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Great wine doesn't have to cost a lot!

February 10, 2018

                                                            
Ted's pick... 2014 Volver: Opaque, Toasty, Black Fruits...92 Points Wine Advocate $14+
"Spain continues it's domination under $15! "Volver" is one of the hottest selling reds at Pop's. Consistently over-delivers! 90 point reviews every vintage! The 2014 just scored 92 from The Wine Advocate."

92 Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2014 Volver Single Vineyard comes from a parcel of vines planted in 1957 called Finca Los Juncares. It is 100% Tempranillo aged 15 months in French oak and bottled unfiltered. It is a relatively small cuvée of 3,000 cases, but it's a stunning wine, with notes of unsmoked cigar tobacco, licorice and blackcurrants. This opaque purple-colored wine has a full-body, showing toasty notes intermixed with blackberry and cassis. It's a beauty - an internationally styled, modern version of Tempranillo to drink over the next 5-6 years."

"Sounds about right... that's why this is flying off the shelves.

Bodegas Volver is grown from bush vines located in the best terroir of La Mancha, the eastern region. The soil is the reason that the winery committed themselves to purchasing 228 acres of vineyards with an average age of 40 years."


Great wine doesn’t have to cost a lot…
Ted Clark, Wine Consultant, Pop’s Wine & Spirits, February, 2018

2014 Volver, Single Vineyard, La Mancha, 750ml
$18.70 - Good Wine Stores
$16.83 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$14.96 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$168.30 - Pop's Case Price


Ted's pick... 2016 "Le Bousquet" Sancerre Quality Sauvignon without Sancerre Price
"We all want Sancerre under $20.

Domaine Laporte is one of the finest producers in the Loire Valley, making top class Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre wines.

“Le Bouquet” is a wonderful wine made from just outside these famous appellations and offers the chance to try a combination of wonderful high quality with a very affordable price that I look for in all my picks!

Crisp and refreshing with fabulous gooseberry and citrus aromas followed by a vivid intensity of that ultra-fresh Loire-esque stoney note, with the texture and class of a beautifully balanced Sancerre.

Without the Sancerre price.

Fabulous white…


Great wine doesn’t have to cost a lot…
Ted Clark, Wine Consultant, Pop’s Wine & Spirits, February, 2018

2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Le Bouquet, Laporte, 750ml
$15.90 - Good Wine Stores
$14.31 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$12.72 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$143.10 - Pop's Case Price


Ted's pick... An Outstanding Chardonnay that's tricked all the experts on where it's from...
"Have you seen the Somm movies? They are quite entertaining if you are into wine. Student’s studying for the Master Sommelier and Master of Wine programs. These are lengthy exams that require blind tasting 4 wines in 16 minutes – that’s 4 minutes per wine. To guess grape, region, country AND vintage AND why… 4 minutes goes fast.

Today’s feature is an outstanding Chardonnay that has tricked several Master Sommelier’s that had guessed premier cru level White Burgundy.

2012 Kumeu River “Coddington” Chardonnay, New Zealand

Owned by Tim and Angela Coddington, this vineyard is located in Kumeu, New Zealand. Planted on a clay-based hillside with narrow trellising, the Chardonnay from this block is consistently weighty and powerful with richness and length. The grapes from Coddington have been used in the Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay since 1998. In 2006, the winery decided to give Coddington single-vineyard status to reflect this vineyard’s unique character.

Fresh zesty lemon drop citrus fruit with green apple fruit and flinty mineral stone fruit yellow flesh peach going into apricot, 25% new oak and a bit more heavily toasted, vanilla creme notes to the fruit, a warmer site and this wine shows it in the amount of fruit present. Quite a bit richer on the palate with an undeniable texture, a nice bit of toasty oak spice and a long layered finish. An endless finish goes and goes for 45 seconds +!!!

Most Excellent!

Master Sommeleirs have been convinced it’s Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru “Champs Gain”…

It’s THAT Great!

From New Zealand, it’s much more affordably priced.


Great wine doesn’t have to cost a lot…
Ted Clark, Wine Consultant, Pop’s Wine & Spirits, February, 2018

2012 Kumeu River Chardonnay, Coddington, New Zealand, 750ml
$53.49 - Good Wine Stores
$48.14 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$42.79 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$481.41 - Pop's Case Price


Ted's pick... Organic Nero D'Avola from Sicily's Tenuta La Favola di Corrado Gurrieri
"Italy has 20 Provinces, ALL make wine…  In Siciliy, Nero D’Avola is by far the most popular grape. Located in the southeastern corner of Sicily, a short drive from the town of Noto, Tenuta la Favola is a small estate owned by Corrado and Valeria Gurrieri. Husband and wife – they run a really small winery. Corrado is the third generation in his family to farm this particular piece of chalky, calcareous land, growing vegetables, olives, and of course wine.

Certified organic and powered entirely by renewable energy, the estate is a testament to both tradition and innovation. The wines here are made very naturally and with a light touch. Organic wines are catching on… finding great ones takes a lot of tasting, tasting, tasting.

