Friday Feature 05/27/16: The New 6 for $70-Something Sampler!

Hello and Happy Friday!
Magic and Kareem, Jordan and Pippen, Batman and Robin, Beavis and Butt-Head, Eric B. & Rakim, Simon & Garfunkel, De Niro and Pacino, Bert & Ernie.
These are some of the greatest duos of all-time.
One duo that I personally believe deserves to be on that list, is Craig & Sheb.
Over the past 3 1/2 years, Shebnem has been an integral part of the Perman Wine team. Sadly for all of us, her time at Perman Wine is soon coming to a close.  Next Thursday, June 3rd will be Sheb’s last day at the store, making this her last Friday Feature.
It is difficult to explain in words what Sheb has meant to the store and me personally. She invested herself in my business, and as a business owner, that is the best you can hope for. Even more importantly, she took great pleasure in promoting wines that we both shared a passion for. Her dedication and service to you, our fantastic customers, is something that I know she also took great pride in.
I can’t thank Sheb enough for all that she has done!
I know she has plans to stay active in the wine community, consulting and writing about wine. It will be exciting to see what is to come.
As for the store, I’m back to where I started, manning the ship all by myself.  I’ve got a lot of exciting plans in the works for the store, so stay tuned!
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In other news, please note Perman Wine Selections will be closed this Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day. 
Have a great holiday weekend,
Craig (and Sheb for the next few days)

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6 for $70-Something
2015 Château de la Liquière Faugères Rosé “Les Amandiers”- Languedoc, France
We have re-upped on our yearly allocation from Château de la Liquière, and are excited to feature the 2015 in our sampler this month. This is a beloved producer who work in the village  of Faugères, a stony (schist if you will) appellation just northwest of beziers, in the Herald hills.  It is part of the overarching Côteaux du Languedoc appellation, but because of these special soils, the wines from this area have the right top bear the name of the village on the label.
Chateau de la Liquiére is a beautiful 60 hectare domaine, the family has been producing estate bottled wine long before many in the region did (viticulture in the Languedoc was often cooperative or negociant driven). The family has a great commitment to the environment and farm organically. The produce rosé, white and red wine.
The Amandiers bottlings are from younger vines on the estate. The rosé is comprised of 50% Cinsault, 35% Mourvèdre and15% Grenache and the wine is result of the direct press method, fresh dry and fruity all at once, the epitome really, of everything you would want in a Southern French rosé.
$14.00/BTL.- $168.00/CASE OF 12
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2014 Paolo Scavino Langhe Rosso- Piedmont, Italy
Us wine nerds are really a piece of work.
We find ways to qualify all types of wines, sometimes labelling them with strange terms like “unicorn wine,” “special occasion wine,” “porch pounder,” and more.
Which brings us to this fantastic value from one of the best estates in Barolo, Paolo Scavino.
The 2014 Scavino Langhe Rosso without question falls into the category of a “lunch wine.”
Let’s define. A lunch wine is not fussy.  It is a wine that you pair with anything, drink out of any vessel, enjoy amongst laughs with your friends or family, and in the end, finish the bottle in seemingly record time.
This is that.  A blend of young vine fruit, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, from the vineyards of Paolo Scavino.  It’s not fussy, its just delicious, as one would expect from any wine from the Scavino family!
With our local distributors new direct relationship with the wines of Scavino, the current price makes this one of the best value red wines that we can think of.
$11.00 BTL. / $132.00 CASE OF 12
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2014 Quinta de Chocapalha Arinto- Lisboa, Portugal
In almost every part of the world, and almost every culture, when the weather warms up we as human beings flock to water.  The beaches, the sea, lakes, are such an important part of our summertime.
This is no different in Portugal. In fact, the Portuguese feel an incredible connection to the sea.  They were amongst the first great sailors of the world, and they are blessed to have so much of their country within a quick drive of the coast.
The sea also has a huge connection with wine.  Wine growing regions, in close proximity to the sea have unique soils, wind, and other factors that directly influence the flavor of the wine.
Which leads me to our featured Portuguese wine of this months sampler.  Quinta de Chocapalha is the first wine estate that Craig ever visited in Portugal. It is located a little over an hours drive north of Lisbon, in the appellation of Lisboa, and more specifically the sub-region of Torres Vedras.
The hills surrounding Alenquer are home to the vineyards of Quinta de Chocapalha, and from them they make a wide range of white and red wines.
The white grape varietal most associated with this area is Arinto.  It is an aromatic grape varietal, that will appeal to those looking for a dry, crisp white wine.  Chocapalha, and their winemaker Sandra Tavares, produce a style of Arinto that is both refreshing and complex. In fact this is a white wine that benefits from a year to two years in bottle, as more of the mineral / sea spray components come out after that period of time.
This is a great white wine to simply just sip on, but it also paris well with simply prepared grilled or roasted fish.  It is yet another fantastic Portuguese value.
$13.00 BTL. / $156.00 CASE OF 12
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2014 Fattoria Villa Ligi Bianchello del Metauro “Albaspino”- Marche, Italy
I’m not sure about you, but there are places in the world that I visit that always feel like home, each and every time I’m there.
One such place for me is the region of the Marche in Italy.  Our good friend, Alberto Taddei, winemaker of Selvagrossa in Pesaro has been my personal guide to the region.  Several years ago, Alberto, my friend Huge and I were having lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in the area, Osteria da Gustin in the village of Bargni. It was that day that I truly fell in love with the area, and in particular the white wines of the tiny appellation of Bianchello del Metauro.
The Biancame grape or Bianchello as its locally called grows in the hills West of the cities of Fano and Senigallia, along the Metauro river. There are only 204 hectares in total in this appellation, so little of the wine makes it out of the region.
To introduce you to the grape, we’ve sourced this tasty example from Fattoria Villa Ligi, a producer located in the village of Pergola.  Owned by Franco Tonelli, they focus on the local appellations of Pergola Rosso and Bianchello del Metauro.
“Albaspino” is made entirely of Bianchello, from vines planted in 1980. The grapes are gently pressed and fermentation and aging is done in stainless steel tanks.
The result is a perfect summer white, aromatic with notes of citrus peel and lemon, and vibrant on the palate with lots of bright acidity, more citrus and hints at herbs. Definitely a “porch pounder,” so drink this one by the bucket load!
-Craig
$13.00 BTL. / $156.00 CASE OF 12
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2013 Weintut Köfererhof Kerner- Alto Adige/Valle Isarco, Italy
You might think we have gone a little Köfererhof kookoo, in the last few months, but when the wines were moving from one distributor to another, we were offered very attractive pricing and we simply couldn’t resist. We have always been fans of this high-quality producer in the far northeastern corner of Italy. So this is the third (and last) offering we have from Köfererhof.
We are also kookoo for Kerner, another one of the Riesling hybrids created in the early 1900s. Kerner was named for Dr. Justinius Kerner who practiced medicine in Würtemberg (Swabia!), recommended a glass of wine a day to ward off disease, and was a prolific writer of drinking songs and a celebrated poet. He later went blind but hopefully not because of rabid wine consumption!
Kerner does not have quite the acidic punch of Riesling, and often has a lovely, creamy texture, punctuated by citric fruit and a hint of peach or nectarine. The wine is certainly fruity, but technically dry. It has a great affinity for those difficult to pair pan-asian foods like Indonesian  or Thai, and compliments beautiful the salty, sweet and sour flavors one often finds in these types of cuisines. Of course, you can serve more Germanic fair, like bratwurst, other sausages, or potato salad tossed in a bright, mustardy vinaigrette and have no complaints either.
$15.00/BTL.-$180.00/CASE OF 12
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2011 Château Nicot Bordeaux Rouge- Bordeaux, France
We know it is easy to think of Bordeaux as a “wintery” kind of wine, in the on-a-bearskin-rug, curled- up-by-the-fire sense of the word, and maybe yes, that would be a great time to pop open an aged Paulliac and some other sort of treasure. But not all Bordeaux are built and structured. The right bank can home to some lighter, fresher red wines,  and Bordeaux, with it’s punchy acidity and mineral driven palate, can definitely be a great candidate for the patio and BBQs.
Chateau Nicot is a relatively small affair (in the context of the region anyway) with 85 hectares in Bordeaux and Cadillac. The Rouge is composed of 2/3 Cabernet Sauvignon and 1/3 Merlot, and aging happens in stainless steel as well as used barrique. This is made in a clean, supple style, with bright, plush red fruit and that graphite/cedar quality that is so particular to Bordeaux.
You can put a slight chill on this and it will be a great friend to your grilled steaks.
$12.00/BTL.-$144.00/CASE OF 12
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Friday Feature 5/20/16: The New 6 for $120-Something Sampler!

