I’m feeling really excited about the list of wines you see below. There is something for everyone here. Crisp, fresh white wines for entertaining or ageing, forward, delicious Pinot Noir, age-worthy Chateauneuf du Pape, famous cult-producer Washington Merlot, and fabulous drinking Italian reds. Save up to 25% on these favorites of the shop and our clients. Included are some exciting former wines of the month that you can get at fantastic savings to stock up on a case or two, or gift it to your neighbors for watching the dog while you were in the Vineyard this summer……
END OF SUMMER SUPER STOCK-UP SALE! Chateauneuf du Pape at Cotes du Rhone prices!
Mud House Golden Terrace Vineyard Pinot Noir Central Otago 2011- REGULAR PRICE: $34.00 NOW: $24.00- SAVE $10 PER BOTTLE!- 88 pts WS-
“The red fruit flavors have an appealing candied edge, with shadings of cedar, vanilla and spice on a smooth, easy-drinking body. Drink now through 2022”
AMY SAYS: I LOVE Pinot from the world’s coolest (literally) growing region for Pinot Noir. New Zealand’s Central Otago region is THE most wonderful new region for Pinot. These have tons of fruit, are super forward and fresh, and show a remarkable ability to age well. A MUST try- especially for this awesome price.
Siduri Chehalem Mountain 2011 Pinot Noir - $32 now $23- 90 pts WA
“tart-edged plum and cherry are aromatically tinged with juniper and cedar, and invigoratingly mingled with rhubarb, fresh ginger and white pepper. “ Overall, a serious wine from the Chehalem Mountain AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. These wines are very layered and complex, reminding me of Corton or good Beaune wines. -Amy
El Espectacle de Montsant 2009- REGULAR PRICE: $110 NOW: $80! SAVE $30 PER BOTTLE- 93 WA
“The 2009 Espectacle del Montsant has more fruit intensity on the nose than the 2008, with mulberry, sage and just a faint touch of chocolate. The palate is medium-bodied with a smooth, chocolate-tinged entry. There is very good acidity that hides the alcohol particularly well, maintaining balance and precision, while a lovely dash of white pepper appears on the aftertaste. Drink now-2023. “
Januik Merlot Columbia Valley 2009- REGULAR PRICE: $27 NOW $20- save $7- 91 WS
“Originating in Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun, and Weinbau vineyards (the sites chosen for this cuvee vary with vintage), Januik’s 2009 Merlot features fresh, juicy, cherry with a smoky overlay and a bitter herbal edge. It is infectious and satisfyingly long. Best from 2013 through 2019. 241 cases made” BIG TIME Washington superstar Merlot producer at an amazing price. This is case-worthy- Amy
Domaine Ferrandro Chateauneuf du Pape Colombis 2011 – REGULAR PRICE $60- NOW $45- SAVE $15!- 92 PTS WA
“Ferrando’s 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Colombis (100% Grenache from 60-100-year-old vines) is still an outstanding effort. Loaded with Grenache-driven aromas and flavors of black licorice, roasted herb, stony minerality and darker berry fruit, it has a chewy, broad feel on the palate, with good mid-palate depth and big tannin on the finish. Give it another year or two and drink it through 2022. Drink 2015-2022. “
Domaine St Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape 2011- $48 NOW $33- SAVE $15 per bottle! 90 Pts IWC
Deep ruby. Vibrant, high-pitched aromas of candied red fruits and lavender, with Asian spice and herb topnotes. Juicy and precise, offering gently sweet raspberry and cherry flavors and a good snap of acidity. Closes silky and long, with lingering spiciness and very good clarity. There's something pinot-like about this wine's elegance; it is already in bottle, by the way.
Domaine St Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape 2011 ‘Reserve Auguste Favier’- REGULAR PRICE $60- NOW $45- 93 WA- SAVE $15
The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier (85% Grenache and 15% Cinsault) is deeper and richer on the palate than I remember. Giving up loads of blackberry, licorice, smoked herbs and toasted spice, it possesses medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate density and a beautiful core of sweet fruit. Already drinking beautifully, it will have a solid 10-12 years of ultimate longevity.
Shows good depth for the vintage, with a full, fleshy feel to the cherry, red currant and raspberry fruit, lined with singed mesquite, pepper and warm paving stone notes. A flicker of shiso leaf appears on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2022. 915 cases made.
Aldo Rainoldi Inferno Riserva 2007- $35 NOW- $30-89 pts WS
“Open-knit and balanced, with tangy strawberry, pomegranate, tea rose and ground spice notes. Offers a fresh finish, with light grip and a hint of salumi. Drink now through 2017.”
Honestly one of my favorite wines this year. This 100% nebbiolo from Valtellina is super-cool and drinks like racy Barbaresco from the neighboring commune at half the price. The slopes are so darn steep they harvest by helicopter. I’m amazed this wine isn’t more expensive. Want some fantastic drinking satisfying HIGH quality Italian reds? THIS would be my hands-down pick- Amy
WHITE WINES! Domaine Chene Macon La Roche Vineuse 2011- REGULAR PRICE: $16 NOW: $12 SAVE $4
One of our previous Wines of the Month. This is sensational Maconnais Chardonnay from a top producer. Drinks more like Pouilly, with a rich mid palate. Outstanding for this insane price. Case-worthy
*** VALUE ALERT!*** Bisci Verdicchio di Matelica 2011- REGULAR PRICE: $15 NOW $12- 91 PTS IWC
“Bright straw. Penetrating mineral aromas lift bright apple and citrus fruits. Fresh and clean in the mouth, with mineral-driven quince, apple and lemon flavors that linger with sneaky concentration. This very long, pure wine will remind you of the Mosel.”
Domaine FL Savennieres Chamboureau 2008- $27 NOW $18! SAVE $9- One of our former wine of the month collector’s (Next Level) club selections. SERIOUS white wine.
“A flattering style, featuring creamed apricot, peach and chamomile notes, with hints of tarragon and apple skin adding cut on the finish. A paraffin accent echoes. Drink now through 2014. 2,500 cases made”
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