10-07-21 WINE DEALS 

1) La Sirena Moscato Azul Dry Muscat Canelli 2020, Calistoga, Napa Valley:  $33.99  Heidi Barrett notes: La Sirena Moscato Azul is no ordinary white wine. This is a unique dry-style Muscat Canelli. Most Muscat (or Moscato) is made into sweet dessert wine – but not this one. In our Moscato Azul, you have all the beautiful floral character of varietal Muscat Canelli, without the sugar. It’s a delightful, fun white wine to go with an assortment of tropical, citrusy, or Pacific Rim type foods. Try striped bass sautéed with orange zest, olive oil, sea salt and a splash of Muscat, or shrimp tacos with mango salsa. Just chilled on its own, it is also wonderful as a casual sipping wine to share with friends. This wine is best consumed in 1-2 years, enjoyed fresh and fruity (not a wine to age in your cellar). Also known for its cobalt blue bottle!  Our 2020 dry-style Muscat Canelli is a crisp white wine that is delicious, aromatic, tropical and floral. Pale straw in color with perfumey aromas of honeysuckle, lychee, paperwhite flowers, white peach, and melon. Flavors match the aromas in a mouth filling, lush profile. Silky, balanced and unique, this wine pairs so well with a variety of foods and is perfect poolside or while cooking dinner. Yum

2) La Sirena Rosato Primitivo 2020, Amador County:  $29.99  Our 5th vintage of La Sirena Rosato is available now! Our unusual rosé of Primitivo is a fun-to-drink, easy-to-love blush wine that’s loaded with fresh flavor and a beautiful bright color. A balanced, crisp, medium-weight rosé equally suited to pairing with food or sipping on its own. We especially love it with sushi, shrimp dumplings, poke bowls, or colorful vegetable salads with a citrus dressing. We hope you enjoy the latest edition of La Sirena Rosato – the “pink mermaid”.  Why “La Sirena”? The name means “the Mermaid” in Spanish and Italian. I chose it because I’m a lifelong ocean lover, longtime scuba diver, and wanted a winery name that was fun & magical (like wine) and also personal to me. The first vintage of La Sirena was 1994 with the first Cabernet Sauvignon made in 1996. Our current wine lineup: Cabernet Sauvignon, Le Barrettage (Rhone style blend), Moscato Azul (dry Muscat Canelli), Rosato (rosé of Primitivo), Malbec, and our two fun and tasty proprietary winemaker red blends, Art Bus and Pirate TreasuRed. Production is always small, focusing on fine wines of purity and excellence-the best that can be made. Wishing you all the best!  Heidi Peterson Barrett

3) Karine Lauverjat Sancerre Blanc 2019:  $32  The regular bottling of Sancerre from the Lauverjat family is graced by a label with Karine Lauverjat’s name on it. The wine hails from thirty year-old vines and is fermented and raised in stainless steel. The 2019 offers up a fine bouquet of lime, gooseberry, limestone minerality, newly-mowed grass, white flowers and a bit of citrus oil in the upper register. On the palate the wine is crisp, full and rock solid at the core, with fine focus and grip, bright acids and fine backend mineral drive on the long and youthful finish. The intensity of flavor of the 2019 vintage in Sancerre is clearly on display here, and though this is quite drinkable already, it is still pretty tightly-wound structurally and could do with six months’ worth of additional bottle age. It is a fine bottle in the making. 2020-2027.

4) Aberrant Cellars Virtus-Ex Pinot Noir 2013, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley:  $39.99  Vivid ruby-red. Displays powerful, deeply pitched black raspberry and cherry scents, along with hints of sassafras and anise. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors that become brighter and sweeter with air. Finishes vibrant, spicy and long, with an echoing cherry note. 

5) Craggy Range Te Kahu 2018, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, Hawke’s Bay:  $26  Winemaker notes:  Deepest crimson red. Brooding aromatically with notes of cassis, black olive, dried tobacco and the faintest hint of caramel. The wine has lovely focus on the palate with dark fruits framed by fine tannins to deliver a classical structure with an excellent future ahead.  Pairs well with braised lamb.  Blend: 54% Merlot, 27 %Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.

6) Podere Le Ripi Amore & Magia Brunello di Montalcino 2015:  $177.99  Beauty and richness of color. The wine pours fourth with dark ruby intensity and purple accents of fuchsia. Fruit comes from a four-hectare site located at 200 to 250 meters above sea level near Castelnuovo dell’Abate on the eastern side of Montalcino, not far from the Lupi e Sirene vineyard that becomes another single-vineyard expression from Podere le Ripi. Following the brightness of the wine’s appearance, you get a very incisive and direct bouquet with a sharp and vertical delivery that is pushed by a touch of volatility. This wine is very open and expressive, and it lays it all out for you to enjoy. Candied cherry and raspberry segue to Christmas spice and toasted nut. Some 15,000 bottles were made.

