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2016-08-12

 
 
2015 Metro Times Wine Store of the Year!
Italy = Chardonnay???
The answer is...YES!
"Like $40 French White Burgundy!"
Last week's "La Guarrigue" rocketship takes off...
 
It's fun to say "Umbria"...

How I learned to stop worrying about the election and love Chardonnay

*Please note the 2014 Bramìto will be available at the store beginning sometime in the afternoon of Saturday, August 12. If you are coming specifically to purchase this wine, please call ahead 248.399.7166.

The wine snobbery is strong with Chardonnay. Every drug store in America has shelves of $8 "Chardonnay" that has been the perfect palliative to approximately 100 billion bad days. But the thing about even just decent, everyday, respectable Chardonnay, that cannot be denied, is that is just So. Damn. Good. And when you taste a truly good, winemaker's Chardonnay (or what it is truly known as, in its inherent, perfect state, White Burgundy), you instinctively know that it is one of the great wines of the world, red or white. It just is. Try not to let your budding sophistication get in the way of the real thing.
 
Roundabout, we stumbled on this very unexpected glass of truly fantastic Chardonnay through a customer who has been ordering it. Turns out, we made a deal with the local supplier and now have a Michigan exclusive on an obscure, unexpected, and truly delicious Chardonnay from, of all places, Umbria, in central Italy. The Castello della Sala Bramito is under the flagship of the Antinori label, "one of the great winemakers in all of Italy" according to Cloverleaf's Tom Natoci. "This is a beautiful glass of white wine for the summer months. Even people who regularly pay $30 for a bottle of excellent Napa Valley Chardonnay will be blown away by this wine!"
 
2014 Castello della Sala Bramìto Chardonnay
Reg. price: $19
Sale price: $15.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "This smells like $40.00 French White Burgundy!  Beautiful aromas of lemon curd, toasted hazelnuts with some hints of vanilla and tropical fruits. On the palate, it has a nice rich texture, subtle flavors of pineapple, citrus, and roasted nuts with great crisp acidity.  This wine is a gorgeous hypothetical blend of elegant French White Burgundy and a top notch California Chardonnay at a steal of a price!"

Garrigue sells through...but we have more!

Last week we introduced the 2015 vintage of an all-time Cloverleaf favorite wine, the Domaine La Guarrigue, a special bottling of French Cotes du Rhone produced at the direction of American importer Eric Solomon. 2015 is being considered in southern France to be an historic vintage not seen in perhaps 80 years, which got our hackles up. For $13.99 the wine delivers what Cloverleaf's Tom Natoci not lightly calls "one of the better wines available in the world right now," which, taking all subjectivity into consideration, you might want to pick some up and put it in a cool, dark place at your domicile for about 6 to 10 years. The man has a pretty decent track record. And so does this wine.

2015 Domaine La Guarrigue Cuvee Romaine
Reg. price: $17
Sale price: $13.99
Tom's note: "Great nose of rich blue and black fruits, with hints of lavender and kirsch.  Still a bit grapey, but has great bold fruit and acid components in balance foreshadowing a great wine waiting to come together in a couple of months. It has beautiful density and texture reminding me of the 2009.  The wine drinks pretty well today, but I feel will be outstanding in 2-3 months and last for 7-10 years."

And Redux: Two more newbies from France...
 
2014 Domaine Mouliner Cuvee Tradition
Reg. price: $18
Sale price: $14.99
Tom's note: "With a beautiful bouquet of bing cherries, freshly cracked white pepper, and sweet Provencal herbs, Tradition has medium to full bodied weight and nice texture in the mouth. There is a nice balance of sweet black fruits and delicious herbs in the long finish."
 
2012 Domaine Mouliner Les Sigillaires
Reg. price: $24
Sale price: $19.99
Tom's note: "Gorgeous aromas of black berries and cassis soar from the glass with tremendous mass and concentration. Great steely mineral notes coat the palate along with rich, ripe black fruits. This wine has a great ripe fruit to soft tannin structure that makes it easy to drink today, yet with two decades of cellaring potential as well."


