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2014-03-06

2013 Hour Magazine Wine Store of the Year

 

Return of Milcampos!

 

Another solid effort on this Spanish treasure

$12.99 for a wine “probably 92 points or more”*

Try it here this Saturday, Noon to 3 p.m.!

Our annual Wine Sale continues…

Hour Magazine: We need your vote http://www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detroit/Best-of-Detroit-2014-Online-Ballot/

(Vote for Cloverleaf Fine Wine as Best Wine Store in the Retail/Shopping category. Thank you!)

 

*Based on our own tastings, two months apart; no outside ratings yet

 

2011 Bodegas la Milagrosa Milcampos Vinas Viejas

Reg. price: $16

Sale price: $12.99

 

This is our fourth year carrying Milcampos, a miracle of a value Tempranillo from the Ribera del Duero in north-central Spain. Each year we’ve had it, the wine has received scores in the 92-94 point range and has sold out of as much as we can get our hands on. Cloverleaf’s Scott and Tom tasted the 2011 vintage two months ago, were once again highly impressed, and now the shipment has arrived. To be sure, Tom opened another bottle today, and “It’s delicious. It’s as good as it’s ever been. A fantastic glass of wine at this price.”

 

The Ribera del Duero is widely considered to be the best appellation in Spain. “All of the great, expensive Spanish wines come from there,” Tom explains. Vineyards in the region are at unusually high elevations, and experience very cold winters and a short growing season. “Sometimes in high-heat vineyards, the grapes can become almost burnt-out. The best Ribera del Duero grapes have a real polish about them, and have been compared to the fruit of the finest Bordeaux estates.”

 

“The 2011 is loaded with fruit,” Tom said. “I have a cold, and I usually lose the fruit and get more acid when I’m stuffed up. But the fruit is right there, like the 2010 version which was a great glass of wine right when you opened it.”

 

Taste Milcampos at Cloverleaf this Saturday, Noon to 3 p.m.

 

Try before you buy! A representative of Milcampos will be on hand this Saturday to pour samples and talk about the wine and all things wine in general. As usual, we will have bread and cheese and a good attitude. And hey, we do have a great sale going on. This could be a big score.

 

Save up to 50% at our ongoing Annual Wine Sale!

 

It’s the annual CLOVERLEAF WINE SALE!!! Things slow down a bit around here in the mid-Winter, which is why a sale makes sense, helping us and our suppliers clear stocks from the busy holiday season just concluded. We’ll have dozens of wines—and nearly 100 items in all, including beer and specialty items—clearly marked on the shelves selling for anywhere from 20% to 50% off. These are the wines we were just promoting several weeks back for Christmas and the New Year, plus some new gems in the value range that we think we can move fast and in volume. Add in the odds & ends, onesie-twosies, and you got yourself one heck of a chance to replenish your own racks and cellar while we make room for new vintages and spring wines.

 

The Sale runs today through March 23rd. See you soon!

 

More great beefy reds for hunker-down winterin’

 

2004 Masi Costasera Amarone Classico

Reg. price: $26

Sale price: $19.99

Note: Amarone is a very traditional wine from the Valpolicella region of the Veneto in northern Italy (the land of Romeo and Juliet!). The best is made from highly concentrated grapes which is further accentuated by 3 to 4 months of drying on bamboo racks. The yield is a rich, powerful, dry wine of great complexity (and often alcohol content of 15% to 16%). Because of this, the wine is often an accompaniment to dishes of red meat, roasted game, or with mature cheeses (which, come to think of it, we also have!). It can also be nice after a meal.

 

2011 Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon

Reg. price: $35

Sale price: $25.99

Tom’s note: “Hey, it says Valentine right on the label! This elegant and graceful wine has plenty of rich, dark, blackberry, savory herb, and crushed rock flavors. It gains depth on the palate and finishes with smooth, balanced tannins.”

 

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.”

2011Kermit Lynch Reserve du Vaucluse

Reg. price: $13

Sale price: $9.9

Note: Sensational deal for a delicious Cotes du Rhone from the great importer Kermit Lynch.

 

Aia Vecchia Lagone 2010

Reg. price: $18

Sale price: $14.99

Note: A beautiful, rich Cabernet/Merot-based Super Tuscan.

 

Branham Jazz Red Blend 2009

Reg. price: $28

Sale price: $23.99

Note: Sumptuous, rich smooth wine that features bright blackberry flavors and sweet vanilla spice.

