4/21/17 – The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – $30 and under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
Craig set off for France a few days ago for his annual visit with producers in Champagne and Burgundy. Due to his travels, the store will be closed the following date:
Store Closed Monday, April 24th
Be on the lookout for his travel posts on Facebook and Instagram!
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It’s the second to last Friday of the month, and time for us to introduce our latest “6 for Everyday” Wine Club, the $30 and under edition.

We have some great wines from the good ol’ USA, as well as a new wine from South Africa, and some old favorites from France and Portugal that have moved into current vintages – it’s a great mix of white, red and rosé to match up with this transitional spring weather.

Don’t miss this!

Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
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2015 Owen Roe “Ex Umbris” Syrah
Yakima Valley, Washington
Jerry Owen, on the the vineyard side, and David O’Reilly, who makes the wine, formed Owen Roe with a simple purpose: to produce excellent wines from grapes grown and cultivated in the best vineyards in the Pacific Northwest.
Their first vintage was in 1999, and ever since, they allow only minimal handling, racking by gravity, and excellent cooperage. From the fruit to the bottle, cork, and label, Owen Roe aims for quality over quantity.
“Ex Umbris” comes from four tiny estate vineyards in Yakima Valley. It is bursting with lovely dark fruit aromas, black cherry, boysenberry, blueberry and plum swirl through the glass. Flavors of dried fruits, spice, pepper and layers of pie filling, berry cobbler and cigar box fill the palate. Enjoy now, but make sure to open and/or decant for 1-2 hours. This wine is complex and will age well for many years, so stock up and store away
$26.00 BTL / $312.00 CASE
 
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2016 Donovan Rall Grenache Blanc
Piekenierskloop, South Africa
We’ve introduced you to Donovan’s wines in the past, and this is the first time the Grenache Blanc has ever been bottled and released to the market.
Rall Wines was established in 2008 and is owned and run by young independent winemaker Donovan Rall. He graduated from Stellenbosch University with a degree in Viticulture and Oenology in 2005. Afterwards, he traveled extensively to work harvests all over the world.
Since the beginning Rall’s focus was on producing just one white and one red blend made by hand and in tiny quantities from the most unique and oldest possible sites he could find.
With this in mind the first 10 barrels of Rall wines was made in 2008 and a few years down the line nothing had changed, until now.
Production is still tiny and the focus remains on simplicity: learning and understanding more about each vineyard and its contribution every vintage. He and his friends are working tirelessly to preserve the old vines and historic vineyards in South Africa and focusing on elevating the overall quality of the wines.
Grapes for the Grenache Blanc come from a Piekenierskloof ungrafted vineyard some 15 years old and juice underwent spontaneous fermentation, a portion on the skins and maturation lasting six months in a combination of concrete egg and old oak.
The wine has a complex nose of citrus, white peach, apricot, ginger and spice. The palate is vibrant, with more fruit notes and a pithy, almost bitter finish. It’s one of those bottlings which are entirely uplifting to drink
$26.00 BTL / ONLY AVAILABLE WITH SAMPLER
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2016 A Tribute to Grace “Highlands Vineyard” Rosé
Santa Barbara, California
A Tribute to Grace is named for winemaker Angela Osborne’s grandmother. Angela studied film in her native New Zealand and worked at a wine shop to pay the bills. While she enjoyed wine, it was not her passion. Angela was ready to pursue her film career when a winemaker friend found her a harvest job and insisted that she move to California to take it. Once there, she discovered Grenache and fell hard for the grape that would later become the singular focus of her winemaking.
Angela’s search for graceful Grenache has led her to vineyards from Santa Barbara to the Sierra Foothills. A Tribute to Grace is made from sustainably-farmed grapes with an eye towards Biodynamics. Angela’s mindfulness continues to her delicate handling of wine, which includes the use of neutral oak and only small sulfur additions at bottling for stability.
This lovely little rosé is perfect for the sunny we’re all waiting for in Chicago. Medium intensity, youthful with floral, melon, and stone fruit aromas. It’s dry and finishes on the palate with flavors of raspberry, peach and strawberry jam.
$27.00 BTL / $324.00 CASE
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2013 La Madura “Grand Vin” Rouge
Saint-Chinian, France
One of our favorite wineries in the Languedoc, Cyril and Nadia are making excellent wines in the Saint-Chinian appellation. This is the latest release of their top red, predominantly made from Syrah and Mourvèdre, with a little bit of Grenache and Carignan.
Domaine La Madura, we believe, is one of the best producers in the appellation of Saint-Chinian in the western Languedoc region of France. What is special about this region is that it offers a variety of different types of soils, expositions and elevation levels. It allows an estate like La Madura, who has several parcels planted with different varieties, the ability to blend.
Domaine La Madura is broken up into a series of small plots, which is typical of the estates in the Languedoc, where the region’s best terroirs are found. Not just the soil but the altitude also varies considerably from one plot to another, which means that harvest can be spread out and grapes are able to be picked at their peak ripeness.
This full-bodied red is aged in 225L barrels, and delivers a powerful yet fresh flavor profile of black and red berries, coffee and cocoa notes, mulberry on the finish.
$30.00 BTL / $180.00 SIX PACK CASE
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2015 Tiago Teles “Gilda”
Bairrada, Portugal
This is a producer you are all familiar with by now, and this latest release of “Gilda” is just as delicious and complex as vintages past.
For any newcomers, it’s important to know that Tiago is a relative newcomer to the wine scene in Portugal, with his first vintage was in 2012.  He is passionate and dedicated and his vision of fresh, naturally made wines that express their terroir shines brightly in his wines.
Craig first met Tiago at a wine tasting on the waterfront in Lisbon. He loved the wines and realized that they were the perfect wines to bring in for diners at Fat Rice, a Chicago restaurant that Craig helps with the wine list.  The food of Fat Rice calls out for largely sparkling, white and rosé.  Reds can work, but with spice levels that can climb, the red wine needs to be lower in alcohol, with a good degree of freshness.  Tiago’s reds were the perfect answer.
“Gilda” is a wine that blends a high proportion of Merlot alongside Tinta Barroca and Tinta Cão. If you put this in a blind tasting it would be difficult to not call it Right Bank Bordeaux, although the mid-palate lends itself to a richer style, and the Portuguese varieties add some spice notes unique to Bairrada and Portugal.
We love the aromatics on this wine, with notes of green peppercorn, plum, and mineral.  This is a wine of freshness, and at 12.5% alcohol it glides across your palate.  We even recommend bringing down the temperature of the wine to around 58 degrees.
$17.00 BTL / $204.00 CASE
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2014 Domaine Laurent Cognard 1er Cru “Le Vieux Château” Montagny 
Until 2004, this estate sold its grapes to the local co-op, which dominates production in the area. That year, Laurent Cognard returned to his family’s property after years of working as a wine consultant for the fine wine section of a major brewery in Lyon and then a stint as commercial agent for Champagne Billecart Salmon in Paris.
He spent the next few years revamping the family’s seven hectares of vineyards, progressively moving them into a more natural and sustainable farming model.
The terroir is very stoney, which gives an attractive steely minerality to the wines. 80% of the Montagny 1er Curs are fermented in 500 liter casks, the remainder is aged in stainless steel to retain the freshness of the wines. The result is a creamy texture on the palate with fresh citrus characters running through to a zingy finish.
This is truly a terroir-driven Chardonnay. The Montagny 1er Cru “Le Vieux Château” is situated on a sheltered hillside with that stoney terrain of white limestone. The wine has lime cordial and sherbet aromas with tons of minerality and a soft texture on the finish.
$25.00 BTL / $300.00 CASE
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Introducing Champagne Piollot

Hello and Happy Friday!
Every April, Craig travels to France to visit with producers in Champagne and Burgundy. Due to his travels, the store will be closed the following dates:
Store Closed Monday, April 17th
Store Closed Monday, April 24th
 
