Father’s Day Gift Ideas and Upcoming Events!

 

With Father’s Day fast approaching, are you still stumped on what to get dear old dad? Perhaps you should consider shopping our selection of great whiskies!
Highlights include:

Macallan Rare Cask – $299.99
Macallan 18 – $219.99
Macallan 15 – $99.99
Macallan 12 – $61.99

Glenmorangie 25 $499.99
Jefferson’s Ocean – $124.99
Jefferson’s Small Batch – $39.99
Jefferson’s Manhattan Cask Finished – $42.99
George T. Stagg Jr. – $49.99
Whistle Pig 10-Year – $70.99
Whistle Pig Boss Hog – $179.99
Crown Royal 75th Anniversary – $41.99 
Crown Royal Rye – $44.99
If dad’s not a big fan of whiskey, find below a list of our top picks for wine – or stop in and ask for a personal recommendation!
Belle Glos Pinot Noir Las Alturas 2013 – $39.99 Wine Spectator 93
Calera De Villiers Pinot Noir 2011 – $44.99 Wine Advocate 94
Calera Jensen 2012 – $84.99
Domaine du Pavillon Pommard Clos des Ursulines 2012 – $74.99
Chateau Corton Grancey 2005 – $149.99 Wine Spectator 92
Domaine Armand Rousseau Mazy Cambertin 2011 – $299.99 Wine Advocate 91
Lail Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – $69.99 Wine Advocate 93
Lail J Daniel Cuvee 2011 – $149.99 Antonio Galloni 94
Stags Leap Cask 23 2012 – $269.99 Wine Advocate 97-100
Lail J Daniel Cuvee 2012 – $299.99 Wine Advocate 100
Merus Cabernet 2008 – $99.99 Wine Advocate 93
Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – $79.99 Antonio Galloni 94
Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Magnum – $159.99 Wine Advocate 96
Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2009 Magnum – $174.99 Wine Advocate 96+
Chateau de Sales 2009 – $34.99 Tanzer 90
Pagode de Cos 2009 – $87.99 Wine Advocate 94
Chateau Gloria 2010 – $65.99 Wine Advocate 93
Pagode de Cos 2009 – $39.99 Wine Advocate 94
Domaine de Chevalier 2010 – $124.99 Wine Advocate 95
Chateau Pontet Canet 2010 Magnum – $399.99 Wine Advocate 100

Don’t forget to check out our craft beer offerings as well! Looking for cigars, too? We’ve just restocked our case with some of our favorite fine cigars! You’ll be sure to find something for dad here at Bellevue Wine & Spirits.

Save the Date! Tasting with Smith-Madrone, The Daily Meal’s 2014 Winery of the Year, on Wednesday, June 24, from 5-7pm.Stu Smith founded Smith-Madrone 45 years ago on top of Spring Mountain (in St. Helena, of northern Napa Valley), and it is an entirely estate-vineyard winery, meaning that it only uses grapes produced there. Stu is considered a pioneer in dry farming, which has become a ‘hot’ topic, given California’s drought situation. You can learn a bit more about Stu’s approach by watching these Youtube videos: one, two.

As always, you must make a reservation to attend; please do so by either calling the store (401.846.7993) or by replying to this e-mail. There will be a small fee of $5 to attend the tasting, which can be applied to any in-store purchase. More details to follow. We hope you’ll join us!

 

Last Day to Vote in RI Monthly’s “Best of RI” Poll + Upcoming Tasting with Möet et Chandon!

Last call! If Bellevue Wine & Spirits is your favorite wine shop in Newport, we hope you’ll take the time to vote for us in RI Monthly’s Annual “Best of RI” Readers’ Poll.
Today’s the last day to vote! 

Follow this link to vote. Thank you for all your support!


And, if you have an extra minute or two to spare, we’d love it if you could also nominate us for best liquor store in Newport Mercury’s Love Awards! Follow this link to vote! Thanks again!

 

Save the Date!
Tasting with
Moet et Chandon
on Tuesday, May 12!

from 5:30 to 7:30pmFeaturing Moet Ice, Moet Imperial, Moet Rose, Moet Vintage, & Moet Vintage Blanc. We hope you’ll join us! More details to follow.

