12/16/16 A Mixed Bag from Champagne, Chablis, Napa and Burgundy!

Today’s “Friday Feature” is what we call a mixed bag of goodies!
With so many incoming arrivals of allocated wines from around the globe, we thought we’d dedicate this newsletter to a more informal list of new arrivals. Call it a last minute Christmas list, or simply call it a list of wines that are a must for any wine enthusiast.
Many of these will sell out quickly, so please secure yours today.
We are happy to provide more in depth information about any of these, just ask!
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Jamie

Cédric Bouchard Champagne
Despite its tiny output of Champagne, somewhere around 15,000 bottles in total per year, Cédric Bouchard is known around the world as one of the top producers in the region. Located in the Cote de Bar, the southernmost part of the region, Bouchard makes a myriad of handcrafted Champagne, each bottle from one parcel, one vintage, and one grape. Fermented in stainless steel, always with indigenous yeast, no fining, no dosage, just pure expressions of place. These Champagne are slow to unwind, they deserve a rest in the cellar to express their true beauty. They are truly stunning, and one of Craig’s favorite producers anywhere in the world. Sadly, they are very, very limited (and we get a good allocation!). Champagne fans with a place in the cellar, do not miss these! They will sell out quickly.
2014 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Val Vilaine”
No need to wait on this, its a great introduction to the line-up, and a delicious expression of pure Pinot Noir.
$56.99 BTL / LIMITED
2009 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Côte de Béchalin” 
Another offering that is open knit and ready to drink. Made entirely of Pinot Noir from a SW facing vineyard in Celles-sur-Ource. The 2008 blew everyone away at last weeks tasting!
$82.99 BTL / LIMITED
2012 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Ursules”
The wine that started it all, Pinot Noir of incredible distinction from vines, the majority of which were planted in the early ’70’s. A stunning vintage for Ursules.”
$88.99 BTL / LIMITED
2012 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “La Haute Lemblee”
Tiny .12 hectare vineyard planted to Chardonnay on Kimmeridgian soil. One of the most unique and incredible Blanc de Blanc Champagne bottlings. Such purity.
2012 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “La Bolorée”
Another minuscule vineyard of just .217 hectare, La Bolorée is a very special Champagne made entirely of Pinot Blanc. The Côte de Bar is noted for producing limited quantities, but exceptional Champagne from this varietal. This is the icon. Truly amazing.
2012 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Presle”
Only the second vintage released of this fantastic Blanc de Noirs, made entirely from Pinot Noir from a relatively newly planted vineyard called “Presle.” Clay and limestone soils with a little Kimmeridgian mixed in. 10 different Burgundian clones of Pinot Noir were planted. Expressive, ripe, and a very long finish.
La Closerie Champagne
This is another one of those tiny grower Champagne houses with a cult-like following and allocated out to the best restaurants and wine shops. We feel lucky to be given some, and they are a must try for the Champagne enthusiast. Jérôme Prévost inherited 2 hectares of vines in the village of Gueux in the Montagne de Reims sub-region of Champagne. Initially he sold off the fruit to the local negociants. After working in the cellars of Anselme Selosse (the cult producer in Champagne), he was persuaded by his mentor to produce his own Champagne. The first few vintages were produced in the Selosse cellars in Avize. Today he has his own winery producing just two wines highlighted below. These are incredible wines.
2014 La Closerie Champagne “Les Béguines”
This is the main bottling from the single-vineyard “Les Béguines.” This is pure Pinot Meunier, from vines planted in the 1950’s. Fermented in a barrels, barriques and demi-muid, with indigenous yeasts. Just 18 months on the lees, bottled with no dosage. I don’t believe there is a better 100% Pinot Meunier Champagne that you can buy.
2014 La Closerie Champagne Rosé “Fac-simile”
One of the top Rosé Champagne produced. 100% Pinot Meunier vinified as a white wine, with the addition of barrel fermented red wine all from Les Béguines.” I’ve only tasted this once in my life, and all I can say is “epic.” Worth fighting for.
This past September, Craig traveled to Napa Valley to explore a wide range of producers. One of the highlights of the visit was tasting with winemaker Scott Young of Young Inglewood. The estate vineyard is in a coveted part of Napa Valley, the Mayacamas bench, on the far Southwest reaches of St Helena. This is Cabernet Sauvignon country, and that is the focus at Young Inglewood, but we are also including a fantastic Chardonnay from the sought after Michael Mara Vineyard at the base of the Sonoma Mountain range. We know you have a lot of choices in Napa Valley, and these wines are at the top of our list of rising stars. Scott really wants to make world-class and balanced wines, and he delivers. First time that these wines have been in Chicago! They would make a great gift to your Napa-loving friends and clients…or to yourself!
2012 Young Inglewood Vineyards “Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
$110.00 BTL / LIMITED
2014 “Venn” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
$51.99 BTL
2013 Young Inglewood Vineyards “Michael Mara Vineyard” Chardonnay 
5th generation Chablis estate, led today by Lilian Duplessis. One of the few organic producers in Chablis, the estate has a great range of bottlings, including some special Premier and Grand Cru vineyards. As we’ve warned you, Chablis is quickly disappearing from availability given the difficult weather related issues that have reduced yields, but luckily not quality. These are fantastic, and really great values across the board.
2015 Duplessis Petit Chablis 
$25.99 BTL / LIMITED
2015 Duplessis Chablis 
$32.99 BTL / LIMITED
2014 Duplessis Chablis “Fourchaume,” Premier Cru 45.99 BTL / EXCRUCIATINGLY LIMITED
2014 Duplessis Chablis “Montmains,” Premier Cru $46.99 BTL / LIMITED
2014 Duplessis Chablis “Montée de Tonnerre,” Premier Cru
$51.99 BTL / LIMITED
2014 Duplessis Chablis “Les Clos,” Grand Cru
What can I say aside from the fact that this is one of my personal favorite domaines in all of Burgundy. If you follow Burgundy, you know these wines. They are everything you want in Pinot Noir, pure, amazing definition, age worthy, just beautiful. PLEASE NOTE – these wines are due to arrive in stock the week of December 19th.
2014 Michel Lafarge Bourgogne Rouge
$34.99 BTL / 12 bottles available
2014 Michel Lafarge Volnay
$74.99 BLT / 9 bottles available
2014 Michel Lafarge Volnay “Vendange Séléctionées” $81.99 BTL / 9 bottles available 
2014 Michel Lafarge Volnay “Clos du Château des Ducs,” Premier Cru
$182.99 BTL / 3 bottles available
2014 Michel Lafarge Volnay “Clos des Chênes,” Premier Cru 
$182.99 BTL / 3 bottles
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12/2/16 Exciting releases of Gran Reserva Tempranillo from Remelluri and Viña Sastre

Today’s Friday Feature is one we have been anticipating for years. Our focus today is Spain, and one of, if not THE most noble red grape varieties of the country: Tempranillo.
As wine professionals we get to taste a lot of wine, including many of the iconic, classic, great wines of the world. It can not be denied that the greatest Tempranillo ranks up there with the more well-noted great wines of the world including the First Growths of Bordeaux, Grand Cru Burgundy, cult California Cabernet, noble Barolo and Barbaresco, and the list goes on.
Today we feature two Gran Reserva releases from iconic Spanish producers in the Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions.
These aren’t inexpensive wines, but given their status as amongst the greatest red wines of the world, we feel that they are a value. More importantly we feel that no good wine cellar is complete without these wines. They are truly spectacular and can’t recommend them enough to you.
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Jamie