Today’s newsletter is the result of Craig’s extensive travel in the Champagne region. We are very excited to release for the first time in Illinois the beautiful Champagne of Roland Piollot of Champagne Piollot. These incredibly expressive bubbles are not only delicious, but also true reflections of their terroir, and also incredible values.
We can’t recommend them enough!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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Champagne Piollot
There are few more historic regions in all of France than Champagne. Despite its long history, the last two decades have brought an incredible amount of change.
The backbone of the Champagne region has always been its thousands of family growers. Historically the majority of these growers sold their fruit to larger Champagne houses, called négociants.
One of the most significant changes over the last 20 years has been the emergence of grower Champagne houses, those that don’t sell their fruit, instead producing their own Champagne from these grapes.
There are a lot of benefits to the grower Champagne movement. The first and most significant is that there has been an increased focus on organic and sustainable viticulture.
The second most significant benefit is that we as the consumer now have a better concept of the “terroir” of Champagne. We know what a Pinot Noir based Champagne from the village of Cumières taste like. We can compare different expressions of Chardonnay Côte des Blancs. And even underdog regions like Montgeux and the Aube are getting their deserved share of praise.
Which leads me into the focus of our newsletter today, the brilliant Champagne of Roland Piollot of Champagne Piollot.
Over the last few years I’ve had the opportunity to taste with Roland and visit his winery located in Polisot, a beautiful and idyllic village in the Aube region of Southern Champagne.
Roland is a 5th generation grower, and for years his family had sold much of their fruit to négociants. Shortly after Roland joined the family business after his studies, they stopped selling their fruit, and instead became a grower Champagne house.
There are many reasons why these wines are special, but I wanted to highlight some of the most important.
  • Terroir. We have true expressions of terroir in these single vineyard Champagnes.
  • Organic viticulture. There are no chemical products or fertilizers used in the vineyards. Piollot has gone through the exhaustive process of certify the vineyards as organic, and also applies Biodynamic principles to his work.
  • Massal Selection. All of the vines are Massal Selection, no clones. Roland’s father, Robert, was the leader in the region for Massal Selection, having started a grafting business in the 1950’s. This genetic diversity in the vineyard is widely thought of as producing grapes with more complexity.
  • Old Vines. More than half of the vineyards are over 40 years-old.
  • Passion. You can’t underestimate the passion that Roland has for growing grapes and producing Champagne true to its roots. You can really feel the energy in these wines.
Needless to say we are very excited to introduce these to you. Not only are they great Champagnes, they are exceptional values given the work that goes into them.
Please do not miss these!
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2011 Champagne Piollot “Champs Rayes” Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature 
This is one of two Blanc de Blancs produced at the estate. This one made entirely of Chardonnay from Noé-les-Mallets, an area just 18 kilometers northeast of Polisot. Roland blends from two vineyards for “Champs Rayes,” the majority of the cuvée from a vineyard comprised of striped marl.
It is a gorgeous Champagne, with very elegant bubbles, ripe stone fruit, citrus and hazelnuts. Incredibly complex and crowd pleasing.
$49.99 BTL / $599.88 CASE
 
*Magnums (2013 vintage) also available $99.99 BTL, please inquire
 
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2013 Champagne Piollot “Colas Robin” Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature
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The other Blanc de Blancs from Piollot is made entirely of Pinot Blanc, a speciality of the Aube region. The vineyard of Val Colas Robin in Polisot was planted by hand in 1955.
It is rare in Champagne to find an entirely Pinot Blanc based Champagne, and this one, along with the beautiful expressions from Gerbais and Bouchard, is a must try for any Champagne enthusiast.
Apple and citrus combine with notes of spice and mineral. It is both concentrated and fresh, with a finish that goes on and on. Absolutely beautiful.
$51.99 BTL / $623.88 CASE

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2012 Champagne Piollot “Les Gravelées” Rosé Brut Nature 
Roland’s smallest production, a foot-tread Rosé made entirely of Pinot Noir from a south-facing parcel in Polisot.
This Rosé Champagne is both pure and discreet, with aromas of rhubarb, dark cherry skin and hints of licorice. Good breadth in the mid-palate without ever feeling heavy, it finishes long with warming baking spices.
A truly impressive Rosé Champagne
$58.99 BTL / $707.88 CASE – ONLY 40 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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4/7/17 French Underdogs

Hello and Happy Friday!
 
Last night we had a fantastic tasting at the store focused on the “underdogs” of France. The idea for the tasting was born out of March Madness. In the tournament, we all love to root for the underdog.
So we began to think, what if we did a tasting that focused on the “underdog” appellations of France?
Last night’s tasting proved that there are so many great wines produced in France outside of the famous wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace and the Rhône Valley.
Today’s newsletter is a recap of last night’s tasting. It is full of unique and delicious wines that we highly recommend to you. Some of these are quite limited, and we’ve noted those with few remaining bottles. Email us to secure your bottles today.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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French Underdogs
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2014 Domaine Les Poëte Blanc, Reuilly
We love the brilliant wines of Guillaume Sorbe of Domaine Les Poëte. This fantastic example of Sauvignon Blanc displays perfect balance, with citrus and herbs well integrated in a medium-weight frame. This shows what great farming can do for Sauvignon from this humble appellation.
$26.99 BTL / $323.88 CASE

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2013 Vin des Fossiles “Cuvée Adrien” Chardonnay, Saône-et-Loire
 
Jean-Claude Berthillot is doing brilliant work in the Saône-et-Loire from his 8 hectare esteate. This may be one of the greatest Chardonnay values we have in the store, a wine that has fresh stone fruit qualities, medium weight, and a long, dry finish. Its simply delicious.
$21.99 BTL / $263.88 CASE -26 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
 
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2015 Domaine des Marnes Blanche Savagnin, Côtes du Jura
We are convinced that the Fromont family is making some of the best wines in the Jura today. This Ouillé style of the local Savagnin grape is really fantastic, displaying the richness of Savagnin, along with flowers, pear and earth notes. It is a truly gastronomic wine, and also has a great future ahead of it in bottle. Jura fans should not miss this.
$34.99 BTL / $419.88 CASE – 24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
 
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2014 Jean-Baptiste Arena “Grotte di Sole,” Corsica
Very few names are as famous in the Corsican wine scene as Arena. This stunning and complex white wine from Jean-Baptiste Arena comes from he Grotte di Sole vineyard or “sunny grotto,” which is a South-facing vineyard in the Patrimonio region. Old-vine Vermentino, this has layers and layers of citrus and herbs with an underlying minerality. Exceptional and very rare.

$53.99 BTL / $647.88 CASE – 11 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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2010 Mas Jullien Pays d’Hérault Blanc

I’ve always felt this to be one of France’s greatest white wines. A humble Pays d’Hérault from one of the great winemakers of the Languedoc, Olivier Jullien. A blend of Clairette, Carignan Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, and Grenache Blanc. Fresh and dried stone fruit, flint, honey, and a finish that goes on forever and makes you salivate. Stunning wine, and worth every penny.

$49.99 BTL / $599.88 CASE – 24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2013 Domaine Sérol “Les Millerands,” Côte Roannaise

50 kilometers west of Lyon, crossing the Loire River you arrive in Roanne. The Côte Roannaise AOC was born in 2004. Yet the Sérol family has been growing grapes for 5 generations. This delicious, juicy red wine is pure Gamay Noir grown on granite. Its fresh and elegant, but also complex and ready to pair with a wide array of foods.

$21.99 BTL / $263.88 CASE
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2011 Thierry Tissot “Mataret” Mondeuse, Bugey
Last call on this fantastic wine from Thierry Tissot in Bugey. Restoring the Mataret vineyard, which locals knew as an excellent vineyard back in its day, it then fell into disrepair. Tissot has luckily began to restore it, planting Altesse and Mondeuse. This red made from Mondeuse is one you should decant, because with a little air it displays its beautiful red fruits with just a touch of rusticity that makes it so food friendly.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2012 Château de Cayrou “La Tour du Cayrou,” Cahors
A name to know in the appellation of Cahors. Located in Southwest France, Cahors has seen a resurgence alongside the world wide popularity of Malbec, locally known as Côt Noir. Julien Goursaud has done brilliant work with this well-situated property, right on the Lot river. “La Tour du Cayrou” shows beautiful dark fruit, medium-plus weight, with earthy, spice and freshness on the long finish. One of the better Cahors we have tried in some time.
 
$23.99 BTL / $287.88 CASE – 22 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2013 Domaine du Moulin “Florentin,” Gaillac
We love the work the Hirrisou family of Domaine du Moulin is doing in Gaillac. This humble appellation that sits Southeast of Cahors and due east of Fronton, produces wines made from the local Braucol grape. “Florentin” is one of the top wines of the domaine, made entirely of Braucol, fermented and aged in oak. It is hearty, with dark fruit, spice and structure. A wine to enjoy with red meat, this will also age for a decade in bottle.
$38.99 BTL / $467.88 CASE
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2013 Domaine La Madura “Grand Vin” Rouge, Saint-Chinian
One of our favorite wineries in the Languedoc, Cyril and Nadia are making excellent wines in the Saint-Chinian appellation. This, their top red is predominantly made from Syrah and Mourvèdre, with a little bit of Grenache and Carignan. The brand new 2013 just arrived and we had a sneak preview, look for this in the upcoming 6 for Everyday, $30 and under edition. It’s fantastic.
$29.99 BTL / $359.88 CASE
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3/31/17 The New 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – The $15 and Under Edition

 

Hello & Happy Friday!
 
We had a fantastic response to our “French Underdogs” tasting which is now sold out. Thank you, and look for more great upcoming events in the future.
 
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It’s the last Friday of the month, which means today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $15 and Under Edition” wine club.
This month we have a little bit of everything for you to try – France, Italy, Spain and Argentina! And even though we’ve had some wet weather lately, it is officially Spring and we decided it was about time to have a rosé in the line up. We’ll get some warm sun eventually and you’ll have the perfect bottle to open when we do!
The wines are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend & Go Ducks!,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
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2014 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône Réserve, Southern Rhône, France
I’ll never forget my first wine trip. It was about this time, 17 years ago that I embarked on a three week journey with my good friend, Bryan.
Our first stop was the Southern Rhône, and a chance to taste the new 1998 vintage wines. We visited an incredible range of producers including Château Rayas, Beaucastel, Pegau, Vieux Télégraphe, Galet des Papes, and one appointment that still stands out today, at Domaine de la Janasse.
Our marathon tasting with Christophe Sabon, owner and winemaker of Janasse was epic. We had already been selling his terrific wines in Portland (where I was living at the time).
Of course Domaine de la Janasse was famous for their three different cuvées of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but they make an incredible range of wines and have some exceptional values.
In fact, the wine we are featuring today has long been a personal favorite Côtes du Rhône. Back in the day in Portland when the new vintage of Janasse Côtes du Rhône would be released, we’d announce it on a Friday and have sold 100+ cases by the following Monday.
Still today, this exceptional value Côtes du Rhône is a favorite. The fruit comes from a single plot in the home village of Janasse, Courthézon. It is a blend of 40% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 20% Carignan, 15% Syrah and 5% Cinsault, all organically grown. Simple vinification, with 80% of the stems removed, maceration for roughly 2 weeks, natural yeast fermentation and 6-9 months of age in vat.

