WINE DEALS 6/17/22

1) Elio Perrone Bigaro’ 2021:  $23  “’Bigaro’ in Piemontese defines a color that is actually a mix of colors. This is because the Bigaro is produced with two different grapes, one white (Muscat) and a black (Brachetto). This delightfully fruity frizzante wine is perfect after dinner or as an aperitif on a hot summer afternoon. Fresh, lively and vibrant, with hints of red fruits interspersed with peach, mango, guava and more.

2)Tudernum Fidenzio Sagrantino 2014, Montefalco, Umbria:  $55  According to my wine rep:  “Its better than a Brunello”!  Highly structured wine produced with 100% Sagrantino grapes from vineyards around the hilly regions of Montefalco, in the heart of Umbria.  One cannot help but be seduced by its rich bouquet: wild berries, particularly ripe black berries, wild cherries, and intense coffee and chocolate scents.

3) Hamilton Russell Oregon Bramble Hill Pinot Noir 2018, Ribbon Ridge:  $89 Winemaker notes:  Hamilton Russell Vineyards in South Africa has developed an international reputation over 40 vintages for unusually restrained, classically styled Pinot noir, with deep structure and spice balancing fruit opulence. Hamilton Russell Oregon aims to express this stylistic philosophy with the very best Willamette Valley fruit – showcasing the restrained, structured classicism of great European Pinot noir and the bright purity of Oregon fruit. The celebrated Bramble Hill vineyard in Ribbon Ridge, delivers a particularly bright, pure, lively minerality to complement the complex lifted fruit the best Oregon Pinot noir is known for.

4) Postmark Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Paso Robles:  $27.99  Winemaker notes:  This luxurious Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of blackberry, raspberry compote, plum and warm winter spices, as well as hints of lavender. The dark fruit layers are echoed on the palate, where the mingle with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and star anise, with plush, velvety tannins carrying the wine to a long, rich finish. Made with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

5) Tommasi Filodora Prosecco Brut:  $18.99  Winemaker notes:  Light straw yellow and bright. Elegant, white and lively foam, with very fine and thin perlage. The aromas are clean and spicy, with an elegant, floral nose with hints of acacia and wisteria flowers. Pleasantly intense, dry, and easy to drink with a light almond aftertaste.  It is delicious as an aperitif or with light dishes.

6) Tornatore Pietrarizzo Etna Bianco 2019, Sicily:  $39.99   Winemaker notes:  #33 of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 of 2020  Intense straw yellow, with light green reflections. Pleasant hints of exotic fruits, especially of grapefruit and white peach, mark the nose of this wine which shows its true identity on the palate with a pleasant flavor and freshness complemented by an extraordinary minerality and light taste sweetness.

7) Ca’ del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige 44a Edizione Extra Brut:  $46  Chardonnay 81,5%, Pinot Bianco 1,5%, Pinot Nero 17%.  A true icon from Lombardy. Ca’del Bosco means ‘house in the forest’. It is one of Italy’s most distinctive wine companies. The story of Ca’del Bosco is an absolute success story. In the sixties, Annamaria Clementi Zanella bought a small hut in the forest with a few vineyards on Mount Erbusco in Franciacorta. In sixty years her son Maurizio transformed this tiny house into an impressive state-of-the-art-winery. In 2002, the winery was even declared “Winery of the Year” by the renowned Italian wine guide Gambero Rosso.  The Cuvee Prestige has a firm structure, a rich attractive mousse and a persistent finish. It is elegant, soft and delicate with freshness and crisp acidity all in balance. Accents of toasted brioche, pear, apple, stone fruits, honeydew melon,  and butterscotch lead to pastry and chopped almond flavors in this rich Franciacorta. It spent 25 months sur lies. It’s a great aperitif or match it with a rich risotto, fish or cheese.

8) Invivo SJP (Sarah Jessica Parker) Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Marlborough:  $18.29  Winemaker notes:  An intensely aromatic nose – this is a delicious confluence of ripe citrus, tropical fruit and a hint of something savory. The fruit spectrum is complex and while overwhelmingly “Sauvignon Blanc”, the addition of delicate oak adds another dimension. The striking palate immediately fills the mouth and finds a crisp finish to a long and balanced interplay of fruit and acidity. Delicate white wine tannins provide the framework and, combined with an approachable acidity, focuses the palate toward a long and elegant finish.

