Friday Sips

White Burgundy & Tuscan Reds
Today June 29 from 1:30 - 6:30
Drop by today to kick off the holiday week as we pour two new arrivals from Burgundy along with two favorites from Tuscany. A great way to spend a Friday if you’re not going out of town.

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$31.99 BTL./$383.88 CASE

Fattoria di Felsina moves in rarified air among Chianti producers. At The Cellar Door, we have been working with these wines for almost 20 years and feel these wines are God-like Giants when it comes to Chianti Classico. From a much talked about vintage, the 2015 Riserva is everything that top Chianti should be. Think of 2015 as a hypothetical cross between 1999 and 2007, both highly respected vintages.

Layered and loaded, the aspects of both terroir and Fèlsina's distinction are omnipresent with subtle hints of cedar, thyme, earth and chocolate covered red fruit. Glimpses of mint and tobacco add complexity and bring everything into its full, upright position. In the mouth, it is succulent and velvety and very complete all while showing deceptive structure and weight from start to finish. There is plenty of dramatic material throughout this wine allowing for nice access, but with some age, it will develop and smooth out even more. Fèlsina's Riserva is a true Tuscan gem which is very fairly priced given its outstanding quality. Anyone who has traveled to Tuscany or loves Italian reds should make a point to experience this particular Chianti. Drink now through 2028 with roasted lamb seasoned with Italian herbs and spices.

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$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

Often times someone will ask me what were the greatest wines that you tasted while in France. That is usually easy to answer but the question I like best is ‘what were your favorite wines’? Earlier this month while in France and Italy there were several. Two wines really stood out (one of which we’ll feature next month) that I have continually spoke about since drinking them at their respective wineries.

St-Veran is an interesting appellation because of its combination of eight villages bordering Pouilly-Fuisse on both the north and south. What makes St-Veran special is each of the villages' distinct terroirs. Lucien Thomas’s Domaine Feuillarde is a true shining star for the entire appellation. Differing from the Cuvee Tradition, the Maison Rouge is named after a red stone house at the top of the vineyard and this cuvee comes from 80-year-old vines in the steepest portion. Located in the village of Prisse and expressive of its predominant Jurassic clay soils enhanced with sedimentary limestone, this wine knocked Karen, Michael and myself for a loop.

Ample impact from the first moment it is poured, there is direct jump with lots of complexity. Mandarin notes shine but impressive flint, mineral, saline, cream and an ever so gentle kiss of spice enhance the very attractive aromas. Mouth filling, layered and energetic. Old vine depth and movement abound. The beauty here is its purity along with depth even though there is no new oak influence at all. Solely stainless steel with a tiny bit of older barrel. The finish clings to the palate then spreads out and persists which is exactly what a great vintage of French Chardonnay should do! Drink this wine with grilled salmon on a cedar or alder board over the next decade.

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$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

Domaine Chapuis is a small White (and red) Burgundy producer located at the Northern end of Macon in the southern portion of the Burgundy region. Having moved to sustainable farming in 1997, these wines were beautiful surprises since we first started offering them with the 2010 vintage. We have been very excited in our anticipation with sharing this excellent new release that has finally arrived from France with you all.

Yellow plum and apple scents virtually glide from the glass along with a gentle touch of spice, smoke and mineral. Lacy entry and superb depth and movement from the 35-55 year old vines. A virtual electric pillow with its combination of depth of fruit and electric mineral acidity, this white stretches out across the entire palate and finishes very long indeed. Drink this lovely white Burgundy over the next 3-4 years with some of the usual fare like scallops, sole in a sauce or a roasted chicken. Don’t be afraid to go outside the borders with a Latino shrimp preparation as well.

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$19.99 BTL./$119.94 - SIX PACK

We absolutely just love, love LOVE offering this perennial red wine value from Tuscany!!

Located in San Gimignano, Falchini is known as a top Vernaccia producer. What isn't as well known is that they also happen to produce one of the finest red wine values in all of Tuscany. 95% Sangiovese and smoothed out with 5% Merlot, this wine is a wonderfully-formed, invitingly layered number that reveals black cherry, chocolate-mint, sage and anise which follow into a generous, mouth-filling texture that has considerable dimension and depth. Submerged structure also is a fine indicator that this wine can and will age for a few years, too. Gorgeous to guzzle now, but given experience, it will also age for 6-7 years. Enjoy with a grilled T-Bone or a Penne done with a Bolognese sauce.