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THE CELLAR DOOR'S 'Mistake On The Lake' HOTSHEET
- Chateaueuf Special
- Montalcino
- Bubblies for 20 + Favorite Punpkin Pie Wine
- Collectible Gevrey Chambertin


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2016 LA PALAZZETTA
ROSSO DI MONTALCINO
$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

Flavio Fanti is a badass Brunello producer who also makes stunning Rosso and other wines. This is a man truly dedicated to Tuscany and produces wines that are resounding expressions of this hallowed region and are never doused with Cabernet or Merlot.

If you haven’t heard or tasted by now, you will soon find out that 2016 is a seamless vintage in Tuscany. It is one where so many producers said that it was so easy to work through and all of the conditions needed arrived when they were supposed to be there. A step up from most Rosso di Montalcino this offering is in fact is declassified top-level fruit from La Palazzetta's fine sites and receives as much love as their Brunello. Majestic and packed with dark cherry, cedar spice and earth. Look for mineral notes and savory sage on a long and balanced finish. A real sleeper in its category, enjoy this vastly undervalued Tuscan treasure over the next 4 to 6 years with hearty pastas, roasted pork loin or a fat T-bone steak.



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EUGENE CARREL
SAVOIE BRUT ROSE
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

One of France’s greatest producers, one has to wonder what if Domaine Carrel had land in and made Champagne?!?! Instead, they utilize the same method but in their home area of the Alpine, Savoie region and produce magnificent wines including this excellent bubbly.

Carrel’s Rose rocks but definitely doesn't possess a heart of stone. In fact, beneath its seriousness, this flirtatious and flavorful sparkling pink wine is almost too easy to drink. Made from 80% Gamay, 10% Mondeuse and 10% Pinot Noir this sparkler is vivacious, adventurous and shimmering with gushing red berry fruits along with a touch of herb and biscuit. Following through to the mouth, this bubbly has teeth! Mouth-filling bubbles provide a vivid, elevated and electric texture that coats and refreshes all of your taste senses. Imminently slurpable and with no shortage of impact, it is joyful for drinking by itself with salads, light seafood dishes or even a lighter dessert.



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EUGENE CARREL
CREMANT DE SAVOIE BRUT
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

90 minutes from Lyon in the Alps is this gushing and adventurous wine from the Savoie region in the Alps. Made with 60% Jacquère, 20% Pinot Noir & 20% Chardonnay, this gushing Alpine-waterfall of a sparkling is more intense and complex than one would ever imagine at its modest price point.

Apple puffed-pastry, butter-tones, orange and mineral aromas glimmer from the glass and follow into a texture that dances with finesse and electricity. It also boasts excellent depth and mouth-watering fruit then finishes with boundless character that allows it to be something wonderful to share with a bunch of friends, perhaps at the table with fish or with the cheese course, which should include Comte or cave aged Gruyere.



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2016 DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD
CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
[reg. $51.99]
SPECIAL - $39.99 BTL./$479.88 CASE

The Coulon family has been producing wine in Châteauneuf-du-Pape since 1695 and over the years have produced magnificent results that so many of you have enjoyed. Whereas other Châteauneuf favorites like Galet-des-Papes or Vieux Telegraphe are lamb wines, Beaurenard works with pork and as winemaker Daniel Coulon sez 'perfect to drink with the little birds'.

Garrigue notes come out first on this rather flirtatious neo-classical 2016. A little lavender and coffee bean with some enticing grenadine notes work their way into the picture along with the classic Beaurenard reglise, black licorice to us Anglophones. Revealing, quite silky texture with lots of delineated fruit, there is intense structure here, but it is buried beneath the glorious core of fruit. Complex and riveting on the finish that tightens on the second taste. Warm, rocky, deep and laden with exotic spice on the brilliantly focused, extending finish. This wine is truly destined for greatness! Pretty sexy stuff now, but will be at its finest from end of 2021 on through to the end of the decade. We will be uncorking a bottle or so this coming Wednesday if you would like to taste (details at bottom of page).