9) Rebellious Red Wine 2019, California:  $19.79  Rebellious pays homage to the winemaker’s art of blending, with each varietal thoughtfully chosen for a final, generous, and balanced blend. The fruit is fermented in separate lots, allowing each to be distinctly crafted before aging and blending. This wine presents abundant aromas of dark cherry and strawberry jam, brown sugar, dark chocolate and cola with hints of cardamom, black pepper, sandalwood and licorice. The bright and vibrant entry accentuates flavors of fresh blueberries and allspice that linger into a creamy, rich mid-palate and ends with a luxurious finish.- Winery Notes

10) Barnett Vineyards Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay 2019, Carneros:  $39.99  Winemakers notes:  The 2019 Sangiacomo Chardonnay is a beautiful bright gold color with powerful aromatics. Passionfruit and kiwi jump from the glass which is matched by spiciness, mainly white pepper. There are layers of honeysuckle and jasmine. Round and rich this is a very luscious wine. The fruit moves to more apricot and pear on the palate while pretty jasmine persists. This is a lush rich wine that can be enjoyed in its youth or develop nicely over the next 6-7 years (2026-2027).

11) Niepoort Lagar de Baixo Baga 2018, Bairrada, Portugal:  $28.99  While the Niepoort family is world-renowned for its Port wines, those now only make up 25% of the winery’s production. That’s thanks to Dirk Niepoort, who took over in the late ‘80s, and now has hall of fame status in Portugal. Unlike most Portuguese reds, his are bright and super savory. This is a biodynamic, medium-bodied wine he makes with baga grapes from the region of Bairrada.  Tastes like: Red cherry, strawberry, white pepper, clove.  How to drink: Drink slightly chilled after opening for 30 minutes. Ideal with braised meat, spicy vegetables, and good with seafood too.

12) Santiago Assinatura de Familia Vinho Verde 2021, Portugal:  $15.99  Bright, fresh and zippy, this is a crushable warm weather wine with oodles of character. Bright floral and citrus-peel aromas, followed with a fresh, linear body of citrus, orchard fruit and a bright, lifted finish that stays on your mind.  Great for knocking back with friends but can be pressed into service with lighter fare such as a cheese plate, shellfish and vegetarian fare.

13) Vignerons de Buxy Coteaux Bourguignons Gamay-Pinot Noir 2018:  $17.99  Fairly deep intense color, which turns ruby with age. The nose has hints of vanilla blending in with the aromas of cherry and red fruits which are typical of Pinot Noir. It remains well balanced, soft and round in the mouth on well balanced tannin. Goes amazingly well with grilled red meats, stewed dishes such as beef Bourguignon or with game.

14) Domaine Siret-Courtaud Quincy 2019, Loire:  $24.99  Quincy is a very small appellation southwest of Sancerre, covering only 270 hectares along the river Cher, a tributary of the Loire (compare that to >2800 hectares in Sancerre). It is one of the driest and warmest areas in Centre Loire which creates a uniquely delicious expression of Sauvignon Blanc and one of exceptional value compared to larger appellations like Sancerre.  This wine is a scrumptious Quincy. The twenty year old vines bring out the fruit and balance of the Sauvignon Blanc, while the old vines deliver up all their concentration and complexity. The wine has a brilliant, pale yellow color. Very expressive aromas of ripe fruit can be detected on the nose. On the palate, the wine is well-balanced and complex. Here we can feel the full force of the old vines bringing forth the full expression of the terroir.

15) Arca Nova Vinho Verde Branco 2020, Portugal:  $10.99  50% Loureiro, 40% Arinto, 10% Trajadural  Bright and clear with a light lemony color. Fruity and fresh. Clean and pleasant aromas add a rich and interesting bouquet. Green apples is the most evident. It presents itself with a soft minerality, very well balanced and medium structure.

16) Chateau La Rame Bordeaux Rose 2021:  $19.99  Situated 40 kilometers southeast of the city of Bordeaux, Chateau La Rame is among the oldest and most renowned properties in the Sainte Croix du Mont appellation.  Floral, pear, lychee, powerful citrus fruits-lively mouth, fragrant, original and gourmet. This wine of pleasure will awaken in you your desire for Rosé that you have been burying since the end of last summer!  Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

17) Le Strette Dolcetto D’Alba 2020, Piedmont:  $23.99  Intense ruby red color with captivating purple reflections.  Fragrant and fruity aroma, with notes of red fruits (cherry) and some spicy tones that give complexity.  On the palate it combines finesse, elegance and freshness with a respectable body, showing a subtle tannicity.

