2010 La Colombera “Bricco Bartolomeo,” Italy/$14.99
Do you love Gavi di Gavi, but want to try something a little different? Well, here it is! It’s 100% Cortese, the same grape used in Gavi, but the vineyards are located just outside of the legal Gavi zone. La Colombera is a natural, organic winery, so it’s important that their wine has all the similar flavors of what you’d typically find in a Cortese. The winemakers also age the wine on the lees (leftover yeast after fermentation) in stainless steel tanks for 5 months; the use of steel helps to retain the natural acidity while aging on the lees adds a bit of richness to the palate. Delicious!
2010 Domaine les Ondines, “La Buissonade,” Cotes du Rhone, France/$11.99
When we initially tasted this wine, we told our sales rep that we really like it, but we didn’t see the point in carrying a $20 Cotes du Rhone–you can understand our shock when our rep laughed and revealed to us that it would only be $11.99! This bottle has all the aspects of what Cotes du Rhone–the beautiful berry fruit with a bit of earth and spice–is famous for, but has a depth rarely found in a wine this inexpensive. This completely biodynamic winery is doing something right!
2009 Carlisle Zinfandels, Carlisle Vineyard and Papera Ranch/$54.99 each
If you like incredibly ripe, rich styled wines, then have we got the wines for you! The Carlisle Zinfandels are special wines made from almost one hundred year old Zinfandel vines. Mike Officer, the owner and winemaker, has painstakingly preserved these ancient (ancient by California standards!) vineyards to produce his thick, rich, heady wines…his wines are made in tiny amounts, so snap one up before they’re all gone. We only received six each of the Zins, and you can be sure that staff will swallow up at least half!