FUNKY FRESH FLAVOR FEATURE


FRIDAY SIPS
The Venetians Aren't Blind
Soave & Valpolicella poured by Pancetta
Today October 19 from 1:30 - 6:30
Fresh off of his recent headlining Italian tour, Pancetta Productions, a.k.a. Todd ‘Pancetta’ Bacon, presents a Friday afternoon of deliciousness from the Veneto region. Join us today as he’ll be in the house pouring his new discovery, Le Battistelle's sizzling Soave wines along with two favorite Valpolicella red wines. Best part - all wines are 20 and under. (Todd will arrive at 3:30 but I’ll have the wines available for tasting at 1:30).


Click to Order
2017 LE BATTISTELLE
SOAVE CLASSICO 'MONTESEI'
$11.99 BTL./$71.94 - SIX PACK

At The Cellar Door we are always striving to introduce new wines from many areas and what we love especially is showing everyone wines that are from producers that are on a real upswing and yet to be broadly discovered. While we adore the Soave stylings of Pra, Gini and Suavia, there is a plethora of wonderful producers in this zone. Up until 2002, the Dal Bosco family sold their grapes to the local co-op and soon after created Le Battistelle with their many parcels around Brognoligo in Soave.

The Montesei is a playful, dry, very enticing effort that is a hell of a deal. In fact, all three of these are great deals due to the wonders of Pancetta directly importing them and avoiding a national-importer extra layer mark-up. Made from 100% of the Garganega grape, this Soave is from a selection of the estate’s sites possesses rushing spring water like aromas that deliver apple and lime tones with fine mineral. Crisp, forward, invigorating, ripe and imminently slurpable. Drink with hors d’oeuvres, lighter seafood or as an aperitif.



Click to Order
2017 LE BATTISTELLE
SOAVE CLASSICO 'BATTISTELLE'
$14.99 BTL./$89.94 - SIX PACK

One of two single vineyard sites, the eponymously named Le Battistelle Vineyard is grown on steep slopes with ample basalt soil with micro-particles and pebbles within. Like all of the Battistelle Soave wines, this selection is made from 100% Garganega and unoaked.

Sensuous, sassy and suave notes of creamy pear and fleshy tangerine bounce off crisp minerality, white flowers and tangy Meyer lemon creating a slow building wave in the glass. Round yet focused on the palate with a crisp and clean lingering finish of bright citrus and building mineral and spice. A game winning goal with pan-seared halibut, lemon-infused chicken or fresh goat cheeses.



Click to Order
2017 LE BATTISTELLE
SOAVE CLASSICO 'ROCCOLO DEL DURLO'
$19.99 BTL./$119.94 - SIX PACK

The Roccolo del Durlo Vineyard is impressive with its volcanic, basalt rock soils, steep terraces and very old Garganega wines. No oak is utilized here however, 48 hours of skin contact followed by aging on the lees with batonnage practiced as well. Not only does this wine drink well early, it has excellent aging potential and goes with an abundance of cuisines.

Beautiful aromatics swirl from the glass with notes of mineral, lemon, white flowers and mushroom. There is a deep level of old-vine concentration that is mouth-coating and rich yet it is bone dry, with excruciatingly refreshing citrus notes of lemon, lime, tangerine, and even more mineral with the earth lingering beneath. This wine is a testament to old vines and beautiful craftsmanship and knowing when to let your amazing site just speak for itself. Have with salmon or a seafood risotto dish.



Click to Order
2015 MASI VALPOLICELLA
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

From one of Amarone and Italy's most important addresses, Masi's Valpolicella is a non-ripasso version that is chock-a-block full of violet, explosive and vibrant red raspberry fruit and a tangy long finish. A delightful and vastly underrated wine to go with stuffed shells or lasagna.



Click to Order
2017 TEDESCHI VALPOLICELLA
RIPASSO 'SAN ROCCO'
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

San Rocco is made using an ancient winemaking technique called "ripasso", which consists of taking freshly pressed Valpolicella Classico juice and adding in the rich/raisined grapes generally used for the noble Amarone. The ripasso method brings an exotic quality to the wine that adds to its allure, bringing a level of richness and intensity that is perfectly balanced by the fresh and bright berry notes of the newly fermented Valpolicella juice. Tedeschi has been making this top-end Valpolicella Ripasso since 1976 and their version represents one of the finest wine values that we work with.

From a top vintage that has plenty of power the 2015 San Rocco offers luscious dark cherry, plum, Indian spice, candied violet and dark chocolate. Full bodied and intense with great balance and supple, refined structure that supports the material then follows into to a persistent finish that is full of mouth-coating complexity. Enjoy now over the next 5-6 years with a great rich pasta dish to grilled meat.







