The 2022 Newsletter -Volume 2 · Summer Edition- is Here

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WINES OF THE MONTH

WHITE

2020 Comtesse de Malet Roquefort Bordeaux Blanc

Bordeaux, France · $15.99 | Sale $12.99

Bordeaux, the seminal home of Cabernet and Merlot, is most well known for its iconic red wines, some costing hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Yet amidst the sea of red wine, the Bordelais still produce over seven million cases of white wine every year, primarily from Sauvignon Blanc and a bit of Sémillon. Comtesse de Malet Roquefort is made by the same family domaine that owns Château La Gaffelière, one of the great Grand Cru estates of Saint-Émilion. It is a blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon from sustainably-farmed vineyards. It opens with citrus and mineral aromas followed by a mid-weight palate with notes of wet stone, melon, grapefruit and lime with excellent acidity. Perfect for a warm day on the patio with seafood or a fresh salad.


RED

2018 Marqués de Toro Cabernet Sauvignon

Castilla y León, Spain · $15.99 | Sale $11.99

A delicious hidden gem from Castilla y León, Marqués de Toro focuses on creating high-quality wines at incredibly reasonable prices. From only 22 hectares, the team produces single vineyard bottles for the price of a table wine. This Cabernet is a steal! Dark, smooth fruit with a hint of earthy forest notes balance the profile on this quaffable red. Grill up your favorite New York strip or pork loin to pair along with this vibrant Cabernet. “Plenty of currants and berries with bark and violets on the nose. Medium to full body, creamy tannins and flavorful finish.”

92 Points | James Suckling


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SUMMER REDS

The onset of warmer temperatures does not necessarily portend the end of red wine consumption. While a hearty red certainly goes well with grilled meats - like the buck you fell from 300 yards with the crossbow you smuggled out of the William Tell Museum - there are many reds wines that are easily enjoyed on a warm summer day. Here you will find a small sample of what may satisfy one’s red wine cravings as the earth keeps cooking.


2020 Cantine Lenotti Bardolino Classico

Lake Garda, Italy · $12.99 | Sale $10.99

Bardolino is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Garda and, like its neighbor Valpolicella, is made primarily from the Corvina and Rondinella grapes. Affected by the breezes of the lake, the resulting wine is dry, light and refreshing. The Classico region, where Lenotti is located, produces wines of higher concentration with cherry, raspberry and spice flavors. It can even be served slightly chilled.


2020 Carlin de Paolo Piemonte Grignolino

Piemonte, Italy · $15.99 | Sale $13.99

Piemonte, in northwestern Italy, is home to many of Italy’s greatest wines including Barolo and Barbaresco. It is also home to a bevy of other varieties not often seen outside the region. One of these is Grignolino. Hundreds of years ago, it was as highly-regarded as Barolo, in a time when aging wines was not feasible. Today, it is seen by some as a summertime version of Nebbiolo, light-bodied with bright acidity and flavors of rose, sage and white pepper with a hint of wild strawberries. Once again, it is often enjoyed slightly chilled.


2020 Bonnet Cotton 'Ygueule' Gamay

Vin de France · $28.99 | Sale $24.99

Pierre Cotton is one of the great young vignerons of Beaujolais. His single vineyard wines from Brouilly are some of the finest Beaujolais we have ever tasted. In 2020, he teamed up with Marine Bonnet to create Bonnet Cotton. Aside from their highly sought after and allocated Crus, they have created this new wine made for immediate consumption. Crafted from 100% organic grapes with native yeasts and the bare minimum of added sulfites. It would be hard to find a more quaffable - or as the French say, 'glouglou' - summer red. Beautiful deep red color and a burst of fresh berries on the palate. Down the hatch. Yum! Serve slightly chilled.


2019 M Plouzeau Château de la Bonnelière 'Les Lisons' Chinon

Loire Valley, France · $23.99 | Sale $19.99

Here is another organic gem from the Loire Valley. In 1976, the Plouzeaus restored their old family estate, Château de la Bonnelière, and began making some of the finest wines in Chinon. Their Les Lisons bottling comes from a single vineyard of organically-farmed 50- year-old Cabernet Franc vines. Very elegant aromas of dark berries, cigar smoke, a hint of tree bark and a whisper of fresh thyme. “Deep, black, fruity; cassis, sweet blackberries and quite elegant in profile with a long, complex finish.” 92+ Points | John Gilman, View From The Cellar


2020 Durigutti 'Proyecto Las Compuertas' Criolla Parral

Luján de Cuyo, Argentina

$23.99 | Sale $20.99

The wines of Proyecto are the best made by the Durigutti family. They honor the traditions of Argentina while following organic practices and presenting the more elegant side of winemaking in Mendoza. Criolla, better known as the Mission grape, is not found in abundance in this country. These heritage vines were planted in 1943. For such an aromatic, lighter-bodied wine, there is immense depth and character in this red. Floral and spicy, this wine explodes on the palate with rose petals, blood orange, fresh strawberries and herbs.


