WINE DEALS 4-2-21

1) Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley:  $92  Winemaker notes:  A deep red with purple hue. Aromas of black currant and cherry, with hints of mocha, vanilla and floral. Rich and savory with plum and black cherry flavors and hints of dried fig, vanilla, and floral. On the palate this wine is smooth and viscous in the midpalate, full-bodied, and the tannin structure is firm but very polished.  Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc

2) Luca e Flavio Fanti La Palazzetta Brunello di Montalcino 2015, Tuscany:  $53  After aging, in the bottle, it has a garnet red color. Wine with a strong character with intense, elegant flavors, with a harmonious, long finish and typical aromas of the undergrowth such as blueberry, blackberry, wild strawberry … with spicy notes, excellent body and well-present tannins.

3) Cakebread Cellars Dancing Bear Ranch Red Wine 2017, Howell Mountain:  $180  Winery:  Aromas of boysenberry, black cherry, and fig with accents of forest floor are highlighted in the 2017 vintage. On the palate, intense, concentrated flavors of blackberry, black cherry and boysenberry are balanced by traces of minerality and opulent tannins with a dense, powerful black fruit finish. Beautifully balanced and structured for long‐ term aging, this intense, complex mountain wine will continue to unfold in the bottle for the next decade.  89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot.

4) M. Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2019:  $12.99 Winemaker notes:  Offer and exceptional everyday option from the talented winemaker Michel Chapoutier. Michel says making affordable high quality wines is one of the most difficult tasks. The Belleruche Blanc is complex and elegant with aromas of apricot, fennel, and floral scents. 

5) Champagne Gaston Chiquet Rose Premier Cru N.V., Vallée de la Marne:  $58  Aromas of fresh peach, red berries, mint, green apples, rhubarb and pastry cream. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, crisp and fleshy, with a charming core of fruit, racy acids and a lingering, flavorful finish. This is an elegant, inviting Rosé based on Pinot Meunier.  

6) Champagne Aubry Rose Premier Cru Brut a Jouy-Les-Reims N.V.:  $62  30% Chardonnay, 30% Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, 5% Arbanne, Petit Meslier and Fromenteau, 5% Pinot Noir vin rouge assemblage 45% 2017 base, 55% perpetual reserve going back to 1998 village/vyd Jouy-lès-Reims 1er Cru, Villedommange 1er Cru, Pargny-lès-Reims 1er Cru, Coulommes-la-Montagne 1er Cru malo Yes élevage Chardonnay is aged in used barrique, remainder in stainless steel sur latte 36+ Months.  Vinification is all in stainless steel tank. In addition, the malolactic is always encouraged, as the Aubrys feel that acidity is never lacking in the wines, and they would prefer to have slightly lower acidities and be able to use a very low dosage than have high acidities and be forced to dose the wines more.  Aubry’s non-vintage Rosé also comes entirely from a single year, although this is obviously not stated on the label.  
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The NV Brut Rose is classy and elegant through and through. It shows lovely energy and focus in its freshly cut sweet roses, red berries and minerals. All of the aromas and flavors flow gracefully from this tense, precise Rose. Floral notes add further brightness and polish on the striking finish. This is a terrific showing.

Wine Spectator
Bright and tangy, with saline and smoke notes underscoring the flavors of Roma apple, cherry and crunchy white peach. Lacy in texture, presenting a firm, minerally finish.

7) Sibiliana Roceno Inzolia Terre Siciliane IGP 2019:  $14.99  Enveloping aromas of white berry with herbaceous and mineral hints.  Discrete freshness and sapidity gives this wine a good balance.

8) Petrussa Fruilano Riulano DOC 2019, Friuli Venezia Giulia:   $29  The Friulano by Petrussa is a fresh and compact medium-bodied white wine, vinified and aged in steel tanks on the lees. Floral and herbaceous at the nose, with notes of wildflowers and yellow fruits, it is smooth and fresh, easy drinking and well-balanced, with savory finish.

9) Roceno Nerello Mascalese Rosso Terre Siciliane IGP 2019:  $15  Elegant, mineral wine, with medium acidity, but with silky tannins and strong balsamic tones with an aftertaste of berries and cherry. Herbaceous, spicy and floral notes bring further elegance.

10) Vigneti Zanatta Cannonau di Sardegna Salana DOC 2019 (Blue Zone):  $19.99  With a lively garnet color, it has an intense, persistent, ample and ethereal aroma. Cannonau di Sardegna endures long aging. It should be stored in a cool cellar, at a constant and dark temperature. Ideal with very structured dishes such as red meats, feathered and furred game, also excellent with pecorino cheese.