2010 Remelluri Rioja, Gran Reserva
Rioja is the most well-known red wine region in Spain, and certainly one of the most in the world of wine.
It is here that the Tempranillo grape thrives, although Rioja tends to be a blended wine, with small proportions of Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha often included.
The identity of the region bears some comparisons to the Champagne region of France. Just like in Champagne, Rioja is a large growing region, and as such, many producers blend grapes from various parts of the region. For years there has been less of a focus on terroir or “single origin” wines, and the conversation was more about house style, length of aging, and types of oak.
What identifies with wine nerds, such as myself, is when I smell and taste a wine, it speaks to a place. For larger wineries in Rioja, that place is the large swath of the region. Yet for a handful, place, whether it be an estate or a single vineyard means a lot.
Remelluri is a place. Not just any place, but a historic piece of land in the Rioja Alavesa sub-region of Rioja. Visiting Remelluri was one of my most fascinating experiences at a winery ever. Walking the property you visit a necropolis in its center. Not far away, carved into the rock, an ancient wine press. There were glimpses and stories of history everywhere. It became evident that because of the quality of the farm, its well situated place near the slopes of the Sierra de Toloño mountains, this was an important place even in ancient times.
My tour of the winery was from one of Spain’s most important and influential winemakers, Telmo Rodríguez. It was Telmo’s father that purchased the estate in 1967. Telmo spent years away from the family winery, developing his own wines, and becoming one of the most well-known winemakers. In recent years Telmo has returned, and is quietly transforming Remelluri, pushing its quality level to its highest point. In fact, this wine, from the 2010 vintage, marks the first vintage that Telmo oversaw from start to finish.
A Gran Reserva for Remelluri is a very special wine. They have only produced a Gran Reserva in 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2005, 2009 and now 2010. They produced roughly 20,000 bottles of the Gran Reserva in 2010. The wine is made from the best grapes on the estate, from various parcels. It is a blend of mainly Tempranillo, but also Garnacha and Graciano, and even small amounts of white grape varietals such as Moscatel, Viura, and Malvasia. The grapes are hand picked, and sorted both in the vineyard and a sorting table. The wine is fermented with natural yeast and aged for 27 months in various sizes and ages of barrels.
I’ve had the pleasure of tasting many wines over the years from Remelluri, and can say that this is probably the finest wine I’ve tasted from them, and one of the best Spanish wines I’ve had in years. One of the great parts of a Remelluri Gran Reserva is that the producer has aged this for you, and it does drink well now, especially with decanting. Yet for those with patience, you should hold on to several bottles, drinking over a couple of decades.
We really can’t recommend this wine enough, it is a must buy for anyone that loves great wine. We received very little of this in Illinois, and it will sell out.
A truly spectacular Rioja.
2010 Viña Sastre Ribera del Duero “Pago de Santa Cruz,” Gran Reserva
Ribera del Duero is Spain’s other most notable region for the Tempranillo grape variety. Located near the historically important town of Burgos, the region has a long history, but its modern age didn’t explode till the 1980’s. Names like Vega Sicilia and Pesquera helped bring the region to international prominence.
The wines of Viña Sastre are among the very best of the region, and my personal favorite.
Another of my most memorable wine moments was at Viña Sastre in 2012. Proprietor and winemaker Jesus Sastre was an incredible host. We got a chance to visit his magnificent vineyards, including the famed Pago de Santa Cruz. Jesus is well known as one of the best vineyard managers in Spain. He farms organically and also 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 amongst the best of the region.
We also had an opportunity to visit the winery. You rarely come across a winemaker that analyzes every part of the process as much as Jesus. In his winery, his “toys” are all the best technology, presses, etc, that help him carefully and minimally handle the grapes. He is a perfectionist in every sense of the word.
That leads me to this special release, the first Gran Reserva release since 1999. He had abandoned his Gran Reserva program, as he instead chose to focus on single vineyard wines without a designation of the aging process.
Over the past few years Jesus and his importer André reassessed their feelings about Gran Reservas. Their feeling is that wines with extended aging in barrel can display their terroir as much as any of the wines Jesus was currently producing. They also got to continue to taste the 1996 and 1999 Gran Reservas, see their development and realize how truly great they were.
2010 marks the first release in the US of a Gran Reserva since the 1999 vintage. Made entirely from Tempranillo, with an average age of 65+ year old vines, grown in the clay and chalk soil of the Pago de Santa Cruz vineyard. Jesus commissioned special 1000 liter barrels, which the wine was fermented in for the Gran Reserva. The barrel sat in a cradle which allowed Jesus to ratite the barrel so that he could keep the wine in contact with the lees during fermentation. The wine was then moved to 2000 liter and 3000 liter oak for aging for 36 months. As always the wine is unfined and unfiltered.
This is a bold, full-bodied red, with hints at black currant, dark cherry, herbs, anise and spice. It is richly textured, but maintains a freshness and balance. The finish is incredibly long, and keeps you coming back for more. It calls out for red meat, and having had the Sastre wines with the local speciality of 3 month-old DOP baby lamb, it a mind bending food and wine match.
This is one of Spain’s top wines, and a truly special wine for the cellar. You can drink this now, but it will be in its prime from 2020 – 2035+.
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11/25/16 The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition

6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
2015 Heitlinger Pinot Meunier
Baden, Germany
Baden, situated in the far south of Germany, just over the Rhine from Alsace, is the warmest wine region in Germany. It is home to grape varieties such as Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Wines from Baden are dry, full-bodied and sometimes with a touch of oak; they provide a unique experience of the Alsatian grapes made in Germany.
Weingut Heitlinger, regarded as one of the leading wineries in Baden, was founded in 1960 by Albert Heitlinger and now managed by winemaker Claus Burmeister since 2009. This innovative estate was certified organic in 2010, and became a member of the VDP in 2012.
Heitlinger wines are full bodied and with strong characters and expression in this warm region. They all maintain an impressive purity of fruit, intense mineral flavors, and tons complexity.
The Pinot Meunier isn’t even part of their lineup. On a recent visit, one of the partners of Robert Houde Wines tasted it straight out of the barrel and begged them to bottle a couple hundred cases for him as a single varietal wine.
He loved it because it drinks very much like a Pinot Noir and it’s rather unique, since varietal Pinot Meunier is rarely made into still red wine – we drink plenty of it in our Champagne, and now you’ll see why it’s such a special grape.
Fermented in a combination of steel and 1000 liter casks, it displays notes of dark cherries and sappy red fruits, forest floor, spices, and cinnamon. There is good oak integration in which combines well with the elegance, power, and varietal characteristics.
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
2014 Espaço Rural “Bojador” Tinto
Alentejo, Portugal

Month after month, our wine club features new wines from all over the world. Sometimes certain wines are so popular with our customers that we take notice and make sure to offer the next great vintage.

Such is the case with the Esaço Rural wines. Last month’s “6 for Everyday” featured the new vintage of white “Bojador” and this month we’re happy to show off its tasty red counterpart!

As a refresher, Espaço Rural is a winery located in the Alentejo region of Southern Portugal. Let by husband and wife team, Pedro Ribeiro and Catarina Vieira, they produce four wines from local Portuguese varieties.

Alentejo is a large wine region, that is sub-divided into 8 different sub zones. Espaço Rural works in one of the Southernmost sub-regions called Vidigueira. There is no doubt that this is a hot region, in fact most produces irrigate because of the lack of rainfall. Espaço Rural dry farms their vines, which are located on limestone and sandy soil. Dry-farming promotes deep roots, which in turn gives wines more energy and complexity.

When we first tasted the Bojador Tinto, we each tried a little glass, and put the cork back in the bottle to try later.  And later we did.  Our second try was on the second day, our third a few days later, and even after a week and a half of being open, this was still unoxidized and fresh.  Really amazing!  We doubt you will repeat this, as the wine really is so good that you will drink it all on day one!
The Bojador Tinto is a blend of Aragonez, Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional, and yes a little bit of Syrah.  Fermentation is done in stainless steel tanks, and aging in neutral, older French oak for nine months.
Big notes of dark cherry and blackberry on the nose lead into a textured, fruit-driven wine on the palate. Very well balanced, its richness never comes across as “jammy” and its freshness keeps you coming back for more.  A great wine for the grill.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2012 “Seis” de Luberri Cosecha
Rioja Alavesa, Spain
Owned by Florentino Martínez Monje, Luberri is located in the heart of Rioja Alavesa. Florentino farms 35 hectares of old vines located principally between the villages of Elciego and La- guardia and in considered to be one of the best producers in the entire region of Rioja.
A farmer at heart, Florentino was the original winemaker at the prestigious winery Artadi before establishing his own winery in 1992. He made a name for himself and his estate by resurrecting the traditional style of semi-carbonic maceration of Rioja wine of Rioja.
Florentino is very hands-on at the winery, participating in all aspects of production, but his true love is working in the vineyards. All the plots are farmed with minimal treatment of the soils and vines. Yields are intentionally kept low, which allows Florentino to harvest grapes with great concentration and flavor.
This wine, named “Seis” for the six months that it spends in barrel, is made from 100% Tempranillo grown around the town of Elciego in Rioja Alavesa. It is fermented in stainless steel and then aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for six months.
Balanced and complex, with a nose full of bright cherry fruit surrounded by spices. Rich mouthfeel full of sweet round fruit and complementary spicy undertones. A fantastic crowd-pleaser and great with hearty cold weather dishes!
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2013 Vale da Capucha “Fossil” Branco
Lisboa, Portugal
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 Val de Capucha.
Pedro Marques 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.
“Fossil” is a blend of indigenous grapes Arinto, Gouveio & Fernão Pires, harvested and fermented together. The grapes are left to hang out with their skins for 8 hours.  Typically in white wine making, the skins are immediately pressed away, so barely any color is imparted. The first thing you may notice about the wine is the deep golden color, which comes from this contact. The next thing you might notice is the rich, tropical fruit quality of the nose (also thanks to the skin contact). The mouth is mineral driven, but also there is a sense of great texture, that harken to the skin of just ripe fruits.
This new vintage is complex and unqiue – a wine that benefits from oxygen and a bit of warmth. This is a GREAT choice for Indian food, especially the vegetarian cuisines of Southern India.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE

2015 Az. Agr. F.lli Cigliuti Dolcetto d’Alba
Piemonte, Italy
By now, you are not strangers to the wines of Claudia Cigliuti and her family, as we’ve featured various bottlings from the winery in our last two newsletters. She was also in town a few weeks ago and poured some of the new wines for us to try.
It’s a small, family-run production – the history of this winery extends back 4 generations, and today Renato, his wife Dina, and daughters Claudia and Silvia run this winery with great precision.  The vineyards are top-notch and include two of Barbaresco’s most famous Crus, Serraboella and Bricco di Neive.  To keep the essence of the terroir, only natural yeasts are used, fermentation is in stainless steel and aging is done in large oak barrels, except for this Dolcetto which stays in tank.
The Dolcetto d’Alba hails from 20+ year-old vines in the Serraboella vineyard.  This gives us everything we love about the variety: the freshness, the mixture of red and black fruits, the integrated herbal notes, and the ability to work with virtually everything at the table.
We so often are on a search for authenticity in wine, and very few wines speak to it more than this. Delicious Dolcetto! It’s normally $16.99 a bottle, but we’re putting in on special through the end of the year so we can feature it as part of the “everyday” wines.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE

2015 Cave de Saumur “Les Pouches”
Loire Valley, France
The Cave de Saumur, founded in 1956 by 40 growers, is a co-operative in the Loire Valley region of France. It now handles fruit from 160 growers from the region.
The Cave has put an emphasis on sustainable viticulture and all its members have signed up to a plan of action aimed at the conservation of water resources, air quality and biodiversity. They also own a labyrinth of subterranean cellars, some 10 km of them, cut into the soft, pale tufa rock so typical of the Loire, that complements their modern winery built in 2000. Red and rosé wines are made from cabernet franc grapes and whites from chenin blanc.

The “Les Pouches” is a fantastic example of dry Chenin Blanc from Saumur. The grapes come from a small vineyard of sandy, silty, clay over limestone, which delivers intense aromas and flavors of white orchard fruit, white flowers, and lemon/lime zest.

Mouthwatering but very generous, it finishes with a hint of lemon, green peach, and dusty mineral. Great with any roasted fish dishes, chicken, or anything with fall root vegetables, squash or mushrooms!

$13.00 BTL. / $156.00 CASE
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The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – $30 and under Edition


Hello & Happy Friday!
We begin today’s newsletter with a new tasting to introduce. A first-ever type of tasting, which you won’t want to miss.

Japanese Whiskey Tasting featuring the Whiskey of Tokiwa Imports

There are only 14 spots available to this fantastic tasting of Japanese Whiskey led by co-owner of Tokiwa Imports, Eric Swanson. This will be an incredibly educational tasting, so if you ever wanted to learn more about Japanese Whiskey, come to this!

WHEN: Thursday, December 15th
WHAT: Eric Swanson, co-owner of Tokiwa Imports will guide a tasting from his portfolio of fantastic Japanese Whiskey. He represents White Oak, Mars Shinshu, and Chichibu Distilleries. These are amongst the very best distilleries in Japan right now, and have helped reshape the Whiskey business, giving these Japanese malts the hype and fame they deserve. We will taste at minimum 5 Whiskey selections from his portfolio.
TIME: 7:00PM – 8:30 PM
 *SIT-DOWN tasting: This will be a more traditional Perman Wine tasting, where we sit down and taste through the Whisky, and learn from Eric.
COST: $50
*space is limited to 14 people for this event
RSVP: orders@permanwine.com

With Thanksgiving upon us, please note the following hours next week:
Monday, November 21st – Noon till 8 PM
Tuesday, November 22nd – Noon till 8 PM
Wednesday, November 23rd – Noon till 8 PM
Thursday, November 24th – CLOSED
Friday, November 25th – Noon till 8 PM
Saturday, November 26th – 11 am till 7 PM
In other news, today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $30 and Under Edition” wine club.

We have been getting rave reviews of our new wine club, and this month will not disappoint.

Our goal is to provide you with 6 different bottles of wine from around the world, all from some of the best producers in their respective regions. These are great “everyday” wines that you can drink on a nightly basis.

As we head into Fall we’ve shifted our focus to red wines. This month you have 4 red wines and 2 white wines. It’s an incredible line-up, filled with discovery.

They are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.

Enjoy the weekend!
Craig & Jamie


6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
2013 Andrew Will “Flâneurs” 
Columbia Valley, Washington
If you’re wondering what a “flâneur” is, we’ve got you covered: a 19th century French literary term associated with the man of leisure, the idler, the urban explorer and the connoisseur of the street.
And for the connoisseur of wine, it is this limited edition red blend from Andrew Will. Owner Chris Camarda has been able to tap into some of the best vineyard sites in the Columbia Valley, including Champoux, Ciel du Coeval and Sorella, which are usually tough to get your hands on.
If you love balanced, full-bodied reds, the “Flâneurs” will deliver all of the spectacular flavors and quality synonymous with Andrew Will, but at a more “everyday” price point.
When I was in college and grad school in Seattle, the wine scene in the Columbia Valley was still painfully searching for an identity and there was a lot of attention on Merlot. It was trying to be just like it’s successful Napa version and failing miserably.
Thankfully, many producers, including Andrew Will, have found ways to make Merlot the hero. Blended with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the “Flâneurs” showcases the best of what Merlot had to say in 2013: notes of cedar, cigar wrapper, red cherry, raspberry, and hints of leather. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied with pronounced tannins.
$30.00 BTL / $360.00 CASE
2014 Jean-Yves Devevey Bourgogne Blanc
Burgundy, France
Last week we wrote an inspired introduction into the fantastic white wines from Jean-Yves Devevey in Burgundy. But we left something out, sneaky, we know.

We held back from announcing that there is yet another white wine from Jean-Yves that we haven’t offered before, his delicious Bourgogne Blanc.

A beautiful expression of Chardonnay, the fruit comes from a hillside vineyard in the commune of Nantoux, which is located just Northwest of the villages of Pommard and Volnay.

As usual, Devevey works as naturally as possible in the vineyards and winery. The grapes are gently pressed, using a pneumatic press. His Bourgogne Blanc is fermented and aged in old oak barrels.

Classic White Burgundy aromas of citrus peel, toasted hazelnut and mineral. Medium weight, with great precision and length. This really gets the salivary glands going, a workout in itself!

A great example of the spectacular 2014 offerings from Jean-Yves.  Hurry before we drink it all ourselves!

$29.00 BTL / $348.00 CASE 
2014 Az. Agr. F.lli Cigliuti “Campass” Barbera d’Alba
Piemonte, Italy

Last week we also introduced you to the new wines from Cigliuti – and again, we left something special out of that line up.

We kept the “Campass” Barbera d’Alba a secret so that we could use it in the “6 for Everyday” sampler. If you were in attendance for the “All Things Piemonte” tastings last week, you had the opportunity to explore this delicious wine with us.
Made from older Barbera vines that are nestled within the Serraboella Barbaresco vineyard, this is a special, dark, layered and complex version of the “everyday” red in Piemonte.
Fuller than the Serraboella Barbera d’Alba, the “Campass” is fleshy, fruity and full of dark ripe berry notes, spices and toasted oak with some interesting notes of caramel and spice in its aromas and flavors. You don’t have to share it if you don’t want to!

$30.00 BTL /$360.00 CASE 
2014 Anthill Farms Syrah
Sonoma Coast, California

On my recent trip to California, the Anthill Farms wines were amongst the most exciting I tasted. Among Pinot Noir fans, Anthill Farms has become a well known name, despite their small production. The winery began in 2004, and is a partnership between three winemakers who met while working at Williams-Selyem. They are the perfect example of what is so exciting about California today, young “négociants” working closely with top vineyards, aiming to making wines of elegance, balance and complexity.

Going in to my visit, I had no idea that Anthill Farms also produced a little Syrah? It turns out they personally love the varietal, and make small amounts of 3 different Syrah. Their 2014 Sonoma Coast Syrah that I’m featuring today is without a doubt the best value in California Syrah I’ve ever tried. As soon as I tasted it, I said to the local distributor, this was a must purchase. Due to its popularity, and great price point, they only had 4 cases left, and they are available exclusively in Illinois in this sampler.

Beautiful blue / black fruit aromas, with classic notes of white pepper on the nose. Medium weight, with pure fruit flavors, and underlying spice and earth notes on the palate. This is balanced, delicious, and keeps coming you back for another glass. Cali fans, you need to introduce yourself to these wines from Anthill Farms if you haven’t already done so, they are special.

