25 years as Raleigh's
longest operating independent wine store,
For our 25th Anniversary Sale, we are featuring 25 new arrivals and
staff favorites from around the world!
Lone Birch Syrah 2019; Yakima Valley, Washington State ($15.99) - Made from estate grown fruit of Airfield Estates, this represents great value from the often-misunderstood Syrah grape. Dark berries, lightly toasted oak and mocha erupt from the glass leading into velvety finish with notes of cocoa and char. Grilled meats, burgers or mushrooms.
Piaugier Sablet Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rouge 2019; Rhône Valley, France ($21.99) - This Sablet is 80% Grenache which is fermented in cement tank and 20% Syrah fermented in 3- to 4-year old barrels. The wine is replete with black fruits and pepper and has a pleasant smoothness on the palate and finish that belies its underlying rusticity. Would be great with pork stew or jambalaya.
Thokozani SMV 2017; Wellington, South Africa ($21.99) - Produced at the Diemersfontein winery, it is a blend of 74% Shiraz, 25% Mourvedre and 1% Viognier. It is full of dark, densely fruited aromas with hints of cedar, vanilla and licorice. The smooth and silky palate has lifted, dried berry fruits and dusty mocha notes which would pair well with game dishes and even mousse au chocolat. Ready to drink now!
Corte Majoli Valpolicella 2020; Veneto, Italy ($13.99) – Now organically grown, Corte Majoli’s medium-bodied wine is a bright, modern style to Valpolicella. A blend of 65% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, 5% Molinara, it is fruit-forward and soft with velvety tannins providing depth and structure. Darker fruit flavors and a hint of earthiness linger on the finish, making this an ideal companion for a sausage and roasted pepper pasta. This is definitely a crowd pleaser and gentle on the wallet!
Matias Cabernet Sauvignon 2019; Napa Valley, California ($28.99) - Textbook Napa Cabernet made in an approachable style for tonight and the grilling season. The nose boasts dark currant fruit with hints of graphite and forest floor. The palate shows black plum, cherry and blackberry with roasted coffee and dark chocolate undertones followed by smooth tannins, plump fruit and cedar on the full-bodied finish. Pair with full flavored aged cheeses or your favorite steak off the grill.
Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2019; Barossa Valley, Australia ($19.99) - This wine wow'ed us, and we are not easily wow'ed. It reminds us of a light Beaujolais, with hints of ripe raspberry and gravel. The palate is soft and delicate, with dusty tannins and higher acidity. It has a puckery, bright finish with lingering, concentrated fruit. An earthy, balanced light wine perfect for swordfish or duck.
Jones von Drehle Steel & Stone Red 2017; Yadkin Valley, North Carolina ($24.99) - We applaud the consistent quality of the wines of Jones Von Drehle. This red blend is comprised of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvigon and Merlot aged in French oak and then cellared for a more than 3 years before release. Integrated tannins, ripe but subdued fruits make this a smooth drinker and very pleasant home grown surprise. Braised beef, game birds and firm aged cheeses.
Volver ‘Madame Bobalú’ Bobal 2020; Valencia, Spain ($13.99) – 100% Bobal. Brilliant ruby color with aromas and flavors of fresh crushed berries, crystallized fruit and subtly toasted spices due to the time spent in barrel. Medium intensity in the mouth with balanced tannin. Lots of paring options from firm fish to pork and roasted veggies.
Cave de Saumur ‘Les Pouches’ Rouge 2018; Saumur, Loire Valley, France ($16.99) - The Cave de Saumur was the first cooperative launched in the Loire Valley. This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc and is from the small DO of Saumur. With aromas of violet and red fruit, there is a touch of earth on the palate followed by soft tannins. This would be perfect with a pork rillettes or a rustic country paté.
Decoded Pinot Noir 2018; Sonoma County, California
($22.99) - This Pinot Noir comes from four vineyards located within the
Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County. The wine was aged for 10
months in French oak barrels of which 25% were new. It's fresh but
loaded rich dark cherries, rose petals and hints of sweet vanilla.
Lovely with pan seared salmon, grilled tuna, Cornish hen
Sparkling & Rosé Wines
Castellroig Reserva Brut Nature Corpinnat 2018; Penedès, Spain ($24.99) - Mostly Xarel-lo with some Macabeo and Parellada, this Cava is complex and pleasant with notes of citrus, stone fruit, river rocks, and white flowers. Bone dry with a lengthy finish, perfect as an aperitif or just a refreshing glass for summertime. “Corpinnat” is a new association of producers who have broken ties with the Cava DO. Their wines have to be 100% organic, hand harvested, made within the Corpinnat territory (the heart of Penedès), entirely vinified on their winery premises, aged for a minimum of 18 months, and they must contain a minimum of 90 percent indigenous grapes. There are only 9 Corpinnat producers to date.
Joseph Cattin Brut Rosé Crémant de Alsace, France ($17.99) – A Method Traditionnelle frothy Rosé made from 100% Pinot Noir. Pale salmon color, very fine bubbles, delicate strawberry/raspberry aromas & flavors finishing with a bite of lemon shortbread. Very clean, rounded and balanced. Terrific value.
