Fall 2018 Top 12

$119.99 CASE

A fantastic collection of delicious wines for the Fall season.
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1. Juggernaut Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 ⎢ Sonoma, California

Juggernaut
The best Cabernet grapes in California are grown on hillsides, which provide better exposure to the sun and well-draining soils, which tends to produce more intensely flavored and richly textured wines. The Juggernaut is our newest and most exciting new Cabernet, and the hillside fruit comes from a combination of Alexander Valley, Livermore Valley and the Sierra Foothills. Black currant, stewed bramble, coffee and vanilla on the nose. 20 months in new French oak barrels provides ample silkiness.

Pairing: Braised Short Ribs

2. Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2016 | Pfalz, Germany

Villa Wolf
This is the third wine from this winery to be featured in our Top 12 mixed case, and it ain’t a mistake. Villa Wolf makes delicious white wines (we featured the Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir Rose), and this red fits in that category of refreshing and delicious. Most people don’t associate Germany with red wines, however they have recently garnered a lot of attention for their light bodied and zingy Pinots, some of which don’t make it out of the country. Enjoy this wine with just about any cuisine or occasion, it is truly delightful.

Pairing: Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon

3. Colutta Pinot Grigio 2017 | Friuli, Italy

Colutta

Delicate fragrances recall white wild flowers and white tree fruit. The bright, medium-bodied palate delivers tart green apple, mature pear and a hint of lemon zest alongside crisp acidity. Colutta is a family owned operation in the very north-east corner of Italy, on the border of Slovenia, in a natural ampitheatre known as Collio. The regions high elevation, sun exposure and well-draining soils produce some of the finest wines in Italy.

Pairing: Shrimp and Avocado Crostini

4. Hedges CMS Red Blend 2015 | Columbia Valley, Washington

Hedges

The Hedges family has been making wine in Washington before it was cool and has since become one of the leaders of Organic and Biodynamic farming in the region. Their entry level blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (27%), Merlot (65%), and Syrah (8%) is truly a hybrid of classic French flavors with rule breaking American techniques. Dark fruit layered with hints of mocha and toasty vanilla with a wonderful silky but refreshing texture. The Red Mountain AVA provides a third of the fruit for the blend, and adds another layer of provenance and quality to this very affordable and delicious wine.

Pairing: Classic Meatloaf and Mashers

5. Ruttenstock Gruner Veltliner 2017 | Niederösterreich, Austria

Ruttenstock

For four generations the Ruttenstock family has been focused on making delicious and affordable Gruner Vetliner. This fantastic Almost Sauvignon Blanc like, this Grüner has a very aromatic nose, with some citrus and classic white pepper flavors and a clean fresh finish.

Pairing: Fried Chicken

6. Chateau D’Oupia “Les Heretiques” Red Blend 2017 | Languedoc, France

Chateau d oupia

Languedoc continues to be one of our favorite regions for red wines that over-deliver for their price. The “Les Heretiques” blend of predominately Carignan from 40+ year old vines is a perfect example of the bang-for-buck stuff coming from Minervois and the surrounding regions in Southern France. This dark inky purple colored red is brimming with dark blackberry, pepper and spicy raspberry.

Pairing: Steak Frites

7. Cline Viognier 2017 | Sonoma, California

Cline

Chardonnay lovers may be converted by this richly aromatic and silky textured white wine from Northern California. White rose, magnolia and peach aromas lead to a palate that has lots of orange zest and marmalade flavors, with a delicately rich texture that hints at sweetness, but finishes dry.

Pairing: Mahi Mahi with Red Curry

8. Janare Aglianico 2016 | Benevento, Italy

Janare

If you love spicy, earthy and rustic red wines, the Aglianico grape from Southern Italy’s Campania region, should be on your radar. This value priced version from Janare Winery is filled with personality. Dark in the glass with notes of black cherry, licorice, white pepper and burnt coffee. A fantastic pair for grilled and roasted game.

Pairing: Roasted Lamb Chops

9. Rocca delle Macie “Moonlite” Chardonnay/Vermentino 2016 | Tuscany, Italy

Rocca Delle Macie
The Sangiovese grape is the king of Tuscany, and Rocca della Macie makes some fantastic Chianti that feature this grape. Here they feature the leading white grape of the region, Vermentino, grown in the seaside region of Maremma. and blend it with Chardonnay. The result is a white with a rich, minerality, and pleasant aromatics, making it a wonderful wine to start a meal, or drink on its own. Stainless steel fermented, no oak.

Pairing: Salads and Appetizers

10. Pioneiro Red Blend 2016 | Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal

Pioneiro

Who says pizza wine has to be from Italy?!? We like our pizza wine, soft, easy to drink and refreshing. This blend of native Portuguese grapes is jammy, a little spicy, with a soft and pleasing finish.
60% Castelao (also known as Periquita), 30% Aragones and 10% Syrah.

Pairing: Roasted Lamb Chops!

11. Garnacha de Fuego Garnacha 2016 | Spain

Garnacha De Fuego
90 Points Jeb Dunnuck:”Brought up in a mix of concrete and stainless steel, the 100% Garnacha 2016 Garnacha de Fuego offers a deep black/purple color to go with terrific notes of blackcurrants, black cherries, scorched earth, and melted licorice. Ripe, sexy and forward on the palate, with notable purity, it’s a classic Garnacha.”

Pairing: Pulled Pork Nachos

12. Laroque Cabernet Franc 2017 | Cite de Carcassone, France

Larouque
Laroque which means “the rock,” is produced from vineyards located in the hills of the famous ancient fortified city of Carcassonne in Southern France. The vineyards which produce Laroque have been making wine since the 6th century; its name comes from the Stone Age menhirs found throughout the region. Laroque is an easy-to-drink wine that combines the structure, minerality and dusty rose characteristics of Cabernet Franc with the lively, fruitiness of wines from the south of France.

Pairing: Veggie Stew with mushrooms