Shopping for a wine-lover and don’t know where to begin (other than heading to Molly’s)? Well you’re in luck! Here are our best wine picks under $20, $50 and $100 to give this holiday season. These are great options for that special someone, the holiday host, or even the office gift exchange! (Don’t worry about printing this out, we have copies at the front of the store to take with you while you shop!)
Wines Under $20
Graham Beck Brut Rosé
“The Rosé NV was allowed enough time on the lees to develop subtle yeasty undertones but to burst with berry and cherry flavours. On the nose expect whiffs of raspberries, cherries and a few secondary aromas of minerality. The palate delivers a lively mousse but fine in the mouth, with subtle red berry flavours enlivened by bright acids. Showing hints of oyster shell and fresh lavender. Flirtatious and fun, yet elegant and structured, it’s perfect for all seasons and settings. The ultimate in food friendly wines.” – Graham Beck
Region/Appellation: Robertson Country Hierarchy: Breede River Valley, South Africa Grape/Blend: Chardonnay – Pinot Noir Food Suggestion: Meaty and oily fish such as salmon and trout Was $18.98 | Now $16.98
Anton Bauer Wagram Pinot Noir
“Dense, characteristic ruby with crimson; intensive notes of herbs in the nose, purée of berries in the background; typical Burgunder structure, lively tannin, ripeness, juicy piquancy and elegance, substantially dry and still youthfully impetuous.” – Anton Bauer
Region/Appellation: Wagram Country Hierarchy: Austria Grape/Blend: Pinot Noir Food Suggestion: Pork and red meats such as beef, lamb, and venison. Was $24.98 | Now $19.98
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier Blend
“That beautiful fragrance of jasmine, honeyed pears, and chai spice. The succulent flavors of tropical fruit. A crisp, refreshing finish that unleashes provocative notes of white peaches, pineapple, and zesty citrus.” – Pine Ridge CB + V
Region/Appellation:Napa Valley Country Hierarchy:California Grape/Blend:Rare White Blend: Chenin Blanc and Viognier Food Suggestion:Root vegetables and squashes, light salads to seafood, and most notably with foods with a hint of spiciness—its subtle sweetness provides balance alongside a touch of heat. It’s the perfect pour for the start of an evening with appetizers or a platter of salumi. Also try Chenin Blanc + Viognier with a flavorful Thai curry, a frittata with sweet onions and ricotta, or a shrimp and avocado tostada. For a perfect cheese pairing, enjoy CB+V with a dense, lemony goat’s milk French Chabichou du Poitou. Was $14.98 | Now $10.98
Mercat Brut Nature
“A complex nose of ripe pear and brioche with zesty minerality on the palate and chalky soil notes. Stone fruits like apricots and nectarines are framed by a structure of acidity and limestone that show through due to the lack of dosage.” – Mercat
Region/Appellation: Cava Country Hierarchy: Catalonia, Spain Grape/Blend: Cava Blend: 50% Xarel.lo, 40% Macabeu and 10% Parellada Food Suggestion: Manchego and parmesan cheese, oysters, and clams Was $16.98 | Now $13.98
“This elegant Syrah has hints of blackberries and raspberries with a hint of pepper. The finish has earthy notes where the tannins and acidity are well blended.” – Bookcliff Vineyards
Region/Appellation: Grand Valley Country Hierarchy: Colorado, USA Grape/Blend: Syrah Food Suggestion: Pork, lamb, beef , spicy food, matured and hard cheese Was $21.98 | Now $15.98
Kopke Fine Ruby Port
“Deep ruby-red colour with halo granate. Classic nose, where the vivacity of the young fruits converge in a delicate balance. Determined taste, vigorous, with aromas of fresh fruit and a long and harmonious finish.” – Portugal Vineyards
Region/Appellation: Ruby Port Country Hierarchy: Oporto [Port], Douro, Portugal Grape/Blend: Port Blend Red: Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cão, and Touriga Franca Food Suggestion: Chocolate, caramel, and cheeses of medium intensity 350ml $10.99 | 750ml $17.99
Kopke Tawny Port
“Orange-brown color. The ageing in oak casks gives it an aroma of vanilla combined with fruit. The palate is soft and balanced with a good finish.” – Portugal Vineyards
Region/Appellation: Tawny Port Country Hierarchy: Oporto [Port], Douro, Portugal Grape/Blend: Port Blend Red: Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cão, Touriga Franca Food Suggestion: Blue cheese, dried fruits, and desserts with caramel 350ml $10.99 | 750ml $17.99
Tentaka Hawk in the Heavens Sake
“Dry and crisp, the flavors are dominated by mixed nuts, fresh cut green grass and other earthier flavors. Medium-bodied with a rich mouthfeel, followed by a lengthy and dry finish.” – Vine Connections
Region/Appellation: Junmai Country Hierarchy: Japan Food Suggestion: Hearty grains, mushrooms, beef, lamb, and BBQ sauce 300ml Was $16.98 | Now $14.98
Wines Under $50
DeLoach Estate Pinot Noir Russian River
“Our 2014 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir aromatically opens with ripe red fruits heightened with hints of soft baking spice and candied orange peel. The deep aromas lead to enticing flavors of cherry cola balanced with the earthiness of Shiitake mushroom. Its full body, and round, rich velvety feel lead to a long, satisfying finish.” – DeLoach Vineyards
Region/Appellation: Russian River Valley Country Hierarchy: Sonoma County, North Coast, California Grape/Blend: Pinot Noir Food Suggestion: Duck, geese, and game birds such as turkey, quail, and pheasant Was $54.98 | Now $44.98
Taittinger Brut La Francaise
“Active on the palate, with bright core fruits and zesty citrus and mineral flavors, a pairing with raw oysters would seem to be in order.” – Wilfred Wong
