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November 2018 Wine Club White

October 31, 2018 1:10 pm Published by Comments Off on November 2018 Wine Club White

THE 2016 FAUSTINO VII WHITE This wine is made from 100% Viura (also called Macabeo). Viura is one of the main grapes used in white Rioja and Cava. The Faustino VII White is a light, dry white wine. It is bright and pale gold yellow in appearance. The nose is redolent of white fruit, such as pear and apples. Floral notes and herbaceous hints are joined with a balanced acidity on the palate producing a freshness in taste. The finish consists of lingering fruit with a medium intensity. This versatile white wine pairs well with vegetables, fish and seafood, sausages,... View Article


October 2018 Wine Club Red

October 31, 2018 1:04 pm Published by Comments Off on October 2018 Wine Club Red

THE 2016 DOMAINES DE BARON ROTHSCHILD LEGENDE BORDEAUX 2016 was remarkable vintage in the Bordeaux region, both in quantity and quality. A very wet start for the first six months of the year was followed by a very dry period in summer months, which culminated in localized thundershowers and a beautiful Indian summer, allowing the grapes to reach optimal ripeness. The red wines are rich, smooth and fruity, deep-colored and mature in tannins. Legende 2016 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Deep crimson in color, the nose is filled with aromatic red fruit as raspberry and... View Article


October 2018 Wine Club White

October 31, 2018 1:01 pm Published by Comments Off on October 2018 Wine Club White

THE 2017 DOMÄNE WACHAU GRÜNER VELTLINER FEDERSPIEL TERRASSEN Over 50% of Domäne Wachau’s production is given to the grape varietal Grüner Veltliner, vinified in a variety of styles. This wine is a Federspiel, a registered trademark of the Wachau district that denotes the wine is medium-bodied with a maximum alcohol content of 12.5% that it is dry without any added sugar, which is forbidden by law, and that it is elegantly balanced. The term Federspiel is derived from falconry, a once popular leisure activity among the medieval nobility, and the falcon as a symbol pays homage to this sport. Terrassen... View Article


September 2018 Wine Club Red

October 31, 2018 12:47 pm Published by Comments Off on September 2018 Wine Club Red

THE 2015 CHÂTEAU DES DEUX ROCS LANGUEDOC-CABRIÈRES ROUGE PRÉMICES Jean-Claude Zabalia, one of the Languedoc’s most talented winemakers, spent over 20 years at Saint Martin de la Garrigue before striking out on his own to start Château des Deux Rocs in 2012. Like any new venture undertaken by a seasoned veteran, Jean-Claude did his homework. In his many searches for great terroir in the Languedoc, he came across Cabrières—an area already known for producing outstanding rosé, but what he found was so much more. The vines of Jean-Claude’s new domaine, Château de Deux Rocs, are located in the isolated Vallée... View Article


September 2018 Wine Club White

October 31, 2018 12:41 pm Published by Comments Off on September 2018 Wine Club White

THE 2016 PASCAL JOLIVET ATTITUDE SAUVIGNON BLANC Pascal Jolivet, winemaker and merchant, created the Domaine Pascal Jolivet in 1987. In the 30 years since, he has continued to expand the estate, and currently produces more than a dozen cuvées, many of them award-winning, single-vineyard bottlings from Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Twice in recent years Wine Spectator has ranked Pascal Jolivet’s wines in its top 100 Wines of the Year. Pascal Jolivet practices biodynamic farming and lets nature take its course, meaning vinification is accomplished with little intervention. Jolivet’s vision for the Attitude line was to create a high-quality Loire collection—including Sauvignon... View Article


The Prisoner Wine Company

October 13, 2018 4:14 am Published by Comments Off on The Prisoner Wine Company

2016 SALDO California Zinfandel   85% Zinfandel; 15% blend of Petite Sirah and Syrah Full-bodied wine with bold aromas of black licorice, black pepper, cherry, and baking spice. Rich palate with a hint of chocolate and velvety tannins on the smooth finish



October 13, 2018 4:01 am Published by Comments Off on LA CHABLISIENNE

2017 SAINT-BRIS Saint-Bris Appellation Contrôlée A unique Burgundian production from the banks of the Yonne River, in the heart of the Auxerrois region (not too far from the Chablis AOC), this delicious dry white wine is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Vinified by La Chablisienne cooperative. 100% Sauvignon Blanc Deliciously vibrant, fresh and aromatic white wine, presenting citrus and white fruit aromas and balanced acidity Drink stand-alone or pair with seafood, cheeses, and curry dishes



October 13, 2018 3:57 am Published by Comments Off on CHÂTEAU DE FLAUGERGUES

2014 LANGUEDOC LA MÉJANELLE CUVÉE SOMMELIÈRE Languedoc Appellation Protegée       Southern Rhône style blend: 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache Noir, 10% Mourvèdre Full-bodied red wine black cherry, blackberry and anise notes structured by full tannins and firm acidity. Hints of earth notes and herbs on the finish


