Hot Sheets


THE CELLAR DOOR'S 'ALCOHOLIDAYS 2022' HOTSHEET
White Burgundy, Mature Bordeaux,
New Roederer Champagne Arrivals
Spanish Values


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2011 CHATEAU CANTEMERLE
HAUT-MEDOC (FIFTH GROWTH)
$35.99 BTL./$431.88 CASE

Chateau Cantemerle is one of the rare classified growths that is Haut-Medoc; in fact, it is only one of five. It is a great thrill to offer a library release, mature Bordeaux in its window of drinkability. Located in close proximity, just south of Margaux, this classic Bordeaux blend is comprised of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petite Verdot.

2011 is a sleeper/shadow vintage Bordeaux insiders figured out years ago. Lovely antique Bordeaux scents of dried black raspberry, perfumed floral tones, incense, a presence of smoky spice, espresso and underlying forest floor aspects provide complexity and just keeps enticing as it unfurls in the glass. Relaxed, stylish and now smooth as all hell; debonair but the finesse never departs. Undeniable Margaux-inspired aspects really glide and linger on the top-drawer, secondary-toned, earth-laden finish. Remember, this is not a tooty-frooty Washington or California blend, this is serious Bordeaux with wisdom and grace throughout. No problem to enjoy through 2027 and most likely beyond. A real treat to be able to offer mature Bordeaux at such a fair price.



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2021 CHATEAU MARGILIERE
VAR EN PROVENCE ROSE
$19.99 BTL./$119.94 - SIX PACK

Gotta love when our favorite Provencal Rose wines arrive late, however, in this case it is a good thing especially given the bounty of seafood that is upon us or will be upon us very soon. Chateau Margilliere is a Varois en Provence stalwart. This appellation was founded in 1993 and Rose makes up 77% of its production. From halfway between Marseilles and Frejus in the heart of the Varois region of Provence, this Rose is made from Cinsault and Grenache and possesses an abundance of character and flavor that lights up the room.

Brilliant southern French Rose aromas of cherry pit, salinity, jasmine, grapefruit and verbena follow through to a satisfying, mouth-filling texture that has sweeping acidity to cleanse the palate. Try this with a seafood risotto or a charcuterie plate of cured meats and goat cheeses.



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2018 OSTATU RIOJA CRIANZA
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Striving to produce Rioja wines that emphasize site over long barrel aging, this family property does an excellent job at putting forth Rioja wines that absolutely rock, especially given their fabulous price points and this red does exactly that.

90% Tempranillo along with a 10% blend of Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha, the 2018 is absolutely smashing!Neo-classic with aromatic tones of prominent violet and blackberry that mesh nicely together with undercurrents of cocoa and Moroccan spices to form a Rioja that shows both flashiness and detail. Owning a sophisticated, rich, velvety texture that crawls throughout and coats the palate, it also picks up grip and structure on the deep middle and persistent finish that is stacked with fine material. Extremely lovable now, this exciting upscale Rioja without an upscale price will also develop and drink nicely through 2027.



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2019 BISCI MERLOT
$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

A tasty red from a favorite white wine producer, this Merlot is backed up with a percentage of Sangiovese to bring forth elevation and comeplexity. The idea here is to allow the grape and Le Marches terroir to excel versus cracking it with a bunch of oak or worse yet, oak chips.

Sumptuous, savory scents of blue fruit, licorice, Mediterranean herbs and tealeaf follow into a texture that is gushing, mouth filling and spicy with gently placed dusty herb tones. A generous red that can be enjoyed with a burger, grilled chicken or something slathered with teriyaki.



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2020 DOMAINE FERRET POUILLY-FUISSE
$46.99 BTL./$281.94 - SIX PACK

Along with Chateau Fuisse, this elite Domaine are like The Beatles and The Kinks of Pouilly-Fuisse. Both have long histories and are influential, especially in making single plot wines, which have led to the recent development of a Premier Cru system for this appellation. Founded by Jeanne Ferret with the brilliance being maintained by her daughter Collette, this go-to estate did not lose a beat when Louis Jadot purchased it in 2008 after she passed. Currently the female winemaker lineage continues with Audrey Braccini being the guardian of the estates traditions.

The best vintage for this area since 2017, 2020 is a rock star vintage for the Maconnais and this wine is absolutely in orbit. This seamless beauty is a combination of top parcels in the PF amphitheater. No new oak is utilized with half brought up in concrete and the other half in 2-5 year old barrels. Unfolding and revealing nectarine, orange and underlying saline and stoniness. Hints of butter come through and add even more. In the mouth, it is lacy and shows impressive movement beneath all of the saturation and depth. Serious detail, class and electricity on the everlasting finish. Enjoy this scintillating White Burgundy through 2033.



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2019 SAN VALERO CARINENA
'PLANO ALTO'
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

If there is one thing as consistent as Mitch 'Throwpicksky' Trubisky's ability to hit the open linebacker is the consistency of delicious value of the wines from this Spanish growing region.

Funny enough (and only in Spain) is that this red wine value comes from Carinena region of Spain and features none of the namesake grape; instead, it is 100% Garnacha. Smoky and lively, the fruit-forward nose reveals blueberry and mocha upon opening. Accessible, luscious and forward in the mouth with strawberry notations, stylish tannins and a lively, fresh, fruit-driven finish which makes it one of the ultimate weeknight reds.



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2015 CHAMPAGNE LOUIS ROEDERER
BRUT VINTAGE
$99.99 BTL./$599.94 - SIX PACK

2015 is the next big bang when it comes to vintage Champagne. Louis Roederer is one of the most esteemed houses in Champagne and both the new arrivals of the Vintage Brut and Vintage Rose are to the moon.

The essence of this fantastic vintage Champagne that really excels on all levels is truly with the Pinot Noir. The base of this wine comes from two Grands Crus villages (Verzy for the 70% Pinot Noir, Chouilly for the 30% of Chardonnay). The minerality of Northern Pinot Noir is present along with complex aromas of pronounced brioche and vanilla with subtle notes of apple and white chocolate. Powerful, yet light on its feet on the palate, with notes of grapefruit, apple tarte tatin, lemon, vanilla, and a long seamless finish. This Champagne can be used to toast, but it is even better to be served with pan-seared scallops, fresh crab, lobster or even denser dishes like duck or a pork loin. If I were to compile a list of 2015 bubblies tasted thus far, this would certainly be near the top. Enjoy over the next 15-20 years.



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2015 CHAMPAGNE LOUIS ROEDERER
BRUT ROSE
$99.99 BTL./$599.94 - SIX PACK

For those of you who think of Rosé as being sweet, this is a myth, as the top examples of pink Champagne are bone-dry, often with a lower dosage than most producers non-vintage and often made from top lots. It is difficult to understate what a buxom, full, enjoyable vintage that 2015 is, and clearly, this wine is one of the highlights of the vintage that we have tasted thus far.

A lovely pale salmon color. On the nose, there are gorgeous aromatics of rhubarb, chalk, and a touch of classy white chocolate. In the mouth the mousse and creaminess is incredibly regal, with penetrating red fruits, most noticeably strawberry. Great texture and incredible length make this a truly special Champagne.






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