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Great wine doesn't have to cost a lot!

September 2, 2017

                                                            
Have you heard of "Gran Selezione" Chianti wines?
"Relatively new to the US market, they are a new quality level HIGHER than Chianti Classico Riserva.

Here are the specific's courtesy of Decanter Magazine...

Several years ago, some leading winemakers in the Chianti Classico zone decided to push for the creation of a new tier of wines at the very top level. Until now, Chianti Classico Riserva had been the highest category, but one that was open to abuse. A riserva had to be aged longer than regular Chianti Classico and had to meet a few other criteria. But it was within the rules for a producer to give a vat of his regular Chianti some extra ageing and then bottle it as riserva - and charge a higher price. Moreover some riservas were single-vineyard wines, while others were blends. The term had
become close to meaningless.

So well-known producers, including Giovanni Manetti of Fontodi, Marco Pallanti of Castello di Ama and the Mazzeis of Fonterutoli, began to argue for a new top tier to be known as Gran Selezione (gs). In February 2014, with great fanfare, the new range was launched in the the colossal salle dei
Cinquecento in Florence's Palazzo vecchio.

On the surface the changes do not sound radical. No purchased grapes can be used for gs, and the minimum alcohol is slightly higher - 13% compared to 12.5% for riserva - as is the dry extract in the finished wine. The wine must be aged for 30 months (compared to 24 for riserva) but there
are no rules around methods of ageing. As with riserva, the minimum proportion of sangiovese must be 80%, allowing for the inclusion of varieties such as syrah or Merlot, as well as local varieties such as Canaiolo or Colorino. However, some producers have opted to release pure sangiovese wines as gs. There is no requirement for the wines to come from a single vineyard, so long as the grapes come from properties under the same ownership. This means that a very large producer with vineyards across the Chianti Classico zone can blend various sources if he chooses.

At the launch in Florence, the renowned consultant winemaker Franco Bernabei declared: 'We must understand and respect our land' - but that land turns out to be an immense zone rather than a prized single vineyard.

Great article, explains it well.

Regardless, these GS wines are the best of the best of Chianti wines being produced today.

Decanter World Wine Awards 2016 gave it 95 Points, Wine Advocate 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast 91 Points.

Tasted the other night, this is a beautiful wine in a beautiful place right now.

Subdued aromas of menthol, cassis, clove and sunbaked earth slowly unfold in the glass. The round, juicy palate offers mature black cherry, spiced blackberry, mocha and grilled herbs alongside dusty tannins. A pleasure to drink now with some air, it will improve over the next 5-8 years. GS wines for me seem to have more concentration than most Riserva's.

Quantities are limited - jump on this beauty while it lasts..."


Great wine doesn't have to cost a lot...
Ted Clark, Wine Consultant, Pop's Wine & Spirits, September, 2017

2012 Chianti Classico, La Prima, Gran Selezione, Castello Vicchiomaggio, 750ml
$56.39 - Good Wine Stores
$50.75 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$45.11 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$253.75 - Pop's Case Price (6)


Here's a classic French Pinot Noir at a fantastic price!
"Fly into Lyon and proceed North to the Côte Chalonnaise and then to the North is the Côte de Beaune. Of the five appellations in the Côte Chalonnaise, Mercurey is the best known.

The 2011 Louis Jadot Mercurey Rouge is in its prime with a medium colored, very soft character that is light to medium bodied and fruity yet with some nice age that makes it taste more expensive.

Give it a half hour of air and drink it now for an exhilarating experience. It will be an excellent partner for grilled and roast meats, meat cooked in sauce, mildly flavored game and cheeses.

Normally in the $30-35 range per bottle - this is pleasantly in the $17+ range on a six-pack purchase!"


Great wine doesn't have to cost a lot...
Ted Clark, Wine Consultant, Pop's Wine & Spirits, September, 2017

2011 Mercurey, Louis Jadot, 750ml
$30.00 - $35.00 - Good Wine Stores
$20.51 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$18.23 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$102.55 - Pop's Case Price (6)
Extremely Limited!


Been tasting Burgundy Reds and Whites lately...
"Lots of very expensive wines that just don't make the cut.

A Puligny Montrachet White that DOES MAKE THE CUT...