Lingua Franca Winery

October 13, 2018 3:50 am Published by Comments Off on Lingua Franca Winery

Lingua Franca was founded in 2015 by Larry Stone, celebrated sommelier, wine consultant and Fulbright Scholar, together with partners David Honig and Dominique Lafon. Located in the Eola-Amity Hills in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, the venture produces vineyard blends of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.   2015 LINGUA FRANCA AVNI CHARDONNAY Willamette Valley, Oregon 100% Chardonnay A vibrant and complex wine on the palate, expressing lasting flavors of citrus, pear, and white flowers, and ending with flint tones   2015 LINGUA FRANCA AVNI PINOT NOIR Willamette Valley, Oregon 100% Pinot Noir Medium-bodied wine expressing complexity borne from floral, smoky, mineral, and... View Article


El Tequila Privado

October 13, 2018 3:24 am Published by Comments Off on El Tequila Privado

El Tequila Privado is produced in Amatitán, Mexico by a local artisan and distilling family. Following a private recipe for many generations, and never veering from centuries-old codes—“Los Códigos”—this small distillery creates one of the world’s most selective tequilas. At Susan’s Fine Wine and Spirits, we have three of these amazing tequilas Código 1530 Blanco “Unrested,” fully mature agave, aged over 7 years Rich citrus and mineral flavors Código 1530 Rosa “Rested” one month in uncharred Napa Cabernet French White Oak barrels Bright agave flavor with soft floral notes of Cebernet Código 1530 Reposado. Aged six months in charred Napa... View Article


Sheehan Winery

October 13, 2018 1:38 am Published by Comments Off on Sheehan Winery

Susan’s Fine Wine and Spirits—First in Santa Fe to Feature Sheehan Winery Sheehan Winery is located in the Vecinos del Bosque neighborhood in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is known for producing high quality, handcrafted limited-release and award-winning wines made exclusively with New Mexico-grown grapes. In 2017, Sheehan Winery won 17 Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards at the 2017 New Mexico State Fair Wine Competition. Sean Sheehan has been a part of the New Mexico wine industry since 2005. He worked for many years as winemaker at Casa Rondeña and Tierra Encantada and was an integral part of the New Mexico... View Article


August 2018 Wine Club Red

August 17, 2018 1:23 pm Published by Comments Off on August 2018 Wine Club Red

THE 2015 STÉPHANE AVIRON BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES Stéphane Aviron has adopted an almost radical return to tradition in Beaujolais—sustainable viticulture, extremely old vines and classic Burgundian techniques. His cru Beaujolais drinks like fine Burgundy. Beaujolais has been historically considered “the poor man’s Burgundy.” A modern movement toward fruity, simple, quaffing wines boosted sales but eroded the region’s traditional quality. Stéphane Aviron has reversed the trend. By focusing on the Beaujolais village crus, the best sites for unique, expressive wines, and finding old parcels of vines, Aviron creates very expressive, age-worthy wines relying on traditional and new methods, including organic and biodynamic... View Article


August 2018 Wine Club White

August 17, 2018 1:19 pm Published by Comments Off on August 2018 Wine Club White

THE 2017 DOMAINE DU SALVARD CHEVERNY Domaine du Salvard has been a working domaine since 1898, through five hardworking generations of the Delaille family. Today, all forty-two hectares of vineyards are farmed by the capable brother team of Emmanuel and Thierry Delaille, with help from their father Gilbert. They have carried on the traditions established by their ancestors, producing a true, classic Cheverny that is both simple and elegant, focusing on growing fresh, lively Sauvignon Blanc, deeply rooted in the sand, clay, and limestone plains of northeastern Touraine. Gilbert and his sons have also made their own, modern contributions to... View Article


In the Spotlight: Casa Cortes Nuestra Soledad Mezcal

July 29, 2018 2:39 am Published by Comments Off on In the Spotlight: Casa Cortes Nuestra Soledad Mezcal

Showcasing diversity of palates in single-village artisanal mezcals from Oaxaca. Nuestra Soledad Mezcal Santiago Matatlán Single village mezcal from Santiago Matatlán. 100% agave Espadin. Soft floral aromas of cherry, banana; smooth and balanced on the palate with hint of cherry, and lifting ashy minerality. Nuestra Soledad Mezcal San Luis del Rio Single village mezcal from mountainous San Luis del Rio. 100% agave Espadin. Floral nose, with vanilla, sour cherry, and grapefruit. Firm on the palate, elegant finish. Nuestra Soledad La Compania Ejutla Single village mezcal from La Compania. 100% agave Espadin. Bright and refined, this mezcal has notes of high-toned... View Article


In the Spotlight: Staglin Family Vineyard

July 29, 2018 2:10 am Published by Comments Off on In the Spotlight: Staglin Family Vineyard

Staglin 2016 Estate Chardonnay, Rutherford, Napa Valley This wine opens with a citrus complex of Buddha’s hand and lime leaf, melon, stone fruits and granite. The finish is cool, crisp and smooth. 100% Barrel Fermentation, Blend: 100% Chardonnay, Alcohol: 13.8% Salus 2015 Estate Chardonnay, Napa Valley Gold in color, the wine opens with aromas of lemons, poached pears and tropical blossoms that pour onto a medium-bodied palate of yellow orchard fruit, and honeyed mango. 100% Barrel Fermentation, Blend: 100% Chardonnay, Alcohol: 14.1% Staglin 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley Fragrant dark red and black fruits interplay with aromatic woods,... View Article