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Just Desserts

Big dinners, dark nights are a good time to wrap things up with a little sweet sip of something special. A lot of these are in smaller bottles and just perfect for two.

Sauternes & other Botrytised wines

2015 Haut Charmes, Sauternes  $16
Semilion
Rumor has it that this is what Yequiem does with the grapes that it doesn’t want to use in its flagship wine. Hard to say, but it is 1/10th the price of the big boy. — 375 ml

2016 Domaine Labranche Laffont, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh  $23
100% Petit Manseng
A southwest French dessert wine with concentrated aromas of confectionary, fruits (oven baked apple, pear, and apricot) and honey with notes of vanilla and praline. A delicious twist.  375 ml

2009 Château De Cérons, Cérons  $20
90% Sémillion, 5% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscadelle
The richness of the vintage is very apparent in this luscious, still-young wine. A dry core of botrytis rests on flavors of bitter-orange marmalade, apricot, acidity and spice from wood aging. — 375 ml

2006 Château Raymond-Lafon, Sauternes  $38
Semillon
Unctuous, sporting apricot, glazed pear and creamed melon flavors, with a lush coconut-tinged finish. A nice floral hint weaves in and out, adding length and vivacity, too.  375 ml $22

2011 Rieussec, Sauternes  $85
95% Semillon, 2% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% Muscadelle
Intense, with ginger, yellow apple chutney, dried pineapple and papaya flavors coursing through a finish that brims with singed almond and lemon chiffon flavors. This retains a touch of youthful rawness, featuring a bitter orange note that’s yet to be absorbed. Best from 2018 through 2040.

Late Harvest

2016 Quady Electra  $12
Moscato
Beautiful rose petal, orange blossom and honey flavors practically leap out of the glass as this sweet, lightly sparkling and nicely concentrated wine works its charms. It has good acidity to balance all the sugary sweetness, and a low alcohol strength.  375 ml

2017 Schlink Haus Beeranauslese  $16
Riesling
Harvested of individually-hand-selected overripe berries. Rare and remarkably rich, this is a wine that should be enjoyed with dessert or by itself on special occasions. Fragrant, aromatic, full-bodied, with a pleasant sweetness. –375 ml

Quady Essensia  $15
Orange Muscat
The Essencia has aromas reminiscent of Orange Blossom and Apricot, and a lingering refreshing aftertaste. The wine is lightly fortified to about 15% alcohol and aged for 3 months in French Oak.   375 ml –

2016 Evolúció Late Harvest Tokaj  $15
Furmint
Hungary
Amber in the glass with an intense aroma of summer fruits and citrus. It is unctuous and elegant on the palate, with dried apricot, juicy mango and plum. Intense and fresh with exceptional acidity.

2008 Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos  $50
The amazing Hungarian desert wine. Complex aroma with hints of apricots and spice. Palate is dominated by tropical fruits — lime and grapefruit in particular. Seductive finish.

2016 Marani Satrapezo Rkatsiteli Ice Wine  $30
Dense and sticky, it exposes ripe poached pears, candied berry, honey and golden raisin aromas. Vibrant fruit flavors accented by the natural sweetness are well balanced with embedded orange zest. The finish is fresh with fruity core leading to a tantalizing citrus and lingering aftertaste.

Vin Santo

Campobello, Il Santo  $15
80% Trebbiano, 20% Malvasia
Il Santo is a fortified version of the classic Tuscan dessert wine, Vin Santo. The bouquet is bursting with aromas of apricots, honey, and candied orange peel. Produced by incorporating a small amount of brandy into the blend, Il Santo is higher in alcohol and residual sugar, rendering it richer in style.

2009 San Felice, Vin Santo  $25
75% Trebbiano, 25% Malvasia
The classic Italian desert wine made from dried grapes and aged four years in barrel. Medium-sweet, it has an expansive palate with evolving notes of honey, seductively laced with toasted almond.  375ml

2011 Tenuta San Vito, Malmantico Vin Santo del Chianti  $48
San Vito’s Organic Vin Santo is thick and intense in the mouth, has aromas of apricots and orange blossom, followed by a caramel, nut and raisin-rich palate with a hint of honey and cream on the finish.  375ml

Madeira & Marsala

Ostinato Marsala Dolce  $13
A sweet Marsala that is delicious, balanced and refined. It resonates with deep vinous character and is produced according to traditional methods that are now rarely seen in the appellation, especially in Fine expressions.  Very complex for the money.  500ml

Belem Madeira  $14
100% Tinta Negra
Aged for a minimum of three years in old oak casks, Belém’s Madeira – Meio Seco is ‘medium-dry’ and, at 17% abv, is notable for its vinous character and concentration. In the kitchen, it is your secret weapon: delicious as an aperitif or in cocktails, it especially excels in the cook’s arsenal, ready to be deployed in marinades, glazes and reductions; for seafood, poultry or game — all while you enjoy a pre-prandial glass. 500ml

Broadbent 5-year-old Madeira Reserve  $28
With its dark gold color and sweet, nutty aromas, this is on the rich side of the Madeira taste spectrum. It has attractive fruitiness and aged citrus acidity that go together, leaving a wine that is both sweet but also fresh.

