Sarah's wine of the week. 5.24.17

May 24th, 2017 11:45am - Posted By: Sarah Davidson

Dampt Freres - Chardonnay 2015
Sale $12.99
Reg. 18.99

We brought in the Dampt Freres red Burgundy right before Thanksgiving and it quickly became one of the most popular, affordable Burgundies in our set. When I got offered the white counterpart I had no hesitation in bringing it in, especially with my love of Chardonnay. Dampt Freres is a family affair located in Bourgogne Tonnerre, just slightly north east of Chablis. Bernard Dampt was concerned that he was the last generation in his family to live off the land and be in agriculture. To remedy that, he planted grapes to ensure he was leaving his three sons with land and a future in agriculture. Fast forward to today, Eric, Emmanuel, and Hervé Dampt own and operate 60 acres and produce 500,000 cases annually. They label their Bourgogne Blanc as Chardonnay to be consumer friendly, and this Chardonnay is everything friendly. Integrated oak notes almost dissolve into notes of granny smith apple, pear, lemon curd, balanced minerality, and zippy acidity. Pair this with chicken, fish, seafood, salads, or enjoy on its own! Cheers!

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Adrian's wine of the week. 5.24.17

May 24th, 2017 11:44am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki

Pratsch - Niederösterreich Rosé 2016
Sale $10.99 
Reg $13.99

Happy Memorial Day everyone!  To help you celebrate, I have an absolutely delicious Austrian rosé to tell you about.  Pratsch is dedicated not only to organic growing and winemaking, but also to a holistic approach to maintaining health in their vineyards in order to create high quality wines.  This rosé is a 'Porch Pounder' made from the native Zweigelt grape, that I'm sure you're going to fall in love with, as I did.  It is the perfect, refreshing rosé and it might be my go-to for the year!  The crunchy acidity is balanced by the tiniest touch of sweetness and a hint of bubbles makes for a fun and playful mouthfeel.  Look for pink berry fruit and melon with a touch of anise on an indulging palate.  Pratsch rosé is a wine to just enjoy without thinking too much.  Cheers and have a great holiday weekend!

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Mat's wine of the week. 5.24.17

May 24th, 2017 11:32am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski

Fleurs de Prairie
Rose Cotes de Provence 2016
Regular Price $14.99
Sale Price : $12.99

We have been touting rose wine for a couple of weeks now and the weather has just been a bear. Today is calling for 80 degrees and lots of sun, so I’m calling for a patio and lots of ice cold rose. Fleurs de Prarie rose 2016 is crisp with a solid dose of acidity to compliment the strawberry and minerality that make this rose one for relaxing and sharing with good company. My folks were in town this last weekend and my mom is pretty open to most of the wine that we keep at the house but this one in particular was a fancy of hers. I think she would have been happy with just the bottle and a straw! This wine shows off a beautiful bouquet of spring opened field flowers, lavender and hard stone. The mouthfeel is abundant but wicks away with tart acid that leaves your mouth watering and wanting another sip. This wine pairs fabulously with sun, a flower laden field with a platter of cheese and cured meats. It would not be a bad addition to some yard work either! -Cheers

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Sarah's Wine of the Week. 5.17.17

May 17th, 2017 11:11am - Posted By: Sarah Davidson

Vin Sentier de Provence –Rosé 2016
Sale $9.99
Reg. $14.99

Rosé is a category that has been growing every year that I’ve been with Superior Liquor and this is the time of year I get a lot of questions about what to pick if you are new to rosé. Vin Sentier de Provence is from Provence, the area in France most known for making rosé. Most rosés from Provence are incredibly light with tons of minerality and equally prominent acidity while the Vin Sentier is a little more approachable. The Vin Sentier is from the north western part of Provence near the Rhone Valley from an organically farmed estate. Vigneron Philippe Pouchin has been farming the estate organically since the early 1900s and has been certified since 2010. He believes that bringing the natural ecosystems back to the vineyards is the key to producing well balanced wines. This rosé is 95% Grenache with the remaining 5% split between Cinsault, Syrah, and Counoise. The grapes are all harvested at night to keep the grapes cool before they are destemmed and fermented using their own indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats. This rosé has more body than a lot of other rosés from Provence with notes of ripe strawberries, juicy watermelon, under ripe peach, and fresh herbs. This rosé will pair with a ton of different dishes but it is also perfect for drinking on the patio! Cheers!