The 2014 is beautiful, a mixture of dark and red berry fruit, strawberry licorice, herbs and spice. It has concentration, but isn’t fat. It is fresh, yet still full-bodied. It has a ton of character which over delivers for the price. Stock up, this is a Côtes du Rhône you can drink over the next 5 years or more.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2016 Avinyó Petillant
Penedès, Spain
Quite simply put, this is one of the most popular wines at Perman Wine Selections, year in and year out. People buy this by the case, and sometimes the truckload. Needless to say its a favorite of many of our customers.
There is a reason, nothing says warmer weather better than the Avinyó Petillant. It’s actually so popular that we forewarn you – by the time the weather actually get hot, this wine will probably have sold out.
For those of you new to Perman Wine, Avinyó is one of the great producers of Cava in the Penedès region of Spain.
Several years back, they introduced a white wine, produced in a Petillant, or lightly spritzy style, made from the grape Petit Grain Muscat. Today they are blending in a little bit of the traditional Catalan variety, Macabeu.
This is one of the most refreshing white wines known to man. Citrus, honeysuckle, and almond combine on the nose leading to that slightly fizzy mouthfeel.  It’s dry, crisp and oh-so-chuggable.
Buy this by the case, you won’t be disappointed!
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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2014 Camille Braun “Cuvee Marguerite Anne” Auxerrois
Alsace, France
The Braun family have had a presence in Alsace since 1583, and expanded the farmlands in 1902 under Michel Braun. Michel’s grandson, Camille, took over in 1960 and focused exclusively on cultivating vines and making great wines.
Camille’s son and daughter, Christophe and Marie-Laure, now oversee the operation, working to have the estate become certified organic in 2008. They adhere to biodynamic practices throughout all of their vineyards.
The “Cuvee Marguerite-Anne” Auxerrois is not only unique in the fact that it is a departure from Camille Braun’s standard Cremant (over 50% of their production is dedicated to sparkling wine), but that it also stands alone as a single varietal wine.
Auxerrois is normally blended with Pinot Blanc, however Camille Braun has found a way to express the character of Auxerrois in a beautiful and complex way all on its own: aromas of nectarine and white flower with a very rich mouthfeel and delicate flavors of nectarine, pear and citrus.
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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2016 Poggerino “Aurora” Sangiovese Rosato
Tuscany, Italy
This is a wine that has appeared on our newsletter before and we think with the (very slight) change of weather it’s time to bring out the new vintage of one of our favorite rosès to kick off the “spring” season.
Our admiration for Fattoria Poggerino and winemaker Piero Lanza is unwavering, and to our delight he continues to wow us with absolutely stellar wines.
The Poggerino estate is located in the village of Radda in Chianti Classico, with 11 hectares of vineyards.  One of the key elements to quality at this estate is the location of the property. With vineyards 400 to 500 meters above sea level, the cooler temperatures allows the grapes to retain acidity and freshness. The soil itself also contributes to the quality of the estate – it is made up of the local “galestro” rock, which gives good drainage and helps the root system dig deep for nutrients.
Piero also employs organic and biodynamic principles at the estate, using only natural yeasts and keeping the hard work in the vineyards rather than the winery. He is one of the most dedicated farmers we know, making killer rosè from 100% Sangiovese.
This wine is fresh, with aromatics of strawberry, watermelon rind and orange. It has a nice juicy fruit core on the palate with a long, balanced refreshing finish.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE 
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2013 Gouguenheim Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva
Valle de Uco, Argentina
 
Born in Argentina to French parents, Patricio Gouguenheim’s love for wine started at the age of 7 when he was given a little bit of wine (mixed with sparkling water!) with every meal. No doubt this was a catalyst for him entering the world of wine later on in life.
In 2002, when the Argentinian economy crashed again and the GDP collapsed, Patricio decided to enter the wine market (as everyone else was leaving…). He found a very old winery located in the Uco Valley, with a lot of small tanks ideal for the production of high quality wines, and that was the start of his venture into the wine business. He hung up his suit from his mergers and acquisitions days and started working in the vineyards.
This wine is a great entry into what Patricio has been up to in the Uco Valley of Mendoza. Deep ruby color with hints of purple in its youth. A classic Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of black fruits, spices and a hint of vanilla. A range of layered flavors including chocolate and spice, leading into a long finish.
 
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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2015 Cantina Colonnella “Le Corone” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Colonnella is a village in the central Italian region of Abruzzo, rich with history and artistic beauty. The wine growing area here is beautiful as well, benefitting from a diverse climate with ideal growing conditions along the Adriatic coast.
The Colonnella Cooperative was founded in 1971 by a small group of farmers. These farmers use traditional growing methods and stick to local varieties to carefully craft honest wines with excellent structure.
The “Le Corone” Montepulciano is a great example of a such an honest wine. It is well-rounded with soft red fruits, slight earthiness and bright acidity, as well as very intense color and gentle tannin. Great for a more full-bodied wine drinker, Montepulciano wines are typically best consumed in their youth and with food – especially red meat, game, roasts and aged cheeses.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE

 

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3/24/17 The New “6 for Everyday” – $30 & Under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
We are very excited to announce another upcoming event at the store!
French Country Wines: The Underdogs
WHEN: Thursday, April 6th at 7:00pm
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: An exploration of the lesser known wine regions of France.
As we went full steam into March Madness, many of us realized our love for the underdog.
The underdog exists in the wine world too.
Take France for instance, we all know the big name regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy and even Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Those regions produce great wine, some of the best and most expensive in the world.
Yet France is a diverse wine country with vines virtually everywhere, and an endless supply of great quality wine without the name. In this tasting we look to explore those unsung heroes, tasting white and red wine from appellations such as Côte Roannaise, Cahors, St. Chinian and more.
COST: $50 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your credit card. 312-666-4417
Tickets are $50.00/Person. This is a seated tasting and limited to 14 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours notice (Monday, April 3rd). Tickets must be secured with a credit card. Please call the shop at 312-666-4417.

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It’s the second to last Friday of the month, and time for us to introduce our latest “6 for Everyday” Wine Club, the $30 and under edition.

What an amazing line-up we have for you this month. 6 wines, from 5 different countries, all tasted and approved by the team at Perman Wine.

Don’t miss this!

Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
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2015 BLANKbottle “Familie Moord”
Western Cape, South Africa
One of the highlights of my wine career was my trip to South Africa in January of 2016. It was exciting to meet many of the younger generation of South African winemakers who are working hand in hand with wine growers throughout the Western Cape.
One of my favorite visits was with Pieter Walser, owner/winemaker of BLANKBottle. To say Pieter is a busy winemaker is an understatement. To give you an example, in 2016 Pieter drove over 13,000 kilometers to pick 27 different varietals from 58 different vineyards. Based on what raw material he has he uses his creative mind to make a wide range of unique wines.
That day in January, we tasted a “table-full” of wines, each revealing a different story.
One of my favorite wines, and one of the best stories I have ever heard is that of “Familie Moord” which is Afrikaans for “Family Murder.”
One day Pieter decided to build a sand pit for his three children. The closest place to get sand was in his vacant neighbors yard. He went over with his son and started digging out the sand, moving it over to his property. After digging the hole, his son jokingly jumped in the hole and Pieter started to fill it up to his neck.
The next day Pieter was doing Pilates in his house (his wife is an instructor) when he heard a commotion outside. Lots of police cars as well as onlookers were next to his house. When he went outside to find out what was going on, the police told him that there had been a murder. That a man had killed a young boy with his shovel and buried him in that yard. The police man then pointed out where it happened and Pieter quickly realized what was going and and replied “Oops, that was me.”
After a lot of sorting out, the story and truth came out. Pieter didn’t realize that some neighborhood kids were watching him bury his son in that pit, and they then went home and told their parents they had witnessed a murder. Their parents seeing the fresh dug earth where their kids witnessed it, called the police.
The newspaper article from the store is the label for this wine. It makes us laugh every time.
The wine itself is a blend of 59% Grenache from the Swartland, 22% Cinsault from Darling and 19% Pinot Noir from Elgin. It is a wonderfully aromatic red, with spice notes, red fruit, and earth. It is medium-bodied, full in flavor, but with an elegance that we appreciate.
Try this with grilled lamb chops. It is as good as the story!
$29.00 BTL / $348.00 CASE
 