2004 Francesco Intorcia Heritage Superiore Ambra Dolce Marsala  $20
Consistent and intense, with assertive notes of honey, caramel and carob, apricot and candied orange peel, pine nuts, almonds and walnut. Full on the palate, smooth and honeyed, with just the right equilibrium between freshness and alcohol impact. Persistent and elegantly structured.  Was $30 now $20

Port & Banyuls

Kopke, 10 year old Tawny  $15
A blend of different vintages averaging 10 years old.  375ml

Seara d’Ordens, Special Reserve Tawny  $25
A careful selection of the best Douro varieties and the traditional methods used on Quinta give Seara d’Ordens Special Reserve its unique personality, results from a blend with 8 at 10 years.   A developed bouquet with aromas of dried fruit. Rich, complex and velvety on the palate.

Mas Blanc, Hors d’ Age Banyuls  $24
Made from old-vine Grenache noir aged in demi-muid. The wine is a blend of three vintages with reserve wine from the previous blend of vintages in a roughly 2/3 to 1/3 proportion.  Balanced, poised and energetic, the specified vintages lend vibrancy and exuberance; the reserve wine depth and complexity.  375ml

2015 Dow’s, Late Bottled Porto  $25
This is a quite fine, fruit driven, plummy, licorice and vanilla scented port. Not a lot of complexity, but there is generous fruit. Elegance and smoothness reign, with a chalky dusty finish. Very good length with a touch of flinty minerality.  –375 ML for $14

2013 Menéres, Late Bottled Port  $22
The special characteristics of this LBV are its richness, depth of flavor and powerful, attractive bouquet. It is bold and mouth filling. In order to retain as much depth as possible, the blend has been bottled as Vintage Port, without any stabilization. As a result, the port may throw a small deposit. Extremely limited.  500 cases made.  Unfiltered

2013 Quinta da Romaneira, Late-Bottled Vintage Porto  $26
40% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz, 10% Tinto Cão
This LBV ages for 5 years in wooden vat to give it the character of an aged port. The wine has intense aromas of crushed berries and red fruits. It is rich and elegant on the palate with spice, raisins and red fruit flavors and a velvety but firm tannic structure that’s leads to a luscious long finish.

2004 Royal Oporto, Vintage Port  $28
A good deal on a real Vintage Port in the perfect size bottle. — 375 ml

2011 Quinta Vale D. Maria, Vintage Port  $60
Powerful this year, this is a big boy in terms of structure, showing astringency on the finish, yet it seems also to show fine balance overall, managing to project some elegance, notwithstanding its underlying power. The graceful mid-palate is beautifully constructed, not jammy or thick, but still concentrated. It has a persistent finish. Beneath the oaky overlay, there is fine fruit as well as that impressive structure. This promises to be exceptional if you have a little patience.  — 95pts Wine Advocate

2005 Quinta da Romaneira, Vintage Porto  $50
50% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Francesa, 20% Tinto Cão
The grapes were trodden by foot and fermented in traditional granite ‘lagares’.  This wine aged 20 months in wooden barrels in the cellars of the Quinta before bottling. It should age in bottle for 8 to 15 years before attaining the complexity and bouquet characteristic of a Vintage.  A powerful wild aromatic nose, deep concentrated fruit, and a powerful but fine tannic structure make this a remarkable Vintage Port.

2003 Rocha, Vintage Port  $50
Aromatic accents of anise, herbs, blueberry and freshly crushed grapes.  Brambly black plum and purity of grape dominate the palate alongside the supple acidity and chalky tannins.  The finish is silky and seductive with flavors lingering long.

1999 Casa de Santa, Eufemia Vintage Port  $52
A rare Portuguese grower-owned port houses. The brothers that now own it and their family have been growers since 1894, but only since the formation of the EU in 1986 have they been able to bottle their own wines.  The 1999 is a real stunner. Weighty and vibrant, the wine billows forth with luscious blackberry compote, boysenberry, kirsch liqueur and a hint of anise. The structure is evident but this wine is wide open at present.

1999 Smith Woodhouse, Madalena Vintage Port  $50
In non-declared years, Smith Woodhouse offers a small amount of single vineyard Vintage Port from Madalena. This mature vintage port is showing a very ripe, sweet nose of baked plum, raisin, molasses and well-integrated tannins.

Our Holiday Hours

Tuesday to Sunday
Noon to 6PM

The Fresh Sheet

Things are rolling in the door as we prepare for the holidays.  Here’s a few of the new faces.

Whites

2019 Vignerons Proprietes Associes, Ozilhan Reseve Cotes du Rhone Blanc  $13
40% Grenache, 30% Viognier, 16% Clairette, 8% Rousanne
Floral fragrances, and lime flower, The palate is round and fleshy in the mouth, nice acidity. Well balanced with warm summer apples.  Organic

2018 Domain Brichot, Les Pierres Blanches  $13
50% Gros Manseng, 40% Sauvignon Blanc,  10% Ugni Blanc
This crystalline wine expresses itself on a nose of acacia flowers, a superb fruit of wild peaches and a very fresh mineral finish.   “We persevere in the search for the mineral and floral expression of this wine.”  8 months aging on fine lees with stirring.  Organic

2019 Villa des Croix, Picpoul de Pinet  $15
Aged on its lees for a minimum of 4 months to add structure, weight, body and complexity, this wine has citrus aromas combined with floral notes in the nose. It is fresh, lively and thirst-quenching in the mouth.

