Galantin Bandol Rose
New 2023 Galantin Bandol Rose & Spring/Summer Red
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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

François Chidaine is a stalwart Loire Valley producer known for terrific wines from top to bottom. This Touraine red is a delightful, versatile Spring/Summer red and I would recommend chucking it in an ice bucket for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Equal portions of Cabernet Franc, Côt & Pineau D’Aunis, this is one of the tastiest tipples that we work with, it is a smooth, aromatic blend offering pure high-pitched scents of strawberry, earth, sandalwood and a kiss of licorice and turned earth. Gorgeously vivacious, food-friendly juice that has nice ripeness, gritty earthiness, and a peppery, vibrant, red fruit-laden finish. All these flavors combined with sausage and peppers, charcuterie, sturdy vegetable stew, grilled or sauteed chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese and on and on. Orders will arrive next week when Bryan returns.

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The popularity of this dry Southern French Rose is very impressive. So impressive that I will say if you hesitate or dally around, it will be gone. Bandol for twelve dollars is not going to happen, but Bandol for twenty. Yes please!

There is quite a bit of truth to the demise of Rose, mostly due to overproduction and many bad cheap offerings. This current correction will shake out the good from the bad as well as some areas cutting back production because of the decrease in sales. As usual, Mourvèdre, Cinsault & Grenache comprise the blend and there is mass complexity to this mouth-filling pink wine. Teeming with classic raspberry and strawberry scents, a fine underlay of spice, herbs and rose petal character are along for the ride. Prominent Mediterranean flavors that are broad and beguiling with spice and finely woven-in briskness, especially on the savory finish. Try this rather substantial yet zesty rose over the next 2-3 years with grilled tuna; pan seared sea bass, something with Romesco sauce or white meats. Orders will arrive next week when Bryan returns.

Barbera Wednesday
Alba, Asti & Pinerolese

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This wine remains one of the finest Barbera deals in the wine universe! Marchesi di Gresy was a member of the Produttori del Barbaresco until 1973 when Alberto Di Gresy wished to showcase his single cru of Martinenga, thus making his own statement in the bottle. To quote Alberto, 'A grape growing, wine producing Piedmontese Estate couldn't, without doubt, not produce a good Barbera'!

Made from fruit from a vineyard in the northern reaches of Asti, this sumptuous Barbera d'Asti is ruby red in color with intense violet hues sharing a spirited and scrumptious bouquet. Tank aged, pure aromas of rose, plum and bounteous cherry jump from the glass! Mouthfilling Barbera of elegant character with excellent balance from start to finish it is an ideal companion to salumi, tajarin and most pasta. It is also perfect with dry cheeses. Orders will arrive next week when Bryan returns.

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The Pinerolese DOC is located between Torino and the French border of Italy’s Piedmont region. Obtaining these wines outside of their neighborhood is extremely rare. Le Marie Vini, located in the foothills near Monte Viso in the Alps, deliver wines that glide in both the Italian and French Alpine style.

From old vines. Chock full of flavors and aromas of lusty strawberry and plum that combine for fine transparency. Excellent generosity carries over into the mouth with mouth-filling fruit. Aged in large 2500-liter botti, it maintains ample zip and lift. Barbera loves cheese and I highly recommend pairing it with a classic lasagna or stuffed shells with ree-gote and muzz-a-dell or Chicago-styled pizza. It will work with mushroom risotto or other earthy dishes, too. Orders will arrive next week when Bryan returns.

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La Morra is the home of refined and sophisticated Barolo, and this carries over very well to the classy Barbera grown in these same soils. We fell in love with the Molino family's wines well over twenty years ago and what first caught our attention was their impeccable quality coupled with some of the best prices of the region, prompting us to refer to their wines as the best values in the entirety of the Barolo region.

Not a hair is out of place on this toothsome Barbera, and it is La Morra to a "T" with its enticing aromatics and stylish flavors. True to its varietal, the new 2022 is melodic and drinking exquisitely. Strawberry and darker blackberry scents than the others on this sheet permeate from the nose and follow through to a texture that is handsomely high-toned, fleshy, harmonious and silky-smooth. Nothing not to like with this one! Have it with risotto, root vegetables or pork dishes. Orders will arrive next week when Bryan returns.

Gigondas, Albarino, Bubbly
Soulful Loire Red & Paso Robles Cab
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I am often asked 'what is the next exciting wine region?' and I almost immediately say Portugal. The Dão region is becoming very sought after by wine growers as well as consumers with its excellent price/quality choices.

25% Touriga Naçional, 25% Alfrocheiro, 25% Jaen, 25% Tinta Pinheira grown at 1600 feet in granitic soils with veins of sand. All about pleasure. Packed with Mediterranean personality displaying hearty, peppery and very forward scents and flavors of chocolate truffle complimented with raspberry, leather, roasted earth, sage and spice that bring everything together. The texture starts out plush and supple quickly gaining zest and spine on the earth-laden, snap-back finish. Drink with pork dishes laced with mushrooms or roasted chicken slathered with herbs.

