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2018 HAUT-RIAN COTES-DE-BORDEAUX
'SAINT-SEURIN' ROUGE
$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

Formerly known as Cuvee Prestige, the single parcel wine ‘Saint-Seurin’ is the Dietrich family’s wondrous luxury wine that not only shows very well early, also ages way too well than any 17-buck red wine ever should. From the estate’s oldest vines, the presence of 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12 months aging in oak brings about a fine presence of depth, finesse and extensive potential.

Even at this early stage in a fantastic vintage, this wine is quite impressive. Commencing with plum and violet, aromatic Moroccan spice, mocha and cassis notes from the Cabernet quickly appear. Classic Bordeaux spirit, nice vinous texture, with almost marine-like aspects around the edges. Extends with a combination of red earth, good fruit and plenty of spice on the very long finish. Very accessible now, especially with something like a rib eye or roasted rack of lamb but will continue to develop for another 10 years. A few years back the big discovery was just how good this is with a cheeseburger and even better when served from a proper Bordeaux glass.



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2016 MARQUES DE MURIETTA
RIOJA RESERVA
[reg. $32.99]
SPECIAL - $23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

93-94 points – The Wine Advocate… When it comes to Spanish wines, there is nothing better than authentic Rioja. Over the years, and for many reasons, it has become a pity that too many Rioja have been losing their Spanish accents. Many of the wines have taken on a more international tone. We prefer the wines that have been inspired by Lopez de Heredia or Muga's Prado Enea versus those who make Rioja wines that taste as though they come from Napa or Walla Walla rather than Spain.

Fortunately, there remain great bastions of authenticity and one of the grand old-school producers is Marques de Murietta. This Rioja is so old school that it will make you want to give up the photocopier and the mimeograph to produce dittoes. Mocha-spiked dried strawberries teem from the glass with Moroccan spices; leather and roasted earth are along for the ride. Captivating, majestic, mouth-filling, very smooth and gaining complexity as it unfolds in the glass. Lots of movement throughout as well as a drawn-out, silky finish with slight peppery tones make this a compelling wine for 20 bucks. Drink it over the next decade with roasted pork or lamb.



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2020 BRANKO SAUVIGNON BLANC
COLLIO FRIULI
$26.99 BTL./$161.94 - SIX PACK

Located in the northern Friuli hills and a mere 250 meters or so from the border of Slovenia, Branko is a small (3700 cases) family run winery, named after patriarch Branko Erzetic, whose son, Igor, runs the operation today. The current winery was set up in 1950, but the roots go back much further, as the Erzetic family has been cultivating grapes and producing wines here for many, many years.

Over time we have learned that the Sauvignon Blanc from Friuli has its own distinction and is unlike Sancerre, New Zealand, etc., these wines have personalities that adhere to the varietal and this northeastern Italian region’s special terroir. Possessing ample aromatics with everything in fine fettle and balance, this is the epitome of sensuality in Friuli Sauvignon. Gooseberry, subtle tropical fruit, prominent mineral and fine sage scents careen from the glass and flow through to a texture that is amply concentrated while maintaining vigorous freshness and mineral liveliness. Toss back this fabulicious white wine with pan-seared seafood like scallops or halibut dressed with a light sauce. Excellent character, depth and dimension as well as picking up more fragrance as it unfolds in the glass. Flavor wise this flows smoothly through the mouth all the way to the creamy/spice/mineral-laden finish that seemingly morphs into something steely and vividly clear and focused. Rich enough for salmon, crisp enough for scallops.



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2019 FONTSAINTE CORBIERES
'RESERVE LA DEMOISELLE'
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

La Demoiselle is a killer reserve wine from this famed Corbieres estate and 2019 is fantastic. Made with 60% Carignan from 110+ year old vines along with 30% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre, the wine completely overachieves for its pricepoint. I uncorked a bottle with some grilled, really thick, Carlton Pork Chops slathered in olive oil, garlic and fennel and the combination was a miraculous nuclear explosion!

Instantly after pouring into the glass, Mediterranean aromas of crushed red raspberry, wind-swept herbs, lavender and pepper along with gentle cocoa notes filled the air. A soulful wine indeed…a truly harmonious ensemble of savory richness and elegance that follows through to the ample dry and vibrant finish. A Corbières of impeccable quality, this can age nicely for 6-8 years. Enjoy it with sausage and bean casserole, grilled steak...or pork chops! If you can't tell, I am really excited about this wine. Now will somebody please hand me a megaphone.



