Hot Sheets

Sangiovese Value & The First 2021 Rose
Saint-Estephe Bordeaux (two vintages)
Oregon Pinot Noir, Vouvray + red wine adventures

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$14.99 BTL./$179.88 CASE

Gazing out the window at the merde weather, one may not be thinking about Rose, however, the cravings certainly are there! Here is the premier offering of a Southern French favorite from a top-notch Provencal Rose specialist. Peyrassol’s Croix cuvee is made up of fruit from just outside of the Cotes-de-Provence appellation and is a combination of estate and purchased fruit from various growers. It is also a lovely value as well.

Exploding with scents of strawberry, citrus and spice; in the mouth bright, appealing and refreshing flavors instantly take over. This wine is absolutely pleasing, inexpensive, and versatile and perfect for grilled monkfisk and grilled chicken or all by itself while relaxing on your porch….under your heat lamp!

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$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

Often times we forget that the Willamette Valley extends down to the Eugene area and there are good producers that toil in the area. A longtime producer, Broadley is in its second generation with Morgan Broadley handling the winemaking and vineyard management. Initially the estate jumped on the wine map in the 1990s and these days the wines excel beautifully with meticulous farming along with more whole cluster fermentation.

The Estate Pinot is solely from the family’s unique site in Monroe, Oregon. Here the natural coolness of their north/east-facing slope collides with the natural warmth of the Valley’s so-called ‘banana belt’ to produce quite a flavorful Pinot Noir. The 2019 is full, rich and forward, bursting with aromas of ripe black raspberry, cherry, violet, anise, licorice whip and cardamom, overall, this pinot is aromatically stunning! Silky and round in the mouth with ripe tannins and stylish purity of flavor. Very delicious to enjoy now and hold some for future pleasure over the next decade.

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$39.99 BTL./$479.88 CASE

Owned by Baron Maurice Velge since 1997, Chateau Clauzet’s vineyards neighbor those of Lafite-Rothschild and Cos D’Estournel and have similar soil types, which are of deep gravel with excellent drainage. Only one wine is produced at this Chateau and the winemaker, Jose Bueno spent over 20 years working for Baron de Rothschild with Chateau Clerc Milon and Chateau D’Armailhac. Blend and one has the chance to experience a hell of a non-classified Saint-Estephe that punches well above its weight class.

For this week’s sheet we are offering two vintages, first up is 2014 which was initially overshadowed by the more dramatic and flashy 2015s. As we have watched their development, we are now seeing classic Bordeaux that have verticality, depth and precision and offer a Bordeaux experience that takes us back. In fact, if this vintage were from the 1980s or 1990s, it would be regarded at very great. A classic Bordeaux blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot & 2% Cabernet Franc, at age eight this wine is open for business. 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 further. A very honest Saint-Estephe that wears its soul on its sleeve and one that can be held and/or consumed through the end of the decade.

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Vintage 2015 is an entirely different beast than 2014. A mighty expression of warmth, vintages such as this can excel in Saint-Estephe due to the density of the gravelly soil and often the higher percentage of Merlot in the blend. That all said, this is a very different but equally superb version of Chateau Clauzet.

Touches of cola & vanilla ride on top of sleek, very stylish black cherry, tobacco, smoked mineral and soulful gravelly characteristics. Dusty, classic and with penetrating fruit, this gains spice and chewiness as it moves to the mid-palate and finish. Seriousness abound, it is a telltale wine from the gaudy 2015 vintage with consummate length and harmony. At age seven, one could have a go at it with decanting but it will be best 2024 – 2034.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Right before the holidays, I had a glass of one of young Marcus Altenburger’s Blaufränkisch wines at dinner. After tasting, I knew I had to tap into that main vein and real soon. The time is now! Burgenland, which straddles the border with Hungary, is Austria’s smallest wine producing province. Leithaberg, another appellation within Burgenland where this wine comes from, is even smaller. However, this area has become quite the haven for red wines from the Blaufrankish grape, especially given its craggly, weathered slatey soil.

A wonderful gateway into Marcus’s wines, this offering has quite the charming personality yet not the ultimate dimension of the previous wine. Fragrant, pungent and laden with black cherry, dried flower, creosote and bloodstone aspects. Crushed red fruits, wiry, and possessing energetic interaction between satisfying fruit and boundless minerality. Driving and loaded with character, this one will drink nicely over the next 4-5 years.

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Any white wine lover will tell you that Chenin Blanc is one of the most food-friendly grape varietals out there and when it is grown in the benchmark region Vouvray, it can be something quite magical and live forever! Take a gander at a geographical map of this area and it will begin to clue you in as to why the best whites that are grown here are complex buggers. Aubuisieres Vouvray named for an outcropping of Silex soil, which is responsible for the minerality, complexity and freshness in this white.

Bernard Fouquet of Domaine Aubuisieres is a part of the group of aces that we are seeing come out of Vouvray. What we have experienced over the past 15+ years from this Domaine leaves us believing that this man really gets Chenin Blanc. Dominated by a deep sense of terroir with waves of stony minerality that beautifully rein in the fleshy pear, lemon-lime and floral aromas. The mouthfeel here is round, caressing and fleshed out but there is a focus and an insane vibrancy that comes from a perfect level of ripe acidity, a reflection of the vintage. Full of complex and luscious flavors, this is a great value and re-immersion to an excellent region. Enjoy this sec tendre version over the next 8 years with salmon, grilled whole trout, smoked albacore tuna or just about any hearty marinated fish. It will stand up to roasted poultry and great with a plate of cheese too.

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$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

From the northern reaches of Le Marches, the hills (Colli) of Pesaro stretch from the Romagna border out to the Adriatic coast. For the red wines, Sangiovese rules the roost; however, up to 15% Montepulciano may be added. At 14-bucks, this is a lovely Italian red where you have to ask, what’s not to like!?

Piquant, graceful, classy with impressive palate coverage and extension. Creamy, generous and genuine, the two grapes really play their roles to perfection. The darkness and wildness of the Montepulciano offset nicely by the tanginess and roundness of the Sangiovese. Enjoy with eggplant parmesan and other old school Italian delights.

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$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

90 minutes from Lyon in the Alps is this adventurous red wine from the Savoie region in the Alps. Made with 100% of the ever-popular Mondeuse grape, this bursting and fun red is more vinous and complex than one would ever imagine at its modest alcohol 12% level.

Planted in calcareous soils, this red is full of unbridled energy. Mountain berries, mountain spices, plenty of mineral and an undertone of rose petal carry over into a texture that is lifting yet mouth filling and chock full of beautiful fruit. If you enjoy the likes of Beaujolais or cool-climate Carignan, you will love this red. Enjoy with charcuterie, mushrooms, roasted chicken, Chinese dishes and more.

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One of Sicily’s obscure wonders, the Perricone grape isn’t cultivated much in current times. When it is produced, it is often blended in with Nero D’Avola. The Tasca family has been utilizing this grape since 1954 and recently started bottling it on its own. It is human nature to want to compare. To me, given its vibrancy, maybe it is akin to Barbera.

Irresistible strawberry and mulberry shine while undertones of mint, cocoa, licorice and violet join in. Flavorful and harmonious, there is ample vivacity and suaveness to go along with deceptive depth and length. Enjoy with grilled pork drizzled with a good olive oil as well as meat-filled ravioli or hard Italian cheeses.


Piedmont Wines Sans Barolo/Barbaresco

This Friday April 22 from 4:00 - 6:00

Drop by this Friday from 4:00 - 6:00 to taste Dolcetto, Gavi and Nebbiolo from Italy's famed Piedmont region.