Friday Feature 10/09/15: A Whole Mess of Fall Releases!!!!

New Fall Releases!
Norman Hardie-Prince Edward County
We have said it once, we have said it twice, and we will keep saying it –  the wines of Norman Hardie from Prince Edward County and Niagara are some of the best wines we have in all of North America.
While Canada is a new frontier for many wine drinkers, the varietals will be familiar. Norman Hardie searched all over the world for a specific terroir to produce cool-climate white and red wines.  His search landed him in Prince Edward County, Canada.
Please don’t miss this trio of incredible new releases from Norman Hardie, they are spectacular and great values given their complexity and quality.
2013 Norman Hardie Cabernet Franc- Prince Edward County
The County Cab Franc is simply one of the most delicious, Chinon-inspired examples of the varietal that we have tried this year.  Hailing from those magical limestone soils of P.E.C., this really has it all – pretty red and black fruit, spice and freshness.
It is a magical wine for the table, perhaps match it with a tarragon-crusted chicken.  Fans of Cabernet Franc, particularly from the Loire, must not miss this!
$26.99/BTL.-$323.88/CASE OF 12
2013 Norman Hardie Chardonnay- Prince Edward County
It was the P.E.C. Chardonnay of Norman Hardie that made me a believer in both the region and Norm’s wines.  This is a must try for any fan of White Burgundy, or cool-climate Chardonnay.
The fruit for this Chardonnay comes from 5 different sites, all close to each other and grown on that fractured limestone soil that makes this region special.  Fermentation began in tank and finished in 500L French Oak barrels.  The overall integration of the oak to wine is spot on.  One smell and sip and you will realize that this is all about the mineral – with fresh citrus, oyster shell and mineral coming through on the nose and palate.  Truly world-class Chardonnay.
$32.99/BTL.-$395.88/CASE OF 12
2013 Norman Hardie Pinot Noir-Niagara
Simply put – this is outstanding Pinot Noir.  Niagara offers an all together different experience for Pinot Noir as compared to Prince Edward County.  You’ll find a little more clay in the soils of Niagara, and to overgeneralize the weather usually leads to a slightly heftier style of Pinot when compared to P.E.C.
That is what is great about the Norman Hardie Pinot’s – there is really something for everyone.  In 2013, Norm produced what I feel is the best bottling ever of the Niagara Pinot Noir.  The cooler vintage, brought about an incredibly balanced wine that has something to please almost every palate.
It’s super juicy, with big bright red fruit notes, a little meaty / earthy element in the mid and a long, complex finish.  I rarely say that there is a wine for everyone, but I seriously couldn’t imagine someone who wouldn’t see how great it really is.
Run, don’t walk.
$32.99/BTL.-$419.88/CASE OF 12
Domaine de la Pepière “Clos Des Briords” Offering
Muscadet lovers joyously await this offering from Marc Ollivier. Clos des Briords is of the recognized “cru communaux” of Muscadet and prized for its old vines of Melon de Bourgogne planted upon a granitic terroir. This is an incredible Muscadet made by hand with artisan care, and one of the great values of the wine world!
2014 Clos des Briords
$16.99/BTL.-$203.88/CASE OF 12
2014 Clos des Briords MAGNUMS
Champagne Georges Laval
Our love for Champagne Georges Laval is no secret; we would die for these Champagnes. We get a small allocation of Vincent’s minuscule production every year- and every year our hearts flutter with excitement when we receive our  bottles. Vincent is making great Champagnes in a true terroir style, by hand and without artifice.
NV Champagne Georges Laval Brut Nature-Cumières
From his beautifully farmed vines in the village of Cumières, this is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The base is from the 2012 vintage.
$189.99 per MAGNUM – ONLY 18 AVAILABLE (2011 Base Wine)
2010 Champagne Georges Laval “Les Chênes”
Les Chênes was first bottled as a separate
wine in 1994. This is a cuvée made purely from Chardonnay. This is a highly regarded vineyard spot, just east of the village of Cumières, with very little topsoil that barely covers the bedrock of chalk. This wine is always produced in the Brut Nature style (zero dosage) and always under 1700 bottles. It’s an amazing Champagne, one of the very best of the region.
Emmanuel Brochet
Last November we introduced you to the exquisite Champagnes of Emmanuel Brochet, a true artisan producer who owns and farms 2.5 hectares of a vineyard called Le Mont Benoit.  The soil is a clay and chalk topsoil with more chalk lying beneath.  Brochet grows all three varieties here, 37% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and the rest Pinot Noir.  The vines are farmed organically. He produces less than 10,000 bottles per year. We have the retail exclusive in Chicago.
Many of you were able to try our last shipment of Extra Brut (base 2010) and Non Dosé (base 2008). We just got in a scant few cases of the new Extra Brut, there are only 55 bottles left of this ultra-rare and ultra-beautiful Champagne.
N.V. Brochet “Le Mont Benoit” Extra Brut (Base 2011)
Francesco Rinaldi
Barolo fans, if you don’t know or haven’t tasted the wines of Francesco Rinaldi, it is time to stop the madness!
This historic winery, that dates back to 1870 is located within the village of Barolo.  Since the first production of wine, the style has not really changed.  The family still believes in long maceration on the skins, uses old Slavonian oak barrels in its aging, and the wines need time in the bottle to unwind.
As we have told you, the key to success of any great Barolo producer is the vineyards.  Francesco Rinaldi holds land in two of the most important vineyards in all of Piemonte, Brunate and Cannubbio.
We didn’t get a chance to offer to our customers a lot of 2010 Baroli, since most of it was gone before it hit the shelf.  We wanted to make amends but offering up these two truly spectacular single vineyards Baroli from the famed 2010 vintage.  These won’t last long!
2010 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo “Brunate”
The majority of the Brunate vineyard lies in the village of La Morra, although a small part goes into Barolo itself.  It is an exceptional vineyard, which to overgeneralize offers very perfumed and elegant styled wines.
Beneath the beauty of the Francesco Rinaldi “Brunate” is muscle.  This will repay laying down, and we highly encourage those with a cellar to stash this one away till at least 2018, and it will continue to evve for another 2 to 3 decades.
This is the best value you will ever get from this incredible vineyard.  So undervalued!
2010 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo “Cannubbio”
Cannubbio, which is also called Cannubi, is perhaps one of the two or three most famous vineyard sites in all of Barolo.  It is the great site of the village of Barolo.  It is a big vineyard, and this comes from the Cannubi Boschis part.  The soil is a sandy, white marl that is rich in silica.
The 2010 is truly an amazing and special vintage.  It is a wine that while quite perfumed, is so muscular that it must go into hiding for several years.  Personally, I would hold it till at least 2020 and it will drink for an additional 2 to 3 decades.
Again, we have to mention the pricing, because it is rare to find a wine from this Cru, of this quality, for this price.  Most are double the price.  So please, act fast, because sadly, it is very limited.
The Wines of Occhipinti & TAMI
In Sicily, the dynamic Arianna Occhipinti started making wine in 2004, when she was 22 years old. She began with one single hectare.  In the last ten years she has become an international darling, as well as a leading advocate for organic farming and the indigenous varieties of Vittorio, the region in which she works in the southwestern corner of Sicily.
Arianna now owns 10 hectares from which she makes four bottlings. But she also does a négociant project called TAMI. The TAMI wines are born of relationships she has formed with grape growers over the years, and with those who are conducting their farming to her standards.
2014 SP68 Bianco 
Albanello & Zibibbo
$22.99/ BTL-$275.88/CASE OF 12
2014 SP68 Rosso
Nero D’Avola & Frappato
$22.99/ BTL-$275.88/CASE OF 12
2013 Occhipinti “il Frappato”
$33.99/BTL.-$407.88/CASE OF 12
2012 Occhipinti Nero D’Avola
$33.99/BTL.-$407.88/CASE OF 12
2010 Occhipinti Cerasuolo di Vittorio “Grotte Alte”
Old-vines cuvée from a single vineyard, Frapatto & Nero D’Avola
$56.99/BTL-$341.94/CASE OF 6 – VERY LIMITED
2014 TAMI Grillo
$16.99/BTL.-$203.88/CASE OF 12
2014 TAMI Frappato
$16.99/BTL.-$203.88/CASE OF 12
2014 TAMI Nero D’Avola
$16.99/BTL.-$203.88/CASE OF 12
2013 Emilio Rojo Ribeiro
Emilio Rojo produces one of the most complex and beautiful white wines from Spain.  His vineyards are located in the Ribeiro appellation within interior Galicia in NW Spain.
The man himself is somewhat of a legend.  A recluse, who you may have an easier time finding in the jungles of Brazil then in Galicia.  Some might not even think he is a real person, but I’ve met him twice, so he does exist!
He produces one wine from his family vineyards, a two hectare, north-facing plot, terraced and set back into the hills.  The soil is composed of granite, and planted is a mixture of local varieties, with the biggest nod going to Treixadura, and then Loureiro, Lado, Albariño and Torrontés rounding out the mixture.
There is a pretty simple, straightforward vinification, with fermentation in tank, and some time spent on its lees.
What is not simple is the wine itself.  Mineral, a mixture of citrus and orchard fruits, piercing acidity in its youth and a length that goes on forever.
Craig has been buying and storing these wines for many years and still has some excellent bottles of 2004 and 2005 that he is drinking.
Only about 50 cases of this wine ever make it to the United States, and it is snapped up by those in the know.
Now you know – so please don’t miss this!
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Friday Feature 10/02/15: A Great Burgundian Find- Jean-Yves Devevey!!!