2019 Clos Henri, Petit Clos Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc  $16
A French winemaker takes on NZ Sauv Blanc.  Notes of soft gunflint and seashell tuck beneath bright citrus and stone fruit, grass and dried green herbs. The palate strikes a lovely balance between texture and zingy acidity. Flinty, mineral nuances run beside juicy citrus right to the long finish.  Organic

2018 Cá dei Frati di Dal Cero, I Frati Lugana  $21
Trebbiano
A complex, lees aged Trebbiano from older vines. It has concentrated but fresh perfume of white flowers, peaches and ripe lemons. On the palate it has excellent depth and balance, richness and a lovely crisp, lively finish.

2019 Antoine de la Farge, Les Petites Roches, Pouilly-Fumé  $27
Sauvignon Blanc
Les Petites Roches has beautiful citrus and smoky notes. Fuller-bodied with beautifully balancing acidity. A great break from your usual Sancerre.

2016 Laurent Cognard, Montagny 1er Cru, Les Bassets  $38
Chardonnay
Montagny Les Bassets 1er Cru is the flagship wine of the domaine.  A full, ripe wine, this is rich in white fruits, but balanced by bright acidity. Produced in a vineyard close to Buxy, it has a taut edge, plenty of honey and lemon flavors, and a touch of toast.  Was $45 now $38

Reds

2017 Stefano Massone, Piedmont Barbara  $10
A soft and supple Barbera.  Was $15, now $10

2017 Casata Monticello, Barbera d’Asti Superiore  $11
A complex little Barbera for very little money. Aging for one year in wood barrels adds class and body.

2018 Vignerons Proprietes Associes, Ozilhan Reseve Cotes du Rhone Rouge  $13
60% Syrah, 40% Grenache
Ripe red fruits, raspberries, black cherries, integrated spices and lush finish.  Organic

2018 Casa Contini, Verso Rosso Salento  $14
60% Negroamaro, 35% Primitivo, 5% Malvasia Nera
From Puliga, this Salento has notes of dried fruit, plums and spice with a silky texture and structured elegance.  Verso is a very full-bodied, luscious wine made with a small percent of ‘appassimento’, or raisined, grapes.

2018 Luigi Bosca, Mendoza Malbec  $15
Deep ruby red color, with aromas of ripe red fruit, spices and black pepper. The palate intensity is complemented by the softness and sweetness of tannins. Full-bodied and well structured.  Was $20 now $15

2019 Vendrell Rived, Montsant Serè  $18
80% Garnatxa, 20% Carinyena
From the younger vines of the estate. Red fruit, mostly cherries create a very captivating nose while the airy structure is full, but not firm. Very classy wine, with good complexity for this price.

2019 Pierre & Rodolphe Gauthier, Soif de Jour Bourgueil  $20
Cabernet Franc
Run by a father-and-son team who make fine, age-worthy wines from organic cabernet franc. Jour de Soif is their entry-level bottle, made from younger vines, which are nonetheless still 20 years old. You can sense the structure of the other cuvées in the fine tannins that give shape to this otherwise fresh and juicy wine.  Organic

2017 Anton Bauer, Feuersbrunn Zweigelt  $20
This Zweigelt drinks like a young, Northern-Rhône Syrah on holiday in Burgundy.  Cherry fruit with berry undertones, fine aroma; on the palate multi-layered –a vegetable touch joins the young berry fruit to add additional fine spice.  Organic

2014 Château Falfas, Côtes de Bourg  $29
55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec
Dense and dark, with notes of blackberry, anise, coffee, and chocolate, but also smoke and spice, and a lingering finish that you won’t soon forget.  The wine is elegant with good acidity and minerality (clay and limestone soil). Its bouquet of ripe dark fruits, violet and light spices is vibrant and fresh on the palate. This is full body wine with a nice texture and moderate tannin.  Biodynamic

2015 Pelissero, Barbaresco Nubiola  $45
Racy and exuberant on the palate, with terrific fruit density, the 2015 Barbaresco Nubiola captures the exuberant side of the year nicely. Fruity and floral notes that go from the ripe red fruit to the officinal herbs. Soft, tasty, velvety at the same time, leaves on the taste buds a note of sweetness and roundness typical of ripe grape with a slightly dry and astringent closure that distinguishes the Nebbiolo.

2017 Clos des Brusquiéres, Châteauneuf-du-Pape  $45
60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre
70+ year old vines An assertively perfumed bouquet evokes red berry preserves, exotic spices and candied lavender, along with a chalky mineral quality that builds as the wine opens up. Sweet, seamless and energetic in style, offering lithe raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors that show wonderful clarity and back-end cut. The mineral and floral components drive a very long, appealingly sweet finish shaped by smooth, harmonious tannins.

2015 Chateau Cantemerle, Haut Medoc  $58
64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
From a 5th Growth estate, the Cantemerle show impressive richness and clarity of red and dark berries. Lightly spiced-pastry aromas, too. The palate has a very crisp, polished and groomed tannin texture, as well as super fresh flavors that carry long.

Our Holiday Hours

Tuesday to Sunday
Noon to 6PM

Bordeaux over $20

Bordeaux is a very classic wine, and while we love a good everyday bottle, around the holidays we like to splurge just a bit.

