Dead Serious White Burgundy ($18) Friday, August 28th, 2015 4 pm – 7:30 pm

I’ve said it before. I simply can’t believe how good the White Burgundies have been since the 2009 vintage. I mean; 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013……………………take your pick. The Domaines that focus on quality all made fantastic wines in each of these vintages. With the exception of 2010 the wines for the most part can be enjoyed upon release yet each vintage has the lemony acidity and mineral strength to age and improve for years to come. 2010 you ask? One of the finest vintages in recent memory. The best are a bit tight and closed in right now but believe me they will be as good as any wine gets in a few years and the best premier and grand crus will improve for decades! Hopefully you listened to me back in 2012 and squirreled some away. The good ones are long gone.

Let’s talk lineup. You have the opportunity to taste some amazing white wines come this Friday. The two Chablis’ are delicious premier crus from the amzing 2013 vintage. Both estates are firing on all cylinders making some of the finest wines in the region. My personal benchmark for White Burgundy is Domaine Leflaive. Pierre Morey (premium Pour) was the winemaker at Domaine Leflaive for 20 years from 1988- 2008. This is one of the most respected positions you can have as a winemaker in the Cote D’Or. Through Anne- Claude Leflaive he learned all about biodynamic winemaking and vine growing as Leflaive was one of the first Domaines in Burgundy to adopt that culture. Over the years he has applied those principles to his own very small domaine. In my opinion, Pierre Morey makes some of the purest, most transparent and mineral driven Chardonnays in the world. His Domaine is minute and finding the wines in America is almost impossible. And you, my lucky oenophile, can taste one here, this Friday!!!

Sandy

The Lineup

2014 Jean- Paul Brun, Beaujolais Blanc $17
Charnay- Beaujolais

2013 Domaine de la Feuillarde, Saint Veran $24
Prissé

2013 Domaine Marc Colin, Bourgogne Blanc “Les Combes” $27
St. Aubin

2013 Domaine Pinson ” Mont de Milieu” 1er Cru $37
Chablis

2013 Domaine Gilbert Picq, Chablis “Vosgros” 1er Cru $45
Chichée

Premium Pour ($9)
2012 Domaine Pierre Morey, Meursault “Les Terres Blanches” $95
Meursault

August 2015 Wine Tastings Come join us Friday from 4 pm – 7:30 pm

Friday, August 14th: French Reds; A Tasting Tour of Some of the Finest Wines in the World ($15)

There is so much to choose from in France when it comes to wine.If you think about it, every type of wine known to man can be found throughout the vineyards of France. Red, White, Rosé, Sparkling, Dessert; They’ve got it all. This week we’ll be featuring the reds from different regions of this great wine mecca.

Friday, August 21st: A White, A Rosé & Four Reds From Spain? ($15)

I’ve got some real treats for you for this flight. I’m going to surprise you with the white and rosé but let’s just say they are two of my favorite wines in the shop right now. Loads of new wines from Spain are arriving daily at the docks and lots to choose from equals fantastic flight!

Friday, August 28th: White Burgundy; Just Can’t Get Enough! ($15)

I cannot over emphasize the amount of amazing White Burgundies out there right now at every price point. Whether from Macon, Pouilly or the big boys; Puligny & Chassagne Montrachet and Meursault. 2012 & 2013 have produced beautiful, drinkable, site specific Chardonnay. The wines are pristine with lip smacking acidity balanced by incredible mineral and fruit intensity. In a word……..YUM!

Refreshing French Rosé ($15) Friday, June 19th, 4 pm – 7:30 pm

I can’t help myself. In my world, if it’s rosé, it’s French. I didn’t set out to pick all French. As a matter of fact I tasted about 35 different ones from everywhere imaginal and picked the best. After I had transfered from the master sheet to the final cut only then did I realize that they were all French. I thought to myself, “of course.” Needless to say I think this is a terrific lineup of six wines that are the definition of rosé.
Sandy

The Lineup

2014 Domaine Vetriccie, Ile De Beauté $11
Corse- Corsica

2014 Domaine De La Fouquette, Cuvee Roseé D’ Aurore $16
Cotes De Provence

2014 Chateau De Trinquevedal, Tavel Rosé $17
Rhone Valley

2014 Rousseau Freres, Noble Joué $18
Loire Valley

2014 Clos Alivu, Patrimonio Rosé $20
Corsica

Premium Pour ($3)
2013 Clos Cibonne, Tibouren “Cuvee Tradition” $27
Provencal Cru Classe

And, don’t forget that next week, Friday June 26th, we’ll be featuring Oregon Pinot Noir & Red Burgundy.

