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May – Wines of the Month

2020 Peter Lauer Riesling “Barrel X” Saar-Germany $21.99
This is an energetic and racy Feinherb-style (just a whisper of sweetness) Riesling made by the masterful Florian Lauer reminiscent of white peach, green pineapple, papaya, and rainwater. Farming practices are organic, grapes are hand-harvested, and average vine age is 20 years old. Pairs well with shrimp shumai and Japanese pickled cucumbers (sunomono)
Snag this up before it is gone!
 
2020 The Hermit Ram Field Blend, North Canterbury, NZ $39.99
 
Arguably either a light-bodied red or a deep and serious rose, this is a fascinating skin-fermented blend of Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Gewürztraminer from a 45-year old vineyard in North Canterbury briefly aged in Spanish amphora. Bottled unfined/unfiltered this is as natural & raw as wine gets! Huckleberry, peppercorn, & bright pomegranate. Drink it with pepper-crusted pork loin or roasted chicken with cherries & rosemary.
 
2018 Zuccardi Concreto Malbec Paraje Altamira, Uco Valley, Argentina $33.99
 
Perfumed with violets, hyacinths, & dried blueberry, this high-elevation whole-cluster powerhouse of a Malbec gets its namesake from aging in concrete to preserve the gorgeous fruit & florals the grape has to offer. This style by Sebastian Zuccardi  is certainly helming a new wave revolution in Argentina focusing on true terroir; the graphite minerality and firm tight tannins reflect the 3,600 ft elevation of Paraje Altamira. Always a treat! Enjoy with choripan, asado, or black bean empanadas with chimichurri.

 

April – Wines of the Month

2019 La Viarte Pinot Grigio $21.99

Hailing from Prepotto, Italy very close to the Slovenian border, the estate’s namesake is Friulian for springtime! This boutique Pinot Grigio is sustainably farmed, textured and elegant with hues of citrus blossom, almond, and honeydew.
La Viarte is certainly enjoyed on its own or with white asparagus in hollandaise or the local Frico Morbido- a crispy golden cheese-potato-onion pancake.

2019 Chateau Simone Palette Rose $74.99

This is a serious rose that completely transcends the category of pink wine. Mind blowing tonight at dinner, yet also insanely rewarding with age.
Primarily Grenache and Mourvedre with accessory varieties Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Castet, Manosquin, Theoulier, Tibouren, Picpoul Noir, and Muscat de Hambourg to impart complexity, Chateau Simone is a trip to the French Riviera in a bottle. Think quince, hibiscus, & Provencal lavender.
1500 bottles imported to the US market.
Compliments a hearty bouillabaisse, carpaccio of chioggia beets, or soup au pistou sitting outside on the patio of course!

2018 Jean-Paul & Charly Thevenet Morgon “Vieilles Vignes” $41.99

This iconic producer of terroir-driven cru Beaujolais is what we call an “original gangster” having learned organic farming and biodynamic practices from a close friend and fellow legend, Marcel Lapierre. The gamay fruit comes from 70 year-old vines from ancient sandy slopes meticulously farmed by Jean-Paul and his son Charly.
Suffice to say this is the best red we have tasted so far this year; it is incredibly compelling and exotic with elements of nori, red currant, and a slight warming madeira finish.
Celebrate Spring and pair with classic chicken with morels in cream sauce.

-Sophie Yoneoka

March Wine Recommendations

Nyetimber Brut Rosé (Multi Vintage), England
With their first vines planted in 1988 to greensand and chalk soils, the team at Nyetimber has truly finessed Methode Champenoise in south England & has been instrumental in putting the country on the map for world class wine. Fruit for this rose (the “holy trinity” being Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier) hails from West Sussex and Hampshire. Their masterful result is sophisticated and manifests fresh raspberry, cherry blossom, & shortbread; pairs with crab cakes, smoked Alaska Coho salmon, and a hot tub soak. $63.99
2018 Boundary Breaks Gewurtztraminer, Finger Lakes, New York
A light and demure expression of Gewurtztraminer coming from the cool-climate of eastern Lake Seneca that proves an easy Springtime sipper. Dry yet spicy, pairs beautifully with Indian butter chicken (Makhani) or asparagus brie soup
475 cases made
$18.99
2017 Azores Wine Co. Isabella a Proibida, Pico-Portugal
Portuguese winemaker-mover-&-shaker Antonio Macanita has rescued an old plot of bush vine Isabella (a vinifera-lambrusca disease-resistant hybrid) on the volcanic island of Pico 1,000 miles off the coast of mainland Portugal. These old vines are very low-yielding & elevage is done in stainless steel resulting in fruit with massive personality, remarkable saltiness, umami, & earthy red fruit. Demands roasted foraged mushrooms and unagi.
166 cases made.
$35.99
2018 Gramenon L’Emouvante, Rhone-France
This is one of the rarest wines from cult icon Gramenon and we are so thrilled Michele made it in 2018! It is 100% Syrah from Montbrison sur Lez in the Southern Rhone made using natural practices while designated Demeter Certified Biodynamic. All labels are original art by winemaker Michele Aubery Laurent.
It emanates serious black fruit, funky earth & garrigue; a glass of Gramenon will only ever smell and taste like Gramenon and no other wine on the planet.
Pair with Kalamata olive tapenade or Peking duck.
12 cases imported into the United States.
$54.99

