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Washington Red Blend
Montepulciano, Sauvignon Blanc
95-Point White Chateauneuf


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2021 TIBERIO MONTEPULCIANO
D'ABRUZZO
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

Montepulciano at the end of the wine’s title = Sangiovese from the same-named village of Tuscany.
Montepulciano as the first word of the wine like this = Abruzzo and the name of the grape. Tiberio = one of the profound producers in this region and of this grape!

One can smell and taste the marine and high elevation influence beneath the swath of red plum, Morello cherry, licorice, blood orange and saline aspects. Full bodied, deep, cherry red that has nice Abruzzo tangy flavors. Old vine penetration throughout which follows into a superb, extending finish. This wine is made for sauces with tomatoes and lamb dishes, penne Bolognese, lamb pasta, arrabiata, amatriciana – mangè, mangè! Drink through 2029.



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2022 VON WINNINGS
SAUVIGNON BLANC 'II' PFALZ
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Sauvignon Blanc is a grape that seems to grow well in many areas of the world. Not only do we see it in Sancerre and Bordeaux, but it is also highlighted in Napa, Friuli, Oregon, New Zealand and surprisingly, Germany's Pfalz region. Von Winnings is a prime producer in the region who is unafraid to grow grapes other than Riesling and their Sauvignon Blanc wines are astonishing.

The II cuvee makes quite a splash for twenty bucks. Almost acting like Friuli crossed somewhere in the new world with a good dollop of Teutonic precision, there is no shortage of impact to this Sauv Blanc. Forward quenching flavors of kiwi, lime, herbs and an undertow of Texas grapefruit meld beautifully into a core of savory minerality. Concentration on the pin of a needle with ample flavors balanced by lovely smoky aspects and a long mouth filling fresh finish. This will work beautifully with NW mussels and with its depth and dimension will pair exquisitely with salmon.



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2021 ANDREW WILL
'INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT' RED
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

91 points - Vinous. An above prototype Washington red wine blend from one of the state's longest tenured and most celebrated producers, Andrew Will. 56% Cabernet Franc, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot & 3% Malbec and it does not hurt that it is from an outstanding vintage.

Abundant cassis, blueberry and violet scents along with spikes of cocoa seemingly swirl from the glass. The texture is buxom and creamy with lots of sensuality to it. A red earth/floral underlay gives this wine a nice spine and breadth of flavor. Very drinkable now, especially with braised short ribs or a grilled steak, however, given who produces the wine, it would not surprise me if this were to age 5-6 years, too.



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2018 CHATEAU HAUTE-SERRE CAHORS
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

A grand old name in Cahors, Chateau de la Haute Serre has been established since the 1500s but it was in 1889, followed by the Vigoreaux family taking the reins in 1970, that the wines became very well-known. This past February at Wine Paris, Bertrand-Gabriel Vigoreaux was awarded the 'Best Malbec Winemaker' prize at the annual expo.

100% Malbec. Dark, full scents of plum, fennel, earth and violet. Hints of roasted espresso tones creep through, but these are gobbled up by the old vine density. The texture is profoundly serious and pure with stellar concentration and grip; however, it maintains beautiful poise, balance and accessibility. Unlike Malbec wines from Argentina, the finish is steely, dry, earthy and elevated. This wine is perfect foil with duck, leg of lamb or pan-seared sirloin. A true taste of the blood and backbone of France and the Dordogne, it is exquisite to drink now and will age easily for a decade.



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2022 C.O.S. NERO DI LUPO
TERRE SICILIANE ROSSO
$29.99 BTL./$359.88 CASE

From SE Sicily, Giusto Occhipinti, uncle of Arianna Occhipinti, put the Vittoria region on the map. Organic farming and amphora (and other) aging has been the norm at this estate and with this wine, they show that Nero D’Avola is not always goopy and heavy.

Stirring aromas of dark plum-pepper, tobacco, cinnamon, violet and hot rock, one smell reveals that it is the best of what Sicily offers. Sexy, saturated, layered and a real mouthful of red wine, especially with its concrete tank ageing allowing the grape and wine to do their stuff as it moves throughout the palate. Through all of this, it maintains freshness which calls you back for another glass and another and another, etc., etc. The finish is penetrating revealing chocolate-covered raspberry tones and an abundance of rustic earthiness all hanging around for a long time. Wow! Drink through 2033+. Enjoy with eggplant parmesan, pasta alla norma, involtini di manzo if you wish to stay traditional; it also pairs well with North African dishes as well as Indian flavors like tikka masala.



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2023 PARDEVALLES ALBARIN
TIERRA DE LEON BLANCO
$14.99 BTL./$179.88 CASE

The names of the grapes may look the same, but Albarin is vastly different than Albarino. This white grape thrives at high elevations in Spain's Asturias and Tierra de Leon regions. It also has no shortage of brisk acidity but also possesses a marked spiciness that provides fine intrigue.

Aromatic and nothing sweet about this white wine, animated aromas of peach skin, lemon, mango along with undertones of cardamom, cinnamon and smoke. Intense but very vibrant, all the aspects coating and cleansing the palate. A lovely year-round match with spicy Asian fish dishes, potato gratin, fried onion rings, even a pork tenderloin with a fruit chutney.



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2019 CASTRO VENTOSA
BIERZO VALTUILLE
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

One of the rising superstars of Bierzo, this is the family estate of the Perez family and headed up by the influential and iconic Raul Perez with his son Gabriel taking up winemaking duties in 2018.

85% Mencia, 10% Alicante Bouschet, 5% white grapes and other varieties, this red Bierzo is the essence of guttural beauty. Grown at 1900 feet and from 75-year-old vines, this savory offering is teeming with violet, plum, cinnamon, sandalwood and mineral, this wine changes like an obstacle course as it unfolds in the glass. Pure and satisfying with smoothed-over edges, this wine has fine expansion on the palate and follows over to a brisk, lively finish that soars. Do not be fooled; underneath ample teeth and structure allow it to pair well with pork, sausages, duck and even spicy meatballs.



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2023 COLONIAS LAS LIEBRES
BONARDA MENDOZA
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

Colonias las Liberas is made by Altos Las Hormigas, the same great folks who deliver some of Argentina's yummiest Malbecs.

Like Malbec, the Bonarda grape has been present in Argentina for generations and was brought to the country by Italians in the 19th century. Uncomplicated, plummy, pure and mouthfilling tones of nutmeg and vanilla nicely enhance this terrific, everyday value. The ultimate Argentine burger wine! Drink with fish, chicken, pizza, too.



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2022 DOMAINE MARCOUX
CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE BLANC
$74.99 BTL./$449.94 - SIX PACK

One of the legendary names in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, we managed to procure an exceedingly small amount of white Chateauneuf-du-Pape that is a mere 200-300 case production.

Seventy percent Roussanne with a healthy dollop of Bourboulenc and a tiny kiss of Clairette Blanche, this is quite the buxom, full-bodied, richly textured offering. Honey, pineapple, ginger, lime-drop, jasmine, brioche, pear and subtle minerals. Broad and palate-staining, but without the use of malo-lactic fermentation, there is plenty of citrus, particularly clove-spiked orange that brings forth balance. Long and lasting, this wine can be accessed early with deeper seafood preparations and white meats but also no problem to age for 15 years as well.






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