Friday feature 8/30/13: The New 6 for $60 Something Sampler

Hello and Happy Friday!

Many of you are getting ready for the holiday weekend. What better way to do so then by stopping in at Perman Wine to load up on all your alcohol needs!

We will be maintaing normal hours today and tomorrow, but do want to let you know that Perman wines will be CLOSED THIS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND, FOR LABOR DAY!


For those who frequent our Routier – Friday night tastings, please note that Routier is on strike tonight, but will be back in action on Friday September 6th.


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!


Craig & Sheb


6 for $60-Something 
2012 Domaine Rabasse-Charavin Côtes du Rhône Rosé- Southern Rhône Valley, France
It may be the last days of summer, but it is still Rosé-time in our books!
It has been a long time in the making, but one of Craig’s long-time favorite Southern Rhône producers is now available in Chicago.
Domaine Rabasse-Charavin is a fantastic, small estate located in the appellation of Cairanne.  Cairanne is part of the broader Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation, although in the future it could be promoted to its own appellation, like its neighbor Rasteau was in 2010.
Cairanne is located northeast of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Orange, tucked below the hills of Mont Ventoux.  Driving through you will find beautiful vineyards with a predominance of clay-limestone soils, although pockets of sand do exist.
Corinne Couturier and her daughter, Laure are the fourth and fifth generation to make wine at Rabasse-Charavin.  Their wines are well noted in France, classically structured, and traditional styled.
We are exciting to be offering this fantastic rosé.  It is a blend of 80% Counoise (30-year old vines) and 20% Grenache (30-year old vines) cropped at a very low 30 hl/ha.
We love the aromatics on this rosé – chock full of wild strawberry, aromatic herbs and spice.  On the palate, the low yields provide density, but this is a super fresh, ridiculously delicious bottle that definitely earns the term “porch pounder!”
Come by lots of this for the upcoming warm holiday weekend!
$13.00 BTL. / $156.00 CASE
2011 “Serè” Montsant- Catalonia, Spain
It’s back!
This is one of Craig’s direct imports, a relationship he has cultivated over the years.
Craig’s friend Albert, maker of the Acústic wines in the Montsant region of Catalunya in Spain, made his first vintage in the family winery of Josep María Vendrell Rived.  As a frequent visitor of Albert’s, he formed a relationship with Josep María and his own small family estate.  When we say small, the winery only produces between 20,000 and 30,000 bottles.  All the wines are made from estate grapes, although Josep María keeps the best grapes for himself and sells off the rest.
Montsant is rather large appellation lying west of the ancient Roman port city of Tarragona.  This is Rhône varietal territory, and the vineyards of Josep María are composed of Grenache and Cariñena (Carignan).
Only two red wines are made.  This wine being featured on the newsletter, Seré, is composed of 80% Grenache and 20% Carignan from vines averaging between 10 to 40 years-old.  The malolactic is done in an inox tank, and the wine does see 5 months resting in French oak.
This is one of, if not the best, under $15 value in Montsant.  Give this a little air, as it really opens up with notes of wild strawberry, blackberry, and spice notes.  It is medium-bodied, complex and really manages to stay fresh and easily drinkable even with its willy nature.
This wine will be a good transition from Summer to Fall, as it is excellent paired with grilled or BBQ meats, but also does well along Autumn braises.
$13.00 BTL. /$156.00 CASE
2009 Gentilini Red- Cephalonia, Greece
If learning about the wines of Greece is “all Greek to you,” then I’m here to help.
Every year that passes is another in which the Greek wine trade grows stronger and stronger.  I’ve been enjoying Greek wine for over 16 years.
Yet the majority of you know the wines from the terrible wine lists in Greektown in Chicago.  To those restaurateurs, they don’t seek to promote the exciting gastronomic aspects of their homeland, but rather capitalize on a theme and continue their motives based solely on profit.
Kind of harsh words, but necessary considering the amount of really good Greek white and reds that are now widely available.
Take this wine from Nicholas Cosmetatos of the Gentilini winery.
Away from the beautiful shores of the island of Cephalonia are hills with chalk and limestone soils.  The 1600 feet of elevation provides a cooling effect in the vineyards at night, giving the grapes nice daytime sunshine but with requisite freshness due to the nocturnal drop in temperature.
A small producer, with only 50,000 bottles annually, Gentilini has long been at the forefront of quality on the island.  While famous for their white wines made from the ancient variety, Robola, the family also produces red wine.
The Gentilini Red is the type of wine that should be poured by the glass at many of the afforementioned restaurants.  An easy, drinkable, very delicious red blend of 60% Agiorgitiko, 20% Syrah, and 20% Mavrodaphne.  Surprisingly for a wine of this price, it is aged in a mixture of new and old French oak barrels for six months.
Medium-bodied, red fruits that lean towards cherry, finishing with a spice driven, soft and juicy finish.  This is made for enjoyed with simple grilled meats, poultry or lamb.  A very good value.
$9.00 BTL. / $108.00 CASE
2011 Domaine Giachino Altesse -Savoie, France