This 2016 is alive with a beautiful dark red color and persistent aromas of prunes, dark cherries… superbly bold fruit-driven flavors that harmonize on the palate.

It’s great to know this wine is farmed Organic but also that it is GOOD!

This could be your new house wine…


Great wine doesn’t have to cost a lot…
Ted Clark, Wine Consultant, Pop’s Wine & Spirits, February, 2018

2016 Nero d'Avola, Tenuta La Favola di Corrado Gurreiri, 750ml
$15.59 - Good Wine Stores
$14.03 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$12.47 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$140.31 - Pop's Case Price


Ted's pick... 2013 Barolo by Cordero di Montezemolo "Monfalletto" 94JS/94WE - a short flight away!
"Ever been to Barolo country? My advice – GO! Just booked my Spring trip - $498 Round Trip on Delta. JFK to MXP (Milan Malpensa) Rent a car – drive 90 minutes and VISIT this winery: CORDERO DI MONTEZEMOLO in La Morra.

Alberto Cordero and his sister Elena Cordero speak perfect English and are great hosts of their winery that was started 19 Generations ago…

NINETEEN GENERATIONS

Since 1340, 19 generations one after another, have managed the Monfalletto property in the town of La Morra, the center of the production of Barolo wine. 80 Acres all connected allows them to farm the right way.

If the trip is too much for you right now…  Grab a case of their 2013 Monfalletto Barolo – selling fast as are all 2013 Barolo’s


94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Wild berry, aromatic herb, crushed blue flower and exotic spice aromas lead the way in this full-bodied wine. It delivers ripe but elegant Marasca cherry, cranberry, licorice and vanilla hints framed by taut, fine-grained tannins that lend structure and finesse. Drink 2021–2033.

94 Points - James Suckling
"Very floral with dried strawberries, plums and light toffee. Smoke, too. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Turns polished and agreeable on the finish.

With the tax and/or shipping – same price as the flight there… But nothing touches hearing the toll machines on the highways in Italy (Called Autostrada’s) thank you by saying “Arrivaderci!”
If interested in a visit – Let me know, I’ll set it up…


Great wine doesn’t have to cost a lot…
Ted Clark, Wine Consultant, Pop’s Wine & Spirits, February, 2018

2013 Barolo, Monfalletto, Cordero di Montezemolo, 750ml
$52.65 - Good Wine Stores
$47.38 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$42.12 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$473.85 - Pop's Case Price


Ted's pick... A Beautifully Pure 100% Pinot Noir Chorey Les Beaune 2015 Domaine Tollot-Beaut Value
"We all owe Quality Burgundy in the USA to Frank Schoonmaker. Frank landed in Spain with his bicycle as a seventeen year-old, a little after the end of the first world war. From his saddle, as befits the son of a New York professor of Latin, he quickly assimilated both Spanish and French, later becoming a columnist for the New Yorker. Following the end of prohibition he was also instrumental in the movement to revive winemaking in California. About 1930, Schoonmaker became the first to import ‘domaine bottled’ burgundies into the US.

Domaine Tollot-Beaut is one of a very select band of Côte d’Or domaines; around 1930 Frank convinced a number of high quality domaines to reserve a portion of their production for domaine bottling and then exporting to the US – wine that would otherwise have been sold to négociants. d’Angerville of Volnay (Had a 98 Fremeits the other night), Gouges of Nuits and Rousseau of Gevrey are well-enough known members of that select band.

Fewer know that Tollot-Beaut of Chorey-lès-Beaune was another, indeed they actually made their first domaine bottlings in 1921.

Today's featured red, the 2015 Chorey-Les-Beaune Pinot Noir is a stunning red and a superlative value! Beautiful 100% pinot noir that tastes of where it's made. The 136 hectares of Chorey are almost exclusively planted with pinot noir.

Over the years Chorey has often worn the label of Côte de Beaune Villages as it was easier to sell that way. Recently the Chorey label has become more popular with enthusiasts seeking value with pinot noir typicité – driven in the main by the quality of producers like Tollot-Beaut.

The 24 hectare domaine of Tollot-Beaut sits modestly in the centre of Chorey-lès-Beaune. Today the ‘front of house’ face of the domaine is Nathalie Tollot – who is, by the way, happy to converse with you in either French, English or German – yet there are many other Tollots to be seen in the cuverie and the vineyards; uncle Jack, father Alain and Nathalie’s cousins Jean-Paul and Olivier.

Deep, comfortingly ripe nose. Lots of interesting high-toned fruit and though there’s a slight grain to the tannin, this is very accomplished for a ‘basic’ wine. Very tasty.


Great wine doesn’t have to cost a lot…
Ted Clark, Wine Consultant, Pop’s Wine & Spirits, February, 2018

2015 Chorey-les-Beaune, Domaine Tollot-Beaut, 750ml
$46.49 - Good Wine Stores
$41.84 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$37.19 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$209.20 - Pop's Case Price (6)




   

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