It seems like when winter finally surrenders and spring rushes in, the rivers and creeks swell and all of nature comes rushing back to declare victory once again, and the same can be said for the wine business. This is the time of year when all kinds of new releases flood the marketplace as well as great deals on close outs to make room for the newbies. Today we are offering one of each.

First is the newbie, 2011 Gramercy Cellars Indigo Montoya Tempranillo from the Walla Walla Valley in Washington. The wine is 90% Tempranillo with a bit of Syrah and Mourvedre thrown in and is one of the most popular wines from the region. The Walla Walla Valley can be found in the south-eastern corner of Washington State where the sunny, dry climate of the valley is well suited to red blend varieties it produces. Tempranillo is the grape variety that forms the backbone of some of the finest red wines from Spain (think Muga) and as this wine proves has been successfully adopted in the United States. The 2011 Indigo Montoya has garnered high marks from several well-respected wine reviewers and here are some of the adjectives used in their descriptions: blackberry, plums, dusty earth, herbs, mushrooms, smoke, espresso, and goes well with NY strips. Gramercy Cellars is a small winery founded in 2005 which has been highly praised by the Seattle Times; winemaker and founder Greg Harrington has overseen some of the most prestigious wine programs in the country, passed the Master Sommelier Exam at age 26, and is dedicated to making high quality wines with integrity. The price here is $44.99 the bottle and 485.99 the case.

Now to the great marked down deal, 2009 Molino Del Piano Brunello di Montalcino whose price has been lowered by $14.00 per bottle and is now $34.99 while supplies last. Some of the words used to praise this wine are: silken, black cherry, truffled earth, chocolate-scented, black, inky, mesquite, elegant, and goes well with braised duck, and added to that The Wine Advocate rated this wine 91 points. Let's face it, it's really hard to resist a good Brunello, especially at a great price. The wine is soft, delicious, and approachable but a warning to Brunello purists-this wine is in the newer international style. Lovers of old-school Brunello look for the delicately ethereal aromas typical of the variety: forest floor, wild berries, violets and balsam (menthol or eucalyptus) backed by higher tannins and acidity for longer cellar aging. New schoolers are attracted to black cherry fruit and toasted vanilla notes from aging in smaller barrels-characters that yield a softer, consumer-friendly and ready-to-drink wine. But both styles exhibit freshness, balance and power, offering natural kinship to food, especially succulent grilled steaks. This wine is definitely new school. Price here is $34.99 the bottle and $377.99 the case.

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