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
Posted in Friday Feature, Friday Features/Newsletters, Newsletter

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
Posted in 6 for "Everyday" Wine Club, Newsletter

2/10/17 – From Coast to Côte: Exciting new French Arrivals

Hello and Happy Friday!
It’s that time of year again…Craig will be leaving for his annual trip to Portugal in a little over a week! We wanted to let you all know ahead of time in case you just have to stop in a see him off. With the magic of his new iPhone 7 camera, he’ll be taking lots of pictures during his travels to share with everyone, so keep an eye out on social media.
Part of the trip will include the Simplesmente Vinho wine event, a pop up dinner with Chef Abe Conlon of Fat Rice in Porto, and Craig’s first ever trip to the island of Madeira!
While he’s away, the store will be closed on the following Mondays and otherwise operating on our normal schedule:
2/20 – CLOSED
2/27 – CLOSED
We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

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Now, onto newsletter topics – This week we are very excited to offer new releases from 3 of our beloved French producers. All of these wines, while hailing from different regions, are fantastic examples of their respective places, and really showcase the magic that happens when you combine passionate wine makers with amazing vineyard sites. Definitely worth a taste!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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Exciting new arrivals from France!
Domaine de la Pépière
Marc Ollivier’s Muscadet-sur-Lie is the shining star of what the Melon de Bourgogne grape has to offer, in large part because it has lees contact until the time of bottling – generally in late May.
This extended contact gives it the crispness that makes Muscadet so refreshing, and such a classic pairing for the seafood and shellfish in the region. It is the traditional way to make Muscadet, but has become the exception as more producers rush to bottle their wines by early January (5 months earlier than Ollivier).
Ollivier takes his time. He hand harvests (also a rarity in the region), uses natural yeasts, waits for the wine to finish and bottles with a very light filtration. The vineyards are mostly comprised of 40+ year old vines from original stock: he is the only grower in the Muscadet who does not have a single clonal selection in his vineyards.
If you’re a fan of mineral-driven, crisp whites that are complex and food-friendly, the Domaine de la Pépière line up is not to be missed!
 
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2015 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet “Clos des Briords”

Ollivier produces this very-old-vine cuvée of Muscadet from a single-plot with schist soil, the “Clos des Briords.” This is one of the top wines of the AOC – not only delicious young, but something that can also age 10, 20 or 30 years!

Planted in 1930, the vines in the Clos des Briords plot are among the oldest vines in his estate. Because of the soil and greater concentration achieved with old vines, the Clos des Briords is a more powerful wine than most Muscadet. It is very mineral and quite austere in its youth, rather than fruity and light. Over a few months, or even years, if you can wait that long, it develops incredibly complex aromatics and structure.
$17.99 BTL / $215.88 CASE
 
*Also available in Magnum (1.5L)
$37.99 BTL / 3 bottles available
 
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Domaine Humbert Frères
With Humbert, its clear that in our opinion this is the most underrated producer in all of Burgundy. The fourth generation Humbert brothers, Emmanuel and Frédéric, are among the best of Gevrey-Chambertin, and it is only because they don’t have a litany of big name Premier and Grand Cru’s that they don’t get the attention.
They are creating wines that reflect an old-school, uncompromising style of Burgundian winemaking that has fallen by the wayside. Their holdings in the north, close to Brochon contain some of the oldest vines planted on roche mère (mother rock) and this is the place where Gevrey becomes dense and tannic. The brothers work in a reductive style, insuring long-lived wines that will reward patient buyers. Cousin Bernard Dugat-Py is right next door.
The wines are perfumed, intense and at the same time delicate and racy. Their “simple” Bourgogne Rouge is all Gevrey fruit, all done in stainless steel and is a steal for the price.
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2014 Domaine Humbert Bourgogne Rouge
Their humble Bourgogne Rouge is actually pure Pinot Noir all from Gevrey.  Drinks beautifully now, mineral, red and dark fruits, such purity and finesse! Seriously don’t miss this, very few cases came to Illinois this year and we took as many as we could get our hands on!
$39.99 BTL / 5 cases available
 
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2014 Domaine Humbert Gevrey-Chambertin “Vieilles Vignes”

From old vines parcels underneath Estournelles & Etelois, adjacent to Grand Cru Griottes. Strawberry, mulberry, violet, mignonette, and rose all help to make up the vibrant aromas. More maturity brings out licorice, leather and hints of underbrush.

