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: January 22nd
Ramon Bilbao Rioja Gran Reserva 2005
Regular Price: $34.99
Sale Price: $21.99
Sale End: 1/25/2015
Score: 92 Points Wine Spectator
Ramon Bilbao Rioja Gran Reserva 2005

Where else in the world can you get perfectly aged red wine at reasonable prices directly from the winery’s own cellar? As far as we know, nowhere other than Spain. This week we have a dynamite bottle of Tempranillo from one of our favorite producers, Ramon Bilbao. The 2005 Gran Reserva was released late last year when the cellar masters at the bodega determined that it was ready to deliver their idea of perfectly aged Rioja. Pull the cork on a bottle and you’ll quickly see just what this beauty is all about. Polished and elegant, the nose bursts with characterful scents of cedar, fennel pollen, vanilla, toasty oak, crushed strawberries, and rosemary stems. The palate is taught and refined with no exposed gaps. Instead each facet of the wine’s flavor profile is seamlessly integrated providing a rich tapestry of both fruit and non-fruit tastes ranging from black plum and freshly pitted red cherries to cracked allspice berries and fractured granite. Decant this bottle then pair it up with an elegantly prepared meal and you’ll feel like you’ve hit the lottery!
On to the Tasting Notes:
Ramon Bilbao is a fantastic example of the renaissance that Spanish winemaking has undergone over the last decade or so. With perfectly situated ancient vineyards and modern winemaking facilities their reds are as complex, interesting, ageworthy, and stylish as just about any in the world. And yet their prices are, at least in my view, fairly modest. The ‘05 Gran Reserva is a polished and refined bottle of aged red wine that was kept in the winery’s own cellar until it was ready to be released. Often times when you see aged wine available in retail stores at good prices it’s because some distributor or importer couldn’t sell it in a timely fashion and then ended up discounting it to get rid of it. But it likely sat in some hot dusty warehouse for a year or two before it made its way to the shelves. That isn’t the case with the Ramon Bilbao Gran Reserva. This one has been properly cellared and is ready for action.

I popped a bottle early in the morning and poured a generous tasting glass then left it to breathe for about an hour before sitting down to write this review. When I returned the nose was awash with inviting scents of classic Rioja. Dusty cherries mingled with cedar, sawdust, strong coffee, and anise. I even got hints of sweet violets and freshly baked sugar cookies. It was quite a nose, and one that I felt did a fine job of introducing the wine. The palate was taught and displayed a sense of underlying tension between the fruity entry and the earthy finish. It’s wasn’t austere but it certainly wasn’t one of those big California fruit bombs. The entry delivered appealing notes of ripe red cherries and macerated strawberries at first. Then it slowly transitioned into blood orange, crushed raspberries, and redcurrants. As the wine made its way through the finish it really got interesting with wonderful minerality that seemed to touch every facet of my palate. It had a touch of nicely integrated spice as well as some cedar and unsweetened chocolate too.
Food Pairing:
The 2005 Ramon Bilbao Gran Reserva is such a sleek and attractive wine that I think you want to be careful not to pair it with anything that is going to get in its way. So instead I’d have you consider doing a simple dish like roast beef tenderloin medallions with braised carrots, new potatoes, and brussels sprouts seasoned with a touch of wine and some fennel pollen.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: January 15th
Domaine de Valensac "Triade" 2011
Regular Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $12.99
Sale End: 1/18/2015
Domaine de Valensac "Triade" 2011

