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Gevrey Chambertin Special, Washington White & more


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2018 BISCI VERDICCHIO DI MATELICA
$14.99 BTL./$179.88 CASE

Still 15 bucks but the newly arrived 2018 has something more...the illustrious Tre Bicchieri Award from Gambero Rosso, Italy’s wine bible. More than not, this award is for much more expensive wines so it really shows the respect and pedigree that this estate possesses. Located inland and at significantly more elevation gain, what separates the Le Marches regions of Matelica and Castelli di Jesi are their locations and specifically their soils, which are sheer hard limestone and quite unique to the area.

100% Verdicchio. Bone-crushing aromas of mineral, crustaceans, lemongrass, underlying yellow flowers, anise and limestone show off from the moment it is poured into the glass. In the mouth it presents laser-beam focus, terroir-specific, energetic and revealing plenty of old-vine depth and character all in a precise package. The finish is superb and once again, that word mineral enters the conversation. For a mere 15, one can experience one of Italy's stellar white wines and not only is it perfect for shellfish; it has the intensity to stand up to our delicious fall salmon.



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2016 MARCOUX LIRAC ROUGE
'LE LORENTINE'
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

Located just across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, many Rhône players have known for eons the superb price/quality rapport of Lirac's wines. In fact, we are now seeing a number of famous Châteauneuf producers such as Domaine de Marcoux obtain holdings, vindicating the potential of the area's terroir.

50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% each Mourvèdre and Carignan from red clay, stony sand and pebbly soils on a limestone couch, buffered by large red galet roule stones. Overflowing aromas of strawberry, red licorice, herbes des provence, grenadine and plum-pepper sit up nicely in the glass and lead into a voluptuous, dry, structured and sinister beauty sort of texture. Lots of density and expansion with the virtual seamlessness of this vintage showing exquisitely. Astonishing value from one of Chateauneuf’s greats! Drink over the next 10-12 years.



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2016 BUTY SEMILLON-SAUVIGNON-MUSCADELLE
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Having met with Nina Buty last week, I concluded these are some of the finest Washington wines that I have tasted recently. To put it bluntly, these wines aren’t like so many from our neighbors up north – they aren’t big bomb tooty-frooty caricature wines, they are quite detailed and layered with complexity. Again, it all goes back to the old guard.

First up is this stupendous white wine (reds will come in later musings). Based on what Nina and winemaker Chris Dowsett envision as their concept of white Bordeaux. 62% Semillon, 25% Sauvignon, 13% Muscadelle and from older sites throughout Washington. Just over 70% is aged in concrete tanks with the remainder in old neutral oak barrels as to not impart any oakiness; this wine takes on the sum of its varietal parts beautifully. The fullness and fig/pear from the Semillon play nicely of the briskness of both the Sauvignon and Muscadelle with the latter bringing out aromatics and fine mineral. Engaging throughout, this wine is diverse as to food matches. Try it with Latino white meat/fish preparations based around tuna or swordfish.



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2017 BODEGAS GARZON TANNAT
$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

From the ‘go-figure/big surprise’ file comes a tasty wine from Uruguay…yes, Uruguay! The modern wine industry of Uruguay traces back to 1870, commenced by immigrants of Basque and Italian origin and the red grape of choice is Tannat. Tannat is the spiritual grape of Uruguay but also is the home grape in the French Basque regions of Madiran and Irouleguy as well. Climactically, the soils are different and it is warmer in Uruguay and the wine take on a different terroir perspective yet still show ample character and quality.

Blackberry and plum notes take hold quickly followed nicely by hints of earth and spice. Nicely placed oak tones bring a roundness and polish to the game. The finish is full and revealing rhubarb and chocolate with plenty of natural high tones that come from both the varietal and the terroir. A terrific wine for a grilled steak, enjoy it over the next 2-3 years.



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2015 CHATEAU LES PETITES
BLAYE COTES-DE-BORDEAUX
$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

One last go-round for this scrumptious red Bordeaux value!

Poised and personable, and with a tell-tale right bank Bordeaux nose of ironstone, raspberry, espresso and sandalwood, this delicious red delivers so much for so little. Elegant, sophisticated beyond its price tag and chock full of grace, terroir and a dry, austere, spiced-earth finish. An amazing value that can be consumed any day of the week. Drink it with a plethora of cuisine ranging from smoked meats, grilled beef, Vietnamese dishes, roasted chicken, veggies and more.



