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THE CELLAR DOOR'S 'AND AWAY WE GO' HOTSHEET
96 point Ridge Zin, Barolo Specials (30 beans less than usual), Owen Roe Cab Franc, Under 12 Values & more


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2018 OWEN ROE CABERNET FRANC
'ROSA MYSTICA'
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

From day one, Owen Roe has had a hell of a knack for sourcing and making some of the finest wines utilizing the Cabernet Franc grape. In fact, we feel he is one of the premier specialists with this grape, not only in the Northwest, but also anywhere in the New World.

Over-the-top raspberry and currant, chocolate-pie, nutmeg and cedar tones permeate from the glass and lead into a voluptuous, velvety-smooth, ripe texture. As always is the case, alluring fruit dominates in the mouth and higher tones arrive on the throat-coating finish. Impressively long and light on its feet, it is superbly structured, think of it as a Fred Astaire meets Aaron Donald Cabernet Franc. Drink through 2028.



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PRINCE DE DULPHEY
CREMANT DE BOURGOGNE ROSE
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

A twenty-dollar sparkling Rose for those who don’t wish to drop the bank on expensive Rose from the Champagne region, this is a striking value from Burgundy with all of the detail and technique that is compulsory in Champagne.

Based around Pinot Noir with bits of Chardonnay, Gamay and Aligote add in, there is plenty to be attracted to with this bottle. Too bad it is not Valentine’s Day because this fizz tickles the palate as well as one's spirit! Moreover, at 20-bucks it also will make every meal a milestone, or add to a daily a festive tipple. The color is a beautiful pink that is pale, yet lively. The mousse is a delicate foam that cascades over the tongue. The finish is all-together refined and elegant. The wine is dry showing lots of juicy red currants and fresh strawberries touched by rose petals and ginger…we will see you in line for more!



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2018 RIDGE LYTTON SPRINGS
ZINFANDEL BLEND
$46.99 BTL./$563.88 CASE

Having been producing Lytton Springs since 1972, the famed Zinfandel producer, Ridge rocks once again with their stylish 2018 and it will undoubtedly go down as one of their most ageworthy versions.

‘The 2018 Lytton Springs is magnificent. Elegant, layered and so complete, the 2018 has a lot to offer, but it needs time to fully come together. Sweet red cherry, red plum, blood orange, spice, mint and rose petal open up in the glass. Bright acids and beams of tannin give the wine its vibrant energy. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2018 for at least a few years. Wow!’ – 96 POINTS - VINOUS



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2018 TERRE NERE ETNA ROSSO
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

Marc de Grazia’s Terre Nere is a superb estate who makes wines that showcase Mt. Etna's myriad of terroirs, both within the single cru wines as well as this overachieving wine from a blend of sites.

95% Nerello Mascalese and 5% Nerello Cappucio, this wine is oh so Sicilian and oh so sensual. Irresistible strawberry and currant shine while undertones of mint, spice, and licorice join in. Flavorful and harmonious, there is ample vivacity and suaveness to go along with deceptive depth and length. Have with grilled lamb or try it as a red with grilled salmon drizzled with good olive oil, meat-filled ravioli or hard Italian cheeses.



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2019 BLANCHET POUILLY-FUME
'VIEILLES VIGNES'
$24.99 BTL./$299.88 CASE

The Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz had it all wrong when they sang ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road.’ If they were wine drinkers, they may have been singing ‘Follow the Kimmeridgien Road,’ which runs through Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, down through the Yonne into Chablis. This crustacean fossil-laden soil is very special when it comes to making some of the finest dry white wines in the world.

Pouilly-Fume is lesser known than its more famous neighbor of Sancerre. Although similarities usually outweigh the differences, Sancerre tends to have more ripe fruit and vigorous acidity while Pouilly-Fumé often has more body weight and a smoky complexity. Both are considered as one of the world's greatest food wines. From a special selection of 80-year-old vines, this is one of the purest expressions in the entire appellation. Tense, refined, dry and penetrating with multi-faceted citrus fruit like lemons and orange. The bottom line really is the soil and how it defines the fruit and stony, flinty character in the wine. If you want something that will pair with any health-conscious seafood table, then this is the wine for you!