Region/Appellation: Champagne Brut Country Hierarchy: Champagne, France Grape/Blend: Champagne Blend Food Suggestion: Shellfish, crab and lobster Was $56.98 | Now $39.98
Robert Sinskey Red Blend
“Point of View 2012 is that wine you take to dinner to not just impress, but to enjoy. A deep, dark purple hue telegraphs its impressive nature as the aromas and flavors of macerated berries (strawberries, blue/blackberries, and cherries), are backed by notes of bay leaf and fennel seed. The wine obviously came from optimally ripened fruit with supple tannin balanced by just the slightest hint of fine oak barrels and vibrant acidity. Mouth filling and delicious with an incredibly long finish, this wine begs for a seat at tonight’s dinner table.” – Robert Sinskey
Region/Appellation: Carneros Country Hierarchy: Napa Valley, Napa Country, North Coast, California Grape/Blend: Red Blend: Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon Food Suggestion: Pork and chili peppers Now $39.99
Domaine Ostertag Riesling
“The wine is a very light, pale straw color. The very nice nose has lemon zest, toast, apples, white flowers, spice, grapefruit, apricots, and minerals. This has light to medium body, good acidity, and has just a hint of sweetness. The creamy palate features nice citrus and apples up front with a nice floral note, pices, and minerals coming in on the backend. The finish has very nice length and again highlights the citrus, apple, and minerals, with a slight saline element coming into play. This would be a very nice wine to serve to a new comer as an introduction to dry Rieslings.” – Cliff’s Wine Picks
Region/Appellation: Alsace Country Hierarchy: France Grape/Blend: Riesling Food Suggestion: Meaty fish such as salmon, mackerel, swordfish, monkfish and tuna Now $29.99
Luigi Giordano Barbaresco
“Definite garnet red colour enriched with delicate orange highlights on ageing; ample and intense perfume with good floral and fruit jammy notes plus ethereal hints of spices. The flavour is dry, full, elegant and aristocratic.” – Luigi Giordano
Region/Appellation: Barbaresco Country Hierarchy: Piedmont, Italy Grape/Blend: Nebbiolo Food Suggestion: Meat-filled pasta dishes, game roasts, braised red meats and matured cheeses Was $36.98 | Now $32.98
Colterris Cab Franc
“An elegant, traditionally styled wine made from 25-year-old vines grown above the Colorado River at Katie’s Vineyard on East Orchard Mesa, Palisade. This wine is rich with hints of violets and plums. A delicious complement to braised poultry, grilled salmon, and mild cheeses.” –Colterris
Region/Appellation: Grand Valley Country Hierarchy: Colorado Grape/Blend: 84% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon Food Suggestion: Poultry, salmon, and mild cheeses Now $24.99
Kracher White Burgenland Trockenbeerenauslese
“Trockenbeerenauslese (“dried berry selection”) is a sweet wine made from grapes hand-picked in late autumn and affected by “noble rot,” the botrytis fungus that gives the wine its characteristic rich, sweet taste. This golden wine has a lovely aroma with notes of apricot and honey. The finish is fresh, creamy and lively.” – Terlato Wines
Region/Appellation: Burgenland Country Hierarchy: Austria Grape/Blend: Welschriesling, Chardonnay, Traminer Food Suggestion: Dessert 187ml $24.99
Wines Under $100
Stag’s Leap Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa
“This well-made full-bodied wine exudes a juicy core of red currant, cranberry and vanilla as a persistence of tannin provides power and wooded support. Oak and cedar play nicely together and add a wealth of savory concentration.” – Virginie Boone
Region/Appellation: Napa Valley Country Hierarchy: Napa Country, North Coast, California Grape/Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon Food Suggestion: Beef, such as prime rib, or venison Was $61.99 | Now $58.99
Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay
“The 2015 vintage endowed this Chardonnay with a profusion of exotic, fresh aromas and flavors – honeydew melon, pineapple, plantains, honey, crème brulee, and mandarin peel – all made more enticing with bright acidity and a long, rich finish.” – Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez
Region/Appellation: Carneros Country Hierarchy: Napa Valley, Napa County, North Coast, California Grape/Blend: Chardonnay Food Suggestion: Creamy mushroom soup or quiche Was $58.98 | Now $52.98
Concha y Toro Don Melchor 2009
“Deep cherry red. A wine with tremendous aromatic complexity and a heightened expression of Cabernet fruit. Highly concentrated and persistent on the palate. Fresh, with smooth, fine, and delicate tannins and excellent balance.” – Don Melchor
Region/Appellation: Puente Alto Country Hierarchy: Malpo Valley, Chile Grape/Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon and minor proportions of Cabernet Franc Food Suggestion: Red meats, especially lamb or wild game prepared with different cooking methods, such as roasted or braised and served with sauces made with red wine, mushrooms, rosemary, and tomatoes, among others. Assorted terrines and patés, especially duck with truffles. Cows or goat milk cheeses, dry, aged or creamy cheeses. Now $74.99
Saint Cosme Condrieu 2015
“Saint Cosme Condrieu is teeming with commanding aromas of licorice, jasmine and elderflower. On the palate, it offers rich flavors of white peach and anise. Full and round, this Condrieu is remarkably elegant and lively.” – The Winebow Group
Region/Appellation: Condrieu Country Hierarchy: Rhone, France Grape/Blend: Viognier Food Suggestion: Roasted chicken or turkey served simply with sweet roasted vegetables and corn or fresh lobster in garlic butter Now $74.99
Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir
“The color is a deep scarlet-red with lush aromas of blackberry bramble, nutmeg, and hint of caramel. The wine is fresh and exuberant in the mouth with sumptuous strawberry jam, ripe black cherry, cranberry and warm gingerbread. It is perfectly balanced with refreshing acidity, velvety tannins and a hint of toffee carrying through its long finish. When asked to describe this wine, I simply say it’s like a taste of Christmas, all year long!” – Belle Glos
Region/Appellation: Santa Maria Valley Country Hierarchy: Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California Grape/Blend: Pinot Noir Food Suggestion: Chicken or turkey served with root vegetables (squash, carrots, turnips, pumpkin, and shallots) or herby stuffing Was $61.98 | Now $54.98
Orin Swift Papillon Red
“An intense ink with a garnet rim, the wine opens with powerful aromatics of cassis, ripe boysenberry, and chaparral with hints of graphite, sage, fire-roasted meats and fresh brioche. The entry floods the palate with ripe dark fruit flavors of blackberry and black cherries as well as fresh minerality and a touch of kir and crème de menthe. With traces of tannin, the wine finishes with a lingering sweet licorice and a smooth acidity. Overall, this vintage of Papillon truly characterizes the theme—bold and massive yet also delicate and complex.” – Orin Swift
Region/Appellation: Napa Valley Country Hierarchy: Napa County, North Coast, California Grape/Blend: Bordeaux Blend Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc Food Suggestion: Beef, such as prime rib, and vension Now $65.99
Cedric Bouchard Cote de Bechalin 2010
“A broad palate with exotic fruit, poise, and pinpoint acidity. One can certainly enjoy this now, but some time in the cellar to further knit the elements of structure and fruit should pay off handsomely.” -John McIlwain
Region/Appellation: Champagne Country Hierarchy: France Grape/Blend: Champagne Blend Food Suggestion: Shellfish, crab, and lobster Was $89.98 | Now $79.98
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Can you believe it? Molly’s Spirits is turning T-H-R-E-E and you’re invited to come help us celebrate!
Friday night we’re going to have some BIG prizes to giveaway (think free beer for a year from Left Hand Brewing, a Never Summer snowboard, etc), a free special tasting from 4-6PM and lots of yummy horderves! Plus it wouldn’t be a Molly’s party if we didn’t have a Gatsby-themed photobooth. Come snap a photo for a chance to win a $100 giftcard to our store!
We’ll also have DEEP anniversary sales running all weekend in-store.
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Labor Day Weekend is a celebration of the achievement of American workers, and is often considered the last hurrah of summertime. This 3 day holiday weekend is the perfect time to party down with friends and family, get one last camping trip or mountain getaway in, take the boat out for a spin or hold a classic backyard BBQ. Whatever your Labor Day plans are, we’ve got the drinks covered. Coming straight from our in-house cicerone, sommelier and spirits specialist, here’s what we recommend drinking this labor day.
Labor Day Weekend is a great time to sip on those summer whites like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, pop some bubbly, or opt for a little twist like sangria or a canned wine cocktail! It’s also peak pink drinking season, which means that rosé isn’t going to drink itself. And cheers to canned and boxed wine – just think of all the places you can go!
Labor Day Weekend Rosé List
2016 Chateau Salettes Bandol Rosé House Wine Canned Rosé Infinite Monkey Theorem Canned Rosé 2016 Château Saint-Honoré Côtes de Provence La Londe Rosé 3L Box La Vieille Ferme Rosé Underwood Canned Rosé 2016 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare Rosé 3L Box From the Tank Rosé 2016 Mordorée Côtes du Rhône Rosé
Labor Day Weekend Bubbly List
Scarpetta Frico Frizzante 187ML Cans Casa de Valor Brut Cava Graham Beck Brut Caposaldo Prosecco (All great options for your Aperol Spritz!)
Labor Day Weekend New Zealand Sauv Blanc List
Otto’s Constant Dream Sauvignon Blanc Babich Sauvignon Blanc The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Sea Pearl Sauvignon Blanc
Labor Day Weekend Canned & Bottled Fruity Wine Goodness List
Shania Sangria Blanc Limé Ramona Canned Sparkling Wine with Pink Grapefruit 4 Packs Begonia Canned Sangria 4 Packs Mija White Sangira Decadent Saint White Sangria Mighty Swell Mango, Grapefruit, and Peach 4 Packs Pampelonne Blood Orange Spritz, Rosé Lime, and French 75 4 Packs
While cocktail options are always endless, we’re focusing on a few easy, refreshing drinks for Labor Day. Such as the margarita, not only is this a party pleaser, but margaritas have short ingredient lists and even shorter preparation times. Check out our list of 7 margarita recipes you have to try here.
Labor Day Weekend Spirits List
Don Julio Blanco Tequila Humboldt’s Finest Vodka – Check out the recipe for a Humboldt’s Finest Hemp Highball here! CapRock Colorado Organic Vodka Tanqueray Gin
Beer & Other:
This could be your last chance to drink up those summer seasonals such as Upslope Thai Style White IPA and Wibby Brewing Lightshine Radler. If you’re hitting I-70 and heading for the mountains, any of the 9 beers to take on a summer hike we posted about would be excellent choices. And we can’t leave out our love for hard seltzers. Read all about our hard seltzer obsession here.
The Denver Summer Passport is a boozy field guide aimed at helping you discover the city’s best bars, restaurants, breweries, distilleries and more! This pocket-sized book features over sixty 2-for-1 craft beverage specials valid Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. This field guide is sure to become your go-to drinking buddy when it comes to navigating Denver’s food and beverage scene.
