Our friend Tim Turner of Turner Wine Imports is making room for new wines that are coming into his Morrisville warehouse, and he has offered me some deals I couldn’t refuse. Chef Yvonne and I brought the wines back to Washington earlier this week, and we’re going to pass the savings on to you this weekend. These are wines we’ve had before, so if you’re a fan, make sure to take advantage of these extraordinary prices. The sale prices won’t last past this weekend...and many of the wines will be gone before Saturday. If you see something you want and you won’t be able to make it this weekend, give me a call at 252-974-2870 and I’ll set some aside for you.
The wines are in two groups: Feature Prices (15% off) that I’ll be offering for tasting and Clearance Prices that are more than the usual 15% off, but they’re in such low supply that I probably won’t open sample bottles. I’ve had all of the wines recently, and I can tell you they will make great accompaniments for holiday feasts or very welcome gifts to a special wine drinker in your life.
Feature Priced Wines
Bellarosa Prosecco Superiore (Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy) - Regular Price $21.00/ Feature Price $17.85
We’ve been out of this one for a while, so I’m going to celebrate its return by offering you a sample and a sale price. If this was one of your favorites last holiday season, you know how good it is (and how quickly we ran out). You won’t want to miss this price break.
Sangria Classico (Spain), 1.5 L bottle - Regular Price $13.25/ Feature Price $11.26
Most people think of Sangria, the blend of Spanish red wine and fruit, as a summertime cooler. But it goes great with the autumn/winter holidays, as well. The natural fruitiness complements many of the flavors of a Thanksgiving table, and you can serve it in a punch bowl with ice for a party or holiday get-together. It’s low in alcohol to begin with, but you can cut it even further with sparkling water...or punch it up with your favorite distilled beverage.
Turner & Cole Unoaked Chardonnay Lot 3 2007 (Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria, Australia) - Regular Price $14.95/ Clearance Sale Price $11.95
This one should actually be in the Clearance section, but I’ve got enough on hand to show a bottle. Chef Yvonne and I drank one just a few weeks ago, and it reminded us how good it is. Though it is unoaked, it does undergo the malolactic fermentation that gives richness and body. This would make a stunning feast companion, and at this special price our stock won’t last long.
Rimbaldi Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2009 (Abruzzo, Italy) - Regular Price $13.75/ Feature Price $11.69
Made from the Montepulciano grape (with a bit of Sangiovese allowed) in the east central Italian region of Abruzzo, this is Italian table wine at its best. It has a bit of pepper and spice and some rustic earthiness that makes it go great with peasant food - sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, hard cheeses. Get the picture? It even comes bottled with a convenient screw-cap. And with a Feature Price that puts it in the “everyday” category, this is the one to serve with a hearty stew on one of this season’s chilly evenings.
Turner & Cole Poggio del Falco 2006 (IGT Tuscany, Italy) Regular Price $15.00/ Feature Price $12.75
In June of 2009, we were selling this wine for $21.50 a bottle. At the beginning of this summer, I got some and offered it for $15, thinking it was almost gone. Now I’ve gotten a little more and I’m offering it to you at this extraordinary Feature Closeout Price.
This is one of the wines Tim had made for their house label, Turner & Cole. Cole is Tim's son. The wine is a "super Tuscan" blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Because it doesn't conform to all of the ancient rules of Chianti, it can't wear the Chianti designation and is instead labeled "Indicazione Geografica Tipica." Also not on the label, but important to us, is that the grapes are 100% Organic with no added sulfites. Nor do you see on the label that the wine won a Gold Medal at the Beaufort Wine Festival. At only 11.5% alcohol, this wine has the lighter body of a classic European table wine. If you don’t pick up a couple of bottles for your holiday feasts, we’ll surely use it for ours.
Clearance Priced Wines
These are the wines with very limited availability and prices that are even better than the 15% Feature Discount.
Turner & Cole Hopper Creek Vineyards Merlot 2002 (Napa Valley, California) - Regular Price $19.00/ Clearance Price $15.00
A rich and mouth-filling beauty. Grapes are from a tiny 6-acre vineyard, where the yields are limited to enhance the quality of the fruit. The wine was aged 30 months in French oak and another 42 months in bottle before being released. It’s now only 10 years old...and drinking like a dream.
Sesti Monteleccio 2005 (Montalcino, Italy) - Regular Price $24.70/ Clearance Price $18.50
The Turner site says: This wine has a habit of overshadowing (even outclassing) much more expensive competition. In fact, when English wine writer Jancis Robinson did a tasting of 11 top Italian estates (including Gaja, Sassicaia and Ornellaia), the standout for her (and the only one she wrote up in her newsletter), was Sesti's Monteleccio. But this shouldn't surprise, really. What's in the bottle here is not only pure Brunello di Montalcino material, but actually Brunello from one of the best and most historic vineyards in the zone. It's just bottled early (after a year in large oak botti, versus four years for the Brunello) to be more approachable. This one’s still very approachable after only 7 years. It would go very well with your feasts or would be a very welcome gift for someone who loves great Italian wines.
Sausal Family Zinfandel 2008 (Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California) - Regular Price $25.50/ Clearance Price $19.95
This great Sonoma Zin is produced from estate-grown grape vines averaging 50 years old. The wine was aged twenty-one months in a combination of American and French oak barrels, adding complexity. Their website says, “This wine can be aged four to six years from its release date.” Well that puts us right at the beginning of the period of maximum enjoyment...don’t miss it!
Don Raffaele 2004 Merlot (Napa, California) - Regular Price $30.00/ Clearance Price $22.50
2004 was said to be an outstanding year in which to grow wine grapes in the Napa Valley. Here winemaker Alison Doran adds 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petite Syrah to produce a wine in the style of the Pomerol region of Bordeaux (eg. Chateau Petrus). A beautiful gift!
Eric Ross Zin Syrah Port (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California) - Regular Price $43.00/ Clearance Price $27.50
Port-style wine doesn’t have to be made from the usual blend of Portuguese grapes, nor does it have to come from Portugal. Here the Eric Ross Winery took their best and ripest Zinfandel & Syrah grapes, halted fermentation on the wine when there was still some sweetness, added a touch of brandy from St. James distillery and got an aromatic dessert wine with a smooth finish. It’s a "good time" sipping Port, great with chocolate truffles or poured over berries or ice cream. A true holiday treat!