If you are reading this, you have officially made it to the last true weekend of summer WITHOUT the Minnesota State Fair happening. Could there be a more perfect time to pause and reflect ….with a nearly perfect glass of wine in hand?
Fortunately, we have a number of nearly perfect wines on special this week in our downtown Minneapolis store. See our full list below – and remember – to stop by either tonight or tomorrow night to taste some great wines, craft beers and spirits before you buy!
Burlotto Dolcetto 2016
89 Points Vinous
The 2016 Dolcetto d'Alba is gracious, medium in body, and exquisitely delicious. Readers should expect a fragrant, lifted wine with generous aromatics, silky, textured fruit and impeccable overall balance. A touch of whole clusters adds aromatic dimension throughout. This is one of the more restrained, gracious Dolcettos readers will come across.
Olivier Riviere Rayos Uva 2017
90 Points Wine Advocate
The entry-level red blend 2017 Rayos Uva was destemmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts. It's a similar blend of grapes—50% Tempranillo, 30% Garnacha and 20% Graciano—from Rioja Baja. 2017 was a ripe and early harvest with low yields that delivered concentrated juice. This is fruit-driven and juicy, very drinkable.
Catena Altamira Malbec 2016
93 Points Wine Advocate
The 2016 Appellation Paraje Altamira Malbec is simply superb. Floral, mineral and focused, this comes from the Nicasia Vineyard and matured in French and American oak barrels for 12 months.
Puech-Haut Rose 2018
91 Points Jeb Dunnuck
Pretty, vibrant notes of white peach, white flowers, and salty minerality all emerge from the 2018 Prestige Rosé. Made in a crisp, elegant style, it stays balanced and layered on the palate, and is going to be an incredibly versatile rosé to drink over the coming 6-12 months. The blend is 60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault brought up all in tank.
Clos des Lunes Lune d'Argent 2017
93 Points Wine Spectator
Delicious, featuring a mix of pear, tangerine, yellow and green apple flavors, lined with light honeysuckle and fennel hints. Creamy along the edges, and pure and vibrant through the middle. This combines racy and exotic notes in a distinctive package.
Gulfi Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2017
93 Points Vinous
Deep ruby. Intense violet/black cherry on the very perfumed nose. Then big dense and juicy, with ripe black cherry and candied violet flavors complicated by flint and aromatic spices. Finishes long with building tannins and a strong floral note derived from the Frappato. An outstanding Cerasuolo di Vittoria.
Hacienda de Arinzano Tempranillo 2015
92 Points James Suckling
Plenty of plush raspberries, cassis and red plums on offer here with a smooth, simple and delicious palate. Really silky and fresh. Drink now.
Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016
Napa Valley, California
91 Points Wine Spectator
A juicy, full-bore style, with concentrated apple, mango and ripe pear flavors that are intensely spiced. The buttery finish is mouthfilling and quite rich-tasting.
Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel 2017
Sonoma County, California
91 Points Wine Spectator
Briary and vibrant, with zesty raspberry, toasted sage and cracked pepper flavors that take on richness toward polished tannins. Always one of the better values in Zinfandel!.