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Adrian's Wine of the Week. 5.17.17

May 17th, 2017 11:10am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki

Zorzal – Rosé Pinot Noir 2016
Sale $9.99 
Reg $11.99

I have been a fan of Zorzal wines ever since I did an email feature on their Malbec last November.  Zorzal was started back in 2007 by Gerardo, Matias and winemaker Juan Pablo Michelini with the help of an investment group from Canada.  Their winery is located extremely high up in a subregion of the Uco Valley in Mendoza and many consider this winery to be one of the most exciting rising stars in Argentina.  Instead of focusing purely on Malbec, they have planted their unique sand, stone, and limestone soil to multiple varietals that also include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and a few others.  This Rosé made from Pinot Noir was a treat to sip on while enjoying the afternoon sunshine yesterday.  While somewhat restrained on the nose, the palate is a burst of fresh red berries, tangerine and juicy watermelon mixed with cooling minerality.  It is the perfect refreshing drink on the patio and the structured palate will also make it a great accompaniment for grilled shrimp, seafood, and other light appetizers.  Cheers!

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Matt's Wine of the Week. 5.17.17

May 17th, 2017 11:09am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski

Casa Santos Lime
Confidencial Tinto Red Riserva 2013
Regular Price: $12.99
Sale Price: $10.99

I know we are in the midst of beautiful white and rosé type weather, but there is certainly an abundance of steaks, burgers and brats coming off of the grill that are just begging for some great red wine to accompany all those hearty flavors. This wine is ripe for the corking, ready to drink and full of raspberry, cherry, leather and musk that balance well with hints of vanilla and firm tannin. An interesting but pleasant flavor profile brought on by the treatment of Portuguese oak, giving a bit of spice and layers of herbs that your palate can thumb through while you savor this great Reserva. A fan favorite here as well as an editor’s choice from the Wine Enthusiast who pegged it with 91 points! Like I said, you will absolutely love this wine with anything from the grill and if you’re just in the mood for a sipper there will be no disappointment here, only that you might find the bottom of this bottle sooner than you think! –Cheers!

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Adrian's wine of the week 5/10/17

May 10th, 2017 9:53am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki

Raphael dal Bo – Rosé Extra Dry

Sale $12.99  Reg $15.99

This week we put our heads together and decided to feature some wines for Spring, Mother’s Day and Graduation.  I couldn’t resist re-tasting the Raphael dal Bo Rose Extra Dry, a new organic bubbly to our sparkling wine aisle.  Both owner Raphael and winemaker Giuseppe are from Conegliano and Valdobiadene, the finest Prosecco producing regions in Italy and they have created this rosé from organically grown Glera and Raboso grapes.  In 2009 it became the first Prosecco to be certified Organic by bioSuisse.  This dry, sparkling rosé is delicious and refreshing with fine, fresh fruit aromas and floral hints.   The red berries, melon and citrus follow through on the palate and mingle with the lively but elegant bubbles.  This fresh and delicate style is a no-brainer for any sunny day outdoors, paired with appetizers, shellfish or just by itself.  Cheers!

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Sarah's wine of the week 5/10/17

May 10th, 2017 9:52am - Posted By: Sarah Davidson

Terregaie - Prosecco

Sale $12.99 Reg. $16.99

I've said it before and I'll say it again; bubbles are good anytime. That said there are a couple of extra reasons to get sparkling wine this week: Graduation and Mother's Day! Between brunches and toasting to future possibilities,this weekend sparkling wines will be in high demand, and the Terregaie Prosecco should be at the top of your list. It is incredibly affordable but offers a lot of bang for the buck! Notes of lime zest, minerality, golden apple, and honeysuckle delight with vibrant acidity and great texture. This Prosecco is dry but it has enough complexity and fruitiness to be great on its own with a price that makes it mimosa friendly too. Cheers and congratulations Class of 2017!

