MILE HIGH'S WINE OF THE WEEK

The team at Mile High is working hard week after week to find you new and exciting wines.  Each week we bring you a new wine at a ridiculously low price.  Please note that these wines and their prices are limited with no rain checks or guaranteed stock.  Call (303) 936-0272 to pay for and hold bottles with a credit card.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: October 30th
Kunde Family Estate Sonoma Valley Zinfandel 2012
Regular Price: $22.99
Sale Price: $12.99
Sale End: 10/30/2014
Kunde Family Estate Sonoma Valley Zinfandel 2012

If you’ve been reading this email for a while then you have undoubtedly heard our praise for the Kunde Zinfandel. Well, a few weeks ago we transitioned into the new 2012 vintage. Now that we feel like the wine is rested and ready to roll we wanted to take this opportunity to tell you just how darned good it is! As soon as you pull the cork the 2012 Kunde Zin puts the pedal to the metal and doesn’t let up. The nose bursts with classic Zin aromas of sweet violets, underbrush, vanilla, toasty oak, and plenty of ripe red berry fruit. The first sip is money! It explodes onto your palate with the sort of unabashed style that is impossible to ignore. Fantastic flavors of ripe red cherries, kirsch liqueur, and sweet blackberries ride high. Then, as the sensation of all that buxom fruit fades, satisfying notes of rose petals, rhubarb, cinnamon, and candied ginger pick right up without a moment’s pause. We’ve all been patiently waiting for the weather to cool off this Fall because we know that it won’t be long before the snow starts falling. So come on by on this beautiful weekend and stock up on a killer bottle that is sure to warm you up on a chilly night.
On to the Tasting Notes:
You all have heard me say it time and time again. But I’ll say it again anyway. I sure do love some California Zinfandel! I honestly have no idea why we are able to continue to offer you such a fantastic deal on the Kunde Zinfandel considering that this exact same wine is available right now on the winery’s own website for ten bucks more than you can get it today for at Mile High. I’m not one to look too deeply into such matters though because I know that, in this business, you have to seize the moment and grab the good stuff while you can get it.

The 2012 Kunde Family Estate Sonoma Valley Zinfandel tastes like California Zinfandel should. It is untamed and brash with plenty of fruit, spice, and alcohol. I lust after elegant aged Burgundy and Bordeaux just as much as the next sommelier, but I have to tell you that this Kunde Zin is so yummy that when it’s in my glass I’m totally content. The nose is so wonderfully aromatic that it makes me want to dab a little of it behind my ears so that I can wear it like perfume. I wish they made car air fresheners in this scent so that I could take it with me wherever I went. The alluring scent of toasty oak caresses aromas of wilted violets, sweet tobacco, Nag Champa, and freshly baked butterscotch cookies. Ever sniff reveals more and more layered complexity. Then the first sip serves to reinforce the theme with explosive flavors of ripe cherries, blackberry jam, cassis, and boysenberry syrup. The finish is velvety at first with the fruit slowly building to a crescendo then gently drifting back like a wave crashing into a rocky shoreline. In its wake notes of allspice, Ceylon cinnamon, and tamarind paste seem to linger on into eternity. It is another one of those bottles that I won’t be able to stop from buying for myself despite the fact that I have no excuse for buying any more wine. It’s just so darned good that I don’t think I want to be without it this winter.
Food Pairing:
Sip this beauty all by itself if you are in the mood for a big brash cocktail wine on a chilly Fall evening. Or try it out with a hearty bowl of red chili if you feel like doing something a bit different. Finally there’s the classic pairing of Zinfandel and barbeque baby back pork ribs. Regardless, you’re going to love this stuff!
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: February 6th
Alma Criolla Malbec Reserva 2008
Regular Price: $22.99
Sale Price: $12.99
Sale End: 2/9/2014
Score: 90 Points Robert Parker
Alma Criolla Malbec Reserva 2008

This week we are excited to offer you a dynamic aged Malbec Reserva. The 2008 Alma Criolla is silky and polished with gorgeous notes of violets, cocoa, and vanilla that leap out of the glass to greet you when you pull the cork. As you take your first sip, a wave of pleasure will roll over your palate. Lush notes of black plums and ripe red cherries come through with the sort of plush and refined mouthfeel that only comes from aged wine. The finish shows hints of espresso and crushed granite with just a touch of cinnamon and anise. It is a beautiful wine all the way around and it is at such a nice stage of its evolution. Pair it up with some cocoa dusted bone-in grilled pork chops and an assortment of braised root vegetables and you will feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven.

On to the Tasting Notes:

There’s something about the way a really well made red wine tastes after it has aged for a few years that’s really difficult to explain. The fruit and acidity come into balance and the palate softens up so nicely that the wine doesn’t taste hard or edgy anymore. In the case of the Alma Criolla Reserva, the palate still has some of that classic Malbec intensity, but you can totally see how it is becoming more round and polished. The nose is beautiful too. It starts off with bright floral elements showing hints of rose, violet, and lavender. Then upon further inspection darker hints of toasty oak, espresso, and baking spice begin to come into focus. The entry is humble and composed with notes of ripe red cherries and raspberries. It is lively and taught with a kiss of nicely integrated tannin framing up front. The mid-palate is very nicely built and it is where the wine really begins to show its true character. Warm cinnamon and leather come right through, then a bit of baked plum and blueberry take over. It is so nicely balanced. The finish pops with red berries, toasty oak and crushed granite.

Despite the fact that the Alma Criolla is already 6 years old, I think it still has a ways to go. It is showing a fine sense of balance as it ages. The fruit has faded a bit but is still front and center. The tannins are still there up front and the acidity is crisp but not tart on the finish. I would imagine that this one should drink nicely for another 5 years or so as it continues down the evolutionary path.

Food Pairing:

With all this chilly weather that we’ve been experiencing my mind always turns to hearty bone-in cuts of meat and slowly roasted root veggies. So I think this week you ought to try out a big thick bone-in pork chop that you dusted with a little bit of cocoa and mild red chili powder then grill it off and serve it with an assortment of slowly Malbec braised veggies. Perfect!

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Mile High's Wine of the Week: January 9th
Trivento Amado Sur 2011
Regular Price: $15.99
Sale Price: $8.99
Sale End: 1/12/2014
Score: 91 Points Wine Spectator

