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CELLAR DOOR'S THURSDAY WINE
Gushing Italian White & Smooth Bordeaux Red, both under 12


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2014 CHATEAU MALBAT
BORDEAUX ROUGE
$10.99 BTL./$131.88 CASE

Chateau Malbat is a delicious Right bank Bordeaux and like Chateau Haut-Rian Rouge and Chateau Paret, follows its righteous path of over-delivering. An excellent petite chateau from the south-east end of Bordeaux, this is an area famed for rural farming rather than 'grand chateaux' production.

Classy Bordeaux with pronounced Cabernet and Merlot aromas and flavors of forest berry, mineral, engaging sandalwood and aromas. In the mouth, it unfolds with gorgeous fruit, but is also impeccably defined with its telltale Bordeaux finesse, especially on the sleek finish. Food friendly indded, this wine is extremely delicious now and will be for the next 2-3 years. Pair it with roasted chicken stuffed with dried ceps, macaroni & cheese or an old school rare roast beef.



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2015 MACULAN PINO & TOI BIANCO
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

While the Maculan family has been making wine for three generations in Breganze, a small region at the foothills of the Dolomite mountains Northwest of Venice, it is the current generation who has taken the family winery from making mass produced and mediocre wine to the production of some of the highest quality juice in all of Italy. Fausto Maculan is a Superhero in the Italian wine industry and creates wide array of brilliant wines from the rich and highly acclaimed dessert wine Acininobili (which has been called "L'Yquem d'Italie" by French wine critics) to this fresh, crisp and clean white.

Made from Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and Tai (a grape formerly known as Tocai Friulano) from various vineyards in and around the town of Breganze. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and released young to maintain its lovely freshness. Intense and fruity nose with hints of refreshing kaffir lime, Satsuma and pineapple. On the palate the wine makes your mouth water with loads of citrus, fresh peaches and pear followed by a crisp minerally finish. It is time to sit out on your porch and slurp down many bottles of this while enjoying the sunshine. This is a great party wine, it will please those who like pinot grigio but it will get them drinking something new.



NO FRIDAY SIPS THIS WEEK

We are celebrating the long weekend and won’t be pouring wine this Friday. We will be open on Friday May 27 for pickups until 4:30. See you next week when we re-open Tuesday May 31 for normal business and a super-special Friday Sips announcement!!







THE CELLAR DOOR'S 'BADA BING-BADA BOOM' HOTSHEET
Montepulciano, Palcios Bierzo, Zin & more


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2013 J. PALACIOS BIERZO 'PETALOS'
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE
91 PTS & #53 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100
PRICE

Synonymous with Spain, the Palacios family seemingly does no wrong. Influential throughout Spain, Alvaro and Riccardo Perez were the primary forces who brought Bierzo into prominence as has become oh so familiar with these guys and this wine; it is once again very formidable and as always made from 100% Mencia and is one of the world’s most terrific values with a bit of something for everyone.

"Expressive flavors of black cherry, currant, licorice, mineral and smoke mingle in this focused red. The texture is gentle but firm, with well-integrated tannins and racy acidity providing structure. A compact wine that shows good intensity. Drink now through 2023. – 91 POINTS & #53 IN THE TOP 100, THE WINE SPECTATOR"



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2014 JACQUES ROUZE QUINCY
$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

Since we were first introduced to this wine in 2006, we have consistently referred to it as The Sancerre Slayer, especially since many are now selling for around $25. Because of this we have investigated neighboring wines from the likes of Quincy, Reuilly and Menetou-Salon and have come away incredibly impressed.

Not only is Jacques Rouzé one of the Loire Valley's most important producers, his wines are some of France's best kept secrets. Located about an hour west of Sancerre, outside the city of Bourges, Quincy (pronounced can-see) is made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc. 2014 is a scintillating version due to immaculate growing conditions. Lime, pink-grapefruit and subtle floral tones deftly combine with saline and rock-dust scents. Well formed, mouth-watering, racy and tense with great refreshing succulence arriving on the stealth finish that keeps on persisting. A rising fastball of a white wine, this is a terrific, undervalued wine that we are always thrilled to present. Exquisite with sea-critters of all sorts or have it to start a meal with fresh greens, goat cheese and lemon vinaigrette.



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2014 PEACHY CANYON ZINFANDEL
'INCREDIBLE RED'
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

A perennial favorite Zin from one of California's great Zin-masters is back on out hot sheets and the 2014 is quite delicious indeed.

Over-delivering, velvety, layered and smooth with tell-tale, full-throttle Zin character that builds and builds alluring red and black cherry, rhubarb, violet and cocoa. Flavorful and mouth coating with plenty of spice on the back end. Perfect for barbecue and especially a semi-spicy sauce.



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2015 XILOCA GARNACHA
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

Located in the Ribera del Jiloca area of the Aragon region in close proximity to the Pyrenees, this 100% non-oak-aged Garnacha overachieves for 12 bucks!!

Classic Grenache character with grenadine, red licorice and heavily accented white pepper tones that follow over into a texture that is chewy and mouth-filling with seemingly crunchy. Gains plenty of vibrancy on the finish and possesses an excellent white pepper note that originally is echoed on the nose. Drink this heady red wine with roasted or grilled beef dishes. A fabulous Spanish red wine value that should not be missed!



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2012 POLIZIANO VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

2012 POLIZIANO VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO $26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE The Noble wines of Montepulciano are some of the most exciting in Tuscany and represent the best bang for your buck. 85% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) and a 15% blend of Colorino, Canaiolo and Merlot. Along with Avignonesi, Dei and Boscarelli, Poliziano is part of the Big Four of this Tuscan region.

The specialty of the house at Poliziano is their exquisite Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and their newly arrived 2012's classic beauty woos you in from the first waft of violet, lush cherry, raspberry and sweet roasted Tuscan herbs. All about smoothness and balance, then echoed by intense depth of flavor, alluring spice from a deft use of oak beautifully frames the wine's rich fruit and resounding detail of origin. The quality of this wine is reinforced on the finish with the depth and expansion of flavor lingering on the palate. Opening one now with a hearty meal is necessary but this delicious wine will continue to develop through 2023.


NO FRIDAY SIPS NEXT FRIDAY
MAY 27
We will be celebrating a long weekend and won’t be pouring wine as usual next week. We will all be back in the shop on June 3rd for a grand scale Friday Sips to be announced