2017-02-08

 
 
2015 Metro Times Wine Store of the Year!
Here comes 2015 France!
South France vintage could be best in 50 years!
It's here! Domaine de la Bastide...
Save nearly 40% on an Argentine Cabernet!
"It's delicious!"
Just $7.99...
 

Be among the first to try an historic vintage!

The buzz from the wine world in southern France is that the 2015 vintage is going to be monumentally good, and here, literally, is Exhibit A. The first 2015s are making their way across the ol' pond and this one arrived this week. It is an oldie around here from Domaine de la Bastide in the Visan of the southern Rhone, an area that will likely receive it's own AOC appellation soon due to the distinctive and high-quality wines being made there.

"The 2015 vintage looks to be sensational everywhere in France with some regions reporting to have their best vintage in 50 years!" said Cloverleaf's Tom Natoci. "This wine could have been excused for being a bit raw, being so young. But it is already delicious and should be great for several years. This bodes tremendously well for all the French wines we'll be seeing from the region."

Domaine de la Bastide Cotes du Rhone Villages (Visan, France)
Reg. price: $15
Sale price: $11.99
Tom's note: "The 2015 Bastide Visan Cotes du Rhone Villages has a dark ruby/purple color.  A great nose of blackberry, violet and lavender.  Rich and lush on the palate with loads of dark berries and sweet provencal herbs.  Already soft and smooth in the lingering finish.  Great to drink today and over the next 4-5 years."

Recent hits, raves, and new discoveries... 

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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