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

Taste some wine with an industry professional!!!

 

This weekend, Cooper is hosting industry professional, Stephanie Schlis!

Here is Stephanie’s background:

“I’ve been working Food and Retail since 2012, with an interest in wine beginning in 2013, and really just started exploring and delving into wine at Coaltrain Wine & Spirits who helped me achieve my WSET 2 Sure. (Wine and Spirits Education Trust; the track geared towards Master of Wine.) I started with CTS in August of last year and moved here to the Roaring Fork Valley full time starting in May!”

Since we met her a short time ago, she has been a wonderful consultant for us, bringing in some wines to taste that showed incredible value for the $, and just all around great selections. Her palate is incredibly defined, especially for someone her age, and she is a very motivated and information-oriented rep. Exactly what we look for here at Cooper!

Thanks Stephanie for all your hard work and dedication to the craft, and for helping Cooper to have the best selection possible at the best prices!

Ares de Medeiros Portuguese White – At the vineyards of Herdade de Medeiros  (Land of Medeiros) in the south region of Portugal, the typical prairie-like landscapes is “interrupted” by a large, beautiful lake. Year round this lake is inhabited by a large number of birds, both resident and migratory. Ares de Medeiros represents those migratory birds that annually pass through this estate. This wine was produced from our own hand-picked Arinto, Viognier, and Verdelho grape varieties. Distinct color with tones of green on gold, and exuberant citric aromas. The rich fruit pallet and balanced acidity completes this fine and elegant wine.

Kevin’s Notes: Portuguese wines are currently the most value oriented wines on the market! Their red wines have been leading way and now white of Portugal are showing the quality to cost value. Great wine with salty dishes, seafood, light cheeses – terrific porch pounder! Cooper’s Price $11.99 

Domaine de la Mordoree Rose 2017 – The Mordorée is the poetic nickname used locally for the woodcock that flies over our lands during its migrations. Ideally located at the crossroads of Provence and Languedoc, the Domaine de la Mordorée produces some of the finest wines in the Rhone Valley. They own manage and control vineyards in: Châteauneuf du Pape, Lirac, and Tavel.”Our philosophy has always been to produce the greatest wines possible. To achieve this goal we have selected the best parcels of land, the highest grade grapes and developed environmental friendly wine growing methods. The vinification and maturation of our wines combine both tradition and modernity”.

Kevin’s Notes: This wine is 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Cinsault.  An important fact about this wine is the importer; Kysela.  In Atlanta as a buyer, our company imported Fran Kysela wines. Fran is a Master Sommelier who turned his expertise by discovering and importing some of the greatest wines and wine values from France and Spain. Whenever I read the back of a wine label and I see Kysela’s name, I am immediately interested in that wine! One simple remark, “This is one of the best Roses I have tasted all year!” Cooper’s Price $19.99 

Illahe Vineyards Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016 – Illahe is a Chinook Jargon word meaning “earth,” “land,” or “soil.” We feel this reflects both our location in Oregon, as well as our desire to craft wines which express the variety of soils on our beautiful 80 acre estate. Illahe Vineyards was established in 2000 by Lowell Ford, grower of Oregon grapes since 1983.Illahe is a LIVE-certified, Salmon Safe vineyard. We use cover crops on the entire vineyard. We are part of Oregon’s Deep Roots Coalition, and as such do not irrigate mature plants. We do extensive green pruning and conduct plant topping. We prune by hand and harvest by hand. We use sulfur spray to control for powdery mildew and botrytis. We aim for balanced production and optimal ripeness. This includes a program of no irrigation, leaf pulling to decrease shade, and dropping green clusters after veraison. One of our goals at Illahe is to reduce the use of fossil fuels throughout the year. We have solar panels and we use our horses, Doc and Bea, to mow and to bring grapes to the winery at harvest.

