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August Wines of the Month

2018 Nicolas Idiart, Chenin Blanc, Loire Valley, France
Regularly $12.99, Special August Price $10.99
The youngest-ever graduate of Bordeaux’s prestigious Ecole du Vin, Nico worked in New Zealand, Canada and Bordeaux prior to returning to his native Loire Valley. Produced from 25 year old vines just south of the famed Chenin-dominated Savennieres appellation on sandy schist soils, it displays the fruit-juice quality of Chenin while retaining lip-smacking acidity.

2018 KC Labs, Pinot Blanc, Yountville, Napa Valley, California
Regularly $19.99, Special August Price $16.99
The KC Labs series from Kivelstadt is winemaker Sam Baron’s “experiment” batch of wine. This is the first-ever KC Labs white wine using Pinot Blanc sourced from Napa Valley. This Pinot Blanc carries the core of ripe stone fruit and pears that the variety is known for, but three days of fermentation on the skins turns the volume up on this wine, and adds texture, mouthfeel, and a lingering finish.

2017 Nitida, Semillon, Cape Town, South Africa
Regularly $13.99, Special August Price $11.89
Nitida is a family producer of traditional, hand-made wines from a unique micro-climate influenced by both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans (the vineyard has commanding views of each ocean). A fascinating marriage of contrasts, the wine offers fresh and bright lemon and lime, mellow orange cling peach with slight caramelized pineapple with notes of wild coriander and just a hint of cardamom.

2016 Domaine du Mont Epin, Macon-Peronne, Burgundy, France
Regularly $16.99, Special August Price $14.44
Richard and Stephane Martin, owners of St Veran’s renowned Croix Senaillet estate, purchased the historic Mont Epin domaine in 2015. 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. Stainless steel fermented and aged, native yeasts, and vegan.

2018 Ion, Rose, Sonoma, California
Regularly $18.99, Special August Price $15.99
Sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards in Lodi and Mendocino, Ion Rosé pays homage to the famed roses of Provence with its dry, mineral-driven approach. A very intriguing blend of 48% Pinot Noir, 31% Zinfandel, 15% Cinsault, 6% Grenache. Ben highly recommends this wine be paired with oysters and caviar.

2018 Kivelstadt, “Twice Removed” Rose, Sonoma, California
Regularly $18.99, Special August Price $15.99
The grapes for this wine come from the famed Venturi vineyard, a beacon of organic viticulture. Both the Carignan and Grenache were whole cluster pressed and co-fermented in stainless steel. The result is a salmon pink beauty with a light and steely minerality and aromas dominated by cranberry, grapefruit and savory herbs. Summertime in a glass!

2018 Flower Girl, Petillant Naturel Cabernet Franc, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Regularly $24.99, Special August Price $20.99
Petillant Natural is an old-school way of producing bubbles in a wine. While still fermenting, the juice gets placed in bottle under a crown cap. The resulting CO2 from the fermentation causes bubbles to form inside. Made from 100% organically grown Cabernet Franc, this wine is bursting with high-toned red berries and fruits, with that herbal streak that Cab Franc is known for, this is a wine that can pair with anything from salads and charcuterie to burgers and steaks off of the grill.

2017 Nicolas Idiart, Pinot Noir, Loire Valley, France
Regularly $12.99, Special August Price $10.99
Nicolas Idiart’s Pinot Noir is crafted from grapes grown on 20-40 year old vines near the village of Marigny Brizay in Haut-Poitou close to Poitiers. The soils are predominantly limestone, similar to those of neighboring Saumur. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in concrete, the wine is full of gorgeous cherry, and a hint of black fruits, with quite a bit of tannin and depth.

2010 Morgenster, Lourens River Valley Cuvee, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Regularly $22.99, Special August Price $19.54
One of South Africa’s oldest wineries, Morgenster traces its history to the early 18th century. This library release – 50% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 10% Cab Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot – was aged for 18 months in a mix of new and used French oak barrels before laying down in the cellar. A nose of licorice, clove, and minerals intermix with black fruits to create a cacophony of flavor.

2015 Guado del Re, “Eliseo” Toscano Rosso, Tuscany, Italy
Regularly $16.99, Special August Price $14.44
Gualdo Del Re is a 45 hectare, fourth-generation family-run winery overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Suvereto on the Tuscan Coast. The certified 100% organic blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend puts most Super Tuscans at 3x the price to shame. This aromatic wine shows notes of red & black fruits, olive tapenade and just a hint of basil.

2017 Ground Effect Wine Co., Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara County, California
Regularly $22.99, Special August Price $19.49
The grapes for this wine come from a number of vineyards in the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara. Blended with 5% Merlot, this Cab has notes of ripe berries and a hint of sage and earth. This is a rich yet understated Cabernet with beautiful soft tannins and lovely acidity. Perfect for grilling!

2017 Hentley Farm, “Villain & Vixen” Grenache, Barossa Valley, Australia
Regularly $21.99, Special August Price $18.69
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. Like all great Grenache, this wine has a pretty nose with a high degree of aromatic detail, particularly macerated strawberries, black peppercorn, star anise and toffee apple. The palate shows great tannin focus through the middle palate, and fleshy red fruit around the sides.