Two GREAT American Pinot Noirs
Block Nine and Patricia Green Reserve
Parker: Block Nine "amazing" and "sells for a song"
Patricia Green: "Screams of the holidays"
Gift Baskets at all sizes and price ranges
Clio fans: Less than 10 cases left for 2014
Big or small, singles or multi-orders, our Gift Baskets rock!
-The uber-popular 2012 Clio is going fast. We received our last shipment of 10 cases for 2014 and it will sell out before Christmas so act now if you want some!
-Did you know that we DELIVER for multi-bottle purchases, kegs, baskets, etc? If you're planning a
party or larger purchase and want to avoid the drive in to pick up,
please call us and we can arrange free delivery.
Two screaming hot deals on the perfect Holiday wine: Pinot Noir
Long-considered to be
the Holy Grail of wines among hard-core enthusiasts, Pinot Noir (or red
Burgundy as it is known in France) is also a wonderfully cheerful, fun,
versatile wine for end-of-the-year celebrations like Christmas,
Hannukah, and the New Year. Here we have two excellent California Pinot
Noirs from the 2013 vintage, both delivering tremendous quality for the
money and both meriting strong consideration for six-pack or full case
purchases now so you'll have enough for the holidays.
2013 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Reserve (Willamette Valley, Oregon)
Reg. price: $26
Sale price: $21.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "It's
just a delicious glass of wine. We have carried some wines from Patricia
Green and tried their reserve Pinot with our rep last week. The bouquet
screams of the holidays. Very full notes of cranberry, cherry, baking
spices, and vanilla roar out of the glass. On the palate the wine is
medium- to full-bodied with a beautiful balance of fruit and those
sweet baking spices, along with a long, smooth, lingering finish that is
very comforting. We were trying it with a customer and they thought
"Wow, this is so fun to drink" and they bought a case."
2013 Caiden's Vineyards Block Nine Pinot Noir
Less than $14
Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Readers looking for an authentic tasting Pinot Noir that sells for a song should check out Block 9's 2013 Pinot Noir (55,000 cases produced), a 100% Pinot Noir aged nine months in French
oak. Aromas of sweet red and black cherry fruit intermixed with clove
and baking spices are offered in a medium-bodied, earthy, soft, silky
style. This amazing Pinot Noir sells for a price that is virtually
unheard of for this varietal. Drink now-2017."
2014 Gift Baskets ready to go: Build your own, pre-order, or off the shelf
For the foodie,
oenophile, or beer lover on your list, a custom-made gift basket can be a
great gift. Baskets also make great rewards for hard-working employees
or key vendors at your business. We have a variety of specialty food
items again this year (see photo), not to mention the best selection of
fine wine and craft beer in the city, and our baskets are all
custom-made to your order at any price point. We can also build one for
you on the spot as you shop at Cloverleaf! Call us now to get started on
designing your baskets! 248.399.7166.
Shop Local: And more great gift ideas to simplify your life
Christmas, you say? What
is this Christmas you speak of? Well, don't look now but it is less
than 3 weeks away and closing fast. Perhaps nothing is easier and will
please the oenophile or beer lover on your list more than a pre-paid
Cloverleaf Gift Card. Available in any dollar amount, our gift cards
deliver a double-whammy: the pleasure of shopping in our beautiful wine
cellar, plus the wine itself!
We also carry high-end corkscrews and wine glasses, gift bags, and a
whole lot more! And to get on our soap-box, whether it's your favorite
little wine store or other small business in our area, please be
conscious to SHOP LOCAL this year whenever you can. Even if you have to
pay a little more than you would at the Gigantic Box Corporation of
America, the money you spend in your community comes back to you in ways
too many to count. It just makes sense.
And of course...our $99 Holiday Reds Mixed Case is re-loadable!
Our Annual Holiday Reds Mixed Case!!!
Reg. price (at regular retail): $130
Sale price: $99
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 the extra stop on your way
to the next holiday party.
we've done is put together this case of 12 terrific bottles of
wine, from 6 different countries--including a very exciting entry
from Lebanon! These wines are all taste-tested by our staff and are
all fantastic values in themselves--until we then discount the whole case by 24% more.
That's right, the wines collectively would retail at $130 bottles
for the case, but at deep discount $99 you are getting them for an
average of $8.25 per bottle.
