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10 Buck Bordeaux


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2015 CHATEAU LES PETITES
COTES-DE-BLAYE (Bordeaux)
$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

The name of the Chateau itself is appropriate due to its mere 12 hectares spread over three villages in the northern Right Bank of Bordeaux. A real joy to drink and classically formed, the 2015 is a rather formidable step up from the delicious 2014.

Poised and personable, and with a tell-tale right bank Bordeaux nose of ironstone, raspberry, espresso and sandalwood, this delicious red delivers so much for so little. Elegant, sophisticated beyond its price tag and chock full of grace, terroir and a dry, austere, spiced-earth finish. An amazing value that can be consumed any day of the week. Drink it with a plethora of cuisine ranging from smoked meats, grilled beef, Vietnamese dishes, roasted chicken, veggies and more.





FRIDAY SIPS

Summer Seamless & Themeless

This Friday August 23 from 1:30 - 6:30

Four delicious offerings spanning the globe will be poured this week. New Cru Beaujolais arrival along with Rioja, an Oregon white as well as a Sancerre Rose (if I don’t sell it or drink it all before Friday)

FEATURED WINES:

2011 La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Alberdi’
2018 Bow & Arrow Melon
2017 Terriere Brouilly
2018 Riffault Sancerre Rose







THE CELLAR DOOR'S 'RUN INTERFERENCE' HOTSHEET
Ripasso, Rose Special, 97 pt Bollinger Champagne, Gevrey Chambertin & more


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2015 MARIETTA
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 'ARME'
$21.99 BTL./$263.88 CASE

Lately it seems as though there is constant complaining over the prices of good California Cab, thus being the reason not to buy them. Excuses are over when it comes to this wine because for 22-bucks, this has a hell of a lot of bang for those who like what this state has to offer. Founded by the late Chris Bilbro in 1979, son Scot has been at the estate for over 10 years and is now fully in charge. Never a shortage of depth and power, this Cab is blended from fruit from Alexander Valley, the Yorkville Highlands, and the McDowell Valley, hence the excellent price.

Cassis, cedar, dusty earth, well-integrated spicy oak and kisses of peppermint tones follow through to a sumptuous texture that is concentrated and well balanced. Builds nice vibrancy and texture on the finish that extends beautifully. This prodigal, full-flavored value drinks exquisitely now and will continue to do so for another decade. If you wish to have a critical score, Vinous scored this 91 points, same as the $100, 2007 Silver Oak ;-)



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2018 LAGAR DE CERVERA ALBARINO
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Albarino for breakfast, Albarino for lunch, Albarino for dinner, we can’t get enough of this delicious varietal. Rias Baixas, is a diverse region that is made up of three sub regions (Val do Salnes, Condado de Tea and O Rosal), and because of that not all Albarino are created the same.

Lagar de Cervara is a winery owned by famed Rioja stalwart La Rioja Alta and is located in the O Rosal area, situated at the sea and along the Minho River. The soils are alluvial and with the region snuggled up to the Atlantic Ocean, the marine influence cannot be overstated. Two words that instantly come to mind when tasting this white are beauty and fireworks because it has both! Briny and mineral-laden, it continually builds in the glass. Floral tones arrive with nectarine, tangerine, saline and lemongrass. Energetic, yet elegant and with plenty of depth and personality, it is a ballerina wielding a crowbar. The finish is pure, detailed and lingering. Clams, mussels, salmon, halibut, cod sea urchins….it will pretty much compliment anything on your plate that swims.



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2017 CHATEAU GAUDOU CAHORS
$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

A major part of the allure of the black and massive red wines grown in Cahors is the rustic and wild qualities that they possess. Chateau de Gaudou is a producer who brings together the traditional flavors of the region with a bit of a modern twinge to achieve a softer and more easily accessible red wine.

80% Malbec with a 20% blend of Merlot and Tannat, confident yet classic aromas of black licorice, tar, dark chocolate, coffee and red berry jam are at the forefront. In the mouth there is a bunch of flavor with a deep core of rich spice and juicy berries framed nicely with hearty tannins. A very well balanced value wine that is delicious with grilled steak or a hearty stew.



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2015 MASI CAMPOFIORIN
VENETO RIPASSO ROSSO
$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

Campofiorin mirrors the passion that the Boscaini family of Masi have for this region with aromas of forest, iris and wild red berries that speak of the Veneto and perfectly intermingle with the decadent richness, lush dark chocolate, espresso bean and exotic spice that comes from the ripasso method. Ripasso is the unique wine-making practice of Valpolicella, in which wine made during the recent vintage is reserved, then placed atop the dried grapes in the vats just used for Amarone and allowed to ferment further in contact with those skins, thus acquiring additional body, extract and flavor. The Boscaini Family pretty much perfected the Ripasso technique, which they call "double fermentation" because they do not use the pommace or the leftovers of the Amarone, they actually use grapes that are specifically dried for this wine. Quite an expensive habit especially when the wine sells for 15 bucks but it only adds to the integrity of their name and the quality of their wine.

While the Boscaini family doesn't label it as such, it can legally be termed as Valpolicella Ripasso and it definitely isn't your is not your grandpa’s light and fruity, 3-in-the-afternoon version, this is serious business! The 2015 vintage adds an extra level of exotic aromatics and plushness that we have yet to see in this red, lots of alluring spice and plenty of chutzpa. Full of flavor but completely dry with great balance and finesse from the high-toned fruit makes this an extremely food friendly and complex bottle of red wine. Enjoy with braised and hearty meat dishes, burgers, nutty cheeses & anything with stewed or roasted veggies.



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2018 JANASSE COTES-DU-RHONE ROSE
SPECIAL - $11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

End of the season special on the last few cases. A perennial favorite from Provence and specifically the Rhone Valley is this saignee Rose from one of the apex Chateauneuf producers.

50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 10% Counoise. Textbook Provençal rosé possessing freshness and depth. Aromatic strawberry, lemon, thyme and mineral rock the senses and follow to a texture that has crunchy fruit and lots of dry, invigorating qualities. The mouth-watering finish that calls one back for another glass or six! Drink on the deck or with grilled zucchini, grilled onions or grilled fish that is not salmon.



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2016 CHERON GEVREY CHAMBERTIN
'LES SEUVREES'
$65.99 BTL./$395.94 - SIX PACK

Sit up class; it is time for a lesson in Gevrey-Chambertin with Professor Philippe Cheron. 2016s are great wines that are built to age. Cheron is an excellent producer who has serious holdings in Gevrey-Chambertin, Vosne-Romanee, Chambolle Musigny and Clos de Vougeot who is still under the radar with excellent pricing.

Maybe the finest version to date of this wine, the Les Seuvrees vineyard is located in southern portion of Gevrey-Chambertin just below Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru. Streamlined with aromatic burst. Sensual spice and developing cinnamon. Lacy, but dense fruit, indicative of stellar 2016. Sleek, silky entry and with much more red tones than nose lets on. Youthful and all in back of mouth right now with killer extension; this wine has immense potential and leads us to the following wine....



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2016 CHERON GEVREY CHAMBERTIN
PREMIER CRU 'CHAMPONNETS'
$99.99 BTL./$599.94 - SIX PACK

Here we move to Gevrey 102 and on towards the master class. Unlike the Les Seuvrees, Champonnets is a Premier Cru site that sits just above the village of Gevrey-Chambertin. Philippe Cheron traded a parcel of Nuits-St-Georges to obtain these Premier Cru vines.

Darker presence for 2016 along with a hefty nose, cooler red fruits are present from northern exposure. Plenty of classic Gevrey licorice and plum prevail. Integrated nutmeg and pepper arrive. Powerfully built yet with underlying silk that will undoubtedly emerge and become very special indeed. Stacked and vertical finish that really sticks around Wow!! This is quite a steal given what many Gevrey Premiers Crus go for these days. Drink 2023+.



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2008 BOLLINGER BRUT
'GRANDE ANNEE'
$139.99 - 12 btls available

‘Bollinger's 2008 Grande Année is rich, ample and full-bodied, with all of the pedigree of the vintage on display. Dried pear, dried flowers, chamomile, red plum and mint develop as the 2008 shows the breadth and creaminess that are such signatures of the Bollinger house style. A whole range of brighter, more floral and chalky notes appear later, adding translucence and energy. The 2008 is 71% Pinot Noir and 29% Chardonnay taken across 18 crus, and it is the Pinot that very much informs the wine in both flavor and texture. More importantly, the 2008 is one of the best Grande Années I can remember tasting. Bollinger fans won't want to miss it. – 97 POINTS, VINOUS’




FRIDAY SIPS

Summer Seamless & Themeless

This Friday August 23 from 1:30 - 6:30

Four delicious offerings spanning the globe will be poured this week. New Cru Beaujolais arrival along with Rioja, an Oregon white as well as a Sancerre Rose (if I don’t sell it or drink it all before Friday)

FEATURED WINES:

2011 La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Alberdi’
2018 Bow & Arrow Melon
2017 Terriere Brouilly
2018 Reverdy Sancerre Rose