Arrivals and New Favorites

Arrivals and New Favorites

New arrivals

Two wines from K Vintners in Walla Walla arrived this week. One of them, the 2014 Motor City Kitty Syrah is an aromatically brooding wine which brings aromas of scorched earth, smoked meat, iron, violets, orange peel and blue and black fruit. The flavors coat the palate from end to end with silky soft, unabashedly appealing fruit and savory notes. It hits the delicious gong hard, with an enduring finish. 93 Points WineEnthusiast ($35)

Smoky, gamy aromas provide an intriguing entry into the 2014 Eberle Syrah.The nose also conveys toasted blueberries, thyme, rosemary and lavender. Leathery, rustic flavors show on the palate, alongside hints of boysenberry, cracked pepper corn and roasted venison.
92 points Wine Enthusiast ($22.95) 

Aged in 25% new 165 gallon barrels, the 2014 Lafage Cotes Catalanes Nicolas is made from 100% Grenache which comes from the rolling hills and gravel soils in Southern France. The Nicholas represents an incredible value, boasting fabulous notes of black raspberry, licorice and crushed violets to go with medium-bodied richness, fine tannin and a supple, pretty profile on the palate. This is far from an over the-top fruit bomb and it has real class and elegance. Buy it by the case and drink it over the coming 2-3 years. 92 points Wine Advocate ($15)

The 2015 St. Cosme Cotes du Rhone is ripe with vivid blueberry and boysenberry fruit, harnessed on the back end by a bold graphite edge. Anise and violet notes add range. #43 on the Top 100 for Wine Spectator ($16.95)

We also got #51 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 to share. The 2013 La Montesa Rioja is a cheerful wine, with an indescribable vitality. Full of Mediterranean orchard fruit aromas including nectarines, pomegranates and oranges, the palate' contains vibrant and rich flavors of stone fruits, discrete spice and a vibrant chalky minerality'. Perfect when enjoyed by-the-glass on its own, La Montesa's multi-faceted flavor profile will pair well with any kind of cuisine. A blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo, Mazuelo. ($21)