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.

97-point St-Emilion
Stellar Oregon Chardonnay
Stunning SuperTuscan

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$29.99 BTL./$359.88 CASE

This red could well be subtitled ‘SuperDuper Tuscan Thievery.’ From a top-notch Vino Nobile di Montepulciano producer, Avignonesi’s Grifi is a stunning price for its quality. Ever since Virginie Saverys obtained the estate in 2009 and lifted them out of a period of mediocrity, all her wines have become all about apex quality.

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Sangiovese, and an uptick over the recently offered 2019 and unlike many Super Tuscan blends like this, the grapes harmonize, with one never outshining the other. Bordeaux polish without ever losing its Italian and Tuscan soul. Super-streamlined aromas of plum, generous Italian herbs, iron, blueberry, cassis along with spicy, smoky, vanilla tones from a fine use of oak…think of this as Troy Polamalu wearing an Armani suit. Handsome, suave, but with wild hair and a total assassin! Smooth, concentrated, layered but in typical Avignonesi fashion, not a hair out of place. Smooth and very sophisticated, the wine's finish is very drawn-out and lasting with sexy black licorice and tea leaf notes. Utterly brilliant juice that can be consumed now through 2033.

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$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE - LIMITED

Galicia-based (specifically Monterrei) Quinta da Muradella has become one of Spain’s unicorn producers. These wines are about as easy to obtain as Thomas Pinot Noir or Raveneau Chablis. Monterrei is located inland in Galicia and right at the Portuguese border and close to Bierzo. Reds and whites are produced in this region, and you owe it to yourself to try these, although they are extremely limited.

The Candea Tinto is a blend of Mencia, which is found in Bierzo, along with doses of Tempranillo, Garnacha Tintorera & Mouraton. Very soulful, this wine elicited a good discussion as it changed multiple times in the glass. Starts off very mineral, giving way to floral tones, white pepper and overriding blackberry fruit. Silky and pleasing with excellent movement in the mouth, this 12% alcohol red is not a heavyweight but very sculpted, layered and extensive. Enjoy it with pork dishes.

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$36.99 BTL./$443.88 CASE - VERY LIMITED

Many know Evesham Wood as a prime Pinot Noir producer from Eola-Amity, but they also make a tiny amount of Chardonnay. This 66-case production is from Evesham’s estate vineyard and was planted by the late Russ Raney as an experiment in 1991. Only a quarter acre remains as Russ grafted to Pinot Noir in the late nineties. It is such a pity that he is not around to see the excitement for Oregon Chardonnay that he shared so long ago.

Fine ripeness, however, the Puit Sec’s soil brings about telltale zest and energy. Drinking very well right now yet with a spirited future ahead, it displays pineapple, lemon, wet stone and spice tones that follow into a texture that has impressive depth and announces itself as a giant overachiever, especially given its stature and price tag. No doubt, this is a sexy white Burgundy-inspired, Oregon Chardonnay experience, will drink nicely for years to come and will pair nicely with scallop or chicken dishes.

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$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

A new vintage of a favorite Walla Walla blend, this offering from The Walls (playfully named after the local prison) emerged on to the scene instantly becoming a go-to producer. This does not follow suit as to be a blend of leftovers, instead The Walls version called Stanley Groovy is based around Portuguese varietals and is chock full of dimension and flavor.

Based around Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cao and Souzao with others blended in, this hearty, bodacious red is all about pleasure. Scents of licorice and strawberry combine with a potent palate of ripe plums, allspice and peppercorns. The wine possesses a complex core as well as a long finish that is stout, albeit fresh and full of stuffing. Nevertheless, this is a fairly boisterous, rotund wine that will truly shine with such hearty red meat entrees as grilled lamb, sausages or beef kabobs. Drink over the next decade.

