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In the case of this Walla Walla producer, we heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who heard it from another. This sounds like a dreadful REO Speedwagon song. Thank whatever spiritual being you may believe in because the wine certainly does not qualify as dreadful. In fact, it is something that absolutely does cartwheels for 15 bucks.

Ross Andrew Mickel makes wines on all levels and the Glaze line of wines is a damn delicious starting point. Brilliantly focused tones of blackberry, bing cherry and cocoa dust plus kisses of herbs, vanilla and licorice round everything nicely. Bottled on the early side in order to retain vibrant fruit and bring a youthful accessibility to the wine, the core and finish are rather impressive as well its versatility to accompany many different dishes. Have it over the next 3-5 years with roasted chicken smothered in herbs or a grilled steak.

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Run by sisters Enrica and Elisa Scavino and once known as an ultra-modernist utilizing a swath of shiny new oak, the estate of Paolo Scavino has done a complete 360 and now makes wines that are very classic using what modernity has provided. The Nebbiolo Langhe comes from two vineyard sites in the Barolo village of La Morra (Bricco Manescotto & Annunziata), which highlight the very aromatic, genteel and fine side of the grape.

Aged 10 months in neutral barrels, violet, pekoe, licorice tones are cordially accentuated with intermittent scents of dark chocolate. In the mouth, it is lacy, very giving and all highlighted by seductive flavors that are the essence of La Morra. Keeps gaining depth and finishes with vibrancy, abundance and deceptive structure. Coming from the scintillating 2016 vintage, this wine can age well for 5-7 years but it is pretty damn irresistible now, especially with risotto dishes that are enhanced with mushrooms.

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$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

We have been using this tasty Bordeaux from the picturesque Fronsac region over the last several years but after tasting it both in France and now on our shores, it is safe to say that the 2015 is very special indeed. Utilizing Bordeaux rock star enologist Stephane Derenoncourt since 2011, this wine shows what happens when this cat gets his hands on a great vintage.

Located in close proximity to Saint-Emilion, this wine takes on some of the characteristics of the more famed area yet has its own pedigree. Blackcurrants, smoke, mineral and an underbelly of cherry, spice and baking herbs, it is well textured, classy and dry. The finish is sneaky long for such a wine under fifteen bucks. Prototype petite chateau Bordeaux and one that carries beautifully to the dinner table. Drink now – 2023.

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One of the oldest producers in Spain’s Galicia region, Granbazan makes Albarino wines that are cool, precise and provide lots of pleasure. Several versions of this white grape are produced here but it is the ‘Etiqueta Ambar’, or Amber label, that pushed all of our buttons when it comes to wines of this area.

Solely Val do Salnes fruit, there is remarkably complex scents that somersault straight from the glass. A kaleidoscope of Albarino delight, stone fruit mingles with white flowers, hints of balsamic notes and pronounced marine scents. Tasty, broad, alive and with a long persistence in the mouth, this is the ultimate magnet for seafood whether it be fried, grilled or raw.

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$21.99 BTL./$263.88 CASE

In 1980, twin brothers Jim and Bob Varner began their labor of love when they planted Spring Ridge Vineyards in Portola Valley in the northern part of the Santa Cruz Mountain Appellation. Over the years, their reputation as cult California Chardonnay producers has grown into legendary status that has led to many accolades and many fans.

‘The wine was fermented 100% in stainless steel then aged in a combination of new Francois Freres puncheons (26%) for 6 months and the remainder (74%) in stainless steel on the lees with no malolactic fermentation. The 2015 Chardonnay El Camino Vineyard from the Varner brothers is lovely, wafting from the glass with an expressive bouquet of honeycomb, ripe peaches and fresh apricot. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, pure and textural—displaying a touch more mid-palate ripeness than the 2014 rendition—and concludes with a long, saline finish. This is a characterful Chardonnay that represents terrific value.’ - 93 points, Wine Advocate

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$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

Castillo de Monjardin lies in the northwest corner of Navarra, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, not far from the French border. Situated at 1800 feet, the cool soil and winds make these wines vastly different from their more famous neighbors in Rioja.

A plucky, earthy, fruit-forward nose reveals strawberry and mocha upon opening. Accessible, bright and forward in the mouth with a good core and a lively, fresh finish all together makes it one of the ultimate Tuesday reds.

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Located across the bay from Positano and south of Naples in the Campania region, wine has been made here for over two millennia. There is no shortage of history and great producers but over the last two decades, a new generation has emerged dedicated to farming their land and utilizing their native grapes.

Aged in three to five year old barrels the black fruit is complimented by classic Aglianico substance, truffle, spice and leather which show a rustic characteristic that is wild, primal and intense. Definitely not a porch sipper, this is one to enjoy with food including those offerings of pork, charcuterie, ribs, BBQ and tomato sauce-based pastas, especially a spice-driven arrabiata sauce.

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$53.99 BTL./$647.88 CASE

The tiny appellation of Cornas is in the midst of a golden age these days. Along with a fountain of youth that has asserted themselves, there are still the grand old maestros that continue to make top-drawer wines. Voge has been one of our go-to producers for collectible French Syrah, specifically Cornas.

Les Chailles is from four specific sites in Cornas, 40-year-old vines and planted on sandstone and granite soils. As expected, it is rather youthful now as Cornas should be. Stunning nose, smoked bacon, generous red and black plum. Gains more mineral along with violet and rose petal. The texture is embryonic with muscle and detail; however, there is sexiness and allure waiting to come to the surface with cellar time. The finish is packed, long and laden with cracked pepper, smoke and hints of tapenade that really linger nicely. Hold this wine until 2021 and enjoy it through 2033+....and if you want a nice score, this has 95 points from The Wine Spectator.

Experience Saint-Joseph Project

Discover, Learn & Taste from this fabled French growing region

This Friday October 26 from 1:30 - 6:30

One of the more educational (and of course, fun) Friday Sips that we have ever featured! Inspired by a series of tastings recently, I thought it would be fun to explore this famed region which is home to compelling reds from the Syrah grape as well as a small amount of white wine. Diverse characteristics, intrigue and full of flavor, come in this week for some Saint-Joe schoolin'!


2016 Vincent Paris St-Joseph ‘Les Cotes’
2015 Durand Saint-Joseph ‘Les Coteaux’
2015 Voge Saint-Joseph ‘Les Cotes’
2015 JL Chave Selections Saint-Joseph Blanc ‘Circa’