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If you're looking for a good Chianti Classico (very different from just Chianti and a Riserva, no less!) for Christmas, this is the bottle right here. Last night, I brought this to my study group for the Level II Court of Master Sommelier Certification and its red fruit is overwhelming. This belongs at the Christmas dinner table.

Buy it here or come into one of our 5 stores:

http://www.luekensliquors.com/wine/tenuta-di-arceno-2011-chianti-classico-riserva-750ml

Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva 2012, 92 Points, James Suckling (and this is one he hasn't exaggerated on):

"A bright and pretty red with dried berry, cherry and hits of hazelnut on the nose and palate. Full body, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Clean and balanced. American owned."



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"Natalie's Score: 92/100
Supple, full-bodied and beautifully balanced Californian Merlot. Lovely rich mouth texture. Aromas of black plum. Elegant finish. Pair with grilled pork chops.

Merlot food pairings: seared duck breast, grilled lamb chops, slow roasted beef. Also excellent for pork--Christmas Ham, here we come!

This Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Merlot 2013 was reviewed on October 23, 2015 by Natalie MacLean."

(Buy it here or come into one of our 5 stores: http://www.luekensliquors.com/wine/alexander-valley-vineyards-2013-merlot-sonoma-750ml)

"The 2013 growing season was almost identical to 2012. The year began with another dry winter and spring, then throughout the summer we experienced a warm growing season with abundant sunshine and even growing temperatures. Our grapes ripened evenly and proceeded at a fairly quick pace. While news of the lack of rain dominated conversations, there was an upside to the drought; the grapes had more concentrated flavors than in 2012.
This wine always impresses wine lovers. This is a big, concentrated Merlot with flavors of plum, blackberry, currant and cassis. The finish is long and lasting."

Source: Winery (Alexander Valley Vineyards)
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I always highly recommend this wine for the holidays, as it's 100% Gamay (grown in Beaujolais) and contrarily to Nouveau, it's fermented and thus, obviously made to last longer. It's fruity, grows on granitic gravel, dry and almost entirely from Morgon (A Cru of Beaujolais), by the late master, natural winemaker, Marcel LaPierre.

Buy it here or come into Clearwater (or whichever store is closest to you!):

http://www.luekensliquors.com/wine/marcel-lapierre-raisins-gaulois-2014-750ml
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Looking for a really special gift, like an explosion of California Cabernet, for a boss, parent or friend? (Or maybe you just want a hedonistic New World California Cabernet aaaaall for yourself!) Well, take a look at Orin Swift's 2014 Mercury Head at 96 Points from Wine Advocate. It can be purchased in-store (come to Clearwater!) or here:

http://www.luekensliquors.com/wine/orin-swift-cellars-2014-mercury-head-cabernet-sauvignon-750ml

"A spectacular wine, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mercury Head is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the Taplin and Morisoli vineyards and several Atlas Peak vineyards, aged 18 months in 50% new French oak. There are 5,461 cases of this wine. The wine is a classic, broad-shouldered, compelling Cabernet Sauvignon with beautiful blueberry and crème de cassis fruit, Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, white chocolate notes and a hint of graphite and background toast. It is ripe, full-bodied, pure, multidimensional and a mouthful of succulent Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 20+ years." -Wine Advocate, 96 Points
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Ah, Gavi (also known as Cortese (the grape) di (of) Gavi (in Piedmont, Italy). It's often $20 or more, but we recently snatched one for $11.99, which is ridiculous for what it has to offer:

The 2015 International Wine Challenge gave it a bronze medal, which is great for its price point. Cortese is rare outside of Gavi and described as smelling of, "freshly mown grass," by Winegeeks.com. I'd say it's mineralistic, citrus fruity (think of freshly cut lemons), dry and with JUST the right amount of acidity. Come grab a bottle while we have 'em in Clearwater or Dunedin (or call 727-736-6378 to have Gavi shipped or delivered right to your home or office).


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The Thanksgiving tradition of Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived! Come get it while it lasts! And remember, Cru Beaujolais is the Queen of them all (Come into Clearwater and ask Crystal about it!)
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Tomorrow is our annual holiday wine and spirit tasting in Dunedin! Don't forget!
Make plans to come to our annual holiday tasting at Lueken's in Dunedin, one week from today!

-Wine Manager, Clearwater
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Make plans to come to our annual holiday tasting at Lueken's in Dunedin, one week from today!

-Wine Manager, Clearwater
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If you like Orin Swift's Abstract, even though they're different animals, I have a feeling you'll be interested in Murrietta Well's "The Spur," also comprised of an intriguing blend (and history) dominated by Petite Sirah. Here, Petite Sirah acts as a fine substitution of Cabernet Franc in the classic Bordeaux model: 33% Petite Sirah, 31% Cabernet Sauvigon, 29% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec and 3% Merlot. It's aged in neutral American & French oak barrels for 14 months, but still highlights the gravel terroir that got it started.

The wine's site of Livermore Valley is a 40-60 minute drive east of San Francisco, and you're probably more familiar with it than you know: "Livermore Valley is one of the oldest wine regions in California, with Wente Vineyards and Concannon Vineyard being two of the originals. The appellation is known for Petite Sirah, a deeply hued, rich and complex wine," said Mary Orlin of Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-orlin/12-livermore-valley-wines_b_1521210.html). Another fun fact? Part of this blend is by Philip Wente, whose wines you've probably heard of and sell consistently everywhere I've seen them offered. He and Sergio Traverso (Chile) "revived" this estate in 1990, as countless sources corroborate. It began with humble cuttings of Chateau d'Yquem (very expensive Sauternes, AKA the best dessert wine in the world) and Chateau Margaux (Elite Left Bank Cabernet). Ok, that's not so humble, but it sure made me click back on the tab I was reading when I saw it.

Alternatively, the predominant Petite Sirah of Orin Swift's Abstract may have been retrieved from Amador, Napa and Sonoma Counties, along with Grenache and Syrah and a whopping ABV of 15.7%. It is undoubtedly the hedonistic New World love of the two, while The Spur is 13.5% alcohol (much more in line with an Old World amount) and site-specific. They both have their features, but with The Spur, you can get serious on the cheap, with some California history brought to you 133 years ago.

Come into one of our 5 stores or click here to have it shipped directly to you: http://www.luekensliquors.com/wine/murrietas-well-2012-the-spur-meritage-livermore-valley-750ml
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A wine we just received from Campania, Italy (through Augustan Imports) is moving fast at just $10.99. When I first brought in this racy, red varietal wine from a grape called "Aglianico," some were worried it might not sell--but customers have found the gem all on their own. Come see what the fuss is all about!

-Wine Manager, Clearwater

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