Great Wines: Selections from California’s 2012 Harvest

If Bellevue Wine & Spirits is your favorite wine shop in Newport, we hope you’ll take the time to vote for us in RI Monthly’s Annual “Best of RI” Readers’ Poll. Follow this link to vote. Thank you for all your support!


Great Buys: Highlights from California’s Extraordinary 2012 Harvest

The 2012 Harvest in California was superb and well-deserved after a very difficult and short vintage in 2011 and short vintages in 2009 and 2010. We will be purchasing heavily on the 2012 vintage and suggest you do the same. Many years ago while working for a wholesaler in CT, I purchased heavily on the 1985 vintage Cabernet, Merlot, and blends. I still have many in my cellar and they are still stunning wines. We will be opening some 1985 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Bosche and Sycamore at Fluke on April 17 where we will be enjoying all of their current release wines also. Last year we had a Heitz Wine Cellars dinner at Fluke and I opened up a couple bottles of the Napa Valley Cabernet and Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet, both were superb. It can’t be denied that the best California wines age beautifully.

The wine critics are all in agreement on the 2012 vintage and also already raving about the 2013 vintage. The Wine Advocate rates the 2012 vintage 96 out of 100. Many wines were scored in the 90’s and there are 100 point wines to be found including some we will have to offer. The Wine Spectator’s James Laube raves about the 2012 vintage in Napa:

“Winemakers in Napa Valley were not only elated by the quality and quantity of the 2012 harvest, but a few see a level of excellence that supersedes past vintages, going back decades. “2012 will be a new high-water mark for Napa and California,” said Chuck Wagner of Caymus, who celebrated his 40th harvest in Rutherford. “I’d say that it is likely that many vintners have made their best wines ever.” Celia Welch of Corra echoed that sentiment. “The vines appeared so beautifully balanced that even some veteran growers were fooled by the size of the crop load. If the vintage presented a challenge, it was one of logistics,” she said, as in, “where can we put all of the fruit above and beyond what we had planned for?”

No growing season is easy, but 2012 presented few challenges. A mild spring led to a good fruit set. Summer and fall brought warm temperatures, but no heat waves. All the fruit enjoyed a long, slow ripening. Early indications are that Cabernets will be dark, rich and ageworthy, inviting comparisons with 2001, 2002 and 2007. “The saturation of color is amazing; the wines are almost black,” said Jeff Ames of Rudius and Tor. “The Bordeaux varieties are all heavy with tannins but it is sweet tannins and not drying at all.”

“Skins appeared to be pretty thick so I’m guessing it will be a high-structure year even with the bigger crop,” said Thomas Brown, owner of Rivers Marie and winemaker for a dozen wineries, including Outpost and Schrader. “The one thing we know for sure is there will be plenty of wine for everyone – a really nice change after the last two years”
-James Laube

Could this be comparable to the 2009 and 2010 vintages in Bordeaux? Both superb vintages and collectors, consumers, and even Hedge Fund companies around the world bought in as much as they could. Don’t miss out on your chance to purchase some stunning wines from this historic vintage. 

Please find below a few bargain wines from this vintage that we have in the store already, followed by a few premium wines available now, and a sample of those that we have coming in the future.
Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2012 – $12.99
In 1999, Agustin Huneeus developed nearly 700 acres along the Estrella River benchland in Paso Robles, nearly 400 acres of which is Cabernet Sauvignon for the Esatncia Cabernet program. This emerging region is ideal for producing grapes that result in complex and delicious Cabernet Sauvignon displaying intense dark fruit flavors followed by a long, rich finish. I had the pleasure of working with Agustin as his broker for Connecticut and Rhode Island at the time. The 2012’s aromas of ripe, dark black cherry, chocolate and currant complement the spicy peppery notes and hints of toasted sweet oak. Flavors of jammy dark fruit are accompanied by soft velvety tannins, followed with a long, rich finish.
…We also recommend…
Estancia Merlot, North Coast 2012 – $11.99
Aromas of intense, concentrated dark fruit, blueberry pie, and blackberry compote. On the palate, soft fleshy fruit, cherry cola, with a pleasant, lingering finish of toasty vanilla.
Irony Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast 2012 – $16.99
Opens with enticing aromas of boysenberry, black cherry and cassis, with a hint of cedar notes. This medium-bodied wine delivers dark berry flavors, mixed with layers of chocolate covered black cherries and baking spice.