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2014 Jean-Marc Millot Côte de Nuits-Villages
Burgundy, France
A relatively new estate in terms of Burgundian history. 
Jean-Marc had been growing grapes and honing his winemaking skills since the late 1980’s. He started estate bottling in 1992 with a limited range comprising Côte de Nuits-Villages, a little Vosne Romanée and Clos Vougeot.
In 1997, he and his wife, Christine, had the opportunity to take control of vineyards which had been leased out to other producers. This greatly increased the range of wines they could produce, for they added substantial acreage of Premier and Grand Cru vineyards to their holdings.
Jean-Marc strives to produce pure, soft, mesmerising Burgundies with the focus remaining firmly on aroma and fruit. The fruit is destemmed and care is taken not to over-extract from the already low yields in order to preserve the density of texture and flavor already found in the grapes.
The Côte de Nuits-Villages comes from a small, 1.8 hectare vineyard (Le Clos des Faulques), with an average vine age of 35 years. It opens with bright notes of red currant, cherries, soft leather and mocha. Dense and broad for the appellation with a long, savory finish. Only 7000 bottles produced.
This is being offered at a special price, and you don’t want to miss a good Red Burgundy at this price point!
$28.00 BTL / $336.00 CASE
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2015 Viña Sastre “Flavus” Blanco
Ribera del Duero, Spain
Viña Sastre is a family-run winery located in the heart of the D.O. in the town of La Horra. It boasts some of the oldest vineyards in the Ribera del Duero region. Jesús Sastre is the winemaker and vineyard manager, whose philosophies and winemaking talents have been a driving force of the winery.
The wines of Viña Sastre are among the very best of the region, and some of Craig’s personal favorites. He has visited their magnificent vineyards, including the famed Pago de Santa Cruz. Jesús is well known as one of the best vineyard managers in Spain. He farms organically and follows many of the guidelines of biodynamics. He also has the opportunity to work with really old vines, in the case of Pago de Santa Cruz, they range from 50 to over 100 years old. It is what makes many of the vineyards near La Horra among the best of the region.
We’ve met very few growers as dedicated to the vineyards as Jesús. He comes from a long line of passionate growers in a part of Ribera del Duero that is well noted for having lots of old vineyards.
“Flavus” is a wine made in collaboration with Gerardo Mendez of Do Ferreiro. He and Jesús decided to make something unique with some very old (70+ years) plantings of Jaén that were interspersed in between old vines of Tempranillo. It is bottled unfined and unfiltered, and full of rich, layered mineral notes that combine with wild herbs and on the palate. It has heft and density with a striking minerality.
$21.00 BTL / $252.00 CASE
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Les Deplaudes des Tartaras “La Chanse” Syrah
Collines Rhodaniennes, France
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A little something new to the Chicago wine market from a lesser known (but worth exploring) region that sits just south of Burgundy and just north of the Northern Rhône.
Syrah, as you might have guessed, plays the starring role in these wines, but a supporting cast of Viognier, Pinot Noir and Gamay can also be found blended together or on their own.
Producers Pierre-Andre and Anne Deplaude are farmers first – really. They are vignerons in love with the idea of polyculture, and wine is just another part of their farm.
When Pierre-Andre and Anne started to farm in the out of the way Coteaux-Du-Gier, somewhere between Lyon and Clermont-Ferrand, wine wasn’t a priority, instead it was grains, fruits and dairy cows, as well as a tiny production of wines.  This kept going until the early 2000s when a drop in milk prices forced them to rethink a few things, and they decided to take some of their most interesting land and convert it to vineyards.
What didn’t change was their commitment to be farmers first, to work the land honestly and responsibly and have the product reflect that, be it wine or milk.  These are pure, terroir-driven wines from a region most people haven’t even heard of.
$25.00 BTL / $300.00 CASE
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2015 Heinrich Spindler Riesling Trocken
Pfalz, Germany
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The Spindler Estate was part of a larger property founded in 1620 by Sontag Spindler. It is a very traditional winery located in the village of Forst in the Pfalz. Today the winery is run by Markus Spindler, great-grandson of Heinrich Spindler, who is carrying the estate through its 11th generation of winemaking.
Riesling makes up 83% of the estate’s holdings. Heinrich Spindler has been farming sustainably for nearly twenty years (no herbicides, artificial fertilizers, pesticides, etc.). Markus decided to officially convert to organic viticulture in 2012, and 2015 will be the first vintage where all the wines will be legally recognized as “organic.”
Markus plows his soils, plants cover crops and uses compost fertilizers that he makes himself. All of the top sites are harvested by hand, with the picking crews making two and sometimes three passes for quality.
2015 began as an average year in mid-April after which the weather remained hot and very dry throughout the entire summer. Spindler began picking on September 16th and this was the earliest harvest in the history of the winery.
The Trocken is the estate’s “bread and butter” Riesling. The grapes for this wine are sourced from three unique vineyard sites; it is fermented in stainless steel until dry with both ambient and cultured yeasts. It is a pure expression of the Pfalz: bone dry with aromas of passion fruit, peach, almond blossom.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 CASE
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2015 Montecariano Valpolicella Classico
Veneto, Italy
Veneto is one of the great wine regions in Italy. Its capital city of fair Verona has been an important wine center since Roman times. Valpolicella, in fact, is rooted in the Latin “valley of many cellars,” as it was a crucial supplier of wine for Roman soldiers traveling throughout the empire. In the 1970s perceptions of Veneto’s most venerable wines – notably Valpolicella and Soave – suffered as a result of overproduction and the inferior quality of commercial producers.
In recent decades, though, there has been a surge of small producers who tend their own vines and make their own wines, contributing to an overall increase in the quality of wines from the Veneto. The new wines are refreshing and nuanced, whether red or white.
Montecariano is one such small estate in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico DOC, just South of San Pietro in Cariano (a stone’s throw from the town of San Floriano where Jamie spent much of her childhood). They have vines planted over 60 years ago in the traditional pergola training system, in soils that are rich in minerals from ancient marine fossils. This is a true family-run winery, with Mariella Gini and her sons, Matteo and Marco, managing every aspect of their estate with the utmost care and attention to detail, producing top quality Valpolicella and Amarone wines in small quantities.
Aromas of mature black and red cherries open up to a vibrant cherry core, layered with accents of black pepper and Asian spice. It has fresh acidity for sipping, and will pair well with buttery dishes, pasta or cured meats.
$21.00 BTL / $252.00 CASE
Posted in 6 for "Everyday" Wine Club, Newsletter

3/17/17 – Quinta Vale d. Maria Releases

Hello and Happy Friday!
 
One more call out for anyone interested in a fun, informal walk-around tasting in the store on Thursday, March 23rd with a fantastic California producer:
WHEN: Thursday, March 23rd from 5:30PM to 7:00PM (you can arrive at any point in that window of time)
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Hobo Wine Company tasting, with owner-winemaker Kenny Likitprakong.
People are always asking us for values from California. Most of the great value wines that come from California tend to be bulk juice with questionable origins marketed to the masses. Those are not wines we stand behind at Perman Wine Selections.
One of the most exciting discoveries on my trip to California last year were Kenny’s wines. They come from real places, he has great relationships with the farmers, and his excitement and passion come from wanting to deliver great wines at every day price points. It is a refreshing change of pace from the California mainstream.
COST: $10 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your payment information. Even though this is not a sit down tasting, space (and wine) is limited and must be reserved ahead of time. 312.666.4417
Tickets are $10.00/Person. This is a walk-around tasting and limited to approximately 30 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours (Monday March 20th). Tickets must be secured with payment. Please call the store at 312-666-4417.
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Quinta Vale d. Maria
Just recently returning from a work trip to Portugal, its perfect timing to announce the new releases from one of, if not THE, top producers of the Douro Valley in Portugal.
We have a lot of exciting new releases in this newsletter, including two new incredible, world-class white wines, and a line-up of Tawny Ports that are very rare and incredible!
Don’t miss these!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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Quinta Vale d. Maria

The Douro Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site for a reason, the twists and turns of the valley, the incredible steep, terraced hillsides all along the Douro river are a sight to be seen.
Beauty, however, is not responsible for making great wine. The terroir and those who carefully farm, harvest, and make the wine are responsible. Quinta Vale D. Maria ranks as one of the most beautiful vineyards I have ever visited, as well as one of the most torturous to farm and work in.
The history of Quinta Vale D. Maria starts in 1996, when it was acquired by Cristiano Van Zeller and his wife Joana. The property had been in Joana’s family for many years. A huge restoration of the property needed to take place, as well as increasing of vineyards through new plantings and long-term leases.
Today, Quinta Vale D. Maria has 31 hectares of vineyards. The family owns 16 hectares and they are planted to vines 60-80 years old.  There are 10 hectares which have a long lease with vines between 25 and 80 years, and new plantings of 5 hectares occurred in 2004 and 2007.
With each new vintage it is important to remember that generalizations about the vintage don’t paint the whole picture.  If you have ever been to the Douro you know it offers many different expositions, elevations, and even slight changes to the soils.  Different Douro estates, within a few kilometers, all experience variations in vintage that ultimately impact their wines.
A range of wines is made at Quinta Vale D. Maria, from their value range called “Rufo” to the estate red, Curriculum Vitae, single vineyard wines, and of course Port. This year they released to new white wines to the market that we are very excited about. The estate wines and Ports are very limited in terms of quantity can often be difficult to find.
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2013 Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro Tinto
This is the flagship wine of Quinta Vale D. Maria.
There are over 40 different traditional grape varieties blended in this wine, with an average vine age of 60 years.  The vineyards are co-planted with these indigenous varieties and harvested together.  Some of the names include Tinta Amarela, Rufete, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Francisca, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Sousão.
After harvesting, the grapes are foot trodden in traditional lagares, or open top stone tanks, with this process typically lasting 1 to 3 days.  There is temperature controlled lining in the lagares to ensure a fermentation range in the 22 to 27 degree Celsius.  Malolactic fermentation takes place in oak casks of two different sizes, and then the wine is aged for 21 months in barrique (75% new, 25% 1 year).
This has the concentration you would expect from a Quinta Vale D. Maria wine, but finishes with more freshness and great length.  I had a chance to taste a 2004 vintage with Cristiano, which was a cooler vintage, and it was still in great shape.
The best part about this wine is that it can be opened now (give it a little time in a decanter) and will age nicely over a decade.
We are the only source for this wine in Illinois, because of its big press, it quickly sold out worldwide.
$59.99 BTL / LIMITED

