Les Jamelles 2016 Pinot Noir
A Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast
Domaine Rielfé Grand Cru
Steinert Riesling 2014
93 points, Wine Enthusiast.
Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2017
90 points, Wine Enthusiast.
Domaine Rielfé Strangenberg Pinot Noir 2015, 91+ points, Robert Parker
Seven Sinners Petite Sirah 2015
90 points, a Wine Enthusiast Best Buy
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Opici Wines is an importer and producer with of fine wines, artisanal spirits, and craft beers from around the globe. The portfolio consists of more than 50 brands offering wines for every palate and budget, each of which represents a great value to the consumer.
Founded in 1913 and re-established upon the repeal of Prohibition in 1934, it was not until 2010 that Opici Wines began a major transformation. With long-standing, market-leading Italian brands like Cesari and Carpineto as the foundation, Opici Wines sought cutting-edge producers from Chile (De Martino), Argentina (Ruca Malen), Spain (Vivanco) and France (Notre Dame de Cousignac).
Opici Wines also launched several proprietary brands, such as Auspicion and Julia James from California and LaLuca from Italy, adding to our production portfolio which includes classic selections under the Opici label, such as Homemade Barberone, Burgundy, and Chianti.
From its inception, Opici has been family-owned and -operated. Although the fourth-generation is now at the helm, “American Wine Legend” Hubert Opici remains actively involved.
Opici Wines was named “Importer of the Year” in 2014 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in their annual Wine Star Awards.
ARGENTINA, MENDOZA, TUPUNGATO, UCO VALLEY
BODEGA RUCA MALEN
Ruca Malen believes that the wines are made in the vineyards; they devote themselves to understanding the terroir. The profound knowledge of the diverse microterroirs along the Andes Mountain Range is evident in every sip. Ruca Malen’s vineyard holdings span the Uco Valley, Tupungato, and Lujan de Cuyo, with the vast majority in the Uco Valley. Planted in 1996 along the base of the Andes in sandy loam, rocky, porous soil, at an altitude of 3,281 feet above sea level, the unique microclimate can be characterized as Mediterranean, where warm sunny days are balanced by cool breezy nights that allow the grapes to mature steadily.
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2014
DOMAIN ROUX PERE & FILS
Domaine Roux Pere & Fils was founded in 1885 with a mere 10 acres in the village of Saint-Aubin in the heart of Burgundy, France. Under the leadership of the 3rd and 4th generation, Marcel Roux and his son Christian, the family’s proprietary vineyard holdings have expanded to include more than 175 acres located throughout the Côte d’Or, most extensively in the sub-region of Côte de Beaune. Today, Domaine Roux is one of the top 10 largest landholders in the region, wholly owned and operated by the 4th and 5th generation.
Established in 1749 in the heart of Sancerre, Domaine Fouassier is one of the oldest wine growing families in the Loire Valley with a history that spans several generations. For centuries they have dedicated themselves to preserving and capturing the terroir and the noble Sauvignon grape varietal through an extensive range of appellation wines.
The Fouassier family’s rich winemaking history included Jules Fouassier, a very influential grape grower during the Phylloxera epidemic of the late 19th century. He was the first to utilize copper and sulphur on vines to combat disease, and also single-handedly planted the famous Clos Paradis vineyard in 1902. Jules eldest son, Gustave, won fame by participating in and winning a wine competition in Paris during the summer of 1923. At that time, the rest of France was unfamiliar with the wines of Sancerre, so this victory proved invaluable for showcasing the potential of the region. The newer parts of the winery were built in 1972 when the old cellars – dating back to the 16th century – became too small to accommodate expanding estate holdings. That same year, the Domaine changed their philosophy concerning the vinification process, as they strived to combine the best traditional practices with more modern techniques
ÂME DU VIN
Âme du Vin, translated as "Soul of Wine" is inspired by L'Ame du Vin, a poem by Charles Baudelaire in 1857 that highlights the moments of conviviality that come from sharing wine with friends, family and loved ones. Visit the website.
