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5/26/17 – The 6 for Everyday $15 & Under

Hello & Happy Friday!
We would like to begin by letting everyone know that Perman Wine Selections will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day. We will be back open and on our normal schedule on Tuesday.

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Just a reminder that we’re hosting an amazing winemaker in the store for an informal, walk-around tasting on Thursday, June 8th. This has been on our calendar for months and we’re very excited about it!
Please read on for more information:
WHEN: Thursday, June 8th from 5:30PM to 7:00PM (you can arrive at any point in that window of time)
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Alberto Taddei of Selvagrossa, one of the premier producers from the region of Le Marche in Italy, will be in Chicago and in the store pouring some of his (and our) favorites for you to taste and learn about!
Here at Perman Wine Selections we are big fans of the wines coming out of Le Marche, particularly from our good friends at Selvagrossa. Located on Pesaro’s foothills facing the Adriatic coast of Le Marche, it is a very small estate with only five hectares of vineyards.
Alberto will be showing four wines from his estate. If you love Italian wines and want to expand your horizons beyond Tuscany, this is a great opportunity to do so.
COST:  $10 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your payment information. Even though this is not a sit down tasting, space (and wine) will be very limited and must be reserved ahead of time. 312.666.4417
Tickets are $10.00/Person. This is a walk-around tasting and limited to approximately 20 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours (Monday June 5th). Tickets must be secured with payment. Please call the store at 312-666-4417.
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It’s also the last Friday of the month, which means today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $15 and Under Edition” wine club.
This month we decided to do an Iberian Peninsula themed selection, as we have new arrivals from both Spain and Portugal that we are excited to share with you!
The wines are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
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2016 Orlegi de Luberri Rioja Cosecha
Luberri isn’t a new kid on the block, not to our store and certainly not to the region of Rioja. Winemaker Florentino Martinez Monje established Luberri in 1992, though spent time as the winemaker at Artadi honing his craft.
Florentino learned to be hands-on and pay close attention to every aspect of vinification and applies those principles to his winery today. This holds true to his practices in the vineyards as well. Florentino is a farmer first, and takes extraordinary care of his vines. Each plot is farmed with minimal treatment of the soils and vines, and then separately fermented and vinified.
Florentino likes to keep the yields low in order to produce fruit with just the right amount of concentration and flavor. The “Orlegi” really highlights this fruit by utilizing partial carbonic maceration with whole clusters and temperature controlled fermentation.
This is a young fruit-forward Tempranillo (with 5% Viura) meant for early consumption, and makes for the perfect bottle to bring to any gathering as it compliments a myriad of foods.
Bursting with bright cherry and raspberry aromas, it also has hints of white pepper and allspice on the nose. Ample acidity balances the juicy red fruit flavors on the palate, making this a dangerously drinkable Rioja. We recommend serving lightly chilled.
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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2016 Ostatu Rioja Blanco
This is a producer whose wines we look forward to year after year. We’ve featured the Ostatu Rosé many times on our newsletter, it being a personal favorite of ours, but our love goes beyond just rosé. The Ostatu Blanco is equally delicious and lovable in our eyes.
The same pedigree of winemaking as the rosado obviously applies to the blanco as well. This means a wine that is produced by the Saenz de Samaiego family, who’s winery dates back over 250 years. Their vineyards, which are ideally located in and around Samaniego, are protected by the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range. This location and poor calcareous/clay soil creates a favorable microclimate for optimum ripeness.
The Ostatu Blanco is comprised of 85% Viura and 15% Malvasia from 30 to 80 year old vines. Hand harvested and fermented on its lees in stainless steel vats. This wine is fresh and herbaceous with a crisp minerality balancing an aromatic floral richness.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2014 Venus “la Universal” Dido Montsant
Winemakers Sara and René Barbier of Venus are truly committed to sustainable farming practices. The two decided a few years ago they would rather leave an emotional and not a material footprint behind them. They wanted to only use the bare essentials and leave as minimal of a waste and energy trail as possible.
For Sara and René this trail in winemaking starts right at the time of planting and continues all the way to the final consumer.
They’ve been doing this since 2001 with a small old vine vineyard called Els Bellvisos. They now work with five other grape growing families who also are committed to sustainability. Their vineyard and the vineyards of the other growers together make up “La Universal”.
The fruit for Dido is a blend of Garnatxa (aka Grenache), Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot sourced from plots in Falset which are comprised of decomposed granite soils. This soil really helps display the bright fruitiness in the wine. Once fermented, it is aged in clay pots to maintain its freshness and purity.
Dido is meant to pay homage to the youth and tenacity Garnatxa. Lively black and red fruits play on the palate with violet, vanilla, and pepper notes that shine through. It has geat richness with a long silky smooth finish.
This wine falls squarely into the “natural wine” camp. It isn’t a fruit bomb, or cocktail wine. You will want to drink this with food, and it works with an amazing variety of dishes. We particularly like it with grilled duck breast.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2014 Quinta Vale d. Maria “Rufo” Tinto, Douro
Another new vintage release of a store favorite, this red comes from the “everyday” collection of Rufo wines produced by the estate, which began 1996, when it was acquired by Cristiano Van Zeller and his wife Joana. The property had been in Joana’s family for many years. A huge restoration of the property needed to take place, as well as increasing of vineyards through new plantings and long-term leases with family members.
The team behind Quinta Vale D. Maria is an impressive one.  The Van Zeller’s have been involved in the Douro and Port trade since the late 1700’s. They owned Quinta do Noval, until it was sold in 1993.  Cristiano Van Zeller was the manager of Noval until that point.  His other team members include famed consulting winemaker Sandra Tavares da Silva (owner of Pintas), and full-time winemaker Joana Pinhão.

The fruit for the “Rufo” Tinto is a combination of both estate fruit and grapes purchased from their cousins. It is a blend of Touriga Franca & Touriga Nacional, co-fermented 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 (or even burgers) or just sip all by itself.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE 
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2016 Casa de Saima Rosé, Bairrada
 
Casa de Saima is a small, family run producer in the Portuguese region of Bairrada. They are very passionate about their small home region, which is well-known for producing excellent sparkling and red wines, though their white wines can be equally if not perhaps more impressive.
This Atlantic-influenced region grows the indigenous varieties of Maria Gomas and Bical to make both their sparkling and white wines, and most often use the finicky Baga grape to produce their red wines.
Casa de Saima was founded in 1940 with 18 hectares of vineyards located on small plots of land, situated in the best “terroir” of the region. Winemaker Graça Miranda of Casa de Saima runs this small family winery in Sangalhos in Bairrada and is dedicated to showcasing the potential of these indigenous grapes that can be difficult to grow, but produce amazing wines.
By now, most of you are not strangers to these wines in the store. The rosé especially is something we look forward to every year; made from 100% Baga, it has big bright dark cherry notes that mingle with sweet herbs.
Rosé is such a great wine for pairing with many types of food, but this one wins in terms of its ability to work with everything, including foods with high spice levels.
 
$13.00 BTL / $156.00 CASE
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2015 Lagar de Darei Branco, Dão
Another familiar wine to many of you, and our first peak at the 2015 vintage! To recap, Darei is a tiny village within Mangualde, where Carlos Ruivo and his family, the proprietors of Casa de Darei, live and work the vines. Mangualde is part of the Dão region of Northern Central Portugal, and Casa de Darei is quietly making some of the best wines within the region.
The very first wine of Casa de Darei was produced in 1999 and since that time they have increased their vineyard size by six hectares from the original single hectare they started with. Since the beginning they continue to plant with only Portuguese grape varieties typical of the Dão and all of these vines are grown using organic farming.
The wines of Darei are the pure expression of the Dão terroir that the family wanted to showcase in an authentic and true way. They did not want their wines to follow trends or conform to certain styles.
This tasty white is a summer favorite of ours – a blend of Encruzado, Malvasia Fina, Cerceal, Bical and Gouveio.  These are native grapes, each playing a role in the complexity of this wine. This is aged in stainless steel, resulting in a fresh wine with a nice texture and plenty of pineapple skin and peach fruit notes, and a mineral finish that balances the fruit.
This is one of the best values in white wine, year in and year out!
$13.00 BTL / $156.00 CASE
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5/19/17 – The New “6 for Everyday” – $30 & Under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
We’d like to start by announcing an informal, walk-around tasting at the store on Thursday, June 8th. This has been on the calendar for months and we’re very excited about it!
Please read on for more information:
WHEN: Thursday, June 8th from 5:30PM to 7:00PM (you can arrive at any point in that window of time)
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Alberto Taddei of Selvagrossa, one of the premier producers from Le Marche, will be in Chicago and in the store pouring some of his (and our) favorites for you to taste and learn about!
Here at Perman Wine Selections we are big fans of the wines coming out of Le Marche, particularly from our good friends at Selvagrossa. Located on Pesaro’s foothills facing the Adriatic coast of Le Marche, it is a very small estate with only five hectares of vineyards.
Alberto will be showing four wines from his estate. If you love Italian wines and want to expand your horizons beyond Tuscany, this is a great opportunity to do so.
COST:  $10 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your payment information. Even though this is not a sit down tasting, space (and wine) will be very limited and must be reserved ahead of time. 312.666.4417
Tickets are $10.00/Person. This is a walk-around tasting and limited to approximately 20 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours (Monday June 5th). Tickets must be secured with payment. Please call the store at 312-666-4417.
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It’s also the second to last Friday of the month, and time for us to introduce our latest “6 for Everyday” Wine Club, the $30 & Under Edition.
We were bold and daring with this line up, hoping that the warm, sunny days will come back to stay. This is a great mix from Italy, Portugal and France, with more whites than reds. We also added a very unique and delicious rosé for your evenings on the porch or grilling with friends. Enjoy!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
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2016 Azores Wine Company Rosé “Volcânico”
Azores Islands, Portugal
Dynamic winemaker Antonio Mançanita is based in the Alentejo region of mainland Portugal, but wanted to explore the unique terroir of the islands because of his family’s history in this area – his father is from the Azores, and he wanted to pay tribute to this heritage.
The Portuguese archipelago of the Azores is home to a winemaking tradition that dates back to its colonization in the 15th century, when viticulture was first introduced by Franciscan friars. This group of volcanic islands are comprised entirely of black basalt. Pico, the main wine producing island where these vineyards are located, has such poor soil that the vineyard needs to be supplemented with soil from neighboring islands to support vine growth, and even with that, the yields are incredibly low.
The vineyards are grown in tiny plots (2-6 bush trained vines per square) protected on all sides by small walls called “currais” to ward off the strong winds that blow in from the nearby beaches.
“Vulcânico” rosé is a blend of equal parts Touriga Nacional, Aragonez (aka Tempranillo), Agronomica and Saborinho, with faint wild strawberry and red cherry notes, as well as a distinct minerality from the volcanic soil. It’s perfect for grilled or cured meats and works beautifully on its own too!
$24.00 BTL / $288.00 CASE
 