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2014 Quinta Vale D. Maria “Curriculum Vitae” Tinto
Before Cristiano decided to make his two single vineyard wines, Curriculum Vitae was considered the top wine of the house.  Today, it is one of the top three, but still one of the most impressive wines made in Portugal.
The grapes are grown in one of their vineyards along the river Torto.  It is a North-facing vineyard, very old vines, with more than 80 years of age.
The grapes are foot trodden at Quinta Vale D. Maria for 2 days at a cool temperature between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius.  50% of that juice is fermented in the same lagares, and the other 50% in stainless steel vats.  Aging is done in barrique, 75% new and 25% one-year barrels.  Production is usually around 5,036 bottles.
It leans toward dark fruits, with notes of black cherry and plum, and also shows some baking spices from the oak, yet the finish has soft tannin and great length.
I have no problem with someone opening and decanting a bottle right now.  In fact I would ask that next time you need a gift bottle for someone that is over immersed in wines like Napa Cabernet or even Châteauneuf-du-Pape, that you bring a bottle of this to try!
This of course will age nicely in one’s cellar for 10-20+ years.
$99.99 BTL / LIMITED
 
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2014 Quinta Vale D. Maria “Vinha da Francisca”
A single plot on the Quinta Vale D. Maria estate, the vines for Vinha da Francisca were planted in 2004. The 4.5 hectare vineyard is planted with Tinta Francisca (an old variety introduced in the Douro in 1756), Touriga Franca, Sousão, Rufete and Touriga Nacional.
Like the others, the grapes are foot trodden in lagares, but also fermented in those lagares. The wine is racked into Allier oak, undergoing malolactic fermentation in those barrels and aging.
The hallmark of this wine is its aromatic exuberance, always teeming with beautiful red fruits, mineral and spice.  It has a very seductive, silky texture that firms up a bit at the end.
Only 7,800 bottles produced, and this will be very rarely seen in the United States.
$99.99 BTL / LIMITED
 
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2014 Quinta Vale D. Maria “Vinha do Rio”
The amazing thing about the Quinta Vale D. Maria estate is that every plot is identified and many vinified on their own.
It was this knowledge of the different terroir within the property that led Cristiano Van Zeller to make a special wine from his oldest parcel on the property.  Called Vinha do Rio (River Vineyard) it sits at a lower elevation, very close to the river.  The vines were planted over 100 years ago.
The wine is fermented and aged in the same manner as Vinha da Francisca, but the flavors and identity are completely different.
Compared alongside the Vinha da Francisca, the aromas introduce a dark cherry, red currant note alongside darker berries, notes of mineral and cocoa.  Texturally, this is much richer and more full-bodied than Vinha da Francisca, but again with that hallmark balance and complexity.
With only 2696 bottles produced, this is very rare stuff indeed. This is always the wine that sells out the fastest from the winery and usually from our store as well.
Cellar and drink from 2020 through 2036+.
This is one of the greatest red wines of the Iberian Peninsula.

$149.99 BTL / LIMITED

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2015 Quinta Vale D. Maria “Curriculum Vitae” Branco
Only the second release of this new wine from Quinta Vale D. Maria.
Since we are offering this alongside the following wine “Vinha de Martim” we should explain the differences as if you are (and should be) tasting them side by side.
The best white wines of the Douro are grown in old-vine, high altitude vineyards. Both the Curriculum Vitae white and the Vinha de Martim white come from different parcels/vineyards. They are both field blends, from very old-vines, and both barrel fermented and aged.
According to winemaker Joana Pinhão, “The body and soul of the wines are quite different. CV is always richer, bigger and bolder while Martim engages more mineral character, more vibrant acidity and beautiful citric aftertaste. CV is a more ‘horizontal’ wine and Martim a more ‘vertical’ one.
We’ve decided to included a recent review from The Wine Advocate for more complete tasting notes.
“The 2015 Branco CV is an old vines (over 80 years) field blend, aged for nine months in French oak (80% new and 20% second use). This is potentially a brilliant Branco in the making. It was wholly unevolved when seen this summer in Porto, just before bottling, but it has all the earmarks of a great white. Showing exceptional concentration and equally good structure, this has the intensity and power to support and lift the concentrated fruit. Its only flaw at the moment is that it shows too much oak, but as noted with some of the others here, that’s to be expected when it was not even yet bottled. It has the structure and mid-palate to pull it in. This has the potential to age well, but let’s be a bit conservative just now. It should also improve with a couple of years of cellaring, at the least, so don’t dive in right away. As an aside, I couldn’t easily decide whether I liked this or the Vinha de Martim (also reviewed) more. That, perhaps, showed a bit more zing and this a bit more concentration, but they both do everything well. I would give this CV the nod for the moment, though. 95 Points, Mark Squires.”
An incredible white wine that we suggest treating like a fine White Burgundy, drinking at cellar temperature, and out of a Burgundy stem.
Truly incredible.
$78.99 BTL / LIMITED – ONLY 24 BOTTLES IMPORTED
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2015 Quinta Vale D. Maria “Vinha de Martim” Branco

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The first ever release of “Vinha de Martim.” Please see notes from CV Branco above. Below another description from The Wine Advocate.


“The 2015 Vinha de Martim “Vale da Maria” is a new offering, sourced from a north and east-facing single vineyard (over 80 years old). It is getting somewhat difficult to differentiate between the many levels and labels here, but here is another. It is a field blend aged for nine months in French oak (75% new and 25% second use). This one proves its case. Simply brilliant, this emphasizes its zing and zest in its youth, its core of acidity beautifully supporting the fruit. Intense and gripping on the finish, this has exciting grip and fine penetration. Not quite bottled when seen, this looks very promising, to say the least. It will be interesting to see how this new offering performs. 94-95 Points, Mark Squires.”

For those that love a “saltier” more mineral white wine. A really special white wine.

$71.99 BTL / LIMITED – ONLY 24 BOTTLES IMPORTED
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A QUICK NOTE ON THE FOLLOWING PORTS:
When you talk about the greatest Port families of Portugal, you have to include the Van Zeller family. As far back as 1780, the family was a Port wine shipper. Up until 1993, Cristian Van Zeller was the head of Quinta do Noval, one of the most prestigious Port houses and producers of the iconic “Nacional,” considered by most to be the great Port of Portugal.
Below we have a great line-up of Ports, including a couple that come from the Quinta Vale D. Maria property, an excellent look into a single Quinta Port. There is also an incredible range of Tawny Ports. The older, the more rare, and we are incredible lucky to score some of the 30 and 40 Year-Old Tawnys, of which they bottled very little. There is also a special “Colheita” which is a vintage dated Tawny from 1975. This wine is bottled under the Van Zeller label.
If you are a Port lover, we do not want you to miss these, they are truly special.
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Quinta Vale D. Maria Reserve Port “Lot 14”
One of two Ports in the line up that falls under the Ruby category. Technically a single harvest Reserve port, it is not permitted by law to make single harvest Reserve Port. The family sort of went around this with crafty naming, hence the “Lot 14” in place of 2014 vintage.

$23.99 BTL 
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Quinta Vale D. Maria 10 year Tawny Port
$36.99 BTL / LIMITED
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Quinta Vale D. Maria 30 yr Tawny Port
$99.99 BTL / VERY LIMITED
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Quinta Vale D. Maria 40 yr Tawny Port
$149.99 BTL / VERY LIMITED
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Quinta Vale D. Maria Vintage Port 2011
$59.99 BTL / LIMITED
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Van Zeller “VZ” 1975 Colheita Port
Colheita (pronounced Col-yate-a) is a single vintage-dated Tawny Port, (all grapes are from one harvest) which are aged in small used oak barrels. In Portugese the word “Colheita” actually means “harvest”.
A Colheita Port must be aged in cask at least 7 years, though eight years is pretty typical, and they may spend as many as 50 or more years maturing in wood. Look for the date of bottling on the front or the back label (“Bottled In 19XX  or 20XX”) along with the words “matured in wood” or “aged in cask”. Colheitas offer excellent value as these wines are well aged, can be considered outstanding quality Tawny Ports, and are less expensive than similarly aged Vintage Port.
Colheita must be “declared” after approval by the I.V.D.P. (Port and Douro Wine Institute, located in Oporto). There is even less Colheita produced than Vintage Port, approximately 1% of all Port production. It is far more popular in Portugal than here in the U.S. where it is just becoming of intrigue in recent years.
Colheitas change dramatically during extended time in cask and take on flavors of dried fruits, nuts, citrus and exotic spices, while becoming very smooth and complex the older they get.
This Colheita was bottled in 2016, with 40+ years in cask. Truly epic.
$259.99 BTL / VERY LIMITED
Posted in Friday Features/Newsletters, Newsletter

Spring Releases from Paolo Scavino!