18) Raventos i Blanc Conca del Riu Anoia Blanc de Blancs 2019, Penedes:  $21.99  Winemaker notes:  Blanc de Blancs is a sparkling wine marked by the typicity of its place of origin, the Vinya del Llac, a vineyard over 40 years’ old, which allows us to obtain a structured, fresh and complex sparkling wine.  The 2019 Blanc de Blancs includes 5% Malvasia from Sitges, and the rest with the traditional native varieties; Macabeu, Xarel-lo and Parellada.

19) Alexis Hudon “La Charge” Pet-Nat 2020, Vin de Pays France:  $28.99  “La Charge” comes from the Touraine AOP but is declassified as VDF to avoid administrative and AOP regulations. This Pet Nat comes from 4 parcels all located in Saint-Aignan: 2 parcels of Menu Pineau (60-yo vines), 1 parcel of 50% Chenin, 50% Menu Pineau (40-yo vines), and 1 parcel of Sauvignon Blanc (60-yo vines).  This is a very clean and elegant pet nat with notes of honey melon and a slightly caramelized finish. When you first open the bottle you get a foamy bubble consistency on the palate, but shortly after some exposure to oxygen, the bubbles settle and allow more room for the flavors to develop.

20) Sons of Wine “404” Orange Pet-Nat VDP 2021:  $26.99  “404” is made from Verdejo vines, located at 900m high at Nieva in Northern Spain. The source is Microbio, Ismael Gozalo. The grapes are brought directly to the winery in Alsace right after harvest where vinification begins.  Dried fruits of apricot and plums, honey.

21) Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Rose 2021:  $36.99  This boutique Rosé from the coastal village of Cassis on the Mediterranean Sea is Grenache-dominated, with smaller percentages of Mourvèdre and Cinsault. The wine is dry, taut, fresh and slightly saline. The winery makes only a small quantity of this, making this extremely hard to find, but its deliciousness makes it highly sought after. Get yours before it’s gone.  Certified organic (ECOCERT). Practicing Biodynamic farming.

22) Roco Gravel Road Pinot Noir N.V., Willamette Valley:  $25.99  As if it was written in the Planets (Jupiter and Saturn), ROCO Gravel Road Pinot Noir NV is a conjunction of the 2019 and 2020 vintage. This nonvintage Pinot Noir truly is “greater than the sum of its parts”.   The elegant poise of the 2019 vintage is layered with a minority of the robust concentration of 2020’s personality. The deft combination of these two very different vintages has revealed a masterful expression of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.  ROCO’s tradition of holding all its Pinot Noir in small French oak barrels for 18-20 months means that from October to March, we’ll have TWO vintages of Pinot Noir in barrel.  The 2019 Pinot noir was still aging in barrel when the 2020 vintage began. In December, ROCO’s President Corby Soles, pitched the creative possibility of blending a small percentage of 2020 Pinot noir into the 2019.  Master Blender and Palate Driver, Rollin Soles, took this brilliant idea into the cellar. The result is ROCO’s first ever Nonvintage Willamette Valley wine.  Besides, why should ZD Abacus, Penfolds G3, Vega Sicilia Reserva Especial Unico, Opus One Overture, and Champagne have all the multi-vintage blending fun!?  An outstanding value, the Gravel Road Pinot Noir flavor profile surpasses many other wineries flagship Pinot Noirs. The old world style offers bold flavor with balance and grace to pair well with nearly any food.

23) Talbott Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017, Santa Lucia Highlands:  $39.99  Winemaker notes:  The 2017 Sleepy Hollow Pinot Noir is a distinctive expression of the world-class wine consistently produced in our Sleepy Hollow Vineyard. Our flagship Pinot Noir offers aromas of cola, clove and opulent plum and blackberry. Luscious notes of black cherry, raspberry and vanilla deliver a rich, mouth-filling texture. Underlying minerality, vibrant acidity and well-heeled tannins add to the complex finish of this elegant, luxurious Pinot Noir.

24) Bruno Dubois Plume 2018, Saumur-Champigny:  $29  The Plume cuvée is a red Saumur-Champigny made from Cabernet Franc. It is made from 50-year-old vines grown organically and biodynamically across 8.8 hectares of vineyard. The terroir there is rich in clay and chalk.
After being harvested by hand, the bunches are destemmed before vinification. The only sulfur added during the process appears during bottling. Little to no additives are used, and the juice ferments using wild yeasts. The wine matures in concrete vats for 5 to 6 months, depending on the vintage.  In the glass, this Saumur exudes a fresh nose of red fruit, black fruit, and gentle spices. The palate is flavorful with a nice finesse to it. This is a cuvée that can be enjoyed now, whilst it’s still fruity. Serve alongside a beef fillet or roasted veal.

