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2015-10-23

 

2015 Metro Times Wine Store of the Year
2015 Holiday Reds Mixed Case!
It's back! An annual Cloverleaf tradition...
12 Wines from 6 different countries!
Just $99...
Saves you 25%!
10/24 wine tasting postponed to next week
FYI: Wine dinner at El Barzon this Thursday 
 

The fellas had a looonnng, hard day of work picking these wines!


Our BEST EVER Holiday Reds Mixed Case is ready to rock! 
 
Now THIS is the kind of outrageously pre-emptive holiday shopping we can get behind! Here it is, in a case of unprecedented and quite surprising initiative from your local wine honks, Cloverleaf's annual Holiday Reds Mixed Case is already locked, stocked, and ready to go.
 
Over several years now we've perfected this artform. What we've done is put together this case of 12 terrific bottles of wine, from 6 different countries--including entries from New Mexico and Romania!  These wines are all taste-tested by our staff and are all fantastic values in themselves--until we then discount the whole case by 25% more. That's right, the wines collectively would retail at $131 bottles for the case, but at deep discount $99 you are getting them for an average of $8.25 per bottle.   
 
It's no secret why this compilation sells hundreds of cases each fall. Convenience is the key. Our  Holiday Reds Mixed Case eases the time crunch of the holidays by providing a grab-it-and-go source of great quality wines that you can rely on for all kinds of dinners, parties, and soirees. So save money. Save time. Save that annoying and unnecessary stop, accompanied by an ankle-deep slog through the slosh, at the shady bulletproof party store in that crappy part of town where your friends all live. It's that holiday time of year. Let us save you!
 
Our Annual Holiday Reds Mixed Case!!!
Sale price: $99
(prices below are regular retail)

2013 Los Dos Grenache / Syrah (Campo de Borja, Spain)
$10

2012 Murfatlar M1 Syrah (Romania)
$10

2013 Bodegas Breca Rotunda Old Vines Garnacha (Spain)
$10

2013 Mojo Sangiovese (Marche, Italy)
$12

2012 Castle Rock Pinot Noir (St
Helena, California)
$9

2014 Kermit Lynch Vaucluse (Provence, France)
$11

2012 Merkin Vineyards Shinola Red Blend (New Mexico)
$15

2012 Palissade Cabernet Sauvignon (Landerrouat, France)
$11

2012 Cuatro Pasos Mencia (Bierzo, Spain)
$12

2012 San Felice Contrada IGT (Toscana, Italy)
$12

2013 Bodegas Volver Tarima Monastrell (Alicante, Spain)
$8

2013 Deleforce Tinto ( Douro, Portugal)
$11


Postponement: Wine Tasting next weekend, Sat. Oct. 31

Last week we teased a possible wine tasting to take place at the store this coming Saturday, Oct. 24. Unfortunately the owner of the winery was forced to cancel, but he is now planning to visit us on the afternoon of Halloween, next Saturday, Oct. 31. Owner Michael Donati of Donati Winery will join us as we try some of his wines made in the Monterrey region of California. The boys in the back room have already tried several wines from this producer, including an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, and we have secured superior discount pricing on what we think are some fantastic values. Consider it an early treat!

Great value on El Barzon wine dinner next Thursday, Oct. 29

Our friends at El Barzon, the exquisite southwest Detroit restaurant with the half-Italian/half-Mexican menu, are hosting Lia Banville of Banville Wine Merchants for an evening of great food and fine Italian wines from Tolaini. Call 313.894.2070 for reservations. They are expending a sellout. $65.

October Fall Preview wines to remain discounted...

Our October Fall Preview Wine Tasting was a rousing success at the store. Many, many of you came to try the wines of some of the legendary vineyards of Napa and Sonoma counties, including several from what is being called an historic 2012 vintage. Prices were slashed to about as low as you'll find anywhere in the United States. With that success, Tom and Scott have decided to continue to honor those markdowns for the rest of the month.
"I guess I would tell everyone that if you couldn't make the tasting last week or if you were told that an item had sold out, we are all fully stocked up and are holding the tasting prices through the end of the month," Tom said. "Pricing is fantastic, some of the lowest in the country!"