2011 Celler Pardas Negre Franc
Penedès, Spain
Penedés is a region that is known for a largely commercial pursuit of inexpensive sparkling wine produced by the millions. However, as we’ve come to discover, there exists a great potential for still wines in this often generalized D.O.
We have acquainted you with Celler Pardas many times in the past – a small producer that shines as an example of going against the grain to make great still wines alongside the industrial Cava giants.
This month we’re excited to introduce you to the new vintage of Negre Franc – easily our most beloved red from Pardas. The Cabernet Franc and Sumoll vineyards for this wine are situated in an old river valley and produce wines of complexity, intrigue and approachability.
Truly gorgeous, with young aromatics of cherries, currants, and licorice spice. Medium-bodied yet wonderfully balanced, with a dark and red fruits on the palate and Mediterranean spices and herbs. A truly complex bottle that keeps getting better sip after sip.
$24.00 BTL / $144.00 SIX PACK CASE
2014 Aphros “Ten” Loureiro
Vinho Verde, Portugal
In last month’s newsletter we introduced you to Vasco Croft, who has become well-known for his forward thinking wines from the Vinho Verde region of Portugal, and specifically the sub-region of Ponte de Lima.
He is one of a handful of producers who eschew the “traditional” and often innocuous lightly spritzy, over-cropped versions of Vinho Verde that dot the supermarket shelves.
Instead, he is a farmer first, managing his farm and winemaking practices according to the biodynamic principles.
As I mentioned in last month’s newsletter, I had the opportunity to taste a line-up from Vasco last February. In addition to the Pét-Nat on last month’s sampler, I am also very excited to introduce you to his “Ten” – a different expression of the Loureiro grape.
This is a delicious fall white and will make an excellent addition to the Thanksgiving feast if you’re still in need of wine for the big day. Bright yellow color with aromas of tree fruit and flowers. Background notes of pineapple and rose petals with subtle mineralogy and well-balanced acidity. Must be the traditional food-treading that brings out all the flavor.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 CASE



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New Arrivals from Italy and France

Hello & Happy Friday!
It is a very happy Friday indeed as we just receive two shipments from two of our favorite places, Burgundy and Piedmont!
Behind the scenes at Perman Wine Selections, newsletters are often a result of months of planning. Today’s newsletter is a perfect example.
Both of the featured producers today, are wineries that we’ve enjoyed immensely over the years, and essentially “stalked them” to make sure we had the wines to sell to you. Between visiting the wineries, helping them find a local distributor, and now singing their praises, we wouldn’t do this if we didn’t think the wines were that special.
White Burgundy fans and Piedmont fans take note, this newsletter is for you.
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Jamie

Jean-Yves Deveveydevevey
White Burgundy is one of the world’s most complex white wines. Its nuances are a reflection of its ability to translate the terroir of the vineyard.
What can be frustrating for today’s consumer of White Burgundy is the increasing scarcity and rising prices of the wines. Most of my customers know that White Burgundy values tend to be sold between $25 – $40 per bottle. The known names and top vineyards in places like Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault fetch far greater than that.
You also may be aware of the devastation that the last few vintages have brought to many producers in the region. Due to hail storms, frost, and other viticultural difficulties, production has dramatically dropped.
We say this not to cause a panic, but to inform you of these issues and their effect on our abilities to sell you the wines, and do so at the same prices in years past.
It also provides an introduction into the wines of Jean-Yves Devevey.
I met Jean-Yves through a mutual friend of mine who lives in Montreal and works in the business. We were actually in a bar in Beaune, when we ran into Jean-Yves who was there to get a beer after a long day of work. The two had met several times before, and soon after seeing each other, we were invited for a tasting at the cellar. I was immediately hooked on the wines.
Jean-Yves cellar is in the small hamlet of Demigny, which sits just on the Northern border of the Saône-et-Loire department in Southern Burgundy.
This is a small domaine, which manages 8 hectares of vines, 4 of which are owned by the family. Maybe its an overused statement, but Jean-Yves is truly a man of the vineyard. His journey in the wine business gave him the fundamental belief that working as naturally as possible, without the usage of chemicals in the vineyard is crucial to producing great fruit.
He is one of the most self-effacing winemakers I have ever met in 20 years in the business.
It is an important point because, I can tell you, virtually no one in the business knows about these wines. Possibly, In part because of the self-effacement, but also because of the size of the domaine. I can relate to Jean-Yves as a business owner. When you are hands on, and spend most of your time trying to do something to the best of your abilities, you often have little time for promotion.
WHY THESE ARE MUST BUYS: I visited the winery in April with my friend, tasting through barrels, and probably was only able to muster a couple words. The 2014 vintage is just incredible. This is a Jean-Yves vintage. The wines have purity, complexity, and incredible length. They taste good now, but also can age. In short, if you love White Burgundy you would be downright insane to miss them!
About the Hautes Côtes de Beaune & Rully
The Hautes Côtes de Beaune is a large appellation, a series of non contiguous vineyards that start at Pernand -Vergelesses and continue down through Maranges, flanking the western side of the famous villages that lie between these two borders. Rully is in the Côte Chalonnaise and encompasses the villages of Rully & Chagny. The Hautes Côtes produce an accessible, often nervy style of Burgundy and can be quite stylish and complex, especially when made under the deft eye of a producer like Devevey. Those of you who prefer a more lush and nutty style of Burgundy will be more attracted to Rully.


2014 Devevey Hautes Côtes de Beaune Blanc “Champs Perdrix”
This vineyard, whose name refers to pheasants and to stones ( Burgundians really do love their rocks and birds) is a very stony plot underneath which are shallow, clay soils. This is a well-managed site and pruned very meticulously. The result is a concentrated, yet bright,  Chardonnay. Incredible value.
2014 Devevey Hautes Côtes de Beaune Blanc “Les Chagnots Dix-Huit Lunes”
Les Chagnots is a particular plot located at the bottom of “Champs Perdrix”. Less stones are evident here, but the exposure is very favorable. Jean-Yves extends the elevage of this wine to 18 months (thus the nickname Dix-Huit Lunes, or 18 moons). Of all the whites we are offering, this one offers the most wired and crunchy character, and those of you who prefer Chablis or mineral-driven Chassagnes will be attracted to its nature. This was (and still is) a Shebnem favorite!


2014 Devevey Rully Blanc “En Thivaux”
The lieux dit of En Thivaux is in the western part of Rully and Devevey’s vines are planted on mostly clay, imparting a Meursault-like richness to the wine, at a fraction of the price. This wine is lush but maintains a snappy acidity. A beauty.
2014 Devevey Rully Blanc “La Chaume”
La Chaume is a 1.25 hectare plot of 28 year old Chardonnay vines, planted on marl in the commune of Rully. La Chaume presents a gorgeous nose of apples and hazelnut and is bright and structured in the palate. A truly outstanding wine, drinking well now and aging well for a decade in the cellar.


Az. Agr. F.lli Cigliuticigliuti
If Burgundy is the soul of France, then Piedmont is Italy’s version. Thought provoking, emotional and sheer delicious wines come from the region situated in Northwest Italy.
We are long time fans of the wines of Piedmont, we have travelled there many times over the years and have developed a lot of longstanding relationships.
One of our most recent “aha” moments came a couple years ago when we had the chance to visit Claudia Cigliuti at her small cantina just outside the village of Neive, within the Barbaresco DOCG.
The history of this winery extends back 4 generations, and today Renato, his wife Dina, and daughters Claudia and Silvia run this winery with great precision. Claudia and Silvia Cigliuti are farmers first, absolutely love working in the vineyards, and their careful farming shows in the purity of the fruit.
These are benchmark Barbaresco from the commune of Neive and include two of Barbaresco’s most famous Crus – Serraboella and Bricco di Neive.  To keep the essence of the terroir, only natural yeasts are used, fermentation is in stainless steel and aging is done in large oak barrels.
2014 Cigliuti “Serraboella” Barbera d’Alba
This single-vineyard Barbera is from 15 years old vines grown in a slightly lower part of the Serraboella vineyard where the southeastern exposed soils contain more clay than calcareous limestone. It spends 18 months in neutral French oak barrels.
It’s dark and elegant with  black cherry, black raspberry, mushroom, and earth mingle on the nose with pepper, licorice, smoke, and subtle oak spices. It has great texture and length.
$24.99 BTL
2013 Cigliuti “Briccoserra” Langhe Rosso
This is a very special wine and should not be overlooked.
The Briccoserra takes its name from the two vineyards it comes from – Bricco di Neive for the Nebbiolo (and incredible old-vine parcel at the top of the hill) and Serraboella for the Barbera (from the heart of the vineyard). Renato started making this in order to experiment when French barriques started to appear in Piemonte in the seventies, but he always believed that Barbaresco was better in larger containers.
A little pronounced oak at this stage it has all it takes to integrate this in a year or so and although drinkable from now it will handsomely repay the wait as it is a beautifully sumptuous wine with the rich velvety Barbera complementing the focused drive and length of the Nebbiolo. A fantastic wine.
$38.99 BTL
2015 Cigliuti Langhe Nebbiolo
You do not need a special occasion to drink Nebbiolo!  Yes, the great examples from the top vineyards are going to cost $40 – $100, but you should know that most top producers make an excellent value Langhe Nebbiolo.
It is 100% Nebbiolo, 15 year-old vines from the Bricco di Neive vineyard in the commune of Neive.  It is fermented in stainless steel and see aging for 5 months partially in steel and partially in Slavonian oak.
A wine for food, in particular meat-based pasta sauces, and grilled meats.  It’s somewhere in that medium to full-bodied range, with beautiful cherry, fennel and spice notes.  A beautiful Nebbiolo at a great price.
$26.99 BTL
2012 Cigliuti Barbaresco “Vie Erte”
Now we are getting serious! I tasted this when I was there in June, and really loved this wine.
“Vie Erte” comes from the Bricco di Neive vineyard in Neive.  The vineyard sits on the southwest slope of the hill near Serraboella and Canova, but is higher in altitude.
It always yields a really elegant and fresh style of Barbaresco, and I find the 2012 to be very accessible in its youth, yet of course it will age.
This is a steal for its price point! One of the great single Cru’s of Barbaresco for under $50 is downright ridiculous.
*We also have a little bit of the 2010 vintage left – $49.99/bottle and perfect for the upcoming holiday gatherings.
$47.99 BTL
2013 Cigliuti Barbaresco “Serraboella”
Here is where I call out all my true Piedmont fans, those with the patience to lay down some bottles and enjoy the spoils of your efforts and the incredible efforts of the Cigliuti family.
Serraboella is among the greatest terroirs in the Barbaresco region.  In my opinion, the Cigliuti family produces the best example from this great terroir.
The parcel that they own is southwest facing, with vines in the 25-55 year range.  Like everything at this property, it is fermented in stainless steel and then this is aged for 26 months in Slavonian oak casks and larger French oak.
Serraboella produces firm, dense and tannic Nebbiolo.  Please cellar this wine.  Give it till at least 2020 and it will continue to develop through 2030+.
One of the great wines of Piedmont.
$61.99 BTL
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Champagne & Sparkling Wine Values of the Year!

