Hot Sheets


The Cellar Door's 'X-Mas Eve Eve' HotSheet
Nebbiolo Special
Bordeaux for your Prime Rib
Oregon Pinot Value


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2015 TRAVAGLINI GATTINARA
[reg. $35.99]
SPECIAL - $27.99 BTL./$335.88 CASE

The Italian region of Piedmont, which is famous for Barolo and Barbaresco, also extends well north of these famous areas and regions like Gattinara have been producing wines for centuries. Recently the producers in this area (as well as Ghemme, Faro & Lessona) have really upped the ante on their quality and primetime Nebbiolo wines are sprouting up and not only do they represent excellent price/quality rapport, they can age quite well, too.

Situated between Barolo and the Swiss border, the soils and overall terroir for Gattinara are significantly different being a combination of volcanic rock along with iron-rich gravel. With its distinctive, curvaceous, trademarked, funky-ass looking bottle, Travaglini is one of the region's most important producers. For many years, this was the go-to producer for Gattinara but alas, the decade of the 90s found them in the wilderness with mediocre at best quality. A generation change came about just after 2000 and the quality has soared back to levels that it once was.

100% Nebbiolo and revealing alluring, refined scents of licorice, graphite and asphalt along with red fruits and potpourri-spices. Submerged perfume and earth unfolds as the wine airs in the glass. In the mouth, a sultry core of fruit presents itself before gaining structure and spine. Energetic, mysterious and elusive yet very seductive. Enjoy this Nebbiolo through 2025+.



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2018 EVESHAM WOOD PINOT NOIR
WILLAMETTE VALLEY
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

There is always immense excitement when this wine is released, especially for those of us who love to enjoy a 20-dollar Oregon Pinot Noir. Founded by Russ Raney and not missing a beat since his protégé Erin Nuccio took control, this 5-star producer has put forth a wine that is a mere glimpse into the quality and pedigree of Oregon’s 2018 vintage.

Alluring scents crème du cassis, cherry, violet, cedar, violet and subtle mint entices from the moment that it is poured. This beautiful pinot has great depth of flavor, poise, over-reaching depth and wonderful balance. This fine choice will take you from salmon to lamb to roasted chicken and mushroom risotto.



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2016 ERMITAGE PIC ST-LOUP ROUGE
'SAINTE-AGNES'
[reg. $32.99]
SPECIAL - $19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

If there is a reason to see why Pic St-Loup was upgraded from Coteaux-du-Languedoc status, all one needs to do is to check out these wines. We have seen this building for several years now and the quality that many producers have put forth make it a well-deserved notch up. Over the last decade, the Ravaille Brothers have molded wines that consistently overachieve with their quality and pricing. 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre & 10% Carignan, the difference between this reserve cuvee versus the entry wine called Tour des Pierres is the limestone soil versus red clay. The vine age is significantly older and I often feel the Syrah really shows its form here. Makes sense because the brothers unabashedly say that their role model is Chave's Hermitage!

The aromatics of the Syrah are the first thing that you notice when you smell the wine. Plenty of raspberry jam, smoke, subtle asphalt and licorice play off just a kiss of exotic spice then lead into a polished, velvety texture that has both substance, fruit and plenty of spine. A definitive wine for lamb, duck, pan-seared rib-eye and for the skilled cook, cassoulet. One last thing, this wine ages impeccably. Drink through 2027.



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2015 PAOLO PETRILLI ‘FORTUITA’
DAUNIA ROSSO
$13.99 BTL./$83.94 – SIX PACK

After tiring of the usual holiday fare, I decided to make a red sauce and have a bottle of this excellent red and given how delectable it is showing, I thought that all of yinz must experience it as 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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2018 FILLABOA ALBARINO
$19.99 BTL./ $239.88 CASE

Street credibility is something that is not easily obtained. If you are a rapper, you either have to get shot or go to jail. We have all of this east coast vs. west coast trash talk and it can lead to animosity, turf wars, who’s posse is more down and who really live the thug-life. Rias Baixas in Galicia has some of these problems as well. We all know that the most superior wines are grown in the Val Do Salnes, but along with Morgadio, Fillaboa is a producer within the Condado Do Tea region of Rias Baixas who have definitely earned their ‘cred’ and are making their case for respectability.

The differences of Albariño from Condado De Tea vs. Albarino from the Val Do Salnes are more than just red and blue, it’s the soils and climate. Val Do Salnes is mostly granitic soils whereas Condado Do Tea & Fillaboa are a bit further south and inland right across the river from Portugal and are dominated by sandy soils, which coupled with the warmer climate, give plenty of broad flavors and aromatic characteristics. The flavors and aromas on this wine burst and explode! Pear and orange; touches of licorice and freshly cut grass carry over into the texture that is mouth-fillingly intense along with tongue-grabbing citrus for perfect balance; superb extension. Delicious stuff that goes with just about any seafood preparation. Peace-Out!



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2016 CHATEAU DU GLANA
SAINT-JULIEN
$54.99 BTL./$659.88 CASE

Owned and run by the Meffre family since 1961, when they acquired several plots of land from Château Lagrange (3rd Growth in 1855). Today, the young brothers Julien and Ludovic Meffre are motivated by one major ambition: to achieve the estate's full potential.

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot aged in 40% new oak and coming from the region's famed gravelly soils, this wine kills it and oozes serious class for 40 bucks! Textbook southern St-Julien cabernet notes ride out front with crushed black cherry, gravel, toasty, vanilla-bean character all leading into a succulent texture with excellent volume, definition, and a delicious core of fruit that fills the mouth and adds penetration to the fine tannin structure. Structured, firm and while dense enough to enjoy now, it has the superb potential. Drink 2022 – 2034+.



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2014 CHATEAU DU GLANA
SAINT-JULIEN
$46.99 BTL./$563.88 CASE

The 2014 is also available and while not as flamboyant as 2016, is quite the classy charmer.

No shortage of classic Bordeaux grip, the cool qualities of 2014 show up quite well, Laden with inviting cassis and red berry, smoke, engaging cooking herbs, potpourri and dark chocolate tones. Rather succulently textured and arriving in waves, the wine fills the mouth and has ample, underlying structure that will allow it to develop nicely. Drink 2020 – 2030.



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1975 CHATEAU RIEUSSEC SAUTERNES
1ER CRU CLASSE
$124.99 BTL.

Merely writing words on to an e-mail to describe the attributes of this renowned Sauternes seems to be a violation of all that is epicurean and hedonistic in the wine world. It is not very often that we have an opportunity to offer you all something that is 44 years old that will transcend anything short of what some neurosurgeon pastry chef would In all honesty, THIS IS DESSERT!

Dense and layered, the color as older Sauternes does moves toward an amber tone. Beautiful scents of dried apricot, smoke, honey-nut, chamomile, mineral, allspice and on and on and on. The texture is smashing, palate-staining, yet having an elegant chime. A spectrum of flavors ethereally assaults the senses of the mouth with different tones every time you taste it. The finish is long and unreal. Very beautiful now on its own or with a damn fine piece of Roquefort cheese.


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FRIDAY SIPS

La Derniere Goutte (The Last Drop) of 2019

This Friday December 27 from 1:30 – 6:30

We’re throwing a shoe at 2019 and ringing in 2020 a few days early with wines from Spain along with bubbly and more. Bring your friends, bring your family, the juice will be flowing!

FEATURED WINES:

2015 Bujanda Rioja Crianza
Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Premier
Plus a couple more from our end of the year stash!






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