 

Simi Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 2012 – $19.99
Aromas of baking spices, hints of cedar, chocolate and toasty oak notes frame bright fruit of red cherry, black plum, and cranberry. These aromas led to flavors of red plum, cassis, blackberry and cherry.

…We also recommend…
Simi Merlot, Sonoma 2012 – $14.99
Deep garnet with a ruby edge, the 2012 Simi Sonoma County Merlot has rich, dark notes of blackberry and plum with cocoa, nutmeg, and earthy hints of cedar and bay laurel. Smoky bacon notes frame bright fruit aromas into a compelling mixture of bright fruit with exotic spice and toast. Red and dark fruits play off each other with layer after luscious layer—both youthful and concentrated.

Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2012 – $29.99

The 2012 Rutherford is a beautiful representation, with notes of dusty, loamy soil, dark black cherries, black cassis, cedarwood and Christmas fruitcake. Fleshy, round and sexy, it should drink well for 8-10 years.
The following wines are among first premium California Cabernet, Merlot, and Blends from the 2012 Vintage available in store.

Freemark Abbey Merlot 2012 – $27.99
* Wine Advocate Rated 92pts *

A cross-Napa Valley blend, the 2012 Merlot is their largest cuvée (15,500 cases), and is composed of 85.2% Merlot blended with other Bordeaux varietals. Only 21% new oak is used, so the fruit component dominates. A dense plum/purple color is followed by notes of chocolate, berries, tobacco leaf, forest floor and mocha. This lush, fruit-driven, hedonistic, sensual Merlot can be drunk over the next 7-8 years.

Shafer Merlot 2012 – $59.99
* Wine Advocate Rated 90pts *
The 2012 Merlot, which comes in at 15.5% natural alcohol, is a beauty. It’s 91% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest a touch of Malbec. The wine reveals notes of black cherries, tobacco leaf, mocha and darker-berried fruit with a hint of white chocolate. It’s ripe, medium to full-bodied, but fresh, elegant and well-delineated. This beauty should drink well for a decade or more. Year in year out, this is one of the superstar wineries, not only in Napa Valley and all of California, but in the entire world.

…We also recommend…
Shafer One Point Five Cabernet 2012 – $84.99 (1.5L bottle)
* Wine Advocate Rated 94pts *
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon One Pint Five is a big-time winner, a blend of almost all Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Malbec and Petit Verdot. The wine has an opaque bluish/purple color, almost indigo, and is full-bodied with dense chocolaty crème de cassis notes, licorice and a touch of minerality. The wine has well-integrated wood, is full and seems balanced and rich enough to age for two decades or more.

Round Pond Kith & Kin Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – $34.99
Intense, with vibrant, snappy, extracted dark berry, underbrush, fresh earth, black licorice and cedar notes. Maintains focus and ends with a persistent push of flavors. Drink now through 2021.

Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa 2012 – $49.99
* Wine Advocate Rated 90-92pts *
The 2012 barrel samples I have tasted include the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, an inky-purple wine loaded with flowery black currant fruit, sweet tannins and a slightly more generous, fleshier, fatter mid-palate and finish than the 2010s. Will last 15+ years.

Frog’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2012 – $47.99
The first vintage produced entirely from estate-grown fruit; a blend of 92% Cab & 8% Cab Franc. From the winery: “Has all the hallmarks of a legendary Rutherford Cabernet: deep, cassis aromas, classic notes of ‘Rutherford Dust,’ and earthen flavors of cedar and black olive. Plush mouthfeel across the palate with velvety tannins, balanced by bright acidity and firm structure, hinting at promising years to come.”

Hall Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012 – $49.99
* Wine Spectator Rated 92pts *

Fairly rich and concentrated, with excellent depth and a range of flavor built around dark berry, mocha, espresso, cedar and tobacco notes.

