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Brutocao Family Vineyards

 

Brutocao Family Vineyards

 

When Italian family heritage met Mendocino vineyards, a new tradition of winemaking was born. Brutocao Cellars celebrates their New World tradition today with small batch handcrafted wines from award-winning vineyards in Mendocino County!

 

Winemaking traditions often begin around the table, and Brutocao Cellars' roots go back four generations to a dinner table in Venice, Italy. Chief among these traditions is respect... respect for the land and for those who work it.

 

Sustainable farming practices weren't just a fashionable idea in Italy; they were a way of life born of necessity and a healthy respect for the natural order of things.

 

When the Brutocao family came to the New World, it was only natural that they would combine their passions and become grape growers and winemakers. Today, the family still blends their Italian heritage with their rural agricultural lifestyle to make some amazingly dense and flavorful wines.

 

They released their first wine with the 1980 vintage, and on the label they chose the Lion of St. Mark, modeled after the lion on top of St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice as their symbol of family tradition and quality.

 

That quality comes from the location of their 400 acres of vineyards in southern Mendocino County and from family traditions handed down over generations around the dining room table. That's what family vineyards are all about!

 

Today Wine World is proud to offer these beautiful California wines with an Old World flair:

 

2010 "Quadriga" Red Blend - $24.99:  This Double Gold medalist (Tasters Guild International Wine Competition) is a proprietary blend of 45% Sangiovese, 33% Primitivo, 11% Barbera and 11% Dolcetto.

 

With aromas of spice cake, boysenberry and blueberry, this unique blend exhibits white pepper & dark fruit flavors followed by a long satin finish. Reminiscent of traditional Italian field blends, but with richer, brighter and more fruit-forward flavors, the velvety smooth texture of this delicious wine pairs well with everything from casual dining to your fanciest meals.

 

2010 "Uber Tuscan" - $29.99:  Brutocao's sixth release of this "Uber-licous" award winning wine is a lovely Tuscan blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Wonderful aromas of dark fruit and cedar lead the way, followed by succulent flavors of blackberry, cigar, earth and vanilla spice, enlivened by traditional Sangiovese acidity. This classic combination will bring out the Italian in any dish!

 

Pick up these wonderful reds on your next visit...

 

Brutocao Italian Blends

 

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94-Point Napa Cab!

 

Ramey Wine Cellars

  

Ramey 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

 

It takes a lot to get Hayden this excited about a wine, but we have to agree, the man knows how to pick a winner!

 

Presenting the sixth vintage of this particular Napa Cabernet from 30 year veteran David Ramey - a talented wine artisan who is held in the highest esteem as a true innovator and an industry revolutionary. More than 3 decades ago, he led the way toward natural winemaking methods that embrace the importance of terroir, and creating distinctive wines of unique character.
 

Ramey Wine Cellars is dedicated to creating high quality, handcrafted wines with balance and richness, and doing so with respect for the land. It's about harmony - the marriage of Old World methods with New World innovations to produce wines that are bold, sensual, and in perfect balance.
 

These ideals are seen in this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested from some of the choicest vineyards in the Napa Valley. Fruit from St. Helena, Oak Knoll, Yountville, Diamond Mountain, Rutherford and Mt. Veeder are all represented, and each offers its own input to the final blend.

Ramey 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

No less an expert than Robert Parker had this to say:
 

"Ramey's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is a spherical wine with all of its elements in place. Mocha, espresso, blackberries, incense and graphite all come together in a wine that impresses for its exceptional overall balance. White flowers, cloves and asphalt all develop later, lending an element of exoticism that is simply compelling. 94 points!"


This vintage is already sold out at the vineyard, and Hayden had to work his contacts hard to be able to acquire this wine for us. He is very proud to put it on Wine World's shelf priced at just $59.99!


Its anticipated maturity is from 2016 to 2030, and it will be amazing if you can wait that long! This is a highly allocated wine, and we don't anticipate it being here for very long at all, but while it's available, we know some of you will want to know about it - perhaps thinking ahead to Christmas even!  (Note to Santa:  I've been very good this year!)
 

If this is a wine that you think you'd be interested in, ask Hayden or one of our other helpful team members about it on your next visit.
 

Discovering Armagnac

  

Armagnac Delord

 

Delord "25 Ans" Bas-Armagnac

 

Armagnac is a county located within the southwestern region of France known as Gascony.

 

This overall region goes from just north of Bayonne in the south, up the Atlantic coast to the Médoc, follows the Gironde river inland nearly to Toulouse where the boundary heads due south to the foothills of the Pyrenées Mountains at the Spanish border.

 

Map of Armagnac


 

This enormous land mass contains some of the greatest wine growing areas in the world. Names like Margaux, Saint-Estéphe, Pauillac and Sauternes spring to mind.


Geography is very important here. In France, they have a different philosophy toward growing winegrapes than you will find in California.

 

Where our vineyards might grow many different varieties, the French tend to concentrate on whatever grapes grow best in the soils and other natural factors that exist in the region.

 

This is what differentiates "varietal wines" from "regional wines". A bottle of French wine rarely ever mentions the type of grape on the label, but always refers to where the wine was made.

 

It is up to the consumer to understand that a "White Bordeaux" will be predominantly Sauvignon Blanc, or a "Red Burgundy" is a Pinot Noir. And of course other grapes from that region are very often blended into the wine. This is what gives each its own identity.


So now we come to Armagnac.

 

We know it is the name of a county, but Armagnac also lends its name to a grape brandy from the region. Its closest relative is Cognac, another grape brandy made about 100 miles north near (surprise) the town of Cognac!


Even though it is related to and often confused with Cognac, Armagnac is very different with regards to its grapes, terroir, distillation, élevage, blending, aromas, tastes and textures. In truth, France's two finest brandies made from wine are not very much alike at all.


Located in the heart of Gascony among so many famous wine regions, Armagnac might feel as if it got shortchanged. The soils here are sandy and contain a high level of iron, making them far less suitable for growing Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot vines.

 

It is broken up in to 3 separate areas as seen in the map above. Bas-Armagnac, the lowest in elevation, has the sandier soils and is the chief production area for Armagnac brandies, while Haut-Armagnac, the highest, grows hardly any grapes at all!


The middle ground called Ténarèze is more limestone and clay with some sandy soils mixed in. They offer their production more to the Côtes de Gascogne and Floc de Gascogne wines than to the distillation of brandy.


Centuries of trial and error have shown that the grapes that do best in this region are some of the lesser known varietals of Baco Blanc (the principal grape of the region), Ugni Blanc (sometimes call Rolle), Folle Blanche and the somewhat better known Colombard.


While you may find wines on the market made from these varietals, the vines tend to produce high acid, neutral flavored grapes with a fairly low sugar content, usually resulting in low alcohol wines of around 10% ABV or so.

 

These attributes make them much less desirable for the table. But the French found the solution by making brandy!


Brandies are made from distilling wine - raising the temperature of the "mash" to the point where the alcohol vaporizes but the rest of the solution remains liquid. The vapors are then directed away from the main mixture and cooled, allowing it to condense back into a liquid!

 

This is the same basic process used for making all spirits, with the only difference being the ingredients used to make up the "mash". The hard part comes in having the right equipment and knowledge to bring it all together to make something truly special!


In the late 19th century, a man named Prosper Delord, who was one of the few with a great deal of knowledge of the process, recognized an opportunity and started a company as an "itinerant distiller".

 

He would travel the region with his old pot still towed behind his 2 cows, visiting the farms of friends and neighbors throughout the Bas-Armagnac region, and for a fee, he would distill their wine into what they called "Eaux-de-Vie" (waters of life).


He used a particularly slow single distillation process that was key to the flavor of the final product. Then the farmers would store the brandy in their own barrels until it had aged properly... a matter of years! The resultant spirit took on the name of the region, Armagnac!


Over the years, Prosper's reputation grew and grew until it became impossible for him to keep up with the demand. In 1925, his son Gaston took over the family business, but he had a different idea.

 

Lacking his father's wanderlust, and owning some 20 hectares of prime (1st Cru) vineyards in the heart of the Bas-Armagnac, he established the company as a permanent site where he could distill and sell his own brandy.


This afforded him much better control over the entire production, allowing him to make a far superior brandy.


The Delords don't use any pesticides or fertilizers on their vines, and their sandy soiled vineyards still produced very high quality fruit. This is also the rule for the other growers whose fruit ends up in Delord Armagnac.

 

He also continued using the same single distillation process at low temperature, which enables more flavors, fatty acids and character to remain in the spirit. This is now part of the legal character of an Armagnac.


He also had worked out an excellent recipe for his mash:  70% Ugni Blanc for a great foundation, 20% Baco for full roundness, 5% Colombard for some herbal notes and 5% Folle Blanche for its floral notes.
 

And finally, he would include 10% Gascon oak in his barrels to give good tannins, darker color and beautiful spices. He also aged his Armagnac longer than the law requires, knowing that the older it is, the smoother it becomes. (The original cellar still holds some of Prosper's Armagnac from 1904!)


This is the recipe used today by great-grandsons Jerome and Sylvain as they carry on the family tradition. They have established a reputation for quality that is unsurpassed.


Wine World is proud to be able to offer you to opportunity to own your own bottle of this Delord 25 Ans Bas-Armagnaceaux-de-vie. Aged for a minimum of 25 years, it has been called France's most natural and complex brandy. 

