Friday Feature 12/20/13: The New 6 for $120-Something Sampler

Hello and Happy Friday!


Holiday gift shopping is in full swing here at Perman Wine Selections!  Please let us know if we can arrange anything for you. Here is a reminder of our hours:


Friday 12/20/13: Open 12-8pm

Saturday 12/21/13: Open 11-7pm

Sunday 12/22/13: Closed

Monday 12/23/13: Open 12-8pm


Tuesday, Christmas Eve: OPEN 11- 4PM

Wednesday CHRISTMAS 12/25/13:CLOSED


We return to regular hours on Thursday The 26th.




In other news, it is the second to last Friday of the month, and that is when we release our new edition of the Six for $120-Something.


If you are unfamiliar with this monthly sampler, let us explain. Craig and Sheb sacrifice their livers month in and month out, tasting new wine arrivals, searching for the best of the best.


Each month we put together a mixed six-pack featuring our six favorites, in that $15-$30  per bottle range.  Together the sampler costs between $120-$129 for the six bottles.


This is a great way to learn about wine and expand your wine horizons.


This month’s sampler is a really delicious line-up, and would make a fantastic gift.


The wine is in stock, so pick up yours today!


Also, remember that nothing says” Thank You” or “Happy Holidays” like wine, booze & beer.



Have a great weekend,


Craig & Sheb




6 for $120-Something 

2012 Bow & Arrow “Rhinestones” Willamette Valley, Oregon

I was complaining one afternoon to Craig (as I apt to do) about our lack of Gamay in the store (we had less than 8 different labels).

He told me I should calm down (this happens a lot) and that we would be getting Beaujolais from Oregon. I felt very confused and not calm at all.

A few weeks later, the back room had many cases in it piled high (which also causes me to be anxious and not  very calm) among which were these wines from Bow & Arrow. As I dug through towers of precariously stacked cases, I reached the Bow & Arrow box marked “Rhinestones”.

Apparently, “Rhinestones” is their homage to Passe-Tout-Grains.

Passe-Tout-Grains is a sort of antiquated AOP of Burgundy that involves a blend of Gamay and a minimum of 30% Pinot Noir. It is allowed in every Burgundian department, from the Yonne (Chablis) to the Rhöne ( Beaujolais). Domaine Groffier of Morey-St.-Denis famously makes a rather pricey one, but many producers in the Côte D’Or have no Gamay planted anymore and I cannot recall ever seeing one from a Beaujolais producer.

But this is Oregon and they can do whatever the heck they want. And it is delicious! These are serious wines, built  and structured and honestly, Rhinestones far surpasses any Passe-Tout-Grains from Burgundy I have ever had. It is deeply colored and has elegant, fruity perfume, earth and spice. Really wonderful stuff! A glass of this calmed me down right away.

$26.00/BTL.-$312.00/CASE OF 12


2011 Ca’ del Baio Langhe Nebbiolo-Piemonte, Italy

We really like Nebbiolo here, in any form, but we know some of you get impatient while waiting for your Barolos and Barbarescos to come around. So once in awhile, when a great little Langhe Nebbiolo comes our way, we grab it.

Ca’ del Baio is a Barbaresco producer located in the sub-zone of Treiso. The Langhe is a sort of “catch all” wine zone that allows white and red production from all over the Cuneo province, including indigenous and international varieties. It is also a way to get fresh, young Nebbiolo that has not seen lavish cask asking into your gaping maw without having to wait 15+  years until it is ready. Because some of us are very impatient. And very thirsty.

The qualities of Langhe Nebbiolo vary, but Ca’ del Baio’s version is fresh and perfumed, with  the dried cherries & tea roses qualities that are the calling card of the grape. It is pale in color , with surprising depth, just as a Nebbiolo should be.

$20.00/BTL.-$240.00 CASE OF 12


2012  Domaine de la Pépière “Clos des Briords Cuvée Vieilles Vignes” Muscadet Sèvre & Maine- Loire Valley, France

Consider this quote made in 2005, by the late Joe Dressner:”It’s difficult to say there was a golden era of Muscadet. Even when it’s well made, it’s outside the zeitgeist of modern markets.”