A Great Burgundian Find!!
Located in Demigny, on the northern border of the Saône-et-Loire department in Southern Burgundy, The Domaine du Bois Guillaume (as it was formerly called) was founded in 1992. Our small family farm, passed through four generations, managed a 2 hectare vineyard (about 5 acres) of Bourgogne appellation d’origine controlée, Passetoutgrain (red) and Aligoté (white). Prior to 1970 the farm also raised mixed crops and livestock.  
In the fall of 1991 I had five years experience in the wine export business under my belt. I decided to take over the family vineyards when my father retired.  The domaine was too small to make a decent living, so my first task was to locate vineyards for rent. With the Côte de Beaune only a few kilometers away, I had high hopes of finding some good plots.
2002 marked the founding of négociant DEVEVEY to market the domaine wines under a new label with the goal of a wider product offering by purchasing Côte de Beaune grapes. The cellar and the vatting room were enlarged and new investments made in vinification equipment : destemmer, incline conveyor, pneumatic membrane press.”-Jean-Yves Devevey
More on the Domaine:
Today the domaine manages just over 8 hectares of vines, with ownership of 4.
Experimentation during the first 2 years with chemical pesticides, herbicides and organic/mineral fertilizers was followed by a period of questioning  ‘modern’ methods.
In 1995 commercial fertilizers were replaced with natural compost and manure while also abandoning chemical pesticides and herbicides in favor of bio-dynamic practices. This move towards organic wine growing was motivated by concern for the health of both consumers and vineyard workers but also respect for the soil structure, water quality and long term health of the vines.
2003 marked the complete discontinuation of all chemical products, including fungicides. In 2011 they began the process for organic certification.  The wines were certified organic beginning in 2014.  Soil tillage is done 2 to 3 times per year depending on weather.
Yields are managed with judicious pruning, precise canopy management and green harvest techniques in order to encourage sustainable yields that take into account each vine individually rather than apply a fixed yield standard to the entire vineyard.
Harvests are done by hand with careful manipulation from transportation to vatting and utilisation of a pneumatic membrane press, followed when possible by a light débourbage (allowing the wine to settle before racking to reduce sediment). The whites undergo secondary fermentation in barrel and the reds in stainless tanks. All the wines are barrel-aged with around 10% new wood.
Barrel aging lasts 12 months for most of the wines, which are then  transferred to tanks for 3 to 5 months to decant and stabilize before bottling. The whites undergo a light filtration and minimal addition of sulfur just to preserve freshness. The reds are bottled immediately according to the same schedule without fining or filtration.
The guiding principle of their work method is to carefully consider each step, from  vineyard to cellars, making certain that every procedure is appropriate and complementary.  Each detail is important; nothing is neglected.
They always keep in mind that the final destiny for the wine is the table, and the wine should express its place of origin with sincerity, dignity and charm.
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.
2013 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-mamanged site and pruned very meticulously. The result in a concentrated yet bright Chardonnay.
2013 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.
2013 Devevey Hautes Côtes de Beaune Rouge
Our only red offering is a very pure and thoughtful expression of Pinot Noir, with cherry fruit galore, earth and mineral. This is a lovely wine that begs to be drunk when young, but also has the ability to age. We recommend mid-term cellaring for this 3-5 years.
2013 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.
2013 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.
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Friday Feature 09/25/15: The New 6 for $70-Something Sampler

