Perman Wine Selections Friday Feature – 7/8/11

Hello and Happy Friday (I know it’s Saturday, but let’s pretend)!

This week’s Friday Feature is all about some very exciting new arrivals. From collectors of Loire Valley wines to those looking for some crisp summer time white wines, there is something for you on this newsletter!

A reminder that next Thursday, June 14th, I am hosting a Sparkling Wine Tasting here at the store. I have 3 spots left at $50 per person. We are going to explore the world of Sparkling wine, visiting places like France, Spain, Austria, Germany and more! Very few wines are more refreshing during the summer than Bubbly, so come get your taste on right here at Perman Wine Selections.

Have a great weekend,
Craig

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2010 TANGENT VIOGNIER “PARAGON VINEYARD”

Don’t miss this ridiculously great value in Viognier from the folks at Tangent in California’s Central Coast.

Winemaker Christian Roguenant has a deft touch with the varietal, sourcing his fruit from the Paragon Vineyard in Edna Valley. It takes a great touch to produce a successful bottle of Viognier, and Roguenant nails it with this interpretation.

Vibrant aromas, with melon, apricot and citrus peel notes. It is like drinking fresh peach juice, with great balance and bright acidity. Not a fat cloying version of Viognier, rather a fresh, unoaked version that is uber refreshing!

This is a steal for a Viognier of this quality!

$15.99 BTL. / $191.88 CASE – ONLY 7 CASES AVAILABLE

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2007 GOISOT SAINT-BRIS “FIÉ GRIS – CORPS DE GARDE”

If you are a French wine nerd than it doesn’t get more exciting than having an opportunity to buy a few bottles of wine from Jean-Hugues and Ghislaine Goisot!

The village of Saint-Bris-Le-Vineux sits west of Chablis. This is the home base for the Goisot family and their small winery that focuses mainly on white wine. Vineyard fanatics, they practice organic viticulture and are certified bio-dynamic.

Their version of the rarely seen Fié Gris varietal, which is related to Sauvignon Blanc, is truly outstanding. Don’t expect a zingy gooseberry and grapefruit laden wine, rather a more Chablis-like, minerally wine with loads of richness and character.

Pair this with crab or lobster for a divine treat!

$28.99 BTL. / ONLY 24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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2010 VIÑA MEIN RIBEIRO

Love Albariño but want to try something different from Galicia? Then Ribeiro you must go!

Viña Mein is an exciting Spanish producer with 16 hectares of hillside vines along the Avia River. Ribeiro has a tradition of blending grapes for their white wines, usually though the blend is dominated by Treixadura, alongside other grapes such as Godello, Loureira, Lado Torrontés, Albilla and Albariño.

The granitic soil gives a richness to the wines, and leads to riper aromatics bordering on stone fruit and quince. A fresh, crisp palate that also has a good deal of complexity from the multitude of varietals and extended lees aging.

A great glass to sip on its own, but also a good match with simply prepared pork chops.

$18.99 BTL. / $227.88 CASE

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2009 BERNARD BAUDRY CHINON “LES GRÉZEAUX”

One of the greatest producers of the Chinon appellation is Bernard and his son Matthieu Baudry.

With a little over 11,000 annual case production, the family makes eight different wines, six of which are red. Chinon is of course famous for its Cabernet Franc, and the Baudry’s look to highlight their various terroir through this series of bottlings.

Cabernet Franc ages exceptionally well, particularly if it comes from the greatest terroir. 2009 is an exceptional vintage at Baudry, and these are wines that can be drunk or cellared for a good deal of time.

“Les Grézeaux” is the first of the trio that I am highlighting today. It comes from a Gravel based soil, with very old vines of around 65 years of age. This is one of the brawnier examples from the estate, so if drinking now, decant for an hour. It will age for at least a decade, drinking best from 2015-2020.

$24.99 BTL. / $299.88 CASE

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2009 BERNARD BAUDRY CHINON “LE CLOS GUILLOT”

Les Clos Guillot comes from a 4-hectare vineyard planted on clay-limestone soil. It spends a year in barrel.

Le Clos Guillot is the more imminently accessible wine of the two reds featured today. Lots of red fruits, with a rich mid-palate, and classic Cab Franc spiciness throughout.

This of course will also age very nicely too, drinking through 2018.

$27.99 BTL. / ONLY 24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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2009 BERNARD BAUDRY CHINON BLANC “LA CROIX BOISSÉE”

White Chinon is somewhat of a rarity. The permitted grape varietal is Chenin Blanc.

Baudry makes two Chinon Blanc, a basic cuvee that is oh-so-delicious, and “La Croix Boissée” which has to go down as one of the truly complex Chenin’s not just of Chinon, but of the Loire Valley.

La Croix Boissée produces both white and red from its three hectares. Chenin Blanc only takes up about a half hectare of the vineyard. The vine age is around 30 years-old. The wine does see malolactic fermentation and is aged in barrel.

It is a rich, yet brilliantly lucid Chenin Blanc, with hints of stone-fruit and apple, lots of mineral and a really, really long finish.

It is absolutely delicious now, but should evolve over a handful of years. Stunning stuff!

$35.99 BTL. / 24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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2007 ABBONA DOLCETTO DI DOGLIANI “PAPÀ CELSO”

Dolcetto from Piedmont doesn’t get much better than this. If you are a fan of great Dolcetto than you probably already know that Dogliani is THE area for Dolcetto. Abbona is a traditional producer that makes a couple of different Dolcetto.

I scored this fantastic deal on “Papà Celso” which is their top Dolcetto from a single vineyard. 40+ year-old vines with southern exposure – the grapes are left on the skin for a week before being fermented and aged in stainless steel.

2007 is a great vintage in Piedmont, and the extra touch of warmth really benefits grapes like Dolcetto. There is a reason why this garnered the vaulted Tre Bicchieri award from the famed Italian wine guide Gambero Rosso – it is that good!

$19.99 BTL. / NORMALLY $24.99 BTL. – ONLY FOUR CASES LEFT

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