Just $99 for our case of white wine summer fun!

Yes! Summer and all the good weather and good times are here, and that can only mean one thing around here. It's time for Cloverleaf's annual Summer Whites Mixed Case, our immensely popular, much-ballyhooed, and internationally acclaimed collection of thirst-quenching white wines from all over the world. Here are a dozen wines from six countries which, if sold separately, would cost you a very reasonable $131.50. But we are feeling much more reasonable than that-we've marked this case down to just $99. That's a savings of 25%. And you can come back for as many cases as you'd like!
 
People love this case not just for value, and not just for the selection (once again expertly curated by Scott Collins and Tom Natoci of Cloverleaf management)-what's just as great is the convenience. Summer's a busy time, with graduation parties, picnics, backyard gatherings, weddings and boat trips, and you always need to grab a bottle or two that shows you care-and that you have excellent taste! These are classy, delicious, eminently quaffable wines for all warm-weather occasions, with maybe even a rosé and a few bubbles mixed in. Have a case on hand all summer and just grab it and go. No last minute stops, and it won't look like you picked up a bottle at the hardware store on the way over! 

2016 Summer Whites Mixed Case
Reg. price: $131.50
Sale price: $99

Recent hits, raves, and new discoveries... 

2013 Mettler Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Reg. price: $26
Sale price: $21.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "We tried this wine for the first time a couple weeks ago and I said 'Wow, this has all the hallmarks of a really, really good Cabernet from the Napa Valley,' said Cloverleaf's Tom Natoci. "It's all there-the dark berry flavors and and sweet baking spice qualities, a really rich texture and a nice long finish with great balance. It even has a really classy package. To be able to sell this wine at this price is a really exceptional value!"

2009 Bovin Cabernet Sauvignon Barrique Negotino (Macedonia)
Reg. price: $25
Sale price: $14.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "Rich notes of blackberries and creamy, smoked vanilla.  Lush on the palate, with flavors of ripe dark berry, currant, licorice, roasted coffee, and hazelnut.  The finish carries soft, smooth tannins that coat your mouth."

2009 Bovin Merlot Barrique Negotino (Macedonia)
Reg. price: $25
Sale price: $14.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "Gorgeous notes of black cherry and mocha-vanilla emerge from the glass. Rich black cherry flavors have a generous texture on the palate.  The wine has a great balance of ripe cherry fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate, and sweet herbs."

2015 Domaine Salvard Sauvignon Blanc (France)
Reg. price: $16
Sale price: $12.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "It has beautiful fresh aromatics of lime zest, lemongrass, grapefruit along with a slight earthy mineral note reminiscent of freshly shucked oysters. Delicious and dry, with Meyer lemon, bright pear, and mineral flavors with great cleansing acidity."

2014 Kamnik Winemaker's Selection (Macedonia)
Reg. price: $27
Sale price: $19.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "The wine has a beautiful nose of boysenberry and sweet herbs.  On the palate, there are loads of blackberry fruits along with subtle oak notes.  Very nice full-bodied texture with smooth ripe tannins and a long balanced finish.  Great to drink now or over the next 5-7 years."

2014 Orin Swift Palermo (Napa Valley)
Reg. price: $48
Sale price: $39.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "Super rich dark berry fruits, mocha, vanilla roasted nuts roar from the glass.  The palate has great ripe texture and concentration.  The blackberry fruit is pure with smooth ripe tannins that coat the mouth luxuriously. It is extremely delicious already and will be great for another dozen years."

2012 Domaine Bart Marsannay Les Longeroies (Cote D'Or, France)
Less than $38
Tom's note: "Rich notes of sumptuous boysenberry, sweet baking spices and a touch of cedar.  Layered and concentrated on the palate with flavors of dark berries, forest floor, flowers and dried herbs.  This is a great glass of Burgundy at a very fair price! Drink now-2025."

