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Klostor Pinot Grigio & Los Vascos Grande Reserve

Klostor Pinot Grigio 2013
Varietal: 100% Pinot Grigio
Region: Rheinhessen, Germany
Pinot Grigio is a grape varietal that grows well all over the world: Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, Italy, California, and everywhere in between, including Germany. We do our best to try to keep this wine in stock year-round, because it has quite the fan club. You’ll first notice its lovely golden color. The Klostor Pinot Grigio is a full-bodied wine with fruity aromas, a hint of almond, and citrus. As with (nearly) all Pinot Grigios, Klostor is very easy-going, and will pair well with just about anything. Serve very well chilled.

Los Vascos Grande Reserve 2012
 Château Lafite Rothschild
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Syrah, and Malbec
Region: Colchagua, Chile
The standard vintage Los Vascos Cabneret Sauvignon is a staple at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op. We now have the opportunity to carry the Grande Reserve, 2012 vintage. Los Vascos is part of the Domaines Barons de Rothschild-Lafite (DBR) estate. DBR, in the Bordeaux region of France, is perhaps the most famous wine label in the world. The estate achieved wide popularity in the 1750s when it became the favorite wine of King Louis XV. Today, the family owns vineyards in France, Spain, Portugal, the United States, and Chile.

DBR took over Los Vascos estate in Chile’s Colchagua Valley in 1988. The ambition of DBR in Chile was, above all, the result of extensive research into the potential of local wines. Many properties were visited and many wines were tasted before Los Vascos was selected.What was the attraction? Its location near the ocean was a big plus. So was its exceptional soil. Along with ideal weather, Los Vascos also benefits from intense exposure to the sun, adequate water sources, semi-arid soils and little risk of frost.

Los Vascos Grande Reserve is a benchmark for elegance and finesse in Chilean wine. The wine is characterized by the complexity and persistence of its blend: bouquets of cherries and blackcurrants (Cabernet Sauvignon), strawberries (Malbec), raspberries (Syrah), and plums, with notes of bay leaves and black pepper (Carmenère). Supple and elegant mouthfeel with gentle, tasty tannins that offer a pleasing sensation filled with characteristics of the terroir.

**Please note: this wine will be in stock starting Wednesday, January 6. Our apologies for the delay.

By: CV, The Wine Guy

CV, The Wine GuyCV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences.