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THE CELLAR DOOR'S 'POLE VAULT JEEBUS' HOTSHEET
15-buck White Burgundy, 95+ point Brezza Barolo wines, Cab Blend, Vietti Barbera & more


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2018 VIETTI BARBERA D'ASTI
'TRE VIGNE'
$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

91 Points – The Wine Advocate…In this corner we have the Tre Vigne version from the Asti region, a fast-moving, but muscular boxer that has a real no-quit attitude. Think Sugar Ray Leonard! Always exciting and always one of the top values of Barbera, this wine comes from vineyards that range from seven to 70+ years old. As usual, this wine delivers the goods in such a personable manner.

Vintage 2018 delivered a classically formed, very handsome version of this perennial Cellar Door favorite. Rocking with aromas of cocoa, black raspberry, and raspberry, which intermingle nicely with allspice and turned earth. Excellent complexity in the mouth - robust, chewy and a way above average Barbera for under 20 bucks. Everything integrates nicely on the lingering, pleasing finish. Bravissimo to Luca Currado for once again producing a value wine that makes you feel as though you are drinking something that costs a lot more!



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2019 L'ARFENTIERE MACON-UCHIZY
$14.99 BTL./$179.88 CASE

Do you love Chardonnay, but tired of interference from oak? Do you love white Burgundy, but tired of the excruciatingly high prices? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you should order some of this wine!

One of our favorite value-wines from the Macon region in Southern Burgundy, this wine is a consistent overachiever. Uchizy is a village with the Macon region that is a bit higher in elevation and with a bevy of limestone in the vineyards, making this wine is a magnificent expression of its origin. Coming from 30-year-old vines and elevated in stainless steel tanks, it shows knockout scents of lemon, mandarin, Granny Smith apple and stony mineral. Zippy flavors dominate, but there is also nice expansion and intensity in the mouth from the yields being 30% less than allowable for the appellation. Crisp and pert on the finish, it is perfect with roasted chicken or white fish like sea bass or sole. In addition, it will pair nicely with cheeses like Chevre or Brillat Savarin.



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2017 VIDAL SOBLECHERO
'VINA CLAVIDOR' TINTA FINA
$11.99 btl./$143.88 case

100% Tempranillo. Unofficially this is red Rueda because it is Tempranillo grown amidst a sea of Verdejo in one of Spain’s prominent white wine region.

A very engaging warm weather red wine, but what is most important is that it smells and tastes Spanish. Ripe strawberry scents waft from the glass and are joined by a soft texture and lovely roasted herbs on the palate. Get yourself a bit of cheese, salami or grill up a burger and do your part for the cause!



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2017 WATERS 'INTERLUDE'
COLUMBIA VALLEY CAB BLEND
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Walla Walla-based Waters is one of the fine producers who excel with both Rhone as well as producing exquisite wines with Bordeaux varietals as well. Interlude one of Jamie Brown’s two blended wines (the other is from Grenache and Syrah) that really offers a lot of wine for not a lot of money.

79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot. Sultry, promiscuous, and layered aromas and flavors of black cherry, smoke, licorice, cassis and violet shine with all of the varietals taking a verse and backed up nicely by intertwined oak. Graceful, rich and with loads of cushion, on the second taste, one picks up impressive structure, acidity and grip. The finish is surprisingly saturated and long for its price-level. Drink over the next 4-7 years with grilled lamb chops.



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2019 MULDERBOSCH CHENIN BLANC
$15.99 BTL./$191.88 CASE

Mulderbosch is one of South Africa's finest properties and one that The Cellar Door is very fond of, both red and white wines. This prime estate's version of Chenin Blanc shows why the grape thrives so well in this nation whose wine history stretches back to the 1600s. 75% is aged in stainless steel, 25% in neutral oak both large and small barrels to make this a moreish version.

Fully dry, this wine permeates gunsmoke, lanolin, quince and pronounced ripe red apple tones. Plenty of intense flavors with a swath of dense fruit and mineral that touches the entire palate. Very balanced and really turns on the jets with a focused, searing, long finish. This impressive offering is a must with the impending arrival of spring salmon and other hearty seafood.



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2018 WARRE'S DOURO TINTO 'ALTANO'
$10.99 BTL./$131.88 CASE

Known for Port, the Douro Valley also is home to some fantastic dry red wines. Warre's is a top port house and in the 90s, they started up the Altano project, which specializes in fine, non-fortified wines.

Made with Tinta Roriz, (Tempranillo), this portion brings forth the deep strawberries, balsamic and tangy tones while the Touriga Franca adds smoothness, refinement, herbs and subtle exotic spices to the flavor profile. A wonderful Wednesday night wine that can be had with a burger or enjoyed by itself. So much for so little!



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2015 DOMAINE DE PALLUS
CHINON 'LES PENSEES'
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

30-year-old vines situated in a prime area not far from Baudry’s Croix Boisee site in Chinon, this wine comes from average 30 year old vines and is 100% Cabernet Franc.

When drinking this Chinon, we recommend using a Burgundy glass versus a Bordeaux glass because Cab Franc in this area is more about aromatics and less about heft. Now Chinon might not be for everyone, as it is certainly not a lollipop wine. Yet for those that love aromatic, refined wines it is not to be missed. Classic nose of baked cherry, sandalwood, jasmine, and spicy herb notes. Pure red cherry, and mineral assault the palate, with great intensity, yet texture wise more akin to red Burgundy. Such an amazingly versatile food wine, Chinon is always prevalent on the Paris bistro scene and one can see why. This wine works with a wide variety of foods from rillettes to beef curry dishes to your favorite lamb stew. It is also quite surprisingly delicious with your holiday turkey. Drink over the next decade.



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2015 BREZZA BAROLO 'CANNUBI'
$59.99 BTL./$359.94 - SIX PACK

95 Points – Wine Enthusiast Magazine…There are still Barolo choices, prolific vintages like 2015 (great) and 2016 (legendary but expensive), available that should have your attention more so than newer releases which are delicious but don't quite hit the heights of '15 and '16.

From a very famous and prolific site, Brezza’s Cannubi possesses profound, perfumed aromatic qualities of rose and red licorice. Rose and strawberry licorice play off mushroom, tar and balsam. One can almost just smell this all day long! On the palate it is youthful, but with superb ripeness and depth of fruit submerging the structure Stellar potential, and with the essence of the finesse of Cannubi, especially on the youthful finish, which is stacked and packed with grand cru depth and length! Firm, penetrating and destined for greatness! Hold on to this until the end of 2022 and and enjoy it for the following 12-15 years



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2015 BREZZA BAROLO 'SARMASSA'
$64.99 BTL./$389.94 - SIX PACK

97 Points – Wine Enthusiast Magazine…Not as well known as Cannubi, the finest wines of Enzo’s range come from the Sarmassa vineyard, Located in close proximity to Cannubi and straddling the border of La Morra and Cerequio, Barolo from this site and in Enzo’s hands show their velvet hammer qualities. Brezza also produces a Bricco Sarmassa Riserva that is only released in the finest vintages (we will see the 2015 a few years down the road). Meantime, this wine is a showstopper indeed.

Characterized by supreme sublimity and a fine bouquet of rose and licorice, the 2015 Sarmassa is compelling even in its youth. This is a complete wine, packed with dark berry fruit, licorice, coffee, lots of underbrush and earth tones, and a length so long that it would make a finely tuned Swiss watch go kerplooey! This is a seriously stacked Barolo, and will only start to become accessible after 2024 and will easily drink well through 2032+. A must for any serious collector of Barolo!









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