Hello and Happy Wednesday!
We interrupt your work week to make our annual announcement of our picks for both our Champagne Value of the Year and Sparkling Wine Value of the Year!
As you may know, we love sparkling wine and Champagne at Perman Wine Selection!
Each year Craig makes the trek to Champagne to taste current releases and meet with producers. This is part of the process in determining what we feature.
Throughout the year we are also busy tasting sparkling wines from around the world, all in anticipation of choosing of we what we feel is the best bottle of bubbles for the price.
The holidays are a time when we pause and celebrate our yearly successes. It is also a time when a lot of our customers give client gifts. We believe Champagne or Sparkling Wine is the right choice for those moments.
These wines are limited in nature, so please reserve your bottles or cases today.
Have a great rest of your week,
Craig & Jamie

Bubbles of the Year!
Champagne Value of the Year:
2013 Champagne Marie-Courtin “Résonance,” Extra-Brut, Champagne, France
Polisot, is a sleepy and beautiful village located in the Southernmost part of the Champagne region called the Aube. The growing region of the area, called the Côte des Bar, is closer in proximity to Chablis than the heart of Champagne, some 90 miles to the north. There is more limestone and clay in the Côte des Bar, not so much chalk, as you find in the heart.
Even as I write about this producer, I have to catch myself and admit that using a term like “heart of Champagne” is something insulting to those in the Aube that for many years have taken a back seat to producers in sub-regions like the Montagne de Reims, Côte des Blancs and Vallée de la Marne. While producers in those places may think less of the Aube, if hard pressed and made to write a top ten list of my favorite Champagne producers, 5, yes 5 of the 10 would come from the Aube.
Marie-Courtin is certainly on that list of the best of Champagne.
Dominque Moreau, owner and winemaker of Marie Courtin (named after her grandmother), is one of the most talented and nicest producers in Champagne. Her minuscule vineyard holdings encompass roughly 2.5 ha, allowing her to produce around 16,000 bottles total annually.
She has been one of the leaders in the “organically grown” movement in Champagne, beginning the process to organic conversion in 2006, with certification in 2010.
Moreau produces a total of 4 different Champagne. The 2013 “Résonance” is our Champagne Value of the Year. It is made entirely from Pinot Noir grown on those beautiful limestone/clay soils.
The 2013 “Résonance” is stunning, aromatically complex with notes raspberry, plum, and mineral. On the palate, this has texture, freshness, concentration, and a really long finish.
There was no doubt that this deserved to be our Champagne Value of the Year! A fantastic Champagne!
$49.99 BTL / $599.88 CASE
Sparkling Wine Value of the Year:
NV Domaine Belluard “Les Perles du Mont Blanc” Méthode Traditionnelle, Savoie, France
There are new wineries, and then there are “new to you” wineries. We have absolutely fallen in love with the wines of Domaine Belluard over the last couple years. This winery, “new to us,” but started in 1947 is located in the village of Ayse in the Haute-Savoie region of France.
What’s the local variety you ask? Why none other than Gringet. An old variety, thought to even pre-date the Romans, and found only in Ayse.
“Les Perles du Mont Blanc” is an outstanding value, deserving of the pick of Sparkling Wine Value of the Year.”
Beautiful aromatics of green apple skin, citrus, mineral and spice. Medium weight, with good concentration, notes of poached pear, and a long, layered finish. This is serious juice, but yet so uncompromisingly delicious.
Don’t miss this great value!
$23.99 BTL / $143.94 SIX-PACK CASE
Posted in Newsletter

Thanksgiving Wines 2016

Our Epic Thanksgiving Picks!
Sparkling Wines:

2014 Quinta das Bágeiras Vinho Espumante Bruto Natural Rosé

This is one of the best value sparkling Rosés that we have ever had in the shop. Màrio Sérgio Alves Nuno is known for making wines the “traditional way” and pays homage to his father’s palate which preferred lighter wines with lower alcohol. Over 60% of his production is sparkling wine, all without dosage. 100% Baga, it’s light salmon-pink in color with plenty of minerality on the palate and wildflower and fresh berry notes on the finish.

2014 Malvirá “Rive Gauche” Roero Arneis Spumante
Not your typical Italian sparkling. In the 1950s Giuseppe Damonte shifted his focus onto maximizing the vineyard potential of the Arneis grape in the small region of Roero. A Charmat Method bubbly with crisp notes of kaffir lime leaves, white peach, and spring flowers. Dry on the finish and no residual sugar so it’s great as an aperitif or with food.


(2009) Champagne Laherte Frères “Les Empreintes” Extra Brut, Champagne, France
Aurélien Laherte is one of the top young winemakers in Champagne today. Still relatively undiscovered, the winery sits in the little village of Chavot within the Coteaux Sud d’Epernay. They produce around 95,000 bottles annually. “Les Empreintes” is a stunner. A blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier from three different Biodynamically farmed vineyards within the village of Chavot. This has it all, freshness, richness and minerality.

White Wines:
2014 Domaine Ameztia Irouléguy Blanc
Ameztia is located in the French Basque country, where shepherd/winemaker Jean-Louis Costera and his family have been making wine since the 17th century. In 2001 Jean-Louis modernized the winemaking facilities on the family’s estate so that they could craft their own world-class Irouléguy. This white is a blend of two local grapes, Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng; with aromas and flavors of yellow fruits, very savory, fresh, and lively.
2015 Falkenstein Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Spätlese, Saar, Germany
For many, including myself, a great, slightly off-dry Riesling from Germany is an essential part of the Thanksgiving experience. Hofgut Falkenstein is one of the top producers in the Saar region of Germany today. We tried this Riesling Spätlese a little over a month ago, and were floored at its precision and complexity. Red apple combines with hints of tropical fruit and citrus. It is so vibrant on the palate, and if I didn’t see the label would have a difficult time guessing this as a Spätlese Riesling. It seems just a hair off dry, and it has impeccable balance.
2013 Domaine Ostertag “Meunchberg” Grand Cru Riesling, Alsace
Muenchberg means the “mountain of the monks” and was first planted in the 12th century by the Cistercian monks. It is one of the most unique Grand Crus of Alsace because of its very particular soil of red sandstone and volcanic sediments. Drinking beautifully now, this wine could also be put away for a while to enjoy on future turkey days. Elegant and dry with a delicate white peach notes and fleshy structure.
2014 Ottella “Le Creete” Lugana, Italy
Lugana is a picturesque wine region in northern Italy between Lombardy in the west and Veneto in the east. White wines from the area are made from a grape locally known as Turbiana (aka Trebbiano di Lugana), which is closely related to Verdicchio. The “Le Creete” vineyard has a unique white clay soil that adds great mineral notes to this fragrant, exotic fruit and citrus-laden wine. Softer acid makes it a perfect pairing for roasted turkey!
2013 Forman Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California
In our annual “France vs. The Rest of the World” tasting in October, we featured a flight of two Chardonnay, served to our guests “blind.” Before the “reveal” attendees had a difficult time telling which wine was from France and which from another part of the world. This beautiful Chardonnay from the legendary Ric Forman in Napa Valley, was the featured “world” wine and paired against a top-notch Chablis. Those results would have made Ric very happy, as he strives to produce a “non-traditional” California Chardonnay, with great balance and freshness. Mission accomplished.

