Hot Sheets


THE CELLAR DOOR'S 'PEPPERY PROSE' HOTSHEET
Provencal Rose, Value Bubbly
Italian Red, Pinot Blanc, Oregon Chardonnay
Very Old Vine Chateauneuf


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2023 CHATEAU PRADEAUX
COTES-DE-PROVENCE ROSE
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Brother Bandol Rose - PREACH ON…Up until 2012 the vineyards used for this wine were classified as Bandol and for 20-bucks, this legendary Bandol producer provides a Rose experience that is a cornerstone of Provençal pink wines.

45% Cinsault, 40% Mourvèdre and the remaining 15% being Grenache and Carignan, it is elegant and vibrantly neon pink in color with fresh strawberry, herbes de provence, rose petal and chamomile billowing in the mouth yet maintaining a delicacy and insane freshness. The lingering finish of perfectly comprised of ripened fruit sea and land terroir make this a terrific food wine. Drink with seafood stew, mussels cooked in a saffron-spiked garlic broth or in an herbed-up red sauce and of course some good roasted or fried potatoes.



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2021 PFLUGER PINOT BLANC
PFALZ 'QUARZIT'
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

One of the terrific surprises during last week’s distributor tastings was this delicious Pinot Blanc from Germany’s Pfalz region. Situated across the northern border of Alsace, this version grown in quartz soils is yet another delicious expression of this grape varietal.

This wine really shows off the savory, very poised side of Pinot Blanc with forward aromas of nose-tickling minerality, citrus, pear, and soft cardamom spice all from the site and varietal. Balancing fresh terroir character with ripe and pure fruit, this wakes your palate up and coats it with balanced earthy richness that makes it perfect to start choice for grilled prawns, lightly battered cod, sea bass or white sausages.



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2021 LUKE JEFFERSON SYRAH

'SYMBION' WILLAMETTE VALLEY
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

Retired Cristom winemaker Steve Doerner has not exactly fully retired as he continues to make superb wines under his Luke Jefferson label and Eola-Amity vineyard. Many know Steve for his profound Pinot Noirs, but at both Cristom and Calera, he also produces superb Syrah and not from Washington...but from Eola-Amity.

Made with an abundance of whole clusters, this Syrah is a gift from Eola-Amity soils. Wily aromas of perfumed black plum, smoked meat, freshly ground white pepper and a hint of cinnamon and olive. Fills the mouth nicely and possesses supple, smooth tannins and a nice backbone as well. Very drinkable now with barbecue or in winter with a braised lamb dish. Will age nicely for 8-10 years as well.



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2016 DU CROPIO CIRO ROSSO
'DOM GIUVIA'
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

A few years back we tapped into the main vein of this Calabria-based Southern Italian producer and have featured several of their very traditional, hearty, offerings. All their wines are extremely good, and they give me devious thoughts of boarding a plane and heading off to take the oath to join the ‘ndrangheta (Calabria's mafia).

About as old school Calabria as they come, this 95% Gaglioppo offers up savory scents of plum, tobacco, saline, anise, sage and peppercorn and a sneaky undertone of pekoe that creeps in on the tail end. Mouth coating, impressive earth and spice throughout as well as vibrancy and lift. Drawn out, very soulful and Italian in flavor, this wine will pair well with spicy tomato-based dishes, especially a penne pasta done with an arrabiata sauce.



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2022 TWILL CELLARS CHARDONNAY
WILLAMETTE VALLEY
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

Owned and operated by Darrell and Molly Roby who originally planted their original site in 2000 and then joined by winemaker Chris Dickson, this estate has quietly put forth well respected and delicious Oregon wines since their inception. As we have steadily grown in stature as a world-class growing region there are still immaculate value wines such as this to be enjoyed.

