Last-Minute Vino Gifts!

VINO GIFT IDEA #1

“DOS CLOS” Priorat Gift Pak
What’s better than a Priorat? Two high-scoring Priorats. Here’s a stunning gift for the aficionado of Spanish wine and the compelling reds of Priorat. The DOS CLOS are presented in a black carrier box with ribbon ready for gifting. Special price for this two-pack is $272! Save 15%!

2013 CLOS MOGADOR Priorat 98 pts. $100
“In one of the best vintages in Priorat, the 2013 reveals depth, elegance and incipient complexity. This blend of 40% Garnacha (from 80-year-old vines), 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Syrah offers a highly-perfumed bouquet of ripe berries, candied flowers and incense. Juicy, focused and pure, with sappy black raspberry and blueberry flavors. The extremely long, mineral-driven finish reveals silky tannins, and outstanding clarity. A remarkable Clos Mogador. 98 pts.” – Wine Advocate

2014 CLOS ERASMUS Priorat 97 pts. $220
“True to place and vintage, Clos Erasmus is better than ever. There is a little more Syrah in the blend of the 2014, where it reached around 30% to complement the majority of Garnacha. This vintage really blossoms with a mixture of violets, earth, smoky meat and black raspberries. The palate is medium to full-bodied with terrific balance and elegance combined with inner strength. This is simply terrific. 97 pts.” -Wine Advocate

VINO GIFT IDEA #2

What’s the next best thing to a cliff-side table in Positano? The wines that were in your glass, of course. The MARISA CUOMO estate on the spectacular Amalfi Coast in Furore is legendary for its old-vine, indigenous whites and reds. This duo of red and white is a most welcome gift during winter’s coldest and darkest days. Special price for this two-pack is $106.25! Save 15%!

2015 MARISA CUOMO Fiorduva Costa d’Amalfi $75
Their flagship wine is considered one of Italy’s top ten white wines. The native grapes used to make the wine —Ripoli, Fenile and Ginestra— are rare varieties found only along this sun-kissed coastline. An exceptionally rich and concentrated “winter white,” dense and smooth on the palate with enticing aromas of peach, lime and ginger and rich ripe stone fruit flavors and carmelized notes. Finishes very long and fresh.

2012 MARISA CUOMO Ravello Rosso Riserva $50
A blend of 50-50 Aglianico and Piedirosso, this beautiful expression does a great job of presenting red berry aromas of cherry and blackberry that are contrasted against marine notes of salt and white mineral. These diverse characteristics flow together in unison. The wine’s appearance is glossy and darkly saturated, and the mouthfeel is powered by firm structure, rich concentration and spicy oak. Seamless, long finish.

VINO GIFT IDEA #3

REMEMBER 2005? Patriots won the Super Bowl, Tiger Woods won the Masters and British Open, Hurricane Katrina unleased its fury on New Orleans, and YouTube made its debut. Vintages’ Eric & Carolyn visited Barolo & Barbaresco during the harvest. 2005 was also a memorable vintage for most of France. While much of the wine was snapped up upon release, VINTAGES is offering a duo of 2005 Cabernet-based wines for a compelling comparison. Special price for this two pack is $131.75!  Save 15%!

2005 DOM. de TREVALLON Apilles IGP $80 (Provence, France)
Shipped directly from the estate cellar this year, this 2005 Trevallon promises to be spectacular. This unique and rebellious blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from Provence planted in the limestone rock walls of the Apilles mountains offers transporting aromas of the provencal garrigue, and generous fruit with ripe, velvety tannins that promise a long life.

2005 CHATEAU de CAMENSAC $75 Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux
Fifth-growth Château Camensac lies just over the border of St-Julien. The 65-hectare vineyard is planted to 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot. After some decades of relative obscurity, the wine is now widely regarded as one to watch, combining structure and suppleness while showing plenty of deep blackcurrant. The 2005 has the generous fruit and structure of the vintage with an emphasis on sweet cherry fruit with chewy tannins.  “A silky and fruity wine with currants and spices. Medium body, fine tannins. Very good indeed.” – WS

VINO GIFT IDEA #3

Rock-out with two 2013 Barolos Rocche!
2013 is yet another lucky vintage for the Piedmont region of Italy! Barolo, like Burgundy, features many distinctive vineyards including the two “Rocches,” – one the premier cru of La Morra with great intensity and strength, and the elegant, sensual Rocche from Castiglione di Falletto. A revealing comparison of how nebbiolo expresses the terroir of Barolo! Special price for this two pack is $165.75! Save 15%!