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2013 Vale da Capucha Gouveio
Lisboa, Portugal
We’ve introduced you to wines from Vale da Capucha before, and now we have another great white from this trendsetting producer to share with you!
The catch-all appellation of Lisboa (Vinho Regional Lisboa), which used to be called Estremadura and 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 Vale da Capucha.
Young winemaker Pedro Marques has taken the reins of the estate from his family, replanted it entirely with indigenous varieties, and has set about expressing a singular message of terroir. He is careful to say that he is first and foremost a viticulturist, and only secondarily a winemaker. Pedro 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 (and ancient Roman artifacts too).
Gouveio (aka Godello) is a grape that Pedro particularly likes for its subtle almost neutral character, even during fermentation. It has great acidity with notes of peach and stone fruit on the finish, and a briny, salty minerality on the nose that highlights the terroir of the region.
$25.00 BTL / ONLY AVAILABLE WITH SAMPLER
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2015 Cantina della Volta “LaBase” Chardonnay
Emilia Romagna, Italy
In 2010, with a the help of a group of friends as his investors, Christian Bellei, one of Italy’s most Champagne-obsessed producers, founded Cantina Della Volta in the Lambrusco zone north of Modena.
Bellei, a competitive amateur cyclist, is devotedly honing the work started by his father, Giuseppe, a pioneering winemaker who in 1970 adopted Champagne-style techniques (in Italian, metodo classico) for Lambrusco.
The elevation in the quality of Lambrusco put Cantina Della Volta on the map. They now produce just over 13,300 cases annually from Bellei’s own grapes and those he purchases-all hand-harvested in small crates. He makes eight metodo classico wines-four from Lambrusco di Sorbara and four from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or both – all of which age on their lees for two to five years in bottle before disgorgement. (The portfolio also includes the tasty still Chardonnay we are featuring.)
While known for his metodo classico Lambrusco, which are indeed delicious and available in Chicago, we chose to highlight the one still wine in the portfolio this month, in part because it was just too delicious not to buy! Elegant and balanced, it opens up with notes of white flowers, citrus and mineral. Even people who claim they don’t like Chardonnay will enjoy this.
$20.00 BTL / $240.00 CASE
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2014 Cantina Fratelli Pardi Montefalco Rosso
Umbria, Italy
The Pardi family vineyards consist of 11 hectares of vines located in the picturesque town of Montefalco. Nestled in the hills of Umbria, they chose these plots based on the knowledge that great terroir produces great fruit.
In the Montefalco Rosso they use Sangiovese, as well as the indigenous local variety, Sagrantino, and a tiny bit of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Though the Pardi family just began estate bottling in 2003, they have been growing grapes since 1919. From the beginning the family has done everything strictly by hand from pruning to harvest. It is important to the current generation that they adhere to the traditions of their family.
Great care also goes into the vinification process where they use stainless steal tanks for the fermentation and preservation of their wines. The wines are then, according to tradition, aged in large Slavonian oak barrels.
The Montefalco Rosso spends 6 months in stainless steel, 12 months in barrel, and another four months in bottle. This aging process achieves a brighter and fresher style of Montefalco Rosso then the typical regional expression.
There are intense aromatics of wild berries and wild cherries along with warm spice notes. It has structure and balance with well integrated tannins. The unique freshness of this wine would lighten and balance a heartier dish pairing such as a risotto, and we highly recommending it for the summer grilling season.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 CASE
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2014 F. Tinel-Blondelet “L’Arret Buffatte” Pouilly-Fumé
Loire Valley, France
Annick Tinel-Blondelet took over the family estate in 1983 as the 12th generation winegrowers in her family. Before Annick, her parents, Fernand and Camille, ran the estate.
Fernand began cultivating a few hectare of vines around 50 years ago in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. The estate now has over 15 hectares divided amongst three appellations: Pouilly Fumé, Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire. These areas all have different soil types and it’s the Kimmeridgian Marl soil, with its fossilized oysters and ammonites, that gives the Pouilly Fumé its unique mineral quality.
Annick works hard to preserve the typicity of the wines from each of their terroirs through sustainable farming practices. She has taken this approach in order to care for the biodiversity and terroir that will in turn produce quality fruit for many more generations to come.
The grapes for this wine come from 45 year old Sauvignon Blanc vines and one of the best exposures in Pouilly Fumé, located on a slope that overlooks the Loire River.
On the nose it displays notes of white flowers and passion fruit, as well as a nice smokey characteristic. There is a slightly creamy texture to the wine that balances the stony minerality and acidity.
This wine has the potential to age for around 5 years or can be enjoyed now with some grilled seafood, oysters or fresh goat cheese.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 CASE
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2014 Vincent Paris Crozes-Hermitage
Rhône Valley, France
Vincent Paris is still a relative newcomer to the scene, yet already a highly regarded Rhône Valley producer. He is a native of Cornas, where he produced his first vintage in 1997 from his uncle’s plot in Reynard.
In this area the wines are known to show rustic expressions of Syrah, though it was Vincent’s combination of intensity and freshness in his wines that gave him acclaim.
As his name has grown in reputation, so has his ability to purchase plots outside the tiny hamlet of Cornas, and thankfully he did because it allows us to offer you his beautiful Crozes-Hermitage today.
The fruit is meticulously selected by Vincent from 30 year old vines and farmed organically. Once harvested, they are destemmed and fermented slowly in stainless steel tanks. The result is an approachable wine that offers elegance and finesse.
There are fragrant notes of violets, lavender and black pepper on the nose with red fruit and more pepper on the palate, followed by cleansing acidity on the finish.
$18.00 BTL / $216.00 CASE
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4/28/17 – The New 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – The $15 and Under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief – Craig has just returned from Champagne and is excited to be home! He made it just in time for the wave of cold weather we’re getting again.
And even though it doesn’t feel quite like warm days ahead, we have several tasty new rosé options in the store waiting for you (and the sun). Stop by and check them out – you’ll need a bottle or two soon enough!
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It’s the last Friday of the month, which means today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $15 and Under Edition” wine club.
This month we have a little bit of a focus on some exciting wines from great regions in Spain and Italy, along with a fun and unique white blend from the Loire Valley, and a tasty little Pinot Noir from South Africa.
The wines are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
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2014 Domaine de la Fruitière “Les Vignes Blanches”
Loire Valley
In 2005, the Lieubeau family took over the Domaine de la Fruitière which had been developing vineyard property in Muscadet since 1914. The Domaine de la Fruitière has a long tradition of wine export, and its vineyards surround the property and climb the hillsides facing the village of Saint Fiacre.
The wine produced on the estate is some of the most original; the Lieubeau family presents Melon de Bourgogne in many different lights, and experiments with other bottlings and blends not common for the Muscadet region.
“Les Vines Blanches” is a unique blend of Melon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Folle Blanche. Each variety contributes something to the final blend that somehow becomes greater than the parts. All of the grapes come from granitic soils, are fermented separately and blended after a few months of aging on the lees. The final blend combines the richness and slight nuttiness of the Chardonnay, the zesty aromatics of the Sauvignon, the mineral depth of the Melon, and the freshness of the Folle Blanche.
An intense nose of dried fruits, date, almond, surrounded by a touch of lime. The palate mixes mineral and aromatic touches with a white fruit finish.
$13.00 BTL / $156.00 CASE
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2013 Fedellos do Couto “Lomba dos Ares”
Ribeira Sacra, Spain
Dominated by a network of canyons carved by the Miño and Sil rivers, Ribeira Sacra is a rugged and beautiful place to make wine. These incredibly steep hillsides were originally terraced by the Romans many centuries ago. It may have been hard work to farm these slopes – in fact it still is – but viticulture now thrives in this area.
As a boundary between the cool, rainy Atlantic coast and the hot, dry, interior of Spain, Ribeira Sacra is temperate with a fairly long growing season. The main threat to viticulture here is the storms that blow in from the Atlantic bringing plenty of rain and wind.
For generations the Taboada family has owned the Pazo do Couto, an ancient manor dating to the 12th century, and today Luis Taboada oversees production using a very minimalist approach.
Lomba dos Ares, literally “the hilltop of Ares”, is a vineyard in the Val do Bibei at an elevation between 700 – 750 meters above sea level. Here the soils consist of rocky granite at the top of the slope and transition into sandy schist at the bottom. Being an old vineyard, it has a patchwork of different varieties, mainly Mencia, Merenzao (aka Trousseau), Caiño, and Mouratón (aka Garnacha Tintorera) – all of which make up the final blend of this wine.
Only available in modest quantities, the Lomba dos Ares is worth trying, as it captures the finesse of Ribeira Sacra and is as profound and site-specific as you can find from the region.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2016 Ostatu Rioja Rosado
The latest vintage from a Perman Wine Selections favorite! Ostatu is 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 and Garnacha from their highest altitude vineyards. The wine is fermented in tank to retain freshness and vitality.
This is a rosé that we look forward to every year (see previous newsletters recommending filling up a bathtub with it!). The flavor profile offers a lovely range of berries (strawberry and raspberry) as well as a hint of watermelon, and a core of minerality reminding you that it comes from the old world. Just add a chair in a sun.
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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2014 Monte Bernardi “Retromarcia” Chianti Classico
Monte Bernardi is situated in Panzano in Chianti, a small village in the heart of the Chianti Classico, Tuscany’s original winemaking region. They produce wines with the greatest expression of the local terroir, ultimate quality, and a harmony between the land and the environment. Vineyards have been farmed biodynamically/organically since 2004.
The estate dates back to 1085, and the majority of the vineyards are over 40 years old, with the first wine produced in 1992. Previously the grapes were sold to neighboring farms. The Schmelzer family purchased Monte Bernardi in 2003 and has since invested great amounts of time, love and money in the vineyards, the winery and the villa.
“Retromarcia” is a Chianti Classico made from 100% Sangiovese grapes. The vineyard age ranges from plantings 2003-2010. The vinification and maturation is reminiscent of a more traditional style Chianti Classico, which translates into a wine that is fresh and fruity, medium-bodied, well-balanced, with a nice structure, juicy acidity and a long finish.