Rosé and Red Wines:
2015 Schloss Gobelsburg “Cistercien” Rosé, Niederösterreich, Austria
Some of the finest vineyards in Austria belong to Schloss Gobelsburg. Written history of the estate and castle dates all the way back to 1074! Don’t let the pale color fool you. This delicate rosé from Zweigelt and St. Laurent has the softest scent of tart summer berries and overtones of rose petals. There is a spicier aspect and fruitier notes of freshly cut apple on the palate. Drink it by itself, but it’s even better with food to compliment the fresh acidity and grippy finish.
$29.99/BTL (1.5L MAGNUM)


2015 Broc Cellars “Cassia” Grenache Rosé, Mendocino, California
This wine was one of the highlights of my recent trip to California. Chris Brockway is making some of most delicious, and affordable wines in California today from his city winery in Berkley, California. Chris was nice enough to give us the last five cases of the otherwise sold out Rosee made from 100+ year-old Grenache Gris and Grenache Noir vines grown in McDowell Valley in Mendocino. This is one of the best Rosé I’ve tasted all year, discreet, with hints at wild strawberry, mineral and spice.


2012 Chandon de Briailles Savigny-lès-Beaune, Burgundy, France
It is baffling to me that this wine is even available. Chandon de Briailles is a fantastic producer, and one of most conscientious farmers in Burgundy. The wines are stupidly cheap for what you are getting. Farmed Biodynamically, low-yields, all from great terroir, the domaine only produces 50,000 bottles total per year. Their Savigny-lès-Beaune offering provides immediate gratification. The fruit comes from two lieu-dit in the village, one planted in 1960 and the other in 1976. This has everything you look for in Red Burgundy, pure red fruit, mineral, complexity and grip. We will sell out of this, but we have several out-of-this-world 1er Cru offerings that are incredible values.
2013 Charly Thévenet “Grain & Granit” Régnié, Beaujolais
The son of famous “Gang of Four” Morgon producer Jean-Paul Thévenet, Charly is a rising star in his own right. Leading the Régnié renaissance alongside Guy Breton, Charly uses biodynamic farming techniques in the vineyard, never adding synthetic herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides to the vines. He harvests late, aggressively sorts the grapes, adds minimal doses of sulfur dioxide, ages the wine in four-year-old Burgundian barriques, and bottles his wines unfiltered.


2013 Domaine Chignard “Beauvernay” Juliénas, Beaujolais 
Domaine Chignard, located in Fleurie, has produced a delicious Juliénas that is open, generous and full of all the luscious goodness you could want in a Cru Beaujolais. The vineyard, “Beauvernay”, is named for a grove of alder trees that can be seen at the base of the hillside. The granitic soils impart a great sense of minerality to the wine, and the 60+ year old Gamay vines lend weight and concentration.
$59.99/BTL (1.5L MAGNUM)


2015 Folk Machine Pinot Noir, Central Coast, California
On my recent trip to California, I was both impressed and excited to find good wine values. Yet it was readily apparent that making good values, and producing them with integrity was something that few managed to do. You have to want to make good values, and work really hard at it. Few are willing to do it. Kenny Likitprakong of Hobo Wine Company is. Sure Kenny doesn’t fit into that sweet, idyllic picture of a farmer and his land, making tiny quantities of wine from that place. In California, you have to throw that picture out the window. Instead Kenny diligently works to find good, well priced fruit, that he can make into wines that he is extremely proud of, and I can wholeheartedly attest are both delicious and complex wines. Folk Machine is one of the best value Cali Pinot’s out there. It combines Pinot Noir from three vineyards in the Central Coast picked at 22 Brix. The wine was aged in 2-6 year old neutral barrels to show off the freshness of the fruit. Medium weight, a mixture of red and black fruit, and great balance. A steal at this price.


2013 Norman Hardie Cabernet Franc, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada
You’ve seen it here before, but we couldn’t resist making the emphatic case for this beautiful Cabernet Franc to be part of your Thanksgiving celebration. Norman Hardie is the preeminent winery in Prince Edward County, located just a couple hours east of Toronto. County soil is special. The fractured limestone soil, the marginal climate which makes the grapes struggle, all help achieve wines with a finesse and balance that is rare in North American wines and more typical of something from France. This Chinon-like Cabernet Franc is exceptional, red fruit, green peppercorn, and a bright juicy finish. A very fresh style that is a necessary attribute for a wine at the Thanksgiving table.


2012 José Antonio Garcia Bierzo “Aires de Vendimia” Tinto, Spain
If you haven’t discovered the grape Mencía from Northwest Spain you are missing out. There are a lot of faces to the varietal, and appellation has a lot to do with it, but also vineyards and farming. We’ve been flat-out impressed by the wines of the young and talented José Antonio Garcia.
Bierzo is a region where you can easily make an overripe interpretation of Mencía, but Garcia has an adept touch, producing wines with intensity, freshness and complexity. “Aires de Vendimia” is the top wine of the estate. The fruit comes from Valtuille de Abajo, high elevation vineyards, 80-100 year-old vines. Black raspberry, cranberry, smoke, and spice can be found on the nose and palate. It is wonderfully long and complex, and will appeal to a wide variety of drinkers, those that love the wines of the Rhône Valley must try this!


2014 Rall Red, Swartland, South Africa
We just had the pleasure of a Donovan Rall visit to the store – he led a fantastic South African wine tasting and got everyone excited about his work with Rhône Varieties and classic Chenin Blanc. 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. His “Red” is a great full-bodied option for your holiday feast – Syrah and Grenache from Swartland with aromatic plum and dusty purple fruit notes, soft tannin and spice. Great for dinner or that quiet moment between dinner and dessert!
Dessert Wines:
2011 Clos Guirouilh “Petit Cuyaláa” Jurançon
Jurançon is a wine region in South West France in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Its wines are exclusively white, and can be made in three styles: Jurançon (sweet), Jurançon Vendanges Tardives (very sweet) and Jurançon Sec (dry).
This is a sweet version – similar to a Tokaji or Sauternes, it is 100% old vine Petit Manseng harvested in late November/early December when the grapes have naturally raisined on the vines. Pale gold with notes of honeysuckle, candied orange zest and apricot, it’s perfect for fruit desserts that don’t have chocolate (think apple, pear or pumpkin pie) or full-flavored cheeses after the main course.
2011 Equipo Navazos “Casa del Inca” Pedro-Ximenez Sherry
The Equipo Navazos project started as a private consortium of Sherry lovers. The wines are bottlings of specially selected barrels from the region’s top producers. For “Casa del Inca”, Pedro Ximénez grapes are dehydrated using the soleo (sundrying) process. The sweet rounded dessert wine is then aged in amphora and reveals notes of toffee, dried mango, rosewater, toasted nuts and licorice. This is perfect for any nut-based desserts (pecan pie, for example) or with chocolate.


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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition

Hello and Happy Friday!
We still have spaces available for this coming Thursday’s tasting with Donovan Rall, one of the leading young winemakers of South Africa!
This will be a fantastic tasting! Details below:

Donovan Rall & Friends tasting at Perman Wine Selections

On Thursday, November 3rd, we are thrilled to welcome all the way from South Africa, Donovan Rall. As many of you know I had a chance to travel to South Africa in January, and my visit with Donovan confirmed what is widely acknowledged, he is one of the best winemaking talents in all of the country.

Donovan will be in-house to guide us through his two flagship wines, and will also be bringing samples of two brand new wines, never tasted before in the US.

Since Donovan is a small producer, with a limited range, we also wanted to pour a couple of his friends wines. We will also taste 2 wines a piece from two fantastic producers, Vuurberg and Richard Kershaw. Jim Clark, owner of Blue Crane Imports will present these wines.

It is such a special treat to have Donovan in the store, and we hope you can make it!

WHEN: Thursday, November 3rd
WHAT: Taste some of the great wines of South Africa, featuring the wines of Donovan Rall, who will be in attendance to present. Total tasting of 8 wines from Donovan and friends.
TIME: 7:00PM – 8:30 PM
*SIT-DOWN tasting: This will be a more traditional Perman Wine tasting, where we sit down and taste through 4 flights of wines.
COST: $35
*space is limited to 14 people for this event
RSVP: orders@permanwine.com


The Halloween weekend is always the kick off to the holiday season here at Perman Wine Selections.

Please be on the look out for our upcoming Thanksgiving Suggestions Newsletter, as well as other newsletters with wines that will make for delicious drinking around the season.

We also want to begin to remind our customers that we are happy to provide support with your holiday gift giving. Whether your friend, spouse or client lives in Illinois or elsewhere we are happy to help pick out the perfect gift for them. Please keep us in mind this Holiday season!

