Did you feel summer finally arrive this past weekend? It certainly looked like summer from the view of our downtown Minneapolis storefront, even with the Memorial Day rain!
As we prepare to move fully into summer, by moving fully into June, we need to take care of one last bit of spring business by sharing the wine specials we have for you to close out May.
See our list of sale wine below – and remember to check-out our Events page to learn more about our weekly craft beer, wine and spirits tastings.
Castano Monastrell 2016
90 Points Wine Advocate
I hadn't encountered their entry-level, young and unoaked Monastrell for a while, but I tasted the 2016 Monastrell, which fermented in stainless steel and was kept in concrete vats for four to six months. They used some 25% to 30% full clusters in the vinification, and I've never smelled anything like this from Castaño. This is floral and fresh, elegant and balanced, with moderate extraction, ripe tannins and a very pleasant mouthfeel with clean, focused flavors. This is almost too serious for the price. Wow! In the future, they might do some full clusters; I tasted an experimental lot with 100% full clusters in 2016, and the wine was amazing.
Domaine du Vissoux Chremette Saint-Amour 2017
92+ Points Wine Advocate
The 2017 Saint-Amour Les Champs-Grilles is a very promising young wine, unfurling in the glass with notes of rose hip, sweet red cherries and orange rind. On the palate, its medium-bodied, fine-boned and stony, with good concentration and bright acids.
Domaine Prebende Beaujolais 2017
91 Points James Suckling
Impressive depth of rich raspberries and cherries here with a wealth of gently grainy tannins. Drink or hold.
De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2018
Robertson, South Africa
92 Points Wine Spectator
A flash of matchstick gives way quickly to a bright core of green and yellow apple flavors laced liberally with honeysuckle and verbena notes through the nicely detailed finish. Very, very solid. Drink now through 2021.
Idlewild Flora & Fauna Red Wine 2018
Dark cherry, fresh soil, dried herbs, violets, and graphite are highlights of the aromas. The mouth feel is a joyful interplay of brightness with just enough chewy bass notes before the seriousness kicks in with a firm acid and tannin balance on the finish.
Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
94 Points Wine Advocate
Warm aromas of dark fruit, potting soil and moist chewing tobacco rise from the bouquet of the 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva. This is an extremely territory-driven wine that emits aromas that recall the red clay soils and warm summer breezes of the Castelnuovo Berardenga area to the southern side of the Chianti Classico appellation. This is a soft and enriched red wine (made with 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) that produces sweet textural richness and plenty of ripe fruit packed within that generous fiber.
Turley Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
Napa Valley, California
91 Points Wine Advocate
One of Turley's emblematic bottlings, the 2016 Zinfandel Old Vines exhibits a lovely bouquet of raspberries, plums, cherries and licorice. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with rich structuring tannins, a generous core of fleshy fruit and a long, flavorful finish.
White Rose Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2015
Willamette Valley, Oregon
92 Points Vinous
Light ruby-red. Deeply perfumed aromas of fresh dark fruits, incense and Asian spices pick up a minerally element with aeration. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering sappy blackberry, cola and violet pastille flavors that show very good focus and spicy lift. Conveys a suave mix of power and finesse and finishes very long and smoky, with a hint of vanilla and silky tannins lending shape and grip.