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A little high-end, and a little value!

Tasting Notes Sept 20th, 2019

Lioco 2014 “Demuth” Anderson Valley Chardonnay

Regular $57.99 Cooper’s Price $36.99

At 1700 feet above the town of Boonville, this remote windswept ridge seems an improbable place to find Chardonnay. 95% of the vines here are dedicated Pinot Noir. Chris Demuth had the foresight to plant Chardonnay here 35+ years ago in the heart of Pinot country. Planted on a 1980’s rootstock and racked by phylloxera, this vineyard has historically shown signs of stress and resulted in tiny yields. When we visited in February, the biodynamic cover crops laid down by Anthony Filiberti and his crew were in full bloom and Demuth had never looked healthier. Our 2014 Demuth displays the vintage character we have come to prize: power and clarity. 

Vinification: Fermented on wild yeast in neutral oak casks. A slow, naturally occurring malolactic fermentation completed. Aged on lees for 1yr, with no battonage then settled in stainless steel for 3 months.

Profile: Aromas of brioche, yellow plum, lemon balm. Notes of Ginger root, pulverized river stone minerality and slight hazel-nuttiness.

Domaine de Couron Cotes-du-Rhone Village Blanc

Regular $18 Cooper’s Price $16.99

This family-run estate of Jean-Luc and Marie-Lise Dorthe is nestled in an area rich with human history, between the Northern and Southern Rhône in the tiny village of Saint Marcel d’Ardèche. Located on historic lands 3 miles from the famed Neanderthal Cave Paintings of Ardѐche, France, their vineyards are laden with artifacts including 40,000 year old arrowheads. The Romans once cultivated wine here and the area is rich with ancient ruins. 

The Dorthe family has been wine growers since 1860, farm using sustainable and occasionally organic techniques of Lutte Raisonnée since 1993, naturally following centuries without ever using herbicides. The vines are close-spaced at 1 meter along each row in each of their rocky, terraced hillside vineyards. The grapes are all hand-picked by the family, hand-sorted, and native yeast fermented at cool temperatures never using oak.

Profile: Blended of organically grown, equal parts Marsanne, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, this lovely Rhône white reveals a nose of yellow stone fruits, minerals, flowers, and tropical flowers. Flavors repeat the nose in a lush, round, mouth – coating texture, finishing with lengthy echoes of the same aromatic and flavor profile. Fermented in cement, only the Roussanne ages in a neutral oak ca sk before blending and bottling 3 months after harvest.

Smockshop Band 2018 “Spring Ephemeral” Pinot Noir

Cooper’s Price $42.99

This is from a 7 acre site in the East Hills of Hood River. We farm the site with the same minimalist, nature inspired approach that we employ at Hiyu. It was picked by hand and placed whole-cluster in open top bins. The fruit wasn’t touched for the first eight days. Afterwards we kept the cap wet with a single pigeage once a day before pressing directly to barrel  after 22 days of maceration. It aged in barrel on the lees for 8 months before being bottled by gravity. 

Profile: Sublimely delicate and then, later, it’s all power. A smell of cedar, incense and dark roses floats over everything. This is a mountain wine. A sparse richness of wild strawberries and raspberries alongside a dusty trail, or plums in a neglected thicket. It alludes to sugar, but then as the swelling hits a peak, the coolness, structure and acidity comes. The finish of the wine tempers everything. There is mint, hyssop, matsutake and river-rock. It is taut and full of tannic power.

Chateau Vieux Meyney Bordeaux

Cooper’s Price $13.99

The property is located in the commune of Meyney on the edge of the Fronsac region, on the right bank in Bordeaux, where the Merlot grape thrives in clay-limestone soils. Its location ensures the optimal ripening of the fruit. Chateau Vieux Meyney is aged in stainless steel tanks to allow it to mature rapidly for early drinking and enjoyment of the soft Merlot fruit and its enticing aromas.

Taste:  Chateau Vieux Meyney offers ripe, spicy, dark cherry aromas and flavors, and soft tannins. It is very appealing for present drinking.

Food and steak, hamburgers and roasted chicken.

Kevin’s Notes:  This red wine is a perfect example of why Bordeaux represents terrific values.  Yes, Bordeaux makes some of the world’s most expensive wines, but it also provides fantastic wines for the money. 

These wines are stunners!

1. Domaine Lelievre, Côtes de Toul Gris de Toul 2018 

The Region – Cote de Toul:  Roughly half way between Champagne and Alsace, in s straight line between Paris and Strasbourg, is the Côtes de Toul.  Grapes have been grown there since the Romans nearly 2000 years ago.

Wine Education:  Vin Gris = Gamay Noir (the most common grape variety in Cotes de Toul) and Pinot Noir as the main grape variety. For Vin Gris, at least two grape varieties must be used, and the major grape variety is not allowed to exceed 85%. At least 10% Pinot Noir must be used, and the total proportion of accessory grape varieties is not allowed to exceed 15%.  This wine is made from Gamay and Pinot Noir.  

More Education:  All rose wines are made from grapes that are blue, purple, or red.  All wine gets their color from the grape skins.  In other words, if you clip a bunch of Cabernet grapes and squeeze them the juice will be clear like 7-Up.  If you allow minimal amount of skin contact time the wine will be rose.  Regular Price $19.99 Cooper’s Price $16.99

2. Theorize Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2016

About Sauvignon Blanc – Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape planted throughout the world, and may also be labeled as Fumé Blanc.  It is the grape variety used in making the ever popular Sancere in Loire, France.  Sancerre is a small wine district in central France, famous for its crisp Sauvignon Blanc.  It is also blended with Semillon to make White Bordeaux and the dessert wines of Sauterne and Barsac.  