Have a fantastic weekend,
Craig & Jamie

6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
2013 Bodegas de Santo Tomás “Misión 13”
Baja, Mexico

With the election season in full swing, its our civic duty to alert you to something pouring across the Mexican border in record amounts.


As a bipartisan shop, we feel that this is something we can all agree is a good thing.

Despite my self-proclaimed title of “Head of the Mexican Wine Department” back when I worked at Sam’s Wine & Spirits, I really in no way could be called an expert on the subject.

What I do know is that Mexico is the longest wine growing country in the Americas. In fact this wine today comes from a producer whose history dates back to 1888, although the Jesuit priests were active in wine growing in the region since 1791.

With its long history we decided to taste this wine amongst 10 other wines of Mexico. This, in our opinion, was the clear winner. Bodega de Santo Tomás is located in Baja, Mexico.

This wine, the “Misión” Tinto is a blend of Carignan and Tempranillo as well as the Mision grape. The Spanish brought grape vines such as Carignan and Tempranillo to Mexico in the 16th century.

The wine is a medium-bodied, easy drinking red that will remind drinkers of a wine from Montsant or the Southern Rhône Valley. It’s fruit is nicely balanced, and it finishes with good spice and length.

We consistently get requests for wines to pair with tacos, and now its official, the back label says its good with tacos. Look out Taco Tuesdays, we’ve found your match.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2015 Espaço Rural “Bojador” Branco
Alentejo, Portugal

Month after month, our wine club features new wines from all over the world. Sometimes certain wines are so popular with our customers that we take notice and make sure to offer the next great vintage.

Such is the case with the Esaço Rural wines. Over the next two months we are excited to release the new vintages of their white and red wines called “Bojador.”

As a refresher, Espaço Rural is a winery located in the Alentejo region of Southern Portugal. Let by husband and wife team, Pedro Ribeiro and Catarina Vieira, they produce four wines from local Portuguese varieties.

Alentejo is a large wine region, that is sub-divided into 8 different sub zones. Espaço Rural works in one of the Southernmost sub-regions called Vidigueira. There is no doubt that this is a hot region, in fact most produces irrigate because of the lack of rainfall. Espaço Rural dry farms their vines, which are located on limestone and sandy soil. Dry-farming promotes deep roots, which in turn gives wines more energy and complexity.

Tasting the “Bojador” Branco “blind,” it would be difficult to pinpoint this as a warm climate wine. This white wine is a blend of 50% Antão Vaz, 30% Arinto and 20% Alvarinho. It is co-fermented with indigenous yeast and aged in vat.

It offers beautiful aromatics hinting at both tropical and citrus fruit. It’s palate presence is both refreshing, yet also slightly textural. There is a minerality to go along with the fruit, making this over deliver for the price point.

This can work with so many foods, whether it be fish, pork or even turkey.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2013 Vignobles Brunier “Le Pigeoulet en Provence”
Vaucluse, France
Recently we had the honor of hosting Daniel Brunier, legendary co-owner of Vieux Telegraphe. If you are not familiar, this is one of the iconic producers of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region of France. That evening we tasted the fantastic 2012 vintage from that property. We also tasted a wine, that was one of the hits of the tasting, a fantastic value from the Brunier family from the Vaucluse.

Vin de Pays de Vaucluse is the giant “catch-all” appellation that you sometimes find on a label when a producer decides to blend from a couple different appellations. In this case, the Brunier clan has dedicated themselves to offering value wines. Their “Le Pigeoulet en Provence” Rouge label combines from from both the Côtes du Rhône appellation and Ventoux.

The 2013 vintage is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 5% each of Carignan and Cinsault. Vinification occurs in cement tanks, and aging is done in a combination of cement and foudre (large oak barrels).

We were impressed by the balance and drinkability of this wine. It has the typical fruit and spice you would expect out of a Grenache based wine from the region, yet it does it in an elegant way.

This is a workhorse at the table, lending itself to pairing anything from chicken friccassée to grilled pork chops.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
2014 Quintay “Clava” Reserve Pinot Noir
Valle de Casablanca, Chile
For great “everyday” wines, the Casablanca Valley is a place to keep your eye on – a mirror image of the Central Coast region of California, it produces excellent cool climate wines with complexity, fruit and balanced acidity.
The winery “Quintay” gets its name from the native Mapudungún language, which honors the zone’s original inhabitants and means “Go with the Flow”. Winemaker Paula Cárdenas does everything but that when it comes to her wines.
Formerly the winemaker at Errázuriz, Paula travels the globe to explore techniques in other wine regions. What she learns abroad makes her wines so unique. She creates the optimal balance in each wine and takes a more restrained approach to winemaking to highlight the purity of the grapes.

The “Clava” Pinot Noir comes from some of the best vineyard sites in the valley, revealing ripe raspberry, chocolate and cedar notes with subtle wild herbs on the finish.

$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE

2014 Rafael Palacios “Bolo” Godello
Valdeorras, Spain
The Palacios family made its name in Rioja, but Rafael headed to the green northwest Atlantic vines of the DO of Valdeorras, which is located near the norther border Portugal.
The jewel in Valdeorras is the white variety Godello, which is now achieving recognition similar to that of Albarino and Verdejo. Jancis Robinson once wrote that the “obvious nobility of this grape variety combines the structure of white burgundy with the finesse of a juicy mineral grape.”
Godello is capable of making complex wines that improve with age. Grown in higher elevation vineyards that Rafael has pieced together over time, the land is terraced and very difficult to farm, but well worth the effort.
While the older vines go into the As Sortes bottling, the younger vines produce Bolo – a perfumed white with round texture and notes of lemongrass, citrus and saline minerality.
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE

2010 Aveleda “Follies” Touriga Nacional
Beiras, Portugal
If you’ve ever come into the store looking for a great steak wine, this is it. “Misión” Tinto for your tacos, Touriga Nacional for your steak. It’s a delicious alternative to the usual Cabernet Sauvignon pairing. Off the beaten path, but worth a try.
Touriga Nacional is Portugal’s answer to the world’s love affair with Cabernet Sauvignon. Both varieties display bold dark-fruit flavors, often with hints of spice, leather and violet. Like Cabernet, Touriga Nacional has firm tannins and shows great aging potential on its own. It also works well in blends, as is typically the case in Portugal.
The “Follies” bottling from Aveleda is concentrated and powerful, this is a rich and intense black-fruited wine. Notes of spice, herb and dark chocolate mingle with the flavors of black plums and firm, dry tannins.
It’s also a fantastic pairing for dishes with goat, lamb or dark chocolate (or all by itself…).
$13.00 BTL. / $156.00 CASE
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6 for Everyday – $30 and under Edition 10/21/16

Today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $30 and Under Edition” wine club.
As a reminder we recently made some changes to our wine club. We renamed them “6 for Everyday.” There are two version of this. The “$30 and Under Edition” and the “$15 and Under Edition.”
Our goal is to provide you with 6 different bottles of wine from around the world, all from some of the best producers in their respective regions. These are great “everyday” wines that you can drink on a nightly basis.
As we head into Fall we’ve shifted our focus to red wines. This month you have 4 red wines, 1 white wine, and a Pét-Nat (bubbly to the layperson). It’s an incredible line-up, filled with discovery.
They are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Enjoy the weekend!
Craig & Jamie

