Small Vineyard Imports’ Direct Import Presale

Small Vineyard Imports’ Direct Import Presale

Posted on Mar, 28. 2011 by

Categories: Wine

Here’s something that you really won’t get anywhere else: the opportunity to pre-order direct-import offerings.

Really, what this means is that you, the consumer (and not some two-bit wineshop that’s going to promise to buy deep, get area-exclusivity, and then inflate the retail prices) gets first crack at wines that aren’t even in the states yet…which is exactly what the “old guard” in this industry doesn’t want…and we’re more than happy to oblige.

A couple months back, we held a tasting with one of our favorite new “focused” importers, Small Vineyard Imports. Their focus is, for the most part, Italy and Spain, and the tasting was a big hit…plush wines from Iberia mingling with old-world classics from Italy. Well, they’re back. As their name implies, SVI deals mainly with smaller estates/producers that don’t get much mainstream American press (and, frankly, would often be too small to handle that attention). These are artisan producers, focused on quality and terroir-expression almost to a fault…precisely the stuff we love to champion.

So, last week, Luisa tasted me on a dozen or so of their spring direct-import presale wines, and most were, as expected, stunning. I’ve picked out a handful of my favorites that I think are very much worth your time today. Again, these are not in the country yet; the expected delivery window is mid-to-late May. However, to meet the importer’s order deadline, we must have all orders by noon this Wednesday. Read on, and please let us know what you’d like by then…

2010 Monte Tondo Soave Classico
We’ve had some pretty delicious Soave Classico’s come through the Guild over the past few years, but none hold a candle to the complexity and polish that you get in this bottle. The Magnabosco father-and-daughter team that put together this wine are up-and-coming, and if this bottle is any indication of things to come, I’d put my stake on this horse. There’s an intensity of flavor here (lemon and wet stone and tropical fruit) that you almost have no right to get at this price point. The finish is flawless, refreshing, and just plain exciting. With food (think springtime fruit/cheese plate) or without, this is magical juice at a great cost.
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $13.20 • Premier Cru: $13.80 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $18.00
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2010 De Tarczal Trentino Müller-Thurgau
Müller Thurgau isn’t really seen much in the states, but it’s very widely planted in Europe. It was ‘created’ in the late 1800’s as a sort of cross between the complexity of Riesling and the ease of growing/ripening of Silvaner. And while it rarely attains the kind of depth and structure that great Riesling can, it nevertheless is capable of showcasing a ton of character without sporting the ridiculous price tag that so many Bavarian Rieslings often carry these days. This is from Trentino, in northern Italy, and you get the hints of Alpine stone and snow here…but the ripeness that the grape achieves here is surprising and very welcome. On the edges, there’s that precise acidity and coolness that you so often get from the Rheinhessen, making this what I like to call “Expensive German Riesling on a Budget”.
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $17.24 • Premier Cru: $18.02 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $23.50
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2008 Tre Donne d’Arc Ross Piemonte
My notes here giddily mention candy, bacon and bourbon. I could stop there, because, well, that’s all you need…but I’ll tell you a bit more before you are compelled, powerless to resist, to order this gorgeous stuff. I went back to it 3 times, and it kept getting better. It’s a fascinating blend of Barbera, Pinot Noir, Dolcetto and Freisa, from the ‘Three Sisters’ (“Tre Donne”), and they even go so far as to age each grape varietal’s juice in different kinds of oak. Well, the depth of the wine really reflects their efforts, but it’s more than just that…this is a wine of stoicism, purity and raw power, without ever being overcooked or pushing the envelope too far with ripeness. The huge fruit core is bounded on all sides by a structure of soft tannins and bright-but-never-bracing acidity. And then, of course, there’s the candy, bacon and bourbon. Genius!
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $14.66 • Premier Cru: $15.33 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $20.00
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2007 Edi Simcic Duet
This last one, I’m including specifically for the cellar stockers out there. The Simcic is decidedly new-world in style, or perhaps like a modern-styled second growth Bordeaux…mostly Merlot, with Cab Sauv and Cab Franc mixed in, this is a massive wine, packing so much punch into what is really an absurdly modest price. This is one of those cellaring wines that you can afford to go deeper on, and then, in ten or fifteen years, stump your wine geek pals by pouring this blind. Bordeaux? Cali? Nah, Slovenia. It’ll knock your socks off, hold court with the big boys in your collection…and this is his entry level red! Click here to read more about Edi Simcic, the Slovenian who calls his wines “controversial”. It’s a great story, and these are wines on the cutting edge…but more importantly for you, this is a stellar value for a Bordeaux blend that will age for a decade or two.
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $41.06 • Premier Cru: $42.93 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $55.00
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Thanks for reading, and again, please send us your orders by noon on Wednesday. Cheers,

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