Winemaking: This wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc.  Fermentation: 50% was fermented in stainless steel tanks and 50% was barrel fermented.  Aging: Aged 8 months, 80% French Oak (10% New oak barrels) and 20% stainless steel.  8 months on heavy lees stirred once every other week.  Lees = dead yeast cells and other particles remaining in a wine after fermentation. They settle as sediment at the bottom of the fermenting container.  Stirring the juice on the lees adds texture, weight and aromatics to the wine.  Its very labor intensive.

Taste Notes:  Color:  Shiny gold.  Nose/Smell:  Explosive lychee, peach, apricot and white flowers wrapped in subtle toasted almond.  Taste:  Crisp yet rich texture from the lees and barrel fermentation – flavors are indicative to the aromatics.  Fantastic complexity with restraint towards the use of the oak.  Regular Price $26.99  Cooper’s Price $17.99, while supplies last

3. Yves Cuilleron Syrah ‘Les Vignes d’a Cote’ 2017

The Cuilleron family domaine, located in the hamlet of Verlieu in Chavanay (in northern Rhone) was founded in 1920.  Yves grandfather was the first to bottle wine from this region for commercial purposes.  Domaine Cuilleron are famed in the Northern Rhone for stunning Syrah and Condrieu in an impressive portfolio. They’re very well known in classic Northern Rhone appellations such as Cote-Rotie and St Joseph. 

The region – Collines Rhodaniennes: Is in Northern Rhone.  The landscape is characterized by the hills and valleys that surround the Rhône River.  The soil is granite.

Winemaking: 100% Syrah.  The grapes are harvested by hand and destemmed at harvest.  Fermentation is in open-top cuvees with two week maceration.  Maceration = Is the winemaking process where the phenolic materials of the grape—tannins, coloring agents and flavor compounds—are leached from the grape skins, seeds and stems into the must. Aged eight months is stainless and barrel.
Critic review:  Bright purple. Ripe cherry, blackberry and violet on the perfumed nose. Round and fleshy but lively as well, offering dark fruit, allspice and cracked pepper flavors that pick up a smoky note on the back half. Deftly blends power and energy and finishes smooth and long, with ****** gentle tannins coming in late. Josh Raynolds,  Cooper’s Price $21.99

4. Chateau Couronneau Bordeaux Superior 2015

This is 100% Merlot wine from Château Couronneau, an estate certified organically and biodynamically since 2009 and 2011 respectively

Wine Education: Bordeaux Superieur wines are, as their name implies, a slightly “superior” form of standard Bordeaux AOC wines.  The key differences lie in the vineyards, which must meet higher planting densities; the more vines there are the harder each has to fight for survival, resulting in stronger, deeper root systems and healthier vines. The maximum yield per hectare obtained from the vineyards is also 10 percent lower for the supérieur wines.

Tasting Notes: Color: dark purple Nose/Smell: black raspberries, black cherry and violets. Taste: dark black fruit, subtle spice, rich full-bodied and dense texture through the mid-palate with firm, but approachable tannins.  Overall:  Fantastic value.  2015 is regarded as an excellent vintage!  

What is biodynamic to wine?  Biodynamic viticulture is the practice of balancing this resonance between vine, man, earth and stars. Essentially, biodynamics is a holistic view of agriculture.  Regular Price $22.99 Cooper’s Price $19.99

A tasting for everyone! Whiskey AND wine!!!

Tasting Notes March 22th, 2019 

Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau St Veran 2017 — Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau is a small estate run by two talented winemakers, Frantz Chagnoleau and his wife Caroline Gon (winemaker at Heritiers du Comte Lafon).  Frantz has a degree in Oenology and cut his teeth working for Olivier Merlin in the Mâconnais. Caroline holds two degrees in agricultural engineering and oenology; she worked at Newton Vineyards in Napa Valley before returning to France to work with Dominique Lafon as head winemaker for Héritiers du Comte Lafon. 

Since 2013 all of the vineyards have been certified organic. The duo believe in minimal intervention, which includes the use of only indigenous yeast as the best way to express the nuances of each unique terroir. Aging is done in mostly large, used French oak, harvest is done completely by hand on a plot by plot basis, allowing each vine to achieve the appropriate balance of sugar and acidity before being picked.  They farm the old-fashioned way and make micro-quantity, single vineyard White Burgundy from some of the finest Chardonnay terroir in the world. 

Aged in a 50-50 mix of foudres and demi-muids, Prelude is an assemblage of four plots in the communes of Prissé and Chasselas, with vines up to fifty years old. All these are the first to be picked in the domaine. Similar greenish color, more reserved on the nose; a finer, less exuberant style with good acidity and delicacy – not that it lacks power – a lovely classy, mineral-shaded wine. Pure, mineral expression of Chardonnay delivering crushed stones, hints of chalk, and laser cut precision

Regular $32.99 Cooper’s Price $29.99

Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2012 — Established in 1985, Glen Carlou is a relatively young estate which has built an enviable reputation as one of South Africa’s leading producers. Nestled in the heart of the, sought-after, Paarl Valley winelands, and enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. This, together with an exciting variety of slopes and the richness of soils, creates unique wine-growing conditions.  With vineyards situated at the foothills of the renowned Simonsberg Mountain, the grapes revel in their terroir. 

A solid representation of a fine South African red wine, the 2012 vintage does an excellent job in wrapping Bordeaux varieties into a delicious package. The wine’s dried leather, black fruit, and savory earth pair well with slowly braised meats.

This wine is a unique blend of classic red varietals. 50% Cab Sauv, 20% Malbec, 13% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 8% Cab Franc. 18 months maturation in new and second-fill French oak barriques followed by minimal fining has produced a great wine with excellent potential for maturation. 

