5/19/17 – The New “6 for Everyday” – $30 & Under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
We’d like to start by announcing an informal, walk-around tasting at the store on Thursday, June 8th. This has been on the calendar for months and we’re very excited about it!
Please read on for more information:
WHEN: Thursday, June 8th 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: Alberto Taddei of Selvagrossa, one of the premier producers from Le Marche, will be in Chicago and in the store pouring some of his (and our) favorites for you to taste and learn about!
Here at Perman Wine Selections we are big fans of the wines coming out of Le Marche, particularly from our good friends at Selvagrossa. Located on Pesaro’s foothills facing the Adriatic coast of Le Marche, it is a very small estate with only five hectares of vineyards.
Alberto will be showing four wines from his estate. If you love Italian wines and want to expand your horizons beyond Tuscany, this is a great opportunity to do so.
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) will be very 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 20 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours (Monday June 5th). Tickets must be secured with payment. Please call the store at 312-666-4417.
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It’s also the second to last Friday of the month, and time for us to introduce our latest “6 for Everyday” Wine Club, the $30 & Under Edition.
We were bold and daring with this line up, hoping that the warm, sunny days will come back to stay. This is a great mix from Italy, Portugal and France, with more whites than reds. We also added a very unique and delicious rosé for your evenings on the porch or grilling with friends. Enjoy!
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 Azores Wine Company Rosé “Volcânico”
Azores Islands, Portugal
Dynamic winemaker Antonio Mançanita is based in the Alentejo region of mainland Portugal, but wanted to explore the unique terroir of the islands because of his family’s history in this area – his father is from the Azores, and he wanted to pay tribute to this heritage.
The Portuguese archipelago of the Azores is home to a winemaking tradition that dates back to its colonization in the 15th century, when viticulture was first introduced by Franciscan friars. This group of volcanic islands are comprised entirely of black basalt. Pico, the main wine producing island where these vineyards are located, has such poor soil that the vineyard needs to be supplemented with soil from neighboring islands to support vine growth, and even with that, the yields are incredibly low.
The vineyards are grown in tiny plots (2-6 bush trained vines per square) protected on all sides by small walls called “currais” to ward off the strong winds that blow in from the nearby beaches.
“Vulcânico” rosé is a blend of equal parts Touriga Nacional, Aragonez (aka Tempranillo), Agronomica and Saborinho, with faint wild strawberry and red cherry notes, as well as a distinct minerality from the volcanic soil. It’s perfect for grilled or cured meats and works beautifully on its own too!
$24.00 BTL / $288.00 CASE
 
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2013 Vale da Capucha Gouveio
Lisboa, Portugal
We’ve introduced you to wines from Vale da Capucha before, and now we have another great white from this trendsetting producer to share with you!
The catch-all appellation of Lisboa (Vinho Regional Lisboa), which used to be called Estremadura and can be somewhat confusing even to those very familiar with Portuguese wine.
It incorporates 9 sub-regions, and is quite large.  Even worse than the confusing nature of the appellation is the common notion that it is a region that prizes quantity over quality.
Thankfully, this is not the case with the wines of Vale da Capucha.
Young winemaker Pedro Marques has taken the reins of the estate from his family, replanted it entirely with indigenous varieties, and has set about expressing a singular message of terroir. He is careful to say that he is first and foremost a viticulturist, and only secondarily a winemaker. Pedro is intent on producing wines that are reflective of his family’s 13 hectare estate located in the sub-region of Torres Vedras. Located just 8 kilometers off the Atlantic Ocean, the family vineyards are marked by limestone inflected hillsides with lots of fossils to be found (and ancient Roman artifacts too).
Gouveio (aka Godello) is a grape that Pedro particularly likes for its subtle almost neutral character, even during fermentation. It has great acidity with notes of peach and stone fruit on the finish, and a briny, salty minerality on the nose that highlights the terroir of the region.
$25.00 BTL / ONLY AVAILABLE WITH SAMPLER
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2015 Cantina della Volta “LaBase” Chardonnay
Emilia Romagna, Italy
In 2010, with a the help of a group of friends as his investors, Christian Bellei, one of Italy’s most Champagne-obsessed producers, founded Cantina Della Volta in the Lambrusco zone north of Modena.
Bellei, a competitive amateur cyclist, is devotedly honing the work started by his father, Giuseppe, a pioneering winemaker who in 1970 adopted Champagne-style techniques (in Italian, metodo classico) for Lambrusco.
