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THE CELLAR DOOR'S 'FEISTY' HOTSHEET
Domaine Drouhin, Washington Cab Blend Special & more


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2017 COMBEL-LE SERRE CAHORS
'CHATEAU COMBEL'
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Lately wading through the various styles of Cahors is like having three dogs and then wading through the landmines that they have left in your front yard. Many changes have occurred, some not so good like trying to emulate Argentina Malbec and having the wine suffer in swaths of new oak. The good and it is very good, is the emergence of a new generation who are refusing to add in Merlot or Tannat and allowing this beautiful chalky soil to enhance the Malbec grape versus battling the grape.

100% Auxerrois (the local name for Malbec), this wine is more dry than versions from Washington or Argentina. Formidable 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 being blasted with a bunch of new oak or inner stave. 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 with hearty braised and grilled fare.



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2016 DAMILANO NEBBIOLO 'MARGHE'
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

One of the historic properties of Piedmont, the ever ambitious, La Morra/Barolo-based Damilano family are always striving for excellence in their range of wines. The Marghe Nebbiolo Langhe is no exception. Even though it is only aged a year in large 20-100 hectoliter botti, this wine always exceeds expectations. Even more so in the profound 2016 vintage!

Elusive, uptown and ravishing with authentic tones of chocolate licorice, mushroom cap, roses and red berry. Teeming with sensuality from start to finish this wine shows impressively strong varietal character and underlying deceptive grip. Very accessible now and will age nicely through 2023.



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2013 BALBOA 'CONSTRICTOR'
WALLA WALLA CAB-SYRAH
[reg. $35.99]
SPECIAL - $19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Over the last several years, we have been very enamored with this Walla Walla producer's wines on all levels. Founder/Winemaker Tom Glase has had extensive training by working at L'Ecole No. 41 among other luminaries in Walla Walla. The entire line-up of wines are of sterling quality and impressively priced given the complexity, substance and especially the love that goes into making them. Little new oak is utilized in the production of these wines so the wonderful red earth tones of Washington are permitted to shine with the classic warm and inviting fruit.

Ninety-five percent of the time, I often feel that Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah should never be combined. There are exceptions. From the first moment I tasted the Balboa Constrictor blend, I knew the notes were going to be too steamy for what normally goes on to a PG-13 rated Wine Sheet. The best way to describe this awesome offering is that is velvety whoopass! 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah all from the Eidolon Estate Vineyard in the Rocks District. Bold fragrant red and black cherry wrapped around already intriguing notes of cumin, mushroom, allspice, and chocolate dust. Dense and lavish with plenty of power and decadence – firm and steely with prominent mineral tones – lots of grip and spine for aging. There is a presence of balance, fruit, earth and spice, none of which seems to dominate and over-run the other in this awesome Washington wine which finishes gutsy, hearty and very expansive and vibrant. A wine destined to age beautifully, yet being six years old, it is becoming quite becoming. Drink through 2025.



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2018 MASSON-BLONDELET
POUILLY-FUME 'LES ANGELOTS'
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

If you love French Sauvignon Blanc anywhere near as much as us, you will not want to miss this glorious wine because this is the Upper Loire Valley at its finest. Just like Steph Curry is a perennial all-star in basketball, Masson-Blondelet is always at the top of the list of apex Loire Valley producers.

From a single site of Portlandian limestone, this classy Pouilly-Fume has absolutely gorgeous aromas of gooseberry, lime, serious flint and stony energy. Stacked is the key word here in describing the palate as pure citrus fruit flavors are interspersed with the perfect amount of mineral and savory herb flavors. The differences between Sancerre and Pouilly are evident as there is more broadness to this wine. Unoaked, this offering possesses classic Pouilly-Fume allure and is a terrific pairing with salmon, roasted chicken and especially good goat cheese.



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2017 LIBRANDI CIRO ROSSO
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

Calabria's Ciro region is situated not far from the picturesque Ionian coastline on Italy's boot tip. Librandi is one of the area's leading producers and the estate's core wine, Ciro Rosso, is made from 100% Gaglioppo, the most important grape of Calabria. Gaglioppo is originally of Greek origins and is thought to be introduced in Italy around the same time as Aglianico.