7) Jean Paul & Charly Thevenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2019, Beaujolais:  $35.99  It’s not easy to raise the bar when your father revolutionized winemaking in a given region, but that is precisely what Charly Thévenet has accomplished with this 2019 Morgon. Building upon the creed of sustainable farming and natural winemaking that brought the “Gang of Four” to the limelight, Charly has brought his own touch, resulting in cru Beaujolais that presents hedonistic pleasure and serious pedigree: chilling the grapes down before fermentation preserves vibrant fruit and freshness, while his decision to forgo punch-downs and pump-overs yields a silky-fine grain without sacrificing underlying structure. Dip your nose into this Morgon for a kaleidoscope of sublime aromas—the spice box perfume could well come from Vosne-Romanée, but no, this is pure Gamay grown in granite, as swallowable as we could ever dream of.—Anthony Lynch

8) Bermejo Listan Negro Rosado Brut Nature, Lanzarote, Canary Islands:  $39.99  This rosé of listán negro tastes like red fruit from some distant planet. Maybe it’s like cherimoya. Or guanabana. Or strawberry tops and roses. The coastal buzz is amped up by the volcanic soils, turning a pale pink wine dynamic. Summer in a glass.  92 points, Wine & Spirits (Jun 2021)

9) Wolffer Estate Summer in a Bottle Rose 2020, Long Island:  $26.99 Winemaker notes:  Bright shiny copper in color. The aroma is elegant with fine clean fruit notes of pears and apples but with a luxurious ripeness. The mouth-feel is vibrant and has lovely spiciness and a rich texture with fine tannins. It is livened up by nice acidity and a classic minerality and salinity. This dry rosé is very savory and has a long finish with creamy yeast and delicate chalk notes. This may be the most food-friendly Summer in a Bottle to date and is certainly the perfect summer wine!

10) Cliff Lede Claret 2018, Napa Valley: $65  Winemaker notes:  The 2018 Claret showcases all the deep, lush accessibility of the vintage. Its attractive perfume scents the glass with violets, blueberries, and warm marionberries. The entry is full of appetizing and concentrated black cherries, warm red licorice, and wild raspberries. The lovely balance inherent in this claret is framed by lavender, cinnamon, cumin, and talc notes. Coating and long, this beauty of a wine finishes with a succulent display of red apple tart, puff pastry, and lingonberry jam.  55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec.

11) Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Les Setilles 2019, Burgundy:  $27.99 Winemaker notes:  Aromas of white flowers, peach, grilled almond, and lemon peel dominate on the nose with a mineral-tinged background. On the palate the wine begins full and warm with a generous and lively finish.

12) Champagne Nomine-Renard Blanc de Blancs Brut:  $62   Aromas of brioche, honey with notes of fresh wild flowers. The minerality and complexity give to this wine a 10 years cellaring potential Food pairing Scallops carpaccio with citrus sauce, roasted bass with fennel and herbs or simply served with warm pastries during an appetizer.

13) Champagne Nomine-Renard Rose Brut:  $62  A high proportion of Chardonnay gives the Brut Rosé sensuality and elegance. Intense red fruit aromas, a hint of cherry & fresh grapefruit, followed by a subtle velvety mouthful Food pairing Perfect with spicy dishes with ginger, anise or citrus notes, salty sweet dishes or a fresh fruit salad.  45% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir.

14) Siduri Pinot Noir 2017, Anderson Valley:  $35.99  Winery:  The 2017 Siduri Anderson Valley Pinot Noir comes from three of our favorite vineyards in Anderson Valley.  The dark, concentrated fruit was cold soaked for four days and aged for 15 months in 35% new French oak,. This wine has aromas of warm oak spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon, followed by pomegranate, black plum, fresh boysenberry, Portobello mushroom, chestnut, sage, chamomile and forest floor.  Bright acid leads at the front of the palate with a full, juicy tecture in the middle with flavors of tart red plum, raspberry and red currant.  Fin and focused tannins add length to the finish.

15) Roth Estate Heritage Red Wine 2016, Sonoma County:  $23.99  Winemaker notes:  The 2016 Heritage Red is a bold blend of some of our favorite regions throughout the south-eastern parts of Sonoma County. Deep ruby in color, this wine offers luscious aromas of boysenberry, cocoa dust and a hint of black pepper. On the palate, bold tannins are balanced by decadent flavors of blackberry, blueberry and white chocolate with hints of vanilla and toasted oak.  Blend: 25% Syrah, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 8% Zinfandel, 8% Petit Verdot, 15% Merlot, and 10% Petite Sirah.

16) Murphy Goode Red Wine 2017, CA:  $11.79  Winemaker notes:  This year’s Red Wine is a soft but complex blend comprised of different varietals to show off the great fruit flavors that our grapes in California contribute. The nose kicks in with dark aromas of black cherries and blueberries while the first taste mixes things up with raspberries and Bing Cherries. The mouthfeel is rich yet soft and has a nice long finish that invites you to take a second sip.  Our Favorite Food Combos: Pair it with a pot roast, or simply with your favorite burger.  A blend of: 29% Zinfandel, 27% Syrah, 23% Petit Syrah, 7% Merlot, 5% Grenache, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec.

17) DeLille Cellars Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Red Mountain:  $65.99  $75 at the winery!  Winery:  The Red Mountain pedigree of the 2018 Four Flags is immediately evident on the nose, with savory herb notes of thyme and marjoram intermixing with fruit aromas of cassis and blueberry.  Concentrated and serious on the palate, this wine nevertheless offers beautiful symmetry, with ample energy and a lingering delicate floral impression.  Oak influence is well integrated despite its youth, with mocha and espresso contributing to a plush, long finish.

18) Dom Perignon P2 2002:  $399.99  Winemaker notes:  Dom Pérignon is always a vintage wine and can only be produced from the grapes of a single year. For each vintage and from its inception, a limited number of bottles are set aside in the cellars, predestined for longer maturation. With this extra time, the inner activity in the bottle increases. The yeast transfers its energy to the wine a mysterious transfer of life.  After close to 15 years, the expansion of energy reaches its peak and Dom Pérignon rises to an apex of essential, radiant vitality in its state of Plénitude. Elevated to new heights, it unfurls across every dimension wider, deeper, longer, more intense and gifted further with a new, extended longevity. It is precise, intense, vibrant.  About the 2002 Vintage: The vintage of a sun which never set.  Winter was mild, prelude to a warm and dry spring In the vineyards, flowering was perfect July stretched on, basked in sunshine, punctuated by some welcome rain, which suddenly became more frequent and intense in August. Autumn loomed, but any portent was swiftly swept away by the warm and luminous momentum of September, where the wind accelerated the concentration of the grapes, the Chardonnay in particular. The gift of a superlative maturity that defines the vintage.  Tasting Note:  On the nose: The complexity is first and foremost warm, glowing gold with oriental exotic flavors: crystallized fruits, marzipan, sweet spices and fresh coriander. After breathing, fresh saffron evolves to a more grey, saline nature and the bouquet darkens, appears deeper, more reserved, harmonious and serene.  On the palate: The flavors are instantly delivered in a compelling fashion, opulent and ethereal, lively yet sensual, all around a core of fruit expression. Between the juxtaposition of aroma and palate, the sensuality becomes gradually more luscious, more tense, more profound. The combination maintains a fine lined precision of salinity with hints of liquorice.

19( Dom Perignon P2 2000:  $399.99  ON THE NOSE:  The bouquet is ripe, lively and generous. The warm aromas of hay and brioche mingle with those of bergamot orange and russet stone fruit. The overall effect exudes smoky grey accents.  ON THE PALATE:  The vibrant opening strikes the first chord, a prelude to a complexity that is more tactile than plump, and only gives of itself gradually. The distinguished viscosity is understated and simply fits around the contours of the wine. The length is exquisitely bitter and abounds with sap, a mingling of liquorice and toasted malt.  FOOD PAIRING:  Coherence is the key characteristic of P2 2000. To reveal it and to make the wine react through pairings, the provocation is the way with a strong beef stock or ravioli of whelks in parsley. It’s  interesting to draw it out through small touches within rich, complete meals: fried artichokes, sea bass, peach salad and Kombu; grilled potato chips, milk foam and caviar. Piece by piece, a pointillist menu is assembled around the sensations of the Dom Pérignon P2 2000.

20) Willakenzie Pinot Noir 2018, Willamette:  $28.99  93 pts.  Wine Spectator  “Captures the best of Willamette Valley, with a layered structure that’s crisp yet supple with plump raspberry, orange peel and Darjeeling accents that glide toward refined tannins.”-TIM FISH, AUGUST 2021

21) Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Napa Valley:  $54  Winemaker notes:  Notes of dusted blackberries, plum, and cherry lead to a back-drift of toast and fleeting tobacco. Supple creamy tannins widen the dark fruit midpalate, lending to a lifted and layered finish. This wine widens and rises in amplitude and velocity with elegance and balance, showcasing the incredible beauty of the 2019 vintage.

22) DeLille Cellars D2 Red Wine 2018, Columbia Valley:  $42  Winemaker notes:  Mocha and milk chocolate notes from French oak integrate with beautiful cassis, dried cranberry, and cedar aromas on this 2018 D2. This wine is instantly delicious on the palate with an inviting warm, soft entry. It rapidly builds in intensity of fruit mid-palate, offering remarkable length on the finish, with Red Mountain Cabernet (16% of the blend) apparent in the texture.  67% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

23) Codice Citra Caroso Riserva Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2015:  $29   It’s very rare to find a Montepulciano Riserva in the UK. Usually this grape make juicy fruit reds for early drinking. This gorgeous complex red, using old vine fruit and long barrel aged, has lots of silky complexity. 

24) Hartford Court Pinot Noir 2019, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County:  $37  Winemaker notes:  Aromas of black cherry, blueberry, black currant, allspice, and loam are followed by flavors of wild raspberries, dark berries, and a crushed rock minerality. The dense entry is followed by a sweet and juicy mouthfeel, supported by acidity, silky tannins, and a subtle earthy finish.

25) Martinelli Vigneto di Evo Zinfandel 2018, Russian River Valley:  $38  Winery:  Energetic aromas of wild strawberry, sweet leather and star anise lift and fill your nose. The palate has balanced acidity and elegant tannins with layers of chocolate and black cherry. Sweet and juicy flavors of blackberry and baking spices linger through the finish.