6 for $120-Something/Upcoming Store Hours – August 17th, 2012

Happy Friday!

Important Store News: I am getting ready to travel to Spain for 16 days. I will be traveling from Saturday, August 25th and will return Tuesday, September 11th.

During that time, the store will be open on limited days with limited hours, as Huge will be around to help you with all your wine needs.

August 25-27: CLOSED, please be sure to pick up all your weekend wine needs by August 24th

August 28-30: OPEN, regular store hours (12:00 – 8:00pm)

August 31-September 3: CLOSED, please be sure to pick up all your Labor Day weekend needs by August 30th

September 4-5: OPEN, regular store hours (12:00 – 8:00pm)

September 6: OPEN, closing early (12:00 – 6:30pm)

September 7: OPEN, regular store hours (12:00 – 8:00pm)

September 8: OPEN, regular weekend store hours (11:00 – 7:00pm)

September 9-10: CLOSED

September 11: OPEN, regular store hours (CRAIG RETURNS)

While my wine trips are quite a bit of fun, I also take them very seriously, as my hundreds of trips to wineries over the years have provided me with an intimate knowledge of wineries and wine regions.

Losing a couple weeks of time at the store is costly to my business, but I’ve determined that it is necessary for me to continue to travel in order to provide the level of knowledge and service that I strive for.

By stocking up before I leave, and patronizing the store while Huge takes over, you are supporting my endeavors and helping make Perman Wine Selections an even better store to shop at.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

I’m excited to announce the release of the newest “6 for $120-Something” Sampler! The concept is simple; in the course of my tastings each month, I put together a mix of what I think are the best wines I’ve tasted in that $20-ish range.  It is true that I used to simply call this the “6 for $120,” but in the interest of me having more flexibility, I’ve decided to not be so exact.

All of these wines are available by the bottle as well as the case, but the idea here is to give you a selection of wines that you will want to have stocked in your wine rack at home!

So email me to order your sampler, and pick it up at your convenience.  They are in stock and ready to go!

Have a great weekend,

Craig

 

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2009 Goisot Bourgogne Côtes d’Auxerre
This year’s Olympics brought about the usual drama and intrigue.  One of the most amazing sports is that of weightlifting.  I’m not sure you read about it – Om Yun Chol of North Korea set an Olympic record in the clean and jerk – lifting three times his body weight.  Only 5 feet tall and 123 pounds, he cleared just over 370 pounds.  How can someone so small have so much strength?

I bring this up because I often ask the same questions when it comes to certain wines.  Take this delicious Pinot Noir from the rarely seen Bourgogne Côtes d’Auxerre appellation of France.  With your eyesight, and your base knowledge that Pinot Noir from this part of the world tends to be light in scale with little depth of flavor, you would think that this wine is just like the rest.

When you are one of the best at what you do, like husband and wife, Jean-Hugues and Ghislaine Goisot, you exceed expectations and do something very special.  Everything that Goisot produces is of exceptional quality.  Located just a stone’s throw from Chablis near the village of Saint-Bris-le-Vineux, this historically-important region produces cool climate whites and reds.

Tasting this wine made me think of that weightlifter.  The frame on this wine is equally small, it is a light, low-alcohol example of Pinot Noir.  If you take a moment to pay attention to this wine, rand eally taste it, you will be amazed at its depth.  Notes of cherry and mint on the nose lead into a seductive palate, laden with intense minerality.

This just calls out for food!  It is the type of wine that can carry you through a French bistro menu, from rillettes to smoked salmon to raasted chicken.  This wine has so much soul!
$28.00 BTL. / ONLY 22 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

2008 Benoît Ente Bourgogne Blanc
I am on a serious roll when it comes to White Burgundy!  A couple weeks ago I offered a ridiculous steal on a Premier Cru Meursault.  Now, I bring to you a ridiculous deal on a Bourgogne Blanc from one of my favorite producers, Benoît Ente!

If you are a long time Perman Wine Selections follower, then you may remember when I was highly touting this wine a couple years ago, selling it for its normal price of $28.99.  With just a few cases left, and some wine stacking up, the distributor is cutting this loose and I bought the rest, because at this price, you should be buying it by the case!

White Burgundy, aka the original Chardonnay, can be wildly complex and exceedingly delicious if it is in the right hands.  Benoît Ente is the right man and has the right hands for the job.  His vineyard holdings and winery is very small, about 3.5 ha of vineyards in total, making about 1100-1400 cases a year.  Based in the village of Puligny-Montrachet, he aims to let the purity of his fruit shine, rather than make a rich, extracted style of Chardonnay.

The Bourgogne Blanc comes from estate vineyards, and is only a 213 case production.  2008 is one of my favorite White Burgundy vintages of the last 10 years, because as you can taste in this wine, there is intensity of fruit, but also beautiful purity, and bright acidity.

Pretty aromas of hazelnut and lemon oil.  Bright and citrusy on the palate, with mineral notes and a long, bright finish.