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Trivento Amado Sur 2011

As many of you noticed, we decided not to offer a “Wine of the Week” special last week. So this week we want to start the new year off right with a killer deal on a 91 Point Malbec Blend. The 2011 Trivento Amado Sur would be a great bottle of wine at the regular fifteen dollar shelf price, but at less than nine bucks it is full-on ridiculous. Immediately after pulling the cork and pouring a glass sultry aromas of smoky, game, fresh baked cherry pie, and toasty oak leap out to greet you. The palate offers up gobs of ripe berry fruit along with plenty of tertiary flavor. It finishes with an abundance of spice, delivering notes of cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg as well as a hint of earth. This effort is as layered and complex as many wines at twice it’s suggested retail price. Further, the Amado Sur is no flash in the pan. It has more than enough depth and richness to drink nicely for several more years. The one problem with the 2011 Trivento Amado Sur is that we sold a little of it during the holidays so there isn’t a whole lot left. This one is guaranteed to sell out quickly so please give us a call or stop by the shop this evening to reserve your bottles. You don’t want to miss out on this one!
On to the Tasting Notes:
I have had the pleasure of tasting several vintages of the Trivento Amado Sur red blend and I can tell you without equivocating that this is the best one yet. There have been so many times that I have poured a glass of wine and then taken a sniff only to have to really search for anything at all. Well let me tell you, the Amado Sur is the exact opposite of those sad wines. It bursts out of the glass to greet you with wonderful scents of fresh blueberry jam on the stove, steeped black tea, wilted violets, and soft woodsmoke. I think you are going to fall in love with this wine before you even taste it. But once you do taste it you are really going to get excited. The palate starts off with such exuberance. Notes of ripe red cherries, raspberry jam, kirsch liqueur, and sweet red plums burst onto the scene and refuse to be ignored. This is a young wine and it certainly shows, but it has a remarkable amount of character. It finished in the same style that it started with expressive flavors of cinnamon, toasty oak, and baking spice lingering long after you’ve swallowed.

As it sits, the 2011 Trivento Amador Sur is a very good bottle of wine. Whether or not it will evolve further in the bottle is up for debate. But I have plenty of confidence that, even if it doesn’t improve significantly as it rests, it will hold up very well for at least 3 or 4 more years. I don’t imagine that most of you are really ageing a whole lot of nine dollar wine anyway. But should you forget about a couple of bottles in a corner of your wine cellar then do not dismay.
Food Pairing:
I don’t know if the Brazilain Steakhouses down in LoDo have grabbed up the rest of the 2011 Amado Sur, but if they haven’t then they are missing the boat. This wine is perfectly suited to pairing with a hearty cut of grilled steak that is paired up with a dollop of the wonderful chimichuri sauce that Argentina is so famous for.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: December 5th
Morisfarms Morellino di Scansano 2010
Regular Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $11.99
Sale End: 12/8/2013
Score: 90 Points Robert Parker “The 2010 Morellino di Scansano is a wine that overdelivers once again... This is a stunning wine for the money.”
Morisfarms Morellino di Scansano 2010

While Pinot Noir may be the go-to red wine varietal for the holiday season, we want to take this opportunity to make a case for Sangiovese. The organically grown 2010 Morisfarms Morellino di Scansano is one of those wines that seems to be a perfect fit for all occasions. Vibrant berry fruit, medium body, lively acidity, and refined tannins all come together in near-perfect harmony in this dynamic red. It will make a spectacular companion for a whole host of dishes, from simply prepared homemade pizza margherita to roast beef, and right on through to hearty stews. It showcases all of the attributes that make Sangiovese so versatile since it can be sipped as an engaging aperitif, and then used to pair up with your lovingly prepared meal. The holiday season always seems to take unexpected twists and turns. So we encourage you to keep a few bottles of the 2010 Morisfarms Morellino in reserve, so that you can feel confident that you will have a great bottle of red, no matter what the occasion.
On to the Tasting Notes:
Sangiovese is Italy’s most celebrated grape varietal. It makes up the base of Chianti, defines Brunello di Montalcino, drives the dynamic Super Tuscan segment, and also sets the tone for Morellino di Scansano. This week I have the pleasure of telling you about a lovely Sangiovese based blend from Morisfarms, a small organic producer in the Tuscan hills.

The 2010 Morellino di Scansano is the first wine that I have had the opportunity to taste from this producer. Let me tell you, it won’t be the last. Their house style is tremendously appealing since it keeps one foot in tradition, and deftly places another in modernity. The Sangiovese grown on their property delivers classic scents of rose petals and underbrush on the nose, as well as bright flavors of crushed strawberries, ripe red cherries, and ever-so-slightly tart raspberries. Then they use a bit of Syrah and Merlot to add hints of violet, dark chocolate, espresso, and cigar box to the nose. Fine grained tannins frame the entry, while zesty, but not sour acidity keeps the finish clean and food friendly. There is no oak on the Morellino and I really like that because it seems to keep this otherwise substantial wine feeling lively and bright. Kent took a bottle home as soon as this one was delivered, and he had nothing but positive things to say about it. He feels, and I completely agree, that it is the perfect wine to have in the house during the holidays because it has such an appealing style. It’s not light but it isn’t heavy either. It doesn’t have bitey tannins, but neither is it too soft for pairing with hearty meals. There’s no oak, but the palate still has plenty of texture. We believe that you are going to find yourself continuously reaching for it this year.
Food Pairing:
As I mentioned earlier in this review, I believe the Morisfarms Morellino di Scansano is a great do-it-all red. But if you really want to create a quality pairing for it, then I suggest you try out a hearty white bean soup studded with chunks of fresh Italian sausage and baby kale, then finished with a generous sprinkling of Pecorino cheese.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: November 21st
Cherry Hill Winery Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Regular Price: $29.99
Sale Price: $19.99
Cherry Hill Winery Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only a week away? We sure can. In fact, we have spent the last couple of months carefully assembling a fantastic selection of reds, whites, and rosés for all of your holiday entertaining needs. The centerpiece of that collection is the 2011 Cherry Hill Winery Willamette Valley Estate Pinot Noir. This single vineyard, boutique Pinot Noir is exceptionally light and fragrant, yet still possesses the kind of food friendly style that will allow it to pair up seamlessly with your lovingly prepared Thanksgiving meal. In classic Oregon Pinot fashion, it begins with perfumed scents of rose petals and candied cherries. Vibrant flavors of fresh strawberries and vine ripened raspberries dance on the palate when you go in for that first sip. It has a sense of levity and finesse that only the best Pinots are endowed with. The finish is lush and refined with lingering hints of cola, blood orange and fresh ginger. It embodies all of the characteristics that make Oregon Pinot Noir so special. We are truly proud to be able to offer it to you and your family this year! Please stop by this evening to taste the 2011 Cherry Hill Winery Estate Pinot Noir for free, and while you’re here we would love to have the opportunity to show you some of the other treats that we have collected to adorn your holiday table.
On to the Tasting Notes:
I had been auditioning Pinot Noirs since September in order to find just the right red for our big Thanksgiving special. During that time, I tasted countless wines from all of the best Pinot producing regions. On the one hand, all that tasting served to reaffirm my belief that Pinot Noir is some of the most thought provoking, food friendly, and enjoyable wine in the world. On the other hand, I also ended up with quite a case of sticker shock. Whether they were from Burgundy, the Sonoma Coast, Central Otago, or the Willamette Valley, the Pinots that I tasted shared one overriding trait; the good ones were very expensive. So, you can imagine how happy I was when I finally sealed the deal to purchase the 2011 Cherry Hill Winery Estate Pinot at a price that I truly felt was not just reasonable, but represented a fantastic value. It was so poised, so refined, so vibrant, and just so right.