$71.99 BTL / 12 bottles available
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2014 Domaine Humbert Gevrey-Chambertin “Poissenot” 1er Cru
A fantastic, south-facing hillside vineyard on light, stony soil. An extension of the Estournelles vineyard. Only around 4,000 bottles produced per year. Rich and aromatic, the red fruit will evolve with patience and time into a gamey and earthy nose with hints of fine leather and licorice.
$115.99 BTL / 12 bottles available
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Château de Béru
Just back in September we featured the remaining cases of 2014 vintage Chablis from Château de Béru. Even with the terrible weather that devastated much of the fruit in the region, some of the 2015 has managed to find its way to us.
Athénaïs Béru’s family has owned the beautiful Château and property in the village of Béru for 400 years. Pre-phylloxera, the vineyards were the entire revenue source for the Château. It wasn’t until 1987 that Athénaïs’s father, Éric took on the huge project of revitalizing the vineyards on the estate.
Athénaïs took over the project in 2004, and in my opinion has transformed this estate into one of the benchmark producers of the region of Chablis. This wasn’t easy, and I have been a witness to how incredibly hard Athénaïs works to produce wines with “energy.”
The Château de Béru wines have energy in spades.
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2015 Château de Béru “Terroir de Béru” Chablis
 
A wonderful synthesis of all of Béru’s properties. Crafted from 30+ year old vines in a minimalist style yields a chiseled wine with a delicious core of fruit that everyone can enjoy.
$34.99 BTL / $419.88 CASE
 
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2014 Château de Béru “Athénaïs” 1er Cru Montmains Chablis
The “Athénaïs” wines are a side project that Athénaïs Béru began in 2010 in order to create a range of wines produced in beautiful appellations in the north of Burgundy that mirror the quality and energy of her Chablis.
The Montmains vineyard is located on Kimmeridgian soils on a South/South-East facing hillside, on the left bank of the Serein River, which divides the vineyards of Chablis from North to South. The particularity of Montmains is its typical high minerality and beautiful strength due to a very rocky terroir.
$65.99 BTL / 12 bottles available
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2014 Château de Béru “Athénaïs” 1er Cru Mont du Milieu Chablis

Mont de Milieu is a Premier Cru on the eastern banks of the Serein river in Chablis. Here, a southerly aspect and dry, limestone-rich soils have given a terroir that is considered one of the best Premier Crus in Chablis, producing an age-worthy, Chardonnay that is elegant, floral and racy.

$65.99 BTL / 12 bottles available
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Posted in Friday Features/Newsletters, Newsletter

2/3/2017 – One of Barolo’s best – 2010 Massolino “Vigna Rionda” Barolo Riserva

Hello and Happy Friday,

We are excited to officially welcome a new team member at Perman Wine Selections. Like the rest of the Perman Wine team, Evie Olson has caught the wine bug, and brings that high level of excitement and love for wine to the store. Many of you have had the opportunity to meet Evie as she has been helping with tastings and social media over the past three months. She will continue to work with us on a part-time basis. Welcome Evie!
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Massolino Barolo

Vigna Rionda Riserva

2010

Barolo enthusiasts around the world have been eagerly anticipating the release of this very wine for some time.

It has arrived, and while quantities are limited, we have secured the entire allocation for Illinois.