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Matt's wine of the week 5/10/17

May 10th, 2017 9:49am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski

Sauvage by Gruet

Blanc de Blanc NV

Regular Price : $24.99

Sale Price : $17.99

Well the time sure does pass when you’re having fun! And if college is anything like I remember it these last four or five-ish years have just flown by for many. So, after all that fun and the hard work it takes to finally get that piece of paper that opens up all those doors for your first career it’s time to celebrate! I have just the cork for you to pop this weekend with friends and family as you commemorate this massive achievement. Sauvage by Gruet Blanc de Blanc NV is 100% Chardonnay, bone dry and delightful on the palate. Bursting with green apple, pineapple and pear, this bubbly has all that you would want in an absolutely refreshing sparkling wine just waiting for the next party! From the family that brought us the world-renowned Gruet sparklers from New Mexico and the creators of the U.V.C.B. (Union Vinicole des Coteaux de Bethon) in 1967, the kids Laurent and Nathalie Gruet now bring us Sauvage Blanc de Blanc. Enjoy with tapas, cream sauces and celebrations, because it’s just so savage! -Cheers

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Adrian's Wine of the Week. 5.3.17

May 3rd, 2017 10:22am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki

Tenuta La Pergola – Il Goccetto Dry Brachetto
Sale $11.99 
Reg $15.99

Now that we're past the last snow and we're looking at 80 degree days, I can't help but set my sights on spring produce, lighter dishes and lighter bodied reds to drink with some of them.  This dry Brachetto by Tenuta La Pergola is an unpretentious light red from the Piedmont in northern Italy and it's absolutely gorgeous.  Anyone that likes Pinot Noir will love this wine!  The Brachetto grape in the dry style has beautiful floral and herbacious notes mixed with bright red fruit and spice.  For such a light wine, it definitely packs some aromatic intensity that follows through to a palate of fresh cherry and berries balanced with earthy tones and even citrus rind.  The beautiful tangy style is great with a slight chill and right at home with charcuterie and cheese plates and lighter dishes including salmon, chicken, and vegetable dishes.  Cheers!

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Matt's Wine of the Week. 5.3.17

May 3rd, 2017 10:21am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski

Grochau Cellars Commuter Cuvee
Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015
Regular Price: $18.99
Sale Price: $14.99

Saturday I was kicking back watching movies with the kids and the snow fall. Yesterday we were out on our bikes with our sweatshirts around our waists because it was too warm. Coloradan’s motto of, “If you don’t like the weather, wait fifteen minutes,” was in full effect this weekend and I love it! That’s exactly why I picked this Commuter Cuvee Pinot Noir as my wine of the week. A lighter bodied red that screams spring and if we happen to get that random snow storm you still have a beautifully balanced wine with brightly toned fruits of raspberry, chokecherry and currant. Ninety percent of the juice sees French oak and the wine is aged 9 months before bottling, giving this Pinot a bit of spice but smooth silk on the finish. This Commuter is ready for a good meal or maybe just relaxing after a springtime bike ride! -Cheers

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Sarah's Wine of the Week. 5.3.17

May 3rd, 2017 10:19am - Posted By: Sarah Davidson

Evolúció – Blaufränkisch 2014
Sale $8.99
Reg. $10.99

As Mother Nature continues to play with our emotions this time of year I try and have versatile good anytime kind of wines around. As I’ve said before I’m a sucker for Austrian and German wines of all colors from whites, rosé (check out all of our German and Austrian rosés that will be here in a few weeks!), and reds. One of my favorite red varietals from that area is Blaufränkisch which means the blue grape of Germany. It has dark purple and blue tones to the wine but it’s surprisingly bright and light on its feet for having such a deep color. Blaufränkisch is very high in minerality with a high toned iron like characteristic. The wine takes just a bit to open up so don’t be too quick to pass judgement! Open the bottle, pour a glass, and let it breathe while you do some grilling! Bright red cherry, pencil shavings, minerality, and dried floral notes play well with anything from grilled chicken to beef. Think of this of a Pinot Noir turned wild! It's zippy peppery notes with blueberry undertones will turn you into a Blaufränkisch lover too! Cheers!

