Barbera Wednesday
Alba, Asti & Pinerolese

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This wine remains one of the finest Barbera deals in the wine universe! Marchesi di Gresy was a member of the Produttori del Barbaresco until 1973 when Alberto Di Gresy wished to showcase his single cru of Martinenga, thus making his own statement in the bottle. To quote Alberto, 'A grape growing, wine producing Piedmontese Estate couldn't, without doubt, not produce a good Barbera'!

Made from fruit from a vineyard in the northern reaches of Asti, this sumptuous Barbera d'Asti is ruby red in color with intense violet hues sharing a spirited and scrumptious bouquet. Tank aged, pure aromas of rose, plum and bounteous cherry jump from the glass! Mouthfilling Barbera of elegant character with excellent balance from start to finish it is an ideal companion to salumi, tajarin and most pasta. It is also perfect with dry cheeses. Orders will arrive next week when Bryan returns.

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The Pinerolese DOC is located between Torino and the French border of Italy’s Piedmont region. Obtaining these wines outside of their neighborhood is extremely rare. Le Marie Vini, located in the foothills near Monte Viso in the Alps, deliver wines that glide in both the Italian and French Alpine style.

From old vines. Chock full of flavors and aromas of lusty strawberry and plum that combine for fine transparency. Excellent generosity carries over into the mouth with mouth-filling fruit. Aged in large 2500-liter botti, it maintains ample zip and lift. Barbera loves cheese and I highly recommend pairing it with a classic lasagna or stuffed shells with ree-gote and muzz-a-dell or Chicago-styled pizza. It will work with mushroom risotto or other earthy dishes, too. Orders will arrive next week when Bryan returns.

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La Morra is the home of refined and sophisticated Barolo, and this carries over very well to the classy Barbera grown in these same soils. We fell in love with the Molino family's wines well over twenty years ago and what first caught our attention was their impeccable quality coupled with some of the best prices of the region, prompting us to refer to their wines as the best values in the entirety of the Barolo region.

Not a hair is out of place on this toothsome Barbera, and it is La Morra to a "T" with its enticing aromatics and stylish flavors. True to its varietal, the new 2022 is melodic and drinking exquisitely. Strawberry and darker blackberry scents than the others on this sheet permeate from the nose and follow through to a texture that is handsomely high-toned, fleshy, harmonious and silky-smooth. Nothing not to like with this one! Have it with risotto, root vegetables or pork dishes. Orders will arrive next week when Bryan returns.

Gigondas, Albarino, Bubbly
Soulful Loire Red & Paso Robles Cab
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I am often asked 'what is the next exciting wine region?' and I almost immediately say Portugal. The Dão region is becoming very sought after by wine growers as well as consumers with its excellent price/quality choices.

25% Touriga Naçional, 25% Alfrocheiro, 25% Jaen, 25% Tinta Pinheira grown at 1600 feet in granitic soils with veins of sand. All about pleasure. Packed with Mediterranean personality displaying hearty, peppery and very forward scents and flavors of chocolate truffle complimented with raspberry, leather, roasted earth, sage and spice that bring everything together. The texture starts out plush and supple quickly gaining zest and spine on the earth-laden, snap-back finish. Drink with pork dishes laced with mushrooms or roasted chicken slathered with herbs.

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$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

It is always whimsical to see folks navigate Italian wine regions, grapes, styles and regulations. Take Cerasuolo for example. It is two different entities - one Sicily (red) and one Abruzzo (deep pink). Gulfi was one of the leaders in the rise of quality in this ancient SE Sicily area and since 1996 these organically grown wines have delivered great enjoyment.

50% Nero D'Avola and 50% Frappatto, this fragrant, detonating in the mouth red is full of vibrant, crunchy cherry fruit, smoke, pepper and underlying plum tones that follow through to a texture that tingles and fills the mouth without being tannic or heavy; perfect for drinking over the next two or three years with fish and tomato dishes.

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François Chidaine is known for his tightly allocated Montlouis/Vouvray wines but he also makes a line of affordable, delightful wines under the Touraine appellation. White, Rose and this crunchy, vibrant red are all represented.

Equal portions of Cabernet Franc, Côt & Pineau D’Aunis, this is one of the tastiest tipples that we work with. The epitome of a Country French Wine, this smooth, aromatic blend offers pure high-pitched scents of strawberry, earth, allspice and a kiss of licorice and mushroom. Gorgeously vivacious, food-friendly juice that has nice ripeness, gritty earthiness, and a peppery, vibrant, red licorice-like finish. All these flavors combined with sausage and peppers, charcuterie or a sturdy vegetable stew promise to make for a perfect evening.

