Winter 2020 Mixed Case (12-Pack)
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We have combined all three of our 2020 4-Pack Samplers in a terrific mixed case at a great price!. A $255 value for $215.
NV Gruet Blanc de Blancs Brut - Albuquerque, New Mexico (750ml)
One of America’s finest sparkling wines is also one of the best value sparkling wines we have found. Gruet’s Blanc de Blancs is a 100% Chardonnay-based wine produced in New Mexico using the Méthode Champenoise method, featuring secondary fermentation in the bottle and 18 months aging before disgorgement. It is no surprise that this sommelier’s favorite (you will find it on many of the best wine lists in the United States) is so good: family patriarch Gilbert Gruet made wine in his native Champagne region before discovering that New Mexico was a perfect location for his wine-making ambitions in the 1980s. Lovely hints of brioche, green apple, honeysuckle, and lemon make this a lovely opening act in a line-up of American wines for your Thanksgiving feast.
NV Bailly Lapierre Cremant de Bourgogne Reserve Brut - Burgundy, France (750ml)
While Champagne can only be produced in the Champagne region (and mostly from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, along with a smattering of lesser-known legacy grapes that may still be used but can no longer be planted), many other regions in France produce high-quality sparkling wines from local grapes under the term “Crémant.” Crémant de Bourgogne may lead the pack in terms of comparison to the more famous sparkler due to both proximity as well as the overlap in native grapes. Bailly-Lapierre Réserve Brut is a clean and fresh Crémant where hand-harvested Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are joined by Burgundy’s other native grapes - Gamay and Aligoté. Aged for one year, this wine has a clean and fresh profile with a fine “bead” - the small bubbles that denote a quality sparkling wine. Lovely on its own, you can also try a nice light holiday cocktail by adding a splash of Creme de Cassis for a Kir Royale.
2018 McCall Cuvee Nicola Sauvignon Blanc - New York (750ml)
McCall Wine’s Cuvée Nicola Sauvignon Blanc bring some local flavor to our Thanksgiving recommendations. McCall Wines have been growing grapes on the North Fork on Long Island since the 1990s, and made their first vintage in 2007 - when they felt the grapes were ready to produce a wine bearing the family’s name on the bottle. Created in the style of Sancerre, this Sauv Blanc is wonderfully aromatic, with citrus and floral tones on the nose and grapefruit and lemon confit on the palate, softened by notes of stone fruit. It has racy acidity with a touch of citrus with a dash of bitterness and grassiness on the finish. Try it with a chèvre on a cheese board or with a fruits de mer appetizer platter.
2018 Thevenet Macon Pierreclos Blanc - Burgundy, France (750ml)
Macon in the southernmost part of Burgundy and is a region where we can still find an excellent price-to-quality ratio as the cost of White Burgundy from the northern vineyards continues to rise year after year! This 100% Chardonnay is the flagship wine for Thevenet & Fils and is made from a selection from four different parcels within their family vineyards in the village of Pierreclos. It is unoaked for a light and elegant wine with hints of ripe yellow plums, lemon curd, and baked apple. This will work very well with butternut squash soup and can carry itself well with all the elements of your main course from the stuffing to the roast turkey itself.
2018 Folk Tree Village Series Pinot Noir - California (750ml)
If you like to pair a lighter red wine with your turkey then we think Folk Tree Pinot Noir will hit all the right notes. The wine is made with just a small amount of new oak barrels so as to allow the purity of the fruit itself to shine. This is a bright and refreshing Pinot Noir with restrained fresh berry flavors, a hint of rosemary and a dry, earthy finish (we love red berry flavors with turkey, right?). The pairs especially well with herb butter- basted turkey and chestnut stuffing.
2018 Ramsay North Coast Petite Sirah - California (750ml)
Alongside Zinfandel, Petite Sirah is a classic American grape varietal. It is known internationally as Durif, and in California as Petite Sirah (no relation to Syrah!) it as found fame as both in its own right and as a blending partner with Zinfandel and other grapes. Ramsay is a companion label for the more famous Kent Rasmussen winery, producer of one of California’s finest Pinot Noirs. The family sources fruit from farmers throughout California for the Ramsay project (they also make Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvigon), and each of the wines is a both a true representation of the varietal as well as sum of all of its California parts. You will find hints of black and blue fruits with notes of sweet spice and black pepper.
