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: July 31st
Canoe Ridge Reserve Cabernet 2010
Regular Price: $29.99
Sale Price: $15.99
Sale End: 8/3/2014
Score: 92 Points Wine & Spirits
Canoe Ridge Reserve Cabernet 2010

We all love exotic and unusual reds from around the world. But despite our affection for those obscure wines there is something that just feels right about drinking a great glass of Cabernet. This week we have a fantastic buy on a 92 point Cabernet from one of Washington State’s most respected producers, Canoe Ridge. This dynamic red is a study in all things that make Cabernet so darn good. The nose is awash with sultry scents of toasty oak, sweet vanilla, roasted plums, underbrush, and that unmistakable aroma of the forest floor after a good rain. The palate is poised and precise with a style that seems to bridge the gap between the restrained wines of Bordeaux and the mouthcoatingly opulent ones from Napa. It offers up a voluptuous burst of ripe black cherries initially. Then it moves on to develop hints of red currants, ripe plums, and pithy blackberries. Fine tannins and proportionate acidity give the wine structure and yet keep it lively. It finishes with delicate hints of cocoa, espresso, cedar, allspice, and pipe tobacco. It is complete a Cabernet as we have tasted all year, yet it is being offered up at a price point that takes it into the realm of “Tuesday night wine”. Even if you aren’t usually a case buyer, the 2010 Canoe Ridge Reserve Cabernet is worthy of a large purchase because once it’s gone we can guarantee you that you’ll wish you had more of it.
On to the Tasting Notes:
Largely as a result of the fact that I am constantly tasting wonderful, expensive wines from far-flung reaches of the world I often find myself forgetting about the classics. Then I get a taste of a something like this week’s “Wine of the Week”, the 2010 Canoe Ridge Reserve Cabernet, and it immediately reminds me just why Cabernet became so popular in the first place. Cabernet, when it’s done right, seems to offer up the perfect balance of appealingly ripe fruit flavors, food friendly structure, ageworthy style, and engaging secondary character. The 2010 Canoe Ridge Reserve Cabernet delivers all of those elements in a package that is ready to drink now or can be laid down for several years to allow it to further develop.

I opened a bottle this morning when my palate was nice and fresh in order to give it the best chance to shine. And shine it does! The nose is explosive and yet seductive too. Layered scents of sun scorched fruit, damp soil, toasty oak, vanilla, cedar, licorice, and violets create an elaborate tapestry on the nose that makes me want to go back to it over and over again before going in for a sip. The palate begins with modesty and refined character as it offers flavors of black cherry, black currant, and raspberry on the entry. As the wine sits on my palate it shows a fine amount of cut and clarity by offering up that fruit in a way that never seems to feel overbearing or sticky. It has a good little pop of tannin as well as just enough acidity to keep it balanced. The finish is silky and pure with an engaging burst of additional fruit coming in the form of red currants and pithy blackberries. It also leaves lingering hints mocha, allspice, and anise with just a touch of burnt caramel.
Food Pairing:
Cabernet and lean meat are a match made in heaven. Whether you serve a classic filet au poivre or you delve into seared elk tenderloin, this impressive bottle of Cabernet is going to offer just the right amount of fruit and structure to pair up perfectly.
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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 3rd
Stickybeak Syrah 2009
Regular Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $11.99
Sale End: 7/6/2014
Score: 90 Points International Wine Cellar
Stickybeak Syrah 2009

Twenty years ago, California Syrah was poised to be the next big thing in the wine world, but for a variety of reasons, the grape never really achieved the level of popularity that many winemakers hoped it would. This week we have the pleasure of offering you a California Syrah that is virtually guaranteed to convert you to a Syrah lover overnight. The 2009 Stickybeak Syrah bursts with luscious fruit. It is wonderfully juicy and forward with a style that simply refuses to be ignored. But this is no one trick pony. Instead, further examination reveals a deeply complex and age-worthy red that will confidently rival even the most serious offerings from regions like Bordeaux, Rioja, and Tuscany. A short trip to your trusty decanter will coax a wide range of sultry aromas from this beauty. Notes of wood smoke and lavender mix with hints of roasted plums and freshly pitted cherries to create an alluring scent that will quickly draw you in. The palate is built with pleasure in mind as it bursts with sleeks flavors of blackberries, rhubarb, and blueberries all at the peak of ripeness. The finish has just enough acidity to make it food friendly without ever feeling tart or sour.
On to the Tasting Notes:
Syrah makes some really dynamic wine. Consider the wide range of styles with the heavyweight bruisers from Australia’s Barossa Valley on one side, and the silky, complex, and mineral laden Syrahs of France’s Northern Rhone Valley on the other. Virtually no other varietal is capable of delivering as much intrigue in the glass. This week we have an interesting California Syrah that offers up some of the smoky intensity of the Barossa, as well as some of the precision and composure of the Rhone.

The 2009 Stickybeak Syrah probably deserves a little decanting in order to allow it to open up. In my case, I left it for about a half hour before sitting down to write this review. When I did, I immediately noticed a lovely nose that gave up dark and sultry scents of roasted plums and toasty oak, as well as lifted notes of fresh cherries and rose petals. Sometimes Syrah can get so heavy that it is difficult to enjoy without food, but that nose reminded me that this Syrah would be a perfect wine to sip before dinner and right on through the meal. The palate fulfilled the promise that the nose made with a plush entry highlighted by silky flavors of spiced raspberry preserves, strawberries macerated in sugar and brandy, and crushed black cherries. As the fruit faded the wine turned spicy with delicious warming cinnamon, anise, and pencil lead. It was plush and smooth without any of the sharp edges that often mar the finish of similar wines. This could probably be attributed to the fact that this 2009 had rested in the bottle for a few years. In fact, the way it was drinking made me think that it could certainly rest for a few more years. It had an ample amount of fruit, a generously layered finish, and just enough tannin and acidity to tie the whole thing together. At this price, I thought it was worth grabbing a few bottles for this summer’s barbeques and putting a few bottles into the basement to watch it mature over the next three to five years.
Food Pairing:
The 2009 Stickybeak Syrah is going to match up perfectly with all of the great grilled foods that you’re making this season. Blue cheese studded hamburgers with a touch of coarse grain mustard, and a slice of ripe tomatoes on top sound just about perfect to me.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: June 26th
R. Stuart & Co. Big Fire Pinot Noir 2010
Regular Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $12.99
Sale End: 6/29/2014
R. Stuart & Co. Big Fire Pinot Noir 2010

