Pop's Wines & Spirits

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February 10, 2011

                                                            

They say $21 (Wine Spectator), we say $16+, when bought by the case!!
..... 91 points too!!
"Sleek and well-focused, with appealing aromas of red currant and toasty tomato leaf that lead to rich flavors of plum, mocha and cedar. Tannins firm up the finish. Drink now through 2017." ($21)
91 Points, Wine Spectator, Web Only - 2012

2008 Markham Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, 750ml
$21.75 - Good Wine Stores
$19.57 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$17.40 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$195.75 - Pop's Case Price


They say $26 (WineReviewOnline.com), we say $19+, when bought by the case!!
..... 91 points too!!
“Relatively widely available and very well made, this is a delicious Risesrva made mostly with Sangiovese with a little dab (5%) of Merlot added for good measure. Medium-bodied, it was aged entirely in French oak, with half of the barrels being new. The oak enhances the tannic structure of the wine but not at the cost of rendering it astringent, and the fruit notes (recalling dark cherries with a floral undertone) persist through the finish. Quite fairly priced in light of its quality and production techniques, this is enthusiastically recommended.” ($26)
91 points, WineReviewOnline.com, November 8, 2011

2008 Chianti Classico, Riserva, Castello di Gabbiano, 750ml
$26.35 - Good Wine Stores
$23.71 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$21.08 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$237.15 - Pop's Case Price


They say $13 (Wine Spectator), we say $6, when bought by the case!!
..... 90 points too!!

“This firm red offers ripe, juicy black currant and kirsch fruit flavors, with dark chocolate shavings and just a hint of herb’s de Provence. There's bright acidity here and lightly chewy tannins throughout, with a smoke-tinged finish. Drink now through 2013. Best Values!” ($13)
90 points, Wine Spectator, December 15, 2010

2009 Morgon, Georges Duboeuf (Flower Label), 750ml
$14.99 - Good Wine Stores
$5.99 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$5.99 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$71.95 - Pop's Case Price
Extremely Limited


They say $120 (Wine Spectator), we say $87+, when bought by the case!!
..... 96 points too!!

“One of the more endowed 2009s, this is packed with dark smoldering cocoa, mesquite, tobacco and roasted fig notes, all inlaid with pure cassis and plum preserves fruit flavors. Long and authoritative on the finish, with singed vanilla bean and tar notes adding length and dimension. Best from 2015 through 2026.” ($120)
96 points, Wine Spectator, January. 31, 2012

2009 Chateauneuf du Pape, Chateau de Beaucastel, 750ml
$116.25 - Good Wine Stores
$104.62 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$93.00 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$523.12  - Pop's Case Price (6)


"This is why I love what I do..., Part II....."
"2009, A Banner Vintage Year: France anticipates the finest wines in 60 years, and the best part, is that we ALL get to be a part of it! You will taste perfect weather conditions - a fine summer followed by dry, cool nights - could make the vintage of 2009 throughout France, including the area of Languedoc, the best on record, and perhaps, the best ever?

The only setback of 2009 futures movement has seen prices of a top handful Bordeaux chateaus spiral out of sight. As a result, wine drinkers, as distinct from investors, feel they are being priced out of the great Bordeaux market. Some even feel that the drinkable years of Bordeaux like 2002, 2007 and 2008 are spiraling out of control, and they too, have become untouchable. However many, including Pop's Wines and Spirits, believe that there is excellent value abroad 2009, and the area of Languedoc has become the textbook for them. Meet the Chemin Des Olivettes, a stunning 2009 Languedoc red which sips way above its price tag and a distinctive, delicious drop in your glass...

By way of background, Languedoc is a somewhat lesser-known region of France, but creating some fascinating wines today, reds especially. Meet the Chemin Des Olivettes, which is a majestic blend of 35% Carignan, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre....

In the glass, the Chemin des Olivettes reveals a deep lavender color, and purple "Legs" on the swirl. Legs? It's that slow and thick coating of the wine which slowly sweeps down the sides of my glass after the swirl. Theoretically the more legs, the better the wine. On the nose, Chemin 2009 screams conventional French from the first inhale to the final sip. Elegant, classic and old-world style. I couldn't put my finger on what I smelled, but soon enough I nailed it..... Predominantly displays sassy blueberries and ripe tannins!!...and not only is this a great everyday drinker, this would do well at the table as it offers up balance, abundance of flavor, and no heat (13% alc.).....

Be patient though, the vintage of 2009 is a very young vintage year, and I can't stress the word youthful enough. What you will soon be drinking is an excellent red, from a classic vintage, which soon will only grow added pleasure with some air or some time in bottle. Now, the wine is great. With proper aeration, it becomes spectacular. Later, and with two years of bottle age, the revelation of mocha and dark chocolate will be seeping through your taste buds.....

Tasting this wine blind, I would have guessed it being from the Rhone Valley, and at a price point of $20 dollars?!? Finding excellent valued 2009 French wines, and rated ones too (92pts. Wine Spectator) is reasoning for why I love what I do.....

I love it, and I'm sure you will too!

Mike Crafa, Certified Sommelier, Pop's Wines & Spirits, February, 2012

2009 Chemin des Olivettes, Coteaux du Languedoc, 750ml
$14.49 - Good Wine Stores
$13.04 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$11.59 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$130.41 - Pop's Case Price


They say $16 (WineReviewOnline.com), we say $10 when bought by the case!!
..... 90 points too!!
"There’s a lot of Merlot in Chile. In good hands, the grape produces, supple, fleshy, but full-flavored red wines that can prove very satisfying. Here’s a case in point. With pliant tannins and unobtrusive acidity, the wine is easy to drink. At the same time, there’s nothing simple about it. Instead, it delights with its layered flavors and nuanced aromas. Youthful, with a full overlay of oak, it benefits from decanting, as becomes ever more subtle with exposure to air. ($16)
90 points, WineReviewOnline.com, February 7, 2012

2008 Santa Ema Merlot, Reserve, Maipo Valley, Chile, 750ml
$13.29 - Good Wine Stores
$11.96 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$10.63 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$119.61 - Pop's Case Price


   

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