Friday Feature 5/31/13: 6 For $60 Something

Hello and Happy Friday!

Craig has returned from Portugal and therefore Routier is back in action! Tonight’s Routier is an all-pink edition featuring 3 delicious dry n’ heady selections plus a small snack, all for $25. Swing by anytime between 5 & 8 PM tonight.
Tonight’s Pinkies:
La Tour Vielle Collioure Rosé des Roches
Benovia Rose of Pinot Noir
Ametzoi Txakolina Rubentis

We also still have some spaces open on Wednesday June 12th. Wine Wednesdays are a more formal, classroom style tasting and we will be featuring the wines of Central Italy. Learn a lot, drink even more. Call to reserve your space. 312-666-4417
To keep updated on all events, you can check the Perman Wine calendar here.

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It is the last Friday of the month at that means it is time for the Six for $60-Something sampler. In case you never have heard of our Six for $60-Something sampler, let us explain:

Six wines, hand-selected by us, that represent a range of styles – all hovering around the $10 price point. Each wine is available by the bottle or case, but as we often say, for maximum pleasure you should take the whole sampler.

The “6 for $60-Something” is highly recommended to those learning about wines, trying to stock their wine rack with affordable and tasty adult beverages, or wanting to bring a gift to someone hosting a party.

So how does this work? To order, simply e-mail me back and say “Hey Craig, hook me up.” To join the devoted legions of fans who receive them every month you can just say “and keep ’em coming!”

A suggestion to those folks trying to learn from this as well as get a buzz – print out a copy of the newsletter to keep with your sampler. That way, when you are in the mood for a bottle, you have your own mini-wine lesson on hand.  So what are you waiting for?  Order yours today!

The “6 for $60-Something” is in stock and ready to be picked up any time!

Cheers,

Craig & Sheb

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6 for $60-Something 

2010 Amizade Godello Monterrei, Spain

This is the white wine value of the summer!

Spain has moved beyond its image as a red wine producing country, far beyond the image of dusty bottles of Rioja and over-designed labels featuring Garnacha.  Instead the world has woken up, taking notice of indigenous white varietals such as Albariño, Xarel.lo, Verdejo, and Godello, to name a few.

One of Spain’s greatest white wine producers is Gerardo Mendez, who owns Do Ferreiro a stupendous producer of three different Albariño’s, including the famed “Cepas Vellas.”

Gerardo partnered with Toni Mendez, a local grower in the Monterrei region of Northwest Spain, which sits just across the Portuguese border in a valley.

The idea of Amizade, meaning friendship in the Galician language, was to use each others expertise and create an “everyday” drinking wine that was representative of the region.

The 2010 Amizade Godello goes beyond just being a simple, everyday wine, instead it offers one of the more complex examples of the varietal that you can buy.  The good news for you is that its at a price where you can drink it everyday.  I know I plan to.

Great aromatics featuring lemon peel, mineral and herbs.  This has some presence on the palate, with medium weight, a continuation of the mineral element from the nose, and a long, juicy finish.

For those of you experiencing a bit of Déjà vu, its true that I’ve featured this wine in the past.  Only that feature was on the Six for $120-Something Sampler.  In an effort to move through the end of this vintage, and into the next, the importer has given you a tremendous price break on this wine.  So take advantage a load up for summer drinking, you will be glad you did!

$11.00 BTL. / $132.00 CASE

 

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2012 Quinta da Lagoalva “Espirito” Rosé Ribatejo, Portugal

Just back from my first trip to Portugal, I’m excited to bring you one discovery from my visits from Quinta da Lagoalva, a very important estate in the Ribatejo region.

The history of the estate as we know it begins in 1834 when the first Count of Póvoa purchased it.  Through marriage, the house and estate was incorporated into the holdings of the House of Palmela, where it has been kept for generations.

The estate is incredibly sprawling, and wine is a very small part of the business of the Quinta da Lagoalva de Cima.  The vineyards compose 45 ha of land, a small chunk when you realize that the estate is over 5000 ha.  This busy family business also includes production of corn, barley, olives, cattle, cork trees, and they even breed the famous Lusitano horses.

Diogo Campilho is the first family member to produce the wines at Lagoalva.  He is a dynamic young producer, that almost everyone in the wine business in Portugal knows.  He is both practical, and yet focused on quality.  While he appreciates the indigenous varieties that Portugal has to offer, he also enjoys using “international varieties” in his wines.

This great value rosé under the “Espirito” line of wines, is a blend of both local and “international” varieties.  50% of Touriga Nacional, one of the main grapes used in Port production, combines with 50% Syrah, to form the basis for this delicious rosé.