The weather is really starting to warm up now that summer has officially arrived, but we know that a lot of you would still prefer to drink red wine with your dinner. So this week we negotiated some fantastic pricing on a zesty Oregon Pinot Noir. Delicate aromas of freshly pitted cherries, cola, and rose petals waft out of the glass to greet you as soon as you go in for a sniff. The palate is a classic Pinot in style with lifted flavors of crushed strawberries, ground cinnamon, and blood orange. At just 13% alcohol, it is by no means a big wine, but we can assure you that it has plenty of character! Serve it very lightly chilled alongside a plate of barbeque chicken out on the back deck and you’ll think you’ve died and went to heaven. This bottle is delicious, there’s no doubt about that, but we weren’t able to get a whole lot of it so the risk of it selling out is very high. If you’re a Pinot fan, or you just need some lighter bodied red for the summer, then you need to stop by or give us a call straight away!
On to the Tasting Notes:
I love a nice 16% alcohol Amarone as much as the next guy. But sometimes when we’re eating dinner on a warm summer evening out in the courtyard, I feel like I need to open something a bit lighter and brighter. That’s when I reach for Oregon Pinot Noir. This week we have a simple and delicious offering from a small producer in McMinville, the 2010 Big Fire. As soon as you pop it open, delicate notes of rose, anise, cinnamon, and fresh red berries all begin to make appearances. Unlike many of its California cousins, this Oregon Pinot doesn’t burn your nose with higher than average alcohol. Lifted notes of fresh strawberries, raspberries, and just a bit of blood orange seem to dance on the palate. The finish delivers a touch of cinnamon and peppery spice, but it does so in a way that is modest and not overbearing. It’s not that this wine is overly light; instead it is quintessentially Pinot with the sort of brightness and levity that made the grape so popular in the first place.
Food Pairing:
Serve this bottle at the temperature of an unfinished, below grade basement. Doing so will make it feel both perfectly refreshing and exceptionally balanced. Pair it up with some grilled chicken that you basted with a little bit of sweet barbeque sauce so that it caramelizes and burns just a tiny bit on the grill. Then, if you can, serve it outside on a nice warm evening. Perfect!
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: June 5th
Monte del Frá Valpolicella Ripasso 2009
Regular Price: $24.99
Sale Price: $14.99
Sale End: 6/8/2014
Score: 90 Points Wine Spectator
Monte del Frá Valpolicella Ripasso 2009

If you’re not already familiar with Valpolicella Ripasso, then you are in for a fantastic treat this weekend! The 2009 Monte del Fra Valpolicella Ripasso delivers much of the style and substance of its big brother, Amarone, but at a fraction of the cost. Made by passing freshly made Valpolicella over the skins and lees of Amarone, this “little brother” picks up many characteristics of that brooding behemoth, but without the ridiculously high alcohol or the style that necessitates a decade or more of cellaring. Striking notes of anise, fresh thyme, candied cherries, vanilla, and rose petals come together to create an exquisite tapestry of aromas. The palate is no less engaging with a silky mouthfeel and lush notes of roasted plums, blackberry puree, bitter chocolate, and damp cedar. It finishes in classic Italian fashion, with lingering hints of crushed granite, cigar box, and mint. It is an exquisite effort and thoroughly worthy of the ninety point score that it received. The only problem with it is that the supplier made a mistake with his inventory and had much less of it than he originally promised us. So this one is likely to sell out very quickly.
On to the Tasting Notes:
Ripasso is a fantastic introduction to the appassimento method in which the grapes are partially dried before they are pressed for their juice. Partial drying concentrates the natural flavors of the wine and imparts intriguing characteristics like raisin and black tea to the finished wine. This week we have a wine that, strictly speaking, is not an appassimento wine, but similar, due to the process of passing the regular Valpolicella over the skins and lees of the Amarone. The 2009 Monte del Fra Valpolicella Ripasso is sultry and complex on the nose with fantastic scents of raisins rehydrated in brandy, roasted plums, cedar, rose petals, fresh thyme, and Dutch process cocoa. On the palate, the wine is silky and pure. It offers up a ripe and full bodied entry but there are no hard edges or sharp tannins. Instead it bursts with candied red cherries, raspberry puree, espresso, and plums. It is forward and juicy without ever coming across as being silly or contrived. It finishes with hints of cracked pepper, cedar, leather, and cinnamon as well as the kind of minerality that we are all looking for in our Old World wines.
Food Pairing:
The 2009 Monte del Fra Valpolicella Ripasso is just begging for a hearty Italian meal like lasagna, Spaghetti Bolognese, or Beef Braciole.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: May 15th
Perazzeta Erio Super Tuscan 2010
Regular Price: $17.99
Sale Price: $9.99
Sale End: 5/18/2014
Perazzeta Erio Super Tuscan 2010

Here at Mile High, we’re big fans of wine that you can drink. It may sound silly at first, but really, there are a lot of wines that are meant to be looked at and lusted over but not to be drunk. This week we have a real drinker for you! The 2010 Perazzeta Erio is a classic Super Tuscan blend from a truly exceptional vintage with a core of Sangiovese, the quintessential Tuscan grape, that is augmented by generous amounts of Cabernet, Syrah, and Merlot. The resulting wine is playful yet refined. Dense yet delicate. Lush yet focused. After a bit of time in the decanter it gives up wonderful scents of cola, warm berry preserves, and toasty oak that quickly lure you in for a sip. The palate bursts with fleshy flavors of super ripe red cherries, dates, and roasted plums. The entry is reminiscent of a fresh fruit salad with the kind of vibrant and juicy style that simply cannot be ignored. New French oak barrels were used for aging and give this opulent effort wonderful density and richness, while the finish still manages to offer up some characteristic Tuscan charm with hints of loamy soil, fresh herbs, and warm cinnamon. It is quite a wine! Let’s put it this way, if you give it a try tonight at our tasting bar, then be prepared to buy a few bottles because there is no way you will be able to resist!
On to the Tasting Notes:
In the interest of full disclosure, I should note here at the start of this review that I have a bit of a head cold. So don’t be surprised if you get this delicious Super Tuscan home and find a whole host of wonderful flavors that I didn’t manage to describe for you in this review. That said, I have had several bottles of the 2010 Perazzeta Erio over the last month or so, and I still feel sufficiently acquainted with it to tell you a little more.

The Super Tuscan genre of wines have continued to become more and more sought after by consumers as a result of many Tuscan winemakers singular determination to make the most delicious, exuberant, and thought provoking wines possible. The 2010 Perazzeta Erio is, quite clearly, built with the ideal of pleasurable drinking as it’s paramount goal. It is dense and opulent with an almost reckless style that simply bursts with ripe fruit, toasty oak, and warm spice. The alcohol content is listed at 14% on the label but it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that it is actually closer to 15% based on the way that it smells, tastes, and feels on the palate. What that means to you is that the Erio is going to remind you, in some ways, of the acclaimed wines of Paso Robles, Dry Creek, and Lodi. It is wonderfully layered on the nose with initial notes of cola, cardamom, and baked plums. Then, upon further inspection, sultry hints of vanilla, crushed white pepper, fresh thyme, and a bit of new leather make their way to the foreground. The entry fulfills the promise of the nose with lush flavors of warm blueberry cobbler, macerated Rainier cherries, and ripe dates making immediate appearances. As the wine makes its way to the mid-palate, the influence of the 18 months of barrel aging becomes most noticeable. The texture is lush and dense with an inviting warmth to it. Through the finish the 2010 Erio shows a bit of its Tuscan heritage with hints of fertile soil, cinnamon, and more herbs.
Food Pairing:
A bottle like the 2010 Perazzeta Erio will work exceptionally well in a wide variety of contexts. I think you could pull the cork on a Tuesday evening, after a long day at work, and then sip it slowly while you relax in a warm bath. Alternatively, you could throw it up against a plate of olives, cheeses, and cured meats. It would certainly shine in that role. Finally, and probably my favorite, would be to grill off some sweet Italian sausages and then top them with a mix of peppers, onions, and mushroom that were sautéed in olive oil and then tossed with some crushed red pepper, a dab of tomato paste, and a splash of Erio at the end.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: April 24th
Finca Flichman Paisaje de Tupungato 2010
Regular Price: $18.99
Sale Price: $9.99
Sale End: 4/27/2014
Finca Flichman Paisaje de Tupungato 2010

