Wine

Walnut City Wineworks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009

One of the wines in our All American Six Pack for Thanksgiving, Walnut City Wineworks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009, got a nice mention in Lettie Teague’s WSJ Wine Column this weekend. Described as a “lush, dense Oregon pinot noir,” and “medium-bodied and a bit earthy, with notes of red berry fruits in the nose,” this wine is a seven-vineyard blend that comes from good-quality fruit in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Order Walnut City Wineworks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009 ($22.50) online or call us at (718) 797-9463. We can ship and also have free Brooklyn delivery and deliver wine by van in Manhattan on Mondays and Thursdays.

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Bodegas Asenjo & Manso Ceres Ribera del Duero 2005

Join us tonight, Friday, October 14 from 6-8pm to taste our wine of the week, Bodegas Asenjo & Manso Ceres Ribera del Duero 2005 ($19.50, regularly $35).

After running out of our wine of the week before our regular Friday 6-8 pm tasting two weeks ago, last week we thought we were in the clear.  Then, minutes before the tasting, a customer who had bought a bottle earlier in the day and tasted it at home walked into the store and bought us out.  This week’s wine is almost 1/2 off regular price and with 9 cases in stock, we’re pretty sure we’ll make it to Friday.  Though after the tasting, all bets are off.  If the taste profile is your cup of tea, this wine will blow your socks off. 

Over the summer, one of our favorite importers decided to concentrate his focus on Italian wines, which meant selling off the Spanish wines in his portfolio.  An importer of impeccable reputation, he was more interested in finding good homes for his wines than merely offloading stock.  We were selected as one of the first to taste through his offerings and after the first sip, Mike immediately called ‘dibs’ on the Bodegas Asenjo & Manso Ceres Ribera del Duero 2005.  At $19.50, almost half off original price and $10 less than you can find it anywhere else, this is a value of epic proportions.

A full-bodied, dense, plush red with luxurious tannins integrated beautifully with intense fruit, this wine will still hold your interest as it ages, though it is drinking perfectly now.  Notes of eucalyptus and a full profile gently enhanced by oak produce a voluptuous, overt wine.

Bodegas Asenjo & Manso Ceres Ribera del Duero 2005 regularly $35, lowest price on the web $30, from us $19.50.  To order, call (718) 797-9463 or order online.

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Saint Clair Marlborough Pinot Noir Vicar’s Choice 2009

We’re thrilled to be able to offer you the ‘Best Value’ Pinot Noir from Wednesday’s NY Times, the Saint Clair Marlborough Pinot Noir Vicar’s Choice 2009 ($16, $13.60 a bottle for 12 bottles or more).  The Times found New Zealand pinot noirs to be “friendly and approachable, the kinds of wines you could serve at a neighborhood block party and nobody would complain,” but pronounced the Saint Clair “a great deal” rating it above a $95 bottle because it was “balanced and persistent, with earthy flavors of dark fruit and minerals.”

Saint Clair Marlborough Pinot Noir Vicar’s Choice 2009 ($16, $13.60 a bottle for 12 bottles or more).   To order, call us at (718) 797-9463 or order online here.  Supplies limited, first come, first served.

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Rescuing a Riesling from the Remainder Bin

This Friday from 6-8pm, try our wine of the week, Weingut von Hovel Oberemmeler Hutte Riesling Spatlese 2007.

As any wine geek will tell you, riesling is to the wine world as jazz is to the music world.  Not everyone likes jazz but if you do, you tend to be passionate about it.

Recently we tasted a german spatlese riesling that rocked our world.  Guessing the price, we were spot on – a $30+ bottle, typical for a late-harvest riesling from a prestigious producer in the Mosel.  But then the importer corrected himself.  The wine had just gone on sale with the price cut by a third.  Excited, we ordered 10 cases.  But it was not to be, the wine had already been sold.  Not to be denied, we persisted, calling the importer over and over.  And persistence paid off.  The importer redirected 10 cases from another state just for us.

Yes, we know riesling is not for everyone.  And just as lovers of Miles Davis’s Be-Bop era might not get ‘Bitches Brew’, just because you love a dry kabinett riesling does not mean you’ll enjoy a spatlese.  All we can say is this bottle blew our mind.  Forget that it got top scores across the board from international wine critics.  Just try it with a salty, spicy dish like szechuan, indian or thai.  The wine absolutely sings with lush, clear tones of peach and tropical notes, mainly pineapple.  Just under the surface flows a subtle current of lime followed by a finish of spry acidity that perfectly balances the succulent sweetness.

Weingut von Hovel Oberemmeler Hutte Riesling Spatlese 2007 $20.50 (regularly $30+).  To order, call us at (718) 797-9463.  We deliver in the immediate area every day and outside our neighborhood on Mondays and Thursdays.

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