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Pinot Noir Blends and Orange Wine!


10/26/17

Fantastic New Arrivals!

Viña Pedrosa El Pedrosal 2014: $22, $19.80
Albert Mann Gewurztraminer 2016: $24, $21.60
Cantina Bolzano Kerner Alto Adige 2016: $20, $18.00


A 10% in-store discount will apply to our featured new arrivals.

Viña Pedrosa El Pedrosal 2014: $22, $19.80

An elegant Tempranillo produced in Ribera del Duero and aged in a combination of American and French oak, El Pedrosal is warm and inviting, with notes of cedar, dill, cherry, and red plum.

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Albert Mann Gewurztraminer 2016: $24, $21.60

A classic example of the style, this Alsatian Gewurztraminer opens with apple, spice, and smoke on the nose. A touch of grapefruit on the palate leads into an off-dry finish that is forgiving without being too unctuous.

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Cantina Bolzano Kerner Alto Adige 2016: $20, $18

Kerner, a crossing of Schiava and Riesling, is dry, crisp, and juicy, with notes of nutmeg, peach, apricot, and tangerine.  Cantina Bolzano's effort is gorgeous with cuisine that marries sweet and savory, like bobotie or pork loin with stewed pears.

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This Week's In-Store Tastings

Thursday, October 26th, 6-8 p.m.
 
Cantine Garrone Munaloss Vino Rosso 2015:  $18, $16.20
Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Passetoutgrain 2015: $25, $22.50
Goisot Exogyra Virgula Saint-Bris 2015: $21, $18.90



 
Saturday, October 28th, 4-6 p.m.

Hatton Daniels Blaufrankisch 2016:  $30, $27.00
San Jacopo Poggio ai Grilli Chianti Riserva 2013
$26, $23.40
Al Di Là Del Fiume Fricando Amphora White 2015: $27, $24.30
 
A 10% in-store discount applies to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Cantine Garrone Munaloss Vino Rosso 2015: $18, $16.20

Each Cantine Garrone wine has a symbol on the label. The Munaloss bottling is the quintessential mountain wine - super aromatic, high-toned and elegant, so it takes the symbol of a mountain for its label. Notes of sour cherry and bay leaf.?

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Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Passetoutgrain 2015: $25, $22.50

A blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay from a parcel near Chassagne-Montrachet, Fontaine-Gagnard's 2015 Passetoutgrain is well-balanced, with notes of smoked tobacco, dark plum, fig, and blackcurrant giving way to a long, tangy finish.

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Goisot Exogyra Virgula Saint-Bris 2015: $21, $18.90

Sauvignon Blanc from the only appellation in Burgundy where the grape is permitted. It takes minerality from the soil and its weight and texture from lees aging, where it finishes vibrantly with a saline edge. 

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Hatton Daniels Blaufrankisch 2016: $30, $27.00

This plush, purple offering from a grape rarely planted in California shows blackberry and fig on the nose, dark fruit on the palate, and salt and stone on the finish.

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San Jacopo Poggio ai Grilli Chianti Riserva 2013: $26, $23.40

Tenuta San Jacopo's ruby-red Chianti comes from steep, organically certified vineyards between Florence and Arezzo.  Aromas of cherry, tobacco, and Balsamic give way to natural acidity and velvety tannins, with subtle toasty notes from its two years in barrel.  The blend is 10% Montepulciano, an unusual addition that imparts some fruity and earthy complexity.

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Al Di Là Del Fiume Fricando Amphora White 2015: $27, $24.30

For those who like fuller style orange wines, step right up! Al Di Là Del Fiume's 100% Albana begins with whole-cluster fruit that is fermented and aged slowly in terracotta amphora, then bottle-aged for three months.  Unfined, unfiltered, and only minimally sulfured, this biodynamic wine is rich in texture with flavors of citrus, yellow apple, and persimmon.  2015 was a great vintage that yielded perfectly ripe fruit for this one-of-a-kind Emilia Romagna wine. 

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Drink to California's Recovery


10/19/17

Drink to California's Recovery

 
Wildfires have been devastating Northern California, and while some are beginning to be contained, the magnitude of the destruction and loss is unprecedented.

Our thoughts are with the folks in the affected communities of California. The worst affected are the regions' residents, many of whom have been left homeless.

In response to this tragedy, Nolita Wine Merchants will donate 10% of the sale price of any California wine purchased between this Thursday, October 19th and next Wednesday, October 25th to charities that serve residents of the counties of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake.  

In addition to stopping by and drinking to California this week, we highly encourage you to make donations to worthy organizations. Here are a couple of nonprofits that we have identified as doing good work in the field:

North Bay Fire Relief (this organization will channel support to the county of the donor’s choice):
https://www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief

Napa Valley Community Foundation (this is Napa specific organization; note that this webpage also lists over 15 other nonprofits helping out that one can donate to):
http://www.napavalleycf.org/supporting-napa-county-fire-relief-efforts/

Sincerely,
The Nolita Wine Merchants Team
Photo courtesy of Matthiasson Wines in Carneros, Napa Valley.


This Week's In-Store Tastings

Thursday, October 19th, 6-8 p.m.
 
Fausse Piste The Mineral Selection Viognier 2015:  $23, $20.70
Fausse Piste Super MSG! 2016: $29, $26.10
Girard Sancerre Les Monts Damnés 2016: $27, $24.30

 
Saturday, October 21st, 4-6 p.m.

Lambert de Seyssel Royal Brut 2011:  $26, $23.40
Punta Crena Pigato Ca Da Rena 2014: $32, $28.80
Domaine Giacometti 'Sempre Cuntentu' Sciaccarellu 2014: $28, $25.20
 
We apply a 10% discount to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Fausse Piste The Mineral Selection Viognier 2015: $23, $20.70

This Columbia Valley Viognier is lean and light-bodied compared to most New World expressions of the grape. Pear and apricot lead, then give way to a clean, zesty finish.

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Fausse Piste Super MSG! 2016: $29, $26.10

The label spells out "umami" in Japanese, an appropriate touch for a wine that is both savory and delicious. A blend of Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Grenache, Super MSG offers dark fruit, smoke, and sanguine aromas, with a red-fruit lift on the finish.

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Girard Sancerre Les Monts Damnés 2016: $27, $24.30

This shimmering, hand-harvested beauty is produced from 70-year-old vines on the slopes of Les Mont Damnés, where Sancerre's Kimmeridgian limestone is most concentrated. Clean and crisp, with green apple, lime zest, fresh-cut grass, and green tea preceding a brisk finish.

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Punta Crena Pigato Ca Da Rena 2014: $32, $28.80

Ca Da Rena is lively and active, with a fascinating tension between its fruit-driven nose and the marine salinity behind it. 

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Domaine Giacometti 'Sempre Cuntentu' Sciaccarellu 2014: $28, $25.20

Christian Giacometti's Sciaccarellu – a native Corsican grape – is fresh and spicy, with red and black raspberry, currant, and pomegranate notes balanced by pepper, clove, and lively acidity. Serve this unique, lovely, and thoroughly food-friendly red chilled with braized lamb shanks.

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Lambert de Seyssel Royal Brut 2011: $26, $23.40

This elegant sparkler shows butterscotch popcorn, baked pear, roasted nuts, and white mushrooms. Queen Victoria is said to have enjoyed the region's sparkling wines during spa stays in neighboring towns. Doesn't hurt to drink like royalty.

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New Arrivals, Fantastic Tastings


10/14/17

Fantastic New Arrivals!

Fausse Piste The Mineral Selection Viognier 2015: $23, $20.70
Fausse Piste Super MSG! 2016: $29, $26.10
G.D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo 2015: $23, $20.70
G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2012: $36, $32.40


A 10% in-store discount will be applied to our featured new arrivals.

Fausse Piste The Mineral Selection Viognier 2015: $23, $20.70

This Columbia Valley Viognier is lean and light-bodied compared to most New World expressions of the grape. Pear and apricot lead, then give way to a clean, zesty finish.

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Fausse Piste Super MSG! 2016: $29, $26.10

The label spells out "umami" in Japanese, an appropriate touch for a wine that is both savory and delicious. A blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, and Grenache, Super MSG offers dark fruit, smoke, and sanguine aromas, with a red-fruit lift on the finish.

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G.D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo 2015: $23, $20.70

Clean and bright with raspberry and mushrooms, with tannin structure and acidity deserving of the "baby Barolo" epithet.

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G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2012: $36, $32.40

Vajra sources grapes for its Barolo from 3 estate vineyards in the region's heart and ages the results for 3.5 years in large oak barrels. Rose, cherry, strawberry and earthy notes are integrated into an elegant structure that drives the wine through to its long, delicate finish.

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This Week's In-Store Tastings

Thursday, October 5th, 6-8 p.m.
Sandy Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2016:  $16, $14.40
Pence Ranch Chardonnay 2014: $28, $25.20
Domaine des Billards Beaujolais Saint-Amour 2015: $22, $19.80
Chateau Leydet-Valentin St-Emilion Grand Cru 2012: $41, $36.90


 
Saturday, October 7th, 4-6 p.m.
 
Guidobono Roero Arneis 2016:  $19, $17.10
Damiano Ciolli Silene Olevano Romano 2015: $24, $21.60
Contra Soarda Vespaiolo 2016: $25, $22.50
 
A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Pence Ranch Chardonnay 2014: $28, $25.20

Pence accentuates the cool climate of Santa Barbara with dry farming and minimal new oak. Fermented on native yeasts, it shows the citrus and green apple of high acid, cool-climate Chardonnay, along with warmer flavors of toast, yellow pear, and baking spice.

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Domaine des Billards Beaujolais Saint-Amour 2015: $22, $19.80

Domaine des Billards has operated since the 18th century, producing wine right in the heart of Saint-Amour, a cru reputed for long-lived wines with aromas of spice and peach, aromatics joined by violets, black cherries, and blueberries in the Domaine's hearty, full-bodied 2015 bottling.

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Sandy Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $16, $14.40

Made by renowned NZ winemaker Allan Scott, this Sauvignon Blanc shows a richer style with bright notes of gooseberry, grass, lime, and papaya. A no-brainer value!