11) Perticaia Rosso Montefalco DOC 2015, Umbria:  $26.99  Winemaker notes:  Intense ruby red in color, this wine offers aromas of wild berries, raspberries and blueberries. On the palate, it is full-bodied with soft tannins.  This wine pairs especially well with salami, cold cuts, pasta and with the Mediterranean cuisine in general.  Blend: 70% Sangiovese, 13% Sagrantino, 15% Colorino.

12) Nebio Hilberg Pasquero 2017, Piedmont:  $30.99  Full bodied red wine, aromas of red berries and roses, round on the palate with bright fruit and strong tannins.  100% Nebbiolo.

13) Maison de Grand Esprit L’Etre Magique Cremant de Bourgogne N.V.:  $28  60% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, 20% Gamay.  White nectarine, toasted almonds and a sense of minerality.  A balanced example with good length, the mousse is persistent and elegant. White stone fruit and a touch of citrus can be noted.

14) Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Russian River Valley:  $48.99  This wine is a blend of three vineyard sites including our rare and special clone of Old Vine Sauvignon Blanc. With aromas of passion fruit, melon, and citrus tones this is a light and sophisticated Sauvignon Blanc.

15) Stonestreet Chardonnay 2016, Alexander Valley, Sonoma Coast:  $30.99  Winemaker’s notes:  As a blend of Stonestreet’s best Chardonnay vineyard sites, the Estate bottling is one of the most compelling illustrations of the mountain. Winemaker Lisa Valtenbergs blends this wine with shrewd precision, balancing aromatic intrigue, texture and the Mayacamas’ signature structural elements into a pure reflection of the vintage. The 2016 Estate Chardonnay exhibits honeysuckle and orange creamsicle with subtle salinity. The generous palate finishes long with notes of toffee.

16) Penner Ash Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard 2018, Yamhill-Carlton:  $61.99 Winemaker notes:  Aromas of sweet leather, rose petal and plum fill the senses before even taking a sip. On the palate, notes of fresh fig, vanilla, and pastry dough take over while the fine grain tannins and suppleness of this wine create a well-balanced finish.

17) Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, McLaren Vale:  Winemaker notes:  $31.99  Deep dark red color. Aromas of currants, blueberry and juniper, bouquet garni and fresh earth. The palate is built on lots of fresh blue and red fruits. Bright flavors with energy and verve, along with hints of dusty earth, weave through the mid-palate with complexing notes of bay leaf, juniper and green tobacco leaf. Acid is fresh but balanced whilst tannins kick in mid-palate and run along with the fruit profile. Notes of coffee grounds and chocolate add complexity through the finish.

18) Provenance Deadeye Red Blend 2017, Napa Valley:  $54.99  Intoxicating aromas of blackberry, cherry and cocoa invite the senses of this expressive wine. A structured palate introduces plush notes of cranberry, raspberry and cola, complemented by spicy notes of cassis and clove. Opulent and fleshy, this wine will continue to mature for at least ten years.

19) Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2016, Veneto:  $75.99  Winemaker notes:  The result of the Allegrini family’s expertise, a true classic of the appellation, this red wine embraces tradition, territory and the know-how of country ways. Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta are left to air dry at least until December and are checked daily to ensure perfectly healthy grapes. Lengthy refining and ageing finally yields a red wine that has become emblematic of Italian oenology, alongside Barolo and Brunello di Montalcino. It has imposing structure and depth, as much in its aromas of mature fruit and spices, as on the palate, where the alcohol is sustained by the right degree of acidity and refined tannins.

20) Champagne Philippe Fontaine Rose de Saignee N.V.:  $53.99  Very pretty salmon pink dress, fairly sustained. Charming expressive nose, a little wild, of raspberry, myrtle and pink biscuit (from Reims!) Which evolves into a fine musk. Beautiful palate with an assumed vinous frame full of tangy berries. Long finish, very present, slightly smoky and sweet spices. To try on Gravlax salmon!