Warm weather entertaining season is right around the corner now that Spring has finally sprung here in the Mile High City. This week we have a fantastic Malbec based blend from Argentina that is sure to delight you and your guests when you serve it at your next backyard barbeque. The 2010 Finca Flichman Paisaje de Tupungato is the estate’s version of a South American Bordeaux style blend. A healthy dose of the classic Malbec grape gives this blend fantastic density as well as a whole host of wonderful black fruit flavors. Notes of roasted plums, blueberry compote, and pithy blackberries are startlingly pure up front. Cabernet adds structure to the blend delivering supple tannins and a certain amount of lift to the mid-palate. Then a splash of Merlot is used to soften the wine’s edges as well as to make the finish pop with hints of espresso and dark chocolate. Give it an hour or so in a decanter to soften this bold red’s edges and turn it from a brooding beast into a perfect pairing for pepper crusted flank steak with chimichurri sauce. Or toss it into the cellar for a couple of years in order to allow it to mature slowly. Either way, this is every bit of a $20 bottle of wine but this weekend, if you act quickly, you can get it for half that.
On to the Tasting Notes:
This is definitely the way I like to drink Malbec! I often find straight Malbec to be a little too opulent and flashy for my tastes. But the 2010 Finca Flichman Paisaje de Tupungato avoids those pitfalls through the careful use of some Cabernet and Merlot. The end result is a wine that delivers wonderful density and fruit, yet still manages to offer up a style that seems serious and food friendly. When I tasted it for the first time I did so knowing that it was about a $20 bottle of red. At that time I was impressed by how engaging and complete it was. So I decided to start the conversation about making an email special out of it. You can imagine how happy I was when the deal was done and I knew that we would be able to offer it to you for only ten bucks!

I opened a bottle fairly early in the day when my palate was good and fresh. As soon as I poured a glass, I was impressed by the lovely aromas of cocoa, macerated strawberries, incense, and saddle leather. Instead of going in for a sip though, I left the glass on the desk to breathe for about 45 minutes before I sat back down to write this review. When I returned I found the nose was every bit as sultry and seductive as when I left. So I went in for a sip. The entry was awash with sweet fruit. Notes of ripe raspberries, roasted black plums, blackberries, and crushed blueberries all bathed my palate leading me to wonder what would happen on the finish. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed with the way the Malbec blend finished. Crystal clear acidity and just the right amount of fine tannins gave the wine a real sense of symmetry on the palate. Intriguing notes of blackberry seeds, toasty oak, mocha, and mineral hung around long after I had swallowed and made me yearn for a bite of steak.
Food Pairing:
I love making beef fajitas during the summer since I can pretty much do everything on the grill out back, which keeps the kitchen cooler and makes cleanup a breeze. This delicious Argentine blend will be a fantastic pairing for just such a meal, since it has more than enough character to stand up to the intense flavors of my fajita seasoning.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: April 10th
Bodega Tamari Malbec Reserva
Regular Price: $14.99
Sale Price: $9.99
Sale End: 4/13/2014
Bodega Tamari Malbec Reserva

Spring is in full effect here in the Mile High City so it’s high time that you clean up the back deck and dust off the grill to get ready for those great backyard barbeque parties! This week we have a perfect wine for you to serve with all of your grilling and chilling favorites, the Bodega Tamari Malbec Reserva. This dense and juicy red picks up steam as soon as you pull the cork, offering up lovely aromas of roasted plums, fresh baked blueberry pie, and subtle woodsmoke. As soon as you get to the first sip, your mouth will surely be watering with anticipation. In typical Malbec fashion, the 2012 Tamari Reserva delivers mouthfilling flavors of ripe black cherries and blackberry jam. It coats the inside of your mouth with luscious flavor and after you swallow, it leaves you with the most wonderful sensation of having just had a really good piece of dark chocolate. We love fancy expensive wine as much as anyone else, but this week is all about value! Use this one to fill up your wine rack. Your friends and family will thank you!
On to the Tasting Notes:
I am constantly amazed by just how much Argentinian wine you can get for your money these days. One can’t help but wonder how they can farm the vineyards, make the wine, bottle it off, and ship it all the way to Colorado while still making any sort of a profit. That kind of talk is way beyond my pay grade though. I’m just here to tell you about what’s in the bottle.

I opened a bottle of the Tamari Reserva and poured a generous glass for myself. As soon as I raised the glass to my nose for a sniff, the scents of freshly brewed espresso, dark chocolate, roasted plums, and toasty oak jumped out to greet me. It was a classic Malbec nose and a sure sign of good things to come. The first sip was as delicious as I had hoped with bountiful flavors of blackberry jam, ripe blueberries, and tart red currants. It coated my palate and left a nice warm glow in its wake. But that wasn’t all. The finish also delivered hints of almond peel, loamy soil, and cassis liqueur that faded oh-so slowly away as I waited for my next sip.
Food Pairing:
The 2012 Bodega Tamari Malbec Reserva is sure to be a big hit at your next casual barbeque. If you’re feeling frisky then serve it up with a sliced smoked brisket sandwich. The subtle smoky flavor of the meat will play very nicely with the toasty oak in the wine. But if you want something a little easier, then you ought to try some bleu cheese studded hamburgers with it. The wonderfully ripe fruit driven style of the wine will be a perfect match for the slight sourness and saltiness of the cheese.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: March 27th
Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2011
Regular Price: $29.99
Sale Price: $14.99
Sale End: 3/30/2014
Score: 91 Points Robert Parker “A big, voluptuous wine, the 2011 stands out for its generous, utterly inviting personality.”
Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2011

Il Poggione’s shadow looms large on the Tuscan countryside. Their wines are widely regarded as being some of the finest reds produced not only in the region but in the world. This week we have the privilege of offering you their entry level Rosso di Montalcino. This lush and inviting Sangiovese delivers more character, style, and complexity than virtually any other wine we have featured on this email all year. Indulgent aromas of warm blueberry jam, crushed rose petals, damp cedar, and forest floor slip seamlessly from the glass to greet you immediately, informing you that you are about to experience something wonderful. The promise is fulfilled when you go in for your first sip, as vibrant notes of Bing cherry, cranberry, Moro orange, and macerated strawberry deliver waves of pleasure on the palate. Characteristic Sangiovese acidity adds lift and food friendly style to the mineral laden finish. Drink this beauty over the next five to seven years.
On to the Tasting Notes:
Sangiovese can be so good and yet all too often inexpensive Sangiovese, whether it comes from Chianti or elsewhere, can be so light and tart that it is virtually undrinkable. This week we have a Sangiovese from arguably one of the finest producers in Brunello, Tenuta Il Poggione. This Rosso di Montalcino comes from the estate’s younger vines but the same techniques are used on this, the “baby Brunello”, as they are on the estate’s other triumphant wines. The result is a pure and unadulterated expression of the grape and the place.

