Who would have thought that a wine by the mighty GAJA could be bought for under $100, let alone under $50. A 150 year history of excellence in wine making, with a focus on creating wines with a sense of place, has gone into the genesis of Ca’Marcanda (Bolgheri) Promis. This is simply delightful – a lithe energetic wine with lifting acidity, it is driven by fresh black cherry/currant hints of tar and tobacco, layered over a firm spine and finishes with lingering, dusty minerality.
2012 Ca’Marcanda Promis IGT by GAJA (55% Merlot, 35% Syrah, 10% Sangiovese) indeed deliver on its promise of Gaja-inspired winemaking excellence. The wine opens to a dark garnet color with nicely balanced aromas of blackberry, red cherry and kirsch. Soft oak contours of tobacco and dark chocolate widen the wine’s aromatic footprint. This is a contemplative and well-executed effort. 92+ Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – Retail $51.99, Pinehurst SALE $44.19 (4 Cases)
2011 Ruffino Modus Tuscan (IGT) Red blend (Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot) – “A red with blueberry and blackberry character, plus hints of licorice. Full body, chewy tannins and a walnut, berry and dark-chocolate aftertaste – outstanding.” 91 points James Suckling: Retail $29.99 – Pinehurst SALE Price $23.99/btl. My wife and I enjoyed this over the weekend. Simply stated, it a delicious and age worthy food wine. 4 cases
As an added bonus – this may be the future of Australian wines – Yalumba Barossa Patchwork Shiraz 2011 – I loved this wine! It drinks much more like a Rosso di Montalcino than a Shiraz. Great perfume, bright acidity, focused fruit. It was a complete surprise. Long story short – this is a delicious food wine, well made and balanced. “Yalumba has deliberately chosen parcels from the cooler (read Eden Valley) through to the
warmer parts of the Barossa (read valley floor) to produce this very well-made, easy drinking, medium-bodied wine. 91 points Stephen Tanzer’s IWC – Retail $19.99, Pinehurst SALE $16.99 (6 cases)
Supplies are limited here, so call Bob at the store 410-435-5200 or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your wine.