2015 Metro Times Wine Store of the Year
Meet Vietti's Luca Currado!
THIS Saturday, June 13
One of the great winemakers of Italy
Wine tasting, wine talk...
$85.95 Summer Whites Mixed Case...Save nearly 20% !!
Let's talk wine with our old friend Luca Currado of Vietti
Meet the winemaker this Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Don't miss this one,
folks. About once every year or two, we get a nice visit here in Detroit
from Luca Currado, one of the truly bright stars in modern Italian
winecraft. Luca has worked at making wine all over the world, from
Bordeaux to California, before returning to his family's Vietti winery
in the Piedmont of Italy. For years Vietti has operated almost under the
radar as one of the great wines of Italy. They don't produce in huge
quantities, and we only know of them because of...hey, we're Cloverleaf!
Luca's visits to the store are always fun, informative, and delicious!
Luca Currado will be
here this Saturday, June 13, about 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will pull the
corks on a few bottles of a variety of Vietti wines, and there will be
bread and other treats from our friends at Cantoro market. Luca Currado
is a passionate and willing conversationalist on the subject of wine,
and anyone who wishes to continue their wine education should put this
event on the must-do list for this weekend. See you then!
$89.95 Summer Whites Mixed Case is here!
It came back with a
vengeance last week. Sales were brisk this week on our annual offering
of delicious, crisp, refreshing summer white wines from all over the
After another long, deep
winter of bitter cold nights and big, warming red wines by the fire, we
can all get on board with this. A true harbinger of the other side of
Michigan's schizophrenic countenance--it's warm, long, lazy summer days
and 10 pm sunsets, it's surrounding and abundant freshwater seas, it's
bountiful harvest of produce and fruit--our annual summer case of
whites announces that summertime is finally here.
And as per tradition
here at Cloverleaf, we are back with our annual Summer Whites Mixed
Case. With 10 styles of wine from 5 countries, this is a fun way to
stock up on a wide variety of great white wines at a tremendous value.
The 2015 list takes you through the gamut of international white wines,
from crisp, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc to rich, creamy California
Chardonnay. Again this year we've added a rosè, which is not technically
a white wine but is lovely and thirst-quenching nonetheless. All have
one thing in common, though-served chilled in warmer weather they all
provide a refreshing, lighter, lower-alcohol beverage that complements
summer dishes, cheeses, and vegetables, or just for back porch
At full-price these
wines retail together for $111, so for $89.95 you are saving nearly 20%.
At just $7.50 bottle we reckon you cannot find such value on a
sophisticated case of international white wines anywhere! And that's not
taking into account the convenience. With all of the boat rides,
picnics, graduation parties, and backyard al fresco dinners you'll be
attending this summer, it helps to have a grab-and-go case on hand to
bring along. It saves time on the get-away. And your friends will be
impressed with any of these wines, which is good because we've been
noticing that you really need to step your game up!
2015 Summer Whites Mixed Case*
Reg. retail price: $111 (prices shown below are regular retail)
Sale price: $89.95 (no further discounts)
*Any of these wines that are temporarily unavailable at any given time will be replaced by one of similar style and equal value
**Wines are listed by vintage, winery, grape varietal(s), and region/country
2013 Chateau Millet Colombard & Ugni Blanc (Cotes du Gascogne, France)
2012 Monte Porzio Catone Frascati, Trebbiano & Malvasia (Lazio, Italy)
2013 Estrella River Pinot Grigio (Napa Valley, California)
2013 Paso Paso Verdejo (Tierra de Castilla Spain)
2013 Barnard Griffin Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley, Washington)
2014 Tarima Merseguera & Macabeo (Alicante, Spain)
2013 Les Roucas Chardonnay (Languedoc, France)
2013 Broadbent Vinho Verde Alvarinho, Arinto & Trajaduro (Portugal)
2013 Barbarera Orvieto Grechetto & Trebbiano (Umbria, Italy)
2014 Vega Sindoa Rose Garnacha (Navarra, Spain)
2014 Torre de Spessa Pinot Grigio (Veneto, Italy)
2013 Honoro Vera Verdejo (Rueda, Spain)
Recent raves, hits, and discoveries...
2012 Shatter Cotes Catalanes Grenache (Languedoc-Roussillon)
Reg. price: $27
Sale price: $22.99
Tom's note: "It
is a rich, dense red with notes of boysenberry, vanilla cream, and
sweet herbs with a super-concentrated, lush mouth feel. Great, rich-ripe
black fruits yield a long, smooth finish with ripe, soft tannins."
Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "92 points. A collaboration between Napa's Joel Gott and Dave Phinney,
the semi-opaque 2012 Cotes Catalanes Grenache is a smoking blend of
100% Grenache that comes from the singular, black schist soils located
around the village of Maury, in the Agly Valley in the Roussillon. Aged
in French oak (a small part being new) and hitting 15.6% natural
alcohol, this sexy, full-bodied, pedal-to-the-metal effort bears plenty
of resemblance to the old-vine, 100% Grenache efforts coming from
Chateauneuf du Pape. Kirsch liqueur, blackberry, toasted spice, garrigue
and hints of vanilla bean all flow nicely to a seamless, silky, yet
decadently styled red that has fine tannin, and a blockbuster, heady
finish. It will certainly not appease those looking for lightweight
aromas and flavors, but count me a fan. The oak is still present, so
give it a year in bottle; it will drink nicely for another 5-6 years."
2012 Consilience Grenache Blanc (Santa Barbara County)
Reg. price: $18
Sale price: $14.99
Tom's note: "The
Grenache Blanc is a great, all-purpose dry white with a pretty perfume
of white peaches, wildflowers, and yellow apple. Medium to full-bodied,
it has a lovely mid-palate of peach and lemon shortbread with a touch
of stony minerality leading to its long, clean finish."
2012 Consilience Syrah (Santa Barbata County)
Reg. price: $18
Sale price: $14.99
Tom's note: "The
Syrah is a serious red. Ripe and fleshy, with lush textures of black
cherry, plum, and tobacco. It has a great, smooth, mouth feel, with
ripe, black fruit flavors lingering with very nice balance and
2012 Fortnight Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
Reg. price: $25
Sale price: $19.99
Tom's note: "
"It is another great example of the fantastic Napa Cabs from
2012. Deep, dark ruby color. A dense rich bouquet of black currant,
cedar, vanilla & sweet dried herbs. On the palate it is lush &
smooth with beautifully integrated ripe tannins. It is very fun to
drink, with ripe, sweet dark berry flavors, a nice balanced dose of
toasty oak, and a long lingering finish. Perfect with all sorts of
2014 Moulin de Gassac Chardonnay
Less than $12
"A bright youthful bouquet of green apple and lemon curd. Good texture
with nice fruit notes of lemon, lime, and tart apples. A very pretty,
refreshing, unoaked Chardonnay."
2010 Peter Paul Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Reg. price: $45
Sale price: $24.99 ( no further discounts)
note:"A classic nose of blackberries, cedar, and anise. Ripe and
complex with tiers of dark berries, mocha, cedar, licorice, and
crushed rock. This Cabernet shows beautiful, soft, silky tannins in the
long, smooth finish."
2012 Cristom Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard (Oregon)
Reg. price: $60
Sale price: $49.99
Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"94 points. The 2012 Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard, which is often the
first and last fruit to be harvested because part of the vines lack
sunshine late in the afternoon. It has a well-defined and very natural
bouquet with ebullient red berry fruit intermixed with rose petals and
cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, wonderful focus
and superb tension right to the finish."
2013 Barnard Griffin Chardonnay (Columbia Valley, Washington)
Reg. price: $13
Sale price: $10.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "I would really never expect to find a Chardonnay this delicious to
come from Washington state. And the fact that we can sell it at this
price is just a bonus. This is a very versatile and balanced Chardonnay,
with a refined nose of ripe citrus and flavors of lemon curd,
dried apple, and custard. It displays harmony and structure, with light
spice and cream notes that carry through to a silky finish."