A complex and elegant wine with a dark reddish-purple, with hints of light plum skin. The nose exhibits cassis and blackberry with hints of cinnamon and spice. Ripe and concentrated briar-y fruit with cherry strawberry and chocolate on the palate. It has a long finish, balanced by fine tannins, a rich texture and subtle acidity.

Regular $19.99 Cooper’s Price $17.99 

Rabbit Hole is the project of Dr. Kaveh Zamanian, MD, a psychologist out of Chicago. His whiskey guy, serving as Master Distiller, is Larry Ebersold, the recently retired Greg Metze’s predecessor as Master Distiller at MGP. Ebersold is also serving as Master Distiller at the northern Kentucky distillery New Riff, which is similar to Rabbit Hole in being a relatively new distillery following the now time-tested path of bottling sourced products while their in-house spirits mature.

Regular $49.99 Cooper’s Price $42.98  — Both Bourbon and Rye

Bourbon — Mashbill – 70% Corn,10% Malted Wheat,10% Honey Malted Barley,10% Malted Barley

This double-malted barley/four grain bourbon has a clear, middling amber coloring in the glass, and absolutely runs with its legs after a swish. The nose is very grain-forward, and in that, decidedly toasty, way that having 30% malted grains in the mash bill tends to produce. The flavor is inside the profile of a spicy, peppery Bourbon, which is very odd considering that there is no rye and the whiskey itself is only about two years old or so. Sweet corn meets with some vanilla and a note of dry grass, but right through the middle is a strong, spicy current. That fades rapidly, leaving the grassiness and sweet vanilla custard on the finish, with some warmth to wind it all down. 

Rye — Mash Bill:95% Rye, 5% Malted Barley

The rye has the familiar mashbill of 95% rye, 5% malted barley, and while the whiskey is sourced, it did not come from MGP. It is, instead, produced on contract at New Riff Distillery. The whiskey was put in #3 char Kelvin Cooperage barrels at 110 proof. It’s labeled as a straight whiskey, so we know it is at least two years old, and it was bottled at 95 proof. Kentucky distilled and aged, with a brown sugar nose and spice that jumps on the tongue. Great with a splash of water, but breathtaking in classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned.

An avalanche of excitement for your palate!

Commanderie de la Bargemone, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé 2018 – One of the top estates in the Coteaux d’Aix. A small, fine-wine district within the larger appellation of Provence, Bargemone produces the top-selling Rosé at HPS. With more than 160 acres under vines, 2/3 of the production is dedicated to the dry rosé for which Provence is famous.

Founded by Templar knights in the 13th century, the property was named “Bargemone” after the wealthy Provencal family that owned it for 200 years. It passed from their hands in the 1800’s, with the vineyards finally succumbing to phylloxera ( a root louse that destroys the root system of the vines), ending, temporarily, a proud 800 year tradition of winemaking. In 1973, French industrialist Jean-Pierre Rozan purchased the property, restored the Commanderie and replanted the vineyards. Production was up to 50,000 cases/year when Jean-Pierre passed away in 2006, and a controlling interest in the vineyards and winery was sold to current owners Christian and Marina Garin (both from local Provencal families).

Kevin’s Note: The aromatics will make your mouth water.

Regular Price $22.99 Cooper’s Price $19.99

DaTerra Viticultores, Portela do Vento – About DaTerra Viticultores. For almost a decade, Laura Lorenzo was the winemaker and viticulturist at the venerable Dominio do Bibei. In 2014, she struck out on her own with her project, DaTerra Viticultores, and now works about 4.5 ha – 10 acres – organically in the Val do Bibei‐Quiroga subzone of Ribeira Sacra.

“No one has seen a woman like this in the vines of Galicia, and I’m not sure they’re ready for her.” -Alice Feiring. 

Alice Feiring is an American journalist and author, and a wine and travel columnist for Time magazine. She is known as an advocate for “natural wine”.

Portela do Vento comes from several south-facing parcels of Mencía and Garnacha Tintorera in the Amandi and Quiroga-Bibei subzones. The grapes are harvested from 30+ degree sloped vineyards!! Harvested by hand in late September, 80% de-stemmed and fermented with wild yeasts in steel vats and aged in used barrels. This is Laura’s “glou-glou” wine = a wine that is incredibly drinkable, fun, and never stuffy. It’s a wine that she loves to share with her American friends. Fresh and easy-drinking, it is very versatile with a wide variety of foods…or straight from the porrón (a glass wine pitcher)!

Kevin’s Notes:  I will buy every wine made by Laura Lorenzo that comes my way, because I so badly wish to share her wines with my customers! Why, you ask? Laura makes some of the most PURE wines, I have ever tasted. She is a true naturalist in the vineyard, allowing the “terruño” to really showcase itself in her wines. The soft, lush character of this offering, displays beautiful red fruit flavors with soft tannins, while carrying low alcohol. This wine is simply fun to drink, and a true one-of-a-kind! One of my favorite winemakers!

Regular $34.99 Cooper’s Price $29.99

San Gregorio Tres Ojos Old Vine Garnacha – Aragon, Spain – This wine has a dark red color with a bouquet of red raspberries, spice and white pepper. The palate is incredibly concentrated and rich. The modern styles of Garnacha in Spain are continuously being perceived worldwide as wines of extraordinarily good quality. This wine is fruity, juicy and shows a great depth, ripe tannins, length, but with wonderful elegance and lightness.

Wine Education – Aragon is one of the 17 autonomous communities of Spain. Located in the country’s north, it stretches from the imposing Pyrenees mountains south to the expansive central Iberian plateau.  Calatayud is a sub-appellation in the southwest part Aragon, northern Spain. It is located about 55 miles (90km) from the provincial capital, Zaragoza.

Kevin’s Notes: If I were still a wholesale wine buyer in Atlanta, I would buy 5,000 cases of this a year.

