|Hello and Happy Friday! Friday
Thanks to all that came out to our “French 75” tasting last night. It was fun to share some of France’s greatest wines with you!
Speaking of tastings, we still have good availability for ourMarch 6th tasting, “The Other Piemonte.” The tasting will begin at 7:00PM and will cost $60 per person. Reservations are required.
This tasting will give us a chance to go beyond the great red wine appellations of Barolo and Barbaresco, and look at two white wines, some reds made from Barbera and Grignolino, and finally taste some of the other great age-worthy Nebbiolos from the NW regions like Carema, Gattinara, Ghemme and Boca. The line-up will be second to none.
So email us today to reserve your spot!
On another note, we enjoyed a successful first month of our referral contest. One lucky winner took home a bottle of Lallement Champagne Rosé, a $66 value. All for just telling a friend, who then came in and purchased.
This month, the winner of the referral contest will be taking home a magnum of 2001 Rabasse-Charavin Cairanne – a fantastic, Southern Rhône red that has been carefully cellared at the domaine for over 10 years. Retail value is $65 for the magnum.
For those of you unfamiliar with our referral program, we ask that you tell all your wine loving friends about our shop. If they come in and purchase, and mention that you sent them, you will be automatically entered into our month give away.
Help make the world a better wine drinking place!
We have a great Friday Feature for you today! It is that time of year again where we see some wheeling and dealing on some fantastic wines. There are many reasons why wines are discounted.
Sometimes it is because they are bad and they need to be moved. You will never find those here.
Sometimes because a wholesaler is clearing room for a new vintage. Not in this case.
Finally, one major reason is that an importer and distributor part ways.
It is in that circumstance that we find ourselves with some excellent deals on wines from wine importer Neal Rosenthal.
We have highlighted four new arrivals below. These deals won’t be around for long as most restaurants and retail stores have already snapped them up. We hope you don’t miss these – they are first come, first serve.
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Sheb
|2012 Yves Cuilleron Syrah “Les Vignes d’à Côte”- Northern Rhône Valley, France
Yves Cuilleron is a third generation winemaker in Chavannay, a small village that straddles the border between Condrieu and St.-Joseph. He took over the reins in 1987 after an aborted career as a car mechanic, and quickly became famous for his stunning Condrieu, white wines composed of Viognier.
The family also owns vines in St.-Joseph, however and vineyards that lay outside the delimitations of the two appellations, which is where this wine comes from. “Les Vignes d’à Côte” roughly translates to “hillside vines” and these vines grow in the steep hillsides that flank the western side of the village. The soils here are granite and alluvium (sand and gravel).
With the prices of St.-Joseph, Côte-Rôtie and Cornas on the rise, it is nice to find Syrah from this historic region that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. This is a lovely wine that is ready to drink now, yet still exhibits the varietal characteristics of cool-climate Syrah: dried and fresh damson plums, dried blueberries, charred wood, and wet stones.
$18.99/BTL. (Normally $22/ Bottle)
44 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2011 De Forville Barbera D’Alba-Piemonte, Italy
De Forville is a Barbaresco producer whose origins go back to 1860. If the name seems rather un-Italian to you, it is because there is some Belgian extraction in the lineage.
Barbera is a chameleon of a grape and responds dramatically to process. There are fresh, nervy tank aged versions of the variety, and then there are more extracted, concentrated ones. This wine falls in the latter camp; a brooding, full-throttle version of Barbera. The vineyards are scattered throughout Barbaresco’s three communes (Nieve, San Rocco Senodelvio & Barbaresco). The primary source of grapes for this bottling come from a cru called “Ga’ Grosso”. Fermentation is in stainless steel tanks and then the wine is aged in large casks (botti) and used barrique.
The result is an uncommonly rich and plush wine that is not only appropriate for the expected pasta and polenta pairings, but can extend into the realm of roasted and braised meat, game and other heady fare.
$14.99/ BTL. (Normally $19/ Bottle)
60 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2004 Ferrando Carema “Etichetta Nera”-Piemonte, Italy
It is a testament to human fortitude that Carema exists at all as a wine zone; steeply graded vineyards in the foothills of the Swiss Alps with a panoramic view of snow-capped peaks, this kind of terrain demands that all viticultural tasks are performed by hand. A long, high-altitude hike through treacherous terrains makes tasks like pruning and harvesting acts of great endurance and determination.
Canavese, where Ferrando is located, announces the border between Piemonte and the Italian/Swiss enclave of Vallée D’Aosta. Carema wines are produced from Nebbiolo, which takes on a perfumed and fresh aromatic character due to this extreme alpine environment. Don’t let the pale color and seductive nose fool you; these wines can be formidable in the structure and tannin department as well.
The “Etichetta Nera” (or black label bottling) from Ferrando is an exceptional wine.
It is made in only great vintages, and is a selection of grapes from two single vineyard parcels (Silanc & Siei), then spends three years aging in small barrels before bottling. This is a prime opportunity to buy and taste Nebbiolo that has 10 years of age on it.
$58.99/BTL. (Normally $73/ Bottle)
24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
Cappellano Barolo Chinato
If you are an Amaro fan, Barolo Chinato is not to be missed. Chinato is made with Nebbiolo wine that is then fortified, and infused with bark from the chinchona tree (aka quinine), as well as various herbs, flowers and roots. It may have been used to thwart malaria at some point.
There seems to be an on-going feud to who really made the first Barolo Chinato, but Cappellano is definitely in the running for the title. Rather than take sides, we will just say that their family recipe has been a guarded secret for over 100 years, and their Chinato is lush, perfumed, slightly bitter and wonderful.
We think its prudent to have a bottle of this around for several reasons:
1) For those evenings when you eat too much, and need a disgestif. A small glass of this and a brisk walk will bring you down from the throes of gourmand discomfort and back into the world again.
2) An exciting addition to your own personal mixology lab. Many of those bearded, suspender-wearing bartenders making delicious drinks around town love to experiment with Amari, and Chinato can offer a dynamic element to your home bar.
3) If you are worried about mosquitoes and you have seen the re-emergence of crows.
(We are kidding about #3. If crows re-emerge and you suspect you have malaria, please see a licensed physician).
$65.00/BTL. (Normally $85/ Bottle)
12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE