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Italian Wines for 12 & Two Olive Oils - Cellar Door
Soave & Italian Rosso for 12
Sicilian & Tuscan Olive Oils


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2022 LA CAPPUCCINA SOAVE
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

A cool breeze of a white wine coming from a superb Soave (and more) estate who gets so much out of their humble Soave that is not designated as Classico.

Hints of wet stone, lemon, and orange on the nose. In the mouth, there is excellent intensity without compromising its crispness. Blitzing citrus fruits in the mouth, great zing, and a long finish make you keep coming back for another glass. At this price, one can afford to have this stocked up in the refrigerator. You know we will!



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2022 LA CAPPUCCINA 'MADEGO'
VENETO ROSSO
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Carmenere and 100% delicious, this wine left me wondering just how it could be this inexpensive and this good. It will best things with cute animals on the labels from Chile or Australia that are commonplace in grocery stores at this price.

Even though this wine is from Bordeaux grapes, it oozes Italy and Il Veneto. Cassis, pekoe, raspberry, clove and cinnamon scents follow into a texture that has a tangy note that signifies the region as well as lush red and black fruit notes. Finishing with coriander, mocha and dusty earth, the excellent persistence belies its modest price point. Drink this delicious Italian Cab blend over the next 2 years with grilled burgers or grilled eggplant for those who do not partake in carnivorous delights.



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2023 GULFI CANTINE
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
$39.99 BTL.

The Catania family not only deliver exquisite wine, but they also make miniscule amounts of olive oil. The olive oils from the cooler, SE Sicilian region of Chiaramonte Gulfi are renowned and very sought-after by foodies around the world. Gulfi’s trees are centuries old, and the variety of olive utilized here is Tonda Iblea and this slightly larger, native olive delivers oils with very individual aromas and flavors.

Dense, fresh and lively with an almost sun-dried tomato-like scent along with brilliant grass and more prominent spice tones…quite complex and mouth-filling, this is an oil that is best served with good bread and salt…Also superb for cooking and if you finish something with this oil, do it with something that possesses more amplified flavors. A wonderful compliment to any Mediterranean seafood dish…and good bread. Like the limited quantities of their superb wines, little is produced.



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2023 FATTORIA DI FELSINA
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
$39.99 BTL.

The incredibly famous Fattoria di Felsina make stratospheric Chianti Classico wines and this commitment to excellence also carries over to their equally breathtaking olive oils.

The olive blend is Pendolino, Moraiolo, Raggiolo and Leccino from olive trees which the youngest are from the 1980s and oldest from the sixties. From start to finish, this olive oil is all about the magic of Tuscany. Subtle fragrant grassy tones build into spectacular scents! In the mouth, it is sumptuous! Creamy, viscous and gentle, however the building aspects on the nose are even more impressive in the mouth. Terrific Tuscan spices really come out, especially in the back of the mouth. If there was an oil we could compare to the U2 song, "With Or Without You," this is it…the whole crescendo is here. Drizzle on bruschetta or dunk some good bread in it. For maximum pleasure, this makes a great and easy natural "sauce" for grilled salmon, halibut or steak, particularly a T-Bone.







THE CELLAR DOOR'S 'HAVEN'T YINZ NOTICED' HOTSHEET
New Graillot Crozes & Leonetti Merlot
94-point Spanish Red for 20
Friulano & Southern French Rose


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2022 ALVAR DE DIOS
TIO UCO TINTO
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

94 Points – Vinous…Even thought this wine is from the Toro region of Spain, Alvar de Dios chooses to classify this wine as Tierra de Castilla y Leon due to it being more balanced and not the over-the-top stereotype that is the norm of the area.

90% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha aged five months in large French foudres (1000-3500 liters), this red reveals vivacious, tantalizing scents of wild strawberry, savory herbs, kisses of dahlia and dark plum all well-formed. On the palate, succulent fruit is present along with an aftertaste of fine spice, pepper and crisp acidity. A terrific value and not often where a 94-point score is bestowed on a twenty-dollar wine!



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2021 SEPPELTSFIELD CABERNET SAUVIGNON
'CLARE VALLEY'
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

Seppeltsfield have been in operation in Australia since 1851 initially establishing themselves as a fortified wine specialist. Over time, classic dry wines were introduced from this beloved estate with an abundance of history.

Unrepenting Aussie and Clare Valley, the saturated and distinct qualities of this flavorful 100% Cabernet jump from the glass immediately. Intense cassis, herbs, vanilla and toffee get it started, but after about 20 minutes of aeration, more peppermint, milk chocolate and cigar box permeate through. Penetrating and dense texture that is ripe and layered along with freshness, especially on the impressively lengthy and dry finish. Drink this succulent Cabernet over the next 7-8 years.