Hello & Happy Friday!
It’s the second to last Friday of the month and that means time for a new edition of the Six for $120-Something Sampler.
This is an absolutely lovely sampler. From the Greek Islands, to South Africa, Catalonia the Loire valley and the Southern Rhône Valley, we have searched high and low for the best wines we can find to make this six pack varied and complex.
Come in and get yours soon! A few of the items are limited this month, so email if you know you need this one in your possession.
Have a Great Weekend,
Craig & Sheb
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2014 Domaine Zafeirakis Malagousia- Greece
It’s simply impossible to call any country with as rich of a history in wine as Greece, a trend. What one can correctly say is that Greece is having a revival.  There’s no holy ghost spirits or anything like that, its not that kind of revival.  We are talking about the kind of revival that sees a country that was more focused on quantity over quality, reverse that and come to work with the same mindset of top quality as any producer in more famous regions of the world.
“Domaine Zafeirakis represents one of the most exciting new Domaines of Greece. Nestled in the foothills of Mount Olympus, in the region of Thessaly, Christos Zafeirakis has built a winery both in honor and continuation of the four generations of winemakers in his family that preceded him. Having an impressive resume including completing his oenology masters degree at the University of Milan and consecutive years of work in Tuscany, Piedmont, and Alto Adige, Christos returned to Tirnavos and immediately started to set new standards by creating the first organic vineyard in the area in 2005. As if that weren’t enough, he extended the family’s holdings to 8 hectars and worked tirelessly to reintroduce the obscure native varietal Limniona which was nearly extinct due to the phylloxara epidemic 80 years prior.
Zafeirakis’s obsession is first and foremost with the soil. The area of Tirnavos has high clay deposits which dominate the overall terrior. Various vineyards like Palaiomilos (old mill) have sand and flints along with the clay, while his Kampilaga vineyard is more fully clay with calcium concentration and a high amount of trace elements due to the fact that this area had once had an ancient river run through it. Throughout the year the vineyards are carefully and rigorously cultivated. Every season is important whether it be winter pruning or summer harvest. Technical choices are always made with respect to the environment and guided by the quality objectives year after year.
Christos Zafeirakis’s wines are all certified organic. Spontaneous yeast fermentation is a must, whether th

e vinfication is happening in stainless steel or in the 3000L Austrian fermentors he employs for his reds. Additionally an intensive selection massale is taking place at Domaine Zafeirakis, and he continues to refine the clonal selection through this process to raise the bar of his wines year after year.”
We are huge fans of the grape varietal, Malagousia. This example from Zafeirakis hails from the Tirnavos area, grown on clay soils with a high concentration of flint.  Fermented and rested in stainless steel tanks, this wine is all about the fruit and the flint.  Beautiful aromatics of white flowers, orange zest, and lemon. On the palate, it has good freshness, lots of salty/mineral notes and good concentration.
We encourage you to join the revival and drink some Malagousia.  It’s delicious!
$17.00 BTL. / $204.00 CASE OF 12
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2013 Paolo Scavino Langhe Nebbiolo- Piedmont, Italy
We are so excited that the wines of Paolo Scavino are back in Chicago that to celebrate, both samplers this month will include a wine from this legendary producer.  If you are unfamiliar with the winery, it is located in the village of Castiglione Falletto in the Barolo appellation of Italy. They make a wide range of single vineyard Baroli, from some of the top Crus, as well as a range of excellent everyday wines.
This wine in particular, made entirely from Nebbiolo, is one of the best values to come out of the entire region. The Scavinos are using “grapes coming from sites which enhance the more ethereal Nebbiolo aromatics and structure.” In other words, they want this wine to offer the consumer something that they can enjoy on the younger side.
They achieve this and more.  Pretty aromatics combining floral, red fruit and fennel notes.  Medium weight, with soft tannins in the mid-palate, a continuation of the red fruit and a long, harmonious finish.
Even though this is accessible Nebbiolo, it doesn’t hurt to decant this for a half hour or hour before serving.
Such a fantastic expression of Nebbiolo, and it needs to be mentioned that now this is directly imported into the Chicago, they are now even more incredible values.
Don’t miss this!
***Those of you who pre-ordered Scavino last year through us- the wines are all in. We are in the process of contacting you by email, but feel free to reach out or stop by to pick your order up.***
$21.00 BTL. / $252.00 CASE OF 12
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2007 Olga Raffault Chinon “Les Picasses”- Loire, Valley France
This bottle is for those of you that love Cabernet Franc and like it to be earthy, a “little dirty” and firmly entrenched in the old world.
Olga Raffault is a storied property in Chinon, run for years by the meticulous Olga (and now by her granddaughter, Sylvie). “Les Picasses” is a particularly well-exposed vineyard, whose soils are composed of limestone and clay. The vines are 50+ years old. It is a wine that we have loved for any years, but it is ALWAYS better with a little age on it, which is why we are excited to have found a few cases of 2007 at the warehouse.
The wine is aged in older wood vats and not overly-extracted. One thing you must be comfortable with are the aromatics, which have strong equine propensities. Another word for this might be barnyard or sometimes people even say funk. If you rode horses at anytime in your life, the smell reminds of the deep warm, nutty smell of the mane, mixed in with a little hay. If you didn’t ride horses, it should be said that these are nice smells but still on the horsey side.
Anyway, enough with the equine stuff. Fruit-wise this is all cherries and plums, with their skins, and tender yet taught acidity backs up a medium-bodied concentration. It really is a tremendous wine, especially at this price. And it’s drinking very well, right now! Unfortunately, we did not get much.
$22.00/BTL.
SAMPLER ONLY.
 
***If you would like to try and get more, email us and we will let you know if there is any left over at the end of the month.
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2012 Celler Pardas “Collita Roja” Penedés, Spain
If you have been a customer of PWS for a time, you probably understand our affection for the region of Catalonia. Some of our favorite Catalans are Ramon Parera and Jordi Arnan, childhood friends who came together later in life to build the estate they now call Can Comas.
If you have been to many vineyards as we have, you begin to notice some differences between those that are farmed organically and those whose viticulture serves a more commercial purpose. The vineyards at Can Comas are teeming with a variety of wildflowers. Butterflies flit between the vines, all matter of beetles and other crawlers can be seen scuttling in the soils. Birds swoop in, happy for such an abundance of lunch.
The team at Pardas works with indigenous grapes of the region, and none is more rare than the grape which makes up today’s offering, Sumoll. Although the variety may have originated in Jerez, today there remain only about 260 hectares, all in Catalonia. Ramon has explained that the grape is fickle and difficult to work with, yet he and Jordi feel an obligation to keep it around. They respect the heritage, and feel that sometimes even difficult things are worth fighting for.
The wine that comes from Sumoll is incredibly complex. medium-bodied and imbued with a nervy kind of acidity. It also reveals a richness of cherries, white pepper, earth and violets.
This wine is the perfect accompaniment to the typical cuisine of Catalan: grilled lamb, braised pork, roasted potatoes and of course, anything with chick peas in it.
$29.00/BTL.-$174.00/ SIX PACK CASE
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2014 BLANKbottle Winery “Epi” – Elgin, South Africa
“What was your favorite wine from the trip?” This is a question we get asked all the time after our travels.  Usually there is no one “wine of the trip,” instead a small handful of wines we can’t wait to sell once we get back home.
Such is the case with this wine, a beautiful white wine from South Africa.  Craig’s trip to South Africa was eye opening, and in particular his visit with Pieter Walser of BLANKbottle.
We’ve written about this winery a couple times already this year, so we won’t bore you with all the details.  What you need to know is that Pieter sources grapes from several parts of South Africa and lets the grapes and their place inspire the wine.  Pieter doesn’t put any information on what is in the bottle on his labels, hence BLANKbottle.  He wants you to taste them without any preconceived notions and let the wine speak for itself.
That is how Craig tasted this wine, blind, without any knowledge of the place or the grape.  What he admired about the wine was the way that it combined texture with freshness, fruit with spice. It is a complete wine, and a difficult one to blind.
“The reveal” was a white wine made entirely from Semillon growing in Elgin, notably the coolest region in South Africa, more known for apple production than wine.  “Epi” is made very naturally, no sulphur on the juice before fermentation, no addition of enzymes or acid, natural yeast, and aging in old oak barrels.
This is really crowd pleasing style in that it offers texture with freshness, citrus with apple and spice notes.  It is a very food friendly wine as it can pair with seafood and well as meat like chicken and pork.
Don’t miss this crazy good wine!
$22.00 BTL. / $264.00 CASE OF 12

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2015 Domaine de Fenouillet Ventoux Rosé- Southern Rhône Valley, France
The Ventoux is a large swath (or pool if you will) encompassing 51 communes just south of Gigondas and Vacqueyras in the Southern Rhône Valley. This is part of the same alluvial plane that formed Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Unlike Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the Ventoux makes  gallons of white, red and rosé wines that are delicious and affordable for everyday drinking.
Unless you are living under a rock (or a galet in this case- don’t mind us just a little wine humor there), this IS the official summer of rosé, and although I think we said that last year, we are rescinding our statements from 2015.
This Rosé is vinified partially by direct press and partially by “saignée”, the juice is naturally clarified, and afterwards the wine ferments at a cool temperature, and then it is aged on the fine lees for four to six months before bottling.  It is a blend of 50% Cinsault, 40% Grenache and 10% Syrah, all of which is planted to soils of clay, limestone and silex.
This is the kind of placid, French Rosé you might think of when you are considering a lazy afternoon, perhaps with a plate of crudité or some lovely cheeses.
$15.00/BTL.
SAMPLER ONLY
***If you would like to try and get more, email us and we will let you know if there is any left over at the end of the month.
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Friday Feature 05/13/16: Domaine Les Poëte-Loire Valley

Domaine Les Poëte
Before we get started telling you about Domaine Les Poëte we have to apologize.  Life is super busy right now, and for this write-up, we are going to use the importer’s notes. They are well written, and help introduce you to this wonderful Domaine.  You will see quotes around text from the importer and then a couple of glowing, motivational words from yours truly.
“Guillaume Sorbe is the Loire Valley’s newest young star. In 2007, he began his domaine in the Cher producing white, rosé, and red wines from the Touraine, Quincy, and Reuilly appellations. 
Guillaume comes from a family of viticulturalists and his father had vineyards in Quincy and Reuilly, but after it became apparent that his sons had no interest in continuuing the family domaine, he sold the vineyards in 2001. It was during this time that Guillaume was working in some of France’s finest restaurants both as a cook and a sommelier, but eventually he says “the soul of a winemaker awoke in me”. He went to Beaune to study viticulture and oenology determined to return to the Loire valley and piece together a domaine of his own. 
In 2007 after completing his studies he began to look for vineyards and soon found a plot of very old gamay vines on the right bank of the Cher river. He began here and has slowly patched together a tiny domaine today of more than 25 single plots that he farms himself biodynamically. Only 4.5 hectares total are put into production here so quantities are extremely small. 
Precision, freshness, and delicacy are the pursuit here and Guillaume believes that terroir is the most important thing, often citing his motto “moins mais mieux” – “less but better”. Each of his 25 parcels is vinified separately and an assemblage is done before bottling. Working this way is much more labor-intensive, but it allows Guillaume greater control over the final blend where he can create an expressive palette using just the “colors” he desires.”
Our big take away from tasting the wines, is their intensity and density, while at the same time displaying the freshness that you desire from the wines of the Touraine region. They are really fantastic!
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2013 Domaine Les Poëte Reuilly Blanc
Reuilly is an underrated appellation for Sauvignon Blanc.
Guillaume’s Sauvignon vineyards are on the left bank of the Cher river in the villages of Reuilly, Chéry, and Preuilly.  Because he works with various plots, there is great diversity in the soils including clay, limestone, limon and gravel.
“After being harvested by hand, the grapes are pressed and fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tank. After fermentation, 1/3 of the wine is aged in neutral 600 liter barrels while the remaining 2/3 is aged in stainless steel. After 12 months, the wine is blended and stays in tank another 2 months before bottling.”
It is also important to note that this comes from grapes cropped at 30 to 35 hl/ha. While that may not mean much to the layperson, they are the type of yields you would find from the world’s finest, and most expensive wines.  As a comparison, take the yields of Sancerre which can often run up to 60 to 65 hl/ha.
Beautiful aromatics of citrus peel and mineral, this Sauvignon has weight and some structure that many of you won’t have ever had in a Sauvignon.  This is fruit and mineral driven, with no green notes, and a really pure, lengthy finish.
This outstanding Sauvignon is going to challenge your preconceived notions of the variety.  And that is a good thing.
$24.99 BTL. / $299.88 CASE OF 12

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2013 Domaine Les Poëte Reuilly Rouge

Do not miss this absolutely outstanding Pinot Noir from Reuilly.  Probably the best we’ve ever had.
Like the Sauvignon, this comes from various plots in the aforementioned villages.  The Pinot Noir is planted in a mixture of clay and limestone with rocky topsoil.
“All the Pinot Noir is hand harvested and sorted by hand. In 2013 Guillaume elected to de-stem 100%, but in some years he will utilize some percentage of whole clusters. It is macerated for 8 days with no punching down. The only form of extraction is gentle pump overs. Only natural yeasts are allowed here and fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tank. After fermentation, 2/3 of the wine is aged in neutral 600 liter barrels while the remaining 1/3 is aged in stainless steel.” 
Cropped at an astounding 25 hl/ha, that is a full 10 hl/ha less then the minimum allowed for Grand Cru Red Burgundy.  We are certainly not comparing this in style to those, but just take note when looking at this price that the cropping equivalent is 5 to 30+ times more expensive in Burgundy.
This is really pure and beautiful Pinot Noir.  It sports a pale, delicate color, and offers hints of cherry skin, flowers and mineral on the nose.  Wonderfully balanced on the palate, it is silky and light, but yet with a great core of fruit and baking spice.  This is the type of wine we could drink all day.
Easily one of our new favorite Pinot Noir.  An incredible value!
$26.99 BTL. / $323.88 CASE
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Friday Feature 05/06/16: 2014 Releases from Thomas Pico and Domaine Pattes Loup

Domaine Pattes Loup
Thomas Pico is a great example of the younger generation of Chablis and its impact on the region and how it is perceived.  Thomas grew up in the wine business, but started on his own in 2005.  His initial vineyards are located in Courgis, on the outskirts of the appellation. Over the years he has grown his domaine slowly, which now includes over 15 hectares of vineyards.  Thomas works organically in the vineyard, only uses natural yeast, and uses stainless steel and oak depending on the cuvée.
This all leads back to my first statement about the younger generation and their impact on the perception of the region.  Producers like Thomas, like Athénaïs from Château de Béru, and a few others have proved to the consumer that great Chablis can be produced throughout the region and not just in the vineyards with the names we all know.  The world is shifting in this region, and there has never been a better time to drink Chablis.
Don’t miss these 2014s from Pattes Loup!

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2014 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis “Vent d’Ange”
Simply put this is one of, if not the best value in Chablis right now!
A fantastic introduction to Pico’s clean, sleek style.This particular bottling sells out very quickly every year.
Beautiful purity of fruit, with citrus peel, saline and mineral emerging from the glass.  Weightless in all the best ways, this really wakes up the palate sip after sip.
We received a woefully small amount and this will disappear fast at this price. Chablis everyday? Seems like a good idea to us!
$25.99 BTL. – $311.88/CASE OF 12
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2014 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis “Beauregard” 1er Cru
Not a well-known Premier Cru, Beauregard sits in the village of Courgis on Kimmeridgian soil.
It is a wine that needs evolution in bottle to coax out its beautiful minerality and shy personality.
Once it evolves, it adds weight, and incredible complexity.
This is worth holding on for a few years drinking from 2020 to 2025.
A ridiculous value for this quality.
$42.99 BTL.
VERY LIMITED

 

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2014 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis “Butteaux” 1er Cru
Butteaux is one of the more well-known Premier Cru, sitting on the West side of the river near Montmains and Forêts. It too is on Kimmeridgian limestone but has a very different feel and personality to the Beauregard.  We find it a bit weightier with lots of citrus, mineral and spice.
This too is worth holding on to, drinking best from 2020-2025+.
Another ridiculous value for this quality.
$42.99 BTL.
VERY LIMITED
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Friday Feature 04/29/16: The New 6 for $70-Something Sampler

This week’s Friday Feature announces the newest 6 for $70-Something sampler.
For those unfamiliar with our sampler, once a month we put together a group of six bottles with season in mind, a kind of best of the best in value wine. The six bottle assortment always lands in between $76 – $79.  All the wines are available by the bottle, but we encourage you to stock your wine rack up for the month and try the whole sampler.
This month we have a truly spectacular lineup from around the world.  We hope to see you soon!
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Sheb

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6 for $70-Something

2013 “Rufo” Tinto from Quinta Vale D. Maria – Douro, Portugal
People ask us all the time, “can I get a good bottle of wine for $15 and under.”
The answer is of course yes, albeit it is getting more difficult to find. The first way to ensure great wine at a great price is to search for a winery that really cares about what they do.  A true insider tip is to look for some of the leading wineries of their respective regions and seek out the value wine in their range.  Almost every top producer has a great value as a type of “business card” to introduce everyone to what they do as a winery.
The “business card” of Quinta Vale D. Maria, one of Portugal’s truly top wineries is a line of wines called “Rufo.”  While the fruit for the wine may not come entirely from their estate, the Van Zeller family relies on their family network to provide them with good quality grapes from three different sub-regions of the Douro.
We’ve featured previous vintages of “Rufo” Tinto on our newsletter before, and are excited to introduce the excellent 2013 vintage.  It is a blend of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, co-feremented in stainless steel tanks and aged in 2nd, 3rd and 4th use oak barrels for 1 year before resting in tank for an additional year.

A superb vale for a Douro red, this jumps out of the glass with blackberry, plum aromas, a seamless and silky texture, and a long, balanced finish.  Try this alongside some grilled lamb chops.   


$15.00 BTL. / $180.00 CASE


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2015 Fattoria Poggerino “Aurora” Rosato – Tuscany, Italy
We are one of only two accounts in Illinois (and possibly the US) to receive the fantastic Rosé from one of our absolute favorite Chianti Classico producers, Poggerino.
As a recap, Poggerino is located in the village of Radda in Chianti Classico.  One of the key elements to quality at this estate is the location of the property, high elevation, with a large swath of “galestro” the local rock strewn through the carefully farmed vineyards.  Winemaker Piero Lanza is one of the most dedicated farmers we know, and it is important to note that this Rosé is produced with Sangiovese that could very easily be made into a more expensive red wine.
True to form, this Rosé is a labor of love from Piero Lanza, and is very unique in its production.  Half of the grapes are harvested the last week of August / first week of September, a type of green harvest.  Alcoholic fermentation begins with natural yeast and proceeds at a cool temperature.  At the end of September/ early October, when the main harvest begins, the second portion is made as a saignée, bleeding the vat, and then combining it with the ongoing fermentation of the first portion.
This is quickly becoming one of our favorite Rosé.  Hints at watermelon rind, strawberry and orange on the nose.  Medium weight, with a really juicy, fresh fruit component and a long, balanced finish.

This is a Rosé you are going to want to stock up on!  We only received 20 cases, so taste soon and come back for more.  It is a fantastic value! 


$15.00 BTL. / $180.00 CASE


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2013 Weingut Köfererhof Müller-Thurgau – Alto Adige, Italy
For years, the mystery surrounding the origins of this grape have plagued scientists both near and far. Created by a 19th century scientist named Dr. Müller (no surprise there) thought he was crossing Riesling with Sylvaner, but later a theory was put forward that it was a Riesling and Chasselas cross, however, a final, definitive analysis revealed that the grape was indeed, a Riesling and Madeleine Royale cross, and a grandson of northern Italy’s Schiava.
Now that your brain is super tired from reading that, its time to tell you why Müller Thurgau should become your new best friend this summer. In the hands of a great producer like Köfererhof, this aromatic varietal is a fantastic aperitif wine.  I’ve had the pleasure to visit Köfererhof in the gorgeous Isarco Valley, at the most Northern part of the Alto Adige region.  A very small producer, making only about 70,000 bottles in total per year, they are considered one of the best producers of the entire Alto Adige.
The 2013 Müller-Thurgau is stunning.  Gorgeous aromatics of white flowers, lychee and citrus peel.  This wine has terrific texture, it really glides across the palate, delivering more citrus flavors and hints of plum and spice.
Not only does it deliver on its own, this is one of the most versatile food pairing wines you will find.  It can really stand up to meat such as chicken and pork, and even work against spicier foods.

The distribution of this wine changed hands in Chicago recently, and this is being offered at a much lower price than normal.  Please don’t miss the chance to stop up on some of this benchmark Müller-Thurgau.   


$15.00 BTL. / $180.00 CASE


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2013 Xavier Clua “El Solà d’en Pol” Blanco – Terra Alta, Spain
There is no doubt that Catalunya is one of Spain’s most prestigious wine growing departments.  Yet when you quiz both the general public and industry folks about the wines of the area, Cava and red wine from Priorat and Montsant are the most publicized and talked about.
While they are deserving of their acknowledgement, there is so much more to Catalunya.  We here at Perman Wine love to share and talk about the great white wines of the area, including the appellation of Terra Alta.  Located just south of Montsant, the region takes its name from its high altitude and placement in the mountains.
Xavier Clua grew up in the region and the wine business, before embarking on his own project over a decade ago.  He owns 10 hectares of vines in the region and produces white, rosé and red.
“El Solà d’en Pol” is a white wine made from predominantly Grenache Blanc with a little Viognier and Muscat.  It is an aromatic white, perfect for “porch pounding” or enjoying along simply prepared shellfish.  The 2013 is in a really beautiful place right now, so get ready for this to be a new favorite this Spring and Summer.
$12.00 BTL. / $144.00 CASE


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2011 Santa Lucia Castel del Monte Nero di Troia ‘”Vigna del Melograno” – Puglia, Italy
Castel del Monte is one of the more important wine zones of Puglia, situated in the hilly part of Puglia (southern Italy, the heel of the boot) where the grapes are granted a bit more protection from the relentless, Mediterranean sun.
The variety that makes this wine is called Nero de Troia, a dark-skinned flavorful red grape that unfortunately has been supplanted by more recognizable varieties such as Aglianico & Montepulciano.

This is a lot of wine for the money; and the the kind of  voluptuous, bone-warming red you sometimes desire. The vines here are 18 years old which is quite mature for the region and this adds to the depth and quality level.

$11.00 BTL. / $132.00 CASE
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2014 Padrillos Malbec – Mendoza, Argentina
Our old friend the Padrillos Malbec is back!
While Argentina continues to be known for great value Malbec, we’ve seen a rise in prices over the last few years leading us to the difficult task of finding good examples for under $15.  Luckily this wine made by Ernesto Catena, of Catena family fame continues to over deliver for the price.
Malbec sourced from various vineyards in the Uco Valley that are fermented in stainless steel and aged partially in stainless steel and also French and American oak for 8 months.

The result is a, dare I say, balanced example of the variety with a mixture of red and dark fruits, flowers and spice.  A super silky texture lends itself to drinking on its own, but of course this varietal is best known to be consumed alongside grilled red meat. 


$11.00 BTL. / $132.00 CASE
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Friday Feature 04/22/16: The New 6 for $120-Something Sampler

2010 Candialle Chianti Classico- Tuscany, Italy
We are unclear why the wine cognoscenti are not more rapturous when it comes to Chianti. Sure, there was a quality slump in the 1970s, and the wine in those ridiculous straw baskets (called fiascos), while charming, can truly be a fiasco. If you look beyond this, you will see that this region is capable of incredibly drinkable, and age-worthy wines, at very agreeable price points.
The Candialle Chianti Classico is one such wine. We defy you to pour a small taste and find a more classic benchmark for the appellation. This is clean, pure, old-fashioned good winemaking at its best, free of the dogma that seems so common in wine speak today.
Located at the southernmost tip of the Conca d’Oro of Panzano in Chianti, their Chianti Classico is composed 100% Sangiovese, and spends 18 months aging before release. Its flavor profile sings of the beautiful Mediterranean Valley from which it comes; morello cherries, both fresh and baked, a hint of baking spice and vanilla, sun-warmed sage and a hint of rosemary.
Those of us lucky enough to have visited the region know first-hand of its ridiculous beauty and who among us has not fondly dreamed of buying a small villa out there, feeling the warm sun upon our faces and chasing the tiny vineyard lizards, whose speed and tiny size defy space and time?
Here is Sheb’s proposal: buy some nice bread, but the peasant-y kind that is a little dense (not a fluffy baguette). Toast in the oven with some nice olive oil. While this is happening, salute a few trimmed and halved chicken livers in some butter with salt and pepper. Put these on your crispy toast, and drink some Candialle.
$24.00/BTL.-$288.00/CASE OF 12
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2015 Cameron Winery “Giovanni”-Dundee Hills, OR

Let us take a moment to introduce you to what will become your white wine of the Summer – Cameron’s Giovanni.

This has been a go-to summer white for our customers in the past. It always runs out way before we tire of drinking it.

The 2015 Giovanni is a blend of mainly Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio & Chardonnay. All the fruit comes from Abbey Ridge Vineyard, a high-altitude, organically farmed site that was planted in 1976. The Pinot Blanc and Grigio are planted at the highest peak, and are often harvested in late October, which imbues the resulting wines with great ripeness, beautiful mineral and taut acidity.

This wine is exclusive to Perman Wine Selections.

Don’t miss this, it is limited, but worth stocking up on!

$20.00/BTL.-$240.00/CASE OF 12
 
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2012 Köfererhof Dry Riesling-Alto Adige/Valle Isarco, Italy
Let’s get real, we should all be drinking more Riesling. It is one of the greatest white varieties of the world with a huge range of styles and is extremely reflective of terroir, and of course we must mention how versatile it is at the table. For the Kerschbaumer family of Weingut Köfererhof in the Alto Adige region of northern Italy, this is certainly true as they build dry, concentrated, mineral packed Rieslings.
Italy is not the region that comes to mind first when one thinks of Riesling, but Alto Adige has an unique history. Located right on the border of Austria, it was only annexed to Italy in 1919, creating a culture as Austrian as it is Italian.
The Köfererhof vineyards are located at a high altitude of 2400 feet and are tended completely by hand. This particular cuvée is blended from two harvests, one primary and a second a few weeks later to increase complexity. Both harvests are raised in stainless steel and allowed to rest on the lees for six months.
All this work builds a completely dry, concentrated mineral, elegant and fresh bottling. Showing Alto Adige’s heritage, it leans more Austrian in style showing some tropical fruit qualities behind all the mineral. A recent lunch at a BYO Argyle street Thai restaurant showed this wine to pair extremely well with a traditional Papaya salad, but it will pair just as well with other fresh and spicy dishes, as well as a working as a invigorating aperitif. Drink more Riesling! We promise you won’t regret it.
$23.00/BTL.-$276.00/CASE OF 12

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2014 Julien Pilon Saint Joseph Blanc “dimanche à lima”- Northern Rhône Valley, France
To the south of a small village called Chavanay, there exists a small cliff signifying the exact place where Condrieu shifts to Saint-Joseph, and Viognier vines give way to Syrah, Roussanne and Marsanne. I don’t know why I am so fascinated by this little ledge, but you can witness here a geological shift, a vestigial scar in the landscape  left over from when the glaciers melted and poured through this region in violent torrents.
Saint-Joseph is the single largest appellation in the Northern Rhône, stretching from Chavanay to Vion, close to Vaucluse. It is much easier to find wines from Saint Joseph than from its smaller neighbors like Hermitage or Cornas. But white Saint-Joseph, that is a much more rare sighting.
Marsanne and Roussane are the two grapes allowed for Saint-Joseph Blanc. Roussane makes wines that are fine, straw yellow in color, offer a remarkable nose and age nicely. A noble grape variety, it gives wines a an elegant touch of apricot and honeysuckle.
Marsanne requires warmer, drier spots in the vineyard, with good exposure  to the sun. Rustic and sturdy, these vines are happiest in poorer soils. Richer in color, Marsanne is often accompanied by orchard flavors, hazelnut and a waxy texture. Blended together, these two grapes form a very harmonious wine that affords the taster both glorious texrtures and taut freshness.
Pilon uses 75% Marsanne and 25% Roussanne for his white, and a touch of new oak when aging (only 20%). We think this would be a good fit for Chardonnay drinkers looking for something new, those of you curious about classic white Rhône varietals and everyone looking for a fuller bodied white.
$27.00/BTL.-$324.00/CASE OF 12
 
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2013 Domaine des Combiers Beaujolais-Villages “Prestige”- Burgundy, France
If you looked at what most wine professionals drink at home (or at the very least your comrades here at Perman Wine Selections) you would see a rather large portion is made up of Gamay. Refreshing, light-bodied and zippy enough to quench your thirst, it also enhances just about every food under the sun. The greatest place for this grape is southern Burgundy in Beaujolais, where the largely granitic soils have long yielded complex and satisfying wines.
Laurent Savoye, proprietor at Domaine des Combiers, is a very classic example of a Beaujolais vigneron, a wine grower found most often in the midst of his vines. Most pictures found online show him on a special three wheeled tractor that helps him navigate the steep slopes in his western corner of the Fleurie appellation. His wines are made extremely traditionally, with 100 year old vines, hand harvested, low yields and warm fermentation to encourage complexity and texture.
We are excited to offer Laurent’s Beaujolais-Villages Cuvée Prestige this month, which is aromatic and elegant with sappy fruit  with a little structure and mineral. This is a wine for the table and will enhance just about anything you can throw at it, especially as we move into spring with fresher dishes. If you had to guess, you have a pretty good idea of what we will be drinking!
Oh, and remember to chill it down a bit.
$15.00/BTL.-$180.00/CASE OF 12
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2014 Practical Matter Cabernet Sauvignon-Columbia Valley, WA
If you haven’t heard, California has experienced a brutal drought over the last few years that has created unique difficulties. However at its best, it has bred innovation in the local wine industry. While the overall supply of grapes has been extremely low, a few winemakers have found new ways to work to continue to offer great value and varietal integrity.
Practical Matter is a label devoted to these two things, incredible value and varietal integrity. Through a strange set of circumstances, some Washington Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from the Columbia Valley and Red Mountain took a seventeen hour journey to Paso Robles where the fruit was then processed, barreled, and blended. All of this is in service of creating a fantastic Cabernet in this price point.
This unique mix of Washington fruit and California winemaking yields a textbook Cabernet Sauvignon that comes from some of the most reputable and consistent vineyards in the area. If you follow the samplers, you know we don’t often have a chance to offer a Cabernet, so don’t miss out while it is here.
$19.00/BTL.- $228.00/CASE OF 12
 
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Friday Feature 04/15/16: Jérome Prévost and Champagne La Closerie

Jérome Prévost and Champagne La Closerie
In 1987, a young Jérome Prévost inherited a couple of hectares of vines from his Grandmother, who had previously rented them for others to tend. He took over the farming, and sold off the grapes directly to the negociants. He then took a job at Jacques Selosse, where he worked under Anselme Selosse. In 1998 he began making micro-quantities of his own Champagne (which he calls Champagne La Closerie) in the Selosse cellars in Avize. In 2001 he was able to build his own small cellar near his vines in the village of Gueux (about 10km west of Reims in the Montagne de Reims sub-region).
The entire estate consists of one vineyard called Les Béguines which is planted with older vines of Pinot Meunier. Essentially, he makes one wine, the Champagne La Closerie “Les Beguines” Extra Brut. Today’s offering is all from the 2013 vintage, a year characterized by his high-toned acidity, and hidden richness. If you decide you must try this and cannot wait for it to age- please please please decant it! Most experts are in agreement that Prévost’s wines need a bit of time “post-disgorgement” to fully express themselves.
In terms of work in the cellar, the vin clair is aged in used barriques and demi-muids, and fermented upon natural yeasts. Secondary fermentation is initiated, and usually disgorged after about 18 months, with no dosage at all.
Since 2007, he has also produced a rosé wine, although not in every vintage.  For this, he utilizes a small patch of Meunier affected with a vine disease called court-noué, which stunts flowering and only allows a small amount of very concentrated fruit to emerge. He uses these affected grapes to make a red wine, which he then blends with the base for his “normal” cuvée.
In 2013, a total of 3,300 bottles of the rosé were produced, for the entire planet.
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Champagne La Closerie “Les Béguines” Extra Brut (base 2013)
$94.99/BTL.
VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY- PLEASE INQUIRE
 
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Champagne la Closerie “Fac-simile” Rosé Extra Brut (base 2013)
$142.99/BTL.
VERY, VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY- PLEASE INQUIRE
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Friday Feature 04/08/16: Goodfellow Family Cellars and Matello

Goodfellow Family Cellars
Marcus Goodfellow’s first vintage was in 2002, under the Matello label. 2012 marked the debut of his eponymous label, Goodfellow Family Cellars. Marcus has worked carefully over the years to build relationships with small farmers who share his particular philosophy; meticulously managed and well-exposed vineyards that are dry-farmed. The Matello label remains for vineyard blended wines, and Goodfellow Cellars is reserved for single vineyard designates.
Marcus’ wines exhibit great restraint coupled with beautifully ripe fruit, and are a true pleasure to drink. We had a blast tasting these out with him a few days ago at our late night “tasty”.
Below, in our offer, is listed a variety of wines, red and white, from both projects.
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Special Order (3-4 weeks away, email your request by Friday, April 15th, 2016).
 
2014 Matello “Caprice”
This delicious blend of Pinot Blanc (80%) and Pinot Gris (20%) has a bit of residual sugar and a creamy, unctuous texture. These are 21 year old vines, and everything is co-harvested and fermented, then  aged 18months before release.
$17.99/BTL.$215.88/CASE OF 12
 
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IN THE SHOP AND AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE PURCHASE:
2014 Goodfellow Family Cellars “Clover” Pinot Gris Reserve
The 2014  Goodfellow Family Cellars “Clover” Pinot Gris Reserve is 100% Pinot Gris, sourced primarily from Whistling Ridge Vineyard.   The Pinot Gris is planted at the highest point in the vineyard and primarily older vines on sedimentary soils. The influence here is clearly in Alsace, but we have to say, this is better than 99.9% of Pinot Gris that we’ve tasted from Oregon.
The nose is fantastic, discreet aromas of poached pear, citrus peel, white flowers and honey.  On the palate, it is really refined, and simply delicious.  It has weight, but glides across your palate, giving you the proper freshness with intensity that only comes from truly great wines.
This was a huge hit last year, and many of you clamored for it long after it was gone.
$19.99/BTL.-$239.88/CASE OF 12
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2013 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir-Willamette Valley
The 2013 Pinot Noir is blended from some of Marcus’s top sources: 40% comes from Whistling Ridge Vineyard in the Ribbon Ridge district, 20% from Durant in the Dundee Hills, 25% from Bishop Creek and 15% Deux Vert, both in Yamhill-Carlton.
This wine is a study in levity and freshness; it is definitely not in the syrupy fruit bomb camp. And, if it  seems familiar, it is because we have had it before. However, this time around it has come in a en even more attractive price point.
$23.99/BTL.-$143.94/ 6 PACK CASE
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2014 Matello White Blend “Whistling Ridge-Ribbon Ridge”
A delicious hommage to Alsace and the wines of Marcel Deiss, composed of Riesling, Gewürtztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. This is perfect (and we mean PERFECTO) wine for sushi.
$26.99/BTL.- $323.88/CASE OF 12
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2012 Matello “Fool’s Journey” Deux Vert Vineyard
Cool-Climate Syrah, co-fermented with a touch of Viognier. For those that like it comme les françaises (frenchie style).
$24.99/BTL.-$299.88/CASE OF 12
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2013 Goodfellow Family Cellars Chardonnay “Durant Vineyard”
Linear and mineral, reminiscent of white Macônnais.
$29.99/BTL.-$179.94/6 PACK CASE
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2013 Goodfellow Family Cellars Chardonnay “Richard’s Cuvée”
A rich, pleasurable version of this noble grape. Intensely mineral yet with ripe, golden fruit.
$34.99/BTL.-$209.94/ 6 PACK CASE
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2013 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir “Durant Vineyard”
Old vines planted in volcanic soils. Spicy and textured. Very long-lived- a smart choice for cellaring.
$39.99/BTL.-$239.94/ 6 PACK CASE
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2013 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir “Whistling Ridge Vineyard”
Elegant and high-toned, this, like the Durant above, might take a while to unwind, but always is worth the wait.
$36.99/BTL.-$221.94/ 6 PACK CASE
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2012 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir “Bishop Creek Vineyard”
If you have a few slots that you would like to stash some 2012s, this is a last call. Bishop Creek is in the Yamhill Carlton AVA, and produces dark and intense Pinot Noir. Soils are some of the oldest in the Willamette Valley. We have a little left.
$39.99/BTL.-$239.94/ 6 PACK CASE
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Friday Feature 04/01/16: 2013 Releases from Domaine de la Pépière

Domaine de la Pépière
Today we are giving you a chance to purchase what some consider one of France’s most underrated white wines- Muscadet. This cool, bucolic region just outside the historic city of Nantes is home to the humble Melon de Bourgogne grape.
Consider this quote made in 2005, by the late Joe Dressner:”It’s difficult to say there was a golden era of Muscadet. Even when it’s well made, it’s outside the zeitgeist of modern markets.”
We think it is safe to say that 11 years later, Muscadet has more than arrived. It is beloved by hipster sommeliers, wine enthusiasts and Grandmas alike. It’s clean, fresh, and by its very nature avoids heavy pitfalls like oak and high alcohol.
Marc Ollivier of Domaine de la Pépière has certainly done his fair share in insuring Muscadet’s meteoric rise to the top. His insistence on clean vineyard practices in a region where that can be very difficult, as well as concentration on single terroir bottlings, has set a quality standard for Muscadet that is very high.
We will not spend an inordinate amount of time here trying to sell you on the copious charms of Melon de Bourgogne; if you have loved Ollivier’s wines in the past, or a fan of Chablis or Sancerre, these wines are for you.

 

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2013 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine “Clisson”

 

One of Ollivier’s most famous bottlings, Clisson is largely a granitic site that has been recognized for its unique terroir. Clisson  produces a tightly knit, mineral driven Melon that while delicious when young, can be revelatory when allowed to age for a few years.
2013 was a much easier year than 2012 for the vignerons here and crop size was back to normal so we have a bit more than we did last year.
$21.99/BTL.
50 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

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2013 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine “Monnières-Saint Flacre”

 

This is a new labeling for Pepière, but he has worked this vineyard for some time now- these grapes previously went into his “Gras Moutons” bottling. Monnières-Saint Fiacre was recently recognized as part of the “cru communaux” system which includes 9 different vineyards, all with with special terroirs and qualities.
Because it was new to us, and we are often very thirsty, we gave it a try. It is softer and more creamy than Clisson, and perhaps a better candidate for early drinking, although we have no doubt this will age gracefully.

 

$21.99/BTL
50 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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Friday Feature 03/25/16: The New 6 for $70-Something Sampler

Hello and Happy Friday,
Get ready Perman Wine fans, because its almost Spring, and that means lots of new and exciting events as well as new releases from your favorite producers.
We are excited to announce a late night “tasty” (part tasting, part party) at Perman Wines on Wednesday, April 6th.
Most of you know we are huge fans of the wines of Marcus Goodfellow of Goodfellow Family Cellars and Matello in Oregon.  Believe it or not, back in the day, Marcus and Craig used to sling cosmopolitans (the drink, remember that was popular?) behind the bar at the Heathman Restaurant in Portland, Oregon.  Since Craig isn’t as talented as Marcus, he wound up selling wine, and Marcus wound up being one of Oregon’s top wine producers.
Marcus is coming to town for a Oregon wine takeover at City Winery on Wednesday, April 6th and after we are hosting a late night “tasty” at the store.  So here are the details:
Late night “tasty” with Marcus Goodfellow
Where: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL
When: 10 PM till Midnight
Cost: $15 (waived with purchase of Goodfellow wine)
RSVP: Email us at orders@permanwine.com or craig@permanwine.com – we are going for controlled chaos, so we will only have 20 spots available
The Details: Join us as we taste a range of wines from Goodfellow Family Cellars with winemaker extraordinaire, Marcus Goodfello.  Both current vintage white and red wine will be tasted.  This is an informal walk-around tasting.
Sign up today!  We will provide you with a late-pass to work the next day.
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It is the last Friday of the month, and  fans of Perman Wine know that means time to introduce another 6 for $70-Something sampler.  For those of you new to the newsletter, this sampler is something we created to stock your homes with “everyday” wines for not a lot of money.
We all know Spain is one of the greatest country’s to find value-driven wines.  Each year in the Spring we typically offer a Spanish-heavy or all-Spanish 6 for $70-Something sampler.  This year its the former as we’ve paired three of our most popular Spanish offerings with three other fantastic values from France and Italy.
This will be one of the best samplers we do all-year -so don’t miss it!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Sheb and Collin

6 for $70-Something
2015 Avinyo “Vi d’Agulla” Petillant Blanc, Penedès, Spain
Quite simply put, this is the most popular wine at Perman Wine Selections, year in and year out.  I sell more of it than any other wine.
There is a reason, nothing says warmer weather better than the Avinyo Petillant.  It’s actually so popular that we forewarn you – by the time the weather actually get hot, this wine will have sold out.
For those of you new to Perman Wine, Avinyo is one of the great producers of Cava in the Penedès region of Spain.
Several years back, they introduced a white wine, produced in a Petillant, or lightly spritzy style, made from the grape Petit Grain Muscat.  Today they are blending in a little bit of the traditional Catalan variety, Macabeu.
This is one of the most refreshing white wines known to man. Citrus, white flowers, and almond combine on the nose leading to that slightly fizzy mouthfeel.  It’s dry, crisp and oh-so-chuggable.
Buy this by the trunk-load, you won’t be disappointed!
$13.50/BTL.-$162.00/CASE OF 12
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2015 Luberri “Orlegi”-Rioja, Spain
Another wine that needs no introduction to “Perman-ites” is the “Orlegi” from superstar Rioja producer Luberri.
The other day we lost one of the best we have in the rap game, Phife Dawg from Tribe Called Quest.  We had to send a shout out to him on this newsletter.
It’s also appropriate to mention him because winemaker Florentino Martínez Monje is essentially the Phife Dawg of Rioja.  In the Rioja region, he is a man that needs no introduction, he has the “mad” respect of virtually everyone in the region. His no-nonsense vineyard practices are incredibly well-respected and his personality makes him larger than life.
“Orlegi” pays homage to the roots of Rioja, when wine was fermented using whole-cluster, or in this case partial, and aged quickly for immediate consumption. Here you won’t find the oak-influenced style that Rioja is so well known for today, rather a wine that offers bright red fruit, juicy acidity, and compliments virtually all you bring to the table.
This is authentic in the best sense of the word, and is a delicious wine for Spring and Summertime drinking.
$13.00/BTL.-$156.00 CASE OF 12
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2013 Cigliuti Dolcetto d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy
Barbaresco has a bit of an image problem.  On the one hand you have the Barolo appellation which dominates the Piedmontese wine-scene in the United States.  On the other hand, virtually all the chatter in the business regarding Barbaresco focuses on its two superstar producers: Gaja and Bruno Giacosa, and not much else.
We have news for you, Barbaresco has a handful of truly special producers, every bit as good as you will find in Barolo.  While we give props to those two famous names, we humbly ask that you listen to those with a deep working knowledge and incredible devotion to the wines of Piedmont, your humble crew at Perman Wine.
What we want to tell you is that if you haven’t tasted the wines of Cigliuti in Neive, a sub-region of Barbaresco, you are sincerely missing out.  We aim to rectify that situation by offering you this absolutely outstanding and classic Dolcetto.
The history of this winery extends back 4 generations, and today Renato, his wife Dina, and daughters Claudia and Silvia run this winery with great precision.  The vineyards are top-notch and include two of Barbaresco’s most famous Cru’s, Serraboella and Bricco di Neive.  To keep the essence of the terroir, only natural yeasts are used, fermentation is in stainless steel and aging is done in large oak barrels, except for this Dolcetto which stays in tank.
This Dolcetto hails from 20+ year-old vines in the Serraboella vineyard.  This gives us everything we love about the variety: the freshness, the mixture of red and black fruits, the integrated herbal notes, and the ability to work with virtually everything at the table.
We so often are on a search for authenticity in wine, and very few wines speak to it more than this. Delicious Dolcetto!
$15.00 BTL. -$180.00/CASE OF 12
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2011 Domaine de la Mordorée Côtes du Rhône
You may have noticed in the last few samplers a theme of Rhône varietals. This region remains a source of fantastic value in a range of styles from producers we believe in. Today we are featuring a very elegant and earth driven Côtes du Rhône from famed Tavel-based estate, Domaine de la Mordorée.
Last year we learned of an immense tragedy, when winemaker and founder of Domaine de la Mordorée, Christophe Delorme, died unexpectedly of a heart attack at the age of 52.  His influence in the Southern Rhône and in particular the appellation of Lirac can’t be underestimated.  He founded his Domaine at the age of 24, along with his father.  In just a short time he took his original 5 hectares of vineyard holdings, inherited from his family, and turned it into 55 hectares of vines.  More impressive was his strive for quality.  With machine harvesting the norm in Tavel, he believed that the best quality came from hand harvesting. He worked organically in the vineyard, and staunchly believed in quality over quantity, restricting his yields to microscopic levels.
Like most Côtes du Rhône this is a food wine, and the fact that this wine has some bottle age on it, makes it perfect for pairings.  As we move into Spring you should think about pairing this with all things coming off the grill. The acidity will refresh but the concentration and structure will stand up to a variety of charred meats and veggies.
$13.50/BTL.-$162.00/CASE OF 12
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2015 Bodegas Ostatu Rioja Rosado, Rioja, Spain
Located in the village of Samaniego, in a mountainous and somewhat remote part of the sub-region of Alavesa. The Saenz de Samaniego family raises classic Rioja grapes in a perfect microclimate at a two hundred and fifty year old winery. Historically, the wines made by the family were made in a fresh style for local consumption only.
The pedigree for the grapes used in this rosé is impressive; 60-70 year old vines of Tempranillo & Garnacha from their highest altitude vineyards. The wine is fermented in tank to retain freshness and vitality.

This is our first 2015 rosé here at Perman Wine Selections, and is one that we look forward to every year (see previous newsletters recommending filling up a bathtub with it!). It is fresh, clean and fruity with a core of minerality reminding you that it comes from the old world. Just the reminder of spring we all need!

$14.00/BTL.-$168.00 CASE OF 12
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2014 Cave de Saumur “Plantagenêts” Saumur Blanc, Loire Valley, France
The sub-region of Saumur in the Loire Valley produces several kinds of wine; most notably red wine from cabernet Franc, a little rose, sparkling and white, like the one we are offering on this month’s sampler, made from Chenin Blanc.
The local co-operative of growers called Cave des Vignerons de Saumur produces this delightful example of Chenin Blanc. The name “Plantagenêts” refers to the royal family that inherited Château de Saumur in the 11th century.
It is completely unoaked, though still has some weight and offers beautiful apple and lemon citrus notes along with plenty of refreshing acidity and saline minerality. A very versatile and refreshing wine for the beginning of spring!
$10.50/BTL.-$126.00/CASE OF 12
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