|*2015 Sulin Barbera del Monferrato "Terre d'Aleramo", Piedmont, Italy||$ 6.99||$ 8.99||$72 ($6.00)|
|*2016 Domaine de la Bastide Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Rhone Valley, Fr.||$ 8.99||$11.99||$96 ($8.00)|
|*2016 Domaine de la Bastide Cotes du Rhone Rose, Rhone Valley, Fr.||$ 8.99||$11.99||$96 ($8.00)|
|*2014 Chateau Blouin Rouge, Bordeaux, France||$ 9.99||$11.99||$108 ($9.00)|
|2013 Allamand Malbec, Uco Valley, Argentina||$10.99||$14.99||$120 ($10.00)|
|2015 Celli Albana di Romagna Secco, Emilia-Romagna, Italy||$11.99||$15.99||$132 ($11.00)|
|2015 Bodegas Godelia "Pilgrim" Mencia Tinto, D.O. Bierzo, Spain||$11.99||$14.99||$132 ($11.00)|
|NV Kuentz Bas Cremant d'Alsace Brut Tradition, Alsace, France||$13.99||$25.99||$156 ($13.00)|
A NOTE ABOUT OUR CASE OF THE MONTH: - Our case of the month is an excellent way to get real value for your wine dollar and drink wines from around the world, carefully selected by J. Emerson staff. No need to join an Internet wine club with their mystery wines and made up labels – Our case is infinitely more interesting and a better value! The discounted price of the April case-of-the-month is $104.99; the regular price would be $162, a savings of over 35%!
*2015 Sulin Barbera del Monferrato “Terre d’Aleramo”, Piedmont, Italy – (100% Barbera, the juicy, low tannin, cherry work horse grape of Piemonte to the south of Turin.) This example from Monferrato is just bursting with juicy black cherry fruit with accents of violets, leather, and spice. There’s a richness and depth here that many $20 Barberas lack and a sweet/tangy cherry and cherry pit finish that will keep you coming back for more. A wine that screams “Italy” but will also please a crowd.
*2016 Domaine de la Bastide Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Rhone Valley, Fr. – (60% Viognier, 30% Roussanne, 10% Clairette) The Bastide is an ancient fortified farm dating back to the Knights Templar. Muted floral, jasmine and honey aromas with a ripe, but not viscous, mouthfeel. It’s a medium to full bodied wine that finishes with pleasant acid and mineral notes. Delightful with shellfish, Salmon or Tuna.
*2016 Domaine de la Bastide Cotes du Rhone Rosé, Rhone Valley, Fr. – (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault) Aromatic nose of watermelon, white cherries, and hints of strawberries. Creamy and round on the palate with a nice lift at the finish. A delightful, charming CDR Rosé more Provençal than Rhone.
*2014 Chateau Blouin Rouge, Bordeaux, France - (80%Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc)- Produced in the Entre-deux-Mers region, this light to medium bodied, fresh wine has young tannins and stalky black-currant flavors. It has milder tannins, lively acidity and a juicy aftertaste.
2013 Allamand Malbec, Uco Valley, Argentina- A fresh, drinkable Malbec with aromas of juicy dark fruits, baked plums and a touch of cocoa. Full bodied, but not heavy handed, it finishes long with refined tannins in harmony with the universe. A nice wine for tenderloin or lamb.
2015 Celli Albana di Romagna Secco, Emilia-Romagna, Italy- [100% Albana from DOCG Albana di Romagna (Highest level of wine)] This family winery is located in a unique, cooler climate, clay and limestone soiled sub-zone of Emilia-Romagna. The wine has delicate aromas of apricot, pear & yellow stone fruits. It’s medium bodied on the palate with a certain richness & a touch of almond on the dry, crisp finish.
2015 Bodegas Godelia “Pilgrim” Mencia Tinto, D.O. Bierzo, Spain – (100% Mencia) Named to celebrate the pilgrims that walked the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) which passes through the D.O. of Bierzo in Northwest Spain. Mencia is THE red grape of northwest Spain. Medium bodied with sour cherry, red currant and earthy aromas it crosses the palate with a crushed granite gravelly texture and finishes with light dusty, cocoa powder tannins. It is a terrifically interesting wine that could be served with a light chill.
NV Kuentz Bas Cremant d’Alsace Brut Tradition, Alsace, France -(50% Pinot Noir, 50% Auxerrois) A Kermit Lynch import & a stellar grower of Alsatian wines, this Cremant, raised in loess, silt &limestone soils has the merest hint of greenness followed by fresh citrus notes. The palate is clean and citrus-focused: think lemon and grapefruit. The fizz is frothy and lively and turns the citrus notes up to full volume. The dry finish is utterly lemon fresh.