THE THIRTEEN PICKS OF NOVEMBER 2019

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

Tis the season for my ABSOLUTE favorite holiday.  Thanksgiving allows me to truly get my wine ‘geek’ on and typically pick some esoteric wines that will pair phenomenally with all the Turkey day fixins. This year I have chosen to be a bit more traditional, in the sense that I am showing you mostly American wines for this American Feast.  I hope you all will join me in pouring these wines at your table this Holiday Season.  Enjoy!

Roederer Estate ‘L’Ermitage’ Cuvee Sparkling Brut 2012

Champagne, France

Cash Price $44.64

Sparkling wines are a wonderful start, middle and ending to all things Thanksgiving! The wines are extremely versatile being mainly composed of a white and a red grape(Chardonnay and Pinot Noir).  This Winery is one of the top Champagne producers and have crossed the pond to settle their American version in Anderson Valley.  This sparkler is consistently one of the top produced in the United States.  The wine is Vintage 2012 and only produced in the top years. It was aged for 5 years in French cask and 5 more months after disgorgement. Flavors of grilled peach and crisp citrus flow through tight, clean bubbles. The mid palate has wonderful depth and weight with notes of brioche and confection wafting through a beautiful nuance of minerality.  Barlow Score: 94 Points

Vincent ‘Silvershot’ Pinot Noir 2016

Eola-Amity, Oregon

Cash Price $49.99

Vincent Wine Company is a small winery located in the Eola-Amity HIlls of the Willamette Valley.  Winemaker Vincent Fritzsche prides himself on producing small production, high quality (and vineyards) wines with a sense of place. The wine is 30% whole cluster and from the sustainably farmed Silvershot vineyard (formerly Crowley Station) and aged in neutral French oak.  Flavors of bright raspberry and cranberry dance through deliciously crisp acidity and low alcohol. The mid palate has an elegant texture of freshly picked fruit and the finish is long, yet light with hints of underbrush, cola and a delightful fruit punch medley.  Barlow Score: 93+

Domain Grand Tinel Red Blend 2016

Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, France

Cash Price $42.99

The 2016 vintage was ideal for the Southern Rhone with great crops that led to spectacular wines. This wine is composed of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah from 70-year-old vines rooted in clay and limestone soils. Striking aromas of red berries and pomegranate soak into the palate with hints of violet and garrigue.  The mid palate has a plush vibrancy that leads to polished fruit and hints of dried herbs, dark chocolate and black pepper.  The finish offers silky texture with elegant prowess that belies its powerful structure. Wow!  Barlow Score: 94 Points

Kenefick Pickett Road Red Blend 2015

Calistoga, California

Cash Price $39.89

Kenefick has long been one of my favorite producers in Calistoga producing wines from sustainable farming using 100% estate grown fruit for over three decades. The wine is a blend of 44% Merlot/44% Petit Verdot/12% Cabernet Franc aged for 18 months in French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered. The wine has a ruby core with medium plus intensity from the Petit Verdot. Flavors of black cherry and plum bounce into hints of juicy black raspberry and milk chocolate. The mid palate is silky smooth, yet firm with underlying notes of blackberry pie and just a kiss of creamy toffee. Yum!  Barlow Score: 93 Points

Bedrock Zinfandel 2017

Sonoma, California

Cash Price $26.99

This may be a new addition to our portfolio, but this wine has a long history of viticulture in the hands of famed Zinfandel Winemaker Joel Peterson (Ravenswood Winery).  His son, Morgan Twain-Peterson is the owner and winemaker of this winery and has poured his heart, soul, and long-loved experience of producing Zinfandel in every bottle. He passed the Prestigious Master of Wine program in 2017, making him one of forty-five in the United States.  This dynamic Old Vine Zinfandel offers a light neon ruby rim that leads into jammy deliciousness and flavors of red fruit, pomegranate, and red currant.  The wine screams through the palate with juicy fruits that are balanced by structured acidity and tannins. The fruit darkens out a bit on the finish and is encompassed with touches of pepper and anise.  Barlow Score: 92 Points

