The Wine Wire: 2011 Quilceda Creek Red Wine

When it comes to high-quality, under-the-radar wines, Quilceda Creek has always been an unsung favorite of ours. Critically acclaimed, but not as well known to consumers, these wines are luscious, incredible expression of Bordeaux varieties from various parcels throughout Washington State’s Columbia Valley. The 2011 comes from Champoux, Discovery, DuBrul, Galitzine, Klipsun, Palengat, Shaw, Tapteil and Wallula, and is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot & 2% Cabernet Franc. This will outlast and outdrink many of those so called California “cult” Cabs that go for a lot more money.

 

2011 Quilceda Creek red Wine

$76.99/BTL

12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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The Wine Wire: 2010 Belle Pente Pinot Noir

 

 

This small estate in Yamhill-Carlton quietly produces some of the most age-worthy, balanced Pinots in all of Oregon. We look forward every year to their new releases. Jill & Brian O’Donnell continue to impress with their Burgundian inspired winemaking and meticulous vineyard practices.

 

2010 Belle Pente Estate Pinot Noir-Yamhill-Carlton, OR

$34.99/BTL

30 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

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Friday Feature 10/10/14: Bordeaux For All!

Hello and Happy Friday!

This is one of our favorite times of year!

It is the time when so many new wines are released. Each week we literally have dozens of new items coming into the store.  It is also exciting because many of the wines that we’ve tasted on our wine trips are finally arriving!

One additional benefit to all the new wines is that distributors have to make room for the new and say goodbye to the old, often resulting in great deals for consumers.

Today’s newsletter offers three really fantastic Bordeaux, some to drink now and others that will reward patience. These are being offered at truly outstanding prices.

Please take advantage while they are around.

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On another note, please look out for a Tastings & Events newsletter next week.  We are sold out of all previously announced events, but with news of impending winemaker visits, we’ve added two new tastings to be announced. We also will be partnering with Fat Rice each month for a wine dinner. Stay tuned!

Have a great week-end!

Cheers,

Craig & Sheb

Friday Feature: Bordeaux For Every Occasion
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2009 Château Malleret Haut Médoc
Craig had me taste this blind upon arriving to work yesterday. It was very quickly apparent that this was a classic and delicious glass of left bank Bordeaux, with flavors of dried plums and cherries. as well as notes of graphite and cedar. It tasted expensive, and I guessed we would probably retail it around $35 or $40/ bottle.

I was floored to learn that it would be half that price.

Our relationship with Bordeaux remains guarded. It is difficult to make much traction in a market that is based upon buying futures and volume discounting. Bordeaux seems to be less about the romance of artisan farmers and more about straight commercialism. But it is a place where some of the greatest wines in the world are made, and sought by so many for good reason.

I think too we can all take a step back from these kinds of heady discussions and indulge in one of life’s small pleasures: a well-seasoned New York Strip, cooked in a cast iron pan, with some blue cheese butter on top, and a glass of this wonderful Haut Médoc from Château Malleret.

 

This is the best deal on Bordeaux that we’ve offered in years!

 

Normally it retails for twice as much, and I know this will sell out in a heartbeat – so act fast!

 

$15.00 BTL. / $180.00 – CASE OF 12 / REGULAR PRICE IS $30!

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2009 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut Médoc

Sociando-Mallet has always had great terroir, but performed inconsistently for decades, until 1969, when it was bought by Jean Gautreau. It is located close to the Gironde Estuary, about 10km north of Pauillac, and sits on a classic, gravel soil, under which is clay and limestone.

Although not classified in the Grand Cru Classification of 1855 (it didn’t exist yet), in side by side tastings, Sociando-Mallet often comes in the top five, and very often only second to Château Pichon Lalande.

In the words of Jancis Robinson, the great British MW:

“The Sociando style is clearly very classic with considerable stuffing but very marked tannins too so that all these wines seemed designed for almost as long a life as the finest first growth even if none of the wines was as subtle and elegant as a great first growth can be.”

If you are looking for Bordeaux that can go the distance in terms of aging, this is not to be missed.

$51.99 BTL. / 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
 

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2010 Château Hosanna Pomerol

 

The estate is owned by Jean-Pierre Moueix, who also owns Petrus, perhaps Bordeaux’s greatest wine.  In 1999 Moueix purchased Château Certan Giraud and split up the property, selling some of it off, but keeping the best acreage in one of the best spots of Pomerol, facing Château Petrus, and in between Château Lafleur and Vieux Château Certan.