As we stand perched upon the cusp of 2014, I think it is safe to say that 9 years later, Muscadet has arrived. Its beloved by hipster sommeliers, wine enthusiasts and British Grandmas alike. It’s clean, fresh, and by its very nature avoids heavy pitfalls like oak and high alcohol.

Marc Ollivier of Domaine de la Pépière has certainly done his fair share in insuring Muscadet’s meteoric rise to the top. His insistence on clean vineyard practices in a region where that can be very difficult, as well as concentration on single terroir bottlings, has set a quality standard for Muscadet that is very high.

Muscadet once languished in distributor warehouses, ripe for price reductions and close-out status. Now there is a worldwide shortage. Go figure!

We were concerned for the customers of Perman Wine Selections and their inability to purchase Muscadet due to this looming deficit, so we bought the rest of the 2012 “Clos des Briords” from Domaine de la Pépière.

“Clos des Briords” is a single plot of Melon de Bourgogne vines (the grape of the region) planted on schistous soils. These vines were planted in 1930, and all the rootstock is original selection massale. It is a powerful expression of Muscadet and ages quite well. But it is beautiful to drink young too.


When it’s gone, it’s gone, and please do not say that we did not warn you of the impending apocalypse that will befall the human race when the Muscadet runs out!

$17.00/ BTL.



2010 Round Pond Cabernet Sauvignon- Napa Valley, CA

Round Pond is a 357 acre winery located in historic Rutherford California, surrounded by such acclaimed neighbors as Beaulieu Vineyards, Caymus, Cakebread, Honig, Frog’s Leap and Rubicon Estate.

This one one of those sunny, California stories, a vibrant and fertile farm producing some great wine, olive oil and vinegar. There is also talk of orchards and a grist mill, a sort of warm dream life it is hard to comprehend while we are entrenched here in snowy Chicago.

Here at PWS, we will admit to another entrenchment; that of our old world palates. We don’t often reach for Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. But once in awhile, the mood calls for something rich and velvety such as this, an intriguing pastiche of berries and plums tangled with baking spices and vanilla, Round Pond is a great pick, and a fabulous value at the the price we are offering.




2011 La Croix Rouge de Peyrassol – Vins de Pays de Méditerannée IGP, France

Commanderie de Peyrassol is a very well regarded property in the wine zone of Bandol, in Provence. Their Bandols are among some of the best, concentrated, intense and earthy.

La Croix, or The Cross, is a side project from them. Normally Bandol involves Mourvèdre, but  they are farming grapes north of sun-kissed Bandol, so this is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot & Syrah.  It is very common to see Bordeaux varieties nestled in the cool valleys and hillsides of the mountains  and hillsides around this area.

“Vin de Pays de Méditerannée” is a wine zone that includes vineyards in the Southeast of France, Provence & Corsica. Drinking country wine from the Mediterranean sounds like a warm and comforting idea, as we are currently being pelted with freezing rain!

This shows a lot of blue and black fruit, is very earthy and full-bodied. There is a bit of the french funk to it, and a pleasing, deep color. It is structured enough to warrant a decant.

$14.00/BTL- $168.00/CASE OF 12


2008 Weingut Wallner Blaufränkisch- Südburgenland, Austria

More Austrian red wine for winter drinking!

Craig often tasks me with writing about Austrian wines and I go to the website and it is a non-information heyday that looks like something out of a Swiss Colony gift basket catalog from the 1970s! Weingut Wallner is no exception to this Austrian strangeness, so after hours of fascinating research, this is what I have come up with:

Südburgenland is, no surprise here, the southern part of the large Burgenland zone, located on Austria’s eastern border. Very small and very cool there only about 500 hectares under vine with a total of only 10 growers. Weingut Wallner is one of these, managing 8 hectares of vines on soils rich in iron.

Blaufränkisch is a grape that performs well only in cold climates, and is often referred to as the Pinot Noir of the east. Unlike Pinot Noir though, it is deeply colored and often produces wines with a noticeable tannic profile. There is an ample richness to its fruit and fragrant aromatics.

It is rumored that in these iron laden soils of the Sùdburgenland, Blaufränkisch’s most true varietal character is revealed: plums boysenberries, pepper and juniper.

And who wouldn’t want revealed to them, on a nightly basis, something’s true varietal character????

$23.00/BTL.-$276.00 CASE OF 12

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