Kevin’s Notes:  This is was a HUGE surprise for me when I told the price of this ESTATE Oregon Pinot Noir. Rarely, do you find an Estate (winery owned vineyard to bottle) Pinot Noir at this quality under $40-$50.  This is steal, and you can thank me later – cheers! Regular Price $29.99  Cooper’s Price $26.99 

Le Clairon Des Anges Costières De Nîmes – “This classic blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre offers fragrances of plum, mulberry, and spice; medium-bodied and dry with moderate tannins and flavors of mixed red berries, anise, and ground black pepper; the finish is medium in length with notes reminiscent of baking spices.”

Kevin’s Notes:  This is a recent discovery for our store. I believe once you taste this wine, you will always want us to have it available. There is so…much wine here for the money and comes at a perfect time for the holidays. This wine can be paired with everything from roasted fowl prepared with savory herbs such as rosemary and thyme or even a lamb roast. Costieres de Nimes is sub-appellation of the Cotes du Rhone found in the far southwest of CDR. Regular Price $14.99 Cooper’s Price $12.99

4 beautiful wines for a beautiful weekend!!!

 Mar de Frades Albarino – Mar de Frades is a Galacian phrase for “Sea of the Friars. The Rias Baixas D.O. is located in Galicia, in the verdant Northwestern part of Spain, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Albarino is the finest grape variety in Rias Baixas and accounts for 90% of all the vineyards.  Mar de Frades is 100% Albarino from Val do Salnes, Rias Baixas best sub-appellation. 

Artisanally grown and made, only hand-picked and hand-sorted fruit is used. Made from 100% free run juice, Mar de Frades is the “best of the best. Mar de Frades is cold-fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.

Kevin’s Notes:  Yes, you’re reading this correctly – SAVE $11.00.  This is an outstanding find from a wholesaler’s inventory reduction sale. It’s a terrific buy, and when it’d gone, it is gone!  

Regular Price $22.99  Cooper’s Price $11.99

 Scar of the Sea Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2016 This Santa Barbara County Chardonnay is composed of 3 vineyards from Santa Maria Valley to Los Alamos. All of our Chardonnay was picked separately with grapes arriving to the winery early in the morning. After whole cluster pressing and cold settling the wine was racked to barrel where it was fermented with native yeast and aged for 8 months in 10 % New French Oak. Aromas of fresh guava coupled with citrus blossom are followed by oyster shell, lemon zest and white peach on the palate. This wine showcases vibrant acidity, a testament to Chardonnay from the cool climates of Santa Barbara County.

Kevin’s Notes:  In the fall of 2017, Sharon and I were invited to a wonderful tour of Central Coast California’s wine region.  While on the tour of the vineyards and facilities of Scar of the Sea we realized quickly the dedication owners Mike and Mikey carry towards making some of the finest wines in the world.  This Chardonnay is their entry level Chardonnay.  Its taste profile represents most wineries top level Chardonnay!

NEWS FLASH – Mikey Guigni, the winemaker for Scar of the Sea, paid us a visit Weds., and we tasted through much his wines and let me tell you, this wine is going to blow you away.  I tasted this exact wine 5 months ago and it has evolved into this incredibly aromatic, richly-flavored and well-balanced Chardonnay.  I mean, I thought it was great 5 months ago, but it is truly stunning at this price! Cooper’s Price $26.99

 

Cavallotto Bricco Langhe Nebbiolo 2015 – The Cavallotto family claims sole ownership of the beautiful Bricco Boschis cru in the Castiglione Falletto district (also home to Azelia), where they have been growing Nebbiolo since 1929 and bottling their own wine since 1948. These richly structured wines place emphasis on elegance and longevity, attributable to excellent vineyards in the Bricco Boschis and Vignolo crus and traditional long maturation periods in large Slovenian-oak casks.

“Cavallotto’s 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo is a terrific wine available at a price point far below Barolo or Barbaresco. This is a simple and honest expression of the mighty Piedmont grape that delivers extra succulence and primary fruit. You will recognize aromas of black cherry and wild rose with some tangy spice on the close. This is an elastic wine in terms of bottle production. Because the fruit can be used to make Barolo, this wine fluctuates greatly in terms of numbers vintage to vintage. For example, 26,000 bottles were produced in 2015, but that was cut to 6,000 in the 2016 vintage. Cavallotto was so happy with the 2016 fruit, they happily made more Barolo instead. On the bright side, that means more high-quality Barolo fruit went into this 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo.”(ML) The Wine Advocate (6/2018) Regular Price $39.99  Cooper’s Price $34.99

 

Mercedes Eguren Spanish Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – This wine was produced from a 30-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in the Vino de la Tierra de Castilla appellation (a large swath of land in the region of La Mancha), this Cab has delicious, balanced dark currant fruit, and a subtle influence from a six-month stint in American oak.

