1st bottle red:  Vina Magana 2012 Dignus Navarra DO

 

For the wine snob:

This blend of Tempranillo (50%), Merlot (25%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (25%) originates from the Navarra D.O. of Spain at an elevation of 1,309 ft.  More specifically, the 100-hectare estate is nestled just south of the Ebro River know for its rich limestone soil. In addition, the low pH of the limestone soil will allow this wine to age for many years.  Whole cluster fermentation takes place in 228-liter Burgundy barrels. Aging occurs over a 12 month period in French oak barrels (3 years old).

 

For the rest of us:

This super complex wine will keep you guessing and discussing its intricacies throughout as the wine continues to open and express itself.  You will get fruit such as black cherries and licorice with added earthy notes of herbs and tobacco. The strong oak presence rounds out the finish which persists for an extended period.  This wine is best served with pork shanks and/or ox stew. Throw some mushrooms in there and this food pairing will allow you to hit the “next level” of enjoyment.


1st bottle white:  Soave Classico “Otto” Pra 2017

For the wine snob:

This blend of Garganega and Trebbiano originates from the the Veneto region of Italy.  This northeastern section of Italy is bordered to the east by Friuli-Venezia Giulia, to the south by Emilia-Romagna, to the west by Lombardy and to the north by Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol.  Soave is arguably one of Italy’s most famous white wines.

 

For the rest of us:

What a fun new wine to add to your repertoire of dinner party options.  Soave is typically a low cost yet delicious choice and this wine does not disappoint in cost or flavor.  Think Sauvignon Blanc esk. It is dry, light, and crisp. Best served with steamed scallops with ginger and friends.


2nd bottle red:  Barahonda Barrica 2015

For the wine snob:

This blend of Monastrell (75%) and Syrah (25%) originates from the D.O. Yecla of Spain.  More specifically, these grapes come from 500 hectares in the northeast region of Murcia.  Maceration takes place at a constant 25 degrees Celsius and is left to rest for 6 months in French oak and an additional 6 months in the bottle.      

 

For the rest of us:

This bang for your buck wine is a fruit driven super bomb of a wine.  You will get strong notes of blackberry and cinnamon. This is a true people pleaser.  We recommend getting a case just to have on hand when family and friends come over. Best served with aged cheeses.  Try a 12 month Manchego up against this wine. You will love it.


2nd bottle white:  Rogue Vine 2016 ‘Grand Itata” Blanco, Itata Valley

 

For the wine snob:

This blend of Moscatell (40%), Riesling (40%), Chasselas (10%), and Semillon (10%), originates from the Otata Valley of Chile.  More specifically, these grapes are sourced from the Colina Sur Vineyard and were originally planted in 1922. Grapes are harvested by hand, pressed with a basket press, cold fermented and aged in 10-year-old barrels.  Case production limited to 500.

 

For the rest of us:

This white blend is bursting with tropical fruit flavor.  You will get a slight sweetness on the front end, beautiful floral nose, and lost of fruit throughout and on the finish.  Lychee and mandarin orange lead the harmony of flavors. Best served with a spicy Asian dish. Try is with chicken Pad Thai and friends.


1st bottle reserve red:  La Torre Rosso Di Montalcino

 

For the wine snob:

This 100% Sangiovese originates from the La Torre vineyard, one of several that surround the town of Montalcino (approximately 80 km south of Florence, Italy.)  Rosso Di Montalcino is found in the same defined area as it’s bigger brother Brunello di Montalcino.  Controlled experiments would reveal that the grape was indeed, Sangiovese.  In 1980, Brunello would be one of the first wines awarded the Denominazione di Origine Controllate e Garantita (DOCG) designation.  The idea with Rosso was to create a fresher style of wine that needed considerably less aging time (one year with only six months in oak) than its sibling. This would enable producers of Brunello to make money while waiting for their DOCG wine to age, as well as declassify any Brunello that had been aging for two to three years but had not quite reached the required standards.

  

For the rest of us:       

This is Italian high end wine at its finest from the moment you pour it into your glass, to your last sip.  This Rosso has a beautiful ruby red color in the glass. It bursts with fruit and is light on your tongue.  Minimal tannins and super smooth finish. Best served with any red pasta dish. Throw some Italian spicy sausage and green peppers in there and enjoy with friends.


1st bottle reserve white:  2017 Floral Springs Family Select Chardonnay

 

For the wine snob:

This 100% Chardonnay originates from Napa Valley. California.  More specifically, these crushed grapes come from the sustainably farmed vineyards in the Oak Knoll District and Napa Valley appellations. Harvesting was early in 2017, with a final harvest date of October 7, 2017.  Aged for 7 months in French (86%) and American (14%) oak barrels. Production limited to 1,000 cases.

 

For the rest of us:

This is what we refer to as a “perfectly balanced” Chardonnay.  You will get amazing tropical fruit while at the same time, butterscotch and vanilla make their presence known.  This wine is elegant. Floral Springs has really hit a home run with this wine. It will be a favorite for all Chardonnay lovers.  This wine is best served with an aglio olio pasta, with garlic and mushrooms.


2nd bottle reserve red:  L’Ecole No. 41 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

 

For the wine snob:

This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon originates from the Wall Wall Valley in Columbia Valley Washington.  All together, this wine is a blend from seven vineyards encompassing four different soil types. These include, wind-blown loess- Estate Seven Hills & Summit View, River rock- Yellow Jacket, Stone Valley, Fractured basalt- Estate Ferguson, and Ice-age flood silts- Pepper Bridge, Va Piano.This wine is racked in 100% French oak barrels, (40% new) with five rackings over 22 months.    

 

For the rest of us:

This is a super high end young Cabernet that is perfect right out of the bottle.  Think blackberry jam! While this thing is huge, it is not super dry for a Cabernet Sauvignon.  It has tremendous depth in its profile. We’ll call it sophistication if you will. You will pick up hints of cocoa, rose petal, and lots of plum.  Wait for it….the finish..a symphony of flavors…harmony in a bottle. Best served with a hearty meat driven pasta dish with your closest and loudest friends!