The Binny's April Wine Sale is going strong, with surprising prices on hundreds of wines. Here are just a handful of Best Buys to get you started:
2012 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma
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With sunny mountain terraces and cool ocean breezes, California is the envy of the wine world. Vineyards here yield sinfully ripe cabernet with a consistency Europe can rarely match. Louis Martini's cab is a great example, with history and experience matched by few. The 2012 vintage was especially favorable, making a great wine loaded with notes of blackberries and chocolate.
2012 Cline Zinfandel Ancient Vines
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Nothing pairs better with grilled meat than a bold California Zinfandel, and this bottle from Cline is proof. Ripe blackberries and cherries with a hint of mint and chocolate in the finish. Enjoy it on its own, or pair with BBQ!
2012 La Cana Albarino
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With a history as venerable as France or Italy, and with a new generation of ambitious winemakers, Spain is one of the most vibrant countries in the wine world. Whites from northwestern Spain - like this albarino - have proven especially alluring with their vibrancy and citrus notes. Think racy like sauvignon blanc with a punch of citrus to match, but at a fraction of the cost.
2012 Champalou Vouvray Sec
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Few regions yield as expressive summer sippers as the Loire Valley! Here chenin blanc thrives, making everything from dry sparklers to some of the world's most decadent dessert wines. The 2012 Champalou bears all the hallmarks of a Loire Valley chenin: crisp red apples, quince, a savory note in the finish. Pair it with a salad or fish off the grill.
2010 Pierre Amadieu Gigondas Cuvee Romaine Machotte
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Gigondas used to be an insider's wine, but the secret is out. With brighter red fruit and more aromatic herbs than its more expensive cousin Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a classic Gigondas expresses the savory and sensual side of the southern Rhone without losing any of the power or intensity you expect from grenache. Amadieu is as classic as they come, plus the 2010 vintage was one of the best in decades.
2010 Chateau Lalande Borie Saint Julien
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No doubt Bordeaux yields some of the finest wines in the world. Cabernet sauvignon and merlot are at home here, making riveting reds with fresh fruit flavors balanced by savory nuances. Lalande Borie is among the best deals you will find. Made with fruit from the 2010 vintage (among the finest in decades), crafted by the same winemakers as Ducru Beaucaillou (one of the great estates of Bordeaux) - Lalande Borie is a gem of a wine, and a knockout bargain.
*Prices are valid through May 5th with your Binny's Card.
Binny's Wine Managers Steve Reiter and Chris Speir joined Wine Buyer Barbara Hermann on a trip to one of France's most famous wine regions, Bordeaux. They tasted barrel samples of the 2013 vintage - now in the early stages of its en premier campaign - and visited Chateaux and negociants. Steve reports from the road:
I expected the city of Bordeaux to be large (the 9th largest in France) but not quite the expanse that it is. We're staying in a charming, modern sprawl radiating from the river with a modern, urban feel. However, the "Centre" or old part of Bordeaux, is just as large, and definitely has a rustic feel...
It surprises me just how tightly the chateaux are woven into the villages. Haut Brion is surrounded by population, with vineyards right next door! Here is one of the world's most famous wineries - not nestled on a remote hillside, but at the heart of an urban center, past a bagel place and a mechanic's shop. Even the vines are right in the middle of town.
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Spring always brings with it a slew of rose bottlings. Sure, rose drinks phenomenally year round, but there's something about an expressive, refreshing rose with the first warm sunbeams of spring on the skin of newly exposed arms.
Why drink pink? A good rose offers the best of both worlds: the aromatic complexity of white combined with the structure and feel of a red, refreshing with almost electric vibrancy. But the real secret is how well it pairs with food. Vegetables, cheese, chicken and fish and any red meat lighter than prime rib: rose pairs with everything.
The Binny's wine team got together - seriously, like 30 people - to run through a flight of the newest rose arrivals. Here are our favorites, as described by the group:
2013 Elk Cove Pinot Noir Rose
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Our top pick of the day, Elk Cove is especially interesting because it is made entirely with pinot noir grapes. The grapes are pressed as whole bunches with limited skin contact making an almost white wine with all the vibrancy you'd expect. After some time aging in stainless steel tanks, select lots of fermented red pinot juice is blended back in for color and structure. Compared to everything else at the table, this is on the heavier side, broader, one for fans of the modern style. That means freshness on the nose with great fruit notes.
2013 Bila Haut Rose by Michel Chapoutier
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This rose is bone dry; a graceful and focused version of rose for fans of fresh whites, and a knockout value if you're looking for this classic French style. Dry, crisp and refreshing with flavors of pomegranate, peach and hints of rose petal. The finish is clean and zesty with tart citrus and flint and limestone minerality. A perfect pairing for shellfish and lighter seafood.
2013 Domaine Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone
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Another popular favorite. 2013 was a cool vintage in most of France, yielding wines with less emphasis on berry fruit with a brighter, vibrant edge. From the Rhone, Domaine Grand Veneur's rose has an emphasis on grenache. Light salmon in color, with a zesty nose of white pepper, citrus and peach. Soft on the palate with light berry fruit and focus.
These are just a few of our favorites, but there are many more brand new bottles rolling in. Be sure to check out the newest batch of rose offerings right here on binnys.com.
Across our 24 climate-controlled wine cellars is a library of rare and collectable wines. Our cellarmaster digs up one special bottle that might otherwise slip through the cracks:
"One of the singular winemakers in Piedmont...."
Robert Parker, Jr.
As structured, flavorful and alluring as pinot noir, nebbiolo offers a breathtaking range of flavors matched by few other varietals - should you be as mindful in the cellar as Domenico Clerico. His wines are benchmark examples, and his cuvee Ciabot Mentin Ginestra is among the best of Barolo. Low yields, cool fermentations, French oak barrels, all deployed by Domenico to craft a fresh, aromatic, silky expression of this most Italian of varietals.
2009 Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra
Less obvious and definitely more flirtatious, this gorgeous wine playfully dangles subtle hints of licorice, dark fruit, anisette and Middle Eastern spice in front of your nose. They morph and transform into something new and unexpected with each swirl of the glass. There's enough flesh here to keep the wine grounded, but there's also enough tonic freshness to keep it from feeling heavy.
94 Points Monica Larner
from Robert Parker, Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate
Part of what makes this Cellarmaster's Selection so special is its limited nature. It is only available in limited quantities at select Binny's locations.
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*Prices valid with Binny's Card until May 5th, 2014, or while supplies last. Not responsible for misprints or typographical errors. Advertised items limited to quantities on hand. Sizes 750ml unless otherwise stated. Not all wines are available at all Binny's locations.