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Wine and rock and roll are meant to be fun and quite honestly go hand in hand. We are not sure if Eric Bonnet is, or ever was a fan of the seminal, influential post-punk band, The Replacements, but he should definitely have a listen. The entirety of this wine reminded me of one song off the profound, ‘Pleased To Meet Me’ album, Red Red Wine! If you were to pop this in the ol' CD or record machine and kick the volume up to 11, it would be VERY appropriate to have a glass of this bigass red wine from one of Chateauneuf’s young superstar producers who takes Rasteau equally as serious.

The Replacements were never about perfectionist prog-rock, they were more about hedonistic pleasure and the fans tossing bottles and other objects at a show. If you are a fan of Rhone wines, we recommend the pleasure and fun aspects way more than tossing bottles at others…although exceptions can be made! This wine is all about fun and a devil-may-care attitude and celebrating the non-perfections. 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah & 5% Mourvedre, full dark berry notes combine with dust, cedarbox, white pepper and an underlay of barnyard aromas which lead into a succulent, ample, spicy texture that launches in the mouth. Drink this legit, soulful red Rhone wine with grilled pork, shortribs or spice-marinated chicken through 2030.

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$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

Altos las Hormigas’s Reserve Malbec is one of the original, modern iconic wines that established Argentina as a world player and it has been twenty plus years and it is still one of the Mendoza’s strong values. No small barrels are utilized nor is there any American oak, it is aged 18 months in 3500-liter vats then 6 months in bottle so not to impair the focus of the grape or place. The other big thing is that all the fruit comes from top sites of the sub-zone of the Uco Valley, which between the high elevation and chalky soils brings about a mighty, energetic presence.

Refined and sexy with a slow-building, expansive texture. Whereas former versions were more frontal, this wine crescendos towards a deep and harmonious, middle and seriously extensive and expansive finish. Loads of violet, licorice, espresso from earth and minerality are prominent throughout. No problem for this wine to age nicely for another eight-10 years, although it is damn delicious now.

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First and foremost, we at The Cellar Door are not role models. Like Sir Charles Barkley, often we are the anti-heroes of the wine world and we maintain our independence in bringing you the finest values from around the world. Many have accused us as not being ‘user friendly and cuddly’, but those folks are usually the enemy of the wine industry, the marketers. Truth be known, we can be pretty cuddly and we love to present wines that are complex, cerebral and hidden gems such as this Bordeaux.

What makes this wine so special is the location. Even though it is in Castillon, Catherine Papon Nouvel’s vineyard sits across a one-lane street from Saint-Emilion. 100% Merlot from 80+ year old vines, this grand vin defies the tired stereotype of Merlot as it is full, deep, ageworthy and complex. Possessing class and depth of something way more expensive, scents of blueberry, cherry, some cedarbox as well as an earth and mineral streak along with hints of coffee and nutmeg from the use of well-placed oak are non-stop, especially when a Bordeaux glass is utilized. Stylish and ripe with sophisticated flavors that still have some firmness. A wine with structure and dimension that stretches across the palate, this will develop and drink beautifully through 2028+.

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Situated near Corvallis, this longtime Oregon estate is now in its fifth generation of farmers led by Merilee Buchanan, daughter of Dave and Margy who initially planted grapes on the farm in 1974. Lately the offerings from their site have been pure and all about what Pinot Noir should be, the antithesis of smoker-friendly, super-charged, Zinfandel wannabes.

Paramount earth tones combine beautifully with rhubarb, red cherry, strawberry and fine herbs. Vertical flavors possess superb depth and concentration, yet maintain an almost airy quality all in a compact yet vinous form. The finish is transparent, minerally, red and persistent. A fabulous value Pinot from a great vintage, if you haven’t had these wines in a while, you should give them a look.

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Chardonnay from Roussillon indeed, this wine made by Jean-Marc Lafage is one of the surprises thus far of 2022. Not trying to emulate something from Burgundy or even California from that matter, this individualist Chardonnay is expressive and very attractive with a personality that is influenced by the Mediterranean climate as well as being inland where cool, compact red clay/limestone/gravel soils provide minerality.

Revealing pineapple, nectarine and slight exotic side of being near the sea, but it maintains its spirit and focus from the soils in the vineyard. The introduction of 30% oak to go along with the 70% aged in take provides an excellent vanilla, subtle butter undercurrent and adds to the wine’s overall dimension. Perfect for starters, seafood pasta or fish tacos.

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$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

Normally the Falanghina grape is associated with being at home in the Campania region around Naples but this version comes from Abruzzo along the Adriatic coast and is a fun and flavorful 12-dollar drop.

Aromatic notes of banana, melon, lime, green tea and minerals. Medium weight with fruit forward notes that expand nicely and show burst and lift on the finish. Have it with spicy, tomato-based seafood dishes or a bowlful of steamed clams.

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From one of our favorite Lodi producers who make uncompromising, warm climate, California wines that provide bold fruit and character, Pierano’s Illusion Red Blend is one of their newer offerings.

An old-school blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot, this red is seemingly a tribute to Italian immigrants who landed in California in the 1800s and produced blends from the various grapes they brought and planted. Plum, blackberries, currants and an abundance of coriander, cumin and mocha tones dominate both the aromas and palate. Mouth-filling and very new world in profile, have this with grilled ribs slathered in a spicy barbecue sauce.

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95 Points – Wine Spectator (and they list it at $68)…Lovers of fine white wine, whether it be Burgundy, Rhone, US, Italy and more should definitely know about the wines of Francois Villard. Formally trained as a chef, he found his way into the wine business as well as partnering with in a restaurant in Ampuis, he came to fame in the 1990s. Making wines of the times, these were once modern, over-the-top and heavy wines. When I met and visited with Francois back in 2015, he stated he made many changes as being a trained chef, he didn’t like how they were pairing with food. All in terrific form now and after almost seven years, we FINALLY have this Condrieu/Cote-Rotie/St-Joseph specialist’s wines in Oregon!

The most famous of appellations for the Viognier grape, one must recognize that while Condrieu is Viogner, Viognier is NOT Condrieu and simply put, this wine is raging great. Gorgeous nose of white flowers, fresh apricot, peach, and a touch of honey. In the mouth this is an extremely elegant, fruit filled wine, with excellent balance and a long intense finish. A lot of times Viognier can get overtly rich and gooey, and this wine completely avoids this. Textbook Condrieu, and highly recommended for those that love Viognier. Lots of potential and very food friendly. Have this with white meat like pork tenderloin in a compote sauce, roasted chicken in a mushroom sauce or a heartier seafood preparation.

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95+ points – Vinous…Produced from the best exposure at the top of the Fiasco Cru, this wine was first bottled as a single vineyard in 1978. Owned and farmed by the Scavino family since 1921, this vineyard demonstrates the classic Castiglione Falletto combination of elegance and power, with a density of fruit, and vibrant, refined tannins.

‘The 2017 Barolo Bric del Fiasc is another gorgeous wine in the line up from the Scavino family. Readers will find a Barolo that is more nuanced and less bombastic than in the past. Bric del Fiasc has plenty of power on its own, so this style works so well. Dried rose petal, mint, spice, kirsch and iron all blossom with a bit of coaxing. I can’t wait to see how it ages.’ – 95+ POINTS, VINOUS