The Italian word Retromarcia means more to the estate than its literal translation “to back up” or “to reverse”, it emphasizes the return to the natural elegance and charm of Sangiovese. The 2014 is clean and intense, with aromas of blackberry, cherry and red plums, anise and spice, and orange peel.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE 
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2015 Iona “Mr. P” Pinot Noir
Cape South Coast, South Africa
 
In early 1997, Andrew Gunn, an engineer by trade, decided to leave the busy city life of Johannesburg to become a farmer. He went through the exhausting process of finding the “perfect” farm: a solitary run down apple farm on a mountain top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
This beautiful farm, named “Geelbeksvlei”, after the yellow billed ducks that inhabited the marshy area around the property, although planted to apples and pears, was in need of a new purpose. Andrew decided to run some soil tests to see if a vineyard might be able to thrive on his farm.
His hopes worked out and in a short span of time from the first vintage in 2001, Iona, renamed after the island off the West Coast of Scotland where Andrew’s ancestors hail from, became one of South Africa’s top producers of Sauvignon Blanc. Later plantings of Semillon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have also been very successful.
Mr P, a “Pinot for the people”, shows all of the characteristics of classic, high quality Pinot Noir at an affordable price, making use of younger vines and older barrels with careful and dedicated wine making. This is is an easy, light and fresh Pinot Noir made for immediate consumption. Aromas of black cherry, bright but delicate, and hints of forest floor, with underlying floral and spice notes. On the palate, the wine is powerful, with a silky texture.
 
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2014 Benito Ferrara Greco di Tufo
Campania, Italy
Gabriella Ferrara is the fourth-generation of the Ferrara family to oversee the family estate. With the help of her husband Sergio and talented oenologist Paolo Caciorna, she produces wines that highlight varieties native to the region of Campania. Gabriella’s great-grandfather originally planted vines on his property and he used to bring vegetables and wine on foot and with a donkey to the town of Tufo. The first vintage actually bottled under the estate name was in 1991.
The major part of the vineyards (8 hectares in total) stands in the district of San Paolo within the commune of Tufo, which is considered the best zone for the Greco grape variety. The vines are at altitudes between 450 and 600 meters above sea level with southern exposure, the area is cool and airy, which naturally protects the vines against frosts and diseases. The Greco vineyards stand next to abandoned sulphur mines and sulphur rocks can be found amongst the vines: this gives the wines the wonderful mineral notes they are known for.
A perfumed white with mineral complexity, refreshing and crisp. Aromatic notes of lemons, pears and toasted almonds and a lingering mineral finish.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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4/21/17 – The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – $30 and under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
Craig set off for France a few days ago for his annual visit with producers in Champagne and Burgundy. Due to his travels, the store will be closed the following date:
Store Closed Monday, April 24th
Be on the lookout for his travel posts on Facebook and Instagram!
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It’s the second to last Friday of the month, and time for us to introduce our latest “6 for Everyday” Wine Club, the $30 and under edition.

We have some great wines from the good ol’ USA, as well as a new wine from South Africa, and some old favorites from France and Portugal that have moved into current vintages – it’s a great mix of white, red and rosé to match up with this transitional spring weather.

Don’t miss this!

Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
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2015 Owen Roe “Ex Umbris” Syrah
Yakima Valley, Washington
Jerry Owen, on the the vineyard side, and David O’Reilly, who makes the wine, formed Owen Roe with a simple purpose: to produce excellent wines from grapes grown and cultivated in the best vineyards in the Pacific Northwest.
Their first vintage was in 1999, and ever since, they allow only minimal handling, racking by gravity, and excellent cooperage. From the fruit to the bottle, cork, and label, Owen Roe aims for quality over quantity.
“Ex Umbris” comes from four tiny estate vineyards in Yakima Valley. It is bursting with lovely dark fruit aromas, black cherry, boysenberry, blueberry and plum swirl through the glass. Flavors of dried fruits, spice, pepper and layers of pie filling, berry cobbler and cigar box fill the palate. Enjoy now, but make sure to open and/or decant for 1-2 hours. This wine is complex and will age well for many years, so stock up and store away
$26.00 BTL / $312.00 CASE
 
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2016 Donovan Rall Grenache Blanc
Piekenierskloop, South Africa
We’ve introduced you to Donovan’s wines in the past, and this is the first time the Grenache Blanc has ever been bottled and released to the market.
Rall Wines was established in 2008 and is owned and run by young independent winemaker Donovan Rall. He graduated from Stellenbosch University with a degree in Viticulture and Oenology in 2005. Afterwards, he traveled extensively to work harvests all over the world.
Since the beginning Rall’s focus was on producing just one white and one red blend made by hand and in tiny quantities from the most unique and oldest possible sites he could find.
With this in mind the first 10 barrels of Rall wines was made in 2008 and a few years down the line nothing had changed, until now.
Production is still tiny and the focus remains on simplicity: learning and understanding more about each vineyard and its contribution every vintage. He and his friends are working tirelessly to preserve the old vines and historic vineyards in South Africa and focusing on elevating the overall quality of the wines.
Grapes for the Grenache Blanc come from a Piekenierskloof ungrafted vineyard some 15 years old and juice underwent spontaneous fermentation, a portion on the skins and maturation lasting six months in a combination of concrete egg and old oak.
The wine has a complex nose of citrus, white peach, apricot, ginger and spice. The palate is vibrant, with more fruit notes and a pithy, almost bitter finish. It’s one of those bottlings which are entirely uplifting to drink
$26.00 BTL / ONLY AVAILABLE WITH SAMPLER
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2016 A Tribute to Grace “Highlands Vineyard” Rosé
Santa Barbara, California
A Tribute to Grace is named for winemaker Angela Osborne’s grandmother. Angela studied film in her native New Zealand and worked at a wine shop to pay the bills. While she enjoyed wine, it was not her passion. Angela was ready to pursue her film career when a winemaker friend found her a harvest job and insisted that she move to California to take it. Once there, she discovered Grenache and fell hard for the grape that would later become the singular focus of her winemaking.
Angela’s search for graceful Grenache has led her to vineyards from Santa Barbara to the Sierra Foothills. A Tribute to Grace is made from sustainably-farmed grapes with an eye towards Biodynamics. Angela’s mindfulness continues to her delicate handling of wine, which includes the use of neutral oak and only small sulfur additions at bottling for stability.
This lovely little rosé is perfect for the sunny we’re all waiting for in Chicago. Medium intensity, youthful with floral, melon, and stone fruit aromas. It’s dry and finishes on the palate with flavors of raspberry, peach and strawberry jam.
$27.00 BTL / $324.00 CASE
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2013 La Madura “Grand Vin” Rouge
Saint-Chinian, France
One of our favorite wineries in the Languedoc, Cyril and Nadia are making excellent wines in the Saint-Chinian appellation. This is the latest release of their top red, predominantly made from Syrah and Mourvèdre, with a little bit of Grenache and Carignan.
Domaine La Madura, we believe, is one of the best producers in the appellation of Saint-Chinian in the western Languedoc region of France. What is special about this region is that it offers a variety of different types of soils, expositions and elevation levels. It allows an estate like La Madura, who has several parcels planted with different varieties, the ability to blend.
Domaine La Madura is broken up into a series of small plots, which is typical of the estates in the Languedoc, where the region’s best terroirs are found. Not just the soil but the altitude also varies considerably from one plot to another, which means that harvest can be spread out and grapes are able to be picked at their peak ripeness.
This full-bodied red is aged in 225L barrels, and delivers a powerful yet fresh flavor profile of black and red berries, coffee and cocoa notes, mulberry on the finish.
$30.00 BTL / $180.00 SIX PACK CASE
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2015 Tiago Teles “Gilda”
Bairrada, Portugal
This is a producer you are all familiar with by now, and this latest release of “Gilda” is just as delicious and complex as vintages past.
For any newcomers, it’s important to know that Tiago is a relative newcomer to the wine scene in Portugal, with his first vintage was in 2012.  He is passionate and dedicated and his vision of fresh, naturally made wines that express their terroir shines brightly in his wines.
Craig first met Tiago at a wine tasting on the waterfront in Lisbon. He loved the wines and realized that they were the perfect wines to bring in for diners at Fat Rice, a Chicago restaurant that Craig helps with the wine list.  The food of Fat Rice calls out for largely sparkling, white and rosé.  Reds can work, but with spice levels that can climb, the red wine needs to be lower in alcohol, with a good degree of freshness.  Tiago’s reds were the perfect answer.
“Gilda” is a wine that blends a high proportion of Merlot alongside Tinta Barroca and Tinta Cão. If you put this in a blind tasting it would be difficult to not call it Right Bank Bordeaux, although the mid-palate lends itself to a richer style, and the Portuguese varieties add some spice notes unique to Bairrada and Portugal.
We love the aromatics on this wine, with notes of green peppercorn, plum, and mineral.  This is a wine of freshness, and at 12.5% alcohol it glides across your palate.  We even recommend bringing down the temperature of the wine to around 58 degrees.
$17.00 BTL / $204.00 CASE
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2014 Domaine Laurent Cognard 1er Cru “Le Vieux Château” Montagny 
Until 2004, this estate sold its grapes to the local co-op, which dominates production in the area. That year, Laurent Cognard returned to his family’s property after years of working as a wine consultant for the fine wine section of a major brewery in Lyon and then a stint as commercial agent for Champagne Billecart Salmon in Paris.
He spent the next few years revamping the family’s seven hectares of vineyards, progressively moving them into a more natural and sustainable farming model.
The terroir is very stoney, which gives an attractive steely minerality to the wines. 80% of the Montagny 1er Curs are fermented in 500 liter casks, the remainder is aged in stainless steel to retain the freshness of the wines. The result is a creamy texture on the palate with fresh citrus characters running through to a zingy finish.
This is truly a terroir-driven Chardonnay. The Montagny 1er Cru “Le Vieux Château” is situated on a sheltered hillside with that stoney terrain of white limestone. The wine has lime cordial and sherbet aromas with tons of minerality and a soft texture on the finish.
$25.00 BTL / $300.00 CASE
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3/31/17 The New 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – The $15 and Under Edition

 

Hello & Happy Friday!
 
We had a fantastic response to our “French Underdogs” tasting which is now sold out. Thank you, and look for more great upcoming events in the future.
 
