Dear New York Vintners Friends,
Here at New York Vintners, we are devoted to scouring the globe for what we think are the most well-made, best wines dollar for dollar. Paying no attention to critic scores, press, advertising or importer jargon, what we have represented on our shelves, cellar and dinner tables are the top value wines we can find.
Value is an important, but overused, term in the wine world. An $11 bottle of Montepulciano dâ€™Abruzzo is a value because of its harmony of fruit and simple pleasure it will bring tonight relaxing with a movie; or a $90 bottle of Merlot from Napa Valley is a great value because, if desired, could be cellared and shared with your newborn on his/her 21st birthday. However, a $45 bottle of Champagne is a waste of money (and frankly time) considering the 25 million bottles the house makes every year.
We are pleased to offer below some of our new value wines, most of which have just hit the shelves over the last few weeks.
Thunevin 2005 Bordeaux â€˜Presidialâ€™ | $18 | 36 bottles available
Region: Bordeaux, France
A creation of Jean-Luc Thunevin, one of Franceâ€™s great modern winemakers, â€˜Presidialâ€™ combines lush Merlot inspired fruitiness with the structure of the classic 2005 Bordeaux vintage.
Hirsch Vineyards 2007 Pinot Noir â€˜Bohan-Dillonâ€™ | $33 | 36 bottles available
Region: Sonoma, California
One of the pioneers of the now famous Sonoma Coast, David Hirsch arrived in the late 1970s and planted his first grapes in 1980. Currently, the vineyard has 47 plus producing acres planted mainly to Pinot Noir. His vineyard quickly gained a great reputation as the fruit source for wineries including Siduri, Flowers, Kistler, and William Selyem.
Quattro Mani 2007 Montepulciano dâ€™Abruzzo | $11 | 60 bottles available
Region: Abruzzo, Italy
Quattro Mani, or “four hands”, represents four celebrity winemakers each who express the character and strength of indigenous grape varieties, interpreted through their unique personalities. The Montepulciano comes from the Velenosi estate, one of the leading wineries in Abruzzo.
Blackbird Vineyards 2006 Napa Valley â€˜Illustrationâ€™ | $89 | 24 bottles available
Region: California, USA
Poised to be the next big cult wine from Napa Valley, Blackbird is composed of 100% Merlot from Napa Valley modeled after the great reds of St. Emilion and Pomerol in France. A must try!
Michele Satta 2006 Bolgheri Rosso | $32 | 60 bottles available
Region: Tuscany, Italy
A small family run estate along the Tuscany coast, Michele Satta crafts modern-styled reds. Based in Bolgheri, Michele Sattaâ€™s wines are on par with some of greats from Sassicaia and Ornellaia (at half the price!).
Zarate 2006 AlbariÃ±o â€˜Zarateâ€™ | $25 | 60 bottles available
Region: Rias Baixas, Spain
AlbariÃ±o has emerged as Spainâ€™s hottest white wine export in the states. Zarate owns some of the oldest vines in Rias Baixes, packing power and complexity most other AlbariÃ±os lack.
Sartarelli 2007 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico | $14 | 110 bottles available
Region: Le Marche, Italy
Sartarelli is one of the tops estates in Le Marche making fantastic expression of the indigenous Verdicchio. Crisp, clean and full of bright lemon.
Cairnbrae 2007 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc â€˜The Stonesâ€™ | $15 | 36 bottles available
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Cairnbrae is a boutique winery producing quality white wines in the favored Rapaura district of Marlborough, New Zealand, neighbouring the well known Cloudy Bay and Corbans Stoneleigh vineyards. After being established in 1980 and supplying grapes to negociants for several vintages, Cairnbrae started producing wine under their own label in 1992.