From the Wine Shop
Springtime Grill Red 4-Pack Spring 2021 (750mL)
With the kickoff to spring, it’s time to clean and prep your grill for some outdoor cooking! For much of the country, there’s a nip still in the air, so heartier reds that see little, or no, new oak are in order. Each selection will pair marvelously with smoke and medium-spiced seasoning. We assembled an all-star roster of staff favorites from our recent panel tastings, so you'll have some proven winners that will elevate your next flame-grilled feast.
Here's the lineup:
Diego Pressenda “La Torricella” Langhe Nebbiolo 2017 (Piedmont, Italy)
It’s not just body we’re looking for, but structure and seasonally appropriate flavors. In this regard, the Nebbiolo grape is an ideal choice. Silvia Pressenda’s “La Torricella” is sourced from low-yielding estate holdings in Monforte d’Alba. The freshness and vibrancy in this Langhe Nebbiolo is stunning! It is medium-bodied and tangy, with a gentle nip of tannin lending backbone for mid-term aging. Aromas of dried cherry, rose petal, blood orange peel, tobacco, leather, tar, underbrush, and lots more are textbook Nebbiolo and just what we’re craving right now! Pair it with grilled portobello mushrooms and herb-scented lamb kebabs.
Musella, Valpolicella Superiore “Ripasso” 2016 (Veneto, Italy)
Italian Amarone is one of the most quintessential full-bodied reds out there due to how the late picked grapes are left to dehydrate on straw mats before pressing occurs. They exhibit port-like qualities once the wine ferments dry. For some, Amarone is too over the top, thus we recommend Valpolicellas that go through the “Ripasso” method in which the finished wine is subjected to a second maceration on the skins and pulp of dried grapes. The wine picks up the rich, savory nuances without all the alcohol. Musella’s “Baby Amarone” rendition is a food-pairing darling with plenty of velvety texture, freshness, and mineral nerve. A voluptuous blend dominated by early parts Corvina and Corvinone with the addition of Rondinella and Barbera. The magic of this wine is that it’s full-bodied without feeling heavy or sweet. A beautiful fusion of flavors rise from the glass: dark berries, worked leather, baking spices, and licorice. Fleshy with some similar fruit qualities to a bold Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. This wine will work wonders with grilled sausage with caramelized onions
and roasted peppers.
Domaine Martinelle, Ventoux Rouge 2018 (Southern Rhône, France)
Bold Grenache-driven wines are perfect companions to anything that comes off the grill. The southern Rhône landmark, the Ventoux, is home to amazing old-vine Grenache and other Rhône grape varietals at affordable prices. The 2018 is a blend of two-thirds of Grenache with about equal parts Syrah and Mourvèdre with a dash of Counoise. This will give most $50+ Châteauneuf-du-Pape a run for their money. The wine is absolutely pure, with super high-toned cassis, strawberry, red plum, and cherry blossoms. A fresh wave of savory nature
follows: rose petal, garrigue, white pepper, damp forest, and crushed stones. The wine is nearing full-bodied on the palate and shows such a pure concentration of fruit while perfectly lifted by freshness. It’s dense without feeling heavy and has a lift on the mid-palate that leads it into a lingering finish full of fruit and savor. Your favorite burger preparation (meat or veggie) is our “go-to” dish to showcase the versatility of this Southern Rhône
Elias Moro, Crianza, Tinto de Toro 2016 (Toro, Spain)
Just downriver from Ribera del Duero is Toro, arguably the birthplace of Tempranillo, but it’s usually Rioja and Ribera del Duero that get the spotlight for Spain’s most noteworthy grape varietal. It doesn’t get more richly textured than Toro Tempranillo or as locals refer to as “Tinto de Toro”. Elias Mora’s Crianza is one of the finest examples we have discovered that is not completely overblown and overripe. This muscular, 100% old-vine Tempranillo is loaded with dark, saturated fruit, and an intense mineral backbone. Plenty of mass appeal for those seeking bigger, bolder reds, to those who appreciate more subtle mineral-driven nuances. Broad shouldered and supremely polished; on par with the likes of Napa Cab and Bordeaux. Decadently delicious and ready for your favorite steak cut, seared to perfection on the grill.
Please note, this item is a pre-packed selection chosen by our team of Sommeliers and will ship on its own (free Ground shipping is included!). Therefore, it does not count toward the 6-bottle free shipping minimum and is not eligible for Build a Case shipping.
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