Hello and Happy Friday!

It is a really exciting time of year for us at the store.  Many of our favorite wineries are releasing their new vintages.

We have tons of new arrivals over the next three months, many of which we won’t have the time or space to write about on the newsletter.

We urge you to update yourself on the latest and greatest by checking out website and clicking on “The Wine Wire” link here.

Also, we are active on Twitter, Instagram (@permanwine) and Facebook.  We will warn you that you may see several more pictures of Craig’s children than you want to.  But hey, they are Perman Wine employees, so its all part of the biz!




Finally, it is the last Friday of the month and that means is it 6 for $70 -something sampler time! If you are new to our newsletter, we put together a monthly sample pack of everyday, affordable wines in the $10-$15 range and provide your with more information than you would ever possibly need about each wine.


This month’s sampler is designed to accompany the glory of October. In what other month can you find such celebratory festivals as the Alba White Truffle Fair, the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, Okoberfest and Halloween?  In order to accompany these exciting events, we are providing you with a delicious six pack of wine that includes selections from France, Portugal, Spain & South Africa. This month’s box has three red and three whites. As usual, we have slugged through liters of wine in order to find the best values that can live up to our exacting standards, and we do this all for you.


Please let us know if we can set one aside for you.


Have a Great Weekend!


Craig & Sheb

6 for $70-Something
2014 Selvagrossa Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi- “Cuchén”- Marche, Italy
Selvagrossa ,located on Pesaro’s foothills facing the Adriatic coast of Le Marche, is a very small estate with only five hectares of vineyards where Sangiovese and Verdicchio, the area’s predominant varieties, find a terroir favorable to the production of great wines with character.
We have featured some of the red from this estate, but what about Verdicchio? This is one of those grapes which can inspire or deflate, depending on producer, style and/or circumstance. Fortunately, in the case of Selvagrossa, brilliant Verdicchios made and we are sure you will be inspired, like we have been, by theirs.
Citrus, pineapple and candied ginger inhabit what can only be coined as a highly (take it from us) quaffable white. Perhaps you might need two.
$15.00/BTL-$180.00/CASE OF 12

