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Chateaueuf-du-Pape, Oregon Pinot & Brunello Specials, 91-point Bordeaux for 17, Pinot Blanc, under 9-buck red value & more

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$23.99 BTL./$143.94 - SIX PACK

Last call for the unbelievably delicious and profound 2016 San Rocco! This Valpolicella is made using an ancient winemaking technique called "ripasso", which consists of taking freshly pressed Valpolicella Classico juice and adding in the rich/raisined grapes generally used for the noble Amarone. The ripasso method brings an exotic quality to the wine that adds to its allure, bringing a level of richness and intensity that is perfectly balanced by the fresh and bright berry notes of the newly fermented Valpolicella juice.

Tedeschi has been making this top-end Valpolicella Ripasso since 1976. From the People's Republic of Chocolatey Delicious, the 2017 San Rocco offers heaps of luscious dark cherry, plum, Egyptian spice, amare and dark chocolate. Full bodied and intense with great balance and fine-grained tannins support the lushness through to the long finish that is full of mouth-coating complexity. Enjoy now over the next 6-8 years.

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$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

‘Of all the Charlie Browns you’re the Charlie Browniest’. – Linus Van Pelt. Certainly that seems to be about the level the respect that Pinot Blanc often receives when it comes to the pecking order of delicious white wines. The Darting estate is one of the renowned addresses in Germany’s Pfalz region, which essentially is an extension of Alsace's Vosges Mountains. It is also one of Germany's warmest and sunniest growing areas, hence more dry wines and many outside of the Riesling realm are produced here.

This expressive Pinot Blanc balances forward and creamy fruit with intense and showy terroir notes of minerality and stone. Showing off the aromatic side of this flexible, chameleon of a grape, forward aromas of nose-tickling minerality, creamy pear, pineapple and soft cardamom spice all are derived from the site and varietal. The chipper, saline-driven finish shows serenity and persistence. A steal for eighteen bucks, Helmut Darting’s version is clean, never mean, and full of high-octane gasoline. (…Just kidding about the gasoline…) and will pair splendidly with white meat, fresh crab or a nice fish like sole done in a light sauce.

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91 Points – Decanter Magazine… While we have known that this has been fabulous for years, the ever-overachieving Chateau Haut-Rian finally is recognized for this Single Parcel red wine by famed British wine publication Decanter Magazine.

‘Soft tannins here, and the fruit is ripe mellow strawberry and raspberry. Really enjoyable, one to savour with a juicy finish. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink 2021-2030’

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$49.99 BTL./$599.88 CASE

95% Grenache, 5% Syrah/Mourvèdre/Cinsault. Planted between 1910 and 1930. Philippe Bravay is making one of the most electrifying examples of old vine Grenache. Fermented in concrete, aged in tank it is a wine of considerable tradition and grace and despite all the accolades (usually somewhere before 94 and 97 points depending the critic….if that is your fancy), it remains priced very fairly indeed. Located in the northern reaches of the appellation, this man goes about his business in a confident manner doing the wines the way he wants allowing for no set recipe and working with whatever the tale the vintage tells. This 2019 is another superb release from Philippe has made up there with his 2010 and this will obviously repay careful cellaring handsomely.

The Mighty northern-Chateauneuf aromatics are very present, but the old vines penetrate with violet, blackberry, tealeaf and smoked meat. In my tasting notes, this wine reminded me of a psychopathic Beaucastel. More and more white pepper and cumin scents arrive as it sits in the glass. This wine is a debonair killer in the mouth; extremely old viney with some savage firm qualities that will resolve themselves with cellaring, however, if you popped and decanted a bottle, it wouldn’t hurt you. The finish is densely packed with superb material, an array of spices and loads of Grand Cru persistence. Enjoy this over the next fifteen years.

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After retiring from Chehalem, Harry Peterson-Nedry couldn’t stay put and along with his daughter and former Chehalem winemaker Wynne, they started a small but rather prolific operation based around their namesake Ridgecrest Vineyard and upper tier RR Label.

Planted in 1982, Ridgecrest Vineyard was the first to be planted in the now uber-famous Ribbon Ridge appellation. The 2018s to emerge from this cellar are magnificent and is one of the prettiest Ribbon Ridge wines that I have tasted for vintage 2018. The nose here is striking with sandalwood, perfumed blackberries, violet and bright cranberry undertones. Luxurious, ethereal and multi-faceted in the mouth, it displays outstanding persistence, superb Thai spice, underlying finesse and a drawn-out, seamless finish.

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Back when they were released, everyone seemingly went ape-merde crazy for 2013 Brunello di Montalcino wines. Guess what; craziness was merited because this is a well-structured, classic and top-quality vintage. 2015 is on the way from this vaunted Brunello estate but for now, we have access to a bit of their killer 2013.

Made from 100% Sangiovese, the single vineyard Nastagio is a result of 20 years research and development with the estate and the University of Florence. Neo classical, this wine is aged in 500-liter tonneaux and is one of the most debonair Brunello that we work with. Col D’Orcia’s luxurious 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Nastagio is simply awesome in the way it marries a gorgeous expression of ripe, dark fruit and a classic sense of structure. A rich, enveloping wine, it flows onto the palate with masses of black cherries, minerals, spices, tar, new leather and smoke. This is an exceptionally well-balanced and finessed Brunello full of character. The tannins remain rather firm but there is enough sheer density of fruit that opening a bottle on the young side is still likely to be rewarding. Simply put, this single vineyard Brunello is not to be missed. Drink through 2033+.

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$46.99 BTL./$563.88 CASE

These days Woodward Canyon’s Merlot comes solely from their estate vineyard that is the westernmost site in the Walla Walla Valley. These days there are only 300-400 cases produced of this wine and the quality reigns supreme as one of the finest in the Northwest.

Woodward's 2018 Estate Merlot shows beautiful definition and focus and clearly reflects the warmth, but evenness of the vintage. An impressive wine of deep red color, ripe Bing cherry and subtle chocolate mocha flavors are enhanced by scents of vanilla-spice and cream from thoughtful use of oak barrels. The finish is long, smooth and generous. Enticing and very sexy now, it can be cellared and enjoyed for another 12-14 years.

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$8.99 BTL./$107.88 CASE

The Aragon region of Spain, specifically the region of Campo de Borja, is Spain's wine Thrift Store! Many gulpable treasures made with Garnacha are found here including this miraculous nine-buck winner!

This is your favorite holiday party just have not tasted it yet! Lavishly toned wild strawberry jam scents play off savory herbs, spices and licorice following into a supple mouth coating and peppery texture. Drink this vivid Spanish red with just about anything from the grill.