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2015-04-30

 

2014 Hour Magazine Wine Store of the Year

The (Rosé) Revolution will not be televised        

The "crimson wonder in a glass"  

Celebrate Spring with this ancient treasure   

Shop our whole rosé section  

    

Winter? What winter?

It's not really a revolution anymore...more like a movement. We like to think that it started right here, but our close study of history suggests that an idea whose time has come usually rises up in many places all at once. It simply had to happen. We are speaking of course of the Rosé Revolution, wherein moderately to highly sophisticated American wine consumers finally realized that not only was rosé wine not white zinfandel meant for baby showers in Duluth in 1983, it was actually a refreshing, delicious, beautiful wine treasured throughout the wine world for centuries. In fact, the rosé style was first developed in hot weather wine regions of Europe that could not cultivate grape varietals used to make the crisp, refreshing white wines from more northern climes. They used what they had to produce this dry, light, fruity palate pleaser, chilled it the best they knew how (a deep cellar? a cool stream), and enjoyed it on picnics or warm summer evenings.

 

At Cloverleaf our sales of rosé have grown exponentially year-over-year for the last several years. And because the Revolution has sparked up everywhere, the competition has produced more supply of greater quality. The winner-you! We have nearly a dozen new vintages of rosé this spring, old favorites and a few new discoveries. Each year they seem to improve in quality, and prices remain comfortably around or about the $15 mark, with several bottles on discount starting right now. Great for sipping, versatile with seafood, poultry, grilled vegetables, cheese, or just about any warm weather spread, beautiful in the glass too-rosé is a great way to welcome spring weather officially and with great taste!


 

Recent hits, raves, and discoveries... 

     

2013 Domaine de Fontsainte Reserve la Demoiselle (Southern France) 

Reg. price: $20

Sale price: $14.99 

Tom's note: "From vines that are 110 years old, on an estate run by the same family since the 1700s, on land that grew grapes for the Romans around the time of Christ, this wine is fantastic! It has a beautiful bouquet of dark cherries and sweet provencal herbs.  It is rich without being heavy on the palate, and finishes long and balanced.  It was delicious by itself but would be better with a any number of grilled foods, from spring vegetables to poultry to beef and lamb.  Just a very versatile wine."

  

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."

 

2011 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain, Napa Valley)

Reg. price: $80

Sale price: $59.99

Tom's note: Another case where we had to taste with an open mind! Here is just a phenomenal Napa Cabernet from the much maligned 2011 vintage that is better than the 2012 Caymus which received 96 points from Robert Parker. One of our very good customers, who has purchased and enjoyed many bottles of the 2012 Caymus, tried this Switchback on my recommendation last week. He called me back the next day exclaiming it was much better than the Caymus and had me order a case for him. As for the wine itself, gorgeous cassis and blackberry fruits soar from the glass. There is super rich texture on the palate of blackberry, espresso, cedar, and wild berry flavors. The tannins are smooth and ripe and the wine finishes long and rich."

 

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 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."

 



 

--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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2015-04-16

 

2014 Hour Magazine Wine Store of the Year

Exclusivity has its privileges     

110 year-old French vines...

Fourteen ninety-nines ($14.99)...

And the only place you can get it is here!

PLUS: 94 pt. Pinot Noir for less than $50!

          

Somehow it's all in there...a grape vine buds in Oregon   

 

This week we introduce two new wines perfect for the warmer spring weather, both tremendous values at different price points. The first a delicious and versatile wine from ancient terroir in southern France, the second an outside-the-box Pinot Noir from the great 2012 vintage in Oregon's Willamette Valley. "I first tasted this wine at a trade event last November and it was one my top 5 wines at the event which had 356 choices," said Cloverleaf's Tom Natoci. "I compared my notes with my good friend Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon and she chose the Cristom as her top wine of the event! It's not cheap, but it is great wine."

    

2013 Domaine de Fontsainte Reserve la Demoiselle (Southern France) 

Reg. price: $20

Sale price: $14.99 

Tom's note: "From vines that are 110 years old, on an estate run by the same family since the 1700s, on land that grew grapes for the Romans around the time of Christ, this wine is fantastic! It has a beautiful bouquet of dark cherries and sweet provencal herbs.  It is rich without being heavy on the palate, and finishes long and balanced.  It was delicious by itself but would be better with a any number of grilled foods, from spring vegetables to poultry to beef and lamb.  Just a very versatile wine."

  

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."

 

Redux: Beatin' the bushes for some unexpected winners!

We were a bit late to press last week and many of you may have missed out on news of a couple of new wines that sprung from unexpected places. Many excellent, enjoyable, and uber-affordable wines just "happen," defying conventional wisdom that says nothing good could come from that vintage or that state and blah, blah, blah. And were it not for the hard work and open minds of your Cloverleaf staff, many tremendous values would be lost on you, the customer. Recently two such unexpected winners popped up on our radar, and they can be had by you if you'll just come in to the store and admit that yes, Cloverleaf is the best wine store in metro Detroit!

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."

 

2011 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain, Napa Valley)

Reg. price: $80

Sale price: $59.99

Tom's note: Another case where we had to taste with an open mind! Here is just a phenomenal Napa Cabernet from the much maligned 2011 vintage that is better than the 2012 Caymus which received 96 points from Robert Parker. One of our very good customers, who has purchased and enjoyed many bottles of the 2012 Caymus, tried this Switchback on my recommendation last week. He called me back the next day exclaiming it was much better than the Caymus and had me order a case for him. As for the wine itself, gorgeous cassis and blackberry fruits soar from the glass. There is super rich texture on the palate of blackberry, espresso, cedar, and wild berry flavors. The tannins are smooth and ripe and the wine finishes long and rich."

 

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 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 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."

 



 

--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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Please kindly review us at Yelp


2015-04-02

2014 Hour Magazine Wine Store of the Year

Bunnies and Matzah and Hoops, oh my!  

Still time to stock up for Easter and Passover 

Great choices for Seder and Easter brunch or dinner  

$24.99 Paoletti from Napa "another incredible value"      

SALE continues! Items marked down throughout store  

        

Think about it...think about it... 

 

Holiday Weekend Hours:

Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, CLOSED 

 

Religion, basketball, or both? We've got you covered whether it's God or Apollo this weekend!         

 

For our Jewish and Christian customers, we don't have to remind you (or maybe we do!) that the traditional spring religious holidays begin this weekend with Good Friday and Passover on Friday and Easter on Sunday. Holiday meal traditions about, but rest assured we have all bases covered, from stout reds for lamb and beef dishes, as well as whites and new vintage rose for poultry, pasta, and fish. And of course we have plenty of champagne and sparkling wine for brunch and mimosas.   

 

And for MSU basketball fans, whether rabid or casual or the alright I'll pull for them but just this one time even though they would NEVER do it for us! variety, the Final Four tips this weekend as well. For your viewing parties, wine can always work of course, but we also have hundreds of labels of the very best beers available in the world. All we can say is "Good beer, good karma. Bad swill, one way ticket to Palookaville."

 

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 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 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."

 



 

--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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