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2016 JOUAN GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN
'AUX ECHEZEAUX'
[reg. $99.99] SPECIAL - $64.99 - 24 btls available

One of our corporate distributors has 2017s imminently arriving so the bean counters told them to move the 2016s...and that we will! Philippe Jouan is one of the sleeper producers in Morey Saint-Denis and possesses some serious holdings. Very small in production, Drouhin has purchased wine and fruit from this estate for over fifty years but Philippe keeps top lots for his own label and this selection is one of the top sleepers of the range of wines.

Aux Echezeaux is a single vineyard in the southern sector of Gevrey-Chambertin and right at the border of Morey St-Denis. Jouan’s parcel is from 80-year-old vines and the resulting wine is top division. Hyperbole is not needed when it comes to the 2016 red Burgundy vintage…this is one of the most spectacular vintages in the last 25 years! This isn't a vintage of instant gratification, these wines are built to age and the Jouan’s version is no exception. Classic Southern Gevrey 101 aromas of black licorice, cracked pepper and limestone are supported by dazzling old-vine, saturated raspberry and plum fruit. Great penetrating flavors fill the mouth. Firm structure and backbone arrives in the mid-palate to let you know that this is a vin de garde! Stunning, youthful material here…red cherry swizzler, spice and mineral dominate the stunning, sumptuous, packed finish. Drink it 2022 - 2031. If you love the great Pinot producers of the world, do not miss this special deal!




CHIANTI WEEK CONTINUES...
SPECIAL FRIDAY SIPS

Fattoria di Petroio with Special Guest Diana Lenzi

This Friday Oct. 18 from 3:30 – 6:30

Drop by Friday as we welcome back for the first time since 2017, Fattoria di Petroio owner/winemaker Diana Lenzi. She will be here in the house to pour and discuss her wines and autograph your bottles.

FEATURED WINES:

2016 Petroio Chianti Classico
2015 Petroio Chianti Classico
2014 Petroio Chianti Classico Riserva
2015 Petroio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 'Poggio i Grilli'







Chianti Week!
Special Tuesday Sips
Today Oct. 15 from 3:30 - 6:00
Special Guest Marco Ricasoli
Join us this afternoon as we welcome back after a five year absence, the legendary Marco Ricasoli, owner of renowned Chianti estate, Rocca di Montegrossi. Marco will be onhand to pour and discuss four of his terrific offerings.


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2017 ROCCA DI MONTEGROSSI
CHIANTI CLASSICO
$21.99 BTL. $263.88 CASE

We can go on and on about just how stupendous of a value that this hearty red wine is, but honestly, words do it an injustice, just get your butts in here to taste for yourselves!!

There is an exciting perfume and level of depth that is present that entices from the fist moment that it is poured. Magical cherry-pit, sage, sotto bosco, graphite and sweet spices gleam from the glass. Sumptuous, layered and very packed structure, the Gaiole in Chianti area steeliness overlooks this wine like a mother bear. Driving, penetrating, layered and with plenty of structure…no doubt that this wine will age impeccably. Saturated and lifting, it is Chianti that performs way, way above its price level!



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2017 ROCCA DI MONTEGROSSI
CHIANTI CLASSICO 'SAN MARCELLINO'
GRAN SELEZIONE
$21.99 BTL. $263.88 CASE

San Marcellino is a very special vineyard site within Gaiole in Chianti and in many ways is Marco's top wine. We have been selling this (and his regular Chianti) now for many vintages and whenever san Marcellino is produced, it never disappoints...it also ages immensely, too!

'The 2014 Chianti Classico Vigneto San Marcellino is dark, sumptuous and super-expressive. Like all of the wines here, the 2014 San Marcellino needs at least a few years in bottle to truly show everything it has, but there is more than enough here to provide for engaging drinking for many years to come. Time in the glass brings out gorgeous scents of black cherry, plum, menthol, licorice and smoke. The 2014 is a striking, complete wine. - 94 POINTS - VINOUS'



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2015 ROCCA DI MONTEGROSSI 'GEREMIA'
$54.99 - VERY LIMITED

One of the greatest things about experiencing a piece of artwork is wondering about the artist’s disposition and the mood they were in during the act of creation. We know Marco Ricasoli and he is one smooth, charming and cool cat, as well as being of extreme class. His wines are just like the man whether it be the Chianti wines, the Vin Santo or this remarkable SuperTuscan Cab-Merlot blend.