Decanting is optional on this one but certainly recommended in order to allow the full length and breadth of aromas and flavors to develop. After an hour or so my glass of Rosso offered up perfumed notes of crushed rose petals, cigar humidor, cinnamon, Nag Champa, game, and damp forest floor. The nose was at times lively and bright and at other times dark and seductive. It was a tapestry of aromas that seemed to grow and change with each passing swirl and sniff. Even after decanting the palate was tightly wound with a style that begged for food. Sipping it while I was writing this review made me want to run up to Whole Foods for some pecorino cheese and dry cured salami. But alas, that would have to wait for another day. The palate was full of classic Sangiovese character with vibrant flavors of red cherries, cranberries, macerated strawberries, and tart cranberries. It had excellent mid-palate weight which made it seem lush even though it was obviously fairly high toned. The finish had excellent length with notes of crushed limestone interwoven between hints of cinnamon, plum, and tar.

The way that 2011 Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino is drinking right now leads me to believe that it is still a young wine that is worthy of some cellaring. It will drink very nicely right now if you pair it up with a hearty dish like lasagna but over the course of the next 5 to 7 years it should continue to evolve as the edges soften and the wonderful minerality that it delivers becomes more apparent.
Food Pairing:
We served a killer spinach and mushroom lasagna over the weekend and paired it up with a delicious Brunello from Il Poggione with great results. The way that the bright Sangiovese cut through the heavy flavors of sauteed spinach and mushrooms as well as the fat of the cheese was fantastic. Give it a shot at your house this weekend. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: March 6th
Domeco de Jarauta "Sancho Barón" Rioja 2009
Regular Price: $39.99
Sale Price: $14.99
Sale End: 3/9/2014
Score: 90 Points Robert Parker "This Tempranillo is packed to the rafters with juicy blackberry and dark plum and a luscious, irresistible finish. Delicious is the best way to describe it.”
Domeco de Jarauta "Sancho Barón" Rioja 2009

When Rioja is on, it’s some of the best red wine in the world. Well let me tell you, the 2009 Sancho Baron Rioja is on! The seductive nose wafts gently out of the glass to greet you as soon as you pour it from the decanter. Lovely hints of violet, forest floor, toasted bread, and sweet vanilla gently rise up front of this beautiful red. The palate is silky and refined with just enough ripe tannin to provide a frame for elegant flavors of fresh black currants, ripe plums, and blueberries. The seamless finish is smooth and plush with long-lingering minerality and a delightful hint of incense that comes into focus just as you're going back for another sip. Like so many of the great Riojas, the Sancho Baron is not a blockbuster. Instead it is a piece of art that is meant to be savored, discussed, and empathized with. Come have a sip this evening after work at our free tasting bar and I think you’ll see exactly what we mean.
On to the Tasting Notes:
You all know what a great fan of the wines of the Southern Rhone I am, but I have to tell you that I fall more and more in love with those of Rioja with each passing month in this business. When Rioja is done well there are few wines in the world that have the potential to deliver as much complexity, longevity, and food friendly style as they do. This week we have a sexy little number for you from a producer that some of you may already be acquainted with, Domeco de Jaruata. Their 2009 Sancho Baron Vendimia Selecionada (try saying that 3 times fast) is drawn from 65 year old vines in a certified organic vineyard. It posses so many of the wonderful traits that make Rioja so much fun to drink. The nose delivers elegant hints of vanilla, toasty oak, cedar, damp soil, violets, and macerated fruit. It is so expressive and yet it doesn’t beat you over the head. Instead it lingers at the edge of perception and waits for you to take an interest before giving up its secrets. The palate is similarly composed. The entry is awash with creamy red cherry, pithy raspberry, and ripe blackberry. As the wine passes over the mid-palate it begins to transition into notes of crushed granite, leather, and toasty oak. It finishes with the sort of minerality that is simply unattainable in many of the world’s wine-producing regions. I think that you are going to find it to be delicious and thoroughly approachable.

As delicious as this effort is, I suspect that it is not a candidate for long term aging. It lacks the sort of fine grained tannins that might help to preserve it for the long haul. But it isn’t going to fall apart next week either. I think that as lush, sensual, and inviting as it is today, you should be able to get a lot of pleasure from it as you consume it over the next two or three years.
Food Pairing:
I love Rioja and pork. I think that the velvety texture and plush acidity that this week’s special delivers would make a fine match for a thick cut bone-in grilled pork chop that you glazed with a mix of Dijon mustard and chili garlic sauce. Serve it up over a bed of slow simmered collard greens and a nice hunk of crusty bread.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: February 27th
Domaine de Valensac 'Entre Nous' Petit Verdot 2012
Regular Price: $18.99
Sale Price: $12.99
Sale End: 3/2/2014
Domaine de Valensac 'Entre Nous' Petit Verdot 2012

Oh man! If you’re a fan of big ole inky reds then you are going to be all kinds of happy about this week’s special, the Domaine de Valensac Petit Verdot! This Southern French blockbuster bursts onto the scene with shocking aromas of game, violet liqueur, underbrush, and warm berry jam. When you swirl it around it stains the inside of the glass with a luscious purple hue. On the palate this Petit Verdot is dense and sultry. It pops with flavors of ripe blackberries, cassis liqueur, blueberry jam, and peppery spice. Each sip of this velvety warm red is pure pleasure. As big and bold as it is, this one still goes down easy. Please stop by the shop this evening to taste it for free. You are going to be in awe of it as soon as you get your first sip!
On to the Tasting Notes:
Petit Verdot has long been an important blending grape in Bordeaux and elsewhere. It is used to give color, structure, and spice to Cabernet and Merlot based blends. Sadly, examples of it done as a single varietal wine are few and far between. If memory serves, this is only the 3rd time we have featured a Petit Verdot on this email. So you can imagine my excitement when I first tasted the Domaine de Valensac. I couldn’t get over the way that it coated the inside of the glass and the way that the nose leapt out of the glass to greet me. Further, I was so excited to watch it evolve in the glass as I went back to it over and over again to taste it.

Now I’m tasting it again and I am as excited as ever about it. It’s true that the discount we’re able to offer isn’t as steep as it has been on many of our other email specials, but I believe that when you taste this wine you’ll agree that it is one heck of a value. The explosive nose delivers indulgent scents of rose petals, cedar, vanilla, toasty oak, violets, game, incense, and underbrush. You can literally go back to it ten different times and get a new and distinct scent each time. I just love it when a wine is so expressive on the nose because it makes my hair stand on end and my pulse get quicker in anticipation of the first sip. That first sip is money! It’s dense and rich with plenty of ripe blackberry, blueberry, and cassis. The hard edges that it displays when you have the first sip after pulling the cork begin to fade as it opens up in the glass. I would still recommend decanting it for an hour or so before you sit down to dinner though, your patience will be rewarded. The finish offers up an intriguing mix of flint, white pepper, vanilla, and cigar box. It is lush without being soft with a style that will work exceptionally well as a companion to a wide range of hearty dishes.
Food Pairing:
Petit Verdot is not the easiest wine to pair. It has such a commanding presence that can easily overpower lighter meals. So in that spirit, I suggest doing a slow braised pork shoulder served with a port and dried cherry reduction, and paired up with a side of mashed sweet potatoes. That ought to hold up nicely!
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: February 13th
Westerly Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Regular Price: $49.99
Sale Price: $24.99
Sale End: 2/16/2014
Westerly Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