If you love Barolo, this is simply not to be missed.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie, & Evie
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2010 Massolino “Vigna Rionda” Barolo Riserva, Piedmont, Italy
The Massolino winery, located in the village of Serralunga d’Alba is one of Italy’s greatest wine treasures.
This historic producer began in 1896 under the leadership of Giovanni Massolino, and continues today under the watchful eyes of Franco and Roberto Massolino.
There are several factors which set the greatest producers of Barolo apart from their neighbors. In the case of Massolino, there is no better estate when it comes to offering a range expressing the greatest terroir of Serralunga d’Alba. To say that Massolino is a Serralunga specialist is putting it mildly.
The “grand terroir” of the Massolino vineyards is that of Vigna Rionda. It is widely recognized that Vigna Rionda is THE great vineyard of Serralunga d’Alba. The Massolino family owns the largest section of the vineyard, 2.3 hectares.
From that plot, and only in special years they produce a Riserva bottling.
2010 is one of the most impressive Barolo vintages in recent years. The wines are unique in the way that they have both richness and weight, as well as freshness and tannic structure. They are clearly wines that will develop for many years, and this Vigna Rionda Reserva is no exception.
Intensely aromatic with primary fruit aromas of dark cherry, flowers, and anise. This is a full-bodied, incredibly long wine, with well-framed tannins, and savory licorice, balsamic and herb notes lingering on the seemingly unending finish.
You may try a bottle of this now, decanting for a couple hours before drinking. Ultimately, this is a wine that will continue to develop and hit its stride between 2023-2040.
A truly epic Barolo.
$149.99 BTL. / ONLY 32 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
Posted in Friday Feature, Friday Features/Newsletters

1/27/17 – 6 for “Everyday” the $15 and under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
We’d like to start by reminding everyone that our first tasting of 2017 will be on Thursday, February 2nd. Wines and grapes from dueling hot/cold climates, in honor of Groundhog Day. There are still a few spaces available…
Please read on for more information:
GROUNDHOG DAY TASTING
WHEN: Thursday, February 2nd @ 7:00PM
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Our first ever Groundhog Day Tasting!
COST: $60 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your credit card. 312-666-4417
Playing off the Winter vs Spring theme, we decided this to be the perfect opportunity to discuss cool climate vs. warm climate. We will offer 5 flights of two wines, produced from the same grape, one coming from a cool climate and the other from a warm climate.
Ever wondered why Syrah could be so different depending on where it came from? How some people can be White Burgundy fans, but claim not to like Chardonnay? It’s all about the climate.
Not only will this be an educational tasting, you know when are going to open some great bottles!
Tickets are $60.00/Person. This is a seated tasting and limited to 14 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours notice (Monday January 30th). Tickets must be secured with a credit card. Please call the shop at 312-666-4417.
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Finally, today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $15 and Under Edition” wine club.
We have a diverse and delicious lineup this month. Keeping winter in mind (even though we did have a little “heat wave” last week) we have 4 red wines and 2 white wines. A great sampling from the Old World countries of France, Italy and Spain.
They are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Jamie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
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2014 D. Ventura “Viña do Burato” 
Ribeira Sacra, Spain
It wasn’t that long ago that many of us in the wine business were just starting to hear about and discover the region of Ribeira Sacra. Located in the interior of Galcia of Northwest Spain, I can recall that much of the initial excitement revolved around the regions stockpile of old vines, and the unique way that the wines combined fruit, with earth notes and elegance.
Today, those that follow Spanish wine are well aware of Ribeira Sacra and its ability to produce complex and highly drinkable wines from the indigenous Mencía grape variety.
D. Ventura is one of the top producers of the region, yet one that doesn’t get the hype it deserves. The Losada family has been growing in Ribeira Sacra for generations. Their evolution as a producer has continued to evolve, with the wines gaining in complexity and drinkability in recent years.
D. Ventura produces three red wines, two from an area called Amandi along the Sil River. The other a vineyard called Viña do Burato, which lies along the Minho River, and provides alluvial soil that are very rich in nutrients. The vines in Burato are over 80-years-old.
Viña do Burato is the starting point in any tasting of D. Ventura. It is their fresh and juicy style of Mencía, yet it stills delivers complexity with its mixture between red fruit aromas, herbs and soft tannins.
Pair this as you would a good Cru Beaujolais, with roasted chicken, mushroom focused dishes or charcuterie.
We are excited to be able offer a special price on this wine for the wine club. It normally retails for around $20, and at that price points, it is still a steal. This is our way of making sure that we introduced Ribera Sacra to you.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2015 Selvagrossa “Muschén” 
Le Marche, Italy
The name of our wine club is “6 for Everyday,” and no wine speaks to this concept more than this red from our good friends Alberto and Alessandro Taddei of Selvagrossa winery. With 4 hectares of vineyards, located just outside the town of Pesaro in the northern Marche, in just 15 years of wine production, they have established themselves as one of the top producers in the Marche.
The wines of Selvagrossa are both fun, delicious and playful while still being complex. The personality of the winemaker is on display in all of the wines.
Muschén is Sangiovese blended with a bit of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Bordeaux varieties aren’t natural to the Marche, yet the Taddei brothers believed in their ability to produce balanced examples that draw on the climate of the Adriatic and the cooling winds that arrive from the West.
In the dialect of Pesaro “Muschén” means little fly, one of Alberto’s nicknames from their grandfather. The playfulness of the name translates to a wine that is one of our favorites to drink on regular basis. It has red and dark fruit notes, soft tannins and great acidity for pairing with pasta dishes and slow cooked meats or stews.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2015 Domaine des Champs Fleuris Saumur Blanc
Loire Valley, France 
This wine is no stranger to our store. Domaine des Champs Fleuris is one of our favorite producers out of the Loire Valley, and for a quaffable white wine, nothing beats their Saumur Blanc.

