Hello and Happy Thanksgiving,
First off, as a reminder, I’ve included my store’s upcoming holiday hours.
Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving Day) CLOSED
Friday, November 23 OPEN, 12pm – 7pm
Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) OPEN, 11am – 5pm
Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day) CLOSED
Monday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve) OPEN, 11am – 5pm
Tuesday, January 1 (New Year’s Day) CLOSED
Wednesday, January 2 OPEN, Regular Store Hours
A mid-week newsletter is rare for me to write, but each year at this time I like to remind all of my customers what the best gift in the world is – alcohol!
Whether it is your client, mom, boyfriend or neighbor, nothing says Happy Holidays like a great bottle of wine, beer or spirits.
Perman Wine Selections is THE best place to buy your holiday wine gifts. Not only do I have a great selection to choose from, and access to much much more, I also will provide you with the necessary customer service to make sure the right gift gets chosen.
I’m adamant that any gift bottle should come with a gift description, and I’m happy to provide those. Please note – I need a lead time of five business days to keep up with all the gift description writing I do during the holidays.
At this time a year, it is a good idea to plan your holiday gifts ahead of time.
Shipping is a topic that often comes up during the holidays. I do ship throughout the US, although a handful of states are off limits due to their local shipping laws.
There are only 4 weeks left of shipping before Christmas! That may seem like a lot to some, but there are several variables that can delay shipments. Bad snowstorms and excessively cold weather can and often do delay shipments during December.
Each year, I have a handful of stories where people waited too late and had to ship 2nd day air or overnight. Costs for these services usually triple or quadruple the cost of shipping, so save yourself money by planning ahead.
To get you in the holiday spirit, I have a veritable shoppers dream of wine, spirits and beer listed below. Many of these are high end, collectable wines, that are bound to sell out before the end of the year.
I’ve kept descriptions brief, so please inquire if you have additional questions about anything below.
Happy shopping and Happy Holidays!
Wines from the United States
2010 Matello Pinot Noir “Souris”
Easily one of the top Pinot Noir’s coming out of Oregon. Winemaker Marcus Goodfellow blends his best barrels for “Souris,” a cuvée that yielded 165 cases. Delicious now, this will be absolutely stunning with a little additional bottle age.
$39.99 BTL. / ONLY 36 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2009 Robert Sinskey Vineyards “POV”
Wonderfully drinkable and complex wines are made at Robert Sinskey. Their “POV” is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is oh-so-crowd pleasing.
$38.99 BTL. / $467.88 CASE
2009 Araujo “Altagracia” Napa Valley Red Wine
From one of California’s cult producers, this is a blend of all 5 Bordeaux varietals from their estate vineyard and other contracted Napa Valley vineyards. California wine collectors know the Araujo name.
$114.99 BTL. / ONLY SIX BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2009 Ovid Napa Valley Red Wine
The review tells the story of what is a truly excellent winery.
“The 2009 Ovid is a gorgeous, radiant wine endowed with expressive character. Here the higher percentage of Cabernet Franc (30%) in the final blend comes through in the warm, spicy notes of the bouquet. The 2009 boasts striking inner perfume, great intensity and fabulous overall balance in a dazzling, pure expression of fruit. Layers of fruit build effortlessly to the finish. The 2009 started to shut down in the glass, a great sign for the future. There is no shortage of structure here. The 2009 Ovid is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. 96+ Points. Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate
I was very much looking forward to my first visit at Ovid. Suffice it to say, the wines did not disappoint. I tasted the 2008, 2009 and 2010, all of which were simply brilliant. Ovid is one of the most exciting young wineries in Napa Valley. It is tempting to think about Ovid in the context of other wineries on Pritchard Hill, as the estate lies just up the road from Colgin. Some of the aerial photos I saw were quite revealing as they show the way Ovid sits on a huge ridge directly above Dalla Valle and other wineries on the eastern side of Oakville, where it looks like the ground literally fell off a cliff. Ovid boasts a superstar team of viticulturist David Abreu, winemaker Andy Erickson and consultant Michel Rolland, but it is a mistake to think that money alone can buy success. It can’t. Ovid is very clearly a special place with special people on a mission to make great wines. These new and upcoming releases are full of potential.