We are privileged to be able to feature exceptional wines from all over the wine producing world on this email. It’s fun to try out interesting and unusual blends from obscure regions. But there are times when you want something traditional, reliable, and delicious. This week we have just such a wine. The 2009 Westerly Wines Cabernet Sauvignon is a solidly crafted example of classic California Cabernet style. It pours a beautiful, nearly opaque, red color in the glass. Lush scents of sweet vanilla and toasty oak start things off then slowly give way to delicate undertones of violets, kirsch, and incense. The palate is silky and refined with medium body and sweet tannins. Notes of fresh Bing cherries, black plums, and warm cinnamon seem to impact every nook and cranny of your palate with each passing sip. The finish displays plenty of character with long-lingering hints of tobacco leaf, cassis, and forest floor. It is a fabulous effort that you will really be able to savor as it grows and changes in your glass. Pair it up with a perfectly seared filet mignon and a side of roasted asparagus for a high end steak house experience right in your own dining room!
On to the Tasting Notes:

There is something so comforting about drinking great California Cabernet. I love drinking fancy bordeaux, Super Tuscan, and Priorat as much as the next guy. But there are times when I don’t want anything wild and crazy with my steak and that’s when I reach for a solid bottle of domestic Cabernet. This week we have a delicious effort from a small producer out of Santa Barbara called Westerly Wines. Their 2009 Santa Ynez Cab is represents everything we love about Cali Cab. It begins with a lush nose that just exudes pleasure. Scents of damp earth and toasty oak are obvious from the start but then delicate hints of vanilla, kirsch liqueur, and cigar box slowly begin to reveal themselves. Some elements of the palate are hedonistic and pleasure bent, but it is certainly no Barossa Shiraz. Fine grained tannins do an excellent job of supporting all the lush blackberry, blueberry, and cherry flavors that come bursting through with each sip. The wine is full of fruit, but it’s certainly not what I would call a fruity wine. It finishes with warm cinnamon and humble earth. There is a touch of bramble and fresh herbs too but the wine never feels green or underripe. Much of it’s balance is, no doubt, owed to the fact that it has matured in bottles for a few years now. The texture is clear evidence of that. But it’s not an old wine at this point, probably not even middle aged. Instead it is just really starting to flesh out and show it’s true colors. I really dig it!


Food Pairing:
It may seem kind of bland to suggest meat and potatoes this year for Valentines Day. But I tell you, I know that most of you have, at one time or another, spent plenty of cash at nice steakhouses on meat and potatoes. So why not replicate that steakhouse experience at home this weekend for a whole lot less by grabbing some great dry aged ribeyes at Whole Foods and then picking up a bottle or three of the 2009 Westerly Cabernet?
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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": October 31st
Flor d’Englora “Roure” 2009
Regular Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $13.99
Sale End: 11/3/2013
Score: 90 Points Robert Parker “Savory, ripe, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated, it is an outstanding value for drinking over the next 5-6 years.”
Flor d’Englora “Roure” 2009

Spain’s Montsant region is renowned for delivering some of the finest values in the wine world. This week we have a delightful red on offer that showcases the fabulous old vine character that has made the region so famous. The 2009 Flor d’Englora “Roure” brings Grenache and Carignan together to create a beautiful tapestry of flavors that range from fruity to savory to earthy and beyond. Delicate and refined both on the nose and the entry the “Roure” steadily builds momentum and reaches a robust, spicy crescendo on the finish. It is a perfect wine to open after a long day at work so that you can enjoy a glass while you’re getting dinner ready. Wonderfully rich berry fruit and a generous palate will insure that this one goes down easily as your sauce simmers. But fine grained tannins and plenty of pepper, cinnamon, and allspice give impressive definition to the finish making this beauty a perfect choice to compliment your meal as well. It is an excellent wine at an excellent price, but be warned it is in short supply due to a mix-up with our supplier so it is likely to sell out quickly.
On to the Tasting Notes:
Great Montsant reminds me, in many ways, of great Cotes du Rhone. First and foremost, Monstant, like the Rhone, is famous for being the ancestral homeland of the Grenache grape. But beyond that, I love them because both wines offer so much depth and complexity in a package that is appealing and easy to enjoy. They aren’t wines that will stop traffic with extreme ripeness and ridiculous alcohol. Instead they showcase their own unique terroir delivering wines that work exceptionally well in a wide range of applications.

I opened a bottle of the 2009 Flor d’Englora “Roure” one evening as I was getting dinner ready and poured myself a glass to sip while I finished things up. When I had my first sip I wondered what had happened because the “Roure” was not as I remembered it. It was tart and acidic which seemed odd. So I left it to breathe for a few minutes and returned to it as we sat down to eat. Boy was I happy with what I found. The nose, which was initially closed down, had blossomed displaying lush scents of cedar, vanilla, sage, violets, wood smoke, and pencil lead. It was so slick and polished that I couldn’t wait to go in for a sip. What a sip it was. The entry was surprisingly delicate with hints of candied red cherries, raspberry puree, and strawberries on the vine. As it passed from the entry to the mid palate the wine gained momentum delivering notes of kirsch liqueur, almond peel, and cola. It kept picking up steam right on through the finish with lingering flavors of allspice, cigar box, crushed slate, vanilla, and dried berries. At first I didn’t notice any tannin, but after a couple of sips I realized that it had been there all along. It was just so nicely integrated that it didn’t stand out. The acidity it displayed was modest but apparent which, in conjunction with the spicy finish, made me wish I had a nice hunk of aged Manchego and some fresh bread to go with it.

While I do believe that the “Roure” is drinking very well as it sits right now, I think that it will probably continue to drink very nicely for another few of years. All the components seem so well balanced right now that it is apparent that this one is in the process of aging gracefully. If you enjoy your wines when they are at their most subtle and understated then you could certainly let this one go for another 3 or 4 years. If you like a little of that peppery kick at the end then you may want to dive in right now. Either way, it’s probably a good time to warn you that we really do not have much of the “Roure” available. I had hoped that we would have more to offer you, but unfortunately I couldn’t resupply on the ‘09 so we have fewer than 15 cases for sale. If you’re a fan of terroir driven, medium bodied, old vine reds then you are going to want to call or come by soon because this wine won’t last.
Food Pairing:
I think that the way the 2009 Flor d’Englora “Roure” is drinking right now makes it a perfect companion for a plate of good cured meat, aged cheese, black olives, and crusty bread. That sort of pairing will allow the wine to really be the star of the show. You could always pair it with something more substantial, but for me at least, it seems better to let it really find its own voice by accompanying it with simple nibbles.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: October 10th
Chantecotes Petite reserve Cotes du Rhone 2010
Regular Price: $12.99
Sale Price: $7.99
Sale End: 10/13/2013
Chantecotes Petite reserve Cotes du Rhone 2010

The wines from France’s Cotes du Rhone region deliver more interest, value, and food friendly style than just about any other wines in the world. This week we have a delicious offering from the acclaimed 2010 vintage. The Chantecotes Petite Reserve is an exceptional value. At less than eight buck a bottle, it is the sort of wine that you simply cannot afford to pass up. Textbook Rhone aromas of underbrush, crushed berries, and sweet violets await you on the nose. The palate is pure and refined in a way that is virtually never seen in wines at this price-point. Sleek notes of red currants and vine ripened strawberries grace the entry while hints of pithy blackberry seeds and forest floor linger on the finish. Medium body and zesty acidity, the hallmarks of the 2010 vintage in the Rhone, are on full display here. This delicious table wine will work very nicely on it own, or paired with a warm bowl of hearty beef stew, or even as a second bottle on an evening where you have already exhausted your allowance for “fancy wine”. Do not delay, we bought every bottle the distributor had but it won’t be enough to last through the weekend. Pass by the tasting bar tonight or give us a call to reserve yours.
On to the Tasting Notes:
Here I go again. I feel like a broken record sometimes as I profess my love and devotion to the wines of the Cotes du Rhone region. But really, the amount of depth and complexity that they deliver in quality vintages simply cannot be matched by other wines at this price-point. This $8 red, the 2010 Chantecotes Petite Reserve, smells like wine. It tastes like wine. It lingers on the palate. It’s not sweet or tart or otherwise flawed. It is just plain good. And while that may not seem like much, let me assure you that at this price it is quite an accomplishment. You wouldn’t believe the amount of very bad wine that is out there for less than ten bucks.