Brooks Pinot Noir 2017

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Cash Price $29.99

I am extremely excited to introduce Brooks winery back into our portfolio!  They just received a ‘Top 100 Wineries of the Year’ for 2019 and I couldn’t be happier to offer these spectacular wines!  The winery is fully sustainable with most being organic or biodynamic.  The wines offers purity and finesse that make this winery one of the top producers in the United States. They are also one of the first wineries in the United States to partner with 1% for the Earth.  One Percent of all their sales goes straight back into making our Earth a better place.  But enough about the winery!  This smashingly vibrant Pinot offers bright flavors of strawberry and pomegranate on the nose with a rich cherry texture and pie crust filling the mid palate.  The finish is amazingly complex with notes of dried rose petals, hints of forest floor and crunchy red fruit that lingers on the palate for a delightfully long time. Enjoy! Barlow Score: 92+

Bacio Divino ‘Pazzo’ Red Blend 2016

Napa Valley, California

Cash Price $26.99

Pazzo Red blend is one of the more unique blends on the market because it is one of the very few that use Sangiovese as its primary variety.  Granted, the rest of the blend does have Merlot, Cabernet, and Syrah that make its body and structure quite exquisite.  The zesty sweet red fruits of cherry and raspberry zing into the palate with a richly textured balance that sings into the core of the wine.  Kirk Venge is the consulting wine maker here and its evident with its plush nature and vibrant flavors.  Touches spice and mocha tickle into a long, palate refreshing finish. Barlow Score: 90 Points

Expression 38 ‘Russian Camp’ Chardonnay 2017

Russian River, California

Cash Price $22.99

Iconic wine trailblazer Bill Hill is behind this line.  He has long standing relationships with farmers in some of the best vineyards in the United States. This wine is from the Russian Camp Vineyard that is nestled in heart of the Russian River Valley.  The wine is beautifully layered with flavors of baked apples, melon and ripe pear.  The mid palate offers a core of acidity that is rounded out by a creamy plushness of pineapple, vanilla and butterscotch.  The finish is light and persistent with hints of roasted nuts, cedar and graham crackers.  Barlow Score: 90 Points

Matthiasson Dry Rose 2018

California

Cash Price $19.94

The geek in me gets quite excited when I have the pleasure of pouring the wines of Steve and Jill Matthiasson.  They are considered some of the best in the business.  They love to experiment with lesser known varieties and keep winemaking pure and simple. This wonderfully Dry Rose is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Counoise sourced from two vineyards (Dunnigan in Yolo and Hurley in Napa).  The wine has a delightful citrus and red fruit component that begs to be paired with food.  The wine is low alcohol (11.5%) and has a Provencial feel, but with American panache.  Notes of lemon citrus combine with fresh rose petals, wild flowers and raspberry that flow into refreshing acids. The mid palate softens a hint with touches of sur lie aging showing and notes of bing cherry race throughout the creamy core. The finish is pure and refreshing with whiffs of white pepper, wet rock and gardenias.  Yum! James Score: 91 Points

Blue Rock ‘Baby Blue’ Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sonoma, California

Cash Price $18.99

The baby blue line has exploded into the Texas market with some of the best sales in the entire United States.  The Sauvignon Blanc has been growing exponentially every year it has been released.  I recently had Kenny Kahn (owner) in my office to taste through the new vintage.  These may be the best he has ever produced.  This wine is 94% Sauvignon Blanc with just a smidgeon of Viognier to add floral aromatics and viscosity.  Flavors of delicious ripe lemon citrus delivers into the palate with precision while allowing secondary components of lychee, white peach and fresh meadow flowers to dance playfully through moderate, yet vivacious acidity.  The wine is un-oaked and prides itself on displaying a balance of fruit and acidity that will pop in the palate. The finish is clean and rounded with hints of orange blossom and nectarines.  Barlow Score: 90 Points

Brooks Riesling 2017

Willamette Valley

Cash Price $18.99

As you may have read earlier in this blog…. Brooks winery is now part of our portfolio.  I cannot remember the last time I reviewed a winery twice in the same blog (maybe never) but as we approach Thanksgiving, I want to give you all the opportunity to pour these extraordinary wines at your table this holiday season.  Riesling is a perfect pairing for Turkey day as the grape is extremely versatile.  This mostly Dry Riesling offers fresh fruit flavors of melon and cantaloupe that seep into exemplary acidity which softly lays on a bed of gardenia and honeysuckle.  Hints of orange blossom and lemon pie waft hauntingly into a long finish that shows whiffs of petrol, wet rocks and mouth watering spice.  Barlow Score: 91 Points

