WINE DEALS 7/31/22

1) Eisele Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2020:  $124.99  Winemaker notes:  The nose of the 2020 Sauvignon Blanc slowly opens with scents of white flowers and candied nectarine. A gentle swirl unlocks incredibly delicate notes of pink grapefruit, orange blossom, lemon curd with meringue, white musk and a hint of oyster shell. The palate delivers crystalline minerality and creaminess with notes of toasted brioche, rose petal and lily of the valley, leading to a very pure and precise finish. Against the odds set by the exceptional climatic pressure of the vintage, this is perhaps the most vibrant and subtle Sauvignon Blanc ever produced from the Eisele Vineyard.

2) Acre Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Paso Robles:  $48.99  Winemaker notes:  The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon typifies the grace and complexity that is the Napa Valley. Bright ruby color, aromas of warm blackberries, ripe black cherries, cassis, pencil shavings, finished leather and rounded off with a touch of voluptuous oak. On the palate, it is rich and generous with soft tannins. The initial black fruit transitions to a well-integrated and elegant red fruit, black plum, and spice finish.

3) Ghost Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Oakville, Napa Valley:  $78.99  Winemaker notes:  The 2019 vintage embodies the beauty of Oakville, with lovely aromas of blackberry and ripe plum along with sultry tones of dusty earth and leather with hints of sweet bay leaf and baking spices. On the palate, alluring layers of cassis, boysenberry and black cherry are met with subtle notes of tobacco leaf. The refined, beautifully integrated tannins create a harmonious experience that fills out your palate completely ending with a long elegant finish that leaves you with one word…exceptional.  Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot.

4) Three Wine Company Old Vines Rose 2021, Contra Costa County:  $17.99   Three Wine Company Old Vines Rosé is sourced from 100+ year old vines.  This wine is a blend of two different varietal saignées. The Zinfandel received 20 hours of skin contact and the Carignan had only 2 hours of skin contact before they were bled off the tanks and blended.  Pink grapefruit and lots of cherries and white flowers entice you with aromas reminiscent of carefree warm and sunny afternoons. What follows is a serving of electric neon sherbet that dances across your palate to a brilliant soundtrack of youth and exuberance.  79% Carignane, 21% Zinfandel.

5) Poggio Le Volpi Rosso 2019, Roma:  $24.99  “Dedicated to Rome and its historical greatness, this wine is a celebration to the richness of its lands: Roma Doc is the latest wine denominations from Lazio. It includes one of the most important historical territories, with an ancient wine traditions and the mineral strength of the land shaped by the Lazio Volcano.  Made from an extreme selection of Montepulciano, Cesanese and Syrah, our Roma Doc is a winewith bright, deep and intense color, dark olfactory sensations, and an aromatic strength of the wine varietals that make up the blend. It also features a limited edition, refined for a long time in barriques.”

6) Vina Pedrosa La Navilla Reserva 2016, Ribera del Duero:  $52  Winemaker notes:  Garnet cherry. The identity of the terroir and varietal character merge in this wine with its own personality. With a distinct mineral aroma, it blends with the roasted and spicy nuances of the barrel ageing. Broad, corpulent, structured, it has very good acidity and aromatic persistence.

7) Lestignac Tempete 2019, Vin de France:  $39.99  Winemaker notes:  Chateau Lestignac “Tempête” comes from a single parcel of two hectares located on a plateau, 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc. The 45 years old vines are based on a limestone motherock with blue marl topsoils. Medium-bodied, dry, supple.

8) Three Wine Company Gather Red Blend 2019, Contra Costa County:  $19  The DIRT, the MICRO-CLIMATE, and SUSTAINABLE WINE-GROWING from vineyard to bottle, form the cornerstone of THREE.  These critical elements are in every bottle we make.  64% Carignane, 26% Petite Sirah, 4% Mataro, 4% Black Malvoise, 2% Alicante Bouschet.