Hello and Happy Friday!
 
Just a quick reminder that we are hosting an informal walk-around tasting in the store on Thursday, March 23rd with a fantastic California producer. Call now to reserve your spot!
WHEN: Thursday, March 23rd from 5:30PM to 7:00PM (you can arrive at any point in that window of time)
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Hobo Wine Company tasting, with owner-winemaker Kenny Likitprakong.
People are always asking us for values from California. Most of the great value wines that come from California tend to be bulk juice with questionable origins marketed to the masses. Those are not wines we stand behind at Perman Wine Selections.
One of the most exciting discoveries on my trip to California last year were Kenny’s wines. They come from real places, he has great relationships with the farmers, and his excitement and passion come from wanting to deliver great wines at every day price points. It is a refreshing change of pace from the California mainstream.
COST: $10 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your payment information. Even though this is not a sit down tasting, space (and wine) is limited and must be reserved ahead of time. 312.666.4417
Tickets are $10.00/Person. This is a walk-around tasting and limited to approximately 30 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours (Monday, March 20th). Tickets must be secured with payment. Please call the store at 312-666-4417.
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Flavor Flav once suggested that you shouldn’t believe the hype. While I’m a big P.E. fan, in the case of 2013 Barolo, you should believe the hype!
This is the time of year when we start to see trickling in the new releases from some of the top producers in Piedmont.
Paolo Scavino is amongst the best producers of Barolo. Founded in 1921, Elisa and Enrica Scavino are the fourth generation heading up the winery. There are many things special about Scavino, but a tasting of their line-up reveals a tour around the appellation. Not only does Scavino make Barolo blended from different communes, but they have an incredible line-up of single vineyard offerings from the villages of Roddi, Verduno, La Morra, Barolo and Castiglione Falletto.
On Wednesday night, we here at Perman Wine tasting through the range of 2013 Baroli, and can confirm wholeheartedly their greatness.
We also got the rare chance to taste what is on the short list of the best wines of Piedmont, the Riserva from Rocche dell’Annuziata, which is currently from the 2011 vintage. It is one of the best Barolo I have tasted in the past year.
All the wines below (with the exception of Cannubi) have just arrived in Chicago.
Don’t miss these!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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Paolo Scavino
This week we had the pleasure of tasting through the latest 2013 releases of the famed Barolo estate, Paolo Scavino, which were spectacular as always.
As huge fans of the region, we have always tried to offer our customers a handful of the top growers from the region. The Scavino wines are always highly recommended, and this most definitely includes the list below.
Now in its fourth generation, under Elisa and Enrica Scavino, this is a special estate that owns 23 hectares of vines in 19 Barolo Crus (vineyards).
If you have traveled to the region (and we love to ourselves), then you have witnessed the beautiful rolling hills where vineyards seemingly are everywhere. What isn’t apparent is that within the vast landscape, only a few of these vineyards are truly exceptional.
So when you get a chance to taste with a winery like Scavino, and notice the exceptional quality, they will tell you it is because they have the honor of working with grapes from so many magical  and prized vineyards.
Aside from the terroir, there is the family.  Dedicated to their vineyards and grapes, Elisa’s father is also a great innovator in the winery, even designing tanks that allow the cap to be totally submerged, a process that is more gentle, and just one example of the total thought process that goes into making the most beautiful wines, and letting the terroir shine through.
The 2013 Cru wines are really fantastic.  The vintage was very wet in the beginning, which delayed harvest by a couple of weeks, but enthusiasts are already likening the 2013 wines to the legendary 2010 vintage: classic with plenty of acidity, firm but ripe tannins and near-perfect balance in the best examples. If you love finesse in wines, then this is truly your vintage.  We were blown away by them!
The Cru Barolo will likely sell out as they always do, so it is important to order now. Don’t miss these truly exceptional examples of Nebbiolo!
P.S. – Please inquire about magnum formats, as many of the Cru selections are available in large format.
 
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2013 Paolo Scavino Langhe Nebbiolo
A great introduction to the highly anticipated 2013 Piedmont vintage.  We were stunned by the complexity and pedigree of this wine, and the incredible value it offers. Drink now or hold even for 5-8 years.

$21.00 BTL / $252.00 CASE

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2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo
This is the flagship wine of the estate, utilizing fruit from each of their seven crus in its production. Each plot is vinified and aged separately, then blended to produce a harmonious wine that is both representative of the vintage, various terroirs, and philosophies of the Scavino family.
$39.99 BTL / $479.88 CASE
 
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2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Carobric”
This wine is produced from three cru vineyards: Cannubi, Rocche di Castiglione and Fiasco. Historically Barolo was always a blended wine and this bottling harkens back to those days.
$64.99 BTL / $389.94 SIX PACK CASE
 
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2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Bricco Ambrogio”
 

This cru is in the commune of Roddi, in the north. A perpetual charmer, Ambrogio always drinks beautifully when young, but is also a wine to lay down for the ages.

$52.99 BTL / $317.94 SIX PACK CASE


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2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Monvigliero”
 

From Verduno, the proximity of this cru to the Tanaro River creates a special micro-climate, resulting in a wine with elegant aromatics, a mineral edge and powerful fruit.

$64.99 BTL / $389.94 SIX PACK CASE
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2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Cannubi”
 

Undisputedly the most important cru in the commune of Barolo,  this is a rich, age-worthy wine with unbridled tenacity and an expressive, haunting nose.

$84.99 BTL / $509.94 SIX PACK CASE – PRE-ARRIVAL, DUE TO ARRIVE MAY


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2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Bric dël Fiasc”
This was the first single vineyard wine from the Scavino family back in 1978.  The Fiasco vineyard is an exceptional site, and the wine can best be summed up as a perfect combination of power and fitness.


$84.99 BTL / $509.94 SIX PACK CASE


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2011 Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva “Rocche dell’Annunziata”
One of the great crus in La Morra, the Scavino family was able to purchase a plot here in 1990, and this yields an elegant ethereal wine, one of their most graceful and aromatic bottlings. This is a northwest facing hillside with an altitude of about 300m. This wine is in possession of beautiful floral aromatics and attractive cherry fruits- truly stunning even in its infancy.

This is always one of the top wines of Barolo!


$164.99 BTL / $989.94 SIX PACK CASE
Posted in Friday Feature, Friday Features/Newsletters

3/3/17 New Releases from Very Old Friends

Hello and Happy Friday!
 
We’d like to start by announcing another informal, walk-around tasting at the store on Thursday, March 23rd.
Please read on for more information:
WHEN: Thursday, March 23rd from 5:30PM to 7:00PM (you can arrive at any point in that window of time)
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Hobo Wine Company tasting, with owner-winemaker Kenny Likitprakong.
People are always asking us for values from California. Most of the great value wines that come from California tend to be bulk juice with questionable origins marketed to the masses. Those are not wines we stand behind at Perman Wine Selections.
One of the most exciting discoveries on my trip to California last year were Kenny’s wines. They come from real places, he has great relationships with the farmers, and his excitement and passion come from wanting to deliver great wines at every day price points. It is a refreshing change of pace from the California mainstream.
COST: $10 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your payment information. Even though this is not a sit down tasting, space (and wine) is limited and must be reserved ahead of time. 312.666.4417
Tickets are $10.00/Person. This is a walk-around tastingand limited to approximately 30 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours (Monday March 20th). Tickets must be secured with payment. Please call the store at 312-666-4417.
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This Friday we are very excited to announce Craig’s return home (we were worried he might be having too much fun in Portugal and want to stay), as well as the latest release of Norman Hardie, a producer we are proud to support at every opportunity.
This is the second release EVER of Norm’s wines in Chicago. The first newsletter release was our most successful Friday Feature in the store’s history. Not only did our customers want to try the wines, they came back time and again for more.
The Norman Hardie wines have taken their place as some of the best examples of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in North America. Try them if you haven’t, stock up if you have.
Don’t miss these!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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Norman Hardie
In all my years in the business, I have met few more passionate and dedicated winemakers than Norman Hardie. His goal of producing terroir-driven, balanced and delicious wines from Prince Edward County and Niagara in Canada, has garnered him praise by some of the world’s top wine journalists and wine professionals alike.
Canadian wine is not a novelty act, there are as complex of wines being produced there as anywhere in the United States. In fact if you talk to Norm (and I have), he will tell you that outside of Burgundy, there is no other place in the world that he would rather make his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Outside of France, there are very few wine growing regions in the world that have the fractured limestone soil that Prince Edward County (P.E.C) has.  It is a mixture of young limestone and clay, with a very high active calcium content.  These are the type of soils that you will sometimes find in Chablis, parts of the Côte d’Or, and parts of the Loire Valley.
So much work has to go into vineyard management at Norman Hardie Winery.  It is not uncommon for winter temperatures to reach -25 degrees Celsius.  These type of extreme temperatures will kill the vines.  Norman and his dedicated crew actually have to bury part of their vines in winter to prevent this frost damage.  With between 150,000 – 200,000 canes in the vineyards, this is an incredible amount of work.
Yet all of this work results in incredible fruit.  Norman is able to get physiological ripeness, yet with lower sugars and thus lower alcohol.
In the winery, his crew practices Old World traditions.  Only indigenous yeasts from the vineyards are used for fermentation.  There is no malolactic fermentation till the Spring, and they sit sulfur free on the lees, which in Norman’s words really allow the wines to “blossom.”
I know a lot of people will read this newsletter and think that we are offering a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Canada more as curiosity.  That is the furthest thing from the truth.  These are world class wines, that I personally love to drink, and would say are in my top 5 favorite North American wines.
They are not for you if you like a more overripe style of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but if you find yourself a fan of cool climate expressions of these grapes, then these are definitely for you!
These are limited, so don’t miss them!
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2014 Norman Hardie County Chardonnay
This is a must try for any fan of White Burgundy, or cool-climate Chardonnay. The fruit for this Chardonnay comes from 5 different sites, all close to each other and grown on that fractured limestone soil that makes this region special. Mineral-driven with fresh citrus, oyster shell and mineral coming through on the nose and palate.
$38.99 BTL / LIMITED