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It’s the last Friday of the month, which means today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $15 and Under Edition” wine club.
This month we have a little bit of everything for you to try – France, Italy, Spain and Argentina! And even though we’ve had some wet weather lately, it is officially Spring and we decided it was about time to have a rosé in the line up. We’ll get some warm sun eventually and you’ll have the perfect bottle to open when we do!
The wines are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend & Go Ducks!,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
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2014 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône Réserve, Southern Rhône, France
I’ll never forget my first wine trip. It was about this time, 17 years ago that I embarked on a three week journey with my good friend, Bryan.
Our first stop was the Southern Rhône, and a chance to taste the new 1998 vintage wines. We visited an incredible range of producers including Château Rayas, Beaucastel, Pegau, Vieux Télégraphe, Galet des Papes, and one appointment that still stands out today, at Domaine de la Janasse.
Our marathon tasting with Christophe Sabon, owner and winemaker of Janasse was epic. We had already been selling his terrific wines in Portland (where I was living at the time).
Of course Domaine de la Janasse was famous for their three different cuvées of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but they make an incredible range of wines and have some exceptional values.
In fact, the wine we are featuring today has long been a personal favorite Côtes du Rhône. Back in the day in Portland when the new vintage of Janasse Côtes du Rhône would be released, we’d announce it on a Friday and have sold 100+ cases by the following Monday.
Still today, this exceptional value Côtes du Rhône is a favorite. The fruit comes from a single plot in the home village of Janasse, Courthézon. It is a blend of 40% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 20% Carignan, 15% Syrah and 5% Cinsault, all organically grown. Simple vinification, with 80% of the stems removed, maceration for roughly 2 weeks, natural yeast fermentation and 6-9 months of age in vat.

The 2014 is beautiful, a mixture of dark and red berry fruit, strawberry licorice, herbs and spice. It has concentration, but isn’t fat. It is fresh, yet still full-bodied. It has a ton of character which over delivers for the price. Stock up, this is a Côtes du Rhône you can drink over the next 5 years or more.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2016 Avinyó Petillant
Penedès, Spain
Quite simply put, this is one of the most popular wines at Perman Wine Selections, year in and year out. People buy this by the case, and sometimes the truckload. Needless to say its a favorite of many of our customers.
There is a reason, nothing says warmer weather better than the Avinyó Petillant. It’s actually so popular that we forewarn you – by the time the weather actually get hot, this wine will probably have sold out.
For those of you new to Perman Wine, Avinyó 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, honeysuckle, and almond combine on the nose leading to that slightly fizzy mouthfeel.  It’s dry, crisp and oh-so-chuggable.
Buy this by the case, you won’t be disappointed!
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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2014 Camille Braun “Cuvee Marguerite Anne” Auxerrois
Alsace, France
The Braun family have had a presence in Alsace since 1583, and expanded the farmlands in 1902 under Michel Braun. Michel’s grandson, Camille, took over in 1960 and focused exclusively on cultivating vines and making great wines.
Camille’s son and daughter, Christophe and Marie-Laure, now oversee the operation, working to have the estate become certified organic in 2008. They adhere to biodynamic practices throughout all of their vineyards.
The “Cuvee Marguerite-Anne” Auxerrois is not only unique in the fact that it is a departure from Camille Braun’s standard Cremant (over 50% of their production is dedicated to sparkling wine), but that it also stands alone as a single varietal wine.
Auxerrois is normally blended with Pinot Blanc, however Camille Braun has found a way to express the character of Auxerrois in a beautiful and complex way all on its own: aromas of nectarine and white flower with a very rich mouthfeel and delicate flavors of nectarine, pear and citrus.
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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2016 Poggerino “Aurora” Sangiovese Rosato
Tuscany, Italy
This is a wine that has appeared on our newsletter before and we think with the (very slight) change of weather it’s time to bring out the new vintage of one of our favorite rosès to kick off the “spring” season.
Our admiration for Fattoria Poggerino and winemaker Piero Lanza is unwavering, and to our delight he continues to wow us with absolutely stellar wines.
The Poggerino estate is located in the village of Radda in Chianti Classico, with 11 hectares of vineyards.  One of the key elements to quality at this estate is the location of the property. With vineyards 400 to 500 meters above sea level, the cooler temperatures allows the grapes to retain acidity and freshness. The soil itself also contributes to the quality of the estate – it is made up of the local “galestro” rock, which gives good drainage and helps the root system dig deep for nutrients.
Piero also employs organic and biodynamic principles at the estate, using only natural yeasts and keeping the hard work in the vineyards rather than the winery. He is one of the most dedicated farmers we know, making killer rosè from 100% Sangiovese.
This wine is fresh, with aromatics of strawberry, watermelon rind and orange. It has a nice juicy fruit core on the palate with a long, balanced refreshing finish.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE 
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2013 Gouguenheim Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva
Valle de Uco, Argentina
 
Born in Argentina to French parents, Patricio Gouguenheim’s love for wine started at the age of 7 when he was given a little bit of wine (mixed with sparkling water!) with every meal. No doubt this was a catalyst for him entering the world of wine later on in life.
In 2002, when the Argentinian economy crashed again and the GDP collapsed, Patricio decided to enter the wine market (as everyone else was leaving…). He found a very old winery located in the Uco Valley, with a lot of small tanks ideal for the production of high quality wines, and that was the start of his venture into the wine business. He hung up his suit from his mergers and acquisitions days and started working in the vineyards.
This wine is a great entry into what Patricio has been up to in the Uco Valley of Mendoza. Deep ruby color with hints of purple in its youth. A classic Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of black fruits, spices and a hint of vanilla. A range of layered flavors including chocolate and spice, leading into a long finish.
 
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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2015 Cantina Colonnella “Le Corone” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Colonnella is a village in the central Italian region of Abruzzo, rich with history and artistic beauty. The wine growing area here is beautiful as well, benefitting from a diverse climate with ideal growing conditions along the Adriatic coast.
The Colonnella Cooperative was founded in 1971 by a small group of farmers. These farmers use traditional growing methods and stick to local varieties to carefully craft honest wines with excellent structure.
The “Le Corone” Montepulciano is a great example of a such an honest wine. It is well-rounded with soft red fruits, slight earthiness and bright acidity, as well as very intense color and gentle tannin. Great for a more full-bodied wine drinker, Montepulciano wines are typically best consumed in their youth and with food – especially red meat, game, roasts and aged cheeses.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE

 

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3/24/17 The New “6 for Everyday” – $30 & Under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
We are very excited to announce another upcoming event at the store!
French Country Wines: The Underdogs
WHEN: Thursday, April 6th at 7:00pm
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: An exploration of the lesser known wine regions of France.
As we went full steam into March Madness, many of us realized our love for the underdog.
The underdog exists in the wine world too.
Take France for instance, we all know the big name regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy and even Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Those regions produce great wine, some of the best and most expensive in the world.
Yet France is a diverse wine country with vines virtually everywhere, and an endless supply of great quality wine without the name. In this tasting we look to explore those unsung heroes, tasting white and red wine from appellations such as Côte Roannaise, Cahors, St. Chinian and more.
COST: $50 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your credit card. 312-666-4417
Tickets are $50.00/Person. This is a seated tasting and limited to 14 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours notice (Monday, April 3rd). Tickets must be secured with a credit card. Please call the shop at 312-666-4417.

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It’s the second to last Friday of the month, and time for us to introduce our latest “6 for Everyday” Wine Club, the $30 and under edition.

What an amazing line-up we have for you this month. 6 wines, from 5 different countries, all tasted and approved by the team at Perman Wine.

Don’t miss this!

Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
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2015 BLANKbottle “Familie Moord”
Western Cape, South Africa
One of the highlights of my wine career was my trip to South Africa in January of 2016. It was exciting to meet many of the younger generation of South African winemakers who are working hand in hand with wine growers throughout the Western Cape.
One of my favorite visits was with Pieter Walser, owner/winemaker of BLANKBottle. To say Pieter is a busy winemaker is an understatement. To give you an example, in 2016 Pieter drove over 13,000 kilometers to pick 27 different varietals from 58 different vineyards. Based on what raw material he has he uses his creative mind to make a wide range of unique wines.
That day in January, we tasted a “table-full” of wines, each revealing a different story.
One of my favorite wines, and one of the best stories I have ever heard is that of “Familie Moord” which is Afrikaans for “Family Murder.”
One day Pieter decided to build a sand pit for his three children. The closest place to get sand was in his vacant neighbors yard. He went over with his son and started digging out the sand, moving it over to his property. After digging the hole, his son jokingly jumped in the hole and Pieter started to fill it up to his neck.
The next day Pieter was doing Pilates in his house (his wife is an instructor) when he heard a commotion outside. Lots of police cars as well as onlookers were next to his house. When he went outside to find out what was going on, the police told him that there had been a murder. That a man had killed a young boy with his shovel and buried him in that yard. The police man then pointed out where it happened and Pieter quickly realized what was going and and replied “Oops, that was me.”
After a lot of sorting out, the story and truth came out. Pieter didn’t realize that some neighborhood kids were watching him bury his son in that pit, and they then went home and told their parents they had witnessed a murder. Their parents seeing the fresh dug earth where their kids witnessed it, called the police.
The newspaper article from the store is the label for this wine. It makes us laugh every time.
The wine itself is a blend of 59% Grenache from the Swartland, 22% Cinsault from Darling and 19% Pinot Noir from Elgin. It is a wonderfully aromatic red, with spice notes, red fruit, and earth. It is medium-bodied, full in flavor, but with an elegance that we appreciate.
Try this with grilled lamb chops. It is as good as the story!
$29.00 BTL / $348.00 CASE
 