Smoked strawberry licorice, saline and dried flowers, this is as old school and food friendly as it gets. Well-formed, tangy, dry and semi-spicy with a fine and savory finish. Not one to sit around and sip as a cocktail, it is perfect to drink with roasted meats with tomatoes or a spicy pasta dish. It is amazing how this wine can cut into chili flakes.



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2018 SCHLOSS GOBELSBERG
GRUNER VELTLINER 'KAMPTAL'
$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

Austria is not Germany and Germany is not Austria, the wines that come from these two countries are very different. For starters, the most important distinction to make is that most Austrian whites are dry. Although there are high quality and beautiful Rieslings made in both countries, Gruner Veltliner is an expertise of the Austrians.

Schloss Gobelsberg's gateway Gruner is one of the wines that I often reach for when showing the merits and telltale nuances of the grape. Symmetrical, sleek, athletic and energetic with mineral soaked lime and peach-pit aromas and flavors, the mineral intensity turns to a crisp and fresh mouthfeel that instantly coats and cleanses the entire palate. Try this delicious Gruner with everything from salad, artichokes, blanched asparagus and grilled prawns.



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2016 BEAURENARD RASTEAU
'ARGILES BLEUES'
$31.99 BTL. - 33 btls available

Get it before the tariffs kick in because this fabulous Rhone red wine will be pushing $40 and north next time it is on offer. We have long featured Domaine de Beaurenard’s Rasteau wine; however, one thing that we have kept secret is their luxury bottling known as Argiles Bleues.

Argiles Bleues is made from the Coulon family’s terraced sites in Rasteau but these are specifically ones that are from old vines and have the famed blue clay soil. 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah and possessing a very exciting nose. Seemingly warm climate Barolo in its stature. Dusty with reglise, rosemary and balsamic soaked strawberries. Billowy attack up front. Superb intensity and vinosity. Tightens on finish but extends with excellent minerality. The equivalent of Boirenard (Beaurenard’s top Chateauneuf) in Rasteau. Easily one that will drink well and age for 15+ years.



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2016 DOMAINE DROUHIN
PINOT NOIR 'LAURENE' DUNDEE HILLS
$64.99 BTL./$389.94 - SIX PACK

It is finally here and what everyone has been clamoring for, the newly released 2016 Laurene from Domaine Drouhin Oregon. We have been fortunate enough to experience this wine several times during its elevage and it safe to say that when it's all said and done, this will wind up being one of the most prolific wines of the superb, layered, well-poised 2016 vintage and one of the greatest Laurene Cuvees ever made by DDO.

Tightly wound and stylish and very reminiscent of something from the southern portion of the Gevrey-Chambertin region yet still holding its cushiony Oregon roots very well indeed. Lots of perfume and purity with an underlay of beautiful notes of griotte cherry, baking herbs and spices, hints of cinnamon/pepper and smoke. Youthful and very primary with pronounced grip. Layered and broad, yet showing ethereal, graceful notes. Regal stuff, especially on the packed finish, this needs some time to harmonize, but it is a monumental offering from Oregon! Drink 2023 – 2033+.




FRIDAY SIPS

Friuli Friday featuring wines from Livio Felluga
Special Guest – Laura Felluga

This Friday Oct. 25 from 3:30 – 6:30

We are over-the-moon excited to have Laura Felluga, granddaughter of the hugely influential Livio Felluga, in the house this Friday to pour and discuss a lineup of her family’s epic white wines. This estate is one of the icons for white wines in Italy and a chance to sample four wines from them at one time doesn’t come along too often. Drop by this week to be dazzled by some of the most superb offerings that we will pour all year.

FEATURED WINES:

2018 Livio Felluga Friulano Colli Orientali Fruili
2018 Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio Colli Orientali Friuli
2018 Livio Felluga Sauvignon Colli Orientali Friuli
2018 Livio Felluga Abbazia di Rossazo Bianco






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