Many of you enjoyed the 2014 vintage and we are pleased to find the 2015 is also showing well, so we couldn’t resist having their Saumur Blanc make another appearance on our ‘6 for Everyday.’

I’m a big fan of Chenin Blanc, but you can’t always be sure what you are going to get. Chenin Blanc is a grape that is susceptible to botrytis, a fungus that punctures the skins and concentrates the sugars giving way to semi-sweet all the way to lusciously sweet wines. However the Chenin Blanc from Saumur produces wines that are much lighter and dryer. You can rest assured you are getting a refreshing, light and mouthwatering white wine experience.

This wine has the beautiful aromas of white flowers, citrus and lychee that I enjoy in a Chenin Blanc, while also displaying a round mouthfeel and crisp finish that would pair perfectly with seafood and many cheeses; you can’t go wrong!

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2015 Château l’Oiselinière de la Ramée Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Loire Valley Franc
Producer Chereau Carre is actually a marriage of Bernard Chereau Senior, who owned Chateau de Chasseloir, and Edmonde Carre whose family owned Chateau l’Oiseliniere de la Ramee. Together they now own four properties and farm 135 hectares of vines. Work continues to be done by the family; now on the third generation producing unique and quality Muscadet wines.
The Château l’Oiseliniere is a single vineyard in the village of Vertou. It’s 10 hectares atop of a sunny hilltop at the confluence of the Sevre and Maine rivers and has belonged to the Chereau family since 1960.

The vines are 40 years old and planted on orthogneiss soil. This soil type and the old vines are ideal for age worthy Melon de Bourgogne. Match that with the southernly exposed hills and Chereau Carre is able to produce a great expression of Muscadet.

It spends 6 to 9 months on its lees which imparts structure and a slightly creamier mouthfeel, yet still has a decent amount of underlying minerality and freshness. On the nose there are aromas of grapefruit and lemon skin, with flavors of white flower and exotic fruit on the palate. The Chateau l’Oiseliniere de la Ramee is both a wine of complexity but also one that will disappear in a heartbeat, as any good Muscadet should.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE 
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2014 Viña Zorzal old vine Garnacha 
Navarra, Spain
The story of the Viña Zorzal began in 1989 when, after a lifetime working in wine, Antonio Sanz fulfilled his dream of producing his own wines in Navarra. The hard work in the vineyards and attention to detail in the winery has since been passed down to his sons, who currently run the small, family-run estate.
They focus on showcasing the indigenous varieties of Spain and adhere to the philosophy that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before.
Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Navarra, as well as Rioja and the Ribera del Duero, (which have the most stringent requirements) red Crianzas must be aged a minimum of two years; Reservas, at least three years; and Gran Reservas, five years. Of course, top producers will often age their wines far longer than they are required to – sometimes decades.
This wine is made from 100% old vine Garnacha with the complexities of age shining through in the glass. The result is a juicy and cheerful wine with high intensity aromas of red fruit such us raspberry, strawberry, red cheery, also black pepper and earthy notes. On the palate, soft tannins and medium body with more notes of red fruits, mineral hints and a long finish. that goes well with paella or stewed chicken.
 
