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$16.99 BTL./$101.94 - SIX PACK

This is your favorite new Italian red wine…you just haven’t tasted it yet! When Todd Pancetta told us that one of our favorite Pecorino white wine producers makes a red, we leapt at the opportunity to offer some.

Made with almost equal portions of Montepulciano and Sangiovese from the southern reaches of Le Marches, this wine is pure delight. Elusive with perpetual movement, constantly rolling in different, alluring directions each time you draw it to the nose. Piquant, graceful, classy with impressive palate coverage and extension. Creamy, generous and genuine, the two grapes really play their roles to perfection. The darkness and wildness of the Montepulciano offset nicely by the tanginess and roundness of the Sangiovese. One to drink over the next 4-5 years with a classic minestrone, roasted pork loin slathered in Italian herbs penne Bolognese or even a slice of pepperoni pizza.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

100% Malbec and released later versus straight away because often times the wines when young that come from such stalwart traditionalists can sting. The extra aging in both bottle and tank allows for more harmony and smoothness to arrive and it certainly does here.

Drier than versions from Washington or Argentina, this wine is an unbridled taste of France. Formidable juice with wild scents of red and blue berries, plum, sandalwood, exotic spice and dried mushrooms pour from the glass and into the mouth where it is full and generous with a thoroughly likeable lively twist from not seeing any oak barrels. Even though there is a toe in this century, this is Cahors and the flavors of this rich land permeate the pure aromas and flavors found this ancient region. The finish is long, lasting and palate staining. This is a whole lotta wine for 20 bucks! Drink this wine now and over the next 4-5 years.

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91 Points – Vinous…I cannot even tell you the last time that we offered a Carmenere and one that is this delicious. Owned by Lafite Rothschild, Los Vascos has been one of our go-to estates and commencing in 2018 & 2019, they decided to narrow their focus with this wine, highlighting the terroir of the Colchagua Valley and giving it the same aging treatment as their Grands Crus Bordeaux wines.

Carmenere is a grape from the Cabernet family originally planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc region. Before phylloxera, this varietal would provide power, density and color akin to what Petit Verdot does. One of the problems for this grape when it was more widely planted in Bordeaux was the cool, wet spring weather would often lead to coulure, which is where the buds never flower. Officially, a few hundred acres remain in France rendering it virtually extinct. During the 19th century, Chilean growers from Bordeaux imported it into the country and the grape has thrived there due to different climactic conditions. The 2019 possesses a motor oil-like color with opulent aromas of blueberry, black licorice, potpourri scents from fine use of oak and subtle cinnamon notes. In the mouth, it is layered with plenty of extension. Like so many Los Vascos wines, it is one to drink year round. Winter stews, braised lamb for fall and winter while grilled steak and lamb shine with it during spring and summer. Consume it now, often and through 2029.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

We offered this number seven months ago and after having it in France, it reconfirmed my warm feelings regarding this White Burgundy. This offering is from vineyards situated above the village of Fuisse, just outside of the Pouilly-Fuisse zone (hence Macon-Fuisse) and is aged without the use of oak barrels.

Superbly mouth filling and with notes of apple turnover, wet stone and lemon-peel that spread out over the entire palate. Plenty of tangerine notes bring liveliness throughout, especially on the finish where the minerality is simply provocative. An absolute bullseye shot of a white Burgundy that will please so many white wine-loving palates.

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$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

One can tell a holiday weekend is coming when we feature emerging wine producing nations like Hungary. Tokaji is famous for its dessert wines; however, many dry white wines also come from this famed region as well. In 1991, Chateau Pajzos was one of the first ‘private enterprise’ wineries founded by 12 wine lovers. Today it is owned and managed by famed Pomerol producer Chateau Clinet and the wines are magical.

The best way to describe this bone dry white wine is fervent. Hang on to your drawers as this wine takes you on a thrill ride with shocking briskness as it shows prominent lime, melon, chamomile and mineral. Lively, mouthwatering and refreshing it shows very with shellfish or a plate of charcuterie.

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$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

Located on slopes that surround Priorat like a horseshoe and about 2 hours south of Barcelona, the Montsant has its own distinction and terroir that vastly differs from that of its more famous, higher-elevated neighbor Priorat. Ever since the region was elevated to D.O. status in 2001, the quality has become increasingly stronger in subsequent vintages.

Montant can be made on all levels and this blend of Carignan, Grenache & Syrah is comparable to an early drinking, fresh Cotes-du-Rhone or Languedoc red. Black cherry, thyme, rosemary and an undertone of smoked meat carry over into a fruit-forward texture that possesses plenty of zing and luminosity. Very enjoyable with a plate of pasta, cheeseburger or grilled pork tenderloin with Mediterranean herbs.

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$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

From one of my favorite longtime Yamhill-Carlton based growers, Brian O’Donnell crated the Cuvee Classe as a wine to span the classic WV and the single vineyard reserve wines. It also doesn’t hurt that this upscale value is from the formidable, very ageworthy 2019 vintage and only 216 cases were made.

Two-thirds from Belle Pente’s Estate Vineyard and one-third from Murto Vineyard in the Dundee Hills, this declassified wine is a killer. The question here is, would you like an Oregon Pinot for 27 bucks that has the capacity to age through the end of the decade? A resounding combination of laid-back scents that steadily build as the wine is aired in the glass; impressive depth and range of fruit and earth beam in the mouth flowing into a long finish of red cherry and peppery tones that echo well after the wine is swallowed. Some swankiness now but given the attention to detail and structure Belle Pente Pinots possess, there is still more stuff to emerge over the coming years. Best 2024 – 2029+.

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$39.99 BTL./$479.88 CASE

Planted in 1978, Murto is an exceptional Dundee Hills site and Brian O’Donnell has been making wine from this outstanding Dundee Hills vineyard for over twenty years.

Youthful as to be expected on the nose, with some aeration it shows pretty aromatics of plum, red raspberry, lavender, violet and resounding spice that is the hallmark of the vineyard. Precisely balanced fruit in the mouth, there is great fruit intensity here without being candied or in danger of being a lollipop wine. This is a result of meticulously farmed, old vine fruit. There is excellent persistence here with everything in place to ensure aging capability. If you do drink this wine right now, we recommend decanting. For prime drinking, and a chance to really enjoy its complexity we recommend drinking from 2024-2034.

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$59.99 BTL./$359.94 - SIX PACK

Think about this red wine grown on the steep-ass slopes of Cote-Rotie the next time you grab a New World juicebox version of a Syrah for equal or more money. Francois Villard has been toiling in the Northern Rhone since 1991. A trained chef, Francois makes exceptional wines in Condrieu, St-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage and Cote-Rotie. Le Gallet Blanc is 100% Syrah from six single parcels, three in Ampuis, three in St Cyr sur Rhone grown in decomposed schists and quartz.

90% whole bunch fermentation and 20% new oak, this is Cote-Rotie with purity, grace and class but with lots of material and stacked structure for aging. A true and alluring expression of Côte-Rôtie, this wine presents fragrant aromas of spice, tar and a suggestion of olive-smoke that surround berry fruit, sanguine and licorice. The mouth-feel is of top Gevrey-Chambertin-like influence, luxurious, full of plum and pepper with fine, ripe and integrated tannins. A layer of earth and savory meatiness as well as a lingering, drawn out finish of fruitcake spices add to the mystique of this amazing and young offering. Still hiding within itself, this needs some cellar time but the youthful material is profound. Drink end 2024 – 2034+.

The Cellar Door Will be closed this Friday, July 1, 2022.