2014 Branham Resolution
Reg. price: $25
Sale price: $19.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "The 2014 Branham Resolution Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a big, rich style, loaded with lots of dark berry flavors, mocha and dried herb notes.  It has ripe structured tannins that resolve into a silky texture with a bit of air time in the glass.  It ends with complex notes of blackberry and currant. Drink now through 2023."

2012 Meret Rosso del Veneto (Veneto, Italy)
Reg. price: $17
Sale price: $12.99 
Tom's tasting note:""The 2012 Rosso which is a blend of 70% Merlot & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon has flavors of ripe black cherries, dried raspberry, cocoa and sweet fresh herbs that are lush & smooth.  The finish has a beautiful rich texture & mouth feel with ripe soft tannins."

2013 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon
Reg. price: $16
Sale price: $12.99 
Tasting note from Wine Spectator:"Supple focused and distinctive for its core ripe plum, currant, sage and floral flavors, which mingle effectively and harmoniously on the long, expressive finish. The tannins are nicely shaped." 

2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon
Reg. price: $42 (winery lists at $50)
Sale price: $29.99 
Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "93 pts. An absolutely fabulous value is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa. This comes from multiple sources and there are 46,000+ cases of it. A stunning Cabernet Sauvignon and a classic example of Napa viticulture, this blend of 75.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, was aged just over two years in oak. Loads of sweet blackcurrant fruit, cocoa, a touch of toast, earth, and baking spice are all present in this wine that has terrific fruit on the attack and mid-palate, a full-bodied mouthfeel, no hard edges and a luscious, opulent, gorgeously pure style. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. Although I wouldn't be surprised to see it last longer. For old-time reader/subscribers, this might be the modern-day equivalent of the great 1974 Souverain Vintage Selection that I recommended back in the late 1970s and is still going strong today."

--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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2016-07-14

 
 
2015 Metro Times Wine Store of the Year!
High Summer!
The BEST time of year deserves good wine...
Whites, rosés, and rich, fruity reds!
Plan ahead for your vacation or summer fun...
 
Work towards this...

Summertime...too short, SO sweet...we demand you have great wine!

Hopefully you are reading this email on the back porch of your summer rental and not at work, but just a few words of reminder that we are well-stocked with all the goodies that lend your summer days the momentous enjoyment of great wine. Whether it's a crisp French rosé, a refreshing Cocchi Wine Spritzer, our super-value Summer Whites Mixed Case, or a classy Cabernet Sauvignon for backyard grilling, we have what you need to truly enjoy the long, lazy, warm days of summer in style. So before that trip Up North, the big backyard bash, or even just for relaxing evenings after work, be sure you have plenty of the good stuff--and it's all good here--on hand for your well-earned summer swoon.

Just $99 for our case of white wine summer fun!

Yes! Summer and all the good weather and good times are here, and that can only mean one thing around here. It's time for Cloverleaf's annual Summer Whites Mixed Case, our immensely popular, much-ballyhooed, and internationally acclaimed collection of thirst-quenching white wines from all over the world. Here are a dozen wines from six countries which, if sold separately, would cost you a very reasonable $131.50. But we are feeling much more reasonable than that-we've marked this case down to just $99. That's a savings of 25%. And you can come back for as many cases as you'd like!
 
People love this case not just for value, and not just for the selection (once again expertly curated by Scott Collins and Tom Natoci of Cloverleaf management)-what's just as great is the convenience. Summer's a busy time, with graduation parties, picnics, backyard gatherings, weddings and boat trips, and you always need to grab a bottle or two that shows you care-and that you have excellent taste! These are classy, delicious, eminently quaffable wines for all warm-weather occasions, with maybe even a rosé and a few bubbles mixed in. Have a case on hand all summer and just grab it and go. No last minute stops, and it won't look like you picked up a bottle at the hardware store on the way over! 

2016 Summer Whites Mixed Case
Reg. price: $131.50
Sale price: $99

Recent hits, raves, and new discoveries... 