Freelander ‘District One’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

California

Cash Price $15.99

This new addition to our portfolio is built to be a user friendly, daily drinking Cabernet that doesn’t break the bank.  This Cabernet checks all the boxes in flavor profile.  Racy and deep flavors of blackberry and cassis flow easily into medium intensity.  Notes of black raspberry and vanilla offer a creamy core with hints of blueberry cobbler.  The finish is soft and plush with hints of toasted oak and graham crackers. Great Turkey Day Cabernet!  Barlow Score: 90 Points

Ca’Momi ‘Heartcraft’ Brut Rose N/V

Napa Valley, California

Cash Price $10.99

Deliciously soft on the palate, flavors of ripe strawberries and sweet red cherries burst into millions of bubbles.  A creamy core offers hints of cherry cobbler crust and citrus.  The finish gives hints of bread crumbs and confection. Make this your starter for all the Holiday festivities!  Barlow Score: 88 Points

Thank you,

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

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THE 12 UNDER $12 FOR NOVEMBER 2019

Dibon Brut Sparkling N/V

Spain

Cash Price $9.99

Cava produces the best priced sparkling wine in the world.   Dry flavors of citrus and grapefruit play into fresh bubbles and baked apple while showing hints of toasted bread on the finish. Pop early and often for the holidays.

Pierre Archambault Vouvray

France

Cash Price $11.99

Chenin Blanc from Vouvray is one of my ‘go to’ whites for Thanksgiving. Deliciously un-oaked, this wine offers stone fruits with loads of lychee and apricot with hints of sweetness.  Perfect Apertif.

Chateau D’Arton Dry White

France

Cash Price $8.99

Bright and lively, This white offers flavors of lemon and grapefruit without any oak.  Nice acidity zings through hints of floral and tree fruit. Great Starter Feast Wine.

Smythe & Renfield Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand

Cash Price $11.99

This white is extremely approachable and cuts cleanly through the dry white meats. It offers flavors of grapefruit, guava and lime with zesty acidity.  A sure-fire winner for Thanksgiving!

Pescador Dry Rose Frizzante

Spain

$7.99

Dry Rose can pair wonderfully with all the Turkey day fixings.  Crisp flavors of red cherry and cranberry pop into the palate through hints of bubbles and deliciousness.

Liberation de Paris Pinot Noir

France

Cash Price $9.99

Pinot offers some of the best food pairings.  The wine is delightfully pure and fresh.  Black cherry and framboise flow through minimal tannins and easy acids with a soft finish of cola and spice.

Fog Bank Pinot Noir

California

Cash Price $10.69

American Pinot Noir often offers juicier texture with layers and complexity of wild berry and raspberry that flow into an elegant finish of rhubarb and cinnamon.

Domaine Cabasse ‘Cuvee Marguerite’ Red Blend

France

Cash Price $9.99

Rhone blend are versatile at the table particularly with spice and herbs. Flavors of black raspberry and currant waft into hints of pepper and garrigue.

Roblar Syrah

California

Cash Price $9.99

Syrah can often pair better than most wines but is often over-looked on the shelf. Flavors of dark plum and red cherry pop into the palate with hints of pepper and spice. Make sure this gets in your basket!

Perimeter Cabernet Sauvignon

California

Cash Price $9.99

This Cabernet offers flavors of plum and black cherries with full bodied texture and toasted oak on the finish.  Big, Bold and Beautiful.

Chateau Loupiac Gaudiet Sweet White

France

Cash Price $8.99

A lightly sweet wine is a wonderful way to end the festivities.  This balanced white is a veritable fruit bomb of flavor with apricot, ginger, peach and saffron running through the palate on a soft, plush finish.

Scavi & Ray Rosso Cioccolata

Italy

Cash Price $10.99

Dessert in a bottle, this chocolate flavored wine tickles the senses with hints of chocolate covered cherries, Italian chocolate mousse and wild berry. It’s fruity and gently sweet which will appeal to most guests.