Winemaker’s Description:  Deep ruby red in the glass. Flavors of black berries, blueberries and red currants mix intensive with notes of black pepper, tobacco, toffee and precious woods. At the palate balanced, silky and voluminous. Gentle tannins providing a long, lasting aromatic, rich finish.

Kevin’s Notes:  This is a terrific bottle wine for the money.  The winery in Spain accidently sent the wholesaler some 2013 vintage.  It was meant to be sold at the winery Spain!  You rarely see wines at this price with an older vintage!  Regular Price $22.99 Cooper’s Price $11.99

 

Wine Education:

“Free Run” is the terminology used to describe the juice that flows freely from freshly picked grapes before they are pressed. When bunches of grapes are stacked up on top of each other, the sheer weight of all the the fruit results in the release of some liquid.”

Nebbiolo is the grape variety behind the top-quality red wines of Piedmont, northwestern Italy, the most notable of which are Barolo and Barbaresco.  Wines from just outside the borders of Barolo and Barbaresco may be classified as Langhe Nebbiolo, as well as, wines from young vines, less favored plots, within these two famous appellations.  The high-quality red wines of Roero, just across the Tanaro river from Barolo, are further affordable alternatives to Barolo and Barbaresco.

Whole cluster: This can refer to whole cluster pressing and/or whole cluster fermentation, where pressing and/or fermentation happen without the stems having been removed from the berries.

Exciting Summer wines to wake up your palate!

Ferry Lacombe Mira Rose 2017 – This is a jewel in the heart of Provence: between the Mount Sainte-Victoire and the Aurélien hills, between Aix-en-Provence and Saint-Maximin.  The Ferry family moved here in 1442, accompanying Le Bon Roi René to Aix-en-Provence. They would stay here until 1820.  Jumping forward in history…  Château Ferry Lacombe came into the winery with a new owner, the Family Pinot, and a single ambition: to produce exceptional wines from a remarkable terroir.

Winemaker Notes: Mira Rose 2017 is a soft pink-rose color, with light raspberry nuances. The nose is fruity, with strong red berry aromas. The palate starts with red berry and crushed strawberry. The palate is round and fresh with citrus notes and deliciously fruity notes that “recall the sweets of childhood.” This wine is ideally served with white meats, such as chicken or pork, grilled fish and mixed salads.

Cooper’s Price $16.99


Casa Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc – Lapostolle Wines was founded by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet in 1994. Alexandra is a member of the renowned family that has been dedicated for several generations to the production of high-quality spirits (Owners and Creators of Grand Marnier) and wines.

The Grapes:  85% Sauvignon Blanc, 8% Semillón and 7% of Sauvignon Gris.

Tasting: Color: Pale yellow with green edges.

Nose: Very expressive with aromas of fresh herbs and cucumber, white fruit such as pears along with floral notes.

Taste: Balance and fresh mid palate with good volume and a long lasting finish.

Service and food matching: Perfect for an aperitif, clams with cheese, lemon and coriander and jam and melon salad. 

Cooper’s Price $12.99


Marqués de Griñón, Vinos de Madrid Garnacha Tintorera El Rincón 2015 – Marqués de Griñón wines are sourced from the prized Dominio de Valdepusa vineyard in Castilla-La Mancha. Valdepusa stands apart from the rest of the region, as its 1068-foot elevation is one of the highest in Spain, and its top layer of soil is similar to Burgundy’s — it is almost pure limestone.