I opened a bottle of the 2011 Cherry Hill Winery Estate Pinot Noir at the end of the day as I was getting dinner ready. I poured a couple of glasses for my wife and myself to sip while we ate. They were delicious and held up surprisingly well to our hamburgers topped with sautéed mushrooms and Gruyere cheese. Then I poured another glass and left it to breathe while we worked on getting our kids to bed. When I returned to write this review, about an hour had passed. During that short time the wine had obviously matured in my glass. With dinner it was super bright, with an abundance of red fruit flavors. But after some decanting, it blossomed into so much more, delivering the most lovely bouquet of violets, roses, toasted oak, mushroom, thyme, incense, and dried berries. The palate opened up as well. It began with fresh raspberries and red currants up front, which slowly transitioned to notes of candied cherries, red plums, and macerated strawberries on the mid-palate. The finish was bright and fresh without being the least bit tart or edgy. Hints of fresh ginger, Moro orange, cedar, and loamy soil provided interest on the humble finish. Overall it was clear that this was not intended to be a showy wine. Instead, it was built to be a pure and sincere expression of the vineyard and the vintage from which it was made.
Food Pairing:
This week we all have turkey on our minds. The 2011 Cherry Hill Winery Estate Pinot Noir is going to work so harmoniously with your bird that you won’t even know it’s there. But after the guests have gone and the leftovers have been polished off, this Pinot is going to keep on keeping on. You will find that it makes a flawless companion for broiled salmon, simply grilled filet au poivre, or even a grilled ahi tuna salad with blood orange vinaigrette.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: July 24th
Montebuena Cuvée KPF Rioja 2010
Regular Price: $13.99
Sale Price: $9.99
Sale End: 7/20/2014
Montebuena Cuvée KPF Rioja 2010

The red wines of Spain’s famous Rioja region are widely regarded as some of the most engaging, food friendly, and age-worthy of any in the world. This week we have a wonderful, entry level cuvee from a fantastic old producer, Montebuena. This attractive, medium bodied offering begins in classic Rioja fashion with elegant hints of rose petals, cinnamon, and cedar on the nose. The first sip reveals plenty of juicy red cherry and raspberry notes with a creamy entry that makes this one seem very approachable. The finish is decidedly old world in style with intriguing hints of anise, earth, and tobacco all framed by a mild acidity and a kiss of ripe tannin. It is a surprisingly complete wine considering it’s modest cost, and it provides concrete proof that the days of finding 90 point $9.99 reds aren’t behind us yet!
On to the Tasting Notes:
In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that I am personally a big fan of the wines of Rioja. I don’t have too much wine in my basement, but I certainly do have a few cases of beautiful Riojas from various producers and vintages. So you’re welcome to take this review with a grain of salt. That being said, I believe that when you taste the 2010 Montebuena Rioja you will come away with a sense of appreciation for the place. It offers up a lovely bouquet that begins with hints of ripe berries and then quickly transitions into delicate notes of rose petals, anise, cedar, and violet. It is a gorgeous scent that, while it is firmly rooted in tradition, does not come across as being edgy or austere. The palate continues that theme admirably with a juicy entry that offers up creamy red cherry and red currants that are punctuated by attractive hints of fennel, baking spice, and earth. The finish is certainly not sweet, but it isn’t overly dry either. Instead it has a nice balance of humble earthy notes and silky nuances of tobacco and cherries jubilee.
Food Pairing:
This is such a versatile red that I think you’ll find that it has quite a few sweet spots for food pairings. It would be great with a plate of Mexican style carnitas and a side of fresh grilled Olathe sweet corn if you really want to take advantage of the bounty of the season. But beyond that, you could pair it up with a plate of cured meats and aged cheeses or even serve it as a cocktail with a light chill on it when the weather gets really warm.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: July 10th
Peter Lehmann Shiraz Grenache 2010
Regular Price: $13.99
Sale Price: $6.99
Sale End: 7/13/2014
Peter Lehmann Shiraz Grenache 2010

It seems like this is the perfect time of year for planning summer parties, so in that spirit we have what may be the perfect party wine at a discount that is almost too good to be true. The 2010 Peter Lehmann Shiraz Grenache bursts with that classic Australian style! Spicy cinnamon and wood smoke leap out of the glass to greet you on the nose. Then as you swirl and sniff, this delicious Aussie red continues to come alive with deep dark berry fruit and a hint of fresh rose. The palate is equally attractive with layers of sweet red cherries, blackberries, and kirsch liqueur. It finishes with an intriguing mix of velvety cocoa and pithy bitterness, making this a ridiculously solid value. Serve it at your next barbeque and your guests will be blown away by the way it pairs up with your ribs, brisket, chicken, and more!
Food Pairing:
The heat is on here in the Mile High City and I know we’re doing as much cooking outside as possible to keep from heating the house up more than we have to. Pair this wonderful Shiraz blend with anything that has some nice charred grill marks on the surface and you’ll be in for a real treat. Whether it’s skirt steak for fajitas or some fresh summer squash, this Shiraz will pair up tremendously well with it.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: June 19th
Tierras Guindas Toro Tempranillo 2011
Regular Price: $13.99
Sale Price: $8.99
Sale End: 6/22/2014
Score: 90 Points Beverage Tasting Institute
Tierras Guindas Toro Tempranillo 2011

With summer poised to begin on Saturday, we wanted to offer up a great all purpose red that will serve you well throughout the season. The 2011 Tierras Guindas Tempranillo hails from the famous Spanish winegrowing region of Toro. Widely regarded as producing the most intense and flavorful Tempranillo in all of Spain, the Toro region is also known for producing wines with dizzyingly high price tags. But this week we negotiated a ridiculous deal for you on a young Toro that is sure to give you a real taste for this fantastic place. Immediately after pulling the cork on this Tempranillo, you’ll notice sultry aromas of sun-ripened blackberries and blueberries. As you swirl and sniff you get lush hints of toasty oak, vanilla, and sweet pipe tobacco as well. On the palate you’ll find that this Tempranillo is, first and foremost, a fruit driven wine that is built for pleasure. Ripe raspberries and black currants pop as do zesty notes of Moro oranges and cassis liqueur. Then as the fruit fades towards the back of the palate, hints of violets, incense, and forest floor creep in to take its place. It is a thoroughly complete wine and a very good example of the substance and style upon which Toro’s reputation rests. For less than nine bucks, it’s a total no-brainer!
On to the Tasting Notes:
I have to tell you, I totally dig everything about this wine. I love the way that it’s aromatic character bursts from the glass without any coaxing. I love the way that it begins on the palate with rich ripe fruit and then transitions into earth, minerality, and spice on the finish. More than anything else, I love the price of it. Honestly, this is a totally serious and complete bottle of red wine that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. It begins with sleek scents of warm berry fruit, but as that faded the fun really got started. Hints of incense, vanilla, and toasty oak crept up into the foreground. There was a real tapestry of aromas there and keeping in mind that this was a nine buck red, that was really saying something. On the palate the wine displayed a lot of classic Tempranillo character with a medium bodied mouth-feel and plenty of kirsch liqueur, black currants, and black cherry preserves. Fortunately the fruit wasn’t the only thing that the Tierras Guindas had going for it. Lesser wines might have dropped off after the initial burst of fruit faded, but this one kept up the momentum all the way through the finish with impressive notes of cigar box and damp forest floor. Balanced acidity and a kiss of ripe tannin framed the palate making the wine feel even more sincere and complete.
Food Pairing:
Considering that this week’s Tempranillo is a nice medium bodied example, I think that it would do really well with a similarly medium bodied dish. So why not throw together a plate of Arroz con Pollo? That classic Mexican chicken and rice dish augmented with onions, peppers, tomatoes, and a bit of smoky cumin will absolutely rock when you pair it up with this smooth and sultry red.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: May 8th
Château Saint Jean de la Gineste Corbières 2010
Regular Price: $17.99
Sale Price: $9.99
Sale End: 5/11/2014
Château Saint Jean de la Gineste Corbières 2010

