THE TWELVE UNDER TWELVE FOR SEPTEMBER 2018

Vina Cumbrero Crianza 2010

Rioja, Spain

Cash Price $10.99

Female winemaker Maria Martinez has produced a gem from the Rioja Alta with this 100% Tempranillo.  The wine is delightfully crisp with fleshy flavors of tart cherry and red currant are filled by its medium body.  Notes of vanilla and cinnamon are prevalent on the finish with smidgeons of rose petal. Pair with a grilled pork ribs and seared vegetables.

Marramiero ‘Dama’ Cerasuolo Rose 2017

Abruzzo, Italy

Cash Price $11.79

Dama is a sneaky good Dry Rose. ‘Cerasuolo’ translates to cherry red as this wine is darker hued than many other Roses.  Flavors of ripe cherry and raspberry pop into the palate with medium acidity.  The finish offers violets and rose petals.  Pair with a lightly seared Ahi Tuna steak.

Pierre Archambault Vouvray 2017

Loire Valley, France

Cash Price $11.99

Chenin Blanc in Vouvray is vinified slightly sweet (Demi-Sec), but with good acidity to give balance.  Unpretentiously un-oaked, this wine offers stone fruits with loads of lychee and apricot. The finish is light and refreshing with hints of almond, citrus and white flowers. Pair this with Kung Pao chicken.

Ca’Momi Rosso Red Blend 2014

Napa Valley, California

Cash Price $8.99

This rosso is truly built for spicy, slathered brisket with Zinfandel being a primary varietal of this blend.  Flavors of dark jammy blueberry and blackberry zing through a medley of spices and soft tannins.  The finish offers a nice dollop of alcohol.

Castillo Perelada Sparkling Cava N/V

Cava, Spain

Cash Price $9.99

The region of Cava is producing some of the best value sparklers in the world. This diamond shows clean citrus notes and plenty of apple and pear.  The mid palate shows touches of bread pudding and confection.  The finish is refreshing with touches of almond and white flowers.  Pair this with gruyere or brie filled pate.

Francois Labet ‘Ile de Beaute’ Pinot Noir 2016

Corsica, France

Cash Price $9.99

Labet Pinot Noir absolutely over achieves for the price point.  Flavors of red cherries and wild red berries flow through a silky mid palate.  Touches of cream and vanilla play through the finish with just a touch of toasted oak and spice. Yum! Pair this summer stunner with friends at the lake. Stash it in the cooler!

Neil Ellis ‘Sincerely’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Coastal Region, South Africa

Cash Price $11.99

This sustainably farmed, unoaked 100% Sauvignon Blanc has a zesty approachability from the first sup. Flavors of citrus, grapefruit and melon sing through focused and precise acidity. Hints of wet rock minerality and herbs flow lightly over tinges of cactus and grassiness. Pair with a shrimp and avocado salad.

Chateau Lavagnac Red Blend 2015

Bordeaux Superieur, France

Cash Price $10.99

This Merlot based wine offers another delightfully delicious wine from a stellar vintage in Bordeaux. Flavors of plum and violets lead into a fuller bodied structure.  The mid palate shows jammy red fruits and the finish gives vanilla and clove.  Pair this with BBQ pulled pork sandwiches.

Felipe Rutini ‘Trumpeter’ Malbec 2017

Mendoza, Argentina

Cash Price $9.99

This dense and inky wine offers flavors of blackberry and currant with a medium body. The mid palate shows sweet spices and tinges of dark chocolate.  The finish gives supple and smooth notes of vanillin and cinnamon with a touch of graham crackers.  Pair with sweet and spicy chicken wings.

Muirwood Chardonnay 2016

Arroyo Seco, California

Cash Price $11.39

This is an ode to the rich, creamy Chardonnay lovers of the world. Notes of pineapple and melon flow easily into hints of butterscotch and hazelnuts.  The finish offers notes of vanilla bean and cedar.  Pair this with a creamy chicken alfredo pasta sans the spice.

Astrid Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

California

Cash Price $8.99

Astrid is a silky Cabernet that has become an instant hit!  Soft, supple with red fruits and plush tannins.  It has a round, smooth finish with hints of cedar and vanilla.  Pair this with your cart and take it up to register to enjoy tonight!

Pierre Rougon Red Blend 2013

Ventoux, France

Cash Price $5.99

This wine is built for days that end with ‘Y’.  It is an everyday, pairs with anything or nothing kind of wine that offers flavors of red cherries and currant with touches of cocoa and spice.  Predominantly Grenache based with a bit of body building Syrah. Show this wine blind to impress your friends!

Thank you,

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

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