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Eclipse Hours
The Cellar Door Team will be down in the line of totality and will be closed on Monday August 21 re-opening Tuesday August 22 at 2:30 PM.
There will be a full Hot Sheet of Wines for Wednesday.



THE CELLAR DOOR'S 'LINE OF TOTALITY' WINES
3 Wines, Cabernet, Cotes-du-Rhone & Pinot Grigio


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2016 BEAURENARD COTES-DU-RHONE
$12.99 BTL./$155.88 CASE

This flavorful Rhone is insanely good for this price! Produced by famed Chateauneuf brothers Daniel and Frederic Coulon, this wine is receives as much love as their $80+ Boisrenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape. As the brothers have continued to add more Cotes-du-Rhone land, the majority of this wine comes from sites just north of the small city of Orange and then enhanced by small parts of Rasteau to make a delectable, go-to, every evening drinker.

Way more complexity and dimension than an ordinary Cotes-du-Rhone should ever have, the 2016 possesses an equally, if not more compelling story to the vaunted 2015 and is one of the best versions of this wine that we have seen to date. Plenty of stuffing here with the beautiful Beaurenard perfume lurking beneath the surface. Plum, thyme and licorice present, lots of palate coverage but smooth and not heavy whatsoever. White pepper and plenty of persistence on the long finish. 2016 is a marvelous vintage and one that will drink and develop nicely through 2020.



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2014 MARIETTA 'ARME'
CABERNET SAUVIGNON
$21.99 BTL./$263.88 CASE
92 POINTS - VINOUS

Many changes have occurred over the last decade at Sonoma’s Marietta cellars. Founder Chris Bilbro has taken retirement and his son Scot, who has been at Marietta for 10 years, purchased the estate and is now fully in charge with an excellent vision all based on the substratum that his father started back in 1979. Across the board, these wines are remarkable and very affordable and this Cabernet has received heaps of praise!

‘A bold, pungent wine, the 2014 Armé offers a decidedly old school-influenced profile of dark stone fruit, black olive, herb, tobacco and licorice. Cool and savory, but with considerable depth, the 2014 Armé is another knock-out wine from Scot Bilbro. Readers looking for a value-priced California Cabernet will flip out over this wine. This is a very serious wine for the money. – 92 POINTS, VINOUS



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2015 VILLA RUSSIZ PINOT GRIGIO
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

ATTENTION PINOT GRIS LOVERS! We are going to make this short and sweet. While we respect some pinot gris producers from Oregon, Alsace, and other areas in the world, Villa Russiz, located in Friuli is one of the special producers of the world. While many people are dropping $$20+ on nice Pinot Gris from the aforementioned areas, they are missing out on a wine that will has equal, if not superior quality and a distinctively Italian personality.

Essence of textbook Pinot Grigio from Italy, Villa Russiz’s offers up scintillating scents of honeydew melon, orange, and flint that somersault from the glass. In the mouth, it is sheer hedonistic pleasure with explosive, zesty and mouthfilling flavors that are both dry and well defined. Italian white wine aficionados continually rave about this estate and they should, it is in line with the likes of Jermann. Try it with an array of dishes from smoked salmon to crab to pork.




FRIDAY SIPS

This Friday August 25 from 1:30 - 6:30

Buzzing with Bubbly

Raventos i Blanc is one of Spain’s most prestigious, prodigal and profound producer of sparkling wines. So much that they led the charge and established a new appellation for Spanish Sparkling wine called Conca Del Riu Anoia. Drop by this Friday to sample three bubblies from this excellent producer. We’ll also have a red open for those who need their Friday Red Wine dose.

FEATURED WINES:

2014 Raventos i Blanc ‘L’Hereu’ Blanc de Blancs
2014 Raventos i Blanc Brut Rose ‘de Nit’
2013 Raventos i Blanc Brut ‘Finca’
2014 Acustic Montsant Tinto