Castell’ In Villa’s Beautiful Tuscan Reds

If You’re a Fan of Brunello Di Montalcino or the Best in Tuscan Reds These Wines are for You!

2010 Chianti Classico
2006 Chianti Classico Riserva
2008 Chianti Classico Riserva
2006 Chianti Classico Riserva/ Magnum

Located in the Castelnuovo Berardenga village in the Chianti Classico Zone, Principessa Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa creates my favorite Tuscan wines. They’re ultra traditional & taste of the soil. This is Italian wine at it’s finest!

It’s hard for me to express just how much I love these wines. I first discovered them when tasting thru Tuscany back in 04. We had the 1977 Riserva at a terrific restaurant in Val d’ Elsa and when we finished the bottle I said, “who are these people?” The next day I made an appt. and it was one of my most treasured experiences. I’ve sent many customers to visit the Principessa and they’ve all come back raving. Everything she does is first class. In their incredible restaurant the furniture is all built out of the olive trees that grow on the property. Every chair and table is different. I could go on and on but let’s discuss what it’s all about…….

THE WINES
When I drink Italian wines I’m looking for that cedary, spicy, earthy thing that is Italy and only Italy. French wines can be earthy but it’s a different smell and taste. The wines of Castell’ In Villa express this to the fullest. These are not fruity cherry and berry. The are savory and the aromas and flavors are of dried fruits & flowers, minerals with a dusty, earthy core. This is Italian wine at its best!

I’ve mentioned before that I plan to offer more European wines. Oregon Pinot is fantastic and worthy of any cellar but creating a wine cellar is all about balance. The Banneret Chateauneuf that we just offered is a perfect start at aquiring a great French wine. Castell’ In Villa’s wines are among the finest Italians that you can lay down. I prefer them to almost any Bunello I’ve had. We plan to continue to offer you the best in local Pinots but we’ll also be searching the world of fine wine to bring you wines that speak of the place they are grown. And these two are a great start!

The Offer

Castell’ In Villa/ Castelnuovo Berardenga, Tuscany

2010 Chianti Classico/ Retail $26
Case $21.25 ($255)
Six Pack $23 ($138)

2006 Chianti Classico Riserva/ Retail $62
Case $52 ($624)
Six Pack $55 ($330)
Magnum $120

2008 Chianti Classico Riserva/ Retail $59
Case $50 ($600)
Six Pack $53 ($318)

Honoring the Vast Diversity of Oregon Winegrowing ($15) Friday May 22nd 2015 4 pm – 7:30 pm

May is Oregon wine month so I decided to honor the amazing strides our great state has taken in a very short time. We often feature Oregon Pinot Noir and I wanted this tasting to be different. Many people think we’re about Pinot and nothing else. No doubt, our Pinots are world famous and that’s whats made our reputation. But if you look at a map of Oregon you’ll notice we’re a state of many different climates and landscapes. The Willamette Valley is the perfect place to grow Pinot because of its cool climate as Pinot doesn’t take to heat. But heat loving grapes like Syrah, Cab and Tempranillo thrive in the warmer areas like Southern Oregon. So we have a tasting of different styles of different grapes from different areas showing the “vast diversity of our great state!” I think this is an ideal flight to honor “Oregon Wine Month.”

Sandy

The Lineup

2014 Hamacher, Rosé of Pinot Noir $18
Willamette Valley

2013 Brandborg Winery, White Pinot Noir $22
Umpqua Valley- Southern Oregon

2013 Ken Wright Cellars, Pinot Blanc $23
Freedom Hill/ Meredith Mitchell Vineyards

2011 Abacela Vineyards, Tempranillo “Estate” $34
Umpqua Valley- Southern Oregon

2012 Shea Wine Cellars, Pinot Noir “Estate” $40
Yamhill- Carlton

Premium Pour ($5)
2011 Cowhorn Vineyard & Gardens, Syrah 42 “Estate” $45
Applegate Valley- Southern Oregon

And, don’t forget that next week, Friday May 29th, we’ll be featuring the Killer B’s: Barolo, Barbaresco & Barbera. We’re looking forward to seeing you!