Following is a list of the wines that in this ongoing mini-sale (WA score denotes review of  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate):

2013 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma)
91 pts  WA

2013 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay (Napa Valley)
92 pts WA 

2012  Stonestreet Bear Point Chardonnay (Alexander Valley)
95pts WA 

2012 Edmeades Zinfandel (Mendocino)
90pts WA 

2012 Matanzas Creek Merlot (Sonoma)
91 pts WA 

2012 Freemark Abbey Merlot (Napa Valley)
92pts WA 

2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
94pts WA
 

Recent hits, raves, and discoveries...

2013 Delaforce Tinto 
Reg. price: $12
Sale price: $9.99 (no further discounts)

2012 Delaforce Touriga Nacional
Reg. price: $22
Sale price: $16.99 (nfd)    

2013 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rouge
Reg. price: $27
Sale price: $21.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "The 2013 has a glorious bouquet of black cherries, tea leaves and spice.  On the palate, the wine has generous amounts of cranberry scented black cherry and spice flavors that linger on the long, balanced finish."

2012 Mas des Chimeres Coteaux-du-Languedoc
Reg. price: $24
Sale price: $17.99 (no further discounts) 
Tom's note: "The 2012 is spectacular!  Dark ruby-purple when poured, ripe blackberries & violets roar from the glass. On the palate it has a lush, almost buttery-like texture, loads of sweet blackberries, warm Provencal herb notes that are layered and concentrated without being too heavy.  Just a beautiful wine!  Perfect with all types of grilled or roasted meats."  

2013 Tamarack Firehouse Red (Columbia Valley)
Reg. price: $25
Sale price: $19.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "The newly released 2013 vintage is a denser more concentrated version of the 2010 that we did so well with 3 years ago. It combines rich,dark fruit & chewy tannins balanced with elegant ripe acidity.  On the palate it possesses rich dark cherries, plum, leather & spice notes, allied to a dense structure.  It ends with ripe soft tannins,  good depth & balance.  It drinks very nicely now, and will cellar for another decade."

2009 Bonacchi Brunello di Montalcino Molino del Piano

Reg. price: $50
Sale price: $35.99 (no further discounts)
Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Molino del Piano is what Italian might call a piacione or "immediately likable" wine. The bouquet is soft, approachable and seductive thanks to its generous offerings of cherry Maraschino and melted chocolate. The style won't appeal to Brunello purists, but it will taste delicious to those who are open to an increasingly international style. Dark, inky concentration is backed by ripe tannins and loads of barbecue spice and mesquite. It should be applauded for it's general richness and length. Drink: 2016-2022."

2012 Domaine Andezon Côtes du Rhône
Reg. price: $17
Sale price: $13.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "Because of my love for the versatility and overall great flavor profiles of the wines of Southern France, I am always trying the latest releases.  Over the last 2 weeks I have tried over 20 and this is the best bang for the buck.  It is showing very well, lush mouthfeel, tons of ripe cherries, and the classic Provencal sweet herb garrigue.  It is very full flavored without being too heavy.  Perfect with just about anything you maybe grilling this summer."

2012 Bodegas Teso la Monja Almirez (Toro, Spain)
Reg. price: $25 
Sale price: $19.99
Tom's note:"It is just as good as the very popular 2011, the new 2012 has an inky purple black color with deep, rich flavors of dark berries, smoky vanilla with sweet Provencal herbs,  great depth & concentration and a beautifully balanced long finish. Perfect for a myriad of grilled foods. Probably best with beef or lamb but don't hesitate to pair it with pork, poultry & vegetables. I had it with some smoked pork back ribs, grilled corn & pattypan squash! It is another homerun from Almirez"

Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Almirez (a 1,000-case cuvée of 100% Tinta de Toro) was aged 14 months in French oak. This sensational wine comes from vines planted between 1949 and 1999. Yields were a conservative 1.8 tons of fruit per acre. An inky/purple color is followed by aromas of camphor, ground pepper, blackberries and cassis. This full-bodied, Northern Rhône Valley-like Spanish red exhibits meaty/lard notes, terrific density and purity, and a finish that lasts nearly 40 seconds. It should drink nicely for a decade or more.

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."    
 
2014 Moulin de Gassac Chardonnay
Less than $12
Tom's note: "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."
    
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."
 
