6 for $120 – May 18th, 2012

Hello and Happy Friday!

**BREAKING NEWS**

Impromptu/informal tasting featuring Jules Dressner (Louis / Dressner Selections) at the store. This Monday (May 21st) $25pp. 7:30-9:00pm. Sign up now!

For more info, visit the SPECIAL EVENTS section at https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=26380

I’m excited to announce the release of the newest “6 for $120-Something” Sampler! The concept is simple; in the course of my tastings each month, I put together a mix of what I think are the best wines I’ve tasted in that $20-ish range.  It is true that I used to simply call this the “6 for $120,” but in the interest of me having more flexibility, I’ve decided to not be so exact.

All of these wines are available by the bottle as well as the case, but the idea here is to give you a selection of wines that you will want to have stocked in your wine rack at home!

So email me to order your sampler, and pick it up at your convenience.  They are in stock and ready to go!

In other news – I am getting read to travel to Italy at month’s end.  Huge will be in the house to assist while I’m gone.

The store will still remain open (abbreviated hours) while I’m in Italy (May 27-June 7). The times are as follows:

Tuesday, May 29: Closed
Saturday, June 2: 11am to 7pm
Weekdays from May 30 to June 7: 1pm to 7pm

Regular business hours will resume on Friday, June 8th.

Have a great weekend,

Craig

 

 

2011 LES PALLIÈRES “AU PETIT BONHEUR” GIGONDAS ROSÉ

Rosé fans are going to freak over this new arrival from the Brunier family, owners of the esteemed Domaine Les Pallières and Vieux Télégraphe!

Spring and Summer means rosé-time for a lot of folks, including myself.  Some of the world’s best examples come from the south of France.  This rosé comes from young-vine fruit in the estate vineyards of Les Pallières in the Southern Rhône appellation of Gigondas.

It is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Clairette grapes, pressed immediately after picking and fermented together in 650-liter demi-muids (old-oak barrels).

It is rare to see this rosé as they only produce about 6,000 bottles annually!

It is a delicate, vibrant style of rosé, ideal as an apéritif, with salads or simple fish dishes.  I received only 5 cases and it will be gone before the heat really cranks up!
$21.00 BTL. / $252.00 CASE

2011 CASA SILVA “COOL COAST” SAUVIGNON BLANC
Every year I do a tasting in the store called “France vs. the Rest of the World.”  It pits a great example of a classic French varietal against that from another country.  This Sauvignon Blanc from Casa Silva is my answer to the question of whether another country can make a wine to rival Sancerre.

Casa Silva is a historic producer in the Colchagua Valley of Chile.  I often feature their value-driven wines in my “6 for $60-Something Sampler.”  Just a few years ago they began a project that many in the country saw as risky.  The Paredones Estate, which produces the grapes for this wine, is a small vineyard located just 5.5 miles from the sea.  This is one of, if not the, closest vineyard in Chile to the Pacific Ocean.  The vineyard has sandy-clay soil which is perfect for root development and drainage.  The temperature at this vineyard never gets above 77 degrees F in the summer or below 48 degrees F in the winter.  The climate is perfect for grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, that enjoy the cooling breezes of the ocean and the moderate temperatures.

The result is one of Chile’s greatest examples of Sauvignon Blanc, and a real competitor to many of the delicious Sancerres that I taste.

Extremely aromatic notes of grapefruit and lemon, fine herbs, and sea spray.  Flamboyant fruit on the palate that never tastes candied, rather just vibrant and focused.  This dances on the palate, and makes you want to come back sip after sip.

Grab some oysters, get some goat cheese, or drink this all by itself.
$24.00 BTL. / $288.00 CASE

2006 SALICUTTI ROSSO DI MONTALCINO
I’ll make it simple – this is probably the best deal on Rosso di Montalcino that I’ve ever offered!  If you love Sangiovese, whether it be from Montalcino, Chianti Classico or Chianti Ruffina, you should not miss this.

Those buying this sampler will be treated to this beautiful wine from Poderi Salicutti.  With only 4 hectares of vines, this is a small property owned by Frencesco Leanza.  His attention to detail in the vineyards through organic farming are admirable and lead to truly detailed wines.

I keep using words like detailed, elegant, and beautiful when it comes to Salicutti because while their is a common thought that Montalcino is about power, the truth is that Sangiovese, even those that come from this area, is a grape that offers great finesse.