$199.99 BTL. / ONLY 3 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2008 Dalla Valle “Maya” Proprietary Red Wine
Along with names like Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valla “Maya” excites California collectors like few others. The 2008 is built for the long haul!
“The 2008 Maya boasts an inky/blue/purple color as well as a sumptuous bouquet of blue, black and red fruits, crushed rock, spice box, licorice and subtle wood. Full-bodied, multilayered, pure and deep, this is a striking, seamless wine with flawless balance and great concentration as well as length. Multiple dimensions, incremental richness and a 45-second finish suggest this beauty is one of the top wines of the vintage. 96 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.
One of the iconic wines of Napa Valley is Dalla Valle’s blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon (usually at least 50% Cabernet Franc), Maya. As history has proven, Cabernet Franc has flourished in the red soils above the Oakville Corridor. One can go back twenty years and find these wines still youthful with perhaps 40-50 years of total life in them.”
$319.99 BTL. / ONLY 2 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
Wines from France
2006 J.L Vergnon Champagne “Résonance” Brut
The rising star of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Those of you familiar with their non-vintage “Éloquence,” which I featured as my Champagne Value of the Year, will be excited to try their vintage wine called Résonance.” A spectacular Blanc de Blancs from the 40+ year-old vines in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Oger.
$61.99 BTL. / 52 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2004 Gonet-Médeville Ambonnay “La Grande Ruelle” Extra Brut
I love the Champagnes of Xavier Gonet and Julie Médeville. This tiny production, vintage-dated, single-vineyard Champagne was just released. It is pure Pinot Noir, and it is very special.
$151.99 BTL. / ONLY 6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2005 Georges Laval Champagne “Les Chênes” Brut Nature
A Champagne not for the faint of heart! Amazingly complex Chardonnay, barrel fermented from the single-vineyard “Les Chênes.” Mineral, pear, mint, tarragon, licorice, this keeps changing in the glass. It is remarkably complex, and very rare, with about 1700 bottles produced.
$159.99 BTL. / ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2009 François Raveneau Chablis “Forêt,” 1er Cru
The most dedicated White Burgundy fans in the world know that they must buy Raveneau! Unfortunately it is so difficult to get that they can’t. I’m on the good boy list, so I get some, and now you have the opportunity. Here is the list of what is in stock!
“The 2009 Chablis “Forêt” is long, pure and beautifully delineated. There is a centeredness and focus to the fruit that is compelling. White stone fruits and flowers frame the delicate, haunting finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2019+. 92 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$105.99 BTL. / ONLY 2 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2010 François Raveneau Chablis “Forêt,” 1er Cru
“The 2010 Chablis Foret is rich, layered and totally sensual. A highly expressive tapestry of aromas and flavors emerges from the glass in this rich, textured wine. The Foret is all about harmony. 92 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$114.99 BTL. / ONLY 4 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2009 François Raveneau Chablis “Mont-Mains,” 1er Cru
“By contrast, the 2009 Chablis Montmains presents a rounder expression of fruit. The Montmains comes across as quite generous and sensual, with hints of white peaches, flowers and mint that caress the palate on the polished finish. I imagine the Montmains will be approachable early. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. 91 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$112.99 BTL. / ONLY 2 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2009 François Raveneau Chablis “Montée de Tonnerre,” 1er Cru
“The 2009 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre is super-impressive. There is a level of detail, nuance and energy to the fruit that is quite rare in 2009. The Montee de Tonnerre possesses dazzling purity all the way through to the finely articulated, chiseled finish. This is yet another superb effort from Raveneau. I have a slight preference for the 2010 here, but the 2009 will offer fabulous drinking while its younger sibling ages in the cellar. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. 93 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$147.99 BTL. / ONLY 1 BOTTLE AVAILABLE
2010 François Raveneau Chablis “Montée de Tonnerre,” 1er Cru
“Readers will have to be patient with the 2010 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre. Some of the other 2010s are showing much more today, but the Montee de Tonnerre is all understatement and class. Still, it is impossible to miss the wine’s textural finesse and exceptional overall harmony. Everything is simply in the right place in this majestic, compelling Chablis. A gentle hint of spice frames the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015. 95+ Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$149.99 BTL. / ONLY 4 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2009 François Raveneau Chablis “Les Clos,” Grand Cru
“It’s all there in the 2009 Chablis Les Clos. White flowers, lime peel, oyster shells and petrol are some of the nuances the run through the wine. Les Clos possesses a striking inner perfume, layers of expressive fruit and a sumptuous, kaleidoscopic finish. This is a stunning effort from Raveneau. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029. 95 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$399.99 BTL. / ONLY 2 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2010 François Raveneau Chablis “Les Clos,” Grand Cru
“The very best elements of vintage and site as expressed by one of Chablis’s true visionaries come together in the 2010 Chablis Clos. The aromatics alone are breathtaking, but then endless layers of fruit flow across the palate, captivating all the senses; intellectual, hedonistic and everything else. The Clos has elements of all the preceding wines in the same way Romanee-Conti encapsulates all the wines at DRC. The 2010 Clos shows great balance and class from start to finish. It is a profound wine to savor over the next few decades, although it shouldn’t be touched before age ten. Readers who can find the 2010 should not hesitate. It is a magical bottle of wine. Anticipated maturity: 2020+. 97+ Points, Antonio Galloni.”