2012 Paoletti Bella Novello Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
Reg. price: $30
Sale price: $24.99
Tom's 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 Farm Collective Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
Reg. price: $37
Sale price: $29.99 
Tom's note: "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."

--The Guys and Gals at Cloverleaf



Cloverleaf Fine Wine and Spirits
www.cloverleafwine.com

711 South Main Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Voice: 248.399.7166 Fax: 248.399.7239
E-Mail: cloverleaf@cloverleafwine.com

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2015-10-16

 

2015 Metro Times Wine Store of the Year
How to insure victory for your team...
Higher quality beverages is really the key factor
Wine Tasting here next week!
Stay tuned...
Staff predictions on the big game! (nah...)       
 

We predict excellent libations...

Your team will win if you have better hooch...

Brother v. Brother. Neighbors at war. The annoying co-worker. Long-time residents of the Great Lakes State are well aware of what this week will bring. The state of Michigan marks the time with the annual football rivalry tilt between the Spartans and Wolverines. This year figures to be chippier than usual with both teams nationally-ranked, ESPN's College Game Day in Ann Arbor, and of course the addition of Harbaugh. Whether you care or not, we are convinced that the likely determining factor in the outcome depends on YOU, or more importantly the quality of the beer and wine at your game party. Is there any other way to see it?

Bottom line: The game starts at 3:30 on Saturday, so you have plenty of time between now and then to get in here, stock up, and get to the tailgate or viewing party you plan to attend. Come on now!

Wine Tasting next weekend...

(Teaser alert!) That being said, we had considered another free and open wine tasting for this weekend, but we thought the distractions of the the big game would inhibit attendance. So we are pushing those plans to next Saturday, October 24. Plans will be published here next week, but please get that on your calendar for next Saturday afternoon. The boys in the back room have already tried several wines from this producer, and we have secured superior discount pricing on what we think are some fantastic values.


October Fall Preview wines to remain discounted...

Our October Fall Preview Wine Tasting was a rousing success at the store. Many, many of you came to try the wines of some of the legendary vineyards of Napa and Sonoma counties, including several from what is being called an historic 2012 vintage. Prices were slashed to about as low as you'll find anywhere in the United States. With that success, Tom and Scott have decided to continue to honor those markdowns for the rest of the month.
"I guess I would tell everyone that if you couldn't make the tasting last week or if you were told that an item had sold out, we are all fully stocked up and are holding the tasting prices through the end of the month," Tom said. "Pricing is fantastic, some of the lowest in the country!"

Following is a list of the wines that in this ongoing mini-sale (WA score denotes review of  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate):

2013 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma)
91 pts  WA

2013 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay (Napa Valley)
92 pts WA 

2012  Stonestreet Bear Point Chardonnay (Alexander Valley)
95pts WA 

2012 Edmeades Zinfandel (Mendocino)
90pts WA 

2012 Matanzas Creek Merlot (Sonoma)
91 pts WA 

2012 Freemark Abbey Merlot (Napa Valley)
92pts WA 

2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
94pts WA
 

Recent hits, raves, and discoveries...

2013 Delaforce Tinto 
Reg. price: $12
Sale price: $9.99 (no further discounts)

2012 Delaforce Touriga Nacional
Reg. price: $22
Sale price: $16.99 (nfd)    

2013 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rouge
Reg. price: $27
Sale price: $21.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "The 2013 has a glorious bouquet of black cherries, tea leaves and spice.  On the palate, the wine has generous amounts of cranberry scented black cherry and spice flavors that linger on the long, balanced finish."

2012 Mas des Chimeres Coteaux-du-Languedoc
Reg. price: $24
Sale price: $17.99 (no further discounts) 
Tom's note: "The 2012 is spectacular!  Dark ruby-purple when poured, ripe blackberries & violets roar from the glass. On the palate it has a lush, almost buttery-like texture, loads of sweet blackberries, warm Provencal herb notes that are layered and concentrated without being too heavy.  Just a beautiful wine!  Perfect with all types of grilled or roasted meats."  

