Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Swirl Wine Club December Wines

Happy Holiday’s! Our December club wines are extremely rare and are frankly well beyond the scope of most wine clubs with an incredible value. This is one of our ways in saying thank you and our gift to you. Enjoy and share with family and friends. We wish you all a blessed and safe holiday season!

Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc - $31.99
(Constantia, South Africa)

Sauvignon Blanc Lovers, here you go! 95 pts – International Wine Challenge / 91 pts Wine Spectator. Only 360 cases made, it is almost ridiculous having a wine of this caliber in a wine club for the price. What are the words to describe? Pristine, Fresh, Aromatic, Elegant with character- Love it! This 2008 Sauvignon Blanc is simply outstanding! Lime green color flecked with straw, clear and bright. The nose is complex and sophisticated - immediate impression is that of concentration and flintiness with exuberant aromatic aromas of fresh lemongrass, guava and citrus fruit. A core of well integrated minerality links the youthful fruitiness of the nose to those aromas offering confidence in maturity. This wine has a fine fruit/acid balance and is most certainly a sophisticated wine with its spicy mid-palate and lingering, crisp finish. This is a wine that will age with distinction and is also perfect to drink now.

Peña Roble Crianza - $24.99
(Ribera Del Duero, Spain)

I wish the nose on this wine was oxygen. I’d breathe it all day! 89 pts International Wine Review, less than 1,000 cases produced and only 35 cases imported into the US. This 2004, 100% Tempranillo is a marvelous Crianza aged 12 months in French and American oak barrel. At sight, it is dark – Cherry red hue. The nose is unbelievable – Complex and elegant, good intensity, with red fruit aromas, licorice, toffee and spice. The approach has finesse with good acidity making it also a fantastic food wine. The middle is smooth and balanced with finely sweet and toasted tannins. Close your eyes at the end. I think the finish is incredible, ending with the culmination of it’s red and black fruits, chocolate and balsamic nuances emerging best in the aftertaste and lingering with spice and peppery notes. Decant this wine for sure and be careful on the sediment.

David Frost Wines

Unlike many athletes or celebrities who lend their name to a brand, professional PGA Champion golfer, David Frost has a true passion and respect for wine and the process of producing world-class wines. Swirl is honored to soon be the official on-line retailer of David Frost Wines and we want to give you a great introduction to his wines. David is our friend and I can attest to him rolling up his sleeves as a farmer and having an absolute passion for producing his award winning wines.

David Frost Cabernet Sauvignon $24.99
(Paarl, South Africa)

Here’s to South African Cab! A little dirty, distintive spice and toasty from it’s 18 month layover in New French Oak. There is nothing soft and subtle about this wine. Good muscle, it brings a certain masculinity to the forefront with a rough mouthfeel and edgy tannin structure with a Cherry fruit profile. Not used to this style of wine? Try with chocolate. Wow! This is a superb and complex wine! The fruit and alcohol content are progressing towards each other in the bottle through it’s Bordeauxesqe maturing process. I’m acutally very surprised and think that cellering this 2003 Cab for another 5 years will be extremely rewarding! I love these unique age worthy wines!!

David Frost Merlot $24.99
(Paarl, South Africa)

As I drink this wine, I can’t stop thinking about espresso crusted Beef Ribeye. This wine would be perfect! Once again, showing that dirty component, this 2002 Merlot has a rich, full-body with lovely fresh, plumy fruit aromas and flavors. The sweetness of fruit is balanced by savory oak. A gorgeous mouthful, with firm acidity, a relatively high alcohol and a classic, dry tannic finish.

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