2013 Iona “Mr. P.” Pinot Noir-Cape South Coast Region, South Africa
If you thought Burgundy was complicated, try and sort out what the South Africans have done in terms of wines. Their complex wine of origin system, put into place in 1973, involves a tangled web of geographical units, regions, districts and wards. Iona’s “Mr. P.” comes from Pinot planted within the geographical unit of the Western Cape, the region of Cape South Coast and the district of Elgin. Wards do not seem to be involved, but probably are although I cannot tell you how.
The previous paragraph is really over complicating the issue here. After all, Iona’s “Mr. P.” is an easy, light and fresh Pinot Noir made for immediate and vast consumption. Pinot Noir is probably our number one most requested variety here at PWS, but finding Pinot in friendly price points that is not without glaring flaws is a difficult undertaking. Many inexpensive Pinots are devoid of charm and deaden the palate with their murky juiciness.  We are not fans of murky juiciness here, and so more often than not, we take a pass on the value Pinots we taste.
Not the case here, with super happy cherry fruit, a touch of earth, zippy acidity and a silky feeling in the palate.
$13.50/BTL-$162.00/CASE OF 12
2013 Bojador Tinto- Alentejo, Portugal
On last week’s “Six for $120-Something” Sampler, we introduced the wines of Espaço Rural, a small producer in the Vidigueira-Alentejo wine region, Southeast of Lisbon.
Alentejo is a wine region that has quite a bit of diversity in terms of the varieties grown and even micro-climates.  It is easy to find wines made from international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.  Those wines can be good, but they are not what is exciting about Portuguese wine. It is the indigenous varieties of Portugal that makes it unique and stand apart.
Pedro Ribeiro and his wife Catarina Vieira are dedicated to using these indigenous varieties, and to producing wines that are fresh and display the minerality of their micro-climate.
They work organically, co-ferment the grapes, use native yeast, and then in the winery try to be  as hands-off as possible, keeping intervention, and new oak use, to a minimum.  Their philosophy really pays off in the wines, and I have to say they are some of the best wines I’ve had from the region, and at prices that are flat out crazy low.
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.
$14.00 BTL. / $168.00 CASE OF 12
2014 Domaine de la Fruitière Les Vignes Blanches-Pays Nantais, France
We again return to Muscadet, in France’s Pays Nantais region, to provide you with a fresh yet textured white wine that will make your days sunny even as the  autumnal nights come quickly upon us, veiling the sun in their dark, foggy cast.
This white wine comes from grapes that grow in one of the newly recognized “cru communal” within the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine appellation, Château Thébaut, a historic granitic site within which many famed producers work (including Marc Olivier of Domaine de la Pepière and The Brangers). Château Thébaud is very close to Oliver’s Clos des Briords.
However, this is not Muscadet, but rather a  blend that involves Melon de Bourgogne (the main grape of Muscadet) Folle Blanche, Chardonnay & Chenin Blanc. The wine presents in a classic, Nantais framework; mineral driven and super fresh with dried fruits, date, almond, all surrounded by a touch of lime.
$11.00/BTL.-$132.00/CASE OF 12
2011 Benjamin Romeo “Macizo” Blanco-Penedès, Spain
Benjamin Romeo is one of Spain’s most well-known wine personalities.  His work in Rioja at famed Alavesa producer Artadi was his original claim to fame.  He worked there from 1985 to 2000, finally embarking on his own project in Rioja under the Benjamin Romeo label.  His top cuvée called “Contador” is a cult wine globally, and with a couple 100-point reviews from the Wine Advocate, his wines became more and more sought after.
Aside from his work in Rioja, Romeo has made a handful of vintages of a white wine from the Penedès region, just South of Barcelona.  “Macizo” as it is called is a blend of equal parts Xarel.lo and Garnatxa Blanca, grown on the classic limestone of the region.  Sourced from dry-farmed, 30-60 year-old vines, this is barrel fermented and aged in French oak for 8 months.
There is never a dull moment in tasting any of Romeo’s wines, and this one really explodes out of the glass with notes of toasted oak, pear, apricot, mint and herbs.  The palate is lush and mouth-coating, with some bitter citrus and almond notes. It is an intense wine, that is well suited to the table.  Simple preparation of pork or poultry seem to be the best fit for this unique and delicious wine.
This is normally a much more expensive wine, around $30 retail, and well worth that price.  We’ve taken advantage of a great deal from the distributor to bring this to you on the sampler.  So stock up while it lasts!
$13.00 BTL. / $156.00 CASE OF 12
2013 Viña Zorzal Graciano- Navarra, Spain
Navarra is historically an important part of the Camino del Santiago pilgrimage, and because of this religious foot traffic, has always been prosperous with vines. It is a large wine zone, that sits to the north and east of Rioja, and has ties to the autonomous Basque region.
Graciano is allowed as an accessory variety in several wine zones, including Rioja, but can be hard to manage and grow. This is why we do not see it much, but it can be so delicious!
The Graciano from Viña Zorzal has a lot going on:plump red fruit, savory elements and a lovely silky texture that belies its affordable price.
$12.00/BTL.-$144.00/CASE OF 12
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The Wine Wire: Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello & Petite Sirah

Quietly, with neither press nor precociousness, Ridge has been doing things the “right” way, for decades now. OK, so maybe they got a little press in 1976,  but that’s besides the point.

The Monte Bello vineyard sits 2300 feet above sea level, in close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. This is a limestone terroir that produces magnificent, subtle, elegant wines, in one of California’s coolest micro-climates. The blend for Monte Bello is Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Perennially age-worthy, this is truly a national treasure.

We also received a case of Lytton Spring Petite Sirah- eternally dusty and full-bodied- from the winery’s estate vineyards in Dry Creek Valley. Years ago there were dozens of Petite Sirah in the market , but the variety has fallen out of fashion in recent times. Ridge still makes theirs. Petite Sirah is a cross between Syrah and an obscure  French variety called  Peloursin, and is often co-planted amongst California’s oldest Zinfandel vineyards.


2012 Ridge Vineyards “Monte Bello”-Santa Cruz Mountains, CA




2013 Ridge Petite Sirah “Lytton Springs”-Dry Creek Valley, CA


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Friday Feature 09/18/15: The New 6 for $120-Something Sampler

Hello and Happy Friday!
We begin today’s newsletter with news of a very special upcoming event.
The La Paulée tastings are the most important celebration of Burgundy in the US each year.  Typically held in New York and San Francisco, the tasting is based on an end of vintage celebration in Meursault, the La Paulée de Meursault.
Over the years these tastings have brought together those that love Burgundy, consumer, chefs, and sommeliers.  And now it is happening in Chicago!
I urge all of my customers that enjoy Burgundy to go to this tasting!  All the details are included in the link below.  It is an American Express hosted event, so you will have to book your reservations though them and with their card.
We sincerely hope you can make it!  Craig will be there, teaming up with Jon Leopold of Alinea to represent Beaujolais!
Come to La Paulée Off-Grid!
Thursday, September 24 
5:30 – 8 P.M.
$95 per person
Sign up details here.
Today’s newsletter introduces our newest 6 for $120-Something Sampler.
If your unfamiliar with our sampler, the second to last Friday of the month, we release the new Six for $120-Something Sampler.  Six different bottles of wine, from around the world, tasted and approved by your crack wine staff here at Perman Wine.
This month’s sampler celebrates the coming of Autumn and includes a wonderful Cava, some brilliant white wines from Portugal, and three reds to kick of the season.
As usual, the sampler will run four weeks, until October 23rd. Hit us with an email if you are interested, or stop by to pick yours up.
Have a Great Weekend!
Craig & Sheb

