The Newest of our Pre-Sales!!

Several items on the horizon - so worth a blurb here, as many of these wines sell out through the store grapevine!  Limited quantities of beautiful wines - prices are effective for pre-purchases - the reviews below are all Parker.  Ciao 

96 points The 2009 Tinto (Quinta Vale D. Maria) is a Douro field blend. This year, it has a sexiness to it that is captivating. Yet, that is certainly not all it has. The structure is impressive as is the balance, although it may need a few years to get where it’s going. The tannins are obvious, sometimes hard edged, but they are ultimately going to integrate. In its youth, the oak is also a touch obvious, but it is equally clear that will integrate, too. This seemed easy to categorize early on as sexy, ripe and tasty. There is tremendous potential here, mostly submerged at the moment. For every 15 minute interval it was open, it changed and got better. Put this in the cellar and come back in 5-6 years. Let it show you what it has. It will be a contender for one of the best Vale D. Marias. It will be a contender for wine of the vintage. It is tremendous. Drink 2014-2030. This is the best lineup overall I’ve seen from the Van Zeller stable.  $55 (for 96 pts!!)

92 points The 2009 Po de Poeira is a Douro blend of old vines (50%) with younger vines of Sousao, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, aged for 12 months in used oak. This is the best “second” wine made at the winery and one of the best second wines I’ve seen in Douro. It is a year in which it compares well to the flagship “first” wine. This is just one heck of a mouthful this year and it comes in at a terrific price point, too. Full bodied, mouth coating and earthy, speaking of the soil, pure and clean, this is a refined and complex wine with moderate tannins, a complex flavor medley and approachable demeanor. It is not an obvious wine and it does not always show a lot of concentration, but it always shows complex flavors and significant grip on the finish. I finally – with extended aeration – saw the fruit blossom, too. This is just lovely. There were a mere 250 cases imported of 3,000 produced. Grab it if you see it. Drink now-2019. ($25 for 92 pts!!)

Perhaps the finest example of this cuvee Guigal has yet made, the 2010 (E. Guigal) Condrieu La Doriane flirts with perfection. Profoundly intense with abundant notes reminiscent of caramelized oranges, lychee nuts, apricots, spring flowers and a liqueur of wet rocks, this superb, full-bodied, rich Condrieu possesses slightly higher acids than the 2009. It should keep for 5-10 years. (98 points for $125) - one of the biggest & best whites in the world!

The fascinating 2009 (E. Guigal) Gigondas Le Lieu-Dit, which comes from a 5 acre parcel planted with 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah, is aged in older small barrels. This superb wine is a candidate for Gigondas of the vintage. Its dense ruby/purple hue is accompanied by cascading, fragrant notes of blueberries, blackberries and black cherry liqueur. Voluptuously textured, full-bodied, complex and hedonistic, this terrific, full-throttle Gigondas can be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years. Don’t miss it! (93 points for $70) - why chase/drink Chat d Pape?

The 2006 Fossacolle Brunello di Montalcino bursts onto the palate with waves of dark red fruit and a soft, voluptuous texture that is truly beautiful. This is a decidedly forward, juicy wine built on a solid core of fruit, but all of the elements work together beautifully. This is one of the better choices among the (relatively) early-drinking wines for the vintage. As good as this is now, the fruit holds more than enough vibrancy to suggest the wine has a bright future ahead of it. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (93 points for $70)

The 2006 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine laced with red cherries, tobacco, cedar and underbrush, all supported by a firm tannic spine. Argiano’s 2006 Brunello shows beautiful inner perfume and the structure to develop positively for a number of years. Floral notes appear on the vibrant, polished finish. The estate’s Brunello spent 12 months in French oak (which is mostly felt in the wine’s textural richness) and completed its aging in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024 (93 points for $65)

The 2005 Terredora Taurasi Pago dei Fusi is a huge, explosive wine. It possesses superb delineation of aromas and flavors to match its dark, brooding personality. Sweet balsamic notes develop in the glass, adding further complexity as the wine gradually builds towards a powerful close. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. Terredora Di Paolo is one of the leading estates in Campania. This is a superb set of releases, with many excellent choices at all price ranges. (94 points for $50) - for those of you who enjoy this winery's Taurasi on our high end tasting, this will not be a surprise.  Listed here is the big brother, we still have the regular (91 points for $35)

Still remarkably ruddy, albeit amber at the rim, Gerard Bertrand's 1945 Banyuls Legend Vintage - which he reports originated in mixed plantings of all three variants of Grenache - smells delightfully of mocha, cocoa, cherry jam, and hibiscus. Creamy and decidedly sweet, at the same time it retains an unexpected and welcome suggestion of sheer fresh fruit juiciness, and its finishing notes of subtly smoky, dark tobacco, toasted walnut, and bitter chocolate serve for satisfying counterpoint and assist in balancing the sucrosity. This should be lovely to return to over the next several decades, assuming a satisfactory performance by the cork. The victory vintage! (inquiries only - most likely $250 to $300)

