Wine of the Day: Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero 2012 9-17-16

Bodegas Hacienda Monasterio, Ribera del Duero 2012 750ML ($44.95) $36.60 special

Case-12 Bodegas Hacienda Monasterio, Ribera del Duero 2012 750ML ($479.95) $399 special

haciendamonasterioJust outside the town of Pesquera, in Spain’s Duero Valley, Hacienda Monasterio has been producing sumptuous reds since 1992. Limestone soil and organic viticulture give the south-facing vineyard just the right amount of delicacy to match the heat and sunlight. Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) produces the majority of the estate’s grapes, but Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec also find their way into the blends. None other than Peter Sisseck, founder/winemaker at Pingus, started this project and continues to serve as head enologist. His work supports the popular, New World style of Spanish wine. – Daniel

Wine Advocate 94 Points “The current vintage for the crianza is 2012.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2013 9-16-16

Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2013 750ML ($31.95) Buy Now: $24 special

Case-12 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2013 750ML ($359.95) Buy Now: $249 special

pooOne of the best deals in the wine world? Buying the entry-level wines of a top-shelf producer. Massolino fits the bill here. As one of Barolo’s oldest estates, they possess the deep sense of know-how and respect for terroir that preclude the crafting of fine wine. A prestigious winery like Massolino also has excellent vineyard sites, and state-of-the-art winemaking facilities. Suddenly the entry-level bargain trick begins to make sense… The 2013 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo drinks above many of its counterparts. This wine makes perfect sense for those who enjoy full-bodied, fruit-forward, bold Nebbiolo that is ready to drink today. Start here and you’ll want to work your way up Massolino’s Barolo ladder: The first taste isn’t quite free, but it’s still an irresistible price for such a well-made wine.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: J. Christopher ‘Abbey Ridge’ Pinot Noir 2014 9-15-16

J. Christopher ‘Abbey Ridge’ Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2014 750ML ($69.95) Buy Now: $59 special

jcabbThe 2014 Oregon Pinots keep arriving, and the J. Christopher line-up tastes consistent and delicious. The Abbey Ridge bottling stands out yet again as the winery’s most complex, refined red. It’s considered one of Oregon’s best vineyards. Planted in 1976, and still ungrafted, Abbey is dry farmed so those vitis vinifera roots will dig down in the Jory soil and extract a deeper sense of place. Elevation is high at Abbey Ridge, at 650-800 feet, which adds a bit more acidity and a softer touch than lower-elevation Dundee Hills Pinots. Earth and ripe red berries waft out of the glass, while velvet wraps the palate, and the finish lingers into the future: this wine will age well, if you can wait.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Roberto Voerzio Ceretto Barbera d’Alba 2012 9-14-16

Roberto Voerzio Ceretto Barbera d’Alba 2012 750ML ($39.95) Buy Now: $36 special

manreAs far as a Barbera d’Alba goes, Roberto Voerzio’s 2012 Ceretto may as well be dressed in a linen suit and fedora hat. It is smooth, and very Italian in style. Voerzio makes some of the finest Barolos, which are more like tuxedo wines, and he tailors his Ceretto Barbera with the same instinct and experience. This one has rounded, not-too-dry tannins, plenty of dark berry fruit, and a polished profile. It matches paisano dishes like osso bucco or even pasta primavera with flair. Try one the next time Italy comes to mind. – Daniel

James Suckling 92 Points “Wow. A bright and exciting red with clementine, dark berry and lemon aromas and flavors.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Belle Pente Belle Pente Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 9-13-16

Belle Pente Belle Pente Vineyard Chardonnay, Yamhill-Carlton District 2010 750ML ($29.95) Buy Now: $26.60 special

bellpentecherd10As Oregon transitions from summer to fall, sunny days contrast with cool nights, colors enchant the eye, and a cornucopia of food presents itself on the table. This unique time of year finds its match in the 2010 Belle Pente Belle Pente Vineyard Chardonnay. Richly flavored with notes of apple and spice, white flowers, pear and a little butter (but very little new oak), this wine blends warm aromas and texture with refreshing acidity. At six years old, this Oregon Chardonnay is drinking at its prime. Consider having it alongside the last of the zucchini, the just-harvested corn, or the upcoming squash and pumpkins. Try it with poultry, pork, or, best, Fall Chinook.… Read the rest