2009 Château Marsau, Cotes de Francs  $20
Merlot
This 2009 has black cherry fruit, with hints of tobacco leaf and coffee, this wine is dense, pure, medium to full-bodied, fleshy and quite seductive in its ripeness and silkiness.

2017 Château La Vielle Cure, La Sacristie Fronsac  $24
74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Notes of cassis, leafy herbs, tobacco, and spice all emerge from the glass, and this beauty is medium to full-bodied, ripe, textured, balanced, and nicely textured. With good acidity and a great finish, it’s a smoking effort to drink over the coming 10-12 years.

2016 Château Rozier, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru  $28
80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color, the flavor rends a great freshness associated with red and black fruits, with a woody and slight vanilla edge. The tannin gives it a fleshy, smooth and delicious yet elegant taste.

2014 Château Falfas,  Côtes de Bourg  $29
55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec
Dense and dark, with notes of blackberry, anise, coffee, and chocolate, but also smoke and spice, and a lingering finish that you won’t soon forget.  The wine is elegant with good acidity and minerality (clay and limestone soil). Its bouquet of ripe dark fruits, violet and light spices is vibrant and fresh on the palate. This is full body wine with a nice texture and moderate tannin.  Biodynamic

2015 Château Franc Grâce-Dieu, St. Emilion Grande Cru  $32
70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc
A rich and complex Bordeaux with a lot of leathery & mineral richness.

2010 Château Gueyrrosse, St. Emilion Grand Cru  $39
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Smooth and silky aged Bordeaux.  The nose highlighted by generous notes of crisp red fruits and a rich palette of aromas, velvety. A very harmonious vintage, combining power and finesse.

2018 Château les Barraillots, Cru Artisan Margaux  $40
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot
From 40 year old vines the Barrallots is full, rich, and ripe promising that 2018 might rival 2015 and 2010.

2012 Château Les Fiefs de Lagrange, Saint Julien  $55
61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot
The Second Label of the 3rd Growth Lagrange.  The 2012 is developed and ready to go now.  Good depth of firm Cabernet fruit, good clarity and natural tannins, very good second wine.

2015 Château Cantemerle, Haut Medoc  $58
64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
5th Growth Bordeaux.  Impressive richness and clarity of red and dark berries. Lightly spiced-pastry aromas, too. The palate has a very crisp, polished and groomed tannin texture, as well as super fresh flavors that carry long.

2014 Château Pas de L’Ane, Saint Emilion Grand Cru  $67
60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc
A very rare top-notch Bordeaux that’s actually still a sensible buy.  Rich blackberry fruit and layers of tannins are a great combination for this wine that has profited from the quality of the Cabernet Franc in this vintage. It has plenty of fruit and acidity, as well as firm, still-toasty tannins.

2015 Château Latour, Pauillac  $100
54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
A firm and linear red with currant, blackberry and stone aromas and flavors. Full yet closed and tight. Acidity drives this one. Third wine of Paulliac. Serious.  94 pts Suckling

2008 Château Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien  $128
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot & Cabernet Franc
One of the finest over-achieving efforts in this vintage as well as a ‘best buy’ for a top-flight St.-Julien, this 2008 is an irresistible success. It reveals an opaque ruby/purple color, lots of unctuosity and a boatload of sweet cassis and black cherry fruit intertwined with notions of licorice, smoke and oak. Full-bodied, remarkably concentrated and stunningly pure and textured, this sensational wine is already drinking well, and will be even better with 2-3 years of cellaring. It should last for 20-25 years  –94pts Parker

Our Holiday Hours

Tuesday to Sunday
Noon to 6PM

Northeast Italy

Trentino, Veneto, Alto Adige, and Friuli

The cold weather got us thinking of Amarone.  And once we got thinking we remembered lots of great wines from Alto Adige, Fruli and Veneto.

Whites

Vincenzo Toffoli, Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOCG Extra Dry  $15
Glera
Vincenzo grew up working the vineyards until 1964 when he was able to buy some of them and start making his own wines. Now most of the work has passed on to his sons. Their Prosecco is clean and fresh with a nice sparkle.

2014 Putzenhof, Kerner  Alto Adige  $12
This delicious Northern Italian grape is a cross between Riesling and Schiava.  It has a full silky body with layered flavors of pear and quince.  Was $19 now $12

2017 Terlato, Pinot Grigio  $12
From Friuli, this PG has aromas and flavors of apricot custard on wet stone. Wired acidity keeps it fresh and clean. The mid-palate introduces Asian pear and mandarin orange, enhancing the wine’s crispness through the finish.  Was $18 now $12

2018 Pieropan, Soave  $15
85% Garganega, 15% Trebbiano di Soave
Ample & floral aromas with notes of elderberry, apple, pear & lemon verbena on a background of almonds and nuts; fresh, elegant & well balanced on the palate, with a long finish.  Was $19 now $15

2016 Conte d’Attimas-Maniago, Ribolla Gialla  $15
Ribolla Gialla has grown in the Eastern Hills of Friuli since the fourteenth century. The wine has .a fine and pleasant fragrance releasing a clean and flowery bouquet. The flavor is full with a correct acidic balance. The characteristic acidity lends an appealing freshness and enhances the natural fruitiness (green apples).

2019 Italo Cescon, Pinot Grigio  $17
The wine with a bit of grape vine tied around the neck.  The Ceson has intense aroma with slight hints of nutmeg, peach, and acacia. A dry, fresh wine with strong, fruity overtones and orange peel.

