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: March 26th
Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Apalta Vineyard Syrah
Regular Price: $24.99
Sale Price: $12.99
Sale End: 3/29/2015

SOLD OUT - PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR NEXT WEEK'S SPECIAL
Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Apalta Vineyard Syrah

For the last three years we have lucky each Spring to obtain significant amounts of the Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Syrah. Last year it was one of our best selling email specials and this year will be no different. The only issue this year though is that there's not a lot of it to go around this time so you may just want to pick up the phone right now to reserve your bottles. We are coming into the prime season for grilling and chilling and this bottle can be the perfect complement to those ever so enjoyable times.  This single-vineyard from Lapostolle's San José de Apalta Vineyard is the same as past vintages in terms of not being for the faint of heart. This is a serious bottle of wine.  Come on down to the tasting bar tonight because as soon as we start pouring this bottle cases are going fly out the door.  It is simply put that good. 
On to the Tasting Notes:
You've heard us say it over and over again but here we go once more.   Chile and South America in general present some amazing values in the worldwide wine market.  In this case the Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Apalta Vineyard Syrah continues to help this region live up to this statement.  This Syrah is engaging right from the onset with with its beautiful floral aromas.  The nose is what I consider to be very new world-esque with  notes of ripe blackberries, blueberries, plum, and that sultry vanilla that we all seem to love.  The first sip I took after I opened the bottle was just as intense on the palate as the nose even just after having opened the bottle.  Just as prior vintages, I knew right away that this wine was going to have some serious character and more than likely would be a true teeth stainer.  The wine coated my mouth with amazing richness and texture.  Luxurious flavors of warm earthy-spice along with dark currants mingled with hints of mocha and vanilla that seemed to linger for an eternity. After I swallowed I was left with deep flavors of cocoa and minerality that seemed to never end.  No doubt there's a touch of tannin present here but the acidity is balances it out keeping the wine lively on the palate.  The wine isn't overly gamey or meaty as some Syrahs can be.  Once that smokiness begins to fade you are greeted with exuberant notes of fresh baked blueberry pie, sweet cassis, vanilla, toasty oak, and a hint of tobacco.  The finish is dominated by black pepper spice, crushed granite, baking spice, and even more ripe sweet tobacco.

The Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Apalta Vineyard Syrah continues to deliver year after year.  I suggest that you pick up a few bottles to drink over the next few years.  Or, if you are like me and you are building a vertical of this great wine well now's your chance to reserve your bottles before they are all gone.  I would no doubt suggest decanting your bottle for an hour or so before service to let it release its inner beauty.  Once it does you’ll be beckoning to enjoy another bottle with such amazing complexity at such an affordable price.   
Food Pairing:
This Syrah will no doubt work well with a variety of foods off the grill.  I think an ideal pairing would be some grilled buffalo burgers with a nice stack of bacon and blue cheese crumbles drizzled on top.  Oh, and be sure to enjoy a glass of the Alexandre while manning the grill.
You MUST mention this special or print it out to receive the price on the above wine.
This price expires 3/29/2015 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: March 19th
Terra d’oro Amador County Zinfandel 2012
Regular Price: $17.99
Sale Price: $10.99
Sale End: 3/22/2015
Score: 90 Points Wine Enthusiast
Terra d’oro Amador County Zinfandel 2012

Spring is fast approaching here in the Mile High City. So this week we have a fantastic value on a perfect Red for the impending grilling and chilling season. The 2012 Terra d’oro Amador County Zinfandel is jam packed with ripe, spicy Zin character. The nose is awash with sultry scents of toasty oak, fresh baked cherry pie, and the unmistakable scent of roses just plucked from the bush on a warm summer evening. On the palate you’ll find a flawless example of a wine that is fruity but not sweet. Ripe raspberries, blackberries, and red currants bathe the inside of your mouth with a soft glow of juicy goodness. Then, in classic Zin fashion, the finish offers up a generous mix of clove, candied orange zest, sweet vanilla, and brambly underbrush. Despite the wine’s boozy appearance, it lists 14.5% alcohol on the label, this rich red never feels hot. Instead, from start to finish, it delivers the kind of pleasure that we are always seeking out in the wines we offer you on this email. Grab as many bottles of this juicy 90 Point gem as you can this weekend and crack one any time you want something juicy, fruity, spicy, and delicious!
On to the Tasting Notes:
There are times when I want to open something profound and then there are other times when I want to open something delicious. This week’s special, the 2012 Terra d’oro Amador County Zinfandel, is a perfect example of the sort of wine that I could open when I want something straight up yummy! What could be more hedonistic and frivolous on a Thursday night than ordering a pizza and cracking a bottle of Zin?