'The Geremia, Rocca di Montegrossi's Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon blend, is outrageously beautiful in 2015. Racy and pliant, with soft curves, Geremia captures all of the radiant beauty of the vintage. Sweet red cherry, plum, mint, mocha and sweet spice are all fused together. At the moment, there is a touch of new oak that still needs to integrate, but a few more years in bottle should do the trick. Time in the glass brings out attractive floral notes and red-toned fruit character that lend freshness and lift to play off the wine’s more extroverted leanings. The 2015 is a gorgeous Geremia. - 96 POINTS - VINOUS'



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2015 ROCCA DI MONTEGROSSI
TOSCANA ROSATO
$19.99 - VERY LIMITED

The Oregon allocation of this wine is long gone but we saved a few bottles for this tasting. We will pour and feature until the wine is sold out.

One Italy’s finest dry pink wines and made from 100% Sangiovese. Alluring strawberry licorice whip and lemon-zest surround subtle mineral and freshly cut herbs. Cool and ethereal texture that takes on all of the nuances that the nose gives and rolls over to the brisk and zingy finish that has complexity and plenty of crunchy grooves. This wine is wonderful over the next 18-24 months.



CHIANTI WEEK CONTINUES...
SPECIAL FRIDAY SIPS

Fattoria di Petroio with Special Guest Diana Lenzi

This Friday Oct. 18 from 3:30 – 6:00

Drop by Friday as we welcome back for the first time since 2017, Fattoria di Petroio owner/winemaker Diana Lenzi. She will be here in the house to pour and discuss her wines and autograph your bottles.

FEATURED WINES:

2016 Petroio Chianti Classico
2015 Petroio Chianti Classico
2014 Petroio Chianti Classico Riserva
2015 Petroio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 'Poggio i Grilli'







COMING DISTRACTIONS


October 15

Rocca di Montegrossi Special Tuesday Tasting with owner Marco Ricasoli


October 18

Petroio Chianti Classico Friday Sips with Diana Lenzi


October 23

The 10 Cru of Beaujolais Seat At The Table (By Invite)


October 25

Friuli Friday Sips, white wines from Livio Felluga with Laura Felluga


November 5

Tedeschi Amarone Seat At The Table with Riccardo Tedeschi (By Invite)


November 19 or 20

Champagne Billecart-Salmon Seat At The Table (By Invite)


December 9

22nd Annual Holiday Bubblebath Champagne Tasting









Syrah Friday Sips
Today Oct. 11 from 1:30 - 6:00
(note earlier finish time)
Drop by today to sample three different Syrah wines from three different regions


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2016 THALAVIN-ALAIN GRAILLOT
SYRAH 'SYROCCO'
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

A wine from the king of Crozes-Hermitage and one of his friends. Warm climate Syrah but done in a new world style. Plush Italian plum, inviting aromatic spices. Suprb depth and expansion and typical of Graillot, lots of vibrancy. Beautiful with stews or a lean beef tenderloin.



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2016 GRAMERCY CELLARS
SYRAH 'LOWER EAST'
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

Wonderful gateway into this Washington stalwart’s Syrah wines. Not ooey, gooey, chewy and a boat plank of oak. Pure, Northern Rhone inspired juice. So much about aromatics and a texture that expands on the palate. Nicely positioned, combines blackberry and cherry pit with an abundance of pepper. Pretty above the Mendoza line for quality/price rapport.



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2013 MATELLO 'FOOL'S JOURNEY'
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

Syrah from the Willamette Valley, specifically Deux Vert vineyard. Like Graillot and Gramercy, plenty of whole cluster. Augmented by 6% Viognier for acid and aromatic presence. Now six years old and offering what cool climate Syrah is all about. Red fruits, black olive, herbs, spices and underlying rose petal. Cool, elevated, brisk and showing smooth fruits in the mid-palate and finish.




The Cellar Door will be closed Monday October 14 and will reopen at 9:30 on Tuesday

NEXT WEEK IS CHIANTI WEEK!
SPECIAL TUESDAY SIPS

Rocca di Montegrossi with Special Guest Marco Ricasoli

Oct. 15 from 4:00 – 6:00

Join us Tuesday afternoon October 15 as we welcome back to The Cellar Door, Montegrossi owner Marco Ricasoli as he pours and discusses a lineup of his wines .

FEATURED WINES:

2017 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico
2014 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 'San Marcelino'
2015 Rocca di Montegrossi Geremia
2018 Rocca di Montegrossi Toscana Rosato





SPECIAL FRIDAY SIPS

Fattoria di Petroio with Special Guest Diana Lenzi

Next Friday Oct. 18 from 3:30 – 6:00

Drop by next Friday as we welcome back after a year's absence, Fattoria di Petroio owner/winemaker Diana Lenzi. She will be here in the house to pour and discuss her wines and autograph your bottles.

