We’re excited to announce our newest collection of wines—the 90+ Cellars Classic Series. This new range features great values from classic wine regions like Bordeaux and Chianti, for under $14! Our first two releases in this series have just landed and are available now!
First up is Lot 143 Cotes du Rhone. France’s Rhone Valley is a superb example of a “classic” region, where vines have been growing for centuries, beginning with Romans and carrying through to the modern day. This Cotes du Rhone that we’re featuring as our first Classic Series release is from the northernmost area of the southern Rhone. It is made from a blend of Syrah and Grenache, and is grown on vines that were planted more than 30 years ago. It’s a phenomenal value, and the perfect way to get a taste of what this classic region is all about.
Our second release is Lot 144 Chianti Riserva, 2013. Chianti is another classic region in the world of wine. The first recordings of a wine area called Chianti goes back to the early 1700s. It was further defined in the mid 1800s as specific Chianti recipe, which included a blend of primarily Sangiovese grapes, along with Canaiolo and Malvasia bianca. Now, for a wine to use the name of Chianti, it must be produced with at least 80% Sangiovese grapes.
Chianti’s carrying the name “Riserva” are an even more regulated distinction which signifies a specific amount of aging. Our Lot 144 Chianti Riserva sees a minimum of one year of aging in barrel and another two years in bottle (hence the 2013 vintage). This maturation time has allowed the wine to develop some beautiful aromas and flavors like dried cherry, fresh flowers, leather and sweet spice. We didn’t think it would be possible to find a world-class Chianti Riserva for under $12, but our Wine Director, Brett, has come up with a real gem with this wine.
These are, of course, just the first two selections in the new Classic Series, and there will be more to come. In the meantime, let us know what other wines you would like to see in our Classic Series? Bordeaux, Rioja… let us know!