2016 Colutta, Pinot Grigio  $20
Colli Orientali vineyards are influenced by the breeze from the Adriatic. This Pinot Grigio has effusive aromas of apple blossoms and quince with underpinnings of bitter almonds. It is intense with rich and refreshing flavors.

2019 Colterenzio, Sauvignon Blanc Prail  $23
From the Südtirol region of the Alto Adige, The Prail has notes of elderflower, gooseberry and delicately scented herbs. The grapefruit, lemon and fennel seed character is impressive on the nose and palate. The wine has a medium-to-full body and bright acidity with a lemon rind aftertaste.

2018 Terlano, Terlaner Classico  $25
60% Pinot Bianco, 30% Chardonnay,  10% Sauvignon Blanc
This really captures the mountain freshness of this Alpine region and the minerality of the stony soils of this appellation, and marries them with extremely attractive citrus fruit and just the right amount of creaminess. Long, very pure finish.

Orange

2019 Fratelli Cozza Figlia Della Notte, Ramato Pinot Grigio  $11
Ramato (Italian for “auburn” or “copper”) wines are produced by macerating Pinot Grigio grape must with its skins. The skins’ pink hue give the wines color.  Look for aromas baking spice, dried fruit, tropical fruit and herbs with good structure and tannin.

Lighter Reds

2016 San Pietro, Schiava   $11
95% Schiava, 5% Lagrein
Simple but appealing on the nose and palate, it offers a lightly spicy raspberry and cranberry scent and tart red-fruit flavor shaped by crisp, food-friendly acidity. It doesn’t seem tannic at first, but some astringency becomes more apparent with subtle red berries and a hint of stony minerality in the long, clean finish. Was $15 now $11

2019 Valle Iscaro Schiava, Also Adige  $14
A lighter Northern Italian red that is perfect for summer.  Pleasant, fruity aromas characteristic of Schiava.  The flavor is harmonious with light scent of almond.

2018 Erste + Neue, Kaltereresee Leuchternburg  $16
Schiava (Vernatch)
A light-bodied red with lots of cherry flavors and soft tannins from the German-speaking part of the Tyrolian Alps. This is a single vineyard wine made from Venatsch (Schiava) the smaller berried cousin to the Edelvenatch.

2018 Cantina de Negrar Valpolicella Classico  $11
Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara
Juicy red berries and red fruit aromas explode from the glass accompanied by summer berries, exotic spices and a hint of earth. Seductive, smooth yet full body lingers on the palate with a velvety finish.

Bold Reds

2015 Brunelli, Corte Cariano  $15
Corvina
Made entirely with dried Corvina grapes, this has aromas of red currant, toast and a touch of eucalyptus. The medium-bodied palate shows black cherry, licorice and tobacco alongside polished tannins.

2014 Couluta, Refosco  $20
From Friuli, this Refosco is intensely favored and wonderfully aromatic, yet not heavy or overwrought, it has dark berry and woodland flavors and aromas of cinnamon and herbs. Bold and powerful it has structured and defined tannins and invigorating acidity. Not fruity and sweet, like far too many New World reds, its bone dry and lengthy.

2017 Couluta, Cabernet Franc  $20
This is Cabernet Franc from Friuli.  The fragrance grassy with a hint of raspberry and blackberry. The flavor is grassy, dry and tangy, vanillaed.  Very pleasing.

2014 Allegrini, Palazzo della Torre  $19
70% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella, 5% Sangiovese
Allegrini owns this estate where they make this “baby Amarone”.  A small percentage of the grapes are left to dry out until December and then added to wine.  Aromas of ripe black-skinned fruit and exotic spice are front and center on this delicious red. On the fresh palate, tightly knit, polished tannins carry mouthwatering black cherry, blackberry compote, mocha and cinnamon.

2016 Zeni, Marogne Ripasso  $18
60% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, 10% Molinara
Vinous, full-bodied, with hints of black cherry and well-ripened fruit. Rounded and velvety on the palate.

2015 Corte Volponi,  Valpolicella Ripasso  $20
55% Corvina, 25% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella
Dried red and black fruit mingle with pepper spice, minerals/earth, leather and light tar. It’s a nicely balanced wine, well-made wine.  Was $25 now $20

2017 Grion, Veneto Cabernet Sauvignon  $20
The nose has an intense bouquet and end made of floral and fruity notes, among which violet and cherry. Nevertheless, there are also more complex aromas such as leather and coffee. In the mouth it shows a wine with a great body and the excellent structure and above all the excellent harmony.

2014 Scoula Grande, Amarone  $38
Corvina, Molinara
Deep, dark, intense, with pleasant slight granite shades. A sequence of perceptions of cherry, plum, and black cherries under liquor and toasted almond; interesting final notes of coffee, tobacco and cocoa.

2013 Zeni, Amarone  $50
70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Molinara
A crowd-pleasing red for its balance, medium body and appealing notes of plump cherry, fig cake and melted licorice, with hints of herb and cocoa powder, and soft, dusty tannins on the finish.  97pts from Decanter

2013 Domíni Veneti, Vigneti de Jago Amarone  $58
70% Corvina, 15% Corvinone, 15% Rondinella
Take one look at this dense, black-red wine as it sits in the glass, sniff its dark, alluring, exotic treasure-cave of aromas, taste its explosive carnival of flavors and you might be forgiven for thinking that it’s five years younger than it really is. This is a sensational Amarone, full of smoldering fires at dusk, of confit fruits, of African incense spices and of dried citrus peels and zests, mouth-filling and dazzling — and with years left on its clock. — 97 pts Decanter..

