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Casa Contini’s Sublime Salento!

2013 CASA CONTINI Salento Rosso “Verso”
$14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case
versYou want to know what grapes that have ripened to perfection in the warm southern Italian sun taste like? Pop the cork on this deep, resonant rosso, pour a glass, take a sip and close your eyes. Intellectual transport to the Apulia region in the heel of the boot of Italy will soon take place. Coming from our friends at Small Vineyards Imports, this is everything we love about southern Italian rossos. Flows with warm, dark cherry and plum fruit, hints of roast meat, smoke, and wild herb, with a deep, dark intensity that is exceptionally delicious. Made from a blend of 60% negroamaro, 35% primitivo, and 5% malvasia nera, this has depth, character, heck, even the soul of southern Italy. A great wine that works two way: superb for current drinking but sure to last for 4-6 years, at least. At twelve bucks a bottle by the case this is a steal. I find this wine incredibly appealing. Plus, I have to say it is quite an attractive package that looks very fancy-schmancy on the dinner table!!

2012 Atticus Pinot Noir and 2012 Crowley Entre Nous Pinot Noir

Pinot Paradise Both of these are recent releases from two of my favorite small boutique wineries here in the Valley. As good as Oregon pinot gets, I would put either one up against pinots costing twice as much! And after the descriptions, we have a special mixed case offering available 2012 CROWLEY WINE “Entre Nous”…

Powerful Priorat at a Pretty Price!

2010 SENORIO DE CONVEY Priorat
$16.95 bottle/ $163.00 case

Wow! I just tasted this about 5 minutes ago with one of my reps and was absolutely blown away that a Priorat this good was available for so little and had to sit down and share immediately! This is astonishingly excellent Spanish red from the famous Priorat region. Made by the extremely quality oriented Cellers…

Argentinean Discovery: 2013 Zorzal Malbec

2013 ZORZAL Malbec "Terroir Unico"
$14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case

One of the great pleasures of life is a good surprise. When something wonderfully unexpected comes up, grabs us by the cheeks , and shouts  “Hey, here I am! How do you like this??” In my wine-centric world it happens all too infrequently, but after all these years I am always thrilled when it does….

Owen Roe: On Sale Now!

David O’Reilly’s Daring Duo! These are two fabulous new releases from Owen Roe. I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that the immensely talented major domo of Owen Roe, David O’Reilly  has never made better wine than he is right now. He has backed off from his all fruit bomb style of his early days,…

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Casa Contini’s Sublime Salento!

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Wow! I just tasted this about 5 minutes ago with one of my reps and was absolutely blown away that a Priorat this good was available for so little and had to sit down and share immediately! This is as[more]

Dolcetto Gets Real!

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Savory Savoie: 2011Philippe Ravier Roussanne

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Baby Barbaresco!

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