Fall Mixed Case
Big Savings on our Autumnal Sampler
Favorites for Fall - Every Bottle Discounted 20%!
I saw a pile of winter squash at the farmer's market this weekend. Which is when it hit me: We're not in July anymore. We're cruising right into fall, with its crunchy leaves, heartier fare and... a new mixed case to go alongside.
I love the way warm afternoons turn crisp and sweaters come out of storage as home-canned vegetables go in. I love the way wine selections respond, too, by taking into account warmer dishes and evenings increasingly spent inside around the stove instead of outside around the grill.
With this in mind, I sorted through the Crush staff's latest favorites as well as my own picks for off-the-beaten track values. Here, the results: the top picks that will carry you through the final summer tomatoes and into your ponderings over what to do with celeriac (could this be the perfect segue?).
As usual, this fall mixed case represents the BEST DEAL on these wines: a stellar cast of bottles, discounted 20%!
Let's begin with the reds: Opening up the show, there's Ermitage Pic Loup, a light and absolutely delicious wine from France's Languedoc-Roussillon region that makes for prefect drinking on the last warm days.
Moving onto the fuller-bodied side of things, we've selected Baudry's Chinon Les Granges - it's the 2009, which is a great vintage from one of Chinon's best producers. It's also always, in my opinion, a quintessential wine of autumn.
For more of a bright, versatile crowd-pleaser (whether with tomatoes or celery root), there's Belle Pente's Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, a balanced and accessible number out of Oregon.
In between, we've got a neat little mashup of Domaine de la Pépière hits representing the whites with the classic Clos des Briords Muscadet and the reds with the sleeper hit La Pépie (Cot, a.k.a. Malbec).
As for the rest of the whites, there's a great range moving from Picq's classically styled Chablis to Plageoles' esoteric Mauzac Vert - it's nicely fragant and orchard-fruited.
There's also the always lovely, zippy Clos Roche Blanche Sauvignon Blanc and a particularly good vintage (2010) of Brun's citrusy Beaujolais Blanc.
As always, these bottles represent our top picks. This case is particularly (and unapologetically) French-leaning. The only reason for this is, simply, that these are our current favorites. I think that they still deliver plenty of variety while suiting the season.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the store at (212) 980-9463 to take advantage of this opportunity to drink well while ringing in the fall. And check out our website regularly, because as the seasons change, so will our mixed case. In fact, we will always have a tailored mixed case available online, so when these 12 bottles run out, don't hesitate to reorder.
Crush Wine & Spirits
2009 Baudry Chinon Les Granges
2009 was a very good Loire vintage. It produced ripe but fresh wines, with plenty of concentration and structure. Here's a perfect Cabernet Franc example.
2010 Gramenon Côtes du Rhône Poignée de Raisin
Delicious, very quaffable Côtes du Rhône from a Lapierre disciple. Made with all Grenache, this is well-balanced and just lovely.
2008 Ermitage Pic Loup
Ermitage Pic Loup offers up bright cherry fruit along with dark fruits, herbs and spice. There's a bit of suave style to this.
2010 Bouland Morgon Corcelette VV
From sandy soils, Bouland's Corcelette delivers the power and structure that is his signature while maintaining the sense of lightness and great aromatics that Beaujolais' Corcelette vineyard is known for.
2010 Pépière Cot La Pépie
Yes, Pépière makes something besides Muscadet. Here's the Cot (aka Malbec), which offers up plenty of minerality and heartiness while maintaining fresh acidity.
2009 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
Belle Pente's wines are new world Pinots that we enjoy selling. They're well-priced, well-balanced and aim for subtlety.
2009 Plageoles Mauzac Vert
Domaine Plageoles is well-known for their farming and touting of the obscure grapes of Gaillac in Southwest France. The wines often explore fascinating flavor profiles while remaining imminently drinkable. Their Mauzac Vert delivers orchard fruits with lots of floral notes and vibrant acids.
2010 Brun Beaujolais Blanc
This is a very good vintage for what's always a great value. The slight creaminess that this always carries is offset by plenty of cut, plus a fascinating combination of bright citrus with rounder, more exotic notes.
2010 Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Sauvignon Blanc
From a Loire legend, CRB's 2010 Sauvignon Blanc delivers classic notes of herbs and green fruits with balance and clarity.
2010 Pépière Clos des Briords
A good vintage of Briords that combines creamy minerality with zesty acidity.
2009 Picq Chablis
A perennial Chablis value. Textbook Chablis - and an overachiever at that - delivering an invigorating crispness and plenty of minerality.
2010 De Moor Aligoté A Ligoter
The De Moors are pioneers of organic winemaking in Chablis. Their A Ligoter (from the Aligoté grape) is direct and pure.
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