21) Champagne Andre Heucq Hommage Parcellaire Les Roches 2014:  $165.99  The nose shows a beginning of maturity and personality. We can see stone fruits such as Mirabelle or Reine Claude, notes of praline, and biscuit spoon on a very slightly aniseed background. Later, yellow peach and pastry notes start to show up.  There is an expression between the aromas of youth and aging in the cellar, and especially an original expression for the grape, as hidden behind its terroir.  The attack on the palate is soft, then we find the sparkle of an airy texture, body fluid, and relaxed by sharp vivacity and an imperceptible combination. Here again the variety is unrecognizable.  The finish is sharp, pointed and long (5 to 6 seconds), but especially it expresses a lot of minerality. Slightly earthy, it offers a nice sourness and a salty note.   This is a local Champagne, with a profile far removed from the usual grape varieties.  A Cuvée to serve at 10°C in a curved flute to enjoy calmly its expression. At the table, it will benefit from the com­pany of grilled fish, but also the ancient vegetables, roasted fowls of veal and Comté and Beaufort cheese.

22) Champagne Varnier Fanniere Grand Cru Brut Rose:  $76.99  Winemaker notes:  Its color is a pale pink, a marriage of amber and ruby. The nose is dominated by fresh blackberries and blackcurrants. On the palate, the attack is lively and is testament of a perfect balance, recalling the strong personality of the Pinot Noir grape. The long finish is refined and at the same time Our Rosé both charms and seduces.

23) Champagne Mousse Fils Meunier 2015 Rose of Saignee Les Bouts de la Ville:  $160  Wonderful aromas of red currant, blood orange, minerals, vanilla. There is great cut on the palate, impeccable balance, tons of dry extract, on the uncanny long finish. Even though the dosage level is low the fruit is so pristine you don’t even realize it. This Champagne is sourced from vines in the heart of Marne River valley from the domains oldest vine plot called “Les Bouts de la Ville” Aged 36 months in their cellars.

24) Trentadue La Storia Merlot 2017, Alexander Valley:  $24  Great price! Winemaker notes:  The main aromas and flavors are of dark cherry, plums and a bit of black licorice. The new oak barrels contribute a touch of vanilla, brown sugar, cocoa dust and toast.

25) Pozzan Marianna Red Wine 2016, Napa:  $46  The 2016 Marianna jumps out of the glass with inviting aromas of black currants, blueberries, dark chocolate mocha, and vanilla. In the mouth, the wine is densely layered with juicy flavors of ripe cherries, cassis, dark chocolate and espresso. The tannins are heavy, creamy, and broad, with the lengthy finish carrying aromas of vanilla and cardamom.  Cabernet Sauvignon (91%) Merlot (5%) Petit Verdot (2%) Malbec (2%).

26) Maison de Grand Esprit L’Etre Magique Cremant de Bourgogne N.V.:  $27.99  60% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, 20% Gamay.  White nectarine, toasted almonds and a sense of minerality.  A balanced example with good length, the mousse is persistent and elegant. White stone fruit and a touch of citrus can be noted.

27) Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Russian River Valley:  $48.99  This wine is a blend of three vineyard sites including our rare and special clone of Old Vine Sauvignon Blanc. With aromas of passion fruit, melon, and citrus tones this is a light and sophisticated Sauvignon Blanc.

28) Stonestreet Chardonnay 2016, Alexander Valley, Sonoma Coast:  $30.99  Winemaker’s notes:  As a blend of Stonestreet’s best Chardonnay vineyard sites, the Estate bottling is one of the most compelling illustrations of the mountain. Winemaker Lisa Valtenbergs blends this wine with shrewd precision, balancing aromatic intrigue, texture and the Mayacamas’ signature structural elements into a pure reflection of the vintage. The 2016 Estate Chardonnay exhibits honeysuckle and orange creamsicle with subtle salinity. The generous palate finishes long with notes of toffee.

29) Penner Ash Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard 2018, Yamhill-Carlton:  $61.99  Winemaker notes:  Aromas of sweet leather, rose petal and plum fill the senses before even taking a sip. On the palate, notes of fresh fig, vanilla, and pastry dough take over while the fine grain tannins and suppleness of this wine create a well-balanced finish.

30) Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, McLaren Vale:  Winemaker notes:  $31.99  Deep dark red color. Aromas of currants, blueberry and juniper, bouquet garni and fresh earth. The palate is built on lots of fresh blue and red fruits. Bright flavors with energy and verve, along with hints of dusty earth, weave through the mid-palate with complexing notes of bay leaf, juniper and green tobacco leaf. Acid is fresh but balanced whilst tannins kick in mid-palate and run along with the fruit profile. Notes of coffee grounds and chocolate add complexity through the finish.