 

--The Guys (and Gal!) at Cloverleaf

 


2014-02-27

2013 Hour Magazine Wine Store of the Year

 

Ordonez tasting Saturday

 

Try 6 wines from the great Spanish importer

Our annual Wine Sale continues…

Save 20% to 50% on over 100 items

Hour Magazine: We need your vote http://www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detroit/Best-of-Detroit-2014-Online-Ballot/

(Vote for Cloverleaf Fine Wine as Best Wine Store in the Retail/Shopping category. Thank you!)

 

This Saturday, Noon to 3 p.m.: Taste, nosh, discuss

 

Over the last decade there has been no greater ambassador for Spanish wines in the American market than importer Jorge Ordonez. Starting in Boston in the late ‘80s and with almost no English speaking skills, Ordonez has grown to become one of the most important people in the Spanish wine industry both in America as an importer and in Spain as a consultant, vineyard manager, and marketer.

 

One of the oldest winemaking lands in the world (pre-dating the Romans), Spain has the largest vineyard plantings on the planet. For the much of the mid-20th century, however, the wine industry along with most other things struggled under the grip of strongman dictator Francisco Franco (history books anyone?). The art of winemaking was nearly lost for an entire generation. Today Spain is still catching up to techniques and quality control standards already established in countries like France, Italy, Germany, and the United States. Where gains are made it is often under the guise of Ordonez, who is then able to offer these hidden jewels to us—often at tremendous value.

 

Several of the wines you will try this Saturday (see below; all are on sale) are recognizable as high-selling favorites at Cloverleaf for many years. Others are newer, and we are as anxious as you to try them. A representative for Jorge Ordonez Selections will be on hand to discuss the Ordonez mystique and the quality of this terrific sampling of some of the great wines coming from Spain. We hope to see you there!

 

Saturday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wine samples, cheese, and bread are complementary. The event is free.

 

2011 Clio Jumilla

Reg. price: $53

Sale price: $44.99

 

2011 Alto Moncayo

Reg. price: $45

Sale price: $33.99

 

2011 Almirez Toro

Reg. price: $26

Sale price: $19.99

 

2012 Botani Sparkling Muscat

Reg. price: $20

Sale price: $14.99

 

2011 Bodegas Breca Breca

Reg. price: $19

Sale price: $14.99

 

2012 Avancia Cuvee de O Godello

Reg. price: $16

Sale price: $12.99

 

Save up to 50% at our ongoing Annual Wine Sale!

 

It’s the annual CLOVERLEAF WINE SALE!!! Things slow down a bit around here in the mid-Winter, which is why a sale makes sense, helping us and our suppliers clear stocks from the busy holiday season just concluded. We’ll have dozens of wines—and nearly 100 items in all, including beer and specialty items—clearly marked on the shelves selling for anywhere from 20% to 50% off. These are the wines we were just promoting several weeks back for Christmas and the New Year, plus some new gems in the value range that we think we can move fast and in volume. Add in the odds & ends, onesie-twosies, and you got yourself one heck of a chance to replenish your own racks and cellar while we make room for new vintages and spring wines.

 

The Sale runs today through March 23rd. See you soon!

 

More great beefy reds for hunker-down winterin’

 

2004 Masi Costasera Amarone Classico

Reg. price: $26

Sale price: $19.99

Note: Amarone is a very traditional wine from the Valpolicella region of the Veneto in northern Italy (the land of Romeo and Juliet!). The best is made from highly concentrated grapes which is further accentuated by 3 to 4 months of drying on bamboo racks. The yield is a rich, powerful, dry wine of great complexity (and often alcohol content of 15% to 16%). Because of this, the wine is often an accompaniment to dishes of red meat, roasted game, or with mature cheeses (which, come to think of it, we also have!). It can also be nice after a meal.

 

2011 Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon

Reg. price: $35

Sale price: $25.99

Tom’s note: “Hey, it says Valentine right on the label! This elegant and graceful wine has plenty of rich, dark, blackberry, savory herb, and crushed rock flavors. It gains depth on the palate and finishes with smooth, balanced tannins.”

 

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.”

2011Kermit Lynch Reserve du Vaucluse

Reg. price: $13

Sale price: $9.9

Note: Sensational deal for a delicious Cotes du Rhone from the great importer Kermit Lynch.

 

Aia Vecchia Lagone 2010

Reg. price: $18

Sale price: $14.99

Note: A beautiful, rich Cabernet/Merot-based Super Tuscan.

 

Branham Jazz Red Blend 2009

Reg. price: $28

Sale price: $23.99

Note: Sumptuous, rich smooth wine that features bright blackberry flavors and sweet vanilla spice.