2-for-1 drinks at every location
Over $350 in booze savings
Valid all summer (May 26—Sept 4)
Molly’s has TEN Summer Passports to giveaway to TEN lucky people!
Here are the rules to win:
Like us on Facebook (although not required, bonus points if you follow us on Instagram too)
Fill out the entry form below. One entry per person. (Update: Entry form has been removed because giveaway has ended.)
That’s it! Giveaway ends at 9am on 6/8/17.
Winners will be announced 6/8/2017 on this blog post and will also be notified via email/phone.
**6/8/17 Update! Winners announced!**
1. James (Eddie) M. 2. Jay N. 3. Bri C. 4. Erin U. 5. Robert H. 6. Daniel V. 7. Kelsey W. 8. Benjamin B. 9. Kaitlin H. 10. Amber R.
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our Denver Passport giveaway!
Suns Out, Rosés Out! It’s time to rejoice in the official wine of summer – the rosé! This trendy pink drink comes with its own catchphrases like “Rosé All Day” and “Yes Way, Rosé” and even recently made headlines for its availability in 40 ounce bottles!
And there’s a reason for the hype, the hashtags, and the memes so we’re going to dive into the pink world of rosé. Your guide to a rosé-filled summer is here, and it’ll have you saying “New Day, New Rosé”.
Rosé basics (although rosé is anything but basic)
Rosé is a category of wine – just as white and red are categories. Its name comes from the French word for pink.
Rosé happens when the skins of red grapes touch wine for only a short time (anywhere from 2 hours to 20 hours). The longer the grapes’ skins are left sitting in the wine, the darker the color of the finished rosé.
There are three ways to make rosé: maceration, saignée and blending. The maceration method is when red wine grapes are let to rest, or macerate, in the juice for a period of time and afterward the entire batch of juice is finished into a rosé wine. The Saignée (“San-yay”) method is when some of the juice is bled off during the first few hours of making a red wine and put into a new vat to make rosé. This method is very common in wine regions that make fine red wines such as Napa and Sonoma. And the blending method is when a little bit of red wine is added to a vat of white wine to make rosé. It doesn’t take much red wine to dye a white wine pink, so usually these wines will have up to 5% or so, of a red wine added. This method is very uncommon with still rosé wines but happens much more in sparkling wine regions such as Champagne.
The primary flavors of rosé wine are red fruit, flowers, citrus, and melon, with a pleasant crunchy green flavor on the finish similar to celery or rhubarb. Of course, depending on the type of grape the rosé wine is made with will greatly vary the flavor.
Rosés range in taste from dry (not sweet) to sweet depending on grape. Pink doesn’t always equal sweet!
The suggested serving temperature:45 – 55 degrees F / 7 – 10 degrees C.
Rosé pairs well with SO MANY foods – fin fish, shellfish, white meat, cured meat, hard cheese, soft cheese, greens, and exotic spices like turmeric, ginger, saffron, and cumin.
Just like summer can’t last forever, the vast majority of rosés are made to be consumed within 1-2 years which is why the rosés you’ll see below are from 2015 and 2016.
Rosé is produced in every major country and is made of nearly every grape variety – both red and white. The Molly’s Wine Team has chosen a few favorites out of our ENTIRE section of rosés for our guide. These hail from France, Spain, Austria, the good ol’ U.S. of A., Chile, and South Africa. Let’s travel through the various regions together!
Rosé wines of France mainly come from Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, both located in Southern France. French rosés are dry and the blend usually includes Grenache (fruity) and Syrah (savory). Fun facts: Provence is the world’s largest wine region specializing in dry rosé! The Center for Rosé Research, located in Provence, is the only scientific organization dedicated to studying rosé wine and supporting improvements in rosé quality and diversity. Wine Folly has dubbed rosés from Provence the “little black dress of pink wines”.
Saint Roch les Vignes Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016
“This blend of Cinsault (50%) and Grenache (50%) has everything a Provençal rosé should: delicacy, dryness and drinkability. It smells of bright red berries, and the palate is lively and full of crisp, food-friendly acidity.” — Importer
Region/Appellation: Côtes de Provence Country Hierarchy: Provence, France Grape/Blend: 50% Grenache, 50% Cinsault Price: $14.98 | ON SALE: $12.98 Enjoy: With fresh berries while soaking in a hot spring
Château Montfaucon ‘Les Gardettes’ Rosé 2016
“Refreshing and crisp with hints of peaches, raspberries and violets, this easy drinking dry rosé is meant to be enjoyed casually in a jovial spirit.” – Rodolphe de Pins, Château de Montfaucon
Region/Appellation: Montfaucon Country Hierarchy: Rhône Valley, France Grape/Blend: Cinsault, Counoise and Grenache Price: $12.98 | ON SALE: $10.98 Enjoy: While getting your daily dose of green vegetables (who said that can’t be fun?!)
