Friday Sips

Sancerre Slayer, Chianti, Rosé and more.
Today May 3 from 1:30 - 3:30
Come in and sample four wines, two unoaked Sauvignon Blancs as well as two selections from the Chianti region

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

The Sancerre Slayer indeed! With Sancerre regularly hitting the $25-$30+ level we have been looking more closely at some of its neighboring regions. One such, Quincy, may not have the famous name of Sancerre, but this small area (only 37 growers) delivers a lot of bang for the buck, and a producer like Rouze will outperform a large number of wines from its more famous neighbor.

Not only is Jacques Rouze one of the Loire Valley's most important producers, this large, gentle man is one of France's best-kept secrets. Located about an hour west of Sancerre, outside the city of Bourges, Quincy (pronounced can-see) is made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Vignes D’Antan (or vines from another time) is produced from a single plot known as Clos St-Victoire and is from vines planted between 1920 and 1940. As usual, this wine never sees any oak. Brilliant aromas of peat, smoke, citrus-blossom, oyster shell and an underlay of perfumed nectarine and lemon. In the mouth the fruit is silky, the mineral jaunting and brisk and all ion all lots of buoyancy and energy. A palate coating finish as well as a precious salmon or halibut wine that surprisingly also ages very well. If this were from Sancerre and had some skin contact, many pissant restaurant sommeliers would be tripping over themselves to pay $50 for it.

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Marco Ricasoli’s Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico is one that we have admired, sold and consumed for two decades. Vintage 2016 is a great one and we are featuring a nice intro price for a bit before sending it back up to $22.99. A genuine value for that price but a real steal for twenty bucks!

‘The 2016 Chianti Classico is a very serious wine in its peer group. Rich, vivid and beautifully layered, the Chianti Classico will give readers a very good look at just how compelling 2016 is as a vintage. Sweet red cherry, tobacco and menthol notes open up in the glass, but more than anything else, Rocca di Montegrossi's Chianti Classico is a wine of true character. It will age gracefully for a number of years. – 92 POINTS – VINOUS

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Before we even get started with this entry, get New Zealand or California Sauvignon Blanc out of your mindset. NOW! Is it gone? Good. Now we may proceed. Founded in 1989 by cousins Michael Shaw and Martin Hill Smith, this estate became known immediately for their Sauvignon Blanc, over the years that have expanded and their team is a virtual Murderer’s Row of talent, including two Masters of Wine.

Grown from two vineyard sites ranging between 1250 and 1800 feet, this is Sauvignon with class and character. Lovely fragrances of lime, lychee, nettles and an underlying saline quality from the breezes that come from the Southern Ocean which is about 40 minutes away. No oak so remarkable purity, zest and brilliance come through very nicely.

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$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

It’s back and on the early side this time, Rocca di Montegrossi’s epic Rosé that happens to come from its top Chianti vineyard, San Marcellino. 2018 is being touted as a wonderful vintage for Tuscany and this year’s version of one Italy’s finest dry pink wines is 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. A mere 1500 cases were produced for the world and the Oregon allocation is scant this year so if you want some, speak now because it will disappear quickly.