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Chateau Leydet-Valentin St-Emilion Grand Cru 2012: $41, $36.90

Well-balanced with savory smoked tobacco, dark plum, fig and blackcurrant notes. Toasted oak flavors linger on the finish.

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Guidobono Roero Arneis 2016: $19, $17.10

Arneis means "rascal" in Piemontese dialect, because the grape is hard to grow, but it's easy to drink. With white flowers, melon, apricots, and wonderfully fresh acidity, it's beautifully balanced. Textured, medium-bodied, with lemon and herbs on the finish, it's great with or without food.

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Damiano Ciolli Silene Olevano Romano 2015: $24, $21.60

Volcanic soil brings mineral structure, warm days ensure ripeness and cool nights keep the acidity high, and the resulting wine is balanced and fresh. Giving off a nose of red cherry, earth, and roses that will swirl you down into it, where you will be immersed in candied red and black cherry, plum, and violets.

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Contra Soarda Vespaiolo 2016: $22, $19.80

Mineral and light smoke on the nose with hints of white peach and dragonfruit.

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Amazing Tastings and Fantastic New Arrivals


10/14/17

Fantastic New Arrivals!

Enderle and Moll Pinot Noir Basis 2015: $29, $26.10
Bodegas Albamar Albariño 2016: $23, $20.70
Saint Romain Jongieux Cru Jacquère 2016: $17, $15.30


A 10% in-store discount will be applied to our featured new arrivals.

Bodegas Albamar Albariño 2016: $23, $20.70

Alive and tangy, Albamar displays peach pit and lime notes as well as salt and minerals soaked up from its homeland of Rías Baixas.

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Enderle and Moll Pinot Noir Basis 2015: $29, $26.10

Fruit from 25 to 45-year-old vines on limestone, aged in secondhand Burgundy barrels sourced mostly from Domaine Dujac. This may be one of our most expressive Pinot Noirs, with bright ripe strawberries and cinnamon sticks coming through. Delicious!

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Saint Romain Jongieux Cru Jacquère 2016: $17, $15.30

Savoie in the French Alps boasts a fantastic climate for grape-growing. This Jacquère, produced from fruit grown on marl and limestone soil, is vinified in stainless steel, then aged on its lees to impart some texture. Offering white flowers, peach, and thyme on a crisp, mineral canvas.?

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This Week's In-Store Tastings

Thursday, October 5th, 6-8 p.m.

Paul Cluver Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016:  $16, $14.40
Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2016: $26, $23.40
Bauhouse Cabernet Sauvignon 2014: $16, $14.40


 
Saturday, October 7th, 4-6 p.m.
 
Lieu Dit Sauvignon Blanc 2016:  $25, $22.50
Van Volxem Saar Riesling 2015: $26, $23.40
Jean-Louis Chave Côtes-du-Rhône Mon Coeur 2015: $25, $22.50
 
A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2016: $26, $23.40

Superior juice from one of the Pinot Noir pioneers in California, Jim Clendenen, and a great value for the money! The acronym ABC and its signature triangular label are fitting symbols for Clendenen’s wines. The flavors are fresh and ripe, with red berries, cherry, and strawberry fruit over a layer of cedary savor.?

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Paul Cluver Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $16, $14.40

Paul Cluver Estate was the first established in the Elgin Valley on the Western Cape.  As a cooler-climate region than most of South Africa, Elgin’s terroir imparts lightness and elegance to the estate’s wines.  Cluver’s Elgin Sauvignon Blanc – which contains a portion of Sémillon as well – is bright and clean, with passion fruit, gooseberry, and citrus on the nose, a creamy texture, and a mouthwatering finish.?

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Bauhouse Cabernet Sauvignon 2014: $16, $14.40

Aromas of blackberry jam, clove, and pepper entice on this casual, medium-bodied Cabernet.  No need to cellar with these easygoing tannins, and – thanks to the name and label – you’ll be showered with geeky cred when you show up at the barbecue.

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Van Volxem Saar Riesling 2015: $26, $23.40

This dry Riesling is the prettiest, friendliest, easiest-to-like wine you will see in a long time. The wonderful acidity, so necessary to bring out the nuances of fruit, makes the palate fresh and vigorous, while the mineral background throws into high relief the pear, white peach, nectarine and apple fruit.

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Jean-Louis Chave Côtes-du-Rhône Mon Coeur 2015: $25, $22.50

An entry-level wine from a world-class maker, Mon Coeur is a négociant project sourced from organic vineyards (and is more than half Jean-Louis’s own fruit). Meaty and smoky on the nose, the palate is full of dark plum and blackberry fruit, smooth tannins, and earthy undertones.

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Lieu Dit Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $25, $22.50

Richly-textured yet light-bodied California Sauvignon Blanc that splits the difference between Sancerre and White Bordeaux in style, along with aromatics unique to Santa Barbara.?

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New Arrivals and Two a Week Tastings are Back!


09/28/17

Fantastic New Arrivals!

La Prevostura Lessona 2012: $53, $47.70
Fazenda Prádio Brancellao 2015: $41, $36.90
Stefan Meyer Ein Liter Rhodt 2015: $16, $14.40
La Osa Pardo Mencía 2014: $25, $22.50


A 10% in-store discount will be applied to our featured new arrivals.