Thank you,

James C. Barlow

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‘GREAT AMERICAN WINES FOR AN AMERICAN FEAST’ WINE TASTING ON NOVEMBER 5TH (SEATS STILL AVAILABLE!)

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

I STILL HAVE SEVERAL SEATS AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT!  IT’LL BE THE BEST OF THE YEAR! RSVP NOW!

I am pleased to offer my last Tasting of the Year entitled : Great American Wines for an American Feast

This class will be focused on showing spectacular wines to pair with your upcoming Holiday Feasts!

You WILL NOT want to miss the stunning selection for this tasting! (Best of the Year!)

I will offer insight into food pairings while tasting through a medley of dynamic wines.  We will walk through the regions (AVA’s), wines, history and why these wines are specifically perfect to be on your table this holiday season.

Seating will be limited to 25, so please RSVP ASAP!

I will have a selection of cheese and nibbles available.

RSVP TO Jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com

What: Great American Wines for an American Feast Wine Tasting

When: Tuesday, November 5th from 6:30 – 8:00pm….ish

Where: Envy Wine Room: 126 Midway Street, Spring, Tx 77373 (In Old Town Spring)

Cost: $45 Per Person

Wines to be poured:

Starter: Roederer Estate ‘L’Ermitage’ 2012 Sparkling Brut

  1. Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc 2018
  2. Adelsheim ‘Staking Claim’ Chardonnay 2015
  3. Matthiasson Dry Rose 2018
  4. Dumol ‘Wester Reach’ Pinot Noir 2016
  5. Dry Creek Zinfandel 2017
  6. Stolpman Ballard Canyon Syrah 2016
  7. Blue Rock ‘Best Barrels’ Cabernet Franc 2016
  8. Revana ‘Terroir Series’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
  9. Janzen ‘To kalon’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

See You There!

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

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‘GREAT AMERICAN WINES FOR AN AMERICAN FEAST’ WINE TASTING ON NOVEMBER 5TH

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to offer my last Tasting of the Year entitled : Great American Wines for an American Feast

This class will be focused on showing spectacular wines to pair with your upcoming Holiday Feasts!

You WILL NOT want to miss the stunning selection for this tasting! (Best of the Year!)

I will offer insight into food pairings while tasting through a medley of dynamic wines.  We will walk through the regions (AVA’s), wines, history and why these wines are specifically perfect to be on your table this holiday season.

Seating will be limited to 25, so please RSVP ASAP!

I will have a selection of cheese and nibbles available.

RSVP TO Jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com

What: Great American Wines for an American Feast Wine Tasting

When: Tuesday, November 5th from 6:30 – 8:00pm….ish

Where: Envy Wine Room: 126 Midway Street, Spring, Tx 77373 (In Old Town Spring)

Cost: $45 Per Person

Wines to be poured:

Starter: Roederer Estate ‘L’Ermitage’ 2012 Sparkling Brut

  1. Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc 2018
  2. Adelsheim ‘Staking Claim’ Chardonnay 2015
  3. Matthiasson Dry Rose 2018
  4. Dumol ‘Wester Reach’ Pinot Noir 2016
  5. Dry Creek Zinfandel 2017
  6. Stolpman Ballard Canyon Syrah 2016
  7. Blue Rock ‘Best Barrels’ Cabernet Franc 2016
  8. Revana ‘Terroir Series’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
  9. Janzen ‘To kalon’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

See You There!

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

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JAMES BARLOW’S ‘THE THIRTEEN’ PICKS OF OCTOBER 2019

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

I walked my son to school this morning without breaking into a massive sweat!  Fall has finally arrived!  With the cooler weather, I have decided to review bigger wines for the most part. I am excited to show ya’ll new wines that we are offering for this holiday season! That said, I just re-tasted an older vintage of Tetra and My O My, it was a pure delight.