I opened a bottle of the 2010 Chantecotes Petite Reserve Cotes du Rhone in the middle of the afternoon. I poured a nice large tasting glass and went in for a quick sip. Satisfied that the wine was not flawed I left it to breathe for about a half hour before sitting down to write this review. Getting some air on this one was essential because it seemed rather tightly wound at first. However, after a half hour in my glass all of the hard edges melted away leaving a wonderfully balanced Rhone red to enjoy. The nose delivered hints of garrigue, dried orange zest, violets, and fresh berries. It was sedate but thoroughly pleasant. It certainly wasn’t as eye-popping as a 2010 Vacqueyras or Gigondas, but it had all of the classic elements that I would expect to find in either of them. The palate was juicy and forward with a surprising amount of black fruit ranging from black currants to plums and on to blackberries. It was medium bodied and round up front. As the wine transitioned to the back of the palate it displayed a great hint of pithy bitterness along with notes of graphite, olive tapenade, anise, cedar, and earth. The finish was clean and composed with very nice cut. Bright acidity made my mouth water without ever feeling tart or abrasive. All in all it was a very good example of the sort of style and quality that I had come to expect from the 2010 Rhones.
Food Pairing:
Here’s a fun one for you. Head over to the store and grab some chicken breasts or thighs with the skin still on them. Then buy (or make it if you feel so inclined) some good olive tapenade and gently rub it all over the meat underneath the skin. Toss your tapenade rubbed chicken parts into the oven or grill them off until they are just cooked through. Then serve them up with some baked new potatoes that you tossed in a mix of melted butter, tomato paste, fresh thyme, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Finally add a side of blanched green beans seasoned with good sea salt and a hunk of good crusty bread.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: September 12th
Four Vines Monarchy 2008
Regular Price: $39.99
Sale Price: $18.99
Sale End: 9/15/2013
Four Vines Monarchy 2008

Last week was hot and dry for the annual Festival Italiano here in Belmar and then, as if someone just flipped a switch, it turned to Fall. So in the spirit of the cooler weather ahead we have a wine that is guaranteed to warm you up inside! The 2008 Four Vines Monarchy is a massive Paso Robles red. Composed of equal parts of Malbec and Petite Verdot, it is the sort of wine that is sure to make you and your guests stop and take notice. Fantastic aromas of fresh baked cherry pie, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, rose petals, and cigar box leap out of the glass to greet you when you go in for a sniff. The first sip bursts onto the scene like a rapper at an awards show. Flavors of crushed red cherries, brandied strawberries, and kirsch liqueur swirl around on your palate like a tornado. The warm and spicy finish is a hedonist’s delight as it delivers sultry notes cinnamon, cedar, balsamic, and cassis. There is no doubt that this is a special occasion wine but this weekend we’re offering it to you at more than half off the regular retail price which means that you can crack a bottle any old time without regret. However, we need to warn you that this killer red is in very short supply. As soon as people taste it they are going to snatch up all they can. So please call in your order as soon as possible.
On to the Tasting Notes:
When I initially tasted the 2008 Four Vines Monarchy I didn’t know what to make of it. I mean afterall it’s a Paso Robles red made of Malbec and Petite Verdot. That isn’t exactly a standard blend. But I decided to grab a few cases for the store anyway. Well, let me tell you, the feedback that we have gotten from the customers who purchased it was so good that I immediately called the supplier and asked if we could take the rest of their inventory. Now I have the pleasure of telling you a little more about it.

I opened a bottle of the ‘08 Four Vines Monarchy and poured a nice large tasting glass. After leaving it to breathe for about a half hour I returned to find an explosive nose of blueberry pie filling, wilted violets, black tea, and baked plums. It was fantastic. It made me wish I could get one of those little tree shaped car air fresheners scented like that so I could take it with me wherever I went. Each time I swirled and sniffed it seemed like another layer of fruit and spice revealed itself. The palate kept up the momentum with an untamed style that delivered gobs of ripe red cherry, cassis liqueur, black currants, raspberry puree, and sweet vanilla. It finished with loads of ripe fruit initially but as that faded I got cinnamon, game, cocoa, and crushed graphite. It was unabashed and hedonistic with plenty of fruit, spice, and alcohol. A few years in the bottle seemed to have tempered it somewhat, but it certainly still had a lot of intensity. I thought it would probably continue to evolve for another 2 to 4 years as the edges continued to soften and texture became more opulent.
Food Pairing:
A bold and full bodied wine like the 2008 Monarchy needs a really hearty meal to accompany it. Since the weather is finally beginning to cool off maybe this would be a good weekend to make a big ole pot of braised beef shortribs. Pick up a bottle of the less expensive Four Vine Truant Zinfandel to braise the meat in and then pair the finished product with a bottle of it’s blockbuster big brother, Monarchy!
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: August 29th
Poderi Elia Barbera D’Asti 2011
Regular Price: $18.99
Sale Price: $10.99
Sale End: 9/2/2013
Poderi Elia Barbera D’Asti 2011

Barbera D’Asti is one of the most interesting and versatile Italian reds around. This week we have a delicious and deeply discounted example from our friends at Small Vineyards. The 2011 Poderi Elia Barbera D’Asti drinks exactly like an Italian table wine should. The elegant nose starts things off with soft scents of wilted rose petals and warm berry jam. On the palate you’ll notice that there are no sharp edges to get in the way of lush flavors of ripe black cherries, plums, and blackberries. Hints of humble earth and warm cinnamon drift lazily along the finish giving this sleek red a real sense of place and purpose. Have a glass when you get home from work. Then have another with a bite of good cheese while you’re cooking dinner. Don’t be shy, just go ahead and finish off the bottle with your meal. The 2011 Poderi Elia Barbera D’Asti will be perfect from start to finish. But be warned, our Small Vineyards deals rarely last through the weekend so please give us a call to reserve your bottles today!
On to the Tasting Notes:
If you’ve been reading this email for a while then you have probably had the good fortune to have purchased the beautiful Barberas from Podere Elia before. You might even be one of the lucky ones who still have a bottle or 2 hanging around in your cellar. In general I find their Barberas to be fantastic examples of the kind of quality and composure have made Northern Italian reds so famous. This week I have the pleasure of telling you a little bit about the 2011 Barbera D’Asti. I think that it has such a broad appeal that just about everyone who tastes it is going to really going to want to take some home.

