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Friday, April 18, 2014  

The Wines of Eric Solomon

Over the past thirty years, Eric Solomon has been one of the most dynamic and exciting personalities in the wine business.  Learning to play the drums in his youth, Solomon was studying music in England when he was bit by the “wine bug,” while working at a London wine bar.  He spent the next several years working in the vineyards of France before returning to the U.S. and taking a job as a fine wine wholesaler.  After tiring of the corporate side of the business, he broke off in 1989 and founded European Cellars.  Since its inception the company has abided by its motto “Place over Process”, aiming to bring “wines to speak distinctly of “a place” - that their expression is one of that particular locale, un-obscured by winemaking interventions.”

Today, European Cellars imports 105 producers predominantly from Spain and France, and has become well respected within the industry for “embracing and championing indigenous varieties and the land upon which they are grown and nurtured.”  Wines such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape were still relatively unknown when Solomon started visiting the region and importing the best it had to offer.  Similarly, Spanish wines were beyond obscure when Solomon’s future wife Daphne Glorian, and owner/winemaker of the famed Priorat producer Clos Erasmus, introduced him to the country’s outstanding wines.  European Cellars is now known for bringing these wines to the U.S. and establishing them as some of the finest wines in the world.  Marketview Liquor has supported European Cellars for over a decade, and we’ve used the wines of Eric Solomon to introduce our customers to new regions and varietals in various taste profiles and price ranges. 

Check out this list of wines from European Cellars, and tap into one of the most exciting wine companies in the world! 

Almanzora "Este" Red
Country: Spain · Year: 2010 · Bottle Size: 750 ml
Bodegas Alto Almanzora’s Este is a blend of 50% Monastrell with the balance Tempranillo, Garnacha, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot aged for 6 months in American oak. Mineral, black fruit, espresso, and brier notes inform the nose of this spicy, savory, nicely proportioned effort. It is a very good value for drinking over the next 2-3 years.

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Con Class Rueda Blanco
Country: Spain · Year: 2011 · Bottle Size: 750 ml · 87 points
A blend of 60% Verdejo, 25% Viura and 15% Sauvignon Blanc aged on its lees in stainless steel, this is a light to medium-bodied, pure, floral-scented, nicely textured, crisp white that admirably demonstrates the remarkable progress Spain has made with its white wine program." 87 Points Wine Advocate

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Domaine Lafage Cote d'Est Blanc
Country: France · Year: 2012 · Bottle Size: 750 ml · 90 points
A blend of 50% Grenache Blanc (from vines over 100 years of age), 30% Chardonnay and 20% Marsanne (all planted on pure schist soils), the 2012 Cote d’Est VDP Cotes Catalanes was aged in stainless steel and fermented on its lees. The result is a singular, honeyed, big, lush, exotic white wine with a lot of gout de petrol, beeswax and orange marmalade notes. Medium-bodied and dry with undeniable minerality, this fruit cocktail-styled wine should be enjoyed over the next 12-18 months. 90 Points Wine Advocate

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Domaine de Andezon Cotes Du Rhone
Country: France · Year: 2012 · Bottle Size: 750 ml
Violet in color. The Syrah offers a lot of aromas on the nose including black fruit. The mouth is prevalent with spices of licorice and black olive with minerality, especially graphite and soot. Drink in 3-4 years as this mouthfeel will continue to develop over time bringing more complexity and power. Pairs well with hearty meats, such as game.

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Ercavio Tempranillo
Country: Spain · Year: 2009 · Bottle Size: 750 ml · 89 points
Opaque ruby. Pungent dark fruits, licorice and woodsmoke on the nose. Ripe and chewy, offering rich blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of spiciness. Distinctly rich wine with serious heft and a touch of bitter chocolate on the finish. This could handle the richest red meat preparations with ease. 89 Points Stephen Tanzer

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Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica
Country: Spain · Year: 2010 · Bottle Size: 750 ml · 92 points
Exhibits notes of rose petals, raspberry jam, crushed rocks, spring flowers and kirsch. Stunningly rich and medium to full-bodied, with wonderful vibrancy, precision and minerality, this beauty could easily pass for a grand cru Burgundy - it’s that complex and interesting 92 Points Wine Advocate