Last but not least, here are just a few Wine Advocate’s highest-rated 2012 wines that we will be offering as soon as they arrive.

Lail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, J.Daniel Cuvee 2012
* Wine Advocate Rated 100pts *

Absolutely perfect and one of the monumental wines of my long tasting trip in Napa is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvée. I didn’t see this from barrel last year. Aged 20 months in 75% new French oak and representing 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from three vineyard sources: one in Calistoga, one in Oakville and one in Howell Mountain. Robin Lail and winemaker Philippe Melka hit pay dirt with a wine that has an inky purple color, an almost amazing bouquet that reminded me of 1989 Chateau Montrose when it was young. Sweet almost truffle-infused earth, graphite, forest floor, blackcurrant and black cherry notes are followed by a full-bodied wine with a hint of mocha and licorice. Superb purity, an incremental, yet full-bodied mouthfeel, and an extravagant, layered texture and finish make for the finest wine Robin Lail has produced to date at her winery. Drink it over the next 25-35 years.

Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder 2012
* Wine Advocate Rated 100pts *
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder is as compelling a Cabernet Sauvignon as one could ever hope to taste. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a high-elevation site boasts an inky/purple color, and smells of ink, blueberry liqueur, blackberries, black raspberries, mulberries, licorice, charcoal and camphor. With magnificent fruit richness, a layered, full-bodied mouthfeel, and incredible length, this seamlessly constructed 2012 should provide immense pleasure for 25+ years. Kudos to winemaker Chris Carpenter as he is clearly at the top of his game.

Verite Le Desir 2012
* Wine Advocate Rated 96-100pts *
Made from a blend of 65% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon & 3% Malbec, the 2012 Le Desir should turn out to be one of the most explosively fragrant wines in this portfolio (primarily because of the significant Cabernet Franc in the blend). Deep, dark purple color, followed by gorgeous aromas of blueberries, black raspberries, lead pencil shavings, incense and camphor. With excellent concentration, a full-bodied mouthfeel and an amazingly long finish, it should be cellared for 5-7 years, and drunk over the following three decades.

Verite La Muse 2012
* Wine Advocate Rated 96-100pts *
A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec from Bennett Valley, Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill and Knights Valley, revealing wonderful sucrosity along with a sexy, up-front perfume of plums, graphite, licorice, Christmas fruitcake, kirsch, black currants and blackberries. This big, full-bodied, opulently-styled wine will probably be the easiest to drink early on, although it needs at least 5 years in the bottle to reach its peak. It should keep for 25+ years.

Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard 2012
* Wine Advocate Rated 96-98+pts *
The flagship offering, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is a much longer-term proposition, even for a 2012. It boasts a thick-looking, dense ruby/purple color, sensational extract and richness, abundant notes of blackcurrants, blueberries, blackberries, spring flowers and forest floor, and full body. However, it pulls back before it becomes heavy or overly extracted. The finish lasts 45-50 seconds. This beauty is still in barrel, and will warrant 5-6 years of patience after its release. Like most Cabernet Sauvignons made from the Eisele Vineyard, it should keep for 25-30 years. The only difference I could find between this effort and those made by the Araujo family is that the 2012 possesses slightly more density and structure.

Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 2012
* Wine Advocate Rated 96pts *
Revealing the great blending skills of Beringer’s winemaking team, this wine is a winner. Having purchased Private Reserves for many years, I can attest that they age incredibly well. The sensational 2012 (10,000 cases) boasts an opaque purple color along with abundant aromas of charcoal, burning embers, crïme de cassis, chocolate, blackberries and licorice. The long, complex, compelling, full-bodied texture along with terrific purity and a savory, rich mouthfeel result in a classic, quintessential Napa Cabernet Sauvignon to drink now and over the next 20-25 years.

Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
* Wine Advocate Rated 96+pts *
The opaque purple-hued 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a glorious bouquet of crème de cassis, spring flowers, a Pauillac-like lead pencil note, and background new oak. The overall impression is one of restraint combined with richness. This full-bodied effort possesses good acidity and ripe tannin. It has been crafted for the long-term. The hallmarks of great Spottswoode wines are their purity and elegance combined with serious power. The 2012 has that in abundance. This youthful, reserved Cabernet will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring, and will keep for two decades or more.

