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November Wines of the Month

I think its no secret that we like to champion the small artisanal producer here at TSG. That is also reflected in who we tend to buy wine from, small importers that have close personal relationships with all the people/farmers from who they source wine. This month’s wines feature a company whose whole staff have passion bubbling out of their pores and care about every aspect of the wines they sell from the farm to your glass. To demonstrate his company’s excitement for great wine, we have Martin Langer hosting the great tasting and well thought out wines of Oz Wine Company. Enjoy!

NV Avinyo Cava Brut Reserva - Penedes, Spain
Regularly $17.99, Sale Price $15.29
Musky citrus and pear aromas are complicated by dried flowers and herbs, with an earthy undertone. Dry and focused, with firm lemon and pear skin flavors that finishes with good grip but no hardness, echoing the floral and citrus qualities. Great as an aperitif or with roasted fish or chicken.

2013 Bodegas Ostatu Rioja Blanco - Rioja, Spain
Regularly $16.99, Sale Price $14.44
Lemon and pear on the fragrant nose. Juicy and plump in the middle, with good intensity to the flavors of lemon, orchard fruits and white pepper. Finishes with lingering pear and citrus notes and very good persistence. This could potentially be your turkey white for Thanksgiving for the large crowds.

2013 Domaine Haut Marin Cuvee Marine - Cotes de Gascogne, France
Regularly $9.99, Sale Price $8.49
A classic white blend from southwestern France made from  Colombard and Ugni Blanc this is wonderful Sauvignon Blanc alternative. The Haut Marin is full of citrus pith and crisp apple fruit flavors. This is a great wine for shellfish appetizers or pates.

2012 Bodegas Do Ferriero Albariño - Rias Baixas, Spain
Regularly $24.99, Sale Price $21.24
Intense, mineral-accented aromas of dried citrus fruits, pear and white flowers, with a hint of tarragon in the background. Fleshy and dry on the palate, offering sappy lime and bitter pear skin flavors that firm up and become more stony with air. Bright, minerally and focused on the penetrating finish, with the floral and pear notes repeating. This is great wine to have with any roasted fowl, especially turkey.

2013 Valdiboella “Isolano” Catarratto Extra Lucido - Sicily, Italy
Regularly $15.99, Sale Price $13.59
The wine is a beautiful combination of ripe yellow peaches, fresh pear with earthy flavors of bitter almond and toasted nuts. Like many Mediterranean whites this has a lemon fresh acidic that refreshes the palate without dominating. Try with a seared tuna steak or olive oil poached Sole.

2012 Valdibella “Acamante” Perricone - Sicily, Italy
Regularly $15.99, Sale Price $13.59
Another preservation project from Valdibella, Perricone is a Sicilian black grape that is nearly extinct. Acamante is full of intense aromatics of baking spice, fresh earth and black fruit. On the palate this wine fills the mouth with brambly black fruit and dried spice. This is a great wine for herb crusted lamb chops.

2012 Stefano Antonucci Rosso Piceno - Marche, Italy
Regularly $12.99, Sale Price $11.04
A clean, fruit forward wine with red and black plum fruit flavors and oak aromas that follow through to a firm, medium-bodied palate. Fresh berry acidity with lightly polished tannins and a fruity, minerally finish. Rosso Piceno is a great utility red to pair with a number of main courses like chicken or fish.

2011 Fattoria Corzano e Paterno Chianti - Tuscany, Italy
Regularly $19.99, Sale Price $16.99
Classic Chianti flavors of high toned cherry, with aromas of tart red cherries and tobacco, with a hint of orange zest; light but refreshing on the nose, and very typical of Sangiovese. This is juicy and brisk on the palate, with tangy berry flavors that are refreshing and pleasant.

2013 Reunion Malbec - Mendoza, Argentina
Regularly $14.99, Sale Price $12.74
This is fresh, no frills, Malbec that never sees any oak. On the palate, this wine has intense freshly picked blackberry, raspberry and red plum. The lack of oak aging really comes through on the vibrant tart fruit finish. When drinking wines of Argentina it is hard not to have steak try this wine with a little filet.

2011 Joan d’Anguera “Altaroses” Monsant - Catalunya, Spain
Regularly $16.99, Sale Price $14.44
High-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry and fresh rose, along with notes of Asian spice. Bright and juicy, with red berry flavors and a late kick of white pepper. Offers very attractive fruity character and shows no rough edges on the long, focused finish. A great meat and potatoes wine try with flat Iron steaks with rosemary roasted potatoes.

2013 Illahe Vineyards Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley, Oregon
Regularly $23.99, Sale Price $20.39
Fresh red berry and floral aromas are given depth by suggestions of anise and mocha. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Silky tannins come on late and add structure to a long, spicy finish that leaves notes of star anise and candied rose behind. Roasted salmon with parmesan couscous would compliment this wine nicely.

2009 Remelluri Rioja Reserva - Rioja, Spain
Regularly $39.99, Sale Price $33.99 750ml; Regularly $24.99, Sale Price $21.74 375ml
Sexy, floral and mineral-accented red fruit aromas pick up a smoky nuance with air. Lithe and precise, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that gain weight and power in the glass. Very young but promising, with excellent finishing clarity and sweet, gently tannic persistence.  This is an ideal wine for a beautifully roasted leg of lamb.