31) Provenance Deadeye Red Blend 2017, Napa Valley:  $54.99  Intoxicating aromas of blackberry, cherry and cocoa invite the senses of this expressive wine. A structured palate introduces plush notes of cranberry, raspberry and cola, complemented by spicy notes of cassis and clove. Opulent and fleshy, this wine will continue to mature for at least ten years.

32) Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2016, Veneto:  $75.99 Winemaker notes:  The result of the Allegrini family’s expertise, a true classic of the appellation, this red wine embraces tradition, territory and the know-how of country ways. Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta are left to air dry at least until December and are checked daily to ensure perfectly healthy grapes. Lengthy refining and ageing finally yields a red wine that has become emblematic of Italian oenology, alongside Barolo and Brunello di Montalcino. It has imposing structure and depth, as much in its aromas of mature fruit and spices, as on the palate, where the alcohol is sustained by the right degree of acidity and refined tannins.

33) Sarl Jean Collet Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre 2017:  $53.99  The fruit is cooking green apples and quince, some orange peel that makes it a bit unique. The most compelling aspect is the salty, sweet cream combination, with a little nuttiness thrown in. Pretty bright acidity, which combined with the weight (that is more texture than it is richness,) gives it a lot of tension. 

34) Daniel Chotard Sancerre Blanc 2019, Loire Valley:  $28.99  Daniel recently passed the reins of the cellar over to his son Simon, who shares his mischievous smile and indomitable curly hair, and makes wines of impressive balance, finesse, and maturity for his young age.  This 2019 is no exception. An intense exotic nose lures you in before the minerality channels the lightning energy of this pure Sauvignon Blanc, jostling you wide awake. There’s electricity in the air, no? Or maybe it’s just Daniel’s accordion… Julia Issleib, Kermit Lynch Imports

35) Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Napa Valley, 1 l.:  $105  Winemaker notes:  Caymus has a signature style that is dark in color, with rich fruit and ripe, velvety tannins – as approachable in youth as in maturity. We farm Cabernet grapes in eight of Napa’s 16 sub-appellations, with diversification enabling us to make the best possible wine in a given year. This Cabernet offers layered, lush aromas and flavors, including cocoa, cassis and ripe dark berries.

36) Raventos I Blanc Textures de Pedra Blanc de Negres Cava 2015, Penedes, Spain:  $44  Winemaker notes:  Textures de Pedra is named after its vineyard of origin, the Vinya Més Alta, situated at the top of the Turó del Serral, the highest point on the estate, where the soils are stony. The geology of these plots means that the vines’ roots have to reach down to deeper layers in order to find water (the soil is fresher), and this produces grapes that flavor the creation of more concentrated wines, with more structure.

37) Winderlea Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016, Yamhill-Carlton:  $61.99  ($70 at one of the largest retailers in the nation!)  Winery:  One of Oregon and the Willamette Valley’s most well-known sites, Shea Vineyard has earned its reputation for consistently high quality Pinot noir.  Always charming and seductive, the 2016 Shea does not disappoint. Notes of black tea, bergamot and grapefruit zest lead to a core of juicy red currants and cherries. The tannins are fine and concentrated and the finish is long.

38) Winderlea Imprint Pinot Noir 2016, Dundee Hills:  $54  Winery:  The only wine produced onsite at the Winderlea Estate Vineyard, the Demeter certified Biodynamic® Imprint Pinot noir is made by owner Bill Sweat using old world wine making techniques and 100% whole cluster fermentation.  The 2016 Imprint continues to showcase the signature whole cluster spice that we love alongside notes of coriander, strawberry, and a hint of wasabi.

39) Raventos De Nit Rose Cava 2018, Penedes, Spain:  $26.99  An intriguing rosé that conceals the soul of a white wine in its purity and transparence. A splash of Monastrell imparts a special complexity and elegance to Raventós cuvée de Nit, though the classic mineral freshness of this revered Cava house is untouched. A wonderful selection for special occasions with delicate sandwiches, sliced ham, and young cheeses. This wine is made up of the traditional Cava varieties with a touch of Monastrell. The hand-harvested grapes are assembled and secondary fermentation occurs in bottle, which rests for at least 15 months before disgorgement.

40) Benevolent Neglect Counoise 2019, CA:  $30.99  Another fun wine from a forgotten grape, made by the talented folks at Benevolent Neglect with a very pretty purple-red color, slightly lighter on the rim; you don’t see this from California often. The nose sings of ripe strawberry, blueberry, cola, and spice notes of anise and cassis bringing great complexity. Fruit and spice continues on the palate with black pepper and red plum, a lovely bright acidity and soft tannins.