This week we have a real gem for you! The 2011 Domaine de Valensac Triade is a blend of Cabernet and Syrah that delivers a tremendous amount of richness and style at a price that is too good to pass up. This food friendly blend bursts forth from the glass without the need for extended decanting or fine crystal stemware. Luscious aromas of Luxardo cherries and toasty oak come through first then more delicate hints of tobacco leaf, game, and cocoa nibs begin to make appearances. The palate is just fantastic! It’s super concentrated and wonderfully rich. Buxom notes of ripe blackberries, blueberry jam, and cassis liqueur tempt your tastebuds on the entry. Then creamy vanilla, mineral-laden earth, cedar, brambly allspice, and Moro orange zest are deftly interwoven on the long finish. After you swallow your sip you’ll notice just a kiss of mouthwatering acidity which is great because it keeps this otherwise densely packed red light on its feet and thoroughly food friendly. It is a great crossover wine that will work very nicely as a cocktail before dinner and then as a pairing for a nice hearty wintertime meal.
On to the Tasting Notes:
I love opening a bottle of wine before dinner and having a glass while I’m cooking then sipping the rest of the bottle with the meal. This week’s special, the 2011 Domaine de Valensac Triade is perfectly suited to that sort of duty. It’s one of those reds that you don’t have to decant and you don’t have to think long and hard about how to pair it. Instead you’ll find that it opens right up and shows you the goods straight from the word go. I opened a bottle and poured a generous tasting glass of it then immediately went in for a sniff. The nose was wonderful with intense scents of warm berry preserves, toasty oak, incense, tobacco, and spice. It was so engaging that I went back over and over again to smell it, each time discovering a new layer of aromatic character. The palate was similarly styled with plenty of blueberry, blackberry, plum, and Morello cherry on the lush and well defined entry. The mid-palate was creamy and rounded with excellent style. Then, on the finish, I got a glimpse at what makes this wine so special. It had the sort of earthy minerality that is just so hard for vintners in other parts of the world to duplicate. It served as more proof that French wine, even the less expensive stuff, often offers up more layered complexity and balance than similarly priced red blends from California do. Suffice it to say that after I finished this review I tossed a couple of bottles into my box of wines to buy.
Food Pairing:
I don’t know about you but I often find that my cooking changes quite a lot during the heart of the winter. I do more braises, cook with more root vegetables, and make heavier meals than I do during the warmer months. This delicious red is perfectly suited to that sort of cooking. So, in that spirit, I suggest you try your hand at some Zinfandel braised short ribs. I think you’ll find that the Triade has more than enough richness and style to pair up with such a hearty Winter meal.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: January 8th
State of Art 2011 California Red
Regular Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $12.99
Sale End: 1/11/2015
State of Art 2011 California Red

Let’s kick the New Year off right with a killer deal on a hedonistic, small production, single vineyard California Red! The State of Art, or S.O.A. for short, is a delicious and juicy Rhone style blend that draws on the fantastic climate of Monterey for inspiration and style. The nose is deep and dark with the sort of aromas that draw you in and quicken your pulse. Sultry scents of slowly simmered blueberries, cigar box, violets, and incense come wafting gently from the glass to greet you almost immediately. Then you have a sip and the party really gets going! The S.O.A. bursts with fruit in a way that is clearly designed to emulate the style of other popular California Reds like The Prisoner. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth with gobs of ripe blackberry, plum, blueberry, and boysenberry on the entry. The finish shows a hint of warming cinnamon and the sort of silky plushness that makes the wine feel like it just melts in your mouth. Pair this little lovely up with a glass. It needs nothing else.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: December 18th
Forth Vineyards “All Boys” Cabernet 2011
Regular Price: $25.99
Sale Price: $15.99
Sale End: 12/28/2014
Forth Vineyards “All Boys” Cabernet 2011

Jan and Gerry Forth grow grapes and make wine. That may not sound like much at first but let me tell you, they’re doing something special in the Dry Creek Valley. Their flagship Cabernet, All Boys, is a classically styled red that speaks to their love of their vineyard. This is what Cabernet should taste like. It is long and lean with such impressive plum, blackberry, and tobacco. Hints of cocoa and graphite grace the sleek finish and a kiss of tannin lingers long after each sip. It will pair up marvelously with hearty meals like prime rib or leg of lamb this year and should age gracefully for at least 5 more years.
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Mile High's Wine of the Week: December 18th
La Celestiere Chateauneuf du Pape 2010
Regular Price: $44.99
Sale Price: $29.99
Sale End: 12/28/2014
Score: 92 Points Robert Parker “It is an impressively built, concentrated, deep ruby/purple-colored effort that should drink well for 10-15 years.“
La Celestiere Chateauneuf du Pape 2010

They say that Bordeaux is for Kings and Burgundy is for Queens. In our view that’s just fine because it leaves Chateauneuf du Pape for the rest of us! Widely regarded as some of the most inviting and age-worthy wine made in France, drinking Chateauneuf du Pape this Christmas will make you feel like you’ve hit the lottery. Anyone who sees that famous Chateauneuf crest emblazoned on the neck of this week’s special, the 2010 La Celestiere, will immediately know that they’re about to enjoy something very special. After an hour or so in the decanter this impressive Grenache based red blend bursts out of the glass with sultry aromas of kirsch liqueur, fresh thyme, violets, anise, and earth. The palate is dense and full bodied with tremendous notes of ripe berries, fresh herbs, and liquified minerals. The finish is eternal with such sweet fruit and peppery spice. It is a bottle that will deliver so much pleasure today but it will also continue to evolve in a well built cellar through 2030.
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