Friday Sips

New Cameron, White Burgundy & more
Today Sept. 29 from 1:30 - 6:30
Drop by today to taste new releases from Cameron as well as a white Burgundy, Syrah and Italian island wine.

Click to Order
$33.99 BTL./$407.88 CASE

Cameron’s Dundee Hills Reserve Pinot Noir is a bridge between the Spring releases and the Grand Cru single vineyards that John makes his profound, limited production wines. Like those offerings, this one is in small production and has become known as the secret find in the formidable Cameron lineup due to its sources and value.

Made from 60% Old Vine Abbey Ridge from mostly Pommard clone along with 20% each of Clos Electrique and Arley’s Leap, this wine defies the stereotypical traits of the warm 2015 vintage and possesses impressive balance from these old vines going deep to find their own water sources. Intense but never heavy, exquisite aromatics of lavender, piercing strawberry and cassis with undercurrents of red earth, licorice and smoke. Smoothly textured, but with lots of material and complexity spreading itself throughout the palate. Draws itself outward on the finish that is high-toned and really wakes up the senses, especially with some superior persistence. Not undrinkable at the moment especially with the impending arrival of fresh chanterelles. For best results wait until the end of 2019 and drink through 2028. A super deal and as usual, one that will sell out quickly.

Click to Order
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

The annual arrival of our quasi-exclusive unoaked 20-dollar Chardonnay from Burgundy! While visiting this favorite White Burgundy on my most recent journey to France, it was almost magnet to steel when I tasted this wine. Maybe even love at first sight! Lucien Thomas may be the classic, taciturn, strong-silent guy, his wines speak eloquently and the 2016 is sure to please anyone who enjoys mineral-driven white wine.

Enticing oceanic aromas lead things off followed by scintillating orange and lemon character. Seashell and prominent smoky, stony quality all in its more pure and focused form. Suave entry and gaining electricity, this wine expands and thrills on the persistent, mineral finish. A wow wine for a mere 20-bucks and one to enjoy with fall salmon, grilled prawns and white meats.

Click to Order
$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

One of the young stars of Cornas, Vincent Paris is the nephew of the legendary, now retired Robert Michel and like his uncle, happens to make exquisite wines. Vincent is also co-president of the appellation and also makes wines outside of this small region as well including St-Joseph and others and this excellent value Syrah that happens to be from young vines in Crozes-Hermitage.

If you love Syrah on an everyday basis or want an introduction to the great wines of the Northern Rhône Valley at an unbelievable price, this is the perfect wine. Persistent blackberry and white pepper scents shine on the nose. Beautifully integrated and brimming with flavors of dark raspberry, white pepper, lavender and smoke. This wine is incredibly attractive to drink right now and a great food wine with its uplifting and lively fresh finish. A perfect pairing with roasted herb-incrusted lamb and stewed gamey meats.

Click to Order
$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

Located on the island of Sardinia, Sella & Mosca quietly maintain high quality and continually fly under the radar screen. Brought to Sardinia by the Moors, the spiritual grape of the island is Cannonau, more commonly known, Grenache.

The bouquet here is full and is typical of its varietal character with grenadine, pepper and some smoked meat tones that carry over into the exotic, hearty texture. Although it is Italian, in all actuality, it is more like combining the best traits of Spain, Italy and Southern France and combining it into a Sardinian package. Enjoy this perennial best buy that receives impressive accolades with pizza or smoked meat dishes.