 Quite orange-tinged amber, the Gerard Bertrand 1951 Rivesaltes Legend Vintage - said to have come from Grenache Noir, Grenache Gris, and Macabeu - is scented with candied orange rind, nutmeg, aromatic tropical woods, and high-toned hints of varnish. Still quite sweet, it preserves plenty of sap on the palate and in a finish that harbors bitter hints of orange rind, fruit pit, and chew of dried fruit skin. I imagine this will remain stable in bottle for many years. (inquiries only - most likely $225 to $250)

A deep amber Gerard Bertrand 1929 Maury Legend Vintage smells of molasses, spice cake, vanilla, sultana, and dried cherry. With modest remaining sweetness it permits one to access some additional nuances of smoky black tea, cocoa powder, and alkaline, stony mineral notes. Finishing faintly rough and warm it nonetheless presents a sappy, spicy persistence that belies its age. And it will probably change only very slowly in bottle over the decades, provided the cork functions optimally. (inquiries requested - the 1929 will be $425; a 1939 vintage is $225)

THE PORTUGAL WINES WILL BE SOLD OUT FIRST, I BELIEVE.  BUT JUST THINK OF THE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE GIGONDAS, TAURASI, & IF PLAUSIBLE, THE CONDRIEU!  CIAO MATT

 

 

Summer Semester on Schedule!

After the usual full fun in our spring classes, I'm soon on to the break weeks and setting up the next round! Our summer classes will be held Tuesday (101, Around the world from vine to bottle) @ 6:30 pm and on Thursday (201, Activities with Wine) also @ 6:30 pm.  Both are free as always, which explains why the 201 always sells out! I will keep an open mind to adding an extra section if necessary!  The start date for both is week of 5/22 & 5/24 - after Mom's Day & Graduation!

Additionally, we have teamed up with Cazenovia College in their Extended Learning curriculum to provide single night courses this summer and fall!  I understand their brochure went to print, so keep an eye out or stop through the store for more info!  (available online @ cazenovia.edu)  Italy, Spain, Bread & Cheese (with an olive oil tasting), and the Pacific Northwest all seem to be on the docket as well as more!  Another fun addition to our continued in house classes!

See you on Wednesdays til then!  Ciao Matt

Scotch Rocks Again!

A quick note for all the enthusiasts!  A new line of Scotches will be unveiled on 2/8/12 - a Wednesday night - @ 6:30pm.  As always, the seats go quickly so grab the chance if you are one of our Scotch devotees!  Also, I found a couple poteen Irish whiskies that will be added to the tasting!  Different presentor, so a chance also to hear some new information.  How great to head from our 250th into a Malt tasting?!  Ciao  Matt

Wow What a Pace!

On February 1st, we will celebrate our 250th Wednesday presentation!  Over the years we have covered topics like Women in Wine, The State of the States, Friends in Low Places, Cab Fair, Club Med & Blend me Your Ear.  Fun nights also as in Gameshows, Blind tastings, and Aroma Diploma series.  And three of our faithful were given "Diplomas" for attending more than 200 nights!

What should I do for the big Celebration? Comments here and on Facebook shall bring us to something awesome - and of course, it will include Great Wines!  Thanks to all for a run through these five plus years!  Ciao M

Additions to the PreSale Area!!!

Those of you who peruse the Presale page to the left know we constantly change with the seasons.  Many of these end on the New Arrivals page also!!  A couple of newer items on the horizon were interesting enough to paste into this spot - for anyone who may not have checked in recently!

PRESale in Progress: Mollydooker on several levels, orders by 12/8 for presale pricing.  Two left feet shiraz/cab/merlot (92 points), The Boxer shiraz (91 pts), The Scooter Merlot (90 pts), Gigglepot Cab (93 pts), Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz (92 pts), Enchanted Path Shiraz/Cab (93 pts) & the Carnival of Love Shiraz (93 pts)!!!  Velvet Glove (98 pts) by conversation only.  How fun to see these out there!

Bodegas El Nido "Clio" 2009:  Again the team of Juan Gil and Chris Ringland produce another 94 pointer!  70% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet - the "Baby" sister to the huge El Nido.  In stock now yet only the few cases available.  Crushed rocks, blueberries, subtle campfire, briar, insane length and beauty - although Miller said what "light feet" it had for such a big wine.  We can drink it now!

Max Ferdinand Richter Estate Rieslings from the Mosel, 2010 Vintage, arrived!!:   Braunberger Juffer Kabinett, Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese, Braunberger Sonnenuhr-Juffer Auslese, and Mulheimer Helenkloster Eiswein Cask 73!!!  Requests by 9/1 ensured the import pricing - we will have some left in store at regular pricing this holiday season. By his own claim when he came to the store, the highest vintage acidity since 1980!  Dirk Richter is known for fermentation in neutral oak (10 years of water soak first!) and a modest skin contact regimen to balance the acidity.   Lively barely describes the reality of these wines!  I chose the WS Spatlese, Tim the BJS Auslese.... and what a treat the Eiswein!! This Estate is proud to have contributed the needed innoculation of proper molds into the rebuilt winery portion of Schloss Schonborn!!  What a compliment to the Doctor - who doubles as the Mosel Valley historian!!

