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Ellen’s Wine Room

….Welcome to Ellen’s Wine Room in beautiful Historic Downtown Sanford, Florida. Join us for exceptional Wines, Fine Beers, friends and fun. Sit in our comfortable big chairs by the Fireplace, at the Granite Bar, around the Barrel Table or outside on our patio. Light appetizers are available. You can taste Wine every day. Book small parties. Let Ellen “special order” ANY wine or beer for you…and save you $$$.

2011 Bodegas Mas Alta Priorat Black Slate La Vilella Alta

2011 La Viella Alta94 POINTS the RHONE REPORT!     only  $26
“Even more impressive and the largest scaled of the Black Slate lineup, the 2011 Bodegas Mas Alta Priorat Black Slate La Vilella Alta is a blend of 60% Garnacha 35% Carignan, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 12 months in French oak barrels. Voluptuous, sweetly fruited, and downright decadent, it boasts awesome aromatics of kirsch liqueur, chocolate, liquid mineral, and baking spices to go with a full-bodied, rounded, supple feel in the mouth. No light weight, with layers of fruit and texture, it stays remarkable fresh and clean on the finish. Count me a fan.
“Based in the traditional village of Vilella Alta, BODEGAS MAS ALTA is the culmination of five Belgian partners’ common desire to produce a great wine. This dream is now taking shape thanks to the advice of Michel Tardieu and Philippe Cambie, and as the result of the work done by a passionate team every day.
Choice of vineyard is crucial for the production of highly expressive wines that combine character and elegance. We have planted some 35 hectares of vines since 1999 on land classified as being part of the DOQ PRIORAT, carefully selecting the plots in so doing. In fact most of our vineyard is planted at altitude, on slate. Depending on the plot’s characteristics, we either plant varieties traditional to this region – carignan and grenache – or varieties such as cabernet sauvignon or shiraz. These young vines, whose potential quality is already very promising, represent the future of BODEGAS MAS ALTA: We also purchase grapes from local winegrowers, often from the village, to make our wines. These winegrowers are the custodians of Priorat’s traditional heritage.
In fact the essence of our vintages – old vines – comes from these winegrowers. Vines aged 50 years and more naturally produce fewer grapes, the first step towards quality wine…
Their deep, well-established roots thus enable them to achieve full maturity, consistency, less dependence on climatic conditions. It is without question the ultimate, pure expression of the terroir. “

Shatter – Grenache 2011

Shatter bottle 005DAVE PHINNEY FOUNDED ORIN SWIFT CELLARS IN 1998, BUT IT WASN’T UNTIL 2000 THAT THE SUCCESS OF THE PRISONER, A ZINFANDEL BLEND, ENABLED DAVE TO FOCUS ON ORIN SWIFT CELLARS FULL TIME. THE MERCURY HEAD, VELADORA, SALDO, PAPILLON AND PALERMO LABELS SOON FOLLOWED, EACH LABEL DEMONSTRATING DAVE’S INTEREST IN ART AND HIS ABILITY TO CREATE SURPRISING, UNCONVENTIONAL BLENDS THAT CONSUMERS WERE WANTING. LOOKING FOR A NEW WINE PROJECT, DAVE VISITED MAURY IN THE ROUSSILLON REGION OF FRANCE IN 2008 AFTER HEARING ABOUT IT FROM A FRIEND. AMAZED BY THE AREA’S POTENTIAL, HE MADE HIS FIRST WINE, A GRENACHE BLEND NAMED D66, FROM THE AREA IN 2009.   JOEL GOTT STARTED MAKING WINE IN 1996 WITH HIS FIRST VINTAGE OF DILLIAN RANCH, AMADOR COUNTY ZINFANDEL UNDER THE JOEL GOTT LABEL. HIS GOAL WAS TO MAKE QUALITY, BALANCED WINE FOR UNDER $20 A PART OF THE MARKET HE FELT WAS UNDER-SERVED. JOEL SOON REALIZED THAT THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS WAS BY BLENDING VARIOUS CALIFORNIA APPELLATIONS, GETTING THE BEST FROM EACH REGION, INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON A SINGLE ONE. HE LATER PARTNERED WITH TWO FRIENDS IN 2001 TO LAUNCH THE THREE THIEVES, A WINE PROJECT THAT ALLOWED HIM TO EXPLORE WINE BRANDING AND PACKAGING, AND THAT EVENTUALLY TOOK HIM ABROAD TO ARGENTINA, CHILE AND SPAIN TO MAKE WINE FOR THE SHOW LABEL, LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR FURTHER WINEMAKING TRAVELS.   DAVE PHINNEY, JOEL GOTT & 
TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES, SHATTER…….AS SOON AS DAVE TOLD JOEL ABOUT MAURY, WITH ITS ANCIENT VINES STRUGGLING ON ROCKY, HILLSIDES OF SCHIST, JOEL HAD TO GO. AN AREA THAT FOR YEARS WAS KNOWN ONLY FOR SWEET, PORT-LIKE WINES, MAURY WAS SLOWLY CHANGING COURSE; LOCALS AND NEWCOMERS WERE BEGINNING TO MAKE EXCEPTIONAL, DRY WINES. WHEN JOEL WENT TO ROUSSILLON WITH DAVE, WHO BY THEN HAD BUILT A WINERY IN MAURY, HE WAS AMAZED BY THE INCREDIBLY CONCENTRATED FRUIT, CAPABLE OF CREATING DARKER WINES THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN FRANCE, AND THE TERROIR, DIFFERENT FROM ANYWHERE ELSE IN CALIFORNIA OR FRANCE. IT WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO WORK TOGETHER, AND WITH TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES WHO WILL IMPORT AND DISTRIBUTE THE WINE.

 15.9 % Alcohol

Price: $27.99