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97-Point SuperTuscan
10-Year-Old Red Burgundy for 40
Value Oregon, Italy, Spain & Muscadet


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2017 SIERRA CANTABRIA
RIOJA GARNACHA
[reg. $33.99] SPECIAL - $23.99 BTL./$143.94 - SIX PK

Sierra Cantabria, run by the Erugen family, is one of the vaunted superstar, neo-classical producers of Spain's most famous wine region. Producing a range of Rioja wines in all price points they also happen to produce a pure Grenache version that is on quite the special price.

From vines planted in 1927 and 1929, this area feeds the estate’s Grenache grapes that go into several of their wines as well as this excellent offering. Beautiful, fragrant aromas present red raspberry surrounded by roasted herbs (rosemary & thyme) and gently placed kisses of mocha. Neo-classical, graceful, but very luscious and fine flavors seduce and assault the palate all at once. Good density of fruit shows over the structure, which is submerged by all of the depth of flavor. At this special price, it is a real giant killer! Drink through 2029 with a braised shoulder of pork or lamb.



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2015 MICHEL DELHOMMEAU
MUSCADET 'SYMBIOSE'
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Michel Delhommeau is a man who absolutely loves his vines and produces prolific white wines that do not break the bank. A former winner of the Muscadet Producers' Golden Pipette Award, Michel seemingly does everything right with his terrific terroir. Even with many accolades, this address is still one of the best-kept secrets of Muscadet and the prices are still phenomenal.

If this seven-year-old white wine were made in Chablis and of this quality, it would be easily twice the price! From an eight-acre plot planted on sandy limonite and amphibolite rock brings forth ageworthy wines from the Melon grape. Secondary lemon drop aspects are surrounded by superb ‘oyster liqueur’ notes along with mineral and marine scents. Plenty of girth and power from 40-year-old vines, this wine also has amazing energy with blazing acidity and saline aspects. Buoyant and very persistent, one can enjoy certainly enjoy it with some freshly shucked oysters, however, given its complexity and power, it will bode well to do halibut, sole or cod doused in a beurre blanc.



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2019 LEONE DI CASTRIS PRIMITIVIO 'MEGDALIONE'
$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

While we all think of zinfandel as the "all-American" grape, it was discovered a few years back its ancestry is Primitivo from Southern Italy, Crljenak Kaštelanski and especially Tribidrag from Croatia.

A complete different beast due to the soil types and climate, this particular offering from a legendary Puglia producer is deep, forward, chewy and deliciously fun with dark berry fruit, roasted earth and pepper spice on the thrill-ride nose. In the mouth, it offers up refined intensity with plenty of juicy blackberry, brambly raspberry, roasted coffee and exotic spice. Vibrant, redolent and inviting on the extending finish – this wine succeeds where so many other wines from Puglia fail…it is full, but maintains its enlightening fruit character…a virtuoso over-achiever! Try it with penne pasta done arrabbiata style…tomatoes and hot chili flakes.



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2012 VINCENT & SOPHIE MOREY
SANTENAY PREMIER CRU 'PASSETEMPS'
[reg. $54.99] SPECIAL - $39.99 BTL./$479.88 CASE

It is quite a thrill to be able to offer an almost 10-year-old French Pinot Noir at a terrific price and this wine is yummy right now. Vincent Morey is the son of famed Chassagne-Montrachet producer Bernard Morey. Several years back when Bernard retired, the Domaine was amicably split between his two sons, and the wines from both brothers’ respective Domaines have maintained their impeccable quality.

Located just south of the village and towards Chassagne-Montrachet, Morey’s vines in the Passetemps vineyard are from plantings in 1958 and 1995 and situated at 725 feet. Prominent raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, combined with earth and fluttering licorice notes play nicely off exotic spice and sous-bois tones. As the wine opens, it becomes more botanical with roses and mushroom notes. Vinous and very resolved in the mid-palate while maintaining a seamless texture that is extraordinarily lacy and silky. This is not Pinot Noir for those that like lollipop, sweet and obvious versions, rather this is for those who appreciate seriously complex, cerebrally detailed, elegant, and silky Burgundy. With the wine’s smoothness paired with its silky high tones pair this beauty with roasted chicken or pork dishes done with mushrooms (I have a great recipe for pork chops and ‘shrooms that is a superb match with this wine…email for a copy). This wine is drinking very well right now and will continue through 2028+.