AIX Rosé 2016
“An elegant rosé with layers of complexity and a fresh personality. Beautifully balanced with bright fruit flavors, delicate floral notes, and a long finish reminiscent of a clear, warm day in Provence, this delicious rose is as captivating as a gentle refreshing summer breeze – it seduces you like a bright sunny day. Sublime happiness in every sip. Enjoy chilled.” – Maison Saint AIX
Region/Appellation: Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Country Hierarchy: Provence, France Grape/Blend: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Cinsault Price: $16.98 | ON SALE: $13.98 Enjoy: Overlooking the water with a glass of AIX Rosé in one hand and a good book in the other
Domaine de Beaurenard Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2016
“Fruity with ‘pep’, class and a nice mineral support. A frank attack with pleasing roundness, present fruit balanced by a delicate structure found by the mineral presence.” – Domaine de Beaurenard
Region/Appellation: Côtes du Rhône Country Hierarchy: Rhône, France Grape/Blend: Grenache, Syrah Juice, and Cinsault Price: $18.98 | ON SALE: $16.98 Enjoy: At a backyard BBQ
Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé 2016
“A pleasant, intense, floral and mineral nose and well balanced palate with freshness combining red currants and berries. This rosé is ready to drink now, and should be consumed within a year to enjoy its fresh fruitiness to the full. Enjoy as an aperitif or with a meal.” – Mas de Daumas Gassac
Region/Appellation: Pays d’Herault Country Hierarchy: Languedoc, France Grape/Blend: 50% Syrah, 50% Carignan Price: $12.98 | ON SALE: $10.98 Enjoy: While enjoying a late lunch after tackling your weekend to-do list
Chãteau du Rouët Côtes de Provence Cuvée Réservée Tradition Rosé 2015
“A refreshing blast of rose petal aromas give way to crisp minerality loaded with notes of cherry blossom, raspberry and strawberries. This classically dry Provençal rosé has a fruity palate and a long, rich aftertaste.” – Chãteau du Rouët
Region/Appellation: Côtes de Provence Country Hierarchy: Provence, France Grape/Blend: 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, and 20% Syrah Price: $19.98 | ON SALE: $15.98 Enjoy: While sharing a cured meat plate with your bestie
Château de Paraza Cuvée Spéciale Rosé 2016
“A pleasing nose with notes of strawberry and redcurrant. On the palate the wine is wild, round, and well-balanced, with a lot of crisp. Pure freshness.” – Château de Paraza
Region/Appellation: Minervois Country Hierarchy: Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grape/Blend: 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache Price: $13.98 | ON SALE: $11.98 Enjoy: With takeout from your go-to sushi place and a little Netflix binge
The most popular Spanish rosés are Tempranillo (savory) and Garnacha (fruity)-based rosado wines from Rioja, but Spain hosts a range of rosé wines. Jumilla is located on the Mediterranean coast of south-eastern of Spain and produces quality rosés from the Monastrell (savory) grape variety.
Ostatu Rosado 2016
“Pale salmon, bright color with pinks reflections. Aromas of fresh fruits (strawberries), with a fine and elegant expression. Very fresh and balanced in the mouth, slightly oily and with dimension. Great balance of flavors, fruitiness and warmth.” – Ostatu
Region/Appellation: Rioja Alavesa Country Hierarchy: Spain Grape/Blend: 70% Tempranillo, 27% Garnacha and 3% Viura Price: $17.98 | ON SALE: $15.98 Enjoy: With a make your own pizza date night
Bodegas Muga Rosado 2016
“Aromas of red currant and strawberry, and flavors of bright red fruit, orange and flowers. A very easy wine to drink” – Bodegas Muga
Region/Appellation: Rioja Alta Country Hierarchy: Rioja, Spain Grape/Blend: 60% Garnacha, 30% Viura and 10% Tempranillo Price: $18.98 | ON SALE: $15.98 Enjoy: Poolside with a plate of sliced mango
Bodegas Olivares Rosado 2016
“The blend of Monastrell and Grenache gives richness and structure to this fresh, fruity rosé. You’ll find floral and red fruits on the nose and in the mouth. It is fruity, fresh and balanced.” – Bodegas Olivares
Region/Appellation: Jumilla Country Hierarchy: Murcia, Spain Grape/Blend: 70% Grenache, 30% Monastrell Price: $10.98 | ON SALE: $8.98 Enjoy: By the campfire, although you might want to transfer into a different vessel before you set out on your adventure (should you decide to brave it and bring the glass bottle, it is a twist off so no need to worry about a cork screw)
Rosé wine is produced in all of Austria´s wine-growing regions, Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt are two significant grape varieties used in Austrian rosés. Zweigelt is characterized by bold cherry flavors and a slight herbaceous bitter note on the finish making rosé wines fruity while Blaufränkisch typically produces wines rich in tannin and sometimes exhibiting a pronounced spicy character. Niederosterreich (Lower Austria) is the largest wine region in Austria followed by Burgenland.
Meinklang Frizzante Pinot Noir Rosé 2015
“This light frizzante made from Pinot Noir shows a lot of fruitness and aromatics. Strawberries, cherries and minerality lead to long slightly bubbly finish. Organic and biodynamic!” – kwselection.com
Region/Appellation: Burgenland Country Hierarchy: Austria Grape/Blend: Pinot Noir, Zweigelt & Blaufränkisch Price: $19.98 | ON SALE: $17.98 Enjoy: With Sunday brunch
Pratsch Rosé 2016
“Made from several varieties of organically-grown estate grapes, this Austrian rosé is delicate and dry featuring aromas and flavors of wild strawberries, peach, and pear, backed by crisp, refreshing acidity.” – Winesellers, Ltd
Region/Appellation: Niederosterreich (Lower Austria) Country Hierarchy: Austria Grape/Blend: Zweigelt Price: $14.98 | ON SALE: $10.98 Enjoy: With paella after a day spent on the water
As of August 2016, The United States is currently ranked as the world’s third largest producer of rosé wine (after France and Spain respectively) and is gaining ground as the trend shows its longevity year after year!