$11.00 BTL / $132.00 CASE
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2014 Domaine Rabasse Charavin Côtes du Rhône Rouge
Rabasse-Charavin is an estate we hold dear to our hearts and always get excited when our yearly shipment arrives. To reintroduce you, Domaine Rabasse-Charavin is a fantastic, small estate located in the appellation of Cairanne. Corinne Couturier and her daughter, Laure are the fourth and fifth generation to make wine at Rabasse-Charavin.  Their wines have a great reputation in France, classically structured, and traditionally styled.
This is a wine that proves that Côtes du Rhône is stylistically versatile. A classic blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre from vines as old as 40 years. All the vines for this blend are from the middle and lower parts of the slope with a directly southern exposure to maximize ripeness. After pressing the wine begins fermentation in cement tanks.
This leaps out of the glass with aromas of fresh raspberry and strawberry, and hints of bakeshop spice and mineral that follow through on the palate. Balanced and restrained, this a great every day wine for practically any time of year.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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1/20/17 – The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – $30 and under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
Lots to tell you about on today’s newsletter.

First, we wanted to inform you that this coming Monday, January 23rd, Perman Wine Selections will be CLOSED. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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We are very excited to release news on a couple of upcoming events. The first, our first ever Groundhog Day tasting. The second, an exciting Chinese New Year’s dinner at Fat Rice!
Please read on for more information.
GROUNDHOG DAY TASTING
WHEN: Thursday, February 2nd @ 7:00PM
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Our first ever Groundhog Day Tasting!
COST: $60 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your credit card. 312-666-4417
At Perman Wine we are channeling our inner Punxsutawney Phil. In case you are a little like Craig who had to ask “what is Groundhog Day again?” One of the legends says that on Groundhog Day, our little furry friend Phil pops out of his burrow. If it is a cloudy day, then it is a sign that Spring will arrive early. Conversely, if its a sunny day, Phil will see his shadow, and go back into his “home” and sadly, winter weather will continue for six more weeks.
We love a good legend, and wanted to pay homage to Phil’s story by offering a Groundhog Day Tasting.
Playing off the Winter vs Spring theme, we decided this to be the perfect opportunity to discuss cool climate vs. warm climate. We will offer 5 flights of two wines, produced from the same grape, one coming from a cool climate and the other from a warm climate.
Ever wondered why Syrah could be so different depending on where it came from? How some people can be White Burgundy fans, but claim not to like Chardonnay? It’s all about the climate.
Not only will this be an educational tasting, you know when are going to open some great bottles!
Tickets are $60.00/Person. This is a seated tasting and limited to 14 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours notice (Monday January 30th). Tickets must be secured with a credit card. Please call the shop at 312-666-4417.
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CHINESE NEW YEAR DINNER AT FAT RICE
WHEN: Wednesday, February 8th @ 7PM
WHERE: Fat Rice, 2957 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago
WHAT: Come celebrate Chinese New Year’s and the year of the Rooster with a specially prepared dinner from Chef Abraham Conlon, and Portuguese wine pairings from Craig Perman of Perman Wine Selections
COST: $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity
SIGN UP: By visiting this link.
It’s the Year of the Rooster! To celebrate we are teaming up with Fat Rice restaurant for a very special multi-course Chinese New Year’s dinner.
The Galo de Barcelos (Rooster of Barcelos) is the national symbol of Portugal and a tale that every child in Portugal learns growing up.
What better place to celebrate the Year of the Rooster than at a restaurant who’s symbol is also the Galo de Barcelos.
Chef Abraham Conlon will prepare a very special multi-course tasting menu, and Craig Perman will pair some some of the top Portuguese producers alongside.
Don’t miss this great dinner and tasting!
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Finally, today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $30 and Under Edition” wine club.
We have an incredible line-up this month. Keeping winter in mind we have 4 red wines and 2 white wines. We will travel around the world this month featuring wines from the Unite States, France, Italy, Portugal and Chile. It’s a stellar line-up!
They are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Jamie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
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2014 Quinta Vale D. Maria “VVV” Douro Tinto, Portugal
We are very excited to release for the first time in Illinois, a new wine from one of the top produces of the Douro region in Portugal.
We love the wines of Quinta Vale D. Maria. This is a family run business, led by Cristiano Van Zeller. The Van Zeller family has over 200 years in the Port business. Until 1993, they were the owners of Quinta do Noval, and Cristian was at the helm.
In 1996, Cristiano began the Quinta Vale D. Maria project, a beautiful Quinta, that belonged to his wife’s family. Since that time they have established themselves as one of the great producers of dry table wine in the Douro. Wines like the flagship Quinta Vale D. Maria Tinto, CV, Vinho do Rio and Vinha da Francisca have received an immense amount of attention, as they are world-class wines. They come at a price, do to low yielding old-vines and an immense amount of labor in the vineyard.
2013 marked the first vintage of a new label for the family. At the time, they made a great value red and white wine called “Rufo” which we routinely carry at the store and sells for $15. Their next wine was the flagship Quinta Vale D. Maria which costs around $60 retail.
The Van Zellers wanted to create a wine that like the rest of the wines, over delivered for the price, but that like Rufo could be consumed on an “everyday” basis.
The name “Three Valleys” is in reference to the Pinhão Valley, Douro Valley and Torto Valley that makes up the Douro, and places where the Van Zellers have worked and sourced grapes from for many years. It also has a double meaning, as “VVV” was a symbol used by the family denoting the “highest quality.” At Quinta do Noval, the barrels were marked with a “V,” “VV,” and “VVV,” with the later showing the best barrels destined for the vintage Port.
This is a wine that offers more richness and intensity than “Rufo,” and it offers even more accessibility than the Quinta Vale D. Maria Tinto, or the single vineyard wines.
Speaking with Francisca Van Zeller on her last visit to Chicago, she kept signaling that 2014 was a vintage she adored, and tasting the “VVV” I can understand why!
Beautiful aromas, violets, blackberry, cocoa, and spice emerge from the glass.  Full-bodied, with incredible texture and length for the price point. If you taste enough Douro wines like I do, you really come to appreciate how the Van Zellers are able to put together such well-balanced yet full-bodied wines. This will appeal to old world and new world drinkers alike.
PLEASE NOTE – we are offering this at a special price through the  duration of this month’s sampler. It’s our way to make sure we introduce you to this wine. It will go back to its normal retail price, so stock up now!
$30 BTL. / $180 SIX-PACK CASE – NORMALLY $33 PER BOTTLE
 
