Hot Sheets

The Cellar Door's 'Hold My Beer, Watch Me Light This Firework Off' HotSheet
8-Buck Barbera, Rhone Red, White & Pink, Zin & 4th Of July Week Hours

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$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

The race is on for everyone to grab their share of 2016 Oregon Pinots, especially those from legendary addresses such as Evesham Wood.

Evesham's Eola-Amity cuvee is an appellation-specific wine that bridges the gap between the Willamette Valley offering and the single vineyard wines that come later in the year. Delivering graceful aromas and flavors that conjure up harmonious notes of strawberry and cocoa-dust, texturally this offering is concentrated and persistent with plenty of dark tones up front that fan out into a vivid, suave and rich finish. Top-notch, obsessive farming and winemaking at its pinnacle, this wine shows admirable approachability now and will drink nicely through the end of the decade. Given the price hikes that we have been seeing for this vintage of small quantity, this wine is a steal for its price level.

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$8.99 BTL./$107.88 CASE

From Lombardy, this perennial excellent buy is on form yet again with the 2016 vintage. Vibrant aromas of brambly berry, violet, dusty earth and a hint of cocoa fully entice. Bright and fresh with a soft texture and a lingering classic almond aspect intertwined with kirsch finish. A fun and flavorful weeknight wine with antipasti.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Tavel is Rose and Rose only and the pink wines that made here are vins pour le repas (wines for the meal). What truly drives Tavel are the limestone soils and if I had my druthers today we would be drinking the 2016, not the 2017, although I think you all will find it to be uber-delicious! In fact, I feel this is one of the finest Tavel Rose wines I have tasted, it is that damn good.

They are listing this as Grenache 60%, Cinsault 10%, Syrah 10%, Carignan 5% with the remaining being Clairette, Picpoul, Bourboulenc, Mourvèdre. Somehow, when I taste this and given the limited quantities of Grenache in 2017, I can only speculate that there are a bit more white grapes in here because there is luminosity that is quite alluring. Savory with subtle spice, strawberry and woven in white peach and lime notes all jump from the glass. The texture is sophisticated and mouth-watering revealing itself as both regal and seriously complex. Perfect fodder with grilled tuna or salmon, it can really stand up to these full-flavored dishes with a kiss of spice and even barbecued ribs or chicken.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

There is a reason why Chateauneuf producers are crossing the river and investing in land here. When visiting Pascal Lafond a few years back, he took me out on a tour of the vineyards and in several of his parcels of Lirac, there were impressive large round stones that one associates with its more famous neighbor.

The 2015 is the absolute finest version I have seen since 2010 and we have been very pleased with what has been in between. Made with a prototype Rhône blend of 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, this is a formidable mouthful of Red Rhone goodness Deep, broad and serious, a nose of lavender, thyme, hot rocks, blackberry, black licorice and pronounced rosemary notes follow through to rich, structured ripe flavors of kirsch and blueberry along with dusty earth undertones. Brilliantly focused with long expansive finish, enjoy this Lirac now over the next 7-8 years with hearty meals such as grilled rack of lamb.

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Not one to be left out is this stylish and superb white Rhone from Lirac.
50% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne & 20% Viognier and exploding with character, this full-flavored, mouth-coating yet electric white offers beautiful fragrances of peach-blossom, rose petal, ginger and gently placed acacia and anise-pepper tones. At this moment, there is classiness and sexiness with refinement that permeates through the wine. Lots of depth and richness, and an elegant walk between fruit, terroir, acidity and spice. Incredibly intellectual and intense stuff that while young shoots the moon on the finish and pleasantly hangs around. Drink this great Chardonnay alternative over the next 3-4 years with an array of fleshier seafood dishes.

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$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

La Valentina is a superb Montepulciano d’Abruzzo producer and one that we have been working with for many years. We mostly just feature their reds but the last few years we have shown this white wine as well.

Pecorino, the grape, has nothing to do with Pecorino, the cheese. Prominent on the Adriatic Coast, La Valentina’s version of this dry wine could be referred to as Italian Muscadet given its mighty mineral and oceanic qualities. Combining ripe lemon with these notes adds for complexity. In the mouth, it is intense and gains laser-like persistence, herbs, and spice that carry over into the citrusy and thrusting finish. This wine rocks with mussels and will pair with numerous shellfish preparations.

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$29.99 BTL./$359.88 CASE

As much as we love and enjoy all of Joseph Swan's wines from top-to-bottom, what he became most influential for was his Zinfandel wines. Many have been inspired by these wines or have done time working there including the likes of Ravenswood Zin guru Joel Peterson. Aged entirely in French oak, this Zin is now flirting with lovely secondary tones along with its big, bold qualities.

Packed with judicious black fruit, there are also complex tones of black truffle, thyme, pipe tobacco and smoked earth tones that are riding shotgun in this Russian River rockstar. After 5+ years, this wine is now starting to sing and to show its true pedigree. Spicy and layered, there are excellent red tones to balance out the richness and power. Pronounced cardamom and red earth shine on the saturated, extending finish. It is awakening right now and will continue to develop over the next decade, too. If you fancy yourself a Zin aficionado, then you have to grab some bottles of one of America’s most historic of producer's wine!


Seamless & Themeless

This Friday July 6 from 1:30 – 6:30

We’ll be back after a long weekend of fireworks and wine (hopefully with all 10 fingers) and we will pour four excellent choices that have absolutely nothing in common except for their fine quality.


2017 Lafond Tavel Rose
2017 Kelley Fox Pinot Blanc ‘Freedom Hill’
2015 Pillot Pommard ‘Tavennes’
2015 Ostatu Rioja Crianza