Cooper’s Price $11.99

Anna Maria Abbona Dolcetto Dogliani – The quality of Dolcetto from the village of Dogliani has been skyrocketing in the last few years, and Anna Maria’s work is a good example of this. Her oldest vines were planted by her grandfather in the ’30s, and the vineyards are steep and perfectly exposed. More recently she has become a convert to the doctrine of low yields, and she has joined the elite of Dogliani. First, understand that producers in Dogliani take Dolcetto as seriously as producers in Barolo take Nebbiolo. Dolcetto is planted in all the best sites and vinified with great care, which is not always the case with Dolcetto d’AlbaSecond, understand that Dolcetto is not the Beaujolais of Italy. The best modern Dolcettos have an inky color, lashings of blueberry fruit, and tannins to match. In fact, the concentration of top Dogliani wines has reached a point where the tannins need to be carefully managed to be pleasant.

The Wine is violet-tinged deep purple; a very inviting color. It smells of violets, Assam tealeaves, and blueberries, and it is a mouth-filling, deep, substantial wine to drink. The fruit comes from very old vines planted in the ’30s, and it is fermented and aged in stainless steel.

Kevin’s Notes:  This is the best Dolcetto I have tasted in 3 years – its mind blowing rich and complex! 

Cooper’s Price $24.99

Winter Whiskey Tasting!

Redbreast 12yr Irish Whiskey – Old Midleton Distillery stands on the banks of the Dungourney  River in Midleton, East Cork. Set on 15 green acres, the distillery is home to all of the world’s supply of Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey. Redbreast is made in the classic Irish Single Pot Still style. This means it is produced using a mash bill consisting of both malted and unmalted barley which is triple distilled in copper pot stills. The 12 year is aged only in Oloroso Sherry casks. 

A healthy dose of orange marmalade presents itself along with toast and coconut. Dried red fruit, cloves, and honey round out the palate and leads to a creamy and lengthy finish. All in all, a balanced and satisfying whiskey. Cooper’s Price $49.98 

Laws ‘Bottled in Bond’ Four Grain Straight Bourbon – Laws Whiskey House is a historically minded distillery. “Quality before quantity” is their self-proclaimed mantra, and they’ve proven it with each of their releases. The 1897 Bottled-In-Bond Act is a little-known piece of legislation that cleaned up whiskey when it hit an all-time low. In the late 1800s whiskey was unregulated, and customers were paying the price. Gunpowder, tobacco and turpentine are just a few of the unsavory additives that distillers were using to color and flavor cheap whiskeys. Supporters of the act were so desperate to protect the sanctity of their spirits that they enlisted help from an unlikely ally— The Women’s Christian Temperance Union— an organization that would eventually be instrumental in prohibition legislation. This whiskey, made to adhere to these standards of the Bottled in Bond act, must be aged for a minimum of 4 years, made in a single distilling season, using the grains of a single season, made by one distiller at one distillery and aged in a federal government-bonded distillery. So, in laymen’s terms, a “bonded” whiskey is cleaner, stronger and more difficult to make. Golden amber in color. Notes of honey, caramel, bread pudding, and gentle rye spice come first on the nose. Flavors of dark chocolate, nutmeg, oak, and cinnamon are evident on the palate. Cooper’s Price $69.98 

Kilchoman Machir Bay Islay Single Malt – Established in 2005, Kilchoman was the first new distillery to be built on Islay in over 124 years. Kilchoman founder Anthony Wills, set out to revive the lost art of farm distilling once widespread before the commercialisation of the distilleries in the late 1800s. Over a decade into his journey, Kilchoman’s 100% Islay range remains the only Islay single malt produced completely on site, from barley to bottle. The parish of Kilchoman is home to some of Islay’s most fertile ground.  It is here, in the fields surrounding the distillery, where they grow 200 tons of barley each year. Planting in Spring once Islay’s 50,000 geese have migrated, the farm team care for the barley over the summer months before harvesting in early September. Harvest time represents the start of the whisky-making process which sees the Kilchoman-grown barley malted, distilled, matured and bottled here at the distillery, eventually becoming Islay’s only Single Farm Single Malt Scotch Whisky over 1130 days later. 

Machir Bay is clearly an Islay malt, but it has a style all its own. Aged in 80% bourbon barrels and 20% Oloroso sherry casks. All the familiar saline and smoke notes are evident on the nose, but they’re ushered in on an unlikely rush of peppermint. Eccentric. That mint aroma manifests as a cooling sensation on the palate. Against that backdrop, hits of lemon rind and chocolate roastiness pop through. But those pops are short-lived and they leave without a trace. You’re left with a saline tang that reminds you exactly where this malt comes from. Cooper’s Price: $59.98 

Five Farms Irish Cream Liqueur – The dairy farming industry in Ireland dates back thousands of years. The importance of dairy farming to the Irish and their livelihood is mentioned even in Early Irish Law or “Brehon Laws,” which valued milk cows as the highest form of currency. The dairy farmers of Five Farms are members of a local dairy Co-op of over 500 farms. The Co-op helps guarantee that all farms within the group get a fair price for their output and provides a supportive community for the farmers. 

Five Farms is a true farm-to-table product, crafted from single batches of fresh cream that are combined with premium Irish Whiskey within 48 hours of collection to become authentic Irish Cream Liqueur. The cream is sourced entirely from five family-owned farms in County Cork, run by families that have a deep connection to the land and a passion for their craft.

An inviting nose of butterscotch, caramel fondue, and vanilla bean jumps from the glass. The lush palate coats the mouth with flavors of coffee with fresh cream, dulce de leche, coconut, maple, and Belgian waffles. An intensely satisfying after dinner sipper in place of dessert. Cooper’s Price $32.99

Holiday Tree Lighting and Wine Walk…and another great tasting at Cooper

 Fess Parker Santa Barbara County Chardonnay – Fess Parker’s portrayal of the frontiersmen Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone during the 1950’s and 1960’s garnered him a legion of adoring fans spanning many generations. 

