Scotchy Scotch Scotch…Mmm Mmm Mmm!

 

Loch Lomond Original Single malt –  The distillery was built by Littlemill Distillery Company Ltd, a joint venture part-owned by the American distillers Barton Brands Ltd, in 1965 on the site of a former calico dyeworks and Britain’s oldest car factory, the Argyll Motor Company. Barton took over complete ownership a few years later in 1971, but the distillery fell on hard times during the 1980s and was forced to close in 1984. Production resumed in 1987 under the new ownership of the Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse company, an independent bottler seeking to control supplies of malt whisky for their own-label blends. They operate on two traditional potstills, and one Coffey still for grain whisky production, making Loch Lomond the only distillery in Scotland to produce both malt and grain whisky on the same site. 

First impressions of dark, warm leather that builds into a more Highland heathery character. These darker notes gradually give way to a sweeter, malty presence. All of this aromatic richness concludes with lighter and more subtle wood notes becoming evident at the close. A pronounced burst of malt on the tongue with appetizing sweet cereal notes building over time to give an almost creamy texture to the palate, with a pronounced nuttiness, the texture and flavor of brazil nuts. Finally, a slightly astringent citrus note appears fleetingly in the background. The citrus on the palate subsides and the finish becomes more conventionally sweet. Hints of dark molasses develop into a darker sweeter conclusion with faint hints of citrus peel offsetting the general rich and sweet notes. Cooper’s price $24.98

 

Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky – Coffey Malt is made from 100% malted barley. However it is not categorized as “malt whisky” but as “grain whisky” since it is not distilled in a pot still. This unique production method results in extraordinary flavors and texture. The Coffey Still is the world’s first patented continuous still invented by Mr. Aeneas Coffey in 1830. Masataka Taketsuru valued the feature of this type of still, which retains the flavors of ingredients and also creates a distinctive texture. Coffey Grain and Coffey Malt are Nikka’s signature grain whiskies, from their Miyagikyo Distillery, which show the beauty of the Coffey Stills. 

The aroma is lively and tart. Fresh and citrusy all the way through. An ode to lemon, with sweet pear barely managing to temper. Fine pepper notes and a hint of balsamic blend together, with softer vanilla scents finding their way in. On the palate, its vivacity is sustained by citrus aromatics (clementine, orange) which challenge more enticing notes of coffee, praline, and vanilla cream. Surprisingly, prune, mirabelle and greengage plum aromas develop, leaving one with the impression of an eau-de-vie. The finish extends, without batting an eye, on prune and mirabelle notes. Licorice makes a brief appearance before the fruit takes center stage.  Cooper’s Price $74.99 

Glen Scotia Double Cask Single Malt – Campbeltown, a tiny region on Scotland’s west coast, was once a hotbed of whisky-making, but today there are just three companies with active stills. Springbank is by far the best known. Glengyle/Kilkerran is largely unheard of in the U.S. The third is Glen Scotia, which was built in 1832 but has changed hands and gone through so many owners that few have kept count. The current owner is Loch Lomond, which produces whisky under its own name as well.

Glen Scotia Double Cask, is a non-age statement single malt whisky finished in first-fill bourbon casks followed by time in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. In the glass, it offers aromas of coffee, Madeira wine, dried fruits, and roasted nuts. The palate is more well-rounded, with caramel and vanilla sweetness quickly leading to a heavy baking spice character, particularly focused on cloves and cardamom. There are some simple granary notes here, indicative of youth, but they’re well masked behind all the spice, wine, nuts, and fruit. Those winey notes find a reprise on the finish, where they are showcased well along with a bit of salt spray and overtones of spiced nuts. Cooper’s Price $49.98

 

