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: April 16th
Wedell Cellars Wavertree Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Regular Price: $33.99
Sale Price: $16.99
Sale End: 4/19/2015
Wedell Cellars Wavertree Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

We all have our favorites when it comes to great red wines. But, regardless of what your favorites are, you’ll have to agree that there’s nothing else like a great glass of California Pinot Noir. This week we have a real blockbuster for you. Wavertree is a second label from the Pinot specialists at Wedell Cellars. It’s a way for them to use some of their awesome juice that didn’t get included in the final blends for their much more expensive single vineyard wines. This Santa Rita Hills Pinot explodes from the glass with no coaxing required. The nose is awash with scents of cherry cola, warm raspberry jam, Mexican vanilla, and baking spices. The palate is full throttle and no holds barred. It’s certainly not one of those light, wimpy Pinots. Instead it is lush and creamy on the entry with blueberry jam, cassis liqueur, roasted plums, and vine ripened blackberries in abundance. The finish is, in characteristic California fashion, a touch boozy and packed with spice. Cinnamon, allspice, and white pepper linger indefinitely between sips. The weather this weekend is supposed to be nasty so skip eating out in favor of having a lean steak and a gorgeous glass of Pinot Noir in your jammies, possibly with the last fire of the season glowing in front of you.
On to the Tasting Notes:
I love a good glass of red Burgundy just as much as the next fancy sommelier. In fact I had some excellent Gevrey Chambertin just this morning that reaffirmed my faith in the grape and the place. But there is just so much to be said for the ripeness, richness, and layered complexity that the wonderful sites in California’s Santa Rita Hills are capable of coaxing out of Pinot Noir. A great example, like the Wavertree, offers fantastic fruit and spice without losing the levity and floral aromatics that make Pinot so alluring.

When I pulled the cork on my bottle, which incidentally is a blend of the declassified high-end Wedell Cellars fruit from 2010 and 2011, I was blown away by how quickly the nose began to really pop. Often times I feel like I have to decant a Pinot like this for an hour or more to coax the nose from the glass. The Wavertree, though, was ready to put its charms on display right from the word go. Scents of blackberry jam cooking in a pot on the stove, exotic incense, damp cedar, fennel pollen, cherry cola, and toasty oak all came to the foreground a demanded attention. Then I went in for a sip and the first thing I noticed was just how big and ripe the wine was. It really had that Spinal Tap turning the amplifier to 11 thing going on. Unrestrained flavors of cherries jubilee, raspberry preserves, and roasted plums were so juicy and pleasurable. Then, on the finish, the wine offered up heaps of baking spice and pepper as well as a warm hint of booze that served as a further reminded, as if I needed one, that this Pinot Noir was like Burgundy’s wild, uninhibited cousin who comes to town to visit and then takes her top off midway through the party leaving all your friends to talk about her for years after she’s gone back to where she came from.
Food Pairing:
With a few years of bottle age already on it, the Wavertree Pinot is definitely ready for food pairing. Since the weather is looking more like Winter than Summer at this point then why not warm up the kitchen with a slowly simmered pot of classic beef and barley stew? Have a bottle of Wavertree on hand during the cooking process to keep you in the right frame of mind and then crack open a second one as the time for service approaches. I mean, you’re staying home anyway, right? So why not indulge yourself a bit?
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: April 9th
Markham Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2012
Regular Price: $24.99
Sale Price: $14.99
Sale End: 4/12/2015
Score: 89 Points Wine Spectator
Markham Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2012

Here at Mile High we love Merlot! It may not be the most fashionable grape. But we don’t care because, when Merlot done right, it’s the kind of wine that will have you singing its praises from the rooftops. This week we have a glorious, layered Merlot from one of Napa Valley’s classic estates, Markham Vineyards. The 2012 vintage was picture perfect in Napa and this appealing bottling shows why. The nose pops with extravagant notes of vine ripened blackberries, scorched earth, and bittersweet cocoa. On the palate you’ll quickly find that this isn’t one of those wimpy, thin tasting reds. It is dense and expansive with layers of blackcurrant, cassis, espresso, and vanilla. The finish is long and sumptuous with just the right amount of well integrated tannin and nothing that even vaguely resembles a hard edge. Pair this fine effort up with a hearty meal like duck confit sliders with plum sauce or just crack a bottle and sip it all by itself. We think you’ll be impressed by how well it works in either context.
On to the Tasting Notes:
After a couple of rather challenging vintages in Napa everyone was so excited when 2012 turned out to be nearly perfect. Just the right amount of rain fell throughout the growing season. There weren’t any crazy heat spikes. And Autumn was long and mild. This allowed for excellent ripening and flavor development without the resulting wines becoming boozy or overripe. The 2012 Markham Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot is a study classic Merlot style. It offers a sleek and seductive nose that is awash with aromas of toasted oak, espresso, and cocoa. It is plush and ripe and polished. The palate delivers the kind of richness and luscious fruit that has made Merlot a top choice for fine wines for centuries now. The Markham bursts with roasted plums, cassis liqueur, blackberry preserves, and toasty oak. It has an excellent texture that is plush and full without being sweet or sappy. The finish offers a touch of food friendly tannin as well as a velvety mocha note that seems to linger almost eternally in between sips. Serve this beauty anytime you want something powerful but not hard or edgy.
Food Pairing:
While the duck confit that I mentioned a couple of paragraphs ago would be lovely with this gorgeous red I know that making it might be a little beyond the scope of what you’d consider for a typical Saturday night supper. So maybe consider something just a touch easier instead. How about keeping the sliders theme but instead of duck confit you could do some grilled duck breasts sprinkled very gently with a mix of chipotle powder, cumin, and sweet Spanish paprika. Once they’re done slice them thin and serve them on some little slider rolls with a drizzle of plum jam that you warmed up in a small saucepan with a dash of Worcestershire sauce, some freshly ground black pepper, and a pat of butter.
You MUST mention this special or print it out to receive the price on the above wine.
This price expires 4/12/2015 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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