Pop's Wines & Spirits

New Wines, Wines of Note, Wines you can't live without!!
February 17, 2011


"Wine friends were amazed how much I shelled out for this bottle!"

"A distinctive blend crafted by wine-maker Jeff Carrel, Puydeval is based on Cabernet Franc, which thrives in the cooler microclimates of the generally hot Languedoc region of Southern France. This iconic, eponymous and admittedly unusual wine has quickly gained a fervent following for its originality and for delivering outstanding value."58% Cabernet Franc, 28% Syrah & 10% Merlot."
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"Monday through Friday, Puydeval has become my red of choice after tasting this past weekend, and even special enough to open for the Saturday night wine crowd, wine geeks etc........Once again this area (Languedoc) offers outstanding value from the outstanding vintage (2010) which only continues to amaze me. Now Brunello is Brunello, and  so far we have had our fun together these past weeks, but the 2010 Puydeval is something inexpensive & drinking perfectly. Special enough to tell you ALL about and something you & others will truly enjoy.

This is archetypal Cabernet Franc in character, implausibly rich, and ludicrously under-priced!! This brilliant Puydeval red is a modern, almost New World-style meets Old World wine technique by blending 58% Cabernet Franc, 28% Syrah & 10% Merlot; it is silky smooth, full-bodied and offers wonderful notes of generously juicy dark cherry tinged with spiciness...alcohol low these says, 14%....stun your company now and in the future as the 2010 Puydeval deserves the attention to be placed within tastings or even a blind tasting. The crowd will be amazed how much you paid!

If you love Bordeaux....GRAB THIS! If you love New World Cabernet...DON'T MISS THIS!  And the wine Critics / Public Agree...just Google it!
Michael Crafa, Certified Sommelier, Pop's Wine & Spirits,
February, 2012

2010 Puyvedal, Pay d'oc (Cabernet Franc/Syrah/Merlot), 750ml
$16.89 - Good Wine Stores
$15.20 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$13.51 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$152.01 - Pop's Case Price

They say $27 (Wine Advocate), we say $22+, when bought by the case!!
.... 93 points too!!
“A prodigious effort, the 2009 Lirac Clos de Sixte blows away the 2008. This dense purple-colored wine offers up notes of black truffles, charcoal, blackberries, kirsch, garrigue, new saddle leather, herbs de Provence, spice box, and smoke. It possesses great fruit, full-bodied power, excellent depth, and abundant silky tannins. Drink it over the next 6-8 years.

Grand Veneur is one of the most brilliant estates in Chateauneuf du Pape as well as the force behind the negociant wines sold under the Alain Jaume label. Virtually everything they produce has merit. Some of this estate’s 2009 red wines are just hitting the market as they are bottled early to preserve their fruit and freshness. I can’t say enough about the job Alain Jaume’s two sons, Sebastian and Christophe, have done with this estate. The impeccable attention to detail in the vineyards, the meticulous vinification, and the careful bottling benefit every consumer.” ($27)
93 points, The Wine Advocate, August, 2010

2009 Lirac, Clos de Sixte, Domaine Grand Veneur, Alaine Jaume & Fils, 750ml
$30.19 - Good Wine Stores
$27.17 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$24.15 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$271.71 - Pop's Case Price

Read this review.....
91 points too!!
“Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 The Boxer Shiraz has notes of warm blackberries and blueberries with nuances of menthol, some spice cake, anise and bacon fat. Concentrated, big, rich and ripe, it offers a very spicy palate with some licorice and cumin seed coming through, supported by a medium level of velvety tannins, lively acidity and finishing very long. Drink it now to 2017+.”
91 points, The Wine Advocate, December, 2011

2010 Mollydooker Shiraz, The Boxer, South Australia, 750ml
$30.19 - Good Wine Stores
$27.17 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$24.15 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$271.71 - Pop's Case Price

They say $31 (WineReviewOnline.com), we say $25+, when bought by the case!!
.... 93 points too!!