Kaiyo Mizunara Oak Whisky – Kaiyo is a negotiant bottler started by a drinks group led by former Asahi employee Mr. Watanabe. He was able to purchase “teaspooned” malt whisky barrels from an unnamed Japanese whisky supplier via his connections in the industry (“teaspooning” is when a distiller adds a teaspoon of another whisky into the barrel before selling it, thus preventing the purchaser from claiming it as a single malt from that distillery). The whiskies are purchased as teaspooned new make (unaged distillates) and then put into Japanese Mizunara oak barrels from Ariake, considered one of the best manufacturers in the world (each new Mizunara barrel costs between $6500 – $7500). For those unfamiliar with the legend of Japanese Mizunara oak, it’s become heralded in the whisky world both for the exotic flavors of incense, sandalwood, and coconut it passes along to the spirit as well as its expense. Difficult to cooper and notoriously inefficient as a vessel, editions of Yamazaki and Bowmore aged in Mizunara wood have sold at four figure prices, making the Kaiyo whiskies in comparison seem like a steal. You get an exotic note of tea and faint orange peel on the nose of the standard Kaiyo edition, but the soft and rather delicate palate brings more of the vanilla and oak character. The spices come out on the finish with lots of pepper and oolong. It’s very Japanese in its restraint, graceful from front to back without any serious peaks or valleys.
Cooper’s Price $69.99

DO NOT miss this tasting, it’ll blow you away!

Jolie Laide Trousseau Gris, Russian River Valley Fanucchi Vineyard –  Jolie-Laide is a one-man operation based in a Sebastopol winery. Winemaker Scott Schultz makes only 500 cases of wine a year under his own label. The name Jolie-Laide translates loosely to “Pretty-Ugly”, a French term of endearment to describe something that is unconventionally beautiful. Scott makes some of the most unique and highly sought-after wines in California that are true to their name.

Winemaker’s Notes:  Recherché (rare, exotic, or obscure) at its truest sense. These rare, near-extinct vines produce unique yet fascinating fruit. In turn, the wines made from them are equally beguiling. Some skin contact lends an incandescent, roseate hue, breadth of palate and subtle tannin. A veritable high wire act; light and pretty, wildly floral yet savory with a visceral depth. An inebriating blend of wild pomelo, summer melon, stone fruit, white tea and sweet earth all weave with finessed length and elegant palate presence.

Kevin’s Notes:  My wife Sharon, manager Joe, and I tasted this wine and we all said, “How many can we get?” The original answer was 12 bottles, but Paul, the owner of Craft Wines allowed us to have 3 cases!  Thank you Paul! This is a true showcase wine and I would hate anyone to miss it.  It’s one the best whites of the year from one of the best winemaker’s in the United States. Typically we can never get enough of his wines for a tasting!  Cooper’s price $29.99

 

Domaine Lelievre, Côtes de Toul Gris de Toul 2017 – 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. Winemaking became important during the 15th century due to the Dukes of Lorraine and the Bishops of Toul, in the mid-17th century. The Franco Prussian war in the late 19th century, Two World wars and the delimitation of Champagne (Lorraine grapes were previously allowed) led to little winemaking.  After WWII, mining took the region’s already decimated manpower, and by the mid 1950’s there were less than 250 acres. The Lelievre family was one of those founding estates.  Now in its third generation, Lelievre is run by brothers Vincent and David, who both have over a decade of international (Argentina, Australia, Chile, Spain, US, and Uruguay) and regional (Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and the Languedoc) winemaking experience. They tend to just less than 19 hectares = 47 acres.

Wine Education:  For vin gris : Gamay (the most common grape variety in the AOC) and Pinot Noir as the main grape varieties, and Aubin blanc, Auxerrois blanc and Pinot Meunier as accessory grape varieties. 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.  Cooper’s Price $14.99

 

 

Walter Scott La Combe Verte Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir 2017 – Famed Burgundy importer Becky Wasserman was once quoted in Wine Spectator saying, “You can always judge a great Domaine by the quality of their Bourgogne bottling.” These are words we LIVE by. At Walter Scott, we put the same care and attention to detail into our two Willamette Valley wines as we do our single vineyard selections. The La Combe Verte bottlings are the foundation for every choice we make in the winery, directly reflecting our reputation, philosophy, and lifestyle.

This wine is a serious and beautiful example of the 2017 vintage, immediately appealing, but layered with power and structure giving this wine the ability to age in your cellar for several years. The nose suggests red & black fruits, flowers and spicy earth. The fruit, tannins and acid all come together to produce what we feel is a lovely & balanced example of what the Willamette Valley gave us in 2017.

Kevin’s Notes:  Every year, we get a limited release of this stunning under $30 Pinot Noir.  28 btls available  Cooper’s Price $28.99

 

Bodegas Pedro Regalado “Embocadero” Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero – Bodegas Pedro Regalado is located in La Aguilera, in what the local experts call ‘The Golden Triangle’ of Tempranillo grapes in the Ribera del Duero region. A small group of growers founded the bodega in the early 1960’s, but it remained in obscurity for about 40 years, selling their wine to prominent bodegas in the region until Cesar Mate a young winemaker / enologist, joined the bodega.