ITALIAN OLIVE OILS & 95 POINT BRUNELLO
Cellar Door's Wednesday Surprise


Click to Order
2013 TENUTA CAPARZO
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
[reg. $52.99]
SPECIAL - $35.99 BTL./$431.88 CASE

Tenuta Caparzo is a very undervalued Brunello superstars! The style here is one of elegance and grace all within a richly textured frame. The “Caparzo” name seems to originate from Ca' Pazzo, as seen in several ancient maps. Maintaining the tradition, this wine was aged in 8000 and 5000 liter barrels for 36 months.

‘This cuts more of a broad swath than its peers, yet remains graceful, evoking strawberry, cherry, tobacco and stony mineral flavors. Long and dense in structure, with a tobacco- and underbrush-tinged finish. Best from 2021 through 2033.’ – 95 POINTS, THE WINE SPECTATOR



Click to Order
2017 PARPINELLO 'ALA BIANCO'
VERMENTINO DI SARDINIA
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

Vermentino is grown throughout Italy but there is something that is very different when it comes from Sardinia. The Parpinello family have passionately run this estate for three generations, striving to highlight Sardinia’s excellent terroir. Situated on a gentle slope between Alghero and Sassari, in the Northwest of the island, this cool, splashy, unoaked white wine should be in your drinking repertoire.

Lovely aromatics of seashell and mineral with notes of lemon and white flowers, and a hint of spice joining as the wine unfolds. Incredibly refreshing and dry with mouth-quenching intensity and an inviting texture filled with ripe flavors of Meyer lemon, pear and spice. Enjoy this delicious white as an aperitivo, with fresh shellfish and with a roasted chicken over the next year.





ITALIAN OLIVE OILS


Click to Order
2017 CORTE ALL FLORA
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
$34.99 – 750 ML

From a lovely producer in the SE Tuscan village of Montepulciano who makes excellent wines as well as this tasty olive oil. Very smooth oil with slow building spice. Nice to finish over top of grilled meats.



Click to Order
2017 CASTELLO DI POTENTINO
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
$31.99 – 750 ML

Located in far southern Tuscany this producer not only makes excellent wines their olive oil should almost take the name of the estate because it is a potent spice monster. Blended from Olivastra Seggianese, Frantoio, Pendolino and Lecino olives, this is full flavored and impactful oil.



Click to Order
2017 FATTORIA DI FELSINA
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
$39.99 – 500 ML

Famed and very revered Chianti Classico producer. This one is the finest oil of the six listed here. From Berardenga in southern Chianti, every bit of care that is taken with the estate’s grandiose wines is here in their oil. This is a blend of Pendolino, Moraiolo, Raggiolo, Leccino olives. Tasty, complex, luminous green tones, subtle spice. This goes on and on.



Click to Order
2017 ISOLE E OLENA
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
$27.99 – 500 ML

Legendary Chianti and Tuscan producer Paolo di Marchi not only makes highly sought after wines, his oils have garnered equal enthusiasm as well. Blend of Frantoio, Moraiolo and Leccino olive varieties. Full bodied Tuscan olive oil, flavors of green vegetable, basil and green banana fruit. Full-bodied mouth feel, bitter and spicy notes are moderate. Pour over fresh pasta and grilled steak, or serve with grilled ciabatta bread.



Click to Order
2017 LE VELETTE
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
$34.99 – 750 ML

From Umbria, Le Velette is a killer Orvieto wine producer. Made from Moraiolo and Frantoio olives, this oil possesses medium-strong aromas and flavors of fresh-cut grass, vibrant fruitiness and plenty of piquant spice. Beautiful to use on salads or grilled vegetables to enhance even more character….don't forget the bread, too. Probably my favorite on this list.



Click to Order
2017 CASA EMMA
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
$31.99 – 375 ML BTL

Excellent, top-notch Chianti producer from Castellina. Pendolino, Moraiolo, Leccino and Frantoio olives for this fine selection. Very refined oil showing richness and fruit with low acid and lower spice.




FRIDAY SIPS
THE VENETIANS AREN’T BLIND

Soave & Valpolicella with Pancetta

This Friday October 19 from 1:30 - 6:30

Fresh off of a recent tour of this Italian region, Pancetta Productions presents a Friday afternoon of deliciousness from the Veneto region. Come join us this week with Todd ‘Pancetta’ Bacon in the house pouring three of his rising star, killer priced Soave Classico wines from Le Battistelle along with two favorite Valpolicella red wines. Todd will arrive at 3:30 but I’ll have the wines available for tasting at 1:30.