This week we have a cool one for your, folks! Old vine Carignan from a small, family owned and operated Chateau in the French countryside is the kind of stuff that makes us, here at Mile High, get all giddy. The blockbuster 2010 vintage produced some of the most exceptional wines that have come out of France in a decade or more. The 2010 Chateau Saint Jean de la Gineste hails from the Corbières region and is made up mostly of the classic grape from that place, Carignan. This particular example offers up an intense bouquet of fresh lilacs, crushed cherries, wood smoke, game, cracked pepper, and damp soil. The nose lures you in for a sip, and when you take it, that’s when the party starts! Explosive notes of cherry pie filling, watermelon rind, rosemary, pithy blackberries, and cassis liqueur burst onto the scene as if they had been shot out of a cannon. The finish delivers a combination of warm peppery spice and persistent minerality that is simply unmatched at this modest price-point. What a wine! Fans of big old California red blends will find comfort in the fruit that this one offers up. While lovers of old world, mineral laden reds will have the experience that they crave, as this lovely bottle lingers on the finish. Grilling and chilling season is upon us friends, and this is your chance to fill your wine rack with killer red for a song!
On to the Tasting Notes:
Ask just about any wine connoisseur their feelings about the Carignan grape and you’ll see their eyes light up. Carignan, when it is done right, can be some of the most interesting wine on the planet. This week we have a fantastic old vine example that firmly places one foot into modernity while holding the other in old world tradition. After a few minutes of coaxing the nose, the Gineste perks right up, offering lovely scents of ripe berries, steaks on the grill, fresh herbs, lilacs, tar, and earth. It is the sort of nose that is both intriguing and appealing, with plenty of layers to be explored as the wine opens up in the glass. The palate is full throttle Carignan. Generous notes of roasted black plums, cassis, cherry pie filling, and ripe blackberries bathe your palate in a way that feels like sitting on the porch in the sun on a warm afternoon. The pleasurable sensation seems to touch every part of your being and it leaves you feeling not just happy, but content. But that’s not all. The finish delivers the kind of peppery spice that is one of the hallmarks of great Carignan. Then after you swallow, you’ll notice the sort of wonderful old vine minerality that only great old world wines seem to deliver. That’s what makes this wine so special. It has plenty of fruit and spice for those folks who prefer a robust modern red, but it still has the kind of classic earthy, rustic charm that so many wine connoisseurs favor.
Food Pairing:
Carignan from Corbières makes a tremendous pairing for a wide range of hearty foods. But since the weather has started warming up, I’m thinking that you should fire up your grill and make some fresh Colorado lamb burgers. Grill them until they’re medium rare and then top them with fresh arugula, a slice of buffalo mozzarella, and a dollop of sriracha infused mayo for a truly gourmet burger experience!
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: April 3rd
Vall Sanzo Ribera del Duero Roble 2009
Regular Price: $16.99
Sale Price: $9.99
Sale End: 4/6/2014
Vall Sanzo Ribera del Duero Roble 2009

We all love to drink fancy, highly rated, outrageously priced wine when someone else is picking up the check. But the reality of the situation is that most of us don’t have enough friends with expense accounts. So that’s where the delicious, full bodied, $10 reds come into the picture. This week we have just such a wine. The 2009 Vall Sanzo Tempranillo from Spain’s famous Ribera del Duero region is a perfect red for everything from cocktails after a long day at work to serving alongside juicy hamburgers fresh off the grill on a lazy Sunday afternoon. In typical Tempranillo fashion, this juicy red jumps out of the glass. Showy notes of ripe black cherries, blackberry jam, and sweet plums all come straight to the foreground when you take your first sip. But this is no one trick pony. Let the wine linger for a moment on your palate and you’ll start to notice hints of anise, cigar box, black slate, and sweet vanilla as well. Modestly oaked and medium bodied, this really is a red for all occasions. But beware, this one is in short supply and has a very good chance of selling out. So if you’re in the market for some killer $10 red, then you need to give us a call to reserve your bottles today.
On to the Tasting Notes:
Lately when we have friends or relatives over to the house who are casual wine drinkers, I find myself reaching for a good bit of Tempranillo. I find that they offer just the right mix of opulent fruit to keep my guests happy and engaging tertiary flavor to get my juices flowing. This week’s special, the 2009 Vall Sanzo Ribera del Duero Roble is such a pleasure to drink. It starts off quickly with a gorgeous nose of violets, warm berry jam, dusty soil, and cigar box. The nose is a perfect mix between juicy fruit scents and rustic earthy aromas. The palate continues down the same path that the nose left off. The entry is ripe and just a bit jammy with plenty of blackberry, black currant, and plum coming through. It has a sense of purity and refinement about it though. It is obviously not one of those sweet California red blends that have become so popular lately. The finish drives that point home clearly, as if offers up lingering flavors of underbrush, slate, toasty oak, and blackberry seeds. At this price, it is a surprisingly dynamic wine and one that, I think you will find, has a wide range of applicability for both cocktails and food pairings.
Food Pairing:
Despite being somewhat juicy and fruit driven on the entry, this delicious Tempranillo has wonderful clarity and cut. It will make a great pairing for pizza, burgers, BBQ chicken, and even beef fajitas.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: March 20th, 2014
Coto de Hayas Garnacha Centenaria 2011
Regular Price: $21.99
Sale Price: $12.99
Sale End: 3/23/2014
Score: 91 Points Wine Spectator
Coto de Hayas Garnacha Centenaria 2011

Ancient vines grown in poor, rocky soils have a way of imparting their wines with a sort of incredible sense of minerality and tertiary flavor that is difficult to describe with mere words. This week we have a tremendous example of a ninety-one point, one-hundred year old vine Spanish Garnacha. This impressive red smells, tastes, and feels luxurious. It has the sort of density and character that immediately informs both the casual sipper and the wine connoisseur that this is some serious stuff! Wonderful scents of cinnamon, warm raspberry pie filling, and sweet vanilla gently waft out of the glass to entice you on the nose. The palate is velvety and smooth with profuse flavors of ripe blackberries, roasted plums, and red currants. As good as the nose and the entry are… and they are mighty good, the finish is where this dynamic Garnacha really shines. Layers of plush ripe berry fruit, toasty oak, anise, and liquefied minerals leave such a pleasurable sensation after you’ve swallowed your sip. Drink the Garnacha Centenaria now if you love that hedonistic style of red or toss them in the cellar for a few years in order to allow the old vine complexity to become more apparent as the fruit slowly fades.
On to the Tasting Notes:
Last week we had some friends over for dinner. I cooked a delicious (if I do say so myself) Italian meal and paired it up with a stunning 2008 single vineyard Barbaresco. The food and the wine worked together so nicely that I spent the whole next day thinking about how much I enjoyed it. Then, later that next night, I opened a bottle of the Garnacha Centenaria and my wife and I sipped it casually alongside simple gorgonzola cheeseburgers and grilled asparagus. The next morning I asked my wife which of the two wines she preferred and without hesitation she said she liked the Garnacha Centenaria better. The Barbaresco probably costed five times what the Garnacha did, but that didn’t matter to her. Instead she said she loved the way that the Garnacha was so open and expressive. It delivered just the right balance of juicy berry fruit, warm spice, and luscious texture. In my opinion, there’s a lot to be said for that!