La Prevostura Lessona 2012: $53, $47.70

Lessona is in Alto Piemonte, an ancient fine-wine region that went into eclipse after the Second World War. Since the beginning of this century, however, dedicated growers who believe in its potential have replanted the now-forested hillsides. As lovers of Nebbiolo, we have to say, plant it wherever you can! 

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Fazenda Prádio Brancellao 2015: $41, $36.90

Savory and spicy with notes of dried plums. Fermented in stainless steel then aged in used 300L French oak barrels for eight months. Brancellao is arguably the oldest indigenous variety of Galicia and was nearly extinct before efforts from Prádio and other growers to revive it.

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Stefan Meyer Ein Liter Rhodt 2015: $16, $14.40

Stefan Meyer comes in fun liter size only! A German red blend (St Laurent, Dornfelder, Portugieser) whose grapes are grown organically. Dark cherry, roast coffee, and smoky, bloody undertones abound in this medium-bodied red in a liter bottle.

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La Osa Pardo Mencía 2014: $25, $22.50

Crushed Berry, Plum, and Bay Leaf are highlights of a silky expression of the deep, mineral wine that is Spanish Mencía. Note that the winemaker’s obsession with bears informs the label!

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This Week's In-Store Tastings

Thursday, September 28th, 6-8 p.m.

Monje Tacoronte-Acentejo Tradicional Tinto 2014:  $19, $17.10
Bacchus Pinot Noir Ginger’s Cuvee 2016: $16, $14.60
Monte Dall’Ora Valpolicella Classico Saseti 2015: $21, $18.90


 
Saturday, September 30th, 4-6 p.m.
 
Aurelien Chatagnier Syrah 2016:  $22, $19.80
Richard Bocking Lightly Off-Dry Riesling 2015: $16, $14.40
Fossil & Till Seneca Lake Pet-Nat Riesling 2016: $28, $25.20

 
 
A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Monje Tacoronte-Acentejo Tradicional Tinto 2014: $19, $17.10

Beaujolais and Sicilian wine drinkers: meet Listan Negro. This treat from the remote Canary Islands appeals to lovers of dark fruit, spice, and smoky minerality.

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Bacchus Pinot Noir Ginger’s Cuvee 2016: $16, $14.40

Light to medium-bodied with aromas and flavors of raspberry, tart cherry, spice, and a touch of earth. Supple and balanced, with a smooth finish.?

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Monte Dall’Ora Valpolicella Classico Saseti 2015: $21, $18.90

A dry wine, with luscious notes of spiced cherries, prunes and dried figs that are complemented by fine-grained tannins on the finish.

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Aurélien Chatagnier Syrah 2016: $22, $19.80

Aurélien Chatagnier makes Northern Rhone Syrah in an old-school yet accessible style. His Collines Rhodaniennes is an intense, red-fruit beauty with red and black cherry fruit, baking spice, and pepper leading into a long finish.  Decant for maximum results!

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Richard Bocking Lightly Off-Dry Riesling 2015: $16, $14.40

Opening with crisp apple and honeyed pecan, Bocking Riesling offers enough acid on the palate to balance its decidedly off-dry nature, allowing for a crisp and focused finish.  Serve it with a salad and witness your friends who say they hate sweet wines clamoring for another bottle.

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Fossil & Till Seneca Lake Pet-Nat Riesling 2016: $28, $25.20

Pétillant-Naturel is a rustic style that is bottled before fermentation is complete; it is the world's oldest method of producing sparkling wine. Fossil & Till's lean, refreshing "pet-nat" of Riesling sourced from Seneca Lake shows white nectarine, green apple, and balanced, earthy undertones.

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Willamette Valley, Dry Creek


09/13/17



Exciting New Arrivals!

Minimus Grüner Veltliner Johan Vineyards 2015: $31, $27.90
Maison L'Envoyé Two Messengers Pinot Noir 2014: $30, $27

Old World Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Two Rock Block 2008: $26, $23.40
 
A 10% in-store discount will be applied to our featured new arrivals.

Minimus Grüner Veltliner Johan Vineyards 2015: $31, $27.90

Skin-contact Grüner produced from fruit sourced from Johan Vineyards, one of the Willamette's coolest sites. Wholly distinct from its Austrian counterparts, this full-textured expression is rich, toasty and nutty.
Maison L'Envoyé Two Messengers Pinot Noir 2014: $30, $27

Fresh red fruit aromas, light, floral accents, and Asian spice. Vibrant acidity and supple tannins support the flavors through this Willamette Pinot's long, satisfying finish.
Old World Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Two Rock Block Mounts Bench 2008: $26, $23.40

Natural California wine at its best, where the grapes and the place speak loudest. A modest 12.8% alcohol, with dark fruit, firm tannins, and the ineffable wholeness of aged wine.?


This Week's In-Store Tasting

Thursday, September 14th6-8 p.m.

