Célébrer avec Pettyjohn’s!

It started in the Beaujolais region of France to commemorate the end of harvest. A nouveau wine or “new” wine that’s quick-fermented from the region’s traditional Gamay grape. The more conservative would say it’s produced to exemplify the character of the vintage. In reality, this French treat is really a reason to party, they refer to it as “gulping wine”. Served chilled in pitchers in bistros and cafes all over Paris, this wine signifies the beginning of the holiday season.
Every year, on the third Thursday of November, over a million cases of Nouveau wine starts the trek to Paris. Immediately it is shipped by planes and trains to all parts of the world. All hand-harvested and quick-fermented, over 65 million bottles will be ready for the holiday festivities. The fresh, grapey traits of this wine make it appealing to all tastes and light foods. Many plan on it for their Thanksgiving table.
Pettyjohn’s received its shipment last week, so we can now sport our berets and celebrate. We may not be able to sip Nouveau in the glow of the Eiffel Tower, but we can definitely party in the glow of our Flagstaff Star.

Our Top Holiday Pick

Gundlach Bundschu Sonoma Cabernet 2013 – $29.99

A fantastic gift, addition to your cellar, or part of your holiday meal.
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This family-owned Sonoma winery dates as far back as 1868. Enduring earthquakes, prohibition, and the devastating phylloxera louse, today it’s still a Bundschu family operation currently spanning two generations.
With the very talented winemaking team of Keith Emerson and Anne Dempsey the wines produced are garnering top reviews and vast attention.
This Cabernet is primarily from the family’s 150+ year old Rhinefarm Estate vineyard on the southwest slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. The 2013 vintage is actually a blend of 93% Cabernet, 3% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cab Franc, from the high altitude alluvial soils mixed with volcanic ash. We discovered this beauty while tasting Sonoma Cabernet for our November 15th tasting at Carelli’s. This is definitely a stand-out, meeting your nose with black and blue fruits coupled with hints of chocolate, vanilla and baking spices. The creamy mouthfeel in a palate laced with dark berries, plums, mocha, and espresso nishes with perfectly framed tannins. While this is delicious now, you would be smart to stash some of this for your pleasure in about 10 years. Robert Parker rated this wine “92”, stating ” a major sleeper of the vintage and one of the more attractively priced, world-class Cabs coming out of Sonoma Valley. “
The 2013 vintage of Cabernet, especially Napa Valley is touted as the best of the century and the pricetag is ” t for a King”. Take advantage of a Cabernet bordering the region, but not the prices.
DON’T FORGET: WE HAVE GIFT BAGS AND WILL WRAP IT NICE AND PRETTY-LIKE FOR YOU
La Caña Albariño- Reg. $19.99 SALE $16.99
First up this week, or maybe second depending on how the next wine is drinking, we have the La Caña Albariño. This bottle is very aromatic on the nose, typical of the variety, with scents of aromatic herbs and fresh white fruits. On the palate it is unctuous, powerful, and fresh, with good acidity, balance, and complexity. The nose is also mirrored here, and expanded on through the dry and clean finish. A store favorite for some time now, we set this one up in our Appetizer display, not only because it pairs wonderfully with appetizers but because it makes an excellent appetizer on its own!
Foris Gewurztraminer- Reg. $15.99 SALE $12.49
Second up for the night we have the Foris Gewurztraminer. Starting off subtle but quickly gaining intensity, this wine opens with aromas of rose petals, gardenia and a hint of white pepper and herbal spices. Tropical fruit flavors, such as papaya and mango, layer across the palate before leading into a spicy finish balanced nicely by lively acidity. The wine is ripe, dry and refreshing, and a perfect compliment to salty or spicey foods. In this case we have it set up in our Ham display and there is no better time to try this perfect Holiday wine than tonight!

 

 

Beaujolais Nouveau 2016- Reg. $11.99 SALE $9.99

 

 

Georges has a lot to say about this year’s bounty. “We can say first and foremost that the 2016 vintage is blessed with a beautiful, deep ruby color. In the nose, there is a delicious palate of beautiful, fresh aromas, bursting with strawberries and raspberries. When tasted, the Beaujolais and Beaujolais Villages 2016 are seductive, pleasing and typical of Beaujolais Nouveau. This is clearly a vintage which will offer a great deal of variety. This year’s vintage offers us everything we could want in a great Beaujolais Nouveau. These
are delicious, lively and joyful wines, packed with charm. Beaujolais Nouveau lovers will adore them, of course, but their sun-kissed charms could even win over those concerned about the development and stability of the vintage. We do know for sure is that this Beaujolais Nouveau 2016 is truly magical!” -Georges Duboeuf

 

Piazza del Castello Rosso Tocana- Reg. $15.99 SALE $12.99

Last up for the night

is the Piazza del Castello Rosso Toscana. An intense red color with a fragrant bouquet of floral and violet notes, this wine is beautiful in the glass. The wonderful aromas convey sensations of fullness and complexity with a note of ripe berries that gives way to chocolate and nuances of dark earthy tones. It is harmoniously rich in structure but bold in the finish. We set this one up in the Beef display, funny enough, because we think it pairs best with heavy meats but don’t be shy to pair it with cheeses, pasta, and most Italian fare. A great bottle to finish out the tasting, don’t miss trying these great wines!

 

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