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R. López de Heredia “Viña Tondonia” Rioja Reserva 2004 $42.99 (only $36.54 with GOGO discount)

Another total knockout from López de Heredia, who craft exceptional, traditionally-styled Riojas in much the same way that they did when they were founded in 1877. The bodega ages their wines longer than is required by Rioja law, and still keeps them in the historic cellars of the original winery - which is still owned by the same family who founded it, who also own all the vineyards. Offering exceptional complexity for the price, the fruit for the 2004 Tondonia was harvested during an excellent vintage before being aged for six years in barrel. Gracious, savory notes of red and black fruits mingle with subtle spices and notes of leather on a velvety palate.

Friendliest


X’Armant Txakoli 2015, Arabako Txakolina $15.99 (only $13.59 with GOGO discount))

Last year’s Porch Pounders class seems very far away, but we hope the memory of that spritzy, super-refreshing Txakoli stuck with you, because it’s just about that time of year again! This classic example of one of our favorite summer wines is as light-on-its-feet and thirst-quenching as they come, with just a touch of bubble lifting up crisp flavors of pit fruits.

Best Bargain


Borsao Garnacha 2015, Campo de Borja $9.99 (only $8.49 with GOGO discount)

If you care about “points,” then you should know that Robert Parker has consistently proclaimed Borsao to be his “favorite value winery not only in Spain, but in the world” - and if all you care about is that your juice tastes good, well, you’re still in for a treat! This unoaked Garnacha is friendly, food-versatile, and downright quaffable, with juicy flavors of strawberry and cherry on a medium body.

Most Interesting


D Ventura “Pena do Lobo” Mencia 2014, Ribeira Sacra $18.99 (only $16.14 with GOGO discount)

Mencia is grown in the northwest of Spain, where high-elevation vineyards are planted on such dangerously steep slopes that the locals call the work ‘heroic viticulture.’ These red wines are some of the only in Spain that are influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, and tend to be much lighter than the full-bodied Spanish reds we’re used to. This lively single-vineyard offering is vibrant and fresh, with ripe purple fruits, hints of licorice, and strong minerality.

 

Sip by sip, month by month: We'll decide this wine tasting business one exciting grape at a time!

Monthly Calendar
January - Zinfandel
February - South America
March - Chardonnay
April - Sketches of Spain
May - Porch Pounders
June - Sauvignon Blanc
July - Rosé
August - Great Whites (you may have never heard of)
September - Piedmont
October - Pacific Northwest
November - Bordeaux
December - Sparkling Wine

 

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