Since 2003, Cesar has been in charge of the bodega’s 370 acre vineyards, which were planted in the early 1900’s. Cesar convinced the bodega not to spend the money to replant the vineyards, which would increase the yield, but to continue with the old vines with their low yields in order to maximize their concentration.

Kevin’s Notes:  Its real simple, this wine is 100% Old Vine Tempranillo from the Spanish wine region of Ribera del Duero – a region known for full-bodied Tempranillo’s.  The wine taste well above its price.  Cooper’s Price $15.99

Taste the tour of Europe!!!

Grimaldi Langhe Sauvignon Blanc – Giacomo Grimaldi was founded in 1930 by Ernesto  Grimaldi. In 1983 the winery was inherited by Giacomo, who sold the greatest part of his grapes in bulk, while keeping only a small part to be bottled for sale to a mostly local clientele. In 1996 Ferruccio Grimaldi, Giacomo’s son decided to continue the family wine business. Animated by a great passion, Ferruccio started to produce wines exclusively from the family’s vineyards. 

Kevin’s Notes: There’s something about Italian Sauvignon Blanc and I can’t put my finger on it.  They can be very below average, or, (like this one) they can be some of the best white wines you’ve ever tasted! This Sauvignon is incredible with its light almond and subtle stone fruit nose and flavors.  It does NOT have the strong aggressive citrus or green pepper character of many of its brethren. Its mouthfeel is broad and round with great acidity.  It makes you salivate and satisfies completely! Quite frankly, it’s an outstanding white for this time of year and at this price it’s a bargain. Regular $19.99 Now $17.99 

Envînate Albahra, Garnacha Tintorrera – Albahra (Castilian for “small sea”) is named for the vineyard area in the Almansa region close to the town of Albacete, located at the southeastern tip of Castilla-La Mancha. The Garnacha Tintorera, also called Alicante Bouchet, is from a 3-parcel vineyard on clay/calcareous soils, and the Moravia Agria (a high-acid, low alcohol blending grape) is from a single vineyard on sandy clay-calcareous soils in neighboring Manchuela. It is pruned to get larger grapes, since there is only 50ha of Moravia Agria left in all of Spain. All grapes are hand-harvested and vinified separately by parcel. The Garnacha Tintorera is foot-trodden in vat with 30-50% stems included and 6-10 days skin maceration, then fermented and raised on fine lees in concrete for 8 months; the Moravia Agria is completely destemmed and sees 7 days maceration before being pressed and raised on fine lees in 228L used French barriques for 8 months, all without battonage. The wine is then blended and bottled unfined, unfiltered and with very little SO2 addition. This is a wine with a pure high-toned nose, floral red fruit, with hints of spice and bursting with minerality. An extremely versatile food wine, especially with Mediterranean meats and seafood. Regular $24.99 Now $21.99 Limited Supply!!! 

Paolo Monti 2007 Barbera d’Alba – Located at Monforte d’Alba, in the heart of the Langhe hills, the estate was founded in 1996, when Pier Paolo Monti purchased a few vineyards in the area as well as the adjacent farmstead, and built the winery on the latter’s premises. The vineyards of Bussia, San Martino, Val di Sacco, Camie, Chiese, are all within the Monforte commune and cover a total of approximately 16 hectares (25 acres). The newly built winery is functional in layout, state-of-the-art in equipment, with separate, temperature-controlled areas for each phase from fermentation to bottling. In the underground cellars, the wines are matured and aged in oak.Attentive vineyard management, modern vinification and meticulous élevage yield a range of characterful, top-quality wines. Heady, perfumed Barbera with great depth and complexity and a fleshy indulgent palate. Incredibly intense Barbera character, inky and dense, powerful through the palate and afterwards, yet subtle and with a suppleness rarely associated with this variety. This is a 2007 vintage Barbera! The winery cellared this vintage and just released them to the public. It is drinking fantastic!!!  Cooper’s Price $22.99

 

Beauregard Ducasse Cuvée Lagupeau Graves, Bordeaux – Château Beauregard Ducasse was established by Albert Duran in 1850 in Mazères, south of the Graves appellation. Jacques Perromat (6th generation of Perromat winemakers) took over the property of his in-laws in 1983. He has combined technology and tradition to express the best potential of the terroir of Beauregard Ducasse, which is marked by its complexity: gravel, sand and ferruginous concretions and a dominant clay-limestone. Our particularity is to be exhibited on the highest slope of the Graves appellation, which gives us an excellent maturity of the grapes. 