When I opened a bottle of the Garnacha Centenaria in order to write this review, I poured myself a nice large tasting glass and then sat back to let it breathe for a few minutes before writing. But I couldn’t keep myself away from it for long. When I swirled it around and went in for that first sniff I was so happy! Fantastic scents of fresh geraniums, Oolong tea, warm blueberry jam, Mexican vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate dipped cherries burst from the glass. The palate was equally sensational. It was smooth and sultry on the entry delivering lush notes of candied cherries, ripe red currants, and brandied strawberries. The mid-palate was broad and expansive with great clarity and composure. It finished with intriguing hints of fresh pepper, cinnamon, and crushed slate. When I returned to try it again later in the day, I found that the finish took on a little more richness and texture than it had when I wrote the bulk of the review, so I made a note to suggest that you use your decanter on it for a half hour or so in order to get the most out of it.
Food Pairing:
A wonderfully lush and friendly bottle of young Spanish Garnacha is at home when paired up with nothing more than a glass. But it will also compliment a wide range of foods. I love the Garnacha Centenaria with pepperoni pizza because I like the way that the sweet berry fruit it offers pairs up with the spiciness and saltiness of the toppings. It would also be a fantastic friend to classic paella, grilled sausages with peppers and onions, or even a plate of cured meats and cheeses.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: March 13th
Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Syrah 2009
Regular Price: $24.99
Sale Price: $12.99
Sale End: 3/16/2014
Score: 91 Points Wine Spectator
Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Syrah 2009

If you were one of the lucky customers who got their hands on some of the 2008 Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Syrah when we featured it on this email last February, then you can stop reading right now and pick up the phone to call and order some of the splendid 2009 vintage. If you missed that killer deal though, do not despair because the new vintage is ridiculously good. Right now this dynamic, organically grown, Syrah is all about pure hedonistic pleasure. It is ripe and sultry on the nose with layer after glorious layer of ripe berry fruit, smoky oak, fresh mint, and warm baking spice. The entry is so good that you will want to just sit back, close your eyes, and bask in its glow. Velvety notes of ripe black cherries, blueberry jam, cassis liqueur, and peppery spice deliver seemingly endless pleasure on the palate with each sip. Sweet tannins and a seamless mouthfeel make this one a great candidate for some time in the cellar as well. As good as this is, it is sure to pay some substantial dividends as it matures over the next few years. This one is the real deal folks. You are seriously going to be kicking yourself if you miss out on it. So please give us a call to buy your bottles over the phone if you aren’t going to be able to pass by the shop tonight for our free tasting.
On to the Tasting Notes:
I’ve said it before and I’ll gladly say it again, Syrah makes some of the most dynamic and ageworthy wines in the world. This example, the 2009 Casa Lapostolle Las Kuras Vineyard Syrah, is simply splendid to drink. It features more depth, complexity, and interest than you can shake a stick at and this week it does it at a price that is mind bogglingly low. I picked up several bottles of the 2008 and I know that quite a few of you did as well. That effort was raw and unfettered with a style that came across as being somewhat beastly until it had been decanted for an hour or two. By contrast the 2009 offers up a touch more composure and elegance while still delivering the sort of sheer power and persistence that fans of the grape have come to love and respect.

I suggest decanting your bottle for an hour or so before service in order to let the wine open up. Once it does you’ll immediately find a wealth of complex aromas that begin with the typical young syrah meatiness. That gamey note isn’t off-putting but it certainly is present. Once that begins to fade lush notes of warm blueberry pie, sweet cassis liqueur, vanilla, toasty oak, tobacco, and creosote begin to take its place. The first sip is explosive but has a sense of purity about it that makes me want to just sit back and savor it with my eyes closed. Flavors of ripe blueberries, roasted plums, crushed blackberries, and grilled herbs wash over my palate in wave after wave of pleasure. The finish highlights wonderful peppery spice, liquified minerals, cinnamon, damp soil, and more sweet tobacco.

At this point I would say that the 2009 Casa Lapostolle Las Kuras Vineyard Syrah is almost middle aged. It is certainly still strong and intense but it is becoming more yielding and complex. I think that you can open a bottle today and watch it knock your guests socks off when you pair it up with a hearty dinner. Or you can toss it in the basement (hopefully) alongside your 2008’s in order to afford it a few more years to continue maturing. Drink it through 2019 or thereabouts.
Food Pairing:
I think you’ll find that this lovely Syrah will make a fine foil for a wide range of hearty meals. One that immediately comes to mind when I taste it is beef bourguignon. I love the way that the smoky bacon plays off the inherent smokiness of the Syrah and the way that the velvety sauce lines up with the creamy mid-palate fruit that it delivers. We still have a little bit of cool weather ahead so there should be plenty of opportunities to make a nice hearty stew before the Springtime really takes hold.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: February 20th
Casa Contini Biferno Riserva D.O.C. 2008
Regular Price: $14.99
Sale Price: $8.99
Sale End: 2/23/2014
Casa Contini Biferno Riserva D.O.C. 2008

One quick whiff of the 2008 Casa Contini Biferno Riserva will immediately inform you that you are about to drink a remarkable Old World red. Sultry scents of oatmeal cookies, nutmeg, damp forest floor, dried rose petals, incense, and crushed berries all waft gently into and out of focus as you slowly savor the bouquet. The palate is lush and medium bodied with a style that seems ready straddle the line between casual Tuesday evening sipping and fancy Saturday night food pairing. The entry begins with an appealing note of fresh red cherries that seem to pop right on the tip of your tongue. Then, on the mid-palate, a generous mix of blackberry and blueberry flavors take hold. As you swallow, you’ll find that this sleek red is exceptionally well balanced. At times it is bright and focused and then, at other times, it is lush and smooth. It finishes with a hint of cedar that slowly fades leaving cinnamon, earth, and a bit of new leather in its wake. What a lovely bottle this is. It is truly rare to come across one like this that is showing so well but costs so little. Don’t pass this one up!
On to the Tasting Notes:

Our friends at Small Vineyards continue to deliver fantastic, traditionally made wines at simply unbeatable prices. We really are fortunate to have such a good relationship with them. This week we have another delightful example of the kind of quality and value that has made their wines such staples here at Mile High.