I opened a bottle at the end of a long day of wine tasting. After pouring a nice large tasting glass I left it to breathe for a while and grabbed a little dinner. When I returned with my palate refreshed from a delicious cotija cheese stuffed chile relleno smothered in red chili I dove right into writing this review. One whiff of the Podere Elia Barbera was all it took to erase the thought of Mexican food from my mind. It began slowly with soft scents of rose petals and violets. Then it built momentum with a more intense aroma of cherries and figs simmering in Armagnac. Finally it delivered a kiss of freshly baked shortbread cookies. It made me excited to go in for a sip so I wasted no time. The first sip was exactly what I remembered from previous vintages. It was plush and rich and round and smooth. There were no hard edges to be found on the entry, mid-palate, or finish. It had acidity to be sure, but it was so nicely integrated into the finished wine that it never became tart or sour. Instead there were glorious flavors of crushed raspberries, red cherries, and sweet black plums. It had a jammy quality on the mid-palate, not in the way that Zinfandel does, but more like a sweet and savory sauce made for drizzling over a seared duck breast. The finish left lingering hints of mineral laden soil in its wake. I even got a bit of Café Brulot at the very end.

The 2011 Podere Elia was, like most Barberas, meant for nearer term consumption. The great age-worthy wines of Piedmont are supposed to be made of Nebbiolo anyway. That said, this delicious red is certain to drink very well for the next 2 to 4 years. Sure, the wonderful fruit will begin to fade as it ages but an even more definite sense of terroir will seamlessly fill that void. Buy a bunch of these and pull one out anytime you’re looking for a great red that can go from cocktails to appetizers and right on through to the entree course without missing a beat.
Food Pairing:
I think you will be hard pressed to come up with meals that the 2011 Podere Elia Barbera D’Asti does not pair up nicely with. It has such impressive polish and balance that you can take it right from cocktail hour through the main course. Serve it up alongside a fresh basil and pine nut pesto rubbed whole barbecue chicken for a real late summer treat. Maybe add a side of farmers market fresh zucchini and yellow squash sauteed in bacon fat and topped with a sprinkle of fresh grated parmesan cheese.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: August 8th
Nugget Point New Zealand Pinot Noir 2010
Regular Price: $16.99
Sale Price: $9.99
Sale End: 8/11/2013
Nugget Point New Zealand Pinot Noir 2010

Many of you are thoroughly familiar with the wonderful Sauvignon Blanc coming out of New Zealand these days. But have you become acquainted with the incredible Pinot Noir that they produce? If you have then you know that you’re going to be in for a treat this weekend. If you haven’t then let us enlighten you a bit. Low rolling hills and cool temperatures that are hallmarks of New Zealand’s winecountry. Their poised, finesse driven reds and whites stand in stark contrast to brooding behemoths of their neighbors in Australia. This week’s special, the 2010 Nugget Point Pinot Noir, is sleek, light, and seductive. The nose delivers soft scents of dusty cherries, fresh violets, creosote, and spice. The palate is awash with flavors of ripe raspberries and macerated strawberries. Tame acidity and fine minerality frame the zesty finish. Pair it with a baby spinach salad topped with crumbled bacon and fresh mozzarella if you want something simple. Or serve it alongside a pesto rubbed broiled salmon filet if you want to church it up a bit. Whatever you do, get down here this weekend and grab some of this frisky little Kiwi red before it’s all gone!
On to the Tasting Notes:

I can honestly say that I have not been a big fan of New Zealand Pinot Noir over the years. All too often when I taste them I find them austere with little body and plenty of stemmy underripe nuances. But I keep trying them because I know that there are bound to be some really good options out there since the region seems so well situated for growing great Pinot.

I certainly wasn’t feeling very hopeful when one of my suppliers called and told me that he wanted to come down to taste a $9.99 New Zealand Pinot for our email special. But he’s a great guy and he often brings in some really cool wine so I decided to give his Pinot a shot. Imagine my surprise when I tasted this delicious little bottle! It opened with a flourish giving up engaging scents of freshly pitted cherries, violets, tar, and damp soil. It had a wonderful Pinot nose that seemed to give up just enough character to get me interested without putting everything right on display. The first sip was lovely. The entry was subdued and gentle with playful hints of macerated strawberries and raspberries initially. As I went back in for a second taste I began to get flavors of red currants and boysenberries. It had just enough acidity to feel bright and fresh without ever giving the appearance of being tart or underripe. The surprisingly long finish displayed an impressive amount of minerality as well as notes of underbrush, cinnamon, and warm blueberry preserves. All in all I found it to be quite an amusing red. It certainly wouldn’t pass for a $50 Russian River powerhouse, but that wasn’t the point. Instead it danced on the palate and left me wanting another sip.
Food Pairing:

I think you’d do really well to pair this Pinot up with one of my favorite New Orleans salads, baby spinach and fried oysters with a warm bacon fat vinaigrette. Just typing those words takes me back to the one of my favorite haunts in the French Quarter, the Napoleon House. Don’t you love it when the mere mention of great food and wine can instantly transport you to another time and place?  

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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 29th
Cave de Tain Rhône Valley Syrah 2011
Regular Price: $13.99
Sale Price: $8.99
Sale End: 6/1/2014
Cave de Tain Rhône Valley Syrah 2011

When you taste this week’s “Wine of the Week” you are going to be shocked by the amount of value that it delivers! The 2011 Cave de Tain Syrah offers you a sincere glimpse into the pastoral countryside of the Northern Rhone Valley. It is pure and refined with lovely notes of blueberry pie, wood smoke, game, and the sort of profound minerality that only comes from the world’s finest winegrowing regions. Clearly built with pleasure in mind, this lovely French Syrah epitomizes the notion of French table wine by delivering balance, precision, and an utterly food friendly style that will compliment dishes ranging from simple cheese and crusty bread all the way up to a lovingly prepared medium rare Colorado lamb chop with a blackberry jus. It is the sort of wine that you can pour with complete confidence regardless of the occasion. Our motto is a simple one here at Mile High, “Buy wine that tastes like it costs more than it does.” We believe that the 2011 Cave de Tain Syrah absolutely nails it!
On to the Tasting Notes:
I love French table wine. There’s something profound in its simplicity that defies explanation. This week we have a delicious Syrah that is produced from grapes grown in the famous Northern Rhone region. If you’re not already familiar with the wines of the Northern Rhone, then you are in for a fantastic introduction when you taste the 2011 Cave de Tain Syrah. It begins with an alluring nose of fresh violets, cooked blueberries, wood smoke, game, and damp soil. Those of you who are already acquainted with the cooler climate Syrah style will immediately pick up on the classic traits that this dynamic varietal delivers. Lush and restrained on the palate, its humble and inviting style gives a glimpse into the heart of Syrah. Notes of ripe blueberry, blackberry, and plum come through in waves at first. Then, as those flavors begin to recede, things really begin to get interesting. A touch of incense comes through first. Then, some cinnamon and white pepper make appearances. Finally, it finishes with the kind of lingering minerality that is so often sought and yet so rarely found in wines at this price-point. The wine is complete. It is appealing. Bright acidity makes it food friendly, but it never seems tart or austere. Instead, it seems balanced and composed with just the right amount of fruit and spice. While I do not believe that it was ever intended to be a candidate for the cellar, I do think you’ll be thrilled with the way that it drinks over the next couple of years.
Food Pairing:
The 2011 Cave de Tain Syrah is a very versatile bottle of red. Keep it simple and serve it with a plate of cheeses, cured meats, and crusty bread. Or chill it down a few degrees and then serve it with some smoky grilled chicken for a great al fresco meal out on the back deck. Heck, this one has the style to pair up with game too. If you’re feeling frisky you could pair it with some little grilled lamb chop “lollipops” served with a drizzle of fresh blackberry infused beef demi-glace.
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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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Mile High's Wine of the Week: August 1st
Domaine Sainte Eugenie “La Reserve” 2010
Regular Price: $18.99
Sale Price: $9.99
Sale End: 8/4/2013
Score: 89 Points Wine Spectator
Domaine Sainte Eugenie “La Reserve” 2010

