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Great wine doesn't have to cost a lot!

May 5, 2018

                                                            
Take me to your LITER…
"A little wine humor, but LITER bottles are THE BEST VALUES in Gruner Veltliner whites.

The 2016 Hugl Gruner Veltliner is an intense and concentrated wine offering mild citrus and grapefruit aromas, exotic tropical fruits with a hint of freshly ground white pepper.

Medium-bodied dry wine perfect for an appertif waiting for those horses entering the gates for the big horse race this weekend.

A firm mineral backbone, gives it the strength of character to work well with many cuisines.

Great value in a slighly larger bottle, this is a Summer Quaffer for Fire Island summertime adventures."


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

2016 Gruner Veltliner, Hugl Weine, 1-Liter Bottle
$14.99 - Good Wine Stores
$13.49 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$11.99 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$134.91 - Pop's Case Price


Terry Theise has been our source for many great rieslings over the past 30 years.
"Terry’s friend Walter Strub’s family have been making wine in Germany's Rheinhessen region since 1710. Walter Strub is the 11th generation of his family to produce fine Riesling of international repute from the family vineyards.

Strub’s “Soil to Soul” Riesling 2016 made his highly recommended list and is a crowd favorite.

Terry says… “The 2016 is a good spicy vintage of this wine; a little brash-seeming but juicy and crisp; still knitting together… likely to be balanced on the zingy side.” — Terry Theise

I would agree and add that the weight of the 2016 vintage of German Riesling makes this a solid value to drink and enjoy all Summer long."


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

2016 Riesling Kabinett, Soil to Sole, Strub, 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


Year in, year out one of the best selling Gewurztraminers...
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here at Pop’s is made by Pierre Sparr from Alsace France.

A long time customer favorite, Pierre Sparr does a great job being exotic without tasting too sweet.

The Alsace region of France is known throughout the world for its lovely, dry white wines. Vineyards were first planted in this narrow valley during the height of the Roman Empire. Since the winery’s founding in 1680, the Sparr family passed along its passion for Alsatian vineyards and winemaking from one generation to the next.

Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer Reserve 2015 has exotic notes of rosewod, orange peel and licorice with cardamom notes. Dry, exuberant and wonderfully fragrant – I like to pair this with Thai and Malaysian dishes or anything with a touch of heat.

A winner!


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

2015 Gewurztraminer, Pierre Sparr, 750ml
$22.45 - Good Wine Stores
$20.20 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$17.96 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$202.05 - Pop's Case Price


Under $20 California Cabernet’s are becoming scarce.
"Wild Fires, Increasing prices for premium grapes… there are a lot of reasons being pondered.

The 2015 Vigilance Cabernet Sauvignon is this week’s super-value cab… complex layers of black cherry, ripe currant, spice, and dark chocolate along with Toasty, smoky oak aromas and flavors dominate this medium-to-full bodied Cabernet that has soft edges.

Black cherry, black fruits and vanilla oak aromas. The flavor is ripe cherry, cassis and rich vanilla."

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

2015 Vigilance, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills, Lake County, 750ml
$18.09 - Good Wine Stores
$16.20 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$14.47 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$162.81 - Pop's Case Price


Ted's pick... The Red that stole the show
"Wine Spectator had their bi-annual “Grand Tasting” this past Tuesday – Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know about it… no one showed up… it was very sparsely attended. I guess $225 for an all you can drink on a Tuesday night is tough in this economy. Only one First growth Bordeaux (2012 Haut Brion) was poured and they didn’t run out for the whole 4 hour session as they usually run out within an hour in the Fall session.

Tasting Italian reds there were a lot of Powerful young tannic wines… Barolo’s, Brunello’s… all too young.

The stand-out!!!!

A true Sangiovese!

Carpineto’s 2012 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a homerun… Full bodied, dark, silky, sexy… a gorgeous wine with backbone.

For the price, stock up on this beauty!


93 Points, Wine Spectator
"This is dense, with black cherry, blackberry, tobacco and leather flavors, picking up mineral and spice details on the long aftertaste. Shows ample tannins, fine depth and complexity. Drink now through 2023. 2,000 cases made. -BS.May/2017

Named for the Renaissance town of Montepulciano, the term nobile has historical roots in the original practice of reserving this wine exclusively for the aristocratic families of the area. Carpineto’s Vino Nobile is produced from fruit harvested exclusively from their Montepulciano Estate.

The ethereal bouquet shows elegant notes of violet and toasted oak nuances. Bold fruit flavors envelope the palate with a velvety, elegant texture and long finish, it is dry and full in style.

This 2012 Riserva benefits from extensive aging in a combination of Slavonian and French oak barrels for 18-24 months, followed by 12 months in bottle.

A great Vino Nobile!


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

2012 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Riserva, Carpineto, 750ml
$34.95 - Good Wine Stores
$31.45 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$27.96 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$314.55 - Pop's Case Price


Ted's pick... The Grand Cru of the Languedoc .....
 .....2015 Mas de Daumas Gassac Red is Classic 93+ Gilman under $30!!!

“The Grand Cru of the Languedoc!”

Those are unquestionably the wines of Mas de Daumas Gassac.

2015 Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge has arrived and is Extremely Limited!!!

2015 was a tremendous vintage for them as was it in the Southern Rhone Valley.

Surrounded by thick garrigue scrub and glacial, mineral-rich earth, the valley in which the property is nestled has a unique micro-climate for the region. Despite its southern French location in the Hérault, this deep valley draws in cool air from the mountains, particularly in the summer evenings, which creates extraordinary diurnal temperature swings ranging from 0 – 30°C. As a result the domaine is able to grow up to 40 different varieties successfully, all the while attaining excellent ripeness and retaining the varieties’ fresh acidity.

The red turns to the classic Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

Initial guidance form Bordeaux’s preeminent oenologist, Émile Peynaud, set the Guibert family on a path in the 1970s.

As with the nearby Rhône, Mas de Daumas Gassac enjoyed a fantastic growing season in 2015, and the wine has a composed, concentrated style.

93+ Points, John Gilman
"The 2015 Mas de Daumas Gassac rouge is primarily cabernet sauvignon (seventy-nine percent), with the remainder of the blend made up of seven percent merlot, six percent cabernet franc, and two percent each of petit verdot, pinot noir, nebbiolo and dolcetto! I like the precision and ripeness shown here on the nose, as it delivers scents of black cherries, sweet dark berries, tobacco leaf, dark soil tones, just a whisper of tariness (from the nebbiolo and dolcetto?), discreet cedar, hints of the lavender to come and a topnote of violets. On the palate the wine is pure, full bodied and youthful, with a superb core, lovely soil signature, firm, fine-grained tannins and excellent focus and grip on the nascently complex and promising finish. There is more breed here than in the very good 2014 version and this is clearly going to be a great vintage of Mas de Daumas Gassac in the fullness of time."

Its rich southern accent and substantial ageing potential mark their wines out as quite exceptional. I have had these wines 20, 30, 40 years old and they are exceptional!

Mas de Daumas Gassac is one of the Languedoc’s greatest estates.


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

2015 Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge, Haute Vallee du Gassac, 750ml
$38.89 - Good Wine Stores
$35.00 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$31.11 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$350.01 - Pop's Case Price




   

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