Pancetta's Italian Thrill Ride
Today September 22 from 1:30 - 6:30
Todd 'Pancetta' Bacon's in the house with a lineup of his usual goodness from Da Boot. Drop by today and grab a taste of wines from Piedmont, Veneto, Puglia & Tuscany. Todd will arrive at 3:30, I'll have the wines open at 1:30.

NOTE: Cellar Door will open late this coming Monday, September 25. We will open at 1:00 PM

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$23.99 BTL./$143.94 - SIX PACK

While watching some snobby idiot from the Food Network’s so-called intelligensia plug the white truffle experience in Piedmont, we couldn't help but wonder what would happen if your truffle hunting pig was better at hunting for compliments instead of tartufi bianci. Vegetarians will cry out in horror, but more than likely he would show up at the antipasti course as sopressata, salami, and prosciutto and be served with this magnificent Nebbiolo that happens to come from the Barbaresco single Cru of Bricco di Neive.

Younger vines and declassified from the family’s Via Erte Barbaresco, this Nebbiolo is a hell of a deal that hails from the warm, soon-to-be vaunted 2015 vintage and is very tasty indeed. Aged for 5 months in tank and 5 months in large Slavonian oak, this wine maintains the purity of Nebbiolo yet has a bit more to provide. Glorious aromatics with plenty of telltale rose petal and black licorice, but there are also overtones of birch, coffee and blackcurrant. In the mouth, this shows plenty of playful tendencies, but also has glorious depth and sophistication. Very long and extensive and crawls nicely through the mouth and possessing submerged tannins that allow for early accessibility. Barbaresco in all but name, enjoy this excellent Nebbiolo on through to its 10th birthday.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

One of the grand old producers of the Veneto and Amarone, Bertani has put forth a Ripasso that goes off into tangents and places where many other 2014 Valpols don’t exactly go. The main reason is integrity and the decision to put all of the grapes for their Amarone into this cuvee that is always superb.

Deep with pure notes of ripe cherry, raspberry, violet, cocoa powder and roasted earth carry over to a texture with savory red fruits and fine grip lending structure and backbone. Finishing quite long and having ample dimension, this Valpolicella Ripasso will make everything from roasted pork to mushroom risotto or a gorgonzola cheese dance on your palate. All this for a mere 20-note!

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$31.99 BTL./$191.94 - SIX PACK

One of Montepulciano’s important and symbolic estates, Trerose is now owned and operated by the Bertani group (see above) who also has several properties throughout Italy. This estate has always made lovely wines but since the change of hands, they have now elevated their game utilizing the capital and research tools afforded them by the Bertani group to make the finest wines possible.

This offering, from the Santa Caterina hill within the Montepulciano zone, is made with 100% Sangiovese. Three sites are utilized, possessing an abundance of limestone give this full flavored Tuscan red its energy to go along with its intensity. One whiff of the wonderfully pure scents of wild flowers, sage, black cherry, and savory earth will have you reminiscing about your last visit to Tuscany! The depth and concentration carry nicely into the mouth as it offers up succulent, ripe and flavorful tones with superb tight focus and grip as well as finishing dark, spicy and long. Drink now – 2024+. Italio-philes or wine lovers in general, we strongly suggest that you don't pass this wine up - you will be amazed and astounded that a noble Tuscan wine of this character can cost so little when you compare it to others.

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$9.99 BTL./$59.94 - SIX PACK

Rose season isn’t finished just yet and we have an excellent pink wine to throw down with some upcoming warm weather. Okay, it will also go well into the winter as well. While there are many pink wines produced throughout Italy, the truth is that there are only three TRADITIONAL Rose-producing areas, Abruzzo, the Chiaretto wines from around Lago di Garda and Puglia. Cosimo Taurino is a stalwart in Puglia and for the first time, we are offering their Rose.

100% Negroamaro with 8-12 hours of skin contact before pressing, the 2016 is deft, fresh and zingy with plenty of melon, quince, red raspberry and freshly cut herbs. Lots of mouthwatering, gushing flavors engage the entire palate and leave one wanting more! Call it pink-lemonade for adults! Drink with lighter seafood preparations or a plate of charcuterie as well as vegetables.

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New Release Red + the Whole family

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$10.99 BTL./$131.88 CASE

A new release of one of the most versatile red wines. We all know and love the white and rose but as fall sets in, the red wine comes to the forefront and it is so dexterous when it comes to matching with food. I have had this wine with cheeseburgers, penne with Bolognese sauce, pho all the way up to a fine beef tenderloin with a mushroom reduction sauce. I have heard others tell of how it goes with salmon or fried chicken. All said, not only is this red wine value fun, it is lip-smacking good.