The 2010 vintage in the France’s Languedoc region has been widely regarded as one of the finest in recent memory. A long growing season ensured that the grapes would have ample time to ripen and the lack of major heat spikes helped them to do so while still retaining great acidity. The resulting wines, like this week’s special the Domaine Sainte Eugenie “La Reserve”, are nothing short of spectacular. Carignan, Grenache, and Syrah come together in near perfect harmony in this luscious and spicy red. A deep sniff reveals intriguing notes of roasted plums, lavender, tobacco, and allspice. One quick sip is all it will take to place you completely under its spell. The ripe, rich texture delivers sultry flavors of blackberries and cassis liqueur as well as a nice peppery finish. What a solid bottle of red! It has so much going for it; wonderfully ripe fruit, warm peppery spice, old vine minerality, and a food friendly finish. Grab a bunch of these, folks.
On to the Tasting Notes:
I am really becoming a big fan of wines made with the Carignan grape. There are some amazing old vine parcels of Carignan scattered around the Rhone and Languedoc that are capable of producing some ridiculously good fruit. The 2010 Domaine Sainte Eugenie “La Reserve” is composed of 40% Carignan, 30% Grenache, and 30% Syrah. As a result of the high percentage of Carignan this red has quite a lot of structure and backbone compared to more typical Rhone style blends containing only Grenache and Syrah. It has a fantastic nose that blends rustic notes of damp soil and underbrush with impressive hints of toasted bread, lavender, macerated berries, allspice, tobacco, and Tahitian vanilla. It is so expressive and inviting. If you are a lover of French reds then you are going to be completely captivated by the nose of this wine. But just smelling nice isn’t enough, is it? The flavor profile continues along the same theme as the nose with an exciting mix of rustic and modern characteristics. The texture is silky and rich on the entry with luscious flavors of blueberry jam, smashed raspberries, cassis liqueur, and hint of bitter blackberry seeds. As the wine moves to the back of the palate the flavors shift from fruit to spice with wonderful notes of cinnamon, cracked pepper, allspice, vanilla, and candied orange zest. The sweetly fruited finish leaves lingering hints of pencil lead and almond skin in its wake. Very nicely integrated tannins and crisp but controlled acidity frame the ample fruit, spice, and earth making the 2010 “La Reserve” a surprisingly complete wine considering it’s modest price. It is drinking very nicely now but I feel sure that it will hold up well in the cellar for another 3 to 5 years.
Food Pairing:
The 2010 “La Reseve” will prove to be a very versatile wine for you since it has such a generous core of sweet fruit as well as structured mouthfeel and finish. You could pair it up with a cheese plate for a simple impromptu afternoon snack. Or you could take it up a notch with some red wine braised lamb shanks and root vegetables. Either way this wine will deliver a lot of pleasure!
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: July 11th
Frascole Bitornino Chianti 2010
Regular Price: $14.99
Sale Price: $8.99
Frascole Bitornino Chianti 2010

Great Chianti is an indispensable ingredient in a well stocked wine rack. There’s something about the way that it compliments a wide range of classic Italian dishes that defies simple explanation. The lovely nose of fresh berries, rose petals, cedar, and earth is both straightforward and thoroughly intriguing. The juicy mouthfeel laden with a whole host of the wonderful red fruit flavors makes great Chainti so approachable. Yet the finish displays the kind of crispness and cut that just begs for a bite of cheesy lasagna or hearty Italian sausage. The 2010 Frascole Bitornino Chianti embodies all these attributes and more at a price that simply cannot be ignored. This is one of those wines that will quickly become your go-to red for pizza night, spaghetti and meatballs, and Thursday evening cocktail hour. Don’t buy a bottle this week folks. Buy several because this wine and this deal are way too good to pass up.
On to the Tasting Notes:
I’m pretty excited about this week’s special, the 2010 Frascole Bitornino Chianti. It’s not every day that I find an attractive, well built red wine that displays a real sense of place. Finding generic red is easy, you’ve all had them over the years. Sometimes you have a sip and, though the juice is pleasant and quaffable, it just sort of tastes like plain old red wine. There’s nothing to differentiate it from any other cheap red. The 2010 Frascole Bitornino Chianti actually tastes like Chianti. That may not seem like a novel concept at first, but when you consider the great volume of Chianti that is bulked up with Cabernet and Merlot these days, then I think you’ll agree that it is refreshing to pour a glass of the genuine article.

I opened a bottle of the 2010 Bitornino in the morning when my palate was good and fresh. I wanted to be sure to give you an accurate representation of this demure Tuscan red. The first thing that struck me was the color in the glass. It was a beautiful garnet red color with a lovely translucent core. It became immediately obvious that this wasn’t one of those over-saturated Super Tuscan style Chiantis. Instead it was light and juicy, the way it was supposed to be. The nose began to develop quickly as I swirled my glass around on the table. Hints of nutmeg, toasted bread, wilted rose petals, cedar, thyme, and damp soil all made appearances as I swirled and sniffed. It had a delicate scent, but it was obvious that there was quite a lot of complexity lurking just at the edge of perception. The palate continued along the same lines as the nose. The entry was bright and soft with a healthy dose of cherry, raspberry, and redcurrant initially. As the flavor expanded to the mid-palate I got hints of roasted plum and cinnamon. The finish had just the right amount of acidity to give the wine a real sense of place. Sangiovese ought to have nice cut, and this one certainly did. It left lingering notes of humble earth, cedar, and dried orange zest, and plum skin in it’s wake after I swallowed. There was even a touch of allspice at the very end. Though not powerful or dense, it was quite complete. Considering the modest cost, I was thoroughly and completely satisfied with it.

As you could tell from the previous paragraph, I was pretty impressed by the 2010 Bitornino. That said, it was a wine that was meant to be consumed during it’s youth. With the 2013 harvest quickly approaching in the Tuscan countryside, I suspected that it wouldn’t be long before locals would consider this delicious wine to be “over the hill”. It was great when I tasted it, and I fully expect it to be great through the end of the year. But that’s about as long as you would probably want to hold it. That said, it was an obvious candidate for a “case buy” since it was clearly the type of wine that would have a broad appeal both for cocktails and for dinner pairings.
Food Pairing:
I think you’ll be quite happy with the 2010 Frascole Bitornino Chianti. It’ll be a great companion to cheese and crusty bread after a long day at work. But it will also serve you well on pizza night or when paired up with a heaping helping of homemade spaghetti and meatballs.
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