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THE CELLAR DOOR'S 'BONE-DRUNK' HOTSHEET
Haut-Rian Prestige Red, Walla Walla Cabernet Franc, Chateauneuf, Meursault, New Zealand Sauv Blanc & more


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2018 SIERRA CANTABRIA
RIOJA 'SELECCION'
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

Sierra Cantabria, run by the Erugen family, is one of the vaunted superstar, neo-classical producers of Spain's most famous wine region. Producing a range of Rioja wines in all price points, the introductory Tinto is always a classy wine and fine value.

Made from 100% Tempranillo and possessing a clean and pure, almost ruby nose of blue flowers, roasted earth, raspberries and strawberries, it exudes the class of something that should cost a lot more. Medium-bodied and fresh in the mouth with just the right amount of spiciness from a short time in oak. A giving, smooth, plush wine without pretension that makes for a wonderful, everyday drink. Have it with a range of cuisine from cold meats and grilled vegetables to roasted chicken.



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2017 DOMAINE 3 CELLIERS
CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 'ALCHIMIE'
$29.99 BTL./$359.88 CASE

Thirty-buck Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines of this quality are virtual unicorns these days. This young Domaine emerged upon the split of famed Domaine Saint-Benoit when Marc Cellier retired and his three sons took over the land, thus creating this estate. Marc’s partner in Saint-Benoit went on to take his portion of the land and created his own Domaine. Over the last decade, these wines have been very fine indeed but not available in our area….until now!

The Achimie Chateauneuf is off the rails good for its price. Very traditional vinification aside from destemming, this wine is the essence of what a blend of grapes and top lieu dits can deliver in this hallowed region. Seven sites (Les Bosquets, Les Brusquières, Les Galimardes, Les Serres, Terres Blanches, Palestor, Cabrières) along with a blend of 60% Grenache, 16% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 4% Counoise, 4% Vaccarese, 4% Terret Noir and 2% Clairette Rose bring forth both the generous and silky aspects of Chateauneuf. Sultry, full tones of ground pepper, lavender, deep plum and smoke win the day both on the nose and in the mouth. Typical of the superb 2017 vintage, it has superb generosity and ripeness as well as a stylish cushiony texture and a lingering, smooth finish that has excellent spice and licorice. Like so many wines from this area, it may be accessed early, especially with a grilled steak. Deceptive with its silky tannins and structure, it will easily develop for another 10 years if so desired. ONLY 72 BOTTLES AVAILABLE, MORE WILL ARRIVE END OF SEPTEMBER.



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

There is common perception that Sicily's climate is akin to a blast furnace. This could not be further from the truth; this island is filled with diversity when it comes to soils, elevations, and climate and grape varietals. Wines from Mt. Etna are some of the trendiest and exciting to come from Italy these days. Marc de Grazia’s Terre Nere is a real go-to producer; however, with the popularity and scarcity of the wines, they tend to disappear rather quickly. This is a superb producer 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 CLOS HENRI SAUVIGNON BLANC
'PETIT CLOS'
$15.99 BTL./$191.88 CASE

Ten generations of the Bourgeois family have farmed in Sancerre, so it was no surprise that in when they wanted to expand their Sauvignon Blanc prowess, New Zealand would be the proper choice. Founded in 2000, these wines have taken the expertise from Sancerre and put it to use in the innovative Wairau Valley in New Zealand. Petite Clos is the entry offering and packs plenty of character.

The 2019 Petite Clos Sauvignon Blanc is very pure, as it only sees stainless steel tanks and never the inside of a dreaded barrel. Pristine aromatics featuring citrus fruits, mineral and a touch of passion fruit follow through to a piercing texture with lemon highlights and coolness that makes you want glass after glass. This is about as refreshing as it gets, pair it with ceviche or mussels.



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2019 NERVI-CONTERNO
'IL ROSATO'
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

In 2018, the wine world was abuzz as legendary Barolo vintner Roberto Conterno of Giacomo Conterno and Monfortino fame bought a controlling interest in this Gattinara producer. The anticipation of what Roberto would do in Gattinara was immense and as the wines started to roll out that anticipation turned into impressive reality due to the quality of the wines.

