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: May 21st
Matchbook Wines "Tinto Rey" 2010
Regular Price: $17.99
Sale Price: $12.99
Sale End: 5/24/2015
Score: 90 Points Robert Parker
Matchbook Wines "Tinto Rey" 2010

With the big holiday weekend upon us we want offer you a killer bottle of deeply discounted red that is perfect for casual sipping or for pairing with burgers and brats on the grill. The 2010 Matchbook Winery Tinto Rey is a really cool California Tempranillo blend based that is as luscious and dense as you could want. It has gobs of rich, ripe fruit and plenty intriguing old world charm. The nose is awash with scents of black currants, toasty oak, cigar box, and anise. It has the sort of dark and brooding nose that invites you in for a sip. And boy, what a sip it is! The palate is generous at first. It offers up plenty of blackberry and black cherry on the entry. Then hints of blueberry jam and Marascino liqueur begin to take hold. The finish delivers food friendly notes of tar and licorice as well as a hint of pithy bitterness. It is nothing short of fantastic, with none of that cheap sticky sweet style that is all too often found in inexpensive California red blends.
On to the Tasting Notes:
There is no doubt that the California red blend category is one of the most popular in the store right now. But we’re beginning to see more and more of them with lingering sweetness, and not just ripe wines but wines that were actually sweet. This week though we have a fantastic California red blend that is wonderfully ripe and sweetly fruited but fermented all the way to dryness. After a few minutes of decanting impressive scents of cocoa, cedar, tobacco, licorice, and Chinese five spice powder waft from the glass to greet you. Once you go in for a sip you’ll be treated to an impressive array of fruit flavors ranging from ripe blackberries and black cherries to plums and blueberries. It has wonderful density on the palate but it’s not sticky or syrupy. Instead the wine shows a sort of clarity and composure that doesn’t holler, “Look at me! Look at me!”. The finish is long and plush with a cool touch of pithy bitterness that lingers after each sip and reminds you that you’re not sipping some over-extracted fruit bomb.
Food Pairing:
Since just about everyone is going to be firing up the grills this weekend we think that you’ll be in great shape if you open a bottle or three of the Tinto Rey both for casual sipping before dinner and for pairing with your burgers, steaks, and brats. But after the holiday weekend is over you’ll really want to try a bottle of it alongside a plate of cured meats and cheeses with a hunk of crusty bread. Sooner or later the weather is bound to warm up and I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than sitting in a park under a shady tree picnicking with a bottle of the Tinto Rey.
You MUST mention this special or print it out to receive the price on the above wine.
This price expires 5/24/2015 at 6pm and is limited to in-store quantities.
No rain checks given. Call (303) 936-0272 to reserve bottles with a credit card.
Mile High's Wine of the Week: May 14th
Domaine Pech de Lune “Equinox” 2011
Regular Price: $18.99
Sale Price: $12.99
Sale End: 5/17/2015
Domaine Pech de Lune “Equinox” 2011

France’s Languedoc region has been really coming on strong in recent years, transforming itself from a bulk wine oriented region into one that is widely regarded as producing some of the great reds, whites, and roses of France. This week we have a killer Rhone style blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan from a small family owned estate that serves as beacon of the new Languedoc. Pour yourself a glass of this luscious red and the first thing you’ll notice is the deeply saturated, almost opaque color. The dark and brooding nose is revealed with the first swirl and sniff. Hints of wilted violets and crushed blueberries come through at first then a touch of tobacco and a kiss of anise follow on their heels. Black currants and roasted plum keep the pleasure fest going on the plate. But this is no fruit bomb. Instead it is dark and somewhat mysterious with plenty of intriguing non-fruit character through the mid-palate and the long, lush finish. While the season for hearty stews and braised meats may be winding down, we know that there’s always a place in your wine rack for a bold, full flavored red. So, please pass by the tasting bar tonight to try out the 2011 Pech de Lune tonight for free. We think that you are going to absolutely love it!
On to the Tasting Notes:
While it’s true that I’m a real sucker for the wines of the Southern Rhone I can assure you that it doesn’t cloud my judgement about overall quality. This week’s special, the 2011 Pech de Lune Equinox, is a quality wine through and through. First, it’s a real wine from a real place. That may not seem like much but these days but there are no shortage of fake wines that are made of bulk juice bought from nameless conglomerates and adorned with catchy labels. If you happened to be banging around in the Languedoc you could actually drive by the vineyards and winery where this wine was made. But besides that, the Equinox is delicious. And at the end of the day, taste is probably the most important part of the equation anyway. The nose is dark and alluring with sumptuous notes of violets at their peak, the brambly underbrush for which the French countryside is so famous, and warm berry preserves gently simmering in a saucepan on the stove. Black currants, cassis, roasted plums, and over-ripe blueberries deliver waves of pleasure on the palate. But as much fruit as it offers, the Equinox isn’t a particularly fruity red. It has a sense of humble mystery about it with layers of non-fruit flavor lingering just below the surface and waiting to be discovered. The acidity is modest but nicely balanced and there’s even a touch of food-friendly tannin that lingers for a moment after you swallow. More than anything, my takeaway from having tasted it is that the 2011 Equinox is a complete wine. It has everything I want and nothing that I don’t. It may not be a candidate for a decade or more in the cellar and it’s not the wine I’ll serve at my next birthday supper but that’s not what it is trying to be. It is simply trying to be true to the vineyard from which it came. I applaud that and I think that, once you have a taste, you will too!
Food Pairing:
Dark wines like the 2011 Pech de Lune Equinox really shine when they are paired with similarly dark foods. Slow roasted meat comes to mind as a possibility. I happened to grab a couple of big bone-in pork spare ribs the other day and I was thinking I would gently rub them with good Hungarian paprika, clove, and allspice then give them a quick sear in a hot pan before adding a touch of red wine and braising them in the oven for a couple of hours until they’re ready to fall right off the bone. I’ll add a handful of those great little fresh carrots with the green tops trimmed off about an hour into the braise and maybe a few brussels sprouts as well. I know that it’s more of a wintertime meal but there’s a heck of a lot to be said for a nice slow braise at any time of the year, don’t you think?
You MUST mention this special or print it out to receive the price on the above wine.
This price expires 5/17/2015 at 6pm and is limited to in-store quantities.
No rain checks given. Call (303) 936-0272 to reserve bottles with a credit card.

 

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