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Summer Wines to Soothe the Senses

Thanks for your patience over the past few weeks and a lack of postings. Mosaic Wine Group has been chock fulla travel, but we’ve got a slew of updates, including some great news, incredible press and exciting events to keep your wine needs and desires sated!

Hope that everyone is having a wonderful winederful summer. With consistent triple-digit temperatures and no foreseeable end in sight, may we recommend some cool, crisp, aromatic white wines, rosés and (of course) sparkling wine!

6256_126679692124_82067522124_3013265_3024512_n Jeff Feinberg and Dan Redman of Mosaic Wine Group blind taste sparkling wines in the vineyards at Laetitia.

May we suggest the following quaffable wines for your summer wine needs?

Bubbles:

  • Laetitia Brut Cuvee
  • Laetitia Brut Rosé
  • Bisol Jeio Rosé
  • Bisol Crede Prosecco

lucio_mastroberardinoLucio Mastroberardino of Terredora di Paolo is well known for his crisp, aromatic white wines

Whites:

  • Terredora di Paolo Falanghina, 2008 (Campania, Italy)
  • Domaine du Salvard Cheverny, 2008 (Loire Valley, France)
  • Bonny Doon Albariño, 2007 (Monterey, California)
  • Bonny Doon Dry Muscat, 2007 (Monterey, California)
  • Groom Sauvignon Blanc, 2008 (Adelaide Hills, Australia)
  • Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, 2006 (Sonoma, California)
  • Neyers Carneros District Chardonnay, 2007 (Carneros, California)
  • Abbazia di Novacella Kerner, 2007 ( Alto Adige, Italy)
  • Arizona Stronghold ‘TAZI’, 2008 (Cochise County, Arizona)

Rosés:

  • Cantele Negroamaro Rosato, 2008 (Puglia, Italy)
  • Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare, 2008 (California)
  • Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rosé, 2008 (Loire Valley, France)
  • Arizona Stronghold ‘Dayden’ Rosé, 2008 (Cochise County, Arizona)

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Chateau Trinqueuedel Tavel Rosé,  Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Rosé, Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rosé
and Argiano L’O Rosato (clockwise from top left)

Light-to-Medium Bodied Red Wines:images-1

  • Marcel Lapierre Morgon, 2007 (Beaujolais, France)
  • Capestrano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, 2007 (Abruzzo, Italy)
  • Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir, 2007 (Arroyo Grande, California)
  • Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 2007 (Sonoma, California)

CHEERS!

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Great scores for Vias Imports Brunellos in the Wine Advocate!

RECENT PRESS REVIEWS FOR VIAS IMPORTS WINES

Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, June 2009, Issue 183

For information on availability on these and any other Vias Imports products, please send us an email.

ARGIANO

NON CONFUNDITUR 2007 — 89 POINTS
“Another lovely bottle from Argiano and a terrific value”

ROSSO DI MONTALCINO 2007 — 90 POINTS
“an accessible, easygoing style”

SOLENGO 2006 — 93 POINTS
“In 2006 Solengo has taken on elements of a Bordeaux-like classicism I find very appealing, although the Tuscan warmth inevitably comes through. Not a bad combination.”

SUOLO 2006 — 94 POINTS
“This is a heady, sensual wine from Argiano”

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2004 — 92 POINTS
“This is the first vintage oenologist Hans Vinding-Diers made from start to finish at Argiano (…). Finessed tannins round out this beautiful Brunello that is more about elegance rather than sheer power alone.”

CAMIGLIANO

ROSSO DI MONTALCINO 2007 — 89 POINTS
“simply lovely”

SANT’ANTIMO CABERNET CAMPO AI MORI 2005 — 88 POINTS

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2004 — 91 POINTS
“The estate’s 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is a full throttle effort loaded with dark fruit. (…) This is one of the finest wines yet from Camigliano”.

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO GUALTO 2003 — 91 POINTS
“Super-ripe fruit and terrific overall balance”

LE PRESI

ROSSO DI MONTALCINO 2005 — 89 POINTS
“This is a very pretty and complete Rosso”

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2004 — 92 POINTS
“The wine from Le Presi are made in a rigorously traditional style. (…) The Brunello is a masculine, authoritative wine that flows with generous wild cherries, tar, smoke, earthiness and dried herbs”.

LA PODERINA

ROSSO DI MONTALCINO 2007 — 90 POINTS
“This soft-textured, expansive Rosso is simply irresistible”

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2004 — 93 POINTS
“La Poderina’s wines rarely fail to put a smile on my face. It takes a fair amount of discipline to put the glass down when tasting through these gorgeous offerings”.

FOSSACOLLE

ROSSO DI MONTALCINO 2007 — 90 POINTS
“This caressing, generous Rosso is a beautiful bottle to enjoy over the next few years”.

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2004 — 92 POINTS
“This small estate located in the Tavernelle zone of Montalcino continues to craft better wines with each passing vintage”.

CERBAIOLA (SALVIONI)

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2004 — 96 POINTS
“This is a gem form Giulio Salvioni and it is not to be missed!”

CERBAIONA (MOLINARI)

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2004 — 97 POINTS
“If forced to drink only one wine from Montalcino, I might very well choose Diego Molinari’s sumptuous Brunello. This is an incredible wine!”

Celebrate the Tuscan wines of Vias tonight in San Antonio

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Above: Sangiovese Grosso grapes in Montalcino, the grape variety used to make Camigliano’s Rosso di Montalcino, 100% Sangiovese Grosso, featured tonight at Luce Ristorante e Enoteca in San Antonio.