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2013 Fattoria Alois “Settimo,” Campania, Italy
If you could drink wine from only one country, which would it be? For me (Craig), the answer is pretty clear: Italy.
The why, is a simple answer. Diversity.
I never get tired of Italian wine because there are always new discoveries. Within this small country you have a crazy amount of diversity in terroir, climate, and of course all of those fun and funky indigenous grape varieties.
We haven’t featured many wines from Campania in recent newsletters, and there is something about winter, and the foods that we eat, that make me crave wines from this region.
Michele Alois and his son, Massimo, of Fattoria Alois, makes fantastic white and red wines from their beautiful estate in Pontelatone, just north of Caserta within the Campania region.
The Alois family is one of, if not the most prestigious producer of silk cloth, and you can see it on display in the White House, the Louvre, and more.
It was Michele Alois’ desire to open a winery, and not because they needed another business, but because his is passionate about wine, Campania, and specifically wanted to preserve and educate wine lovers worldwide on the indigenous grapes of his below region.
While most fans of the region know grapes like Aglianico and Falanghina, Alois has focused on even more obscure varieties such as Casavecchia and Pallagrello Nero.
“Settimo” is a blend of those two grapes, and an excellent value. Meant for early term consumption, it is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, putting the purity of the fruit first. Aromatic notes of dark cherry and baking spices. Medium-bodied, but well balanced, with fruit and mineral flavors.
Enjoy this alongside braised short ribs or other braised meats.
$22.00 BTL. / $264.00 CASE
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2014 Torre dei Beati “Bianchi Grilli” Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Abruzzo, Italy
I’ve long been a believer in the wines of Fausto Albanesi, a producer located in Loreto Aprutino in the Northern part of the Abruzzo region. Situated about 25 kilometers off the cost, and in view of the Gran Sasso Mountains, this is an ideal place for vineyards.
I was first introduced to the wines of Fausto back when I was living in Oregon. His Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo was, and still is, one of my all-time favorite Rosé.
That’s why we were so excited to hear that Fausto’s wines have returned to Chicago!
Abruzzo is famous for its white grape variety called Trebbiano. Discuss it with a wine professional, and you will get a lot of different opinions. There is a TON of innocuous, over-cropped Trebbiano in Abruzzo. Yet, if you have had the experience of tasting a great version, you know it can be a noble grape variety.
The 2014 “Bianchi Grilli” is one such example. Having recently been awarded the “3 Bicchieri” designation from Italian wine guide Gambero Rosso, its not just me that feels this is one of the best Trebbiano you can buy.
It is a gastronomic wine, not a simple light quaffer. It offers beautiful floral, lemon, honey and mineral notes on the nose. It is a medium-bodied white, with savory spice and citrus notes repeating on the long finish.
This will work with whole roasted fish, but also can stand up to roasted pork tenderloin.
$28.00 BTL. / $336.00 CASE
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2009 O. Fournier “Centauri” Red Blend, Maule Valley, Chile
Here at Perman Wine Selections we want to offer wines that are new and unique, yet remain something that we think our customers will love. We know the 2009 “Centauri” is just that. It’s not too often you will see a Chilean wine on our ‘6 for Everyday’ but we think it’s a wine that represents the Maule Valley region of Chile well, and is an incredible value.
