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50% off wine specials and more – this week at G.B. Russo & Son.

One of Spain’s Best Wines 50% off

10.4SpainsBestThe Ribera del Duero region of north-central Spain produces some of that country’s best wines (and the most expensive). Names like Vega Sicilia, Alion, and Pesquera come to mind when I think of this region. Nearly 20 years ago, former Vega Sicilia winemaker, Mariano Garcia, started up a new winery in Ribera del Duero called Aalto. He started Aalto to showcase the unique terroir expression of Ribera del Duero wine. American wine importer Eric Solomon was so impressed with his wines that he signed Aalto up for distribution in the USA. Aalto usually sells for $55, but the Michigan wholesaler for this wine was over-stocked on the 91 point rated 2009 Aalto, so it was put on clearance. Since this slow maturing wine still has a few years to go before it reaches its peak, I bought what was left and now I can offer this gem to you for $29.99 each or $150/6pk. If you would like to reserve this wine, please contact me at drusso@gbrusso.com.

 

Great Buy on Right Bank Bordeaux

10.4BordeauxI love the flavor of Grand Cru Saint-Emilion, however, it is not very affordable to drink that level of wine on a daily basis. The “satellite” appellation of Montagne-Saint-Emilion just outside the Saint-Emilion district makes excellent wines in the better vintages at a fraction of the price. You do have to “cherry pick” the best vintages, however. After having great success with the 2009 and 2010 vintages of Chateau Rocher-Calon Montagne-Saint-Emilion, I skipped the 2011 vintage because it was not up to par. I just tasted the 2012 Chateau Rocher-Calon ($16.99) last week and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was even better than the great 2010 vintage! The fruit black-fruit component to this wine is even more concentrated than the 2010, and the tannins are polished smooth so you can drink this terrific wine now. The 2012 Chateau Rocher-Calon is a great way to experience “Right Bank” Bordeaux style at a bargain price. If you would like to reserve some of this wine, please contact me at drusso@gbrusso.com.

 

Great Affordable 2009 Pinot Noir from Burgundy

10.4PinotNoirOne of my favorite Burgundy importers holds back several older vintages in their temperature controlled warehouse for restaurants that want to buy these wines when they are ready to serve to their customers. Great Burgundy is slower to mature than Oregon or California Pinot Noir which are usually ready to drink when they are 2-3 years old. I have access to this inventory and when I was reviewing the latest list, I noticed one of my favorite Burgundies for high quality and value price was on it. I remembered tasting the 2009 Vincent Girardin Santenay Les Gravieres 1er Cru($39.99) when I visited that winery last year. I loved the black-cherry and silky crème di cassis fruit flavors in this wine along with the subtle spice box and forest floor flavors on the finish. It was a concentrated, big style for Burgundy that just needed a little more time for the tannins to soften. Now that a year has gone by, it is in perfect drinking condition, and should remain at this level for the at least the next 5 years. I am offering 15% off for purchases of 3 bottles or more on this wine to Wine Buyers’ Alert subscribers. If you would like to reserve this great Burgundy buy, please contact me at drusso@gbrusso.com.

All wine specials are subject to product availability. Please contact us if you have any questions!