A FEW SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE!

Tuscan Wine Dinner
featuring the wines of Vias Imports
Luce Ristorante e Enoteca
Chef Joseph Buonincontri
Monday, June 29
6:30 p.m.
$75 per person
(tax and tip included)

Mosaic Wine Group’s Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D. will be pouring and speaking tableside on the wines and classic Tuscan pairings.

To reserve, please send an email by clicking here or by calling (210) 561-9700.

Wines to be featured:

Chianti Classico by Castello di Meleto

Sangiovese, Cabernet, and Merlot

Tasting notes: this wine was made in the top subzone of Chianti by one of the top winemakers in Italy today, Roberto Stucchi, who owns one of the most famous estates in Chianti, Badia a Coltibuono. This is a rich Chianti Classico, with aroms of red fruit and chocolate and tobacco undertones. Chianti Classico is known as “classico” or classic because its where the production of fine wine originated in Tuscany.

Rosso di Montalcino by Camigliano

100% Sangiovese

Tasting notes: this is a traditional-style Sangiovese, with classic plum flavors and aromas, and balanced, smooth tannin. A classic pairing for steak, this wine is made by one of the most famous producers of Brunello di Montalcino — one of Tuscany’s most prized wines. Younger vines make this wine more approachable at an earlier age.

Non Confunditur “NC” by Argiano

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Sangiovese

Tasting notes: a rich Super Tuscan from one of the greatest producers of Brunello di Montalcino. A great wine for the Napa Valley Cab lover, a great steak wine, and a great value for the quality. This 16th century winery has some of the best growing sites in the Brunello di Montalcino appellation thanks to the elevation of the vineyards. Freshness on the nose, clean flavors of red fruit with notes of tobacco, chocolate, and cigar box.

Pretty in Pink at Vino Vino (Austin)

IMPORTANT: IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU LAUNCH THE YOUTUBE VIDEO AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST BEFORE READING FOR SOUNDTRACK PURPOSES.

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Austinites gathered last Saturday for Vino Vino’s annual “Pink Fest” in Austin, where everyone feels “pretty in pink.” Argiano’s new rosé L’O (above) was among the wines poured for the throngs of attendees.

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Glazer’s Distribtion sales representative Chris Hughes was among those on hand, pouring Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Rosé and feeling “pretty in pink.”

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In what could be compared to a collective case of mass hysteria, everyone felt “pretty in pink” that day.

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Vino Vino owner Jeff Courington (pictured above, right, with legendary natural wine importer Kermit Lynch), runs what might very well be the “best little natural wine bar” in Texas and, man, Jeff looks “pretty in pink.”

Argiano 2004 “best Brunello ever” according to James Suckling and Wine Spectator

argianoARGIANO BRUNELLO 2004

Delivers raisins, blackberries and roses on the nose. Full-bodied, with a soft and silky tannin structure and a long and delicious finish. This is the best Brunello ever from here. Best from 2010 through 2016.

94 POINTS

—James Suckling, Wine Spectator

Mosaic and Vias launch with Glazer’s Louisiana

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Above: Mosaic Wine Group founder and jefe Dan Redman speaks to the 50+ person Glazer’s sales team.

It’s official: on Friday, February 27, Mosaic Wine Group and Vias launched their new partnership with Glazer’s Louisiana. Mosaic founder Dan Redman traveled last week to Louisiana to conduct a seminar on Italian wines and the Vias portfolio and lead a guided tasted of 6 wines, including Argiano’s superb 2006 NC (a Super Tuscan blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, and Sangiovese), the fresh 2007 Moscato d’Asti Scarpona by Marenco, and the killer 2003 Barolo by iconic Piedmontese producer Damilano.

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Above: They love ’em some Mardi Gras down in Louisiana. The Glazer’s reception desk was still adorned with Mardi Gras festivity on Friday.

Also in attendance for the gathering of more than 50 sales team members were General Sales Manager Mark Stover, State Portfolio Manager Greg Meyer, Director of Sales Prestige On-Premise Wines Kevin Theard, Director of Sales Paramount Division John Skidmore, and Director of Sales Domaine & Estates Division Anthony Domingue.

Thank you Glazer’s Louisiana! Mosaic could not have received a warmer welcome. We look forward to bringing great Italian wine to the great state of Louisiana!

Argiano’s “L’O”: a sexy new rosé from Montalcino

rosatoMosaic Wine Group was totally geeked to get a preview of Argiano’s new sexy rosé, L’O (literally, the O). According to Argiano’s website, the name of its new screw-cap rosé (made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah) “L’O” comes from the Italian orciaia (pronounced ohr-CHAY-yah), meaning a cellar for orci (OHR-chee), large terracotta containers filled with extra-virgin olive oil. But here at Mosaic Wine Group, we are convinced that the name comes from… ahem, well… let’s just say, the birds and the bees.

Seriously, we are really excited about O. The fruit for this wine is source from vineyards located in Sant’Angelo in Colle, the highest growing sites in the entire township of Montalcino, reaching above 400 meters a.s.l. The resulting cool evening temperatures gives this wine a remarkable freshness and the traditional winemaking style highlights the natural fruit flavors. A lot of rosé is made and consumed in Montalcino but not very much of it reaches the U.S. market and we are looking forward to showing this unique and truly sexy wine. The screw cap is an added bonus: it’s green, it’s server- and consumer-friendly, and it reduces risk of cork taint.

Click here for the tech sheet.