Sumptuous raspberry and blueberry fruit lead the way followed by a mosaic of herbs and spices including pekoe, dark chocolate and turned earth. A seductive attack with supple texture and brilliant mineral/earth detail, one knows this is Bordeaux but one also gathers that it is a step up from the normalcy at this price level. Very red and black cherry on the ringing, fine, deceptively long finish.

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$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

When the Rain arrives, it is always a good time to uncork several bottles of the Rian. Like clockwork as soon as the kids go back to school, our favorite white takes on new and exciting traits.

Upfront mineral, peat, smoke and seashore scents beautifully mingle with the famous lemony tones that this white wine is so known for. Brisk, flavorful and a fresh jaunt to the palate as well as being a damn fine pairing with shellfish.

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$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

2 cases left! Herbs, subtle spice and prominent wild strawberry character, the nerve and lightning of this dry wine invade, attack and occupy the palate. Don’t worry, this wine drinks well into the next year and is fine with a plate of charcuterie.

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$14.99 BTL./$179.88 CASE

True to its Bordeaux spirit, this smokin’ good Reserve cuvee red is almost St-Emilion-like in its stature and quality, and best yet, it’s 15 bucks! Combining blackberry with cranberry scents along with espresso, dark chocolate and smoky tones riding shotgun, there is ample soul to go along with the sterling core of fruit. So much to love, there is succulence and soul throughout with a finish that shows Cabernet spice and depth.

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$14.99 BTL./$179.88 CASE

The lux white and all Semillon from ancient vines. Stone fruit, specifically nectarine takes off from the glass. Vanilla, mineral, smoke and a touch of hazelnut butter and fig. Generous, full and very vinous penetration. Electric and very vivid with momentum in the middle as it builds and expands. Almost hedonistic, yet succulent and vivid and very lengthy indeed.


Pancetta’s Italian Thrill Ride

This Friday, September 22 from 1:30 - 6:30

Our friend Todd ‘Pancetta’ Bacon is back with some new and exciting Italian wine arrivals for your tasting pleasure. Drop by this Friday to sample wines from Tuscany, Veneto, Piedmont and Puglia that are true to their Italian roots and possess lots of pizzazz, panache and presence. Todd will arrive at 3:30 but I’ll have the wines ready to go at 1:30.


2011 Trerose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano ‘Santa Catarina’
2014 Bertani Valpolicella Ripasso
2015 Cigliuti Langhe Nebbiolo
2016 Cosimo Taurino Salento Rosato

Napa Cab Special, Cru Beaujolais, Pinot Gris, Icon Chianti & more

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$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

Having been in existence since 1902, Catena is one of the pillars of wine in Argentina. DV Catena is an homage to Don Domingo Vicente Catena, Nicolas Catena Zapata’s father who made a deep, dark blend in the 1930s and he peddled his wares to French bistros in Buenos Aires. Moving ahead to current day, chief winemaker Laura Catena decided to pay tribute to her grandfather by creating this full-flavored blend.

92% Malbec and 8% Petit Verdot from three high elevation single vineyards in Mendoza’s Uco Valley. While this blend is full and possessing a serious take-no-prisoners approach, there is a wonderful balance and lift to the wine that makes it just a pleasure to drink. Deep, serious almost haunting, with a full core of black fruits surrounded by aromatic black tea scents, licorice, Mexican hot cocoa, warm spices and a fresh, earthy quality that finishes with a cool high-elevation lift. A classy drink for a great price, we were happy to sit around and drink a glass of this but it carries over to the dinner table extremely well. Enjoy with braised lamb or a slow-cooked pork shoulder.

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$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

12.5% alcohol and never produced with overripe or botrytis-affected grapes this Pinot Gris comes from the Pfalz region, just north of Alsace.

Villa Wolf is an estate owned by famed German wine guru Ernie Loosen. A gem of a Pinot Gris that livens the flavor of food and refreshes the palate all while delighting the drinker with its sprightliness and fresh fruit. The absence of oak and fatness enables this Gris to bring out the subtle flavor of fine cooking. One to stock up on for any autumn fare; it can also handle richer seafood dishes and a small bit of heat. Put on your psychedelic Pinot Gris binoculars and expand your minds.

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$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

One of the 10 Cru of Beaujolais, Julienas takes its name from Julius Caesar and the growers believe that the area was the site of the first vineyards planted in Beaujolais after the Romans conquered Gaul. This is always one of the more masculine Crus and 2015 follows suit yet somehow is so well dressed.

100% Gamay, this wine comes from a young couple who are originally from Alsace. A tiny estate, Celine and Nicolas Hirsch produce wines from old vines from Chenas, Moulin-A-Vent and this particular Julienas that comes from 50+ year old vines. Packed with peonies, anise, vibrant berry and prominent granitic spice-mineral aspects. The texture is penetrating and airy combined with excellent fruit, movement and persistence. Try with roasted poultry with mushrooms, steak tartare or sausages.