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2022 MITJA SIRK
FRIULANO BIANCO
$29.99 BTL./$359.88 CASE

One of the peculiarities of this enticing Friulano white is that it is labeled as a wine from EU due to the grapes coming from both Italy and just across Friuli’s border in Slovenia. Locations and semantics aside, this has been one of the most compelling and fascinating white wines that we have offered in 2024.

A very authentic expression of the stony, ponca soils that is prominent in both areas, this version feels as though it is picked in several passes through the vineyard. Aged 90% in steel tank and 10% in older neutral barrels, this Friuliano is direct and detailed. Sharing gentle herbs with sea-driven, salinous aromas along with quasi-lemongrass and perfumed nectarine aspects, there is an abundance of intricacy and change each time you smell the wine. The texture itself is clean but provides palate coverage along with tense, twangy dryness, especially on the vibrant, savory follow-through. Try with Prosciutto di San Daniele which is a classic match. It will also collaborate well with a seafood smorgasbord and white sausages.



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2021 ALAIN GRAILLOT
CROZES-HERMITAGE
$39.99 BTL./$239.94 SIX PACK

When it comes to Crozes Hermitage, Domaine Graillot is the Muhammed Ali of the region. There are other contenders, some exceptionally good, but none of their Crozes Hermitage wines are the equal of this champion's. For 35+ years, the late, great Alain Graillot along with his sons Max and Antoine have perfected their art making some of the most sophisticated, complex and grand Syrahs on all levels.

The 2021 Crozes-Hermitage is another knockout beauty! We love to drink wine, but there is something about putting the glass to your nose and just smelling the beauty of a top wine. This is one of those special circumstances! After tasting this version, the first sentence in my notes were "closeted Côte-Rôtie". Makes sense, Alain is originally from Vienne and Max and Antoine have continued his deft and delicate touch when it comes to his wines. Magical perfume notes with prominent woodsmoke, olive, black raspberry, hints of licorice and cherry blossom immediately seduce from the start. In the mouth, it is expectedly chill, but with major depth and poise. Wonderful finesse and ethereal depth and a finish that is illuminating and sneaky-long…the youthful exuberance and structure take over. Put this one away until 2026 and consume it through 2035+.



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2022 PASCUAL TOSO
ESTATE MALBEC
$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

This is the story of "The Little Wine That Could". Once upon a time, there was a thirst...and that thirst needed to be quenched. Enter Pascual Toso Estate Malbec, a dark red, terroir-driven delight. It offers a generous nose of plums, dark cherries and berries with notes of earth added to its lush and velvety sweet body flowing with dark fruit, sharing an attractive balance with opulence that is sure to please.

The main production is from grapes harvested at the end of March; from estate owned vineyards in the Barrancas and Maipu sub-zones of the Mendoza appellation. The destemmed and softly pressed grapes are vinified in stainless steel vats...During the several day fermentation-maceration process the must is punched down for optimal extraction....blah, blah, blah, blah...Not to ignore or shun the technical aspects of this Malbec, the moral of the story is that Toso Estate is all about pleasure. Glass after glass after glass, the thirst was happily quenched. THE END.



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2021 GAROFOLI ROSSO CONERO
'PIANCARDA'
$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

100% Montepulciano, this flavorful red wine from Italy's Le Marches region along the Adriatic coast is poetic and animalistic all at once. Exciting aromas of plum, violet, mineral and telltale Montepulciano sanguine aspects build nicely from the glass. In the mouth, it is firmly dry with nice depth and earth tones. Food-friendly, enjoy this sinister beauty with hearty pasta dishes or braised beef.

Not only is Garofoli one of Le Marches most important producers; they tend to usually be mentioned when it comes to Italy's elite even though they make such affordable wines. Both red and white wines are produced here in many ranges. If you love Italian wine values, we cannot encourage you more to try Garofoli's delectable wines.



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2021 JC SOMERS PINOT NOIR
'NOUVELLE LUNE' DUNDEE HILLS
$34.99 BTL./$419.88 CASE

I have known Jay and Ronda Somers for almost thirty years and given their youthful energy it is humorously unsettling that they are referred to as elders of the Oregon wine industry. Jay has been producing influential wines and after devolving J. Christopher set out to go back to their small winery roots with the JC Somers label.

Nouvelle Lune, or new moon, is solely from the Dundee Hills and specifically from Abbey Ridge (50%), La Colina (40%) and Nicolas Family Vineyards. Absolute essence of what Dundee Hills brings. Aromatic, intricately detailed, lovely combo of violet, plum, jasmine and lavender. Silk-laden, very mouth-crawling, sultry pinot palate. Tightens as expected on the finish, which reveals stunning length and immense potential. Drink over the next 15 years.