FEATURED WINES:

2016 Petroio Chianti Classico
2015 Petroio Chianti Classico
2014 Petroio Chianti Classico Riserva
2015 Petroio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 'Poggio i Grilli'






Barbera & Dolcetto Wednesday Feature


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2017 CA'VIOLA
DOLCETTO D'ALBA "VILOT"
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Beppe Caviola is one of the Piedmont region’s most important figures. Over the years, Beppe has been a consulting oenologist to many famous labels throughout Italy some of which include the likes of Damilano, Cogno, Einaudi, Fiorenzo Nada, Pecchenino, Vietti and Villa Sparina. Along with this business, Beppe also owns vines and is a very accomplished producer.
The Vilot vineyards are located in Montelupo Albese just east of Serralunga and the wine that is grown here is pure and wonderfully polished with great pizzazz. Warm, round, mouthfilling red that has an abundance of floral and spice aromas with red, black, blueberry and deep violet on the finish. Beppe knocked it out of the park with this wine...there are very few wines made from the Dolcetto grape that have this much class and dimension. Enjoy this engaging, starry red with steak tartar, younger cheeses and pasta courses.



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2017 CA'VIOLA
BARBERA D'ALBA 'BRICHET'
$21.99 BTL./$263.88 CASE

‘Brichet’, from the various vineyards in Montelupo Albese and possess that same level of intensity, depth and complexity as the Dolcetto. The 2016 was aged larger oak cask for 12 months thus allowing the Barbera's character to shine.

Plenty of detail, these aromas that speak more of this sturdy region of Piedmont. Not just earth, Beppe always strives for good fruit and notes of dark chocolate, raspberry, cassis, anise and smoked earth swirl from the glass. The savory aspects of the all of the components coat the mouth with underlying cardamom and deep minerality following on a fresh and lingering finish. This Barbera has impressive movement on the palate and is deeply satisfying to every sense. Enjoy over the next 5-7 years with mushroom risotto or any pocket pasta stuffed with braised meat, preferably agnolotti or gnocchi.



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2018 ZENATO LUGANA
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

After tasting this morning, we just had to offer this delicious white wine! Founded by Sergio Zenato in 1960, he was motivated by his passion for wine and by the devotion to quality he had learned from his father Silvino all of which has now been passed down to Alberto Zenato. The vineyard and winery are located in the heart of the Lugana district on the southern slopes of Lake Garda. Surrounded by mountains, the vineyards are protected from the cold Alpine winds, while benefiting from the warm winds of the Po valley.

From the single parcel, San Benedetto on the south shore of Lake Garda and made with 100% of the Trebbiano di Lugana grape. Armed with redolent tones of melon, tangerine, lime and pronounced saline which seemingly go non-stop until the bottle is drained. Filling the mouth with flavor and having plenty of depth, there is ample zesty, crisp acidity that holds it all in balance and extends to the finish that is both stately and sassy. This mouth-watering white can be paired with a bounty of seafood choices. Youze all owe to yourselves to try it. What the hell are you waiting for?!





NEXT WEEK IS CHIANTI WEEK!
SPECIAL TUESDAY SIPS

Rocca di Montegrossi with Special Guest Marco Ricasoli

Oct. 15 from 4:00 – 6:00

Join us Tuesday afternoon October 15 as we welcome back to The Cellar Door, Montegrossi owner Marco Ricasoli as he pours and discusses a lineup of his wines .

FEATURED WINES:

2017 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico
2014 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 'San Marcelino'
2015 Rocca di Montegrossi Geremia
2018 Rocca di Montegrossi Toscana Rosato





SPECIAL FRIDAY SIPS

Fattoria di Petroio with Special Guest Diana Lenzi

Next Friday Oct. 18 from 3:30 – 6:00

Drop by next Friday as we welcome back after a year's absence, Fattoria di Petroio owner/winemaker Diana Lenzi. She will be here in the house to pour and discuss her wines and autograph your bottles.

FEATURED WINES:

2016 Petroio Chianti Classico
2015 Petroio Chianti Classico
2014 Petroio Chianti Classico Riserva
2015 Petroio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 'Poggio i Grilli'





FRIDAY SIPS

Syrah Friday

This Friday Oct. 11 from 1:30 – 6:00
(note earlier finish time)

Three Syrah wines, all different regions. Drop by for a fun afternoon featuring interest wines from the Northwest and a French producer.

FEATURED WINES:

2016 Gramercy Cellars Syrah ‘Lower East’
2013 Matello Syrah/Viognier ‘Fool’s Journey’
2016 Alain Graillot Syrah ‘Syrocco’