Friday Feature 12/11/15: 2010 Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino

2010 Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino-Tuscany, Italy
Why the hype about 2010?  For Pertimali it was a classic vintage, with warm weather coming at the right times, and a good shift from warm daytime temperature to cool night time temperatures.  There was no rush to harvest, the grapes had an even and long growing season.
This is one of the great vintages of Pertimali Brunello we’ve tasted, and Craig has been selling these wines for over 15 years.
While we don’t typically do the review thing, we would be remiss not to mention that across the board this has received incredible reviews by writers that taste and visit Montalcino on a regular basis.  Here are a couple of the glowing reviews:
“Crazy aromas of dried lemon, sea salt and cherry and delicate rose petal. Full body, ripe fruit with amazing acid tannin structure. It works from the inside out with your palate showing an amazing center palate and bright acidity and tannin structure. Goes on for minute. Redefines Brunello. Drink now but better in five years. The greatest wine ever from here.” –100 points, James Suckling
“I am absolutely enthusiastic about Sassetti Livio Pertimali’s 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. Breathe deep into the glass and this wine awards you a beautiful sensorial experience that brings you immediately to varietal tones of pressed cherry, dried blackberry, spice and tobacco. The most compelling notes however are those polished mineral tones of crushed granite and pencil shaving that add sharpness and focus. This is not a timid Brunello and you can taste the sheer power and the quality of the fruit on hand. The mouthfeel is polished and smooth with fine and exact textural richness. Bravo!” 97 Points, Monica Larmer, The Wine Advocate
$52.99 BTL. 
ONLY 18 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
SOLD OUT.
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Friday Feature 12/04/15: Serious Gifts For the Wine Lover in Your Life!

Hello and Happy Friday!
 
Today we are issuing quite a list- just some things we have hanging around that would be of serious interest to the wine drinker in your life.
It is quite a long list, so we are going to get right to it.
In the meantime, if you are planning on shipping gifts, please do remember that we only have two more full shipping weeks left on the calendar before the holidays hit.
Now onto the newsletter.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Sheb & Collin
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A Wine Drinker’s Wish List!
 
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Domaine Ramonet-Chassagne-Montrachet
 
This Domaine was established the 1920s and is run today by brothers Noël & Jean-Claude. The  wines from this property are extraordinarily famous and difficult to acquire. We feel very lucky indeed, to have received the 3 cases that we did.
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2013 Domaine Ramonet Bourgogne Blanc
A great way to get in on the ground floor of this most coveted producer. Gorgeous Chardonnay, both nervy and tactile.
$39.99/BTL.
12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2013 Domaine Ramonet Bourgogne Rouge
Direct and highly perfumed, this is a wine that consistently out-performs its meager appellation status.
$36.99/BTL.
10 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2013 Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge
 
A rare sighting of red Chassagne, although when visiting the village, you realize there is more Pinot Noir planted than you would suspect. We think the Fench keep it all for themselves. This is very direct and racy, a superb bottling.
$54.99/BTL.
12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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2010 Antoine Arena Patrimonio Rouge “Morta Maio”
Dark, earthy, chewy & juicy, the “Morta Maio” bottling comes from a single parcel of Nielluccio (a.k.a Sangiovese) planted in 2001. We love the wines from Corsica, but don’t always love the high price tags associated with them. We were able to get this wine at a nice discount and are passing the savings onto you.
$39.99/BTL.
12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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Halcyon – Debut Releases
We are excited to debut the inaugural releases from Kim Shultz and Tyler Elwell of Halcyon.  Kim and Tyler focus exclusively on the Cabernet Franc varietal from the Templeton Gap. This is a tiny area within the Paso Robles AVA that gets blasted by the maritime winds, keeping average summer temperatures to 78 degrees, and shifting night temperatures to sweater weather.  Tyler is a cellar rat for Tablas Creek by day and makes is the winemaker.
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2014 Halcyon Cabernet Franc “Velo Vineyard,” Templeton Gap, Paso Robles, CA
Beautiful cool-climate Cab Franc.  Nice core of fruit, not at all leafy, just under 13%. 125 cases made.
$36.99 BTL. 
ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2014 Halcyon Sparkling Rosé of Cabernet Franc “Velo Vineyard,” Templeton Gap, Paso Robles, CA
Méthode Ancestral, pure Cabernet Franc, slightly cloudy, refreshing and delicious.  A unique sparkler, only 25 cases produced!
$35.99 BTL. 
ONLY 11 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2013 Domaine Humbert Frères Bourgogne Rouge-Burgundy, France
Humbert is truly one of the greats of Gevrey-Chambertin, and their humble Bourgogne Rouge is actually pure Pinot Noir all from Gevrey.  Drinks beautifully now, mineral, red and dark fruits, such purity and finesse! Seriously don’t miss this, only 60 bottles came to Illinois this year!
$39.99/BTL.- $479.88-CASE OF 12
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2012 Monier-Perréol Saint-Joseph Rouge, Northern Rhône, France
Ah, Chez Monier!  Brilliant Northern Rhône Syrah from an amazing, humble farmer.  Had a chance for a quick visit this past April and was blown away by the honest, delicious wines.  He farms 5 hectares of high-altitude, hillside vineyards.  Everything worked by hand, in a very traditional way.  A must try!
$31.99 BTL. / $383.88 CASE OF 12

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2013 Cameron Winery-Dundee Hills Oregon
We await anxiously every year our allocation from Jean Paul of Cameron Winery; this excellent and small producer in Oregon’s Dundee Hills is one of the best, in our opinion, producers in the country.
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2013 Cameron “Arley’s Leap” Pinot Noir
This block of grapes is located right next to the 30 year-old vines that go into the Abbey Ridge designate. It was a favorite haunt of dear, old departed Arley, a beloved dog of the Cameron Winery.
$48.99 BTL. 
ONLY 46 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2013 Cameron “Clos Electrique” Rouge (Pinot Noir)
The estate vineyard consists of 10 different clones of Pinot noir on a mere 2 acres (less than 1 hectare) of land. The yields are always extremely small averaging between 0.5 and 1.5 tons per acre (that is less than 20 hl/ha).
This is one of the top two wines of Cameron, with Abbey Ridge being the other.  The site is a earlier ripening, warmer site compared with Abbey Ridge.
$69.99 BTL. 
ONLY 44 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2013 Cameron “Clos Electrique” Blanc (Chardonnay)
This is a rare sighting of a truly gorgeous Chardonnay. This unique vineyard in Dundee Hills was planted in 1987. The resulting wine is vibrant yet concentrated with long length and complex flavors. Chardonnay lovers will freak out.
This is one of America’s greatest Chardonnays!
$69.99/ BTL.
ONLY 16 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2013 Cameron “Abbey Ridge” Pinot Noir
Year after year, Abbey Ridge produces some of the best Pinot noir in Oregon. It is not the richest or the ripest but it is clearly one of the most elegant sites in the state. Most vintages cast forth an initial fragrance of rose petals followed by lavender and rosemary
This is truly exceptional Pinot Noir!
$68.99 BTL. 
33 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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A Tribute To Grace-Central Coast, CA
Angela Osborne is a true visionary in the winemaking world. She has carved her own path. Born in New Zealand, she arrived in the United States with  a little bit of winemaking experience and a steadfast devotion to Grenache. In a very small time she has established herself as one of the great American producers of this variety.
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2013 A Tribute To Grace Grenache – Santa Barbara Highlands, CA
Although we think of Santa Barbara County in general as a pretty warm area, there are pockets of extremely cool weather that work well for wine grapes. The Santa Barbara Highlands is one such zone, sitting at 3200 feet in elevation in the Sierra Madre Mountains.. Angela’s silky, peppery, nearly flawless Grenache from this sub-region will delight even the pickiest Chateauneuf-du-Pape devotée.
$49.99/BTL.
12 BOTTLES AVILABLE
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2013 A Tribute To Grace Grenache “Besson”-Santa Clara County, CA
Besson is located on the Heckler Pass, which links Santa Cruz Mountains to Gilroy. Suffice to say, Besson is a bit of a beast, and you may have to wait a few years, but the wait would be well worth it! (If you can’t wait that’s fine, it is lovely as a youthful wine too, as long as you decant!)
$56.99/BTL.
12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
 

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2012 Thierry Allemand-Cornas
Rarely do these wines even get to the newsletter, but they came in and we socked them away for awhile, and thought, well, now is a time as good as any. Corners is one of the greatest appellations on the planet for Syrah, and Thierry’s wine have achieved ultra-cult status, deservedly so.
Thierry works with a few different single vineyards (called climats), and we are offering two mixed six packs of the wines, with three each of the Reynard and three each of the Chaillot. This is an unique opportunity to get your hands on something highly allocated and very rare.
2012 Thierry Allemand Cornas Mixed Six Pack
 
Three each of 2012 Cornas “Reynard” and three each of the 2012 Cornas “Chaillot”.
$870.00/MIXED SIX PACK
2 SIX PACKS AVAILBLE 
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Domaine Lafarge-Volnay
We are absolutely nuts about this old-school estate. It is hard not for us to buy the wines ourselves, for personal consumption. Located in Volnay, this revered Domaine is now run by Michel and his son Frédéric. They are the poster boys of meticulous vineyard work; farming biodynamically and doing everything by hand.
Currently, the Domaine is about 10 hectares in Volnay, Beaune & Meursault. very little new oak is employed, usually topping out at 5 % of any given cuvée. As a result, their wines relay that very elusive sense of terroir, expressive, fragrant and magical. Click here for more information.
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2013 Domaine Lafarge Bourgogne Rouge
Glorious and perfumed, a profound introduction to the domaine.
$32.99/BTL
9 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2013 Volnay “Vendanges Selectionées”
A selection of his oldest parcels. A serious and intense rendition of Volnay, complex and for the ages.
$77.99/BTL.
9 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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Friday Feature 11/27/15: The New 6 for $70-Something Sampler!

Hello and Happy Black Friday,
We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!

If you are still partying though the weekend, please note that we are maintaining our normal store hours this weekend, and will be open Friday from Noon till 8 PM and Saturday from 11 AM till 7 PM.

In other store news, we are so pleased to welcome a new addition to the Perman Wine Selections team, Collin Moody.  He will be joining us on a part-time basis, working on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  Don’t be shy, introduce yourself, Collin knows his stuff and is an all-around great guy!

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The last Friday of the month is the time that we introduce our latest collection of incredible values, the Six for $70-Something sampler.

This month isn’t any, old regular sampler, this is probably the best sampler we have offered all year!  We’ve designed it around the holiday lifestyle, so you will find celebratory bubbles, an insane white wine value, plus four reds to keep you warm during the upcoming cold weather.

The Six for $70-Something is in stock and ready to be picked up or shipped to you.

Let us know if we can set one aside for you!

Have a great weekend,
Craig, Sheb & Collin.