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2014 Jean-Marc Millot Côte de Nuits-Villages
Burgundy, France
A relatively new estate in terms of Burgundian history. 
Jean-Marc had been growing grapes and honing his winemaking skills since the late 1980’s. He started estate bottling in 1992 with a limited range comprising Côte de Nuits-Villages, a little Vosne Romanée and Clos Vougeot.
In 1997, he and his wife, Christine, had the opportunity to take control of vineyards which had been leased out to other producers. This greatly increased the range of wines they could produce, for they added substantial acreage of Premier and Grand Cru vineyards to their holdings.
Jean-Marc strives to produce pure, soft, mesmerising Burgundies with the focus remaining firmly on aroma and fruit. The fruit is destemmed and care is taken not to over-extract from the already low yields in order to preserve the density of texture and flavor already found in the grapes.
The Côte de Nuits-Villages comes from a small, 1.8 hectare vineyard (Le Clos des Faulques), with an average vine age of 35 years. It opens with bright notes of red currant, cherries, soft leather and mocha. Dense and broad for the appellation with a long, savory finish. Only 7000 bottles produced.
This is being offered at a special price, and you don’t want to miss a good Red Burgundy at this price point!
$28.00 BTL / $336.00 CASE
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2015 Viña Sastre “Flavus” Blanco
Ribera del Duero, Spain
Viña Sastre is a family-run winery located in the heart of the D.O. in the town of La Horra. It boasts some of the oldest vineyards in the Ribera del Duero region. Jesús Sastre is the winemaker and vineyard manager, whose philosophies and winemaking talents have been a driving force of the winery.
The wines of Viña Sastre are among the very best of the region, and some of Craig’s personal favorites. He has visited their magnificent vineyards, including the famed Pago de Santa Cruz. Jesús is well known as one of the best vineyard managers in Spain. He farms organically and follows many of the guidelines of biodynamics. He also has the opportunity to work with really old vines, in the case of Pago de Santa Cruz, they range from 50 to over 100 years old. It is what makes many of the vineyards near La Horra among the best of the region.
We’ve met very few growers as dedicated to the vineyards as Jesús. He comes from a long line of passionate growers in a part of Ribera del Duero that is well noted for having lots of old vineyards.
“Flavus” is a wine made in collaboration with Gerardo Mendez of Do Ferreiro. He and Jesús decided to make something unique with some very old (70+ years) plantings of Jaén that were interspersed in between old vines of Tempranillo. It is bottled unfined and unfiltered, and full of rich, layered mineral notes that combine with wild herbs and on the palate. It has heft and density with a striking minerality.
$21.00 BTL / $252.00 CASE
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Les Deplaudes des Tartaras “La Chanse” Syrah
Collines Rhodaniennes, France
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A little something new to the Chicago wine market from a lesser known (but worth exploring) region that sits just south of Burgundy and just north of the Northern Rhône.
Syrah, as you might have guessed, plays the starring role in these wines, but a supporting cast of Viognier, Pinot Noir and Gamay can also be found blended together or on their own.
Producers Pierre-Andre and Anne Deplaude are farmers first – really. They are vignerons in love with the idea of polyculture, and wine is just another part of their farm.
When Pierre-Andre and Anne started to farm in the out of the way Coteaux-Du-Gier, somewhere between Lyon and Clermont-Ferrand, wine wasn’t a priority, instead it was grains, fruits and dairy cows, as well as a tiny production of wines.  This kept going until the early 2000s when a drop in milk prices forced them to rethink a few things, and they decided to take some of their most interesting land and convert it to vineyards.
What didn’t change was their commitment to be farmers first, to work the land honestly and responsibly and have the product reflect that, be it wine or milk.  These are pure, terroir-driven wines from a region most people haven’t even heard of.
$25.00 BTL / $300.00 CASE
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2015 Heinrich Spindler Riesling Trocken
Pfalz, Germany
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The Spindler Estate was part of a larger property founded in 1620 by Sontag Spindler. It is a very traditional winery located in the village of Forst in the Pfalz. Today the winery is run by Markus Spindler, great-grandson of Heinrich Spindler, who is carrying the estate through its 11th generation of winemaking.
Riesling makes up 83% of the estate’s holdings. Heinrich Spindler has been farming sustainably for nearly twenty years (no herbicides, artificial fertilizers, pesticides, etc.). Markus decided to officially convert to organic viticulture in 2012, and 2015 will be the first vintage where all the wines will be legally recognized as “organic.”
Markus plows his soils, plants cover crops and uses compost fertilizers that he makes himself. All of the top sites are harvested by hand, with the picking crews making two and sometimes three passes for quality.
2015 began as an average year in mid-April after which the weather remained hot and very dry throughout the entire summer. Spindler began picking on September 16th and this was the earliest harvest in the history of the winery.
The Trocken is the estate’s “bread and butter” Riesling. The grapes for this wine are sourced from three unique vineyard sites; it is fermented in stainless steel until dry with both ambient and cultured yeasts. It is a pure expression of the Pfalz: bone dry with aromas of passion fruit, peach, almond blossom.
$19.00 BTL / $228.00 CASE
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2015 Montecariano Valpolicella Classico
Veneto, Italy
Veneto is one of the great wine regions in Italy. Its capital city of fair Verona has been an important wine center since Roman times. Valpolicella, in fact, is rooted in the Latin “valley of many cellars,” as it was a crucial supplier of wine for Roman soldiers traveling throughout the empire. In the 1970s perceptions of Veneto’s most venerable wines – notably Valpolicella and Soave – suffered as a result of overproduction and the inferior quality of commercial producers.
In recent decades, though, there has been a surge of small producers who tend their own vines and make their own wines, contributing to an overall increase in the quality of wines from the Veneto. The new wines are refreshing and nuanced, whether red or white.
Montecariano is one such small estate in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico DOC, just South of San Pietro in Cariano (a stone’s throw from the town of San Floriano where Jamie spent much of her childhood). They have vines planted over 60 years ago in the traditional pergola training system, in soils that are rich in minerals from ancient marine fossils. This is a true family-run winery, with Mariella Gini and her sons, Matteo and Marco, managing every aspect of their estate with the utmost care and attention to detail, producing top quality Valpolicella and Amarone wines in small quantities.
Aromas of mature black and red cherries open up to a vibrant cherry core, layered with accents of black pepper and Asian spice. It has fresh acidity for sipping, and will pair well with buttery dishes, pasta or cured meats.
$21.00 BTL / $252.00 CASE
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2/24/17 The New 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – The $15 and Under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
We’d like to start by announcing an informal, walk-around tasting at the store on Thursday, March 2nd.
Please read on for more information:
FINE VINES PRODUCER TASTING
WHEN: Thursday, March 2nd from 5:30PM to 7:00PM (you can arrive at any point in that window of time)
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: “Meet and Taste” with three very talented French producers who will be here to pour their wines and share their stories.
COST: $15 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your payment information. Even though this is not a sit down tasting, space (and wine) is limited and must be reserved ahead of time. 312.666.4417
WHO:
Sylvain Pataille, a rising star in the small Côte de Nuits village of Marsannay. He will be pouring a Bourgogne Aligote, Marsannay Blanc and Marsannay Rouge “Clos du Roy” from his biodynamically farmed 15 hectare estate.
Aurélien Gerbais, an 8th generation winemaker in the Champagne village of Celles-sur-Ource. The family has a small 17.5 hectare estate planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. He will be pouring “L’Audace” Brut Nature (100% Pinot Noir) and Grains de Celles Rosé Extra Brut.
Stephane Sérol, who, along with his wife Carine, helped promote the Côte Roannaise AOC nestled in the foothills of the Massif Central. Close to the mouth of the Loire River, but with granite-rich soils, they are working with Gamay Saint Romain, as well as Viognier. He will pour 4 wines, the Millerands, Granite, Perdriziere and a “méthode ancestral” Turbullent.
Tickets are $15.00/Person. This is a walk-around tastingand limited to approximately 25 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours (Monday February 27th). Tickets must be secured with payment. Please call the store at 312-666-4417.
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Today’s newsletter also announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $15 and Under Edition” wine club.
This month we focused on our inner Francophile after tasting a number of new and very delicious wines from lesser known regions and grapes in France. Of course, we added something from Spain and Portugal for good measure, but France is definitely the king of this lineup! And even though we’ve had an unusually warm week, there are still a few cold days to come, so we kept our mix of 4 reds and 2 whites.
They are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
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2012 Château Armandière Cahors
The main grape variety of Cahors is Malbec, and we think this is a really great expression of a grape now more widely associated with Argentina instead of France.
Producer Bernard Bouyssou is a 4th generation winemaker whose father and grandfather previously made use of the local cooperative to make their wines. Bernard wanted to make and sell wine on his own, and in 1998 he made the leap and built his own winery.
The estate that Bernard took over from his father is an accumulation of 40 years of meticulous farming. It’s made up of 25 hectors of vines located on four distinct terroirs. Even though the vines are primarily Malbec, the different terroirs give the grapes their own slightly unique and specific character.
The Chateau Armandiere is 90% Malbec and 10% Merlot. This is a full bodied wine with bursting flavors of ripe raspberry, black cherry and blackcurrant. There are also savory notes of black pepper and plenty of firm tannins.
Because this is a Malbec from southwest France, rather than the slightly more mediterranean climate of Argentina, the grapes retain a decent amount of acidity which really gives the wine a nice balance and freshness.
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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2015 Domaine La Madura “Classic” Blanc
Vin de Pays d’Oc, France
Craig has been working with Cyril and Nadia Bourgne of Domaine La Madura for many years now. Their wines showcase the incredible potential of the Languedoc and perform at a level on par with top producers in some the best Rhône appellations.
In Saint-Chinian specifically, the region offers a variety of different types of soils, expositions and elevation levels.  It allows an estate like La Madura, who has several parcels planted with different varieties, the ability to blend.
Cyril spent years as technical manager of Château Fieuzal in Pessac-Léognan, where blending Bordeaux varieties is the norm.  He returned to his native Languedoc, purchasing an estate along with his wife Nadia.
Domaine La Madura is an incredible producer and it is an honor to work with them.  Their white wines are made from Sauvignon Blanc (with a touch of Piquepoul), and their reds from a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan. The “Classic” Blanc is very elegant and full of fruit, both typical citrus, but also pear.  It has more weight than the average Sauvignon Blanc, and a touch of minerality.
Many of you are already fans, so here is your chance to grab the new vintage of a classic white.  For those that are new to them, you are going to be converted into a huge La Madura fan!
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2011 Tierry Tissot “Mataret” Mondeuse, Bugey
Like many small farmer-producer families, the Tissot family has long made wine, while also growing other crops and raising some livestock at their estate in Vaux-en-Bugey. The region, known for ancient grapes like Altesse and Mondeuse, is nestled between Savoie to the south, and Jura to the north.
Thierry Tissot, the current generation winemaker in the family, returned home in 2001 after finishing his oenology degree. His primary focus was to create quality wines from a forgotten vineyard.
The old-timers talked about a hillside called Mataret, a vineyard site once known for making legendary wines. Three hectares of clay calcareous soils with veins of shale facing southwest, at 350m elevation, and overlooking the village, this site had been completely abandoned and was covered in chestnut trees and dense brush. Thierry cleared the hillside and planted it with Altesse and Mondeuse, two indigenous varietals in which he has great faith. Though the vines are still young, the wines produced from this site already show great depth and complexity.
Made with 100% Mondeuse grapes from the Mataret vineyard, this is a dark and structured wine with distinctive tannins, yet surprisingly light on the palate. It opens with woodsy forest aromas of mushrooms and blueberries, while also showing some hints of bitter cherry and savory notes of black pepper and rosemary.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2012 Lagar de Darei Vinho Tinto
Dão, Portugal
Last week we introduced you to an exciting new-to-the-market red from Darei in our $30 & Under wine club. This week, we’re just as excited about the new vintage of an old Darei favorite. Plus, if you’re following Perman Wine on Instagram, you already know that Craig just visited Carlos from Darei.
For those of you who don’t know the wines of Casa de Darei, the winery is located in the Dão region of Northern Central Portugal. Darei, owned by the fantastic Ruivo family, is quietly making some of the region’s best wines.
We have shared the Darei Tinto with you in past vintages and are very happy to have the latest release of the

Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Jaen, Alfrocheiro red blend. While those grapes might not sound familiar to you, you may have tried Jaen which is called Mencía in Spain. And we’re pretty sure that you’ve had Tinta Roriz, which is a synonym for Tempranillo.
The Tinto has a spice-driven nose that benefits from a quick decanting or opening up about 30 minutes before drinking. Notes of fennel, dark red fruit and allspice with a medium body and great structure. This is traditionally served with Cabrito (roasted baby goat), and would work with many heartier meat dishes, particularly stews.
$13.00 BTL / $156.00 CASE 
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2013 Domaine des Vieilles Caves, Saint-Amour
Jerome Janodet is the son of Jacky Janodet, who is known as an artisan producer of first class Cru Beaujolais in Moulin-à-Vent. Jerome’s father produced excellent wines from their 17.2 acres estate, Domaine Les Fines Graves.
Jerome, who also strives for quality and excellence, now has his own enterprise and is making a fantastic wine from his own Domaine des Vieilles Caves in the most northerly cru of Saint-Amour.
The Domaine des Vieilles Caves was passed down to Jerome from his grandfather, and is a plot with vines that range from 75 to 100 years old. The old vines can produce wines that are more rich and powerful than most Beaujolais.
Wines from Saint-Amour are among the lightest of the Beaujolais crus, often displaying spiced berry and stone-fruit characters with a marked minerality. Jerome’s Saint-Amour undergoes a semi-carbonic fermentation, hence the upfront candied cherry aromas. On the palate it’s light bodied and youthful, yet make no mistake, the low-yielding vines and granite soils of Domaine des Vieilles Caves also gives this wine the classic mineral quality and an elegant finish.
 
$14.00 BTL / $168.00 CASE
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2015 Uriondo Bizkaiko Txakolina, Spain
Uriondo is a small family winery founded in 1987, located in the D.O. of Bizkaiko Txakolina. The small, 2.5-hectare vineyard is situated at an altitude of 175 meters with a southeasterly exposure.
Centered around Bilbao on Spain’s north coast, this wine region is as unique as the Basque culture that surrounds it. The native Hondarribi Zuri grape occupies 80 percent of the vineyards. Other varieties grown include Mune Mahatsa (aka Folle Blanche) and Txori Mahatsa (known to you as Sauvignon Blanc). Soils are sandy and loose alluvial over a clay and limestone base. Coastal vineyards are planted on steep slopes to shed the excess rainfall provided by the maritime climate.
This is a classic Txakolina – light and crisp, fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and bottled with residual carbon to give it its signature natural spritz. Fresh green apple and citrus notes on the nose with a refreshing, almost salty note on the palate.
Get your porrón ready!
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2/17/17 – The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – $30 and under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
Just as a reminder Craig will be leaving for his annual trip to Portugal this Sunday, and will be gone for two weeks.
The store will be closed on the following Mondays and otherwise open for business during normal hours:

Monday, February 20th – CLOSED

Monday, February 27th – CLOSED

Jamie and Evie will be here to help you with any of your wine needs!

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It’s the second to last Friday of the month, and time for us to introduce our latest “6 for Everyday” Wine Club, the $30 and under edition.

We have an absolutely incredible line-up of wines for you this month, including three wines that are making their United States debut on this very sampler.
Despite the Spring-like day today, we’ve kept the wine club at a mixture of 4 reds and 2 whites. Winter hasn’t gone away yet!
This month, we are featuring wines from France, Portugal, South Africa and Spain.
Don’t miss this one, it is certainly one of our best ever!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
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2016 Donovan Rall Cinsault
Darling, South Africa
Rall Wines was established in 2008 and is owned and run by young independent winemaker Donovan Rall.
He graduated from Stellenbosch University with a degree in Viticulture and Oenology in 2005. Afterwards, he traveled extensively to work harvests all over the world. In 2007 Donovan returned to Swartland and found his inspiration for Mediterranean varieties and the dream of making these unique and natural styled wines under his own label from these scattered old vineyards was born.
Since the beginning Rall’s focus was on producing just one white and one red blend made by hand and in tiny quantities from the most unique and oldest possible sites he could find.
With this in mind the first 10 barrels of Rall wines was made in 2008 and a few years down the line nothing had changed, until now.
Production is still tiny and the focus remains on simplicity: learning and understanding more about each vineyard and its contribution every vintage. He and his friends are working tirelessly to preserve the old vines and historic vineyards in South Africa and focusing on elevating the overall quality of the wines.
We had the pleasure of hosting Donovan at the store back in October and during the tasting we also got to try his newest wine, a red made entirely of Cinsault. It was delicious, and complex, and not at all like the overripe versions found throughout the Mediterranean.
Beautifully balanced and layered with notes of red fruit and spice. We couldn’t wait for this to arrive and we’re excited to share them with you. We’re the first in the US to get our hands on it, only 800 bottles produced, and only 90 bottles imported!
$26.00 BTL / $312.00 CASE
 
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2015 Tiago Teles “Raiz” Vinho Branco
Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal
By now most of you have seen (and maybe even tasted) both of Tiago’s red wines, Maria da Graça and Gilda. They are house favorites here at Perman Wine Selections. We are big fans of Tiago and his wines because he is a passionate and dedicated person, whose vision of fresh, naturally made wines that express their terroir shines through in the bottle.
This week we are excited to introduce you to Tiago’s newest wine, Raiz from Vinho Verde country, from vineyards in Arcos de Valdevez.

Tiago is a wine lover, first and foremost, and he decided to embark on a project in the Vinho Verde region because his mother grew up there, and has since returned. He spent time getting to know an old grower who would let him work the vineyards and thus built a small cellar on his mom’s property.

This is the first release of the “Raiz” branco in the country and we are thrilled that you will be the first to taste it! A

blend of white varieties mainly Loureiro, with some Trajadura and Padernã, the grapes were co-fermented and crushed in tanks before spending 10 months on the lees prior to bottling. It captures both the freshness of the region and the complexity nature, giving way to a genuinely atypical wine. The bottle holds a tale of connection to the roots in Alto Minho, celebrating the values of freedom, thought, will and creation.
One of the most complex, unique and delicious white wines you will try from the region.

$20.00 BTL / $240.00 CASE
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2014 Vin des Fossiles “Font Grain” Pinot Noir
Saône-et-Loire, France
Jean-Claude Berthillot is a visionary, known for reclaiming an ancient viticultural area and showing its potential for greatness. We just tasted this and couldn’t pass it up for this set of six. His estate is located in an area called the Brionnais (the home of the famed Burgundian Charolais beef) at the southwestern extreme of Burgundy near the Loire River, in the Saône-et-Loire.
Jean-Claude bought a house in the region in the 1980s, seeking a place to settle in the country. Passionate about wine, and seeing potential in the area, he decided to get some training in viticulture, and quickly became the head of the local micro-coop (around 5 producers), honing his craft there. He built a cellar beneath his house and began making his own wine, following his vision of elegant, age-worthy, mineral-driven wines.
The “Font Grain” is sourced form 30-year-old Pinot Noir vines, half of which are de-stemmed. After fermentation in stainless steel the wine spends 9 months in old barrels. It definitely captures the mineral tones Jean-Claude was looking to highlight. Aromas of berries and mushrooms combine with gamey, savory notes, all underlined by an intense minerality. In the mouth there is solid grip provided by fine, elegant tannins.
This is an absolute steal for a Pinot Noir of this quality. Burgundy fans take note, and break out of your normal routine.
$25.00 BTL / $300.00 CASE
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2014 Domaine Delalex “Marin” Vin de Savoie
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The Delalex brothers, Samuel and Benoit, are among the very few trying to make wine at the highest level in the Chablais – a tiny region in the foothills of the Alps. The grape variety of the area is Chasselas, a generally uninspiring variety, which makes wines that are too often flabby and neutral. Yet these brothers are making something exceptional with Chasselas.
In a step away from tradition, the Delalex wines do not undergo malolactic fermentation and spend extensive time aging in the bottle before release. These wines do not tend to express themselves until they’ve spent at least a year in bottle, and the acidity retained in the winemaking process allows them to age gracefully – vintages going back a decade not only still hold up, but also still have a freshness and a vivacity to them
The estate consists of around 8 hectares in the Cru of Marin in Savoie, and the fruit for this cuvée comes from a number of small parcels scattered around the village of Marin.
The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged in tank for 9 months on fine lees before spending a minimum of one year in bottle before release. A fresh, precise acidity is the hallmark of this wine. In the mouth it is light-bodied yet structured, and a little saline. On the nose there are notes of stone fruit and some honeycomb, but the wine is also herbal and earthy, reminiscent of alpine meadows.
This is definitely a wine you can sip on during the few warm days we’ve got coming up, and will be an excellent match for fresh spring vegetables.
$21.00 BTL / $252.00 CASE
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2006 Mencos Rioja Reserva, Spain
Mencos is a project by Íñigo Manso, who owns prestigious plots of old vines in Rioja Alta. His intention is to produce a classically styled Rioja from the oldest parcels near his village of Torremontalvo, where many of the vines pre-date phylloxera due to the sandy soils in the area.
Íñigo was trained at the University of Bordeaux in France and learned to respect balance and restraint over power and concentration. His philosophy at the estate is based on harvesting ripe grapes that are not overly mature.
Mencos comes from a beautiful parcel of vines the south side of the Ebro River in the village of Torremontalvo. This vineyard, with chalky clay over gravel, is well suited to the tempranillo grape. The idea behind these wines is to create a line of traditionally styled Rioja from Íñigo’s younger vineyards.
The wine is fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and aged 16 months in old French and American oak barrels. Very fragrant spices mingling with violets and sandlewood. The palate is luxurious and rich with even tannins present beneath. A wine to watch evolve after you open a bottle.
$28.00 BTL / $336.00 CASE
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2011 Lagar de Darei “Sem Abrigo” Dão Tinto
For those of you who don’t know the wines of Casa de Darei, a brief primer. Located in the Dão region of Northern Central Portugal, Darei, owned by the fantastic Ruivo family, is quietly making some of the regions best wines.
What makes the Dão such a fantastic region is two fold. The first part has to do with its geography and climate. Protected by mountains, its lack of influence from the sea makes it a warm region, particularly in the day and late afternoon. Its elevation, gives it a huge diurnal temperature shift, bringing cool air in the night, and allowing it to have that rare combination of richness and freshness. The second important part of the Dão, is its largely granite-based soil, which brings an mineral inflection to the wines.
We have shared many wines from Darei with you over the years, but this one is a first! New to the market and making its debut in the store is the “Sem Abrigo,” which means “homeless” in Portuguese. It is a blend of the same four grapes in both the Darei Tinto and the Reserva:

Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Jaen, Alfrocheiro.
Visitors to the winery were often given a taste of the Sem Abrigo, only to sadly discover that it wasn’t bottled for purchase. Carlos finally gave in, but had no idea where this wine should fall in the line up, hence the “homelessness” of it all.
It is a wine that hits the spot between being soft and fruity on the one hand, and structured on the other. The first sensation is a burst of fresh, bright, ripe, soft, dark, red fruit, making me think of plums, blackberries and more plums.

