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May Wines of the Month

NV Sol Real, Vinho Verde, Portugal
Regularly $14.99, May Special Price $12.69
This wine is bright and citrusy, due to its natural acidity. With dominant apple and grapefruit aromas and a splash of green, herby notes, SOL REAL brings the fun and the flavor. Produced with Arinto, Trajadura & Loureiro grape varieties and at 9.5% alcohol, this baby is ripe for the picking.

2017 Domaine Fabien Coche, Bourgogne Aligote, Burgundy, France
Regularly $23.99, May Special Price $20.39
Hailing from Burgundian royalty Fabien has quickly become the Coche of the current generation making the most waves. Historically, Aligote was more prized than Chardonnay and as a guardian of tradition, Fabien weaves this history into this bottling. The fruit is sourced from 60 year old vines in Meursault, and despite its humble appellation, the wine is crafted with the same care as is the more esteemed entries in his lineup.

2018 Tenuta Santi Giacomo, “La Fogliola” Bianco, Marche, Italy
Regularly $17.99, May Special Price $15.29
This 800 acre estate is a resurrected, organically-certified working farm. This white wine is 100% Bianchello.  Tacitus, the ancient Roman historian, supposed that wines made from this grape caused the Carthaginian warriors to lose to the Romans because of their drunken state. This wine gives aromas of apple and peach, with hints of spices. Fermented in stainless steel using native yeasts.

2017 Botanica, Chenin Blanc, Citrusdal, South Africa
Regularly $29.99, May Special Price $25.49
Ginny Povall’s Chenin Blanc is made from grapes grown near Clanwilliam in the Citrusdal Mountains. This region has become a hot spot for South Africa’s new wave of quality-obsessed winemakers. Her Chenin has been called a “South African icon” that speaks of its unique terroir. Rich, unctuous and bursting with so many furit flavors and floral aromas, the acidity kicks in just when it’s needed.

2018 Rotation, Chardonnay, Lodi, California
Regularly $11.99, May Special Price $9.99
The brand new Rotation Chardonnay, has NO OAK whatsoever, but still goes through malolactic fermentation to lend it a rich texture. Tropical fruits, typical of Chardonnay emerge, like pineapple and papaya, but we’ve got some great citrus acidity in there to make this one of the best values you’ll ever have from California.

2018 Domaine du Mont Epin, Macon-Perrone, Burgundy, France
Regularly $16.99, May Special Price $14.44
100% estate-grown fruit, certified organic,  from 50-year old vines flanking the sides of the eponymous hill (Mont Epin, the highest point in the Maconnais). The clay and limestone soils really make this juicy Chardonnay pop and is reminiscent more of a Chablis than the rest of its Maconnais brethren. Stainless steel fermented and aged, native yeasts, and vegan.

2016 Big Flower, Cabernet Franc, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Regularly $19.99, May Special Price $16.99
Ginny Povall, native of Framingham MA, moved to Stellenbosch over 12 years ago to retire and by chance, ended up being a winemaker! Entirely self-taught,  her operation is comprised of organically grown Bordeaux varietals planted on her farm in the Devon Valley. She employs native-yeast fermentation in older barrels, to minimize the oak and so it can express its dark berry and graphite flavors.

2017 Domaine Piquemal, Cotes du Roussillon, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Regularly $16.99, May Special Price $14.44
Quality-driven and sustainably-farmed to allow the natural expression of the terroir, winemaker Marie-Pierre Piquemal was selected by France’s famed Le Guide Hachette as Winemaker of the Year for 2018. This blend is comprised of 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, and 20% of 70 year old vine Carignane. The product of a very dry growing season, the 2017 features balanced berry flavors allied with round tannins.

2017 Domaine Belle, Crozes Hermitage, Northern Rhone, France
Regularly $24.99, May Special Price $21.24
Domaine Belle started producing wine under its own label in 1990, although the property has been under vine since at least 1769. Les Pierrelles is Domaine Belle’s most accessible cuvée.  Made from organically grown grapes in the alluvial red clay and galets soils of Pont D’Isere and Mercurol, the wine is meant to be enjoyed young and features a class syrah profile of dark fruits and spice with a medium body.

2018 Julien Cecillon, Syrah ‘Les Graviers’, Rhone Valley, France
Regularly $18.99, May Special Price $16.14
The Graviers is sourced from the Drome, Ardeche, and vineyards around Tournon in the heart of Crozes-Hermitage. Vinified in a mix of concrete and stainless steel using native yeasts, then aged for 10 months in 4-5 year old barrels. The result is a beautiful rendition of Syrah from its ancestral home, with an emphasis on purity of fruit and freshness.

2018 Rotation, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, California
Regularly $11.99, May Special Price $9.99
This Cab with beautiful ripe red and black currants on the nose and a touch of smoke, the eight months in new French oak add a touch of vanilla and silkiness to the fruit forward palate. The Petite Sirah adds a bit of black pepper and black tea back bone to the structure of the wine; a beautiful example of prime 2018 fruit.

2017 Hentley Farm, “Villain/Vixen” Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia
Regularly $52.99, May Special Price $44.99
Since its first vintage in 2002, Hentley Farm has cemented its position as one of Australia’s leading boutique wineries, being awarded a rare 5 Red Stars by the pre-eminent Australian wine writer James Halliday. Loads of dark berries, and a rich, sleek texture, but also displays wonderful acidity. Super lovely stuff.