Friday Sips

La Derniere Goutte (The Last Drop) of 2018
December 28 from 1:30 to close...likely 6:00 but earlier if not busy
We’re throwing a shoe at 2018 and ringing in 2019 three days early with wines from Chablis and more. Bring your friends, bring your family, the juice will be flowing!

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$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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$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

Before the mayhem of the holidays, I had stumbled across this small Chablis producer and was quite impressed with the quality. Just under 3000 cases are produced which encompasses both Premiers and Grands Crus but it is this 1000 case production of the Appellation Chablis that drives Thierry Laffay’s terroir train.

Two plots situated across from the Premiers Crus of Vaillons and Montmains with vines planted in 1979 and 1989 bring about classic Chablis mentality. Sultry, pure aromas that have gunsmoke, but most importantly, the classic left bank cool tones of sea shore and crustaceans shine. Add a little lemon grass combined with the scintillating 2016 vintage and we have one hell of a complex Chablis for not a ton of money. Flavor-wise, this wine is needly and piercing with handsome refinement. Plenty of depth of fruit buffers all of the zip and mineral beautifully. The balance and sophistication scream out on the well-detailed, long finish. Enjoy with sea critters through 2023.

These two aren't just what will be poured, we will be opening fun bottles from our year end stash for you to sample as well.
We look forward to seeing you this afternoon/early evening.

Bryan & Karen