A fantastic collection of delicious wines for the Spring season. Explore the world of wine with us!
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1. Fiction Zin Field Blend 2015 ⎢Paso Robles, California
If you have enjoyed The Fableist wines from Andrew Jones, one of our favorite winemakers in California for interesting red wines, this field blend is right up your alley. This is Andrew’s fruit forward and super easy to drink Cuvee meant to accompany warm nights around a fire pit. It is loaded with dark fruit and bramble aromas. On the palate, it is silky with soft tannins and a smooth finish. 48% Zinfandel, 15% Syrah, 14% Mourvedre, 8% Graciano, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Touriga Nacional, 3% Carignan.
2. Rupert & Rothschild Bordeaux Red Blend 2015 | Western Cape, South Africa
Full-bodied, rich and decadent are not often found in a wine of this price. This opulent Cab blend delivers everything that we desire in a wine of the $30-$50 price point. It’s no wonder, this wine has an outstanding provenance, as it is produced by the Rothschilds, who are arguably the most important and influential French winemaking family. Perfect for a Filet Mignon, or Rib-Eye, and great on its own. 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 5% Shiraz, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cinsault, 1% Pinotage.
3. Librandi Ciro Bianco 2017⎢ Calabria, Italy
This wine is made from 100% Greco Bianco, a white variety brought to Calabria by the ancient Greeks. Brilliant lemon-green in color, aromas of peaches and citrus fruits complement undertones of herbs and flowers. On the palate, zesty acidity and a long finish showcase this wine’s subtle hints of toasted almonds and macadamia nuts.
4. Legado del Moncayo Grenache Blanc Blend 2016 | Campo de Borja, Spain
A sensational white wine that is as pleasant to drink as it is to smell, with bright aromas of Meyer lemon, melon, and a hint of tarragon. A dry crisp finish makes this a perfect refreshing glass after a long hot day. Legado’ means legacy, and that in question is the volcanic influence in the soils under the now-extinct Moncayo mountain volcano. On the flanks of Moncayo, rich, very stony clay soils, nurture Garnachas upward of 40 years old, vines and fruit surviving a battering by fierce cold, dry winds (notably in winter by the cold, dry Atlantic ‘Cierzo’) as only Garnacha can.
5. Taja Organic Monastrell 2016 | Jumilla, Spain
Jumilla is regarded by Robert Parker “as one of the most important wine-making revelations of the last twenty-five years”. Why? Because they make good, cheap wine. This great example is packed with dark fruit flavors like black raspberry, wild bramble and a touch of spice to back it up. A fantastic pair for BBQ ribs, or anything off the grill. Monastrell is a traditional vine type from the region of Jumilla, and in France and the US is known as Mourvedre.
6. Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 | South Africa
Upfront aromas of raspberry and cherry fruit, medium to lightweight, Rhône wine in character, cherry fruit flavors, followed by bright acidity. Reminds of a mythical cross between a Pinot Noir and a Côtes-du-Rhône. Pleasant and fun, bistro red.
7. Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda 2017 | Mendoza, Argentina
This juicy and fresh expression of Bonarda is why we love this cousin of Malbec. Those that gravitate to Malbec will love its upfront fruity qualities, and those that love wines from Southern Rhone or Spain will love its zesty and zingy acidity, as well as its ability to go with a range of different foods.
8. i Basalti Soave (Garganega) 2017 | Veneto, Italy
It’s back! Named for the soil of the area (Basalt), this fresh white is one of our favorite values of all time! Forget Pinot Grigio, and cheap whites from California, because this wine has twice as much flavor and drinkability. Yes, it’s true, we compared this wine to Bud. Chill it ice cold and enjoy.
9. Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2016 | Molise, Italy
Bright red in color, aromas of violets and red berries complement undertones of leather and anise. On the palate, this wine is dry and mellow with smooth tannins that make for a crowd-pleasing, easy-to-drink red wine.
10. Zoe White Blend 2017 | Peloponnese, Greece
White wine fans of aromatic and zingy varieties like Torrontes, Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Riesling, and the likes, will really enjoy this blend of typical Greek varieties Roditis (60%) and Moscofilero (40%). Nose is a ripe mango, pineapple, jasmine and orange blossom. Crisp and dry finish. Great with sushi, grilled rockfish or veggie apps.
11. Zoe Red Blend 2016 | Peloponnese, Greece
A totally wild and juicy red that is perfect for a spring garden party, or a smoky BBQ. Juicy red fruit like raspberry and stewed strawberries take over the nose, and on the palate, it is juicy fruit with a refreshing quality. One of the most delicious and unique reds we have tasted in a long time! 90% Agiorgitiko, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
12. DMZ by DeMorgenzon Rose 2017 | South Africa
Crowd-pleasing and perfect for porch pounding, this rose displays alluring aromas and juicy flavors of strawberry, watermelon, and pomegranate, highlighted with delicate floral notes. Crisp and dry on the finish.