2014 Brunelli, Amarone della Valpolicella  $25  375 ml
60% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, 10% Corvinone
An incredibly concentrated nose which exudes crushed redcurrants, blueberries and red cherries along with hints of sweet spices from the oak. Take a sip and you’ll notice the full body, soft mouthfeel and luscious wild berry flavors which are carefully balanced by the fresh acidity.

Our Holiday Hours

Tuesday to Sunday
Noon to 6PM

Shipping Season

This year more than ever, most of us won’t be making any trips to see friends and family.  If so, you may be thinking about sending a bottle of wine to those who you wish you could be with for the holidays. 

Being a retail business and regulations being what they are, Madrona Wine is unable to ship to most states.  You however, being an individual, can ship to most states and not only do we have the bottles to send, we also have some boxes to ship them in.  (No, the shipping isn’t free. Yes, this is more work than clicking on a website.)

The Postal Service will not ship wine at all (again more regulations), but UPS and Fed-Ex will.  Want to know if you can ship to a given state?  Just call up your closet UPS Shipper. 
Try:

Cardboard shipping box with recyclable formed cardboard bottle shields approved for all major shippers.

1-pack                         $5.00
2-packs                       $6.00
3-packs                       $7.00
4-packs                       $8.00

May your holiday season be festive.
 
Jim and Mark
Madrona Wine Merchants

Bold Reds from

Washington & California

We covered Oregon pretty well before Thanksgiving, so here is our list of full, rich reds from our side of the Atlantic.  Good wines as we head into the cold and dark.

NV Elsom Cellars, Adventure Uncorked Red  $12
67% Malbec, 22% Merlot, 11% Syrah
A non-vintage, Malbec based blend out of SODO.  Was $17 now $12

2017 Four Vines, Old Vine Zinfandel   $14
A full-bodied Central Coast Zin at a good price.  35-to-80 year old vines. Dark berry notes, a hint of spice, ripe plums and black & blue berries.

2015 Basel Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon  $15
This Cabernet delivers strong nuances of black cherry, stewed fruit, cola and black currant on the distinctive nose. The aromatic, jammy notes are supported well by hints of eucalyptus, mint and pencil shavings.  Was $30 now $15

2017 Gray, Syrah  $17
This 100% Syrah with fruit from the famed Den Hoed Vineyard, was crafted by Kerloo Cellars Winemaker Ryan Crane. It full of dark dry fruit with a bit of earth and spice.

2018 Newsprint, Columbia Valley Malbec  $18
The intense vineyard heat on these berries has yielded a muscular, but not aggressive, wine. Your mouth will be coated with the concentrated flavors of juicy black berry right from the get-go. As the flavor lingers, black pepper and spice will envelop your mouth.

2018 In Sheep’s Clothing, Cabernet Sauvignon  $19
Made in Oregon with Washington fruit from Waluke Slope and Red Mountain fruit, the wolf has lots of cassis, blueberry and black cherry flavors, good acidity and integrated anise, thyme and bay leaf notes.  Not bad for under $20

2017 Darby, Purple Haze  $20
A Washington Bordeaux style blend with a bit of Petit Sirah added to put the purple in the haze.  Dense and rich, with a muscular mix of dark currant, cherry, and plum with a hint of cedar.

2017 Sleight of Hand, Spellbinder  $20
43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 5% Syrah
Notes of blueberries, cassis, candied violets, and leafy herbs all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, concentrated, layered 2017 that has plenty of character.

2018 Gilbert Cellars, Allobroges  $24
37% Syrah, 36% Grenache, 27% Mourvedre
Very floral with pomegranate and bright tropical fruit notes on the nose. The palate is light to medium-bodied with vibrant acidity in the mid-palate that carries thru to the finish. The tannin is rounded out in the attack with just a slight astringency due to the wine’s youthfulness.  Vegan

2014 Darby, Chaos  $25
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec
This Cabernet-based blend is rich and impressively structured, with savory blackberry aromas and accents of dark cherry, currant, anise, and cedar. Gains depth while holding focus and persistence.  Was $35 now $25

2013 Fall Line, Cabernet Sauvignon  $25
Fall Line’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon consists of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Boushey, Artz, and Red Willow Vineyards. The wine has aromas of graphite, herb and red and black fruit lead to a soft palate backed by fine grained tannins.

2018 Orr, Columbia Valley Grenache  $25
91% Grenache, 7% Mourvèdre, 2% Syrah
Rustic and approachable, this hand-picked Grenache was fermented with a touch of Mourvèdre and Syrah and aged in mature French oak. The color is violet ruby and the nose is full of fresh raspberries, pomegranate, plum and black tea. It’s vibrant and lively all the way through to the lifted and mouth-watering finish.

2018 Orr, Columbia Valley Merlot  $25
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Erica’s first Merlot under her own label.  Only 240 cases made.