6 for $120-Something
2013 La Kiuva Arnad Montjovet-Vallé D’Aosta, Italy
The tiny sub-region of Arnad Monjovet, in Italy’s Vallée d’Aosta region enjoys a relatively warm climate, despite its northerly exposition and proximity to the Alps. The region’s wine laws insist that wines must be composed of at least 70% Nebbiolo (called Picoutener locally).
La Kiuva is a co-op working here and one of their bottlings is this frothy, alpine expression of Northern Italy’s noble grape, along with a few other weirdos like Gros Vien, Neyret, Cornalin and Fumin.
This wine is a bright friendly cherry bomb, with earth tones and complexity that belies its modest price. It’s lovely transparent color and silky tannins will enliven any meal, and is a red that works beautifully with fish and pork.
$17.00/BTL.-$204.00/CASE OF 12
2012 Vale da Capucha Branco- Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal
I am so excited that the wines of Vale da Capucha have arrived.
In February I had the pleasure of meeting Pedro Marques, winemaker from Vale da Capucha at the Simplesmente Vinho tasting in Porto.
The catch-all appellation of Lisboa (Vinho Regional Lisboa), which used to be called Estremadura is sometimes even confusing to me despite my annual visits to the region.  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.
Those days are changing, and emerging from the past are superstar producers like Casal Figueira, Quinta da Serradinha, and Vale da Capucha, which we are featuring today.
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.
The work at Vale da Capucha is quite the opposite of what you will find at many nearby estates.  Pedro is intent on organic viticulture, even if it has chopped his yields down quite significantly.  He ferments with indigenous yeasts, and overall is quite minimalistic in the cellar.  The idea is to produce terroir driven wines, and without a doubt he is successful in this endeavor.
The 2012 Vale da Capucha Branco is a co-fermented blend of 87% Viosinho and 13% Arinto.  The vines are over 60 years-old and only 4,000 bottles were produced.
This displays everything I love about the Capucha wines, beautiful aromatics with citrus and herbs.  Great texture, with the perfect balance of fruit and mineral, and almost a salty finish.  It is simply delicious.
I’ve converted many of you to Portuguese white wine fanatics, and this one you don’t want to miss!
$20.00 BTL. / $120.00 SIX-PACK CASE
2009 Jané Ventura Cava Gran Reserva-Penedès, Spain
People ask what the favorite part of my job is?  The answer is always easy to explain.  The greatest privilege we have in working in the wine business is the relationships that we build with some of the producers that we champion.
For over 15 years I have had the pleasure of knowing the Jané family.  Albert Jané is one of my best friends, and his brother Gerard has also been an important person in my life.  This week, their father, Benjamí Jané Ventura passed away at the age of 81.  The local obituary will tell you about the incredible talents that Benjamí possessed.  His work in the Cava and wine business in the Baix Penedès was revered.
As a proud member of the El Vendrell community, which was the birthplace of the famous cellist Pau Casals, he was a integral part and supporter of the “l’Associació Musical Pau Casals del Vendrell.”  I could go on and on with his professional and personal accolades.
Those enjoying this sampler are going to get to taste a really fantastic Cava.  A blend of the classic Cava varietals, 60% Xarel.lo, 26% Macabeu, and 14% Parellada.  Long lees aging, no secondary dosage, it is the essence of mineral, with ripe apricot and quince notes, fennel and brioche.
So please toast to the memory of Benjamí Jané Ventura.  He was a kind and good person and his memories will live on through his wife, children and the wonderful wines of the cellar of Jané Ventura. -Craig
$23.00/BTL. – $138.00/SIX-PACK CASE
2013 Domaine des Champs Fleuris Saumur- Champigny “Vieilles Vignes”
Domaine des Champs Fleuris is the labor of love of four friends who decided to commit their lives and financial resources to 44 hectares of vines. The winery is small and clean, and adjoining is a modern tasting room. The vineyards have good exposure and sit on the classic soils of the region called tuffeau, a porous, sedimentary rock that is prevalent in this region.
This is an age-worthy and more structured style of Cabernet Franc, and comes from various parcels across the estate whose vines are mature and whose topsoils have eroded. The wine is aged in tank for one year before release.
This is not the first time we have featured this wine- but when we asked for more from the winery they still had the ’13 in stock. And while it is still in possession of a plummy little heart, over the last year some of the more herbaceous qualities have subsided and the wine has taken on a spicy pepper corn note replete with silky fruit.
$20.00/BTL.-$240.00/CASE OF 12
2014 Bojador “Vinho de Talha” Vinho Branco-Alentejo, Portugal
As a huge fan of the wines of Portugal, you would think that I would have already included a wine from Alentejo on the Six for $120-Something sampler.
One of Portugal’s most notable regions, I’ve often been critical of many of the wines of the region.  My over generalized synopsis of the region would go something like this: “high alcohol, too many international varieties, often tasting like they could come from anywhere.”  Of course over generalizing is a dangerous thing, especially in the wine world.  Yet it benefits you the consumer in a way.  Fact is, I’m picky when it comes to offering wines from Alentejo, so the ones featured will be awfully good!
One day, a colleague, a huge advocate of Portuguese wines, and the importer of this wine emailed me. “Craig you have to try the Espaço Rural wines.”  A few days later they arrived at my doorstep, and needless to say by the inclusion here, I was impressed.
Pedro Ribeiro and his wife Catarina Vieira are the dynamic duo behind the Espaço Rural wines.  They do the best job of explaining their winery and goals.
“In Espaço Rural we made selection of blocks that we believe express more the terroir of Vidigueira-Alentejo wine region. The idea is to have grapes that show the minerality and freshness of our soils. For that we have totally organic procedures and the vinification is done with minimal intervention. It’s always field blends, co-ferment and wild fermentation wines. We try to use not a lot of new oak barrels and we also use big oak vats in order to keep the freshness and authenticity of our fruit.
Bojador wines are fresh and vibrant. The idea is to have an extreme representation of our terroir that we love.  We have a very small production of amphora wines, our tribute to this ancient vinification method so traditional from our wine region.”
This outstanding white from Espaço Rural is one of their very limited Amphora aged wines.
A co-fermented blend of Antão Vaz, Perrum, Rabo de Ovelha, and Manteúdo.  Take that Court of Master Sommeliers!  60+ year old vines and proudly, no irrigation.  The grapes are destined, basket pressed, and fermented in clay amphora with no temperature control and three punch downs per day for four months.  It spends 4 months in the clay amphorae and then 2 months in bottle.  Just over 3,000 bottles are produced.
This is an outstanding white wine, one that combines richness with freshness, floral and spice with fruit, and a long complex finish.  Be creative in your food pairings as this could work with fish, poultry and meat.
$20.00 BTL./$240.00 CASE OF 12
2012 Matello “Fool’s Journey”-Deux Vert Vineyard/ Yamhill-Carlton,OR
Deux Vert is a historic vineyard in Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton A.V.A., and has some of the oldest plantings of Syrah and Viognier in the United States. This famous combination of grapes is an homage to the great Northern Rhône appellation region of Côte-Rôtie, where traditionally Viognier was blended in with Syrah to add perfume and and a structural ease.
So you can think of this wine as (Yamhill) Carlton meets Côte-Rôtie, and this idea, coupled with winemaker Marcus Goodfellow’s restrained style results in a great bottle of cool climate Syrah imbued with lift and lovely aromatics that take on a sort of violet-y quality. If you are tired of being assaulted by gloppy, overripe Syrahs, this bottle will leave you feeling enlivened and hopeful.
$25.00/BTL.- $300.00/CASE OF 12
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Friday Feature 09/11/15: We Love Barolo! New Offers From Massolino & Vietti.