2011 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain, Napa Valley)
Reg. price: $80
Sale price: $59.99
Tom's note: Another
case where we had to taste with an open mind! Here is just a phenomenal
Napa Cabernet from the much maligned 2011 vintage that is better than
the 2012 Caymus which received 96 points from Robert Parker. One of our
very good customers, who has purchased and enjoyed many bottles of the
2012 Caymus, tried this Switchback on my recommendation last week. He
called me back the next day exclaiming it was much better than the
Caymus and had me order a case for him. As for the wine itself, gorgeous
cassis and blackberry fruits soar from the glass. There is super rich
texture on the palate of blackberry, espresso, cedar, and wild berry
flavors. The tannins are smooth and ripe and the wine finishes long and
2012 Paoletti Bella Novello Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
Reg. price: $30
Sale price: $24.99
note: "This is another great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from what
is shaping up to be a great 2012 vintage. And of all the excellent Cabs
I've tried, this one has probably the best price-to-quality ratio of
them all. Even the winery itself sells this for $36, so at $24.99 this
is an unbelievable bargain.! Deep, rich black cherry and berry fruits,
beautiful oak integration, and a long, lush, smooth finish. We have been
a huge fan of Paoletti for years and we've sold LOTS of their Piccolo
Cru blend. This wine is their more limited production and is about 85%
Cabernet Sauvignon. There is a decent supply now, but with the hype for
2012 Napa I believe this wine will be gone in a couple months. Don't
dawdle if you want to take advantage of this really excellent value."
2012 Domaine de la Janasse Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Reserve
Reg. price: $18
Sale price: $13.99 (no further discounts)
Wine note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"92 points. A custom cuvee for Eric Solomon made by Christophe Sabon,
the 2012 Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Reserve comes from older vines on the
estate and is a blend of 55% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Carignan and the
balance Mourvedre and Cinsault. Aged 12 months in foudre, it's another
superb value from this estate, and since 2011, the Cuvee Reserve has
been a significant step up over the estate's classic Cotes du Rhone
release. Drinking well past its humble price point, this 2012 exhibits
notions of kirsch, blackberry, smoked meat, graphite and copious
licorice nuances to go with a medium to full-bodied, pure and layered
feel on the palate. It shows the purity of the vintage, as well as the
richness and texture that this estate is known for. It should continue
to thrill for another 4-5 years."
2012 Farm Collective Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
Reg. price: $37
Sale price: $29.99
"This is a wine that I've been looking for! There are plenty of great
Napa Cabs out there at $50...I try to find them for $30. And here it
is, and it comes from what is shaping up to be a plus-plus-plus
excellent 2012 vintage from Napa. It has all the hallmark big, rich,
cassis and cigar box flavors and concentrated textures of an excellent
Cabernet, and could easily compete with more celebrated labels at
twice the price. The winemaker is Charles Hendrix of Regusci fame.
This is the first blow-out hit of 2015 for us. Delivers powerful
quality for the buck."
2011 Geggiano Chianti Classico
Reg. price: $15
Sale price: $10.99
Tom's note: "I love Italian wine, and not just because of my Italian heritage.
There is something so classical about a traditionally-made Italian wine
that makes it distinctive. Unfortunately, I don't run into a lot really
high quality Italian wine at a good price. Many of the more commercial
Italian wines sold in the U.S. lack the depth and subtlety of good
Italian wine. So Scott and I were thrilled to taste this Chianti last
week, and we were doubly excited when we heard what were able to
purchase it for.
"I was also happy to see the little rooster
graphic on the neck label of this Geggiano. This indicates that the wine
is a Chianti Classico, which is a sub-region of Chianti that I consider
to be the best. It is is an area of central Tuscany, roughly between
the cities of Florence to the north and Siena to the south. This wine is
made with a very traditional styling of mostly Sangiovese in the blend.
It is medium- to full-bodied with bright notes of dark cherry and sweet
herbs and a traditional cleansing finish. This Classico is very
versatile and can be served with appetizers or a full complement of
roasted or grilled meats."
--The Guys and Gals at Cloverleaf