Dominio de Valdepusa has been in the noble family of Carlos Falcó Fernandez de Córdova, the Marquis of Griñon, since 1292. Referred to as the father of Spanish wine, Falcó pioneered the modernization of vine growing and winemaking in Spain.  Falcó graduated from the University of California Davis with a degree in viticulture and oenology in 1964. He returned home and began making wine, all the while pushing the boundaries of winemaking as set by Francoist Spain. In 1974, he introduced the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape varieties as well as drip irrigation and night harvesting.

This wine is produced from a blend of Syrah and Garnacha from the El Rincón estate vineyard.

Tasting Notes – Deep ruby-red in color, and marked by expressive notes of ripe plums, violets, and spice. On the palate, it shows outstanding balance and complexity with plenty of ripe fruit, backed up with firm but soft tannins. 

Cooper’s Price $16.99


Marqués de Griñón, Dominio de Valdepusa Caliza 2011 “Caliza” means limestone in Spanish, used in naming this wine so as to pay homage to the unique soil profile at this Dominio de Valdepusa estate. The moderate layer of clay topsoil over rocky limestone leads to elegantly structured wines. Caliza is a blend of Syrah and Petit Verdot which are fermented in stainless steel followed by one year in second and third passage French oak.

The Blend  is 50% Syrah, 45% Petit Verdot and 5% Graciano

Taste Profile: Deep purple in color with ruby reflections, this wine shows alluring notes of lush raspberries and ripe black cherries with undertones of cinnamon, coffee, and minerality. On the palate, it is beautifully full-bodied and silky with refreshing acidity and flavors that unfold into the long-lasting finish.

Cooper’s Price $22.99


 

Four more extremely lovely wines for you this weekend!

Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc –  Primarily sourced from Lake County, Pomelo’s characteristic grapefruit profile is consistently found in our blocks situated on the Kelseyville bench.  With an elevation of nearly 1300’, the growing season is long, with ample hours of sunshine and great diurnal temperature fluctuations- all responsible for the explosive flavors found in Pomelo.  We also source a small percentage from an old, established block in Lodi- amazing balance and texture, the Sauvignon Blanc sourced from this region is grapefruit pith with a weightiness contributing to the mid-palette. 100% Sauvignon Blanc, fermented in all stainless steel tanks; extremely long and cold ferment allows for the fragrant and big fruit flavors to be appreciated.  The crisp acidity is retained and then rounded out and complimented by a broadened mouth and ever-slight sweetness.

A mouth-watering, vivid style; this wine explodes with delicious flavors of passion fruit, guava, quince, lime peel; with an intensely grapefruit nose. Cooper’s Price $11.99  

Magellan Le Fruit Défendu Pays d’Herault Rose –  One of the more inventive vintners in the Languedoc is former Burgundy winemaker Bruno Lafon, who is now based in the obscure Côtes de Thongue appellation. Lafon moved to the Languedoc in 1998 to start his own winery, Domaine Magellan, with his sister-in-law, Sylvie Legros. “We in the Languedoc should make good wines that are good values as well,” Lafon says. When he and Legros bought the estate in 1999, it was a rundown collection of vineyards planted to a multitude of grape varieties; its former owner had planted the range to see which grapes would work best there. Today, Lafon has rehabilitated the estate and now manages 104 acres planted to a salad bowl of 13 different varieties. Domaine Magellan takes its name from the small town of Magalas, north of Beziers, where the winery is located. The Rosé Fruit Défendu is 100% Cinsault pressed and fermented after short skin contact in stainless steel at cool temperature. This is a subtle rosé with deep pink color; notes of strawberry and cherry; light body and a dry, refreshing finish. It’s a solid match for ham, chicken, curry based sauces, an awesome BLT! Cooper’s Price $12.99 

Jean Marc Burgaud Régnié Valliéres Beaujolais – Jean-Marc Burgaud created this domaine in 1989. From 19 hectares (47 acres), he produces wines from Beaujolais Villages and Régnié, but most of his production (13 hectares) is in Morgon. David Schildknecht, of the Wine Advocate, wrote in 2009 that, Jean-Marc is “as usual brimming with ideas about how he is going to make what are among his region’s handful of most exciting wines even better among the most successful wines of its ubiquitous appellation, not to mention a fine value.” Grown in a sandy and stony soil, the young Beaujolais Cru Regnie (created in 1988) is characterized by its fruitiness, suppleness (fine and light tannin) and its roundness. We refer to it as feminine and cheerful.