Itxas Harri Ŕoxa 2020; Navarra, Spain ($16.99) - Calling all Ameztoi Rosé lovers!!! Introducing ŔOXA, which means “rosé” in Basque. Itxas Harriis is a new project from Ignacio Ameztoi and his long-time friend and winemaking partner, Iñaki Guelbenzu. hailing from Navarra in the northern Basque region. 100% Garnacha, it’s the perfect low alcohol (12%) rosé. Spritzy, mineral-driven, think freshly paved road with little strawberries dancing festively upon it. Sadly, only a few cases left for the vintage.
Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon Rosé 2020; Loire Valley, France
($19.99) - Made from 100% Cabernet Franc, this is a rose for red wine
drinkers. It shows a round, full body, with notes of red berries, purple
flowers, and savory herbs. There's enough brightness and minerality to
remind you it's rose, however, and finishes light and crisp. A real
year-round winner! Gets better with some bottle age. Pan seared fish or
chicken with Herbs de Provence.
Ciello Catarratto 2020; Sicily, Italy ($15.99) - From the western side of the island, this is an importer collaboration with a certified organic winery. The wine is made with low intervention and is organically farmed. Aromas of tree fruits (peach, citrus, apricot) along with stony minerality. On the palate, it's briny with subdued fruit and a balanced finish. Great as a starter, shellfish, shrimp & grits, crabcakes.
Day “Vin de Days” Blanc 2021; Willamette Valley, Oregon ($23.99) - An Alsatian style blend of Muller-Thurgau, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Muscat that embodies the color yellow. It's got apricot, banana, yellow peach and lemon peel - everything yellow fruited. Highly aromatic with lip-smacking acidity make this an excellent pairing with spicy Pacific Rim dishes and stir fry.
Cathala “Cuvée A” 2020; Saint-Chinian, Languedoc-Roussillon, France ($22.99) - A hefty more full-bodied white without the oak influence. Broad across the palate with plenty of stone fruits, pithy grapefruit and wet slate. The finish is layered and long, sort of like a baby Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc at half the price. Classic Rhône style blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussane and Marsanne. Serve with roasted birds, bacon wrapped scallops or lobster.
Catena White Clay Semillón/Chenin 2020; Luzán de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina ($25.99) - An exciting new project from Catena, this is 60% Semillon and 40% Chenin Blanc grown in the white clay and loam soils. Peach-skin, apricot, dried-lime and flint aromas. It’s medium-to full-bodied with sharp acidity that cuts through creamy layers of ripe fruit. Intense, minerally and smoky finish. Try it with white meats or pasta with light cream sauces.
Eira dos Mouros Blanco 2020; Ribeiro, Spain ($18.99) - The nose is loaded with Meyer lemon, bosc pear and jasmine, with subtle honey and herb notes in the background. Lively and focused on the palate, offering juicy, orchard fruit flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. Lingers with very good, mineral-tinged tenacity, leaving a hint of fennel behind Think salty fish or sushi dishes.
Servin ‘Sélection Massale’ Chablis Vieille Vignes 2019; Burgundy, France ($35.99) - Sélection Massale is a time intensive vine technique that produces tiny yields but with an incredible concentration of flavor. 100% Chardonnay hand-harvested and then matured in 50% stainless steel and 50% French oak barrels, it is a complex Chablis showing green apple, white flowers, lime, minerality and a welcoming mouthfeel. Try a chilled glass on a warm day or with simple roasted birds or delicate white fish.
Kuranui Sauvignon Blanc 2021; Marlborough, New Zealand ($15.99) - Really zippy with tropical fruit notes of pink grapefruit, lime and passion fruit followed by a clean, fresh citrus-y finish. The fruit is sourced from a single vineyard named after the Maori word for Great Treasure. Works with bitter greens, fresh herbs, swordfish, asparagus.
Steininger ‘Loisium’ Reserve Grüner Veltliner 2020; Kamptal, Austria ($23.99) – The label to this stylish offering is in deference to the original design and rendering of the Loisium vinotek, hotel and spa on the Steininger estate. It has a firm backbone of bright acidity, green apple/ pit fruit with white pepper/tarragon spice notes and a complex minerality that blankets your palate. Pair with hors d’oeuvres, river fish and of course, schnitzel.
Krasno Ribolla Gialla 2018; Goriška Brda, Slovenia ($17.99) - Goriška Brda is one of the smallest wine-growing regions in Slovenia, but what they lack in size is definitely made up for in quality. This wine is an excellent example of that. Round on the palate with notes of pineapple, wet river stone, and crusty bread, it's elegant, fresh, and harmonious. It'd be delicious alongside shellfish or summer salads.
Laurent Perrachon Beaujolais Blanc 2020; Burgundy, France ($17.99) - Pop this wine open ‘whenever the fancy takes you’, as advised by winemakers Laurent, Martine, Maxime, and Adrien. 100% Chardonnay, fresh and minerally with a round mouthfeel. Notes of golden apple, white pepper, and citrus on both the nose and palate. Persistent finish. A nice segue wine from California to Burgundy style.