$499.99 BTL. / ONLY 2 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2010 Domaine Comte de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny
20 generations have presided over this world-class and world-famous domaine. Say the name Comte de Vogüé to any Burgundy collector and their ears will perk up, and a smile will come to the face. The 2010s are epic and I’ve received a small allocation.
“The 2010 Chambolle-Musigny is fantastic. It boasts incredible aromatic complexity, gorgeous textural finesse and seemingly endless layers of fruit. Suave yet firm tannins support the fruit through to the highly attractive, delineated finish. This is a great way to start a survey of the domaine’s 2010s. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2025. 92 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$137.99 BTL. / SIX BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2010 Domaine Comte de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny, 1er Cru
From young vines in the Grand Cru of Musigny.
“The 2010 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru opens with an explosive bouquet laced with dark red fruit, mint, flowers and graphite. Cool, mineral notes are woven throughout, giving the wine its sense of urgency. A final blast of plums and black cherries informs the powerful, structured finish. This is an impressive showing. The 1er Cru is made from young vines in Musigny. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030. 94 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$249.99 BTL. / 6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2010 Domaine Comte de Vogüé Musigny “Vieilles Vignes,” Grand Cru
An instant classic! The legend.
“The 2010 Musigny Vieilles Vignes is incredibly long and silky on the palate. Saline notes add urgency and vibrancy to the expressive red fruit in this beautifully woven, textured Musigny. Currently the Musigny appears to be revealing just a fraction of its potential. The sweet floral notes and super-refined red fruit that emerge over time are stunningly beautiful, though, and it is just a matter of time before the wine is fully formed. Today the 2010 is all about textural finesse, and there is no shortage of that in the glass. This is another stunningly beautiful wine from de Vogue. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2045. 94-97 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$699.99 BTL. / 2 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2009 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richeboug, Grand Cru
The ultimate collectible. Buy it for yourself, but it for an investment, just know it doesn’t get much better in the world of Red Burgundy!
