Friday feature 05/24/13-6 for $120 Something

Hello and Happy Friday!

 

Craig is still fully immersed in his Portuguese adventure but will return next Tuesday, ripe with stories and jet lag, to be sure! As a result, Routier will be on strike tonight. However, we will resume again next Friday, May 31st, for an “all rosé” Routier.

 

And we will be CLOSED MONDAY May 27th, Memorial Day, so come in on Saturday to fulfill all your urgent BBQ needs!!

 

 

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It’s the second to last Friday of the month, and that is when we introduce the latest “6 for $120-Something” sampler.

For those unfamiliar, the concept is simple; in the course of our tastings each month, we put together a mix of what we think are the best wines tasted in that $20-ish range.  It is true that it used to called  the “6 for $120” but in the interest of me having more flexibility, I’ve decided to not be so exact.

Most 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 & Sheb

 

Friday Feature 5/24/13:
The 6 for $120 Something Sampler

2010 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis Burgundy, France

Domaine Pattes Loup (wolf’s paw) is a 2.4 ha domaine located in Courgis and Preys, run by a young Chablisien named Thomas Pico who took over the estate from his Father. Pico was mentored by cult producers Alice & Olivier de Moor, and immediately transitioned the vineyards to an organic protocol, receiving his Ecocert validation in 2009.

Pico lucked out in several ways with his inheritance: at 300 meters above sea level his vineyards are among the highest of anyone producing village Chablis and the vines were planted in the 1950s by his grandfather who was fastidious about his selection of heirloom vines.

All this aside, the best thing about the wine is that you know immediately- this is Chablis. Good Chablis. Bracing and clean, with that distinctive racy smoke and green apple skin. You will be ready for oysters, or for thick slices of ham cooked in cream with endive and slathered with cantal cheese.

$26 BTL- $312 CASE OF 12

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2012 Domaine de Reuilly Pinot Gris Rosé Loire Valley, France

Reuilly is a lonely appellation, sort of on its own between two tributaries of the Loire River called  the Cher & Indre. It is downstream from Sancerre but has it’s own thing going really. The white wines of Reuilly are par for the course, Sauvignon Blanc in a mineral fashion, but it is this rosé of Pinot Gris that gets us really excited.

 

There are few appellations that allow Pinot Gris in the Loire, and it’s delicate pink skins color the wine ever so slightly, a salmon, pinkish hue imbued with flavors of clementine, peach skin and wild strawberries.

 

$19 BTL- $228 CASE OF 12

Limited Availability

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2011 Prieler Pinot Blanc ‘Seeberg’ Burgenland, Austria 
 

Pinot Blanc is an underrated and often misunderstood grape, this cousin of Chardonnay, and light-skinned clone of Pinot Noir. It is still grown in Burgundy, where it often intermingles with Chardonnay, although few will ever admit it. It’s difficult to express how deep our affection for this variety. What’s not to love about a grape that can be described as “high acid with aromatic intensity”.

Pinot Blanc really hits it’s stride in places like Alsace and Austria, and for this month’s sampler we have a beautiful Austrian Offering from Weingut Prieler, located in a sub-region of Burgenland called Neusiedlersee-Huggeland. Please do not make us pronounce this.

Weingut Prieler is famous for this wine, which hails from a limestone vineyard called Seeberg. They don’t do much to it, a simple harvest and fermentation inside stainless steel tanks, and the result is a pure & delicious.
 
$25 BTL- $300 CASE OF 12
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2009 Sono Montenidoli Chianti Colli Senesi ‘Il Garrulo’ Tuscany, Italy
 

When’s the last time you got excited about Chianti? For a while now it’s been a snore fest of a category, often over-oaked and hollow inside. There of course, is the often referenced, creepy pairing (fava beans and human liver) offered up by horrible Hannibal Lector (played by an equally creepy Anthony Hopkins) in ‘Silence of the Lambs’. Talk about image problems.

But at the heart of Chianti, is a noble grape called Sangiovese. And at one time, Sangiovese was a thing to get excited about. It is the grape that makes the great wines of Brunello and Vino Nobile. And Chianti. And now, for the first time in a long time, you can feel a small rush of happiness about Chianti. Thank you Montenidoli!

This is a small family estate in the sub-zone of Colli Senesi, which flanks either side of the town of Siena. 1971 was their first vintage, and they have always farmed organically because they live there and never felt like poisoning themselves or their children. They still use a tiny bit of Trebbiano and Malvasia to temper some of the tannins that old vines Sangiovese can produce.

The result is a pleasurable mouthful of dried cherries, plum and Mediterranean scrub herbs, a perfect match for your pizza or pastas with sauce pomodoro. I would skip the liver and favas, after all Hannibal was not a sommelier and who takes food & wine advice from a guy locked up in a basement prison who needs to be muzzled when transported?????

$18 BTL-$216 CASE OF 12
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 Belair

2008 Chateau Bel-Air Bergerac Rouge Southwest, France 

Just to the east of Bordeaux lies that rather large wine zone of Bergerac, straddling the north and south banks of the Dordogne River. Just south of the city of Bordeaux, Bergerac announces a departure from that buzzing commercial epicenter to the more bucolic and rustic villages of the Southwest.

And while Bordeaux can boast of aristocratic stateliness, Bergerac is ground zero for the gastronomically inclined, a rural landscape teeming with black truffles, foie gras, walnuts and a host of other rich and delicious delicacies. Bergerac shares a similar encepagement (the French word for blend) to Bordeaux, in this case 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot & 20% Cabernet Franc.

It is a dry, plummy little number, simple and classic, great with a selection of paté or runny, maybe even stinky, cheeses.

$14 BTL-$168 CASE OF 12

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2011 Domaine Yves Leccia Rouge L’Ile de Beauté Corsica, France

Corsica is an island that sits to the south of France and to the north of Italy. Although it is considered a departmental region of France, for years it was occupied by Genoa and there is an Italian sensibility present in the culture. Volcanic soils and a temperate, Mediterranean climate make it a great place for viticulture.

Slowly we are seeing more and more Corsican wines in the market. It would be easy to dismiss them all as ‘rustic charmers’ but the fact is the quality level of these wine is very high. Domaine Leccia is one such example.

Yves Leccia’s facilities and vineyards are located at the northern tip of the region, in a wine zone called Patrimonio. The blend here is Grenache & Nielluccio (aka Sangiovese).

There is a lovely spice to the nose, with dried cherries and rosemary, yet underneath is a compelling underpinning of serious structure.

If you yearn to know more about Corsican wines and have an iphone, guess what? Yes, Vins de Corse has an app for that. It’s in French but seems beguiling and sophisticated, just like this wine.

$22 BTL- $264 CASE OF 12

 

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Total Sampler =$124 (before tax)

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