2021 Stolpman Vineyards 'Love You Bunches' Carbonic Sangiovese

Central Coast, CA · $27.99 | Sale $23.99

This lighter red is imminently drinkable, juicy as all get out, and just plain fun. It was truly made for summer sipping and is meant to be chilled down a touch and enjoyed in the sunshine! Stolpman Vineyards has been famous for their Central Coast wines for decades... in particular, their reds. All of their wines, before this line, were big and bold. We were so jazzed to see this vibrant, juicy, red- fruited, lower alcohol treat come our way! Try it with taco salads or spicy barbecue.


2017 Jack Rabbit Hill 'M&N' Meunier/Pinot Noir Blend

North Fork Valley, CO · $31.99 | Sale $27.99

We are losing it over this elegant, Demeter certified (say what?!), Colorado grown blend of 75% Pinot Meunier and 25% Pinot Noir. Lush and generous fruit meets round, present acids and a great floral nose that will blow you out of the water! The folks at the winery like to say they have their nose in the dirt as much as it is in the glass. This is by far the best Colorado wine on the market, and it is biodynamically-farmed, which is one the most difficult, involved organic practices seen today.


2021 Kumusha Cabernet Sauvignon

Breedekloof, South Africa

$14.99 | Sale $11.99

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tinashe Nyamudoka moved to South Africa for better economic prospects. Within several years of entering the wine world with no previous experience, he landed the position of head sommelier at The Test Kitchen, ranked best restaurant in Africa and in the top 50 restaurants in the world. Yet even with all this incredible success, something was still missing from his life and thus, the Kumusha wines were born. The Cabernet Sauvignon carries surprisingly juicy red berry notes making for a brighter Cabernet with excellent drinkability.


2020 Christina Zweigelt

Burgenland, Austria · $24.99 | Sale $20.99

The Netzl family has lived and farmed in the very same village since 1650. Having helped her family run the mixed farm and vineyards since an early age, Christina Netzl knew she wanted to be a winemaker at the tender age of five. Inspired by the quality of natural wines, Christina decided to turn the whole property organic in 2013 and started her own line of natural wines two years later. This Zweigelt, her favorite varietal to grow, is wildly good for the price. Nerdy, juicy and full of mineral notes and fresh blackberry. The bit of "barnyard funk" keeps it from becoming overly fruity, but makes it ever so delicious to chill down for 15 minutes and enjoy again and again this summer.


2019 Hugl Zweigelt

Weinviertel, Austria · $18.99 | Sale $15.99

Yes, it’s another amazing summer Zweigelt! In 1922, Dr. Fritz Zweigelt crossbred two local Austrian red grapes, St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch, and created his eponymous varietal, Zweigelt. Since then, it has become the most widely planted red varietal in Austria. The Hugl winery is located just north of Vienna in Weinviertel - Austria’s largest wine growing region. Fresh and spicy with bright, tart cherry and a juicy finish, it benefits from a slight chill. Great with any lighter grilled foods. And it’s a full liter. One third more!

91 Points | The Tasting Panel


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GAMAY ALL DAY

2020 Domaine Miolanne ‘Éphémère’ Carbonic Gamay

Puy de Dôme, France · $24.99 | Sale $20.99

The Côtes d’Auvergne is one of the most remote areas in all of France. Sitting on the eastern edge of the Massif Central, it is also the largest volcanic area in Europe. These soils help to produce some exceptional and unique wines. Although officially considered a part of the Loire Valley wine region, it is, in reality, closer to southern Burgundy and Beaujolais, hence the predominance of Gamay. The Domaine Miolanne is a small organic estate at the edge of the mountains. Their Gamay is made using carbonic maceration ("carbo" in French) where the grapes are not crushed but placed in a sealed tank with CO2. The grapes then ferment from the inside and eventually burst creating a more fruit-forward wine. Soft and fruity with flavors and aromas of strawberries, raspberries and other red fruits. Some spice and even a touch of mint come forth on the finish. Extremely refreshing for a red. Serve slightly chilled.