Recent hits, raves, and discoveries
2012 Mourgues du Gres Galets Rouges (Costieres de Nimes, France)
Reg. price: $14
Sale price: $10.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note on the 2011:
"Having not tried this wine in a while we were happy to report that it
is just as good as it was in the late 1990s. This is just a super
value, very full-bodied with flavors of bright red and black fruits and
that classic Provencal sweet herbal note both in the bouquet and the
palate. The finish is long and smooth and versatile--you could pair
this with grilled steaks and beef roast, but it is also balanced enough
that you could serve this with traditional Thanksgiving dinner. This
wine stands right up to any very good quality classic Cotes du Rhone
Villages wine that would sell for $19."
UPDATE on the 2012: "The 2012 is even better."
2012 Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone
Reg. price: $16
Sale price: $12.99 (no further discounts)
This is a "flagship" wine at Cloverleaf, a wine we discovered in 2001
when we purchased 300 cases of the stuff! The quality/value ratio was
off the charts then, and it still is. With the 2012 vintage in the CDR
looking to be very good to possibly great, we are as excited as ever to
offer this wine at just $12.99. Scott, myself, and our supplier tasted
the 2012 just the other day, and we were once again amazed at the
quality. It has a perfume and an elegance to the famed Chateauneuf du
Pape wines from the same region that routinely sell for $30. This is a
no-brainer for the holiday season or to cellar for a few years."
2012 Slingshot Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
Reg. price: $18
Sale price: $14.99 (no further discounts)
"The 2012 Slingshot Cabernet boasts a super rich bouquet of black
cherries, cassis, cedar, vanilla bean and sweet spice notes. Plush and
rich, with concentrated flavors of dark cherries, baker's chocolate, and
blackberry. Silky tannins emerge in the mid-palate and carry through a
long, lingering finish."
2009 Jason Stephens Estate Zinfandel (Santa Clara Valley, CA)
Reg. price: $19
Sale price: $15.99
note: "This guy is making a Zinfandel very much in the style of
Larry Turley, who I think makes the best Zin in California. This
wine is plenty big and rich, with 16.2% alcohol! What he does
different is he doesn't let the fruit get overly ripe, to where you
can almost get a raisin flavor. He wants the fruit to be dominant.
The wine is very full-bodied, with rich, dark,berry fruits, a
hint of vanilla spice, a lush, buttery texture and very smooth
tannins in the finish."
2012 Ca' Momi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Reg. price: $22
Sale price: $17.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's tasting note:
"The wine has a rich bouquet of black cherries, cassis, and baking
spices. On the palate you sense a highly concentrated, almost buttery,
texture of ripe black fruits, mocha, and sweet spice notes. The finish
is smooth with ripe, soft tannins, a kiss of vanilla and those
persistent ripe black fruit flavors. An extremely delicious classic Napa
Valley Cabernet from a very good if not great vintage."
2011 Bodegas Teso la Monja Almirez (Spain)
Reg. price: $25
Sale price: $19.99
Tasting note from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"94 points. Another great value is the 2011 Almirez, which comes from
old, ungrafted, head-pruned Tinta de Toro vines. The vineyards are
planted at 2,300 foot elevation, and the yields in 2011 were 18
hectoliters per hectare. The wine spent 12 months in 30% new French oak.
A fabulous effort, it could easily pass for a big, rich Chateauneuf
du Pape, even though there is not a touch of Grenache to be found in
it. Its dense purple color is accompanied by notes of charcoal,
barbecued meat, blackberries, cassis, licorice, camphor and spring
flowers. Boasting massive concentration, a full-bodied mouthfeel and
lavish extract, all concealing of its French oak aging, this rich,
full 2011 possesses velvety tannins as well as a finish that lasts
nearly 40 seconds. At this quality level, one would expect the price
to be three digits or more. Enjoy it over the next 10 years."
2013 Ca' Momi (Napa Valley)
Sale price: $8.99 (no further discounts)
Tom's note: "We sold a LOT of Ca' Momi last year and just last week we had the
chance to try the 2013, and it is actually better! At this price point
it is one of the great values in Napa Valley wine I've come across in
some time. What's even more exciting is how this bodes for all of the
2013 Napa wines we will start to see coming in. The 2012 vintage was
often called "perfect" and "classic" and now we are hearing the 2013
vintage could be a "monster." Ca' Momi sources its fruit from all over
Napa. Get some. Hell, get a case!"
--The Guys (and Gal!) at Cloverleaf