The elevation in the quality of Lambrusco put Cantina Della Volta on the map. They now produce just over 13,300 cases annually from Bellei’s own grapes and those he purchases-all hand-harvested in small crates. He makes eight metodo classico wines-four from Lambrusco di Sorbara and four from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or both – all of which age on their lees for two to five years in bottle before disgorgement. (The portfolio also includes the tasty still Chardonnay we are featuring.)
While known for his metodo classico Lambrusco, which are indeed delicious and available in Chicago, we chose to highlight the one still wine in the portfolio this month, in part because it was just too delicious not to buy! Elegant and balanced, it opens up with notes of white flowers, citrus and mineral. Even people who claim they don’t like Chardonnay will enjoy this.
$20.00 BTL / $240.00 CASE
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2014 Cantina Fratelli Pardi Montefalco Rosso
Umbria, Italy
The Pardi family vineyards consist of 11 hectares of vines located in the picturesque town of Montefalco. Nestled in the hills of Umbria, they chose these plots based on the knowledge that great terroir produces great fruit.
In the Montefalco Rosso they use Sangiovese, as well as the indigenous local variety, Sagrantino, and a tiny bit of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Though the Pardi family just began estate bottling in 2003, they have been growing grapes since 1919. From the beginning the family has done everything strictly by hand from pruning to harvest. It is important to the current generation that they adhere to the traditions of their family.
Great care also goes into the vinification process where they use stainless steal tanks for the fermentation and preservation of their wines. The wines are then, according to tradition, aged in large Slavonian oak barrels.
The Montefalco Rosso spends 6 months in stainless steel, 12 months in barrel, and another four months in bottle. This aging process achieves a brighter and fresher style of Montefalco Rosso then the typical regional expression.
There are intense aromatics of wild berries and wild cherries along with warm spice notes. It has structure and balance with well integrated tannins. The unique freshness of this wine would lighten and balance a heartier dish pairing such as a risotto, and we highly recommending it for the summer grilling season.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 CASE
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2014 F. Tinel-Blondelet “L’Arret Buffatte” Pouilly-Fumé
Loire Valley, France
Annick Tinel-Blondelet took over the family estate in 1983 as the 12th generation winegrowers in her family. Before Annick, her parents, Fernand and Camille, ran the estate.
Fernand began cultivating a few hectare of vines around 50 years ago in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. The estate now has over 15 hectares divided amongst three appellations: Pouilly Fumé, Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire. These areas all have different soil types and it’s the Kimmeridgian Marl soil, with its fossilized oysters and ammonites, that gives the Pouilly Fumé its unique mineral quality.
Annick works hard to preserve the typicity of the wines from each of their terroirs through sustainable farming practices. She has taken this approach in order to care for the biodiversity and terroir that will in turn produce quality fruit for many more generations to come.
The grapes for this wine come from 45 year old Sauvignon Blanc vines and one of the best exposures in Pouilly Fumé, located on a slope that overlooks the Loire River.
On the nose it displays notes of white flowers and passion fruit, as well as a nice smokey characteristic. There is a slightly creamy texture to the wine that balances the stony minerality and acidity.
This wine has the potential to age for around 5 years or can be enjoyed now with some grilled seafood, oysters or fresh goat cheese.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 CASE
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2014 Vincent Paris Crozes-Hermitage
Rhône Valley, France
Vincent Paris is still a relative newcomer to the scene, yet already a highly regarded Rhône Valley producer. He is a native of Cornas, where he produced his first vintage in 1997 from his uncle’s plot in Reynard.
In this area the wines are known to show rustic expressions of Syrah, though it was Vincent’s combination of intensity and freshness in his wines that gave him acclaim.
As his name has grown in reputation, so has his ability to purchase plots outside the tiny hamlet of Cornas, and thankfully he did because it allows us to offer you his beautiful Crozes-Hermitage today.
The fruit is meticulously selected by Vincent from 30 year old vines and farmed organically. Once harvested, they are destemmed and fermented slowly in stainless steel tanks. The result is an approachable wine that offers elegance and finesse.
There are fragrant notes of violets, lavender and black pepper on the nose with red fruit and more pepper on the palate, followed by cleansing acidity on the finish.
$18.00 BTL / $216.00 CASE
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Friday Feature – Chenin and Cidre – What More do You Need?

Hello and Happy Friday,
Our newsletters and selections are inspired by our lives, and most notably our travels.
Having settled back in from a recent trip to France, today’s newsletter was born out of nostalgia from this recent jaunt. While its true that we just traveled to Burgundy and Champagne, our dinner wines often veered away from the local wine.