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6 for $70-Something
2010 Mahi Pinot Noir- Marlborough, New Zealand
Wine Reality #1:
Pinot Noir is an expensive grape to produce.  It isn’t just demand or name that keeps the price tag high on Pinot Noir.  It’s investment in the land, labor, yields, loss of fruit ; these are among the many reasons why you can almost never find this category in our center section of $15 and under wines.
As wine people that have respect for the farmers and winemakers, it is our duty to explain these types of things.  Once the hard work of the winery is done, it leaves their cellars and makes it out into the world of distribution.  As all of you know, there are times when distributors own too much inventory, and cut deals to move inventory.  We wouldn’t be doing our job as a good retailer if we didn’t sift through some of these deals and offer to you the good ones.
That brings us to our offering today.  Brian Bicknell founded Mahi in the Marlborough region New Zealand in 2001 after working at Seresin Estate.  He was able to purchase 30 hectares of land, and also leases some vineyards.  Mahi is located in Marlborough, on the Northeastern tip of the South Island.  This is a great growing climate for cool climate grapes, and Bicknell and his team farm organically four different white varieties, and focus on three different Pinot Noirs for their reds.
Their entry-level wine, this wine simply labeled Marlborough takes its fruit from 5 different vineyards in different parts of the region.  The work in the winery protects the delicacy of the fruit, gentle handling, indigenous yeast, and oak aging based upon the characteristics of the vintage.
The 2010 is singing right now, and offers a mixture of red and dark fruits, medium weight, and a long savory finish.
This wine IS well worth its normal $25 price tag.  In fact for that price I’d call it a value.  At $15 per bottle it offers us the rare opportunity to open it any time and for any situation.
We sold this as one of our wines for the Thanksgiving table, but felt the need to get it in the sampler as it works with an incredibly diverse range of food from fish to poultry to vegetable-based dishes.
This won’t be around for ever, so stock up today!
$15.00 BTL. $180.00 CASE OF 12
 
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2014 Benevelli Langhe Nebbiolo- Piemonte, Italy
For many of the same reasons explained above in our description of the Mahi Pinot Noir, we are not often able to feature a Nebbiolo on our 6 for $70-Something Sampler. That is why we squealed with delight upon negotiating a great price on this fine bottling from Piero and Massimo Benevelli. And believe me, hearing Craig squeal was quite an experience!
The Benevellis hold a small clutch of vines in Monforte D’Alba, mainly clustered around the great Barolo Cru of Ravera. The Langhe Nebbiolo comes from a 1.5 hectare plot of younger vines planted on various hues of marl. The wine goes through a cool maceration and then spends 6 months in tank and an additional three months in bottle before release.
The result is a lovely medium-bodied wine with dried cherry and plum fruits, as well as a hint of tea rose and spices. The tannins are present but silky in nature. This would be a great match for duck, steak, pot roast and a myriad of other simple meat dishes.
Lastly, this bottle normally retails for north of $20/BTL. so this is really a tremendous deal.
$13.00/BTL.-$156.00/CASE OF 12
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2014 Espaço Rural “Bojador” Branco- Alentejo, Portugal
We have written somewhat extensively about the wines of Espaço Rural on previous newsletters, so we won’t rehash.  Most of you will remember the now sold out red wine version of this.  We rarely see wines disappear so fast.
Well, the white wine is worth the same if not more hype!
Pedro Ribeiro and Catarina Vieira are making some of, if not the best values coming from the Alentejo region of Portugal.  Their goal of authenticity, terroir and freshness is more than met in everything we try.
Sometimes we retaste a wine, even if its the fourth or fifth time we’ve tasted it and are still shocked at how good it is.  We opened up a bottle of the Bojador Branco a couple nights ago, and still couldn’t believe the quality for the price.  The bottle not lasting more than ten minutes was good proof of this!
A blend of Antão Vaz, Arinto and Alvarinho from the subregion of Vidigueira, grown on sandy soils.  With the aim of preserving freshness this, is fermented at a cooler temperature in stainless steel tanks, then aged for 5 months.
Beautiful aromatics, with hints of white plum, citrus peel, and almost a touch of tropical fruit.  The palate is seamless, with medium weight, and an incredibly long finish given the price point.
Extraordinary versatile at the table given that it can go with fish or meat.  So why not go with a traditional Portuguese dish such as pork and clams?
A crazy value!
$14.00 BTL. / $168.00 CASE OF 12
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2011 Quinta das Bágeiras Vinho Tinto “Colheita”- Bairrada, Portugal
In the wine world, the word “traditional” is seen as the ultimate compliment.
For Mário Sérgio Alves Nuno of Quinta das Bágeiras, “traditional” is something that comes naturally. This “old school” producer isn’t re-writing any play books, they are simply doing things as they have always been done by their family and in the region of Bairrada.
At Bágeiras, red wines are made from local varieties, Baga and Touriga Nacional.  Baga, which is the real speciality of Bairrada, produces a rustic, red fruit-scented wine, with lots of freshness and a whisp of tannins.  The 2011 Vinho Tinto “Colheita” has all of that on full display.
It is a red wine that will appeal to many Italian red wine enthusiasts, specifically those fans of Piedmont. This will be fun to compare with the Nebbiolo in the sampler!
It is definitely wine for the table, so enjoy alongside a braised beef dish or grilled steak.  A terrific value!
$12.00 BTL. / $144.00 CASE OF 12

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Domaine Brazilier “Méthode Trad” N.V.-Touraine, France
When we talk about the Loire Valley we often talk about Sancerre, Chinon and even Muscadet. But scattered amongst these more famous villages are a slew of tiny, wine villages  producing superb wines that are tremendous values.
Today’s featured sparkling wine is brought to you by the nice family at Domaine Brazilier, in Thoré la Rochette near the town of Vendôme, in France’s Touraine region. This is about an hour’s drive north of Chinon. At this 25 hectare estate, they are all about the business of bubbles. Half of their production is sold off to negociants, and the other half reserved for fines bulles such as this.
The wine is composed of Pineau D’Aunis and Chenin Blanc, the vin clair is made in tanks and the secondary fermentation carried out at the Domaine. The result is a crisp yet fruity, clean and refreshing sparkler that is affordable enough to have a stash laying around your house.
$14.00/BTL.-$168.00/CASE OF 12
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2012 Hazaña Rioja Viñas Viejas-La Rioja, Spain
This is another wine you can file under “ridiculous value”.
Hazaña is a partnership between importer Eric Solomon and winemaker Rafael de Haan. Only two wines are made, a bottling called “Tradición” and this one elaborated from older vines (30-50 years old) of Tempranillo and Graciano. The wine is aged in a combination of French and American oak for 10 months.
Solomon’s wines are always sleek, stylish and luscious; he likes to turn up the volume a bit. His Rioja is made with an eye towards more of what can be termed an “international style” . And while we often use original copy in our newsletters rather than borrowing tasting notes from reviewers, it is worth nothing that this wine received 92 points from The Wine Advocate, where it was described as “dense and complex”.
This may be worth getting a case or two, because it is also is a wine with mid-term cellaring (3-5 years) potential.
$11.00/BTL.-$132.00/CASE OF 12
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Friday Feature 11/20/15: The New 6 for $120-Something Sampler!