In 1964 Parker began filming the network television series, Daniel Boone. During the shows six year run as one of the highest rated shows on television Parker starred, co-produced and directed five of its most popular episodes. Parker also continued to star in numerous box office hits for Disney, Paramount and Warner Brothers’ Studios while simultaneously laying the foundation for his second career in real estate development.

One of Parker’s business adventures took him inland to the Santa Ynez Valley to follow the lure of the county’s promise as a world-class wine region. Parker purchased a 714 acre ranch on what is now known as the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail and set out to make wine of the highest quality made from estate grown grapes and the best vineyards in the county. The winery has received critical success and numerous awards including Eli Parker and his successor winemaker, Blair Fox, being named the Andre Tchelistcheff Wine Maker of the Year in 2006 and 2008 respectively.  Regular $19.99 Cooper’s Price $16.99

 Akutain Cosecha Rioja – With almost 40 years of experience under their belt, Bodega Akutain produces classically-styled Rioja wines exclusively from their own 6.5ha (18 acres) of vineyards located near the town of Haro, in the subzone Rioja Alta, widely considered to be the most prestigious appellation for producing age-worthy Rioja wines. Founded by Juan José Peñagaricano Akutain, the bodega is now run by his son, Jon Peñagaricano. Artisan in all aspects of production, Akutain hand harvests, ferments with native yeasts with little extraction, and works with very little new oak. The resultant wines are throwbacks to Rioja’s past – 12.5 to 13% alcohol, beautifully aromatic, nuanced, and age-worthy.

The Akutain Cosecha is comprised of mostly Tempranillo with Garnacha, is fermented in fiberglass vats with native yeasts and raised for a short time in the same fiber glass vats. A delicious wine to pair with a variety of Tapas, and a pure example of Rioja Alta wine region.  Regular $19.99 Cooper’s Price $16.99

Mauro Molino Barbera d’Alba 2017 – Established in 1953, the Azienda Agricola Molino, is located near the ancient abbey of S. Martino di Marcenasco and includes one of the most famous crus of the Langhe, “Vigna Conca”, among its vineyards. The estate is run since 1978, year of the death of the founder Giuseppe, by his son Mauro, an oenologist certified at the well-known Oenology Institute of Alba. Mauro, due to the experience acquired in various estates in northern Italy, has given a big impulse towards the production of high quality wines. Mauro’s son Matteo, having completed his studies of Oenology, is now working full-time at the estate.

Kevin’s Notes:  You may recall, we featured this wine 5 years ago when we first opened and it’s stunning this year with deep violet red color, fine and fruity bouquet with scents of ripe red berries and minerals. This wine taste well above its price!  Regular Price: $19.99  Cooper’s Price: $16.99

 Kurtz Family Cellars “Magnolia” Sonoma Valley Cabernet 2014 – Krutz Family Cellars was founded in summer of 2003 in Monterey County when Patrick Kurtz produced sixty cases of wine. The idea was to purchase a ton of grapes a year in order to produce a small amount of wine for family and friends. However, demand soon changed that plan and Krutz Family Cellars continues to grow in an effort to supply that demand. In 2011 Bryan and Cole Krutz joined their brother Patrick as owners and Krutz Family Cellars is now a family owned winery located in Sonoma County.

Tasting notes: Rich, forward and balanced out of the gate. Dark and plush blackberry, black cherry and licorice lift forward from the glass. A very viscous and velvety texture on the palate accompany flavors of dark fruit, cedar spice and a bit of mountain sage. Youthful and lovely now but could easily negotiate cellar aging.

Kevin’s Notes:  This is the third holiday season for us featuring this wine and the price has not gone up and the wine continues to over deliver at its price.  This is a no brainer $25 gift item for the holidays and for any prime rib meal.  Regular Price $29.99 Cooper’s Price $24.99

5th Birthday Party Tasting!!!



Villa Wolf 2016 Pinot Gris, Pflaz, Germany – The Pfalz (aka ‘Palatinate’) region is in the Rhine River Valley in Southwest Germany, directly north of France’s Alsace region. The low-lying Haardt Mountains protect the area from cold, wet Atlantic weather, making it one of the warmer and drier areas of Germany. The predominant soil type in this area is well-drained, weathered sandstone. It produces wines with a fruit-driven purity and a stoney structure. It was here in the Pfalz region, back in the 19th century Pinot Gris was first identified as an individual variety and vinified separately. 

The modern-day Villa Wolf Pinot Gris is made in a bright, racy, dry style with fresh, un-oaked fruit and a crisp texture. It is an excellent partner for salmon, chicken or pork and Thanksgiving while eating or cooking!  

Kevin’s Notes:  It’s simple, the wine is fantastic for the money!  Special Price $14.99


Scar of the Sea Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2017 – Scar of the Sea is the project of Mikey Giugni and Mike Brughelli, two friends who love wine, beaches and the ocean. Together, they wanted to craft wines from vineyards that are influenced by the sea, with maritime soils and climates, which produce wines that speak of their origins in the Central Coast of California. To that end, Mikey and Mike source fruit from environmentally conscientious growers at top-quality vineyard sites like Bien Nacido, Solomon Hills and Presqu’ile in Santa Barbara County. The name of the label comes from a small red brick church in Tasmania (located right next to the beach), where Mikey worked for a growing season. He mistakenly read the old English writing as “Scar of the Sea”, when, in fact, it is written “Star of the Sea.” He liked the sound of “Scar of the Sea” so much he decided to keep it that way!

The 2017 Scar of the Sea Pinot Noir is made of fruit from different vineyard sites in Santa Maria and Los Alamos in Santa Barbara County. The wine is fermented 30% whole cluster with native yeasts and aged in neutral oak for 10 months, then bottled without filtration. Light ruby in the glass, the Scar of the Sea is beautifully aromatic with gorgeous concentration of sweet red and black fruit buoyed by a floral and spice lift. It is balanced by a pleasant acidity and firm but not obtrusive tannins that flow seamlessly into a bright, long finish. 

Kevin’s Notes:  This is our third year we have featured this wine for the holidays because it over delivers for the price.  His single vineyard and single appellation wines start at $45 and they are, “WOW”.  Regular $32.99 Cooper’s Price $28.99


High Valley Vineyards Lake County Cabernet 2014 – The High Valley AVA rises between 1,600 and 3,000 ft. elevation in the Coastal Ranges of northeastern Lake County. Thanks to the highelevation and cool breezes from the oldest lake in North America, it is one of the coolest appellations in Lake County. We run 1,000 head of sheep on these vineyards, composting the weeds into nutrients for the red, rocky volcanic soils. Typical of High Valley fruit, the grapes from Betsy’s vineyard are powerful, yet complex. Named in memory of Clay’s mother, Betsy’s vineyard has a northwest facing slope that allow longer ripening time, resulting in an intensely structured Cabernet. Using a majority of French oak, we age in barrels to lift the fruit with nice toasted spices on the finish.

Tasting Notes  Our High Valley Cabernet Sauvignon starts with aromas of dried cherry, black pepper and cedar. The full-bodied flavors and textured finish are enhanced by notes of cherries, herbs and toasted oak. Regular $21.99 Cooper’s Price $17.99

Le Fervent Costieres de Nimes Syrah –
The term “fervent” is defined as “having intensity of spirit, feeling and enthusiasm,” an apt description of winemaker Michel Gassier’s passion for Syrah. Le Fervent is produced in Costières de Nîmes, the southern-most appellation of the Rhône Valley nestled on the shore of the Mediterranean, and is sourced from some of the coolest vineyard sites of the Southern Rhône, thanks to the strong maritime influence. This wine exhibits the freshness, elegance and mineraility that are often characteristic of Syrahs from the Northern Rhône, the birthplace of this most noble varietal.

Tasting Notes:  Almost black with reddish hues. The nose is both complex and intense, of black plum, china ink, blood orange and hints of pencil lead. A very fresh and vibrant wine with flavors of blueberry, boysenberry liquor and garrigue (oak), underlined by hints of toast and cocoa. It is framed by refined tannins and good acidity.  Regular $19.99 Cooper’s Price $16.99

A vibrant tasting, including a RARE Beaujolais Blanc!!!

Gerard Boulay Sibylle Sancerre Rose – This winery is found in the Upper Loire Valley of France, from the  village Sancerre. Unlike many Sancerre Rosés, Boulay’s Rosé is not made from a selection of young vines but rather from 35-40 year old Pinot Noir vines located on the steep hillsides in front of the his home in Chavignol. Of the 9ha owned by Gerard Boulay, 8 of the hectares are on the slopes of Chavignol on Kimmeridgian or “terre blanche” soils (similar to the soils in Chablis), which he works manually and has farmed organically since 1990. The youngest vines at the domaine were planted by Mr. Boulay in 1972 and the average vine age is approximately 45 years old. The wines ferment naturally in tank and with the exception of the Chavignol tradition which is also aged in tank, the parcellaire wines are aged in in a mix of Foudres and used 300L barrels. Gerard adds no yeast and little to no SO2 during vinfication. He describes his role as one of “surveillance” to make sure nothing goes wrong. In general he works by instinct, “au feeling” because he wants to “let the wine live” and tries not to interfere with the natural process. He states, “C’est la nature qui fait le vin” (Nature makes the wine). Regular Price $28.99 Cooper’s Price $22.99 OR 2 for $40!!!


Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Blanc – In the hamlet of Le Breuil, deep in the southern Beaujolais and perched above a narrow creek, the Domaine Dupeuble has been running almost continuously since 1512! The name of the domaine has changed just three times in its history, most recently when the last heir, Anna Asmaquer, married Jules Dupeuble in 1919. Today their grandson Damien manages the domaine along with his wife, brothers, sons, and daughter. Tradition runs deep in the family, but each generation has also managed to add something new, including increasing the property. Today it is comprised of 100 hectares, about forty percent of which is designated to vineyards. Strong advocates of the lutte raisonnée approach to vineyard work, they tend their vines without the use of any chemicals or synthetic fertilizers. The vineyards, planted primarily to Gamay, face Southeast, South, and Southwest, and about two thirds of the property is on granite-based soil. The grapes are harvested manually and vinified completely without SO2. The wines are not chaptalized, filtered, or degassed and only natural yeasts are used for the fermentation. The wines of Dupeuble represent some of the best values in the Beaujolais today and are widely regarded for their very high quality and eminently reasonable price.

Kevin’s Notes:  There is NOT a lot of this wine. Beaujolais Blanc’s are Chardonnay, and very rare. This is a terrific fruit driven Chardonnay. It is luscious and rich on the palate balanced with acid. It is a wine created in the vineyards and we bought the wholesalers entire inventory – there are only 4 cases available!  Buy now for the holidays!!! Cooper’s Price $19.99 


Primarius Pinot Noir – Primarius wines embody sheer elegance where delicate flavors give way to full fruit expression; providing the most pleasurable drinking experience for wine lovers. Primarius wines represent the finest cool climate regions in Oregon and are a true reflection of the most famed varietal of the state, Pinot Noir. Latin for – distinguished – Primarius promises sophistication in every sip and exceeds expectations in quality, flavor and value.