 

The soil is the classic red gravel with layers of clay, and this plot contains vines between 25 and 50 years-old with an average of 40 years.

 

Through shrewd negociation, we are able to offer 12 bottles of this at one of the best, if not the best, price in the country. If you hemmed and hawed a bit when the 2010s were released (and we don’t blame you if you did) this would be the time to strike.

 

This is one of the world’s greatest examples of Merlot, and one of the legends of Pomerol.  A steal at this price!

 

“This wine displays plenty of black raspberries, black currants, espresso roast, Asian soy and plum sauce along with some mocha and chocolate. Beautifully rich, firm, and full-bodied, with sweet but abundant tannins, this is a classy, noble style of wine that should be forgotten for at least 5-7 years and drunk over the following 20. Remarkably, the alcohol, like most of the wines in the J. P. Moueix stable of Pomerols and St.-Emilions, hit 14.5%. 96+ Points, Robert Parker Jr.”

 

$195.00 BTL. / $1170.00- 6 PACK CASE /

2-6 PACKS AVAILABLE

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Friday Feature 10/03/14: 2012 Releases from Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

Hello and Happy Friday!

 

We are back this Friday with another great Burgundy offer, this time from super-producer Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey. These are not to be missed Burgundies, and if you blink they will be gone. Many of you are familiar with this producer, and also familiar with the challenging weather that 2012 brought to the Burgundy region. There isn’t much, so let your intentions be known sooner rather than later.

 

PLEASE NOTE – The wine is due to arrive in our store the week of October 6th.

 

Have a great week-end!

 

Cheers,

 

Craig & Sheb

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About Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

 

Pierre-Yves Colin has garnished a lot of attention in the Cotes de Beaune, and the excitement surrounding his wines is palatable. His name is beginning to be uttered in the same hushed breaths as Roulot, Coche & Lafon. In 2005 he split from his family’s domaine (he is the eldest son of Marc Colin) taking with him his 6ha inheritance.

 

This is our third allocation of these wines: we can say definitively that they have been discovered and are now often housed in the cellars of the wealthiest collectors. We seem to be getting less and less. Part of this is the drastically reduced production in challenging vintages like 2013. The other reason is that Pierre-Yves is now a full-fledges rock star of his region, and his wines are in great demand.

 

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2012 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet ‘Ancégnières’

 

Les Enseignères lays underneath the Grand Cru of Bâtard-Montrachet on both the Puligny & Chassagne sides. Pierre Yves has taken a more ancient spelling of the vineyard (starting with the letter ‘A’). Given the current pricing and proximity of the vineyard to Bâtard, this certainly may be one of last great deals in Burgundy.

 

$73.00/BTL.

6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

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2012 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet “Vide Bourses 1er Cru”

 

A stony vineyard next to Bâtard, this is parcel comes from the Morey side of the family. Structured and mineral driven.

 

$110.00/BTL.

6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

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2012 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet “Chenevottes 1er Cru”

 

Chenevottes sits at the southern border of St. Aubin and is a relatively cool site that harbors two distinct lieux dits: Les Commes & Les Bondues. Pierre-Yves draws from both vineyards in his bottling. There is a lovely dichotomy at play here; a lacy dignity coupled with subtle power.

 

$105.00/ BTL.
18 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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enbrazees

2012 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet “Embrazées 1er Cru”

 

The 1er Cru of Embrazées is owned nearly in its entirety, by the Morey family, so this wine is part of the inheritance that Caroline Morey, Pierre-Yves’ wife, brings to the family. This vineyard makes a rich and more lush style of Chassagne.

 

$105.00/ BTL.
6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

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2012 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet “Les Baudines 1er Cru”

 

Also part of the Morey family legacy, Les Baudines sits on top of Embrazées, and both vineyards border Santenay in the northwestern corner. The soils here are white clay, and Les Baudines produces a taut, sleek style of white Burgundy well- suited to the Colin-Morey style.

 

$101.00/BTL.

6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

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2012 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Santenay Rouge ‘Ceps Centenaires’

 

In the lieux dit of Les Champs Claude, there is a particular section of vines that were planted in 1900, thus the ‘Ceps Centenaires’ (century vines) designation. Pierre Yves owns .3 ha of this old vines parcel. We have not had a Santenay produced at this level of quality before.

