Perman Wine Selections Newsletter – 7/13/10


Today’s newsletter features some upcoming new releases that should excite any wine fan.

As I am always getting new customers, it is worth noting to everyone reading this that many of the wines you see on the following newsletter are not in stock at the time of me sending this out. Some of these may never make it to the shelves of the store because my entire business model is built on bringing in wines based on your orders. If you want any of the wines that follow, simply reply back to the e-mail and give me your order. I will then order it from the distributor and e-mail you when it arrives.

By using this business model it helps me offer a wider selection over the course of the year. It also helps me avoid the normal wine retail business model which loads up on wine then pushes it out the door to customers regardless of their personal preferences.

It is always important to keep in mind that I have hundreds of thousands of wines available to purchase, they just all aren’t in the store. Think of me as your personal wine buyer, and when you are looking to load up for a party, stock the cellar, or just have an enjoyable bottle at your house, send me a note. I promise to give you the best advice, and find the right wine for your palate.

Enjoy the newsletter, and as always let me know if you are looking for anything in particular?



Fans of Brunello di Montalcino – you do not want to miss out on the new and very limited release from one of the greats of the region, Talenti.

With 20–hectare of vineyards, this is not the most widely known estate. Established by Pierluigi Talenti in 1980, it is certainly not the oldest. Yet one fact remains as confirmed by my tastings of the greats of the region over the years is that Talenti is in the small handful of the top producers, and without question offers the best value with respect to quality.

One of the key elements to the success of Talenti is the family’s work at the founding of the estate, choosing the proper clones for the vineyards. The vines are planted at a relatively high density, trained with the spurred cord method.

In the winery, a mixture of Slavonian and French oak is used, with no barrique, instead various sizes of larger barrels. Talenti is one of the best in Montalcino at integrating the oak regimen with the high quality fruit.

Stylistically the ’05 Talenti Brunello is a wine that can be enjoyed by virtually any fan of the wines of the region. This is not something I say very often, but I feel strongly that any Brunello fan is going to love this!

Only 5 cases of this are coming to Chicago this week, and it will sell out very soon. Secure yours today!

“The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is simply fabulous. Minerals, spices, flowers and layered, perfumed fruit emerge from this sublime, beautifully crafted Brunello. Rich and expansive on the palate, the wine reveals outstanding harmony and an impeccable, silky finish. The warmth of these southerly vineyards (60% Sant’Angelo in Colle, 40% Castelnuovo dell’Abate) comes through in spades. This is one of the few 2005 Brunellos that can be enjoyed today or cellared. Anticipated maturity: 2010–2020+. 92+ Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$54.99 BTL. / $659.88 CASE


For more everyday drinking, this Rosso di Montalcino offers amazing value.

Talenti uses their younger vine Sangiovese fruit for the Rosso, but gives it the same care and treatment as the rest of the wines at the estate.

This is simply an outstanding value, that is super complex and easy to drink. It still could use a half hour in the decanter before drinking, but really opens up. A red meat kind of wine, this would be outstanding with grilled squab or t–bone steaks.

“Light–medium ruby. Initially closed nose suggests real depth, opening with aeration to reveal ripe black cherry, dried herbs (thyme, rosemary), pastrami and minerals. Then sweet and fleshy on the palate, with an appealingly smooth texture to the ripe red and black cherry flavors. This is a very well balanced, creamy and wholly satisfying mouthful of Rosso, with a long, saline, refreshing finish. A lot of wine for the price, and very much like a Brunello in style. 90 Points, Ian d’Agata, International Wine Cellar.”
$26.99 BTL. / $323.88 CASE


Since its first vintage in 2005, this dry white wine from Hungary has been a personal and customer favorite here at Perman Wine Selections.

Since I have written about it so many times in the past, I will try and give a brief argument for this wines necessity to be consumed by you!

Királyudvar is the sister winery, to one of the Loire Valley of France’s most famous estates, Domaine Huet. Both owned by American businessman, Anthony Hwang, Noël Pinguet of Huët assisted in putting everything in place to resurrect this great estate. The estate for a long time had supplied the royal court of the Hapsburgs with their wine, and believe me, they always had the best on their table.

Hungary is famous for its Aszú dessert wines, but the realization that the region can produce great dry wines has led to the production of this wine. It is made from 80% Furmint, with the remainder coming from Hárslevelü. The wine is fermented in Hungarian oak and aged for six months in large Hungarian barrels.

The 2007 is probably the best vintage of this wine yet. Beautiful, citrus, flowers, stone fruits and mineral all really shine in this refreshing, dry white wine. It is an amazing food wine, as its medium body gives it the texture to stand up to a wide range of foods including grilled fish, poultry and pork.