Aptly named “beautiful place,” the sprawling 750-acre Château Beaulieu estate is located just outside the village of Rognes in the heart of the southeastern region of Provence, France. It is the most expansize estate in the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence appellation with 450 acres of centuries old vines interspersed with stately oak, almond, and truffle trees. The vineyards are planted along the slopes of the dormant La Trévaresse volcano. The expansive estate benefits from a moderate Mediterranean climate and plays host to a diverse range of mineral-rich soils (calcareous clay and volcanic basalt) which contribute to the wine’s complexity.
Selections include fresh, easy-drinking, approachable wines intended for every day consumption: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Pinot Grigio. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes are sourced from the hillsides of Abruzzo, located east of Rome. The distinct microclimate between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, characterized by moderate temperatures and low humidity, provides excellent growing conditions for this varietal. The Pinot Grigio is produced in the northeastern Italian region of Alto Adige – the premier location for the cultivation of this varietal.
Here since 1887, a simple farming family has pursued its utopia: a winery that produces unsurpassed traditional wines from the region with minimal impact on the environment. While using the latest technologies and advances to create consistently beautiful wines, Vinosia still looks to the history of the region to maintain the integrity of the region and the wines that come from it.
Alverdi is a tribute to Italy’s diverse winegrowing regions that offer unique expressions of well-known grape varietals. These approachable styles were designed to suit any and all occasions. The wines embody the esteemed traditions of Italian winemaking and those of Opici Wines’ standards of producing high quality wines at an excellent value. Visit the website.
Based in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, Donelli has been producing wines of mass appeal since 1915 when Adolfo Donelli transitioned from bottling wine in his home cellar to launching a full-scale winery. From the start, Donelli has dedicated itself to the production of Lambrusco, a sparkling red that is as unique as the region where it was born. The Giacobazzi family took control of the winery in the mid-90s and is proud to carry on the respected traditions of Donelli.
DueTorri is a collection of native and international varietal wines produced by Cesari, the famed Valipolicella producer. These fruit-forward wines are varietally accurate expressions of Italy’s diverse terroir. Fruit is sourced from a stable of Cesari’s long-term family of growers from the finest hillside vineyards in the northern regions of Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and Trentino-Alto Adige.
For 75 years, the Opici name on a label has stood for value and quality. The Opicis have always sought a quality level comparable to the brand leaders, but at a more reasonable price. Today, the tradition of offering affordable, everyday wines continues. You will find the Opici name on many popular Italian wines.
Marsala Fine Ambra Dry
Marsala Fine Ambra Sweet
One hundred years after the creation of the Viberti winery, the family’s connection to their beloved land of Barolo and its fine red wines remains unbroken as the 3rd generation of the Viberti family, GianLuca and Claudio, joined their father at the winery after completing their studies at the prestigious Scuola Enologica in nearby Alba. Today, under the direction of Claudio Viberti, the winery produces varietally accurate, elegantly-structured wines with fresh fruit aromas, bold tannins, and vibrant acidity that are approachable upon are approachable upon release, yet reward.
Villa Rosa was created by the Opici family as a tribute to the late Rose Opici, a founder of the Opici Wine Group. Rose was partial to Piedmont’s indigenous grapes, particularly the white varietals, regularly enjoying a glass of Gavi with her favorite Italian fare or celebrating life with sweet bubbles from Asti.
Carpineto was co-founded in 1967 by wine visionaries, Giovanni Carlo Sacchet and Antonio Mario Zaccheo. The pair set out to produce a world-class red wine from Chianti Classico — a region that had once reigned amongst Kings but had, at that time, fallen from favor amid wine aficionados. The duo quickly developed an international, award-winning reputation for consistently elegant wines by adopting modern viticulture and winemaking techniques to create wines that dramatically exceeded the quality standards of the time.
