Hello and Happy Friday!
I think I can safely say that Spring has sprung! With temperatures climbing into the 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s from time to time, I’ve seen an increase in those looking for crisp white wines and eager customers waiting for the new vintages of Dry Rosé from around the world.
Rest assured that Perman Wine Selections will be the GO TO place for everything thirst-quenching and cool this Spring and Summer. I’ve got lots of fantastic white wines and Rosés trickling into the store right now!
With all of this in mind, I am introducing my latest 6 for $60-Something Sampler and it is feeling very Spring-y! Never heard of this sampler and want to know what it’s about?
Six wines, hand-selected by me, that represent a range of styles – all hovering around the $10 price point. Each wine is available by the bottle or case, but as I often say, for maximum pleasure you should take the whole sampler.
The “Six 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!” Some people are challenged by some of the wines that I put in to my sampler. If Rosé makes you faint, or Grolleau Gris has been banned in your household, or any other interesting reason why you can not drink one of the following wines, then I will substitute and try to get the sampler as close to $60 as possible
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!
Thanks again for all your support!
2011 BODEGAS OSTATU RIOJA ROSADO
Fill up your pool, fill up the bathtub, you are going to want to swim in this incredibly delicious dry Rosé from superstar Rioja producer, Bodegas Ostatu!
Never heard of their Rosado? That is because this is their first release ever!
Ever since I tasted this blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Viura, I’ve been dreaming about drinking another bottle. Ostatu uses fruit from their highest elevation vineyards, vines that are 60-70 years-old. The Rosado is fermented in stainless steel tank.
Rosé comes in all shapes and sizes. This version is a very pale color, with incredibly vibrant aromas of watermelon and wild strawberry. It is super juicy and nervy on the palate, and finishes dry with surprising length.
If you’re a Rosé hater, this may even change your mind. If you can’t get enough of the stuff, then this is one you are going to want to buy by the truckload.
I’ve worked out a deal to offer this at a ridiculously low introductory price for this sampler. The price will be good through April, so load up now, you will be glad you did!
$13.00 BTL. / $156.00 CASE – PRICE GOOD THROUGH THE END OF APRIL
2011 LUBERRI RIOJA “ORLEGI”
One of the greatest aspects of the enjoyment of wine is the ability for a bottle that comes from half way around the world to transport the drinker to its place of origin.
This wine will take you to Rioja – transporting you to a typical little village where during Spring you will be drinking the young, non-oak-aged Rioja with a variety of foods.
Luberri “Orlegi” is one of the greatest examples that I’ve tried of this style, and it is a wine that I look forward to its release each year. The 2011 was just released, and I will be carrying it throughout Spring and Summer.
Luberri is owned by Florentino Martínez Monje, and is located in Elciego, in the Rioja Alavesa region. Florentino has “mad street cred” in Spain as he was the original winemaker at Artadi, and helped put them on the map. Luberri was started in 1992 and has some amazing vineyards, farmed carefully by Florentino and his crew.
For “Orlegi,” Florentino uses 15-25 year old-vines from fairly high altitude. This is produced partially in a style called whole-cluster fermentation, which is a traditional method in Rioja, but not a style we often receive here in the US. The result of whole-cluster yields a juicy, fruit-forward style, with no tannins and a bright, clean finish.
Go ahead and put a slight chill on this. You can drink it with virtually anything, it so flexible at the table. Let the journey begin!
$13.00 BTL. / $156.00 CASE
2011 DOMAINE HERBAUGES GROLLEAU GRIS
I’ve hit the 2011 “trifecta” with my inclusion of one of the most easy drinking, fun white wines known to man. It’s Grolleau Gris folks!
Don’t rack your brains too hard because you aren’t going to go out and find a whole bunch of Grolleau Gris on the market. It is a relatively widely planted grape from the Western edge of the Loire Valley. Most of the time it produces a rather innocuous wine, that rarely leaves the region as it is consumed as a regular table wine.