We Heart Barolo!!
There are several factors as to what makes a winery great.  First and foremost in our eyes is place.
Since 1896, the Massolino family has resided in Serralunga d’Alba.  There are a total of 11 communes that produce the famed Barolo wine, only three of those, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d’Alba are entirely within the zone.  Serralunga d’Alba has long been known as a commune with many incredible vineyards, and the Massolino line-up of single vineyard wines like Margheria, Parafada, Parussi, and Vigna Rionda is nothing short of spectacular.
Other factors that play into the Massolino family’s excellence is their hard work in the vineyard, their attention to detail in the winery, and their overall goal of producing complex winesthat express a sense of place.
The wines of Massolino are truly exceptional, and it is always shocking to us that these wines are still somewhat under the radar.  If you love Barolo, do yourself a favor and secure some of these wines today.  You will thank yourself for many years to come!
2011 Massolino Barolo
There are very few “classic” or “normale” Baroli that match this wine in complexity.  All the Nebbiolo for this wine comes from the Massolino vineyards in Serralunga d’Alba.
It is produced in a style that is very accessible, so if you aren’t someone that wants to cellar Barolo, then this is a great option for you.
Also, this is easily one of the top 2 or 3 best values in all of Barolo.  Don’t miss it!
$47.99 BTL. / $575.88 CASE
2011 Massolino Barolo “Margheria”
A personal favorite of Craig’s,  Margheria is one of the most seductively, perfumed wines of Barolo.  The chalky soil yields a wine with incredible perfume even in its youth.  Flowers, red fruit, and earth are trademarks.  Despite its openness on the nose, there is structure to this wine, with minerality and incredible length on the finish.
Not an untouchable Barolo in its youth, it can be enjoyed now for the aromatics alone.
$87.99 BTL. / $527.94 SIX-PACK CASE
2011 Massolino Barolo “Parussi”
Until recently Massolino only produced Barolo from Serralunga d’Alba.  When the family had an opportunity to purchase a one hectare plot in the famed vineyard of Parussi, they jumped at the chance.  This vineyard is located in Castiglione Falletto.  Parussi offers elegance along with structure.  In the line-up of wines, you would taste this after the Margheria, but before the more structured wines of Parafada and Vigna Rionda.
$87.99 BTL. / $527.94 SIX-PACK CASE
2011 Massolino Barolo “Parafada”
Parafada is an extraordinary vineyard, composed of chalk and shale, facing southward towards the village of Castiglione Falletto.  These old-vines produce a wine with loads of power.  In its youth it can be a bit massive, with notes of cherry, smoke, and even a touch of coffee.  All of that balances with extended aging.  We highly recommend this to those who will let it sleep for a while!
Always one of the great wines of Serralunga d’Alba!
$87.99 BTL. / $527.94 SIX-PACK CASE
2008 Massolino Barolo Riserva “Vigna Rionda”
Arguably the single greatest site in the village of Serralunga d’Alba.  For Massolino, it is a wine with the structure to age through many years, thus their decision to release it with longer aging as a Riserva.
If you have heard of Tortonian soil, this is what dominates in Vigna Rionda, with its limestone and marl.  Structure, acidity, complexity and length, this really has it all.
The 2008 is truly epic, as Craig had a chance to taste it in Piemonte last year.  In the years when it is released it is always one of the top 10 wines produced in Barolo.
This is very limited. We will do our best to fill orders.
$125.99 BTL. / $755.94 SIX-PACK CASE
Sometimes our customers’ cellars get full, and they have to go from buyers to drinkers only.
Such is the case this year, when one of our regular customers of Vietti turned down his annual allocation.
There are many wines that come in to Perman WineSelections that never get offered on the newsletter.  The allocations are small, and the demand is high.
Our goal is to get these types of wines to our customers who will buy them each year, cellar them, drink them and most of all enjoy them.  Cherry pickers and flippers need not apply.
And so this year, we are offering some of the incredible single vineyard (Cru) wines from Vietti.
Most of you will know the Vietti name as we routinely sell the other wines in our store.  The winery is located in Castiglione Falletto, but owns some of the most prestigious vineyards in the region.  Each of the Vietti Cru Baroli offers a glimpse into a top-vineyard from the respective village.
These are wines that reward aging in a cellar, although we still always love these even in their youths.
So here it is, the line-up from 2011.  Those that purchase these 2011s will receive an allocation going forward, year after year (unless a catastrophic weather issue comes into play).
We can’t recommend these enough.  They are in stock – and will sell out soon!
2012 Vietti Barbera d’Alba “Scarrone – Vigna Vecchia”
If there was one wine to show the great complexity and even longevity that Barbera can achieve, it would be Scarrone Vigna Vecchia.  Scarrone is a great site located in Castiglione Falletto.  While most producers would rip up anything not named Nebbiolo in this vineyard, the Currado family has maintained these precious old vines (90 years old!).
I know we only received 6 bottles of this, but we advise that if you do buy some, but more than one.  You will want to drink a bottle soon, and hold at least a couple bottles for later.  Truly spectacular, layered, intense, rich and beautiful Barbera!
2011 Vietti Barolo “Brunate” 
I could write a love letter to Brunate any day of the week.  This beautiful vineyard site located in La Morra produces a perfumed and sensual style of Barolo that can’t be matched.
The Chambolle-Musigny of Barolo.
2011 Vietti Barolo “Lazzarito”
Bring in the muscle!  The great Cru of Lazzarito is located in Serralunga d’Alba.  It is a wine that unfolds slowly, needing some time in bottle to show all its complexity.
Yes its powerful, but with age, beautiful and incredibly long.
2011 Vietti Barolo “Ravera”
2010 marked the first vintage of the Ravera Cru and with it a lot of press.  Ravera is arguably the top Cru in the village of Novello. Super low yields come off these vines, and with it an intensity and structure.
Please hold on to this one for a while, as the tannins need some softening, and will reveal a majestic, spice driven, incredible wine.
2011 Vietti Barolo “Rocche di Castiglione”
Rocche di Castiglione is a special Cru for Vietti, and in fact 2011 marks its 50th Anniversary as a Cru Barolo.  It recently was announced that this received the prestigious Tre Bicchieri award from the Italian wine bible from Gambero Rosso.
Rocche di Castiglione is best described as “power meets finesse.”  It is concentrated but elegant, muscular but subtle, perfumed and discreet.  It has everything.
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The Wine Wire: Fresh n’ Frothy Alpine Red Deliciousness!


