It’s the last Friday of the month, and that means time to introduce my latest edition of the 6 for $70-Something Wine Sampler!
If you haven’t heard of it, this is Chicago and the Universe’s best-value wine sampler. 6 bottles, chosen by yours truly, with seasonality and value in mind. I taste a lot of inexpensive wine, sort out the massive amounts of average and bad, and bring you the most delicious wines available.
This month’s sampler is truly outstanding and includes some wines that we bring in directly to the store just for you! There are three white wines, one rosé and two reds. A couple of the wines are being offered at very special prices through the month of July.
I’m proud to say that for $79.50, you won’t be able to buy 6 better value wines anywhere!
The sampler is in stock and ready to pick up!
Keep these wines in mind for your July 4th parties!
Have a great weekend,
6 for $70-Something
2015 Quinta do Ameal Loureiro, Lima, Portugal
This past week I was speaking with a journalist for an upcoming article on Portuguese wines. He asked me what Portuguese wine was most well-known? My answer centered on three of Portugal’s most famous wines, for better or for worse: Port, Mateus Rosé, and Vinho Verde.
Later in the week, Vinho Verde was in the headlines, in an excellent article written by Zachary Sussman for PunchDrink.com . You should read the article for yourself, but it spoke to the two faces of Vinho Verde.
The first, the light, spritzy, low-alcohol style that typically lines the shelves of grocery and convenience stores alike.
The other face is equally as refreshing, but is a more naturally made, more cared for wine, and ranges in style depending on the sub-region and varietal.
Today’s wine, Quinta do Ameal was mentioned in the article for being a leader in quality in the Lima sub-appellation of Vinho Verde.
For over three years, Perman Wine has been championing the magnificent work that Pedro Araujo, owner of Quinta do Ameal has been doing with the Loureiro grape. We introduced this wine to many of our customers and many across the country. We’ve written about the producer countless times.
While I am not a believer in the usage of press or scores as a singular sales tool, I do want to mention that the 2015 vintage of Ameal was recently highlight in Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, by Mark Squires who covers the Portuguese wine world. In it, the 2015 vintage of Ameal was given 94 Points, one of the best reviewed wines in the entire article. This is a big deal for Quinta do Ameal. It signifies that the work they are doing to show the other face of Vinho Verde has been validated.
Simply put, this is one of the best value white wines you will taste this year. It is made entirely from the Loureiro varietal, grown on the granite soils of the Ponte de Lima sub-region. It explodes out of the glass with aromatic notes of lime, lemon peel, grapefruit, white flowers and mineral. It is bright and juicy in the mouth, with a core of fruit and texture that will surprise those who are used to the typical no-weight Vinho Verde. The finish is complex, long and utterly delicious.
This is a wine that you will have a hard time resisting now, but it will gain in complexity for over a decade in bottle.
A truly amazing value – get some before it disappears!
$15.00 BTL. / $180.00 CASE
2014 Rabasse-Charavin “…la suite” Vin de France
It’s back, and just arrived. I’m always really excited when the new vintages from Domaine Rabasse Charavin, one of the top producers in the village of Cairanne in the Southern Rhône, arrive!
These are wines that have never had a huge name in the United States, largely because about 50% of the wines are sold out of their cellar to regular customers. A small amount does make it into the United States, and I first tasted the wines back when I was living in Portland, Oregon.
What I’ve always known and enjoyed about the wines are their uncompromisingly traditional style. The Couturier family works with a lot of old-vines and always very low-yields. The wines are fermented and aged typically in concrete vats, and as a result are always very slow to unwind.
This Vin de France called “…la suite” is a wine that I perennially use in my samplers. It is the type of red you want to drink during the summer with grilled foods. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre, cropped at 30 hl/ha, and vinified in concrete vat.
A vibrant red berry-scented nose, mixed with freshly cracked pepper and herbs leads into a medium-bodied mouthfeel, with flavors that mirror the aromatics. It maintains a freshness that keeps you coming back, glass after glass.
Fire up the grill, pop some bottles of “…la suite” and your day will have gotten a whole lot better!
$13.00 BTL. / $156.00 CASE
2011 Casa de Darei “Lagar de Darei Tinto Reserva, Dão, Portugal
ATTENTION – You know this wine, you love this wine, and now its time to move to the next vintage. In order to do so, I’ve decided to clear some room. This wine which normally retails for $19 is being featured for the month of July for $15!