60% Merlot 30% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Petit Verdot

This wine has a dark and brilliant color. The aromas of red fruits are very assertive on the nose, spicy notes enhance the fruity aromas. The tannins are elegant. Good persistence in the mouth will delight your palate.  Regular $16.99 Now $14.99

Straight Outta Bordeaux! A tasting to ignite you palate!!!

Chateau Beauregard Ducasse Lagupeau 2016 Graves Bordeaux – Beauregard Lagupeau is situated in the south of the Graves AOC.   With an altitude of 112 meters, this vineyard is one of the highest in the appellation. It has been owned by the same family since 1850, and today the sixth generation of winemakers is represented by Jacques and Marie-Laure Perromat.

Graves is a wine district on the left bank of the Bordeaux region in France, characterized by the gravel soils (graves) after which it is named. Unique among Bordeaux’s sub-regions, Graves is equally respected for both its red wines as for its whites. The district’s catch-all appellation is AOC Graves, which covers both red and white wines. A typical Graves red is based on the classic Bordeaux grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot sometimes in a supporting role. The typical Graves white is dry, mid-bodied and usually made from the equally familiar combination of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

This is a gorgeous dry white wine made up of 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc.  The Graves region is recognized as the best Bordeaux appellation for Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.  Cooper’s Price $14.99

 

Domaine Saint Andrieu L’Oratoire Coteaux Varois en Provence Rose 2017 – First of all, where and what is Coteaux Varois???  Coteaux Varois en Provence is a sub-appellation of the wine-growing region Provence , in the South-East of France , which covers a total area of 2,500 hectares divided into 28 municipalities around Brignoles. The vines are cultivated between 600 and 1000 meters of altitude on clay-calcareous soils mixed with gravel and silica. They enjoy the influence of the continental climate, climate due to the various rocky massifs that surround the area, thus preventing the influence of the Mediterranean Sea.

Owners of Château Talbot, a Bordeaux house in Saint-Julien, Jean-Paul and Nancy Bignon took over the reins of the Domaine Saint-Andrieu in 2003.

Perched on the inland hills, at the foot of the Alps, near the village of Correns, near the small village of Brignoles, in the Provence region, the Domaine Saint-Andrieu is located in a nature protected by urban pollution, surrounded by majestic landscapes . Upon their arrival, the new owners begin an ambitious program of renovation and renovation of the estate. The Domaine Saint-Andrieu is experiencing a new era, with modern facilities, a new wine-making cellar (thermoregulation and stainless steel vats) and aging. The eighteenth century villa, on the other hand, has rediscovered all the glory of the past.  Cooper’s Price $17.99

 

Chateau Guillebot Plaisance Bordeaux 2014 – Château Guillebot Plaisance belongs to the Villeneuve family for 6 generations and is located not far from the village of Targon, in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers. The micro-clima “specific to this region (located between the Dordogne and the Garonne) offers ideal conditions for the production of this Bordeaux wine. The Château Guillebot Plaisance red wine has been recognized for many years in tasting contests. In 2014, he obtained the Gold Medal at the Concours de Paris.

The color is dark, the nose greedy. The palate is velvety, the tannins are supple. An elegant wine that will keep for 3 to 7 years. It’s a Blend: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

Kevin’s Notes:  This is why I go to private, invite only tastings – This is a steal and we have committed to buying 20 cases of this terrific Petit Chateau!  Cooper’s Price $12.99

 

Tolosa Estate Pinot Noir 2014 – Tolosa’s style of winemaking reflects our commitment to quality. Our goal is to produce a perfectly balanced wine and to stay true to the characteristic of the grape varietal. Selecting only the top 10% of the fruit from our Edna Ranch’s 750 acres allows us to consistently produce distinctive wines. We produce estate grown wines that come from our vineyards planted in the cooler climate of Edna Valley, California. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay make up 80% of Tolosa wines, while Syrah and other small production varietals make up only 20%. Our winery is sustainable in all aspects of the wine growing and wine making process.