2016 Animale, Petit Sirah Reserve  $26
Aromas freshly picked blackberries and plums, with exotic hints of menthol, dijon mustard, clove, honey, and orange blossom.  Flavors of blackberry syrup, Italian prune, and dried currant are complemented by the refreshing tangy acidity of pie cherries, pomegranate and citrus peel.  The finish is brambly, offering sensations of black tea and cocoa powder.

2017 Animale, Cabernet Franc  $26
The new vintage just released.  No oak, all stainless steel aging.

2018 Cadence, Coda  $28
37% Cabernet Franc, 29% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot
Rich, deep, expressive nose of dark cherries, minerals and pencil shavings. Very Euro in the best sense of the word. The palate is broad, silky and complex, in part owing to the wonderful texture of Cabernet Franc. Beautifully balanced acidity makes the wine come alive, coupled with the firm, fine tannins.

2016 Dry Creek Vineyard, Old Vine Zindandel  $29
78% Zin, 19% Petite Sirah, 3% Carrignan
This vintage presents enticing aromatics of raspberries, cherry and a hint of toast and black pepper. On the palate, brambly flavors of ripe boysenberry and spicy dark chocolate come forward. The wine is complex, with bright acidity complimented by notes of berry syrup and mocha. The tannins are silky and smooth to lend a round, rich mouthfeel.  Dry-farmed Hand-Picked

2017 Meadowcroft, Napa Valley  $30
Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark,  ripe  berries  with  a  hint  of  olive  and  dried  fig,  this structured  and  concentrated  cabernet  sauvignon  shows classic Napa Valley style.   Flavors of dark chocolate and cigar box shine through the structured, mouthfilling tannins.

2013 Rutherford Hill, Cabernet Sauvigon  $30
Napa
Dark and lush with ripe plum and blackberry fruit; intense, balanced and rich with depth, style and finesse; juicy and balanced with ripe flavors and no herbaceousness; deep and long.  Was $50 Now $30

2018 Elephant Seven, Yellow Bird Vineyards Grenache  $30
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
Aromatics of wild flowers, garrigue, and Asian spices. A dense mid-palate with notes of red fruits, kirsch, orange peel, and cured meats, all complimented nicely with a dusty minerality. Seamless and elegant with a long expressive finish.

2017 JB Neufeld, Yakima Valley Cabernet  $36
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
A four vineyard blend in JB’s Yakima Cabernet. A full fisted but not heavy handed Washington Cabernet.

2017 Elephants Seven, Yellow Bird Vineyard Syrah  $38
93% Syrah, 7% Viognier
A bright bouquet of lavender, bergamot, and cassia bark. Wet stone, white pepper, and nutmeg accent a core of blueberry and bramble fruit. Expansive and concentrated without overripe fruit and intrusive amounts of new oak. The long, expansive finish is driven by natural tannins and acidity.

2017 Tranche, Cabernet Franc  $40
Floral and herbaceous on the nose with lifted aromas of rose petal, lilac and sage. The wine plush and dense on the palate, layered with dark, seductive flavors of blueberry, licorice and cassis. Herbaceous notes of fennel, black tea and tobacco combine with soft, fleshy tannins and a graphite-like minerality

2016 Woodward Canyon, Artist Series Cab  $55
A complex nose of baking spice, black olive and graham integrated beautifully with aromas of ripe black fruits. In the mouth the wine is rich and elegant, showing subtle notes of herb and black berry. Integrated tannins enhance the texture and give proportion; the finish is complex, generous, and long.

2014 Dry Creek Vineyard, The Mariner  $60  Magnum  1.5 liters 
69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 9% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc
This delicious Bordeaux-inspired blend comes from several prized estate and hillside vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley. At first swirl, the wine displays aromas of blueberry, vanilla and cherries. Several more minutes reveal hints of clove, cinnamon, black licorice and mocha characters. The palate has dark berry flavors along with cedar sweetness and cassis. It finishes with black pepper, boysenberry and a hint of barrel spice. Good acidity will help this wine to age beautifully for years to come.  Was $95 now $60

2016 Joseph Phelps, Cabernet Sauvignon   $65
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is ultra-concentrated with dense black fruit, anise, roasted coffee, ripe blueberries, cedar box and graphite. A fresh and focused wine with creamy texture and a long luscious mouth feel with dusty earth, baking spices, sweet vanilla and fresh fig notes.
MAGNUM (1.5 Liter)  $130

2014 Corliss, Red Blend  $75
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot
The 2014 Corliss Red Wine needs one hour decant to fully express itself, the wine slowly unveils ripe blueberry compote, sagebrush, Turkish coffee and shades of black licorice candy that all meld together in the glass. The palate is silky smooth and decadent, while also elegant. With a soft mouthfeel, this gracefully glides across the mid-palate revealing copious dark and blue fruit flavors with chocolate covered espresso bean. Marvelous now, this beautiful red blend will have a long life in the cellar.

2016 Woodward Canyon, Old Vine Cabernet  $110
96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
From 40+ year old vines, this old guy has aromas of cedar, baking spice, graphite and cassis.  Flavors of black fruits blend beautifully with the exotic spice of new oak.  The texture is silky yet firm with integrated tannins offering a rich, lingering finish.

Our Holiday Hours

Tuesday to Sunday
Noon to 6PM

Happy Thanksgiving

Holiday Hours
(now until New Years)
Tuesday to Sunday
Noon to 6PM

Open Thanksgiving Day, Noon to 3PM
(for those last minute emergencies)

Looking for a little inspiration?  We been collecting our email on our web site so you can browse by category  They are on the right hand side at the top of the page.  Some of the wines might be gone and other new ones might have arrived, but at least it will get us started in the right direction.