Twill’s Chardonnay is a delicious glass of wine and shows just how superb Oregon Chardonnay can be when done well cared for. As usual, take out the notion of buttery California versions, Oregon’s are cool climate and have ample vivacity, depth and character. The 2022 is from Vojtilla, Stormy Morning and Molly’s Vineyard and aged in 23% new barrels for 11 months followed by six more months in stainless steel. Bosc pear, lemon and anise tones shine with underlying smokiness on the nose. There is impressive charisma here. In the mouth, it seems to pirouette like a ballet dancer before it gains depth and zest with prominent powdery mandarin, stone and faint allspice aspects arriving on the finish.



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LOUIS DE GRENELLE
CREMANT DE LOIRE 'LOUIS'
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

One of the last remaining family-owned sparkling wine houses of the Loire Valley’s Saumur region, Louis de Grenelle is a French treasure dating back to 1859.

The Cuvee Louis is a blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Grolleau and a virtual Loire tribute to Champagne with its 24 months on the yeasts. Instantly one can see, smell and taste the wine's terrific finesse, both aromatically and in the mouth. Lemon-blossom, peach-pit, and an almost cherry scent calmly and gently waft from the glass. Creamy, fine bubbles enhanced by energetic and citrusy briskness that is especially apparent on the mouth-watering, palate-cleansing, thrusting finish. Excellent for sipping with friends and it will nicely stand up to cod, salmon, shrimp or something drowned in a romesco sauce. This is a fizz that we have absolutely no problem drinking, and you should not either, especially since it won't bust the piggy bank.



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2022 COR CELLARS 'MOMENTUM'
HORSE HEAVEN HILLS RED
$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

Luke Bradford adeptly runs Lyle-based COR Cellars. Having worked in Tuscany and Sicily and then as an assistant at Syncline Cellars, Luke realized Washington's potential for greatness and planted vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills as well as purchasing fruit from top HHH, Gorge and Wahluke Slope sources. Momentum Red is one of the core wines (or should we say COR wines) here!

33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 27% Cabernet Franc, this blend possesses an old-world mentality without ever sacrificing the warmth and virtue of the Horse Heaven Hills region. Red earth, cassis, tobacco, spice, kisses of blue fruit and violet waft from the glass and carry over to a texture that is broad and chock full of spiced earth to counter and add complexity to the gorgeous fruit. Brisk tones hold everything together and shine on the smooth and persistent finish. Drink this delicious Washington red over the next 2-4 years with pan-seared rib-eye steak, duck or grilled chicken.



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2022 CINCO LEGUAS 'MALDICION'
VINOS DE MADRID TINTO
$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

From old forgotten vineyards of Tempranillo (80%) and Malvar (20%) this delicious wine is destined for the masses but worthy of any wannabe wine snobs in your circles.

The warmth of the region and natural tendencies of the Tempranillo grape in this region put forth a wine chock full of blackberry and balsamic notes with the white Malvar grape enhancing the wine with aromatic aspects as well as ample freshness. Enjoy this very individual Madrid red on an every evening basis with tapas or pork dishes.



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2019 MOURRE DE TENDRE
CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE
'TRES VIEILLES VIGNES'
$59.99 BTL./$359.94 - 6 PK

Over the past three years we have become infatuated and obsessed with Chateau Mourre du Tendre's Plan de Dieu and Cotes-du-Rhone offerings that really overachieve. The crown jewel in this Courthezon/Chateauneuf estate is their miniscule Tres Vieilles Vignes Chateauneuf-du-Pape and this is the very first time we can offer you all some. Yes, this goes to 11!

All whole cluster, the 2019 is a monumental smooth and stylish beast. 70–100-year-old Grenache (85%) and Mourvèdre from sandy soils from their five acres, this is the big daddy of not only the two Chateauneuf produced here but all the wines. At once this mighty red is both noble and wild with grenadine, rhubarb, rosemary, hickory smoke, cherry pit, smoke, white pepper and on and on. At age five this is still youthful but there is prominent creamy, old-viney flavors and texture. Very lively acidity and peppery notes arrive on the saturated and structured finish. This wine has immense potential and honestly, a deal for sixty-bucks. You won't commit a crime if you uncork one early but do decant. Enjoy through 2040+.






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