The best news yet, is that this has taken a dramatic drop in price, as the winery moved to a new importer and distributor. I used to sell this wine at $27, and now it is $18.99, making this something that is approachable on a daily basis for many.

One quick note, for those sparkling wine fanatics, I will be receiving one of the 200 cases produced of Pezsgö “Henye,” the unique sparkling wine from Királyudvar! Both wines will arrive later this week.
$18.99 BTL. / $227.88 CASE


Since I’ve returned from my wine trip, customers have been asking about some of my finds. While I did taste many upcoming vintages, as well as wines that will arrive in winter, a few excellent wines such as this white wine have arrived at the store.

Domaine La Tour Vieille is a very special producer located in the appellation of Collioure. The beautiful seaside village, famous for its fresh sardines, lends the name to this appellation in the Roussillon, just north of the Pyrénées mountains that separate Spain and France.

I met with Christine Campadieu and Vincent Cantié (two of three partners that own the winery), who so graciously spent time showing me their full range of wines. Whether it is their delicious rosé (which I have in the store now), this beautiful white wine, their delicious reds, or their amazing dessert wines, the quality across the board is top–notch.

The terraced, cliff–like vineyards of the region are really a sight to be seen. Many of them contain lots or at least traces of schist soil, which impart unique minerality into the flavors of the wine.

Making a white wine in this warm region is quite a challenge especially when trying to keep the freshness. Christine and Vincent definitely succeed at this. Their white wine is a blend of Grenache Blanc and Gris, Roussanne, Vermentino, and Macabeu. The Grenache Gris is pressed immediately, but some of the other white varietals are macerated with their skin. Part of the wine is fermented in oak barrels, but one would never guess this upon tasting.

The wine is rich, layered and complex with hints of citrus peel, garrigue, and lots of minerality. Despite its body, its freshness is what keeps it balanced, and makes it a versatile food wine. Drink it with fresh grilled squid or slow roasted chicken seasoned with fresh herbs.
$22.99 BTL. / $275.88 CASE


Another winery that I visited on my journey was that of Pardas in the Alt Penèdes, southwest of Barcelona. This was one of my most memorable visits of the trip, as the dedication and amazing connection of the owners with the terroir was really moving.

We met with one of the owners, Ramon Parera who upon greeting us grabbed a bottle of his white blend Rupestris, and loaded us into his car for a visit to the nearby vineyards. With a light drizzle of rain coming down on us we walked through the vineyards with our glass of wine, coming to the top of a hill overlooking his prized grape growing areas.

Over a few hours we would hear about the organic nurturing of the vineyards, the careful restoration of his beautiful Masía (farmhouse), and all that goes into making his fantastic wines.

Several varietals both white and red are grown at Pardas, which has been growing grapes since 1990. 1996 marked the start of the winery, with the first bottles coming from the 2004 vintage.

In the area that Ramon calls home, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc grow particularly well. Located alongside of a river, one can understand the reasoning for growing these Bordeaux varietals.
The Negre Franc red is a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon plus 5% each of Sumoll and Merlot. The wines are vinified in epoxy–lined concrete vats, and the wine is aged in a very small percentage of new French oak barrels.

This expressive and delicious red wine should be tried by any fan of Bordeaux varieties. It offers really pretty aromatics of wild herbs, black fruits, and mineral. Medium bodied, with a silky texture and a long, fresh finish. A great compliment to food, this would work well with grilled duck or leg of lamb.
$27.99 BTL. / $167.94 SIX–PACK CASE


Hello friends of rustic French country reds, its time to drink Gaillac.

Not much wine from this region in Southwest France makes it to the tables of the United States. Every once in a while someone takes a chance at bringing one in, and people like me get excited.

Historically this was a very important wine growing region, but like the story goes with many other areas, Phylloxera hit the area hard. It has slowly recovered over the years, and today not only are producers working with the local grapes of Braucol and Duras, they have introduced other grapes like Syrah and the familiar red Bordeaux varieties.

As in Bordeaux, a river plays an important role for some of the producers of the region. For Domaine du Moulin they source equal parts of Duras and Syrah from vineyards on both sides of the river to produce this wine.

The varietals are vinified separately and then assembled before bottling. The wine sees no intrusion of oak, only tank. The result is a fresh and juicy red full of red fruits, mineral, and soft spice tones. At only 12.5% alcohol it is easy to consume even on warm summer days.

This is a really good value to drink alongside simply prepared grilled meats or bring this to Ravinia alongside a charcuterie and cheese basket.
$12.99 BTL. / $155.88 CASE



A few bottles of some well know names – get them while they last!

2007 Comtes Lafon Meursault Blanc – $89.99 btl. (three bottles available)

2007 Comtes Lafon Volnay – $67.99 btl. (three bottles available)

2007 Masseto from Tenuta dell’Ornellaia – $379.99 btl. (three bottles available)

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