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Cozy Fireside Reds Wine Pack
Looking for a gift for a grad or a dad? This pack will be a treat for either, or both, for similar and different reasons. Heading this collection is the cellar-worthy “Alizarine,” a big, bold, masculine red whose window of maturity is commencing now, but will benefit from aging for at least another 5-10 years (as would your grad or dad!). The seriously fizzy red “Solo” symbolizes the grad’s detachment from school and entering the world with effervescent exuberance, as well as dad’s disappearance to his man-cave. Il Principe – a royal wine from the Piedmont region of Italy – rounds out this eclectic set.
About the wines
REGION: Argentina | Mendoza | Las Compuertas, Luján de Cuyo
GRAPES: 100% Malbec
TASTING NOTE: Has lavish spice, chocolate, and ripe fruit aromas. On the palate, it shows impressive structure, soft tannins, and a long finish.
FOOD PAIRING: This wine is a great match with grilled grass-fed beef steak or roast suckling pig.
94 Points – Wine Advocate (October 2019)
92 Points – James Suckling (April 2020)
REGION: Italy | Emilia-Romagna | Reggio Emilia
GRAPES: 51% Ancellotta, 49% Lambrusco Salamino
TASTING NOTE: A vivid, brilliant ruby red sparkling wine. The wine shows classic red fruit aromas. Though dry, the palate is fruity, round, and exuberant with fine and persistent bubbles.
FOOD PAIRING: Delicious with cured pork meats such as salami or mortadella or a variety of pasta dishes such as tortellini or lasagna.
91 Points – Vinous (December, 2021)
REGION: Italy / Piedmont / Langhe
GRAPES: 100% Nebbiolo
TASTING NOTE: Intense complexity and elegance with hints of black fruit, plums, and violet. Pleasant impact, ample and balanced with silky tannins. It is highly pleasing and long lasting. It is well balanced at 2 years old and could easily age for 8-10 years.
FOOD PAIRING: First courses, red and white meat, medium-ripe cheese
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Here’s how to be thoughtful without thinking! Your dad, grad, boss, spouse, wine-dork friend, or whomever you want to impress, will be shocked and delighted that you gifted these three rare and delicious wines.