2020 Vincent Gamay Noir

Willamette Valley, OR · $25.99 | Sale $22.99

While no one will dispute that Beaujolais is the epicenter of the Gamay grape, there have been significant successes in producing wines from Gamay in Oregon. While production is still quite small, to its adherents it may soon be considered the second most successful red varietal in the state, after the ubiquitous Pinot Noir. The Vincent Wine Company is a small boutique winery run by Vincent Fritzsche. While Vincent does not own any vineyards, he has long term contracts with some of the best growers in the Willamette Valley. Everything is done as naturally as possible, from eschewing spraying to using indigenous yeasts with minimal interventions. Fresh and lively with bright red fruits. Juicy and crisp with hints of white pepper. Give it a slight chill while grilling a hot dog or bratwurst as accompaniment.


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GRILLING WINES

2018 Mullineux 'Kloof Street' Red Blend

Swartland, South Africa · $23.99 | Sale $20.99

Chris and Andrea Mullineux are a couple obsessed with the Swartland. Their wines get incredible scores and are hailed as some of the best coming out of South Africa. As Chris would say, this is a "braai wine," the Afrikaans equivalent to a barbecue. The blend comprises 44% Tinta Barocca (usually seen in Portugal), 44% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 4% Cinsault and 1% Carignan. Dark, spicy fruit is met with a hint of earthy balance and a smooth, lush finish. What a wine for everything from grilled steak to burgers and great barbecue!


2014 Two Horns Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Spring Mountain District, Napa, CA

$64.99 | Sale $59.99

While wines from the valley floor in Napa often exhibit great power and concentration, those from the hillside districts are often the most highly-regarded. Spring Mountain lies on the western side of Napa Valley. Here at higher elevations, they don’t see the searing heat that often bakes the valley floor. The Two Horns Reserve Cabernet is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot. Aged in young (but not new) oak barrels for 14 months, this is still a powerful wine, but with a sense of balance. Rich, brambly fruit with plum, pepper, spice, blackberry and a hint of chocolate and coffee. Nearly eight years of aging has added to the smoothness and complexity. Perfect for that ribeye you know you want to throw on the grill.


2018 Green & Red Chiles Canyon Zinfandel

Napa, CA · $35.99 | Sale $32.99

In 1969, while teaching sculpture at UC Berkeley, Jay Heminway was also developing a love of fine wine and food. One thing led to another, and he ended up purchasing 200 acres of land in the remote Chiles Canyon of Napa Valley. He subsequently planted vines in three separate sites and called his winery Green & Red after colors in the soil. The Chiles Canyon Zinfandel is a blend of fruit from the three vineyards that Jay planted. (Green & Red is the only winery in Chiles Canyon.) This is a wine of power and depth, yet still has some of the elegance one associates with Napa Zinfandel. One of America’s signature Zinfandels and the perfect burger wine. "This compelling Zin is elegant and sleek, yet retains a sense of place, offering distinctive black cherry and briar patch flavors that show a whiff of smoky anise.” 92 Points | Wine Spectator


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ROSÉ-A-PALOOZA FAVORITES

What a rosé event we had this year down at TAPAteria in Old Colorado City! If you were not able to join us… or are still daydreaming about all the yummy pink wines we drank that day (57 in total, wow!) never fear! We have brought in our favorites for you to enjoy whenever you want.


Serol ‘Turbullent’ Sparkling Rosé

Côte Roannaise, France · $28.99

A fun, fresh, and fruity sparkling rosé, and deliciously drinkable at just 9% ABV. Made from Gamay using the traditional method in Côte Roannaise near Beaujolais. The nose is immediate and inviting with slightly sweet aromas of rose petals, cinnamon, strawberry tart and apple strudel.


2021 Armas de Guerra Rosado

Bierzo, Spain · $12.99

Founded in 1879, Vinos Guerra is the oldest winery in the Bierzo region and one of the most historic wineries in Spain. Founder Don Antonio Guerra was a wine pioneer and has since become a legend. This rosé is just as magnificent as its founder. Lively red berry and orange zest is complimented by fresh floral and white pepper that will enchant you.


Pierre Sparr Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé

Alsace, France · $19.99

Founded in the 1680s, the Sparr winery has more than a little bit of experience making wine. This sparkling rosé is dark in color and vibrant in style. Red berried fruit, with hints of blood orange and peach, is framed by sparkling acidity and delicate, refreshing bubbles.


2021 Pratsch Organic Rosé

Niederösterreich, Austria · $12.99

Organic is a way of life to Stefan Pratsch. He has dedicated his entire career to converting his parent’s winery to organic practices and is justly proud of it. His rosé is delicate, refreshing and dry. Flavors of wild strawberry, peach and pear are followed by crisp acidity.


2020 Art + Science ‘Kaleidoscope’ PetNat

Willamette Valley, OR · $24.99

Using only organic and biodynamic fruit, Dan Rinke creates very small productions of beautiful wines and ciders. The 2020 PetNat was very gently pressed due to the smoke from the fires that year. The result is a savory berried bubbly with a hint of smoky haze in it that is reminiscent of a great mezcal cocktail. So unique and exciting!


2021 Rezabal Txakoli Rosé

Txakoli, Spain · $19.99

This vibrant, herbal, zesty rosé is the most savory of our store’s selection this year, and we love it! Hailing from the far reaches of Spain’s Basque country, this wine bursts forth aromas of wild strawberries, red bell peppers, sweet fresh herbs and dewy grass. Try it with ceviche or an herbed salad with citrus grilled shrimp.


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UNITED STATES


Cadre Wines

Edna Valley is the hidden gem of California, and especially true for white varietals. Winemaker John Niven’s grandfather was the pioneer of the region who began planting vines in Edna back in the 1970s. John’s wines for his Cadre label are done in a distinctly old-world style.


2020 Cadre 'Sea Queen' Albariño

Edna Valley, CA · $25.99 | Sale $21.99

Spicy citrus and a salty zest introduce this Albariño to the palate. Orange blossom, banana and cardamom follow, with a continuous note of stone fruit citrus running throughout this mineral-driven white.

92 points | Wine Enthusiast


2020 ‘Band of Stones’ Grüner Veltliner

Edna Valley, CA · $25.99 | Sale $21.99

A weighted, juicy mouthful of happiness! Intriguing aromatics of North African spices, jasmine and freshly-squeezed lime flow over citrus fruits and grapefruit soda.

91 points | Wine Spectator


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2019 Forge Cellars Classique Dry Riesling

Finger Lakes, NY · $19.99 | Sale $15.99

Forge Cellars has quickly become the benchmark producer of bone-dry Riesling in the Finger Lakes. The unique cool climate in this region defines a style that shows off peach and apricot aromatics with balanced texture and refreshing acidity. This vintage also displays grapefruit, lemon, violet and a tart edge of chalky minerality on the finish.

91 points | Wine Spectator


2018 Salexis Chardonnay

Carneros, CA · $29.99 | Sale $25.99

John Gibson has been making wine in Napa for over 30 years. After graduating with a degree in Enology from UC Davis, he went to work for Chappellet Vineyards and then to Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. Over the next 10 years, John was instrumental in crafting some of Stag’s Leap’s most notable wines such as S.L.V., FAY, and Cask 23. With those successes under his belt, John went on to consult for numerous Napa wineries. In the late 90s, he decided it was time to make his own wines and hasn’t looked back. John recently dropped by the store on his way to Taste of Vail and tasted us on some of his recent releases. To say we were blown away by his 2018 Chardonnay would be an understatement. First, the grapes are from the famed Beckstoffer Vineyards. It is elegant and full of complexity and finesse. Fermented in French oak then aged on the lees for 15 months, this wine is not a “fat” Chardonnay, but in fact has a beautiful backbone of acidity that gives it crispness and balance. Layers of pear and apple with hints of gorgeous French oak and citrus zest make a wine perfect for all your summer outings! Don’t wait - John only made 94 cases!


2019 Sea Shell ‘Low Tide’ Cabernet Sauvignon

Paso Robles, CA · $26.99 | Sale $23.99

Winery owners Rick and Michelle Carter live in Denver, Colorado, but their hearts are in Paso Robles, California. The couple invested in their passion for wine several decades ago, and the stellar bottlings produced by their team are astounding us. The wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and offers up black currant, green tobacco and cedar, all matched by a full-bodied richness. There isn’t a better value of Cali Cab on the market!


