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5 Reds & 5 White/Bubbly

BrunelloSpecial, Bubbly Chenin, Etna Bianco, 93 Point Pinot Noir, Sonoma Cab

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2019 Et Fille Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley
$29.99 BTL./$359.88 CASE

93 Points – Wine Spectator…What a lovely surprise to discover that Jessica Mozieco had a small amount of her tasty and prodigious Willamette Valley cuvee in the cellar, especially since they have just moved to 2022. More than just an ‘entry wine’, at age five, this wine delivers the goods at a great price and all in at 12.9% alcohol. This really shows how great 2019 is as a vintage, lower alcohol without sacrificing depth and dimension.

Drinking very well with impressive Pinot Noir poise and refinement. Nicely toned yet having the substance and complexity of this profound vintage, the earth and spice balance out the cool plum and smoke aspects. Ethereal on the palate, nice acids intertwine and make for something very pure with a sneaky underbelly of backbone. Drink this delicious Pinot with braised short ribs, pork chops, roasted chicken and more.

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2021 Roda Rioja 'Sela'
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

Hmmmmmm, now where does Roda fit in the Rioja spectrum? Certainly not the uber traditionalist like La Rioja Alta but also not slick and modern oak juice stylings of Finca Allende, these wines have always had dignity, refinement and detail since we first started featuring with them over 25 years ago.

Roda’s gateway offering is from vines aged 15-30 years and is a blend of 89% Tempranillo, 7% Garnacha and 4% Graciano. The epitome of smoothness and very expressive of its origins , this wine offers up extroverted fragrances of cassis, violet, allspice, black licorice and a hint of mineral. Captivating, majestic, mouth-filling, smooth and gaining complexity as it unfolds in the glass. Stretches out on the palate and carries over to a generous, drawn-out, silky finish with slight peppery tones. Better than many other producers’ Reserva wines, drink this terrific Rioja over the next 7-9 years with roasted pork or lamb.

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2021 Pratsch Zweigelt
$14.99 LITER BTL./$179.88 CASE

Austrian, organic and in a slightly larger bottle. Like the Dothraki in Game of Thrones, we also have our own unique language, and in this tongue, it translates to ‘anything that comes in a liter bottle and is this much fun has to be called date wine.'

Bursting, medium-bodied and provocative, this flavor-laden Austrian (not Australian) red is chock full of cherry and berry notes along with the aphrodisiac-like scent of the hard top of a crème brulée that has just been cracked with the spoon. An exculpatory guzzleable and promiscuous bottle of whoopass that is perfect for an everyday glass of red. Serve with a meat and cheese plate, sausage and peppers, schnitzel, Chef Boyardee ravioli (preferably eaten directly from the can) and so much more.

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2021 Gundlach-Bundschu
Cabernet Sauvignon 'GunBun'
$27.99 BTL./$335.88 CASE

A new Cabernet from the timeless Sonoma producer, Gunlach-Bundschu, GunBun is meant as a Cab that one does not have to wait to come to fruition yet still possesses dimension and can also develop. The price is exceptionally good as well.

Laden with cassis, tobacco, blackberry, smoke, allspice and black pepper tones that integrate nicely with spicy oak notes. Polished, harmonized and sophisticated in the mouth, this wine is a great match with any red meat dish. Smoky, chocolatey flavors shine among the well-placed red fruit tones that have lovely depth and concentration without being overbearing or hot. The finish is very deep, balanced and offers up an array of spices. Unapologetically California Cab and one that can be savored now but will easily drink through the end of the decade.

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2016 Cencioni 'Selection 123'
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
[reg. $99.00]
Special - $59.99 BTL./$359.94 - 6 PK

An astonishing special and I am amazed that there is still any left! Starting in 1989 at the tender age of nineteen and unknown, Patrizia Cencioni scored a prestigious Tre Bicchieri award from Gambero Rosso for the 1997 vintage and never looked back. These days this female owned and operated (Patrizia and her two daughters Arianna and Annalisa) is one of the superb gems of the region.

Symphonic scents abound, 2016 has traits of the likes of 1999 or 2006, one of the greatest Brunello vintages of all time! A luxurious wine showing red cherry, serious Tuscan herbs, rose, violet and gaining more sotto bosco as it slowly unfolds and teases at its greatness to come. Sexy, lacy entry leads into more expansive flavors that spread out a bit like a great Burgundy would, however, there is an abundance of youthful structure, and should go to the cellar and allowed to become something even more special. I had a bottle of this last Friday with a grilled tomahawk rib-eye steak and my friends and I were commenting on the finish five minutes after the first sip. Delicious even early on, but it will be at its ultimate from end of 2025 – 2037 and beyond.