Pascal et Nicolas Reverdy Sancerre Rosé 2016:  $24, $21.60
Fausse Piste Columbia Valley Syrah Garde Manger 2014: $24, $21.60
Château des Roques Vacqueyras Hameau des Roques 2014: $22, $19.80

 
A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Pascal et Nicolas Reverdy Sancerre Rosé 2016: $24, $21.60

Rosé of Pinot Noir with the leanness and minerality of Sancerre. Light strawberry, cherry, and raspberry fruit with a touch of warmth.
Fausse Piste Columbia Valley Syrah Garde Manger 2014: $24, $21.60

Though it's vinified in Portland, Oregon, Garde Manger draws its fruit from Columbia Valley, Washington.  Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this savory, cool-climate Syrah shows notes of olive, plum, and tobacco.  Look no further than grilled lamb, Syrah's most iconic pairing partner!?
Château des Roques Vacqueyras Hameau des Roques 2014: $22, $19.80

Hameau des Roques is an unfiltered cuvée full of soft, dark fruit with solid tannins, lovely texture, and a touch of pepper and baking spice.



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South African Tasting PLUS Winemaker Joe Swick this Saturday!


09/07/17

This Week's In-Store Tastings

Focus on South Africa
Thursday, September 7th, 6-8 p.m.

Paul Cluver Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $16, $14.40
David & Nadia Sadie Pinotage Siebritskloof 2015: $30, $27
Bauhouse Cabernet Sauvignon 2014: $16, $14.40

This Thursday, we'll be pouring a refined, elegant Sauvignon Blanc from the Elgin growing region, a minimal-intervention Pinotage from Swartland, and a juicy, easy-drinking California Cab to round things out.
 
Special Event: Tasting With Winemaker Joe Swick
Saturday, September 9th, 4-6 p.m.


Swick Melon de Bourgogne 2016: $26, $23.40
Swick Grenache 2016: $29, $26.10
Swick Pinot Noir 2016: $30, $27

 
Joe Swick is a fifth-generation Oregonian but a first-generation winemaker who, since his early 20s, has worked over 15 harvests around the world to arrive at his current level of winemaking expertise.  He cooperates closely with his growers, sourcing his fruit mostly from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, as well as Southern Washington State.  Joe frequently works without sulfur and tends to produce rich, full-bodied whites with extended skin contact as well as high-acid reds that show elegance as well as earth.  This Saturday, we are thrilled to welcome Joe to Nolita Wine Merchants, where he will be pouring our three favorites from his production.

A 10% in-store discount will apply to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Joseph Swick (second from left) and Nolita Wine Merchants crew.

Thursday, September 7th, 6-8 p.m.
 
Paul Cluver Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $16, $14.40

Paul Cluver Estate was the first established in the Elgin Valley on the Western Cape.  As a cooler-climate region than most of South Africa, Elgin’s terroir imparts lightness and elegance to the estate’s wines.  Cluver’s Elgin Sauvignon Blanc – which contains a portion of Semillon as well – is bright and clean, with passionfruit, gooseberry, and citrus on the nose, a creamy texture, and a mouthwatering finish.

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David & Nadia Sadie Pinotage Siebritskloof 2015: $30, $27

Forget the smoke and rubber you associate with Pinotage. Floral aromas and juicy berries are framed by brisk acidity and accented by a suggestion of blood orange.?

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Bauhouse Cabernet Sauvignon 2014: $16, $14.40

Aromas of blackberry jam, clove, and pepper entice on this casual, light-bodied Cabernet.  No need to cellar with these easygoing tannins, and – thanks to the name and label – you’ll be showered with geeky credit when you show up at the barbecue.?

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Saturday, September 9th, 4-6 p.m.
 
Swick Wines Melon de Bourgogne 2016: $26, $23.40

Joe Swick’s cloudy, unfiltered, demi-orange wine is light-bodied, with a rounded texture and tart finish.  Skin contact and barrel-aging bring out some similarities with Muscadet, but the soil type is completely different, and this specimen packs a lot more punch and character.  White peach, grapefruit, and pear predominate, with a touch of salt.

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Swick Wines Grenache Rouge 2016: $29, $26.10

Joe’s Grenache comes off as if you dipped your glass into the barrel. The grapes are fermented whole cluster to give a fresh-fruitiness of organic blueberries with a note of black pepper. This is a wonderful wine to walk with into the Peking Duck House!

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Swick Wines Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016: $30, $27

A blend of two vineyards from the cooler areas of Yamhill Carlton and the volcanic soil laden Eola Amity Hill. The results show the complexities that Oregon carries with its Pinot Noirs by showcasing dark cherries, clove, and subtle smoke from the underground volcanic mother rock.

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RARE & LIMITED NATURAL WINES + FANTASTIC NEW ARRIVALS!


08/30/17

Due to Labor Day Weekend, there will be no Thursday tasting this week.

 

Extremely Limited New Arrivals!

Marco Tinessa Ognostro Rosso 2014: $55
Baptiste Cousin Ouech’ Cousin 2016: $31
 
Though their terroir and wines are entirely distinct, Marco Tinessa and Baptiste Cousin's farming philosophies are strikingly similar, and each takes low-intervention winemaking to its extreme to create an unadulterated representation of terroir.  Because the two producers eschew sulfur, their wines are literally alive and unmatched in vibrancy.  We are proud to offer these extremely limited wines on a first-come, first-served basis.
Marco Tinessa Ognostro Rosso 2014: $55

LIMIT TWO BOTTLES PER CUSTOMER

Tinessa’s inky, terroir-driven Aglianico, the product of non-interventionist farming and winemaking, shows fresh black cherries and cassis along with undertones of olive, forest floor and black pepper atop its textured, vivacious body.

