Friday feature 8/23/13: The New 6 for $120 Something Sampler

Hello and Happy Friday!

Sounds like next week is going to be a scorcher, we have several new rosés to keep your thirst at bay. Remember to keep hydrated and by hydrated we mean drink more wine.

 

Routier is “on strike” tonight, while Craig continues to gorge on lobster in Maine. He will be back Tuesday and we will return to Routier next Friday.

 

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.

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

 

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6 for $120-Something 
2011 Breton Bourgueil “Franc de Pied”- Loire Valley, France

Over the years, Bourgueil and Chinon have become among our favorite wines to drink and to put away for long-term aging. Catherine & Pierre Breton have brought Cabernet Franc to a new level; they along with Bernard and Matthieu Baudry (in Chinon) are the vanguards of red wine in Touraine.

 

About 15 years ago, the Bretons decided upon some risky business and planted a small parcel of their vineyards to what is locally called “Franc de Pied” or “foot of the franc”. What this means is that the vines are un-grafted and therefore vulnerable to phylloxera. The vineyard is thriving and has seen no sign of the dreaded louse yet.

The Bretons practice biodynamic viticulture and attribute this to the robust health of their vines. Franc de Pied grapes are harvested, then aged in stainless steel for a year before bottling. The Bretons believe that the qualities of the “Franc de Pied” bottling can be an indicator of the personality of the vintage; 2011 offers supple fruit, manageable tannins and lot of the earth & green pepper that we have come to expect from great Cabernet Franc.

$31.00 BTL./ $372.00 CASE

 

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2010 Pierre Chermette Beaujolais- Burgundy, France

Gamay first gained notoriety in 1395, banned from human consumption with claims of bitterness, poison and serious disease! All this, from the poor love child of Pinot Noir and Gouais. Several hundreds of years later, things have settled down in the rhetoric department and Gamay has become the beloved cultivar of Beaujolais.

We are often taught that Beaujolais is the southern appendage of Burgundy and politically this is true. However, the earth and rocks and soil tell a different story. Beaujolais is actually the harbinger of the Northern Rhone, more granite than limestone. Most of Beaujolais actually resides within the Rhône department.

Pierre and Marie Chermette have holdings in Brouilly, Fleurie & Moulin a Vent, work with small yields and practice ecologically sound farming. None of those crazy “banana yeasts” are employed here, only natural  yeasts, and there is no fining or filtration. Their basic Beaujolais offering is as charming as one could hope; with aromatic complexity and beguiling flavors. As one of the great values of the sample pack, we urge you to roast up a few chickens and let the good times roll.

$18.00 BTL./ $216.00 CASE

 

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2012 Emile Beyer Pinot Blanc “Cuvée Tradition”- Alsace, France

A few months ago, we ran a Pinot Blanc from Austria in our 6 for $120 something sampler. It was  a huge hit! As unabashed fans of the variety, we decided to feature another one, this time from Alsace.

You may remember from last time that Pinot Blanc is a light-skinned mutation of the genetically unstable Pinot Noir.There are 3200 acres of Pinot Blanc planted in France, mainly in Burgundy and Alsace. It is also allowed in Champagne production, although very few speak about it. In Alsace, Pinot Blanc is often blended with cousin grape Pinot Auxerrois. The Pinot Blanc gives lift and freshness, the Auxerrois perfume and richness.

Such  is the case with our featured wine today. Domaine Emile Beyer is located in Eguisheim and have producing wines since the 1600s. So you can say they have some experience. They have about 42 acres of vines, all farmed of course, in a careful manner, the way we like it here at Perman Wine Selections. We really don’t care for pesticides or phytosanitary products in our wines.

The Pinot Blanc is a lovely balance between creamy and crisp and suitable for the oncoming transition into fall. At this price, it is good for a daily swig. There is good supply right now, so consider purchasing a case.

$14.00 BTL. / $168.00 CASE

 

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2010 Quinta de Chocapalha Branco Reserva -Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal

Now some more great selections from Craig’s latest obsession: Portugal!!!!!

Quinta de Chocapalha is located right outside the historic city of Lisbon and by today’s standards is a small but modern estate. The winery has been around for several hundred years, but it was in 2000 that quality really started to climb.

Our featured wine is a blend of Chardonnay & Viosinho. For those of you unfamiliar with Viosinho (and count me among you), it is a low-yielding, high-quality grape that can be best described as the Sauvignon Blanc of Portugal. Except that there are barely 250 acres left of it on the planet, and there are over 250,000 acres of Sauvignon Blanc!! For those of you unfamiliar with Chardonnay, we are unsure how to help you, but we will try.

The grapes are fermented in stainless steel for preservation, and then aged in oak to produce a rich, satisfying, generous style of wine.

This wine is made in an international style, admittedly, but has a very “Iberian” feel to it. Another compelling selection that keeps us wanting for more from Portugal.

$19.00 BTL. / $228.00 CASE

 

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2011 Luis Pato Vinas Velhas Branco- Beira Atlantico, Portugal

Luis Pato is a legendary figure in Portuguese wine history. A trained chemical engineer, he was one of the first people to encourage modernization in the wine industry, a sector that had suffered greatly under the Salazar dictatorship.  His passion and commitment were infectious, and made an international reputation for the Bairrada region, focusing on native varietal, Baga.

In 1999 he made a large splash by “defecting” from the appellation and using the broader designate of “Beira Atlantico” on all of his labels. He remains as passionate and committed to wine and the native grapes of Portugal today.

The wine is a blend of Bical, Cerceal & the rare Sercialinho, of which there only exists 23 acres in the world, mostly grown by Pato. Bical is a more common blending grape, rich and low in acidity which thrives in the Dão and Bairrada, and Cerceal gives the blend freshness and acidity.

Those among you who pride themselves on taking the path less worn will naturally want to try this delicious, Portuguese blend.

$19.00 BTL. / $228.00 CASE

 

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2012 Ameztoi Txakolina “Stimatum”- Basque Country, Spain

Before you say “Enough with the Txakolina already!” take note: this is a rare offering of RED Txakolina, a unicorn wine if ever there were one.

Several years ago, there was hardly enough Hondarribi Beltza (the red grape of the Basque region) to make much red wine. But consumer demand for the Rubentis rosé has heightened and the smart folks at Ameztoi saw an opportunity to bring back this rare grape.

There is now enough Hondarribi Beltza planted at Ameztoi to send us some red Txakolina, and they have increased their “Rubentis” production as well.

Because Hondarribi Beltza is actually related to Cabernet Franc, the wine is in possession of a joyful boysenberry & plum flavor profile, with a hint of new earth and Txakolina’s trademark spritz. The wine was more luscious than I had anticipated and the acidity is not as daunting as that of white Txakolina.

There is not tons of it yet, so if your interest is piqued, we recommend shooting us an email and claiming your bottles sooner rather than later.

$20.00 BTL.

24 BTLS AVAILABLE

 

This Month’s Sampler: $121.00 Before Tax!

 

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