NW Collectibles - Andrew Will & Walter Scott
Summer Verdicchio
Barolo Value & Sancerre

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$17.99 BTL./$107.94 - SIX PACK

Looking for that perfect summer white for grilled prawns and refreshing salads? The white that will carry into fall with salmon or mussels? A winter white for crab and other delights? Look no further because Crazy Leo's Verdicchio is back and is in its usual sterling form and is a white wine for all seasons.

Located up in the far hills of the Jesi area of Le Marches and close to Matelica, my impression is that this is somewhere between Bisci and Bucci in style. Not a bad place to be considering their pedigree. Brilliant scents of lemon, almond, prolific mineral and salty, marine like aspects. Forward, vivacious and very toothsome, this unoaked wonder turns it up and goes to eleven indeed! Do you think we are excited about this?!?!

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$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

Frenchman Bertrand Sourdais singlehandedly put the far eastern, high elevation portion of Ribera del Duero on the map by making the wines at Atauta. When the global economic downturn occurred in 2009, Bertrand went back to France, but the allure and his love of this area always had been beckoning, thus became the genesis of Antidoto and his return.

100% Tempranillo. The beauty of this wine is that there is absolutely no aging in new barrels; it is all about neutrality and sense of place. Virtual fragrance and complexity from the Atlantic inspire this wine but the results are very Mediterranean that backed up beautifully with fullness, power and depth. The natural stanchness of the fruit is massaged into a structure that seduces the palate, caressing the tongue with an almost velvet-like texture. The presence of coolness is important for the wines reflection of their NE Ribera sector terroir. Fresh-cut flowers, mineral, creamy marionberry permeate from the glass flowing to a savory texture chock full of earth and spice. Refined and scrumptious now, it will easily develop for 6-8 years as well.

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$39.99 BTL./$479.88 CASE

Barolo in July - si, per favore, and especially when it comes from an apex producer like Paolo Scavino. A selection of the best casks from seven single vineyards in the villages of Castiglione Falletto (Rocche Moriondino, Vignolo and Pernanno vineyards), Barolo (Albarella, Terlo & Vignane vineyards) and Serralunga d’Alba (San Bernardo vineyard). For a brief time, we are offering this entry Barolo for forty-bucks so take advantage.

The stunning aromatics here are forthright and velvety with perfumed rose petal, camphor, blackberry and minerality joining the elixir-like herbs and spices. In the mouth the contemplative texture is full of class, depth and richness. There is a level of dimension and structure that is quite uncommon for Barolo in this price range, add to that impeccable balance and a transparent core of fruit this wine will gain further complexity. Drink 2025 - 2033+.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Beneath the archaic aspect of secrecy in Bordeaux, there is ample forward thinking of a young generation of Petite Chateaux owners who are making terrific wine and doing with sensible farming and diligence in the winery. Let's not be fooled, this area is a great lake of wine and at The Cellar Door, I will still reject fifteen out of 20 Petite Chateaux Bordeaux that the wholesalers present to me. Jean-Luc Hubert practices biodynamic farming on his estate that perched on slopes in the Cotes-de-Bourg district affectionately known by locals as ‘the little Switzerland of Gironde.’

The usual Bordeaux suspects epitomize this Bordeaux, Merlot, Malbec & Cabernet Sauvignon from 55-year-old vines. Soils here are loam and gravel which deliver minerality, but the wine is also enhanced by skillfully vinous cassis and blue fruits. Earthy spice comes forward on the lengthy finish. Depth and persistence are present both of which are hallmarks of Bordeaux's excellent and well-defined vintage. Lovely now with a pan-seared rib-eye steak, duck or aged cheeses.

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$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

Another banger from a beloved source and remains one of the few under 10-dollar hits. Sicilian and satisfying, this Nero D'Avola is a perfect every day or party choice.

Ruby red in color with a persistent bouquet of mulberries, black cherries, mint, vanilla and sage, this wine sings from the glass then follows through to a texture packed with spicy ripe fruit and a lingering and balanced finish that possesses well-integrated tannins. We highly recommend this hearty red with roasted meats or spaghetti & meatballs.

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$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

A pinnacle Sancerre that is specifically located within the village of Chavignol, L’Authentique is Jean-Paul Thomas-Labaille’s multi-parcel cuvee. Solely from Kimmeridgian soil, drinking this immediately puts me in an excellent mood!

Pure, finesse, classic Sancerre aromas of peat, seashore, pronounced mineral and subtle lemon scents. Linear, electric and focused in the mouth with plenty of intensity in a restrained package; the finish is extreme mineral. Perfect fodder with any seafood ranging from freshly shucked oysters, sole bathed in a tarragon-cream sauce or grilled chinook salmon on a cedar plank.

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$44.99 BTL./$539.88 CASE

Like its Pinot Noir sibling Cuvee Ruth, Walter Scott's Cuvee Anne Chardonnay is a rollicking reserve wine that spans the range from the Willamette Combe Verte offerings and the single vineyard wines. The 2022 is all Eola-Amity fruit and from Walter Scott's finest Chardonnay sources, Justice, Koosah, Sojeau and Witness Tree Vineyards. It also represents fantastic value as it hits fine (and overdelivering) price/quality rapport.