Winemaker Notes;  Bright red cherry color foreshadows aromas of dried strawberry and red cherry accentuated by a complex combination of cedar, cinnamon, allspice and coco powder. Flavors of red cherry, black plum and pomegranate are framed by a crisp acidity. A full array of tannin along with quince and tart cherry lingers on the finish.  Cooper’s Price $26.99

 

An inspired tasting, fit for any palate!

 

Asnella Single Vyd Vinho Verde, Portugal – This is a gorgeous white blend of 60% Arinto and 40% Loureiro.  This wine comes from the terrific Portuguese importer, Obrigado Vinhos which is a New York-based importer with 100% focus on Portuguese wines. The meaning of Obrigado is “thank you” in Portuguese. Founded in 2010, the company’s original sole mission was to import just one wine: Vera Vinho Verde, but because of the growing demand for Portuguese wines in the US, today Obrigado represents many Portuguese wine families. All the wines imported by Obrigado have three things in common: quality, authenticity and value. 

Kevin’s Notes – Earlier in the year, I said more and more great Portuguese wines are going to find their way to the U.S. and in our store.  Asnella Vinho Verde is a very serious wine from 26 year old vines growing through the soils of schist and granite.  The wine rests on a very delicate ridge of citrus and tropical fruit with stunning texture and mineral notes.  Cooper’s Price $14.99

 

Tyler Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2016 – Tyler is dedicated to producing wines of delicacy and balance, where structure and nuance are favored above all else. Justin Willetts’ focus is exclusively on exceptional vineyard sites throughout the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley within Santa Barbara County. Within these two appellations, the unique combination of marine-based soils, transverse ranges and valleys, and cool ocean influence make this a truly wonderful place for growing pinot noir and chardonnay. In order to best convey the individuality of each site, Justin aims to be modern in his thinking and classic in his approach. He has made an effort to not only seek out vineyards of pedigree, but also to seek out vines with age. He now works with a number of the oldest vineyard blocks in the county and believes this is essential in his quest for both purity and intensity.

Kevin’s Notes – Last October, Sharon and I were invited to Central Coast, California and we spent an extraordinary half day with the winemaker, Justin Willetts.  We toured all of the amazing single vineyards that go into this remarkable Chardonnay.  This wine is a blend of the following star struck vineyards:  Vineyard Sources: Bien Nacido Vineyard, Dierberg Vineyard, La Rinconada Vineyard, Sanford & Benedict Vineyard – Vine Age: Planted 1973, 1990, 1997, 1971.  Do not miss the opportunity of tasting this Chardonnay.  This wine drinks well above its price and the winery is out of this vintage.  Cooper’ Price $29.99 

Tolosa Estate Pinot Noir 2014 – Tolosa’s style of winemaking reflects our commitment to quality. Our goal is to produce a perfectly balanced wine and to stay true to the characteristic of the grape varietal. Selecting only the top 10% of the fruit from our Edna Ranch’s 750 acres allows us to consistently produce distinctive wines. We produce estate grown wines that come from our vineyards planted in the cooler climate of Edna Valley, California. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay make up 80% of Tolosa wines, while Syrah and other small production varietals make up only 20%. Our winery is sustainable in all aspects of the wine growing and wine making process.

Winemaker Notes: Bright red cherry color foreshadows aromas of dried strawberry and red cherry accentuated by a complex combination of cedar, cinnamon, allspice and coco powder. Flavors of red cherry, black plum and pomegranate are framed by a crisp acidity. A full array of tannin along with quince and tart cherry lingers on the finish.  Cooper’s Price $26.99

Poe Wines Ultraviolet Cabernet 2016 – 2016 marks the seventh vintage of Ultraviolet Cabernet Sauvignon, by winemaker Samantha Sheenhan of POE and Mommenpop. Samantha’s Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays have always been inspired by the wines of France, thus her California Cabernet project deserves a fitting title. Ultraviolet is a homage to the California climate where Sam Grew up, and a pure expression of fruit ripened under the California Sun. POE also produces traditional Champagne method sparkling wines, rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and a nouveau from Pinot Noir. Each wine is made in very limited quantities, and sold directly from the winery and to high-end restaurants around the country.