As September unleashes its glory upon us, we can again start turning the oven on, maybe for a few minutes anyway, in the cool evenings of autumn. It is easy to start thinking of Nebbiolo at a time like this, but perhaps not the intense, structured Nebbiolo of Alba or its environs.

The tiny sub-region of Arnad Monjovet, in Italy’s Vallée D’Aosta region enjoys a relatively warm climate, despite its northerly exposition and proximity to the Alps. The region’s wine laws insist that wines must be composed of at least 70% Nebbiolo (called Picoutener locally). This wine is a bright friendly cherry bomb, with earth tones and complexity that belies its modest price.


2013 La Kiuva Arnad Montjovet-Vallée D’Aosta, Italy $16.99/BTL.

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Friday Feature 09/04/15: Basque Bubbles, Sizes Regular and Extra Large!

We have some exciting news for you!
Just when you it was time to put your Porrón away for the season – Ameztoi saves the day with their “Hijo” release, a traditional method Rosé of Txakolina. Hijo has developed a cult following among our customers and we are pleased to offer the wine in both 750ml and Magnums!
Hijo will make your Labor Day Weekend better, we promise.
Craig & Sheb.

2013 Ameztoi “Hijo de Rubentis” Txakolina Rosé Metodo Tradicional Champenoise Extra-Brut –
Basque Country, Spain
By now, most of you are familiar with the dry, slightly sparkling wine that hails from the Basque region of Spain called “Txakolina”.
It’s easy to drink and difficult to say.
One of our favorite producers, Ignacio Ameztoi, in Getaria, has also begun making a “Metodo Traditional” version of his incredibly popular Rosé “Rubentis,” which he calls, “Hijo de Rubentis”, or Son of Rubentis in the Basque language. This is a fully sparkling, secondary-fermentation-in-the-bottle rosé of Txakolina, and very delicious.
Dry, refreshing and brimming with dried fruit flavors in the strawberry/raspberry department.
There are very few wines on earth as refreshing as Hijo de Rubentis!
2013 Ameztoi “Hijo de Rubentis” Txakolina $28.99/BTL.
2013 Ameztoi “Hijo de Rubentis” MAGNUM $59.99/BTL.
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Friday Feature 08/28/15: The New 6 for $70-Something Sampler

Hello and Happy Friday!


In store news, Labor Day weekend is right around the corner, and we will have some amended store hours.  Please see below:










Yesterday, we released our events calendar through the end of the year.  We have already had great response, so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot.


In case you missed it here is the link.




Finally, it is the last Friday of the month and that means is it 6 for $70 -something sampler time! If you are new to our newsletter, we put together a monthly sample pack of everyday, affordable wines in the $10-$15 range and provide your with more information than you would ever possibly need about each wine.


This month’s sampler is designed to accompany the subtle changes that gentle September brings to us. The last rosé of the season, two textural whites from Hungary and Macedonia, and three reds that push into slightly heavier territory. As usual, we have slugged through gallons of wine in order to find the best values that can live up to our exacting standards, and we do this all for you.


Please let us know if we can set one aside for you.


Have a Great Weekend!