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Adrian's Wine of the Week. 4.26.17

April 26th, 2017 4:56pm - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki

Doural– Tinto 2015
Sale $8.99  Reg $10.99

Portugal continues to deliver fantastic everyday wines at great prices.  The Douro region, most well-known for Port, is now also renowned for its fine unfortified wines.  A rugged, mountainous region that stretches west along the Douro River from the Spanish border is planted to a variety of red and white grapes along its steep slopes.  The Doural Tinto exemplifies what this region does really well.  Typical of the Douro, this red is a blend of 8 different varietals with the backbone of Touriga Nacional.  This is one of those wines that you can enjoy on its own or with a variety of simple dishes.  In other words, it's a great choice for you weekday enjoyment, as at home with a tomato based pasta dish, simply prepared meat dish and burgers.   Bright, fresh red fruit with a touch of spice and wet rock minerality come together and follow to a balanced palate with medium acidity and tannins.  Not as big as a Cab and not as light as Pinot Noir, this little gem strikes  a great balance and won't drain your bank account!  Cheers!

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Sarah's Wine of the Week. 4.26.17

April 26th, 2017 4:53pm - Posted By: Sarah Davidson

Belle Pente - Pinot Gris 2013
Sale $15.99
Reg. $17.99

I'm always on the hunt for fuller bodied white wines, and the Belle Pente Pinot Gris has been at the top of my list for Pinot Gris for some time. Belle Pente means "beautiful slope" and is named for the winery’s 70 acre property in the hills of the Willamette Valley. The first vines were planted in 1994 after Jill and Brian O'Donnell left their Silicon Valley jobs and decided to start a boutique winery. The total production is a mere 4,500 cases with the vineyards primarily planted to Pinot Noir. Luckily for me they both share a passion for Pinot Gris from Alsace so they produce around 650 cases of Pinot Gris each year. Half of the wine is aged in large neutral oak to give it a rich texture while the other half is aged in stainless steel to preserve the crisp acidity. This is definitely the richer, more lush style of Pinot Gris with notes of ripe apple, pear, honeysuckle, and white flowers framed by crisp acidity and notable minerality. There is a hint of residual sugar on the finish that rounds out the palate, but this is a far cry away from being a sweet wine. I enjoyed this over the weekend with some ham but any of the richer, comfort food dished will play nice. Cheers!

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Sarah's Wine of the Week. 4.12.17

April 12th, 2017 10:52am - Posted By: Sarah Davidson

Fleuraison – Blanc de Blanc NV
Sale $11.99
Reg. $14.99

Believe it or not, it’s almost Easter! What better to enjoy with Easter dinner than an affordable sparkling wine, or even better start off with mimosas! Fleuraison is a sparkling wine that has a unique path through production. The wine is 90% Airen and 10% Chardonnay and the Airen is sourced from La Mancha, Spain. After early picking to retain freshness and acidity, the wine goes through the first fermentation. After that the wine is put in temperature controlled tanks and shipped back to France where the secondary fermentation and bottling takes place. Despite this rather unorthodox method, this is one of my go to sparkling wines. It’s nice and dry with notes of apple, pear, lemon and lime zest, and custard with zippy acidity and great texture. It’s fruit forward and lush enough for those out there that don’t generally enjoy sparkling wine but not sweet by any means. It’s affordable enough to use for mimosas but enjoyable and drinkable on its own as well! Cheers!

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