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FRANCE

2018 Francois Labet Il de Beauté Pinot Noir

Corsica · $18.99 | Sale $15.99

This vibrant "Mediterranean Burgundy” oozes personality and value. When Francois Labet of Le Château de la Tour began spending his holidays in Corsica, he fell head-over-heels for the rocky, high-altitude terroir. When an opportunity arose to work with a local vigneron he didn’t hesitate! The fruit is fully destemmed before aging in tank and one-third French oak. This is a fabulous value with the dark cherry, floral notes of classic Bourgogne blending beautifully with the spicy earthy personality of the Mediterranean.


2019 Chapuis & Chapuis Maranges 1er Cru

Burgundy · $54.99 | Sale $49.99

The trend towards organic farming has been strong in Burgundy, and it was only a matter of time before we saw a "no added sulfite" wine as well. Brothers Romain and Jean-Guillaume Chapuis started their micro-négociant in 2009 with a tiny parcel of vines inherited from their father and fruit purchased from their friends’ organically- farmed vineyards. The is one of the smallest domains in Burgundy. Maranges is the southernmost appellation in the Côte de Beaune. Long forgotten, it is now being rediscovered and revitalized as the demand for fine Burgundy seems inexorable. This is the first no added sulfite wine we have seen from the Côte-d’Or, and the result is exceptional. There is a real sense of freshness here without the impression one can get, at times, from no added sulfite wines - that perhaps the wine hadn’t finished fermenting. As the wine opens up it adds weight and richness with bright red fruits and surprising depth. For lovers of Pinot Noir and Burgundy, this is not to be missed. Very tiny production.


2020 Domaine de la Denante Saint-Véran Chardonnay

Burgundy · $26.99 | Sale $23.99

Pouilly-Fuissé reigns supreme as the premier white wine of southern Burgundy. Less well known is Saint-Véran which abuts Pouilly-Fuissé on three sides and produces some of the best price/quality ratio Chardonnays in all of Burgundy. The Domaine de la Denante is located in the village of Davayé in the heart of Saint-Véran. Here, this family-owned estate produces small quantities of outstanding Chardonnays from their own organically-farmed vineyards. This is the best vintage of this wine we have tried so far. Aged briefly in stainless steel, there is surprising richness for an unoaked wine. Experience notes of green and yellow apple, crushed rocks and shades of peach with an almost creamy richness. You would be hard pressed to find a finer Chardonnay at this price point.


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ITALY

2020 Volpe Pasini Ribolla Gialla

Friuli · $22.99 | Sale $19.99

Located in the heart of Friuli and built near the end of the 16th century, Volpe Pasini is one of the oldest wineries in northeast Italy. They predominantly work with indigenous varietals as well as some "navigated" grapes like Ribolla Gialla, which was brought to Friuli by the Roman legions from Greece by way of Slovenia. It lost favor for over a century before amping back up in popularity about 20 years ago. This style does not see skin contact like many others, but instead distinguishes itself with a deep, lively acidity and refreshing stone fruit-led brightness. A hint of minerality followed by wafts of white florals complete this elegant and strikingly delicious wine.


2020 Abbazia di Novacella Kerner

Alto Adige · $23.99 | Sale $20.99

Abbazia was founded in 1142 by the Augustinian Order of Canons Regular. The Augustians are not monks in the sense that you may be familiar with: they have taken vows of poverty, chastity and obedience to their superiors; but they also work to support themselves as a part of their community. To this end, the Abbey not only grows organic grapes for winemaking, but also farms apples and vegetables, and there is a small school devoted primarily to studies of viticulture. The abbey’s reputation as a winery is stellar and international. Kerner is a classic grape for this region, created by crossing Riesling with the regional Schiava grape. The result is a highly-perfumed white that showcases grapefruit pith, lychee, dried mango, and cherry blossoms. The acidity is juicy and refreshing makes this one of those thirst-quenching whites to drink in the sunshine.
 93 Points | James Suckling


2017 Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva

Puglia · $17.99 | Sale $13.99

For three generations, Cantele has been uncompromising in its vision to further the wines of Puglia. Using minimal intervention, they create a series of wines from native grapes that continuously astound with their freshness and varietal expression. The narrow Salento peninsula is renowned for high-quality wine thanks to abundant ventilation, temperate weather, extreme diurnal shifts in summer and limestone-rich soils. Rich red fruit makes for a lush and smooth (but still vibrant) wine that will pair with almost any meat you throw at it… especially a yummy rack of lamb!


2016 Umani Ronchi San Lorenzo Rosso Conero

Marche · $21.99 | Sale $18.99

For years, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo has been a staple value wine for le