An ideal seafood wine, especially scallops!
$21.00 BTL. / $252.00 CASE – ONLY 120 BOTTLES AVAILABLE!

 

2009 Ronco dei Tassi Malvasia
My never ending mission of getting consumers to drink more wines from the region of Friuli continues!

A couple months ago I featured a delicious Ribolla Gialla, and know it is time to introduce you to the grape varietal Malvasia.

Who better to introduce you to this varietal than Fabio Coser of Ronco dei Tassi.  The winery is located in the province of Gorizia right along the Slovenian/Italian border of Northeast Italy.  Malvasia likes warmer weather, and you can also find the varietal on the Balearic Islands, the island of Madeira and Mediterranean climates in general.  Most people might not think of Northeast Italy as a mediterranean climate, yet in some areas of the region, they posses the warmth to make richer white wines.

There are of course different varieties of Malvasia, and this wine is composed of the local Malvasia Istriana.  Ronco dei Tassi is a terrific winery, and this Malvasia comes from a vineyard that is just over an acre planted with 60-year-old vines.  The vines are planted at 650 feet above sea level in the heart of the Collio zone.

While many of you are seeing the arrivals of the 2011 and 2010 vintages from the region, I was able to scoop up the last three cases of the 2009.  Malvasia can age, and age well, and I love the stage this wine is in now.  It has fleshed out some of its more overt citrus characteristics and shows the mineral notes that this area is known for.

Enjoy this with fresh cracked crab.
$17.00 BTL. / $204.00 CASE

 

2008 Quinta do Passadouro “Passadouro” Vinho Tinto
Attention fans of Rhône varietal reds!  Are you interested in trying something different?  Perhaps a red with some similarities, yet with a slight different twist?

If the answer was yes, then you should start turning your attention to some of the excellent reds wines coming from Portugal.

Quinta do Passadouro is an estate founded in 1991 in the heart of the Douro, specifically the Cima Corgo region.  Owned by Dieter Bohrmann and Jorge Serodio Borges, the later trained at famed producer Niepoort before venturing out on his own.

The winery makes a half dozen wines including white, red and port.  The Passadouro Tinto is a blend of 40% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, and 30% Tinta Roriz.  The fruit comes from the Passadouro and Sibia vineyards.  Fermented in stainless steel it sees aging in French oak barrels for 18 months, the majority of which are used barrels.

Intense notes of kirsch and fresh cracked black pepper on the nose.  Medium-bodied yet refined on the palate, with lingering red berry, spice and mineral notes on the finish.  It is such a great match for grilled meats like steaks and lamb.
$17.00 BTL. / $102.00 SIX-PACK CASE

 

2010 Château Jolys Jurançon Sec
It isn’t easy to predict the future!  I can’t tell you who is going to win the next Presidential election, nor could I tell you who is going to win the college football championship next year (Go Ducks!).  What I can predict with some certainty is that the wines of Southwest France are gaining in both quality and popularity.

One such area where so much progress has been made is that of Jurançon.  Located near the city of Pau in Southwest France, the region is perhaps most famous for its dessert wines made from the varietal, Petit Manseng.  The greatest producers of the region can make sweet wines on par with that of Sauternes.

Dry wines from Jurançon are what is really gaining in popularity, and my crystal ball says that this will be the next “it” wine.  For the dry wines, Gros Manseng combines with Petit Manseng, to form crisp and vibrant wines.

Château Jolys is an important estate in the region with 36 ha of vines on the Eastern edge of the appellation.  They make a range of dry and sweet wines.

The Jurançon Sec is a blend of equal parts Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng.  Hand harvested fruit from estate vineyards, the wine is fermented and rested in stainless steel tanks.

Aromatic with bright notes of grapefruit, citrus, and flowers on the nose and palate.  I could drink this all day as an apéritif, but it is excellent with milder white fishes like sea bass.
$18.00 BTL. / $216.00 CASE

 

2007 Moraitis Páros Reserve Red
For the second month in a row I have included a Greek wine on my Six for $120-Something sampler.  Coincidence?  I don’t think so!

Why am I so excited about Greek wines?  Well, I’ve actually been excited about wines from this emerging wine country since I started in the business, but it has only been in the last few years that they have been imported on a more regular basis. It is time for you to learn about and enjoy the wines of Greece!

This month we explore the island of Páros.  This tiny island is located in the heart of the Aegean.  Fishing, agriculture and tourism are its main sources of income.

The Moraitis family is the leader in quality in the wine trade in Páros.  It was founded in 1910 and is now being run by the third generation.  The winery makes several wines from a whole list of varietals that I have a difficult time pronouncing.

The Páros Reserve Red is a blend of the red grape Mandilaria and the aromatic white varietal called Monemvasia. The grapes are co-fermented and aged in oak for two years.

Rich and spice driven with cherry and wild strawberry notes, pepper and hints of anise.  A terrific wine for grilled red meats like steak or leg of lamb.
$22.00 BTL. / $264.00 CASE

 

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