9) Bookwalter Subplot No. 36 Red 2016, Columbia Valley, WA:  $22.99 From Washington’s most bountiful vintage, comes this delicious red blend of Cab-Syrah filled with everything we love about big red blends. Syrah and Malbec’s spicy rich berry adds to Cabernet Sauvignon powerful fruit. These wines are hand-made like our reserves in small fermentations and aged all in French oak barrels. It’s delicious and great with foods all year, from winter stews to summer BBQs.

10) Leonetti Cellar Merlot 2020, Walla Walla Valley, WA:  $109.99  Winemaker notes:  Intensely deep color. The aromatics are rich and sweet with notes of pomegranate, plum, raspberry, baking spices, vanilla, bay leaf, and a hint of plumeria. Broad and elegant on the palate with cherry chocolate character, a silky-smooth mouthfeel, and a plush, lengthy finish.

11) Lares “Chimera” 2021 Oregon Apple and Grape Sparkling Wine:  $29.99  50% Pinot Gris, 40% apples, 10% Riesling, CO2 and sulfites.  Biodynamic and Organic Pet-Nat.

12) Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal 2012:  $339.99  Winemaker notes:  2012 was one of the most challenging and complicated years ever experienced in Champagne. However, difficult conditions often lead to great things… The low yields, due to the unpredictable weather, combined with continental conditions towards the end of the season, gave us unusual levels of maturity, resulting in rich, full-bodied and structured wines worthy of the greatest vintages in Champagne.  Rich and complex aromas with notes of zesty and candied fruit (lemon) mingled with pollen (white flowers), roasted hazelnut and Madagascar vanilla. After aeration, the bouquet develops rich notes of fresh pastries and smoky notes from bottle ageing.  A delicious, concentrated and chalky palate. It shows incredible tension and perfectly honed aromatic precision. The attack is powerful, distinctive and concentrated and reveals a silky, mouth-coating texture, characteristic of the ripe Pinot noirs from the 2012 vintage.  98 and 97 pts. from all big critics.

13) Champagne Guy Larmandier Rose Premier Cru N.V.:  $64.99  One of the most underrated estates in the Côte des Blancs, the Guy Larmandier name is a testament to finesse over power. The style is dominated by Chardonnay from the village of Vertus, the over-performing Premier Cru and where the legendary houses (like Bollinger, Taittinger, and Roederer) also farm and source grapes. Following the traditional practice of blending, it’s a splash of red wine made from Pinot Noir that gives this rosé its eye-candy hue and mouthwatering red fruits. Imported by Rosenthal WineMerchant, all Guy Larmandier Champagnes are left on their lees until destined for the US market, to ensure integrity and freshness. Bottled unfined with a minimal dosage (6 g/l), the purity of terroir unrolls in the glass and sums-up the very best of Vertus — cold chalk, baked clay, and a hint of citrusy spice. 

14) Walter Hansel The South Slope Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019, Russian River Valley:  $56.99  Winemaker notes:  The South Slope begins at the highest elevation and the furthest South of all of their Vineyards blocks. It slopes from South to North about 45 feet and it’s soils are predominantly sandy loam. The berry size is medium with a high berry count giving cluster weight that has yields approaching 2 1/4 tons/acre (their highest yields). It is 100% French clone 777, and tends to show it’s earthy side far more then their other clones. Although this wine definitely has a French origin, each year it becomes more and more new world.

15) Walter Hansel The North Slope Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019, Russian River Valley:  $56.99  Winemaker notes:  This vineyard begins four feet from the end of the South slope and continues to slope to the North. It is 100% French clone 115. The close proximity to the South slope does not influence these flavors as clone 115 exhibits the most fruit driven flavors and appears more “New World” then French.

16) Crossbarn Winery Pinot Noir 2019, Sonoma Coast:  $33.99  Winemaker notes:  Vibrant ruby in color, the wine is bursting with aromas of juicy pomegranate, bing cherry, and rhubarb, with hints of earl grey tea and cinnamon. Elegantly layered notes of ripe strawberry, raspberry, and fennel fronds create a harmonious and lifted palate accented by a delicate acidity and a subtle salinity, which hearkens to its source along the Sonoma Coast.