Moshin Vineyards 2016 Rose of Pinot Noir
” A dry, refreshing, cool, crisp pink with flavors and aromas of strawberry, melon and hints of spring flowers. 100% Pinot Noir that delivers a juicy and delicious wine – pairing easily with appetizers, fish and good times with friends!” — Moshin Vineyards
Region/Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California Country Hierarchy: USA Grape/Blend: Pinot Noir Price: $19.98 | ON SALE: $17.98 Enjoy: At happy hour with friends from the office
Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare 2016
“The ’16 Vin Gris is a bit of a departure from recent vintages, somewhat deeper in color and definitely a bit fruitier than some, though the fruit is perhaps (at least at this stage) more of the dark and brooding variety, particularly suggestive of black currants, Damson plum and rosehips. This wine is all about elegance and restraint. Rosehips, cassis, fraises de bois, citrus rind, with a wonderfully austere stony finish ” – Bonny Doon Vineyard
Region/Appellation: Central Coast, California Country Hierarchy: USA Grape/Blend: 49% Grenache, 19% Grenache Blanc, 13% Mourvèdre, 12% Carignane, 4% Cinsaut, 3% Roussanne Price: $19.98 | ON SALE: $14.98 Enjoy: At a 4th of July crab boil under the fireworks
Chile’s hot summers, coastal cooling breezes, and moderate rainfall make it an ideal climate for wine grape growing! Most of Chile’s vineyards are located in the Central Valley Region, a large region that contains several smaller valleys like Maule Valley which is where our pick from Chile is produced. Over the past two decades, Chile has seen a massive diversification; wineries, both big and small, new wine regions and plantings of altogether new-to-Chile grapes. The Carménère grape used in the rosé below is now considered the national grape of Chile.
Apaltagua Reserva Carménère Rose
“Rose petal-colored, clear, brilliant and clean, our Apaltagua Carménère Rosé has perfumed aromas of tart red fruit, such as raspberry. With floral notes such as rose, as well as hints of citrus, there is a touch of light balsamic and subtle spice. In the mouth it is fresh and dry, with a medium body and a long finish.” – Apaltagua Vineyards
Region/Appellation: Maule Valley Country Hierarchy: Chile Grape/Blend: 85% Carmenere, 15% Syrah Price: $11.98 | ON SALE: $9.98 Enjoy: On a picnic with a plate of fresh tomato and mozzarella slices
Like the United States and Chile, South Africa is classified as a ‘New World’ region. New World wines come from countries that used to be colonies, where winemaking (and Vitis vinifera grapes) were imported. The differences in Old World and New World wines come from winemaking practices (tradition) and from the affect of the land and climate on the grapes (the “terroir”). New World wines are often described as tasting riper, having higher alcohol, having less acidity, and tasting more fruity while Old World wines are often described as tasting lighter, having less alcohol, having higher acidity, and tasting less fruity. The Cabernet Sauvignon is one of South Africa’s most planted grapes and is used to produce the rosé listed below. First released in 1999, Mulderbosch Rosé was one of the very first of its kind from South Africa. This rosé is produced in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s leading wine area with a winemaking tradition that stretches back to the end of the 17th-century.
Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2016
“Bracing mineral aromatics and floral notes are found on the nose whilst the well balanced and vibrant palate features freshly sliced watermelon, Turkish rose water and subtly herbaceous Cabernet Sauvignon flavours. Amplifying its fresh, clean acidity and striking length is a burst of succulent Ruby grapefruit that carries the wonderful ensemble to a pleasant, lasting finish.” – Mulderbosch
Region/Appellation: Stellenbosch /Coastal Region Country Hierarchy: South Africa Grape/Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon Price: $13.98 | ON SALE: $11.98 Enjoy: At the annual Labor Day family reunion
All prices limited to stock on hand. Molly’s Spirits reserves the right to limit quantities. Prices are subject to change. Molly’s has an entire section dedicated to rosés (Lane 2, Aisle B)! Swing by and our wine team will be happy to help you find the perfect one!
Molly’s Spirits is a proud sponsor of this year’s Uncorked Reserve 2017. Uncorked is the Denver Art Museum’s spring fundraising event benefiting the museum’s exhibitions and programs. It’s a two-tiered event that includes Uncorked Reserve and the after party – Uncorked AFTERGLO. The evening includes a silent auction cocktail reception in the museum’s Duncan Pavilion, followed by a four-course plated dinner designed by Kevin Taylor Catering featuring exquisite wine and drink pairings with each course. After a live auction, guests are invited to join the Uncorked AFTERGLO party featuring live music and creative treats and cocktails! More information and tickets can be found here.
In anticipation of this year’s event, we’ve put together a list of the wines being served throughout the evening with tasting notes and suggested food pairings for you to use as a guide for your own entertaining needs! These wines were carefully chosen in collaboration with our supplier partners, and will make an excellent addition to any cocktail or dinner party. Look for the shelf tags at Molly’s indicating the wine is a part of Uncorked Reserve and Uncorked AFTERGLO next time you’re in the store!