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$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

It is always whimsical to see folks navigate Italian wine regions, grapes, styles and regulations. Take Cerasuolo for example. It is two different entities - one Sicily (red) and one Abruzzo (deep pink). Gulfi was one of the leaders in the rise of quality in this ancient SE Sicily area and since 1996 these organically grown wines have delivered great enjoyment.

50% Nero D'Avola and 50% Frappatto, this fragrant, detonating in the mouth red is full of vibrant, crunchy cherry fruit, smoke, pepper and underlying plum tones that follow through to a texture that tingles and fills the mouth without being tannic or heavy; perfect for drinking over the next two or three years with fish and tomato dishes.

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François Chidaine is known for his tightly allocated Montlouis/Vouvray wines but he also makes a line of affordable, delightful wines under the Touraine appellation. White, Rose and this crunchy, vibrant red are all represented.

Equal portions of Cabernet Franc, Côt & Pineau D’Aunis, this is one of the tastiest tipples that we work with. The epitome of a Country French Wine, this smooth, aromatic blend offers pure high-pitched scents of strawberry, earth, allspice and a kiss of licorice and mushroom. Gorgeously vivacious, food-friendly juice that has nice ripeness, gritty earthiness, and a peppery, vibrant, red licorice-like finish. All these flavors combined with sausage and peppers, charcuterie or a sturdy vegetable stew promise to make for a perfect evening.

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A Cabernet from a Paso Robles project that emphasizes flavorful wines that over perform for fair prices.

Chewy and ripe flavors expand into a firm and spicy middle Scrumptious from the first moment, full-flavors and aromas of roasted blackberry, milk chocolate, cooking herbs, pepper and smoke it is unpretentious, full of generosity and energy then extending into a way above average finish. A great red for grilled steak, braised short ribs in tangy sauce or a lamb or beef barbacoa.

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$27.99 BTL./$335.88 CASE

Along with Do Ferreiro and Raul Perez, Pazo is a top three Albariño producer and a smattering of the brilliant 2021 is available. A bit more lees aging than most who utilize this grape, this always shows fantastic with a couple of years in the bottle. 2021 is also 12.5% alcohol vs. the soon-to-arrive 2022 which is 13.5%.

Prominent seashells and saline. Peach, mandarin and fine herbs arrive. An arsenal of flavor and depth with strapping varietal character. Saturated, chiming and exhilarating finish, Albariño is the ultimate seafood wine, and this offering will pair well with crab, smoked albacore, mussels and more.

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$34.99 BTL./$419.88 CASE

Bertrand Stehelin is a busy dude. In charge of his own Domaine as well as his family's estate, Domaine Palliere et Pied Gû, seven different wines are produced but it is Gigondas that is the specialty of these properties. This cuvee was started in 2004 and is aged in 50% concrete and 50% large foudres and 600-liter barrels.

70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre from 70–90-year-old vines all in the northwest of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Resounding aromas of lavender lead things off and unfolding further with scents of thyme, red raspberry and undertones of smoked meat give resounding definition of origin. Full-bodied and penetrating, but not a bruiser due to the unique terroir which gives class. Compact and rich flavors surround Asian spice and expand into a haunting and expanding finish. With the proper, hearty dish, this wine can be accessed now, and will easily drink well through 2033+.

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The new arrival of the tasty Raventos Blanc de Blancs! Leading the charge to establish a new appellation for Spanish Sparkling wine, Conca Del Riu Anoia, Raventos split from the Cava appellation to separate the boutique, quality focused producers within the Cava category from those who are of the more industrial sized and based on quantity.

Made from native grapes, 45% Xarel.lo, 39% Macabeu, 15% Parellada 6% Malvasia de Sitges. It is Malvasia that brings about aromatics and superb acidity to go along with the body, complexity and fruit of the other grapes. Marzipan, flowers, peach-pit, and an almost lemon peel scent calmly and gently waft. Inspired by the greats of Champagne with outstanding finesse, both aromatically and in flavor. Creamy, fine bubbles are enhanced by energetic and lemony briskness, which is very apparent on the mouth-watering, palate-cleansing, thrusting finish. Great for sipping or toasting and will nicely stand up to cod, salmon, shrimp or something doused in a romesco sauce.

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$46.99 BTL./$563.88 CASE

One of the finest Oregon Pinot producers that you don't know. One of the apex selections from McKinlay who have been in existence since the eighties, the Special Selection ages like a beast and has been known to perform mightily in blind tastings.

Perfumed aromas of red berries, spice and roses with a hint of anise and pepper lead to layers of lush red fruit and underbrush on the palate. Fine tannins frame and extend the rich flavors that are a bit packed in right now but poised for sexy greatness. Having been producing wine and the special Selection since the mid-eighties, McKinlay Pinots are always a great expression of where they are grown and the Special Selection is not produced every vintage. This is certainly one to put into the cellar. Drink 2026 - 2035+.

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$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

Never heard of the Coteaux D'Enserune region? Up until recently, neither had I. Located on the plain between Bezier and Narbonne in the Languedoc, this region's wines are made for everyday drinking.

Malbec on the Mediterranean? Why yes. Unoaked, unpretentious and full of attacking red cherry fruit along with garrigue notes of thyme, licorice and rosemary. Clean with burst and warmth, this palate coating red works beautifully with or without food.

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