2019 De Forville Barbera d'Alba - Piedmont, Italy (750ml)
Barbera is a wonderfully versatile grape varietal from Piedmont that is a go-to for sommeliers for pairing with a wide range of foods. De Forville selects grapes for this cuvée from estate vineyards the communes of Alba, Nieve, and Barbaresco, the latter two being vineyards that could be planted to the more lucrative Nebbiolo to make Barbaresco - a testament to the dedication of the family to produce the best fruit they can for this wine. Perfect for rich Thanksgiving fare, this Barbera d’Alba is full-bodied and well-balanced with a bright refreshing acidity over notes red and black fruit.
2017 San Fereolo Valdiba Dolcetto di Dogliani - Piedmont, Italy (750ml)
Dolcetto is a native Piedmontese grape often referred to as “the wine that the winemakers drink while they are waiting for their Barolo to mature.” They’re a fussy lot, those Barolo producers, and in the right hands the grape can produce wines that can stand with the best from the region. San Fereolo is a Dolcetto specialist, with several Dolcetto cuvées in their line-up, and working within the Dogliano subregion, which is one premier vineyards for the grape. Dolcetto is known for flavors of black cherry, stewed plumes, with a hint of licorice. Its easy tannins make it a wine that pairs every well with poultry, and including this in your Thanksgiving line-up will be a delight whether it is on the big day or with leftover turkey sandwiches!
2019 Bodegas Ponce Clos Lojen Bobal - Manchuela, Spain (750ml)
Bodegas Ponce in Manchuela Castilla-La Mancha crafts their “Clos Lojen” from organic old-vine Bobal, Spain’s second most planted black grape after Tempranillo. One of the few producers dedicated to producing high-quality wines from Bobal only, Juan Antonio Ponce coaxes this prolific varietal into a medium-bodied black-fruited wine with firm tannins and an earthy peppery finish. Perfect with poultry as well cheese platters (try it with an Manchego for a local pairing!).
2018 Etienne Becheras Le Prieuré d'Arras Crozes-Hermitage - Rhone Valley, France (750ml)
The Northern Rhône produces some of the most sought-after reds wines in the world, produced in tiny amounts, that are frequently the highlights of auction lots year after year. While the wines of Hermitage, Cote-Rotie and Cornas can run into hundreds of dollars upon release - if you can get them - a great way to experience Syrah from the region is to find a producer with a range of top offerings and try their Crozes-Hermitage, a region where the prices are a lot more friendly than its more famous and hilly neighbor, Hermitage. Etienne Becheras produces 1,200 bottles a year of this wine, where you will find Syrah’s silky black fruit, black olive tapenade, campfire embers, and violets. Concentrated, yet not heavy, dark meat lovers will find this a perfect compliment to their holiday meal.
2018 Thevenet et Fils Bussieres Les Clos - Burgundy, France (750ml)
Even more so than White Burgundy, Red Burgundy can often be an expensive habit that is designated to an occasional splurge than a way to regularly enjoy Pinot Noir from its ancestral home. At Gnarly Vines we love to find wines that are reasonably priced, over-deliver, and truly express the terroir of their local region. We found exactly that in “Les Clos”, a Bourgogne Rouge from the village of Bussieres produced by the Thevenet family. The wine is a pure expression of perfectly ripe Pinot Noir, with black fruit notes underpinned with a hint of “sauvage”, that wild gamey note that adds complexity to some of the best Pinot Noirs from Burgundy. This is from south in Macon but drinks like a solid solid Cote de Nuits at a fraction of the price (like we said, over-deliver!).
2018 Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Zinfandel Blend - Sonoma County, California (750ml)
Zinfandel is considered the signature American black grape varietal, albeit with roots in Croatia via Puglia in Italy. It can produce very bold full-bodied red wines, and for many people it is synonymous with Thanksgiving. Ridge Vineyards (producer of one of the world’s finest wines in its Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon) as masters of Zindandel with several cuvées - often with minor blending partners - in their range. Their Three Valleys is a very fine expression of their varietal from Sonoma Country, joined by a little Petite Syrah, Carignan, and Mataro. It is a red-fruited expression with hints of cherry, plum, spice, and toast - full-bodied with supple tannins, and with plenty of clean acidity to pair perfectly with all your favorite rich Thanksgiving dishes.