FEATURED WINES:

2017 Le Battistelle Soave Classico ‘Montesei’
2016 Le Battistelle Soave Classico ‘Battistelle’
2016 Le Battistelle Soave Classico ‘Roccolo’
2015 Tedeschi Valpolicella Ripasso
2015 Masi Valpolicella Classico







THE CELLAR DOOR'S 'MMMMM GOOD' HOTSHEET
Washington Red Blend, Ridge, Cotes-du-Rhone, Collectible Burgundy & more


Click to Order
2016 RIDGE 'THREE VALLEY'
ZINFANDEL BLEND
$27.99 BTL./$335.88 CASE

I have been waxing on about the greatness of this historical producer since I first put these wines to my nose back when I was just a young wine cherub. Moreover, even now after I have grown into a wine gargoyle, Ridge remains at the top of my palate when it comes to California wines.

The Three Valleys Zin Blend is named for the Sonoma County sites where the grapes are from, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and Alexander Valley. A blend like most all their zins, 68% Zinfandel, 15% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah, 5% Grenache, the use of older and younger vines creates a full figure with great complexity that is a wonderful mix of exuberant fruit and a deep core of intensity and exotic spice with a backend of classic white pepper. While this wine is made for earlier consumption, it will easily age 5=7 years from vintage date. THE red for braised shortribs, bbq chicken, pulled pork or rich cheeses.



Click to Order
2015 PESQUIER COTES-DU-RHONE
$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

There is a notion that French wines are expensive. Yes, there are many famous, rare wines where pricing is into the stratosphere. Then again, there are so many primo-delicious wines in the $10-$15 range that are an absolute thrill to drink. Here is one tasty example. Domaine Pesquier is a top Gigondas producer that is family-operated with the wines made in a very traditional style by Mathieu Boutiere. In fact, with Mathieu at the helm, the wines have soared to new heights. This Côtes-Du-Rhône is an awesome value with fruit solely from the Côtes-Du-Rhône village of Sablet.

Substance and depth that goes beyond what one might expect in a wine at this price, it does not hurt that 2015 is a stupendous vintage throughout France. Packed aromas that somewhat are reminiscent of a mini-Gigondas, there is plenty of smoked violet, cracked pepper, smoked meat, mineral and pronounced licorice. Chewy, substantial and very exciting suave flavors move from exotic spice to peppery tones. Expansion and depth are present, but not without structure along with a finish that offers up hints of balsamic-coated strawberries. A real steal of a Côtes-du-Rhône that will please over the next 3-4 years with grilled fare as well as winter braised fare.



Click to Order
2016 LI VELI SUSMANIELLO
SALENTO ROSSO
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

This is one of the coolest wines on this week’s offer sheet! An old property, it has only been since the renovation by the Falvo family in 1999 that this estate took off and now Li Veli is firmly established as one of the innovators and leaders of this Southern Italian growing region.

Susumaniello is an ancient, rediscovered varietal converting many who once thought this area was solely about Primitivo and Negraomaro. The origins of this grape seem to be varied, many theorizing that it came from Greece or the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Recent DNA has shown it to be a cross between a native Puglian table grape and Garganega, which is the grape of Soave. It’s Italy, go figure. Either way, the mini-surge of wines that are emerging are quite delicious. Alluring plum, rhubarb, almond allspice and cedar/tobacco characteristics unfold from the glass. In the mouth, the dry and nuanced flavors coat the mouth and reveal tones that make one think of the crunchy portion of a cherry, just around the stone. The finish draws out and somersaults into being textbook, yet upscale Southern Italian with its tangy, earthy, spicy qualities and wild red fruits. Pair this delicious wine with slow roasted meats, perhaps something with a spicy Asian influence or just a simple, well-ripened pecorino cheese.



Click to Order
2015 COUTURIER POUILLY-LOCHE
'LE BOURG'
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

Marcel Couturier first made wine under his own name in 2005 but his rise has been remarkable. Located adjacent to the larger and more famous Pouilly-Fuisse region, this tiny but important region has become a very trendy go-to place for very fine expressions of French Chardonnay. Like the more famous neighbor as well as Saint-Veran, these wines provide extraordinary bang for your buck.

Classically structured and aged in oak (only 20% new) this stylish offering from 70+ year old vines was quite the revelation when I tasted it a few weeks back. The beautiful nose of cereal, orange, lemon, blazing mineral and dusty rock plays nicely with the gentle kiss of oak. In the mouth its nervosity, depth and detail are mighty impressive, the finish long, palate staining and tingling. Pure and fine enough to go with sophisticated crustaceans or fish dishes in sauces. A superb wine to age as well. Drink this beauty through 2022.



Click to Order
2016 CASA SANTOS LIMA TINTO
'QUINTA DAS AMORAS'
$7.99 BTL./$95.88 CASE

From the Estremadura region of Portugal and comprised of Castelão, Camarate, Tinta Miúda and Touriga Nacional, all native Portuguese varietals and at $7.99, what the hell are you waiting for!!