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2019 EVESHAM WOOD PINOT NOIR
'TEMPERANCE HILL VINEYARD'
$35.99 BTL./$431.88 CASE

Reaching for inspiration to write about wine can be a difficult task. Sometimes our entries’ insights come from the world of sports, movies, music, and in this case, one of Oregon’s famed crops - the one other than grapes or hazelnuts. We believe in order to create a Utopian wine world, one does not need medicinal weed for healing, but instead we recommend greatness, especially when two champions collide. These sorts of wines are legal in 49 out of 50 states (I’m not so sure about Utah!), so indulge and heal yourselves with this breathtaking Pinot Noir.

Evesham Wood and the Temperance Hill Vineyard are five-star class indeed and this wine is a steal compared to many others that emerge from this famed Eola-Amity site. With its throwback label, the newly arrived 2019 is gorgeous juice that has immense potential for aging. Based around aromatics, finesse and beauty; red berry, violet, soft smoke, and elusive herbs and spices are the characteristics of this sultry, fine Pinot. In the mouth, it is very young and packed in, but what is underneath is velvety, stylish, deftly proportioned and long and ethereal. Finishes very sleek, round and extensive, offering up a great, long aftertaste. Enjoy through 2031 and probably beyond.



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2019 VICARI LACRIMA DI MORRO D'ALBA
$13.99 BTL./$83.94 - SIX PACK

Found nowhere else in Italy, the ancient Lacrima variety is exclusively grown in the hills north of Jesi, in the Le Marches region on the Adriatic coast and even with the name Alba; it has nothing to do with Piedmont. Vicari is a new find and specializes in not only this grape but also a fine Verdicchio.

A dense dark color with aromas of red berries, spice and herbs, this 100% Lacrima di Morro shares a medium-bodied palate that is dry in texture with floral and blue fruits but with a wild, soulful finish that lets you know it is not a simple quaffer and requires food. The confluence of components both aromatically and texturally allow it to pair well with chicken cacciatore or penne pasta with a hot sausage sugo.



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2020 STATTI GAGLIOPPO
CALABRIA ROSSO
$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

Oh, shudder to think, the South has risen. No, not the one with stars and bars but the one that makes scrumptious wines with extroverted Italian personality. Something from Calabria that will be sure to please any adventurous Italian red wine lover! Made from 100% of the Gaglioppo grape which is originally of Greek origins and is thought to be introduced in Italy around the same time as Aglianico.

Statti is a leading producer in this area and there are values galore that emerge from this 100-acre estate. It is human nature to make comparisons and maybe the closest analogy that we come up with is that it may be likened to a warm climate Nebbiolo. Aged entirely in stainless steel tanks, Statti's version is chock full of roasted red plum, forest-floor, red licorice and rose petal aromas which follow into a warm, dry Italian texture that screams for tomato-based dishes.



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2017 INGLENOOK CABERNET SAUVIGNON
'NAPA VALLEY' RUTHERFORD
[reg. $99.99]
SPECIAL - $65.99 BTL./$395.94 - SIX PK

This historic estate is an American wine treasure that was partially purchased by Francis Ford Coppola in 1975, renamed Niebaum Coppola, then became famous for a wine called Rubicon. In 1995, Coppola was finally able to get the remaining vineyard site, restored the Chateau, and most importantly in 2011, restored the famous Inglenook name.

Boisterous and generous, this surprisingly has accessibility now. Quite the masterpiece, this Cab shines with a voluptuous nose that is loaded with black cherry, cassis, pipe tobacco, blueberry, savory herbs and classic Rutherford dust. Poise, character and lots of depth along with youthful structure on the firm, smoky, chewy finish that is impressively long and vertical. Enjoy this luxurious Cab through 2033.







THE CELLAR DOOR'S 'BADASSERY' HOTSHEET
92 point Rose & fresh White for 11, Bordeaux, Vietti, Andrew Will Cab


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2019 VIETTI 'PERBACCO'
LANGHE NEBBIOLO
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

Luca Currado always likes to remind his friends and all wine lovers that this Nebbiolo could qualify as a full-fledged Barolo. Cuvees that show early access, which are not used in the final Barolo Castiglione blend, are used to make the Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco. The name ‘Perbacco’ is an interjection that translates into something like ‘my word’ or ‘dang/damn’ because that was the reaction Luca’s mama Luciana said when initially tasting the wine and informed that it was not a Barolo. ‘Perbacco, it tastes like Barolo,’ was her exclamation and thus the Vietti Perbacco came to life and has become an iconic Langhe Nebbiolo.

2019 is a classically formed, virtuoso vintage for Piedmont where many wines will age very well. Think of 2004 OR 2013 but with excellent stuffing. Drawn-out red fruits, roses, chocolate licorice and undercurrents of perfumed earth tones, there is exquisite movement, depth and persistence, especially on the detailed and luxurious finish. Drinks well early and ages impeccably, too. Enjoy it over the next 6-9 years with hearty risotto dishes, roasted game or intense cheeses.



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2015 CHATEAU HAUT-PLANTEY
HAUT-MEDOC
$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

Back in July around Bastille Day, I uncorked a bottle of this Bordeaux to see what’s what. Not only was I astonished at how beautifully it is drinking and how it has developed, I had to bring in some more for you all to drink as well.

Located in the heart of the Haut Medoc and not far from Margaux and St-Julien, this workaday Bordeaux is a prototype, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 60% Merlot blend. Aromatic full spice follows dark fruit, violet, undertones of tealeaf and cassis. Dramatic with sneaky fullness, flavorful, nicely layered aspects shine from the quality, depth and charm of the 2015 vintage. Broad texture, nice earth and movement. Very Medoc, with its elegantly poised finish. Punches well above its weight class at 17-bucks. Drink now – 2025. Delicious with prime rib, game like elk or venison but also simpler fare like lentil soup or a burger.



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2020 ROCCA DI MONTEGROSSI
TOSCANA ROSE
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

92 points – Vinous…Normally when we offer this wine in July or August it comes with the tag line at the end ‘hold a few bottles until Thanksgiving’, especially since it normally sells out by summer’s end. As has been the case since the pandemic set in, nothing is ever as it seems and whaddayinz know, there is some available for your holidays feasts!

100% Sangiovese directly press after 24 hours and elevated in stainless steel tanks, the 2020 is more detailed with sensuous mineral, Tuscan herbs and earthy notes out front with classy red berries and melon bringing up the rear for added intrigue and complexity. Superb intensity, yet very glow and brisk with a mouth-filling, uplifting and invigorating texture that really coats and sweeps the palate clean. As mentioned, it is excellent with turkey also enjoyable with grilled prawns, grilled salmon with or without a board, an intense pecorino cheese or lighter pork dish. Mamma Mia!



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2020 HEREMIE HUCHET MUSCADET
LA CHAUVENIERE
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

The Loire Valley’s Muscadet region has somewhat of a quiet youth movement caused by a new Cru system that emphasizes quality over quantity. Alas, the image that Muscadet still should sell for 4€ in any French grocery store still prevails but changes are afoot. Jeremie Huchet is a young producer and one that we have been chirping about for almost two years now. La Chauviniere is a blend of sites within the Cru of Chateau Thebaud and is the original property that Jeremie’s father started with in 1971.

Bone dry and having nothing to do with the Muscat grape, Muscadet is 100% Melon. Stunning seashells shimmer from the glass (say that 5 times fast). Very direct with underlying white flowers, lemon drop and prominent gabbro soil flinty quality. Super-exuberant, expressive and jaunting. Very mineral from start to the live-wire finish. Shuck a dozen of briny oysters, what the hell are you waiting for!



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2017 ANDREW WILL
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 'CHAMPOUX'
$44.99 BTL./$539.88 CASE

After a decade or so of making terrific Cabernets from a blend of vineyards and labeling it as Columbia Valley, Andrew Will winemaker Will Camarda decided that 2017 and the terrific quality was the time to start labeling the Cabs with their own sites. This offering comes from the profound Champoux Vineyard and what is in the bottle is magical indeed.

Long established, Champoux is named after original owner/vineyard manager Paul Champoux who first planted in 1972. Now owned by a small consortium that includes, Andrew Will Woodward Canyon, Powers and Quilceda Creek, wines from this vineyard are always of apex quality and distinction. Given the late spring, warm summer and cool, drawn out September and October, 2017 for the top Washington vineyards is fabulous. This rocking Cab is seamless with cassis, blackberry cobbler, jasmine, kissed of coffee, nutmeg, and smoke wafting from the nose. A boulder wrapped in lace, broad structure, waves of depth and underlying subtle tones will reveal themselves with aeration. Long, packed and stacked, this wine is rock star stuff! If you must drink it now, decant it and be armed with a big sirloin, but for best results, cellar it until 2023 and drink it through 2031+.







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