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2017 RESONANCE PINOT NOIR
WILLAMETTE VALLEY
[reg. $47.99] SPECIAL - $27.99 BTL./$335.88 CASE

A limited time, smashing deal on a prolific Oregon Pinot made by a French master! One of the most exciting developments in Oregon has been the acquisition of the superb Resonance vineyard by Louis Jadot from Burgundy. Even more thrilling is that longtime Jadot frontman/winemaker, Jacques Lardiere is in Oregon and overseeing the viticultural program.

Sourced from two estate vineyards, Resonance (Yamhill-Carlton) and Decouverte (Dundee Hills and formerly known as Gehrts Vineyard), this wine is such an expression of Oregon terroir with Jadot and Lardiere’s deft touch. ‘A wine with structure and presence, buoyed by a complex backbone of minerality, wrapped in refined dark cherry and black tea flavors and finishing with fine-grained tannins. – 93 POINTS – WINE SPECTATOR.’ I recommend drinking and enjoying this Pinot through 2028.



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2017 OLIM BAUDA BARBERA D'ASTI
'LA VILLA'
$13.99 BTL./$83.94 - SIX PACK

Made for earlier consumption, Olim Bauda’s Barbera ‘La Villa’ is an overachieving every evening tipple. Being from the Barbera-friendly, warm 2017 vintage, it offers a big round and palate coating with concentrated flavors of blackberry, cherry, violet and licorice. Robust, chewy and way above average for a Barbera at this price, everything integrates nicely on the long, persistent, yet clean and fresh finish, making it the perfect wine for fare such as braised or slow roasted meats, or try this scrumptious Barbera with a three-cheese pizza of Mozzerella, Pecorino and Parmesan Reggiano.



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2016 CHERON GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN
'LES SEUVREES'
$65.99 BTL./$395.94 - SIX PACK

Sit up class; it is time for a lesson in Gevrey-Chambertin with Professor Philippe Cheron. 2016s are great wines that are built to age. Cheron is an excellent producer who has serious holdings in Gevrey-Chambertin, Vosne-Romanee, Chambolle Musigny and Clos de Vougeot who is still under the radar with excellent pricing.

Maybe the finest version to date of this wine, the Les Seuvrees vineyard is located in southern portion of Gevrey-Chambertin just below Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru. Streamlined with aromatic burst. Sensual spice and developing cinnamon. Lacy, but dense fruit, indicative of stellar 2016. Sleek, silky entry and with much more red tones than nose lets on. Youthful and all in back of mouth right now with killer extension; this wine has immense potential and will age nicely for 12-15 years.



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CESAR FLORIDO
MOSCATEL ESPECIAL
$14.99 - HALF BOTTLE

Bodega Cesar Florido is a small but superb Sherry producer who makes the usual, entire lineup, however, this estate is dedicated to preserving the Moscatel grape of the village of Chipiona. One of the few producers to estate bottle, this sweet wine is aged one year in solera.

A big amber color with aromas of toffee, dried oranges, roses, smoked nuts, honey and caramel that really entice. Full of flavor, richness, finely grained acids to buffer the sweetness and a lengthy nutty finish. This is my favorite Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie or Sweet Potato Bourbon Pie wine. It also is fabulous with chocolate.




SPECIAL WEDNESDAY SIPS

The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year!!

Wednesday November 27 from 1:30 – 6:30

Statistically the day before Thanksgiving has always been the biggest drinking day of the year and we are all for keeping the numbers at their lofty levels.
Come and join us this Wednesday for our favorite in-house tasting of the year which includes the pouring of the specially priced Roederer Brut Champagne in its special deluxe gift box.
Bring your family, bring your friends...I'll give a prize to the person who brings the most new tasters.

FEATURED STARTING SELECTIONS:

Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Premier
2018 Terre Bianche Vermentino Riviere di Ligure Ponente
2016 Beaurenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape
These are just to start, many other fun and exciting things will be uncorked!
I'm taking requests within reason :-)






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