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2013 Norman Hardie Niagara Chardonnay
Grapes were sourced from four very mineral driven sites form both the top and base of the Niagara escarpment with the idea that the variety of sites add a layers of complexity. The wine initially appears light and delicate, but finishes with many layers of citrus and rich minerality – richer fruit notes than the County Chardonnay, but equal in mineral notes.
$38.99 BTL / LIMITED
 
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2015 Norman Hardie Niagara Pinot Noir
This wine appeals to all fans of Pinot Noir, as it has a foot firmly planted in the new and old world.  Pure red berry aromas, give way to an elegant Pinot that has an incredible core of fruit, but finishes so fresh and lively.
This is just seriously good Pinot Noir and in our opinion a great value.
$38.99 BTL / LIMITED
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2/24/17 The New 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – The $15 and Under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
We’d like to start by announcing an informal, walk-around tasting at the store on Thursday, March 2nd.
Please read on for more information:
FINE VINES PRODUCER TASTING
WHEN: Thursday, March 2nd from 5:30PM to 7:00PM (you can arrive at any point in that window of time)
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: “Meet and Taste” with three very talented French producers who will be here to pour their wines and share their stories.
COST: $15 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your payment information. Even though this is not a sit down tasting, space (and wine) is limited and must be reserved ahead of time. 312.666.4417
WHO:
Sylvain Pataille, a rising star in the small Côte de Nuits village of Marsannay. He will be pouring a Bourgogne Aligote, Marsannay Blanc and Marsannay Rouge “Clos du Roy” from his biodynamically farmed 15 hectare estate.
Aurélien Gerbais, an 8th generation winemaker in the Champagne village of Celles-sur-Ource. The family has a small 17.5 hectare estate planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. He will be pouring “L’Audace” Brut Nature (100% Pinot Noir) and Grains de Celles Rosé Extra Brut.
Stephane Sérol, who, along with his wife Carine, helped promote the Côte Roannaise AOC nestled in the foothills of the Massif Central. Close to the mouth of the Loire River, but with granite-rich soils, they are working with Gamay Saint Romain, as well as Viognier. He will pour 4 wines, the Millerands, Granite, Perdriziere and a “méthode ancestral” Turbullent.
Tickets are $15.00/Person. This is a walk-around tastingand limited to approximately 25 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours (Monday February 27th). Tickets must be secured with payment. Please call the store at 312-666-4417.
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Today’s newsletter also announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $15 and Under Edition” wine club.
This month we focused on our inner Francophile after tasting a number of new and very delicious wines from lesser known regions and grapes in France. Of course, we added something from Spain and Portugal for good measure, but France is definitely the king of this lineup! And even though we’ve had an unusually warm week, there are still a few cold days to come, so we kept our mix of 4 reds and 2 whites.
They are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
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2012 Château Armandière Cahors
The main grape variety of Cahors is Malbec, and we think this is a really great expression of a grape now more widely associated with Argentina instead of France.
Producer Bernard Bouyssou is a 4th generation winemaker whose father and grandfather previously made use of the local cooperative to make their wines. Bernard wanted to make and sell wine on his own, and in 1998 he made the leap and built his own winery.
The estate that Bernard took over from his father is an accumulation of 40 years of meticulous farming. It’s made up of 25 hectors of vines located on four distinct terroirs. Even though the vines are primarily Malbec, the different terroirs give the grapes their own slightly unique and specific character.
The Chateau Armandiere is 90% Malbec and 10% Merlot. This is a full bodied wine with bursting flavors of ripe raspberry, black cherry and blackcurrant. There are also savory notes of black pepper and plenty of firm tannins.
Because this is a Malbec from southwest France, rather than the slightly more mediterranean climate of Argentina, the grapes retain a decent amount of acidity which really gives the wine a nice balance and freshness.
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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2015 Domaine La Madura “Classic” Blanc
Vin de Pays d’Oc, France
Craig has been working with Cyril and Nadia Bourgne of Domaine La Madura for many years now. Their wines showcase the incredible potential of the Languedoc and perform at a level on par with top producers in some the best Rhône appellations.
In Saint-Chinian specifically, the region offers a variety of different types of soils, expositions and elevation levels.  It allows an estate like La Madura, who has several parcels planted with different varieties, the ability to blend.
Cyril spent years as technical manager of Château Fieuzal in Pessac-Léognan, where blending Bordeaux varieties is the norm.  He returned to his native Languedoc, purchasing an estate along with his wife Nadia.
Domaine La Madura is an incredible producer and it is an honor to work with them.  Their white wines are made from Sauvignon Blanc (with a touch of Piquepoul), and their reds from a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan. The “Classic” Blanc is very elegant and full of fruit, both typical citrus, but also pear.  It has more weight than the average Sauvignon Blanc, and a touch of minerality.
Many of you are already fans, so here is your chance to grab the new vintage of a classic white.  For those that are new to them, you are going to be converted into a huge La Madura fan!
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2011 Tierry Tissot “Mataret” Mondeuse, Bugey
Like many small farmer-producer families, the Tissot family has long made wine, while also growing other crops and raising some livestock at their estate in Vaux-en-Bugey. The region, known for ancient grapes like Altesse and Mondeuse, is nestled between Savoie to the south, and Jura to the north.
Thierry Tissot, the current generation winemaker in the family, returned home in 2001 after finishing his oenology degree. His primary focus was to create quality wines from a forgotten vineyard.
The old-timers talked about a hillside called Mataret, a vineyard site once known for making legendary wines. Three hectares of clay calcareous soils with veins of shale facing southwest, at 350m elevation, and overlooking the village, this site had been completely abandoned and was covered in chestnut trees and dense brush. Thierry cleared the hillside and planted it with Altesse and Mondeuse, two indigenous varietals in which he has great faith. Though the vines are still young, the wines produced from this site already show great depth and complexity.
Made with 100% Mondeuse grapes from the Mataret vineyard, this is a dark and structured wine with distinctive tannins, yet surprisingly light on the palate. It opens with woodsy forest aromas of mushrooms and blueberries, while also showing some hints of bitter cherry and savory notes of black pepper and rosemary.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2012 Lagar de Darei Vinho Tinto
Dão, Portugal
Last week we introduced you to an exciting new-to-the-market red from Darei in our $30 & Under wine club. This week, we’re just as excited about the new vintage of an old Darei favorite. Plus, if you’re following Perman Wine on Instagram, you already know that Craig just visited Carlos from Darei.
For those of you who don’t know the wines of Casa de Darei, the winery is located in the Dão region of Northern Central Portugal. Darei, owned by the fantastic Ruivo family, is quietly making some of the region’s best wines.
We have shared the Darei Tinto with you in past vintages and are very happy to have the latest release of the

Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Jaen, Alfrocheiro red blend. While those grapes might not sound familiar to you, you may have tried Jaen which is called Mencía in Spain. And we’re pretty sure that you’ve had Tinta Roriz, which is a synonym for Tempranillo.
The Tinto has a spice-driven nose that benefits from a quick decanting or opening up about 30 minutes before drinking. Notes of fennel, dark red fruit and allspice with a medium body and great structure. This is traditionally served with Cabrito (roasted baby goat), and would work with many heartier meat dishes, particularly stews.
$13.00 BTL / $156.00 CASE 
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2013 Domaine des Vieilles Caves, Saint-Amour
Jerome Janodet is the son of Jacky Janodet, who is known as an artisan producer of first class Cru Beaujolais in Moulin-à-Vent. Jerome’s father produced excellent wines from their 17.2 acres estate, Domaine Les Fines Graves.
Jerome, who also strives for quality and excellence, now has his own enterprise and is making a fantastic wine from his own Domaine des Vieilles Caves in the most northerly cru of Saint-Amour.
The Domaine des Vieilles Caves was passed down to Jerome from his grandfather, and is a plot with vines that range from 75 to 100 years old. The old vines can produce wines that are more rich and powerful than most Beaujolais.
Wines from Saint-Amour are among the lightest of the Beaujolais crus, often displaying spiced berry and stone-fruit characters with a marked minerality. Jerome’s Saint-Amour undergoes a semi-carbonic fermentation, hence the upfront candied cherry aromas. On the palate it’s light bodied and youthful, yet make no mistake, the low-yielding vines and granite soils of Domaine des Vieilles Caves also gives this wine the classic mineral quality and an elegant finish.
 