The 2008 Casa Contini Biferno Riserva marries the best attributes of its two grape varietals. The bulk of the blend is composed of Montepulciano which gives the wine a lush, pleasant, and generous flavor profile. But the addition of a portion of Aglianico adds structure and backbone to the otherwise soft Montepulciano. The end result is a red that has a sense of finesse that doesn’t come at the expense of power or food friendliness. The nose is intriguing with rustic notes of damp soil, dried rose petals, and a touch of tar. The Old World style becomes immediately apparent on the nose and the theme continues on to the medium bodied palate. It begins with a vibrant shot of red berries. Hints of cranberry and red cherry are quickly apparent. Then the flavors begin to get darker with notes of black currants and ripe blueberries coming through on the mid-palate. The finish is seamless with a pleasantly rounded texture and classic flavors of earth, bramble, cinnamon, and cedar lingering long after you’ve finished your sip.
Food Pairing:
The ‘08 Casa Contini Biferno Riserva really is a versatile bottle of wine! I think that it would be totally at home if you paired it with an antipasto plate containing the usual assortment of cheeses, olives, and cured meats. But if you wanted to serve it with something more special, then I think it would be really at home with one of my favorite roast chicken preparations. I love to take a mix of black olives, sundried tomatoes, and roasted red peppers and mince them up in the food processor. Then I stuff the mix into a nice thin layer underneath the skin of a whole butterflied chicken. Then I either grill it or roast it until it’s just cooked through. Delicious!
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: January 30th
Eagle Vale 'Margaret River' Shiraz 2009
Regular Price: $15.99
Sale Price: $9.99
Sale End: 2/2/2014
Score: 90 Points Wine Spectator
Eagle Vale 'Margaret River' Shiraz 2009

The big game seems to be on everyone’s minds this week. So in the spirit of pigging out on Sunday, we want to offer you a perfect 90 Point red for grilling and chilling! The 2009 Eagle Vale Shiraz is a deliciously peppery red from one of Australia’s cooler wine-growingregions, Margaret River. In classic Shiraz fashion, the nose displays lush notes of warm blueberry jam, tar, cedar, vanilla, and cinnamon. That showy character carries right on through to the palate which bursts with intense flavors of boysenberries, crushed red cherries, cassis liqueur, and raspberry preserves. It finishes with a style that demands attention, delivering alluring hints of pepper, allspice, and more sweet berry fruit. That all sounds pretty good, doesn't it? But you want to know the best thing about the ‘09 Eagle Vale Shiraz? It comes with a screw top instead of a cork so that you can drink it right out of the bottle on game-day. That’ll get you into the right frame of mind to really do some cheering Sunday afternoon!
On to the Tasting Notes:

Though I haven’t spent much time there, I’m told Australia is a pretty big place. Their most famous wine-growing area is probably the Barossa Valley which is known for producing a high octane version of Shiraz which often exceeds 16% alcohol. This week we have a somewhat different take on Aussie Shiraz. The 2009 Eagle Vale Shiraz comes from the Margaret River region which is well known for producing spectacular Shiraz as well as gorgeous whites. It displays a delightful bouquet that dances from sleek notes of violets and vanilla on to intense scents of macerated berries and warm peppery spice. Oftentimes, the massive Shirazs from Barossa become one dimensional due to their extract and high alcohol, but the Eagle Vale doesn't fall into that trap. It is clearly layered and complex with engaging flavors of raspberry jam, dried orange zest, over-ripe red cherries, and toasty oak. It makes each corner of your palate feel alive with notes of fresh pepper, cinnamon, and allspice. The finish is zesty and dry but it still manages to offer up tons of long-lasting berry fruit to keep it from feeling austere. This sort of balance is so rarely found in Aussie reds and as a result, the Eagle Vale really comes across as being a refreshing take on an old favorite. The style is so delicious and engaging.


The Eagle Vale Shiraz is so full of flavor that you could enjoy it as a cocktail but it has such fine balance that it will pair up exceptionally well with a whole range of dishes. It is an ‘09 so you’ll quickly be able to identify the way that the palate is maturing into something totally seamless and composed, and yet it still has a brash and untamed aspect to it. I feel sure that it still has some evolving yet to do should you wish to stash a few bottles in your cellar for next year’s Broncos Super Bowl repeat. In fact, the Wine Spectator review suggests that it will continue to drink well all the way through 2020. So really there’s no rush with this delicious red.



Food Pairing:

I think you’ll be in heaven when you’re watching the Broncos crush the Seachickens and sipping on a glass of this Shiraz as you munch on a plate of pulled pork sliders. But if, heaven forbid, you’re not a football fan then Andre’s famous slow braised pork belly served over a bed of tender lentils and drizzled with a few drops of good red wine vinegar should work in a pinch.



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Mile High's Wine of the Week: January 23rd
Domaine Maby Lirac La Fermade Rouge 2011
Regular Price: $22.99
Sale Price: $12.99
Sale End: 1/26/2014
Score: 88 Points Robert Parker
Domaine Maby Lirac La Fermade Rouge 2011

Over the last couple of years we have become big fans of the Southern Rhone producer, Domaine Maby. This week we have the pleasure of offering you a killer deal on their 2011 Lirac Rouge. This striking young Rhone utilizes the classic mix of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre to create a harmony of flavors that is so often imitated but so rarely duplicated. Sultry scents of lavender, thyme, tobacco, and freshly cut strawberries are so pleasurable on the nose. Sniff this one over and over again to reveal the kind of depth and complexity that makes the wines of the Southern Rhone so thoroughly wonderful. Then go in for a sip so that you can marvel at the robust, yet refined palate. Lush notes of ripe red currants, raspberry preserves, brandied cherries, and candied orange zest create a tapestry of flavors so elaborate that you’d easily mistake this for a fifty dollar bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape. Impressive notes of cassis, allspice, and pepper leave your palate feeling warm after each sip, while long-lingering minerality proves, without a doubt, that the 2011 Domaine Maby Lirac Rouge is the real thing!



On to the Tasting Notes:

Anyone who has chatted with me here in the store knows that I have entirely too much wine in my basement. But I can assure you that I will be buying several bottles of the 2011 Domaine Maby Lirac to add to the collection. I love drinking a great Barolo or Bordeaux as much as the next guy, but the wines of the Southern Rhone are the ones that I feel most comfortable drinking. The 2011 Domaine Maby Lirac is surely a young wine, but it is both delicious today and worthy of several years aging in the cellar. The character of the old vines and the quality of the 2011 vintage have come shining through in this bottling from Maby. A classic Rhone nose of violets, underbrush, crushed stone, and fresh berries is sure to grab your attention as soon as you pull the cork. Upon further review, I’m even finding notes of tobacco, and incense peeking out from behind the fruit. The palate is lush and dense with the kind of levity that the Rhone-style producers from Paso Robles and the Barossa Valley never seem to be able to duplicate, despite their most sincere efforts. Kirsch liqueur takes center stage while a supporting cast of blackberry jam, red currants, and over-ripe blueberries makes the backbeat swing! It finishes with such fine minerality that you really wouldn’t be too far off if you mistook it for Chateauneuf. In addition to the minerality, I love the dynamic hints of cinnamon, leather, and Provencal herbs that I get after I swallow.