 

$50.00/BTL.

24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

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2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru

 

Bucket List wine.

 

$585.00/BTL.

1 (one) BOTTLE AVAILABLE 

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Friday Feature 09/26/14 : The New 6 for $60-Something Sampler

Hello and Happy Friday!
 
In Perman Wine News, we are in the process of finalizing some very cool wine-maker events, and special dinners, which we will announce on this newsletter. Many of you ask about tastings and how to learn more about wine. Talking directly to the farmers and the artisans who make wine is the single best way to this greater knowledge, so stay tuned.
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It is the last Friday of the month, and that means time to unveil another Six for $60-Something sampler!

 

The 6 for $60-Something is Chicago (and the planet’s) best monthly value wine sampler!

 

This month’s sampler is comprised of some very satisfying, more autumnally focused wines. We return again to some blustery reds, a couple of whites, and bid adieu to the summer of rosé. However, diehard rosé fans should not despair: we always keep a few on hand even in the dead of winter.

 

All of these selections are available by the bottle and the case, but there is no better way to learn wine than by trying a variety of new wines.

 

If interested in a sampler, simply stop by the store, or send us an email and we can coordinate delivery or shipping.

 

Craig & Sheb

 

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2013 Luccarelli Primitivo-Puglia, Italy
The Southern Italian region of Puglia, in the heel of the boot, produces quite a bit of wine from a variety of grapes, some local and some international.

 

One of the most delicious and easy to drink varieties of the region is called Primitivo.  A couple examples of this grape have made samplers in the past, but it has been a while and we were taken with the quality of this particular producer.

 

The most famous sites for growing Primitivo are in Manduria, but a risk exists in the making of this wine. Ripeness is important, but in the warm, flat terrain of this area the grapes can easily over-ripen, producing blousy, less interesting wines. For this bottling, some of the sites are harvested early, resulting in a bold juicy wine imbued with good aromatic and structural freshness.

 

The result is one of the most delicious bottles of wine you are going to find from the Primitivo varietal.  Incredibly fresh and vibrant with notes of ripe blackberry, strawberry, spice and herbs.  This is texturally plush and glides across the palate. This is a real crowd pleaser!
$13.00 BTL. / $156.00 CASE OF 12

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2013 Casa de Saima Branco, Bairrada, Portugal

 

You regular Six for $60-Something’ers are going to recognize the name Casa de Saima.  Last month we featured the delicious Rosé from Saima, this month their fantastic white, and next month, their great red wine.

 

This wine is easily the best value white wine in my store!

 

For those of us, and I’ll include myself, still learning about Portuguese wine, the Bairrada region is well-known for producing sparkling and great red wine.  Maybe less known is its ability to make fantastic white wine from grapes like Bical and Maria Gomes (a.k.a Fernão Pires).  Some of the best Portuguese white wines I’ve tasted come from the Bairrada.

 

On my recent trip to Portugal, I was visiting Casa de Saima and winemaker / owner Graça Miranda, opened a bottle of 1995 Branco to show us the evolution of their wines.  It wasn’t just fantastic, it was world-class, and I was truly shocked at its ability to evolve in such an elegant and complex way.

 

The 2013 is a real stunner, easily one of the best white wines I have ever put on my sampler.  It is a blend of 70% Bical and 30% Maria Gomes.  Vinification has changed since that 1995 vintage which was crushed in traditional granitic open top tanks called lagares.  Now this is fermented and aged only in stainless steel tanks.

 

The nose on this wine is exotic, white flowers, bergamot, a hit of herbs and mineral.  Texturally this has nice richness, but then the finish absolutely expands and carries on for a very long time.  This is almost impossible to believe that it costs only $12.  I stupidly ordered 120 bottles for this sampler which will be gone by months end.  That mistake won’t happen again.

 

Please do not miss this great representation of a Bairrada white!

 

$12.00 BTL. / $72.00 SIX-PACK CASE

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 rocdesegur2012 Château Roc de Segur Bordeaux-Libournais, France

 

The Bordelaise are very quick to pronounce nearly every harvest as the “vintage of the century”, but this type of bombastic proclamation was nearly impossible in 2012. The good news is, the difficult conditions and late ripening tendencies of the vintage heavily favored Merlot, and so the right bank did not suffer too much.

