Friday Sips


THE CELLAR DOOR'S 'ALCOHOLIDAZE' HOTSHEET
White Burgundy, Cabernet from Lafite Rothschild, Felsina Chianti Icon, Oregon wines & more


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2014 LOS VASCOS CABERNET SAUVIGNON
GRANDE RESERVE
$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

Owned and made by Bordeaux First Growth Lafite Rothschild, this Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the benchmarks of sophistication when it comes to the wines of Chile. Having been producing excellent wine in this nation since 1988, this pioneer has taken their wines to another level late in the last decade with the arrival of a new generation.

Dense blackberry, plum, mint, smoke, cedar, graphite and dark chocolate scents abound! With a solid decanting, this wine really opens itself up nicely. Texturally it is spreads throughout the palate and is packed and finishing with gutsy material that extends nicely maintaining the Lafite underbelly of sophistication. As evidenced by a 2010 that we consumed last year, this wine can definitely age and vintage 2014 will do so for another 6-7 years, however it is pretty damn irresistible once it's opened and aired.



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2016 MARTHOURET SAINT-JOSEPH
$22.99 BTL./$275.88 CASE

Former auto mechanic turned winemaker; Pascal Marthouret’s vines are way up in the hills of the northern sector of the Saint-Joseph region near Cote-Rotie and Condrieu. This instinctive grower makes Syrah wines of beautiful harmony and never nuked with an arsenal of oak barrels. A true farmer indeed, not only does he and his family do wine, they also make goat cheese, grow fruits and raise livestock as well. Back to this new arrival of the beautiful 2016....

This is a pure straight up blow-your-mind Northern Rhone Syrah experience showcasing the aromatic side of this magnificent varietal. High-toned lavender, violet, bacon fat, billowy white smoke, red berry and Thai spice engulf the senses. Not only would we like to smell this all day, we would like to wear it! Mouth filling, the complex aromas follow into the mouth with energetic perfumed blackberry fruit, black licorice, white pepper, blueberry and plenty of soft smoke come on even more and more as this aerates. Poised throughout, but with sneaky grip on the finish, the quality of the 2016 vintage has brought an extra something-something to an already wonderful red. Enjoy over the next 8-12 years with herb-encrusted pork tenderloin, charred chops or grilled steak.



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2016 EVESHAM WOOD PINOT NOIR
'ILLAHE VINEYARD'
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

Located outside of Salem, Evesham Wood, founded by Russ Raney in 1986, and over the years has established itself as the most stealth 5-star Oregon Pinot Noir producer. In 2010, Russ took retirement and sold the estate to his friend and protégé Erin Nuccio and the quality of the wines has not missed a beat, they are outrageously terrific and age extremely well. Illahe is a superb vineyard site located in the foothills of the Coast Range and is in good company. Croft & Freedom Hill are located here, but Illahe seems to deliver a bit more refinement and grace than these other illustrious sites.

Notes of wild strawberry, saffron, violet and rose pedal waft from the glass, this stunning pinot softly rolls on to your tongue but fans out with great breadth of flavor and a fine texture. Although this wine is quite accessible now, the finish is extensive with structure, grip and the stuff to age beautifully over the next 10-15 years. A real steal from one of Oregon’s finest.



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2015 QUINTA DE CHOCAPALHA
CASTELAO TINTO
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

There is always something fun and flavorful happening in Portugal. Made from 100% of the Castelao grape just outside of Lisbon, this tasty number is a packed, stacked, fun red that will enlighten many palates for holiday parties or more.Castelao is native to Portugal and is known for displaying its alluring fruit. This offering does just that featuring notes of raspberry, cherry pit and fine nuances of mocha. Radiant, supple and very pleasurable, this easy-going red wine pairs well with many different dishes. Drink now, drink often.



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2016 VESSIGAUD POUILLY-FUISSE
'VIEILLES VIGNES'
$29.99 BTL./$359.88 CASE

These days, Pouilly-Fuisse's wines are not what you perceive from 25 years ago. Becoming popular in the 80s, seemingly everyone jumped aboard the wagon, causing overproduction, which resulted in an inevitable quality slippage by the latter part of the decade. After the decline of its popularity, aside from two Domaines, this appellation struggled through most of decade of the 90s. However, something occurred while the wine was out of favor; the farmers took over and small producers came to the forefront making better wines than ever. It used to be Domaine Ferret and Chateau Fuisse that were the best and the gap was very large. Now the gap has shrunk immeasurably and someone like Pierre Vessigaud (along with many others) who followed their path is making wines on par with these two stalwarts.