Check out the menu for Fluke’s upcoming Freemark Abbey Dinner!

Just a few seats left for the Freemark Abbey dinner
at Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen on April 17th!

Will showcase current releases from Freemark Abbey, and feature a few select bottles from John’s Cellar! We’ve included the menu for your consideration. Don’t wait – call Fluke (401-849-7778) to reserve your space soon.

Menu

Jonah Crabcake
Lobster Crostini
Chardonnay 2012

Seared Scallop, Jasmine Rice, Bok Choy, Local Mushrooms, Eggplant, Chili Lime Glaze
Viognier 2012

Seared Duck Breast, Roasted Fingerlings, Spinach, Currant Sauce
Merlot 2012
Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Filet, Sirloin, Ribeye with a Trio of Sauces
Cabernet Sauvignon Bosche 1984
Cabernet Sauvignon Bosche 1985
Cabernet Sauvignon Sycamore 1985

Grilled Australian Loin Lamb Chop
Chive Mashed Potatoes, Rosemary Jus
Cabernet Sauvignon Bosche 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon Sycamore 2010

Dessert Trio
Coffee or Espresso

Our Top Picks: Wines to Pour on Easter!

Need to pick up a few bottles of wine to pour on Easter? Look no further – here’s a list of our top picks, for pairing with ham, lamb, and everything in-between!

First up: Some of our favorite Rosés and Pinot Noirs to pair with ham. These wines will also complement salmon nicely, for those of you looking for a fish option.

Whispering Angel 2014 – $19.99
The newest vintage of our best-selling rosé. Strikingly pink in color; fresh and tangy, with light strawberry jam and lemon flavors. Full, fruity, and crisp with a dry, clean finish. Always delicious.

Simi Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2010 – $19.99
Strawberry, raspberry, and cherry aromas. Bright red fruit flavors of cherry, strawberry, and hints of plum and toasty oak. Smooth and lingering in the finish. Firm tannins are nicely balanced with acidity.

Domaine du Pavillon Pommard Clos des Ursulines 2012 – $79.99
Endowed with beautiful, deep garnet color; has a fruity nose with aromas of cherry, blackcurrant and fig. Full and round on the palate, ripe and rich, but not heavy. Powerful and well-structured yet subtle and elegant, with a silky, velvety finish.
A few others, worthy of note:
Sacha Rosé 2014 – $9.99
Parallel 45 Rosé 2014 – $12.99
Le Caprice de Clementine – $14.99
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé – $19.99
Calera Rosé of Pinot Noir 2014 – $19.99
Château d’Esclans Rosé 2013 – $29.99
Château d’Esclans Les Clans Rosé – 2012 $69.99
Château d’Esclans Garrus Rosé 2012 – $89.99
Santa Carolina Pinot Noir 2013 – $9.99
Angeline Pinot Noir – $13.99
Domaine Bertrand Pinot Noir 2013 – $13.99
Louis Latour Valmoissine Pinot Noir 2012 – $14.99
Josh Pinot Noir 2013 – $16.99
HRW Pinot Noir 2013 – $19.99
Acrobat Pinot Noir 2012 – $19.99
Decoy by Duckhorn 2012 – $19.99
Flat Rock Pinot Noir 2012 – $29.99
Poseidon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 – $34.99
Truchard Pinot 2012 – $37.99
Belle Glos Las Alturas 2013 – $39.99
Armand Rousseau Charmes Chambertin 2011 – $269.99
Armand Rousseau Mazy Chambertin 2011 – $299.99

Now, for classic lamb pairings: Merlot & Merlot Blends, Carmenere, and Right Bank Bordeaux.

 

Cailin’s Cuvée 2010 – $19.99
A lush, forward-style red wine; the blend changes each vintage. The 2010 is an old vine blend of 80% Merlot from Bradford Mountain in Dry Creek, 20% Petit Sirah, and 20% Zinfandel from Mendocino. Our first vintage was 2007, the year Cailin was born. The 2010 blend was selected by John and Sheryl Callaghan, along with Chef and cookbook author, Michael Saxer. We’re confident you’ll love this wine, and it’s a great value at this price.