Passed Hors d’oeuvres Cocktail Reception
“Smooth, opulent layers of lemon peel and stone fruit are heightened by sweet smells of crème brûlée, butterscotch, baked apple, shortbread, roasted marshmallow, and spices. The mid-palate is fleshy and rich, followed by a clean, mineral finish.” – Meiomi
Region/Appellation: California Country Hierarchy: USA Grape/Blend: Chardonnay Food Suggestions: Mushrooms, Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Crab Salad Price: $13.98 Location: Lane 10, Aisle C
7 Moons Red Blend
“A red blend of seven different grape varietals, 7 Moons is a smooth, easy-drinking, fruit-forward wine. Aromas of chocolate-covered cherries, baking spices, and vanilla bean lead to flavors of strawberry preserves, cherry cola, and milk chocolate.” – 7 Moons
Region/Appellation: California Country Hierarchy: USA Grape/Blend: Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet, Malbec, and Grenache Food Suggestions: Barbecued Chicken, Lamb, and Caprese Salad Price: $11.98 Location: Lane 4, Aisle B
“From first glance you see a wonderful pale straw color with greenish reflections, fine bubbles and a creamy white foam. The nose is fragrant, with enticing aromas of apple and peach. The palate is refreshing, dry and harmonious, with crisp fruit flavors and a clean finish.” – Palm Bay International
Region/Appellation: Veneto Country Hierarchy: Italy Grape/Blend: Glera Food Suggestion: Sushi, Shellfish, Seafood, and Pork Price: $9.98 Location: Lane 3, Aisle B
“The Starmont Rosé displays light red color reminiscent of watermelon or candied apple. On the nose, aromas of citrus, candied strawberries, watermelon and berry fruit. The soft entry on the palate opens to a round and flavorful wine with good volume and weight; bright acidity balanced with abundant strawberry and peach flavors; surprisingly complex and long finish.” – Starmont Winery
Region/Appellation: Napa Valley Country Hierarchy: USA Grape/Blend: Bordeaux Blend Red Food Suggestion: Light Salads, Light Pasta and Rice Dishes, Seafood, Shellfish, Grilled Fish, and Goats’ Cheese Price: $14.98 Location: Lane 2, Aisle A
Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
“Aromas of lush black cherry, blackberry and cassis draw you into this Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Round and rich tannins provide a robust backbone and supple mid-palate. Notes of cedar, vanilla and a hint of mocha linger on the finish.” – Kendall Jackson
Region/Appellation: Sonoma County, California Country Hierarchy: USA Grape/Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon Food Suggestion: Beef and Venison Price: $16.98 Location: Lane 6, Aisle C
“Brachetto is pleasure bottled – a popular light sparkling frizzante wine produced in the Acqui region of Piemonte. It fascinates with its hints of red fruits, especially strawberries. Intrigues with its floral tones, pink hues, and slightly spicy flavors. Satisfies with a pleasant balanced sweetness.” – Molly’s Wine Manager, Scott
Region/Appellation: Piemonte Country Hierarchy: Italy Grape/Blend: Brachetto Food Suggestions: Fresh Berry Desserts Price: $13.98 Location: Lane 8, Aisle B
“A lifted nose showing refreshing herbal notes, snow pea, melon, and fresh guava. Light bodied and refreshing with typical Marlborough flavors of passionfruit, gooseberry, and grapefruit. A pleasing herbaceous thread leads to a long, lingering finish.” – Winesellers, LTD
Region/Appellation: Marlborough Country Hierarchy: New Zealand Grape/Blend: Sauvignon Blanc Food Suggestions: Goats’ Cheese, Feta, Chicken, Seafood, Grilled Vegetables, and Salad Price: $10.98 Location: Lane 11, Aisle A
“Dark violet with blue hues, Nore of ripe red and black fruits such as cherries, plums, and blackberries. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, and snuff. Medium-bodied flavor, with soft tannins and balanced acidity with a fruity and spicy finish.” – Winesellers, LTD
Region/Appellation: Uco Valley, Mendoza Country Hierarchy: Argentina Grape/Blend: Malbec Food Suggestion: Beef and Venison Price: $11.98 Location: Lane 11, Aisle A
You guys! We’re blushing!! We’re so honored to be named the Denver A-List’s Best Wine Shop of 2017! Thank you to all of our wonderful customers who voted for us. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for your amazing support. And if you haven’t checked out our wine selection yet, we have over 6,000 bottles of wine in stock from over 20 countries and extremely knowledgeable staff to help you find the perfect wine for any occasion!
Boxed wine has come a long way from its early days (think Franzia), and its sustainable design holds the equivalent of four bottles of wine making it easy to take anywhere – what’s not to love! To show everyone what all the buzz is about, we hosted a Battle of the Boxes free tasting and contest every Friday during the month of January. These boxed wines battled it out for best box as participants voted for his or her favorite box at the free tasting. And it doesn’t stop there – by voting, tasters were entering for a chance to win a box from the tasting lineup! Who doesn’t love free wine and a little friendly competition!? Below we have a little recap with tasting notes and the winners of each box battle.
Want to know what’s happening next? Our in-store tastings as well as events we’re a part of around town can be found on our website!
Cabernet Box Battle
featuring: Bota Box, Big Green Box, Black Box and Gran Verano Cabernet Sauvignon
The Winner: Bota Box, Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendoza, Argentina “Bota Box Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of black cherry and blackberry with a touch of violet and black peppercorn. Medium in body, this wine is supple and juicy with rich flavors of red currant, black fruit compote and spice on the finish.” – Bota Box
Pairs well with: barbecued meats, hearty stews or pasta served with marinara sauce
Big Green Box, Cabernet Sauvignon
Valle Central, Chile “Our Pepperwood Grove Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and inviting, aromas of blackberry, red currant, dark chocolate and mocha draw you in. Flavors of dried sweet cherry, toasted coconut and sweet leather play against the long finish.” – Pepperwood Grove
Pairs well with: New York strip steak with blue cheese crumble, bbq chicken pizza or a grilled portobello mushroom burger
Black Box, Cabernet Sauvignon
Valle Central, Chile “Black Box Wines Cabernet Sauvignon displays lovely aromas of black currants, with hints of mocha and toasty oak. Black cherry and chocolate flavors come together with smooth tannins, leading to a soft, lingering finish.” – Black Box Wines
Pairs well with: filet mignon, roast duck, pork tenderloin or mushroom ravioli
Gran Verano, Cabernet Sauvignon
Valle Central, Chile “This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep and intense ruby-red color with pleasant notes of plums, blackberries and figs. On the palate, it has a juicy flavor with a pleasant, well rounded finish.” – The Global Vineyard
Pairs well with: beef and venison
Pinot Box Battle
featuring: Big Green Box Pinot Grigio versus Bota Box Pinot Grigio and Big Green Box Pinot Noir versus Bota Box Pinot Noir
The Winner: Big Green Box, Pinot Grigio
California “Our Pepperwood Grove Pinot Grigio boasts bright aromas of quince, dried fig and lemon zest. Tangy flavors of green apple combine with tropical notes of guava from the addition of the French Colombard grape. The great acidity in this wine makes it a perfect candidate for pairing with a variety of foods.” – Pepperwood Grove
Pairs well with: fresh crab cakes, chicken Alfredo pasta or a baked brie and warm bread appetizer
Bota Box, Pinot Grigio
California “Bota Box Pinot Grigio offers lively aromas of nectarine, white peach, and light floral notes. This delightful medium-bodied wine has flavors of ripe peach, nectarine and bright citrus with a refreshing, clean finish.” – Bota Box
Pairs well with: no-fuss dinner entrees like pork stir-fry, grilled chicken salad or adult Mac n’ Cheese with a spicy kick of chorizo. Serve chilled.