As I mentioned earlier in this review, the 2011 Domaine Maby Lirac is a young wine. It is exuberant and bright at this stage of its evolution. There is an abundance of red berry flavor and a generous amount of spice too. But beyond that juicy entry lies a lot of old vine complexity. Persistent minerality is the hallmark of great Rhone wine and this one has it in spades. I fully expect this delicious effort to evolve for another 5 years and possibly longer.
Food Pairing:
Here in the middle of the winter, my mind turns toward braised meats and stews. I love to pair a hearty young Rhone red with a nice slowly simmered beef and vegetable stew. In fact, I think that is going to be our Sunday supper this week!
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: January 16th
Azienda Agricola Pugliano Treggiaia 2010
Regular Price: $14.99
Sale Price: $8.99
Azienda Agricola Pugliano Treggiaia 2010

With the big game this weekend we know that you are going to need some delicious, inexpensive party wine in the house. So we called in a favor and got our supplier to dramatically reduce the price on one of our favorite “Small Vineyards” Tuscan reds, the 2010 Azienda Agricola Pugliano Treggiaia. This Sangiovese based blend is a perfect choice for serving with gametime favorites like pizza, wings, and grilled Italian sausage and peppers. The nose is dark and brooding with sweet smells of baked plums and freshly grated bittersweet chocolate. The palate is ripe and robust with plenty of blackberry and cherry notes as well as a wonderful cinnamon spice flavor that makes your mouth feel all warm and happy each time you have a sip. While this Tuscan red is certainly rich, you won’t find any hard edges on the finish. Instead it goes down nice and easy, just the way it should. Like last week’s special, this one is an easy case buy. Come and taste it at our tasting bar tonight or on Saturday. We believe that this one is a great candidate for your new “house red”!
On to the Tasting Notes:
We have had the pleasure of selling the Azienda Agricola Pugliano Treggiaia for several vintages now. Each time I taste it my faith in  European “table wine” is further strengthened. The Treggiaia isn’t a fancy wine. It’s not an oaky behemoth that was destined to be a showpiece in some rich guy’s cellar. It’s just a delicious red wine from a small estate in Tuscany. But I love it. I love being able to confidently open a bottle of it on any old Tuesday night when I just want something delicious to pair up with some grilled sausages or a nice homemade pizza. Heck, it only costs a buck or two more than Yellow Tail and yet it is real wine from a real place made by real people. That means a lot to me. But enough about that. How does it taste, you ask? The nose provides clear evidence that it gets good and warm in Tuscany during the summertime. Sultry notes of ripe plums, cigar box, cocoa powder, and fresh flowers gently come into and out of focus with each passing sniff. It is, without a doubt, a more engaging nose than a couple of fifty dollar wines that I tasted earlier this morning. The palate does a fine job of retaining the bright red fruit driven character of Sangiovese without the hard edges that are often associated with many of the cheap Chiantis that are available in the market. It begins with ripe red cherries and red currants and then seamlessly flows into hints of cinnamon, leather, and dry soil. The finish is smooth and rounded but not the least bit wimpy. All in all it is a delicious effort that showcases modern fruit driven style without sacrificing the classic old world character that makes this such an appealing wine to drink.
Food Pairing:
The 2010 Treggiaia is a perfect choice for pairing with a whole host of simple meals like pizza, spaghetti, and sausage and peppers. Don’t overthink this one. As delicious as it is, it doesn’t need to have a special meal created for it. This is table wine at its finest. Just pull the cork and go.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: November 14th
Damalisco Toro Tempranillo Crainza 2008
Regular Price: $26.99
Sale Price: $11.99
Sale End: 11/17/2013
Score: 90 Points Robert Parker
Damalisco Toro Tempranillo Crainza 2008

Ok, so you already know that Spanish Tempranillo is awesome. Now, it’s time to take your love for the grape a little deeper. Today we’re offering you an opportunity to explore Spain’s famous Toro region, which boasts its own particular clone of Tempranillo, Tinta de Toro. Tina de Toro is renowned for its striking richness, its ability to age in the cellar, and its powerful tannic backbone. The 2008 Damailsco Crianza has matured just enough to make it accessible, but we can assure you that it still has a quite a lot of life left in it. On the nose the wine gives up lush scents of rose petals, sweet vanilla, freshly split oak logs, and sweet tobacco leaves. The palate is awash with sweet berry fruit, baking spice, and old vine minerality. It has a style that simply begs for food, with fine grained tannins, a plush layered mid-palate, and a certain amount of levity on the finish. This is textbook Toro and we believe that it’s high time you get familiar with it because it is mighty darned good!
On to the Tasting Notes:

Drinking young Toro can give you the sensation of having the enamel forcibly removed from your teeth. For whatever reason, the Tinta de Toro clone of Tempranillo combines with the terroir in the region to create massively tannic wines that can be quite difficult to enjoy. That said, I’m really excited about the way that this week’s special, the 2008 Damalisco Crianza, is drinking. It has mellowed just enough to be approachable, but not so much that it is fully mature and has lost the characteristic Toro bite. Paired with a lovingly prepared steak or roast, the Damalisco with shine so brightly that everyone at the table will surely take notice.

There’s nothing like starting the day off with a great bottle of wine! I opened my bottle of Damalisco Crianza at about 9:00am and poured myself a generous tasting glass. Then I left it to breathe in the glass for about an hour before sitting down to write this review. Decanting it was a good idea because it allowed the palate to soften, and the aromatics to really perk up. The nose had a certain elegance about it that was refreshing, considering that so many wines from Toro can be really aggressive. It began with hints of fresh cream, rose petals, vanilla, grilled bread, and fresh strawberries. Then, as I went back for subsequent sniffs I got a bit of leather, some clove, and a touch of freshly sharpened pencil. While it was obviously ripe and forward, it was also indicative of the long tradition of winemaking in Toro. The palate did not show the overabundance of oak that is often associated with more modern wines. Instead, ripe flavors of red cherries, macerated strawberries, and crushed red currants really shined through on the entry. The wine was medium bodied and very persistent through the middle of the palate. The oak and tannin came together very nicely to give real structure, without overwhelming the fruit or minerality. It finished with a kiss of cassis liqueur, a healthy dose of spice, and the sort of persistent minerality that is so often sought, but so rarely found.

You’ll want to pair the 2008 Damalisco Crianza up with a hearty meal if you decide to drink your bottles sooner rather than later. That said, I believe that it has all of the necessary attributes to improve in the cellar over the next several years. It should drink nicely all the way up to the end of the decade if you can give it a good home in your basement.

Food Pairing:

This time of year I think we all start pushing our boundaries a little bit in the kitchen, and try to create more and more interesting food by using different techniques and ingredients. The Damalisco is the sort of wine that will pair up with a very wide range of full flavored dishes. So it’s one that you should consider keeping in reserve for those times when you’re working on a new recipe and you don’t have the perfect wine pairing already in mind. If I had to give you my perfect pairing though, it would certainly be grilled lamb chops. The iron rich flavor of the lamb should be a perfect foil for the intense minerality and ripe tannin that the Damalisco brings to the table.