“The 2009 Richebourg is a dramatic wine. In 2009 there is so much fruit that the tannins are barely perceptible. With time in the glass dark notes of tar, smoke, licorice and violets develop, adding tons of complexity to the fruit. This is a huge, vertical wine that captures the essence of Richebourg in its towering fruit and structure. Layers of fruit saturate every corner of the palate as the wine builds to a deeply satisfying crescendo of head-spinning aromas and flavors. Anticipated maturity: 2024-2059. 97 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$9975 SIX-PACK CASE / ONLY SOLD AS A SIX-PACK, IN ORIGINAL WOOD CASE
2010 Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges
“The 2010 Nuits St. Georges (from tank) reveals dark shades of fruit with more depth than the Bourgogne. It comes across as fleshy and round. Hints of tar, licorice and violets add complexity on the finish. This is a very pretty villages. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. 87-88 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate”
$50.99 BTL. / 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2010 Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges “Les Chênes Carteaux,” 1er Cru
“The 2010 Nuits St. Georges Les Chenes Carteaux is soft, supple, silky and beautifully balanced. Layers of black fruit, cassis, spices and licorice wrap around the palate in this sensual, caressing wine. Everything here is about textural elegance. There is lovely volume in the glass. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2025. 89-91 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate”
$65.99 BTL. / ONLY 9 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2010 Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges “Les Chaignots,” 1er Cru
“The 2010 Nuits St. Georges Les Chaignots (from tank) emerges from the glass with freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries and spices. Here, too, the delicate, feminine side of Nuits comes through. Sweet, silky tannins frame the long, nuanced finish. This looks to be approachable relatively early. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022. 87-89 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate”
$69.99 BTL. / ONLY 6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2010 Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges “Clos des Porrets St.-George,” 1er Cru
“The 2010 Nuits St. Georges Clos des Porrets Saint-Georges is the first wine in this lineup that shows the structure of the vintage. Freshly cut flowers, minerals, graphite and black cherries are woven into a textured fabric of notable class. I especially like its energy and drive. A precise, finely-chiseled finish rounds things out nicely. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. 91-93 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate”
$71.99 BTL. / ONLY 9 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2010 Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges “Les Pruliers,” 1er Cru
“The 2010 Nuits St. Georges Les Pruliers boasts good fleshiness and juiciness. This is an up-front, decidedly overt style loaded with blue and black fruit. Firm tannins add support, while expressive floral notes give the finish an attractive lift. Here, too, the wine is surprisingly approachable. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. 90-92 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate”
$79.99 BTL. / ONLY 9 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2010 Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges “Les Vaucrains,” 1er Cru
“The 2010 Nuits St. Georges Les Vaucrains shows considerable tension and wiriness. Red cherries, iron, crushed flowers and licorice are some of the nuances that emerge from the glass in this energetic Vaucrains. This is a bit compact and tight next to some of the other wines in the lineup, but at the same time quite open relative to the house style and the year. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. 91-93 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate”
$112.99 BTL. / ONLY 9 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2010 HENRI GOUGES MIXED CASE #1
INCLUDES 3 BOTTLES EACH OF THE FOLLOWING:
Nuits-St.-Georges “Les Chênes Carteaux,” 1er Cru
Nuits-St.-Georges “Les Chaignots,” 1er Cru
Nuits-St.-Georges “Les Pruliers,” 1er Cru
Nuits-St.-Georges “Les Saint Georges,” 1er Cru
$1068 FOR THE MIXED CASE – 1 AVAILABLE
2010 HENRI GOUGES MIXED CASE #2
INCLUDES 3 BOTTLES EACH OF THE FOLLOWING:
Nuits-St.-Georges “Les Chaignots,” 1er Cru
Nuits-St.-Georges “Clos des Porrets St.-Georges,” 1er Cru
Nuits-St.-Georges “Les Vaucrains,” 1er Cru
Nuits-St.-Georges “Les Saint Georges,” 1er Cru
$1185 FOR THE MIXED CASE – 1 AVAILABLE
2010 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape
A legendary vintage for a legendary producer. No fan of Châteauneuf should miss this wine.
“Performing considerably better than it did prior to bottling, the 2010 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the all-time great Vieux Telegraphes I have tasted in the last 3+ decades. I believe it is even superior to the 2007, which I had several weeks ago. The 2010 boasts a dense purple color along with a sumptuous bouquet of spring flowers, boysenberries, black cherries, black currants, nori (the sushi seaweed wrapper), black olives, licorice and pepper. This full-bodied, meaty, thick, juicy effort possesses a boatload of tannin, but it also has incredible concentration. More massive than I remember from last year, it has put on considerable weight and intensity. Forget it for 3-4 years, and drink it over the following 25-30 years. Kudos to Daniel and Frederic Brunier! 97 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.”
$78.99 BTL. / 9 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2010 Clos Saint-Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Vieilles Vignes”
A steal for a killer bottle of Châteaneuf that is also very accessible in its youth. Those looking to give a gift for some to drink now, should definitely consider this.