The Winner: Big Green Box, Pinot Noir
Valle Central, Chile “Our Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir is beautifully crafted, aromas of ripe cherries, baking spices and vanilla are vibrant on the nose. This wine exhibits enticing flavors of cranberry, red raspberry and caramel. Medium-bodied and expressive, this Pinot Noir is made for pairing with your favorite dishes.” – Pepperwood Grove
Pairs well with: grilled pork chops, cheeseburger and fries or a tomato bruschetta for some lighter fare
Bota Box, Pinot Noir
Chile “Bota Box Pinot Noir offers bright aromas of cherry, blackberry and cocoa. This medium-bodied Pinot Noir has plush flavors of strawberry and cherry with hints of soft, toasty oak, which lead into elegant mid-palate tannins and a clean finish.” – Bota Box
Pairs well with: turkey burgers, wild mushroom pizza, and baked ziti with caramelized onions and goat cheese
European Box Throw Down
featuring: La Vieille Ferme Blanc, La Vieille Ferme Rouge, Ciconia, and Shania Monastrell
La Vieille Ferme, Blanc
France Beautifully pale in color, with glimmering highlights. The delicate nose of white flowers, peach and citrus is outstandingly fresh. With a rich, well-balanced attack the palate offers superb tension, elegant floral and citrus aromas, great aromatic persistence and a delicious touch of crispness.” – La Vieille Ferme
Pairs well with: chicken and turkey
La Vieille Ferme, Rouge
France “Beautiful red color, with purple highlights. With a lot of freshness, this rich and spicy wine offers red and black fruits aromas (blackberry, black currant). The palate is beautifully balanced, crunchy, with silky tannins and a very long and aromatic finish.” – La Vieille Ferme
Pairs well with: pork
The Winner: Ciconia
Alentejano, Portugal “The wine possesses complexity aromas that suggest spices and red berries, with some toasted notes as result of a short period in oak. That in combination with good structure of bark allows it presentation of very rounded and balance wine in the mouth.” – wine-searcher.com
Pairs well with: pasta, red meats and mature cheeses
Spain “Intense deep red cherry color, a juicy, forward red, sporting a mix of cassis and blueberry flavors. Fine tannins and bright acidity with solid length and savory finish.” – wine-searcher.com
Pairs well with: lamb
Pump up the Basses
featuring: Cuvée des 3 Messes Basses Ventoux Blanc, Rosé and Rouge
Cuvee des 3 Messes Basses, Ventoux Blanc
Rhone, France “One of my favorite guilty pleasures in the dead of winter is wine that brings me back to the more temperate days of summer. That is why this month (January), 3 Messes Basses, Ventoux Blanc will be a permanent fixture in the beverage fridge. The pretty aromatics of citrus, green apple, peach pit and white flowers are like a mid-winter spa day for the sinuses. You owe it to yourself to turn up the heat and enjoy the fresh flavors of white peach and citrus while basking in the glory of an evening stay-cation. 50% Clairette, 50% Grenache Blanc.” – Molly’s Wine Manager, Scott
Pairs well with: steam jets, dry sauna heat, white meats and seafood
Cuvee des 3 Messes Basses, Ventoux Rose
Rhone, France “Holy Rose Mania! The amount of Pink goodness that you fine folks have slurped down over the last year is astonishing. In years past, the pulse of Rose consumption was barely palpable, but in 2017 you are rewriting the rules. As Rose supply is on the wane we are having trouble keeping up with your demand. Problem solved – 4 bottles worth of Pink goodness in a convenient 3 liter box. This January keep your box handling skills on point and drink the pink. This refreshing and crisp rose boasts fresh red berry fruit, hints of kiwi, and subtle citrus on a serious mineral driven platform. 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 20% Carignan.” – Molly’s Wine Manager, Scott
Pairs well with: cured meats and ripe cheeses
The Winner: Cuvee des 3 Messes Basses, Ventoux Rouge
Rhone, France “The Rouge is the most serious of this boxed trifecta of Ventoux terrior expression. While there is certainly dark beery and plumy goodness presented in this wine – it is so much more. Earth, spice, violets, garrigue and licorice create layers of olfactory and flavor complexity. If your favorite box wine is Franzia Chillable Red please do not purchase this wine – YOU WILL NOT LIKE IT. If you spend time in the French aisle and want a huge Bang for your Box Buck – just say yes to 3 Messes Basses, Ventoux, Rouge. 60% Grenache Noir, 20% Syrah, 20% Carignan.” – Molly’s Wine Manager, Scott
Pair well with: lamb, herb roasted chicken, vegetable cassoulet or white pepper crusted pork chops