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January 31, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for Jan 31/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:36 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2018 Castello Banfi Aska Bolgheri Rosso (Tuscany, Italy) – $22.49, regularly $27.49.

Castello Banfi dating from the early 1910’s is a family-owned vineyard estate and winery located in the Brunello region of Tuscany. This award-winning estate was founded on the philosophy of blending tradition with innovation, and is recognized as a pioneer in elevating the standards of Italian winemaking.

The Aska is their venture into the Bolgheri realm. From this now famous coastal region (home of several top-drawer Super Tuscans), this is a wine since 2012 made with mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and some Cabernet Franc (no Sangiovese), this is a deep ruby red with violet reflections, with a bouquet of red berries, blueberries and plum jam that are followed by hints of tobacco and licorice. Finishes with a well rounded, velvety tannins and a persistent finish.

Dedication to excellence has won the approval of aficionados the world over. Capturing honor after prestigious honor, Castello Banfi is a constellation of single vineyards encompassing over three dozen varying subsoils. While famous for their Brunello’s, the Super Tuscans are now coming to the fore. Try the Aska, it is well priced for a Super-Tuscan!

2018 Banfi Aska Bolgheri Rosso (Tuscany, Italy) – $22.49 (regularly $27.49)

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January 29, 2022

2018 Bordeaux Petit Chateaux – In Bottle Release

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:02 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

The 2018 Bordeaux vintage is the first of a trio of legendary vintages, with 2019 arriving next year, and 2020 the year after that. Only one other time has Bordeaux had a trio of great vintages – it was 1988, 1989 and 1990. Many of you purchased futures for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 trio and it will serve you well down the road – what an intriguing theme it will be to taste these 3 vintages in a single evening.. Here is our first release of the Petit Chateaux from the 2018 vintage. Look out for the 2018 Grand Cru Classe in a little while..

Pictured left to right:

2018 Château Carlmagnus (Bordeaux – Fronsac, France) – $44.99
2018 Château Siran (Bordeaux – Margaux, France) – $79.99
2018 Château Poesia Grand Cru Classé (Bordeaux – St. Emilion, France) – $84.99
2018 Château d’Aiguilhe (Bordeaux – Cotes de Castillon, France) – $61.99
2018 Château Puy-Blanquet Grand Cru (Bordeaux – St. Emilion, France) – $53.99
Other available Petit Chateaux:

2018 Château Gloria (Bordeaux – St. Julien, France) – $99.99
2018 Château Labegorce (Bordeaux – Margaux, France) – $84.99
2018 Château Fombrauge (Bordeaux – St. Emilion, France) – $77.99
2018 Château Dalem (Bordeaux – Fronsac, France) – $65.99
2018 Château Alcee (Bordeaux – Castillon – Cotes de Bordeaux, France) – $49.99
2018 Château Puygueraud (Bordeaux – Cotes de Francs, France) – $45.99
2018 Château Larrivaux (Bordeaux – Haut-Medoc, France) – 44.99
2018 Château Civrac Lagrange Cuvee Plaisir (Bordeaux – Graves, France) – $24.99
2018 Château de Camarsac Bordeaux Supérieur (Bordeaux, France) – $23.99
2018 Château Canada (Bordeaux, France) – $22.99
2018 Château Le Grand Verdus Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Bordeaux Superieur (Bordeaux – Entre-Deux-Mers, France) – $21.99

Happy shopping everyone!!

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January 24, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for Jan 24/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:11 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2020 Romain Duvernay Cotes du Rhone Blanc (Rhone Valley) – $15.49, regularly $18.99.

The Duvernay family trace their history back to 1904 and over the years have become one of the most reliable and well-known wine growers in the Rhône, supplying the best part of the base wine for the Côtes-du-Rhônes of many famous producers, including the famous house Guigal.

Based at Châteauneuf-du-Pape with his father Roland, Romain Duvernay decided that the quality of fruit he was sourcing was so good that he would rather keep the best parcels and produce wine under his own label so in 1998, the Domaine Romain Duvernay was created.

One such wine they produce is the bargain and Best Bang white offered this week – it is made from 40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne, and 30% Viognier, the classic trio of grapes in a CdR or CdP white. This is both exotic and fresh with citrus fruit and a slightly oily texture. The palate has a litte creamy texture and superb balance with a vibrant acidity and a long minerally finish. Pairs very well with seafood, white meats, salads, and risottos. A super deal that was featured in our Best Bang for the Buck case over Xmas. Grab some quickly.

2020 Romain Duvernay Cotes du Rhone Blanc (Rhone Valley, France) – $15.49 (regularly $18.99)

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January 17, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for Jan 17/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:02 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2015 Agricola Domodimonti Il Messa Rosso (Marches, Italy) – $25.49, regularly $31.99.

Agricola Domodimonti is a young winery that began in 2003 – located in Domodimonti is a red wine from the region of Le Marche, in the Municipality of Montefiore Dell’Aso, in the Province of Ascoli Piceno, a natural and magical place that, thanks to their history, extraordinary beauty and its people, still possesses traditional values of the land.

This wine is a blend of 2 varietals which are Merlot and Montepulciano, a naturally made red wine full of blackberries and dark red fruits that finds a balance between acidity and tannins. The soil is both clayey and calcareous giving the wine a minerally edge. Southern exposure and 200m above sea level ensure perfect ripening of grapes yet expresses the history and land that it comes from. This wine generally goes well with grilled beef or veal.

2015 Agricola Domodimonti Il Messa Rosso (Marches, Italy) – $25.49 (regularly $31.99)

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January 10, 2022

Special Anniversary Armagnacs Ending in ‘2’

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:14 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

In the early 1970’s, Francis Darroze hunted throughout the Gascony countryside for the best barrels of Armagnacs from various estates. In more than 40 years, the Darroze Collection grew and today there is a very impressive selection of 250 different Armagnacs from 30 properties spanning more than 50 vintages. Francis’ son Marc, a trained oenologist takes care of the Armagnac aging today.

Bas Armagnac is a region in southwest France near Gascony, is one of three plantation areas in the Armagnac area where grapes for the distillation of the Armagnac eau-de-vie can be cultivated. This distinctive brandy is distilled from grapes Colombard, Ugni Blanc and Baco 22A. Volume of production is much smaller than the more famous Cognac region. Armagnac is only distilled once (versus twice in Cognac’s), and is the oldest brandy distilled in France, and in the past was consumed for its therapeutic benefits.

While the law required a minimum of ten years of aging in oak barrels, Darroze will wait 15 or more years before releasing. deVine did a special order for the Darroze Collection of single estate and single vintage Bas Armagnacs for your consideration. Most of the vintages we’ve selected are those vintages where wine at a world wide level were not as successful, so as to provide vintage dated spirits for those hard to find birthyears. Thus we have five bottlings ending with the year of 2 for those turning 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 in 2022. Very limited availability on these, so grab while supply lasts.

1962 Francis Darroze Chateau de Gaube 55 Year Old (France) – $569.99

1972 Francis Darroze Domaine de Busquet 44 Year (France) – $279.99

1982 Francis Darroze Domaine de Bouillon 35 Year (France) – $209.99

1992 Francis Darroze Domaine Lassalle 25 Year (France) – $164.99

2002 Francis Darroze Domaine de Paguy 17 Year Old (France) – $149.99

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