For the second year in a row, this Rose has arrived later in the season but once you have it, you see why it is more of an autumnal selection. 90% Nebbiolo, 10% Uva Rara and when done as a pink wine, takes on the character of the varietals, yet totally refreshes the mouth with glee. Neon-pink in color along with full, generous, bursting aromas of strawberry, white pepper, graphite, saline and mineral, which lead into a brisk, mouth-filling, uplifting and invigorating texture that coats and cleanses the palate then luxuriously lingers on for minutes.



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2016 HAUT-RIAN 'ST-SEURIN'
COTES-DE-BORDEAUX ROUGE
$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

This past Friday evening, there was certainly a tinge of autumn in the air so it wasn’t a surprise that when we uncorked this beauty from one of our favorites and a grand scale vintage that it was rocking out. Formerly known as Cuvee Prestige, the single parcel wine ‘Saint-Seurin’ is Pauline Dietrich’s wondrous luxury wine. From the estate’s oldest vines, the presence of 20-30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12 months aging in oak brings about a fine presence of depth, finesse and extensive potential.

Cassis, Italian plum and vanilla along with undertones of sage, North African spice and anise. Layered and with good impact in the mouth, Loads of depth, but plenty of spine and firm Cabernet character. Broad-scaled yet very smooth finish that spreads out very nicely. Displaying ample character, complexity and aging potential, this is hella irresistible now. A rather upscale offering for not a lot of money, drink over the next 8-10 years with ribeye, grilled duck, numerous cheeses and lamb shanks then tell your friends that Haut-Rian's Reds are as proficiently good as their whites are!



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2017 MULA VELHA
LISBOA TINTO RESERVA
$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

Yes, we have another 10-buck tasty red from Portugal that is produced just outside of Lisbon. A well-formed blend of Touriga Nacional, Syrah and Tinta Roriz (tempranillo), and an utterly fine, smooth, crowd-pleasing red. Savory tones of chocolate-covered blackberry, licorice and coriander/vanilla qualities shine on the nose while in the mouth, caressing, full, juicy characteristics make this a wine that is very easy to like. Enjoy a bottle or two on any weekend with just about anything that would go on to the grill.



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2013 GUY BOCARD MEURSAULT
VIEILLES VIGNES
$65.99 BTL./$791.88 CASE

The best way to describe Guy Bocard is that he is an artist, one who is a maestro of Meursault. That is not to say that if he made Puligny-Montrachet or Chassagne-Montrachet that it would not be profound. It’s just that this guy embodies all of the grand qualities that are Meursault. Maybe the producer I would most equate his wines to would Jobard in the sense that they are long barrel aged and only new wood is utilized for the Premiers Crus. In this high-priced and highly prized world of White Burgundy, what Guy puts forth are impeccable values given the man’s Meursault pedigree and métier.

What is most understood is the undeniable aura of this cat's most magnificent Meursault wines. From vines plated in the 1940s and 1950s as well as coming from prime vineyard sites (Sous La Velle, Pellans, Durots, Dressoles & Malpoirers), apple-honey, lime, nicely intertwined flint, butter and cereal aromas go non-stop on the sneaky-brilliant 2013. In the mouth, this wine is extremely indicative of Meursault and with marked spice and a creamy, broad mid-palate, which fan out then drive into an impressive thrusting, yet swanky finish. Although there is thriving early appeal, this wine will have no problem aging on through to its 15th birthday. Drink with lobster or other full-flavored seafood preparations.



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2016 WALLA WALLA VINTNERS
CABERNET FRANC
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

One of the pioneering producers in Walla Walla, Walla Walla Vintners estate was only the eighth producer located in his charming town back in the mid-90s. 25 years on, Walla Walla has blossomed to well over 100. These days, Scott Haladay and family now own the property with former Long Shadows assistant Derrek Vipond making the wines, this legacy winery is still producing strong wines that deliver great bang for the buck.

A flavorful wine that coats the palate with velvety dark plum, raspberry, warm spice and chocolate covered cherry. What is most notable is that while this is quite a decadent wine, it shows great balance and restraint with polished tannins and brightness that holds your full attention. Beautiful to drink with braised short ribs with a tangy sauce.






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