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2011 ELIO GRASSO BAROLO 'CASA MATE'
[reg. $99.99]
SPECIAL - $69.99 BTL./$839.88 CASE

Tucked away in the hills between Monforte d'Alba and Castiglione Faletto is the Cantina and vineyards of Elio Grasso. We have been ardent supporters of these wines for a while now, and it is extremely clear that Gianluca Grasso is without a doubt one of the superstars of Barolo so it truly is amazing to see this epic Barolo on special.

Casa Matè is part of the Ginestra hill within Monforte D'Alba and south facing at about 300 meters. The location is made immensely different from Grasso’s partner site, Chiniera due to the soils that influences both the wines profoundly. Unlike Chiniera, Casa Matè's soil does not have sand, but loosely packed clay that supports the firm limestone base. This brings more roundness, power and structure to the wine along with the telltale richness from this sector of Barolo. Undertones of licorice, balsam, lots of underbrush and earth give even more complexity along with length. At age 9, there is an emerging glimpse of what is truly to come. Hold this debonair bad guy until 2022 and drink it on through to 2029+ but if you want to try a bottle, decant about an hour in advance, serve in a proper glass, and have it with some braised fare.



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2011 ELIO GRASSO BAROLO 'CHINIERA'
[reg. $99.99]
SPECIAL - $65.99 BTL./$791.88 CASE

Vigna Chiniera, located within Monforte D'Alba is a south facing vineyard that sits at 320-360 meters and is a completely different animal than the Casa Mate. Loosely packed, sandy soil with a limestone base is what makes this wine very special.


Solidly built, stacked and structured, this prodigal Barolo possesses full-on plum fruit combining mushroom with intense camphor and roses. Darker-toned and building broadness, there is ample Barolo oomph to the texture. The finish is pure, assertive, but typical of Chiniera, refined, poised and very long. An outstanding wine that again with decanting, will show well with a substantial meal, but for best results, give it another year or two and enjoy it through 2029+.



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2018 EVESHAM WOOD PINOT NOIR
'DUNDEE HILLS'
$24.99 BTL./$299.88 CASE

From Erin Nucci, owner/winemaker at Evesham Wood: ‘Yes, you read that correctly Dundee Hills Cuvée. This most likely one-time wine came about 2 years ago when a friend who is the winemaker for a prominent winery in the Dundee Hills asked if I was interested in some Dundee Hills fruit. Having plenty of great sources secured for the year I said no thank you. Then he came back with a price that was too good to pass up. My plan was to have it go into our Willamette Valley blend, but when I started seriously tasting the barrels last year it was apparent we had some special barrels. I held 9 barrels back and bottled them up in February. Although it’s labeled cuvée all of the fruit came from a single vineyard. However, I’m only allowed to tell you what vineyard that is if I charge at least $85 per bottle which just is not the Evesham style. The dusty rose quality I often find in Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is fully on display combined with dark fruit and the great 2018 concentration. Delicious now and sure to age quite gracefully over the next 5 to 6 years. A true labor of love.’



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2019 CINCO LEGUAS
VINOS DE MADRID TINTO
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

Marc Isart, winemaker at renowned projects such as Bernabeleva, started his personal project with the idea of producing wines to give pleasure and quench thirst from vineyards less than five Leguas from the capital, destined for royal decree for centuries to the inhabitants of Madrid.

From old forgotten vineyards of Tempranillo (80%) and Malvar (20%) in an austere landscape of wild grass, holm oaks and thyme all influenced by dry and hot summers, cold and extreme winters. From these vineyards, delicious wines are born destined for the masses but worthy of nobility. 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 VALLE REALE
MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

In existence for just under 20 years, Valle Reale has impressively vaulted itself into the top echelon of Abruzzo wines with the likes of Cataldi Madonna, Valentini and Tiberio and their entry Montepulciano always is highly touted. 2019 brought very fine growing conditions and the wine is on its usual form.

Soulful, harmonious and chock full of bright, lively strawberry fruit. Mouth filling, dry and delivering a combination of spice and earth, this engaging, food-friendly number will work with just about any tomato-based or spicy Italian-sausage dish.






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