Famiglia Pasqua Passimento 2011 – $14.99
Following the Amarone winemaking technique of appassimento, this wine is 40% Merlot, 30% Corvina, and 30% Croatina. A lovely shade of garnet-ruby red and showing thick, luscious concentration, this wine’s aromas are one-dimensional yet lively: black cherry, brown sugar, and exotic spice steal the show.
Freemark Abbey 2012 – $27.99
A cross-Napa Valley blend, the 2012 is composed of 85.2% Merlot blended with other Bordeaux varietals. Only 21% new oak is used, so the fruit component dominates. Dense plum, purple color followed by notes of chocolate, berries, tobacco leaf, forest floor, and mocha. A lush, fruit-driven, hedonistic, sensual Merlot.
Be sure to try these, too!
Santa Carolina Carmenere 2013 – $9.99
Estancia Merlot 2012 – $10.99
Cormons Merlot 2011 – $11.99
Simi Merlot 2012 – $14.99
Château La Croix Bayard Montagne St. Emilion 2009 – $17.99
Flora Springs Merlot 2011 – $21.99
Château La Tour du Pas St. Georges-St. Emilion 2010 – $21.99
Château Lafleur Vauzelle Lalande de Pomerol 2009 – $27.99
Château Rouzes Moulinet Pomerol 2009 – $39.99
Emmolo Merlot from Caymus 2011 – $59.99
Shafer Merlot 2012 – $59.99
Please note that we will be CLOSED on Easter Sunday! We hope that you have a wonderful day with your family and friends.

Couldn’t make it to our recent tastings? Here’s what you missed!

On March 22nd, we had another great tasting of Sacha Lichine’s Château D’Esclans wines, with their great representative and our good friend, Patty Allen. Sheryl’s house-cured Gravlax was an exemplary pairing with the Rosés, and we also had cheese from Milk & Honey with Sacha Rouge and Château Trois Moulins Bordeaux. All were great, but the unexpected big hit was the Sacha Blanc – a fantastic white wine, value priced at just $9.99!

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Patty Allen shows off a bottle of Château d’Esclans Garrus Rosé

And, on March 29th, we held an Easter tasting, where we paired ham and lamb – prepared by Sheryl, of course! – with an incredible selection of wines. No matter personal preference, we had something for every palate, and poured over twenty wines. If you still haven’t picked up wine for your Easter dinner, stay tuned for some recommendations – we’ll be posting a list of our favorites tomorrow.

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John pours a glass of Famiglia Pasqua Passimento, one of our recent favorites

Our next tasting is perhaps one of our most anticipated: Greek Easter! Held on Greek Easter, April 12th, we will be serving Sheryl’s moussaka with some of our best wines. This is not one you want to miss! Details to follow.

96-100 Point Joseph Phelps Insignia

Place your orders now for this legendary Napa Valley wine.  This Pre-Release price will be our lowest price for the offering of this stunning wine.  It will arrive in September but place your order now before it sells out.

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2012

Joseph Phelps flagship wines include the incredibly ageworthy Insignia. The 2012 Insignia Proprietary Red is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, all aged 24 months in 100% new French oak. The vintage was of such high quality and quantity that 17,500 cases were produced. A magnificent Insignia that will be bottled in several months, it boasts an opaque purple color as well as fabulous notes of graphite, blackberries, blackcurrant liqueur, camphor, barbecue smoke and spice box. Rich, full-bodied and opulent with plenty of tannin and structure lurking beneath the extravagant generosity of fruit, this stunning 2012 should drink well for 25-30+ years.This venerable winery continues to turn out a bevy of impressive wines in both 2012 and 2013.
eRobertParker.com #215
Oct 2014
Robert M. Parker, Jr. (96-100) Drink: 2014 – 2045
Pre-Release Price 750 ml $209.99  Regular Price $239.99
Pre-Rease Price Magnum $424.99  Regular Price $489.99

Celebrate St. Joseph’s Day with these Italian Wines!