When you get it in the hands of the Luc Choblet of Domaine des Herbauges, you can eliminate the innocuous part and in its place just put “awesome.” Luc is a fourth generation winemaker, most famous for his fantastic line-up of Muscadet. His line-up under the name “Collection Plaisir” is a place one can look for even more fantastic, every-day drinking wines.
This wine is composed of 100% Grolleau Gris from 15-year old vines planted in light, sandy soil. Fermented and rested in stainless steel, it is a wine you want to drink young. The 2011 just arrived, and as your wine dude, I tasted it for you. Awesome! Light, crisp, hints of both citrus and tropical fruit, and a bright, juicy finish. Great as an apéritif or with oysters. STOCK UP FOLKS!
$11.50 BTL. / $138.00 CASE
2008 GIOVANNI MANZONE DOLCETTO D’ALBA “LE CILIEGIE”
Springtime is about venturing back outside, cleaning off that deck and chairs and enjoying a good bottle of wine with some snacks. If you are like me and you could have an antipasti plate with cured meats every day of your life, then you are also going to want to arm yourself with this bottle of Dolcetto.
Piedmont – home to some of Italy’s greatest red wines, is also home to everyday drinkers like Dolcetto. This example comes from Giovanni Manzone in Monforte d’Alba. A producer that has been growing grapes since 1925, and estate bottling since the 1960’s. A dedicated farming family that produces beautifully styled, harmonious wines.
This Dolcetto comes from the Le Ciliegie vineyard in Monforte d’Alba. It is a stainless steel fermented and aged wine. It offers aromas of black cherry, anise, and pepper notes.
On the palate, it is fresh, with bright high-toned cherry and strawberry notes, and just a little hint of structure on the palate. Do yourself a favor – head over to Publican Quality Meats, grab an assortment of some of their fantastic cured meats and artisanal cheeses, and enjoy a bottle of this easy drinking Dolcetto. It will improve your life.
$9.00 BTL. / $108.00 CASE
2008 SYLVIE ET GILLES GUERRIN SAINT-VÉRAN
Remember the days when you could afford to get a good bottle of White Burgundy on an everyday basis? Those days are back, at least for this month.
The appellation of Saint-Véran is located in the Mâconnais in the Southern part of Burgundy. Names like Pouilly-Fuissé are well-known even among the American consumer. On the outskirts of the aforementioned, famed appellation is Saint-Véran, a great place to look for values.
Sylvie and Gilles Guerrin own a very small domaine located in the village of Vergisson, within the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. They produce just over 200 cases of this fantastic Saint-Véran, fermented in stainless steel and rested in neutral oak barrels.
The 2008’s from this region are really starting to drink amazingly well right now, and this is no exception. This is textbook Saint-Véran. Poached apple and hints at orange peel emerge on the nose. A very citrus-focused palate, with just a tad of weight in the mid-palate, and some hints of honey, apricot and toasted hazelnut. This has great purity, and really remains very fresh.
I bought the remaining 12 cases of this wine and offer it to you at a truly stupid price for this sampler.
$10.50 BTL. / $126.00 CASE
2009 OLLIEUX ROMANIS “CUVÉE CAPUCINE” ROUGE
Having Déjà vu? Understandable, considering that last month I featured this producers white wine, the same cuvée, on my 6 for $60-Something Sampler.
Since I spoke about the winery last month, I will keep this brief. Ollieux Romanis is located in the Corbières Boutenac region in the Western Languedoc.
Their “everyday red” wine is a blend of 25% each of Carignan, Grenache Noir, Syrah and Merlot. Since this is not a permitted blend in Corbières, the wine falls into the Vin de Pays de l’Aude category. But what does the A.O.C. know?
This is a bright, easy drinking red, with hints at strawberry, raspberry, and thyme. The palate is soft, but does not lack in depth. From chicken to burgers, this is a wine to use as a house red, or maybe an after-party wine, given its ridiculously low price!
$7.00 BTL. / $84.00 CASE