The Maule Valley is one of the oldest and most desirable vineyard sites in Chile which has just begun gaining popularity. O. Fournier however took hold of this gem long ago and currently has vineyards ranging from 65 to 120 years old. In fact O. Fournier is the only winery in Chile that produces wines exclusively from old-vines.
The Centauri 2009 is a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Carignan, with the Cabernet Franc being planted as far back as the 1890s. All the grapes are hand harvested and spend 12 months in French oak barrels, completley unfined and unfiltered.
The old vines and low yields produce grapes that give this wine both complexity and balance. And with the care that goes into the vineyards and the little intervention in the winery, it really allows the purity of flavors from these grapes shine through. This is truly a terroir focused wine and one we are happy to make part of our ‘6 for Everyday’ selection.
$20.00 BTL. / $240.00 CASE
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2015 Ryme Cellars “Hers” Vermentino, Carneros, Sonoma County, California
Ryan and Megan Glaab are the duo behind Rhyme Cellars who have a very similar philosophy to our own when it comes to wine; they only represent wines that they love themselves and drink often. The husband and wife team began their collaboration in 2007 with varietals you don’t see too often in Sonoma, including Vermentino.
Ryan and Megan both agreed on their desire to work with this varietal, however they disagreed with exactly how they wanted to express it. The “His” & “Hers” Vermentino wines are a perfect example of comprise within a relationship! Instead of making an orange style wine as the “His,” Megan chose to produce a bright, clean, aromatic example of Vermentino, similar to the wines in the Ligurian coast. To achieve this style the grapes were whole cluster pressed and bottled early.
The grapes for this wine come from the Las Brisas vineyard which has sandy silt and gravel soils just off San Pablo Bay which gives a cooling effect to the vineyard and gives way to beautifully aromatic white wines. With all of their wines at Rhyme Cellars they only use grapes grown from conscientiously farmed organic or sustainable vineyards. They try to minimize any artificial intervention (no cultured yeast, no temperature control, no enzymes or other adulterants), they let the grapes speak for themselves.
The 2015 “Hers” Vermentino shows on the palate a bracing ginger snap note with some zip, yet has a bit of depth and texture due to spontaneous partial malolactic fermentation. There are also plenty of aromatics of jasmine, quince and lemon zest on the nose. The wine certainly achieves the mouthwatering and refreshing style Megan Glaab was after!
$28.00 BTL. / $336.00 CASE
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2014 Devevey Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Rouge, Burgundy, France
Remember back when people used to drink Red Burgundy as a kind off everyday thing? There were bottles that offered all the simple joy that Pinot Noir from the Motherland could offer, and we enjoyed it without any pretense?
If you miss those days like I do, than you will be happy to know that joyous, delicious, slurpable Red Burgundy does exist. Albeit in very small quantities.
As you know well by now, we love the wines of Jean-Yves Devevey, and while we focus on his white wines more we do look forward to receiving our annual shipment of this lovely, pure expression of Pinot Noir from the Hautes Côtes de Beaune.
The 2014 is mighty delicious, having everything you would want. Pretty aromatics of cherry and wild strawberry. Bright and fresh on the palate with a little grippy herbs and mineral components.
Its worth dusting off that classic Coq au Vin recipe, and enjoying it with this bottle.
$30 BTL. / ONLY AVAILABLE WITH THE SAMPLER
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Pre-Buy Rieslings from Jochen Beurer

