If you were a member of the Case Club, you found these great wines in your box:
Altes Herencia Garnatxa Negra 2012
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
“Another incredible value and full-throttle wine made from 100% Grenache. From very old vines and aged completely in concrete, is a naked, unadulterated, unmanipulated effort with great minerality (from the chalky, limestone soils) and an intensity and richness (from the old vines) that are normally found in $50+ wines. It offers loads of kirsch, raspberry, licorice, and chalky minerality. Medium to full-bodied and dense, it is best consumed over the next 2-3 years. “
Pair with grilled meats, and Spanish and Mexican foods that have low levels of chili pepper heat.
Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur 2009
Robert Parker called Recougne the finest Bordeaux Superieur. It is an estate that has produced wine for over 400 years, and its name is said to have come from King Henri IV in the early 17th century, in "recognition" of the quality of its wine. Factors that contribute to the quality of the vineyard include: several parcels of very old vines of 50+ years, environmentally friendly viticulture techniques, minimal spraying, low yields through green harvesting, and excellent canopy management. The blend is 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc.
This is liberally toasty up front, with a mocha edge giving way to notes of espresso and spice, yet pure red currant, black cherry and plum fruit emerges from behind, with a roasted cedar edge inlaid on the finish. Drink now through 2013. Serve with beef, mushrooms, and heavier French or European style meals.
Colle Ambro Rosso Piceno 2009
This wine is made from 70% Montepulciano and 30% Sangiovese. Ample, persistent aroma of ripe red fruit with scents of cherries, plums and prunes as well as fresh licorice roots. Flavor is full, and warm with generous hints of tannins that are moderately expressed. Enjoy with anything Italian.
Honoro Vera Monastrell 2012
The Honoro Vera is deeply colored with aromas of sweet herbs and spices, and the lush palate is bursting with ripe raspberries, blackberries, and cherries. Backing all of these aromas and flavors are firm tannins; which makes the wine a great match for braised lamb and pork dishes, as well as a plate of figs and aged cheeses.
Con Class Rueda 2011
A blend of 60% Verdejo, 25% Viura and 15% Sauvignon Blanc aged on its lees in stainless steel, this is a light to medium-bodied, pure, floral-scented, nicely textured, crisp white that admirably demonstrates the remarkable progress Spain has made with its white wine program. The Wine Advocate rated it 87 points.
Enjoy with chilled shellfish, variety of tapas, warm cream sauces and soups, salads, grilled fish, or a wide variety of cheeses including brie and goat cheese.
Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier 2012
Pale gold color; tropical fruit aromas with melon, peach and orange blossom notes; dry, medium bodied, with great acidity and flavors of grapefruit, peach, green apple and pineapple; good length on the finish.
Serve with stir-fry or wok-sautéed white meats, vegetables and creamy poultry.
Don't let another month pass you by. Some of these wines just don't stay on the shelf.
And Case Club Members always get First Dibs!