 

Château Roc de Segur is an annual best-buy here at Perman Wine Selections. Owned by the Vidal family, the vineyards located in the Entre-Deux-Mers area were replanted in 1990.  We are starting to really see the fruits of their labor.

 

This is truly a great Bordeaux value.  A blend of 65% Merlot,  27% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc, from vines planted on clay-limestone soil. Vinification takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, where it is then aged.

 

What you get is a bright, fruit-forward, mineral-driven red. It drinks like a classic bottle of claret, so for a minute you can pretend you’re French, steak frites, knotted scarf and all.

 

$10.00/BTL.- $120.00 CASE OF 12

 

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2011 Vale do Bomfim Tinto-Douro, Portugal

 

It seems that once we opened our hearts and minds to the wonder that is Portugal, we have been flooded with great wines at every price point. The quality that we are seeing from these producers is crazy high, and this wine is no exception.

 

The grapes for Vale de Bomfim comes from severalquints (single vineyards) whose main purpose is to supply fruit for Dow’s port production. However, the Symington Family who own Dow, historically  have made a red still wine for their own personal consumption. This wine was delicious enough that visitors and friends of the family repeatedly asked to purchase the wine, and the family decided to release the wine commercially.

 

The wine is composed of a typically Portuguese mixed bag: 30% Tinta Barroca, 25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 15% Tinta Roriz and 5% Tinto Cão. It was the structure and body that impressed us, because usually at this price point even the wines of the noble Duouro can be soft and fleshy. However, the Vale do Bomfim is surprisingly full-bodied and intense.

 

$10.00/BTL.-$120.00/CASE OF 12

 

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2012 Nadler Grüner Veltliner- Carnuntum, Austria

 

There is something about Grüner, especially as we change from summer to fall, that is uniquely satisfying with it’s crisp, slightly green flavors and laser-like edges. Grüner is made for those that enjoy piquancy and vibrancy. And while many of us turn to richer reds this time of year, it is important to remember that Grüner can pair excellently with fall’s richer foods, and has a special affinity for exotic spices.

 

Young Robert Nadler’s vines are in Cartuntum, an ancient Roman stronghold. This is south of the great city of Vienna, along the Danube River near the Hungarian border on the western edge of the Pannonian Basin, a geological plain with a warmer macro-climate, despite it’s northerly altitude.

 

This is fresh, mineral driven and delicious. Stick a couple in your fridge and braise away!

 

$12.00/BTL.-$144.00/CASE OF 12

 

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mascristine

2010 Mas Cristine Côtes du Roussillon, France

Mas Cristine is an estate located in Banyuls, 5 miles from the Spanish border and 1/2 a mile from the Southern Mediterranean coast. Vines were first planted here in 1810, and the estate is steeped in antiquity, although the winery itself is modern.

 

We bought a stack of this last spring, and got a very good price on it. Many of you absolutely loved the wine, so we checked with the distributor and were able to negotiate the same price for October’s 6 for $60 -Something Sampler.

 

Composed of Grenache and Syrah, this is a rich, brooding red with palate presence and serious body. If you like them bold and spicy, this is for you!

 

$12.00 BTL. / $144.00 CASE OF 12

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The Wine Wire: 2010 Scavino Barolo

We offered these on a pre-arrival back in March, and have a few left in open stock to offer. The 2010 vintage is very hyped, much coveted and we are seeing these fly out the door. I’s epic, it’s Scavino, so if Barolo is your thing, come and get it!

 

2010 Scavino Barolo $52.99/BTL

5 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

2010 Scavino Barolo “Monvigliero” $64.99/BTL>

5 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

2010 Scavino Barolo “Bric del Fiasc” $99.99/BTL

4 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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Friday Feature 09/19/14: The New 6 For $120-Something Sampler

Hello and Happy Friday!

 

In Perman Wine Selections news, our 2014 tasting calendar has now sold out, but we do plan to add some impromptu winemaker tastings that we will announce on this newsletter, so stay tuned.

 

It is is that time again, the second to last Friday of the month, when we introduce our latest Six for $120-Something Sampler.

 

This month’s box contains a couple of great selections from our continuing bromance with Portugal, an affordable Burgundy, a Cabernet from Paso Robles, and more, all ready for your drinking pleasure.

 

Keep in mind that while you are welcome to choose some of the wine à la carte, but as completionists, we say you should just do the whole sampler, you can drink it this month if you really try! We know you can do it.

 

Do not wait- come on down today to pick yours up!

 

Cheers,

 

Craig & Sheb

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2011 Maison Faiveley Bourgogne Blanc-Burgundy, France

It is a complete rarity for us to work with the larger négociants in Burgundy, although the big names like Drouhin, Latour and Bouchard all make some very serviceable, sometimes very good wines. The term négociant can conjure up some unpleasant connotations: big and soulless, a more “corporate” side to Burgundy, a place that we tend to romanticize for its farmers, bucolic hills, blue-footed chickens, and idyllic lifestyle complete with beret, baguette and stinky cheeses (Époisses anyone?).

 

Faiveley is a fair-sized négociant, with most of their holdings in Mercurey, in the Côte Chalonnaise. We tasted through a range of their 2011s and 2010s a few weeks and were struck by how clean and proper everything seemed to be. But we were especially drawn to their Bourgogne Blanc bottling, which was fresh, mineral driven, toasty and like drinking a liquid apple orchard. And although we have inured ourselves to the sticker shock which inevitably accompanies every bottle of Burgundy these days, imagine our delight to have found AFFORDABLE BURGUNDY!!!!!

 

At this price you can afford to drink Burgundy again on the regular.

 

$19.00/BTL.-$228.00/CASE OF 12

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2007 Quinta da Bica “Vinhas Velhas” Tinto, Dão, Portugal

 

Portuguese wines have become part of our regular rotation in our monthly samplers here at Perman Wine Selections.

 

With such diversity in terroir within a relatively small country, there is really something for every palate in Portugal.

 

One region that really speaks to us is that of the Dão.  There is a combination of finesse and power that one can find in both the white and the reds of the region.

 

We are very happy to support the wines of Quinta da Bica, a fantastic and very small property in the shadows of the Serra da Estrela, the tallest mountain range in Portugal.  Protected by the mountains, the vineyards enjoy good warmth during the summer, but also a dramatic temperature drop at night.

 

These are good climatic conditions for grapes such as Touriga Nacional, Jaen, Rufete, Baga, Alvarelhão, and Bastardo, grapes that all make their way into the 2007 Bica “Vinhas Velhas.”  Those last words denote “Old Vines,” 50+ year-old vines that give depth and flavor to the grapes.

 

Fermentation at Quinta da Bica happens in stainless steel tanks, and the 2007 “Vinhas Velhas” was aged for five year in used French oak barrels.

 

Decant this wine an hour before consuming if possible.  It’s aromas really open, with notes of dried cherry, blackberry, menthol and loam.  A silky texture up front finishes with notes of plums and long, gentle, baking spices.

 

It’s classic with roasted partridge, but if left your hunting cap and rifle back at the lodge, you can always go buy a nice aged steak to enjoy alongside.

 

Please open up a bottle to taste now, and know that it can age over another decade easily.  A killer value.

 

$27.00 BTL. / $162.00 SIX-PACK CASE

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2006 Can Ràfols dels Caus “Gran Caus” Tinto Reserva, Penedès, Spain

 

The red wines of the Penedés region, lying just south of Barcelona, are some of the most often overlooked wines of Spain.

 

One producer that does give some notoriety to the region, and deservedly so is that of Can Ràfols dels Caus.  Craig has had a chance to visit the estate and meet with its charismatic owner, Carlos Esteva.

 

For a long time Esteva has pushed for the Pènedes to be sub-divided further than how it is today, the Alt Penedès and the Baix Penedès.  The reason why is that the territory that his winery sits in, called the Garraf Massif is a very particular microclimate, having its own unique terroir that differentiates it from the rest of the Alt Penedès.

 

The Garraf Masif is a Mediterranean climate, with cooling breezes from the Sea, all at high altitude.  There is a mixture of soil types on the estate, with the red grapes typically sitting in a clay and chalk mixture, with very shallow soil.  The soil, the climate and the environment are well suited to Bordeaux varietals, and so with Gran Caus red you have a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

 

This is very Bordeaux in style, but yet distinctly a wine from the Garraf Masif.  Amazing to have an aged wine like this available, and it really shows its aromatic complexity with a mixture of delicate fruit, mineral, and herbal notes that one would definitely understand after walking through the vineyards of Can Ràfols dels Caus.  The tannins are well integrated, and its earthy elements call out to be served with a grilled duck breast, or hangar steak.

 

A name to know in the world of Spanish wine.