This intensely colored rosé offers red berry aromas, combining wild strawberry with hints of raspberry and spice.  It is a rosé that a wide range of people will love, as it isn’t so delicate, yet it offers bright acidity and a super thirst quenching finish.

A delicious rosé that can be enjoyed on its own, and also paired with grilled salmon.

$10.50 BTL. / $126.00 CASE

 

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2011 Costantini “Massarosa” Lazio Rosso IGT Lazio, Italy

It always amazes me that one of the most underrepresented wine regions of Italy is the historic heart of the country.

 

The region of Lazio encompasses Italy’s largest city and capital, Rome.  With such a rich history and a thirsty population for food and wine, it makes sense that the region pumps out a lot of grape juice!

Of course Frascati is probably Lazio’s most well recognized region, and the white wine of this region is a go to during the warm summer months.  Yet in recent years we have seen better and better red wine come from this district and beyond.

Lorenzo and Fulvia Costantini are a very small producer located in Colle Mattia, within the Frascati sub-region.  The winery was founded in 2007 when they purchased an old property, and set out to make a couple wines, a classic white Frascati, and this wine, a red blend.

The “Massarosa” Lazio Rosso is a blend of 45% Cesanese, 45% Sangiovese with a splash of Montepulciano and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Planted on the classic soil of the region with elements of volcanic rock and clay.  The warm days and cold nights produce a wine that is both rich with fruit, and fresh on the finish.

Bright aromatics offer notes of both blue fruit and red berries.  Juicy and fruit driven on the palate, with distinct savory herb notes, including nutmeg and pepper.  This is a great warm weather red as you can put a slight chill on it, and enjoy it with grilled rosemary lamb chops.

$11.50 BTL. / $138.00 CASE

 

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2012 La Font du Vent Côtes du Rhône Blanc “Les Promesses” Southern Rhone Valley, France

Those long time readers of Perman Wine newsletters will remember the occasional rant against white Rhône varietals and how they can be so difficult to attain the right balance.  Those rants happen because as I taste lots of white Rhône varietal wines, the bad ones are really bad, and the good ones, well, they are a delight when you stumble across one.

It is rare to find a good value Côtes du Rhône Blanc, especially one that is composed entirely of Viognier, that especially difficult white varietal.

I really scored a delicious bottle this month from Domaine Font de Michelle, a historic producer of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  Their value line called “La Font du Vent” is a great place to look for everyday values.  The “Les Promesses” Blanc is made entirely from Viognier, from estate fruit.  It is fermented and aged in stainless steel vat.

Classic Viognier aromatics and flavors with hints at flowers and apricot.  What particularly impressed me about this is that the floral aspect is well encompassed, as is the apricot notes which aren’t extremely overripe.  There is really nice freshness and balance to this wine, making it so easy to drink.

Viognier is great as an aperitif, but I also really like it paired with a salad that features Burrata cheese.

Côtes du Rhône Blanc fans should not miss this!

$11.00 BTL. / $132.00 CASE

 

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2009 Cavallotto Dolcetto D’Alba “Vigna Scott” Piedmont, Italy

What’s not to love about Dolcetto? First, it’s not fussy and grows happily, even in cooler expositions, and the Piemontese plant it in the places where the higher maintenance grapes, Nebbiolo and Barbera, refuse to ripen. Second, translated from Italian it means ‘little sweet one’. This gives you an indication of its cherry, everyday nature. Third, it’s a wine that is deeply colored, and fragrant; who doesn’t like the thought of this? Fourth, this is a secret, high-quality alternative to Pinot Noir and we are letting the cat out of the bag.

Cavallotto is an old school  producer whose most famous wine is their Barolo from the Cru Bricco Boschis to which they claim sole ownership. The Dolcetto we are offering in this month’s sampler is also from a single cru called ‘Vigna Scott’ which was planted in 1979. The grapes are harvested and fermented in tank, a simple and direct way to showcase the singularly juicy pleasure of a good Dolcetto. Put a slight chill on the bottle and have with summer salads and soups.

 $10.50 BTL. / $126.00 CASE

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2011 Steinfeld Grüner Veltliner Niederösterreich, Austria

The Austrians love Grüner. This is evidenced by the 42,000+ acres of it they have planted throughout the country. Styles range from crisp and light and quaffable (like today’s selections) to rich and honeyed and age-worthy.

If you are new to Grüner (Groo-ner) think of it as a racy, spicy, more lime driven companion to Sauvignon Blanc. This is the negociant project of Fritz Meisbauer, the winemaker at Stadt Krems. But unless you follow Austrian wine news closely (and let’s face it, who amongst us really does?), all you really need to know is that this zippy little number will bring a punchy, mouth-watering element to any impromptu back porch get- together, pool party or thunderstorm/maelstrom event that this summer may throw your way.

$10.50 BTL. / $126.00 CASE

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