BOTTLEMIXX WINE PICKS FOR OCTOBER 2017
Save BIG on these featured wines!
Mixx & Match!
1-5 bottles = 10% discount all month long
6-11 bottles = 15% discount all month long
12+ bottles = 20% discount all month long
Call Jack and ask him to make a case for you!
2016 Pazo Seńorans Albariño Rias Baixas - Spain $24.99 Amongst the myriad minuscule garden-vineyards of the Rias-Baixas on Spain’s Atlantic coast, the influence of Marisol Bueno and Javier Mareque can undoubtedly be felt. The founding and development of this region can be traced back to their purchase of an ancient 16th century estate, its kiwi orchards and old-vine Albariño vineyards in 1979. Pazo Seńorans approaches the sea on acidic, sandy soils created by the decomposition of the granitic bedrock below. The Albariño, is hand harvested and quickly transported to the winery to be crushed and pressed. Vinifications are conducted by plot in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. To retain freshness, malolactic fermentation is blocked and the wine is allowed to age on its lees for at least four months with frequent bâtonnage. The finished product is authentic, fresh, crisp, and vibrant.
2016 Villa Sparina Gavi Gavi, Piedmont - Italy $19.99 We’ve anxiously awaited the return of this gorgeous Gavi from Villa Sparina to NC for over two years. Its back! Made from the Cortese grape, which is notoriously thin skinned and finicky away from its home in northern Italy. This wine is all about harmonics. From the bottle, which was artist designed after an ancient wine vessel found buried in the winery’s original cellar, to the flavor profile which is soft but packing acidity and character. Pomelo, peach, washed minerals, and thyme swirl together with a sublime texture and resolved finish. Most of the vineyards are found on the hillsides of Monterotondo, which are kissed with a fortunate and cooling Ligurian breeze. Included with the 70 hectares of vineyards established in 1997 are 30 hectares of orchards, farms, and a resort.
2016 K. Martini & Sohn Gurnzan Blauburgunder Suditrol, Alto Adige - Italy $23.99 Founded in 1979 by Gabriel and his father Karl, this mountainous Italian producer is located in the small village of Cornaiano, perched on a sun-drenched plateau upon a winding trail studded with vineyards, peaks and wine cellars at every turn. One gets the very distinct feeling that wine, good wine - is important here. The name Blauburgunder is just one of Pinot Noir’s many aliases. Finicky Pinot Noir doesn’t just grow anywhere, and when it does, it is usually a headache/heartbreak situation. Ah, but here - the altitude, proximity to the sun, the cool dry air, the low yields, and the commitment to organic agriculture helps produce some of the most aromatic, pretty, elegant and table-ready wines available under $30.
2015 Sparkman Cellars Kindred Red blend Columbia Valley – Washington $18.99 Sometimes, it’s just too easy. 56% Malbec, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Hailing from Dionysus, Oasis, Olsen and Upland vineyards in Washington State’s sunny and dry Columbia Valley region. This wine is a true crowd pleaser, just enough detail and refinement for some and just enough fruit-softness and hedonistic boldness for the others. 80% neutral oak and 20% new oak barrels give it that extra smooth, creamy glide.
2016 PAX Sonoma-Hillsides Syrah Sonoma County, California $49.99 Pax Mahle is one of the most thoughtful and passionate winemakers working in California today. His wines are always such a visceral experience. This wine is inspired by the flamboyant Syrah wines of the Northern Rhone valley in France, especially St.- Joseph. Sourced from Castelli-Knight Ranch and Walker Vine Hill in Russian River as well as the Griffins Lair Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast, these are all cool climate optimally situated hillsides. A perfect situation. The result is a rich but energetic wine, plush but tart, blackberries and raspberries with a heap of roasted earth. It is spicy, savory, peppery and fruit filled. It is explosive now, with 5-8 years in your cellar it will go from explosive to enlightened.