 

$24.00 BTL. / $288.00 CASE OF12

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2013 Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco Del Fondatore-Emilia-Romagna, Italy

 

Lambrusco still suffers from the permanent scars left upon the region from the frightful product called Riunite that was so popular in the 1970s. You may remember this tag line: “Riunite on ice- so nice”.

 

We have thankfully moved on from this era, and we have access to more artisan versions of Lambrusco.

 

Cleto Chiarli is one such producer. They own vineyards outside the town of Modena, which is the epicenter for the production zone. The bottle we offer today is made from a clone of Lambrusco called Sorbara, which differs from the more well-known variety of Grasparossa. Grasparossa is often responsible for dark, somewhat tannic Lambruscos, and Sorbara for light, frothy, quality sparklers. Chiarli’s Fondatore bottling is precisely that: lightly colored and brimming with fresh strawberries and raspberries, in possession of fragrant earthiness. Fondatore is made via champagne method, and is the perfect partner for an afternoon snack of salumi and cheese.

 

$18.00/BTL.-$108.00 CASE OF 6

 

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2013 Rainer Wess Gruner Veltliner “Wauchauer”-Wachau Austria

 

This of you who like mineral driven, higher-than-high acid wines will find yourselves right at home with this selection from Rainer Wess.

 

The vines of the Wachau are planted in steeply terraced hills that make up the walls of the Danube Valley, a cold and difficult place to make wine, but the wines are rewarding and delicious. There is a range of styles here: crisp, fresh and vibrant to dense, concentrated and unctuous.

 

The Wachauer bottling comes from some of the less treacherously graded vineyard sites, in the towns of  Unterloiben and Dürnstein, and are the first of Wess’ grapes to be harvested, producing a lean, aromatic style of Gruner, racy and thirst-quenching.

 

Despite this rather “summery” description, this is the kind of wine that works really well with an autumnal pork braise, grilled sausages or root vegetables simmered with cream and scented with nutmeg.

 

$18.00/BTL.-$216.00/PER CASE OF 12

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2012 Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon-Paso Robles, California

 

Broadside brings a balanced and unique approach to Cabernet production in Paso Robles, which, at times, can be a bit bombastic and overwrought.

 

The grapes for this wine come from a single, high-altitude plot called Margarita, which at 1000 feet above sea level, is cool at night and enjoys a breezy, coastal influence courtesy of the Pacific Ocean. Clocking in at 13.7% (very low for Paso), they work with vines that average 15 years, and that produce very small berries. This insures a cabernet that is structured and complex, rather than one that unknits upon opening the bottle. No commercial yeast is employed (again quite rare in cabernet production) and new oak is kept to a minimum (3% at most).

 

Despite all this language that implies a certain restraint, it does still remain true to it’s region, offering a juicy panache of black and blue fruit, and is definitely a dense little tooth stainer, because we are coming to the kind of nights when that’s just what you will want.

 

Toothbrush not included.
$21.00/BTL.-$252.00/CASE OF 12

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Friday Feature 09/05/14: The Wines of Massican.

Massican Wines-Napa Valley, California

Dan Petroski started his winemaking career at the famed Russian River Estate Dumol. Despite having little experience, he showed prodigious talent, and was quickly tapped to be the winemaker at Larkmead, one of Napa’s oldest estates. And while he has kept his “day” job at Larkmead, since 2009 he has been making some extraordinarily delicious white wines under the Massican label.

One of the most fortuitous trends of the last five years has been a small group of Napa producers who have collectively taken their feet off the roaring throttle that defines the region’s style: big, in your face, wines that sometimes can be just a little too much. Petroski, along with others like Steve Matthiasson & Matthew Rorick have decided to prove that mineral-driven, crisp whites with structure and balance ARE possible in Napa Valley.

Only a handful of accounts were offered these wines, and we are pleased to be among them. As with many of the newsletter wines, the quantities are limited.

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2013 Massican “Annia”

This is an absolutely love white blend inspired by the mysterious and thirst quenching white wines of Friuli, Italy. It’s varietal composition is 44 % Friuliano, 36% Ribolla Gialla & 20% Chardonnay. The Friuliano comes from a 63+ year old vineyard plot in Chiles Valley, and the Ribolla Gialla comes from the late George Vare’s famous plantings. These two grapes add a bracing mineral component to the wine, which clocks in at a manageable 12.5% alcohol.

$29.00/BTL.

