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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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New Arrivals, Chilled Whites, & BBQ Reds


07/26/17

Fantastic New Arrivals!

Clos du Mont-Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2016: $35, $31.50
Occhipinti SP68 Sicilia Rosso 2016: $30, $27.00
Shobbrook’s Tommy Field Ruff Barossa Valley Syrah 2015: $46, $41.40


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

Shobbrook's Tommy Field Ruff Barossa Valley Syrah 2015: $46, $41.50

Having worked in Italy for several years, Tom Shobbrook moved back to his native Australia in 2007 and – in search of a “New Australian” style – set about producing fresh, structured wines with aging potential. Unfiltered, Tommy Field exudes black olive, smoked meat, and black cherries.
Clos du Mont-Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2016: $35, $31.50

Operational since the 16th century, Clos du Mont-Olivet is one of Chateauneuf du Pape's most traditional estates. A blend of Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, the estate's 2016 Blanc shows notes of white flowers, green apple, and honeydew.
Occhipinti SP68 Sicilia Rosso 2016: $30, $27

Named for the historic country road that passes Agricola Occhipinti and happens to be one of the world's most ancient wine routes, SP68 is a blend of Nero d'Avola and Frappato from guyot-trained vines on sand, chalk and limestone soils with notes of peppercorn, rose petal, and raspberry.


This Week's In-Store Tasting

Thursday, July 27th, 6-8 p.m.

Terre Bianche Pigato Riviera Ligure di Ponente 2015:  $27, $24.30
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 all wines featured at our in-store tastings.



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New Arrivals, Chablis, Sauvignon Blanc, Lambrusco


07/19/17

Fantastic New Arrivals!

Sandy Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $16, $14.40
Jean-François Mérieau Les Hexagonales Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $17, $15.30
Bodegas Albamar O Esteiro Tinto 2015: $37, $33.30
Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses 2013 375ML: $16, $14.40


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

Bodegas Albamar O Esteiro Tinto 2015: $37, $33.30

Xurxo Alba, known best for his Albariño, presents a fresh, saline blend of Caíño, Espadeiro, and Mencía from his windswept, organic, pergola-trained, coastal vineyards. Though light-bodied, the wine holds its own with earthy, savory, yet perfumed aromatics that are highly expressive of Galician terroir.
Sandy Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $16, $14.40

Produced in Marlborough by renowned New Zealand winemaker Allan Scott, Sandy Cove is rich and rounded, with notes of lime, papaya, and freshly-mowed grass.
Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses 2013 375ML: $16, $14.40

The funk of youth has dissipated from this vintage Chinon, leaving layers of black plum, red currant, tobacco leaf, graphite, and white pepper, with a structured yet soft mouthfeel.
 
Jean-François Mérieau Les Hexagonales Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $17, $15.30

Produced in Touraine, Les Hexagonales shows basil, lime, and chalky minerality.  It's a great alternative to Sancerre for half the price!


This Week's In-Store Tasting

Thursday, July 20th6-8 p.m.

Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Sorbara Premium Vecchia Modena 2015:  $18, $16.20
Joseph Burrier Château de Beauregard Macon-Fuissé 2014: $19, $17.10
Domaine Denis Race Chablis 2014: $20, $18
 
A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Joseph Burrier Château de Beauregard Macon-Fuissé 2014: $19, $17.10

Burrier's Macon-Fuissé offers balanced aromatics of apple, lemon, butter, and oak, with a medium-rich body and a rounded, elegant finish.
Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Sorbara Premium Vecchia Modena 2015: $18, $16.20

This Lambrusco, a classic example of the style, opens with refreshing bubbles and plenty of ripe strawberry and raspberry flavors. A slight touch of residual sugar gives a dry yet fruity finish.
Domaine Denis Race Chablis 2014: $20, $18

Denis Race's classically-styled Chablis shows white flower, apple, and citrus on the nose and palate, with a taut, refreshing finish.



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Fantastic New Arrivals & Bubbles, Crisp Whites, Chilled Reds


07/12/17

Fantastic New Arrivals!

Scarpetta Colli Orientali del Friuli Brut Rosé: $19, $17.10
Joseph Burrier Château de Beauregard Macon-Fuissé 2014: $19, $17.10
Domaine Arlaud Bourgogne Rouge Roncevie 2015: $33, $29.70
Château Laulerie Bergerac Merlot Rouge 2015: $13, $11.70


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

Scarpetta Colli Orientali del Friuli Brut Rosé: $19, $17.10

Crisp and dry on the palate, Scarpetta – a Prosecco-style sparkler with a touch of old-vine Pinot Nero – exudes delicate flavors of juicy strawberries and fresh herbs.  Enjoy it with lox, cream cheese and capers on a salted bagel.
Joseph Burrier Château de Beauregard Macon-Fuissé 2014: $19, $17.10