That burst of fruit is backed up by structure, soft tannins, and a pretty lengthy finish.
$17.00 BTL / $204.00 CASE
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1/27/17 – 6 for “Everyday” the $15 and under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
We’d like to start by reminding everyone that our first tasting of 2017 will be on Thursday, February 2nd. Wines and grapes from dueling hot/cold climates, in honor of Groundhog Day. There are still a few spaces available…
Please read on for more information:
GROUNDHOG DAY TASTING
WHEN: Thursday, February 2nd @ 7:00PM
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Our first ever Groundhog Day Tasting!
COST: $60 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your credit card. 312-666-4417
Playing off the Winter vs Spring theme, we decided this to be the perfect opportunity to discuss cool climate vs. warm climate. We will offer 5 flights of two wines, produced from the same grape, one coming from a cool climate and the other from a warm climate.
Ever wondered why Syrah could be so different depending on where it came from? How some people can be White Burgundy fans, but claim not to like Chardonnay? It’s all about the climate.
Not only will this be an educational tasting, you know when are going to open some great bottles!
Tickets are $60.00/Person. This is a seated tasting and limited to 14 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours notice (Monday January 30th). Tickets must be secured with a credit card. Please call the shop at 312-666-4417.
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Finally, today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $15 and Under Edition” wine club.
We have a diverse and delicious lineup this month. Keeping winter in mind (even though we did have a little “heat wave” last week) we have 4 red wines and 2 white wines. A great sampling from the Old World countries of France, Italy and Spain.
They are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Jamie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – the $15 & under Edition
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2014 D. Ventura “Viña do Burato” 
Ribeira Sacra, Spain
It wasn’t that long ago that many of us in the wine business were just starting to hear about and discover the region of Ribeira Sacra. Located in the interior of Galcia of Northwest Spain, I can recall that much of the initial excitement revolved around the regions stockpile of old vines, and the unique way that the wines combined fruit, with earth notes and elegance.
Today, those that follow Spanish wine are well aware of Ribeira Sacra and its ability to produce complex and highly drinkable wines from the indigenous Mencía grape variety.
D. Ventura is one of the top producers of the region, yet one that doesn’t get the hype it deserves. The Losada family has been growing in Ribeira Sacra for generations. Their evolution as a producer has continued to evolve, with the wines gaining in complexity and drinkability in recent years.
D. Ventura produces three red wines, two from an area called Amandi along the Sil River. The other a vineyard called Viña do Burato, which lies along the Minho River, and provides alluvial soil that are very rich in nutrients. The vines in Burato are over 80-years-old.
Viña do Burato is the starting point in any tasting of D. Ventura. It is their fresh and juicy style of Mencía, yet it stills delivers complexity with its mixture between red fruit aromas, herbs and soft tannins.
Pair this as you would a good Cru Beaujolais, with roasted chicken, mushroom focused dishes or charcuterie.
We are excited to be able offer a special price on this wine for the wine club. It normally retails for around $20, and at that price points, it is still a steal. This is our way of making sure that we introduced Ribera Sacra to you.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2015 Selvagrossa “Muschén” 
Le Marche, Italy
The name of our wine club is “6 for Everyday,” and no wine speaks to this concept more than this red from our good friends Alberto and Alessandro Taddei of Selvagrossa winery. With 4 hectares of vineyards, located just outside the town of Pesaro in the northern Marche, in just 15 years of wine production, they have established themselves as one of the top producers in the Marche.
The wines of Selvagrossa are both fun, delicious and playful while still being complex. The personality of the winemaker is on display in all of the wines.
Muschén is Sangiovese blended with a bit of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Bordeaux varieties aren’t natural to the Marche, yet the Taddei brothers believed in their ability to produce balanced examples that draw on the climate of the Adriatic and the cooling winds that arrive from the West.
In the dialect of Pesaro “Muschén” means little fly, one of Alberto’s nicknames from their grandfather. The playfulness of the name translates to a wine that is one of our favorites to drink on regular basis. It has red and dark fruit notes, soft tannins and great acidity for pairing with pasta dishes and slow cooked meats or stews.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2015 Domaine des Champs Fleuris Saumur Blanc
Loire Valley, France 
This wine is no stranger to our store. Domaine des Champs Fleuris is one of our favorite producers out of the Loire Valley, and for a quaffable white wine, nothing beats their Saumur Blanc.

Many of you enjoyed the 2014 vintage and we are pleased to find the 2015 is also showing well, so we couldn’t resist having their Saumur Blanc make another appearance on our ‘6 for Everyday.’

I’m a big fan of Chenin Blanc, but you can’t always be sure what you are going to get. Chenin Blanc is a grape that is susceptible to botrytis, a fungus that punctures the skins and concentrates the sugars giving way to semi-sweet all the way to lusciously sweet wines. However the Chenin Blanc from Saumur produces wines that are much lighter and dryer. You can rest assured you are getting a refreshing, light and mouthwatering white wine experience.

This wine has the beautiful aromas of white flowers, citrus and lychee that I enjoy in a Chenin Blanc, while also displaying a round mouthfeel and crisp finish that would pair perfectly with seafood and many cheeses; you can’t go wrong!

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2015 Château l’Oiselinière de la Ramée Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Loire Valley Franc
Producer Chereau Carre is actually a marriage of Bernard Chereau Senior, who owned Chateau de Chasseloir, and Edmonde Carre whose family owned Chateau l’Oiseliniere de la Ramee. Together they now own four properties and farm 135 hectares of vines. Work continues to be done by the family; now on the third generation producing unique and quality Muscadet wines.
The Château l’Oiseliniere is a single vineyard in the village of Vertou. It’s 10 hectares atop of a sunny hilltop at the confluence of the Sevre and Maine rivers and has belonged to the Chereau family since 1960.

The vines are 40 years old and planted on orthogneiss soil. This soil type and the old vines are ideal for age worthy Melon de Bourgogne. Match that with the southernly exposed hills and Chereau Carre is able to produce a great expression of Muscadet.

It spends 6 to 9 months on its lees which imparts structure and a slightly creamier mouthfeel, yet still has a decent amount of underlying minerality and freshness. On the nose there are aromas of grapefruit and lemon skin, with flavors of white flower and exotic fruit on the palate. The Chateau l’Oiseliniere de la Ramee is both a wine of complexity but also one that will disappear in a heartbeat, as any good Muscadet should.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE 
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2014 Viña Zorzal old vine Garnacha 
Navarra, Spain
The story of the Viña Zorzal began in 1989 when, after a lifetime working in wine, Antonio Sanz fulfilled his dream of producing his own wines in Navarra. The hard work in the vineyards and attention to detail in the winery has since been passed down to his sons, who currently run the small, family-run estate.
They focus on showcasing the indigenous varieties of Spain and adhere to the philosophy that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before.
Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Navarra, as well as Rioja and the Ribera del Duero, (which have the most stringent requirements) red Crianzas must be aged a minimum of two years; Reservas, at least three years; and Gran Reservas, five years. Of course, top producers will often age their wines far longer than they are required to – sometimes decades.
This wine is made from 100% old vine Garnacha with the complexities of age shining through in the glass. The result is a juicy and cheerful wine with high intensity aromas of red fruit such us raspberry, strawberry, red cheery, also black pepper and earthy notes. On the palate, soft tannins and medium body with more notes of red fruits, mineral hints and a long finish. that goes well with paella or stewed chicken.
 
$11.00 BTL / $132.00 CASE
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2014 Domaine Rabasse Charavin Côtes du Rhône Rouge
Rabasse-Charavin is an estate we hold dear to our hearts and always get excited when our yearly shipment arrives. To reintroduce you, Domaine Rabasse-Charavin is a fantastic, small estate located in the appellation of Cairanne. Corinne Couturier and her daughter, Laure are the fourth and fifth generation to make wine at Rabasse-Charavin.  Their wines have a great reputation in France, classically structured, and traditionally styled.
This is a wine that proves that Côtes du Rhône is stylistically versatile. A classic blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre from vines as old as 40 years. All the vines for this blend are from the middle and lower parts of the slope with a directly southern exposure to maximize ripeness. After pressing the wine begins fermentation in cement tanks.
This leaps out of the glass with aromas of fresh raspberry and strawberry, and hints of bakeshop spice and mineral that follow through on the palate. Balanced and restrained, this a great every day wine for practically any time of year.
$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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1/20/17 – The 6 for “Everyday” Wine Club – $30 and under Edition

Hello & Happy Friday!
Lots to tell you about on today’s newsletter.