2013 Mettler Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Reg. price: $26
Sale price: $21.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "We tried this wine for the first time a couple weeks ago and I said 'Wow, this has all the hallmarks of a really, really good Cabernet from the Napa Valley,' said Cloverleaf's Tom Natoci. "It's all there-the dark berry flavors and and sweet baking spice qualities, a really rich texture and a nice long finish with great balance. It even has a really classy package. To be able to sell this wine at this price is a really exceptional value!"

2010 Pedra Cancela
Reg. price: $14
Sale price: $10.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "The wine is fruity and fresh with right tannins and a lively acidity. Rich black cherry and boysenberry fruit notes along with very pretty sweet spice componentry which reminds me of the Southern Rhône. Medium to full body on the pallet with smooth fully developed tannins and a nice lingering finish."

2014 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel
Reg. price: $35
Sale price: $29.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "The 2014 East Bench has aromas of ripe blackberries, Asian spices, licorice and cracked black pepper.  On the palate, the wine has great richness and concentration of ripe blackberry fruits and sweet herbs along with impeccable balance and plenty of structure to age for a decade. It is superior to the 2013 which I had last August at the winery...I would rate this 2014 at least 93 points!"

2009 Bovin Cabernet Sauvignon Barrique Negotino (Macedonia)
Reg. price: $25
Sale price: $14.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "Rich notes of blackberries and creamy, smoked vanilla.  Lush on the palate, with flavors of ripe dark berry, currant, licorice, roasted coffee, and hazelnut.  The finish carries soft, smooth tannins that coat your mouth."

2009 Bovin Merlot Barrique Negotino (Macedonia)
Reg. price: $25
Sale price: $14.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "Gorgeous notes of black cherry and mocha-vanilla emerge from the glass. Rich black cherry flavors have a generous texture on the palate.  The wine has a great balance of ripe cherry fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate, and sweet herbs."

2015 Domaine Salvard Sauvignon Blanc (France)
Reg. price: $16
Sale price: $12.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "It has beautiful fresh aromatics of lime zest, lemongrass, grapefruit along with a slight earthy mineral note reminiscent of freshly shucked oysters. Delicious and dry, with Meyer lemon, bright pear, and mineral flavors with great cleansing acidity."

2014 Domaine de la Bastide Visan Côtes du Rhône Villages (France)
Reg. price: $14.50
Sale price: $11.99
Tom's note: "The wine has a beautiful bouquet of ripe black cherries, with freshly cracked black pepper. Medium to full- bodied on the palate, with delicious ripe cherry and boysenberry fruits with sweet provencal herbs. Great lush mouth feel of ripe tannins and a lingering aftertaste. This wine really over-delivers! Great now and over the next 4-5 years."

2014 Kamnik Winemaker's Selection (Macedonia)
Reg. price: $27
Sale price: $19.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "The wine has a beautiful nose of boysenberry and sweet herbs.  On the palate, there are loads of blackberry fruits along with subtle oak notes.  Very nice full-bodied texture with smooth ripe tannins and a long balanced finish.  Great to drink now or over the next 5-7 years."

2014 Orin Swift Palermo (Napa Valley)
Reg. price: $48
Sale price: $39.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "Super rich dark berry fruits, mocha, vanilla roasted nuts roar from the glass.  The palate has great ripe texture and concentration.  The blackberry fruit is pure with smooth ripe tannins that coat the mouth luxuriously. It is extremely delicious already and will be great for another dozen years."

2013 Nielson Wines Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County)
Reg. price: $22
Sale price: $15.99 (NFD) 
Tom's note: "Pure, elegant notes of cherries, cranberries and subtle spices on the nose.  The palate has an enticing mix of black cherries, shades of cranberry and strawberry and a touch of minerality. Drinking beautifully today while showing depth and enough tannins to merit short-term cellaring. Drink now-2021."

2012 Domaine Bart Marsannay Les Longeroies (Cote D'Or, France)
Less than $38
Tom's note: "Rich notes of sumptuous boysenberry, sweet baking spices and a touch of cedar.  Layered and concentrated on the palate with flavors of dark berries, forest floor, flowers and dried herbs.  This is a great glass of Burgundy at a very fair price! Drink now-2025."