When mom's in town and needs an oaky Chardonnay, Macon-Fuissé will save the day, allowing you to put on airs without breaking the bank. Apple and lemon sit atop a medium-rich body with a kiss of oak on the finish.
Domaine Arlaud Bourgogne Rouge Roncevie 2015: $33, $29.70

Cyprien Arlaud cultivates the Roncevie vineyard's 50-year-old vines biodynamically, and his sister Bertille plows the vineyard – half of which falls within Gevrey-Chambertin – with a two-horse team. Aromas of blueberries, raspberries, and irises lead, with a dash of baking spice on the finish.  Serve with a light chill to enhance the spice.
Château Laulerie Bergerac Merlot Rouge 2015: $13, $11.70

Château Laulerie's Merlot, a product of the warm, generous '15 vintage that benefitted entry-level wines throughout France, represents a great value and a great weeknight alternative to Bordeaux with its red fruit, spice, toast, and rounded, accessible structure.  Enjoy it with grilled pork tenderloin.


This Week's In-Store Tasting

Thursday, July 13th6-8 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, roast 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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Far-Out France


07/05/17

This Week's In-Store Tasting

Far-Out France
Thursday, July 6th, 6-8 p.m.

Domaine de la Dentelle Bugey Cerdon Rosé:  $23, $20.70
Louis Métaireau Muscadet Grand Mouton Sur Lie 2015: $22, $19.80
Château du Cèdre Marcel Malbec 2015 $13, $11.70

 
Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Bugey, and Cahors aren't appellations as recognizable as some, but the wines they produce – elegant, mineral Muscadet, opulent rosé demi-sec, and light, earthy Malbec – are versatile and classic summer quaffers, and the wines we've selected for our Thursday come from some of the top estates in "far-out" France.

A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.
Far-Out France
Domaine de la Dentelle Bugey Cerdon Rosé: $23, $20.70

Marcel Perinet began his career as a waiter, became one of France’s top sommeliers, and went on to direct a 3-Michelin-starred restaurant for decades before inheriting two and a half hectares in Cerdon du Bugey within the Savoie region.  The catch?  The only wine allowed in the AOC is sweet, sparkling rosé, most of it indifferent and heavily sulfured.  Perinet completely revised the style’s production methods, choosing to farm organically, focus on Poulsard rather than Gamay, and bottle without sulfur.  The result?  A fresh, concentrated demi-sec showing red apple, raspberry, and sweet cherry that makes a gorgeous nightcap, with or without dessert.
Louis Métaireau Muscadet Grand Mouton Sur Lie 2015: $22, $19.80

Louis Métaireau was the first winemaker in Muscadet to introduce lees aging, thereby restoring the appellation’s reputation and becoming its most iconic producer.  His daughter, Marie-Luce, continues his work in the Grand Mouton vineyard, a raised mound between the AOC’s two rivers (La Maine et La Sèvre Nantaise) that spans 23 hectares and represents its best terroir.  Grand Mouton’s grapes are harvested late, providing richness and texture – supplemented by sur lieaging – that balance its light, lifting acidity, aromas of apple and pear, and pleasant minerality.
Château du Cèdre Marcel Malbec 2015: $13, $11.70

Château du Cèdre in Cahors – Malbec's spiritual home before its arrival in Mendoza – has been driving innovation in the region for decades under the direction of brothers Pascal and Jean-Marc, who banned pesticides in the vineyards in 2002 and gained their organic certification in 2012. Marcel, their entry-level bottling, is light, fruity and easygoing, though earthier than New World expressions of the grape.  Try it with burgers, barbecue, or by itself!



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Bandol, Beaujolais, Santa Barbara


07/02/17

This Week's In-Store Tasting

Bandol Rosé, Cru Beaujolais, Santa Barbara Chardonnay
Thursday, June 29nd, 6-8 p.m.

Domaine de la Tour du Bon Bandol Rosé 2016:  $26, $23.40
Pence Ranch Chardonnay 2014: $28, $25.20
Domaine des Billards Beaujolais Saint-Amour 2015: $22, $19.80

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

Domaine de la Tour du Bon Bandol Rosé 2016: $26, $23.40

Domaine de la Tour du Bon, situated in Bandol's northwest corner, represents some of the highest-elevation terroir in Provence.  The estate's gorgeous 2016 is a delicate yet powerful encapsulation of France's most celebrated rosé region, with aromas of strawberries, red flowers, and lilac, a textured, weighty mouthfeel, and enough tannin to complement food and ensure that the result will improve with age.
Pence Ranch Chardonnay 2014: $28, $25.20

Blair Pence's dry-farmed, cool climate Santa Barbara Chardonnay ferments on native yeasts in a combination of new and used oak (mostly the latter), resulting in a refined, Burgundian entry with a nose of citrus and green apple, as well as toast and baking spice demonstrative of its new world origins.  Cool evenings in the vineyard keep the acid high, contributing to the 2014's clearly-delineated structure.
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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