Perman Wine Selections Newsletter – 12/24/10

Hello and Happy Holidays!

I’ve been silent for some time as my workload doubles during this time of year and it is very difficult to write newsletters.

Yet being the second to last Friday of the month I couldn’t give up my tradition of offering out my “Six for $120” wine sampler! This sampler, aims to bring you some of the best wines I’ve recently tasted in and around the $20 range. All of these are available by the bottle or case, but for maximum pleasure you should take the whole sampler!

Normally my descriptions of the following wines may be a little more verbose, but with a short day today I wanted to get this out to you as soon as possible. Remember that it is always a good idea to print out the descriptions to keep with your wine so that you have a mini wine lesson on hand at all times.

The store will be open till 4 pm today, Christmas Eve, and will be closed Christmas day, and as usual on Sunday. I will resume my normal hours of noon till 9 pm on Monday. New Year’s Eve I will be open from noon till 4 pm. I will be closed on New Year’s day.

For those folks waiting for the “Six for $60-something” it will be released next Friday and be available for pick up that day as well as throughout January.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Cheers,
Craig

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2009 CASHBURN PINOT NOIR, CENTRAL OTAGO

It wasn’t around long last time – so it is time to get amped for the new release of Cashburn Pinot Noir from the Central Otago region of New Zealand.

This is one of the regions most exciting new projects. 28 acres of vineyards, formerly a natural sheep paddocks that were converted into 11 different blocks, laid out by soil type. The majority of the vineyards are composed of wind blown loess over schist.

“Our philosophy is real wine. Native yeast ferment, no chapitalization, no acidification” says the owner of the winery. Severe selection of grapes, a responsible use of oak and low yields are admirable trademarks here.

The great Ted Lemon of Littorai (California) fame is the winemaker. Ted knows Pinot, and his thumb print of elegance is written all over this wine.

Give this a bit of air when you open it. The aromatics will really develop in the glass. This is a great bottle of Central Otago Pinot for the money!

$24.00 BTL. / $288.00 CASE

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2009 DORIGO RIBOLLA GIALLA

I’m having a bit of a Paul Revere moment when it comes to the recent arrivals of the Dorigo wines from Friuli. I simply want to let the whole world know that they are here!

Girolamo Dorigo has an amazing line-up of white and red wines from his small estate in Butrio, northeast of Venice. The estate was founded in 1966 based on two vineyards that were purchased, Ronc di Juri and Montsclapade.

Today’s featured wine is one of the most delicious examples of Ribolla Gialla you will ever try. Ribolla Gialla is a native vine to the region, and many interpretations can be found. Dorigo is aiming to show off the aromatic complexity that comes from a fresher style. They go so far as to blanket the grapes immediately after harvest with a blanket of carbon dioxide “snow” to prevent any aromatic evaporation. In the winery malolactic fermentation is blocked and only stainless tank is used in vinification and aging.

Mineral, citrus, and utterly refreshing a phenomenal wine to pair with shellfish.

$21.00 BTL. / $252.00 CASE

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2007 DOMAINE DE PIAUGIER SABLET “LES BRIGUIÈRES”

Sablet is one of the appellations that falls into the Côtes du Rhône Villages tag of the Southern Rhône Valley of France. The appellation sits at the base of the Dentelles de Montmirail, a mountain range with other notable names like Gigondas and Vacqueryas close by. Sablet is known for its more sandstone soil as it sits at the base of the mountain, thus producing not quite as full of a style as its neighbors.

Domaine de Piaugier is one of the great names in the Sablet region. Owned by the Autran family, they are long time growers in the area, but only have been producing wine since 1985. This is proof that some people are naturals, as in a short time they have been impressive with their wines.

“Les Briguières” is a blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre, vines with an average age of 45 years. The soil is clay with limestone and sand, giving this wine a more full-bodied nature. This was aged for two years in a mixture of old oak ranging from one to four years old.

t’s an aromatically beautiful and spice driven wine full of red fruits, licorice and herbs. Southern Rhône fans will love this!

$20.00 BTL. / $240.00 CASE

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2008 PILIŽOTA BABIĆ

There is never obscurity for obscurity sake here at Perman Wine. I bring you this wine from Croatia because it’s absolutely delicious, although I will admit that it is also fun to turn you on to new emerging regions!

Wine production in Croatia is anything but a new thing. Yet more and more I am starting to taste some very interesting and delicious wines from throughout the countries vast amounts of appellations.

Piližota Winery is located in the Northern Dalmatia. They specialize in the red grape varietal called Babić. It thrives in stony soils, and tends to have fresh acidity, low tannins and at times an herbal characteristic. Its critics tend to say that to make sure it isn’t too herbal, you have to ripen fully and thus the alcohol levels can be excessive.

In this example from Piližota, which happens to weigh in at 13%, I don’t find any challenging herbal notes, just a smooth, berry filled red that has some Mediterranean characteristics and plenty of complexity. This will be a very food friendly bottle of wine and something you should look forward to trying.

$17.00 BTL. / $204.00 CASE

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2007 “HÉLÈNE DORLÉANS” SPARKLING VOUVRAY BRUT

For a number of years I have admired the wines of the little talked about Vouvray estate of Bourillon-Dorléans. Vouvray is one of the greatest appellations, if not the greatest in the world, for Chenin Blanc. It comes in a myriad of styles, bubbly, dry, half-sweet and dessert wines.

Bourillon Dorléans, which was founded in 1921, excels at all of these styles. They own 20 hectares of vines predominantly in the commune of Rochecorbon.

Their sparkling wine called “Hélène Dorléans” is a great example of sparkling Vouvray. 100% Chenin Blanc, vinified in stainless steel with secondary fermentation in bottle, and aged on its lees for 16 months. They make only 30,000 bottles of it.

In the New Year it will be important to incorporate more sparkling wine into your life on a daily basis, and think of it more when you are looking to pair a dish with wine. This is perfect with raw seafood like oysters or even hamachi. At this price point you can afford to drink it more than once in a while!

$17.00 BTL. / $204.00 CASE

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2007 LUNA BEBERIDE “FINCA LA CUESTA” BIERZO

Ok, so I am cheating a bit, I’ve carried this wine in the past in the store, but I enjoy it so much I had to make sure you try it!

The grape varietal Mencía is all the rage in Spain right now. With areas like Ribeira Sacra and Bierzo showing the wine world what an interesting varietal it can be, there is simply no avoiding it!

Bierzo offers a warmer climate interpretation of Mencía. The area is surrounded by mountains, and average summer temperatures can be quite high. That results in a rich sumptuous style of wine.

“Finca la Cuesta” from Luna Beberide is made from 100% Mencía, 60+ year old vines growing in calcareous clay and slate soil.

It was aged for one year in French oak, which gives it that hint of cocoa and vanilla, along with plenty of bright blue and black fruits. This is a silky smooth red that will keep you coming back for another glass.

$21.00 BTL. / $252 CASE

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