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Andover Classic Wines dba Andover Liquors Grand Wine Tasting: A Case of Winners

February 1, 2013
We had a great showing at our recent
Winter Grand Wine Tasting 2013.
Thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed the wines with us!
Out of nearly 40 wines, a case of
Twelve wines shone through as the victorious winners…
Try a bottle of each to receive a special case discount of 20%*

Or get 10% off on 6 wines from the tasting for a limited time only!*

*Offer expires Saturday, 2/9/13

Without further ado, here are the winning wines:

Feraud-Brunel 2009 Cotes-du-Rhone Villages … $16.99

One of the top Rhone producers, Feraud-Brunel has crafted one of our favorite Cotes-du-Rhones from the 2009 vintage.  It is at once quite ripe and yet very focused, with a graphite edge taking over quickly and harnessing the ample core of cherry, loganberry, and blackberry fruit flavors. The long, lavender-tinged finish courses along nicely with ample drive. 91 Points from Wine Spectator.

Ontanon 2009 Ecologico Rioja… $12.99

This certified organic 100% Tempranillo comes from a third generation winemaking family in the southern part of Rioja who have pioneered  organic winemaking in Spain.  Bright cherry and raspberry fruit flavors combine with a subtle element of sweet spice.  The well-structured mouthfeel and fine-tuned acidity give it some ageing potential but it is incredibly drinkable now.  This wine is food-friendly and pairs well with a variety of cheeses and cured meats as well as roasted pork, chicken, and vegetable dishes.

Pradio 2010 “Priara”  Pinot Grigio… $16.99

This Italian gem comes from a single vineyard in the Grave del Friuli where major yield reduction and meticulous grape selection have created a very classy expression of Pinot Grigio.  Totally unoaked, this straw yellow wine carries the beautiful mineral overtones from the gravelly soils of the vineyards through to the glass.  The nose is inviting and complex with notes of apples, pears, and flowers.  Several different yeasts were used, and this combined with partial malolactic fermentation (converting tart malic acid into softer lactic acid) and a long resting on noble lees (spent yeast cells) imparts the wine with a supple roundness.  This fresh, well-balanced wine with a very long finish is a wonderful example of Pinot Grigio from an excellent vintage.

Santa Cristina 2010 Toscana… $12.99

This Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and Merlot is approachable and fruit-laden.  Boasting cherry, raspberry, and floral aromas and flavors.  The finish on this straightforward red is not too complex, but it is tasty, refreshing, and moderately long.

Covitoro 2011 Cermeño Tinto Joven… $12.99

With a red vivid cherry color, this is a structured and well-balanced wine from Toro in Spain.  This young wine (“Joven” means young) is 100% Tinta de Toro, a local clone of Tempranillo.  There is ample fruit and structure here with tasty and persistent aromas and flavors of black and red fruits. It‘s the perfect everyday wine that comes to life when paired with tapas, lunch, dinner, and good company.

Murietta’s Well 2010  “The Spur” Red Blend… $23.99

A big, bold blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Petit Verdot, 23% Malbec, 5% Syrah, “The Spur” celebrates the art of blending by combining the best grapes the vineyards have to offer to handcraft the most interesting and sumptuous blend possible.  This wine displays aromas and flavors of black cherry and blueberry, with hints of chocolate, anise, spice, and toasted oak.  Mature tannins and balanced acidity lead to a smooth, lingering finish.  Pair with roasted or grilled meats, red sauces, or rich cheeses.

L de Lyeth 2010 Merlot… $12.99

Sonoma County’s maritime proximity provides the stable, mild climate that is perfect for the production of premium Merlot.  This medium-bodied Merlot fills the front of the mid palate with fresh summer strawberries, blackberries, and plums.  The fine tannins are nicely integrated into the wine, making it approachable upon release and ready to drink now.

Li Veli 2010 Primonero… $10.99

An Italian blend of handpicked Primitivo (50%) and Negroamaro (50%) grown in clay and limestone, this is an incredible value wine.  It shows a deep ruby red with purple nuances in the glass. A delicate flowery bouquet follows fine and intense aromas of fresh fruit.  The hint of sweetness is balanced by the fresh acidity creating a soft and rich mouthfeel. Soft tannins and ripe fruit linger on the long finish.

Cantina Zaccagnini 2011 Pinot Grigio… $15.99

This classic dry Italian Pinot Grigio is pale yellow with green nuances and a very delicate bouquet.  The aromas of fresh citrus and peach pit are extremely pleasant. This is a very fine, elegant wine with excellent freshness and a well-balanced finish.

Donati Family Vineyard 2007 Merlot… $17.99

This award winning Merlot has aged for a few years and is developing into an incredibly complex and beautiful wine.  Aromas of coffee and cocoa lead to cherry and cassis notes.  Aged for 20 months in barrel, this is a mocha and cinnamon-inflected Merlot with cherry fruit on both the nose and palate, plus hints of leather and cedar box on the finish thanks to the few years of bottle age.  The tannins are well integrated and balanced by bright acidity.

Marchesi di Barolo 2011 Barbera del Monferrato… $12.99

This amazing value Barbera is a dark, succulent red wine that exudes black cherry, blackberry, and violet aromas and flavors. It is pure and focused, with a long aftertaste of sweet fruit, flowers, and spice.  Drink now through 2016. 90 Points from Wine Spectator.

Tonjum Cellars 2011 “Different Drummer” Pinot Noir… $14.99

This palate-friendly, crowd-pleasing Pinot Noir has dark berry, cherry, and ripe plum aromas. It has delicious flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and cherry cola on the full and rich palate, picking up savory hints of oaky spice on the lengthy finish.  An easy-drinking and affordable Pinot Noir not to be missed!


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