Pop's Wines & Spirits

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October 13, 2018

                                                            

"..... roundness and complexity to the cutting spiciness....."
91 points too!
“O Rosal, named for a sub-region of Rias Baixas, is the flagship of Bodegas Terras Gauda, one of the region’s top producers, according to their website. The addition of Caiño and Loureiro to the blend adds roundness and complexity to the cutting spiciness that Albariño, the predominant grape of the region, brings to the table. The resulting combination makes it ideal for hefty seafood, such as grilled sardines or swordfish.”
91 points, Wine Review Online, September, 2018

2017 Terras Gauda O Rosal, Rias Baixas, 750ml
$24.95 - Good Wine Stores
$19.96 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$19.96 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$224.55 - Pop's Case Price


"..... It’s hard to find a better sparkling wine for the price.....”
93 points too!
“Llopart consistently gets it right because they are one of the oldest producers of Cava. The Brut Nature category requires the best grapes because regulations require that sugar, which could potentially mask flaws, may not be added during dosage. Unsurprisingly, Llopart got it right with this 2015 Reserva. Clean and precise, it refreshes and lingers. The obligatory minimum of 15 months of aging for a Reserva adds smoothness and complexity. Its straight spine of acidity makes it a wonderful accompaniment to unlikely pairings, such as beef carpaccio. It’s hard to find a better sparkling wine for the price.”
93 points, Wine Review Online, September, 2018

2015 Llopart Brut Reserva, Cava, 750ml
$28.05 - Good Wine Stores
$22.44 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$22.44 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$252.45 - Pop's Case Price


"..... In the hit-or-miss world of wine on the cheap, this one hit the spot.....”
“The interesting thing about wines from Rioja is that they come with at least a couple of years of age – the “crianza” level requires at least one year of aging in oak and one year in bottle. The 2014 Bodegas LAN had four years of aging when I opened it, and it showed.

The wine is made from 95 percent Tempranillo and 5 percent Mazuelo and has good complexity for the price. There’s lots of ripe berry fruit on the nose and palate, mainly red but also some dark undertones, punctuated by spice and herbal notes. There’s a good deal of oak in the mix (perhaps a bit too much for some), which gives the wine a layer of vanilla sweetness. Soft tannins make it effortless to drink.

All in all, it was a perfect bottle to enjoy on the fly. In the hit-or-miss world of wine on the cheap, this one hit the spot.”

Edward Deitch, Vine Pair, July, 2018

2014 Lan Rioja Cfrianza, Bodegas Lan, 750ml
$16.85 - Good Wine Stores
$13.48 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$13.48 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$151.65 - Pop's Case Price


"..... makes my list of top Barbera....."
"Rossore is Fabrizio’s brilliant showcase wine to what Barbera can do while staying in a price point everyone can afford. I know what you're thinking. 'Sure, Barbera is a nice, friendly, crowd pleasing food wine, but its just not exciting. We totally disagree This Barbera from Fabrizio Iuli makes my list of top Barbera. It’s opaque and dark garnet in color. With an earthiness, white pepper, and, cocoa in the nose. The flavors of black cherry, and chocolate lead to a smooth full finish."
Victor Doyle, General Manager, July, 2018

2014 Iuli Rossore, Vino Rosso, 750ml
$26.80 - Good Wine Stores
$21.44 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$21.44 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$241.20 - Pop's Case Price


They say $14 (Wine Review Online), we say $11+, when bought by the case!
90 points too!

“My personal preference is for Kiwi Sauvignons that are a little less sweet than this one, but there’s plenty of market research indicating that this is New Zealand’s most popular style. It is still quite notably acidic, but there’s just enough residual sugar to keep this from being too “screechy” for most people to enjoy as a stand-alone sipper. It displays vibrant grapefruit and green herb flavors that linger on the palate.”
90 points, Wine Review Online, May, 2018

2017 Kono Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, Wine of New Zealand, 750ml
$15.79 - Good Wine Stores
$12.63 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$12.63 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$142.11 - Pop's Case Price


"..... drinks like a Napa at a third of the price....."
"Those of you, who know me, know that I consider this one of the great values in California Cabernet Sauvignon. I had the pleasure of trying the new vintage and I sill stand by my original statement that this Cabernet drinks like a Napa at a third of the price. This is truly a wine that over delivers. The tannins are soft enough to drink now, however there is enough meat for this wine to hold out for 5-10 years.
Victor Doyle, General Manager, Pop's Wines & Spirits, June 2018

2016 Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast, 750ml
$23.69 - Good Wine Stores
$18.95 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$18.95 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$213.21 - Pop's Case Price


   

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