6 for $120-Something – September 21st, 2012

Hello and Happy Friday!

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!

Have a great weekend,




2010 Viña Sastre Ribera del Duero Tinto
It’s true – I came back from my recent trip to
Spain with a sun tan.  That’s not because I was laying by a pool, rather it was from my many visits to vineyards over the two weeks.

Some of the most impressive vineyards that I visited were that of Jesus Sastre, owner and winemaker at Viña Sastre.  If you recognize this name, that is because I’ve been a huge advocate of the wines in the past.

My visit not only confirmed my admiration for this winery, it made me realize that from top to bottom, Viña Sastre is the greatest producer in the appellation of Ribera del Duero today.  Yeah, I said it!

Sastre produces a great range of wine, starting with this value wine simply called “Tinto,” all the way up to the ultra-expensive, and life-changing Pesus.

I’m excited to announce the new release of the 2010 Tinto.  100% Tempranillo from the Sastre vineyards in the La Horra area of Ribera del Duero.  Jesus is known as one of the great farmers in Spain, and the purity of his fruit shines through in each wine.  In the Tinto, you have a wine that shows pure fruit, as aging is only for seven months in second-use American oak barrels.

Here is a recent review of the wine from Josh Raynolds of the International Wine Cellar:

“Sexy, spice-accented aromas of black raspberry, mocha and cola, with intense floral and mineral accents adding lift.  Juicy, penetrating red and dark berry flavors show very good intensity and focus, taking on weight and gaining sweetness with air.  Fine-grained tannins build on the lingering finish.  Pretty impressive for an entry-level wine, but this promises to be a top vintage in the region. 91 points.”

Do not miss this delicious and exceptional value from Ribera del Duero!
$18.00 BTL. / $216.00 CASE


2011 Deltetto Langhe Favorita “Servaj”
Piedmont is well-known for its red wines from the appellations of Barolo and Barbaresco.  Travel to the Roero hills and you are now in white wine country.  Local grapes like Arneis and Favorita dot the hillsides, and provide the locals with a thirst quenching drink when full-bodied reds aren’t going to cut it.

Deltetto is one of the great names to know in the Roero landscape.  Located in Canale, the winery was established in 1953 by Carlo Deltetto.  The winery makes great wines across the board, including sparkling, red and white.  It is their work with the Favorita grape that really excites.

The Favorita varietal has been genetically linked to Vermentino and Pigato which can be found close by in the region of Liguria.  Favorita has been a popular varietal for table grapes as it offers large berries.  In the last few decades, the varietal has seen a decline in plantings in favor of other grapes such as Chardonnay and Arneis.  Since this will be the first time many of you have tried Favorita, it is perfect that you get to try one of the best, first.  “Servaj” is a single vineyard in the Roero hills near the village of Castellinaldo.  Deltetto ferments and ages the Favorita in stainless steel tanks, before bottling.

Fresh, aromatic and crisp, it offers notes of pears and orange, with a floral and mineral back bone to it.  It is a wonderful wine to sip on its own, but also pairs really well with shellfish.
$17.00 BTL. / $204.00 CASE


2010 Errazuriz “Single Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon
Founded in 1870, Viña Errazuriz is recognized as one of the best producers of Chilean wine. If you’re a regular at Perman Wine Selections, you’ll likely recognize this producer since I commonly stock their delicious Wild Ferment Chardonnay as well as their Carmenère. However, this month, I’ve decided to feature their Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

Made from hand-picked grapes from the Don Maximiano Estate (prestigious vineyard named after the founder of the winery) in the Aconcagua Valley, the warm summer days and cool afternoons and nights slows the ripening, thus encouraging the development of more intense flavors.

This bright ruby wine is aged for 12 months in 90% French and 10% American oak barrels. Laden with a ripe berry, spice and cocoa, the welcomed acidity provides complexity and a well-structured finish.

It will be hard to find such a delicious and crowd-pleasing Cabernet Sauvignon, especially at this price point.
$18.00 BTL. /  $216.00 CASE


2011 Tami Frappato
The Tami wines made by Arianna Ochippinti, have been one of the great wine contributions from Sicily in the last several years.  Let me explain further.

Sicily can produce amazing wines.  There is a great deal of “terroir” on the island, with several different climates, soils and elevations in the vineyard.  Yet as someone who regularly tastes Sicilian wine, I am often unimpressed with what I taste, particularly in the value range.  This category often features wines that are overripe and seemingly “tweaked,” whether that be through acidification or the addition of enzymes.

The three wines produced by Tami are special not because they are the most complex wines made in Sicily, rather because they are varietally correct, easy to drink and most importantly, delicious.  All of this at a great price.  That isn’t something you can say very often.

Frappato is one of the most interesting grape varietals in Sicily.  Like any varietal, it can come in a range of styles.  The Tami Frappato is a light in scale, ethereal style of Frappato.  The grapes come from a young vineyard in Contrada.  The style of vinification emphasizes freshness and fruit, with a short maceration and short aging in stainless steel tanks.

I adore this wine for its ability to seemingly work with almost any type of food.  Try it with fish, try it with meat, or try it with difficult to pair vegetables – it goes with almost everything.  It is low alcohol, fun to drink and a red that you can even put a slight chill on.  Simply glug-able!
$16.00 BTL. / $192.00 CASE

2010 Boekenhoutskloof  “The Chocolate Block”
One reason I enjoy bringing you the Six for $120-Something sampler is that it allows me to “force” you to try wines you would not normally pick off a shelf.

When was the last time you asked where the South African wine section was?  Crickets – that’s what I thought.

Always good to start your search with the best, and such is the reputation of Boekenhoutskoof.  Named by the Platter’s South African Wine Guide as the 2012 Winery of The Year, the history of the winery goes way back to 1776 when it was founded in the Franschoek Valley.  The modern history has a lot to do with the dedication of winemaker  Marc Kent.  He presides over a fabulous property, some 20 hectares of vines, with varying soil types ranging from alluvial to iron ridge clay to decomposed granite.

One of the truly impressive wines that Boekenhoutskoof has become well-known for is that of “The Chocolate Block.”  Blending across appellations, Kent uses vineyard sources in Swartland, Citrusdal, Wellington, as well as his own organically-farmed estate vineyards.

The 2010 vintage brings a blend of 72% Syrah, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Grenache, 6% Cinsault, and 2% Viognier.  Aged in a mixture of different size barrels, second and third use.

This has an explosive nose of ripe raspberry, strawberry, woodsmoke and baking spices.  Rich but silky on the palate, with a continuation of red fruits.  This finish with notes of cocoa powder and plum, and it lasts and lasts.

Enjoy this with rare meats such as venison or beef.  A terrific value.
$28.00 BTL. / $168.00 SIX-PACK CASE


2010 Owen Roe Syrah “Ex Umbris”
Inspired by a wild fire that struck surrounding vineyards in 2002, cult winemaker David O’Reilly and co-owner Jerry Owen intended only to introduce a one-time bottling of Ex Umbris (latin for ‘out of the shadows’) made with smoke-tainted Syrah. To keep the memory alive, they have kept producing this bold Syrah by blending fruit (albeit not tainted) from six different vineyards in the Columbia Valley.

‘Ex Umbris’ is deep red in color, is composed of 100% Syrah and spends 16 months in barrel (about 1% two-year old and 99% neutral French oak). With predominantly black fruit and peppery spice on the nose and on the palate, this elegant wine is rounded out by a long and bright finish. Perfect for grilled meats, no Syrah fan should miss out on enjoying this truly delicious wine.
$26.00 BTL. / $312.00 CASE

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