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Vintages Release July 22, 2015

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Red Wine

La Ferme Du Mont 2012, Côtes Du Rhône A.C., France: This robust southern French red wine blend offers superb value and taste for the price point. Full-bodied with lots of savoury black fruit and smoky aromas and flavours. Robust with wild black tart cherries and woodland forest oak. Finishes with a kick of pepper. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2013 - 2017 251645 14.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. July 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


La Ferme Du Mont Rose 2014, Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, France: This southern French rose is made from 100% Grenache grapes. It has a pale pretty pink hue that's more like Povence than the Rhone in colour. However, on the nose and palate it's all Rhone with very refreshing and racy acidity. This wine is not filtered It offers enticing aromas of wild tart strawberries. Only 2000 cases of this wine were made. Winemaker Stephane Videau deliberaty picks the grapes before they have achieved full ripeness so that the nervy edge of acidity keeps the rose vibrant. He describes it as choosing the right time on the arc of ripening for maximum tension in the glass. Pair with planked salmon. Drink: 2014 - 2016 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

La Ferme Du Mont Clos Bellane 2012, Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, France: This French white wine is made from 100% Rousanne grapes. Only 7000 bottles were made. The vines are planted in the winery's most acidic soils and coolest, driest region. As a result there's a vibrant and racy acidity in the glass with aromas of white truffle and beeswax. It's a borderline wine on the exciting edge of losing it all: tension! Pair with fresh seafood. Drink: 2014 - 2019 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Ferme Du Mont La Truffière 2014, Côtes Du Rhone, France: This French white wine is a blend of 50% Grenache blanc (white), 40% Viognier and 10% Clairette grapes, although Roussanne and Marsanne are also mentioned on the back label. The soils and stones in which the vines are planted are called "la truffiere" and impart a distinctive character to the wine. Racy acidity and minerality with aromas of white peach, pear and lime. Pair with fresh fish. Food pairings: summer salads, grilled-chicken sandwiches. Drink: 2014 - 2017 234716 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Impronta Del Fondatore Pinot Grigio 2013, Alto Adige, Trentino D.O.C., Italy: This zesty Italian white wine is fresh, clean and crisp with white peach notes. Medium-bodied with lime lift on the finish. Great aperitif. Try this medium-bodied white wine with balsamic grilled radicchio, basil pesto or zucchini and red onion frittata. Pinot Grigio food pairings: pasta in a garlic sauce, avocado and papaya salad. Drink: 2013 - 2016 231258 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. July 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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