Holiday Selections Under $15
L'Encert Cava Brut Classic NV (SP)
Fresh, vibrant and refreshingly dry, this Cava will thrill both the frugal bubble hunters and the fickle sparkling sippers alike! An amazingly versatile pour... while delivering fun fizz on a budget. Cheers!
Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco Dolomiti 2018 (IT)
Always an exemplary pour-priced Italian Pinot Blanc, the Lageder is softly aromatic with spring flowers, apple and a whiff of alpine herbs. On the tangy palate, fresh, round acidity frames ripe pear, citrus and a hint of thyme. A favorite PG alternative.
Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018 (NZ)
Pink grapefruit, lime and passionfruit on the nose. Hints of crushed herbs. Pure, concentrated and fresh with balanced, mouthwatering acidity. The finish is long and flavorful.
Pine Ridge Chenin-Viognier California 2018 (CA)
"This medium-bodied wine tastes vivid and tangy but also boasts rich, ripe and round characteristics that broaden the flavors and lead to a lingering finish. It shows an abundance of ripe pear, apple and citrus flavors that really wake up the taste buds." ~ Wine Enthusiast
90 POINTS WE
Harken Chardonnay 'Barrel-Fermented' California 2018 (CA)
The toasty notes and buttery finish of the rich, oaky Chardonnays from the good ol’ days are both in play here. Fresh flavors of tropical fruit and Bosc pear sit alongside warm oak aromatics. A house 'go-to' value in bolder-styled Cali Chard.
Bod. Hermanos Pecina 'Senorio de P. Pecina' Rioja Rosado 2018 (SP)
100% organically-farmed and hand-harvested Garnacha from a single high altitude estate vineyard that is fashioned into a wonderful dry rose. Bright, vibrant strawberry with some upfront fruit concentration met middway with lots of energy and vibrancy followed by a clean and crisp finish. A very pretty pink pour.
Zorzal 'Terroir Unico' Pinot Noir Tupungato 2017 (ARG)
"...fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete vats, where it was kept until bottling. Clean, ripe without excess, with a light to medium-bodied palate, fine tannins and juicy fruit. Amazing quality for the price!" ~ Wine Advocate
90 POINTS WA
Delas Ventoux Rouge 2017 (FR)
"The unoaked 80-20 blend of Grenache and Syrah is medium-bodied, with a velvety feel and dried spices and Bing cherries on the silky finish. At the suggested retail of $11, it’s a screaming bargain." ~ WA
90 POINTS WA
Mauro Molina Barbera d'Alba 2018 (IT)
Raised entirely in stainless steel, this d'Alba is loaded with ripe and lush dark red fruits balanced by good natural acidity. Molino's Barbera vineyards get the same strict viticulture as the Nebbiolo vines - producing a juicy wine with the grit, intensity and the natural acidity to cut straight through any fatty, cheese-heavy food.
Petra 'Zingari' Toscana Rosso IGT 2015 (IT)
"Beautiful aromas of cherries, dark chocolate and lemon rind, following through to a full body with round and chewy tannins. Yet, it is polished and soft. A juicy finish. A blend of Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Drink or hold." ~ JS
94 POINTS JS
Mercer Cabernet Sauvignon 'Horse Heaven Hills' Columbia Vly 2017 (WA)
This Cabernet Sauvignon gives aromas of ripe black fruit with notes of baked blackberry pie, warm baking spices, and earthy undertones. The voluminous fruit carries through in the mouth. It’s toasty and rich with a long and generous finish.
Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 'Clasico' 2017 (ARG)
DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2018 - SILVER: Bright and juicy with a wonderful energy; ripe red and dark forest fruit, a savoury palate with a refreshing fruity finish.
92 POINTS DC