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Who is Kalaris
and what is he Worthy of?

Local wine distributor and importer Constantine "Gus" Kalaris could very well be one of the nicest people in the wine business. He routinely prefers a bear hug to a handshake, and his broad smile and deep laugh are genuinely infectious. We met about a decade ago at the release party of the first vintage of his flagship wine, Axios. I had a hunch back then that Gus would one day be a big deal in the wine world. I was right... just like I was about Juno!

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Kalaris fell in love with wine while doing a stint as a maitre d' in a Virginia restaurant, then later expanded his knowledge of the business side of wine while working with a wholesaler. He quickly developed a reputation for finding great wines throughout a wide range of price points.

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In 1986 - ironically the same year FranksWine open its doors - Gus took the plunge and founded Constantine Wines, a local distributor that represents notable high-end wines as well as many popular, affordable brands. But just selling wines was not enough. So in 1998, Gus founded Axios (Greek for "worthy"), a concept based on two principles: making the kind of wines that Gus likes to enjoy with friends over a meal, and making wines that he can be proud to offer his clients.

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Fran Stellini of Constatine Wines in Napa Valley

Kalaris tapped longtime winemaking consultant Bob Egelhoff to partner with on the project. They have a shared vision of producing top-flight wines from quality grapes with minimal intervention.

Last summer I headed to Napa Valley with Fran Stellini - Gus's right-hand man in Delaware - and Pat and Troy from the shop to sit down with Bob Egelhoff and taste through his then soon-to-be released wines which are now here at FranksWine.

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Winemaker Bob Egelhoff at Kalaris Family Vineyard

The 5 of us sat, talked and drank for 3 solid hours on Gus's wrap-around porch which overlooks the valley floor. Gus couldn't make it, but Bob kept us well entertained filling us in on all the wine biz gossip and tabloid-esq stories of a handful of well-known winemakers in Napa... just wish I had hit "record" on my iPhone, but the sound would have likely been drowned out by the outbursts of loud, hard, can't-catch-your breath belly laughs.

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Bob, Fran, Frank, Troy and Pat slugging back Gus's wines

Fran Stellini will be here on North Union Street on Saturday from 11am - 3pm pouring this stellar lineup of Napa Valley awesome sauce! The FranksWine crew will be doing the same on SuperBowl Sunday from 12noon - 4pm! We'll have a selection of Cheeses, Charcuterie, Spreads & Crostini from our DiBruno Bros section to compliment this FREE tasting!

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Kalaris 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Regularly Priced at $59.99
$46.79 with 6-pack Sampler Purchase!

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The inky, purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerful effort displaying loads of red and black currants, blackberry, plum, spice box, charcoal, graphite and a meaty, chocolate character. The wine is supported by silky, well integrated tannins providing perfect balance. It is fruit-forward and opulent, with a rich, velvety mouth feel and a finish that seductively lingers long after the final sip.

Appellation
100% Napa Valley... more specifically
Mt George 50%, St Helena 30%, Atlas Peak 20%


Composition
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Cooperage/aging
60 gallon French oak barrels (65% new) for 21 months

Alcohol
14.4%

Total Production:
680 cases


Kalaris 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

Regularly Priced at $29.99
$23.39 with 6-pack Sampler Purchase!

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Bright, energetic and still fairly nervy with deep and defined fruit leading the way, this vibrant, generously filled youngster displays fine varietal range and hits all of the right marks from melons and citrus to fresh grass and green tea. It is substantial stuff, to be sure, but it is exceptionally well-balanced as well, and, if its enthusiastic endorsement comes with the slight caveat that it be allowed to briefly rest in the cellar, it is a Sauvignon Blanc on track to age famously.

Appellation
Calistoga - Kalaris Family Vineyard

Composition
100% Sauvignon Blanc, 35 year old vines

Cooperage/aging
Fermented and aged in stainless steel barrels

Alcohol
14.1%

Total Production
380 cases



Worthy 2010 Sophia's Cuvee

Regularly Priced at $34.99
$27.29 with 6-pack Sampler Purchase!

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Complex aromas of blackberry, black cherry and cassis with touches of herb, olive and toasty oak notes. The mouth feel is rich and smooth with supple tannins. Impeccably balanced with a long, focused finish.

Appellation

Napa Valley

Composition
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Cooperage/aging
60 gallon French oak barrels (66% new) 20 months Additional one year bottle age

Alcohol
14.5%

Total Production
7,818 cases


Worthy 2013 Chardonnay
Regularly Priced at $34.99
$27.29 with 6-pack Sampler Purchase!


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The 2013 Chardonnay bristles vibrantly on the palate with gorgeous minerality. Aromas of freshly baked bread, ripe apples and pears, pureed white peach, orange marmalade with hints of vanilla dance in the glass and are the perfect compliment to this wine's mineral component. In the mouth, it reveals stunning purity and crisp acidity, finishing with gorgeous richness and pure texture.

Appellation
Calistoga - Kalaris Family Vineyard

Composition
100% Chardonnay, 25 year old vines


Cooperage/aging
80% French oak barrels
(50% new and 50% one year old)
And 20% stainless steel barrels for 8 months


Alcohol
14.3%

Total Production
620 cases


Truth 2012 Napa Valley Red
Regularly Priced at $24.99
$19.49 with 6-pack Sampler Purchase!

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This beautiful wine displays a brilliant ruby color with an abundance of dark fruit exploding from the glass. Black plums, currants, cherries, cassis are predominant with an intriguing interplay of violets, baking spices, candied orange and licorice. Hints of smoke, vanilla and cedar suggest the delicate presence of oak. The tannins are ripe & silky and the finish is rich and persistent.

Appellation
Napa Valley

Composition
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc

Cooperage/aging
French Oak (40% new) 15 Months

Alcohol
13.7%

Total Production
7,400 cases



Truth 2013 Cuvée de Fume
Regularly Priced at $19.99
$15.59 with 6-pack Sampler Purchase!

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The exuberant nature of the 2013 harvest is definitely expressed in this wine. The color is a brilliant lemon with green highlights. Aromas of citrus peel, honeydew melon, lychee and savory herbs - along with a whisper of raw almond. The palate is racy with an integrated mix of lemon-lime, apricot, honeycomb and fig. There is a beautiful balance between acidity and fruit, a hint of lemongrass herbaceousness and a lingering, lively and crisply refreshing finish.


Appellation
Santa Ynez Valley 72%, California 28%

Composition
Sauvignon Blanc 58%, Chenin Blanc 28%, Semillon 14%

Cooperage/aging
14% barrel fermented, the balance stainless steel fermented

Alcohol
13.5%

Total Production
2,472 cases


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ADD a bottle of AXIOS 2008 for $100!
Regularly Priced at $119.99



"I am very pleased how the 2008 Axios bursts from the glass with beautiful fruit and a thrilling, complex bouquet of wild blueberry, blackberry, black currant, black cherry, crushed stone and graphite. On the palate, it is full-bodied and voluptuous with an exceptional balance of beautifully integrated fruit and fine, persistent tannins. It displays a rich, dark berry fruit character with hints of licorice, chocolate, creme de cassis and a distinct minerality. The finish is penetrating, lasting well over a minute. This '08 release is the best example of my mission to produce a wine of classic Bordeaux structure and influence along with the richness of its Napa Valley origin. Although drinking beautifully now, those who can wait a decade or two will be well rewarded for their patience". - Gus Kalaris

Appellation
Napa Valley

Composition
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Cooperage/aging
60 gallon French Oak barrels (70% new) for 22 months

Alcohol
14.6%

Total Production
496 cases

 

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You Save $44.95... That's 22% Off!!!

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