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2015-03-26

2014 Hour Magazine Wine Store of the Year

Ho Hum..."Fantastic" Cab <$25!              

Paoletti from Napa "another incredible value"      

$24.99...even the winery sells for $36!            

"Don't dawdle..."

SALE! Spring cleaning means deals for you! 

      

We're having a SALE, man!      

 

New 2012 Paoletti "better than some $60 Cabs we've tried"        

 

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."

 

SALE! Save 20% to 30% on select wines for clearance!

It's time for our annual late winter/early spring sale. All week we've been checking through our inventory and identifying those wines making way for new vintages or onesie-twosies that need to go. WE need to make way for new vintages and spring whites and rose wines that become popular at this time of year. YOU need to be a savvy wine buyer and come in soon to check out the deals. All sale wines are easily identified by a red sticker on the bottle and typical savings are in the 20% to 30% range. Schwing!

 

Recent hits, raves, and new discoveries...

 

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 
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."

 

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."

 



2012 La Mozza i perazzi morellino di scansano
Reg. price: $19
Sale price: $15.99
Tom's note: "La Mozza is the winery owned by celebrity chef and part-time Michigan resident Mario Batali, and it was on his suggestion that we started carrying this wine, which is grown in the Maremma region in southern Tuscany. Morellino in that region is a grape more commonly known as Sangiovese elsewhere, and here it is artfully constructed as a very versatile, medium-bodied wine that will literally go with almost any food, from chicken to pizza, pasta, and grilled or braised meat. Incidentally, the artwork on the label refers to orchards on the property of trees (perazzi) that bear a pear-like fruit."

 

 

--The Guys (and Gal!) 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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2015-02-18

2014 Hour Magazine Wine Store of the Year

Time to taste some Pinot Noir!            

 

Next Saturday, February 28, 2015     

The GREAT Pinot Noirs of Calera in Monterrey!          

Special prices, multiple varietals, education...

And best of all...FREE!

Last week's Chianti SELLS OUT! We got more... 

   

     

   

Calera's gravity-fed winery gently coaxes great wine from tempestuous Pinot Noir   

 

Mark your calendars for a fun tasting event February 28 in-store!     

 

"Calera is one of the most compelling Pinot Noir specialists of not only the New World, but of Planet Earth."--Robert Parker  

 

One of the great success stories in California winemaking started when American Josh Jensen traveled to the Burgundy region of France to learn the craft in the early 1970s. Taking the lessons of the French masters to heart, Jensen knew that he needed not just a proper climate, but a limestone soil  similar to those that produced some of the greatest wines in the world in Burgundy. 

 

Upon returning to California, Jensen found the perfect piece of property in the most surprising of places, 25 miles inland from the Pacific in Monterrey County. "It was the site of an old limestone kiln," explains Cloverleaf's Tom Natoci. "He was able to develop his vineyards on a hillside, and at the base he built his winery, which allowed for a  completely gravity-fed winemaking operation. This was crucial to his ability to make great Pinot Noir, which is an extremely delicate grape, because the juice can be moved through the winemaking process without pumps."

 

Our representative who handles the Calera account will be on hand to pour and discuss several Calera wines, with special pricing available the day of the event. As usual there will be palate-cleansing snacks. The event is free. 


The Real Italian--you like it!

 

We sell less Italian wine than, say, French, American, or even Spanish. But last week's oh-so-traditional Chianti Classico sure made a big impression. There may be more of your kind out there than we were led to believe. Maybe it's the great styling of the wine, maybe it's the very attractive $10.99 sticker...whatever it was we blew through 10 cases faster than you can say "Classico!" Our guy was able to scrape up some more, and by the time you read this we should have 10 more cases. Come see what all the excitement is about!

 

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."

 

Recent hits, raves, and discoveries...

 

2012 Farmhouse 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."

2012 La Mozza i perazzi morellino di scansano
Reg. price: $19
Sale price: $15.99
Tom's note: "La Mozza is the winery owned by celebrity chef and part-time Michigan resident Mario Batali, and it was on his suggestion that we started carrying this wine, which is grown in the Maremma region in southern Tuscany. Morellino in that region is a grape more commonly known as Sangiovese elsewhere, and here it is artfully constructed as a very versatile, medium-bodied wine that will literally go with almost any food, from chicken to pizza, pasta, and grilled or braised meat. Incidentally, the artwork on the label refers to orchards on the property of trees (perazzi) that bear a pear-like fruit."

 

 

--The Guys (and Gal!) 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

Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
Please kindly review us at Yelp


2015-02-06

2014 Hour Magazine Wine Store of the Year

A chef in a pear tree...          

 

Batali's versatile Morellino (or Sangiovese)...   

Bang! Bang! Napa Valley Cab crushes it...        

Just $29.99...

From Regusci's Charles Hendrix!         

   

   

This is not a game. Here is help. 

   

"Winter is not a season. It's an occupation." -Sinclair Lewis   

 

Here we go. Let's kick off the dog days of winter with some fortifying red wines that store within them the summer rays of southern Tuscany and the Napa Valley circa 2012. The first is a classically-styled Cabernet Sauvignon from a group known as the Farm Collective, which is dedicated to promoting and preserving healthy agriculture and heritage vineyards in the Napa Valley.

 

The second is a versatile red wine from seemingly-everywhere chef Mario Batali and his business partner Joe Bastianich. Not to name-drop or anything but the Cloverleaf kids are good pals with Mario, who is cozy with several of us when he summers in northern Michigan. "I first was introduced to this Sangiovese about ten years ago, when I met Mario at a luncheon up north," explains Cloverleaf's Tom Natoci. "He had begun importing wines from Italy and suggested that we try some of them. We've been bringing them in ever since and find the quality-to-price ratio to be right in the wheelhouse for our customers. Good stuff!"

 


2012 Farmhouse 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."

2012 La Mozza i perazzi morellino di scansano
Reg. price: $19
Sale price: $15.99
Tom's note: "La Mozza is the winery owned by celebrity chef and part-time Michigan resident Mario Batali, and it was on his suggestion that we started carrying this wine, which is grown in the Maremma region in southern Tuscany. Morellino in that region is a grape more commonly known as Sangiovese elsewhere, and here it is artfully constructed as a very versatile, medium-bodied wine that will literally go with almost any food, from chicken to pizza, pasta, and grilled or braised meat. Incidentally, the artwork on the label refers to orchards on the property of trees (perazzi) that bear a pear-like fruit."

 

 

--The Guys (and Gal!) 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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