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10 wines...Brunello, Soter Pinot, Soave, Rose & more

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$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

Prototype Provencal pink wine and prominently delicious. Tasted over the weekend, this blend of 45% Cinsault, 40% Grenache, 10% Carignan and 5% Rolle from halfway between Marseilles and Frejus in the heart of the Varois region of Provence lit up the room.

Classic southern French Rose aromas of strawberry, jasmine, pink grapefruit and yellow flowers follow through to a satisfying, mouth filling texture that has sweeping acidity to copiously cleanse the palate. Finishes with finesse and is quite drawn out. Try this with a seafood risotto or a charcuterie plate of cured meats and goat cheeses.

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$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

…And still your current champion of Soave, Vini Pra!!!!! Moving on the classy and sassy 2019, Graziano Pra and his team prove why they are such a formidable presence in this hallowed region. The Otto cuvee is one of the most over-performing and underpriced Italian white wines given its pedigree.

100% Garganega and from sites that were planted between 1957 and 1987, the Otto screams Soave righteousness from the moment it hits the glass. 100% stainless steel fermented, this wine is fresh and forward with precocious notes of green apple, lime, wet creek stone, almond and subtle smokiness. Bone dry and brisk yet not being without substance. A great wine for summer dinners highlighted by vegetables or seafood and yet it will also carry over to the colder months with fresh shellfish.

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$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

Many of you have become acquainted with this legendary Rioja producer’s wines over the years. While exemplary reds are made, this is estate also makes a couple of prodigious white Rioja wines as well. This selection is from a single vineyard, Capellania, and is from vines planted in 1945. 100% Viura and aged in French oak barrels, this modernist white wine is surely going to take you on quite an adventure.

This incredibly complex wine is one of the most unique and fun whites I have tasted all year. Complex aromatics of hazelnut, orange, marzipan and vanilla spring from the nose. This has terrific fruit intensity in the mouth, with lots of lemony zing to go along with a lingering finish of earth and herbs. If you like white Burgundy, you owe it to yourself to try a bottle of this. One last thing, it does age very well. Drink through 2026+.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Lately we have seen a resurgence of interest in white wines from the Rhone Valley, thus we are frenzied to introduce you to this Domaine and their Cotes-du-Rhone Villages Sablet Blanc. A bit of a modernist but in a good way, this white wine is made from 50% Clairette, 20% Marsanne, 20% Roussane, 10% Viognier that is aged in 20% barrels and 80% steel tank without malo-lactic fermentation.

Exploding with character, toothsome, mouth coating, yet electric white offers beautiful fragrances of peach-blossom, rose petal, ginger and gently placed acacia and anise-pepper tone that permeates throughout. Lots of depth and richness bring about an almost Lennon-McCartney kind of tension between fruit, terroir, acidity and spice. Incredibly intellectual and intense stuff that while young, takes off like a fighter jet on the finish and lasts, and lasts, and lasts. Drink this great Chardonnay alternative over the next 3-4 years.

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Louis Michel makes a Premier Cru Butteaux but they also make a very rare, old vine cuvee that is released amongst their Grands Crus and only made in top vintages and in miniscule quantities. Coming from the heart of Butteaux and with 60+ year old vines that have never been replanted, this wine is scintillating.

Refined and pristine, this wine really comes around, and the heady flinty-chalky nose makes for an immediate pause in the action. Hair-raising stuff. Really strong, deep aromas of minerals & burnished-steel white flowers. Rich and powerful tasting, quite racy but simply packed with dense flavors throughout, but especially on the livewire finish. Grand vin indeed! This is virtual Grand Cru quality without the top Grand Cru price. Very special stuff that while tempting to uncork immediately, it should ultimately be held until 2021 and drank through 2030+.

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We have dropped the price on this perennial Cellar Door favorite to something more manageable. Hence, back to a sensible $24 price point makes this worth featuring again. The Coulon family at Domaine de Beaurenard always kill it with this wine and prove that Rasteau truly deserved being elevated up from Cotes-du-Rhone Villages status, especially since it receives the same care and attention as their higher end Chateauneuf wines.

