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THE CELLAR DOOR'S "WHEN IN ROME" HOTSHEET
95 point Rioja, Rosso di Montalcino & Cotes-du-Rhone values and delicious white wines



2010 LA PALAZZETTA ROSSO DI MONTALCINO
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Palazzetta's Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino wines are very traditionally styled (many of you have heard Flavio Fanti's story: no Syrah, Merlot or Cabernet planted anywhere near his land and adamantly - NO BARRIQUES). Like many of Europe's other wine growing regions, Tuscany experienced a resoundingly fine vintage in 2010 with the resulting wines possessing a combination of great fruit, harmonious flavors and substantial definition of origin. A step up from most Rosso di Montalcino this offering is in fact is declassified top-level fruit from La Palazzetta's fine sites and receives as much love as their Brunello. Majestic and packed with dark cherry, cedar spice and earth. Look for mineral notes and savory sage on a long and balanced finish. A real sleeper in its category, enjoy this vastly undervalued Tuscan treasure over the next 4 to 6 years with hearty pastas, roasted pork loin or a fat t-bone steak.



2009 DOMAINE DU PESQUIER CÔTES-DU-RHÔNE
$12.99 BTL./$155.88 CASE

Having just had a bottle of the large-scaled, but stylishly-smooth 2009 Pesquier Côtes-du-Rhône over the weekend, I thought it would be fun to offer it again because there is so much wine here for not a lot of money!!!

The fruit here comes from the Côtes-Du-Rhône village of Sablet. Savory roasted earth, lavender, spice-soaked cherry along with prominent white pepper emit from the glass and give off the impression of a wine that is best described as a silky-sledge-hammer. The impacting texture is formidably spice-driven with mouth-filling strawberry, provençal herbs and balsamic - especially on the soulful, cruising Cadillac of a finish. Enjoy this through 2015 with grilled pork tenderloin encrusted in herbes de provence or a slow cooked roast beef that has been jacked with mushrooms in its own juices.



2011 MULDERBOSCH SAUVIGNON BLANC
$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

If there was one winery in South Africa that you may have heard of this would be the one. The Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc is absolutely world class with a style is probably most similar to that of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with lots of gooseberry and other citrus notes on the nose and in the mouth but unlike New Zealand sauvignon, it is considerably drier and more livewire. Mulderbosch single-handedly put South Africa on the map as a source of world class Sauvignon Blanc with this wine and this jaunt-to-the-palate white delivers vivid kiwi and mandarin aromas that give way to succulent, impacting flavors of guava, lychee, lime, and lemongrass, supported by a bracing jolt of nervosity. Perfect for drinking over the next year with rock shrimp, pork loin with an apricot glaze and the perfect way to give your palate a jump start to the fun-filled holiday season.



2010 COLLI DI LAPIO FIANO D'AVELLINO
$25.99 BTL./$311.88 CASE

Whether it's France, Italy, Spain or the New World, Colli di Lapio's 2010 Fiano D'Avellino is one of the most intriguing and hedonistically pleasing white wines that Bryan has tasted this past year. Because of the cool microclimate where Clelia Romano's Colli di Lapio estate is located in the hills east of Naples and due to the poor volcanic soil of Mount Vesuvius, this is a prime growing area for white wine. The Fiano di Avellino takes its name from the variety that the Latins called Vitis Apiana because the vine's grapes were so sweet that they proved irresistible to bees (api ). The striking nose of Colli di Lapio's 2010 Fiano is full and broad with aromas of honeysuckle, toasted hazelnut, apricot and tropical fruits, that are spiked with tons of aromatics and spice, reminiscent of a great Alsace or Chablis Grand Cru. Gorgeous mouth-coating, fleshy and lush flavors fill the mouth only to be upstaged by the mineral zinginess that instantly cleanses only leaving the fresh flavors behind for what seems like 10 minutes. This stunner is perfect as an aperativo or with elegant seafood dishes or white meats.



2010 LA POSTA COCINA TINTO
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

60% Malbec, 20% Syrah, 20% Bonarda from Argentina and a sumptuous succulent red that seems to please many palates. Smoky aromas of blue fruits, violet and pepper. Tangy, generous and a real spice box. Bonarda shows its exuberance on the quite complex finish. A real winner for pulled pork. At 12 bucks, drink now and drink lots!!



ACCOLADE-LADEN CELLAR-WORTHY REDS FROM TWO HEROIC PRODUCERS!!



2010 EVESHAM WOOD PINOT NOIR “TEMPERANCE HILL”
92 POINTS – THE WINE ADVOCATE
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE – LIMITED!!

Even though Oregon Pinot Noir super hero Russ Raney took early retirement, his former assistant Erin Nuccio marches on and is making superb wines in the same manner as what Russ did. The quality is very evident and this wine is very special, Russ certainly has to be proud!!

“From the remaining old (and unfortunately phylloxera-plagued) vines high-up in this superb site, Evesham Wood’s 2010 Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Vineyard is beautifully-scented with hibiscus, orange blossom atop jellied and fresh red currant. In a manner typical for this estate combining vivacity and lift with a silken texture, and incorporating a stimulating measure of finishing fruit pit bitterness, this bottling also serves up bittersweet horehound and citrus oils, and exhibits a marrow-rich undertone of meat stock. I suspect it will be well worth savoring for at least a decade. - 92 POINTS - THE WINE ADVOCATE



2001 LOPEZ DE HEREDIA RIOJA RESERVA “VIÑA TONDONIA”
95 POINTS - THE WINE ADVOCATE
$39.99 BTL./$479.88 CASE – LIMITED!!

From one of the top-notch, unabashed, old-school, traditional Rioja producers!! “The 2001 Vina Tondonia Reserva is bridled with a lovely nose of decayed red fruit, fireside hearth, a touch of mulberry and small red cherry. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp red fruits (wild strawberry and cranberry) with a sharp, vibrant, tense, tannic finish that has immense precision. There is a slight saline note lingering in the mouth after the wine has (regretfully) departed. Drink now-2030+

I have adored, indeed occasionally worshiped, the wines of Lopez de Heredia for many years, so I am not ashamed to admit that visiting both their vineyard and their winery was a pilgrimage. Founded by Rafael Lopez de Heredia y Landeta in 1877, it has withstood the tide of corporatization and homogeneity, and epitomizes timeless, artisan winemaking in their own individual, almost solipsistic manner. - 95 POINTS - THE WINE ADVOCATE



FRIDAY SIPS  SAY HELL NO TO BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU
Our annual celebration of le vrai Beaujolais. Come taste 3 top Cru wines that aren’t 8 weeks old from this hallowed region
Fri. November 16 from 3:30-6:30

  • 2010 JOEL ROCHETTE BROUILLY “PISSE-VIEILLE”

  • 2011 CLOS DE LA ROILETTE FLEURIE “CUVEE TARDIVE”

  • 2010 TERNEL JULIENAS “L’ESPRIT DE MARIUS SANGOUARD”


ALSO THIS WEEK: THE RELEASE OF THE NOVEMBER 6 FOR 60-something SAMPLER…an actual Northwest version!!



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