Winemaker, Sarah Cabot, is the total package. She brings an ideal combination of ultra-premium Pinot Noir winemaking experience, good business sense, viticultural passion, and all-around poise and ease of articulation about what makes Oregon so special.

Already a familiar face and name in Oregon, Sarah has been making wine in the Willamette Valley for eight consecutive years. She has been the principal winemaker for Omero Cellars since its start in 2008. 

Tasting Notes: This Pinot Noir is a blend off vineyard sources throughout Oregon and is representative of one of Oregon’s great vintages. Aromatics suggest blackberries and Bing cherries accented by some subtle notes of cinnamon and clove. The palate carries these aromas on and compliments them with lively acidity and just a hint of oak sweetness. The mouthfeel is round and pleasant and yields some further depth suggesting Morello cherries and nutmeg. The finish lingers with soft, silky tannins and leaves an aftertaste of sweet red and black fruits and holiday spice. Cooper’s Price $15.99



Poggio Bonelli Chianti Classico – Located right in the heart of the area of origin of the Chianti Classico in Tuscany, the property covers about 810 hectares. Here, the local wine-making tradition dating back to the 16th century persists with vitality and vigour thanks to 83 hectares of cultivated vineyards whose grapes yield the renowned Poggio Bonelli wines.

One of the key factors to making this so wonderful is the fact it is hillside vineyard facing south in Chianti.  South and west facing vineyards gain more sun exposure to ripen the grapes.

95 points Wine Spectator:

Offers enticing aromas of black cherry, leather, tobacco, iron and earth. Well-structured and full of ripe fruit, this builds to a vibrant, tannic finish, with a lingering aftertaste of iron, cherry and leather. Should develop beautifully. (7/2018)

90 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:

The 2015 Chianti Classico is a stylish and contemporary wine with dark concentration and broad appeal. It sees 90% Sangiovese blended with 10% Merlot. It delivers its intensity with force across the board with a lasting and generous disposition. The wine reveals aromas of dark cherry and prune with spice, tobacco and Spanish cedar. The oak impact is strong and needs a year or so to better integrate. If you are looking for a soft and rich value wine to pair with steak or pork chops, this wine is up to the task for sure.Cooper’s Price $19.99

4 generous wines you NEED to taste this weekend!

St Cosme Little James Basket White – Château de Saint Cosme is the leading estate of  Gigondas and produces the benchmark wines of the appellation. The property has been in the hands of the Barruol family since 1570. Louis Barruol took over from his father in 1992 making a dramatic shift to quality and converting to biodynamics in 2010. The estate lies in the heart of Gigondas where 15 hectares of vineyard grow in the shade of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountain. In addition to the estate-grown wines labeled “Château de Saint Cosme,” Louis Barruol buys grapes from contracted growers, labeling these “négociant” wines simply as “Saint Cosme.” Saint Cosme Little James’ Basket Press Blanc carries the Vin de Pays d’Oc IGP and is an unconventional blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc are traditionally grown in different regions but grow side by side in the Languedoc and Louis Barruol believes them to be complementary. The wine is vinified in stainless steel tanks.

Sauvignon Blanc brings acidity to the blend while Viognier provides fleshiness and attractive notes of stone fruit and flowers. Blending the two varieties results in an aromatic and fresh-tasting wine with aromas and flavors of peach blossoms, apricot, grapefruit, lychee fruit, and mangos and fennel. Cooper’s Price $14.99

Jean François Mérieau Cent Visages Côt (Malbec) – The estate spreads over 35 hectares across the hillsides and on the left bank of the Cher River and benefit for the greater part from a south-southeast orientation. These rich and complex soils allow the production of a range of wines that are varied and rich in color. Jean-François Mérieau took over the family estate in 2000. Since then, he has committed himself to rediscovering the terroir of the Loir-et-Cher, working the soils, plowing, cutting heavily, and harvesting by hand. Cent Visages, meaning ‘100 faces’ is the name given to this Côt, sourced from a single, 2.5 hectare 50-year-old vineyard in Saint Julien de Chedon, grown by Jean-François. Destemmed, then hand sorted on a sorting table before crushing and put into a vat. Hand plunging and delestage, followed by a long maceration (between 5 and 6 weeks) with natural yeasts. Maturation in buried concrete tanks with micro-oxidation then aged in neutral French oak for 24 months.

Incredibly concentrated and rustic, in a good way, the Cent Visages has a floral edge, with a core of currant, cherry and plum fruit. it shows a side of Malbec that’s quite different than the fruity, oaky ones from Argentina that most of us are familiar with. This is such a departure from the modern style: it’s lifted and fragrant, with rose petals and fresh strawberries drifting from the glass. There’s real elegance and a mouth-coating texture, while the finish carries hints of stone. Cooper’s Price $18.99 

MacPhail Sundawg Ridge Vinyard Pinot Noir – At 280 feet elevation, among rolling hills, old apple orchards and chestnut groves, the Sundawg Ridge Vineyard sits above the fog many mornings. This 6.9-acre, sustainably farmed vineyard was planted by the Kensler Family in 1999 and benefits from exceptional exposure, temperate microclimate and mineral rich Goldridge soils. 100% de-stemmed, 5 to 6-day cold soak, native and inoculated fermentation, native malolactic fermentation in barrel, battonage weekly for 3 months, and aged 16 months on lees in French oak barrels, 35% new. Bottled unfined and lightly filtered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The aromas pick up interest and intensity over time in the glass Each and every vintage, the winemaker depends on this small Green Valley vineyard on a rolling hillside to declare itself a Pinot apart from most other expressions he’s fortunate to make. The powerful drumline is always the same: earthy, rich and dark from the Calera clone with spicy notes from the Pommard clone. Pomegranate leads the flavor explosion, backed by wild cherry. Toasty oak spice trends exotic, but doesn’t overpower the dominant red fruit. Bigger, richer, more opulent than most, it takes a  bit longer to evolve and show itself, but it’s always worth the wait. Cooper’s Price $32.99

Colterris 2016 Cabernet Franc The name COLTERRIS was derived by combining a three letter abbreviation of Colorado “Col” with the Latin word “terris” meaning from the land. “COLTERRIS – from the Colorado land”. All COLTERRIS Wines are produced from 100% Colorado grapes grown in our estate vineyards in the Grand Valley AVA.

