2017 Seaside Vingo Verde – Minho, Portugal; BLOWOUT PRICED $4.99
Seaside cellars focuses on producing coast varietals around the world. A portion of proceeds are reinvested back into environmental projects like “Race for Water” to help preserve clean coastal waters and help reduce ocean pollution.
Produced on the North Coast of Portugal this is a very harmonious wine. A blend of native varietals of Loureiro and Alvarinho and finished with just a touch of effervescence. Filled with floral aromas of the Loureiro grape variety and the tropical notes of the Alvarinho. The fruitiness and spritz are beyond refreshing. - $0.50 Sample
2016 Bodegas Olivares “Altos de la Hoya” Monastrell – Jumilla, Spain; $12.99
This vineyard is special. All of the vines used for this wine are ungrafted original plantings pre-phylloxera. Phylloxera(insect) ran rampant through Europe in the late 1800s and wiped out nearly all of the grapevines. American vines (Vitis labrusca – IE: Concord) had developed a resistance to this pest, and now most of the vines of the world are grafted onto American root-stock. There are a few exceptions to this, one being caused by the extremely sandy soils of Jumilla. These 100+ year old vines create a unique instensity and a wonderful floral expression. This wine was produced to showcase the those ancient vines. Aged only six months in neutral French oak, much of which was huge 6000 liter foudres that allow the wine to breathe, but impart little to no oak flavor influence. The wine shows loads of fruit, with a spicy and floral complexity. - $1.00 Sample
2015 DeStrankIs – Priorat, Spain; $19.99 WAS $24.99 SAVE $5
From the certified organic vineyards of Celler Aixala-Alcait in Torroja del Priorat. The Aixala family started growing grapes in the 1980s, but didn't start making wine until 2005. At this point all production is certified organic by the CCPA (Catalan Council of Organic Agricultural Production). A blend of 80% Garnacha and 20% Carignan aged a year in barrels. It is all estate fruit, the Garnacha vines are part of their original plantings done in the 80s and the Carignan comes from a very old vines that the family purchased have managed for nearly the past 20 years. The wine has rich aromas of jammy berries almost approaching chewy dried fruit and wild herbs. On the palate the wine is very full bodied for a Achernar based red. Flavors of black plums, licorice, and a very old world almost savoriness. - $1.50 Sample
2015 Emilio Moro Tempranillo – Ribera del Duero, Spain; $24.99 WAS $29.99 SAVE $5
Bodegas Emilio Moro is a family winery featuring winemaking traditions passed down for three generations. The oldest vineyard of the estate was planted in 1924. Finca Resalso is also the name of one of their historic vineyards planted originally in 1932. This is the kind of Spanish red that I believe bridges the gap for California Cabernet drinkers. This vintage has blown up for them after receiving the #59 spot on Wine Spectator's top 100 list.
“Black cherry, red plum and currant flavors are fresh and lively in this firm red, backed by dark chocolate, licorice and toasty notes. Light, firm tannins and citrusy acidity keep this focused.” - $2.00 Sample