With Pierre's wine, Vieilles Vignes really means something. Farmed organically from 30 small parcels from 40-70 year old vines, this wine is so damn good without costing a second mortgage. The finesseful use of oak (no new barrels) meshes in nicely with the entire package as the wine unfolds and shows off nectarine, orange and underlying saline and stoniness. Hints of spiced butter come through and brings forth even more character. In the mouth, it is lacy and shows impressive graceful movement beneath all of the saturation and depth from the old vines. Serious detail, class and electricity on the everlasting finish that leaves the drinker wanting more Pouilly-Fuisse drinks well early and can develop exquisitely. Have this over the next 6-8 years with richer seafood like sole, crab or salmon.



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LUCIEN ALBRECHT
CREMANT D'ALSACE BRUT ROSE
$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

Just a reminder of our favorite under 20-buck pink bubbly before we hit the ground running with the holidays. Great as a meal starter and for many other occasions as well.

Made from 100% Pinot Noir, possessing a salmon pink color and although a non-vintage cuvee, this gem has a complex and fresh bead that would fool you into thinking it is from a single vintage. Albrecht has always produced this cuvee ‘Methode Champenoise’ meaning it goes through the rigorous processing that is the same as is done in the Champagne region. Serve with smoked salmon, grilled vegetables, sushi or dessert. Better yet, just invite some friends over and throw a bunch of bottles back before, during and after dinner.



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2017 MONTARIBALDI DOLCETTO D'ALBA
'VAGNONA'
$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

Located at the southern end of the boundary of Barbaresco village and bordering on Treiso, this terrific Barbaresco producer takes its name from the single Cru vineyard of Montaribaldi. Having been in existence since 1968 and owned by the Taliano family, the wines that emerge from this estate are outstanding values.

10-dollar Dolcetto should never be this good! In fact, I taste many versions made in this style that I have to sell for considerably more but being undiscovered it hasn’t elevated in price point. Yet. Offering up overflowing red cherry fruit that just wants to jump from the glass, this Dolcetto has lots of snap and sass from being aged only in stainless steel tank. Fresh, inviting and as red as the Kansas City Chiefs uniforms, it is a perfect party wine that will make a gaggle of Italian wine friends very happy.



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2015 FELSINA CHIANTI CLASSICO
'VIGNA RANCIA' RISERVA
$49.99 BTL./$599.88 CASE

If you were to put me on a deserted island where there would only be one choice of a Chianti, Felsina’s Vigna Rancia would probably be the choice! One of the icons in all of Tuscany, the Vigna Rancia Riserva is from some of the estate’s oldest vines and brings forth wonderful depth of flavor and ages like a beast.

Incredible presence of authority here, this 100% sangiovese is all about the magnificent and pristine site just outside of the village of Castelnuovo Berardenga. Deep and dark black cherry and plum fruit are hallmarks of this wine. Loads of Tuscan scents like savory violet, thyme, sottobosco and toffee ride shotgun on this impressively complex number. In the mouth, this is incredibly opulent and ripe with fruit that buries the tannin, although the grip is noticeable. The true highlight of this wine is its aftertaste that is graceful, complex and if we had a stopwatch, it would make a couple of rotations! This bottle of awesome profoundness has appeal now due to the saturation of fruit, but it will be at its ultimate best from 2022 through 2030. Madonn'! If you like scores, this has 94-97 points from Vinous.




FRIDAY SIPS

You’re Never Alone With A Cotes-du-Rhone

This Friday November 30 from 1:30 – 6:30

A guided tour through the Southern Rhone featuring offerings from top producers spread throughout the Vaucluse area of Provence. Drop by this Friday to warm up with a superb glass of full Southern French Soul!

FEATURED WINES:

2016 Solitude Cotes-du-Rhone
2015 Oratoire St-Martin Cotes-du-Rhone ‘Petite Gars’
2016 La Garrigue Cotes-du-Rhone “Cuvee Romaine'
2017 La Manarine Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc






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