2017-04-28

 


2015 Metro Times Wine Store of the Year!
Always time for a great Napa Cab!
Don't give up on those red wines just yet...
The All-American wine....
Teaser: Summer Whites Mixed Case is coming...
Rosé season is in full swing!
 
Edge is, well, right down the middle...

A great red wine to drink NOW!

"Offers immediate gratification." That's how Robert Parker described a recent vintage of Edge Winery's Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. With a chilly few days ahead, we're looking forward to some good old, right down the middle California Cabernet Sauvignon for our weekend plans. "Cab is King," Cloverleaf's Tom Natoci proclaims. "Of course you can age it, but it is also great for drinking now, as a cocktail or with anything you throw on the grill. It's the most popular red wine for a reason--tremendously satisfying!" With special by-the-case pricing, you might want to snap up a dozen of these beauties for all the good times and meat-slingin' adventures ahead.

2014 Edge Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, California)
Less than $24
Special case price: $238.88 ($19.99/bottle; no further discounts)
Tom's note: "From Signorello Vineyards in the Stags Leap Area of Napa, the 2014 Edge Cabernet has a beautiful dark ruby - purple color with loads of ripe black cassis fruit, toasted nuts, and vanilla.  It is lush on the palate, with smooth ripe tannins and a long lingering finish.  Great to drink now and will age easily for another 5-8 years. 91 points."

Coming soon...

It's been a bruising couple of weeks in the back room. Tough work, but the boys are putting it all on the line as they slog through dozens of white wines in selecting the lucky 12 that make it into our 2017 Summer Whites Mixed Case. Stay tuned!

The spring rosés keep coming in...

With more additions each week, our lineup of spring rosés has now reached about 20, most in or around the $15 price point. Refreshing, light, satisfying, and beautiful in the glass, rosé is a perfect warm weather wine as a cocktail or a complement to lighter fare. Our rosé section is impressively well-stocked again this year, with a wide selection from the great 2016 southern France vintage, plus some Spanish standouts, and, this year, a handful of excellent rosés made from Oregon pinot noir that we know you're gonna love. Get on board with the Rosé Revolution. Everybody's doin' it!

Recent hits, raves, and new discoveries... 

2016 Domaine du Salvard Sauvignon Blanc "Unique" (Loire, France)
Less than $15
Winemaker's note: "The bright color is pale gold with green hues. The nose is an amazing complexity: lychees, acacia flowers, ripe lemons. On the palate, this wine expresses its wealth. It is bright, fresh and very fruity, very fat with great length. Serve between 8 and 10 degrees Celcius. Great paired with fish, shellfish and asparagus.

2014 Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha (Campo de Borja, Spain)
Less than $16
Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "90 pts. The outstanding 2014 Tres Picos (Garnacha) is 100% Grenache and comes from some of their oldest Grenache vineyards on the slopes of the Moncayo Mountains. Yields are less than two tons of fruit per acre and this wine was aged in neutral French oak and stainless-steel tanks for ten months prior to bottling. It's a beautiful wine, with plenty of Southern Rhône-like black cherry liqueur, garrigue, pepper, licorice and spice. It is medium to full-bodied, lusty and heady. This is a beauty to drink over the next 2-3 years."

2013 Clos de los Siete (Mendoza, Argentina)
Reg. price: $22
Sale price: $17.99 
Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Clos de los Siete, from a cool and late vintage, could very well be the freshest wine produced at this address so far. This blend from the different producers associated with the brand ended up being 53% Malbec, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah and 4% Petit Verdot from different vineyards in Vista Flores. Seventy percdent of the wine matured in French barriques for 11 months. There is a great sense of harmony, combining ripe fruit, flowers and spices in a subtle and elegant way. The palate is ultra polished, with very good balance and freshness, really easy to drink."

2014 Mas des Chimeres Nuit Grave (Languedoc, France)
Reg. price: $20
Sale price: $14.99 
Tom's note: "The Nuit Grave is a blend of syrah, grenache, and mourvedre.  It has a great ruby purple color with beautiful aromatics of boysenberry, lavender, and thyme.  The palate is silky, with good tart berry acidity, soft tannins, and lush black fruits. The wine has a really nice mouthfeel and balanced elegance.  The winery is totally organic as well as biodynamic for all of those who have any sulfite issues.  We have been promoting this winery since the 2002 vintage (13 years!)."
 
2015 Tres Exilios Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza, Argentina)
Reg. price: $13
Sale price: $7.99
Tom's note: "All the classic dark berry fruits you'd expect from a good California Cabernet Sauvignon, except it's from Argentina, and it's eight bucks! It's got great balance. It's a really delicious glass of wine that would normally sell for much more.
 
2010 L'Arnesque Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Capelane (France)
Reg. price: $50
Sale price: $33.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "This wine is everything you want from a Chateauneuf: dark ruby color and a great nose of rich dark cherry and berry fruits without any jamminess that sometimes plagues this region in great vintages. On the palate there are copious amounts of  ripe dark cherry and blackberry notes complemented with black licorice, sweet Provencal herbs and a beautiful complex minerality that comes with the best wines of the region. I love this wine and when our next shipment comes in, I will buy some for myself to drink now and also cellar and follow for the next dozen or so years. I would rate this 94/100."
 
2013 Marramiero Incanto (Abruzzo, Italy)
Reg. price: $18
Sale price: $14.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "Dense, dark cherries, full-bodied, lush sweet herbs with a long, rich finish. Tastes like a $30 Riserva Chianti Classico. This is a GREAT WINE VALUE."

2015 Fazio Nerello Mascalese (Sicily)
Reg. price: $14
Sale price: $10.99 (nfd)
Tom's note: "Damson plums, tart cherries, sweet Mediterranean herbs, medium bodied, with a great clean finish."

2014 Fazio Nero d'Avola (Sicily)
Reg. price: $14
Sale price: $10.99
Tom's note: "Deep bold plum, notes of fruit cocktail. Reminiscent of a nice Cru Beaujolais. Medium- to full-bodied, also with a nice clean finish."
 
2014 Capiaux Pinot Noir Chimera
Reg. price: $38
Sale price: $29.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "The 2014 is just as sensational as the 2012.  The grapes for this vintage come from the Russian River Valley in Northern California. It has the same rich, dark cherry fruit along with notes of tea leaves, baking spices and a soft lush mouthfeel in the finish. It is a great glass of Pinot Noir!"

Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "90 pts. The 2014 Pinot Noir Chimera comes from several Russian River sites and sees only 10% new oak. Its is a beautiful wine and Capiaux's biggest production item. It is a heck of a value for an outstanding Pinot Noir. Beautiful sassafras, pomegranate and black cherry notes intermixed with some damp earth and forest floor are all present in this wine, which also offers some baking spices and subtle background earth in its long, heady finish.  Drink it over the next 3-4 years."
 
 
2014 Bodegas Tridente Tempranillo (Castilla y Leon, Spain)
Reg. price: $20
Sale price: $14.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "Bold dark berry fruits and toasty oak aromas, rich and powerful on the palate, with great concentrated black berry fruit (and 15.5% alcohol), sweet aged balsamic, vanilla and roasted nuts. Lush, with smooth, savory tannins, it reminds me of a $30-$40 Napa Valley Cabernet!  It would be perfect with a charred ribeye." 

2015 Chapoutier Bila-Haut Cotes de Roussillon Villages (France)
Reg. price: $16
Sale price: $12.99 (no further discounts)
Wine Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "91-93 pts. The jaw-dropper in the lineup was the quality of the 2015 Haut Cotes de Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila Haut. While the entry level wine from this estate, the quality here is incredible, especially at the price point. Made from 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Carignan from a mix of the estate's terroirs, aged in concrete tanks and stainless steel, it offers a rich, concentrated and serious feel to go with fabulously pure notes of blackberries, black raspberries, crushed rock and melted licorice. Thick, unctuous and luxuriously textured, this will certainly be the greatest vintage of this cuvee to date. 
 
 
--The Guys and Gals at Cloverleaf 




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