“The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is apparently only available in the United States. A blend of 85% tank-aged Grenache and the rest Mourvedre and Syrah, this massive, sexy Chateauneuf offers tremendous notes of balsam wood, tobacco leaf, kirsch liqueur, bouquet garni and a beef blood-like component. Rich and full-bodied with sweet tannin, and huge fruit, glycerin and density, this wine will also benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and keep for 20-25 years. 95 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.”
$51.99 BTL. / 20 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2008 Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny “Clos”
The superlatives never end for the wines of Clos Rougeard, a producer with a cult-like following from the Loire Valley. These are such elegant expressions of Cabernet Franc. The producers offer three different bottlings. “Clos” is a blend of different parcels from estate vineyards. It is the most forthcoming, and can be enjoyed now with decanting.
$62.99 BTL. / 7 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2008 Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny “Poyeux”
This rare wine comes from the Poyeux vineyard, three hectares with 40-60 year-old vines. Fermented in Allier barrels, half of which are new, the other half are one year-old barrels. More structured than “Clos” but this is a sandy plot which lends itself to a very aromatic style. While it is young, you can enjoy it now, although it is probably best from 2015-2020.
$82.99 BTL. / 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2008 Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny “Le Bourg”
This is one of France’s greatest red wines, and while it went over $100 for a bottle for the first time this vintage, compare that to the greatest Bordeaux and Burgundy, and you will still see the value in it! Le Bourg is an amazing one-hectare parcel with 80 year-old vines. It is fermented in new Allier oak and aged there for 30 months. A spectacular wine in the making, but do yourself a favor, wait till 2018-2028 to drink this beauty!
$114.99 BTL. / ONLY 6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2008 Clos Rougeard Saumur “Brézé” Blanc
The Loire Valley is famous for its Chenin Blanc. Here is a wine that almost never sees the light of a retail shelf. The Foucault brothers own a 1-hectare parcel of the beautiful hillside vineyard, and make a mind bending wine from it! This like the reds is fermented and aged in oak. While the Rougeard reds are all about finesse, you will be impressed by the power, character and complexity of this amazing Chenin Blanc!
$82.99 BTL. / ONLY 6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
1996 Pierre & Catherine Breton Bourgueil “Les Perrières”
Truly epic Cabernet Franc from a top-notch hillside vineyard in the Bourgueil appellation of the Loire. This is the way great Bordeaux tasted 30 years ago. All the best things about Cabernet Franc wrapped up for you to enjoy. Amazing wine!
$81.99 BTL. / ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
Wines from Italy
2007 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo
The King! Or actually now made by the Queen! This baby needs time, so give it to someone that will cellar it!
“The 2007 Barolo has grown tremendously over the last few months. Some bottles have been more closed than others, but what is certain is that the wine is putting on weight. The 2007 appears to have a long drinking window ahead. It is without question one of the wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2037. 96 Points, Antonio Galloni.”
$114.99 BTL. / ONLY 24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2008 Vietti Barolo “Brunate”
The 2008 single-vineyard wines are spectacular, and show great balance with the ability to age for a long time. If you are a Barolo-head, these are must buys.
“The 2008 Barolo Brunate flows onto the palate with layers of dark fruit, spices, menthol and licorice. It is an unusually plush, generous wine for the year, endowed with tons of grace and sheer depth. This is a fabulous, layered Brunate that should drink well with a few more years in the bottle. Layers of sweet, perfumed fruit, rose petals and spices build effortlessly to the gracious, elegant finish. The Brunate is brooding and tannic, but the wine softens a bit with air. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028. 93 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$131.99 BTL. or $372.99 MAGNUM / 6 BOTTLES AND 1 MAG AVAILABLE)
2008 Vietti Barolo “Lazzarito”
“The 2008 Barolo Lazzarito comes across as remarkably primary. Dark red fruit, iron, tar, smoke, wild flowers and minerals are all wrapped aroud a serious intense, mid-palate and finish. Today the 2008 comes across as a bit tightly wound, but that is the personality of the year. The balance of fruit, structure and oak is superb. Layers of fruit flow through to the firm, authoritative finish. This is impressive juice. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028. 93+ Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$131.99 BTL. / 6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2008 Vietti Barolo “Rocche”
“The 2008 Barolo Rocche shows the best balance of fruit and structure among the 2008 Baroli. Sweet, silky tannins frame expressive dark red fruit in the 2008 Rocche. This is an especially structured, powerful style for the Rocche, and a true testament to the level of conviction at Vietti. The Rocche turns sweeter and more sensual with time in the glass. The tannins possess remarkable finesse. This could be used to teach a class on the greatness of the Rocche vineyard. It is dazzling from start to finish. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033. 95 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$131.99 BTL. or $372.99 MAGNUM / 6 BOTTLES AND 1 MAG AVAILABLE
2009 Vietti Nebbiolo “Perbacco”
Vietti offers something for everyone, and if you don’t want to drop the cash on a Cru Barolo, then this Nebbiolo, which hails from their great Barolo vineyards, but isn’t aged long enough to be labeled Barolo, is the answer!