The first thing to know about this and most of Oregon's handcrafted Chardonnays is not to expect butter and a boat plank, however, do expect a wine inspired by the spiritual home of Chardonnay, Burgundy's Côte D'Or (Puligny/Chassagne-Montrachet/Meursault). Perfumy notes of orange blossom, pear/spice, verbena, lemon and fine tones of mineral. Athletic and energetic there is full fruit that planes out and becomes very linear and focused in back. Finishes with pronounced detail and persistence. A top-notch Oregon Chardonnay from one of our finest producers!

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$64.99 BTL./$389.94 - SIX PACK

95 Points – Vinous…A legendary Washington producer scores again. The record of accomplishment of Chris Camarda and now his son Will is mighty impressive and benchmark Washington blends comtinue to emerge from their Vashon Island cellars. The Ciel du Cheval vineyard is located near Benton City and the vines average 31 years old for this limited 800 case cuvee. Being a warm and torrid site Andrew Will prefers to make this wine sans Cabernet Sauvignon due to the loamy soils on gravel beds to reflect the site as well as its Right Bank influences.

Fifty percent Merlot, 50% Cabernet Franc and already extraordinarily complex in its youth, this luxurious blend reveals prominent blueberry, raspberry and red earth. The use of oak here is intelligent with scents of tobacco and nutmeg soon to arrive. The texture possesses movement and voluptuous qualities with a structured, solid middle, maintaining a stacked, packed and long, substantial finish. Youthfully vibrant yet very ageworthy, expect a good 12-15+ years of drinking enjoyment.

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95 Points – Vinous…Following up on the 2017 version is the equally brilliant, but different 2018. The blend for this vintage is 57% Merlot/43% Cabernet Franc and almost has a warm climate, Washington St-Emilion feel to it.

Velvet throughout, this buxom Washington red is layered, dense and teeming with cassis, smoked raspberry and North African spices. Poised, rich and regal. Beautifully ripe but packed, structured and typical of an Andrew Will wine. Impressively sculpted with the old vines really on display, we recommend holding this until 2026 and enjoying it through 2038+.

4 Esoteric Summer Fun Wines - The Cellar Door
Chillable Red, Brisk Whites
BBQ wine from Portugal

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$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

I am a sucker for Silvaner, especially when it comes from fine producers like Schloss Castell. I initially ran into this producer’s wines back in 2015 but their availability has been sporadic at best, so when I saw a chance to offer it again, I nearly did a cartwheel! Silvaner, regarded as the Franken region's most distinctive variety, accounts for about 80% of this region’s production and unlike what many folks think of when it comes to wines from Deutschland, this wine is 100% bone dry.

An ultra-vivid white wine value, tightly focused, spicy, smoky floral tones with overriding brilliant limestone character and lemon zest go off like fireworks from the glass. Intensity is all over the place from old vines but piercing brightness shines with laser-beam precision and chimes throughout the whole experience. Firm and limestone driven on the superb finish. Grab your terroir turban because this is one beyond detailed! Diverse and food-friendly!

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Chillable Red. Fifteen years ago if I had tasted this delicious wine I might have told the salesperson, what the hell do I do with this. Fast forward and these days there is boundless excitement for these light, plucky chillable reds that show superiority and are more interesting to most Rosés at this price.

From Italy’s Alto Adige/Dolomite region and 100% Vernatsch (Schiava in Italian), blazing and promiscuous with animated aromas and flavors of raspberry, spiced earth, hints of anise and pepper along with telltale Dolomite minerality. Darker in color than most Rose yet chock full of flavor with clean, crisp, glowing flavors. Aged in stainless steel tanks, 12.5% alcohol and food-friendly, this will pair well with sausage, a charcuterie board, garlic/ginger pork stir-fry or even pasta in marinara sauce.

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$15.99 BTL./$191.88 CASE

Indeed, there is such a thing as white Pinot Noir, and it is not pink! Seen in various regions of the world including here in Oregon, this rather quirky and unique fizzy white wine is made from red grapes and is from a Lombardy favorite.

Ca’ Montebello is a cool producer putting forth some of Italy’s most fun and intriguing wines from an area that is more known for rice cultivation and salami more than wines, although wine has been made here for three millennia - fizzy, still, red, and white. Ca’ Montebello leaves this wine macerate on the skins at very cold temperatures for a brief period and then vinified in stainless steel tanks for six months with the spume (fizz) developing just before bottling. The result is a wine with a straw-like color but with enthusiastic aromas of orange peel, pear, sage and underlying lemon blossom aspects. Fresh and vigorous yet mouth filling. Alluring, sparkly aspects arrive in the middle and back end. Enjoy as an aperitif, as well as seafood appetizers, light vegetable soup or with a subtle soft cheese.

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$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

I am feeling BBQ today and we will need a fun red to rock the grill, both for what is on the plate and while cooking! The Portuguese region of Alentejo borders Spain yet is influenced by the Atlantic. Warm days and cool nights provide perfect conditions for wines that are chewy with traditional earthy herbal tones that are buffered nicely by warm and engaging modern fruit personalities.

100% Touriga Nacional. The individuality of the grape lies behind a robe of blackberry fruit with exotic spices, wildflowers, with savory mint and mocha providing complexity. Flavorful, agile and compelling, and best of all, scrumptious! There is enough savory earth/spice to make it pair well with hearty fare from the grill, especially ribs or others with spicy/tangy sauces. Go on, break out the 'Kiss the Chef' Apron!