To be honest we found ourselves drinking a lot of Chenin Blanc at dinner. There is no doubt that Chenin Blanc is one of the world’s most noble grape varieties. It also almost always over delivers for the price you are paying, and on any restaurant wine list it is likely to be one of the best quality-to-price-ratio wines.
Recently we tried a couple of absolutely outstanding Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley of France. This is one of the top places in the world for Chenin Blanc. It is sad for me to point out that in recent vintages, weather hasn’t been kind to the region. The wines featured on today’s newsletter were not made in the 2016 vintage due to catastrophe weather. So we call upon you to stock up on the wines today, as you won’t see them for a couple years. I’m surprised that CNN hasn’t run with a “CHENIN SHORTAGE” headline on the top of their feed.
We also decided to feature, for the first time ever, a cider producer on our newsletter. This is a “real deal” cider producer from Normandy in France. Cider is one of the best things to drink with food, and these in particular are must tries for any fans of the beverage. They are also extremely limited, with only about 120 bottles coming in the Chicago market per year.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie

Friday Feature
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2015 Domaine Marie Thibault “Premier Nez” Touraine Azay-le-Rideau Blanc
Despite not coming from a winemaking family, Marie Thibault-Cabrit has gained over a decade of experience honing her craft as a winemaker and sharing her passion of wine with others.
Marie began wine making in the early 2000s though studied the process long beforehand, obtaining degrees in biology and oenology in college. She also spent time working for François Chidaine in Montlouis, and it was during this time that she fell in love with the grape varietal of this wine, Chenin Blanc.
Marie has been working with Chenin Blanc, along with Gamay, Côt and Grolleau, on her 3.5 hectare domaine in Azay-le-Rideau since 2011. Azay-le-Rideau is not a very well known area in the Torraine appellation, however, we’re certainly excited about what Marie is doing there.
Once she obtained the domaine, Marie began immediately farming organically in 2011 and is now certified organic since 2014. Her parcel of 50 year old vines are on gentle slopes of white clay and limestone soil. These soils certainly produce a wine that is mineral driven and full of character.
The vines receive no chemical treatment, weeds are pulled out by hand, virtually every single aspect in the vineyard is done through manual labor. Once picked, the grapes see very little intervention in the winery, eventually seeing 18 months of aging in neutral barrels and bottled unfiltered. This non filtration really lets the fruit and terroir speak for itself, and boy does it ever.
The Premier Nez has ripe stone and tropical fruit notes on the nose, with hints of white flowers, chamomile tea and spice. There are similar notes on the palate with a strong underlying minerality which gives this wine such delicious complexity and a very satisfying finish.
You could enjoy this wine as an apéritif, as well as with chicken or grilled seafood. It could also pair well with goat milk-based cheeses and even a torchon of foie gras. Let’s face it, no one should deny themselves of a little foie and Chenin Blanc.
Very limited, so make sure to stock up now!
$28.99 BTL / $347.88 CASE
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2015 Le Sot de l’Ange “La Goujonnière” Touraine Azay-le-Rideau Blanc
Though Quentin Bourse’s label Le Sot de l’Ange roughly translates to “Idiot Angel,” Quentin on the contrary could easily be described as a genius winemaker. He hasn’t been in the winemaking business for an extensive amount of time, but like all geniuses he caught on quickly.
Quentin spent time working in vineyards of various producers, including the famed Vouvray producer, Domaine Huet. After his time spent working with these different producers he became obsessed with winemaking and took over a friend’s 12 hectare estate in 2012.
It’s this obsession that has led Quintin to put in relentless work in the vineyard and be continuously innovative and meticulous in his winemaking to produce as perfect as a wine as he possibly can.
There is indeed some serious work that goes into each vine, as Quentin adheres to biodynamic practices in his vineyard, which is tricky and very rare in the area of Azay-Le-Rideau in the Toraine. In much of this area the soils are clay and silica with white silex stones peeking through.
By upholding the biodynamic practices, Quentin is able to capitalize on all the soils bring to the vines. He also ensures that the grapes reach peak phenolic ripeness by inspecting and picking the grapes, berry by berry, by hand with the help of only 20 or so of his close friends.
This “by hand” process doesn’t stop there. The grapes are then sorted manually four times before being whole-cluster fermented with indigenous yeasts in tank.
The wine is then gently pressed and aged in three different vessels, (this is where you see Quentin’s meticulous nature shine through) he uses a type of oak barrel made to his exact specifications deemed the “cigar” barrel, clay amphora, and terra cotta amphora. The terra cotta barrel actually adds a layer of texture to the  wine.
The final result is a wine with an expressive nose of stone and white fruit, orange blossom and  hints of baking spice. There are delicate fruit and citrus notes on the palate and has a velvety texture but still with plenty of acidity to make this a perfectly (and meticulously) balanced wine.