Dal Forno Romano (can you believe this?) Valpolicella 2005!  Serious inquiries only please.  These wines are 95 to 98 pts each year, this the most coveted firm in the area, and we can get forward pricing for those who wish - the Valpo for about $90!!!  Blueberries, crushed rocks, minerals, violets, leather.... oh the heaven - Galloni admitted it was a wine he didn't spit when he reviewed! These two are only babies, to be opened 2012 to 2020, although a few hours on the counter and why not now too?

Everyday Low Prices for You!

The Wine House has made some deep inventory buys typically only available to big-box retailers, so that we are able to offer you over 30 well-known and loved wines at low, very competitive prices! We are proud to pass on our savings and offer you great deals on wines such as J Lohr, Ravenswood, Villa Maria, La Crema, Smoking Loon and more! As part of our ongoing commitment to you, our valued guests, we will be keeping the prices low on these trusted names through the end of the year!

Check out a few of the prices: J Lohr Cab - $12.99, Ravenswood Zinfandel - $9.99, Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc - $11.99, La Crema Chardonnay - $14.99, Don David Malbec - $13.99...Stop in to see our complete selection!

Will these wines still qualify for the case discount? Absolutely! Work up a case including any or all of these great wines and you will still receive our 10% case discount on top of the everyday low price! You can't beat that!

The Wine House...We Bring the World to Your Table...

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WINE EDUCATION CLASSES BEGIN Week of 1/10!!

Our next session of Wine Education classes will begin January 10th; Stay Tuned!

These are 6 week semesters run 5 times a year.  Sign-up now as spaces fill quickly!

Please call, email or stop by to add your name to the list!

  

Tuesdays starting 1/10, 6:30 pm

Our "short" presentations begin again - individual, intense, one topic nights!

Order of topics TBD; six singular presentations, non-contiguous so as to allow flexibility in scheduling for our busy guests!  Sign up only for the nights that interest you the most and best fit your schedule!  Tim & Matt begin down a route full of information, then let the crowd roll where it may!  Seminar style with open discussion, bolder versions of our course level wines.  Previous areas include Cooking/Eating with wine; Collector's Corner; Spain intensely; & Blind Tasting techniques.  Courses will be posted this month - or drop us a line!

  

Thursdays starting 1/12, 6:30 pm

Wine 101!

Our Wine 101 course covers the major wine-producing regions of the world and reviews the influences of terroir and climate within each region. We discuss the history of wine, the basic grapes, how to detect balance within wine, rules and regulations in the world of wine, the grape growing and wine making processes, how to read labels, storage of wine, classic food and wine pairings, and more! (Yes, more if you can believe it!)  We will sample and evaluate 4-5 wines each week that represent the particular region we are discussing.This course is a great way to begin your wine education process!

Wine Classes, Tastings, and Events

In-Store Wine Tastings - We host wine tastings in our store every Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday tastings

Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm (and usually lasting until 8pm), we host a free wine tasting. Join our informal discussion as we sample wines that represent a featured region, varietal or topic. Very informative and lots of fun!  Our upcoming Wednesday schedule is listed below.

September 6th...Back to School!

September 13th...French

September 20th...Wine House Favorites

September 27th...West Coast

Saturday tastings

Saturday afternoons from 4 - 6 pm, we host a free wine tasting where wine selections are based on seasonally relevant wines, new wine introductions, and emerging trends in wine. This is a great way to try some new wines in a fun, relaxed environment while you shop.

Wine Education Classes and Seminars

Throughout the year, we offer either wine education classes or wine seminars, focussing on a specific topic or region. Watch your email and Facebook posts for current schedules. Sign-ups are taken for these events, and spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ask us for more details!

Wine 101

Stay tuned for dates for our next session of Wine 101!


Special Events

Intermittent Winery and/or Distributor tastings are offered throughout the year. Some will replace our regular scheduled Wednesday night tastings, and some will be on a sign-up basis. Watch email for notices of special events! 

Wednesday Tasting Schedule - March

Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm (and usually lasting until 8pm), we host a free wine tasting. Each week will include a short wine-related presentation and informal roundtable discussion led by owner, Tim Buckles. The topics as well as the wines will vary each week...join us and learn about the wine regions and grape types and have some fun with our weekly discussions! Our upcoming Wednesday schedule is listed below.

March 11th...Think Spring (lighter reds, crisp whites)

March 18th...Wine House Favorites (higher-end wines!)

March 25th...French Tour

April 1st...April Fools (wines that may trick you for one reason or another!)

THANK YOU!

A Big THANK YOU to everyone who came out and supported our 5th Anniversary Wine Tasting this past Saturday! Thanks so much for your continued business and support. We look forward to our next 5 years here at The Wine House!

Don't forget to join us for one of our weekly wine tastings - every Wednesday evening at 6:30 (themed round table discussion/tasting) and Saturday afternoons (informal chat and sip!)

We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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