2014 Branham Resolution
Reg. price: $25
Sale price: $19.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "The 2014 Branham Resolution Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a big, rich style, loaded with lots of dark berry flavors, mocha and dried herb notes.  It has ripe structured tannins that resolve into a silky texture with a bit of air time in the glass.  It ends with complex notes of blackberry and currant. Drink now through 2023."

2013 Domaine de la Janasse Cuvee Reserve Cotes du Rhone
Reg. price: $18
Sale price: $13.99 
Tom's note:  
"Both the 2011 & 2012 have been huge hits over the last year or so.  The 2013 is no different.  To me, it tastes just like the 2012 did last year.  It has the classic dark berry fruits, sweet herbs, a beautiful elegance & grace that reminds me of Chateauneuf du Pape. You can drink it now, or over the next 7-10 years.  The 2013 has not been rated yet, but the 2012 was rated 92pts in the Wine Advocate."

2012 Meret Rosso del Veneto (Veneto, Italy)
Reg. price: $17
Sale price: $12.99 
Tom's tasting note:""The 2012 Rosso which is a blend of 70% Merlot & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon has flavors of ripe black cherries, dried raspberry, cocoa and sweet fresh herbs that are lush & smooth.  The finish has a beautiful rich texture & mouth feel with ripe soft tannins."

2011 San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany)
Reg. price: $26
Sale price: $19.99 
Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: (Note this review was regarding the previous vintage to the one we are selling): "93 pts. The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Grigio opens to a deeply saturated color that is thick and luminous at the same time. In terms of bouquet, this Riserva veers toward the far end of the aromatic spectrum (as far as Chianti Classico is concerned) with dark tones of spice, saddle leather, pressed rose and moist earth. The finish excels in terms of softness and richness. This is a bold and modern wine with soft tannins and rich extract."

2011 Avante (Ribera Del Duero, Spain)
Reg. price: $22
Sale price: $15.99 
Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "91 pts. The grapes from this vineyard are used in the 2011 Tineta (100% Tinto Fino). It reveals a deep ruby/purple color as well as copious notes of creme de cassis intermixed with hints of wood smoke and charcoal. Medium to full-bodied, juicy, succulent and sensual, it should drink nicely for 3-4 years."

2013 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon
Reg. price: $16
Sale price: $12.99 
Tasting note from Wine Spectator:"Supple focused and distinctive for its core ripe plum, currant, sage and floral flavors, which mingle effectively and harmoniously on the long, expressive finish. The tannins are nicely shaped." 

2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon
Reg. price: $42 (winery lists at $50)
Sale price: $29.99 
Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "93 pts. An absolutely fabulous value is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa. This comes from multiple sources and there are 46,000+ cases of it. A stunning Cabernet Sauvignon and a classic example of Napa viticulture, this blend of 75.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, was aged just over two years in oak. Loads of sweet blackcurrant fruit, cocoa, a touch of toast, earth, and baking spice are all present in this wine that has terrific fruit on the attack and mid-palate, a full-bodied mouthfeel, no hard edges and a luscious, opulent, gorgeously pure style. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. Although I wouldn't be surprised to see it last longer. For old-time reader/subscribers, this might be the modern-day equivalent of the great 1974 Souverain Vintage Selection that I recommended back in the late 1970s and is still going strong today."

--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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2016-04-28

 
 
2015 Metro Times Wine Store of the Year!
Deal of the Year???
40% off "delicious" 2009 Cab and Merlot...
"If the doors of perception were cleansed..."
Wine tasting event this Saturday...
Rosé deal: Save 15% when you pick four!
  
It might be just us, but we don't drop William Blake references for crappy wine.

"Unbelievable bargain" on new Cab and Merlot labels

Wine markets are driven by much more than price and quality. Perception plays a big role, and getting on the right side of that aspect can yield big dividends if you're in good hands. And you are in good hands, gentle reader. This week we benefit from the perception that Cabernet Sauvignon from Macedonia, originally priced at $30, can't be worth $30, even when we damn well know that it is.

