Hello friends! For those of you who follow my weekly Wine of the Week features, I usually share wines that are great values around $20 or less. However, for the holidays, whether it''s for you and someone dear to share a special bottle, or for a gift for your boss or someone you want to do something special for, I will be featuring a wine each week that truly is well, worth the extra money. Here''s my pick for am Italian wine, followed by a French next week. And if you want an incredible ready to go showpiece for an amazing wine cellar, see this one of a kind Magnum Collection below! Cheers!
David LeClaire, Seattle Uncorked Founder & Esquin Wine Ambassador
David''s "WOW" - Wine Of The Week!
2015 Cesari Amarone'' - Venetto, Italy
92 Points - James Suckling
Reg. $65 / Today Only $45.99!
Amarone'' is one of Italy's most recognizable and prestigious red wines amongst those who love European Old World wines. While there are many wines that are intriquing from Italy, Amarone'' would make a fantastic gift as it''s so unique and highly respected that anyone would love to get a bottle. Whenever I have been to Italian industry tastings, seems everyone''s always gathered around the Amarone'' producers!
What is Amarone''? The wine is made from the 3 grapes that make up all Valpolicella wines - Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara, but unlike regular Valpolicella wines, the grapes are air dried (called appassimento) for 3-4 months before pressing. This process evaporates the majority of the water and the grapes lose about 30-40% of their original weight. This results in extremely concentrated juice to make the wine from.
Founded in 1936, Gerardo Cesari''s wines were one of the very first from the region to make a splash on the world stage. Their history, old vines, and cachet within the industry has kept them in the forefront of Amarone'' producers. When it comes to gift giving, it never hurts to give a bottle of wine that has a prestigious reputation that also the experts have told you is drinking great right now!
After the drying and pressing of the grapes, the wine goes thru slow fermentation months after harvest, then sits in small French oak barrels and part of it in large Slavonian oak barrels for 12 months. Following blending, the wine ages an additional 16-18 months in large Slavonian oak barrels, then 6-8 additional months in bottle. You can probably guess by now why it''s expensive.
Expect intense notes of dried fruit such as plum and cherry, with nuances of anise, toasty oak and hints of vanilla. This is a full, warm, luscious red with compelling aromas and a velvety mouthfeel. Amarone'' ages gracefully for upwards of 10 years if stored properly. Buy the Cesari Amarone'' today and save $20 on this one-time amazing offer. You most likely won''t see a deal of the magnitude on this ever again!
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ONE OF A KIND MAGNUM COLLECTION - $20,000
This one of a kind collection of MAGNUMS is not only the only one in existence, it''s a snapshot of who''s who of Washington''s best wineries in 2005. This amazing collection was originally auctioned off at the 16th Annual Washington Wines Festival. It''s both wine and art, as most every bottle is etched and one of a kind by itself, much less the whole collection together.
(Magnums are 1.5 liters or twice the size of a regular bottle of wine.)
MAGNUM COLLECTION INCLUDES:
2004 Abeja Cabernet (1.5 L)
2003 Alexandria Nicole Destiny Ridge Syrah (1.5 L)
2004 Andrew Will "Sorella" (1.5 L)
2004 Betz Family "Pere'' de Famille" Cabernet (1.5 L)
2003 Chateau St. Michelle "Ethos Reserve" Syrah (1.5 L)
2003 Col Solare'' (1.5 L)
2004 DeLille Cellars "Chaleur Estate" (1.5 L)
2003 Dunham Cellars Cabernet IX (1.5 L)
NV Forgeron Cellars "Anvil" Cabernet (1.5 L)
2003 Gordon Estate Cabernet (1.5 L)
2004 Gorman Winery "The Bully" Cabernet (1.5 L)
2004 Hedges Family Estate "Three Vineyards" Red Mt. (1.5 L)
2003 Hightower Cellars Cabernet (1.5 L)
2004 JM Cellars "Tre Fanciulli" (1.5 L)
2005 K Vintners "Milbrandt Vineyard" Syrah (1.5 L)
2003 Kestrel "Signature Edition Old Vines" Merlot (1.5 L)
2004 L''Ecole Ferguson Commemorative Reserve (1.5 L)
2005 Leonetti Merlot (1.5 L)
2004 Long Shadows "Pedestal" Merlot (1.5 L)
2001 Matthews Cellars "Claret" (1.5 L)
2003 McCrea Cellars "Cuvee Orleans" Syrah (1.5 L)
2004 Nicholas Cole Cellars "Camille" (1.5 L)
2003 Northstar "Walla Walla" Merlot (1.5 L)
2004 Pepper Bridge Cabernet (1.5 L)
2004 Quilceda Creek Cabernet (1.5 L)
2002 Reininger Cabernet (1.5 L)
2004 Ryan Patrick Cellars "Reserve" Cabernet (1.5 L)
2004 Spring Valley "Uriah" (1.5 L)
2005 Tamarack Firehouse Red (1.5 L)
2004 Three Rivers "Ahler Vineyard" Syrah (1.5 L)
2004 Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet (1.5 L)
2003 Waters Cabernet (1.5 L)
2003 Woodward Canyon Estate BDX Blend (1.5 L)
INTERESTED in owning or purchasing this showpiece collection for your wine cellar? Or as a gift to the collector who thought they had everything? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I''ll connect you with the proud owner!