~2012 Villa des Anges Rosé~
The Villa des Anges 2012 Old Vines Rosé (villa days angshz if you want to sound French) is 100% Cinsault from 30-40 year old vines. “Villa des Anges” is crafted by winemaker Jeff Carrel at the Espitalet des Anges domaine in Capestang (Some of you may be familiar with Jeff’s work, having enjoyed another wine he makes, Puydeval). The winery is situated on the ruins of an ancient Roman villa, the domaine is owned by Jaqueline Menard de Ginestous, who married-into and is herself from a prominent Languedocienne wine-growing family. The vineyard encompasses about 173 acres situated in clay/limestone and ancient alluvial terroirs to the northwest of Beziers. Planted 57% to red varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cinsault, Pinot Noir), and 43% to white varietals (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier). This Vin de Pays d’Oc undergoes stainless steel vinifcation. It is matured on the lees and 20% underwent malolactic fermentation.
Serve With: As an aperitif it is the perfect warm weather gulper and also pairs well with a wide range of salads, seafoods, lighter dishes and grilled white meats and poultry.
Accolades: ★★★, “A really gorgeous rosé, the wine exhibits great finesse and balance with lovely peach and melon fruit accented by a touch of citrus and a very faint tinge of spice. Don’t miss this great value.” – Underground Wineletter May 2012 (2011).
90 pts, “…a wine to buy by the case…” – The Rhone Report, 3/11 (2010).
Special $13.99 per bottle for a taste of Spring!
Mary’s pick for the Stuffing Smackdown is: Herbed Sourdough & Smoked Turkey Stuffing paired with Meomi Pinot Noir
This beautiful Pinot Noir produced by Caymus carries aromas of tobacco, dark red fruits and fresh berries. The rich cherry flavor is complemented by notes of cedar, raspberry and strawberry. Enjoy with turkey, salmon or beef dishes.
Special Pricing $22.99
Herbed Sourdough & Smoked Turkey Stuffing :
1lb. loaf sourdough bread, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 oz. bacon slices cut into 1/2 inch pieces (substitute Turkey bacon, if desired)
1/4 C (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 Lg. celery bunch with leaves, cut into 1/4 inch thick pieces
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 Tbl minced fresh sage, or 1/2 Tbl dried
1 Tsp dried savory
1 Tsp dried Thyme
3/4 lb. smoked turkey cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 Lg Bartlett pears, cored, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/4 C minced parsley
2 1/4 C chicken stock or canned low-salt broth
2 Tbl dry Sherry
Salt & Pepper
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Butter 9x13x2 inch baking dish. Place bread on cookie sheet. Bake until dry to touch and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool. Transfer to bowl. Cook bacon in heavy large skillet over medium heat just until beginning to brown. Pour off all but 1 Tbl drippings rom skillet; reserve bacon in skillet. Add butter to skillet and stir until melted. Add oinion and celery and sauté until almost tender, about 15 minutes. Add garlic and herbs and sauté for 3 minutes. Add smoked turkey and sauté 1 minute. Remove from heat. Mix in pears and parsley. Spoon mixture over bread cubes. Add broth and Sherry and toss gently. Season with salt & pepper. Transfer to prepared dish. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover tightly and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before continuing.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover stuffing with aluminum foil. Bake stuffing until heated through, about 1 hour.
Runquist 1448, 2010 California Red
Reg. $17.99, now just $14.99!
Winemaker Jeff Runquist was only making straight varietals and hasn’t been known for his blends, until now. The 1448 is a great blend giving you a deep, thick red color. The kind you would expect from a 58% Syrah blend. But don’t let the big grapes fool you, 1448 brings ripe fruit aromas and easy tannins. Think “The Prisoner”, but for a third of the price!
Chateau Saint Baulery 2010
From the Saint-Chinian AOP in Southern France’s Languedoc comes this beautiful red blend of 40% Carignan, 30% Syrah, 30% Grenache.
The wine is ruby in color, somewhat light with a little glass staining. The nose will keep you coming back for more on it’s own. With notes of smoked bacon, black pepper, blueberries, rasberries, and a nice little undertone of chalk. Once you get to the palate you are greeted with a fresh and bright wine that is well balanced with flavors of tart fruits like cranberry, rasberry, and strawberries. Additional notes of black pepper, some woodsieness, and even some meatiness makes this a wine worth trying. Check out the video version of this tasting.
Score – 90 Sale Price – $14.99