"The producer, my salesman, and Scott and I all know these wines are every bit as good as $30 Cabs and Merlots from Napa Valley," says Cloverleaf's Tom Natoci. "But we all realized that we can't sell them for that much when they're from Macedonia. This is a 2009 vintage taking up space in the producer's warehouse. He needs to move product, and he wanted to make a deal. So we said half off. And he said...yes!"

"These are really, really good wines," Tom continued. "They could sell easily for $25 to $30 if they came from Napa. At $14.99 it is one of the better deals we've had here at the store in quite a while. Macedonia is no joke. They've been making wine there for a long time. And Bovin is a producer we've sold before in our wine club. They are very good, and this is their top-of-the-line "Barrique" label. Barrique is an old European term for "Barrel", meaning the wines are more select and are aged in the small, traditional oak barrels as opposed the larger modern tanks. We are very happy when deals like this come along!"

Make it snappy, kids. There's never enough of a good thing.

2009 Bovin Cabernet Sauvignon Barrique Negotino (Macedonia)
Reg. price: $25
Sale price: $14.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "Rich notes of blackberries and creamy, smoked vanilla.  Lush on the palate, with flavors of ripe dark berry, currant, licorice, roasted coffee, and hazelnut.  The finish carries soft, smooth tannins that coat your mouth."

2009 Bovin Merlot Barrique Negotino (Macedonia)
Reg. price: $25
Sale price: $14.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "Gorgeous notes of black cherry and mocha-vanilla emerge from the glass. Rich black cherry flavors have a generous texture on the palate.  The wine has a great balance of ripe cherry fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate, and sweet herbs."

This Saturday, meet reps from Failla: Wine tasting and special discounts

From 2 pm to 4 pm this Saturday, April 30 we will be sampling the wines of Failla, a rising star winery from the Sonoma coast. Please join us at this FREE event.

More rosés coming every week! Pick any four and save 15%!

The Cloverleaf staff continues to rave about the quality of the 2015 rosés that keep coming from southern France. They have their own section in the front of the store and we will continue to mark down 15% when you choose four. Git some!
   
Recent hits, raves, and new discoveries... 

2015 Domaine Salvard Sauvignon Blanc (France)
Reg. price: $16
Sale price: $12.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "It has beautiful fresh aromatics of lime zest, lemongrass, grapefruit along with a slight earthy mineral note reminiscent of freshly shucked oysters. Delicious and dry, with Meyer lemon, bright pear, and mineral flavors with great cleansing acidity."

2014 Domaine de la Bastide Visan Côtes du Rhône Villages (France)
Reg. price: $14.50
Sale price: $11.99
Tom's note: "The wine has a beautiful bouquet of ripe black cherries, with freshly cracked black pepper. Medium to full- bodied on the palate, with delicious ripe cherry and boysenberry fruits with sweet provencal herbs. Great lush mouth feel of ripe tannins and a lingering aftertaste. This wine really over-delivers! Great now and over the next 4-5 years."

2014 Kamnik Winemaker's Selection (Macedonia)
Reg. price: $27
Sale price: $19.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "The wine has a beautiful nose of boysenberry and sweet herbs.  On the palate, there are loads of blackberry fruits along with subtle oak notes.  Very nice full-bodied texture with smooth ripe tannins and a long balanced finish.  Great to drink now or over the next 5-7 years."

2014 Orin Swift Palermo (Napa Valley)
Reg. price: $48
Sale price: $39.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "Super rich dark berry fruits, mocha, vanilla roasted nuts roar from the glass.  The palate has great ripe texture and concentration.  The blackberry fruit is pure with smooth ripe tannins that coat the mouth luxuriously. It is extremely delicious already and will be great for another dozen years."