Only 60 bottles for the entire Illinois market, so speak now or miss out on this epic Chenin.
$31.99 BTL / $383.88 CASE
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Cidre 2 Table
There couldn’t be a more appropriate name in the world for a Cider producer. That is because Cider is one of the great adult beverages to pair with food. An artisanal, dry Cider like the two we are featuring today can work through a long meal, pairing with everything from seafood to steaks.
Cyril Zangs is obsessed with making great cider, and in his short time in the business, he has become well-known in the cider world for his delicious Normandy ciders. Their complexity comes from the diversity of types of apples grown in his orchards. They are hand harvested, separated by variety and ripened in their barns.
The apples are then grated, put into a hydraulic press for gently pressing and the juice goes into vat for a 6 month fermentation process. The unfiltered ciders go into bottle, stored, disgorged by hand and commercialized.
We have two excellent ciders for you to choose from. It’s impossible to choose, so just try them both! And remember to buy multiple bottles because they quickly disappear at the dinner table!
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Cidre 2 Table “Brut” 2015
This is an incredible blend of 69 different varieties of apples. Bone dry, beautiful fruit, but yet rustic. This has great texture, and will be really fantastic with more meat based dishes, from chicken to pork to steak.
$21.00 PER 750 ML BTL / $252.00 CASE 
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Cidre 2 Table “This Sider Up” 2015
Another beautiful cider, this time produced from 9 different varieties from a single orchard just off the coast in Normandy. Another bone dry cider, this with a more mineral and fruit driven style. Very elegant and perfect with seafood or just to sip. Super complex.
 
$23.00 PER 750 ML BTL / $276.00 CASE
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4/28/17 – The New 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – The $15 and Under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief – Craig has just returned from Champagne and is excited to be home! He made it just in time for the wave of cold weather we’re getting again.
And even though it doesn’t feel quite like warm days ahead, we have several tasty new rosé options in the store waiting for you (and the sun). Stop by and check them out – you’ll need a bottle or two soon enough!
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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 a focus on some exciting wines from great regions in Spain and Italy, along with a fun and unique white blend from the Loire Valley, and a tasty little Pinot Noir from South Africa.
The wines 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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2014 Domaine de la Fruitière “Les Vignes Blanches”
Loire Valley
In 2005, the Lieubeau family took over the Domaine de la Fruitière which had been developing vineyard property in Muscadet since 1914. The Domaine de la Fruitière has a long tradition of wine export, and its vineyards surround the property and climb the hillsides facing the village of Saint Fiacre.
The wine produced on the estate is some of the most original; the Lieubeau family presents Melon de Bourgogne in many different lights, and experiments with other bottlings and blends not common for the Muscadet region.
“Les Vines Blanches” is a unique blend of Melon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Folle Blanche. Each variety contributes something to the final blend that somehow becomes greater than the parts. All of the grapes come from granitic soils, are fermented separately and blended after a few months of aging on the lees. The final blend combines the richness and slight nuttiness of the Chardonnay, the zesty aromatics of the Sauvignon, the mineral depth of the Melon, and the freshness of the Folle Blanche.
An intense nose of dried fruits, date, almond, surrounded by a touch of lime. The palate mixes mineral and aromatic touches with a white fruit finish.
$13.00 BTL / $156.00 CASE
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2013 Fedellos do Couto “Lomba dos Ares”
Ribeira Sacra, Spain
Dominated by a network of canyons carved by the Miño and Sil rivers, Ribeira Sacra is a rugged and beautiful place to make wine. These incredibly steep hillsides were originally terraced by the Romans many centuries ago. It may have been hard work to farm these slopes – in fact it still is – but viticulture now thrives in this area.
As a boundary between the cool, rainy Atlantic coast and the hot, dry, interior of Spain, Ribeira Sacra is temperate with a fairly long growing season. The main threat to viticulture here is the storms that blow in from the Atlantic bringing plenty of rain and wind.
For generations the Taboada family has owned the Pazo do Couto, an ancient manor dating to the 12th century, and today Luis Taboada oversees production using a very minimalist approach.
Lomba dos Ares, literally “the hilltop of Ares”, is a vineyard in the Val do Bibei at an elevation between 700 – 750 meters above sea level. Here the soils consist of rocky granite at the top of the slope and transition into sandy schist at the bottom. Being an old vineyard, it has a patchwork of different varieties, mainly Mencia, Merenzao (aka Trousseau), Caiño, and Mouratón (aka Garnacha Tintorera) – all of which make up the final blend of this wine.