 

--The Guys (and Gal!) at Cloverleaf

 


2014-02-20

2013 Hour Magazine Wine Store of the Year

 

Wine Sale Starts Today!

 

Our annual deep discount festival

Meet the Winemaker this Saturday in-store…

…Cantina del Pino world-class Barbarescos

Hour Magazine: We need your vote http://www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detroit/Best-of-Detroit-2014-Online-Ballot/

 

(Vote for Cloverleaf Fine Wine as Best Wine Store in the Retail/Shopping category. Thank you!)

 

It’s the annual CLOVERLEAF WINE SALE!!! Things slow down a bit around here in the mid-Winter, which is why a sale makes sense, helping us and our suppliers clear stocks from the busy holiday season just concluded. We’ll have dozens of wines—and nearly 100 items in all, including beer and specialty items—clearly marked on the shelves selling for anywhere from 20% to 50% off. These are the wines we were just promoting several weeks back for Christmas and the New Year, plus some new gems in the value range that we think we can move fast and in volume. Add in the odds & ends, onesie-twosies, and you got yourself one heck of a chance to replenish your own racks and cellar while we make room for new vintages and spring wines.

 

The Sale runs today through March 23rd. See you soon!

 

This Saturday: Meet one of the great makers of Barbaresco!

 

Cantina del Pino (“winery of the pine) was established in 1894 and is one of the first vineyards to produce Nebbiolo wine under the name of Barbaresco. In 1912 the family of owner and winemaker Renato Vacca purchased the vineyards and has owned it ever since. This Saturday Renato Vacca will be our guest at Cloverleaf, bringing his four generations of family wine experience and love of Barbaresco wines from the Piedmont. All are welcome to join us, share some wine, and discuss the winemaking process with Mr. Vacca.

 

“Cantina del Pino is kind of a big deal in the world of Barbaresco and in Italian wine in general,” says Cloverleaf’s Tom Natoci. “Barbaresco is from the Piedmont and must be made with Nebbiolo grapes, which is also true of Barolo, perhaps an even more celebrated wine from a different district. Still, the most famous Barbarescoes from the winery of Angelo Gaja command prices of $400 to $500. At its best Barbaresco has beautiful perfume along with great elegance and excellent cellar potential. It should be very interesting to talk about winemaking with Mr. Vacca this Saturday!”

 

The event is free and runs from noon to 2 p.m. Complementary wine samples, bread, and cheese will be provided. Please join us!

 

Cantina del Pino for sampling and on sale this Saturday:

 

2012 Dolcetto d’Alba

Sale price: $18 (no further discounts)

 

2012 Langhe Nebbiolo

Sale price: $25 (nfd)

 

2009 Barbaresco Tradition

Sale price: $39 (nfd)

 

2009 Barbaresco Albesani

Sale price: $52 (nfd)

 

2009 Barbaresco Ovello

Sale price: $52 (nfd)

 

More great beefy reds for hunker-down winterin’

 

2004 Masi Costasera Amarone Classico

Reg. price: $26

Sale price: $19.99

Note: Amarone is a very traditional wine from the Valpolicella region of the Veneto in northern Italy (the land of Romeo and Juliet!). The best is made from highly concentrated grapes which is further accentuated by 3 to 4 months of drying on bamboo racks. The yield is a rich, powerful, dry wine of great complexity (and often alcohol content of 15% to 16%). Because of this, the wine is often an accompaniment to dishes of red meat, roasted game, or with mature cheeses (which, come to think of it, we also have!). It can also be nice after a meal.

 

2011 Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon

Reg. price: $35

Sale price: $25.99

Tom’s note: “Hey, it says Valentine right on the label! This elegant and graceful wine has plenty of rich, dark, blackberry, savory herb, and crushed rock flavors. It gains depth on the palate and finishes with smooth, balanced tannins.”

 

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.”

2011Kermit Lynch Reserve du Vaucluse

Reg. price: $13

Sale price: $9.9

Note: Sensational deal for a delicious Cotes du Rhone from the great importer Kermit Lynch.

 

Aia Vecchia Lagone 2010

Reg. price: $18

Sale price: $14.99

Note: A beautiful, rich Cabernet/Merot-based Super Tuscan.

 

Branham Jazz Red Blend 2009

Reg. price: $28

Sale price: $23.99

Note: Sumptuous, rich smooth wine that features bright blackberry flavors and sweet vanilla spice.

 

--The Guys (and Gal!) at Cloverleaf

 


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