I opened a bottle of the 2012 Terra d’oro Zinfandel and poured myself a nice large tasting glass. I gave it a quick sniff to check for flaws and, finding none, I left it to breathe for about an hour before sitting down to write this review. In classic Zinfandel fashion the nose exploded out of the glass to greet me when I returned to it. Wonderful scents of fresh picked raspberries, toasty oak, vanilla, and rose petals lept out of the glass to greet me. Then, on the palate, I got a whole host of lush berry flavors that ranged from blackberries and black currants at first to crushed raspberries and candied cherries later. The finish was smooth and ripe with hints of spice coming in the form of clove, cinnamon, and vanilla as well as that great Zinfandel underbrush and bramble. It was warm and ripe without being hot or sweet. All in all it came across as being a really classically built bottle of Amador Zin with the sort of sort of concentration that drank more like a $20 bottle.
Food Pairing:
I sure do love the way that a nice juicy California Zinfandel pairs up with a slice of pizza. But it’s also a great companion for anything you could cook on the grill or the smoker. Try this one out sometime with some applewood smoked chicken thighs that you brined in brown sugar and salt then rubbed down with garam masala if you really want to kick things up a notch.
You MUST mention this special or print it out to receive the price on the above wine.
This price expires 3/22/2015 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: March 5th
Highflyer Star Lane Vineyard Syrah 2007
Regular Price: $32.99
Sale Price: $18.99
Sale End: 3/8/2015
Score: Only 135 Cases Produced
Highflyer Star Lane Vineyard Syrah 2007

Ready? Set. Go! This weekend we have something special for you. The 2007 Highflyer Star Lane Vineyard Syrah is simply magnificent. Massive and unrestrained, it offers the collector a spectacular glimpse into the warm days and cool nights that the Star Lane Vineyard experienced during the summer of 2007. After an hour or so in the decanter dark and brooding aromas of wilted violets, vanilla, dark chocolate, and freshly cold espresso reach right out of the glass and lure you in for that first sip. This Syrah delivers a complete flavor explosion on the palate. The first sip is so brash and bold that it’s difficult to get your bearings. But a second sip begins to bring the wine into focus revealing flavors of roasted plums, blackberry jam, cassis liqueur, and vine ripened black currants. Ripe fruit tannin frames the otherwise sultry finish and lends some definition to this brooding behemouth. Hints of caramel, toasty oak, and peppery spice seem to touch every nook and cranny of the palate as the finish lingers into eternity. So yeah, it’s pretty tasty stuff. Invest in 6 of these and drink one a year until they’re gone. You can thank us later…
On to the Tasting Notes:
I’ve said on a number of occasions that Syrah is one of the most rewarding varietals to cellar. It changes and develops over the months and years taking on more and more character and complexity during its maturation. This week we have the pleasure of offering you a very well made single vineyard Syrah from our friends at the Highflyer Winery. This brooding beast registers the best part of 16% alcohol and comes in a bottle with a punt so deep that you could get lost in it without a flashlight. The nose is awash in sultry scents of vanilla, incense, cigar box, and blackberry preserves boiling away on the stove on a warm late summer evening. As the wine opens up and develops in the glass the nose slowly evolves giving up even more layered complexity with dynamic hints of marzipan, violets, and grilled bread. The palate is a veritable flavor explosion with powerful notes of blackberry jam, chocolate covered cherries, and roasted plums up front. As the wine moves towards the back and sides of the palate notes of ripe blueberries, cinnamon, anise, game, and tar all drift slowly into and out of focus. A touch of ripe tannin serves to ground this otherwise unrestrained red giving it a sense of not quite composure, but definition. One can only guess at how this bottle will mature but I suspect that it will be totally worth watching for the next 5 to 7 years. I’m going to grab a half case, despite not needing any more wine in my basement, because I simply cannot resist having the opportunity to follow it for a while.
Food Pairing:
If there was ever a better bottle of wine for pairing with a big plate of braised shortribs then I haven’t tasted it. The sides are up to you on this one but whatever you do you’re welcome to go big with it. Blue cheese and rosemary studded grits comes to this Southern boy’s mind but I think you could certainly do a hearty warm barley salad crispy fried brussels sprout leaves or even a good ole loaded baked potato.
You MUST mention this special or print it out to receive the price on the above wine.
This price expires 3/8/2015 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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