25) Lestignac Va Te Faire Boire 2020:  $28  ” Va Te Faire Boire is always a slightly different blend each year and this year it’s 100% Merlot and is as vibrant and fun as ever. Strawberry, blackberries, black pepper, mint. Comforting, natural red that is serious and playful at the same time.”

26) Jackson Estate Pinot Noir Petaluma Gap 2017, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County:  $26.99  Winemaker notes:  The daily appearance of gusty winds causes a cool-climate environment, which creates smaller berries with thicker skins.  The end result is a richer, concentrated Pinot Noir, loaded with flavors of red and blue fruit alongside savory spice notes.

27) Matthieu Barret Brise Cailloux Cornas Red 2019, Rhone, France:  $64.99  “Brise Cailloux is coming from 50 micro parcels. This is the largest cuvée of 7ha represented of 11ha of Cornas in total. There is no mechanical processing, everything is done by hand or with horsepower.  James Suckling 92 pts.  Extremely vibrant and fresh, this Cornas has a hyper-real quality, in the positive sense of the word, and it already gives so much pleasure. Very clean and precise at the wet-stone finish. From bio-dynamically grown grapes. Drink now.

28) Rabble Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Paso Robles:  $23.99  Winemaker notes:  Aromas of cherry, plum and mixed berries. Rich, seamless black fruit flavors and hints of tobacco, vanilla and cinnamon.  Perfect with rosemary steak kabobs and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches.

29) Domaine Weinbach Altenbourg Gewurtztraminer 2019, Vin D’Alsace:  $69.99  Winemaker notes:  A complex nose of honeysuckle, quince, and nutmeg with a touch of smokiness. A voluptuous and creamy attack that evolves towards notes of candied orange rose petals and the spiciness of green anise. The acidity and the minerality provide an elegant backbone and keep the wine very fresh from the beginning to the end.  Excellent on its own, as an aperitif, it also marries beautifully with flavorful dishes like caramelized pork with Szechuan pepper and five-spice roast duck and the exotic spices of Indian, Asian, and Moroccan cuisines. A great accompaniment to foie gras and rich, strong cheese such as Munster.

30) Domaine de la Terre Rouge Tete-a-Tete Red Wine 2015, Sierra Foothills:  $21.99  Winemaker notes:  Tête-à-Tête is Terre Rouge’s fun easy drinking assemblage of Mediterranean varietals. It drinks like wines from solid Côtes-duRhône-Villages vintage: sappy, spicy, mouth-filling, and nuanced. It is an eminently enjoyable everyday bottle. The 2015 has deep boysenberry fruit aromatics, with smoky/meaty/gamey complex flavor components that emphasize the terroir, and a lengthy creamy texture.  Blend: 39% Grenache, 39% Mourvèdre, 22% Syrah.

31) Domaine de la Terre Rouge Terre Rouge Fiddletown Viognier 2018:  $22.99  Bottled in late June 2019 our 2018 Viognier is organically-grown on our Fiddletown estate in granitic soils.  Zesty fresh, floral, and spicy aromatics with fruit notes that suggest classic white peach and apricot flavors. This will be a perfect glass pour wine with its lively flavors. Bottled with a screw-cap closure for easy accessibility.

32) Les Athletes du Vin Pineau D’Aunis 2019, Vin de France:  $19.99  Les Athlètes du Vin is a négociant project focused on typical, value-driven wines from the Loire Valley. The idea was conceived by a group of French winemakers called Vini Be Good, who work together to distribute their wines across France. The wines are vinified by various members of the Vini Be Good network using their own grapes or grapes purchased from friends and neighbors in the Loire. We are proud to present these wines made by their friends and family, as several of the cuvées are vinified by Gérard Vallée, brother of Mathieu Vallée from Château Yvonne.  This little-known grape is a hidden gem in the Loire valley. A native grape to the region and a true sponge of terroir. It has a reputation for being extremely finicky to grow and by the 1970s there were only 17 hectares of Pineau d’Aunis remaining in the Loire Valley! Recognizing the importance of preserving native varietals from extinction a few winemakers decided Pineau d’Aunis was worth the additional attention to grow.

The labels for Les Athlètes du Vin are drawings by French artist, illustrator, and cartoonist Michel Tolmer, who has been the unofficial lead artist of the French natural wine movement since the 1990s.  packed with crunchy cherry fruit but showcases its savory side delivering waves of sage and black pepper. If you find yourself gravitating towards more youthful expressions of Beaujolais this will be right up your alley!