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Baptiste Cousin Ouech’ Cousin 2016: $31

LIMIT TWO BOTTLES PER CUSTOMER

Ouech' Cousin, the product of handpicked Grolleau from 80-year-old vines that are brought to the cellar by horse, evokes red berries, barnyard funk, and limestone on the nose.  On the palate, red fruit predominates, with iron and chalky minerality on the finish.

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Exciting New Arrivals!

Fossil & Till Seneca Lake Pet-Nat Riesling 2016: $28, $25.20
Monje Tacoronte-Acentejo Tradicional Tinto 2014:  $19, $17.10

Ignios Baboso Negro 2015: $42, $37.80
Masseria Del Pino Etna Rosso I Nove Fratelli 2015: $45, $40.50
Corte Pagliare Verdieri, Lambrusco Viadanese Sabbionetano: $19, $17.10
Pithon-Paillé Grololo 2016: $22, $19.80
 

Fossil & Till Seneca Lake Pet-Nat Riesling 2016: $28, $25.20

Fossil & Till’s lean, refreshing pet-nat of Riesling sourced from Seneca Lake shows white nectarine, green apple, and balanced, earthy undertones.

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Monje Tacoronte-Acentejo Tradicional Tinto 2014: $19, $17.10

Beaujolais and Sicilian wine drinkers meet Listan Negro! This treat from the remote Canary Islands appeals to lovers of dark fruit, spice, and smoky minerality.

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Ignios Baboso Negro 2015: $42, $37.80

The Ignios Orígenes winery is a working homage to the igneous rocks that define the otherworldly landscape of Tenerife. Its aromas of dried raspberry and sweet bay leaf instill an admiration for the island's viticulture in all who taste.

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Masseria Del Pino Etna Rosso I Nove Fratelli 2015: $45, $40.50

A single-vineyard, old-vine Nerello Mascalese from Mt Etna. Volcanic soil imparts a smoky character to this floral, spicy, medium-bodied wine. Red cherry, leather, and raspberry mingle with firm tannin, smoke, and earth. Deep and mouth-filling.

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Corte Pagliare Verdieri, Lambrusco Viadanese Sabbionetano, NV: $19, $17.10

This refreshing, sparkling red wine, which is about as dry and earthy as the style allows, displays ripe strawberry and raspberry flavors that are complemented by vibrant mineral notes.

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Pithon-Paillé Grololo 2016: $22, $19.80

Pithon-Paillé’s easygoing Grolleau quaffer is well-rounded, with blueberry fruit contrasting peppery, meaty tones.  Originally served to vineyard workers during the harvest, this wine complements hearty, rustic autumn fare.

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FRESH & LIVELY LATE SUMMER WHITES | SPECIAL FRIDAY TASTING


08/23/17



Exciting New Arrivals!

EST Sauvignon Blanc Pet Nat Sparkling 2016: $27, $24.30
Tzora Vineyards Judean Hills Blanc 2016: $34, $30.60

Château Roquefort Bordeaux Blanc 2016: $19, $17.10
 
A 10% in-store discount will be applied to our featured new arrivals.

EST Sauvignon Blanc Pet Nat Sparkling 2016: $27, $24.30

Extremely limited pet nat from own-rooted, old-vine Willamette Valley Sauvignon Blanc. Grass, gooseberry and lemon curd.  A true pet nat – cloudy and bone dry!

Tzora Vineyards Judean Hills Blanc 2016: $34, $30.60

A blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grown on old terraces in the Judean Hills, Israel's most prominent wine region. Notes of melon and pear predominate in this weighty yet elegant wine.

Château Roquefort Bordeaux Blanc 2016: $19, $17.10

A lively blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, this light, refreshing, pretty Bordeaux Blanc shows white grapefruit, flowers, sterling minerality and refreshing acidity.



This Week's In-Store Tasting

FRIDAY, August 25th, 6-8 p.m.

Lambert de Seyssel Royal Brut 2011:  $26, $23.40
Punta Crena Pigato Ca Da Rena 2014: $32, $28.80
Domaine Giacometti 'Sempre Cuntentu' Sciaccarellu 2014: $28, $25.20

 
A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Lambert de Seyssel Royal Brut 2011: $26, $23.40

This elegant sparkler shows butterscotch popcorn, baked pear, roasted nuts, and white mushrooms. Queen Victoria is said to have enjoyed the region's sparkling wines during spa stays in neighboring towns. Doesn't hurt to drink like royalty.

Punta Crena Pigato Ca Da Rena 2014: $32, $28.80

Ca Da Rena is lively and active, with a fascinating tension between its fruit-driven nose and the marine salinity behind it. 

Domaine Giacometti 'Sempre Cuntentu' Sciaccarellu 2014: $28, $25.20

Christian Giacometti's Sciaccarellu – a native Corsican grape – is fresh and spicy, with red and black raspberry, currant, and pomegranate notes balanced by pepper, clove, and lively acidity. Serve this unique, lovely, and thoroughly food-friendly red chilled with braised lamb shanks.



