Jack Hicks, Wine Manager, BottleMixx
Wine Overlord transmission March 2017:
Lions, Lambs, what’s it all about? Topsy-turvy weather, Tax prep, School, Soccer, March Madness… Who needs some wine? Us. I’ve picked 5 bottles to cover you this month come what may. We’ve got some refreshing whites for these early Spring/Summer afternoons, and some deep rich reds for the still chilly nights.
Patient Cottat ’Le Grand Caillou’ Sauvignon Blanc – Loire Valley, France 2015 $14.99
The vinification of Sauvignon Blanc in France traces back to the Benedictine monks of the early 16th century. Thanks to their sacrifices and experiments there are now several notable growing areas in the Loire Valley. In fact, the Loire Valley is the motherland for Sauvignon Blanc, I am always on the lookout for some easy drinking, citrus and mineral fueled Loire juice, featuring that trademark acidity and minerality. Dry but juicy, fresh, sharp, and a powerful aroma? Check.
Bodegas Zarate Albariño – Rias Baixas, Spain 2015 $21.99Never in my life have I gotten such a sock in the mouth (from a wine) as when I first tried Eulogio Pomares’ Bodgas Zarate Albariño! My buddy John described it as the same salty sensation as wading into the ocean and getting hit with that first breaking wave. I like that. I’m keeping it. If you like Gose style beers and the ocean, and seafood – you cannot miss this wine. Dry as the day is long, aromatic, salty, and evocative of ripening tropical fruit covered in salt crystals. This may very well be the pinnacle of white wine refreshment.
Bodegas D. Mateo Rioja Tempranillo ‘La Mateo’ – Rioja, Spain 2015 $13.99
7 generations of dedicated wine making in a privileged wine growing location ensures a great chance at stellar and distinct vintages year in and year out. The 2015 vintage from Bodegas D. Mateo is outstanding, and a prime time value. All Tempranillo grapes with vines having an average age of 35 years. Six months in used French oak inflects just the right amount of soft cologne aligning with the flavors of: Dark cherry, rich plum, menthol, licorice and new leather.
Tenuta Monteti – Toscana, Italy 2011 $36.99
Italian wine, made with familiar to the west grape varieties has gained a lot of attention in the last 20 years, along with the coined term Super Tuscans. Let’s taste a great example. 50% Petit Verdot, 25% each Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, 100% delicious. Bold black plum juice, cherry fruit, green pepper, crushed violets, graphite with the full complement of oak barrique aging. Bold and tannic at release, we are entering the perfect moment in time to taste this wine’s evolution.
Michael David ‘Inkblot’ Cabernet Franc – Lodi, California 2014 $34.99
Many of you may be familiar with Michael David winery through Petite Petit or the Freakshow wines. Here is their rare, full-blast Lodi Cabernet Franc. Hailing from 25+ year old 9 acre vineyard and aged 21 months in French oak. This wine is an elixir of black cherry, vanilla, velvet-smooth tannin, and a touch of peppered blackberry. Special.