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THE CELLAR DOOR'S 'DA MERDE' HOTSHEET
93-point Nebbiolo under 30, White Burgundy for 15, Napa Cab Special, Collectible Oregon Pinot & more


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2020 ROMY BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY
'CLOS DE LA CHAPELLE'
$14.99 BTL./$179.88 CASE

Domaine Romy is located in the picturesque Pierre Dorées (region of Golden Stones) area of Beaujolais and is definitely one of its top stars. 98% of Beaujolais is red; however, this electrifying white is 100% Chardonnay and 100% delicious.

Recently Nicolas Romy reclassified this wine to Bourgogne Chardonnay from the obscure Beaujolais Blanc moniker. Made without the use of intrusive oak, it is clean, chock full of yellow apple, lime and penetrating mineral scents which enhance the vibrant yet expansively formed texture. Perfect for a holiday seafood feast yet enough oomph to go with turkey…or other dishes like salmon or a mushroom/veggie stir-fry. In addition, at 12.5% alcohol and the fifteen dollar price point, this can be consumed by the case…at least until it sells out.



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2019 CIGLIUTI LANGHE NEBBIOLO
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

93 Points – Vinous…The miniscule estate of Cigliuti is one of the superlative, first-class, Serie A producers of Barbaresco. Sometimes this region is pigeonholed into thinking that it is feminine in style, however, this stereotype is shattered when it comes to sisters Claudia and Silvia’s powerfully stacked wines. The Nebbiolo Langhe is declassified from the family’s Via Erte Barbaresco and is a hell of a deal.

‘The 2019 Langhe Nebbiolo is an absolute delight. Aromatic, nuanced and fleshy, the Cigliuti's Langhe Nebbiolo outperforms pretty much most of its peer group, showing notable depth as well as pedigree. This is a very serious wine. Then again, the Langhe Nebbiolo is a cask of Barbaresco Via Erte that simply sees a shorter aging regime than the Barbaresco itself. It is one of the hidden gems in Piedmont. – Drink 2021 – 2030 – 93 POINTS VINOUS



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2019 JIMENEZ-LANDI 'EL CORALLON'
MENTRIDA TINTO
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Last week I featured my Italian White wine of the Year; this week is my favorite Young Spanish Red Wine of 2021. Located west of Madrid in the Mentrida region, Jimenez Landi is one of the stylish superstars of the region and of Spain.

65% Garnacha, 30% Syrah & 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the robe and color are almost like reflective violets while the nose proceeds to offer up cherries, briar, sandalwood and touches of tobacco. In the mouth, it is very distinctive, deep, but having symphonic harmony. The fruit and coolness of the soil are very expressive while the tannins are elegant with a finish that presents plenty of length and fine notes of chocolate-covered strawberry. If you are a fan of GSM blends or Rhone wines, you need to try this wine! Enjoy through 2027 with game meats, perhaps venison and it will also pair very well with a hearty cheese.



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2020 MR. RIGGS RIESLING 'WATERVALE'
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Adventures with wildlife can be a way of life in Australia. The exotic and poisonous somehow rear themselves in an instant. Since we are the hosts of this little reality show, we would turn around and run if we came across a Tiger Snake. We would also get the hell out of the water if a shark were present, or sleep with the lights on when we hear that more people die from spider bites than snake bites in Australia (Bryan did just that when visiting the Clare Valley in 2001)! Since we've included you in our game, we challenge you to prove your true mettle and drink numerous bottles of this dry and extremely impressive Riesling.

The piercing chalkboard, rock dust, talc and bursting lime/ginger flavors quickly clue you in on the fact that this Riesling is a pure expression of where it is grown. The slatey, mineral and rocky aromas dominate the dry and fierce severe palate and finish with laser-like clarity and fabulous depth of flavor. This is a stellar pairing with fresh oysters, prawns, richer salmon and seared scallop dishes. Clare Valley is the home of the greatest New-World Riesling and if you love the dry Rieslings of Austria, Germany and Alsace, it is about time that you discover the Clare.