24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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2013 Massican Sauvignon Blanc

We have all had a less-than-inspiring Sauvignon Blanc from California, and we all know how fresh and wonderful they can be (Hello Sancerre!). Two stand-out Sauvignons from the region have always been Spottswoode and Araujo, and Massican’s version rivals both. Sweet citrus and classic, tart herbaceous flavors co-mingle in the glass.

$29.00/BTL

36 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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2013 Massican “Gemina”

Although in previous vintages this has been a blend, in 2013 this is 100% glorious Chardonnay from Hyde Vineyard in Carneros, a very famous spot for this Burgundian variety.

This Chardonnay offers the warm baked apple and pear flavors one would expect, coupled with a fine, crisp underpinning, owed to its not being pushed through a malolactic conversion.

$43.00/BTL.

12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

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Friday feature 08/29/14: The New 6 for $60-Something Sampler!

Hello and Happy Friday!

 

We just wanted to announce that we have a few spots left for our Iberian tasting on Friday, September 26th, 2014. The tasting is an informal, walk-around and taste at your own pace type of affair. There will be some great wines being poured, and you can stop by anytime between 6:00 & 7:30pm. Tickets are $35/Person.

 

To sign up, please call the shop at 312-666-4417

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Also, we will be CLOSED Monday, September 1st, for the Labor Day holiday. So stock up today (Friday) or Saturday for all your picnic/BBQ wine beer and booze needs.

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It is the last Friday of the month, and that means time to unveil another Six for $60-Something sampler!

The 6 for $60-Something is Chicago (and the world’s) best monthly value wine sampler!

This month’s sampler is comprised of some very delicious wines and will be our last sampler to feature rosé for the year. We have been reading alarming reports about the Hamptons being out of rosé; do not let this happen to you!

All of these selections are available by the bottle and the case, but there is no better way to learn wine than by trying a variety of new wines.

If interested in a sampler, simply stop by the store, or send us an email and we can coordinate delivery or shipping.

Craig & Sheb

 

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6 for $60-Something Sampler

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Matteo Correggia “Solo” Piemonte, Italy N.V.
Matteo Correggia is a high quality producer who works in the Roero, in the northeastern corner of the Cuneo province. All the expected Piemontese varieties grow here, especially Nebbiolo and Arneis.
The “Solo” bottling is not a wine normally produced by Correggia, but 2013 was kind and brought them a little extra fruit. So they decided to combine a few tanks of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Brachetto and the end product was this delightful red blend.
Admittedly, Brachetto on its own can be a little floral, but combined with the nobility of Nebbiolo and the charm of Barbera, the resulting wine is a fresh juicy but not-without-structure affair, perfect for the last lingering days..
$12.00/BTL.-$144.00/CASE OF 12

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2013 Casa de Saima Rosé- Bairrada, Portugal
Oh does it pain us to say it, but summer is winding down.
This summer we saw an insane (in a good way) amount of requests for dry Rosé from all over the world.  Most of those folks saw it as the ultimate summer drink.
We here at Perman Wine Selections view it as a year-round adult beverage, so even though we expect a slow in sales of the pink stuff, we are giving it another placement our our monthly 6 for $60-Something sampler.
This Rosé, handpicked by Craig, on a recent trip to Portugal, is a clear winner.
Casa de Saima is a name you will see a lot here in the shop because in our estimation, it is one of the Bairrada region’s best producers.  They also offer great value.  So the best of the best, and at crazy prices, how could one go wrong?
The truly, special indigenous varietal of the Bairrada is called Baga.  It forms the basis of this excellent Rosé, 80% to be exact, with the other 20% coming from perhaps Portugal’s most famous red varietal, Touriga Nacional.
They do it old-school at Casa de Saima, with a brief crushing and maceration in stone lagares (open top cement tanks, used to crush grapes by foot).  The fermentation process happens in stainless steel tanks, and after a brief resting it is bottled and sent to all the Rosé fans around the world.  Ok, actually Casa de Saima is only in 2 markets in the United States, Boston and the market called Perman Wine Selections.
So get it here, and come quick because with a dry Rosé as delicious and juicy is this, it’s going to keep the party going.
$12.00/BTL.-$144.00/CASE of 12

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 montgras2010 MontGras “200” Reserva Cabernet-Central Valley, Chile
Chile has always been a fascinating place for wine and historically very important. It is easy to dismiss the whole of the country as a source for cheap n’easy vino, but we should not.

