It’s way too nice out to work, right? Time for a little Friday wine distraction, with 3 of my new favorites: 2 from Oregon and 1 from Italy. These have “Build a Case” written all over them – I highly recommend all 3.
Division Beton Red 2012
$22.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($24.95)
I love this wine. It’s an unconventional blend of Washington Cab Franc (60%) and Oregon Pinot (25%) and Gamay (15%), and it rocks. Filled with delicious red and black raspberry fruit, it’s both rich and snappy, accented by grilled herb and mineral notes. Drink now! Beton is French for “concrete” (what it’s aged in) – this wine is Division’s nod to their time spent in the Loire Valley.
Ca del Baio Barbaresco Asili 2010
$32.35 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($35.95)
Crazy rating-to-value alert! 95 points Robert Parker
Purely awesome. The best Asili yet from our friends at Ca del Baio is damn near perfect. Dark cherries, licorice and menthol aromas guide you into a classy, silky palate of wild berries. Remarkably accessible now, with the goods to age for 10+ years. One of the best global values in wine I’ve found. (My last trip to Ca del Baio was in the middle of the 2010 harvest, so this vintage has personal significance to me.)
From Robert Parker: “The 2010 Barbaresco Asili is an exciting, top-notch achievement that shows extreme class and sophistication. These are some of the best wines from Barbaresco.”
Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills Chardonnay 2011
$21.55 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($23.95)
An absolute knockout value, with incredible pedigree, hailing entirely from the Maresh Vineyard, This is the Chardonnay I’ll be drinking this summer and fall. I followed the evolution of this wine in Jim Maresh’s cellar and it’s stunning in bottle. Beautiful lemon curd, sweet tangerine, and subtle notes of stone and crushed seashell. 5 barrels of Dijon clone and 1 barrel of 108 clone Chardonnay.
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