- Cava – Brut Nature / No Dosage Campos de Estrellas D.O. Penedès. Nice purity & focus & malic acid. Pretty, & the price is fair. Clean. Campos de Estrellas is made from the grapes grown on a single estate in the Penedès, close to Barcelona. In the Brut Nature, the acidity is more to the fore and the yeastiness from the aging is more outstanding. “Estrellas” are the stars, the bubbles in a flute of Cava as they rise and explode onto the palate. The aromas are fruity & citric, with complex scents of herbs like laurel leaves & orange peel. On the palate it has a well balanced acidity & a full structure. It finishes very dry. - Our Price: 13.97
- 2011 Campos de Sueños Verdejo D.O. Rueda. 84 grape growers own a total of around 400 hectares in this ‘golden triangle’ of perfect soils. Tasty, like it – So good we brought it in even though we have quite a bit of Verdejo representation at the moment. W.E. “Oily & pinched on the nose, with cactus & nettle aromas. This feels like a cool stream on the palate, with green-fruit flavors including lime, kiwi & apple. A note of pithy grapefruit controls the finish.” Lively apple notes on the nose are balanced on the palate by zesty citrus & a firm minerality. Campos de Suenos (songbirds). - Our Price: 13.57
- 2010 Campos de Risca Monastrell / Syrah Organic D.O. Jumilla. Although most vineyards are not registered, viticulture in the region is practically organic by default. Nice & concentrated. Berry fruit. A favorite. Monastrell, resistant to drought, with straggly bunches of small berries. The berries themselves have thick skins & high acidity, so they need all of that sun to ripen properly. In recent times, small amounts of Syrah have been planted too. Risca being the limestone rock which is prevalent in the region. - Our Price: 13.57
- 2012 Campos de Viento Tempranillo D.O. La Mancha. The name, Campos de Viento, is inspired by the windmills that sit above town of Mota del Cuervo and can be seen for miles around. Old vine, big, ripe. Not jammy, not a boozy monster. The nose is typical of varietal Tempranillo, with a nose of fresh red fruits, like strawberries and subtle hints of fresh herbs. It shows characteristic cherry and leafy flavors, in a rather thick texture with a slightly candied note. Citrusy acidity keeps it fresh. The palate is well-structured with soft tannins & a medium length finish. Campos de Viento (windmill), Tempranillo from Ucles currently. - Our Price: 10.57
Babich Headwaters Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – 18.57 – Marlborough, New Zealand – This is a rich, intensely flavored Sauvignon Blanc that proves a versatile partner for many dishes. Delicate floral notes intermingle with ripe melon and apple on the nose. The palate is focused, though soft and generous, showing good concentration of tropical fruits and granny smith apples. Well balanced acidity leaves a crisp and refreshing finish. Brand new for the tasting.
Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo A.O.C. – Cantina Colle Moro Montepulciano Rosé 2012 – 10.57 – Dry, cherry fruit, pretty… Lots of fruit and juicy acidity. Refreshing. Bright strawberry fruit and clean spice. A style of wine that we love, from the hills of Guastameroli di Frisa, founded in 1961. Great clean fruit, dusty & light tannins/ tangy, pie cherry, red fruited, minerality coming through. A fruity rosé that’s unoaked to emphasize the fresh, red, berried aromas. Dry and fresh and a great wine to pair with hors d’oeuvres–especially fish-based starters. Currently at spot #7 in the East End Wines Top 200.
SmashBerry Red 2012 – Central Coast – 11.57 – This easy drinking California red table wine is mostly Merlot with some Cabernet and Petite Sirah. It has aromas of red cherries, red berries and coffee that fill the nose. On the palate, it is fruit forward with lots of Bing cherry, blackberry, and blueberry jam flavors with hints of sarsaparilla and coffee with very soft tannins and a nice finish. Merlot (40), Cabernet Sauvignon (30), Petite Sirah (30) East End Wines Top 200, #192.
Ballard Lane Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – 12.57 – This wine has cassis, black cherry, chocolate, and smoky oak aromas, good structure, firm tannins, and a lingering finish. The grapes were night harvested and cold soaked for several days to enhance color extraction, then fermented for 7 days. The wine was then aged on French and American Oak for 9 months. East End Wines, Top 200, #178. Ripe and round from warm Paso Robles, but made in a dialed-back manner.
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Domaine du Petit Coteau Vouvray Brut NV – 22.57 – Dry in style, freshly crisp with apple skin and lemon flavors. The wine has a touch of almonds to balance the intense fruity acidity. A bright apéritif wine. – Roger Voss. Very delicate and fresh nose, Harmonious on the palate with a nice acidity, A lot of volume and a very long finish typical of Vouvray’s best soils. The quality of a vintage sparkling Vouvray.
Domaine de Balandran ‘Les Mugues’ 2012 Blanc – 16.97 – Costières-de-Nîmes – Tasty, clean Viognier way in the background. Made from Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, Rolle (Vermentino). No Malolactic fermentation. Medium weight. Nice texture. Juicy. Tasty. A former star of Vino Vino’s Turkey Fest. We like it too. USually aged about 4 months in stainless steel tanks. Dry, with balancing fresh acid. Lemony, with a hint of tropical ripeness.
Domaine de Balandran ‘Les Mugues’ 2013 Rosé – 15.57 – Costières-de-Nîmes –. Grenache – Placed second out of 25 in a big Dallas News tasting of the 2013 vintage. Fruit is all red with strawberries and brambly raspberry, watermelon without being sweet. Mineral, iron & blood, meaty quality – fresh & herbal. Stony, dusty mineral, and a little more sweet creaminess from ML or lees. Concentration without deeper color or tannins, balanced, medium-full body amongst our rosé picks.
Domaine de Balandran ‘Les Mugues’ 2010 Rouge – 16.97 – Costières-de-Nîmes – Usually Syrah – Grenache, 80 / 20. Tank, aged 10 months in concrete. Meatiness, without being super smoky / or stewed fruit. Medium-Full bodied, balanced acidity and lots of concentration here. Black fruit of cherry, blackberry, black plum, earth, herby garrigue character (the undergrowth / herbs that grow in the neighborhood). Very ripe. Black pepper. Dusty mineral on the finish. Good to grab 2010. 4 (strong buy) rating, on the cheap.