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$12.99 BTL./$155.88 CASE

Corbieres specialist’s Mattes-Sabran’s terroir is tough terrain, peppered with galets roulés, the large, oval granite stones typical in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

60% Grenache, 20% Syrah & 20% Mourvedre, this Southern French red is chock full of plum, garrigue, hot-rock and abundant ground pepper. Flavorful, generous and packed with spice from the fruit-forward start to the wild and unbridled finish. Gorgeous juice that screams for a grilled lamb, burgers, spaghetti & meatballs, pate, salami, sausage and more.

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$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

From the hearts of our bottoms, we promise you that this is NOT your parents' sickeningly sweet Vouvray. Domaine Aubuisieres is one of the talented Domaines of Vouvray. Named after an outcropping of Silex soil, this wine is dominated by an exquisite sense of terroir.
Bountiful stony Chenin Blanc aromas wrapped around white peach along with lemon-lime and blossoms. The texture starts off ripe and round then all at once becomes firm, bracing and very multi-dimensional. This intellectual wine finishes with nice viscosity as well as lifting citrus and will accompany salmon or trout dishes beautifully. Did we also mention that this an area whose greatest wines age for a long time? This flavorful white can be drunk now and will easily age through 2030.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

I adore Piedmont wines such as this that are led by Nebbiolo and blended with other local grapes. The big-boy wines are meant for aging, but this treat is a perfect mid-week/weekend tipple.

From the co-op in Gattinara, this 60% Nebbiolo/30% Barbera/5% Vespolino/5% Uva Rara blend is a favorite with the locals within Gattinara. Sultry scents of mulberry, mushroom, underlying graham-like spice and anise. Medium-to-full texture with all the mysteriousness that Nebbiolo delivers along with savory fruits from the Barbera and spiciness from the native Vespolina grape, this is a wine that can be uncorked with roasted or grilled meats.

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$119.99 BTL./$719.94 - SIX PACK

97 Points – Wine Enthusiast Magazine…Saint-Emilion has an entirely different classification system for its wines versus those of the Medoc. The name Grand Cru is tossed around like a frisbee, but it goes even a bit further for this region. The apex of Grand Cru for this region is known as Premier Cru Classé ‘A’. There are only four and include the likes of Cheval Blanc, Ausone, etc. Then there is Premier Cru Classe ‘B’, counts fourteen, and includes Figeac, Clos Fourtet and this Chateau Gaffiliere. The next layer, which includes this wine, is Grand Cru Classé and there are 64 Chateaux entitled to this status followed by over 240 that merely say Grand Cru. There are no Classé in those choices but can provide good values (see next wine).

2019 is an epic vintage for Bordeaux and this epic Bordeaux is stylish and destined for greatness. Pronounced blueberry and black cherry tones are very present with the 40% Cabernet Franc revealing itself with red fruits, fine herbs and tobacco then surrounded by plenty of vanilla, rose, espresso and earth notes from both the use of French oak and the terroir which is from the limestone plateau of Saint-Emilion. The palate is sultry, round and deep with flavors that deliver ripe blackberry, then chocolate, allspice and mineral. Very vertical and youthful and the finish is extremely persistent making it a definite candidate for long-term aging. One to put into the cellar and terrific choice for an anniversary, childbirth or other occasion that occurred in 2019. Drink from 2028 – 2045+.

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$45.99 BTL./$551.88 CASE

Another offering from the Malet-Roquefort family, this offering is from the previously mentioned Chateau Gaffiliere but has its own sites, vinification, lend and barrel room and is one of the 240+ that classified ‘merely’ as Grand Cru. It also is a different blend with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc but is one hundred percent Saint-Emilion.

Stacked and packed this wine shows off class and grace yet has a trucker's mouth with a bit of attitude and sass to it. Teeming with earth, limestone, alluring raspberry, violet and kisses of espresso and tobacco on the nose, it follows through to a texture that is mouth coating and having all the substance of the great 2019 vintage. A superbly structured finish that hangs around nicely, it may be consumed now and over the next decade, especially with duck or a rib-eye sautéed with butter and shallots.