Only available in modest quantities, the Lomba dos Ares is worth trying, as it captures the finesse of Ribeira Sacra and is as profound and site-specific as you can find from the region.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2016 Ostatu Rioja Rosado
The latest vintage from a Perman Wine Selections favorite! Ostatu is located in the village of Samaniego, in a mountainous and somewhat remote part of the sub-region of Alavesa. The Saenz de Samaniego family raises classic Rioja grapes in a perfect microclimate at a two hundred and fifty year old winery. Historically, the wines made by the family were made in a fresh style for local consumption only.
The pedigree for the grapes used in this rosé is impressive; 60-70 year old vines of Tempranillo and Garnacha from their highest altitude vineyards. The wine is fermented in tank to retain freshness and vitality.
This is a rosé that we look forward to every year (see previous newsletters recommending filling up a bathtub with it!). The flavor profile offers a lovely range of berries (strawberry and raspberry) as well as a hint of watermelon, and a core of minerality reminding you that it comes from the old world. Just add a chair in a sun.
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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2014 Monte Bernardi “Retromarcia” Chianti Classico
Monte Bernardi is situated in Panzano in Chianti, a small village in the heart of the Chianti Classico, Tuscany’s original winemaking region. They produce wines with the greatest expression of the local terroir, ultimate quality, and a harmony between the land and the environment. Vineyards have been farmed biodynamically/organically since 2004.
The estate dates back to 1085, and the majority of the vineyards are over 40 years old, with the first wine produced in 1992. Previously the grapes were sold to neighboring farms. The Schmelzer family purchased Monte Bernardi in 2003 and has since invested great amounts of time, love and money in the vineyards, the winery and the villa.
“Retromarcia” is a Chianti Classico made from 100% Sangiovese grapes. The vineyard age ranges from plantings 2003-2010. The vinification and maturation is reminiscent of a more traditional style Chianti Classico, which translates into a wine that is fresh and fruity, medium-bodied, well-balanced, with a nice structure, juicy acidity and a long finish.

The Italian word Retromarcia means more to the estate than its literal translation “to back up” or “to reverse”, it emphasizes the return to the natural elegance and charm of Sangiovese. The 2014 is clean and intense, with aromas of blackberry, cherry and red plums, anise and spice, and orange peel.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE 
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2015 Iona “Mr. P” Pinot Noir
Cape South Coast, South Africa
 
In early 1997, Andrew Gunn, an engineer by trade, decided to leave the busy city life of Johannesburg to become a farmer. He went through the exhausting process of finding the “perfect” farm: a solitary run down apple farm on a mountain top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
This beautiful farm, named “Geelbeksvlei”, after the yellow billed ducks that inhabited the marshy area around the property, although planted to apples and pears, was in need of a new purpose. Andrew decided to run some soil tests to see if a vineyard might be able to thrive on his farm.
His hopes worked out and in a short span of time from the first vintage in 2001, Iona, renamed after the island off the West Coast of Scotland where Andrew’s ancestors hail from, became one of South Africa’s top producers of Sauvignon Blanc. Later plantings of Semillon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have also been very successful.
Mr P, a “Pinot for the people”, shows all of the characteristics of classic, high quality Pinot Noir at an affordable price, making use of younger vines and older barrels with careful and dedicated wine making. This is is an easy, light and fresh Pinot Noir made for immediate consumption. Aromas of black cherry, bright but delicate, and hints of forest floor, with underlying floral and spice notes. On the palate, the wine is powerful, with a silky texture.
 
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2014 Benito Ferrara Greco di Tufo
Campania, Italy
Gabriella Ferrara is the fourth-generation of the Ferrara family to oversee the family estate. With the help of her husband Sergio and talented oenologist Paolo Caciorna, she produces wines that highlight varieties native to the region of Campania. Gabriella’s great-grandfather originally planted vines on his property and he used to bring vegetables and wine on foot and with a donkey to the town of Tufo. The first vintage actually bottled under the estate name was in 1991.
The major part of the vineyards (8 hectares in total) stands in the district of San Paolo within the commune of Tufo, which is considered the best zone for the Greco grape variety. The vines are at altitudes between 450 and 600 meters above sea level with southern exposure, the area is cool and airy, which naturally protects the vines against frosts and diseases. The Greco vineyards stand next to abandoned sulphur mines and sulphur rocks can be found amongst the vines: this gives the wines the wonderful mineral notes they are known for.
A perfumed white with mineral complexity, refreshing and crisp. Aromatic notes of lemons, pears and toasted almonds and a lingering mineral finish.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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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
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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