Friday Sips


FRIDAY SIPS
UNCORKED & UNHINGED
Today Dec. 13 from 1:30 – 6:30
Some delicious stuff that we have been excited to pour! Drop by this today to taste wines that will start with these initial four pourings but ultimately wind up somewhere else.


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2017 TERRIERE PINOT NOIR
$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

Do not compare this Pinot with Oregon. And don’t compare this with the Cote D’Or near Beaune either because this Pinot from outside of Lyon has a distinct personality all its own.

Generous cherry scents present along with a distinct black licorice, tealeaf, graham and peppercorn. Straight-on aromas and flavors make this a perfect ‘vin de soif’ that has depth and prominent spice. Drink over the next 3-4 years with roasted duck, turkey, terrines, pâtés, or subtle yet creamy cheeses.



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2018 CHATEAU LA TOUR-PENET
MACON-PERONNE
$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

A seventeenth century Chateau and property that once belonged to the poet/politician Lamartine in the 19th century, its current gérants are the Ferret family who make only one wine from these energetic limestone soils.

Unoaked Chardonnay in its most natural and defined state, it possesses Intense yet tender aromas of lemon, freshly cut crisp yellow apple, white peach with a minerally undertow allowing the wine to let you know where it is from. The sun shines here so the fruit is present, but there is virtual diamond-like precision and finesse that shimmers in the mouth. Firm and vibrant on the finish with fleshy, crunchy texture and depth of flavor that hangs around nicely. Enjoy it with very simple fish dishes, salads or lighter cheeses.



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2015 ORTEGA BIERZO 'QUITE'
[reg. $25.99]
SPECIAL - $16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

With 5-hectares of land at 530 meters, rising star Veronica Ortega produces three wines from her vineyards. Made from mostly Mencia (a tiny portion of indigenous varietals are blended in), the 2015 ‘Quite’ Bierzo is very tasty indeed.

Teeming with violet, plum, cinnamon, sandalwood and mineral, this wine changes like an obstacle course as it unfolds in the glass. Pure and satisfying with smoothed-over edges, this wine has fine expansion on the palate and follows over to a brisk, lively finish that soars. Do not be fooled; underneath there is ample teeth and structure which will allow it to pair well with pork, sausages and even a burger. Drink over the next 3-5 years. If you need score reassurance, this has 92 points from The Wine Advocate



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2017 MICHELOT NUITS-ST-GEORGES
VIEILLES VIGNES
$49.99 BTL. - 15 btls available

Domaine Alain Michelot is one of the stalwart, sturdy producers of Nuits-St-Georges. A visit to this Domaine is akin to attending NSG University because of the holdings that the estate owns. Alain Michelot always made excellent wines but in a more rustic, sturdier style. Daughter Elodie took over in 2006 and she has cleaned up rusticity and added a beautiful feminine touch without ever sacrificing Nuit’s depth and terroir. These wines are flying so far under the radar right now and we are proud to be out in front. I brought in several sites and a couple of older vintages, email if you would like to see those wines as well.

From 55+ year old vines just below the Premier Cru of Bousselot, this wine is simply dreamy. Smoke, herbs, turned red earth and stone all while gaining rose petal and hinds of anise. Gentle red and black plum arrive. 2017 is a great vintage of detail, class and harmony along with no shortage of depth, and in a word, a great Burgundy lover’s vintage. Lengthy, expansive and lingering. There is plenty of backbone here as expected in a young wine. Hold on to this until 2023 and drink through 2030.






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