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Extremely Limited Cru Beaujolais | Red, White & Orange Wine Tasting


08/16/17



Extremely Limited Yann Bertrand 2016 Offer!

Yann Bertrand Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2016: $35
Yann Bertrand Juliénas Pur Ju 2016: $36
Yann Bertrand Fleurie Cuvée du Chaos Suprême 2016 MAGNUM: $100
 
Growing up in Fleurie, winemaking wasn't on the horizon for Yann Bertrand, whose father maintained a modest vineyard but wanted him to become a banker.  After spending a few years traveling and getting to know himself, Yann inevitably returned to Beaujolais and fell in with a group of mentors including Jacques Néauport, one of France's first advocates for sulfur-free winemaking, and Jean Foillard, whose social circle of Morgon producers, the "Gang of Four," birthed the natural wine movement. Yann's working methods remain roughly the same as those of his spiritual forefathers; careful selection of fruit, semi-carbonic maceration, and a long, slow, cool-temperature fermentation.  After enjoying immediate acclaim, his burgeoning reputation has been tested by a series of difficult vintages, culminating in the 2016 growing season, which saw him lose the bulk of his fruit to hailstorms.  Despite the trying circumstances, the wines are fresh, bright, and well-concentrated, and we are proud to offer a very limited quantity of three of Yann's wines on a first-come, first-served basis.

Yann Bertrand Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2016: $35

ONLY ONE BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER

Yann Bertrand's négociant wine from 50-year-old vines in Les Charmes, a plot of clay and sand that overlooks Morgon.  As of 2016, Bertrand strictly requires that all of his growers plow and farm without chemical pesticides or fertilizers.  Bright acidity, good concentration, and moderate alcohol.
Yann Bertrand Juliénas Pur Ju 2016: $36

ONLY ONE BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER

The most northerly of Beaujolais' 10 crus, Juliénas produces rich, spicy wine.  Bertrand has a close relationship with his grower, who works 60-year-old vines on a plot of white clay, schist, and sandstone known as En Rizière.
Yann Bertrand Fleurie Cuvée du Chaos Suprême 2016 MAGNUM: $100

EXTREMELY LIMITED. ONLY ONE BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER

After losing roughly 85% of the fruit from his Fleurie parcel to hail, Bertrand took his remaining grapes, blended them, and bottled the results in magnums as a 2016-only release.  Cuvée du Chaos Suprême is a broad overview of Bertrand's terroir informed by his exacting approach to vinification.


Exciting New Arrivals

Patrick Piuze Terroir de Chablis 2016:  $30, $27
Hatton Daniels Blaufränkisch 2016: $30, $27
Sikelè Terre Siciliane Grecanico Dorato 2015: $17, $15.30

 
A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Patrick Piuze Terroir de Chablis 2016: $30, $27

Canadian Chablis wizard Patrick Piuze continues to dazzle us with the excellence of his wines. Terroir de Chablis is a "double Chablis" from vineyards around the region's eponymous village. Aged on its lees in neutral oak, it shows a pretty, floral nose, with yellow and green apple in the mouth and the lean minerality Chablis-lovers crave.
Sikelè Terre Siciliane Grecanico Dorato 2015: $17, $15.30

After working as a winemaker at larger Sicilian estates for 25 years, Angelo Paternò purchased his own property in southeastern Sicily in 2000.  Today, his two daughters run the show, and Angelo helps out in the cellar.  Produced with minimal intervention from organically-farmed grapes, this skin-contact orange wine is delightfully clean and refined, with notes of apricot, sourdough, and sherbet.
Hatton Daniels Blaufränkisch 2016: $30, $27

This plush, purple Blaufränkisch, a spicy, tannic grape revered in Central Europe but rarely planted in California, shows blackberry and fig on the nose, dark fruit on the palate, and salt and stone on the finish.


This Week's In-Store Tasting

Thursday, August 17th, 6-8 p.m.

Fontechiara Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2012:  $23, $20.70
Al Di Là Del Fiume Fricando Amphora White 2015: $27, $24.30
Cantine Losito Fiano 2016: $19, $17.10

 
A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Al Di Là Del Fiume Fricando Amphora White 2015: $27, $24.30

Al Di Là Del Fiume's 100% Albana begins with whole-cluster fruit that is fermented and aged slowly in terracotta amphora, then bottle-aged for three months.  Unfined, unfiltered, and only minimally sulfured, this biodynamic wine is richly textured with flavors of citrus, yellow apple, and persimmon. 2015 was a great vintage that yielded perfectly ripe fruit for this one-of-a-kind Emilia-Romagna wine.
Cantine Losito Fiano 2016: $19, $17.10

Pugliese producer Cantine Losito's Fiano shows a complex nose of fennel, mint, apple, almond and honey that evolves in the glass.  Lees aging imparts a touch of texture that balances its fruity palate and lively finish.  Enjoy this elegant yet friendly white with fresh seafood.
Fontechiara Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2012: $23, $20.70

Fontechiara's 2012 is a bright, perfumy expression of Nebbiolo, with rose petals, tar, and beautiful dark fruit.  The estate bottles without sulfur, yet the wine is clean and structured.