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$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

Are you looking for a wine to divert your attention to the ever-repetitive cable news coverage? Many of us have decided that we are mad as hell and we are not going to take it anymore! We're just gonna get drunk and change the channel!!

In order to digitally enhance your viewing, we are recommending this fresh and engaging Ribera del Duero from a lovely producer. Spain is a veritable thrift store when it comes to everyday drinking red wines and this unoaked red is packed with clean, pure Tempranillo characteristics of strawberry with hints of earth and smoke. Dark and soft-textured with plenty of juicy, mouth-watering notes throughout make this a fantastic red to have with fish or other lighter meat dishes and at the price, it is excellent to drink as a weeknight wine.

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[reg. $46.99] SPECIAL - $27.99 BTL./$335.88 CASE

It seems to be an every year occurrence that if you wait for it, Mount Veeder’s Cabernet always goes on to a deep special. In order to ‘make numbers’, our distributor has offered out an excellent deal on one of Napa’s beloved producers.

As following suit with recent previous vintages, this cuvee offers up pure Napa Valley honesty and frankly, when priced as it is through the end of the month, absolutely over delivers. Classic Veeder aromas of ripe brambly blackberry, marionberry, cassis, violet, dark chocolate, spearmint and dusty earth. Voluptuous round and full in the mouth with vanilla laden berries dominating a fine and ripe tannin structure. While drinking beautifully right now especially with a thick juicy steak, this stellar bottle of cabernet will continue to gain complexity over the next 10-12 years.

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$13.99 BTL./$83.94 - SIX PACK

One of our cool Italian wine discoveries over the past year or so, Piantate Lunche is a partnership of three growers who once sold their grapes to Umani Ronchi before jumping out on their own and achieving big success.

An attractive lineup is produced here but it all starts with the scrumptious classic Conero Cuvee, Il Palazzo. Made entirely from the Montepulciano grape, reveals plenty of blackberry, smoked meat, rosemary, and layered plum tones. Deep and mouth-filling with sensual fruit to make it very easy going, but still maintains just enough of the savage personality that is Montepulciano, especially in the bursting, spicy finish that is super-long, especially for an 14 dollar wine. An excellent wine to pair with a Bolognese sauce over top of penne or other tubular pasta.

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$35.99 BTL./$431.88 CASE

Undoubtedly one of France's greatest dry white wines, Domaine Baumard’s Clos du Papillon has been a profound influence on the new generation of producers in the Loire Valley and is a virtual thesis in the glass.

Clos du Papillon is one of the Grand Cru sites in Savennieres, so named because the plot’s shape resembles a butterfly. The 2013 is absolutely bone crushing and off the charts. Chamomile, quince and serious, serious minerality leap from the glass. More honeyed, Earl Grey tea tones start to arrive after a few minutes along with streamlined orange-zest, white anise and pepper. Incredibly complex, very dry, and with plenty of lift that slices through the concentrated and vinous fruit. The finish is persistent, penetrating, pure and palate-staining long with astonishing movement and length. We still were marveling at the mouth-watering finish 10 minutes after we finished the wine! If you must try one now, go for it, it has wonderful accessibility, especially with hearty seafood like lobster or sole meuniere. Drink through 2025+. Given the prices of Grand Cru white Burgundy, Grand Cru Alsace Riesling or Chablis, this white wine is an unabashed steal for 36-bucks!

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$44.99 BTL./$539.88 CASE

Two exciting developments have occurred with this well-known, legendary single Cru Chianti Classico. One, is that has now been elevated to the vaunted and prestigious Gran Selezione classification which tops the name ‘Riserva’. Two, is that normally we do not get to offer this limited production wine out to the entire list so if you ultimately adore the best of the best of Tuscany then here is your chance to grab some while it is available.

Only produced in great vintages and with a mere 1500 cases produced, one sees the profundity immediately poured. Uplifting yet deep aromas of wild cherry and perfumo di Toscana fill the room once this beauty opens up. Ripe red cherry echoes on the palate then joined by flavors of creamy strawberry, balsamico, violet, cedar, anisette and roasted earth. San Marcellino is always significantly marked by an old-vine vinous note and in a deep vintage such as 2012, that quality is highlighted adding meaty depth to the complex flavors in the mouth. This needs another 2-3 years to fully integrate and then will continue to give you copious amounts of pleasure through 2029+. If you are a lover of great Italian wines, this is a must for your cellar.


September 22

New releases from Pancetta

October 13

Olim Bauda Barbera and more, special guest, Gianni Bertolino from Olim Bauda

October 20

Petroio Chianti with special guest, Petroio winemaker Diana Lenzi

October 27

Cookbook author Ivy Manning will be here with her new release, 'Soups from Scratch & Breads to Match' and pairing goodies with a selection of French wines poured by Chad Zimmerman

* Note: all Friday Sips may change based on late arrivals, distribution snafus or Bryan's ever-changing whims*