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Villacreces "Nebro" Ribera del Duero
Country: Spain · Year: 2005 · Bottle Size: 750 ml · 98 points
Nebro cuvee is produced only in exceptional vintages. Nebro is the name of the site of the estate’s oldest Tempranillo located 3 meters from Vega Sicilia. The 2005 Nebro is 100% Tempranillo from tiny yields of under 1 ton per acre. Malolactic occurred in barrel and the wine remained in oak for 18 months. The wine is a glass-coating opaque purple with a flamboyant bouquet of mocha, coffee, spice box, floral notes, and wild blackberry. More powerful than the Tinto, it will profit from 6-8 years of additional cellaring. Opulent, mouth-filling, and rich, the wine is a tour de force. It will be at its best from 2015 to 2035. 98 Points Wine Advocate. #54 Marketview Liquor 2010 Top 100 Wines.

Price: $199.99        Buy Now    Add To Wishlist

Castano Solanera
Country: Spain · Year: 2010 · Bottle Size: 750 ml · 90 points
A blend of 65% Monastrell, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Garnacha Tintorera aged ten months in 80% French and 20% American oak, this is a custom cuvee assembled for Eric Solomon. From 100-year-old vines planted at the highest elevation owned by Bodegas Castano in Yecla, it exhibits notes of roasted herbs, road tar, beef stock, bouquet garni, kirsch and black currants. Lusty, succulent and fleshy, this medium to full-bodied red should drink well for 4-5 years 90 Points Wine Advocate

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Nit de Nin Priorat Red
Country: Clearance · Year: 2006 · Bottle Size: 750 ml · 94 points
The 2006 Nit de Nin from Spain is 60% Garnacha and 40% Carinena sourced from 80- to 100-year-old vines and aged for 18 months in French oak. A deep garnet color, it has a reticent bouquet of spice box, mineral, and black cherry. More giving on the palate, it shows off an elegant personality, intense flavors, impeccable balance, and serious aging potential of 6-8 years. Its drinking window will extend from 2016 to 2031. Everyday price is $79.99 94 Points Wine Advocate. #96 Marketview Liquor 2010 Top 100 Wines.

Price: $69.99        Buy Now    Add To Wishlist

Domaine de L'Hortus Grand Cuvee
Country: France · Year: 2008 · Bottle Size: 750 ml · 92 points
The l’Hortus 2008 Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup Grande Cuvee constitutes virtually the identical blend – 60% Syrah; 30% Mourvedre; 5% Grenache – as its 2009 counterpart, but the effect is dramatically different. A tart fresh berry edge and mouthwatering salinity guarantee an invigorating experience, and there is a striking sense of cut and clarity to the fruit, transparent to stone, iodine, pungent herbs, and savory, marrow-rich meaty elements, all the way through to a sustained finish. Hints of toasted wood, smoky black tea, and leather serve merely for seasoning while not detracting from a purity and freshness of fruit that is absent from the corresponding 2009. And for all of the energy and refreshingly tart impingements of fruit and mineral on display here, there is already a patina of fine tannins. 92 Points Wine Advocate

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Domaine Giraud "Tradition" Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Country: France · Year: 2009 · Bottle Size: 750 ml · 90 points
Dense but stylish, with a silky texture to the cassis, macerated cherry and linzer torte flavors, followed by ample spice, pepper, warm ganache and black tea notes filling in the finish. Very fresh acidity carries it all deftly. 93 Points Wine Spectator #90 on Marketview Liquor's 2011 Top 100

Price: $42.99        Buy Now    Add To Wishlist

Louro Do Bolo Godello
Country: Spain · Year: 2012 · Bottle Size: 750 ml
Highly intense, clean, fresh, balanced and crispy nasal aromas. Very pleasant. Initially, this wine seems to be shy, but after a while it starts showing aromas of white fruit along with subtle floral notes. After swirling the glass, light citrus aromas appear along with herbal notes, hay and fennel, which stand out on a mineral background.

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