Happy St. Joseph’s Day!
We might not have Zeppole, but we do have a great selection of Italian wines for pairing with every course of your Italian meal, from aperitivo to dolce! Some of our favorites are featured below – hope you enjoy them!


Cormons Friuli Isonzo Pinot Grigio 2011
$16.99 |
Sale $11.99

This DOC Isonzo Pinot Grigio presents fruity aromas of chamomile, banana, pineapple, and rennet apples. It has a refined taste that is mellow, with flavors of almond and hazelnut. This white wine can be served as an aperitif and with antipasti in general; also with cold cuts and white meats. It rests for 6-7 months on its own yeasts in large, oval-shaped oak barrels of three different essences.

Famiglia Pasqua Passimento 2011
$16.99 |
Sale $14.99
*Eligible for 10% case discount!*
Following the Amarone winemaking technique of appassimento, this wine is 40% Merlot, 30% Corvina, and 30% Croatina. You would think that air-dried Merlot would be over the top, but this expression is reigned in by the natural freshness of the two indigenous grapes. A lovely shade of garnet-ruby red and showing thick, luscious concentration, this wine’s aromas are one-dimensional yet lively: black cherry, brown sugar, and exotic spice steal the show. Drink 2014-2018.

Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2010
*R. Parker Rated 98pts!*

$84.99 | Sale $79.99
Coming Soon! Call to reserve a bottle now – we WILL sell out!A striking wine that shows uncompromising varietal pureness, albeit in a most concentrated and elaborate form; there’s so much happening on the nose and the wine brings you to cherry, spice, licorice, cured meat, pressed rose and grilled meat in equal measure. No one element overpowers the next. The mouthfeel is bright with the kind of fruit intensity that promises long cellar aging. Never have I encountered a Il Poggione Brunello as beautiful as the one released this year. This is one of the highest expressions of Sangiovese you will ever taste. The longer the wine stays in the glass, the more it offers in terms of complexity and intensity.This Brunello is only at the beginning of a long road ahead – a true standout that can be enjoyed for up to 20 years ahead.

Here are some others we highly recommend:

Barone Fini Pinot Grigio 2013 – $12.99 | Sale $9.99
Pasqua Amarone – $44.99 | Sale $33.99
Cormons Refosco 2011 – $16.99 | Sale $11.99
Ceretto Barbaresco 2007 *R. Parker Rated 93pts* – $89.99 | Sale $79.99
Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2010 *R. Parker Rated 95pts* – $59.99
Poggio Antico Brunello Alturo 2003 *Wine Spectator Rated 91pts* – $79.99 | Sale $59.99
Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2006 *Wine Advocate Rated 94pts* – $79.99 | Sale $49.99


Please check out two of our favorite Italian cocktail recipes below!

Negroni Cocktail
1oz. Gin
1oz. Campari
1oz. Sweet Red Vermouth
Stir in glass & serve on the rocks
Garnish with orange peel
Aperol Fizz
1oz. Aperol
4oz. Merum Prosecco
Stir in glass & serve on the rocks
Garnish with orange slice

Tasting Event this Sunday, with Château d’Esclans!

 

We’re celebrating spring’s arrival with a tasting!

This Sunday, March 22nd, from 2pm to 4pm, we’ll be showcasing Château d’Esclans portfolio of wines with the help of Patty Allen. Patty is one of our favorite and most knowledgeable suppliers to work with; she is a representative for Sacha Lichine, of the legendary wine-making family from Bordeaux. We will be featuring the newly-released Whispering Angel Rosé 2014 – our best-selling rosé in 2014 – along with reserve rosés (Château d’Esclans Rosé 2013, Les Clans 2012, and Garrus 2012), the Château Les Trois Croix Bordeaux 2010, and Sacha Lichine Rosé, White, and Red, as well. As always, Sheryl will prepare some delicious food pairings, too – we’ll be serving house-cured Grav Lax and cheeses from Milk & Honey. We hope you’ll join us!

