Friday Feature 04/18/14: The New 6 for $120 Something Sampler

Hello and Happy Friday! (Although truly it is Saturday, due to some technical difficulties, we are a little late this week)

 

 

Some house news to start – Craig is still drinking his way through France, doing the important R & D/liver damage that this job requires!

 

With his being gone, we have altered the store hours this upcoming week.

 

Please Note:
 
Perman Wine is CLOSED on Monday, April 21st. We will re-open on Mondays beginning Monday April 28th.
 

 

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In other news, it is that time again, the second to last Friday, when we introduce our latest Six for $120-Something sampler.

 

This month’s is an incredible array of deliciousness, that is not to be missed!

 

Keep in mind these wines are available by the bottle with the exception of one, but who are you kidding, just do the whole sampler, you can drink it this month if you really try! Also, our first rose of the year makes its appearance.

 

In all seriousness, the sampler is a great way to stock your monthly wine rack.  It also provides a great way to learn about wine.  Most importantly the wines are delicious!

 

So what are you waiting for, come on down today to pick yours up!

 

Cheers,

 

Craig (In France) & Sheb (from Chicago)

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6 for $120-Something 
cheverny
2013 Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Rosé-Loire Valley, France
There are certain things that will remain the eternal harbingers of spring: mother robins meticulously building their twiggy nests, or the lowly crocus, pushing it’s hidden bloom through the cold, sometimes frozen ground. Most importantly though, rosé wines of all hues and varieties.
I have to say, as I scraped ice from my car just four days ago, I was hesitant about our offering a rosé during this seemingly unending winter. But then again, I get nervous about many things, often unjustifiably so. If Craig were here, he would tell me to calm down and drink the rosé.
Cheverny is one of delightful Loire Valley wine zones tucked in at the northwestern edge of the Touraine sub-region. 24 little villages (hamlets if you prefer) are allowed to make Cheverny wine in white, red and rosé. White grapes are what you would expect for the area, Sauvignon Blanc & Chenin Blanc, but the reds and rosé are made from–SURPRISE!!–Pinot Noir & Gamay with some Cabernet Franc and Malbec (called Côt here) allowed as well.
Domaine du Salvard has been in the Delaille family for four generations, and they now farm 42 hectares, producing a range of wines. The 2013 rosé is Pinot Noir, Gamay and a small amount of Côt. Dry, a bit savory and teeming with the freshness of wild strawberries, I am here to tell you that this wine is unrivaled in the patio crusher department. Even if you are wearing a down winter coat.
$15.00/ BTL.-$180.00/ CASE OF 12

 

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 jonata

2010 Jonata “The Paring” Red Wine-California
The story of the Jonata Winery is a classic California wine story, a billionaire owner, the discovery of a stunning property and the hiring of a young, talented winemaker who, it is claimed by the winery’s website, is emotionally and intellectually connected to tannin, texture & structure.
I am not sure what it is like to be intellectually connected to tannin, but of course that is not my burden to bear.
The Jonata property is 600 glorious acres of sun dappled vineyards in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley. The Santa Ynez Valley runs east to west and is separated from the hotter parts of the region by the Santa Rita Hills. So even though the general climate down in this region is quite warm, this particular area can support viticulture of grapes that typically need cooler climates to thrive.
Jonata releases a host of wines, all of which are pretty expensive, but they also have a second label that is designated for the younger vines on the property, and that is where “The Paring” comes in. The 2010 is all estate fruit, and a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Sangiovese, 6% Petit Verdot & 4% Syrah. The wine spends 22 months in oak barrels, of which 55% are new. Those in search of a structured and full-bodied California Bordeaux blend will be thrilled by this offering.
$25.00/BTL.-$300.00/CASE OF 12

 

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lunae

2012 Cantine Lunae Bosoni Colli di Luni Vermentino-Liguria, Italy

The wine zone of Colli di Lune straddles the Ligurian/Tuscan border and allows for red and white wines, made from Sangiovese or Vermentino, which is what we are featuring today.