2013 Tamarack Firehouse Red (Columbia Valley)
Reg. price: $25
Sale price: $19.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "The newly released 2013 vintage is a denser more concentrated version of the 2010 that we did so well with 3 years ago. It combines rich,dark fruit & chewy tannins balanced with elegant ripe acidity.  On the palate it possesses rich dark cherries, plum, leather & spice notes, allied to a dense structure.  It ends with ripe soft tannins,  good depth & balance.  It drinks very nicely now, and will cellar for another decade."

2009 Bonacchi Brunello di Montalcino Molino del Piano

Reg. price: $50
Sale price: $35.99 (no further discounts)
Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Molino del Piano is what Italian might call a piacione or "immediately likable" wine. The bouquet is soft, approachable and seductive thanks to its generous offerings of cherry Maraschino and melted chocolate. The style won't appeal to Brunello purists, but it will taste delicious to those who are open to an increasingly international style. Dark, inky concentration is backed by ripe tannins and loads of barbecue spice and mesquite. It should be applauded for it's general richness and length. Drink: 2016-2022."

2012 Domaine Andezon Côtes du Rhône
Reg. price: $17
Sale price: $13.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "Because of my love for the versatility and overall great flavor profiles of the wines of Southern France, I am always trying the latest releases.  Over the last 2 weeks I have tried over 20 and this is the best bang for the buck.  It is showing very well, lush mouthfeel, tons of ripe cherries, and the classic Provencal sweet herb garrigue.  It is very full flavored without being too heavy.  Perfect with just about anything you maybe grilling this summer."

2012 Bodegas Teso la Monja Almirez (Toro, Spain)
Reg. price: $25 
Sale price: $19.99
Tom's note:"It is just as good as the very popular 2011, the new 2012 has an inky purple black color with deep, rich flavors of dark berries, smoky vanilla with sweet Provencal herbs,  great depth & concentration and a beautifully balanced long finish. Perfect for a myriad of grilled foods. Probably best with beef or lamb but don't hesitate to pair it with pork, poultry & vegetables. I had it with some smoked pork back ribs, grilled corn & pattypan squash! It is another homerun from Almirez"

Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Almirez (a 1,000-case cuvée of 100% Tinta de Toro) was aged 14 months in French oak. This sensational wine comes from vines planted between 1949 and 1999. Yields were a conservative 1.8 tons of fruit per acre. An inky/purple color is followed by aromas of camphor, ground pepper, blackberries and cassis. This full-bodied, Northern Rhône Valley-like Spanish red exhibits meaty/lard notes, terrific density and purity, and a finish that lasts nearly 40 seconds. It should drink nicely for a decade or more.

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."    
 
2014 Moulin de Gassac Chardonnay
Less than $12
Tom's note: "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."
    
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."
 
2012 Paoletti Bella Novello Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
Reg. price: $30
Sale price: $24.99
Tom's 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 Farm Collective Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
Reg. price: $37
Sale price: $29.99 
Tom's note: "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."

--The Guys and Gals at Cloverleaf



Cloverleaf Fine Wine and Spirits
www.cloverleafwine.com

711 South Main Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Voice: 248.399.7166 Fax: 248.399.7239
E-Mail: cloverleaf@cloverleafwine.com

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Please kindly review us at Yelp





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2015-10-09

 

2015 Metro Times Wine Store of the Year
Fall (mini) Wine Sale continues
Biggest markdowns in America all month...
Some of the most iconic producers in Napa/Sonoma...
Freemark Abbey, Matanzas Creek, Edmeades...     

 

Last week's Fall Preview wines to remain discounted...

Last weekend's Fall Preview Wine Tasting was a rousing success at the store. Many, many of you came to try the wines of some of the legendary vineyards of Napa and Sonoma counties, including several from what is being called an historic 2012 vintage. Prices were slashed to about as low as you'll find anywhere in the United States. With that success, Tom and Scott have decided to continue to honor those markdowns for the rest of the month.
"I guess I would tell everyone that if you couldn't make the tasting last week or if you were told that an item had sold out, we are all fully stocked up and are holding the tasting prices through the end of the month," Tom said. "Pricing is fantastic, some of the lowest in the country!"

Following is a list of the wines that in this ongoing mini-sale (WA score denotes review of  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate):

2013 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma)
91 pts  WA

2013 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay (Napa Valley)
92 pts WA 

2012  Stonestreet Bear Point Chardonnay (Alexander Valley)
95pts WA 

2012 Edmeades Zinfandel (Mendocino)
90pts WA 

2012 Matanzas Creek Merlot (Sonoma)
91 pts WA 

2012 Freemark Abbey Merlot (Napa Valley)
92pts WA 

2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
94pts WA
 

Recent hits, raves, and discoveries...

