Vin Chicago's "Quick Pick" Pack #19

Twelve Delicious Vin Chicago Selections. One Special Price!

 

They say "time flies when you're having fun." We must be having fun since it's already time for the 19th edition of our "Quick Pick" Pack! 

For those new to the QP pack, each month we offer a hand-selected case of unique wines at one special price. We take the guesswork out of selecting a variety of wines that are delicious, distinctive and a great value. Plus, you get to have some fun exploring wines you may not have tried otherwise!

Today's "QP19" is jam-packed with delicious discoveries, including the single-vineyard 2019 Patricia Green Cellars "Lia's" Pinot Noir, a Decanter World Wine Awards-winning Reserva Malbec from Finca el Origen, a double 94-point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from Astrolabe, two delicious Rosés, a Vin Chicago favorite sparkler from Balan, and so much more to fill your cellar for summer.

Scroll down for tasting notes on all twelve of these awesome selections, then click on the Big Yellow Button to order the pack!

Orders placed today will be available for pickup beginning at noon on Tuesday, June 1st. If you are buying this as a gift, please indicate so when you order and we'll put a copy of the tasting notes in the box.

We are closed on Monday, May 31st and wish you a nice holiday weekend!
 
Each QP19 pack contains all twelve of these very delicious wines:


Astrolabe 
Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020
94/100 - Bob Campbell MW
94/100 - Decanter (11/30/2020) f"Classic bouquet and palate of tropical fruits, ripe apple, lemon pith and peach tea, along with fresh sage and basil lift. The core of sweet fruit and minerality on the palate is accentuated by refreshing acidity. Well made, lengthy, harmonious and ready. Drinking Window 2021 - 2024." (New Zealand)


Tatomer 
"Hinter der Mauer" Central Coast White Blend 2019
Cool and fresh Austrian-inspired California white!
90/100 - Our Score (3/2021)
91/100 - Wine Enthusiast (3/1/2021) "This unique, twist-top blend of 80% Gruner Veltliner and 20% Riesling is Graham Tatomer's white table wine, and it begins with aromas of dried lime peels and rocky seashore. The palate also shows dried lime and orange peels, as well as unique flashes of white pepper and thyme." (California)


Tollodouro 
"Pontellón" Rias Baixas Albariño 2019
88/100 - Our Score (3/2021)
94/100 - Wine & Spirits (8/2020) "This estate, founded in 2000, is located in O Rosal, two miles north of the Mino River and six miles inland from the Atlantic. Its 227 acres of hillside vines include a range of white varieties, with Pontellón based solely on Albariño. The south-facing vines create an ample wine, its depths of floral cream and brisk white fruit ready to connect with an oyster pan roast, or Dungeness crab seared with ginger and scallions. Give it time in a decanter and the wine amplifies its brisk, racy flavors, glowing with delicious energy." (Spain)


Château Maupague 
Sainte Victoire-Côtes de Provence Rosé 2020
91/100 - Our Score (4/2021) This is outstanding Provençal Rosé from the slopes of the Sainte Victoire mountain in Western Provence, just east of Aix. This sustainably farmed, luminous cuvée of 60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault is just what the doctor ordered when herb roasted chicken and asparagus find their way to your table on an atypically warm spring evening. A very fine, texturally-focussed wine that speaks of the heights of Provençal Rosé without the accompanying price tag. Talc, cherry blossom, strawberry, lemon zest, lavender and salted watermelon unfurl on a long satisfying palate. Wonderful! (France)


Finca el Origen 
"Reserva" Valle de Uco Malbec 2019
90/100 - Our Score (3/2021)
95/100 - Decanter World Wine Awards (2020)
93/100 - James Suckling (2/8/2020) "A structured malbec with blueberry and licorice aromas and flavors that are buttressed with stone undertones. Like the minerality. Full body. Structured tannins. Fresh and vibrant. This needs a year or two to soften. Drink after 2022." (Argentina)


Tait 
"The Ball Buster" Barossa Valley Red 2017
90/100 - Wine Advocate (2/6/2021) "Made in the same full-on style that proprietor Bruno Tait has been pursuing since its first vintage in 2001, Tait's 2017 The Ball Buster Proprietary Red is a blend of 77% Shiraz, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot. Mint and baking spices lead the way, backed by a big mouthful of blackberries and black cherries. Full-bodied yet supple, it's spicy and rich, with lingering notes of mixed berries and spice on the finish. Despite weighing in at 15.9% alcohol on the label, it doesn't seem hot or overripe-an achievement in itself, but past vertical tastings suggest that this wine can develop nicely for a decade or more. Drink Date 2021 - 2030." (Australia)


Patricia Green Cellars 
"Lia's Vineyard" Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2019
92/100 - Our Score (5/2021) Jim Anderson assembles this wonderful Pinot Noir from Lia's Vineyard, a primarily south-facing site in the Chehalem Mountains sub-appellation of the Willamette Valley. Dusty and brambly, this confident Pinot shows spiced raspberry, black cherry and sour cherry, all atop a structured frame featuring medium-plus tannin and medium-plus acidity. Enjoyable now and even more exciting after 2022, this one will evolve through 2030 with ease. (Oregon)


Domaine Gassier 
Côtes du Rhône 2018
91/100 - Jeb Dunnuck (10/6/2020) "The Côtes du Rhône from this team is always made to have more of a Rhône-like style, and the 2018 Côtes du Rhône succeeds admirably, offering up loads of red and black fruits, roasted garrigue, melted licorice, and mineral-like aromas and flavors. These all carry to a ripe, sexy, full-bodied Côtes du Rhône with sweet tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. This is a no-brainer purchase that's guaranteed to put a smile on your face any time over the coming 3-5 years. Maturity 2020 - 2025." (France)


Sparkman 
"Holler" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
A deliciously deep, dense Cabernet from Washington's Chris and Kelley Sparkman!
92/100 - Wine Spectator (8/3/2020)  "Refined and well-built, with expressive black cherry, espresso and herbes de Provence flavors that pick up richness on the way to polished tannins. Drink now through 2029. 2,174 cases made." (Washington)


G. D. Vajra 
Dolcetto d'Alba 2019
90/100 - Our Score (3/2021) The Vajra siblings have, once again, bottled a super tasty and smartly priced Piedmont red, this time from the Dolcetto grape. This classic example is purple-ruby in color, with yummy flavors of blackberry and black raspberry. An energetic, grainy mouthfeel offers typical brightness and light chewiness to its lovely medium-bodied texture. Drinkable now, this perfect everyday red will continue to improve through 2022, though it will likely be long gone by then! (Italy)


Hopler 
"Pannonica" Burgenland Rosé 2020
An Impressive and tasty dry Rosé from Austria!
90/100 - Our Score (4/2021) Austrian Christophe Hopler bottles large quantities of smartly priced red and white wine in the Burgenland region. He also bottles this super tasty "Pannonica" Rose of Blaufrankisch, Pinot Noir and St. Laurent. Giving balanced flavors of crunchy red berries and light spring flowers along with a lifted, lively, tangy mouthfeel, it can hold its own with many Roses at twice the price! (Austria)


Balan 
Brut Prosecco 2020
90/100 - Our Score (5/2021) A new vintage of Vin Chicago's favorite vintage-bottled, Prosecco is here! This charming sparkler is delightfully dry and frothy with notes of citrus, almond, melon, green apple and chalky minerality. A pastry cream palate and lengthy finish wrap up the high-quality experience. Vintage bubbles at this price, what a steal! (Italy)

Price: 199
Includes one each of the above twelve wines.
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