Winemaker Notes: Ripe notes of blueberry compote, plums, fresh violet petals and currant, a round mouthfeel with hints of blackberry   bramble, black pepper and Bordeaux-like earthiness, with bright acidity and velvety, persistent tannin. Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc  The wine is aged 10 months in 50% new and 50% used French Oak barrels. Cooper’s Price $16.99

Taster’s Choice! Check out these 4 beautiful wines this Fri & Sat 5-7pm

We’re tasting THESE this weekend…join us!

FLEUR PINOT ROSE’ – (Cali) – Has a very typical Pinot Noir floral & fruit aromas that set the stage for a mouthful of fresh strawberry, raspberry and elegant acidity.    $15.99

FLEUR CHARDONNAY – (Cali) – Delicate flavors, prolonged yeast contact adds creamy texture & subtle toast aromas.  Vivid citrus, peach, apples & stone fruit is apparent while refreshing acidity lingers.    $15.99

FLEUR PINOT NOIR – (Cali) – Displays brilliant ruby color that sets the stage for aromas of pomegranate and bright red fruit with hints of exotic spice.  Well balanced with a mouthfeel of ripe berries and harmonious combination of acidity & structure.  $15.99

GUIMARO CAMINO REAL – (Spain) – Juicy, elegant and fresh on the nose, the aromas of fresh fruit stand out.  Floral notes on a background of minerality.  Amazing value for the money.   $24.99

“La Familia” Tasting this Fri & Sat 5-7…

We’re doing something different for the tasting this week – we are going to taste a group of wines from one family – The Middleton Family.

They are land owners of vineyards in Washington and parts of California.  In the past, they have sold their fruit to wineries, but now they are making wines as well at a stunning price.

After tasting the wines, I quoted them a price for buying twice as much as they were seeking and they ACCEPTED!

These wines sell on their website for $25, but we will be offering them for $16.99!  These wines represent a great value and when you buy 3 bottles we will give you 10% off.

This will be a blast as we will be tasting  a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet and Syrah from two different states, but from one family.

see YOU this weekend at Cooper!

A proverbial “world tour” wine tasting!!!

Cantina Tollo, Pecorino Terre di Chieti – Pecorino is a rare white varietal that possess the  body similar to Viognier but with tropical fruit flavors. The vineyards were previously used for sheep herding – hence the name.

Pecorino is a light-skinned wine grape used in Italy’s eastern coastal regions, particularly in Marche and Abruzzo. A classic Pecorino-based wine is dry and minerally, straw-yellow in color and has an elegantly floral bouquet of acacia and jasmine, sometimes spiced with a faint hint of licorice.

Kevin’s Notes:  This is a terrific white wine for the price – its real gift!  Why?  Well, the normal retail price for this wine is about $22.99, but it is not well known by 99% of the consumers and very few wholesale reps know how to sell it so here it is on inventory reduction.  We bought all they had because WE DO know what this wine represents!  

Regular $22.99 Now $15.99


 Eugen Muller Vom Basalt Pflaz, Germany Kabinett Riesling 2016 – This estate was initially established in 1767 as a cooperage and in 1935 the winery began producing wines of their own. Kurt Müller and his son Stephan are the 3rd generation to run the estate. Stephan joined the family business in 2000 after completing his studies in viniculture at Geisenheim.

The specialties of the estate are the racy, aromatic and elegant Riesling Basalt is the famous soil of the Pechstein, from which this wine hails, but it’s bottled under the name of a small privileged Grosslage because it’s the wine Müller’s customers recognize. 

In terms of both quality and quantity, Pfalz is one of Germany’s most important regions, and one which shows great promise for the future. An increasing proportion of Germany’s finest Riesling and Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) come from Pfalz vineyards n terms of both quality and quantity.

Kevin’s Note;  Since this is a Kabinett, it is considered an off-dry style of Riesling it is NOT very sweet, but it is FRUIT DRIVEN with a dry finish – it’s a BLAST!  

Regular $19.99 Now $16.99 Limited Qty!!! 


Domaine d’Aupilhac, Lou Maset – Three generations of Fadats have farmed the large, 45 acres in Aupilhac.  While the Fadats have farmed this land since the nineteenth century, and the vineyards date even farther back to the time of the Romans, it was not until 1989 that the current member of the Fadat family, Sylvain, finally registered the domaine.

