Get Ready for Super Bowl XLVI!
Thursday, February 2:
Tierras de Castilla y Leon "Aleo", Cenit 2009- $16.99/btl ($13.60 by case or mixed case): First, we have to mention that Brenna's team and their pretty boy quarterback are going down hard. Second, there's no better way to celebrate Mr. Brady's dismemberment than with a glass of strong red wine...like this 100% Tempranillo from top Zamorra winegrower, Vinas de Cenit. If you've had the pleasure of trying the outstanding Cenit, you'll recognize their trademark style of silken textures, exotic aromas and a judicious touch of sweet oak in their Aleo cuvee. You can pair this with a big pot of chili...or serve it with more refined fare; either way, this wine just oozes class. Too bad we can't say the same about the Pats' thug of a coach.
Sandy Cove Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ 2011- $12.99/btl ($10.40 by case or mixed case): The Kiwis have a much better version of football: they play it in shorts, with no pads...then consume lots of beer afterwards. This is much more to our liking. Another thing we like from New Zealand is great Sauvignon Blanc, especially the kind that emphasizes pure, melony, herb-tinged Sauvignon fruit and goes easy on the strange aromas and over-the-top grapefruit flavors that mar so many commercial versions. We introduced Sandy Cove's 2010 a few months back, and it was an instant hit; the newly-arrived 2011 continues the string of successes for Allan Scott and his crew. We doubt there's a more quaffable, refreshing Sauvignon than this currently on the market.
Friday, February 3:
Gewurztraminer, Willm 2009- $14.99/bt ($11.99 by case or mixed case): The wines of Alsace are terribly misunderstood, as their skinny, German-shaped bottles have caused scores of novice wine enthusiasts to believe that they are sweet. In fact, nothing is further from the truth, as virtually all but a fraction of the wines of this great region are crafted to be bone-dry, aromatic and powerful. And, no Alsace wines are more pungent and aromatic than Gewurztraminer...Willm's 2009 is a textbook example of iron-fisted structure counterbalanced by aromas and flavors of rose hips, lychee and quatre epices. This is also one of the world's great food wines, as it's equally at home with a slab of foie gras in a Michelin-starred boite in Strasbourg or quaffed from tumblers and paired with crab dip in your living room this Sunday.
Jumilla, Luzon Verde 2010- $8.99/btl ($7.20 by case or mixed case): Bodegas Luzon's "Verde" organic cuvee is the Victor Cruz of our portfolio: it's inexpensive and from humble provenance...yet plays like a first-round draft pick in all the big games. In fact, we're hard-pressed to think of a better red wine value in the whole store. Where else can you find an intense, rich, flavor-packed organic Monastrell for seven bucks and change? Don't miss this wine if you're on the hook to feed a large crew this Sunday!
Saturday, February 4:
Rias Baixas Albarino, Lagar de Costa 2009- $19.99/btl ($15.99 by case or mixed case): One of the things we enjoy doing at JWS is squirreling away high-quality Albarino for 2-3 years, then pulling it out to demonstrate how aging develops texture and flavor complexity. If you've never had the chance to taste one of these stony, orange-scented, unctuous gems, be sure to stop by on Saturday. We think you'll find this wine to be on the same level of quality as excellent white Burgundy and German Riesling, yet the price is moderate in comparison. Albarino fans should also take note that we currently stock a tiny amount of the superb Pazo Senorans 2008 and Pazo San Mauro 2008.
VDP de Cessenon "Aromes Sauvages", Domaine de Viranel 2010- $19.99/btl ($15.99 by case or mixed case): The tiny Languedoc appellation of Cessenon is situated near St. Chinian, and its wines somewhat resemble St. Chinian, with one big difference: whereas top St. Chinian is dominated by Syrah, Cessenon relies upon Alicante Bouschet...a grape much more commonly cultivated in warmer regions of Spain and in California's Central Valley. Frankly, much of the Alicante we've tasted over the years is mouth-searing plonk, but in the hands of Domaine de Viranel, it renders a heady, exotic and dark brew that features hints of bacon fat, olives, smoke and black tea. The Languedoc continues to be a treasure trove of distinctive, authentic wines that offer far more than their price tags would indicate, and the 2010 Aromes Sauvages belongs on your short list of the region's great growths.
Of course, no Super Bowl party is complete without a good supply of frothy grain soda, so be sure to stock up on some new arrivals of old favorites:
Smuttynose Baltic Porter
Lagunitas Maximus IPA
Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Pale Ale
Lagunitas Censored Copper Ale
Delirium Tremens Nocturnum
Southern Tier Porter
Piraat Ale (Belgian IPA!)