The cost to attend the class is $5 per person, which will be applied to any in-store purchase. Reservations are required for all our in-store classes, as space is limited. Please call us at the store, (401) 846-7993, or reply to this email to confirm your attendance. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We are happy to announce that one of our favorites, the Finca el Origen Reserva Malbec, is on sale again – for $10.99 and eligible for our 10% case discount ($9.89/bottle). Rated 91 points by Wine Enthusiast and called a “Best Value” by Wine Spectator, this is a wine that we love and highly recommend – and our customers keep coming back for it, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE!
We will also be hosting our Easter tasting on Sunday, March 29th, and our annual “Greek Easter” tasting – with Sheryl’s now-famous Moussaka – will be on Sunday, April 12th. More details to follow!
& Don’t Forget…

…Upcoming Freemark Abbey Dinner at Fluke!…

Will include current releases from Freemark Abbey, and feature 1985 Bosché & Sycamore Cabernet from John’s Cellar! Limited to twenty guests, so be sure to reserve your space soon!
Friday, April 17th – At Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen

Warm(er) Weather – Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

Going to be in Newport for St. Patrick’s Day?

We have everything you need! For beer, pick from Guinness Stout, Guinness Extra, Harp, Killian’s Irish Red, Newport Storm Spring Irish Red – the official beer sponsor of the Newport Parade – & Magner’s Irish Cider, too. Of course, we also have an extensive selection of Irish whiskey, including Jameson, Jameson 18-yr, Red Breast, Powers, Bushmills, & more – including our best choice, West Cork, bargain-priced at $18.99. If neither beer nor whiskey is your cup of tea, we’ve got popular Irish liqueurs & creams like Tullamore Dew, Celtic Crossing, Irish Mist, Bailey’s, & Carolans. And while Ireland is not known for its wine, we have plenty of wine produced by owners or wine makers of Irish descent, including John Callaghan’s own Gloria’s Old Vines & Cailin’s Cuvée. Be sure to stop by before or after the parade!


Another wine we want to share with you is this superb value from Veneto: the Famiglia Pasqua Passimento 2011.

Pasqua is a household name in Italy and I am always surprised by how little attention it gets in the US. An IGT wine that follows the Amarone winemaking technique of appassimento, the 2011 Famiglia Pasqua Passimento is 40% Merlot, 30% Corvina, and 30% Croatina. You would think that air-dried Merlot would be over the top, but this expression is reigned in by the natural freshness of the two indigenous grapes. The wine is a lovely shade of garnet-ruby red and shows thick, luscious concentration. Its aromas are one-dimensional but very lively: black cherry, brown sugar, and exotic spice steal the show. Drink 2014-2018. *At just $14.99, plus a 10% 6-bottle case discount, this wine is not to be missed!*

The label features graffiti from “Juliet’s Wall,” found in Pasqua’s hometown of Verona. The wall is named for Verona’s most storied lovers – Romeo & Juliet. Thousands of love messages from every corner of the world, any religion, any culture, have been inscribed on this wall, with new lovers adding their messages every day, immortalizing their sentiments.

 


Tasting with Pablo Piccolo
from Bodega Catena Zapata
at The Chanler’s Spiced Pear Restaurant
Sunday, March 15, beginning at 1:00pm
Advance reservations required; please call (401) 847-2244.

Catena, founded in 1902 by Italian immigrants in Argentina, was truly responsible for putting Malbec on the map around the world. It has existed for many years as a blending grape in Bordeaux, but the early Catena family felt strongly about its possibilities in the Mendoza region of Argentina. In 2001, Laura, a fourth-generation member of the Catena family, took over Research & Development for the winery. She led a plant by plant selection of the top Malbec lots in their high altitude vineyards. The result were three spectacular new Malbecs of incredible quality. Try one of Catena’s Malbecs at this Tasting Event!

$98.00 per person (excludes tax & gratuity)

Bellevue Wine & Spirits will offer discounted pricing on Catena wines for attendees.


SAVE THE DATE!
…For an upcoming Freemark Abbey Dinner…
Including current releases from Freemark Abbey, and featuring 1985 Bosche & Sycamore Cabernet from John’s Cellar! Limited to twenty guests, so be sure to reserve your space soon!
Friday, April 17th – At Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen
More details to follow!