 

Geographically, Chile affords nearly perfect environments for premium grape growing: geologically appropriate soils, and mountains that protect grapes from extreme temperatures and the ravages of oceanic proximity.
Colhagua is one of those places and a particularly great spot for Bordeaux varieties. The Bicentennial bottling from MontGras is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Carmenère. It offers an opulent texture, and a complex array of fruit. There is a nuanced herbal quality courtesy of the Carmènere. All in all, a lot of wine for not too many pesos!

 

$11.00/BTL.-$132.00/CASE OF 12

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2011 Domaine des Dorices Muscadet Sèvre Et Maine “Cuvée Choisie”- Loire Valley, France
It is no secret, we do enjoy a Muscadet or two here at Perman Wine Selections, and we were happy to find a stash of “choice blend” from Domaine Dorices at a very nice price.
Although you may be used to consuming Muscadet in it’s infancy, because of the lees aging required by the appellation, Muscadet ages extremely well. Sèvre et Maine bottlings require that the wine stay in contact with its lees (yeast left over from the fermentation process) for at least nine months.
The other thing that gets a little confusing with Muscadet is that it has nothing to do with Muscat or Moscato, so please do not expect a sweet wine here. Muscadet is just the region, the grape is a sibling of Chardonnay called Melon de Bourgogne, or the Melon of Burgundy. Clearly the Burgundians do not care very much for melons; this grape was banned from Burgundy hundreds of years ago. Thankfully, the denizens of the Atlantic Loire love melons, and there it stayed!
This is in an absolutely lovely place right now; while still citric and mineral driven, there is a mellow, almost honeyed quality, a nice result of being in the bottle for a few years.
$11.00/BTL.-$132.00/CASE OF 12

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2011 Château d’Oupia Minervois Tradition-Languedoc, France

We often feature wines from the Languedoc on our 6 for $60 something sampler, it is such a diverse area and absolutely tremendous for delicious, value-driven wines.
MInervois is one of those places, 15 miles inland from the Meditteranean sea, situated directly between the cities of Narbonne and Carcassone, dotted with gravelly rocks and green hills alike. It is quite large, almost 5000 hectares of vines find themselves within the appellation spanning two departments: the Hérault and the Aude.
Château D’Oupia, a 12th century castle located in the village of Oupia, in the heart of the appellation, has been producing reliable, tasty wines for quite a while now. Andre Iche was first winemaker in the village to break from the co-op and make wine indecently; he is survived by his daughter who is now in charge.
The Minervois Tradition is a blend 50% Carignan (from vineyards up to 100 years old), 30% Syrah and 20% Grenache. It is aromatic, full and densely colored, with a long finish of dark fruits. Astonishingly, this is a wine you could put away for 5 years, if you wanted, but life is short so feel free to drink it all now.
$11.00/BTL.-$132.00/CASE OF 12

 
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2013 Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc “Estate Series”- Valle de Aconcagua, Chile

In our estimation, Chile still remains the go to place for $10-ish a bottle Sauvignon Blanc.

Take this example from Errazuriz in Chile, one of the countries most iconic estates, located in the Aconcagua Valley in the North.

This wine over-delivers for its price point, displaying bright citrus, apple and herb notes on the nose.  The acidity, and it is real acidity, not added, is well-balanced and refreshing.

The fruit for this wine is sourced from the Aconcagua Costa Region, close to the Pacific Ocean, it is the right climate for a grape such as Sauvignon Blanc.

It’s more and more difficult to find high quality Sauvignon Blanc, and even wine in general for $10-ish dollars these days, and luckily we have the folks at Errazuriz to help keep hope alive.

Great as an apéritif, but also the type of wine that works with a spicier shellfish dish and some Thai curry dishes.

$12.00 BTL. / $144.00 CASE OF 12

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The Wine Wire: The Son of Txakolina

 

 

 

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, Ameztoi, in Gertaria, has also begun making a “Metodo Tradicional” Rosé, which he calls, “Hijo”, or son in the Basque language. This is a fully sparkling, secondary-fermentation-in-the-bottle rosé of Txakolina, and very delicious. Like all these types of things, it is limited too.

2012 Hijo de Rubentis Txakolina $27.99/BTL.

36 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

2012 Hijo de Rubentis MAGNUM $55.99/BTL.

8 MAGNUMS AVAILABLE

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