Tetra Red Blend 2010

Napa Valley, California

Cash Price $59.84 BUT ON SALE FOR ONLY

$39.97 FOR A LIMITED TIME

Tetra is comprised of four ‘noble’ Bordeaux varietals grown in four distinct vineyards in Napa Valley.  This Cabernet Sauvignon based red was meticulously crafted. The grapes are sourced from Broken Rock, Coombsville, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and Suscol Bench.  Rich and full bodied, Tetra exudes brilliance from start to finish.  The opulent 2010 vintage really shows in the fruit structure of the wine.  Flavors of black cherry and raspberry combine with layers of ripe fruit and dense tannins.  The wine is deliciously complex and continues to unfold in the glass.  Notes of fresh leather and mocha sinew through hints of cedar, vanilla, and milk chocolate.  Barlow Score: 94     Only 6 bottles available

Vincent Chardonnay 2017

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Cash Price $39.89

As most of you know, I am constantly on the hunt for delicious Willamette wines.  The wines here are typically lighter in style with more complexity and terroir than many other places in the United States.  Vincent has good weight, but still offers a fluffy lightness.  Flavors of green apple, melon, and white peach flow through medium plus acidity.  The mid palate offers a beautiful minerality that wafts into touches of hazelnut, cream and butterscotch on the finish. Nice with a Burgundy-esque feel. Barlow Score: 92 Points

Montmirail ‘Beauchamps’ Red Blend 2017

Gigondas, France

Cash Price $26.99

The wine is a 75% Grenache/15% Syrah/10% Mourvedre blend of pure deliciousness.  Gigondas offers the quality of Chateauneuf du Pape, but without the exceedingly high prices. The wine was destemmed and fermented in cement tanks and stainless steel.  The wine is rich and concentrated showing plush red fruits with tickles of garrigue, spice and pepper.  Notes of smoked meat, graphite  and rhubarb flow easily into the mid palate and finish with medium tannins.  This wine is wonderful now, but will age gracefully for decades.  Barlow Score: 94 Points  Only 1 case available.

22 Pirates Red Blend 2016

California

Cash Price $22.79

Ready for a fun, accessible red blend for the holidays?  Look no further!  This Syrah/Petite Sirah blend is thick and unctuous with flavors of blackberry and blueberry racing through the palate with a creamy core of cobbler and pie.  Black cherry and currant flow easily through the mid palate with soft, plush tannins and acids.  The finish offers darker notes of jammy blackberry pie with licks of cinnamon, vanilla and cedar.  Barlow Score: 88 Points

Kenefick Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Napa Valley, California

Cash Price $19.94

I visited this vineyard when in Napa a couple of months ago and was surprised to see that they were located adjacent to Aurajo in Calistoga. Their fruit is considered some of the most prized in Napa Valley.  Kent Jarman is the winemaker for the iconic wines of this winery.  Citrus and white flowers are prevalent on the nose with nice aromatics.  Flavors of citrus, gooseberry, and tangerine pop into the palate with medium acidity.  The mid palate offers a refreshing softness with a hint of cream.  The finish is clean and pure with tinges of lychee and whiffs of almond.  Barlow Score: 91 Points

Trig Point Merlot 2017

Alexander Valley, California

Cash Price $18.99

Nick Goldschmidt is one of my favorite wine makers.  He consistently crafts wines of high quality in different climates and even hemispheres.  His father was a land surveyor and a ‘Trig’ is used to establish boundary lines.  Goldschmidt’s Trig Point wines show the unique soils of the area he gets the grapes from, namely Alexander Valley.  The vineyard is located on the southern (and cooler) end of Alexander Valley which makes it prime territory for producing low yield, high quality Merlot.  This 100% Merlot offers flavors of intense black cherry and rhubarb jump into easy acids and well rounded tannins.  Notes of strawberry and freshly picked plum meld into the core of the wine with touches of graphite and dusty minerality.  The finish is deliciously long with 12 months of French oak aging in 20% new barrels and just a touch of new American oak which gives hints of creamy vanilla bean, cinnamon, and cedar.  The finish smacks of blueberry pie!  Barlow Score: 90 Points

Tobias Chardonnay 2016

Mendocino, California

Cash Price $17.99 BUT WITH A $3.O0 KEY ONLY

$14.99 FOR A LIMITED TIME

The grapes from this wine come from the cooler climate of Mendocino county.  When searching for a Chardonnay, I try to find one that has balance which is not overly oaked or ‘malo-ed’.  Tobias only goes through 30% malolactic fermentation which gives the wine touches of butter and cream that do not over power the fruit or acidity.  This wine has medium acids with tropical fruits of pineapple and melon with citrus notes of green apples and lemon blossoms.  The finish shows touches of melted butter and almonds with just a kiss of oak. Tobias is beautifully balanced and integrated. Barlow Score: 89 Points

Del Fin Del Mundo Malbec Reserva 2017

Patagonia, Argentina

Cash Price $18.39

I find Malbec to be the perfect red wine for this weather.  It’s not as heady as Cabernet Sauvignon, but not as transparent as Pinot Noir.  The variety is a great balance of fruit and structure that is sure to please most palates.  Mundo offers flavors of violets and red fruits with hints of plum and red roses.  The mid palate offers medium tannins and acids that are enveloped by red cherry and currant.  The finish is pure and flavorful with notes of toasted oak, vanilla and butterscotch. Barlow Score: 89 Points

One Flock Red Blend 2016

Napa Valley, California

Cash Price $14.99

I recently tasted this everyday slurper and thought that it’d be a big hit for value shoppers. The wine is a kitchen sink blend with Zinfandel and Cabernet making up the lion’s share. The wine was aged in both French and American oak.  Flock is deliciously supple with flavors of red cherry and jammy raspberry that sinks into soft tannins.  Hints of brioche, cinnamon and nutmeg flow through the finish with tinges of pipe tobacco and sweet clove.  Barlow Score: 89 Points

Chablisienne Chardonnay 2016

Burgundy, France

Cash Price $13.99

Chablisienne is one of the most well known and consistent cooperatives in Chablis.  They ventured out of Chablis with this wine, but still stayed within the confines of Burgundy.  This un-oaked beauty is raw and pure in its natural form. Flavors of perfectly ripe green apple and lemon citrus play into zesty acidity.  The mid palate shows ripe tree fruit with hints of nuttiness that carries through on the soft, pleasant finish. Light and bright!  Barlow Score: 89 Points

Illuminati ‘Riparosso’ Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2016

Abruzzo, Italy

Cash Price $14.79

Illuminati is a brand that has always been a great value wine.  This is their every day, value wine that has been aged small Slovenian oak barrels for twelve months.  It is 100% Montepulciano, which I often refer to as the Cabernet Sauvignon of Italy.  Flavors of roasted plum and blackberry combine with stewed red cherries throughout the core of the wine.  Notes of black pepper and sage give the wine a soft earthiness with savory tannins and easy acids.  The finish is smooth and balanced with bits of toasted pecans and just a kiss of licorice.  Great to pair with a thick, juicy steak! Barlow Score: 90 Points

Domaine Sorin Rose 2018

Cotes de Provence, France

Cash Price $15.99

Rose season could not get here fast enough for me!  I am an ardent fan Rose all year long, but specifically crave it when food pairing time comes pounding at the door.  Domaine Sorin is an exquisite winery that is committed to excellence.  The wine is a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Cinsault that explodes on the palate from the first sup.  Flavors of strawberry and bright red cherries sing loudly into the palate with medium plus acidity.  This wine is deliciously dry and can pair wonderfully with light fowl or seafood dishes.  Notes of white pepper and garrigue fall easily in line with hints of wild red berries and pomegranate.  The finish is crisp, clean and ready for another sip.  Barlow Score: 90 Points

Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Lake County, California

Cash Price $12.99

Clay Shannon and I had dinner at his house located in the Red Hills AVA and tasted through his entire line. I was blown away by how delicious and value priced his Cabernet Sauvignon is.  They are located in the steep mountain slopes of Lake County and are dedicated to producing high quality, sustainably farmed wines at a great price.  This high elevation Cabernet is dangerously approachable from the first pop of the cork.  Supple flavors of black cherries and dark berries are encompassed by smooth, easy tannins and well balanced acids. The core offers notes of raspberry, plum and tobacco.  The finish is silky with touches of vanilla, all spice and licks of cedar.  Spectacular wine under $15.  Barlow Score: 89 Points

Thank you,

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

 

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12 UNDER $12 FOR OCTOBER 2019

Postales Malbec

Cash Price $11.79

Patagonia, Argentina

Patagonian Malbec has a denser and more complex mouthfeel than many of its Mendoza counterparts. Flavors of plum and blackberry jam show into a medium-bodied structure.  The finish shows hints of tobacco and spice. Pair with spicy Szechuan beef and dried chile peppers.

Marques di Concordia Tempranillo

Cash Price $10.99

Rioja, Spain

This Tempranillo is gushing with flavor.  The wine offers flavors of red cherry and currant with good balance and just a whiff of new oak on the finish. Pair with take-out enchiladas and chile rellenos.

Castellblanc Rose

Cash Price $8.79

Cava, Spain

Deliciously fresh red fruit pops on the palate with fine, persistent bubbles. Hints of rose petal and baked bread tickle the palate in a clean finish.  Pair with strawberries and your muse.

Perimeter Merlot

Cash Price $9.99

Washington State

This consistently tasty Merlot offers cherry and berries in a medium structured body. Unctuous notes of blackberry, vanilla and mocha flow seamlessly into a long finish.  Pair with Creole Jambalaya.

Cuvee 3 Messes Basses Blanc

Cash Price $9.99

Provence, France

Citrus and tropical fruits zip zestily into the palate with hints of lilacs.  Fleshy cantaloupe and grapefruit show on the unoaked finish. Pair with the remaining scorching days left of summer.

Versant Chardonnay

Cash Price $9.99

Languedoc, France

Here is your New Daily Chardonnay!  Versant is delightfully fruity with pineapple, papaya and melon wafting into hints of creamy sweet butter on toast.  Pair with Dungeness crab mac and cheese.

Trocard Rose

Cash Price $9.99

Bordeaux, France

Ripe strawberry and red cherries dance into fresh white flowers and minerals.  Notes of Rose petals and tart cranberry play easily into a refreshing finish.  Pair with avocado toast.

Peter Nicolay QBA Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling

Cash Price $8.99

Mosel, Germany

Nicolay is beautifully floral with aromas and flavors of ripe stone fruit and white flowers.  Hints of honey and citrus show on the fragrant finish.  Pair with Buc-ees cinnamon pecans.

Radley & Finch Shiraz

Cash Price $9.99

Western Cape, South Africa

South Africa is producing dynamite wines.  Jammy fruits of blackberry and plum show through notes of briar, leather and subtle spice with just a kiss of oak.  Pair with beef brisket sliders.

PuroAndes Cabernet Sauvignon

Cash Price $9.99

Maipo Valley, Chile

Chilean Cabernet is Spectacular value!  Flavors of plum and strawberries flow into soft tannins and finish with touches of tobacco, spice and oak.  Pair with Chilean-style stuffed potatoes.

Thank you,

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

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RIEDEL SPIRITS SEMINAR NEXT WEDNESDAY, OCT. 9TH AT OAK RIDGE **SEATS STILL AVAILABLE**

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

WE STILL HAVE SOME SEATS AVAILABLE FOR THIS AMAZING EVENT NEXT WEEK!

JOIN NOW!

Join us for a SPECtacular Spirits Class where the real treat is the Riedel Glassware! We will experience the impact of the glasses when you sample a gin cocktail, VSOP cognac, Reposado Tequila and a 12YR Islay Scotch. To attend this class, please email your reservation to RSVP_WOODLANDS@SPECSONLINE.COM. $50 per person (comes with Special Riedel Spirits Glassware and a Gin Glass).

We will have a starter Gin cocktail being poured in the new Riedel Gin Cocktail glass that that will be yours to keep along with the Spirits tasting set!

RSVP TO: RSVP_WOODLANDS@SPECSONLINE.COM

WHAT: RIEDEL SPIRITS SEMINAR

WHO: RIEDEL EXPERT AMBASSADOR DOUG RIED

WHERE: Spec’s – Oak Ridge North

27490 I-45 N, Oak Ridge North, TX 7738

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH FROM 6:30-8PM

COST: $50 PER PERSON

SPIRITS POURED:

  1. SPEY RIVER 12 YR PEATED SCOTCH
  2. DON ABRAHAM PREMIUM REPOSADO
  3. PRUNIER VSOP FINE CHAMPAGNE COGNAC

AND SYLVIUS SPECIALTY GIN TO ADD INTO A GIN COCKTAIL WITH THE NEW RIEDEL GIN GLASS!

See you there!

Thank you,

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

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