Hello and Happy Friday!
A special thanks to all of you who are continuing to drink during the month of January! We appreciate you. And good luck to everyone on keeping your New Year’s resolutions.
You’ll be happy to know that we have started planning some upcoming tastings…
Save the date for a fun-filled Groundhog Day tasting on Thursday, February 2nd, and a Chinese New Year inspired “Year of the Rooser” tasting and dinner on Wednesday, February 8th. Details and pricing to come next Friday!
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Our Friday Feature today was written by the very talented Collin Moody, who just opened up Income Tax– a wine bar in Edgewater – with owner Nelson Fitch and Chef Ryan Henderson.  Definitely a cozy neighborhood spot to check out if you love great food and amazing wine.
This Friday we offer you some incredible, single-vineyard Rieslings that we were able to taste with the winemaker himself, Jochen Beurer of Baden-Württemberg. We’ve had these wines in the store before and they were met with great praise and success. We’re excited for the latest vintages!
We are offering three wines today on pre-buy, meaning that you need simply email us your requests, and we will order the wine from the distributor. We will email you as soon as the wines arrive.
In the meantime, there is plenty of the Jochen Beurer Trocken Riesling in the store for anyone in need of instant gratification.
Don’t miss these!
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Jamie
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Jochen Beurer Riesling Pre-Buy Offer:
We are delighted to offer the latest release of these laser-focused, bone-dry Rieslings from this most talented young producer in the appellation of Baden-Württemberg, in southwest Germany, an area known as Swabia.
Yes, this is Germany, but before you start thinking of the Mosel and it’s slate soils, remember that this is primarily a sub-Alpine region with hills created by the slow shifting movements of the Alps. This region is best understood on its own, not compared to other parts of Germany. Unfortunately, this uniqueness is also what has made it such a marginal region. Though some think it might be Europe’s next great wine region, it is often easier to forget about it than try and understand it. Württemberg hosts high altitude with limestone and marl hills reminiscent of the Jura, and Baden is warm enough to be Germany’s primary red wine region.
Jochen farms a hillside in Stetten (between Stuttgart and Munich) that is broken down into steps with different soil types at each ridge. Riesling ripens easily here now thanks to global warming and the wines are almost always made completely dry with a long fermentation. Jochen himself is a former BMX champion who returned to his family’s vines in 1997. In 2003 he began experiments with native yeast, then shortly after he began to think about preserving the indigenous yeast and local microflora with biodynamics in the vineyard with herbal treatments instead of spraying with chemicals.
All of this hard work yields wines that are extremely clear in their character and philosophy. The Beurer wines are instead lean, mean, mineral-packed machines that are all about the terroir of the different plots. Definitely worth watching evolve over a couple days with the bottle open or over time in your cellar.
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2015 Riesling Trocken
For under $20, this wine has a lot going for it. It is clean, pure, bone-dry Riesling with poise, balance, and acidity from it’s limestone origins that gives it a refreshing energy and brightness that feels downright healthy to drink.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 CASE 

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2015 Riesling “Gipskeuper”
1000 ft. in altitude with a terroir of red mudstones with deposits of gypsum, and chalky topsoil. The most open and round of the bunch with trademark salinity.
$23.00 BTL / $276.00 CASE 
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2015 Riesling “Schilfsandstein”
1100 ft. in altitude with a terroir of yellow green sandstone and quartz, 35 year old vines. Lean (we mean it!), powerfully intense, and great minerality. Lovers of Muscadet and Chablis, take note.
$25.00 BTL / $300.00 CASE 
PRE ORDER
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2015 Riesling “Kieselsandstein”
1200 ft. in altitude with a terroir of red chalky sandstone soil, pebbles of basalt, quartz and broken rocks from the Alps. Partially fermented and aged in foudre. Full- bodied with more spice and structure, but with the trademark electric acid and minerality.
$29.00 BTL / $348.00 CASE
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