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Mile High's "Wine of the Week": November 7th
Bodega Los Clop Malbec Reserva 2009
Regular Price: $25.99
Sale Price: $14.99
Sale End: 11/10/2013
Score: 90 Points Robert Parker
Bodega Los Clop Malbec Reserva 2009

Whoa baby! You do not want to miss out on this week’s special, the 2009 Bodega Los Clop Malbec Reserva. One quick sniff is all it will take to put you in the mood for love. With silky and seductive notes of violets wilting in the heat of the summer sun, fresh baked sugar cookies, decadent vanilla, and cigar box, delivering such pleasure on the nose that you will find it very difficult to resist. As you go in for a sip you’ll be awestruck by luscious flavors of candied black cherries, French cassis liqueur, toasted bread, and warm blueberry pie. The finish is long and savory with impressive hints of espresso and mineral. This is one of those wines that will make virtually every person who tastes it stop what they are doing in order to really savor the sultry and seductive sensory experience that it delivers. You need to have a few bottles of this delicious 90 point red around during the holidays. Grab a few now for yourself, and as gifts, so that you can get a jump on the season.
On to the Tasting Notes:
The sad fact of the matter is that there are quite a lot of cheap, fake, unpleasant Malbecs on the market, made by producers who are trying to cash in on the incredible surge in popularity that these wines have seen in recent years. We work very hard here at Mile High to weed out some of the riff raff for you so that you can come in and find solid options at a variety of price points. But once in a while something like the Bodega Los Clop, an Argentine winery founded in 1880, just falls into our lap. We know that we owe it to you, our faithful “Wine of the Week” customers to make every effort we can to secure a great price on it so that you can feel confident coming in and spending your hard-earned cash on a few bottles.

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m not personally a big Malbec fan. But when I tasted the 2009 Bodega Los Clop Reserva Malbec I was more than willing to put my prejudice aside in order to tell you more about this beautiful red. As soon as I opened the bottle, glorious scents of vine ripened fruit, delicate fresh flowers, and toasty oak began to make their appearances. When I poured a glass and gave it a generous swirl, the scents began to come into focus. Fresh cut violets, almond peel, tobacco, cedar, damp soil, and pie crust. Notes of candied cherries, roasted plums, warm blackberry jam, and tart red currants exploded onto the scene when I went in for a sip. The texture was smooth and refined with no hard edges, very little tannin, and mild acidity. The wine had some lift on the finish, which kept it from feeling sweet or simplistic. It displayed fine minerality as well as lingering notes of rose petals, fresh baked rye bread, incense, and espresso.

All too often, as importers rush their products to market in an effort to turn a quick buck, we end up drinking Malbecs that are simply not ready. One of the benefits of working with an old, established producer like Bodega Los Clop is that they are not in a hurry to introduce wines to the market before they are ready to drink. This 2009 Malbec Reserva is only just beginning to hit its stride. The oak already seems nicely integrated and the tannins are certainly modest, but I think that the fruit still needs to fall back a bit from where it is today if it is really going to shine as a $25 bottle of red. So, I suggest that you give it an hour in the decanter, or another 3 or 4 years in the cellar to round it out even further. Then it will really pay great dividends.
Food Pairing:
This delicious full bodied red will compliment a whole host of traditional holiday fare.  From the classic standing rib roast, to smoked turkey, and right on through to a hearty beef stew. If you’re looking to try something a little different though, you ought to consider trying your hand at a Chimichurri rubbed New York Strip steak. I think the zesty sauce will pair up nicely with the creamy Malbec to make a really harmonious experience.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: September 19, 2013
Viña Honda Monastrell 2012
Regular Price: $15.99
Sale Price: $9.99
Viña Honda Monastrell 2012

Monastrell adds structure and intensity to some of the most powerful and ageworthy wines in the world. This week we have a fantastic young Monastrell from Spain on offer. It is one of those wines that simply refuses to go unnoticed. Brash and spicy it leaps out of the glass as soon as you uncork the bottle. Extravagant aromas of crushed blackberries, wilted violets, incense, and fennel greet you before you even get the glass up to your lips. Then when you do manage a sip you’ll be in awe of the amount of flamboyant berry fruit, warm peppery spice, and striking old vine minerality that this affordable treasure delivers. As delicious as it is today, this young red is sure to gain texture, depth, and complexity as it ages so we encourage you to grab a few bottles for now and a few more more for later. We believe that you are going to be thrilled with the amount of character and interest that it delivers for less than ten bucks!
On to the Tasting Notes:

I have had the pleasure of tasting a few vintages of the Vina Honda Monastrell over the last several years and I can tell you that I have consistently found them to be delicious, affordable, thought provoking reds. So you can imagine my excitement when we finally received the shipment of their newest vintage and I was able to take a bottle home to enjoy. I opened it up in the afternoon after a good long day of chasing my kids around and I sipped a glass casually while I was cooking dinner. Then I put the cork back in the bottle and left it until everyone had gone to bed before I returned to it to write this review.


The time it spent on the counter was a great benefit to it as it served to allow some of the youthful edges to round off a little and gave me a bit of a view into how this beauty would age. The nose was completely extravagant. You almost never get such a showy nose in such an inexpensive bottle of wine. Scents of exotic incense, wilted violets, cola, anise, myrtille liqueur, mint, and game burst out of the glass refusing to go unnoticed. I was completely taken by the way it smelled. I just kept swirling my glass going back for sniff after sniff all the while discovering new facets of its personality. When I took my first sip I found it somewhat bracing. Massive peppery spice dominated its personality. One quick sip was all it took to warm my palate up. It was youthful and exuberant with gobs of blueberry, raspberry, strawberry ,and redcurrant that seemed to touch every nook and cranny inside my mouth as I tasted it. You’d certainly be hard pressed to mistake this as an elegant Bordeaux, but that wasn’t a detriment to the Vina Honda’s personality. Instead it was fun and flashy. It said, “Hey, look at me!” in the way that teenagers often do when they’re out on the town on a Friday night. It finished with more spice. There were notes of freshly ground cinnamon, fennel seed, earth, and pepper. Each one was independent of the next yet they all managed to come together to create a fine tapestry of flavors.


I can assure you that, as fun and flamboyant as the 2012 Vina Honda Monastrell is today, this wine is going to get better as it rests in the bottle. If you plan to drink through your stash sooner rather than later though I recommend doing the Mollydooker Shake with your bottles after you open them. Not familiar with that practice? No problem, just open the bottle and pour a splash into a glass. Then pop the cork back into the bottle and give the whole thing a good quick shake. That will instantly aerate the wine and allow any of the dissolved gasses used in bottling to  make their way out of solution. Now pull the cork back out and give the wine a minute to let the foam on the top settle. During that time you can drink that splash you poured off into a glass in order to prime the pump so to speak. For those less daring a half hour in a decanter will achieve the same effect. I plan to stash a few bottles in the basement and come back to them in 2 to 4 years to see how they doing. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how well this ten dollar red evolves.

Food Pairing:
My mouth is watering as I type this. Head up to Whole Foods to grab a small rack of bone-in lamb chops. Season them simply with salt, pepper, fresh rosemary, and olive oil then grill them off until they are medium rare. Pair them up with a side of quinoa cooked in good chicken stock and studded with brandy plumped golden raisins. Add in a side of fresh blanched green beans drizzled lightly with olive oil and quality balsamic vinegar. A slice of grilled bread should finish the plate off nicely.
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