“You might think that Cloudy Bay would rest on its laurels given their tremendous reputation at producing exemplary Sauvignon Blanc. But they haven’t. They’ve actually increased the quality of their all ready terrific Sauvignon Blanc as the vines age and they gain even more experience with their vineyards. The 2011 has great depth and length that complements the energy and verve of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. It remains a benchmark for the varietal in New Zealand.” ($31)
93 points, WineReviewOnline.com, February 14, 2012

2011 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, product of new Zealand, 750ml
$33.65 - Good Wine Stores
$30.28 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$26.92 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$302.85 - Pop's Case Price

Listen carefully when this lady recommends.....
I've probably told you about Dorothy..... Incredible passion about wine, great palate, and if she's saying something's good you owe it to yourself to stand up and listen.

"The Italian Wine Masters trade tasting in NYC is our opportunity to experience the best of what’s available now and to come from the famed Tuscany region of Italy. Last week, we were able to taste through some extraordinary Brunello and Chianti Classico offerings, but it was the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano that garnered my attention. It’s elegant and affordable…what a combination! The lesser known of the great wines of Tuscany, and often confused with the Montepulciano grape from Abruzzo, the region to its east; the Vino Nobile hails from the Montepulciano area of Tuscany and is a clone of the famed Sangiovese grape that is the heart of Tuscan wines. With modest alcohol of 13.5%, soft tannins and less acidic than Sangiovese can be, it’s a natural paired with a variety of meats, poultry, and of course pasta. With this wine at hand and a wedge of cheese, perhaps Parmagiano or Asiago, you are sure to impress your family and friends as an “Italian Wine Master”.
Dorothy Jacobs, Certified Sommelier, Pop's Wines & Spirits,
February, 2012

2008 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Poggio Stella, 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

".....I would easily put a $35 dollar price tag behind this Beauty!....."
"This past week, I shopped the walls of Pop's searching out a mix-case like many of us seem to do.....grabbing wines to fill the "drink me now" rack that I felt would appeal to me and others in relation to area of production, vintage, and most importantly, uniqueness. Some Riesling from Finger Lakes, N.Y. (an area known for some of the best valued-Riesling in the world).....South American Reds... (preferably Carmenere from Chile) which in my mind makes some of the most outstanding dollar for dollar valued reds out there...and when you think of the grape of Carmenere, think Merlot brilliance intermixed with the authority Cabernet Sauvignon. Just like Bordeaux, but not as quite. Mainly cause the Bordeaux vintage of 2009 upon us! And it's going to be a great time for excellent wines!

You see, when you have a vintage like 2009 within Bordeaux, you should feel special people... (Get ready cause here we go. Not since the 1982s have I read so much early excitement for a vintage as I am seeing for the 2009s)...Many wine lovers and admirers go through spans of life when they never get to taste a vintage as special as 2009....simply stating "This is your time!"...cause you will never see a year like this when such young wines are drinking so fantastically well...

Robert Parker Jr., Wine Advocate..."2009 vintage and says that "it may turn out to be the finest vintage I have tasted in "32 years of covering Bordeaux.” My thought that this is a good vintage that has made some outstanding wines.

Christian Moueix of Chateau Petrus..."I have never seen anything like it in my career,' said Christian Moueix, whose family owns or manages some of the most prestigious estates in Bordeaux's Right Bank, including Pétrus, La Fleur-Pétrus, and Trotanoy.

The appellations "Bordeaux" and "Bordeaux Superieur" can taste a lot better than they sound, especially from the near-perfect 2009 vintage that produced terrific wines from Bordeaux's bottom to top. The 2009 Macard is soft and so well-balanced, with just a hint of oak but not too much. It tasted of black fruit and cherries, with a hint of green pepper coming from the nose to keep things interesting. That is the Cabernet Franc talking along with 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon which should sell for $30.00 and could be $75.00 on a any wine-list!

90 points and a 'Smart Buys' designation from Wine Spectator: "Ripe and dense, but fresh, with silky-textured plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit carried by sweet spice and maduro tobacco notes. The fleshy finish shows nice drive. Should open up more with brief cellaring." (12/20/10)
Michael Crafa, Certified Sommelier, Pop's Wines & Spirits,
February, 2012

2009 Chateau de Macard, Bordeaux Superieur, 750ml
$18.10 - Good Wine Stores
$16.29 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$14.48 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$162.90 - Pop's Case Price


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