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2020 DR. THANISCH RIESLING KABINETT
'BERNKASTELER BADSTUBE'
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

People were buzzing when we offered the 2018 last year but I often wondered aloud, what will their reaction be when we offer a sublime vintage? Well, here we go! In existence for over 350 years, the Thanisch estate is one of the most historic and important in all of the Mosel.

Kabinett is a level of sweetness and one of the least sweet in German wines. 2020 is shaping up to be fantastic and this new release is very exciting. Masculine aromas laden with fruit tones such as lime and spiced peach carry over into a gushing, slate-driven texture that is best described as athletic but never synthetic. Lightning-firm, linear and very expressive on the finish. If you don't believe white wines will age, hold one back (if you can resist) for 10-15 years and try it, profoundness will be abound! Drink this beloved revolutionary sweetheart with smoked salmon, chicken legs, Korean BBQ, white sausages or spicy Indian cuisine.



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2019 DOMAINE LA PIROLETTE
SAINT-AMOUR
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast Magazine… Located at the top of the hill in Saint-Amour, the northernmost Cru of Beaujolais, Domaine de la Pirolette dates back to 1630. In 2013, our friend Gregory Barbet (also whose family owns Chateau de la Terriere) purchased the estate. He is one of the new generation of producers who are redefining this Cru. This offering is the sum of several soil types: pierres bleues, pink granitic sandstone, flint, clay and gravel.

2019 is a true to form, terroir-driven, Bojo lovers vintage, and this new arrival seamlessly delivers a luminous presence of creme de framboise, smoked violet, anise and undertones of strawberry and cinnamon-stick. Resoundingly vivacious, this gem is a total eruption of flavors that cascade through the mouth. Finishes lengthy and full of spice, but fills in beautifully with sultry fruit that coats the throat as it goes down. A hit at any dinner, drink this gorgeous Gamay over the next 4-5 years.



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2020 SIERRA NORTE
BOBAL/TEMPRANILLO
$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

From just outside Valencia, this Spanish blend of the local Bobal grape (65%) combined with a big splash of Tempranillo is quite the head turner for 10 bucks.

Organically farmed and permeating with dark chocolate, Asian spice, red, black and blue berries that coat the mouth with roasted earth and good structure to add a level of intrigue. Utterly enchanting with soulful fare from barbecued ribs to paella.



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2017 ROCCA DI MONTEGROSSI
'GEREMIA' ROSSO
$59.99 - VERY LIMITED

97 Points – Vinous… One of the greatest things about experiencing a piece of artwork is wondering about the artist’s disposition and the mood they were in during the act of creation. We know Rocca di Montegrossi’s Marco Ricasoli very well and he is one smooth, charming and cool cat, as well as being of extreme class. His wines are just like the man whether it is the Chianti wines, the Vin Santo or this remarkable SuperTuscan Cab-Merlot blend.

‘The 2017 Geremia is a revelation. It might be even better than the 2015 or 2016, which is saying a lot. Soaring aromatics make a strong first impression. In 2017, the fruit profile leans more into the red fruit end of the spectrum. The warm, dry year yielded a Geremia that is unusually open. I doubt too many of the estate's fans will have a problem with that given how long these wines usually take to open. Today, the 2017 Geremia is a total pleasure bomb. Don't miss it.’ – 97 POINTS - VINOUS



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2017 HAMACHER PINOT NOIR 'H'
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

One of our most popular twenty-dollar Oregon Pinot Noirs that we have offered recently is back with a new and even better vintage! Eric Hamacher is one of Oregon's superstars and his wines are extremely sensible, confident and terroir-driven reflecting the heart and soul of Oregon Pinot. Hamacher's "H" Pinot Noir has become somewhat of a unicorn wine, a $20 Pinot that has serious virtue.

From one of our greatest recent vintages, the 2017 still is showing lovely primary fruit – black raspberry, cherry pit, underlying rose petals – that mesh nicely with nutmeg, pepper and turned red earth. Velvety textured, fine movement, poised with plenty of character from beginning to end, enjoy this Pinot over the next five years.






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