Available in magnums, this makes a great, affordable gift.
$56.99 PER MAGNUM / 3 MAGS AVAILABLE
Silvia Imparato’s legendary wine. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Aglianico from Campania. The 2006 is gorgeous, and I’ve got it for an incredible price.
“I have always admired the 2006 Montevetrano for its powerful, intense personality. Today the 2006 is austere and unyielding but it seems pretty clear this gorgeous wine simply needs time in bottle, as hints of beautiful inner perfume occasionally make an appearance in the glass. Imparato calls 2006 a very challenging vintage. Still, it would appear this is a magical Montevetrano. All that is required is patience. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026. 94 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$59.99 BTL. / 16 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2008 Torre dei Beati “Mazzamurello” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
One of the young stars from Abruzzo located in the famed area of Loreto Aprutino. Some of you have tasted their “Tre Bicchieri” award-winning “Cocciapazza.”
“Mazzamurello” is their most limited in production wine, only produced in great years. This is a mammoth, full-bodied style of Montepulciano that should be decanted and served with a side of beef. It will also age nicely in the cellar, really showing some secondary notes in 5-7 years. For your full-bodied, Italian red wine fans!
$44.99 BTL. / 40 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2007 Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva “Bucerchiale”
Fans of Sangiovese, and in particular Chianti Rufina will know the Selvapiana name. It is one of the greats of Rufina, and their top wine is a Riserva called “Vigneto Bucerchiale.” I was able to access some magnums out of the winery, and these make a great gift for those Italian fans that have the ability to lay it down for a few years. It will be best from 2017-2022.
$69.99 PER MAGNUM / 3 MAGS AVAILABLE
Wines from Spain
2009 Clos Mogador Priorat
A legend in the region of Priorat, the Barbier’s produce a dense, rich, yet impeccably balanced and age worthy wine. If you love Rhône varietals or know someone that does, this is gorgeous.
“The 2009 Clos Mogador has a more opulent, luscious bouquet than the 2008, with lifted, high-toned floral fruit (iodine, star anise and sloe) and a smudge of warm alcohol. The palate is full-bodied with succulent, gamey dark fruits and an underlying earthiness that should develop with bottle age. It exudes fine tension and poise and is very expressive on the structured finish, which will mellow nicely. 92 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate.”
$85.99 BTL. / ONLY 6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE, BUY THE 6-PACK IT COMES IN A NICE WOODEN BOX
2011 Emilio Rojo Ribeiro
One of Spain’s 10 greatest white wines. I had a chance to visit this very small producer in August. Unbelievable attention to detail, from a spectacular vineyard, this is a blend featuring mainly Treixadura.
It tastes great young, it tastes great with a few years of bottle age on it. Do it like a Gallego and pair with the freshest of sea creatures. You won’t find this at another retailer in Chicago.
$64.99 BTL. / ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2009 Pardas Xarel.lo “Aspriu”
Another of Spain’s top 10 greatest white wines. I’m the only store in the United States that has some!
Old vine Xarel.lo from the Alt Penedès, just South of the city of Barcelona. Vinified and rested on its lees in a concrete “egg.” And yes, they just produced one “egg” full.
Mineral, mint, citrus and an incredibly long finish. Pairs well with a wide array of dishes, from simple preparations of shellfish, squid, and even different preparations of pork.
