Monday, September 28, 2009

Spirits Weekly Wine Webinar


Spirits Unlimited Middletown is bringing to you a new feature starting this week: the Spirits Weekly Wine Webinar.

Each week, one of the wine experts from Spirits Unlimited Middletown will share with you their insight about a wine or wines that they think stands out from competition.

This week Rick Allocca, the local wine expert and assistant manager at the Middletown store, shares his opinion on the Michel Torino Cuma Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.

Both are organic wines from the Cafayate Valley in Argentina. According to the El Esteco Bodega, the winery was founded in 1892 when two French brothers David and Salvador plated their first vines. It is said that the local climate of the Cafayate Valley and beauty of the landscape is very conducive to quality grapes cultivation.

The bodega, situated at the heart of the Salta Province in Argentina, is a very modern winery, which started producing organic wines in the early 90s.

According to wine importer Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd., the Michel Torino line of wines is representative of pure, clean environment. Essentially, Cuma means “clean and pure” in the language of the Aymara, who occupied the lofty elevations of northern Argentina before the Incas and have long since migrated throughout South America’s Altiplano, or high plains, the official El Esteco Web site states.

The 2007 Cuma Cabernet Sauvignon (750 ml) selling at $12.99 at Spirits Unlimited Middletown has dark ruby-red color with purple highlights, Rick said. It has hints of spice, dark berries and black currants on the nose with a touch of red pepper and black olives. It has huge ripe fruit notes on the palate giving way to an elegant long finish.

The Cuma Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent wine to serve in good company.

The 2007 Cuma Malbec (750 ml) priced at $8.99 per bottle is red-violet in color with aromas of rosemary, raisin, vanilla and plum jam, Rick said. It has ripe fruit palate, a combination of raisins and dates, with sweet yet soft tannins and a long finish with hints of spice and nuts. 

The Cuma Malbec is an excellent everyday wine to enjoy with hearty meals and comfort food.

Both wines are located in aisle 4a in our Organic Wines section.

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