The soils are rich in prehistoric oyster fossils, which lend an incredible length and minerality to the wines. Sylvain is not one to shy away from hard work. In a volcanic amphitheatre comprised of marine fossils and raw limestone.

Sylvain has also elected to have his fruit certified as organic in Europe, a mandatory three-year conversion process. For him, this is a choice both of conscience and pragmatism.  This wine is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, and Carignan. 

Regular $18.99 Now $16.99


Goyo Garcia Joven de Vinas Viejas Tinto Fino 2017 – “I am Goyo.” Yes, you are, and your wines are stunning. Greatly inspired by natural winemakers.  Goyo started to produce his own, naturally made wines in 2003. He farms three, tiny, single plots in the heart of Ribera del Duero, planted with vines no younger than 80 years old. All vines are head-trained and interplanted with white grapes, just as things were done back in the good old days. In the cellar, grapes are destemmed, fermented exclusively with wild yeast, and nothing is added during élevage (including SO2). The wines are raised in old, French barrels at an underground, century-old cellar. These are the new wave, natural Ribera del Duero wines. Goyo also makes wine in Cantabria, where there is a little known out-cropping of old vine Mencía and Palomino planted on pure broken slate. Using similar practices as his Duero reds, Goyo produces beautiful, mountain-laden, mineral-inflected natural wines in Cantabria where his monther is from. That’s right, Palomino gone wild!Goyo 

Kevin’s Notes:  This is the star of the show.  It is made from Tinto Fino.  Tinto Fino is the same as Tempranillo, but this is what they call it in Ribera del Duero.  Remember that the next time you read a wine list!  More Wine Education:  Vinas Viejas means “Old Vines”.  This is also another wine from Jose Pastor Imports a big favorite of mine.  This wine as DEEP purple with gorgeous dark fruit and subtle licorice backed with a touch of acidity.  This is as natural as it gets.  No…So2 is added.   This wine is way too cool!!!

Regular $28.99 Now $24.99

Last Tequila tasting of the year!

 

Suerte Tequila

Suerteis the brainchild of Co-Founders Laurence Spiewak and Lance Sokol.  Lance from Mexico City and Laurence from Philadelphia first met one another in Boulder, CO and quickly realized they shared the same passion for great tequila.  They often discussed the idea of creating their own tequila house, but this did not happen until Lance met and tasted the tequilas from Master Distiller Perdro Hernandez.

Pedro is from highlands of Jalisco.  He was an attorney until he decide to make tequila from blue Weber agave grown on his family’s property.  He spent six years making tequila in the traditional manner by slow roasting the pinas and crushing it with a Tahona (a large wheel constructed of stone).  

In 2010, Suerte – the Lucky Rabbit – began distillation and two years later it was released to the market.  After many years, Lance and Laurence completed their goal:  produce a traditional tequila with the purest essence of Blue Weber agave with a clean, modern package that will be affordable to many!

How Suerte Tequila is Made

  1. The Harvest – The Blue Weber agave plants are harvested after 8 years of growing slowly to the size of 200 pounds with a leaf and heart span of up to 16 ft!!!
  1. The Oven Roasting – “We welcome piñas by the truckload into our distillery and begin the process of splitting and stacking them in our brick oven. We slow roast the piñas for 52 hours, four times longer than the industry standard, to bring out the fullest agave expression.”
  1. The Crushing  – “It’s the way we roll that sets our tequila apart. Being 100% Tahona means every piña from the oven gets crushed under a two-ton stone, slowly and repetitively, for 16 hours to release all the juices. Others use shredders to process the piñas.”
  1. The Fermentation – “The juice from the crushed piñas is mixed with pure spring water creating “Mosto”. Along with the Agave, the other most important natural ingredient that imparts amazing taste is the pure spring waters of Atotonilco El Alto. Legendary in their purity and healing properties, these waters give life to the surrounding agave fields and our tequila.To get the most of our Mosto, it goes directly into a fermentation tank where a proprietary yeast is added. Then we’re back to going slow – letting the yeast do its work for a few days and getting our fermentation on. Hello alcohol.”
  1. The Distillation – “From there, the liquid is ready to be double-distilled by passing through a stainless and then copper still for finishing. Our distillation is a 17-hour process and the industry standard is 3.5 hours. Hello Tequila.”
  1. The Aging – “Now we have our tequila, the final steps determine what expression it will become. 