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A Cabernet from a Paso Robles project that emphasizes flavorful wines that over perform for fair prices.

Chewy and ripe flavors expand into a firm and spicy middle Scrumptious from the first moment, full-flavors and aromas of roasted blackberry, milk chocolate, cooking herbs, pepper and smoke it is unpretentious, full of generosity and energy then extending into a way above average finish. A great red for grilled steak, braised short ribs in tangy sauce or a lamb or beef barbacoa.

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$27.99 BTL./$335.88 CASE

Along with Do Ferreiro and Raul Perez, Pazo is a top three Albariño producer and a smattering of the brilliant 2021 is available. A bit more lees aging than most who utilize this grape, this always shows fantastic with a couple of years in the bottle. 2021 is also 12.5% alcohol vs. the soon-to-arrive 2022 which is 13.5%.

Prominent seashells and saline. Peach, mandarin and fine herbs arrive. An arsenal of flavor and depth with strapping varietal character. Saturated, chiming and exhilarating finish, Albariño is the ultimate seafood wine, and this offering will pair well with crab, smoked albacore, mussels and more.

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$34.99 BTL./$419.88 CASE

Bertrand Stehelin is a busy dude. In charge of his own Domaine as well as his family's estate, Domaine Palliere et Pied Gû, seven different wines are produced but it is Gigondas that is the specialty of these properties. This cuvee was started in 2004 and is aged in 50% concrete and 50% large foudres and 600-liter barrels.

70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre from 70–90-year-old vines all in the northwest of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Resounding aromas of lavender lead things off and unfolding further with scents of thyme, red raspberry and undertones of smoked meat give resounding definition of origin. Full-bodied and penetrating, but not a bruiser due to the unique terroir which gives class. Compact and rich flavors surround Asian spice and expand into a haunting and expanding finish. With the proper, hearty dish, this wine can be accessed now, and will easily drink well through 2033+.

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The new arrival of the tasty Raventos Blanc de Blancs! Leading the charge to establish a new appellation for Spanish Sparkling wine, Conca Del Riu Anoia, Raventos split from the Cava appellation to separate the boutique, quality focused producers within the Cava category from those who are of the more industrial sized and based on quantity.

Made from native grapes, 45% Xarel.lo, 39% Macabeu, 15% Parellada 6% Malvasia de Sitges. It is Malvasia that brings about aromatics and superb acidity to go along with the body, complexity and fruit of the other grapes. Marzipan, flowers, peach-pit, and an almost lemon peel scent calmly and gently waft. Inspired by the greats of Champagne with outstanding finesse, both aromatically and in flavor. Creamy, fine bubbles are enhanced by energetic and lemony briskness, which is very apparent on the mouth-watering, palate-cleansing, thrusting finish. Great for sipping or toasting and will nicely stand up to cod, salmon, shrimp or something doused in a romesco sauce.

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$46.99 BTL./$563.88 CASE

One of the finest Oregon Pinot producers that you don't know. One of the apex selections from McKinlay who have been in existence since the eighties, the Special Selection ages like a beast and has been known to perform mightily in blind tastings.

Perfumed aromas of red berries, spice and roses with a hint of anise and pepper lead to layers of lush red fruit and underbrush on the palate. Fine tannins frame and extend the rich flavors that are a bit packed in right now but poised for sexy greatness. Having been producing wine and the special Selection since the mid-eighties, McKinlay Pinots are always a great expression of where they are grown and the Special Selection is not produced every vintage. This is certainly one to put into the cellar. Drink 2026 - 2035+.

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$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

Never heard of the Coteaux D'Enserune region? Up until recently, neither had I. Located on the plain between Bezier and Narbonne in the Languedoc, this region's wines are made for everyday drinking.

Malbec on the Mediterranean? Why yes. Unoaked, unpretentious and full of attacking red cherry fruit along with garrigue notes of thyme, licorice and rosemary. Clean with burst and warmth, this palate coating red works beautifully with or without food.

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Rioja, Chianti & Under 12 White
95-Point Andrew Will Red

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What Rioja fans have been waiting for, the arrival of the 2019 Reserva and Gran Reserva wines. This is shaping up to be a terrific vintage and one of balance and virtual seamlessness. This offering is from a legit, longtime bastion of traditionally styled Rioja and we could not be more excited to highlight it up front this week.
100% Tempranillo. Savory and laden with cherries, strawberries, mocha and thoughtfully placed toasty oak. Underlying mineral and rose-petal provide background music and together all the components flow into a mouthfeel that is smooth, voluptuous and packed with character and expansion. Drink this succulent, flavorful Rioja over the next decade with pork doused with garlic, olive oil and fennel. If this cuvee is this terrific, I cannot wait to see the Ardanza, Arana and 904 from this vaunted estate.

