Here are the wines for Friday, July 29.
Hopefully, you can make it to our tasting and/or print a copy of these notes for your own files.
All of the wines are priced for a one bottle purchase.
You will notice the discounts are substantial so please feel free to buy more than one bottle.
There is no limit, buy whatever you wish at these Special Prices, however; the inventory for all of these is only 12 bottles except for the Bordeaux.
Tomorrow we will select four other wines!!!!
Our goal this weekend is to reach further into our selection, in order to expand your palate and experiences at Cooper Wine and Spirits.
These one bottle prices are good only through this Sunday, July 31 – on Monday they go back to their normal prices.
Wine Tasting Notes July 29, 2022
Skerlj Malvasia Carso – Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy – BIODYNAMIC
About – Carso, or the Karst region, is a limestone plateau that reaches from northeastern Italy into southwestern Slovenia. In this breathtaking yet rustic corner of Italy, vines share space with wild forest and family farms. Inspired by the potential of their vineyards and eager to farm organically, Matej and his sister Kristina in 2004 started making their own wines from native grapes Terrano, Malvasia and Vitovska. Their wines don’t just express terroir but scream it – the combination of limestone soils, influence of the sea and intense flavors of Carso’s native grapes is nothing less than awe-inspiring. Hand-harvested and fermented with indigenous yeasts on the skins for three weeks with natural temperature fluctuations in older oak barrels. Aged in older barrels (in the family’s hand-carved limestone cellar) for two years.
Taste – Aromas of lemon peel, orange blossom, sage, light smoke. Juicy and broad, with a bright core of citrus inspired energy.
Kevin’s Notes – This in NOT your typical ORANGE WINE. Its carries a broad structure with awesome hint of salinity on the finish!
Cooper’s Price $32.99 – Special 1 bottle Tasting Price $24.00
Vigneti Massa Derthona – Piedmont, Italy – ORGANIC
About – Walter Massa is the real deal: a farmer with deep family roots in his native Colli Tortonesi who’s usually plowing his vineyards or buzzing around his cellar when someone arrives for a visit. Massa is universally known as the Maestro of Timorasso – he rescued it from obscurity and near-extinction and now leads a mini-renaissance of the variety in the Colli Tortonesi. Derthona is the ancient name for Tortona, the town in southeast Piemonte after which the appellation Colli Tortonesi (Tortona Hills) is named. It is often said that Timorasso is like Ali: “Float like a butterfly (Baroque fruit and honeyed minerality) and sting like a bee (lots of well-integrated acidity).” Timorasso is one of the longest-aging white varieties in Italy. In fact, the wine often needs an extra year or two in the bottle before it becomes expressive and fun to drink,
Taste – This is not your typical light, simple, refreshing Italian aperitivo white wine. It’s got substance and structure and deserves substantial food, such as a richer fish, poultry, and pork dishes.
Kevin’s Notes – My favorite Italian white and one of my top 10 whites in the store. Totally obscure, yet totally stunning wine!
Cooper’s Price $34.99 – Special 1 bottle Tasting Price $31.00
Chateau Cap de Faugeres 2019 Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux
All Côtes de Bordeaux Castillon wines are red, made predominantly from Merlot, which accounts for about 70 percent of the harvest. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are the main supporting grape varieties. Malbec, Petit Verdot and even Carmenère are also permitted. The total vineyard area of the appellation covers 1853 hectares.
Critic Wine Review
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 91 Points
Opaque purple-black colored, the 2019 Cap de Faugères delivers intense scents of ripe fruite, Black Forest cake and ripe, fresh blackberries with hints of Marmite toast, tapenade, damp soil and truffles. The full-bodied palate delivers mouth-coating black fruit preserves with a velvety texture and tons of freshness, finishing long and earthy.
Kevin’s Notes – 2019 is considered to be an outstanding vintage. Great Bordeaux and my special price makes it even better!
Cooper’s Price $24.99 – Special 1 bottle Tasting Price $21.00
Domaine du Bel Air, Bourgueil Clos Nouveau 2017 – ORGANIC
Historically this was the most prized vineyard in Bourgeuil, belonging to the monks at the local abbey for centuries. Fully surrounded by a ten foot wall, this site is located just inside the current village limits of Benais where Pierre & Rodolphe Gauthier’s winery is located. When this neglected vineyard became available, Pierre jumped at the opportunity and restoring the site to its once prestigious position became a labor of love for father and son.
Geology is similar to Clos Rougeard’s famed Le Bourg vineyard, thin clay topsoil covers mother bedrock of tuffeaux limestone.
Taste – The wine shows intriguing, delicate mineral notes backed up by fairly firm, ripe tannins and classic Cabernet Franc varietal notes. Rich, but showing great finesse, the ripe fruit is seductive, but the structure wants us to age it for a few years before the true splendor of the wine is exposed.
Kevin’s Notes – This is one of the best red wines I have tasted all year. It’s rich, massive structure is deceiving as the tannins are so lush while enhancing the depth of character that is so often missing with Cabernet Franc. I could drink this every night!
Cooper’s Price $65.99 – Special 1 bottle Tasting Price $56.00