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2018 PAUL PRIEUR SANCERRE ROUGE
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

Yes, Santa Claus there is red Sancerre and yes, it is 100% Pinot Noir and a complete different expression from Burgundy, Oregon, etc. etc. White Sancerre was granted appellation status in 1936 with the red awarded in 1959. Prior to the advent of better farming, winemaking techniques and global warming, these reds had always been considered light quaffers and in cool vintages, lean, mean, and best suited for Rose. Lately with warmer vintages, we are receiving Pinots of character and individuality, especially given their soils.

Based in the Sancerre village of Verdigny, the Prieur family have been growers in this famed Loire region for eleven generations. The Sancerre Rouge comes from a site just below the famed Mont Damnes vineyard in Sancerre and is clay-rich, which enhances this surprising red. An authentic taste of France, this tasty red Sancerre reveals wonderful fragrances of pepper, chalk, prominent sandalwood, red berry and rose petal. Lavish and bursting at the same time along with excellent detail, freshness and complexity, it is a very versatile wine that can be paired with roasted chicken, mushroom-based pastas, even fish. Enjoy this unique, medium-bodied treat over the next 5-6 years.



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2019 GAROFOLI ROSSO RICENO 'FARNIO'
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

When it comes to Le Marches wine, the Garofoli estate is one of the most important producers in the region and one who has 15+ Tre Bichierri Awards from Gambero Rosso.

Savory and tangy scents of raspberry, mineral, smoke, some hints of sage and licorice that surround it. An honest, red wine of pleasure with smooth fruit, spicy outer edges, and displaying succulence and earth. The usual Italian suspects (red sauce, pizza, Bolognese) will pair nicely with this wine but it will also work well with a classic minestrone or roasted pork loin slathered in Italian herbs.



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2019 LINGUA FRANCA PINOT NOIR
ESTATE EOLA-AMITY
$44.99 BTL./$269.94 SIX PACK

Founded and operated by Larry Stone (Master Sommelier), David Honig and the legendary Meursault maestro Dominque Lafon, and along with winemaker Thomas Savre, this estate is nothing but the truth and now becoming one of Oregon’s most sought after.

As we continually mention, 2019 is a Pinot Noir lover’s vintage and in most cases, the wines are built to age. Coming from LF’s top performing blocks off their home Eola-Amity vineyard, this wine is a myriad of material and achieves the goal of depth, complexity, length and balance. Perfumed aromas of red berries, spice, smoke and roses with a hint of licorice lead to layers of lush red fruit and underbrush on the palate. Fine tannins frame and extend the suave flavors that are a bit packed in right now but poised for sexy greatness. Built to age, hold on to this until 2024, then drink through 2034.

Other Lingua Franca wines available including Bunker Hill Chardonnay, Mimi’s Mind and more…inquire for availability and pricing.



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2015 SPRING MOUNTAIN ESTATE
CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA
[reg. $99.99]
SPECIAL - $69.99 BTL./$419.94 - SIX PK

95 Points - The Wine Spectator... Spring Mountain is prime real estate for Cabernet Sauvignon, with Diamond Mountain to its north and Mt. Veeder to the south. A sort of cult winery going back to the 1960s, we have not seen them in over 10 years. For those of you who are not familiar with this winery, Spring Mountain is a small production operation, all of the fruit is from their own three historic vineyards in this elite Spring Mountain appellation of Napa Valley, and the quality is still impeccable. Considering how expensive the majority of Napa Cab is these days, this special wine is quite a deal and ages beautifully.

'Sports an intense and pure beam of raspberry and cassis flavors, flanked by sage, incense and black tea aromas and backed by mouthwatering licorice snap notes and a bramble-filled finish. A beautiful example of mountain fruit. Best from 2022 through 2040.' – 95 POINTS – WINE SPECTATOR






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