$64.99 BTL. / ONLY 24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2009 Viña Sastre Ribera del Duero “Regina Vides”
One of the great examples of Spanish Tempranillo is due to arrive to Chicago next week. What makes this wine so special? 100+ year-old vines from the “sweet spot” of the Santa Cruz vineyard.
Decant a bottle to try now, or age for another decade or two!
$86.99 BTL. / ONLY 18 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
Assorted Gems from Around the World
2008 Koehler-Ruprecht Kallastadter Saumagen Riesling Spätlese Trocken “R”
This is one of the world’s greatest examples of dry Riesling!
For 2 years, I’ve been trying to get access to this, and finally my begging has resulted in being the only store in Illinois, and I believe the United States to offer this to its customers.
Saumagen is one of the great sites of the Pfalz region in Germany. It produces mind numbing, age-worthy wines. This is the top wine from Koehler-Ruprecht, and will be a great, great gift to any fan of dry Riesling.
$82.99 BTL. / ONLY 36 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2007 Nikolaihof Riesling Steiner Hund Reserve
It really doesn’t get much better in the world of Austrian Riesling, let alone the world of dry Riesling, than this. An amazing wine for the ages.
“The 2007 Riesling Steiner Hund Reserve is the current offering of this bottling from Nikolaihof, and the 2008 was in fact still in cask at the time of my June visit. Lemon and orange rinds; high-toned green herbs; and intimations of crushed stone lend the aromas a penetratingly pungent cast and persist across this wine’s sumptuous, glossy, and (even at only 12.5% alcohol) glycerin-enhanced palate – brimming with fresh white peach and grapefruit and underlain with rich nut oils – and into a finish of kaleidoscopic, shimmeringly interactive complexity and irresistible, saliva-inducing savor. This will be worth following for at least the better part of two decades. 95 Points, David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate.”
$69.99 BTL. / 24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2011 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel
For enthusiasts of the greatest off-dry styles of Riesling in the world, you know when you see the Dönnhoff name, it is going to be great! The 2011 wines from this producer are stunning, and will age wonderfully. Although I must confess to like them at any age!
Brücke is one of the great sites of the Nahe, and this Auslese Goldkapsel is not to be missed!
$43.99 PER HALF-BOTTLE / ONLY 9 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2003 Rippon Pinot Noir
A superb Pinot Noir producer, Nick Mills of Rippon recently re-released some of his 2003 Rippon, his first full vintage as winemaker. Only 10 cases came into the United States, and I had to grab one. I tasted it earlier in the year with Nick, and it is superb right now.
A great gift for the Pinot Noir fan that has it all, and enjoys mature Pinot Noir. Beautiful stuff!
$96.99 BTL. / ONLY 11 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2009 Szepsy Furmint – Tokaj
In the latest edition of Wine & Spirits Magazine there was an excellent article on Tokaji and the myths surrounding it by Tara Thomas. One myth that it highlighted was the thought that all Tokaji is sweet. The reality is, that dry wine has always been produced, but to make great dry wine, it takes great skill in the vineyard.
István Szepsy is a legendary producer in Hungary, and I special ordered three wines to offer to you.
This grand expression of Furmint just oozes with beautiful aromas and flavors of apricot, citrus notes, herbs and mineral. This has wonderful texture, to help it pair with richer game birds and pork. Burgundy fans will fall in love with what Szepsy has to offer.
$38.99 BTL. / ONLY 6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2008 Szepsy “Király” Tokaj Hárslevelü
Hárslevelü is another important varietal in the region, and this is one of the most amazing dry examples that exists. Yes this is the first and only single-vineyard Hárslevelü I’ve had in the store. Buying for someone that has it all – they don’t have this!
Rich but lightweight, citrus, stone fruit, herbs, mineral and an super long finish. Great stuff!
$52.99 BTL. / ONLY 6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2008 Szepsy “Szent Tamás” Tokaji Furmint
Regarded as one of the best if not the best sites near Mád. Very old-vines Furmint vines.
This is for the wine collector that must try all the best. Put it on your bucket list, its that good! Full-bodied, ripe apricot and peach notes, amazing length on the finish!
Do not miss this!
$103.99 BTL. / ONLY 6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE