THE TWELVE UNDER TWELVE FOR AUGUST 2018

Encore Cabernet 2016

Lodi, California

Cash Price $11.99

Looking for excessively ripe and opulent Cabernet? Try this plush wine that offers plum, stewed fruits and blackberry pie with supple and inviting tannins. The finish is jammy with hints of cobbler and spice.  Pair with brisket slathered in BBQ sauce.

Aquilo Chardonnay 2016

California

Cash Price $8.99

Soft and silky, this California Chardonnay offers tropical notes of pineapple and melon with easy acids and cream.  The finish offers touches of honey and buttered peaches. Pair with your favorite TV show after a long day.

Francois Labet Beaujolais Villages 2016

Beaujolais, France

Cash Price $10.99

Gamay is making a comeback! It is the unheralded grape of Beaujolais.  Light and refined, flavors of bright cherry and cranberry leap into medium acids.  Touches of fleshy raspberry and tinges of spice fill the palate.  Give this wine a slight chill and it’s a perfect red for the dog days of summers.

Chateau Bonnet Blanc 2016

Bordeaux, France

Cash Price $11.39

The wine is a tasty little Sauvignon Blanc based blend with smidgeons of Semillon and Muscadelle.  Crisp citrus lemon, melon and white peach zing into zesty acids with a fresh core. No Oak. Pair with a freshly chilled and chopped fruit salad.

Panarroz Monastrell 2015

Jumilla, Spain

Cash Price $9.99

Panarroz is one of those wines that you wish you had stumbled upon years ago because its dirt cheap and so dang good!  This 80% Mourvedre/10% Syrah/10% Garnacha blend is tailor made for a juicy burger with all the fixins.  Fruit forward flavors of black cherry, plum, black pepper, and tar bounce through hints of blueberry and cassis.

Postales Malbec 2017

Patagonia, Argentina

Cash Price $11.59

This offering from Patagonia has a denser, more complex mouthfeel than many of its Mendoza counterparts. Flavors of plum, blackberry and briar sit on a medium bodied structure.  The finish shows hints of tobacco and spice. Pair with seared medallions and sautéed jalapenos.

Cuvee Des 3 Messes Basses Rose 2017

Ventoux, France

Cash Price $9.99

This deliciously fruity Dry Rose offers excellent value. Flavors of ripe red apples, white cherry and red berries are nuanced through medium acidity.  Pair this with freshly seared cedar plank salmon.

Chateau Des Romains Red blend 2016

Bordeaux, France

Cash Price $9.99

Romains is a Merlot based gem that is deliciously fruit forward from the start.  Flavors of red cherry, wild berry and red currant.  Soft acids and integrated tannins.  Finish offers hints of toasted oak, smoke and just a hint of leather. Pair this with Momma’s Meatloaf!

Liberation de Paris Pinot Noir 2016

Vin de Pays, France

Cash Price $9.99

Some of the best Value wines in the world are coming from South France. The wine is delightfully pure and fresh.  Flavors of black cherry and framboise flow through minimal tannins and easy acids.  The finish offers licks of spice and cola.  A slight chill and ham hoagie on a hot summer day hits the spot.

 

Dr. Pauly ‘Noble House’ Riesling 2016

Mosel, Germany

Cash Price $9.99

Riesling is one of the most versatile grapes on Earth with an ability to offer super dry or cloyingly sweet wines. This off dry (lightly sweet) offering is a veritable fruit bomb of white peach, Granny Smith apples and touches of mango with a beautifully floral finish.  Fall in love with Riesling today!

Branciforti Nero d’Avola 2014

Sicily, Italy

Cash Price $10.59

A quintessential food wine, Nero d’Avola screams for spaghetti….and usually get it! The wine is medium bodied with flavors of blackberry and raspberry with smidgeons of earthy complexity.  The finish is easy, approachable and softly endearing.

Perelada ‘Crestissimo’ Moscato

Aguja, Spain

Cash Price $7.99

Italian Moscato is on fire, but prices are starting to creep higher. This every day, lightly sparkling Spanish Moscato with a semi sweet profile offers flavors of honeysuckle, white flowers and papaya with balancing acidity.  Chill this and serve with a spicy sushi roll.

Thank you,

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

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