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$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

From one of the legendary Barolo producers comes one of Piedmont’s superb values that is made from younger vines of indigenous varietals (Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetta et. al.) and is just a remarkable tipple. Aged entirely in stainless steel tank, this wine exudes the commitment to excellence and high standards that this Castiglione Faletto estate always strives to express.

Full frontal and fleshy with plum, savory herbs, red cherry, licorice and underlying earth tones. Quite mouth filling, forward and full of generosity all while being very Italian, very Piemontese and best of all very drinkable! Try it with slow roasted fare yet it will still pair nicely with a range of dishes, in fact, I am having one this evening with a cheeseburger from the grill.

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$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

Unlike others in Gigondas whose favorite conversation subject is themselves, Mathieu Boutiere prefers to let his wines and work do all of the speaking. Although they make small quantities of Vacqueyras and Cotes-du-Rhone, the Gigondas is the specialty of the house. We recently featured this fabulously priced Gigondas in the spring but now it has a 93-point score from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

2017 is a ravishing Rhone vintage and this wine is cropped at the same level of Chateauneuf or Grand Cru Burgundy, 35 hectoliters per hectare. Focused scents of Provencal herbs - lavender and rosemary with hidden notes of black cherry. Youthfully exuberant and structured with plenty of ripe, rich fruit. Plenty of stuffing is here and for all of the lofty qualities of the wine, there is grace and rich depth underneath and the forecast is for great things to come. Drink through 2030.

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3 BOTTLES - $57.00

Located in the far north of Italy’s Alto Adige region, Valle Isarco is a mere football kick (5 km) from Austria. Like other areas of Alto Adige, well-run cooperatives put forth excellent wines and recently we were introduced to those of Cantina Valle Isarco and were bowled over by their quality. If you are able, try all three of these side by side, it is an exercise in not only terroir, but also the varietal characteristics show very well on these dry selections. (available separately or by the case as well).

Complex, alluvial soils containing quartz and diorite rock drive the minerality of this wine. Enticing and inviting aromas that are very fresh and laden with yellow and green apple, lime, and pleasant peppermint and spicy streak. The palate may be even more impressive than the aromas being dry, uplifting and having nice substance as well along with subtlety and length. This wine will go with an array of seafood appetizers, white sausages, and mild cheeses and do not be afraid to have it with something with a little kick of spice. ($17)

Don’t be a cowardly milksop - drink more dry Riesling. Yes, this is dry and it will luminate your palate to no end. It makes sense that this grape would grow so well here especially given its quartz and alluvial soils, which lead to unblemished minerality. Aromatic with precise aromas of smoke, apricot, lively nectarine and insatiable minerality. Fully dry, yet completely electric. Superb, linear, saline/tangerine finish that goes on for minutes after the wine is swallowed. It is very approachable now, but also has a nice future ahead of it. Drink it with fresh halibut, mussels or an Oktoberfest throwdown. Not too shabby for 20 bucks. ($20)

Kerner is not an minor character in Hogan’s Heroes or Inglorious Basterds, it is a Schiava and Riesling hybrid created in Weinsberg (Germany) around 1930 and grows very well in the gravelly and sandy soils of the higher altitude hillsides of the Valle Isarco. Alluring aromas of freshly cut white flowers, melon, nectarine, mineral and with a crescendo of spice as it unfolds. Thrusting and bursting, yet with loads of depth and persistence. Absolutely marvelous, it will make you hungry for Asian fare if you drink it alone. Perfect for chicken, salmon or pork dishes, too. One can opt for these traditional preparations, but if you have a little bit of Szechuan peppercorn or Chinese 5-spice, go ahead and add it to your recipe. ($20)

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$24.99 BTL./$299.88 CASE

Consistently this wine ranks in the upper echelon of $25 Oregon Pinot Noirs. In fact it is even more given the quality of the vineyard sources (X-Novo, Justice, Lewman, Sojeau, Stardance in Yamhill-Carlton, Black Walnut in Dundee Hills & a dollop of old vine Freedom Hill) as well as winemaker Ken Pahlow’s desire to give the consumer something very special for a good price. I can tell you that I consistently sample $40 Oregon Pinots that don’t come close to this wine’s quality.

The 2019 version an enigma for $25 with the pedigree of each of these renowned sites shining through very well. Aromatic, forward and laden with nutmeg and exotic spices along with impressive, smoke-tinged, red raspberry scents. Crawling through the mouth, this wine exudes its caressing qualities that are eloquent and absorbing from start to the lingering finish. Enjoy this extroverted, over-delivering Oregon Pinot Noir over the next 8-10 years.

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$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

Frequently referred to as one of the top and most popular zin specialists in Sonoma, this estate has been in Sonoma for decades and are blessed with ancient vineyards that provide their zeal.

A large-scaled, seemingly raspberry-infused offering that shows gorgeous aromatics of broad fruit as well as an overriding wave of peppery spice and cinnamon aromas complete allures. In the mouth, it is generous, ripe, packed with character as well as a prototype, broad finish. Have this wine with barbecue, pasta with red sauces or a hunk of blue cheese, you be impressed! This is a whole lot o' zin for under twenty-five bucks and is a wonderful wine for impending rainy day meals.

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$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

OK, it is not the largest or most multi-faceted red that we sell, but year in and year out, this Minervois Chateau’s juicy, flavorful red delivers up loads of pleasure. 2019 was known for early, mass heat around Europe and this extended to the vines as well, which produced small quantities, but with fleshy fruit.

90% Carignan, 10% Syrah and tres typique of a wine from the Languedoc, black raspberry notes roll from the glass. Vibrant and peppery with bursting flavors throughout, have it now and have it with anything on the grill. Don't think, just drink.

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2017 L'ECOLE NO. 41
[reg. $45.99]
SPECIAL - $36.99 BTL./$443.88 CASE

Having been in existence since 1983, L'Ecole No 41, led by MIT-educated Marty Clubb is one of the pioneers of the Walla Walla region. Often times we forget just how great these wines really are but spend time with him and it will be akin to attending a virtual master's class on Walla Walla geology. These are some of the finest values in Walla Walla, especially given their impeccable quality.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this complex choice reflects the diversity of terroir in the Walla Walla Valley. Four vineyards are utilized and all in different soils. Planted in wind-blown loess (Estate Seven Hills Vineyard), ice-age flood silts (Pepper Bridge Vineyard) and basalt river rock (Yellow Jacket Stone Valley from The Rocks) and fractured basalt (Estate Ferguson). This wine has elegant old world structure and dense, dark fruit flavors shows cassis, blackberry, plum and cocoa with earthy leather, tobacco and savory spice on a beautifully balanced, toasty finish. No problem for 12-15 years aging.

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$69.99 BTL./$419.94 - SIX PACK

Located in the northern sector of Montalcino, Canalicchio is a sleeper producer who produces wines from an exquisite terroirs that provides immense elegance, polish, breed and depth. One of my favorite Brunello producers, and with good reason, Franco Pacenti is somewhat of a Leonardo Da Vinci of Montalcino - the man knows how to cram beautiful density in his wines as well as obtaining optimum finesse as well. The Riserva word and designation at Franco Pacenti-Canalicchio truly has teeth and means something more than just an extra year. Quality soars and 2012 is a five-star vintage, and this has a great accolade from Vinous:

‘Good full red. Wonderfully clean, enticing aromas of red cherry, minerals, white pepper, aromatic herbs and smoke. Sappy and densely packed, showing terrific mineral lift to the rich ripe red berry and saline flavors. Bright and focused on the long, slowly building finish. Beautiful wine. – 95 POINTS, VINOUS.'...And they list it for $102.00’