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Author Archives: Chris Longo

La Quercia Montonico Superiore 2013 – $17.99

So, we have always been big fans of the folks at Small Vineyards Discovery, which is a group of Italian paesanos searching out the best fruit at incredible values. I found it on a wine list at a restaurant and ordered it already knowing that it was going to be a great bottle. I was right! What a fantastic little white wine!!!
 It turns out La Quercia is a type of beautiful oak tree that grows nobly on this small, intimate estate in Abruzzo. Winemaker Antonio Lamona believes in making inspired wine that respects the earth or, as he likes to say “I want to make wines that are pleasing to the body and the spirit.”

This particular wine is made of 100% Montonico, which is similar to the Chardonnay grape but these vines are centuries old. The wine is bright and crisp, with lovely floral, citrus, and salt air aromas. It’s subtle and not overpowering like a lot of new world wines can be. It was soft with some minerality, but full of flavor, I paired it with a variety of different foods and it work wonderfully especially with my salad and raviolis. So, stop in and pick up a few bottles on your next visit and experience what small vineyards has accomplished. There are many other wines available as well and are easy to find, just look for the gold sticker that says small vineyards discovery above the label near the neck of the bottle.
Ciao for now

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Coravin: Technology that is Wine Simple and Wine Smart!

coravin-product-imageFor centuries, the only way to enjoy a glass of wine was by removing the cork. Well, that era is over with the introduction of the Coravin.

Coravin wine access technology pours wine while leaving the cork in place, safeguarding the wine from oxidation, thus preserving it until the next glass is poured. Now you can pour, share and enjoy the same bottle or bottles on multiple occasions, over weeks, months, even longer—without wasting a drop.

The Coravin is particularly useful for those with a serious wine collections. Its allows you a “sneak peek” of older wines which in turn helps you decide when the wine is at its peak. This can also be helpful for those wines growing tired and starting to fade away. That one very special bottle you have can now be savored for years and only accesed when you desire it.

Jensen’s is proud to partner with Coravin and is one of very few wine stores to offer it. Read more about it on Coravin’s website or stop by Jensen’s for a demo and get all of your questions answered by our wine staff.

A new revolution has begun and we’re pretty excited to be a part of it!

Cheers

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Fiction Red 2013

FictionRedYes, it’s a reality! Finally a blend that’s worth getting excited about that has so much to offer. This 7th edition of Field Recordings “Fiction” red blend is sure to rock your world! It’s made up of a smattering of grape varietals ( 31% ZINFANDEL, 26% TEMPRANILLO, 10% SYRAH, 8% TOURIGA NACIONAL, 15% MOURVEDRE) by the best winemaker in Paso Robles (Andrew Jones) to form this truly unique offering. It is extremly limited at only 2800 cases produced and won’t be around for very long. This wine will pair well with most red meats, especially grilled, and any red sauce pastas. We had it with spaghetti and meatballs.

Here are Andrew’s somewhat wild but accurate tasting notes:

“Pours the color of darkest night. Heady aromas of blueberry pie, luxurious suede couches, ham paninis, unlit menthol cigarettes and roquefort tarts. Firm tannins anchor flavors of grilled meats, cherry cola, sweet carob and black licorice chews, all cased up together conveniently in a cigar humidor”

At only $17.99, how could anyone go wrong with that description?

Drink now. You know you’re going to, anyway!

Cheers!!

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Cane and Fable 2013 Merlot

canefablelogoSo you say a bottle of Merlot is not quite your cup of tea? Well, we challenge you to find a California Merlot for under $20 bucks that rivals this brand new Cane and Fable 2013. It will truly make you a believer! This is their first release with the Merlot and quite frankly they have knocked it out of the park. We first tried this wine before the delivery driver even left our dock and as fast as we could pull the cork the wine was leaping out of the glass and ready to be consumed.

Drinking with incredible balance and finesse, this Merlot immediately hit us as the ultimate “Cab Lover’s Merlot”. Wonderful integrated blackberry and currant characteristics followed by sassy layers of aromatic spiciness and terroir. This wine has a sense of place, and Paso Robles, in our humble opinion, has earned its new sense of respect that’s quickly emerging because of wines just like this one.

Just like their Cabernet Sauvignon, the Merlot is a small production wine and won’t be around for long. We have secured a fair amount of this wine, so don’t drag your feet—grab a few bottles of this rare find for your next dinner party or just treat yourself. You deserve it!!!

Cheers

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A Dozen Rose’s on Valentines Day!

This year we’re thinking a little out-of-the-box when it comes to Valentine’s Day. The idea of showing up with a dozen roses in one hand is great but why not show up with a great bottle of rose in the other? We already did hard part, putting together a dozen of our favorites that are special to us which also can’t just be found anywhere. Whether it’s a still wine or one with bubbles, more and more people are discovering just how good and inviting they are! Paired with a variety of foods and enjoyed year round, we’re convinced a new revolution has started.

The most important thing to remember when it comes to rose’s is that if it’s pink, it’s not necessarily a sweet wine. The color can be deceiving but be assured these wines are bone-dry and the furthest thing from, hate to mention it… white zinfandel. They are bursting with fresh fruit flavors of strawberries, guava and passion fruits all firmed up with a creamy texture on the finish. Rose’s won’t break the bank as some wonderful ones like the La Vieille Ferme can be found for less than ten bucks. Still a little unsure? Ask one our in-house, well trained experts to help select that perfect bottle for you then fasten your seat belt. Serve cold and experience what only few have discovered.

Cheers

BonAnno 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

bonanno-logo-colorYou say you are looking for something new, delicious, rare and drinks twice its value? Well, look no further because we have found it! It has an unusual name meaning “Good Year” in Italian that heralds good times, and it’s also a fortuitous play on Vintner Matthew Bonnano’s last name.

The 2012 BonAnno Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was sourced from several prime valley floor vineyards from within St. Helena, Oakville, Stag’s Leap and Oak Knoll. Yup, this is one of “sleeper wines” you always hear about once they are gone and yes, it’s going fast. There were less than 9000 cases made, which in the wine industry translates to just droplets. We have secured a good relationship with the supplier and he has assured us that we will be the last to run out.

So what do you get? To start, it’s no secret that the 2012 vintage is a spectacular vintage. We’re finding that this vintage keeps evolving very time we try it, which is par for the vintage. You also experience a deep ruby seductive wine that has classic cabernet spice and sage followed by a mix of bluberries and blackberries and fresh raspberry notes. With a nice balance of acid and well-integrated tannins, this wine is smooth, supple and sleek in the mouth. Suprisingly it has 21% Merlot and 2% Malbec blended in to help keep this wine caged and enjoyed upon release. It also has been aged in French oak barrels for 20 months which enhances the whole experience.

You can’t find this small production wine anywhere near the desert so be sure to put it on the list and grab a few bottles on your next visit.

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A September Wine Gem!

cane-fable-bottleWith all the new releases that become available in September and October, there was one wine that really stood out from all the rest. The Cane and Fable offering of their 2013 Cabernet from Paso Robles is such an incredible value. Just look for the giant grasshopper on the label.

The wine comes from two talented local winemakers Curt Schlachlin from Sans Liege winery and Andrew Jones of Field Recordings. Two of Paso’s finest!!! The wine is structured more than last year’s inaugeral release and greets you with a dark, inky garnet color with vibrant purple accents. The aromas fill your glass with lush blueberries, boysenberries, currents and memories of your grandfather’s Briar-wood pipe. The flavors slowly march across your palate with nuances of sweet plums, red cherries, vanilla, herbs and earthy warm cedar planks.

Every sip leaves you feeling you “stole” this wine for less than $20 so, don’t drag your feet too long as there were only 3300 cases produced, and they’ll certainly sell out quickly.

Until next time,
Cheers

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Summer Chill’in!!!

Now that we are in the middle of summer and the heat is on, what better could anyone ask for than the perfect bottle of wine? Jensen’s always has the answers with the most unique and hard to find items which makes it so fun to explore different regions from around the world. Here are a few of my favorites to help cool you off.

If you haven’t tried the New Age white which is mostly Torrontes and a little bit of Sauvignon Blanc (all the way from Argentina), you are certainly missing out. Very refreshing with a squeeze of lime. Only $10.99. Some of my other favorites are the Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc\Viognier blend for $13.99, and the Emeri Bortoli crisp white for $9.99. There are also the old standbys: Three Pears Pinot Grigio and the Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc from the Mason group both for $9.99. If you are a rose fan you might consider the Sables d Azur from Provence France or the La Vieille Ferme from Spain which are both dry and full of flavor. For those who are partial to red wine, maybe try the new Cherry Pie Pinot Noir for under 20 bucks or our nice selection of petite chateau Bordeaux’s from France. All perfect for summer!

Whatever the selection, it’s sure to bring your day a little more joy!

Cheers

Wine & Cheese

Italian Cheeses & Wines for Good Winter Eating

This extraordinary cheese comes from the milk of cows who eat foliage from the rolling hills near Modena, Italy. It’s made traditionally with only local milk. The cows are never treated with antibiotics or growth hormones. We’ve visited the farm a couple of times, and we think it is the best grana cheese ever! We were won over by its beautiful textureand flavor. Eat it by the chunk, grate it over pasta and salads, and use it in your cooking. Making soup? Don’t forget the rind. Parmigiano-Reggiano rinds are great for flavoring stocks, pasta water, soups, and sauces. Use them the same way you would use a bone or stock vegetables, and remove them before serving. They will impart that one-of-a-kind flavor that is sure to please!

Fontina Val d’Aosta
The original, famous Fontina, named after the valley from which it comes, is one of the heralded cheeses of Italy. Rich, smooth cow’s milk cheese with a golden brown rind and a mild, nutty flavor, coupled with the fact that it easily melts, makes it perfect for nearly any use. This is a cheese that is particularly good with Nebbiolo wine from Piedmonte.

Taleggio
This semi-soft cheese from the Italian region of Lombardy gains flavor, and accompanying odor, as the cheese ages…but oh, what flavor! The crust is pinkish-gray, and the paste is white, supple, and fruity. Taleggio is an amazing cheese for a dessert plate or with salad greens and a wine such as a Dolcetto or La Barbera.

La Spinetta 2008 Barbera Ca d’Pian
100% Barbera, this wine is dark in color and quite full bodied with tons of black currant, blueberry fruits, and that wonderful Italian acidity! A great food wine that pairs easily with red meats and strong cheeses. $30

La Spinetta 2006 Vingneto Starderi Barbaresco
A huge wine, this is 100% Nebbiolo from the Starderi vineyard in Neive, the most famous area for growing Barbaresco. It is deeply complex with blackberry, black cherry, licorice, oak, and a long, long finish. This wine is drinking really well now, but will easily last 30 years. It is best paired with grilled food, lamb, or wild game. We also have the 2006 Vingneto Valeirano and 2006 Vingneto Gallina Barbaresco available. Each of the three are $90 save $30.