farm is located in the beautiful and historic wine district of Paarl in South Africa. Snails have always been a problem here, and the usual remedy was to spray. Proprietor Johnathan “Jonty” Grieve came up with a novel way to deal with this problem and retain his organic certification. Every year he raises a bevy of ducks and at the "quack" of dawn, brings them out to the vineyard where they make their way through the rows and feast on the succulent snails. Their droppings provide a natural fertilizer, and all are content. Of course this ornithological treatise wouldn’t have a happy ending without some healthy and tasty grapes. Avondale Jonty’s Duck Pekin White is a white blend primarily made of Chenin Blanc with a bit of Roussanne, Viognier and Sémillon. The wine is partially aged on the lees in large used wooden barrels for about six months prior to bottling. Melon, honeysuckle, apple and lemony citrus notes on the nose with good flavors of stone fruits and a lacing of minerality. Just ducky!

2017 Benguela Cove Cabernet Sauvignon

Walker Bay · $28.99 | Sale $24.99

About an hour and a half south of Cape Town is the town of Hermanus. Once just a small fishing village, it is now renowned as a whale watching destination. Surrounding it is the wine district of Walker Bay. This is the southernmost fine wine region in South Africa and therefore, the coolest. Here some of South Africa’s finest wines are made, including the stellar Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from Hamilton Russell. It is also home to the Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate. Situated right at the edge of the water, Benguela Cove‘s vineyards are exposed to all of the fury and cooling breezes of South Atlantic Ocean. Wines from Walker Bay are always among the most elegant in South Africa and those of Benguela Cove are no exception. Harvested from north-facing vineyards, the wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. After fermentation, the wine is aged in French oak for 20 months, 40% of which is new. Arguably their best wine, the Benguela Cove Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of dark fruit, ripe currents, violets and leather with nuances of graphite and fynbos. Fynbos you say!? Fynbos is a term for the wild shrublands of the Western Cape region, not unlike the French term garrigue. This is a wine of exceptional balance and a great value.

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NEW ZEALAND

2018 Tablelands Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough · $16.99 | Sale $14.99

On the nose, the wine displays lifted aromas of tropical fruits (Asian pear, passion fruit, finger limes) with fresh herbal notes (soft mint and shiso). On the palate the wine shows refreshing acidity and flavors of juicy ripe peaches and melon with a squeeze of lime. Classic and delicious Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

2018 Tablelands Pinot Noir

Marlborough · $21.99 | Sale $18.99

This wine is exhilaratingly fresh with infinite facets of crimson rhubarb, garnet cranberry and bright hibiscus. With age, the wine reveals another personality altogether. Earthier notes emerge in the background, bringing to mind the smell of cool black soil. This wine is a great introduction to the world of New Zealand Pinot Noir!

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ROSÉ

2019 Ioppa Rosato "Rusin"

Piemonte, Italy · $17.99 | Sale $15.99

Fresh fruit and flowers on the nose draw you into this delightful Rosato made with 100% Nebbiolo grapes. The acidity inherent in Nebbiolo keeps the tone high and fresh, with the full flavor you would expect from the home of Barbaresco and Barolo. Sixth-generation grower Giorgio Ioppa, along with this two sons, runs the winery, which has been family-owned since the 1850s. A year-round style rosé that been a hit with the staff at Coaltrain!

2018 Reverdy Sancerre Rosé

Loire, France · $26.99 | Sale $16.99

Kermit Lynch, the legendary importer, calls Domaine Reverdy “the benchmark domaine of our day.” Michel took over the reins of the fourth-generation property after the untimely deaths of his father Hyppolite and two brothers, and the quality has gotten better and better under his direction. (Try the Sancerre Rouge while we still have a few bottles!) This Pinot Noir rosé has freshness and zest, and the absence of malolactic fermentation keeps the nervosity intact. It is a wine that shouts “summer,” but will accommodate a meal of salmon with beurre blanc any time of the year. Antonio Galloni of Vinous gave this wine 92 points and recommends drinking through 2024. We bought everything they had, so take a bottle home “tout de suite” ("right away")!

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SPARKLING

Borgoluce Lampo Prosecco Brut

Treviso, Italy · $17.99 | Sale $15.99

Our newest Prosecco comes from estate vineyards in the heart of Valdobbiadene and Treviso, on the property of the Collalto family. Their 1000 years of history in the Veneto lend experience and style to this delightful entry-level bottling, redolent with stone fruit aromas and fresh minerality. Borgoluce uses sustainable and organic practices on the farm, running three restaurants and vineyards with their own power source. Winemaker Elisa Confortin grew up on the estate, where her father tended the vineyards, and she and her family still live on the property (husband Alessandro does marketing for the winery as well.) Perfectly priced for parties or family brunch.

Baja Tanga Sparkling Rosé

Mendoza, Argentina · $15.99 | Sale $13.99

The packaging on this natural wine is meant to evoke the lively nightclub culture of Argentina; when you take home a bottle, look closely and see what you pick up from the label! Inside the bottle, you will find a blend of Chenin Blanc, Torrontés, and just enough Malbec to give the wine its delicate pink hue. This sparkler is made with the Charmat method, similar to Prosecco, with soft bubbles and a fresh, bright flavor. One of our increasing collection of natural wines, made with indigenous yeast and low alcohol. Perfect for a paella party!

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HAYKIN FAMILY CIDER

Aurora, Colorado · All varieties

$12.49 · 375ml | $17.99 · 750ml

Located in Aurora, CO, Haykin is an award-winning small batch cidery run by husband and wife, Daniel and Talia Haykin. Apples are sourced from a few select orchards and farms in Colorado and Washington and are used to produce sparkling ciders in a variety of sweetness levels. Elevating the apple, in the way wineries treat grapes, they highlight the flavor and complexity of interesting and unique apples. With a higher carbonation than other products on the market and no adjuncts (sugar, flavorings, or other additives), the ciders from Haykin have been likened to sparkling wines. Haykin respects the apple and its inherent flavors, acidity, and sugars while letting hidden attributes bloom with the help of yeast.

Ashmead’s Kernel

Evokes the character of Sauvignon Blanc, with notes of honeydew and lemon spree candy. Hints of warming spice.

Jonathan

Wine fermentation techniques reveal baked apple character, juicy fresh plums, and minerality. Pairs nicely with a pear and goat cheese salad.

Dabinett

Bolder than most with big tannins, evoking dark chocolate, English breakfast tea, plums, burnt caramel and baked apple character. Enjoy this on its own or pair with roasted duck.

Manchurian Crabapple Blend

Strong tannin, lasting acidity and beautiful flavors ranging from pear to yellow stone fruit. Pair with a galette, a savory pie or a delicious breakfast quiche.

Harrison

Rich in body boasting soft tannin, orange peel, coriander, earthy notes, minerality, and a medium golden color. The palate is perfectly balanced with rich fruit and acidity.

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