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2014 Tapiz Alta Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza –

Reg. $19.99 / $16.98 Case

Tapiz is one of the most renowned and awarded Argentine wineries, made even more famous by the addition of winemaker Jean Claude Berrouet in 2012, recently-retired from Petrus after 44 vintages at the revered Bordeaux chateau. To celebrate his addition to the team, Tapiz created a new "Alta Collection" line of wines using fruit that comes solely from Tapiz's sustainably-farmed San Pablo vineyard in the Uco Valley. San Pablo is one of the highest altitude vineyards in Mendoza (4,600 feet above sea level). This extreme altitude provides for warm days which impart concentration to the grapes, and cold nights which give natural acidity.”

James Suckling 96 Points

"A wine with lots of depth and fruit now with dark berry and dark chocolate character. Full body, velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. So much here. Give it four to five years bottle age. Great wine."

2016 Quinta De Chocapalha Arinto - $12.99

This local white from Portugal is a bargain! Crisp lemony limey notes are punctuated by a stony minerality. Bone dry and zippy, this soulful little bottle is perfectly suited to pair with the white fish/shellfish type and an equally well qualified patio-pounder. One of my “pick section's” best kept secrets.

Arinto (or Pederna) is a white wine grape variety grown in the hot wine regions surrounding Lisbon on the central coast of Portugal. The variety's naturally high acid content makes it well suited to this region, where varieties with less-robust acid structures struggle to retain sufficient acidity in the hot, humid climate.

Arinto covers the citric fruit spectrum, led primarily by lemon and grapefruit. It can also show various stonefruit characteristics and can take on rich peach flavors when aged.

Wine Advocate 91 Points

“The 2016 Arinto, sourced from 30-year-old vines, is the latest in a brand that is one of my favorite overachievers from Chocapalha. It comes in at 12.5% alcohol. This is another fine one. It has excellent acidity but a bit more depth than the 2015, if not quite its laser burst of acidity. All unoaked, it is pure and fresh, with the ability to age. (Tasting the 2008 next to it proved that, by the way.) The acidity of this grape is always a preservative and it ages well in many regions. If you like them lighter in style and crispy, this is a great warm-weather choice at a bargain price.”

 

 

 

 

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