17) Paul Hobbs Chardonnay 2019, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County:  $51.99  Great price!  Winemaker notes:  A vibrant blend derived from our revered vineyards that are defined by the region’s cooling fog and warm afternoon sunshine reveals a pale straw color in the glass and aromas of white florals, ground ginger, and Mandarin orange. Golden Delicious apple and Meyer lemon give way to complex flavors of baking spice and piecrust that add a round texture to accompany its bright acidity, framing the long finish.

18) Hubert Brochard Le Cul de Beaujeu Sancerre 2017, Loire Valley:  $58.99  Winemaker notes:  Le Cul de Beaujeu is a wine of great power and intensity, typical of the hillsides of Chavignol. Ripe, exotic notes of guava and passionfruit are accompanied by notes of minerals and herbs. The Kimmeridgian soil brings structure and a unique mineral character to the wine while one year aging on the fine lees before bottling lends richness and texture.  Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with salad greens and other sharp ingredients like tomatoes and vinaigrettes. Sautéed white fish, oysters, smoked salmon, and foods flavored with fresh herbs all work well with Sauvignon Blanc. It is classic with goat’s milk cheeses especially those from the Sancerre region such as Crottin de Chavignol and chèvre.

19) Matthias et Emile Roblin Origine Sancerre 2020, Loire Valley:  $36.99  Winemaker notes:  This Sancerre wine is fruity, straight, vivid and mineral. It is lovely as an aperitif as well as being the ideal match for seafood, fish, and goat cheese, particularly the Crottin de Chavignol.

20) Cayuse Armada Syrah 2018, Walla Walla:  $158.99  Winemaker notes:  The vineyard is located in the ancient riverbed of the Walla Walla River on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley. The topsoil consists of 12-18″ inches of a mix of silty loam and basalt cobblestones. Beneath is a layer of pure compacted cobblestones, hundreds of feet deep in places. 97 Points. The 2018 Syrah Armada Vineyard is a stunning showing from this warm vintage. The nose comes off very earthy, presenting peat moss and forest floor alongside a core of hoisin sauce and huckleberry. The palate shows mouth-coating tannins, bright acidity and a brilliant collection of wild blackberry, black currants, smoked meats, white pepper and gobs of minerality. The combination of verve, earthy tones and black fruits is brilliant. —Owen Bargreen, Vinous

21) Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2019, Walla Walla:  $138.99  Winemaker notes:  The vineyard is located in the ancient riverbed of the Walla Walla River on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley. The topsoil consists of 12-18” inches of a mix of silty loam and basalt cobblestones. Beneath is a layer of pure compacted cobblestones, hundreds of feet deep in places.  Blend: 96% Syrah, 4% Viognier James Suckling 97 pts.  An expressive nose of cracked black pepper, black cherry and an array of dried herbs. Medium-to full-bodied with incredible spicy character. So much going on here. Silky, fruit-soaked tannins. The supple dark fruit is accented by peppercorn, dried ginger, bay leaf, basil and oolong. Umami. Superb. Co-fermented with 4% viognier. Drink or hold.

22) Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2019, Walla Walla:  $138.99  Winemaker notes:  The vineyard is located in the ancient riverbed of the Walla Walla River on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley. The topsoil consists of 12-18” inches of a mix of silty loam and basalt cobblestones. Beneath is a layer of pure compacted cobblestones, hundreds of feet deep in places.  James Suckling 96 pts.  An intriguing nose of hot stone, rosemary and sliced plum. Medium-to full-bodied with soft tannins. Excellent spiced, herbal complexity. Pure, ripe red and black fruit that’s expertly balanced and expressive. Delicious finish. From bio dynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.

23) Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2019, Walla Walla:  $149.99  Winemaker notes:  The vineyard is located in the ancient riverbed of the Walla Walla River on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley. The topsoil consists of 12-18” inches of a mix of silty loam and basalt cobblestones. Beneath is a layer of pure compacted cobblestones, hundreds of feet deep in places. James Suckling 95 pts.  Rounded aromas of cherries, plums, blackcurrants, nutmeg and violets. Medium-to full-bodied with supple tannins. Rich black fruit turns savory with notes of tobacco and espresso as the palate evolves. Roasted rosemary and thyme, too. Great complexity and balance. A hint of sea salt at the finish. From bio dynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.

24) Horsepower Sur Echalas Syrah 2019, Walla Walla:  $174.99  Rating: 99 Points(Vinous)  “The intense, heady 2019 Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard is a masterpiece in the making. On the nose, it takes on white pepper and black olive tapenade alongside hoisin sauce, dark truffle, boysenberry, creosote and seaweed tones that all meld in the glass. The palate is plush, soft and incredibly complex. Fresh and vibrant with silky tannins and wonderful length. This is a beautiful wine that flirts with perfection. It will enjoy another 10-15 years in the cellar.”

25) Horsepower Tribe Vineyard Syrah 2019, Walla Walla:  $174.99  “The gorgeous 2019 Syrah The Tribe Vineyard is a gorgeous effort that is already drinking beautifully in its youth. On the nose, it shows off green peppercorns and smoldering stones alongside black cherry compote and roasted dates. The balance and feeling of tension and finesse midpalate are gorgeous. The weight of the core of dark fruits plays well with white pepper, umami, orange rind and shades of red cherry candy. Gorgeous in its youth, this will cellar well over the next decade.”  96 points Owen Bargreen, vinous.com

26) Attanasio Salento Primitivo Rosato 2020, Puglia:  $36.99  Rosato: not your common rosè! A powerful expression of Primitivo, born to refresh the meals during the hot Apulian summer. The color reminds of precious ruby gems, while the taste is subtle and elegant with an impressive structure and body. A long finish that helps remember: “Why I haven’t had Rosato before???”

27) Les Enfants Sauvages Cool Moon 2018, Cotes Catalanes:  $30.99 Winemaker notes:  Flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, peach and citrus on the nose with notes of subtle herbs and Provencal minerals. It is a balanced wine, with depth, richness and a pleasant texture with a lovely warmth from having been aged in oak.  30% Grenache Gris, 30% Grenache Blanc, 20% Macabeu, 20% Vermentino.

28) Domaine Eden Pinot Noir 2018, Santa Cruz Mountains:  $41.99  Great price!  Winemaker notes:  2018 has rich aromas of red raspberry, blueberry, and wild anise—moist earth dance on the nose. Firm and slightly tannic on the palate, the flavors are concentrated, intense and totally youthful. The density of flavors are hard to separate, yet it predicts a long evolution in the bottle. Gorgeous.

29) Merryvale Pinot Noir 2016, Carneros:  $36.99  Winemaker notes:  This highly pleasurable, hedonistic Pinot Noir explodes out of the glass—pure fruit, unrestrained from a warm vintage, yet fresh from early overnight harvesting. The palate is supple and generous, layered with black cherries, baking spices, and cola. Brambly and delicious, long and evolving.

30) Face a La Mer Piquepoul & Terret 2021, Cotes de Thau:  $12.99  A crisp, dry white made from Piquepoul and Terret grapes, grown overlooking the oyster beds of the Bassin de Thau in the South of France. This light and fruity wine is delightfully refreshing served chilled on its own or with food.

31) Time Place Wine Co. Picpoul Terra Alta Vineyard 2021, Lodi:  $21.99  Winemaker notes:  Whole cluster pressed, stainless steel fermented and aged, indigenous primary & secondary fermentation. Pale straw in color. Rich, floral nose of gardenia and citrus peel. Background notes of paper whites, liquid minerals and pine. Bright, mouthcoating flavors of green apple & pear. Finishes long with citrus peel, melon and a touch of salinity.

32) Langlois-Chateau Sancerre 2020, Loire:  $32.99  Winemaker notes:  Langlois-Chateau’s Sancerres are serious and complex but also delicate and approachable. They’re benchmarks for the appellation. The grapes are from a selection of the best vineyard plots. They undergo a gentle pressing to extract the purest juice and are handled exclusively in stainless steel.

33) Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso Vermentino 2021, Bolgheri:  $24.79  Winemaker notes:  Vermentino from the Guado al Tasso estate is straw yellow in color with greenish highlights. Its nose offers enticing aromatic intensity with notes of citrus fruit, white flower blossoms and tropical fruit. The palate of this white wine is savory with good persistence of flavors and a fresh and pleasant citrusy finish.

34) Tenuta Prima Pietra Prima Pietra 2018, Toscana:  $67.99  This expressive red delivers a combination of olive, plum, cherry, black pepper and earth aromas and flavors. Firms up nicely, with fine-grained, persistent tannins and a resonant finish. 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. 

35) Caladan Cabernet Franc 2017, Napa Valley:  $239.99  The one-word tasting note for this wine is exotic. The 2017 Caladan opens with dark cherry, Asian spice, and floral notes of rose petal on the nose, followed by a lush palate. The Cabernet Franc and Merlot ride in perfect harmony throughout the long finish, with delicate minerality and sleek tannin structure.

36) Sonoma-Cutrer Les Pierres Chardonnay 2018, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County:  $39.99  Winemaker notes:  Les Pierres is a beautiful, pale straw color with a slightly green hue. This particular vintage is richly aromatic with bright citrus of lemon curd and Meyer lemon highlighted by peach, baking spice with just a hint of cedar and Les Pierres’ classic chalk and slate minerality. Sunny citrus flavors, melon and lime are well integrated with the oak and complemented with flavors of roasted nuts, spice, and mineral notes. The wine has a beautifully balanced mouthfeel with Sonoma-Cutrer’s signature citrus-laced acidity and a long, juicy barrel spice finish that lingers on the palate.

37) Stephanie and Arnaud Dezat Pouilly Fume 2021:  $30.99  Notes of citrus and stone fruit highlighting grapefruit and mirabelle plum. These persistent aromas are enhanced by the acidity of the wine and balanced by the round richness on the palate.

38) Jean Loron “Les Vieux Murs” Pouilly Fuissé 2019:  $46.99  Round and rich wine with classic buttery notes balanced by juicy acidity. A top quality white burgundy with more than 10 year aging potential. Pouilly-Fuissé is the most distinguished wine appellation in the Mâconnais.

39) Domaine Pierre Richard Poulsard Sans Soufre 2020, Jura:  $28.99  Grown on clay and marl soils, these low yielding 25 year old vines are selectively hand-harvested and allowed to macerate for 10 days, followed by 12 months in stainless steel giving aromas of wild sloe, fresh strawberries with underlying animalistic aromas.

40) Philippe Alliet Chinon 2020:  $32.99  Practicing organic.  100% Cabernet Franc.  45+ year old vines.  Sand and gravel terroir.  Low yields of 25 hl/ha.  De-stemmed.  Indigenous yeast.  Fermented and aged in cement.  Unfined and unfiltered.

41) Domaine de Verquiere Cotes du Rhone Sablet 2019:  $21.99  A color characterized by mature highlights.  Nose with smoky accents and aromas of scrubland, stone fruits, and condiments.  Good volume on the palate, superb finesse of the Mediterranean scents.  Tender texture lingering on the fruit. A strong Mediterranean character.  Works perfectly with Cepe mushroom cannelloni or filet of John Dory baked in mild spices.  Grenache 60 %, Syrah 20 %, Mourvèdre 15% Cinsault 5%.

42) Château Moulin de Tricot Margaux 2018:  $60.99  This small jewel of an estate produces a mere 15,000 bottles of Margaux per annum. We are fortunate to have access to at least 3600 bottles per year (plus a small number of magnums and double magnums!) of this superb wine. Heavily dependent on Cabernet Sauvignon (at least three-fourths of the cuvée), this wine has a distinguished structure and complex flavors that beg for additional aging in the bottle. The elevage in barrel extends for eighteen months at which point the wine is bottled without filtration.