Hearty, luscious, spicy & tangy aromas and flavors all providing delicious depth of fruit and ample definition of place. A great all-around, anytime red that should be ordered by the bottle and especially by the case if you are having a gathering and need to please a bunch of palates.



Click to Order
2015 AVIGNONESI 'CANTALORO'
TOSCANA ROSSO
$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

38.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 25.5% Sangiovese and somewhat of a new everyday item from Montepulciano rock star Avignonesi, somehow one of the critics, James Suckling bestowed 92 points on this savory and mouth-tingling Tuscan blend.

Very pretty aromatics, highlighted by wild strawberry, sage, and licorice. There is plenty of juicy black cherry fruit in the mouth along with nice structure and spice, I would almost refer to this as a great Italian meat and potatoes wine but would probably be best served with pasta, tomatoes and olive oil.



Click to Order
2014 GILBERT CELLARS
'LEFT BANK RED'
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

With over 1000 wine producing operations in Washington, there are many established names as well as an abundance of newcomers that have flown under the radar. We have known about Gilbert Cellars for several years and have proudly been touting their wines since first introduced to them.

Located in Yakima, the wines produced at this cellar are solid contenders when it comes to price/quality rapport. Coming from a blend of four vineyard sites this assemblage of four out of the five Bordeaux varietals is 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 49% Merlot & 4% Petit Verdot. Hearty and full-flavored exhibiting black cherry, raspberry, cocoa powder, violet, and aromatic herbs and spices on the nose. Mouth-coating with ripe, but even-keeled smooth-textured fruit and detail all which carry to a finish that is lasting and very dignified; drink over the next 4-6 years.



Click to Order
2015 CHERON CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY
'LES QUARANTE OUVREES'
$74.99 BTL. - LIMITED!

Philippe Cheron is the epitome of Burgundy. Flying under the radar, this man hit the vineyard lottery when he inherited old vineyards from his grandparents that were leased by other luminous producers. When the leases were up, Philippe reclaimed the sites and we are all the better for it. If you have not heard about 2015, this is a stupendous vintage, reminding me a bit of 1990 crossed with 2002 and a bit of 2005.

The French term 'ouvree' refers to the amount of land one person could work in a day. This became a standard unit of measurement in Burgundy. Consists of 12 parcels located in several climats in Chambolle-Musigny. Because of the Napoleonic inheritance laws and centuries of exchanging of vineyards, it is the norm for Vineyards to be chopped into micro-parcels too small to vinify as separate wines. Such is the case with this wine. Majority comes from lieu-dits of Condemennes and Clos de L’Orme along with nine other parcels. 25% new oak. Two-thirds of the vines here are over 60 years old. Commences with class and aromatics immediately – almost Valhrona-soaked strawberries. Aromatic herbs and underlying floral traits. Nice energy but a really seductive dance is going on here. Cinnamon-spice, sleek red tones. Compact core that develops more and more coverage as it moves towards back. Deft, charming, fine, long finish…this is a sensuous Chambolle-Musigny immersion course. Best end of 2019 – 2030.

AND SPEAKING OF PHILIPPE CHERON...I have six seats available for a lineup of 2016 Red Burgundies for an intimate Seat At The Table Tasting this Wednesday, October 17. E-mail if you’re interested in attending and I’ll send info




FRIDAY SIPS
THE VENETIANS AREN’T BLIND

Soave & Valpolicella with Pancetta

This Friday October 19 from 1:30 - 6:30

Fresh off of a recent tour of this Italian region, Pancetta Productions presents a Friday afternoon of deliciousness from the Veneto region.
Come join us this week with Todd ‘Pancetta’ Bacon in the house pouring three of his rising star, killer priced Soave Classico wines from Le Battistelle along with two favorite Valpolicella red wines. Todd will arrive at 3:30 but I’ll have the wines available for tasting at 1:30.

FEATURED WINES:

2017 Le Battistelle Soave Classico ‘Montesei’
2016 Le Battistelle Soave Classico ‘Battistelle’
2016 Le Battistelle Soave Classico ‘Roccolo’
2015 Tedeschi Valpolicella Ripasso
2015 Masi Valpolicella Classico







COMING DISTRACTIONS


October 18

Laurent Perrier Champagne Seat At The Table Tasting (By Invite)



October 19

Super Soave Friday Sips with Pancetta. Our friend Todd Bacon has a new Soave producer and he will be in the house pouring three selections as well as two Valpolicella reds



November 1

Bruno Clair Burgundy Seat At The Table (By Invite)



Sometime in November

The Ten Cru of Beaujolais



December 10

21st Annual Holiday Bubblebath Champagne Tasting


* Note: all Friday Sips may change based on late arrivals, distribution snafus or Bryan's ever-changing whims*