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Bandol Rose
White Burgundy Alternative
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Collectible Gigondas, Barolo & Oregon Pinot


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2020 JIMENEZ-LANDI MENTRIDA TINTO
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Hailing from the Sierra de Gredos region just outside of Madrid, specifically the locale of Mentrida, Jimenez-Landi wines are very exciting. Having been established as an appellation since 1976, Mentrida’s Garnacha-based wines from vineyards at 1300-2000 feet deliver magical wines that one does not have to break the bank to enjoy.

The 2020 is a blend of 85% Garnacha, 10% Syrah & 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Wonderfully contoured aromas of blackcurrant, strawberry, laurel and licorice shine on the nose and lead into a texture that is both handsome and tenacious all at once. Transparent, penetrating and complex with a finish that has superb snap-back and a stopwatch-busting, long finish, this prodigal value can be consumed over the next 6-8 years, particularly with Spain’s national vegetable - pork.



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2020 FLORENT ROUVE
ARBOIS CHARDONNAY
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

I've got a lot to say about this wine so keep your eyes peeled…Having trained with famed Macon/Jura producer Jean Rijckeart and then taking over the entire operation, Florent Rouve has followed Jean’s inspiration with the wines in the Jura by not making them in the oxidative style that is common for the wines of the Jura region. Instead, these wines are made in the traditional style of White Burgundy.

Located east of Burgundy in the mountains on the Swiss border near, the ancient, unique soils of Jura have many similarities to its famous neighbor. Between the Jurassic (hence the name) and Cretaceous periods and covered by a shallow sea, after a period at the commencement of the Tertiary period (25-56 million years ago) the sea retreated. With the marl of clay (known as trias) layered with the area’s unique limestone, the resulting wines made in the style Rouve utilizes are smoky, expansive and very minerally. Specifically from the Arbois appellation, Anjou pear, subtle butter/smoke/pastry-tones, lime and salty marine scents glimmer from the glass and follow into a texture that dances with finesse and electricity. It also boasts excellent depth and mouth-watering fruit then finishes with boundless character that allows it to be something wonderful to share with a bunch of friends, perhaps at the table with fish or with the cheese course, which should include Comte. If you are unable to find Comte cheese then a good cave-aged Gruyere will do just fine. Give that the Butt-Boil of Burgundy otherwise known as Beaune has been quite scorching this summer, perhaps the non-oxidized wines of the Jura like this are the future of where the styles of white Burgundy could come from in not so future days.



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2020 WADE CELLARS CHENIN BLANC
'THREE BY WADE'
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Former NBA player and champion Dwyane Wade started Wade Cellars in 2014. With an infatuation with Napa Cabernet, soon after Jayson Pahlmeyer took on a partnership/mentorship, and Wade Cellars was established. As Dwyane’s wine education moved towards Burgundy, Piedmont and other areas, the Three By Wade line was started. Cabernet, Rose, a white and this toothsome Chenin Blanc are produced under this label and all are for earlier consumption.

The Chenin Blanc comes from Clarksburg, a cool growing region about an hour east of Napa and known as being a bastion of American Chenin Blanc. Fruit forward with yellow apple, lemon and subtle lychee notes lead into an uplifting, zesty mouth feel that calls you back for another glass. A not-so-serious, non-divisive wine for an all too serious and very divisive world....guzzle it, slam it, slurp it, pour it all over your significant other, whatever you choose, you're going to love it!



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2015 PAOLO PETRILLI 'FORTUITA'
DAUNIA ROSSO
[reg. $16.99]
$10.99 BTL./$65.94 - SIX PACK

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish…this Puglia red blend is as easy and fun as so much put forth by the great Dr. Seuss. Paolo Petrilli is a favorite around here and the Fortuita often comes home with us on an every evening basis. Now even more as it is being closed out to make room for new vintage arrivals and is drinking so very well.

40% Sangiovese, 30% Aglianico, 20% Montepulciano & 10% Nero di Troia. Vibrant, redolent and inviting on the extending finish, this wine succeeds where so many other wines from Puglia fail. Yes, it is voluptuous and teeming with impact, yet maintains enlightening fruit and earth character. A virtuoso over-achiever! Try it with penne pasta done arrabbiata style - tomatoes and hot chili flakes, spicy sausages or Latin cuisine. At 14 bucks, drink this red now and drink it often, we certainly will!



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2020 DOMAINE DE LA BERGERIE
ANJOU ROUGE 'CERISAE'
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

100% Cabernet Franc from the western portion of the Loire Valley just outside the city of Angers, Bergerie’s Anjou Rouge is a wine to love and to drink every day for good health. If you like ripe, supple, soft red wines, you may want to stay away from this one.

Laden with red raspberry, warm granitic spice, mint and tinges of jasmine, this is absolutely dry, pure and red to the bone. Dark, haunting tones come as the wine opens and move into an illuminating, minerally finish. Enjoy this wine with roasted turkey or chicken but will also pair well with charcuterie or a hearty stew.



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2021 CHATEAU SAINTE-ANNE
BANDOL ROSE
$27.99 BTL./$335.88 CASE - LIMITED

Last Friday we sold through the Bastide Blanche Bandol Rose so quickly that I felt it necessary to offer another outstanding pink Bandol value from another top-scale producer. This historic estate makes formidable wines on all levels and it has been quite a while since we have accessed their stellar Rose. Located closer to the ocean and about 15 minutes from Bastide Blanche, we promise that if you love Bandol, you will not be disappointed with this groovy selection.

60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, hair-raising aromas of peonies, provençal herbs and spices, blueberries, cherries and sea salt scents build and build from the glass to a mouth-filling texture that is crunchy, mouth-watering and very alluring. A knockout with just about any grilled fish or chicken…order now if you love Bandol Rosé because like so many from this area for 2021, very great but very limited.



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2017 GD VAJRA BAROLO
BRICCO DELLE VIOLE
$79.99 BTL./$479.94 - SIX PACK

96 points – Wine Enthusiast, 95 Points – Vinous, 95 Points – The Wine Advocate… One of the classic village of Barolo’s most epic and hyped producers, Aldo Vajra and his family live up to all of the praise, especially with their singe Cru Barolo from the Bricco delle Viole vineyard. Located in the commune of Barolo, specifically the village of Vergne, Bricco delle Viole is one of Barolo village’s classic and most prized vineyard sites. Perched at 1250 feet up to 1500+ feet, only the oldest and best vines (60+ years old) go into this limited production Barolo.

The 2017 promises to turn out to be one of the wines of the vintage and Vajra’s seemingly crescendos from the glass with aromas that are best described as guttural sensuality. The silkiness, poise and perfume are immediately evident with the purity of earth and mushroom scents lying beneath. 2017 is a warm and slightly mis-underestimated Barolo vintage that has plenty in common with 2001. Like that year, this wine has early charm yet will continue to unfold and taste delectably well for another 15-20 years as well. Long, and spreading out on the palate, this Barolo is both cerebral and ethereal and will be on its best form 2025 – 2037+.



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2019 DOMAINE SANTA DUC GIGONDAS
'AUX LIEUX DITS'
$44.99 BTL. - VERY LIMITED

These days in Gigondas there are many great players but for me, the current holder of the title belt in my opinion is Domaine Santa Duc. Exquisite wines from start to finish are produced and long gone are the smoker-friendly, overoaked wines instead the Gras family are making detailed wines without sacrificing depth nor intensity. Aux Lieux Dits is a complex blend of eight different parcels with varying soils and located both in the Dentelles and on the classic plain. In simpler terms, these wines are that damn delicious and if you love Rhone wines, you do not want to miss these.

Penetrating and energetic aromas, extra levels of complexity are evident in the multitude of scents that waft from the glass, herbes-des-provence highlighted by rosemary and lavender, white pepper, exotic Thai spice and wild plum. This hauntingly beautiful Gigondas is a stunning balancing act of compact, deep lacy blackberry and cherry pit aspects, saturation, movement and fine structure and a lingering silky finish. Like many from this area, this wine may be approached young but will easily develop for 12-15 more years.



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2012 LUKE JEFFERSON PINOT NOIR
'THE HEAD AND THE HEART
$64.99 BTL. - VERY LIMITED

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you; this IS from the 2012 vintage and the premier vintage of The Head and The Heart. Luke Jefferson Vineyards was started in 2012 by influential Cristom winemaker Steve Doerner and his wife Irene Steh as an homage to their young son Luke. The Doerner style utilizing whole clusters is evident in these small production wines. Tiny production, these are some of the most compelling Oregon PInot Noirs out there. Made from their vineyard on the eastern slopes of Eola-Amity that was planted in 2000, this small 2.5-acre site is planted to five clones. Aged in 30% new oak with ample whole cluster fermentation, it is ethereal and cerebral.

It is a treat to offer an older Pinot Noir. At this stage, the wines DO NOT become bigger, instead they smooth themselves out, and when done in whole cluster fermentation, drop color but gain aromatic complexity. Alluring perfume with prominent exotic spice both which integrate exquisitely with an array of blackberry, licorice and pepper/coffee tones. Sensuous, rich, concentrated but airy and silky with plenty of high notes on the very long finish. At age ten this is drinking exquisitely and will continue for several years to come.






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