Remember when Justin TImberlake brought sexy back? Here at Perman Wine Selections, we are bringing Altesse (a.k.a Rousette) back.

The wines of the Savoie and Jura regions of France are currently enjoying a healthy and well-deserved comeback. These regions both suffered greatly after the plague of phylloxera and the economic decimation caused by both WW1 & WW2. There were simply not enough financial resources to re-invest in planting in the 1950s and 1960s.

Fast-forward to the present, and Altesse is being resurrected on a grand scale. It is a grape capable of making perfumed, elegant wines, aromatically complex and pleasurable.

Federic Giachino started with 4 acres in 1988 and has grown to 17 today. Although this is a cold region, and rot and mildew always present a challenge, Frederic practices organic viticulture. The wine is fermented at a low temperature and is left on its lees during the winter. All this insures a slight richness while maintaining a filagreed mineral component. Rich aromas of quince, toasted almonds and pineapple abound.

$10.00 BTL. / $120.00 CASE


2011 Viña Apaltagua Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva- Colchagua, Chile

Apalta & Colchagua Valley are located between the Andes and the hills and ranges along the coast and are part of Chile’s oldest and most established winemaking region, the Central Valley.  A moderate, Mediterranean climate, cool oceanic breezes and protection from inland warmth courtesy of the Andes Mountains make this region an ideal place to plant Bordeaux varietals.

Cabernet Sauvignon made it’s way into South America from Bordeaux, in the mid-nineteenth century, as a part of a botanical exchange. South America also played a pivotal role in helping the Bordelaise re-plant its vineyards after the devastation of phylloxera.

Admittedly, the market is saturated with inexpensive Chilean Cabernets. But at Viña Apaltagua things are a bit different. All grapes are harvested from estate owned vineyards, and in this case all from the coastal valley of Apalta. The consulting winemaker here is none other than the esteemed Alvaro Espinoza, who makes one of the greatest wines in Chile, Antiyal.

As a result, this bottle offers complexity and nuance not normally found at this price point. Great fruit, moderate tannins and a pleasing freshness round out the whole package.

$10.00 BTL./ $120.00 CASE


2012 Castello del Baron Macabeo-Yecla, Spain

Yecla is one of three sub-regions in Murcia D.O. in the Levante, the eastern part of the Iberian peninsula. This region’s economy is dominated by tourism and agriculture, specifically lemons, oranges and grape vines. Because it is so hot, the greatest challenge for winemakers is keeping yields down and retaining acidity in the wines.


Yecla however, is well-suited to the task, with high altitude vineyards that boast poor, limestone soils (essential for keeping yields down) and a close proximity to the coast, which provides a cooling influence at night.

This wine is composed of 100% Macabeo, which some of you might know as Viura, as it is known in Rioja and Castilla y Léon. This grape was born in the Penedès and also grows widely in France’s Roussillon region.

This is the first vintage of white wine for Castello del Baron. The Macabeo is aged in steel, again to preserve freshness and a youthful exuberance. It exhibits some nice peach and ripe apple notes, and will neither maim with searing acidity nor bore with blowsy excess.

$9.00 BTL./ $108.00 CASE

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