2013 RENATO RATTI Barolo Rocche dell’ Annunziata 95 pts. $100 (La Morra, Barolo)
Rocche dell’Pietro Ratti carries on the impressive legacy of his legendary father, Renato. His 2013 Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata is aged in smaller wood and barrique for a robust and opulent style. Beautifully redolent of dark cherry and spice with lingering notes of balsam and herb that add focus to the wine’s already fragrant bouquet. 95 pts.” — WA

2013 BROVIA Barolo Rocche di Castiglione $95
“The 2013 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione is powerful and surprisingly dense and rich. Sweet floral notes meld into a core of succulent red-fleshed fruit. This is a surprisingly ample, richly textured Rocche with huge density, creaminess and body, all qualities that are not often seen in Barolos from this site. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, mint, wild flowers and blood orange give the wine its distinctive signatures. Today, the 2013 impresses for its mid-palate depth, aromatic intensity and racy personality. 97 pts.” – Vinous

All gifts are packed in a black two-pack finished with a big, red bow! Call 978-369-2545 x1 now!

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Grower CHAMPAGNE at VINTAGES!

VINTAGES: Your sourcefor GROWER CHAMPAGNE

HOLIDAY SPECIAL: 15% OFF all Champagne through the holidays!

Champagne List Nov. 2017

Click on the link above for a pdf list of Grower Champagnes available at VINTAGES.

Quantities are very limited; please order early for best selection.
Email eric@vintagesonline.com or call the store in Concord, MA.

Thank you very much!

CHEERS!

VINTAGES Adventures in wine
53 Commonwealth Ave.
Concord, MA 01742
978-369-2545 x2

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Barbaresco Tasting with DANIELA ROCCA, Albino Rocca estate

Winemaker tasting with Daniela Rocca, ALBINO ROCCA Barbaresco, Piedmont.

SAT. OCT. 28, 1-5pm.

Join us for a great opportunity to taste a range of wines from one of Barbaresco’s top estates, ALBINO ROCCA. Four generations of the Rocca family have been committed to preserving winemaking traditions in the region, investing in quality, and more recently, sustainable farming, for which they were awarded the “Green Experience” certification. We are thrilled to have Daniela Rocca here to present the estate’s stellar line-up of piemontese varietal wines.

 

2013 ALBINO ROCCA Barbaresco “Angelo” 94+ pts. $100
“The 2013 Barbaresco Angelo emerges from the best fruit in Montersino, Ovello and Ronchi that are harvested and vinified together, that spent 55 days on the skins. A haunting, aromatically expressive Barbaresco, the Angelo opens with striking, captivating aromatics. Nuanced and delicate on the palate, the Angelo is as old school as old school gets in this day and age. Sweet red berry, mint, chalk and anise add the closing shades of nuance. The tannins need time to soften but this a very pretty, highly expressive Barbaresco.”– Antonio Galloni, Vinous

2011 ALBINO ROCCA Barbaresco “Ronchi” Riserva 91 pts. $125
This signature vineyard, with 50-70 year-old vines in limestone and clay soils, has the ideal combination of age, soil characteristics and SE exposure, and produces wines with rich aromas, excellent structure, complexity and longevity.

“The 2011 Barbaresco Riserva Ronchi captures the power and intensity of the vintage in its broad shoulders and overall richness. A host of dark-toned cherry, plum, smoke and tobacco notes meld together in a dense, powerful Barbaresco.” — Vinous

2013 ALBINO ROCCA Barbaresco “Ronchi” 95 pts. $50
“The 2013 Barbaresco Ronchi is superb. Ample and large scaled, as wines from this clay-rich site often are, the Ronchi is firing on all cylinders today. Layers of dark red stone fruit fill out the wine’s ample frame effortlessly. Pine, menthol, anise, citrus peel and tobacco add attractive aromatic overtones, but it is the wine’s balance that is most impressive today. Simply put, the Ronchi is a standout. 95 pts.” –Vinous

2014 ALBINO ROCCA Barbaresco DOCG $40
Nebbiolo vines 20+ years; wine is aged in large barrel 24 months.

2015 ALBINO ROCCA Dolcetto d’Alba $14.99
“Rocca’s 2015 Dolcetto d’Alba is fresh, lifted and aromatic, all qualities that make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next year or two, while the sweet red cherry and plum flavors retain youthful exuberance.” – Vinous

2016 ALBINO ROCCA Barbera d’Alba $17.99

“The Barbera d’Alba is made in a fresh, fruity style meant to be enjoyed young. Aging in steel keeps the red cherry, plum and fresh floral flavors.”–Vinous

2016 ALBINO ROCCA Chardonnay da Bertu $19.99
100% Chardonnay aged in steel. “An attractive, fresh Chardonnay to drink now and over the next few years. Lemon peel, pastry and yellow stone fruits flesh out nicely.” -Vinous

 

 

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New from the Amalfi Coast! Marisa Cuomo

MARISA CUOMO Costa d’Amalfi – New and Exclusive!

As more travelers find their way to Italy’s famed Amalfi Coast, more wine lovers are discovering these extraordinary wines. Truly, these are among the few wines that so emphatically evoke their spectacular surroundings. 