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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2015 Uriondo Bizkaiko Txakolina, Spain
Uriondo is a small family winery founded in 1987, located in the D.O. of Bizkaiko Txakolina. The small, 2.5-hectare vineyard is situated at an altitude of 175 meters with a southeasterly exposure.
Centered around Bilbao on Spain’s north coast, this wine region is as unique as the Basque culture that surrounds it. The native Hondarribi Zuri grape occupies 80 percent of the vineyards. Other varieties grown include Mune Mahatsa (aka Folle Blanche) and Txori Mahatsa (known to you as Sauvignon Blanc). Soils are sandy and loose alluvial over a clay and limestone base. Coastal vineyards are planted on steep slopes to shed the excess rainfall provided by the maritime climate.
This is a classic Txakolina – light and crisp, fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and bottled with residual carbon to give it its signature natural spritz. Fresh green apple and citrus notes on the nose with a refreshing, almost salty note on the palate.
Get your porrón ready!
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2/17/17 – The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – $30 and under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
Just as a reminder Craig will be leaving for his annual trip to Portugal this Sunday, and will be gone for two weeks.
The store will be closed on the following Mondays and otherwise open for business during normal hours:

Monday, February 20th – CLOSED

Monday, February 27th – CLOSED

Jamie and Evie will be here to help you with any of your wine needs!

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It’s the second to last Friday of the month, and time for us to introduce our latest “6 for Everyday” Wine Club, the $30 and under edition.

We have an absolutely incredible line-up of wines for you this month, including three wines that are making their United States debut on this very sampler.
Despite the Spring-like day today, we’ve kept the wine club at a mixture of 4 reds and 2 whites. Winter hasn’t gone away yet!
This month, we are featuring wines from France, Portugal, South Africa and Spain.
Don’t miss this one, it is certainly one of our best ever!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
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2016 Donovan Rall Cinsault
Darling, South Africa
Rall Wines was established in 2008 and is owned and run by young independent winemaker Donovan Rall.
He graduated from Stellenbosch University with a degree in Viticulture and Oenology in 2005. Afterwards, he traveled extensively to work harvests all over the world. In 2007 Donovan returned to Swartland and found his inspiration for Mediterranean varieties and the dream of making these unique and natural styled wines under his own label from these scattered old vineyards was born.
Since the beginning Rall’s focus was on producing just one white and one red blend made by hand and in tiny quantities from the most unique and oldest possible sites he could find.
With this in mind the first 10 barrels of Rall wines was made in 2008 and a few years down the line nothing had changed, until now.
Production is still tiny and the focus remains on simplicity: learning and understanding more about each vineyard and its contribution every vintage. He and his friends are working tirelessly to preserve the old vines and historic vineyards in South Africa and focusing on elevating the overall quality of the wines.
We had the pleasure of hosting Donovan at the store back in October and during the tasting we also got to try his newest wine, a red made entirely of Cinsault. It was delicious, and complex, and not at all like the overripe versions found throughout the Mediterranean.
Beautifully balanced and layered with notes of red fruit and spice. We couldn’t wait for this to arrive and we’re excited to share them with you. We’re the first in the US to get our hands on it, only 800 bottles produced, and only 90 bottles imported!
$26.00 BTL / $312.00 CASE
 
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2015 Tiago Teles “Raiz” Vinho Branco
Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal
By now most of you have seen (and maybe even tasted) both of Tiago’s red wines, Maria da Graça and Gilda. They are house favorites here at Perman Wine Selections. We are big fans of Tiago and his wines because he is a passionate and dedicated person, whose vision of fresh, naturally made wines that express their terroir shines through in the bottle.
This week we are excited to introduce you to Tiago’s newest wine, Raiz from Vinho Verde country, from vineyards in Arcos de Valdevez.

Tiago is a wine lover, first and foremost, and he decided to embark on a project in the Vinho Verde region because his mother grew up there, and has since returned. He spent time getting to know an old grower who would let him work the vineyards and thus built a small cellar on his mom’s property.

This is the first release of the “Raiz” branco in the country and we are thrilled that you will be the first to taste it! A

blend of white varieties mainly Loureiro, with some Trajadura and Padernã, the grapes were co-fermented and crushed in tanks before spending 10 months on the lees prior to bottling. It captures both the freshness of the region and the complexity nature, giving way to a genuinely atypical wine. The bottle holds a tale of connection to the roots in Alto Minho, celebrating the values of freedom, thought, will and creation.
One of the most complex, unique and delicious white wines you will try from the region.

$20.00 BTL / $240.00 CASE
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2014 Vin des Fossiles “Font Grain” Pinot Noir
Saône-et-Loire, France
Jean-Claude Berthillot is a visionary, known for reclaiming an ancient viticultural area and showing its potential for greatness. We just tasted this and couldn’t pass it up for this set of six. His estate is located in an area called the Brionnais (the home of the famed Burgundian Charolais beef) at the southwestern extreme of Burgundy near the Loire River, in the Saône-et-Loire.
Jean-Claude bought a house in the region in the 1980s, seeking a place to settle in the country. Passionate about wine, and seeing potential in the area, he decided to get some training in viticulture, and quickly became the head of the local micro-coop (around 5 producers), honing his craft there. He built a cellar beneath his house and began making his own wine, following his vision of elegant, age-worthy, mineral-driven wines.
The “Font Grain” is sourced form 30-year-old Pinot Noir vines, half of which are de-stemmed. After fermentation in stainless steel the wine spends 9 months in old barrels. It definitely captures the mineral tones Jean-Claude was looking to highlight. Aromas of berries and mushrooms combine with gamey, savory notes, all underlined by an intense minerality. In the mouth there is solid grip provided by fine, elegant tannins.
This is an absolute steal for a Pinot Noir of this quality. Burgundy fans take note, and break out of your normal routine.
$25.00 BTL / $300.00 CASE
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2014 Domaine Delalex “Marin” Vin de Savoie
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The Delalex brothers, Samuel and Benoit, are among the very few trying to make wine at the highest level in the Chablais – a tiny region in the foothills of the Alps. The grape variety of the area is Chasselas, a generally uninspiring variety, which makes wines that are too often flabby and neutral. Yet these brothers are making something exceptional with Chasselas.
In a step away from tradition, the Delalex wines do not undergo malolactic fermentation and spend extensive time aging in the bottle before release. These wines do not tend to express themselves until they’ve spent at least a year in bottle, and the acidity retained in the winemaking process allows them to age gracefully – vintages going back a decade not only still hold up, but also still have a freshness and a vivacity to them
The estate consists of around 8 hectares in the Cru of Marin in Savoie, and the fruit for this cuvée comes from a number of small parcels scattered around the village of Marin.
The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged in tank for 9 months on fine lees before spending a minimum of one year in bottle before release. A fresh, precise acidity is the hallmark of this wine. In the mouth it is light-bodied yet structured, and a little saline. On the nose there are notes of stone fruit and some honeycomb, but the wine is also herbal and earthy, reminiscent of alpine meadows.
This is definitely a wine you can sip on during the few warm days we’ve got coming up, and will be an excellent match for fresh spring vegetables.
$21.00 BTL / $252.00 CASE
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2006 Mencos Rioja Reserva, Spain
Mencos is a project by Íñigo Manso, who owns prestigious plots of old vines in Rioja Alta. His intention is to produce a classically styled Rioja from the oldest parcels near his village of Torremontalvo, where many of the vines pre-date phylloxera due to the sandy soils in the area.
Íñigo was trained at the University of Bordeaux in France and learned to respect balance and restraint over power and concentration. His philosophy at the estate is based on harvesting ripe grapes that are not overly mature.
Mencos comes from a beautiful parcel of vines the south side of the Ebro River in the village of Torremontalvo. This vineyard, with chalky clay over gravel, is well suited to the tempranillo grape. The idea behind these wines is to create a line of traditionally styled Rioja from Íñigo’s younger vineyards.
The wine is fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and aged 16 months in old French and American oak barrels. Very fragrant spices mingling with violets and sandlewood. The palate is luxurious and rich with even tannins present beneath. A wine to watch evolve after you open a bottle.
$28.00 BTL / $336.00 CASE
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2011 Lagar de Darei “Sem Abrigo” Dão Tinto
For those of you who don’t know the wines of Casa de Darei, a brief primer. Located in the Dão region of Northern Central Portugal, Darei, owned by the fantastic Ruivo family, is quietly making some of the regions best wines.
What makes the Dão such a fantastic region is two fold. The first part has to do with its geography and climate. Protected by mountains, its lack of influence from the sea makes it a warm region, particularly in the day and late afternoon. Its elevation, gives it a huge diurnal temperature shift, bringing cool air in the night, and allowing it to have that rare combination of richness and freshness. The second important part of the Dão, is its largely granite-based soil, which brings an mineral inflection to the wines.
We have shared many wines from Darei with you over the years, but this one is a first! New to the market and making its debut in the store is the “Sem Abrigo,” which means “homeless” in Portuguese. It is a blend of the same four grapes in both the Darei Tinto and the Reserva:

Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Jaen, Alfrocheiro.
Visitors to the winery were often given a taste of the Sem Abrigo, only to sadly discover that it wasn’t bottled for purchase. Carlos finally gave in, but had no idea where this wine should fall in the line up, hence the “homelessness” of it all.
It is a wine that hits the spot between being soft and fruity on the one hand, and structured on the other. The first sensation is a burst of fresh, bright, ripe, soft, dark, red fruit, making me think of plums, blackberries and more plums.

That burst of fruit is backed up by structure, soft tannins, and a pretty lengthy finish.
$17.00 BTL / $204.00 CASE
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