For Blanco, it’s off to the stainless steel tanks for 2 months before bottling. 

For Reposado and the Añejo, its gravity poured into charred American white oak whiskey barrels and rested from 7 months to 7 years.”

A wine tasting with “terroir!”

 

Bernard DeFaix Chablis 2016 Kevin’s Notes: Most wine consumers do not know Chablis is actually part of the French wine growing region, Burgundy, although Chablis is not connected to Burgundy.  It is approximately 70 miles Northeast of Dijon.  The soil is heavy in limestone and mineral-rich clay.  These soil type makes for some of the world’s greatest Chardonnays. 2016 was an extremely difficult vintage with frost in April and high heats in August destroying 70% of the fruit, however, the fruit that remained was extraordinary!

The region of Burgundy has become synonymous with high quality red (Pinot Noir) and white wines (Chardonnay), rigorously protected by French wine laws designed to keep reputations and quality at a very high level.

Fourth generation from a family of vine-growers, Bernard Defaix started with 2 ha (5 acres) in 1959.

This wine is aged in stainless steel tanks so as to respect the typicity of the appellation. Defaix Chablis are characterized by their freshness, power and tenacity. Their bouquet displays a dominance of mineral notes, which are often associated with delicate touches of citrus fruit. Part of this wine is aged in oak, but I would not consider it oak-y. 

Cooper’s Price $22.99

 

Albastrele Blanc de Cabernet, Moldova ~ Yes, this is a White Cabernet and it’s a BLAST! ~Kevin’s Notes: All wine gets its color from the skins of the grapes as the juice ferments into wine.  That’s correct, if you squish a bunch of Cabernet or Pinot Noir grapes in your hands, you would find yourself with clear grape juice running through your fingers.

Taste:  Lively aromas of passionfruit, ripe peach, grapefruit and fresh cut grass with a fresh and firm structure. The wine is bright and brilliant with fleshy flavors and mouthfeel.  It’s a wine for everyone from the wine geek to newcomer.  Take this to a party, chilled and in a brown bag for your friends and family.  After they’ve each tasted it, remove the brown bag for them to discover a White Cabernet from Moldova!  Who would’ve thought such a wonderful wine exsists?  Cooper Wine and Spirits, that’s who!  We got a great deal on this wine so we’re passing the savings on to you!!!

NEW Cooper Price $11.99

 

Diego Losada La Senda 1984 from Spain – Occasionally a winegrower emerges who redefines an appellation in order to show its true potential. In our opinion, Diego Losada has done just this in Bierzo. In a relatively short time, this young man has built a small bodega, gained an extraordinary understanding of his vineyards, and is employing a non-interventionist approach to both – he adds NO SULFER.  The result is his wines show an incomparable purity of fruit, with an intensity and focus that evoke the high elevation and rugged countryside of this region.

The  vineyards are in the hills of Priaranza del Bierzo, in the southwest part of the appellation. This is where the grape Mencía thrives and is most expressive. The vines are 70-90 years old and planted in clay soils incorporated with slate and trace minerals at 650 meters elevation, some of the highest vineyards in Bierzo.

Taste:  This wine is fresh with crushed cherries, orange zest, lavender, and incense, with an iron-like structure and mouthwatering acidity. Pair this vibrant and complex red with any red meats and veggies char-grilled or roasted. 

Cooper’s Price $19.99

 Esprit de Sarrail The Cite de Carcassonne IGP – was first established in 1981, it includes 25 producers, mostly working as a cooperative. Domaine Sarrail is the largest with 250 acres and one of the few selling their wine as a Domaine.

Situated between the Pyrenees to the South and the Black Mountains to the North, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, Carcassonne is best known for its fabulous medieval city, surrounded by massive battlements. It enjoys a privileged climatic position where the excesses of the Mediterranean climate are tempered by the coolness of the Atlantic. This special microclimate gives the wines their particular elegance and charm. The Estate was first established in 1292!!! Then, in 1980 the Sarrail family acquired the estate as they saw a great potential for the vines and terroir and much work has been done to maximize their potential. 

Taste: The wine is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Malbec. Moderately dense and very dark red with a thin purple rim. This young blended red possesses an attractive, clean and nuanced ripe red plum and dark cherry aroma and flavors. The wine’s initial impression is nearly full-bodied, but soft on the palate. 

Cooper’s Price $9.99