For those of you who don’t know the wines of Casa de Darei, a brief primer. Located in the Dão region of Northern Central Portugal, Darei, owned by the fantastic Ruivo family, is quietly making some of the regions best wines.
What makes the Dão such a fantastic region is two fold. The first part has to do with its geography and climate. Protected by mountains, its lack of influence from the sea makes it a warm region, particularly in the day and late afternoon. Its elevation, gives it a huge diurnal temperature shift, bringing cool air in the night, and allowing it to have that rare combination of richness and freshness. The second important part of the Dão, is its largely granite-based soil, which brings an mineral inflection to the wines.
Make no mistake about it, this four-grape-blend of Touriga Nacional, Jaen, Tinta Roriz and Alfrocheiro is a full-bodied red. Yet its exuberance is also accompanied by earth notes and elegance.
It is a wine to drink now alongside grilled red meats, but you can also stash a case of this to drink over the next 10 years. Please don’t miss the opportunity to try this fantastic red. For those that have tried it and come back for more, stock up because the 2012 will return to its regular price.
$15.00 BTL. / $180.00 CASE – NORMALLY $19, SPECIAL PRICE GOOD THROUGH JULY
2014 Stefano Massone “Masera” Gavi, Piemonte, Italy
Year in and year out this is one of the best values from the appellation of Gavi in Piedmont, Italy. In the province of Alessandria, the Cortese grape varietal is at its best in the poor calcareous soils of the Gavi region.
Established in 1975, the Massone family has focused on Cortese, today producing three white wines from different vineyards in their region. “Masera” has always produced a white wine with beautiful and delicate citrus fruit and mineral. An ideal white wine to just relax and have a glass of or to drink alongside simply prepared shellfish or white fish.
As the distributor moves into the new vintage, he has offered the 2014 to us at a fantastic price for the sampler. If you love Gavi, and you should, take advantage of this price now. Just 10 cases are available.
$10.50 BTL. / $126.00 CASE – PRICE GOOD THROUGH THE MONTH OF JULY
2015 Casa de Saima Rosé, Bairrada, Portugal
Our third and last Portuguese wine of the sampler. We are so excited to have the newest release of this fantastic Rosé from Bairrada producer, Casa de Saima.
Those that made it to the tasting at the store when Graça Miranda and José Romeu from Saima visited, got a sneak preview of this absolutely electric Rosé.
I say electric because you’ve never seen a color on a Rosé like this. Its almost florescent!
The truth is, the Portuguese really don’t produce that much Rosé outside of the large scale producers. Yet Saima is very proud of their Rosé made from the classic grape varietal of the region, Baga.
This is one of the most complex, yet quaffable Rosé we have tasted all year. Big bright dark cherry notes mingle with herbs, finishes with vibrant acidity.
Rosé is such a great wine for pairing with many types of food, but this one wins in terms of its ability to work with everything, including foods with high spice levels.
Can’t wait for you to try this!
$12.00 BTL. / $144.00 CASE
2015 Château de la Liquière “Les Amandiers” Blanc, Languedoc, France
Every Spring/Early Summer you can expect to see the new vintage from stalwart Faugéres producer Château de la Liquière on these newsletters. What is great about Liquière is their ability to deliver excellence, and still provide wines of great value to include in our samplers.
Since you know the story about the Vidal family and their amazing property in the Faugères appellation of the Languedoc, we will focus today on the wine at hand.
“Amandiers” is one of the value ranges at Liquière. The white wine version is a blend of 30% Roussanne, 25% Grenache Blanc, 20% Terret, 10% Viognier, 10% Bourboulenc and 5% Marsanne. Say that ten times, real fast!
Grown on the classic schist soil of the region, the grapes are hand picked, gently pressed, and fermented in stainless steel at a cool temperature. The wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation, which helps retain some of the freshness.
This has lovely delicate floral and stone fruit notes, with good freshness and mineral on the finish. It is an excellent wine for cow or goat milk cheeses, but also is a perfect summer white as it stands up to grilled fish and shellfish. A great Rhône varietal value.
$14.00 BTL. / $168.00 CASE