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New, Limited Bourgogne & All Sparkling Tasting


08/09/17



Exciting New Arrivals This Week!

Domaine Parent Corton Grand Cru Les Renardes 2015: $155
Domaine Parent Pommard Les Epenots 2015: $128
Domaine Parent Bourgogne Rouge 2015: $32

Domaine Parent was formally established in Pommard in 1803, but the family has produced wine in Burgundy since the 17th century, and sisters Anne and Catherine are its twelfth generation.  Anne, who has headed vineyard management and winemaking since 1998, farms the vineyards organically and observes low-intervention, biodynamic practices in the cellar.  Elegance, balance, and muscular depth are Parent's hallmarks, and each of the two top-tier bottles offered will benefit from a decade of aging.

A 10% in-store discount will be applied to our featured new arrivals, excluding limited wines.

Domaine Parent Corton Grand Cru Les Renardes 2015: $155

TWO BOTTLE LIMIT PER CUSTOMER

Intense, brilliant, and built for the long haul, Les Renardes offers a dense, woodsy nose of black fruit and mushroom, with lingering, chalky tannins.

Domaine Parent Pommard Les Epenots 2015: $128

TWO BOTTLE LIMIT PER CUSTOMER

Les Epenots opens with violets and Morello cherries, showing sublimely-wrought balance in the mouth and a long, velvety finish.

Domaine Parent Bourgogne Rouge 2015: $32

Cherry and cranberry lead, with spicy, rustic undertones.  Approachable now, Parent's Bourgogne Rouge is a gem from a special vintage.



This Week's In-Store Tasting

Thursday, August 10th, 6-8 p.m.

Clotilde Davenne Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé:  $31, $27.10
Moissenet-Bonnard Crémant de Bourgogne: $25, $22.50
Rezzadore Prosecco: $19, $17.10

 
A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Moissenet-Bonnard Crémant de Bourgogne: $25, $22.50

Toast and brioche, apple, strawberry, and raspberry, fine mousse, and an elegant finish. Clean and high-acid, perfectly balanced between fruit and zing.

Clotilde Davenne Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé: $31, $27.90

Sourced from Chablis and Epineuil, whose mineral deposits impart acidity and minerality reminiscent of Champagne. Seductive, with notes of red apple and raspberry.

Rezzadore Prosecco: $19, $17.10

Very dry yet full-flavored; white flowers, white peach, and honey. Soft and mouth-filling mousse.



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Mid-Summer Wines


07/29/17

Exciting New Arrivals This Week!

Baptiste Cousin Dynamitage 2016: $34
Domaine André Bonhomme Viré-Clessé 2015 375ml: $15, $13.50
Paitin Serra Barbera d'Alba 2014: $21, $18.90


A 10% in-store discount will be applied to our featured new arrivals, excluding limited wines.

Baptiste Cousin Dynamitage 2016: $34

LIMITED

Olivier Cousin is equally famous for producing elegant and refined natural wine that has elevated Anjou's status globally, and for thumbing his nose at the AOC's regulations and governing body, which, he feels, promote "industrial" wine. His son, Baptiste, has taken over production of the family's Gamay vines, and the result, "Dynamitage," is fresh in the mouth, with blue and red fruit, violets and tea. Bottled without sulfur or any additives, it has a little natural funk but shows structure and a clean finish that defy and redefine the natural wine category.

André Bonhomme Viré-Clessé 2015 375ML: $15, $13.50

Viré-Clessé, an appellation comprising two northern villages in the Mâconnais, compares with its neighbor Pouilly-Fuissé in quality, while its lack of name-brand recognition keeps pricing reasonable. Domaine André Bonhomme is amongst the top producers in the AOC, and this weighty offering from old vines shows hazelnut, pineapple, and honey.
Paitin "Serra” Barbera d'Alba 2014: $21, $18.90

The Paitin Estate produces Barbera in the Serraboella vineyard, one of Alba's standout sites, and one usually reserved for Nebbiolo. Dry and medium-bodied, Serra's aromas of ripe red cherry and mineral complement its soft tannins.


This Week's In-Store Tasting

Thursday, August 3rd, 6-8 p.m.

Lieu Dit Sauvignon Blanc 2016:  $25, $22.50
Van Volxem Saar Riesling 2015: $26, $23.40
Jean Louis Chave Côtes du Rhône Mon Coeur 2015: $25, $22.50
 
A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Van Volxem Saar Riesling 2015: $26, $23.40

Pretty, friendly, and easy-to-like, Van Volxem's wonderful acidity brings out the nuance of the fruit and lends freshness and vigor to the palate, while the mineral background throws its aromas of pear, white peach, nectarine, and apple into high relief.
Lieu Dit Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $25, $22.50

Lieu Dit's Santa Barbara Sauvignon Blanc embodies white Bordeaux's richness and depth, Sancerre's crisp minerality, and California's aromatic, fruity tones.
Jean Louis Chave Côtes du Rhône Mon Coeur 2015: $25, $22.50

An entry-level wine from a world-class maker, Mon Coeur is a négociant project sourced from organic vineyards, and is more than half from Jean-Louis’ own fruit. Meaty and smoky on the nose, the palate is full of dark plum and blackberry fruit, smooth tannins, and earthy undertones.



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