2013 Nielson Wines Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County)
Reg. price: $22
Sale price: $15.99 (NFD) 
Tom's note: "Pure, elegant notes of cherries, cranberries and subtle spices on the nose.  The palate has an enticing mix of black cherries, shades of cranberry and strawberry and a touch of minerality. Drinking beautifully today while showing depth and enough tannins to merit short-term cellaring. Drink now-2021."

2012 Domaine Bart Marsannay Les Longeroies (Cote D'Or, France)
Less than $38
Tom's note: "Rich notes of sumptuous boysenberry, sweet baking spices and a touch of cedar.  Layered and concentrated on the palate with flavors of dark berries, forest floor, flowers and dried herbs.  This is a great glass of Burgundy at a very fair price! Drink now-2025."

2014 Branham Resolution
Reg. price: $25
Sale price: $19.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "The 2014 Branham Resolution Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a big, rich style, loaded with lots of dark berry flavors, mocha and dried herb notes.  It has ripe structured tannins that resolve into a silky texture with a bit of air time in the glass.  It ends with complex notes of blackberry and currant. Drink now through 2023."

2013 Domaine de la Janasse Cuvee Reserve Cotes du Rhone
Reg. price: $18
Sale price: $13.99 
Tom's note:  
"Both the 2011 & 2012 have been huge hits over the last year or so.  The 2013 is no different.  To me, it tastes just like the 2012 did last year.  It has the classic dark berry fruits, sweet herbs, a beautiful elegance & grace that reminds me of Chateauneuf du Pape. You can drink it now, or over the next 7-10 years.  The 2013 has not been rated yet, but the 2012 was rated 92pts in the Wine Advocate."

2012 Meret Rosso del Veneto (Veneto, Italy)
Reg. price: $17
Sale price: $12.99 
Tom's tasting note:""The 2012 Rosso which is a blend of 70% Merlot & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon has flavors of ripe black cherries, dried raspberry, cocoa and sweet fresh herbs that are lush & smooth.  The finish has a beautiful rich texture & mouth feel with ripe soft tannins."

2011 San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany)
Reg. price: $26
Sale price: $19.99 
Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: (Note this review was regarding the previous vintage to the one we are selling): "93 pts. The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Grigio opens to a deeply saturated color that is thick and luminous at the same time. In terms of bouquet, this Riserva veers toward the far end of the aromatic spectrum (as far as Chianti Classico is concerned) with dark tones of spice, saddle leather, pressed rose and moist earth. The finish excels in terms of softness and richness. This is a bold and modern wine with soft tannins and rich extract."

2011 Avante (Ribera Del Duero, Spain)
Reg. price: $22
Sale price: $15.99 
Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "91 pts. The grapes from this vineyard are used in the 2011 Tineta (100% Tinto Fino). It reveals a deep ruby/purple color as well as copious notes of creme de cassis intermixed with hints of wood smoke and charcoal. Medium to full-bodied, juicy, succulent and sensual, it should drink nicely for 3-4 years."

2013 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon
Reg. price: $16
Sale price: $12.99 
Tasting note from Wine Spectator:"Supple focused and distinctive for its core ripe plum, currant, sage and floral flavors, which mingle effectively and harmoniously on the long, expressive finish. The tannins are nicely shaped." 

2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon
Reg. price: $42 (winery lists at $50)
Sale price: $29.99 
Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "93 pts. An absolutely fabulous value is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa. This comes from multiple sources and there are 46,000+ cases of it. A stunning Cabernet Sauvignon and a classic example of Napa viticulture, this blend of 75.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, was aged just over two years in oak. Loads of sweet blackcurrant fruit, cocoa, a touch of toast, earth, and baking spice are all present in this wine that has terrific fruit on the attack and mid-palate, a full-bodied mouthfeel, no hard edges and a luscious, opulent, gorgeously pure style. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. Although I wouldn't be surprised to see it last longer. For old-time reader/subscribers, this might be the modern-day equivalent of the great 1974 Souverain Vintage Selection that I recommended back in the late 1970s and is still going strong today."

--The Guys and Gals at Cloverleaf 

 
 
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