2013 Delaforce Tinto 
Reg. price: $12
Sale price: $9.99 (no further discounts)

2012 Delaforce Touriga Nacional
Reg. price: $22
Sale price: $16.99 (nfd)    

2013 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rouge
Reg. price: $27
Sale price: $21.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "The 2013 has a glorious bouquet of black cherries, tea leaves and spice.  On the palate, the wine has generous amounts of cranberry scented black cherry and spice flavors that linger on the long, balanced finish."

2012 Mas des Chimeres Coteaux-du-Languedoc
Reg. price: $24
Sale price: $17.99 (no further discounts) 
Tom's note: "The 2012 is spectacular!  Dark ruby-purple when poured, ripe blackberries & violets roar from the glass. On the palate it has a lush, almost buttery-like texture, loads of sweet blackberries, warm Provencal herb notes that are layered and concentrated without being too heavy.  Just a beautiful wine!  Perfect with all types of grilled or roasted meats."  

2013 Tamarack Firehouse Red (Columbia Valley)
Reg. price: $25
Sale price: $19.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "The newly released 2013 vintage is a denser more concentrated version of the 2010 that we did so well with 3 years ago. It combines rich,dark fruit & chewy tannins balanced with elegant ripe acidity.  On the palate it possesses rich dark cherries, plum, leather & spice notes, allied to a dense structure.  It ends with ripe soft tannins,  good depth & balance.  It drinks very nicely now, and will cellar for another decade."

2009 Bonacchi Brunello di Montalcino Molino del Piano

Reg. price: $50
Sale price: $35.99 (no further discounts)
Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Molino del Piano is what Italian might call a piacione or "immediately likable" wine. The bouquet is soft, approachable and seductive thanks to its generous offerings of cherry Maraschino and melted chocolate. The style won't appeal to Brunello purists, but it will taste delicious to those who are open to an increasingly international style. Dark, inky concentration is backed by ripe tannins and loads of barbecue spice and mesquite. It should be applauded for it's general richness and length. Drink: 2016-2022."

2012 Domaine Andezon Côtes du Rhône
Reg. price: $17
Sale price: $13.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "Because of my love for the versatility and overall great flavor profiles of the wines of Southern France, I am always trying the latest releases.  Over the last 2 weeks I have tried over 20 and this is the best bang for the buck.  It is showing very well, lush mouthfeel, tons of ripe cherries, and the classic Provencal sweet herb garrigue.  It is very full flavored without being too heavy.  Perfect with just about anything you maybe grilling this summer."

2012 Bodegas Teso la Monja Almirez (Toro, Spain)
Reg. price: $25 
Sale price: $19.99
Tom's note:"It is just as good as the very popular 2011, the new 2012 has an inky purple black color with deep, rich flavors of dark berries, smoky vanilla with sweet Provencal herbs,  great depth & concentration and a beautifully balanced long finish. Perfect for a myriad of grilled foods. Probably best with beef or lamb but don't hesitate to pair it with pork, poultry & vegetables. I had it with some smoked pork back ribs, grilled corn & pattypan squash! It is another homerun from Almirez"

Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Almirez (a 1,000-case cuvée of 100% Tinta de Toro) was aged 14 months in French oak. This sensational wine comes from vines planted between 1949 and 1999. Yields were a conservative 1.8 tons of fruit per acre. An inky/purple color is followed by aromas of camphor, ground pepper, blackberries and cassis. This full-bodied, Northern Rhône Valley-like Spanish red exhibits meaty/lard notes, terrific density and purity, and a finish that lasts nearly 40 seconds. It should drink nicely for a decade or more.

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."    
 
2014 Moulin de Gassac Chardonnay
Less than $12
Tom's note: "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."
    
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."
 
2012 Paoletti Bella Novello Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
Reg. price: $30
Sale price: $24.99
Tom's 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 Farm Collective Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
Reg. price: $37
Sale price: $29.99 
Tom's note: "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."

--The Guys and Gals at Cloverleaf



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