Newly released 2015 Trilogy from Flora Springs is a big, robust Cabernet Sauvigon-based red (82% Cab, 10% Malbec, and 8% Petite Verdot. The 2015 vintage was one to remember (but one that grape growers would probably like to forget)–the weather was tough, the crop was small, but wine makers knew that the small crop would make up in quality what it lacked in quantity. They were right. Rich and concentrated in flavor, Trilogy would make a great hostess gift or Father’s Day present. 80.00
Gaia Red and Gaia White are named in honor of the Greek earth goddess, “Gaia“–as well they should be. Fully organic in what is already the pristine Gualtallary Valley in Argentina’s Mendoza region, Gaia wines are a product of Domaine Bousquet–a hybrid of French tradition and Argentine terroir.
Domaine Bousquet established its reputation for quality Argentine wines years ago with its Chardonnays, Malbecs, and sparkling wines. With the introduction of the Gaia line of blended wines, Domaine Bousquet adds a new dimension to an already impressive line up. It’s hard to know where you’d find better quality organic and sustainably-grown wines at these prices.
Gaia White is a a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc–a combination capturing some of the best characteristics of each varietal. Moderate in alcohol and medium in body, Gaia White is an impressive change of pace from straight varietals. 18.00
Gaia Red combines Malbec, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvigon and gets ten months in French oak. Spice and dark fruity character are balanced with moderate tannins. Gaia Red and grilled meats are a marriage made in heaven. 20.00
Geyser Peak 2016 Water Bend Chardonnay is 100% chardonnay–the fruit straight from the banks of the Russian River. Rich oak character balances perfectly with the bright acidity of the fruit. Tons of finish on this richly textured wine. 26.00
Geyser Peak 2014 Walking Tree Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the Alexander Valley. Walking Tree gets 21 months in small French oak and just a touch of Syrah to add an addition layer of complexity. Look for dark fruit flavors, chocolate, and spice from the oak. 30.00
The Kiwis are at it again–more great wine from one of the world’s most beautiful wine regions. The New Zealanders really should include a coupon for a nice juicy New Zealand lamb chop with this Pinot–the herbal/dark cherry flavors and lingering finish of the 2015 Mud House Pinot Noir would harmonize beautifully. A beaut cool-climate pinot for 18.00.