Kevin’s Notes:  Over the last few years, I have found myself reintroduced to the wonderful, but often forgotten wines of Beaujolais. This region is the southernmost sub-appellation of Burgundy and the red grapes are Gamay Noir.  In the summer and during the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas is when Beaujolais is most sought-after. This is an incredible fruit driven wine with harmonious texture.  The fruit is brilliant on the nose and long on the palate.  When I was quoted the price, I felt no need to haggle! Cooper’s Price $17.99 

 

Envínate Lousas Viñas de Aldea – Envínate (“wine yourself”) is the brainchild of Laura Ramos, Jose Martínez, Roberto Santana and Alfonso Torrente, four friends who met while studying winegrowing at the University of Miguel Hernández in Alicante, Spain. Their work is currently focused on exploring the ancient, Atlantic-infused terruños of Ribeira Sacra and the Canary Islands, as well as exceptional vineyard plots across the Iberian Peninsula. The Envínate philosophy is simple: let each parcela, or single parcel, fully express itself in the finished wine by utilizing old-fashioned farming and winemaking methods. The results are some of the most exciting wines being produced in Spain today!

Lousa is the name for the dominant slate soil Ribeira Sacra region. The slate serves a great purpose, heating up during the daytime sun to help the grapes ripen, as well as imparting the mineral and intensely floral and spicy aromatics that are the trademarks the region’s wines. Aldea means “village” in the Galician dialect. In addition to focusing on single parcel wines, Envínate produces village wines in each region where they work.

These Mencía grapes are fermented 100% whole cluster with wild yeasts in open top plastic tubs, then rested in used French oak for 11 months.

Subtle layers of finely crushed rock and cocoa powder. The palate is juicy and medium-bodied, springy and plentiful in acidity, but with just a hint of tannic grip to add structure. Coarse black pepper and a slightly bitter greenness add complexity on the finish. Cooper’s Price $32.99 

Stunning Italian wine tasting! (and a gorgeous French rosé)

 Château du Petit Thouars, Loire, France Rosé 2017  – The region of the Loire is particularly famous for its wine production, historians believe that the Romans were the first to plant vines here in the 1st Century AD and the practice certainly caught on. The Loire is also famous for its chateaux – an area favored by Kings for centuries in what is called the Garden of France. The Chateaux has been in the family since 1634! The Thouars family has a long history of adventure and accomplishment.  The family lineage was involved in the American and French Revolutions with family members dying during Napoleon Bonaparte’s campaign in Egypt. The current generation has revived yet another family tradition by restoring the estate’s vineyards. Over 15 hectares produce complex reds and refreshing sparkling wines, and new vines will soon be producing fine whites as well.  The reds and roses are 100% Cabernet Franc!

Taste Profile:  Light watermelon rind flavor, citric aromas, red berries, refreshing acidity and a delicate, creamy mousse. Great for aperitif, the refreshing acidity of this wine makes it a great match for food as well.  Cooper’s Price $13.99

 Giacomo Grimaldi Sauvignon Blanc – Langhe, Italy 2016 – 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, Giacomos 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: In March, we went to Aspen to taste 100+ different Barolo’s, Barbaresco’s, Dolcetto’s and Barbera’s and Grimaldi blew us all away.  We committed to 5 cases of each; Pistin Barbera, Dolcetto d’Alba, and his Sauvignon Blanc.  He was the one of the stars of the tasting and now you’re going all of them over the next 30 days. There’s something about Italian Sauvignon Blanc and I can’t put my finger on it.  When you speak about Sauvignon Blanc people immediately connect it to New Zealand or Loire, France, but for the last three years, Italy has me blown away.  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 other brethren.  Its mouthfeel is broad and round with acidity.  It makes you salivate and satisfied!  Quite frankly, it’s an outstanding white for this summer and at this price it’s a bargain. Cooper’s $17.99