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2022 Elio Grasso
Langhe Chardonnay 'Educato'
$26.99 BTL./$161.94 - SIX PK

It has been over 10 years since we have offered this apex Barolo producer’s Chardonnay. Many reasons caused this but having recently tasted it, I thought that not only the timing, availability and most of all, the quality made it a shoo-in to present it on a weekly wine sheet.

These days the production of Grasso Chardonnay is in a combination of stainless-steel tanks and small oak barrels, with only a small potion being new. The grapes are grown at 380-400 meters and are 30 years old now. Taking some inspiration from Burgundy along with the 1200 feet elevation, it retains more vibrancy, displaying clean mineral characteristics to go with the pleasing depth. What follows is a rich, but elegant palate touched with pear and subtle tropical notes and creamy but brisk satsuma qualities. Kissed with a very minuscule touch of oak which brings a bit of spice and complexity, this fine Chardonnay goes on and on. Enjoy this very versatile Chardonnay with anything ranging from salmon on a plank, halibut, Quiche Lorraine to a chicken or tuna salad.

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Louis de Grenelle Saumur Brut
Chenin Blanc
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

One of the last remaining family-owned sparkling wine houses of the Loire Valley’s Saumur region, Louis de Grenelle is a French treasure dating back to 1859.

Making wines in all ranges, one of the real gems of this cellar is the 100% Chenin Blanc Brut. This flavorful, dry sparkler possesses a frothy mousse along with aromas and flavors of lemon, bright quince, yellow apple and subtle chalk and biscuit. The length is extraordinary for fizz from this appellation. Drink an abundance of this jumping grape as an aperitif, with Ceviche, or sushi.

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2022 Domaine du Bagnols
Cassis Blanc
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

Jean-Louis Genovesi is a native of Cassis who had departed for Paris, made his bones there but had the hankering to return home. Jean-Louis and his son, Sébastien, purchased this famed Provence Domaine in 1997 and the wines, both blanc and rosé, are more compelling than ever. Situated just beneath the imposing limestone outcropping of Cap Canaille and a mere two hundred meters distance from the Mediterranean Sea, these vineyards are benefited and influenced by both cool winds from the north and especially tranquil sea breezes from the nearby sea.

The Marsanne grape shows itself in Cassis very well. This cuvee made with 50% followed by 35% Clairette Blanche and 15% Ugni Blanc and vinified without the use of malolactic fermentation is the absolute essence of Provencal white wine. Freshly cut blossoms, white peach, lemon, acacia, ginger and prominent marine scents follow through to a fleshy, mouth filling texture, gaining mandarin-like acidity, honey and finishing with a salty, mineral tang that extends handsomely. An excellent choice with a seafood platter, swordfish with tomato salsa or bouillabaisse.

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2022 L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon
Columbia Valley
$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

L'Ecole Nº 41 has been making Semillon since 1983 and recognized as one of the top US producers of this varietal. Few Semillons show their richness and complexity as those produced in Washington State. Picked over a three-plus week period to partially maintain freshness but its later pick allows for superb plentifulness when this varietal's unique character is fully developed.

Aged in neutral oak and with periodic batonnage, the 2022 is remarkably brilliant with rich fruit and balanced acidity, this wine shows fragrant citrus blossom, tangerine and nutmeg aromas, with melon, fresh apple, lychee nut and key-lime flavors on a persisting, balanced finish.

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2022 Girolamo Russo
Etna Bianco 'Nerina'
$36.99 BTL./$443.88 CASE

A former pianist, Girolamo Russo’s exciting Etna wines are as compelling, cerebral and as thoughtful as he is. One of two white wines casa Russo, this offering comes from 50–100-year-old-vines grown between 2100 and 2800 feet on the north slopes of Mount Etna. Only about 800 cases produced.

75% Carricante and 25% a mixture of other typical white varieties found on Etna: Catarratto, Inzolia, Grecanico, Minnella, and Coda di Volpe. Lightning in a bottle, sultry aromas grow and build as the wine sits in the glass. A mass presence of granite, seashore, lemongrass, peach, peat aromas and a gentle hint of spice on the tail end. Incredibly special in the mouth with an equally sultry texture that is substantial, detailed, wiry and full of electricity. The finish is luxurious, lavish and extends for about ten miles. Break out the swordfish and do it in a salmoriglio sauce.