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Staff Favorites - Jason Marwedel
2009 Valserrano Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 4-15-2014
This is a great example of the generous quality the 2009 vintage will offer in Rioja. Achieving a wonderful balance of ripeness and structure, this Crianza offers aromas of bright red fruit with hints of rose, citrus and vanilla. The underlying sweet fruit is framed throughout by very precise acid and tannin. This is a very polished bottle of wine for $15, which you can drink over the next 3-5 years.
2001 Marques de Riscal "Baron de Chirel" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 11-20-2013
A tremendous reserva from a tremendous vintage. The level of poise and polish is one of the finest I have seen from the 2001 vintage. This is serious wine, for the serious Rioja collector!
2011 Suertes del Marqués "7 Fuentes" Valle de Orotava (Tenerife)
Review Date: 11-20-2013
I am a novice when it comes to the wines of the Canary Islands, but the 7 Fuentes has really piqued my interest and curiosity. This has been one of the most exciting wines I have tasted in the sub-$20 category all year! Aromatically it jumps from the glass with notes of bright red fruit, white pepper and roses. Texturally, it possesses a lovely softness and underlying sweetness of fruit. This wine maintains a lightness in body throughout, and finishes with an intriguing saline component which lends overall freshness and complexity. Unique in character, this is an incredibly delicious and versatile food wine that will make repeat appearances at our dinner table.
2011 Primitivo Quiles "Cono 4" Monastrell Alicante
Review Date: 10-3-2012
This is the type of wine I am always on the look out for. Interesting, honest, food-friendly and incredibly affordable! A great balance of dark fruit and savor, this wine is light on its feet due to its refreshing acidity. I just found my new table wine!
Fleury Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 12-30-2010
This is an OUTSTANDING bottle of champagne! By far my favorite rose in our Direct Import lineup, it will definitely be making a guest appearance on December 31st!
Franck Bonville Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-26-2010
Made from all estate fruit from Bonville’s Grand Cru vineyards in Avize, this champagne displays ripe citrus and apple fruit on the nose, followed by a rich mid palate and a snappy mineral finish. The Bonville Prestige has everything I am looking for in a Blanc De Blancs at an extremely reasonable price!
1999 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 6-19-2010
If you love classic Bordeaux at an affordable price, you need look no farther than Chateau Lannessan! Loads of dark plum on the nose with notes of cacao, tobacco leaf, and cedar. This wine has great texture and a ripe mid palate backed by solid acidity and fine tannins. It will certainly age for another few years, but is great now with an hour of decanting
Sorelle Bronca Prosecco DOCG
Review Date: 6-13-2010
Organically grown and estate bottled, the Sorella Branca prosecco is the perfect start to any meal! This delicate and refreshing bubbly displays notes of fresh bartlett pear and aromatic flowers. Enjoy this classic prosecco all year long!