Hello and Happy Friday!
 
The Holidays are upon us!! Let’s talk store hours:
We will be open regular hours, Monday-Wednesday 12-8 PM.
Thursday, Gobble Gobble Day, we are Closed.
Friday (sometimes known as Black Friday) we are open 12-8 PM but neither large screen televisions nor Cabbage Patch Kids will be available. #sorrynotsorry
 
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Gifts. Thinking about sending gifts to clients or friends? We can help you out.  We are happy to recommend, organize shipping or courier services, and otherwise make your holiday giving a bit easier. Send us an email at orders@permanwine.com and we will get the ball rolling for you.
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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, sampled for ultimate deliciousness.
This month’s selections are holiday focused and drinky-poo focused. We are looking at France, Italy, Germany & Portugal this month. The sampler will be available until December 18th.
Hit us with an email if you are interested, or stop by to pick yours up. This sampler makes a great gift for your favorite wine lover!
Have a Great Weekend!
Craig & Sheb

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2010 Quinta da Serradinha Tinto-Lisboa, Portugal
Just when you thought you had tasted everything from Portugal – we strike again with a producer, brand new to the Chicago market!
We are so excited to announce the incredible wines of Antònio Marques da Cruz of Quinta da Serradinha.
Craig was introduced to the wines a couple years ago at a tasting in Lisbon, and this past February he traveled to the estate to visit the vineyards and taste wine at the cellar with Antònio.
Quinta da Serradinha is located within the large appellation of Regional Lisboa.  As large as it is, there are subdivisions, and Serradinha is located on the limestone slopes of Serra d’Aire, within the Encostas de Aire region, near the city of Leiria. This is an Atlantic influenced region, with the Ocean just 18 kilometers to the West.
Quinta da Serradinha is a very small production winery, with on average 15,000 bottles of production per year.  The farm has been worked organically since 1978, with certification as such since 1994.  While we hear the word organic a lot now, this certainly was not the case in rural Portugal in 1978, nor even in 1994.
The overall philosophy of António and his family emphasizes hard work in the vineyard, giving respect to the ecosystem and then maintaining the purity of the fruit in a minimal way.  Antònio doesn’t make corrections to the wines with enological products, and he uses very minimal sulfur, usually just at the end in bottling.
The Serradina Tinto is a wine that we both have fallen in love with.  It is a blend of 35% Baga, 30% Castelão, 20% Touriga Nacional and 15% Alfrocheiro.  There are two vineyards that are on the estate, with the “Casa” vineyard having been planted in 1954, and the “Adega” vineyard planted in 1995.
The harvest took place for the red wine on October 1st and 2nd of 2010.  The grapes were hand harvested, de-stemmed into open vats, before being foot tread three times a day.  After a cool, 10 day fermentation, the wine was aged in old oak barrels for 2 years.  The wine was bottled in November 2014, and is unfiltered.
This complex wine offers notes of red licorice, dark cherry and mineral on the nose.  On the palate, it has incredible freshness and a light weight, silky texture that glides across the palate.
At 12.5%, this feels balanced and juicy, and really offers great flexibility at the table.  Whether pairing with grilled salmon or a simple roasted chicken, this will be a great match.
One of our new favorites!
$19.00 BTL. / $114 SIX-PACK CASE
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2012 Château du Cayrou Cahors-Southwest France
Cahors is a small and ancient Celtic village with a modest population (20,000 people) located in Southwest France. While most associate the grape Malbec with Argentina, it is an important grape in France and notably so in Cahors.
Historically, Cahors has always produced a more terse, hearty style of Malbec; blustery and imbued with very appreciable tannins. Here, as in the Loire Valley, Malbec is called Côt.
Château du Cayrou went through an ownership change in 2009, and they immediately cut the yields nearly in half, and then transitioned to organic viticulture, for which they received certification in 2012. The winemaker, Julien Gouraud is interested in making nuanced and filagreed Cahors, rather than the clunky, rustic styles often associated with the region.
Those who have had Cahors in the past will notice the freshness and levity of this particular bottling, which accompanies the juicy yet structured fruit. Morello cherries and damson plums define the fruit, hints of mineral and earth round out the picture. The wine would work beautifully with a classic beef stew.
$19.00/BTL.-$228.00/CASE OF 12


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2014 Fratelli Alessandria Verduno Pelaverga “Speziale”- Piemonte, Italy
Because of its noble omnipresence, we often think of Piemonte only in terms of the king of grapes, Nebbiolo, and the incredible wines it makes in Barolo and Barbaresco. However, there are many delightful accessory grapes grown here that we believe deserve to be part of the dialogue. A host of light, fresh red wines exist in Piemonte, and honestly, we believe they keep them in Piemonte on purpose for what we like to call lunch wine.
Lunch wine? Yes. This is something everyone needs to start talking about. When lunching, one needs a lighter, crisp more focused wine that will energize, rather than sedate. Because no-one and I mean no-one not even the late Lou Reed or Iggy Pop wants to nod off at lunch. Nodding off is for later in the day, after night fall.
So we present to you Pelaverga! This wine is in the same vein as Ruché or Freisa, light in color and nervy upon delivery. It is a speciality of the village of Verduno, and Fratelli Alessandria makes, in our opinion, the preeminent version of it.  Plums and cherries dominate with hints of fresh mushroom and fines herbs.
$29.00/BTL.
30 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2012 Hans Wirsching Scheurebe “Iphöfer” Kabinett Trocken-Franken, Germany
When was the last time you poured yourself a glass of wine out of a bocksbeutel? If the answer is “never” skip ahead and just buy the darned wine. The distinctive, squatty, flask shaped bottle is worth the price of admission alone.
If your answer is something other than “never” then let’s unpack the info for this unusual white white from Franconia, in deepest Bavaria. Most of the vineyards in Franken are situated on the banks of the Main River, a tributary of the Rhine and are imparted with deep mineral qualities because of this exposition. Müller-Thurgau is the most widely planted cultivar, and Scheurebe, like the one we are featuring today, comes in at the fourth most planted vine.
This leaves us with, “What the heck is Scheurebe (SHOY reb beh)?” It is one of the many Riesling crosses made in Germany in the early 1900s. It is difficult to grow, late to ripen and very vulnerable to vine disease. It is for these reasons that its plantings have declined. However, when farmed well and successfully managed, it is capable of producing wines with racy, intensely ripe fruit, in the ruby red grapefruit and black currant fruit departments.
Heinrich Wirsching, in the town of Iphöfen, is famous for his dry Scheurebe, so if you are at all curious about it now, this is a great place to start. Plus it’s hard to resist a bocksbeutel.
$25.00/Bocksbeutel-$300.00/ CASE OF 12
 
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2009 Ca’ Del Monte Ripasso Classico Superiore-Veneto, Italy
Although much of the world has heard of the heavy-hitter of the Veneto, Amarone, there is less recognition for Ripasso.
We would like to change this.
Good Ripasso, like the one offered here from Ca’ Del Monte, brings all the light-hearted charm and pretty aromatics of a Valpolicella coupled with the plummy, figgy characteristics reminiscent of Amarone.
This wine is sort of an “in between” of both styles- the taut and nervy Valpolicella wine is made and then goes through a secondary fermentation with the additions of the skins of the Amarone wine, which still contain sugars and aromatic compounds that complicate the wine (in a good way!) and bump up the flavor profile.
$18.00/BTL.-$216.00/CASE OF 12

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2014  Rabasse-Charavin Côtes du Rhône Blanc “Laure”-Southern Rhône Valley, France
We’ve written with great regularity about this producer on past newsletters, so we are not going to bore you again with all the details. But ask yourself this: When is the last time you had a great bottle of white wine made from Rhône varietals? We find that this category is often clogged with awkward wines that seem to dissipate much too quickly, into a vaporous cloud of disappointment. Not this one.
The “Laure” bottling is composed of Clairette & Roussanne, keenly textured and imbued with lovely orchard fruit to accompany its savory herb-tinged edges. The winery recommends drinking with all manner of seafood, but the wine is firm and structured enough to work with white fleshed meat as well (hello Turkey!!!!). To us, that sounds like the opposite of a vaporous cloud of disappointment, more like a rainbow of happiness to grace your dinner table.
$17.00/BTL.-$204.00/ CASE OF 12
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Friday Feature 11/13/15: Our Champagne and Sparkling Wine Values of the Year!

Hello and Happy Friday!
As the year winds down, the holidays give us a respite from work. As we get together to celebrate with family and friends, there is no better time to drink Champagne and Sparkling wine!
Each year we offer our customers our picks for both a Champagne Value of the Year as well as a Sparkling Wine Value of the Year.
We’re proud of our offerings over the years.  In Champagne we’ve offered names like Larmandier-Bernier, Marie-Noëlle Ledru, J.-L Vergnon, Guiborat and more.  For our Sparkling Value we have covered a lot of ground, offering great QPR bubbles from the Loire Valley, Penedès, Friuli, Savoie and Burgundy to name a few.
This year we continue the tradition by introducing two producers that have never been offered at Perman Wine before.  These are both incredible values in their categories, and are highly recommended!
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We also wanted to send out a reminder that booze makes the perfect gift!  Please keep us in mind for all your gift giving, whether it be for friends, or for business.
We do ship wine throughout the US (subject to state laws), and given enough notice are happy to include gift descriptions, which in our opinion is what really makes the gift.  Because there are only 2 of us here, we do ask for prior notice in order to include these descriptions.
Hope to see you soon for all your Thanksgiving needs!
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Sheb
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Champagne Value of the Year
Champagne J.-M. Sélèque 
Jean-Marc Sélèque, based in the sub-region of Coteaux Sud d’Epernay, is a perfect example of the younger generation of Champagne expanding on and improving the work done by their family.
Jean-Marc’s grandfather, Henri Sélèque began plantation of vines in the village of Pierry in 1965.  Initially Henri sold to the cooperative, eventually estate bottling.  Jean-Marc’s father and his uncle took over the business in the mid-70’s.  Jean-Marc joined them in 2008, but recently, he split off and founded his own label, J.-M. Sélèque.
His vineyard holdings encompass 7.5 hectares spread over 7 villages.  Jean-Marc is an advocate of Biodynamic farming and in the parcels closest to him, he is able to farm in this way.  His other vineyards are farmed sustainably, with great thought and care given to the overall health of the vineyard.
Jean-Marc uses his family’s winery in Pierry to produce the wines, until his new, upcoming winery is built.  Vinification is pretty straight forward, with the majority in stainless steel, but about 30% in different size oak barrels.
Our Champagne Value of the Year is the NV J-M Sélèque “Solessence” Brut
It is a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Meunier and 10% Pinot Noir.  The fruit comes from 7 Crus in the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs.  This is based on the 2013 vintage, with 50% reserve wine from cask.  Jean-Marc is part of the new generation that doesn’t hide what is behind his wines, everything is laid out on the back label, from the base year, to disgorgment date and the dosage.
This truly unique and delicious Champagne offers hints of macerated peaches, melon and a talc like quality on the nose.  It is broad and rich, with a lot of fruit extract in the mid palate, and the perfect amount of freshness to keep it balanced.  It offers a TON of complexity!
This is truly a superb Champagne value, and one that you should stock up on at this price!
$46.99 BTL. / $563.88 CASE
 
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Sparkling Wine Value of the Year
Quinta das Bágeiras
If we are starting to sound like an old broken record player, that is because we are emphatic in our belief that the Bairrada region of Portugal is producing THE best sparkling wine values in the world right now.  We are talking Méthode Champenois, hand crafted sparkling wine at insanely low prices!
Mário Sérgio Alves Nuno owns over 24 hectares of vineyards spread among some of the best sites of the region.  The winery started in 1990, and the principles of the winery are to produce wines in the old, classic style of the region. 60% of the production of Bágeiras is sparkling wine or Espumante as it is known locally.  He also produces excellent white wines made with the classic grapes of the region, Maria Gomes, Bical and Cerceal.  His reds are produced primarily with the classic varietal, Baga, along with Touriga Nacional.
Within Portugal he is well thought of as one of the greatest producers, and with our extensive research we agree!
Our Sparkling Wine Value of the Year is the 2013 Quinta das Bágeiras Bruto Natural Espumante 
A blend of primarily Maria Gomes and Bical, with a splash of Cerceal, it is produced Méthode Champenois.  Mário Sérgio only produces Bruto Natural, so no addition of sugar after disgorgement.
The results yields complex aromatics of orange blossom, oyster shell and biscuit.  This bone-dry sparkler, offers richness yet freshness, with citrus and white peach notes.  It finishes long and precise, and even after trying it dozens of times, it never ceases to amaze the quality at this price point.
If you are having a larger party, or just want everyday bubbles – this should be your choice!
$14.99 BTL. / $89.94 SIX-PACK CASE
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The Wine Wire: 2013 Releases From Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

 

Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey’s reputation conitnues to sky-rocket and so does the demand for his wines. We have a few things to offer from 2013:

 

2013 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.

18 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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2013 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.

$56.00/BTL.

10 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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The Wine Wire: 2013 Foillard Releases

Jean Foillard makes some of the most sought after Beaujolais in the cru of Morgon. He works with two single vineyards and with very old vines of Gamay. Corcelette is a vineyard composed of sandstone and Côte de Puy is a combination of schist and granite. His wines are silky, complex and wonderful. You can age them for many years or enjoy while young

 

2013 Foillard Morgon “Cuvée Courcelette” $38.99/BTL-9 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2013 Foillard Morgon “Côte du Puy” $38.99/BTL.-3 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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The Wine (Booze) Wire: The Yamazaki 12 Year- You Want It, We Got It!

 

We get precious little of this highly coveted and well-regarded Japanese Whisky. This would be an incredible and thoughtful gift to any of your whisky loving friends or something nice for yourself.

 

THE YAMAZAKI SINGLE MALT 12 YEAR

$84.99/BTL.

10 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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Friday Feature 11/06/15: Our Epic Thanksgiving Newsletter!!

Our Epic Thanksgiving Picks!
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Sparkling Wines:
2013 Quinta das Bágeiras Vinho Espumante Bruto Natural Rosé

This is one of the best value sparkling Rosés that we have ever had in the shop.  It comes from the Bairrada region of Portugal, which in my estimation is making the best, affordable Méthode Champenoise sparkling in the world right now.

Mário Sérgio Alves Nuno began the family domaine in 1990.  60% of his production is Sparkling Wine, all produced Methode Champenois, and all Bruto Natural, with no secondary dosage.

This Sparkling Rosé is produced entirely from Baga and offers notes of wild strawberry, flowers and mineral.  It is wonderfully elegant and very delicious.

$16.99 BTL. 

80 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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Lallement Brut Reserve N.V.
Champagne makes the stress of the holidays melt away! Jean-Luc Lallement only works with 4 hectares, and makes stunning wines; we are particularly fond of this Reserve Cuvée, which is 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, from two old vines parcels in Verzenay & Verzy. Complex and elegant, this will not leave you wanting.

$65.99/BTL.
18 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 
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White Wines:
2014 Alzinger Grüner Veltliner “Loiben Frauenweingarten”-Wachau, Austria
Alzinger is a tiny, fastidious producer in the Wachau whose wines are always brilliant. 2014 was a notoriously difficult vintage and Leo Alzinger  sold off most of his crop in bulk, due to issues with rot. As a result, Alzinger did not produce much wine at all, but did bottle this juicy yet taut Grüner from the Frauenweingarten vineyard. Kefir lime, lemon and white pepper co-mingle in each delicious gulp.
$27.99/BTL.
22  BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2014 Carl Loewen Riesling “Alte Reben”-Mosel, Germany
This old vines, dry bottling of Mosel Riesling both quenches thirst and promotes a healthy appetite. It’s complex yet spritzy quality makes it is great choice for an aperitif wine, while you are cooking the dinner, or even as the wine you serve for your main course. This would be a great choice for both a traditional table or a vegetarian Thanksgiving. Dry Riesling lovers-this one is for you!
$23.99/BTL.
34 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2014 Alfred Merkelbach Riesling Spätlese “Ürziger Würzgarten”-Mosel, Germany
In this epic T-Giving newsletter we are featuring only one sweet wine, from a beloved and sadly unheralded producer in the Mosel, Merkelbach. Ürziger-Würziger is a storied vineyard of great reputation, steeply graded with a terroir of red slate. The vineyard is positioned in a transitional zone and enjoys more warmth than some of its neighbors. Although there is residual sugar present, the acidities of this wine is appreciable, and shines through the waves of juicy, peachy fruit. It is a flat-out awesome and so undervalued!
$23.99/BTL.
34 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2009 Celler Pardas Xarel.lo- Penedès, Spain
Our affection for Ramon & Jordi at Celler Pardas is no secret, and we believe they are making some of the best, if not THE best still wines in all of Catalonia. Xarel.lo is a high quality white grape used in Cava production, but when on it’s own is weighty yet delicate, with great texture, orchard fruit and mineral. We were able to snag a little back vintage Xarel.lo recently, and this is singing, an excellent choice for Turkey dinner!
$28.99/BTL.-$173.94/SIX PACK CASE
 
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Rosé and Red Wines:
2014 Rabasse-Charavin Côtes du Rhône Rosé- Southern Rhône Valley, France
Now that the summer of “brosé” is over, it is safe to say that rosé is here to stay. And what better way to remind yourself or summer’s cheery light, surrounded by your extended family,  than to have your very own personal bottle of Rabasse-Charavin’s glorious rosé, a heady elixir composed of 80% Counoise and 20% Grenache.
$14.00/BTL.-$168.00/CASE OF 12

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2013 Guillot-Broux Mâcon-Cruzille Rouge-Burgundy, France
If you thought the Mâconnais was merely a sea of Chardonnay, we would not disagree, but there also exists little pockets of Pinot Noir  & Gamay- the allowed red varieties of the region.
The Guillot-Broux family work with a little Gamay in the village of Cruzille, and produce wines in a very natural fashion. Light, fresh and a little earthy, this red Burgundy is a delight that will refuse to dry out your Turkey.
$18.99/BTL-$227.88/CASE OF 12

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2010 Mahi Pinot Noir- Marlbourough New Zealand
One cannot really do Thanksgiving without a fruity delicious Pinot. Mahi, a small husband/wife team in Marlborough is making some stellar Pinot.  At 6 years old, this wine has shed a bit of it’s baby fat and is in a beautiful place, just beginning to mature. This is on a bit of a price break, normally retailing for about $25.  Take advantage, and grab a case of this terrific value!
$14.99/BTL.-$227.00/CASE OF 12
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2013 Devevey Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Rouge-Burgundy, France
This is the kind of Pinot Noir we want to drink everyday.  Jean-Yves Devevey is a master of the humble Hautes-Côtes de Beaune appellation.  He is a true farmer and technician in the vineyard, and if you want to know that your wine is made in the most natural way possible, you can count on Jean-Yves.
Above all, this Pinot Noir is just delicious.  Cherry, fruit, mineral, all framed in a lip-smacking style.
Great red Burgundy at a incredible price!
$27.99 BTL. / $335.88 CASE of 12

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2012 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir “Durant Vineyard”-Dundee Hills, OR
On October 6th, Matt Kramer of the Wine Spectator wrote a great article about Under The Radar wines.  In it, he talks about Oregon, and some “UTR” wineries.  Included in the article was Marcus Goodfellow of Matello.
We’ve been longtime fans of the wines and were stoked to see Marcus rebrand his single vineyard wines under the Goodfellow Family Cellars label.
The 2012 “Durant Vineyard” Pinot Noir is really a fantastic wine, one that on a recent taste is opening up and drinking well.  Durant is an exceptional site in Dundee Hills, some of which was planted in 1973.  It has impressive neighbors, like the original Eyrie Vineyard, Domaine Drouhin and Archery Summit.
The depth and complexity of the vineyard shows in its dark cherry, raspberry, baking spice aromas and flavors.  It is truly one of the best Pinot Noirs we have in the store, and it is a value given its complexity.
$39.99 BTL.
ONLY 18 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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2013 Ratti Barbera D’Alba-Piemonte, Italy
This wine has been a nearly permanent fixture here at PWS but so much delicious and so little money!! Juicy, textured, fantastic acidity, and in possession of intense cherry fruit, this wine will be a match for anything that graces your table this November. We do recommend giving it some air in a decanter, or in a big glass, as it opens up quite a bit in a short amount of time.
$15.00/BTL.-$180.00/CASE OF 12

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2013 A Tribute To Grace Grenache-Santa Barbara County, CA
New Zealand native Angela Osborne settled on Santa Barbara County to realize her dream of making wine. She is a Grenache specialist, and we have been big supporters ever since we first tasted the wines. The Santa Barbara County bottling is affordable and delicious, with silky red fruit, orange peel, a hint of white pepper and a lovely mouthfeel.
$35.99/BTL.-$431.88/CASE OF 12

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2009 Mencos Rioja Crianza-Rioja, Spain
This is an outrageously good Rioja at an unbelievably good price.
Mencos is owned and operated by Count Iñigo Manso de Zúñiga Ugartechea.  I’ve had the pleasure of visiting his winery in Torremontalvo in the Rioja Alta sub-region.  More important is I’ve visited the vineyards, which are incredibly situated on chalky clay over gravel on the south side of the Ebro River.  The fruit he is working with is incredible.
Mencos Crianza is a fantastic wine that will appeal to both the traditionalists and the new wave Rioja drinkers.  Fermentation occurs with indigenous yeast in stainless steel, and it is aged for 12 months in used American oak.  This has fruit, it has oak spice, it has elegance.  It is a great match for the wide array of flavors at the Thanksgiving table.
$19.99 BTL. / $239.88 CASE OF 12

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2012 Scherrer Zinfandel “Old & Mature Vines”-Alexander Valley, CA
Fred Scherrer has been doing things the old fashioned way for decades now; we always look forward to his “Old & Mature Vines” release. This bottling uses fruit from vines planted in 1912 and is always an intensely pleasurable big boy!
$36.99/BTL.-$443.88/CASE OF 12
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2013 Ridge Petite Sirah “Lytton Estate”-Dry Creek Valley, CA
The venerable Paul Draper has been producing great American wines for decades now- and his Pette Sirah is yet another wine we look forward to getting every year. Known as Durif in France, this variety made it’s way to the United States, where it has thrived for over a century. There are some particularly old vines in certain spots in the states, and Lytton Estate is one such spot. Fruity and spicy, it’s the quintessential Fall wine.
$32.99/BTL
10 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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Friday Feature 10/30/15: The New 6 for $70-Something Sampler