2015 MARISA CUOMO Fiorduva Bianco $75

The estate’s flagship white wine, Fiorduva, would certainly be included in a master list of Italy’s most distinctive and iconic wines. The native grapes used to make the wine, Ripoli, Fenile and Ginestra, are rare varieties found only along this sun-kissed coastline. Demand is increasing for this limited wine – don’t wait to get yours!

2016 MARISA CUOMO Furore Bianco $30

60% Falanghina and 40% Biancolella aged in steel. Furore exudes the aromas and flavors of the coast: sea breeze, limestone, sun-dried herbs and white flowers clinging to the cliffs above the azure waves.

2016 MARISA CUOMO Ravello Bianco $30

60% Falanghina and 40% Biancolella. Offers zesty citrus and ripe orchard fruit aromas, accented with brisk marine notes. Enticing!

2016 MARISA CUOMO Furore Rosso $30

The reds are surprisingly resonant in this seaside paradise — old vines rooted deeply in limestone underpin the cherry fruit of aglianico and the herbal notes of piedirosso. Lovely!

2016 MARISA CUOMO Rosato $25

The most versatile of roses is this one – flat-out gorgeous berry fruit, lush texture and refreshing finish. The hint of coastal herbs makes it a great food wine year-round.

Marisa Cuomo and Andrea Ferraioli have really hit a sweet spot when it comes to making wines that reflect the uniqueness of their territory and the distinct grapes used in this isolated garden of viticulture. The winery farms 20 ha of sea-facing vines on stone terraces that are literally planted on the side of cliffs overlooking the panoramic splendor of the Amalfi Coast and the brilliant azure seashores below. Their top white wine, Fiorduva, could well be included in a master list of Italy’s most distinctive and iconic wines. The native grapes used to make the wine, Ripoli, Fenile and Ginestra, are rare varieties found only along this sun-kissed coastline. Marisa Cuomo’s wines reflect a profound sense of dedication and craftsmanship. They are precious and significant wines, especially when considered against the rich backdrop of Italy’s patrimony of indigenous grapes.” – Wine Advocate

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Winemaker Event with TERRE del PRINCIPE

TERRE del PRINCIPE Event on May 19 in Boston  terre del principe logo

Bob Griffin hosts wine estate
TERRE del PRINCIPE with Manuela Piancastelli & Peppe Mancini

Terre del Principe is one of the most intriguing properties in Campania. Founded in 2005 by Peppe Mancini and Manuela Piancastelli, Terre del Principe is an 11-hectare estate dedicated solely to the revival of long-forgotten, ancient grape varieties. The passion, determination and commitment of Peppe & Manuela to this project is truly inspiring – and the wines are simply exquisite! Over ninety guests tasted the no longer forgotten wines with Mauela & Peppe, and tasted authentic cheeses and salumi from the region. Grazie mille to Bob Griffin for his efforts in making this event a huge success!

Terre Principe WinesTerre Principe Manu & Peppe

Terre Principe Bob Griffin & Peppe

WINES of TERRE del PRINCIPE
2014 TERRE del PRINCIPE Le Serole $46
100% Pallagrello Bianco


2012 TERRE del PRINCIPE Rosato del Volturno $38
Blend of Pallagrello Nero and Casavecchia

2011 TERRE del PRINCIPE Ambruco Pallagrello Nero $48
100% Pallagrello Nero

 

2013 TERRE del PRINCIPE Casavecchia Centomaggia $48
100% Casavecchia

2011 TERRE del PRINCIPE Vigna Piancastelli $70
“Meditation wine” made from a blend of Pallagrello Nero and Casavecchia

 

 

 

 

 

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Winemaker Tasting with CLOS CENTEILLES, Minervois, France

Special Winemaker Tasting @ VINTAGES

clos centeilles cecile domergueCLOS CENTEILLES winery
Minervois, Languedoc, France
Wine Tasting May 17, 4-6pm,
featuring Cecile Domergue

 

CLOS CENTEILLES: Elevating Heritage Wines to new Heights

In an appellation best known for its rustic, simple table wines, CLOS CENTEILLES is a lone beacon of finely elegant, age-worthy wines of personality that reflect their place of origin.


Clos Centeilles Patricia
Clos Centeilles owner/winemaker Patricia Boyer-Domergue
 is a truly remarkable force in the Minervois wine region of the Languedoc in Southern France: as an innovator, she has created “original” wines while propelling her estate to atmospheric levels of quality; as a preservationist, Patricia has worked tirelessly to preserve and restore the most valuable heritage wines and grape varieties of the Languedoc region.

Patricia Boyer-Domergue and her daughter, Cecile Domergue, have beclos centeilles winesen traveling around the U.S., presenting their estate’s wines. While Patricia needs to return to the winery, we are fortunate to have Cecile Domergue join us at VINTAGES to showcase new and library releases from Clos Centeilles.

Please join us on May 19!

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