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Collectible Piedmont, 92 pt Chianti & more

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Last call for the erupting with Chianti goodness 2016 Volpaia. 10 cases available and now with a fat 92 point score from The Wine Spectator.

‘A hint of barnyard in the aroma gives way to bright cherry and strawberry fruit and vanilla and underbrush accents. Supple initially, firming up on the lingering finish. This should come around in a few years. Best from 2021 through 2029. – 92 POINTS, THE WINE SPECTATOR’. No need to wait until 2021, Karen and I have been religiously consuming this wine since it was released earlier this year.

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SPECIAL - $11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

Price lowered on the last 10 cases before moving into 2016 vintage and the wine back to $16.99.
Domaine Pesquier is a top Gigondas producer that is family-operated with the wines made in a very traditional style by Mathieu Boutiere. In fact, with Mathieu at the helm, the wines have soared to new heights. This Cotes-Du-Rhone is an awesome value with fruit solely from the Cotes-Du-Rhone village of Sablet.

Substance and depth that goes beyond what one might expect in a wine at this price, it does not hurt that 2015 is a stupendous vintage throughout France. Packed aromas that somewhat are reminiscent of a mini-Gigondas, there is plenty of smoked violet, cracked pepper, smoked meat, mineral and pronounced licorice. Chewy, substantial and very exciting suave flavors move from exotic spice to peppery tones. Expansion and depth are present, but not without structure along with a finish that offers up hints of balsamic-coated strawberries. A real steal of a Cotes-du-Rhone that will please over the next 2-3 years with grilled fare as well as winter braised fare.

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$24.99 BTL./$299.88 CASE

When it comes to this wine as well as its Chardonnay sibling, I often hesitate to call it merely Willamette Valley because of the quality of vineyards, farming and winemaking that goes into the production of them. They are that serious and impeccable values.

A change in 2018 is the addition of two vineyards into this cuvee which come from other sections of the valley, Sequitur from Ribbon Ridge which is owned by Mike Etzel of Beaux Freres and Red Hills Estate in Dundee along with Lewman, Soujourner (Eola-Amity) then the final piece being some old vine Freedom Hill into the blend. Sensuous aromatics with an impressive core of poised fruit, engaging smoke and spice all that follows through to a silky texture that expands nicely and maintains vibrancy throughout. Lengthy and very promising, this seriously delectable and seamless Pinot is an unmitigated heist! Very enjoyable now but this will also easily age and develop for 8+ years.

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$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

Famed Alsace estate Trimbach remains a timeless treasure. Steadfast in their pursuit of dry, elegant, food-friendly styles of white wines, this magical producer avoids following trends towards the heavy and sweet style that sometimes permeates through Alsace.

Instantly when this wine is poured, one realizes what we love about wines from this particular region. The mosaic of soils where these grapes are grown are what make this a fine wine of great delicacy. Fine aromas and just the right amount of structure, the 2017 is a focused high-wire act with forward aromas of mineral, seashell and peat. Medium and elegant with refined fruit flavors of white peach, yellow apple and pear all kept in perfect balance by the cool texture and perfect acidity. Enjoy this beautiful offering with salmon, trout and young goat cheese. We are just one month out from Thanksgiving and this is a wonderful white to have on the table.

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$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

Lodi-based Peirano estate has been known as home to stellar values for many years. More than often, we go to their Zinfandel but this week the decision to feature their Cab was easy.

From 50-year-old vines, this wine is essence of California warmth. Full-throttle, engaging plum/cassis notes are nicely wrapped around vanilla-tinged oak notes. Surprisingly concentrated, lush and packed with full fruit on the varietally strong texture. Finishes with plenty of formidable allspice and cracked pepper. Perfect for Wednesday night burger or chili but also fine to pair with a steak.

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$49.99 BTL./$299.94 - SIX PACK

The northern reaches of Piedmont, particularly Gattinara, Ghemme & Lessona, are rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Serious producers are and have been on the scene and delivering some wonderful wines and Cantalupo has been a longtime stalwart and godfather of the Ghemme region. Let’s face it, if these wines were from Barolo or Barbaresco they would be twice the price!

Ghemme and Gattinara are in very close proximity, but the terroirs could not be more different. Ghemme's soils come from Alpine, glacial deposits from the ice age and are laced with sand and clay whereas Gattinara's soils are volcanic and also packing granitic and quartz deposits. The Arlunno family are legends of this region and have quite a reputation among insiders in the business. Collis Carellae is one of the estate’s singe Cru wines and is one that is not only great for aging, is pretty damn profound as well. Made from 100% Nebbiolo, this is a wine of structure and intelligence. 2010 throughout all of Piedmont is phenomenal, but these are slow agers and this one at age nine us just starting to emerge from its slumber. At this moment, we are now starting to get some secondary notes with pronounced camphor and dried violet, orange as well as a bold presence of chocolate, earth and licorice. Superb persistence and destined for greatness, one should definitely have food with this wine and decant for an hour or so before serving. Will be at its finest from end of 2021 through 2035+. If scores and numbers are your thing, it also has 95 points from Vinous.

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$65.99 BTL./$791.88 CASE

One of the early arrivals in the Grower Champagne movement was Pierre Peters. These wines gained instant notoriety and became darlings and favorites of Champagne lovers. In 2007 Rodolphe took over from his father and things rose to even loftier levels. Upon visiting this estate in May, I not only marveled at the attention to detail but what is in the bottle right now is epic. In fact, where we were staying there was a Belgian couple who were Champagne enthusiasts and they were very surprised that we received a visit to Peters as these bubblies have become very sought after around Europe as well as the rest of the world, a mere 14,000 cases are produced and spread out over six different cuvees.

The intensive labor that goes into this work of art is impressive. All from Grand Cru sites in four villages (Le Mesnil, Oger, Avize and Cramant) sixty-seven different plots are utilized to make this masterpiece. Starts with prominent smoke and moves towards white chocolate, hints of almonds, prominent honey, peach and lemon along with cereal (grains) scents. Bubbles here are very beady and pure. Ample depth, power and layers are lurking beautifully beneath all of finesse and nervosity. Lots of chalky, powdery fruit aspects arrive on the long, long finish. I can dig this wine on its own but it is also good for gastronomy exploration as well. Try it with salmon in a pan, cod or seabass with green vegetables and a nice sauce or a good Chaource or Langres cheese.


French Wines for Stews, Porridge, Gruel & more

This Friday Nov. 1 from 1:30 – 6:30

As we have moved on from Rose season to a bit more dark, damp and cool weather, eating habits change from more grilling to hearty and comforting. Drop in this Friday to sample red wines that are perfect for whatever you would toss into the slow cooker, pressure cooker, stockpot or cauldron.


2015 Charbonniere Vacqueyras
2017 Combel-Le-Serre Cahors ‘Chateau Combel’
2017 Terriere Brouilly
2016 Citadelle Luberon Rouge ‘Chataignier’