6 for $70-Something
2014 Le Champ des Murailles “La Petite Murailles” Corbières Rouge- Languedoc, France
Corbières is a vast appellation in southern France that encompasses over 33,000 acres. Really its the Texas of France’s AOC system, and produces a boatload of gulp-able red wine, mainly from the Carignan grape. Driving through the region, on other side of the little highways and even the autoroutes, vines are omnipresent, splayed from the scraggly landscape like millions of appendages.
So right about now you maybe asking yourself, “Why on earth are those kooks at Perman Wine selections trying to dump a bunch of vin ordinaire down my throat?”
The answer is that this wine is far from ordinary and delivers quality that is disproportionate to it’s meager price tag.
Le Champ des Murailles is a historic property in the village of Butenac, known for a superior terroir (so much so that wines from Butenac as well as 10 majoring communes are allowed to have this designation on the label alongside Corbières).
Those of you that have indulged in the “vin ordinaries” of the region may have noted a terse, spicy character to the wines; that is thankfully not the case with this wine. There is a silky roundness to it, as well as spice and earth. Lovely ripe red and purple fruit abounds in the palate. We approve of this wine paired with a plate of firm, pungent cheeses.
$11.00/BTL.-$132.00/ CASE OF 12


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2012 Val de Capucha “Fossil” Branco-Lisboa, Portugal
The catch-all appellation of Lisboa (Vinho Regional Lisboa), which used to be called Estremadura iand can be somewhat confusing even to those very familiar with Portuguese wine.  It incorporates 9 sub-regions, and is quite large.  Even worse than the confusing nature of the appellation is the common notion that it is a region that prizes quantity over quality.
Thankfully this is not the case with the wines of Val de Capucha.
To re-cap, Pedro Marques is intent on producing wines that are reflective of his family’s 13 hectare estate located in the sub-region of Torres Vedras.  Located just 8 kilometers off the Atlantic Ocean, the family vineyards are marked by limestone inflected hillsides with lots of fossils to be found.
“Fossil” is a blend of indigenous grapes Arinto, Gouveio & Fernnão Pires, harvested and fermented together. as mentioned earlier, the grapes are left to hang out with their skins for 8 hours.  Typically in white wine making, the skins are immediately pressed away, so barely any color is imparted. The first thing you may notice about the wine is the deep golden color, which comes from this contact. The next thing you might notice is the rich, tropical fruit quality of the nose (also thanks to the skin contact). The mouth is mineral driven, but also there is a sense of great texture, that harken to the skin of just ripe fruits. Complex and unqiue, this is a wine that benefits from oxygen and a bit of warmth. This is a GREAT choice for Indian food, especially the vegetarian cuisines of Southern India.
$14.50/BTL.-$174.00/CASE OF 12
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2012 Château Saint-Roch “Kerbuccio” Maury Sec- Roussillon, France
Let’s get real here when we talk about Maury, a small appellation near the border of Spain that is most well known for it’s VDN production (Vin Doux Natural, or fortified, sweet wines) than dry wines. Maury Sec (dry) has been made in small amounts since 1936, but honestly, we don’t see much of it. And it was not labeled as such until 2011.
Maury sports a warm, deeply Mediterranean climate and ripening is no issue here. This is where the Pyrenees Mountains meet the sea, a stunning, dramatically bright landscape. The blend here is one typical of this area: Grenache dominant with Syrah and Mourvèdre in the mix.
This wine is a big boy, so get ready for an intense onslaught of luscious black fruit, boisterous spice and notes of vanilla extract.
$14.50/BTL.-$174.00/CASE OF 12
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2014 Quinta das Bágeiras Vinho Branco-Bairrada, Portugal
In our perfect world, wine pairing 101 would include a crash course on the best white wines in the world to pair with seafood.  In that discussion you would have to draw a big circle along the Atlantic coast of Northern Portugal and Galicia.  This along with the Atlantic side of the Loire Valley are my go to places to match with oysters, clams, shellfish and more.
The Bairrada region is an Atlantic influenced region that specializes in the tri-fecta: bubbles, white and red.
The Quinta das Bágeiras Vinho Branco “Colheita” is a textbook white wine from the region.  Made from Maria-Gomes, Bical and Cercial, this white wine is teeming with salinity, giving you generous amounts of citrus, sea spray and mineral.
Just last night we drained a bottle of this with the bacalhau (salt cod) spread at Fat Rice.  A match made in heaven!
This is a incredible value, and let us tell you a little secret, it can evolve over a decade in bottle.  Don’t miss it!
$12.00/BTL.-$144.00/CASE OF 12
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2010 Le Cinciole Chianti Classico-Tuscany, Italy
It does not get more classic than this- simple and well-elaborated Sangiovese from the heart of Chianti.
Le Cinciole is located in Panzano and works very simply, and honestly, with Sangiovese. You’ll get none of the oaky, über-internationally styled Chianti that is disappointedly, so prevalent these days. Fermentation is done in cement, and elevage in larger barrels.
This is the kind of wine you will want to have on hand when preparing a simple pomodoro sauce, one that has plenty of garlic and wilted basil going for it.
$14.00/BTL.-$168.00/CASE OF 12
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2012 Château Chavrignac Rouge-Bordeaux, France
About this time every year we unleash a Bordeaux in our 6 for $70-Something sampler and our customers love it. Why change a winning formula?
In researching the wine, I did find some charming pictures of the estate, which bear more resemblance to a ranch style home than an actual castle, but this is a tiny, family affair! They make three wines (red, white & rosé)  in the village of Fossès-et-Baleyssac, in Entre-Deux Mers. They produce their wine organically, which is relatively rare for Bordeaux.
This wine is predominantly Merlot with a little Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in the mix.
Heartbreakingly classic, it presents with dried plum, violets, and hints of graphite and cedar. This will pair with the simplest of meals, such as a lean roast meat accompanied with carrots sautéed in butter and shallot.
$13.50/BTL-$162.00/ CASE OF 12
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