 

Delord Bas-Armagnac "25 Ans d'Age" - $79.99:  Elegant on the nose with peppery and spicy notes, it is the palate upon which this Armagnac will unveil its true self with a complexity of cocoa and spices, well blended tannins, vanilla, walnut and cinnamon. Its finish is long and silky with a delightful biscuity essence. Simply a great Bas-Armagnac eau-de-vie! 
 

If you're a fan of great brandies, then you are the person we were considering when the decision was made to offer this world class Armagnac on our shelves!

 

Ask one of our friendly, courteous sales associates to show it to you on your next visit!

 

Now Arriving!

  

It's that time of year again!

   

It's Pumpkin Beer Time Again

 

Check out the early arrivals, and keep checking back as the selections will only continue to grow!

 

New From Hobo Wines

  

Hobo Wines

 

2013 "Parts & Labor"

Rhône Blend

 

It is a simple mission.

 

The ideas and preferences about wine are always changing, but at Hobo Wine Co. the core and root of what excites them is a constant. The possibility for wine to create community, to be history, to tell a story, and to transcend time and place is what enchants, captivates, and inspires!

 

Wines that achieve these ethereal qualities are produced by craftsmen/women with an artisan approach to growing grapes and making wines. They are Vignerons who raise their vines and wines with great thought and patience and understanding. And they are able to instill their wines with personality and character and a sense of place.

 

Though techniques vary somewhat from wine to wine, vineyard to vineyard, and vintage to vintage, the basic approach is consistent. Hobo believes in unforced wines... in making the best wine possible.

 

But there are lines they are not willing to cross. They believe in minimal processing as a goal, but modern winemaking as an option. Stylistically, they strive for balance above all else, but varietal and geographical distinction are also goals.

 

While Hobo founder Kenny Likitprakong has no vineyards of his own, environmental sensitivity is important to him. He establishes relationships with likeminded growers in many areas of California, and sources his fruit - much of it organic, all of it responsibly farmed - from them. He then ships it to his winery in Santa Rosa.

 

He says that for a long time he has been wanting to produce a red wine that would fit into the idea of what the California version of a French bistro wine might be - light on its feet, great with food, fun and easy to drink, and almost above all else, affordable.


We believe he may have achieved that goal with a new wine released under his "Folk Machine" line of wines. Hobo Wines actually produces five distinct labels. This line was created in 2005 primarily as a home for his Pinot Noir stylings, but over the years it has become the main venue for his more esoteric line of wines.

 

It's the perfect place for his new...

 

"Parts & Labor" Red Blend - $16.99:  As the name implies, this wine seems almost simplistic in the makeup of its basic "parts", while the artisan "labor" shows through in its single greatest attribute - balance!

 

This premier vintage is a wonderful blend of Rhône varietals, all from in Mendocino County. It is made of 35% Carignane from 100 year old organically farmed vines planted in Redwood Valley, 20% Grenache from McDowell Valley, and 45% Syrah from the biodynamically farmed Vecino Vineyard in Potter Valley. 

 

Carignane is a grape with high acid and tannins, and offers some wonderfully vinous and vegetal aromas, particularly when from these older vines. Although it is not the dominant component of this wine, it does form the backbone, setting the structural framework with lots of plum and blackberry notes.

 

Add to this frame just the right amount of spicy Grenache to lighten the mood and tame those tannins a bit. The sweetness of this grape also works to rein in some of the earthier aspects of the Carignane while adding a touch of strawberry and black cherry that further adds complexity to the mixture.

 

Then tying it all together, the amazing ability of Syrah to add a sense of place, depth and beauty is brought to bear as the majority "part" of the overall blend. While adding body and softening the tannins just another touch, it brings a peppery spice goodness that entwines the other parts in a ballet of impeccable balance between acids, tannins, tastes and textures.

 

In tasting this wine for the first time, I was struck by how delicate it is, and was then amazed by the way the various parts unveil themselves, as if slowly stripping away layer after layer of flavor - first the red fruits... strawberry, raspberry, cherry... followed by darker currant, plum and blackberries, while the spice notes remain as the constant thread connecting one layer to the next.

 

It was lighter than I expected from the deep color, and quite lively, kept alert by bright acids, and yet the structure was undeniable with tannins that, though present, were not at all astringent or overbearing.

 

A subtle earthy, leathery backnote was the intro to a medium length finish that certainly left me smiling! It's hard to believe all of this is going on in a California Rhône style blend for under $20!

 

The sad part of this tale is that, as is the case with most of Hobo's wines, production was extremely limited. Only 900 cases were produced, and word on this one has gotten out quickly. 

 

Elizabeth is trying to lay in as much as she can get her hands on because quite simply stated, Kenny hit a home run on this one!  We don't expect it to last very long, and we're going to miss this one when it's gone!

 

So we'd like to suggest that you give it a try, and once you confirm for yourself what we already know, set a few bottles aside to share with special friends and for special times. 

 

Parts and Labor Label 

 

 
 

 

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