Cume do Avia, Ribeiro No. 7 Colleita Branco
This organic white wine is made with the Treixadura, Albariño and Loureira Blanca varieties by Cume do Avia in the DO Ribeiro (Galicia).
Cume do Avia is run by Diego, Álvaro, Fito and Anxo, four cousins who decided to leave their jobs and dedicate their lives to viticulture in Eiras do Mouros, the village where their grandparents were born. Here, they recover abandoned vineyards and use ancient Galician methods. Cume do Avia Colleita 7 Blanco comes from old, recovered native variety vines planted on decomposed granite soils. They are cultivated using certified organic agriculture and no chemical products, choosing biodynamic treatments instead.
Cume do Avia Colleita 7 Blanco is a coupage of several wines. The Treixadura and Albariño varieties are vinified without racking and the Treixadura and Loureira varieties are vinified with skins and stems in stainless steel tanks. Finally, some of the Treixadura is aged in chestnut barrels.
Kevin’s Notes: I poured this wine at the “Corks and Kegs” charity and it was a huge hit. This is why I bought three cases and why we’re tasting it now. Cooper’s Price $21.99 – 3btls Mix & Match $19.79
Eberle Winery, Paso Robles Viognier Mill Road Vineyard
Eberle Winery is currently celebrating 34 years of fine winemaking in Paso Robles and 30 years of Cabernet. It is the longest continuously owned family-run winery in the Paso Robles. He was one of the first to purchase large acreage in Paso to build a commercial winery. As the single most awarded winery in the country, constantly winning at competitions across the U.S., Eberle continues to promote not only Paso Robles, but wines which reflect a sense of place, while retaining solid value
Winery Notes– aromas of tropical fruits and ripe honeydew. This medium-bodied white has notes of tangerine with subtle hints of ginger on the palate. The rich kiwi and litchi flavors join the lively briny acidity to create a balanced wine. Cooper’s Price $22.99 – 3btls Mix & Match $20.69
Perrini, Salento Negroamaro
In the very Southern part of the heel of the “Italian boot”, which is really the Salento Peninsula of the Puglia region, the Perrini family have been making wine for generations. For many years most of the grapes were sold to local négociants, as estate-bottling were not available.
The grapes are picked by hand and immediately brought to the cellar in small baskets. The wines are then vinified in stainless at controlled temperatures for 12-14 days of maceration, then aged in stainless and glass-lined tanks. The entire estate is certified organic, even by the USDA!
Located in a cooler, higher altitude district of Salento, the certified organic vineyard yields a wine of surprising lift and vibrancy, compared to the typical southern Italian red.
Kevin’s Notes – I love Puglia for their history and incredible value. Due to its southern exposure many of the grapes can become very ripe with high alcohol, BUT this is NOT the case here. Due to its higher altitude, the dark red fruit is compacted, vibrant and refreshing. A real fun wine that is a must for many BBQ’s. Cooper’s Price $14.99 – 3btls Mix & Match $13.49
Leese-Fitch, Cabernet Sauvignon California
The wines of Leese-Fitch celebrate the restoration of the Leese-Fitch building located in the Sonoma Square. Built in 1836, this historical landmark in Sonoma Plaza was named after Jacob Leese and Henry Fitch, brothers-in-law to General Mariano Vallejo, the founder of the town of Sonoma.
Taste – This Cabernet Sauvignon is dark purple with exotic nuances on the nose. Brambly blackberries, vanilla, dark cherry, mulling spices, and toasted cedar with hints of sweet leather, clove-studded orange peel, and white pepper swirl throughout the aroma. Flavors start with dutch cocoa, black cherry jubilee, pomegranate molasses, black currants, and finish.
Cooper’s Price $12.99 3btls Mix & Match $11.69