February - $100 Case of the Month

Dawson’s $100 Case of the Month


February 2014

Sparkling

  1. “Villa Jolanda”, Pinot Noir/Pinot Blanc, “BRUT – ROSÉ”, Piedmont, Italy, NV

Whites

  1. “Cesari”, 100% Pinot Grigio, “DUETORRI”, Delle Venezia, Italy, 2012
  2. “Bodegas Borsao”, 100% Macabeo (a.k.a., Viura), Aragon, Spain, 2010
  3. “Santa Luz”, 100% Chardonnay, “ALBA”, Valle Central, Chile, 2012
  4. “Maison Legrand”, 100% Sauvignon Blanc, Charentais, France, 2012

Rosé

  1. “Domaine du Pere Cabouche”, 50% Grenache/50% Syrah, “ROSÉ”, Vaucluse, Rhone Valley, France, 2013

Reds

  1. “Cesari”, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, “DUETORRI”, Grave Friuli, Italy, 2012
  2. “Cotes D’ Olt”, 80% Malbec/20% Merlot, “CAHORS”, Cahors, France, 2011
  3. “Stellonbosch”, 100% Pinotage, “THE ORACLE”, Western Cape, South Africa, 2013
  4. “Chateau Haut Mazerolles”, Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon, Cotes de Blaye, Bordeaux, France, 2010
  5. “Les Dauphins”, Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre, “RESERVE”, Cotes du Rhone, France, 2012
  6. “Primal Roots”, 43% Merlot/ 37% Syrah/ 20% Zinfandel, “RED BLEND”, Alcampo, California, 2011

Tasting Notes:

Sparkling

Villa Jolanda: Beautiful in the glass, with fine, persistent bubbles. Aromas of strawberries, and cherry blossoms. The palate is attacked with a crisp, vibrancy that pushes cherries, cherry blossoms, and elegant fruit notes. Fantastic sparkler! Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Whites

Due Torri Pinot Grigio: A dry white wine of exquisite character with an excellent balance between acidity and minerality. Fragrant on the nose and fresh on the palate with a hint of zest and persistent fruity notes.

Bodegas Borsao: Straw yellow. Has strong citric and tropical fruit aromas. In the mouth it’s creamy and fresh, in perfect harmony with the acidity.

Santa Luz: A medium-bodied wine offering lemon and pineapple aromas laced with notes of honey. Tropical fruit flavors merge with vibrant acidity on the finish.

Maison Legrand: Sharp, vibrant aromatics; tons of lemon/lemon zest, and citrus blossom. On the palate; the wine pushes flavors of citrus, Granny Smith apples, and a moderately zesty/snappy finish. Clean, Crisp. Vibrant. Delicious.

Rosé

Le Petit Caboche Rosé: Crisp acidity, fresh strawberry flavors, and a touch of minerality. The history of this great Rhone Valley domain dates back to the 17th century. This delicious rose is blended from typical Cotes du Rhone varietals (Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah). Full-bodied with fresh crisp strawberry and raspberry flavors. Refreshing acidity with a hint of lemon and a touch of spiciness in the finish.

Reds

Cesari Due Torri: The wine boasts an aromatic bouquet of spices, raspberries, and blackberries and is both earthy and herbaceous on the palate. Due Torri Grave Cabernet complements roasted meats and poultry, lamb, sausages, and stews.

Cotes D’Olt: Quite a solid black fruit nose, a certain meatiness, a touch of meat stock rusticity. Palate has a little more density and weight, more flesh, with a powerful, full finish.

Stellonbosch: An unusual style of Pinotage with complex aromas of black pepper, smoke, tomato, and dark fruit. The palate is packed with ripe mixed berry flavors, making this unoaked red wine a real crowd-pleaser.

Chateau Haut Mezerolles: This is a concentrated wine that is structured and packed with red fruits and solid tannins. It feels weighty and rich; the juicy character is balanced by a firm, dry texture.

Les Dauphins: a loud aroma of blackcurrant, spice and vine stems. In the mouth the flavors develop, adding oak and leather with a hint of pepper coming out of the spice and an edge of granite at the finish – long lingering fruit flavors, making this easy to drink with food or on its own.

Primal Roots: The 2011 Red Blend has aromas of mocha, vanilla, and spice that give way to a silky texture along with rich flavors of raspberries and chocolate that are truly uninhibited.