6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – The $30 & under Edition
2012 Domaine de Marcoux “La Lorentine” Lirac
Rhône Valley, France
Let’s face it, we all love a good deal.
So if you are a fan of wines from the deservedly-so famous appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, you know deals can be tough to come by these days.
Luckily for us, we have wines like this. Domaine de Marcoux is one of the Southern Rhône’s best, run by the Armenier sisters. They are most well-know for their two incredible red Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but this wine from just across the river in Lirac offers great wine at a great price.
Lirac is a relatively new offering from Marcoux, having purchased a neglected parcel, and nursing it back to health using Biodynamic principles. The vineyard is planted to Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, and the soil is a mixture of sand, limestone and gravelly red clay.
The 2012 Lirac is a gorgeous Rhône red. Aromatics and flavors of raspberry, herbs, and cracked black pepper. Typical to the style of Marcoux, this has intensity, but at the same time displays great balance. Perfect with a roasted leg of lamb.
$23.00 BTL / $276.00 CASE
2013 Domaine Chignard “Les Moriers” Fleurie
Beaujolais, France
How do we prepare to write a newsletter?
Research and Development, of course.
In this case, we cracked open a bottle of the Chignard “Les Moriers” Fleurie, a wine we have tasted on several occasions before.
Each time we open a bottle of this fantastic Cru Beaujolais from 5th generation winemaker Cédric Chignard it evokes an emotional response.
We wonder why more people don’t revere Beaujolais as one of the world’s great wines? We also wonder why consumption of this wine is often relegated only to drinking around Thanksgiving.
In our minds this beautiful Fleurie, from a single parcel called “Les Moriers” is so delicious, so simple and complex at the same time, that we want to drink it all the time.
This is Gamay at its best. Perfumed, with hints of cherry, wild strawberry, and mineral. It is ethereal and silky on the palate, with a weightlessness that is rarely achieved from other grapes. Its place at the dinner table is never in question as it can pair alongside a wealth of food, from all kinds of vegetables, to salmon, to poultry, to pork.
We encourage you to buy a few extra bottles of this wine. Its delicious now, but you can drink it over the next 5+ years as it will gain in complexity. A great Beaujolais from Chignard!
$27.00 BTL / $324.00 CASE 
2015 Aphros “Phaunus” Pét-Nat  
Vinho Verde, Portugal
Vasco Croft has become well-known for his forward thinking wines from the Vinho Verde region of Portugal, and specifically the sub-region of Ponte de Lima.
He is one of a handful of producers who eschew the “traditional” and often innocuous lightly spritzy, over-cropped versions of Vinho Verde that dot the supermarket shelves.
Instead, he is a farmer first, managing his farm and winemaking practices according to the biodynamic principles.
This past February, I had the opportunity to taste a line-up from Vasco, including some newly introduced wines.
One of the absolutely highlights of the tasting was this “gluggable” Pét-Nat made entirely of Loureiro. Pétillant-Naturel is a style of wine produced when a primary fermentation is finished in a bottle under a crown cap. This is sparkling wine, different than the traditional Champagne method bubbles that you are used to, but certainly as refreshing as a style.
In a phrase, “thirst-quenching” is a perfect description of the “Phaunus” Pét-Nat.” Incredibly aromatic, almost like smelling fresh crushed grapes, along with hints of white flowers and jasmine. Crisp, fruit forward, and dangerously drinkable!
Only 48 bottles were brought into Illinois, and we are excited to introduce this to our customers. – CP
$30.00 BTL /$180.00 SIX-PACK CASE – 34 bottles available
2013 Kangarilla Road Shiraz
McLaren Vale, Australia
When Kevin and Helen O’Brien bought the old Cambria Vineyard site, they knew they had a lot of work ahead of them. They set out to create a small winery that would have strong ties to the land – a stark contrast to the massive wine giants already so prevalent in Australia.
Their first task was to rename the property Kangarilla Road – “Kangarilla” from an aboriginal word used to describe a place with abundant resources able to nurture. “Road” simply to mark the journey Kevin and Helen were beginning.
The grapes for Kangarilla Road ripen later than other regions in Australia, which gives us something with balanced alcohol and more accessibility to food pairings.
The 2013 Shiraz is an excellent example of what the McLaren Vale region is all about: pepper and sweet red berry on the nose. Layers of currants, black cherries, macerated strawberries and nasturtiums when you sip. Pairs well with traditional roast beef dishes or barbecue. -JK
$20.00 BTL / $240.00 CASE
2012 Mamete Prevostini Grumello Superiore
Valtellina, Italy
If you have a weakness for great Barolo but wish you could find something priced more for “everyday” drinking, you don’t want to miss this.
Think of it as a sort of poor man’s Barolo – 100% Nebbiolo, and like its more northern cousin, it has that appealing dichotomy of stern power and soft elegance.
The Prevostini family has been producing wine on the terraced slopes of Grumello since the mid-1940s. Grumello is one of the five designated sub-zones of Valtellina, sitting up to 670 metres above sea level in the terraced alpine mountains of Lombardia along the Swiss Border.
Wines from Prevostini focus on grapes from the cru of Sassella to best capture the perfumed, silky texture of Nebbiolo. Their wines have a very complex nose of blackberry, blackcurrant and hazelnut.
It’s off the beaten path, but completely worth it! -JK
$26.00 BTL / $312.00 CASE
2014 Neudorf Chardonnay
Nelson, New Zealand
For anyone who thinks making wine is easy, Tim and Judy Finn are here to remind us that, “Making wine is scary.”
They bought their land for Neudorf Winery back in 1978 when the fine wine industry in New Zealand was almost non existent.
Early in their 30 year span they had four mortgages and three jobs each. The old house at Neudorf had electricity in two rooms, an inefficient wood stove and no hot water.
They were products of the “Back to the Land” movement of the 60’s, and take a simplistic approach to winemaking: native yeasts, no fining, minimal intervention. They believe that great wines carry a unique fingerprint of the place they come from and as winemakers they try to preserve that in the bottle.
Their first Chardonnay vintage was in 1981 and still today captures the uniqueness of place. Rich stone fruit, mineral notes from the gravel clay soils, hints of raw cashew and toasted cereal. Even wine drinkers who scoff at Chardonnay will appreciate this one. -JK
$27.00 BTL / $324.00 CASE
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Mixed Bag of Greatness


It’s that time of year, and all the best wines from around the world have started arriving.
Today’s newsletter offers some of the rarest of the rare and the best of the best.
Below are names from some of the greatest producers in both Piedmont and Burgundy. These are wines that we personally cellar and love.
Of course, these are limited, so first come, first serve.
Have a great weekend!
See you soon,
Craig & Jamie

Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet “Les Ancengnières” 2014, Burgundy, France
Our only White Burgundy of the newsletter. Each year we have a crazy amount of demand for the wines of now superstar, Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey. This is always one of the steals of his line-up. From a single vineyard, just underneath the Grand Cru of Bâtard-Montrachet. The 2014’s are truly brilliant, discreet, full of flavor with incredible length. Don’t miss this incredible Chardonnay!
Domaine G. Barthod Chambolle-Musigny 2013,
Burgundy, France
The Pinot Noir of Barthod are some of the most wonderful expressions of the grape around. Poorer than the soils of near-by Gevrey or Morey, the limestone-gravel of Chambolle imparts more mineral qualities than it’s neighbors. A light thread of acidity gives the beguiling flavors of black currants and African violets lift, offset by a touch of sweet loamy earth.
Fourrier Bourgogne Rouge 2014, 
Burgundy, France
We are pleased to offer a nice collection of wines from Domaine Fourrier, another Star of Burgundy. Jean-Marie Fourrier took over as winemaker in 1994 after studying under such legends as Henri Jayer. Since then he’s reenergized the domaine with inspiring wines from his most prized bottlings to this wonderful entry-level Bourgogne Rouge.
Fourrier Chambolle-Musigny 2014,
Burgundy, France
This is no ordinary Chambolle-Musigny. It comes from a single parcel within the village, with vines nearing almost 80 years in age. It will continue to develop in bottle over a decade and will pair well with a classic Coq au vin.

Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin V.V. 2014, 
Burgundy, France
This Gevrey from Fourrier is sourced entirely from older vines within the Champerrier vineyard. The majority of these vines are from 88-61 years old! The northernmost parcel in Gevrey that Fourrier works with, this Pinot has a bit more tannic backbone which makes it a great match for more robust dishes.
Fourrier Morey-St-Denis “Clos Solon” 2014,
Burgundy, France
Fourrier is known more for their Gevrey wines, but this Morey-St-Denis has plenty of lovers all its own. This vineyard of 55-year old vines produces a silky, red raspberry and black cherry-filled wine on a medium-light frame.
Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin “Aux Echezeaux” 2014,
Burgundy, France
A wonderful bottling from vines on the border with Morey-St-Denis around 86 years old. These are deeper alluvial soils that create wines of more rounded and soft fruit.
Fourrier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Gruenchers”,
Burgundy, France
Arguably the most exotically endowed wine from Jean-Marie in 2014. Lush flavors of macerated Alpine strawberries and Morello cherries are given freshness with an undercurrent of blood orange and violets. The depth of this wine is not surprising given that it comes from 88 year old vines.
Cantina (Bartolo) Mascarello Barolo 2012
We feel comfortable saying that among the royalty of Barolo, those of Bartolo Mascarello are King. Bartolo defended traditional winemaking in Barolo more than anyone up until his death in 2005, when his daughter Maria Teresa took up the mantle. We love the 2012 vintage in Barolo. This vintage has it all, delicacy, freshness and of course great age ability.
Elio Grasso Barolo “Chiniera” 2012, 
Monforte d’Alba, Piemonte
Elio Grasso is another legend of Piemonte, producing wines with classic grace since 1978. This single vineyard bottling comes from a plot close to his home which is unusually sandy and limestone-rich for this area and altitude in Monforte d’Alba. Lovers of more feminine style Barolo should absolutely have at least one bottle of this cru in their cellar.
Elio Grasso Barolo “Vigna Casa Maté” 2012, 
Monforte d’Alba, Piemonte
Those looking for a Barolo with some muscle behind it will find themselves on team “Casa Maté”. This cru is from the hard-packed clay and limestone soils at 300m above sea level. Wines from this site often need 15-20 years to soften up, but patience is rewarded with a trance-inducing Barolo that will leave you lost in the bouquet before you take your first sip.
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