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    91 point Portuguese red

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Depot Deal

    I'm very happy to be offering this one. If you've been following the wine media over the past few years, you know that Portuguese table wines (meaning not fortified such as Port and Madeira or sparkling) are better than ever. It's true. The Douro Valley in particular has been really excelling with red wines made from some of the same grapes that go into Port. As many do, this particular wine always features a great combination of concentrated, ripe fruit and earthy/savory/mineral, Old World sensibility. Because it includes both of those characteristics, I have seen it appeal to a very wide audience. You've heard this from me before, but I'll point out again here that we've been carrying this wine at the regular price for several vintages, and we thought it was a great buy at that. With this discounted price, it's a tremendous value that I know many of you will love. Plus, it might be a little off the beaten path for some of you, which is always nice.

    Here's a review from Wine Spectator:

    "Powerful, with concentrated slate and mineral notes to the dark currant,dried berry and raspberry ganache flavors. Very lithe midpalate, presenting flint and black olive hints on the long, focused finish" 91 points

    2013 Crasto Douro

    Portugal
    91 WS

    Regular Price: $15.99

    Email Special Price: $12.99 net

    Be sure to mention the email to get
    this price.


    Or our case discount takes it down to $12.79/bottle on 12+.

    Please reply to dougschulman@dionswine.com for 6+ bottle quantities and let me know where you'd like to pick it up. Feel free to respond for smaller orders as well. Wine arrives this week at all locations.

     

    Thanks for reading!

    -Doug Schulman, DWS, CWE

     

     

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    Last updated 9 days ago

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    93 point "superb, remarkable wine"

    Last updated 9 days ago

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     We've been working with this wine for a couple of vintages now, and it has done well for us.  We would have bought the new vintage anyway, but this amazing-sounding review didn't hurt. 
     
     
    "I have loved the wines from Domaine Lafage in the past, and this 2013 Bastide Miraflors Cotes Catalanes is one of the greatest red wine values I have tasted in the last year or so. A custom cuvee put together by Eric Solomon and Jean-Marc Lafage, it is a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache that spent one year in 80% concrete tank (Grenache) and 500-liter demi-muids (Syrah). From a Roussillon vineyard dominated by gallets roules that resembles many Chateauneuf du Pape vineyards, the wine undergoes a long maceration of six weeks. The result is an inky/blue/purple-colored wine offering a big, sweet bouquet of blueberries, blackberries, acacia flowers, pepper and spice. This full-bodied, opulent, majestic dry red unleashes tremendous ripeness, richness and intensity. One would normally think such a superb, remarkable wine would cost over $50 a bottle, but this beauty is available for an astonishing $14 a bottle. You'll have to taste it to believe it! It should drink well for 2-5 years."
    93 points
     
      
     
    2013 Bastide Miraflors 
    Rousillon, France
    93 WA 
     
      
    Regular Price: $15.99
     
    Email Special Price: $12.99 net
    Be sure to mention the email to get 
    this price. 
     
    Or our case discount takes it down to $12.79/bottle on 12+. 
     
    Please email dougschulman@dionswine.com for 6+ bottle quantities and let me know where you'd like to pick it up.  Feel free to respond for smaller orders as well.  Wine is in stock or arrives today at all locations. 
     
     
    Thanks for reading!
     

     

    -Doug Schulman, DWS, CWE

    Italian red value, 90 points

    Last updated 8 months ago

     
    This is one of those times when we already knew we thought a wine was a great buy, and then a critic agreed.  
     
    Being the grape that goes into the noble, famous, and often great wines that are Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is not often thought of as making inexpensive value wines.  It usually does not produce such wines since it is fickle in the vineyard and difficult to tame in the winery.  There are a few in the $25-$35 range that I do think are tremendous values, but I know the sweet spot for a lot of people is under $20.  In that price range for Nebbiolo, it's slim pickings, and most are so volume-focused that they lose much of the varietal character that makes Nebbiolo so appealing to fans of Piedmont reds or of Italian reds in general.
     
    You can probably see this coming.  Here's one that's under $20 and is really nice.  It's true to grape and place and, most importantly, is a real pleasure to drink.  It will definitely be in my regular rotation at home.
     
    Here's the Wine Specator review:
     
    "Cherry, tobacco and leather aromas and flavors highlight this juicy red. Raspberry and floral accents add depth, giving this the structure to develop over the short term. Drink now through 2020."
    90 points
     
    Here's the deal:
    2012 Rocca Giovanni Nebbiolo d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy
    90 WS
     
    Regular Price: $17.99
     
    Email Special: $14.99 net
     
    Email Case Special: $13.99net/bottle on 12+
     
     
    Please email leahdion@dionswine.com for the case special and let us know where you'd like to pick up your wine.  For smaller orders, you can reply or come in, but be sure to ask for the email pricing.  
     
     
    The wine is in stock at all locations. 
    Thanks for reading!
     
    -Doug Schulman, DWS, CWE

     

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