Craig & Sheb

2014 Selvagrossa “Muschén”-Marche, Italy
We featured the two top wines from Alberto Taddei and his winery called Selvagrossa in a newsletter a few weeks back. Craig has been talking about the wines for months, and now, finally after getting to try them all, I too am completely smitten.
Muschén is Sangiovese blended with a bit of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Alberto is able to successfully cultivate Bordeaux varieties because of his proximity to the Adriatic and the cooling influence that affords. Bordeaux varieties famously need cooler climates; but sometimes very exciting things happen when they are planted in unexpected terroirs such as Alberto’s.
This is an excellent wine for “surf and turf” kind of supper, but I have also had successful pairings with this wine that involved fresh tomatoes, and it really does have a lovely affinity for seafood (turbot in parchment with butter and thyme worked!).
$15.00/BTL.-$180.00/CASE OF 12
2014 Château de la Liquière Faugères Rosé “Les Amandiers”- Languedoc, France
This will be our last rosé placement for awhile on our 6 for $70- something sampler. This is a sad indication that summer’s dreamy haze is rolling to an end, and autumn’s crisp decay is nearly upon us. So drink your cool, pink wine with gusto, if maybe just to keep the coolness of days at bay for just a while more.
We are running low on our yearly allocation from Château de la Liquière, but we have kept the rosé in the back in order to have it on the September sampler. As you may recall, the Amandiers bottlings are from younger vines on the estate. The rosé is comprised of 50% Cinsault, 35% Mourvèdre and15% Grenache, fresh dry and fruity all at once, the epitome really, of everything you would want in a Southern French rosé.
$14.00/BTL.- $168.00/CASE OF 12
2014 Château Pajzos Dry Furmint- Hungary
How much do we really know about Hungarian winemaking? Their most famous wine is the noble dessert wine called Tokaj, which, like Sauternes, is a botrytis affected wine full of honeyed richness coupled with nervy acidity. Furmint is the main grape of Hungary, but there is an array of accessory grapes with unpronounceable names like Hárslevelu, Kabar, Kövérszolo, Sárgamuskotály and Zéta.
Dry Furmint is produced here too, and while I can count the examples I have had on two hands, none have been disappointing, but rather revelatory and fresh, with complexity, mineral and lovely fruit. Furmint is a thick-skinned variety, and often presents with a pleasing textural element as a result of this characteristic.
This offering from Château Pajzos is no exception- super clean and fruity with a gingery-spice note at the end. There are some perfumed aromatics, so this will be appealing to a myriad of white wine drinkers.
$10.50/BTL.-$126.00/ CASE OF 12
2013 Vendrell Rived “Serè” Montsant Tinto- Catalunya, Spain
It’s back!
Craig’s friend Albert, maker of the Acústic wines in the Montsant region of Catalunya in Spain, made his first vintage in the family winery of Josep María Vendrell Rived.  As a result of this connection, Craig formed a relationship with Josep María and his small family estate. We started bringing in these wines about four years ago, and you have enjoyed their top wine, the L’Alleu, and the newer project of Miloca, which features mono-varietal Cariñena and Garnarcha.
This is one of, if not the best, under $15 value in Montsant.  Give this a little air, as it really opens up with notes of wild strawberry, blackberry, and spice notes.  It is medium-bodied, complex and really manages to stay fresh and easy to drink.
I am going to give you a top secret Turkish lamb recipe. I am not sure why I am feeling so generous, but here goes:
The secret is lemon juice. Take 4 lamb loins, salt and pepper them and put them in a ziplock bag. Add dried oregano, sumac (worth getting at a specialty shop), the juice of half a lemon and several glugs of olive oil. Leave them in the bag for two hours. Afterwards, use a well-seasoned cast-iron pan, screaming hot, to cook them to your desired temperature. I prefer medium. Open a bottle of Serè and you have a great night in the making.

$14.00/BTL.-$168.00/CASE OF 12

2013 Tikves R’Kaciteli “Special Selection”- Macedonia, Greece
We again are putting our foot into the Greek waters, and liking what we find. This month’s selection is from Macedonia, which located on mainland Greece. The wine growing region of Macedonia enjoys several sub-regions: the Slopes of Meliton, Amynteo, Naoussa & Goumenissa.
The grape, R’Kaciteli, is of Georgian origin and makes the famous wine “Pheasant’s Tears” aged in ancient, clay qvervi. At the Tikves winery, the R’Kaciteli comes from a single vineyard called Barovo, located 1800 feet above sea level in the Kosuv Mountains.
The resulting wine is a fresh, ripe offering of tropical and orchard fruit that works well with creamy, pungent cheeses, and fatty fish such as anchovies, tuna and sardines. However, strangely enough, this is a wine that pairs beautifully with the sour, salty sweet flavors of Thai and Malaysian cuisines.
$11.00 BTL. / $132.00 CASE OF 12
2012 Calcu Cabernet Franc-Colhagua Valley, Chile
Cabernet Franc got its start in the Basque Country, an offspring of Hondarribi Beltza, one of the Txakolina grapes. From there is made it’s way up the Atlantic coast, into Bordeaux and then the Loire Valley, where it was referred to for years as Breton.
In 1830, a Frenchman named Claudio Gay set up a Chilean repository of pre-phylloxera vines at the University of Chile’s Quinta Normal department. These vine specimens served Chile well; its geographic isolation, due to the Andes, prevented phylloxera from entering the country. Today, Chile is the only major winemaking country to remain totally phylloxera-free; in the late 1800s the country was able to capitalize on Europe’s vineyard devastation and a large domestic consumption to advance its own industry.
Think of Cabernet Franc as a more herbaceous, plummier version of it’s more famous son, Cabernet Sauvignon. Calcu, a label from the reputed Viña Maquis and much of the fruit does come from their estate in the heart of the Colchagua Valley. Aging is in stainless steel tanks for freshness, and neutral french oak for complexity.
$12.00/BTL-$144.00/CASE OF 12
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The Wine Wire: 2010 Domaine de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses “Île Des Vergelesses 1er Cru”

Why we even have any of this left is beyond me but there are 12 bottles, and it is in a very beautiful place, albeit still a very primary one. Île des Verglesses is a long, narrow premier cru vineyard that enjoys incredible exposure and whose soils share many qualities with those of Corton Grand Cru. What it does not share is Corton’s lofty price tag. Get it while you can.


2010 Domaine de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses “Île Des Vergelesses 1er Cru”-Burgundy, France



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