COLTERRIS is located in Palisade on Colorado’s beautiful and picturesque Western Slope. 50% Riverside Vineyard Cabernet Franc, 44% Katie’s Vineyard Cabernet Franc, 3% Riverside Vineyard Merlot, and 3% Riverside Cabernet Sauvignon. 2016 represents our first vintage incorporating fruit from Riverside Vineyard into our Cab Franc. By harvesting, fermenting and aging each vineyard block separately, we can refine our final blend to yield the best wine possible. In this case, Riverside is a strong contributor to the blueberry and spice components where Katie’s Vineyard showed more floral character and a more elegant palate profile.

Generously fruit forward in the glass, this Cabernet Franc starts with notes of dark cherry, blueberry and ripe plum followed by a floral perfume and just a touch of cracked pepper and toasty oak. Like the aroma, this wine opens on the palate with more dark cherry and strawberry jam. The balance of acidity and smooth tannin give an intense mid-palate before drawing to a smooth finish with just a touch of oak. Cooper’s Price $22.99

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Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon Rose – This rose, from France’s Loire Valley, is made of 100% Cabernet  Franc grapes from 13-45 year old vines in alluvial sand and chalky clay. This is a direct press wine, which is enough to get the clear pale rosé color. The fermentation is much like a white wine at low temperature (65 to 68°F). It is a clear pale orange color with floral and citrus notes. Dry and very aromatic, combining the complexity of a red wine with the liveliness and brightness of a white; it is soft and perfumed, with good weight and presence, and finishes on crisp and gentle notes. It will pair well with BBQ, salads, pizza, curry, or any light lunch. Great on its own as well! Cooper’s Price $12.99 


Bastianich Schioppettino –The Bastianich winery, founded in 1997, strives to understand the history and culture of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and take it to a new level. They create unique wines that speak of place but, at the same time, show remarkable power and balance. A native vine of the Colli Orientali, the Schioppettino was once known as Ribolla Nera: at the time the technologies were not yet avant-garde and it could happen that the bottled wine made ‘pop’ at the opening, due to an unexpected refermentation. Historical wine of the Friulian tradition, in the interpretation of Bastianich can be classic but hilarious, with a varietal character of consistent quality as well as reliable in the price!

Intense ruby red color with bright violet reflections, the nose has captivating hints of currants and wild strawberries, raspberries with a hint of aromatic herbs and black pepper. The mouth is elegant and graceful, has a sliding and pleasant freshness, with almost imperceptible tannin and a long fruity finish.

Excellent with red meats, skewered meats, game and medium-aged cheeses, it is unique with roasted guinea fowl. Cooper’s Price $17.99 

Juan Gil Honoro Vera Garnacha – Calatayud, Spain – In France’s Rhone region, grenache is used as an elegant blending grape. While in Spain, the sun-drenched, dry Aragon region, which includes Calatayud, is a great place to grow “heavy” fruit like Garnacha (the Spanish name for the grape). Here, aged vines produce fruit that exhibits the grape’s unique character and style. The grapes come mostly from old vineyards with low yields, located high on the hillsides, 700-1000 metres above sea level. The vineyards are planted in mainly decomposed slate and gravely clay soils. The fermentation was carried out in stainless steel tanks and then spent two months in French oak barrels. This all-garnacha wine’s bouquet features aromas of red and black cherry and blackberry. On the palate, taste plums, currants, pepper and spice notes. It has low tannins, and even with all its fruit characteristics, there’s not a hint of sweetness. Cooper’s Price $11.99


MacPhail Russian River Valley Pinot Noir “The Flyer” – James MacPhail grew up just north of San Francisco in Marin County and has been producing acclaimed Pinot Noirs for over ten years. James insists on using the finest grapes from the best Pinot Noir vineyards from the Santa Rita Hills, Sonoma Coast, and Anderson Valley. His wines exude grace, nuance, elegance, and subtlety but also carry a humble power. The MacPhail Pinot Noirs represent the upper echelon of California Pinot Noir.

Absolute minimal intervention is the foundation of winemaking at MacPhail Family Wines. The wineries approach relies on native yeasts for fermentation. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally, without his introducing a culture. James uses traditional methods: pre-fermentation cold maceration, gentle punch downs by hand, barrel aging in French oak, no fining and no filtration. MacPhail winery is equipped with small fermenting vessels — stainless steel and French oak puncheons — that allow James MacPhail to isolate exceptional fruit and produce small-batch wines.

WINESTYR REVIEW MacPhail’s “The Flyer” moniker is reserved only for special Pinots from exceptional vintages and the very best vineyards. This 2013 bottling from the Susanna’s Vineyard in the Russian River Valley AVA is rich, creamy, and full-bodied with powerful red fruit flavors and a backbone of well-integrated toasted oak and spice. Very slightly reduced, this Pinot Noir is on the powerful end of the spectrum and needs at least an hour decant to open up. Cellar up to 15 years. Aged 16 months in 45% new French oak. Bottled unfined and unflitered.  

Interesting Note – MacPhail no longer makes this wine as he sold his label for an undisclosed amount of money.  The regular price for this wine is $59.99, and we have it on sale for $32.99!!