If you have mixed feelings about Vermentino, we can hardly blame you. We have all had some pretty uninspired and dilute renditions, especially perhaps as a coach passenger on a crowded Alitalia flight, but that is neither here nor there. Managed properly, it is capable wonderful, aromatic wines of great character.

Luckily for all of us, Paul Bosoni and the 150 growers he employs, all believe in properly managing their Vermentino and the result is a delicious and textured white. Fresh and brimming with orchard fruit, this will be a friend to any fish dish you could throw its way.

$19.00/BTL.-$228.00 CASE OF 12

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 granit
2012 Vincent Paris “Granit Blanc”- Northern Rhône Valley, France
There was a time in early 2013 when one of the employees at Perman Wine Selections might have uttered the word “granite” one time too many and suddenly, the “G” word was banned. This made discussions about Muscadet & Beaujolais difficult, but its greatest hindrance manifest in the Northern Rhône Valley, where, let’s face it, there is a ton of “G”.
However, when a winemaker like Vincent Paris, young and passionately farming 6 hectares of land in Cornas & St.-Joseph, feels like it is important enough to mention on  his label, perhaps it is time to lift the ban.
We first tasted Paris’ wines a few months ago, and fell hard for his clean winemaking and light touch. Craig, who often complains about how hard it is to sell wines from the northern Rhône, kept buying more and more of Vincent’s stuff. We are true fans.
On today’s feature, we are offering one of the more limited bottlings from this producer, a white wine made of Viognier and Roussanne, grown in soils made of, you guessed it, granite.
There, it’s been said.
The appellation for this wine is Vin de Pays de L’Ardeche, which is the overarching department of the Northern Rhône. The fruit is grown in St.-Joseph. Mr. Paris does a bit of used barrel aging for this white wine, but not enough to distract or over-complicate, mainly for oxidation and texture.
Should I mention once again that the grapes are grown in granite?
$23.00/BTL-LIMITED AVAILABILITY, ONLY FOR THE SAMPLER
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 felton
2011 Felton Road Pinot Noir “Bannockburn”-Central Otago, New Zealand

 

This may be one of the better values we have had on our 6 for $120 something sampler, a result of another one of those intense vendor negotiations, at the end of which Craig emerged victorious.

 

Felton Road is located way the heck down in Central Otago, at the bottom of the world, the southern tip of New Zealand’s southernmost island. Pinot Noir thrives there, and if you are not tired of discussing soil, here you will find here huge deposits of glacial loess. The Felton Road property is devoted to practicing biodynamic viticulture, so drinking this wine will make you feel BETTER about that burger wrapper you accidentally tossed on the ground last week when you were running for the bus in the snow.

 

The wine is made with a modicum of restraint, and is not as intense or sappy as some Central Otago Pinot Noirs in the market. We appreciate its light color and varietal correctness. The wine is imbued with baked and dried cherries, a hint of earth and pleasant acidity.

 

For Pinot Noir lovers, this may be something you want to purchase by the case or at least grab six bottles. It seems harder and harder these days to find this quality at such a good price.
$27.00/BTL.-$324.00/CASE OF 12
 
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 janasse
2011 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône Réserve-Southern Rhône Valley, France

 

We heard your cries for a classic Côtes du Rhône and we have answered. We are pretty excited to have this producer in the store.
The Sabon family is located in the commune of Courthezon in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and was founded in 1976. They farm 40 hectares spread through the appellation, some of which fall into Côtes du Rhône territory, where the soils change from the famous large stones, or galets of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, to a sand and clay mixture.
In case you are playing soil type bingo, this newsletter has now mentioned four different types, nearly a win!
This is a blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Carignan & 10% Cinsault. It is just a big old raspberry pie with nuances of smoked meats, black pepper and herbs de provence.
Right in time for the Easter holiday, too, we are going to mention here that Côtes du Rhône is lamb’s most perfect friend, a pairing made in heaven. What other kind of endorsement were you looking for?
$15.00/BTL.-$180.00/CASE OF 12
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