Sophie’s January Wine Recommendations

2018 Louis-Antoine Luyt Pet-Nat Pais Rose, Bio Bio Valley, Chile $35.99
A light & lovely naturally sparkling rose of País from Southern Chile; it is delicate, floral, & pink-fruited inspiring an amalgam of potential food companions. Think early Springtime. Super cravable with foods such as chili-lime fruta fresca, persimmons with goat cheese, & sashimi.
2018 Radikon Sivi, Friuli, Italy $42.99
Organic, Orange, Oslavia! 100% Pinot Grigio that undergoes skin-contact for 10-14 days then aged a year in old large Slavonian oak. Unfined and unfiltered, Radikon is the criterion for masterful natural wine. Pair with crispy brown butter trout, curried cauliflower, or roasted lion’s mane mushroom.
2017 Pearl Morissette Metis Rouge, Niagara Peninsula, Canada $34.99
Small-production funky fresh Cabernet Franc made by Francois Morissette -an extremely talented winemaker classically trained in Burgundy under the tutelage of icons Frédéric Mugnier and Jean-Marc Roulot. Metis Rouge proves that Pearl Morissette is redefining Ontario wine. Pair with a charcuterie board, tapenade, & beet tartare with truffle aioli.

New Year, New Wine

I want to start off the year by thanking all of you for your continued support and enthusiasm for our business.  You all are in our hearts during these difficult times, thank you.

For all you Bronco and Elway fans this bottle of wine will help you with the winter blues without any playoffs for the Bronco’s.  This wine is made in collaboration with consulting wine maker Rob Mondavi Jr. and John Elway’s 7 Cellar’s.  The 2017 Elway Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry with hints of dark chocolate and sweet oak.  The palate holds bold notes of dark fruits and hints of spiciness, balanced by fresh acidity and lush tannins. This can be enjoyed with a prime rib or filet mignon.

How about something with a bit more class and punch! This is a different type of treat it is a Madeira.  A what?   Here is a quick story.  The island of Madeira has been home to one of the world’s most distinctive and widely drank fortified wines for centuries. Several hundred years ago the island of Madeira was a key port off the coast of Africa and also proved to be a region great for planting vineyards.  So the Portuguese planted grape varietals such as Malvasia and Sercial. These hand-harvest grapes and fortified to an abv of 18-20%.  The fortification was a process to allow the wine differing in styles and bring out different flavors by adding brandy or cognac.

Now specifically the Broadbent Single Cask Sercial Madeira 1997.  This baby gets better with age and the year of 1997 is no lie.  Sercial is smooth with subtle flavors of nuts, especially hazelnuts and almonds, orange peel and exotic spice.  The wine has very gentle overtones of wood and a nice sweetness for a Sercial. Very high acidity while showing a great fruity style. Incredibly long and dry finish.

Thank You,

Ivars Spons

 

       

 

Mousse Fils Ratafia “La Vie en Meunier!”

Mousse Fils Ratafia “La Vie en Meunier!”

  • Mousse Fils is an organic Champagne house in Cuiles making this fantastic & unique vin de liqueur from the pomace of Meunier grapes.
  • An incredible alternative to after dinner Ports, Sherries, & Madeiras, Ratafias are a more delicate and versatile choice.
Dream Pairing: an adventurous cheese board featuring a country pate and honeycomb

$45.99

2015 Dunn Napa Valley

2015 Dunn Napa Valley

  • A blend of their legendary Howell Mountain fruit with some purchased valley floor fruit.
  • Shows deep cassis and profound woodsiness reminiscent of the 150 year old fir trees surrounding the property atop Howell Mountain.

Dream Pairing: classic, cozy braised short ribs over truffle mashed potatoes

$104.99

2019 Sadie Family Wines Pofadder

2019 Sadie Family Wines Pofadder
 
“These are cerebral wines built to age.” -Neal Martin
 
  • Old vine Cinsault from Swartland, South Africa
  • A rare icon that makes a collectible gift for someone unbelievably patient.
  • High toned red fruit minerality…a must-try for a Burgundy lover!

Dream Pairing: Cassoulet

$80.99

2015 Chartogne-Taillet Extra Brut “Les Orizeaux”

2015 Chartogne-Taillet Extra Brut “Les Orizeaux“: 

  • 100% Pinot Noir by grower-producer Alexandre Chartogne.
  • Minimal intervention winemaking influenced by Anselme Selosse
  • Vinified & aged in oak barrels with zero dosage
  • Full-bodied, spicy, rich, intense

“These three single vineyard, mono varietal cuvees are hard to find but if you manage to locate a bottle, grab it, pay and run.” –thevinguard.com

Dream Pairing: Lobster Mac & Cheese

$104.99