First, we wanted to inform you that this coming Monday, January 23rd, Perman Wine Selections will be CLOSED. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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We are very excited to release news on a couple of upcoming events. The first, our first ever Groundhog Day tasting. The second, an exciting Chinese New Year’s dinner at Fat Rice!
Please read on for more information.
GROUNDHOG DAY TASTING
WHEN: Thursday, February 2nd @ 7:00PM
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Our first ever Groundhog Day Tasting!
COST: $60 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your credit card. 312-666-4417
At Perman Wine we are channeling our inner Punxsutawney Phil. In case you are a little like Craig who had to ask “what is Groundhog Day again?” One of the legends says that on Groundhog Day, our little furry friend Phil pops out of his burrow. If it is a cloudy day, then it is a sign that Spring will arrive early. Conversely, if its a sunny day, Phil will see his shadow, and go back into his “home” and sadly, winter weather will continue for six more weeks.
We love a good legend, and wanted to pay homage to Phil’s story by offering a Groundhog Day Tasting.
Playing off the Winter vs Spring theme, we decided this to be the perfect opportunity to discuss cool climate vs. warm climate. We will offer 5 flights of two wines, produced from the same grape, one coming from a cool climate and the other from a warm climate.
Ever wondered why Syrah could be so different depending on where it came from? How some people can be White Burgundy fans, but claim not to like Chardonnay? It’s all about the climate.
Not only will this be an educational tasting, you know when are going to open some great bottles!
Tickets are $60.00/Person. This is a seated tasting and limited to 14 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours notice (Monday January 30th). Tickets must be secured with a credit card. Please call the shop at 312-666-4417.
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CHINESE NEW YEAR DINNER AT FAT RICE
WHEN: Wednesday, February 8th @ 7PM
WHERE: Fat Rice, 2957 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago
WHAT: Come celebrate Chinese New Year’s and the year of the Rooster with a specially prepared dinner from Chef Abraham Conlon, and Portuguese wine pairings from Craig Perman of Perman Wine Selections
COST: $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity
SIGN UP: By visiting this link.
It’s the Year of the Rooster! To celebrate we are teaming up with Fat Rice restaurant for a very special multi-course Chinese New Year’s dinner.
The Galo de Barcelos (Rooster of Barcelos) is the national symbol of Portugal and a tale that every child in Portugal learns growing up.
What better place to celebrate the Year of the Rooster than at a restaurant who’s symbol is also the Galo de Barcelos.
Chef Abraham Conlon will prepare a very special multi-course tasting menu, and Craig Perman will pair some some of the top Portuguese producers alongside.
Don’t miss this great dinner and tasting!
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Finally, today’s newsletter announces the new release of “The 6 for ‘Everyday’ – $30 and Under Edition” wine club.
We have an incredible line-up this month. Keeping winter in mind we have 4 red wines and 2 white wines. We will travel around the world this month featuring wines from the Unite States, France, Italy, Portugal and Chile. It’s a stellar line-up!
They are available for pick up, and as a reminder we do have delivery and shipping options available.
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Jamie
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6 for “Everyday” Wine Club –
The $30 & under Edition
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2014 Quinta Vale D. Maria “VVV” Douro Tinto, Portugal
We are very excited to release for the first time in Illinois, a new wine from one of the top produces of the Douro region in Portugal.
We love the wines of Quinta Vale D. Maria. This is a family run business, led by Cristiano Van Zeller. The Van Zeller family has over 200 years in the Port business. Until 1993, they were the owners of Quinta do Noval, and Cristian was at the helm.
In 1996, Cristiano began the Quinta Vale D. Maria project, a beautiful Quinta, that belonged to his wife’s family. Since that time they have established themselves as one of the great producers of dry table wine in the Douro. Wines like the flagship Quinta Vale D. Maria Tinto, CV, Vinho do Rio and Vinha da Francisca have received an immense amount of attention, as they are world-class wines. They come at a price, do to low yielding old-vines and an immense amount of labor in the vineyard.
2013 marked the first vintage of a new label for the family. At the time, they made a great value red and white wine called “Rufo” which we routinely carry at the store and sells for $15. Their next wine was the flagship Quinta Vale D. Maria which costs around $60 retail.
The Van Zellers wanted to create a wine that like the rest of the wines, over delivered for the price, but that like Rufo could be consumed on an “everyday” basis.
The name “Three Valleys” is in reference to the Pinhão Valley, Douro Valley and Torto Valley that makes up the Douro, and places where the Van Zellers have worked and sourced grapes from for many years. It also has a double meaning, as “VVV” was a symbol used by the family denoting the “highest quality.” At Quinta do Noval, the barrels were marked with a “V,” “VV,” and “VVV,” with the later showing the best barrels destined for the vintage Port.
This is a wine that offers more richness and intensity than “Rufo,” and it offers even more accessibility than the Quinta Vale D. Maria Tinto, or the single vineyard wines.
Speaking with Francisca Van Zeller on her last visit to Chicago, she kept signaling that 2014 was a vintage she adored, and tasting the “VVV” I can understand why!
Beautiful aromas, violets, blackberry, cocoa, and spice emerge from the glass.  Full-bodied, with incredible texture and length for the price point. If you taste enough Douro wines like I do, you really come to appreciate how the Van Zellers are able to put together such well-balanced yet full-bodied wines. This will appeal to old world and new world drinkers alike.
PLEASE NOTE – we are offering this at a special price through the  duration of this month’s sampler. It’s our way to make sure we introduce you to this wine. It will go back to its normal retail price, so stock up now!
$30 BTL. / $180 SIX-PACK CASE – NORMALLY $33 PER BOTTLE
 
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2013 Fattoria Alois “Settimo,” Campania, Italy
If you could drink wine from only one country, which would it be? For me (Craig), the answer is pretty clear: Italy.
The why, is a simple answer. Diversity.
I never get tired of Italian wine because there are always new discoveries. Within this small country you have a crazy amount of diversity in terroir, climate, and of course all of those fun and funky indigenous grape varieties.
We haven’t featured many wines from Campania in recent newsletters, and there is something about winter, and the foods that we eat, that make me crave wines from this region.
Michele Alois and his son, Massimo, of Fattoria Alois, makes fantastic white and red wines from their beautiful estate in Pontelatone, just north of Caserta within the Campania region.
The Alois family is one of, if not the most prestigious producer of silk cloth, and you can see it on display in the White House, the Louvre, and more.
It was Michele Alois’ desire to open a winery, and not because they needed another business, but because his is passionate about wine, Campania, and specifically wanted to preserve and educate wine lovers worldwide on the indigenous grapes of his below region.
While most fans of the region know grapes like Aglianico and Falanghina, Alois has focused on even more obscure varieties such as Casavecchia and Pallagrello Nero.
“Settimo” is a blend of those two grapes, and an excellent value. Meant for early term consumption, it is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, putting the purity of the fruit first. Aromatic notes of dark cherry and baking spices. Medium-bodied, but well balanced, with fruit and mineral flavors.
Enjoy this alongside braised short ribs or other braised meats.
$22.00 BTL. / $264.00 CASE
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2014 Torre dei Beati “Bianchi Grilli” Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Abruzzo, Italy
I’ve long been a believer in the wines of Fausto Albanesi, a producer located in Loreto Aprutino in the Northern part of the Abruzzo region. Situated about 25 kilometers off the cost, and in view of the Gran Sasso Mountains, this is an ideal place for vineyards.
I was first introduced to the wines of Fausto back when I was living in Oregon. His Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo was, and still is, one of my all-time favorite Rosé.
That’s why we were so excited to hear that Fausto’s wines have returned to Chicago!
Abruzzo is famous for its white grape variety called Trebbiano. Discuss it with a wine professional, and you will get a lot of different opinions. There is a TON of innocuous, over-cropped Trebbiano in Abruzzo. Yet, if you have had the experience of tasting a great version, you know it can be a noble grape variety.
The 2014 “Bianchi Grilli” is one such example. Having recently been awarded the “3 Bicchieri” designation from Italian wine guide Gambero Rosso, its not just me that feels this is one of the best Trebbiano you can buy.
It is a gastronomic wine, not a simple light quaffer. It offers beautiful floral, lemon, honey and mineral notes on the nose. It is a medium-bodied white, with savory spice and citrus notes repeating on the long finish.
This will work with whole roasted fish, but also can stand up to roasted pork tenderloin.
$28.00 BTL. / $336.00 CASE
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2009 O. Fournier “Centauri” Red Blend, Maule Valley, Chile
Here at Perman Wine Selections we want to offer wines that are new and unique, yet remain something that we think our customers will love. We know the 2009 “Centauri” is just that. It’s not too often you will see a Chilean wine on our ‘6 for Everyday’ but we think it’s a wine that represents the Maule Valley region of Chile well, and is an incredible value.
The Maule Valley is one of the oldest and most desirable vineyard sites in Chile which has just begun gaining popularity. O. Fournier however took hold of this gem long ago and currently has vineyards ranging from 65 to 120 years old. In fact O. Fournier is the only winery in Chile that produces wines exclusively from old-vines.
The Centauri 2009 is a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Carignan, with the Cabernet Franc being planted as far back as the 1890s. All the grapes are hand harvested and spend 12 months in French oak barrels, completley unfined and unfiltered.
The old vines and low yields produce grapes that give this wine both complexity and balance. And with the care that goes into the vineyards and the little intervention in the winery, it really allows the purity of flavors from these grapes shine through. This is truly a terroir focused wine and one we are happy to make part of our ‘6 for Everyday’ selection.
$20.00 BTL. / $240.00 CASE
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2015 Ryme Cellars “Hers” Vermentino, Carneros, Sonoma County, California
Ryan and Megan Glaab are the duo behind Rhyme Cellars who have a very similar philosophy to our own when it comes to wine; they only represent wines that they love themselves and drink often. The husband and wife team began their collaboration in 2007 with varietals you don’t see too often in Sonoma, including Vermentino.
Ryan and Megan both agreed on their desire to work with this varietal, however they disagreed with exactly how they wanted to express it. The “His” & “Hers” Vermentino wines are a perfect example of comprise within a relationship! Instead of making an orange style wine as the “His,” Megan chose to produce a bright, clean, aromatic example of Vermentino, similar to the wines in the Ligurian coast. To achieve this style the grapes were whole cluster pressed and bottled early.
The grapes for this wine come from the Las Brisas vineyard which has sandy silt and gravel soils just off San Pablo Bay which gives a cooling effect to the vineyard and gives way to beautifully aromatic white wines. With all of their wines at Rhyme Cellars they only use grapes grown from conscientiously farmed organic or sustainable vineyards. They try to minimize any artificial intervention (no cultured yeast, no temperature control, no enzymes or other adulterants), they let the grapes speak for themselves.
The 2015 “Hers” Vermentino shows on the palate a bracing ginger snap note with some zip, yet has a bit of depth and texture due to spontaneous partial malolactic fermentation. There are also plenty of aromatics of jasmine, quince and lemon zest on the nose. The wine certainly achieves the mouthwatering and refreshing style Megan Glaab was after!
$28.00 BTL. / $336.00 CASE
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2014 Devevey Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Rouge, Burgundy, France
Remember back when people used to drink Red Burgundy as a kind off everyday thing? There were bottles that offered all the simple joy that Pinot Noir from the Motherland could offer, and we enjoyed it without any pretense?
If you miss those days like I do, than you will be happy to know that joyous, delicious, slurpable Red Burgundy does exist. Albeit in very small quantities.
As you know well by now, we love the wines of Jean-Yves Devevey, and while we focus on his white wines more we do look forward to receiving our annual shipment of this lovely, pure expression of Pinot Noir from the Hautes Côtes de Beaune.
The 2014 is mighty delicious, having everything you would want. Pretty aromatics of cherry and wild strawberry. Bright and fresh on the palate with a little grippy herbs and mineral components.
Its worth dusting off that classic Coq au Vin recipe, and enjoying it with this bottle.
$30 BTL. / ONLY AVAILABLE WITH THE SAMPLER
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