1/5/18 FRIDAY SIPS - Value Wines 20 and under at The Cellar Door

Values Under 20
Today January 5 from 1:30 - 6:30
Drop by today for the first official Friday Tasting of 2018 as we uncork four selections (3 red and one white) that go above and beyond their call of first and foremost duty – provide excellent value!

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$19.99 BTL./$119.94 - SIX PACK

From a Barolo maestro, the secret behind Enzo Brezza’s Barbera Superiore is that it is blended from two apex Barolo vineyards, Cannubi and Cannubi Muscatel. The pedigree on this traditionally styled wine is very formidable all while possessing class and depth.

Never straying from its varietal roots in the mouth, the nose reveals dark plum, dusty clay, classic Barolo-village aromatic floral, porcini, mineral and subtle licorice notes. More aromatically expressive as it unfolds in the glass, it entices you to do what nature tells one to do with Barbera, drink the damn thing! Oozing class on the palate, it is seamless Barbera. Savory, mouth crawling and impressively put together, especially on the finish that fans out nicely. A significant step-up from everyday Barbera, try with risotto or braised beef over the next several years.

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$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

These days, the category of Australian wine has become a royal pain in the arse. There are many good wines produced by artisan producers, unfortunately they are seemingly on the island of misfit toys when compared to the conglomerate producers who are slapped in every grocery store with some sort of cute critter on every label. This has led to a stereotype on so many levels, which are mere Milli Vanilli wines, lip-synched plonk and some being quite expensive!

Founded in 1997 by Kevin Mitchell, the Killerman’s Run is classic Clare Valley Shiraz meaning ample intensity without ever becoming heavy or superfluous. The delicious 2014 is dark and dense in color, and that intensity follow through from the nose to the long dense finish. Aged entirely in French oak (10% new). A myriad of aromas are present with plum and cherry notes mingling with meaty, mineral and earth nuances. The palate delivers all of this in a multi-layered silky package possessing superb definition and elegance, designed to seduce rather than assault the senses. Definitely a winner, it is a very food friendly offering. Use it with a range of cuisine from more traditional meat dishes through to a great ragu, or even a plate of hard well-flavored cheeses.

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$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

Domaine de Fontsainte are Corbieres pioneers who are always reliable and put out fantastic wines for great prices. Reserve La Demoiselle is one of the estate’s apex cuvees and is one that is very formidable within the entirety 60% Carignan from vines planted in 1904, 30% Grenache, 10% Mouvedre and is a staunch mouthful of red wine.

Instantly after it is poured into the glass, Mediterranean aromas of crushed red raspberry, wind-swept herbs, lavender and pepper along with gentle cocoa notes. A soulful wine indeed, but the palate truly is a harmonious ensemble of savory richness and elegance that follows through to the ample dry and vibrant finish. Corbieres of impeccable quality, this can age nicely for 5-7 years as well. Enjoy it with a bean casserole with sausage, grilled steak or leg of lamb. Perfect for cold winter evenings.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

The classic version from Trimbach is one of our absolute favorite gateway drugs into the world of pure and unadulterated bone DRY Riesling from Alsace.

Refinement and zip are the hallmark traits of any Trimbach Riesling and the 2014 is bursting on the nose with flint and kaffir lime. Waves of mineral, even more lime, and terrific cut in the mouth. So pure, so clean, so long, and utterly refreshing and accessible, especially with a spicy Pad Thai dish. In the future, will gain in weight and complexity and will be a perfect match with traditional pork choucroute. Drink now -2022.