 Fattoria Il Muro 2015 Chianti – Made of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot, this opens with subdued black-skinned fruit and underbrush aromas. It’s built for early drinking and delivers ripe plum and cinnamon flavors with supple tannins. The Chianti blend has evolved over time, adapting to shifts in consumer preference and advances in vineyard technology. IN 2006, there was significant controversy when the Chianti appellation laws officially sanctioned the red Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot for use (up to 15 percent) in Chianti wines. Purists viewed this change with a mix of suspicion and regret, while others welcomed the dark-fruit aromas and depth of color the Bordeaux varieties bring to Chianti. Kevin’s Notes: About 18 years ago, I flew to New York and spent three days attending an educational wine seminar.  It was an Italian wine seminar by an Italian winery.  They made wines from Tuscany, and we spent 10 hours a day learning and tasting their wines.  On the last day for lunch, I ordered a Coca-Cola with my cheeseburger and I was quickly scolded by the patriarch wine educator for not ordering Chianti, so what did I do? I ordered a Chianti and to this very day it’s one of my All-Time Favorite food and wine pairings!  Chianti and cheeseburger = Heaven!!! Cooper’s $12.99

 Matteo Correggia, Roero Nebbiolo 2015 – Roero has traditionally been overshadowed in the Langhe region of Piedmont by its two famous neighbors, Barolo and Barbaresco. It was seen as a reliable source of fruit for lower offerings of Nebbiolo and the home of a quirky yet interesting white variety, Arneis. Matteo Correggia rejected this stigma and almost single handedly elevated Roero wines to Italy’s highest standard, DOCG. His estate, now run by his widow, Ornella, remains the reference standard and most beloved winery in the Roero region and beyond that is one of Italy’s finest producers. Nebbiolo is an important variety in Roero and the perfumed notes from its lighter sandy soils have long been favored by Barolo producers for their Nebbiolo d’Alba. Correggia’s Roero makes the most of the region’s top sites to present a wine that is typical of the variety but also more approachable and enjoyable on release. The wine has all of the floral aromatics, ripe red fruit and brisk acidity without the iron clad tannins of its more famous neighbors. This wine is ideal with the rich Piemontese cuisine and is a great foil for the truffles of the region.
Kevin’s Notes:  This is an amazing family run winery.  In 2000, Matteo died suddenly in a tractor accident, but family has continued to produce what I consider some of the finest drinking wines in Italy.  Cooper’s $22.99

Dos Artes Tequila Tasting with Owners Miguel & Josephina~6/15&16~5-7pm

FRIDAY~Meet the passionate owners of Dos Artes Tequila!  Learn how these beautiful tequilas are created; how the hand-painted bottles and made…and just how amazing tequila can be!

SATURDAY~If you miss Friday; don’t dispair!  We’re STILL tasting Dos Artes on Saturday night.

ALWAYS FREE…ALWAYS FUN…ALWAYS INFORMATIVE

See YOU this weekend..and Happy Fathers’ Day!

 

What a Wonderful Weekend for Wine! Join us Fri and Sat 5-7pm

Correggia Roero Arneis – For this time of year a fresh, lively, fruit generous Arneis rocks our world!  Last year, our Cooper Comrades wiped us out of this wine in one weekend so this year I bought more, but when it’s gone, it’s gone.

Cooper Price — $12.99

Mas Libian Bout D’Zan Cotes du Rhone Rose – This is our favorite Rose from the Cote du Rhone and my Cooper Comrades obviously feel the same because last year we sold 5 cases in 6 days!  This year we preordered 20 cases from France, but Colorado only received 40 cases, but here’s the good news – the wholesaler allocated CW&S 13 of the 40 cases!

Cooper Price — $16.99

Via Revolucionaria, Bonarda Pura – These wines are extremely low production and are drawn from multiple inspirations, regions, and styles. The Via Revolucionaria wines are all low production, single vineyard, unconventional wines, fermented with native yeast.

Cooper Price — $14.99

Larroque 2010 Bordeaux (Left Bank) – We tasted this wine and this vintage, 2010, about nine months ago and it is amazing how this wine has developed since that time.  A wholesaler had us taste this wine again this week, and it is drinking perfect right now!

Cooper Price– $16.99