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93 Points – Decanter Magazine. Upon arrival in late last year, this wine was hibernating from travel but damn has it opened up. Also exciting is its fat accolade from Decanter…’Deep violet in colour and equally youthful on the nose, it exudes wild berries, black plum, and hints of wood spice. Tangy dark red cherry fills the mouth, buoyed by rambunctious acidity and framed by suede-textured tannins. Winter mint and liquorice root linger on the finish. With admirable complexity, this outperforms its category. – 93 Points'.
Take note, 2021 for Chianti Classico (and Tuscany in general) is the finest vintage since 2016. The vintage itself started warm but conditions were very normal and fine, resulting in excellent fruit and the quality is showing in the bottle.

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One of our favorite wines from Ridge...and it's a white wine!
90% Grenache Blanc, 6% Roussanne, 4% Picpoul and exploding with character, this palate staining yet electric white offers beautiful fragrances of peach-blossom, rose petal, ginger and gently placed acacia and anise-pepper tones. Incredibly floating and intense stuff that buzzes on the finish and lasts for quite a long time for a Cali wine at this price level. Enjoy this superb Chardonnay alternative over the next 4-5 years with an array of fleshier seafood dishes.

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$17.99 BTL./$15.88 CASE

Tre Bicchieri Award from Slow Food Gambero Rosso
- rare for a wine under 20-bucks!
Blue fruits, Italian herbs, roasted earth and smoked meat follow through to a chewy, very direct texture that has first-rate depth and personality. Vibrant, redolent, full, fleshy and buxom and possessing classic tangy character throughout; a virtuoso overachiever! Try it with penne pasta done arrabbiata style with tomatoes and hot chili flakes.

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$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

Bonny Doon’s Randall Graham is one of the original Rhone Rangers and this is the label that put him and the category on the map.
65% Grenache, 18% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 2% Petite Sirah, think of this as a California Cotes-du-Rhone. Ample pepper, ample blackberry fruit with a forward texture with substance that builds to a finish with strawberry, sage and good vibrancy.

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From Northern Piedmont, Davide Carlone’s land is within the Boca region, which is about halfway between Barolo and Barbaresco and the Swiss border. Not only is Nebbiolo present here (Boca) but Croatina, also known as Bonarda, is also present and Davide’s version is from 80-100+ year old vines and is one of the finest versions that I have ever sampled.
An illuminating red that is like the neon lights outside of an Amsterdam tart shop. Warm, sultry and bursting with cherry, prominent earth and licorice. Deft, yet properly hearty and flavorful from the instant that it is placed in the mouth all the way to the succulent finish. A groovy kind of wine that will take you on a fantastic voyage and is all about the old vines as well as the earth. Enjoy this over the next 4-5 years with pasta done with meat sauces.

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From an exceptionally fine Minervois producer comes this 100% Viognier that never strays over its boundaries or becomes a pineapple princess.
Very classic, very southern French with a combination of lemon and mango notes along with breezy herbs and underlying mineral notes. Lively, forward yet with a good Viognier texture that is supported by nice citrusy acidity throughout. A delightful twelve-dollar version that can be consumed alone or with spicy cuisine.

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95 Points Vinous...Founded in 1989 by Chris Camarda and named after his son Will (who is now winemaker) and nephew Andrew, this estate is legendary in Washington making extremely profound wines and is on the pedestal of the state’s early influences such as Leonetti, Woodward Canyon and DeLille. Commencing in 2002, Chris Camarda started to produce wines from various single vineyards utilizing blends of grapes which influenced by Bordeaux. Do you ask if Chateau Latour or Mouton-Rothschild is Cabernet Sauvignon? No, you are drinking the great blend and gaining that essence of the site.
Ciel du Cheval is from the Red Mountain appellation and is one of the longtime apex sites in Washington. Being a warm and torrid site Andrew Will prefers to make this wine sans Cabernet Sauvignon due to the loamy soils on gravel beds to reflect the site as well as its Right Bank influences. 50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Merlot the 2017 is turbocharged, full flavored, and layered with impressive fruit along with a fine backbone. Blackberry combines nicely with cherry pit, dark chocolate, dried herbs and violet. Well-crafted and stacked, at age seven, this wine is really starting to unfold yet will easily age through 2035+.