2013 Puligny Montrachet, 1er Cru, Le Cailleret, Domaine de Montille

Had this amongst several other wines at a lunch recently and I couldn't stop sampling it... I knew it was expensive, but I've passed on a lot of expensive wines.... This one SPOKE to me... IT IS THE REAL DEAL.

Dense Minerals with a never ending palate..."


93 points, Burghound
"Here there is no such reduction as the expressive nose is composed of acacia blossom, pear and lemon zest. As with all of the whites in the de Montille stable there is an intense minerality to the citrusy medium-bodied flavors that possess the best concentration in the range, all wrapped in a well-balanced, complex and strikingly persistent finish. Patience will of course be required but this should be excellent in time."

Why Wait... this is Outstanding now!

Value is where it's at!!

This has the guts and the glory...

Other stores are selling this for $140-193 per bottle. You can get two bottles from Pop's for that price... I'd buy a 6 pack and enjoy it!"


Great wine doesn't have to cost a lot...
Ted Clark, Wine Consultant, Pop's Wine & Spirits, September, 2017

2013 Puligny Montrachet, 1er cru, Le Cailleret, Domaine de Montille, 750ml
$117.69 - Good Wine Stores
$105.92 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$94.15 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$529.60 - Pop's Case Price (6)


Outstanding Spanish Red Blend under $7!!
"Pop's has great prices!!

We'd rather make friends and delivery quality wine for a fair price. No one wins gouging on wine these days.

Celler Barcelona Red Blend is $13.99-$17.99 Elsewhere... $6.99 at Pop's.

Leap into this Luxurious Red Blend!

Robust yet divinely smooth and rich on the palate. Its depth of character includes flavors of dark chocolate and fresh berries. It shows firm structure and balance derived from aging a portion in French oak. The finish is sublime, and lengthy. 50% Tempranillo and 50% Grenache. Pair with grilled meats, cheeses and pizza.

Outstanding Spanish Red Blend under $7!!"


Great wine doesn't have to cost a lot...
Ted Clark, Wine Consultant, Pop's Wine & Spirits, September, 2017

2014 Cellar Barcelona Red Wine, 50% Grenache-50% Tempranillo, 750ml
$13.99 - Good Wine Stores
$6.99 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$6.99 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$83.94 - Pop's Case Price


Steal of a deal!!!
"$41.99 to as high as $85.00 Elsewhere/ At Pop's - $25.50!!

Outstanding Spanish Dessert Wine made by the late Alois Kracher and Jorge Ordonez...

$85.00 - Great bottle - Like a Sauternes with stunning brilliance! This was made on super steep bush-vines over 100 years old in Malaga Spain...


93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Sep 2008)
"
Deep gold. Powerful aromas of smoky apricot, nectarine, orange peel and floral honey are enlivened by dusty minerals. Deep and fleshy, with concentrated pit fruit flavors and a slow-building nutty quality. A very rich wine, but this doesn't come off as cloying or overly thick. Clings tenaciously on the finish, repeating the honey note."

Great wine doesn't have to cost a lot...
Ted Clark, Wine Consultant, Pop's Wine & Spirits, September, 2017

2006 Jorge Orsdonez & Co., Old Vines #3, 375ml
$85.00 - Good Wine Stores
$25.50 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$25.50 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$153.00 - Pop's Case Price (6)
Extremely Limited!


Old School Barbaresco - Rustic, Earthy, Sensous...
"Castello di Neive has long been a favorite. (Gotta go visit in person...tell Itallo Stupino I sent you!)

2013 Barbaresco, Castello di Neive, Piedmont, Italy

Medium garnet in color, Gorgeous aromas of red fruits and cassis are complemented by delicate hints of licorice, smoke, and caramel. A thinking wine... smells that emanate thought. Firm tannins are central to the mouth-feel, they are a perfect example of the Neive style.

Pairs well with meat-based raviolis, mushroom-topped pork saltimbocca, and elegant filet mignon dishes."


Great wine doesn't have to cost a lot...
Ted Clark, Wine Consultant, Pop's Wine & Spirits, September, 2017

2013 Barbaresco, Castello di Neive, 750ml
$32.45 - Good Wine Stores
$29.20 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$25.96 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$292.05 - Pop's Case Price



   

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