The 2006 vintage of this Rosso is drinking exceptionally well, and will continue to do so for a few years to come.  It offers classic red fruit notes of cherry and strawberry, with hints at leather, sage and spice.  It never conveys a sense of heaviness, but does have quite a bit of depth and length.

Enjoy this with red-sauced pastas, grilled meats such as lamb and beef, or with some simple hard cheeses.  This is being offered at quite an exceptional price as it normally goes for around $27.  So taste it, and if you like it, stock up on some while it lasts!
$19.00 BTL. / $228.00 CASE

2009 DOMAINE PETITOT CÔTE DE NUITS-VILLAGES “TERRES BURGONDES”
Red Burgundy may be one of the most well-liked, but least-drunk wines known to man.  I field lots of inquires for some of the great names from Premier and Grand Cru vineyards.  These wines meant for the cellar will give the drinker great pleasure once the wines have been aged.  Many of these bottles are priced routinely between $50-$300 per bottle, not your everyday stuff for most.

As a wine lover, you can and should drink Burgundy much more frequently.  There are lots of lovely wines like the one I’m featuring today that offer great pleasure young, and are much more affordable – you know, for everyday drinking!

Domaine Petitot is a great recent discovery of mine.  A small 9 hectare estate run by the husband and wife team of Hervé and Nathalie Petitot.  Their family has been growing grapes for three generations in the villages of Corgoloin, Premeaux-Prissey, Nuits-St.-Georges, Ladoix and Pommard.

This producer does things the right way, hand harvesting, low-yields, careful selection of the grapes, and and eye towards elegant, but structured wines.

This Côte de Nuits-Villages “Terres Burgondes” is a terrific wine that is just starting to drink well now.  The grapes come from the village of Corgoloin, with soil composed of marls and chalky clay.

It has lovely Pinot Noir aromas of raspberry and black currants. This isn’t an overly soft style of Pinot; it has lovely depth and richness.  It has great length and balance, and as I’ve tasted this since its release late last year, it is continuing to improve in bottle.  You can enjoy it now with smoke-roasted chicken or squab.  Terrific “everyday” Burgundy.
$25.00 BTL. / $300.00 CASE

2010 GLATZER GRÜNER VELTLINER “DORNENVOGEL”
Through the Six for $120-Something sampler I get a chance to “force” you to try something you might not normally pick off a shelf if you were walking through a store.  Over my almost 5 years here at Perman Wine Selections, I’ve converted many of you into big time Austrian wine fans.

The work continues, and I offer you a truly delicious and complex Grüner Veltliner from the Carnuntum region of Austria.  Walter Glatzer is a revered winemaker in this region, which sits southeast of Vienna.  The region is historically significant going back to Roman times, as Carnuntum was the capital city of the Upper Pannonia province.

Today, it is a hilly, agricultural region that produces both white and red grapes.  Among those grapes is the Austrian original – Grüner Veltliner.

This is the top Grüner Veltliner from Walter Glatzer.  It is a selection of their very best Veltliner grapes, harvested in the middle of October.  It is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks.

One of the reasons why I love Austrian white wines in general is that they are very flexible at the dinner table.  A wine such as this, can easily pair with simple sashimi, but since it has weight and texture, it can go with more Austrian-centric dishes based around the pig.
$15.00 BTL. / DUE TO LIMITED AVAILABILITY, ONLY OFFERED WITH THIS MONTH’S SAMPLER

2009 MERLIN MÂCON-LA ROCHE-VINEUSE
This is a fantastic White Burgundy value!  I love the wines of Olivier and Corinne Merlin.

In 1987, Olivier Merlin purchased an old estate called Vieux Saint-Sorlin and went about to restore it. Through the years he slowly added land and purchased the Touziers winery.

As a graduate of the Lycée Viticole in Beaune, he has a Burgundian approach to vineyard management and winemaking. Plots are all vinified separately, lees are stirred once a week to keep them in suspension and malolactic fermentation is encouraged.

The 2009 Mâcon-La Roche-Vineuse is an outstanding, rich vintage for this wine.  The grapes come from a plot composed of clay-limestone soil, and it undergoes alcoholic fermentation in a mixture of stainless steel and 15% oak barrels.  It is aged for 18 months before bottling.

Break out the Coquilles St. Jacques!  This is a great wine paired with richer shellfish dishes, and of course that lovely presentation of scallops!  This wine won’t be around for long!
$17.00 BTL. / $204.00 CASE

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