33) Domaine Amirault Les Quarteron Cremant de Loire N.V.:  $34.99  Winemaker notes:  Fine bubbles with a hint of citrus and subtle honey notes. This wine was made in the Traditional Method, with minimum 18 months aged on laths, nourished by fine lees.  Chenin Blanc.

34) Umani Ronchi Casal di Serra Verdicchio 2019, Marche:  $19.99  Winemaker notes:  Straw yellow color with golden hints, to the nose it shows intense and persistent perfumes of wild flowers and aromas of yellow pulp fruit such as peach, apricot and golden apple. To the palate it’s rich and velvety with a good dose of freshness and sapidity to balance the great softness. Dry finish, persistent and intensely fruity.  Ideal with fish dishes, oven-cooked or grilled, roast white meat and fresh cheeses.

35) Vincent Girardin Rully 2019, Burgundy:  $39.99  Chardonnay.  On the palate, it’s fruity, lively and round, fatty and long : all the freshness and polish of marble. We find aromas of hawthorn, honeysuckle and elderberry, white peach or flint.

36) Arista Pinot Noir 2019, Russian River Valley:  $77.99  Blue and red fruits predominate on the nose, but the presence of a lavender inflected floral component is unmistakable. There is great tension and texture on the palate, with fine grained tannins supporting flavors of fresh pomegranate and tangy wild blackberry. A hint of cola on the long finish speaks to the quality of this vintage, where warm sunny days and cool nights gave rise to perfect ripeness balanced by a gentle yet refreshing acidity.  The wine is assembled using select lots from our Westside Road Estate Vineyard as well as selections from the Toboni, Lucky Well, and Mononi Vineyards We use no declassified wine or “filler” vineyards for this appellation blend. Instead, this wine is viewed as a blend of our single vineyard and estate wines and is an excellent survey of the vintage and appellation each year.

37) Brunos Dubois Saumur Les Perruches Blanc 2020:  $35.99  Learning the ropes from the likes of Marcel Lapierre, Bruno Dubois’s Les Perruches is the smallest of the family holdings, planted in 1962. He ferments the Chenin half in anfora, half in barrel. Birds, bees and bat farms utilized in among the vines, a harmony that shows well in the glass.

38) Feudo Montoni Vrucara Nero D’Avola 2017, Sicily:  $59.99  On the nose with earthy aromas, notes of red plum and dark berries, which are in harmony with notes of rose petal, vanilla, balsamic, eucalyptus and licorice. Soft and velvety on the palate, with a delicate acidity and well-balanced and soft tannins.  Vrucara is the name of the cru from which the grapes hail. The name has its origins in a vineyard of which the land has always been called “Vrucara.” It takes this name due to the presence of vruca, a Sicilian word for a bush that grows spontaneously around the vineyard. This herb has aromas of menthol mixed with those of incense oil. Transferred into the old, unique vines, we notice this aroma in the wine.

39) Familia Torres Purgatori, DO Costers del Segre 2017, Spain:  $51.99 Winemaker notes:  Extraordinary dark cherry red color, intense violet, Mediterranean thyme and cassis aromas joined by notes of cocoa and spice. Full and intense on the palate, with ripe, velvety and elegant tannins. Flavorful and full bodied, with a characteristic, terror-imparted hint of graphite minerality.

40) Freemark Abbey Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018: $59.99  Winemaker notes:  Dark ruby in color, the flavors such as blackberry, boysenberry and Bing cherry dominate with nuances of milk chocolate, chocolate berry truffle dusted with cocoa powder, aromatic cedar and Herbs de Provence. The sweet oak spice is very well integrated, adding to the overall complexity. The body is very full, with a soft entry, coupled with dark cherry flavors that develop from start to finish. With great texture, integrated tannins, and pleasant mouth feel, this cabernet is full bodied, rich and opulent. In one word…. Delicious.  Blend: 75.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16.2% Merlot, 4.0% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc.

41) Niner Wine Estates Fog Catcher Red Blend 2017, Paso Robles:  $109.99  Winemaker notes:  The 2017 vintage of Fog Catcher is a harmonious blend of intriguing spice, dark fruits and expansive tannins that linger on your palate for minutes after drinking. Enjoying this wine in its youth is rewarding, and the high potential it has for aging 5-10+ years is apparent.  Blend: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Malbec, 20% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Franc.