80% Grenache, 17% Syrah and 3% Mourvedre. Ripe, full penetrating classic steely Rasteau nose with cassis and black berry abound; builds more grenadine, lavender and especially violet as it sits in the glass. In the mouth, it is dense and opaque with underlying hot-rock scents with excellent movement. Lavish, complete and mouth filling, the vibrancy is plentiful for a large wine and maintains its handsome poise. The structure and grip are submerged but are present...Full, fresh and engaging, especially on the ever-lasting, long, exotic-spice tinged finish. Drink over the next 10-12 years. FIVE CASES AVAILABLE - HAVE AT IT!

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$27.99 BTL./$167.94 - SIX PACK

Tony Soter is one of the most influential producers not only in Oregon but also for all American wines. Tony gained recognition as founder of Etude Wines and consultant to such luminaries as Araujo, Shafer, Spotteswoode & Dalla Valle. By 1997, this Napa Valley veteran, having been widely praised for what he accomplished with his Pinot Noirs that he produced at Etude, returned to his birthplace in Oregon to make wines under the Soter label. For over 20 years now, Tony and winemakers James Cahill and Chris Fladwood create wines of class throughout the entire range.

The North Valley wines are Soter’s mid-level priced wines that are blended from numerous vineyards in the Willamette Valley. 2017 is turning out to be quite a magnificent vintage in Oregon and this Pinot Noir from 31% Yamhill-Carlton, 27% Ribbon Ridge, 13% Dundee Hills, 5% Eola-Amity Hills & 24% Willamette Valley epitomizes the artistry of a fine assemblage of excellent fruit. The current version of the North Valley is exuberant and captivating on the nose with aromas of cherries and baking spices. There is no shortage of red fruit on the well-formed palate that is seemingly is sprinkled with earth and subtle vanilla tones. Elegant and supple, this one will drink well now and over the next 10-12 years.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Located in Yakima, the wines produced at Gilbert Cellars are solid contenders when it comes to price/quality rapport in the Washington red blend category.

Coming from a blend of four vineyard sites this assemblage of four out of the five Bordeaux varietals is 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot 5% Malbec & 4% Petit Verdot. Hearty and full-flavored exhibiting black cherry, raspberry, cocoa powder, violet, and aromatic herbs and spices on the nose. Mouth-coating with ripe, but even-keeled smooth-textured fruit, earth and spicy oak tones all which carry to a finish that is lasting and very dignified; drink over the next 4-6 years.

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$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

100% Tinta del País (Tempranillo) from Spain's normally high-rent Ribera del Duero district, this perennial best buy is forward, expressive and crowd pleasing with ample raspberry, licorice, subtle herbs and cinnamon aspects that are featured on the nose and particularly the sneaky, mouth-coating texture. Plenty of impact, but also plenty of freshness, this is a red wine to have with a simple meat and cheese plate and several friends.

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$44.99 BTL./$269.94 - SIX PACK

The medieval hills of Montalcino have given way to a new wave of glitz in winemaking, but in the eastern sector of this region, it is the passion and drive of the true artisanal producer that shines above the glamour of the neighboring estates. Patrizia Cencioni doesn’t spend her time behind a desk; instead, she sits behind the wheel of her tractor, tends to her vines by hand, and takes on the tasks of the cellar. Starting in 1989 at the tender age of 19, this relatively unknown producer walked away with a Tre Bicchieri award from Gambero Rosso for the 1997 vintage and never looked back. These days this female owned and operated (Patrizia is now joined by her two daughters Arianna and Annalisa) is one of the superb gems of the region. Until recently and before a larger winery got involved with the name, the estate and wine was simply Solaria. That all had to change and it is now known as Patrizia Cencione but she eeps the name Solaria around just to give the corporate clowns at Antinori the middle finger. Gotta love the Italians!

Portland is lucky, because Todd ‘Pancetta’ Bacon resurrected a direct import relationship with Patrizia and we are able to offer her wines at killer prices. Exuberant, full scents of violet, rose, plum, tobacco, menthol and underbrush instantly awaken the senses. In the mouth, the 2015 vintage shows its mettle very well as it is deep and full of flavor. Waves of darkness radiate out from the wine’s fleshy core and there is plenty of structure albeit with a feminine touch which will allow for development, but this it is pretty damn irresistible now with a T-bone. Enjoy this wine over the next 10-12 years.