The Veneto region of northeastern Italy is acclaimed for the production of high-quality Prosecco. LaLuca embraces this tradition with a combination of quality and affordability, produced in the highly regarded sub-region of Treviso where many of the best values in Prosecco originate. Grapes are sourced from over 250 acres of vines belonging to some of the oldest and most respected growers across the entire region. These hillside vineyards are situated at an altitude of 1,312 feet above sea level and enjoy southeastern exposures to maximize sunlight.
Using a traditional, long-standing recipe, in accordance with Spanish legislation, Opici Sangria is made from wine produced in La Mancha, the country’s oldest winemaking region, and citrus fruit extract produced in Valencia, home of the world’s best citrus fruit. Water, sugar, and a hint of spice are added to the final blend for a refreshingly fruity libation that will jump-start any festivity!
ALBET Y NOYA
Joan Albet came to Can Vendrell in 1903 following the Phylloxera plague that devastated Europe to oversee the replanting of the vineyards in the Ordal mountain range of Penedes in northeastern Spain. In 1972, Josep Maria, 4th generation of the Albet family, began to introduce organic farming methods after officially acquiring the property his ancestors so lovingly cared for over the years. The winery released their first organic wine in 1979 and its overwhelming success led Albet i Noya to completely transition the winery.
Destello, meaning sparkle, is a proprietary Opici Wines label that hails from the acclaimed Cava-producing region of Penedes in the Northeast corner of Spain. It is hand-crafted by a small, family-owned winery that has been producing traditional regional sparkling wines since 1880. Destello Cava upholds the Opici family’s standard for quality and value with a consumer-friendly flavor profile and an attractive price.
Located in Oyón, one of the historic cities of the D.O.Ca. La Rioja, El Coto de Rioja was founded in 1970. During these almost 50 years of history, El Coto has strived to create of one of the most recognized wine brands in Spain and around the world. El Coto is the largest owner of vineyards in the D.O.Ca. Rioja, with four distinct estates (and eight individual properties) sprawling throughout the three sub regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. Each estate is suited to produce the best Rioja can offer. El Coto not only takes care of what goes in the bottle, but how it’s handled before and after it gets there. Typical aging rules for Rioja D.O.Ca. dictates that a Crianza must be oak aged for 12 month. El Coto takes it a step further with 12+ months in oak, and an additional six months in bottle before release. This helps ensure the best possible product travels from the winery to your table.
In Rioja, the Garnacha grape variety is known to many local vine growers as “La Maldita,” meaning “cursed.” Low yields and a thin, sensitive skin make this varietal an extremely difficult grape to cultivate. As a result, Garnacha fell out of favor of many farmers, with the majority choosing to replace their plantings with less temperamental varieties. Once representing roughly half of the entire region under vine, today it accounts for less than 10% of all vineyard plantings in Rioja.
Produced by one of the oldest winemaking families in Rioja. The entire process, from vineyard to bottle, is overseen by an expert winemaker with global acclaim for his handling of the Garnacha grapes. La Maldita hopes to inspire a resurgence of the Garnacha varietal in the Rioja region of showcasing that world-class Garnacha can still be produced there.
Vivanco is dedicated to producing wines using only native grapes vinified using traditional techniques. Through extensive research and experimentation, fourth generation Rafael Vivanco has revived nearly extinct varietals and traditional wines that accurately reflect La Rioja’s history of winemaking.
Fresh and fruit-forward selections are produced using grapes sourced from the finest vineyards across central and northern California. Auspicion features two popular varietals that are sure to delight every consumer palate. Brought to you by the Opici family, this collection embodies their tradition of delivering top quality wines at an excellent value.
Julia James is a tribute to the future. Named for the fifth generation of the Opici family, this wine is bursting with red fruit and a hint of spice. The perfect pour to celebrate family, love, and tradition. With grapes sourced from some of Northern California’s most prestigious regions, Julia James has a modern look and offers real value that consumer’s love.