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2023 LAFAGE 'MIRAFLORS'
ROUSSILLON ROSE
$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

Southern French Rose under twenty and best of all is they ditched that stupid frosted bottle that was previously used. Jean-Marc Lafage is highly respected for his entire range of Roussillon wines and the newly arrived Miraflors certainly pleases the senses.

The usual suspects of Mourvedre, Grenache, etc. make up the blend and provide soulful and confident Mediterranean aromas. Good subtlety and finesse with aromas of strawberry, fennel, rosemary and a prominent "sea-smoke" note. Ample flavor, depth and detail all culminating with a lively, very spirited finish. This wine really screams for seafood, especially fish on the grill and dressed with nice olive oil and herbs.



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2022 LEONETTI MERLOT
'WALLA WALLA'
$110.99 BTL./$665.94 - SIX PACK

Leonetti's Merlot is one of the wines that put Washington on the world's wine stage. A limited chance to score one of Walla Walla’s most popular and lofty producers. 2022 is the second of two major vintages for this area and once again, Leonetti performed on a mighty level. As usual it is tightly allocated, so first come - first served.

Notes from Leonetti: ‘This wine is densely colored garnet to the rim. It opens with rich aromatics of graham crackers and blackberries poured over vanilla ice cream with a subtle note of rich medium roast coffee. Sweet and dense fruit notes on the mid-palate are bolstered by grippy tannins that recede at the perfect moment. Each sip leaves you with a supple but chalky finish that lingers. A truly sensational Merlot from the '22 vintage that must be experienced'. Drink over the next 15-20 years.







Cellar Door Thursday Surprise
AWE-INSPIRING ARNEIS
3 New Releases from Giovanni Almondo


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2022 ALMONDO ARNEIS
'VIGNA SPARSE'
$17.99 BTL./$107.94 - 6 PK

Federico and Stefano Almondo are making white wines from the grape that are extraordinary and very special indeed. All of the property is within the village of Monta and is at the highest point of the Roero which differentiates themselves from others due to the various soils structures versus those from lower elevations based around sand. The name of the grape, Arneis, is derived from Piedmont dialect and means little rascal. One of the more finicky grapes to grow, the white wine it produces is synonymous with the Roero region and has experienced somewhat of a revival over the last few years.

The newly arrived 2022 reveals classic, beautiful aromatics of white peaches and flowers that lead into a rich, mouthful of citrus fruit and spice. Often times we talk about wine with food, but this one tastes just great on its own. If you are going to enjoy it with food we would recommend fish, preferably white fish done with a citrus marinade or fruit salsa or even a spicy fish/chicken/veggie preparation.



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2022 ALMONDO ARNEIS
'BRICCO DELLE CILIEGIE'
$19.99 BTL./$119.94 - 6 PK

One of the most prominent sites in the Roero for Arneis, Bricco Ciliegie has some sand but what makes it very individual is the major presence of limestone with some clay.

Blitzing mineral and energy present with underlying scents of lemon and apricot and gentle touches of saline. The entry is round and expansive then picking up nerve and livewire character that lifts the wine and fills the mouth with joy. Kisses of honey and fennel beam on the finish, but what really sets it off is the stoniness and brilliant persistence. Again, I cannot say enough just how excited I am to feature this. Good salmon is now in season and no problem to pair it up or perhaps try with a seafood risotto with asparagus.



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2022 ALMONDO ARNEIS
'LE RIVE DEL BRICCO'
$29.99 BTL./$179.94 - 6 PK

The most recent addition to the Almondo range is this ‘Super Arneis’. From just over 1000 feet, this single parcel on the Bricco Ciliegie hill this white wine wine not only has depth it also has tension and a kaliediscope of aromas, flavors and detail. Simply put, this may well be the finest Arneis I have ever tasted.

One of the new benchmarks of the region, the 2022 is striking and between swears in my notebook, I tongue-in-cheek scribbles it as the Montrachet of Arneis LOL! Teeming with beautiful aromas of anisette, smoked peach, apricot, white flowers and minerality that impeccably balances its rich mouth-coating quality. The texture is deep and inviting with great quench and layer upon layer of white spice infused stone fruits. Quite serious and very much for the lover of the great whites of the world. A fantastic white for scallops, seabass or other seafood dishes, especially seared tuna in an Asian prep or fried calamari. If one really wanted to indulge some hedonistic fantasy, it could make for an expensive deck wine because it is so easy to drink on its own.