Looking for a special bottle here’s one we inadvertently left off of last Saturday’s email.

2009 Louis Latour, Château Corton Grancy Grand Cru  $125
Part of the Latour empire, this Grand Cru is a beautiful red with ruby highlights. A complex nose revealing an earthy mix of red fruit, spice and licorice. Rounded in the mouth with the same juicy flavors as on the nose rounded out with hints of coffee.  The wine is harmonious with supple tannins.

Thanksgiving promises to be smaller and more low key in 2020, but we hope all of you will have a delicious and festive celebration.

Jim & Mark
Madrona Wine Merchants

Noir

The Holidays are here and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Madrona Wine will now be OPEN on Tuesdays from next week until New Years.  Our Thanksgiving feasts may be smaller this year, but the upside is that you don’t have to hide the good wine from the unappreciative guests.  Pick out a good bottle to celebrate with.Here’s a few Pinots to ponder.

Pinot Noir

We have a lot of Pinot Noirs to choose from.  Take your pick from Burgundy, the Willamette Valley or elsewhere.

2018 Les Deux Moulins, Pinot Noir  $13
Deux Moulins cuvée is a blend of Pinot Noir from the Loire Valley and the Languedoc. The Loire Valley component comes from sand and gravel vineyards in Chateaumeillant and adds elegance and finesse. The Languedoc fruit adds a fruity richness. Organic.

2018 Nicolas Idiart, Pinot Noir  $15
This Loire Pinot is a great value. Red berries with licorice and spices. It is harmonious and balanced, with a plump fruitiness and silky texture.

2015 47 Anno Domini Sottovoce Pinot Nero  $16
The olfactory impact is elegant and complex, the Pinot Nero Sottovoce is the perfect combination of fruit sensations red (cherry, blackberry, currant) and those of maturation in wood with refined notes tobacco, coffee, cocoa, and vanilla.

2019 Joseph Cattin, Pinot Noir  $16
A little steal of a Pinot from Alsace, crisp, crunchy, tart red berry plays subtly on the nose. The light palate is very pure in a traditional Alsace Pinot Noir fashion. The finish is dry, fresh and soft.

2018 Compton Family, Pinot Noir  $18
A nose of soft plum, roses, berries. A juicy, full-in-the-mouth wine with a balanced fresh acidity, lush berry/cherry flavor with hints of chocolate and more plum. Hints of spice, a layered wine

2018 Paetra, Pinot Noir Eola – Amity Hills  $18
This Willamette Valley Pinot has dark cherry fruit, with a distinct touch of earthy mushroom.  Was $25 now $18

2018 Guillaume, Pinot Noir  $18
ignoble Guillaume’s gorgeous, soil-driven 2017 Pinot Noir gleams a transparent garnet color from the bowl followed by aromas of earthy cranberries, geranium, rhubarb, and soft limestone minerals. Brisk acidity and savory tannins frame the wine’s crunchy core of red Pinot fruit, which transitions mid-palate to reveal fascinating suggestions of blood oranges, Earl Grey tea, and damp, calcareous earth. Fine tannins sneak in as the wine finishes crisp and crunchy, with layers of bright red berry and cherry fruit lifted by a persistent clay-limestone mineral undercurrent.

2018 Roots, “Klee” Pinot Noir  $19
In homage to one of winemaker/owner Chris Berg’s favorite artists, Klee is named for the famous Baus Haus artist Paul Klee. The 2018 is vibrant and layered; the hallmarks of Oregon Pinot are all here: dark/sour cherry, plum, cola, soil, delicate body, bright acid, fine tannins. Remarkably complex at a great price.

2016 Weingut Rudolf May, Spätburgunder $20
A light, fresh and mineral laced Pinot from Germany. Organic. Was $30 now $20

2017 Joseph Faiveley, Bourgogne   $20
This wine has pleasant, fresh, red-fruit aromas on the nose, which we find again on the palate. It has rich and very ripe substance, with fine round tannins. It’s a very well-structured and pleasing wine.

2017 Illahe, Estate Pinot Noir  $21
Aromas of blueberry compote, kola nut, dried cranberry, graphite, lead into flavors of tamarind paste, violet, quince, Thai basil and cedar chest. This wine finishes with more fruit, a little baking spice, silky tannins and a warm hug.  Organic

2017 Esmonin, Les Genevrieres Rouge  $25
Sumptuous aromas of red berries and cherry are supported by light notes of wildflower. On the palate, there are flavors of red fruit, spice and floral accents. The tannins and acidity provide a delightful structure.

2017 Lumos, Five Blocks Pinot Noir  $25
Five Blocks typically includes parcels from Temperance Hill and Dai Crisp’s cooler home vineyard, Wren.  This wine starts off green, with scents of red cherry, tree bark and pine tips.  The flavors are fine and delicate, a bit austere, though, with air, the dark weave of its fruit brightens.

2015 Maréchal Bourgogne, Cuvée Gravel  $33
A beautiful Cote de Or Pinot full of lovely rose aromas and raspberry and cherry flavors, smooth tannins and long finish. A great Burgundy value.

2016 Château de Marsannay, Marsannay  $36
I love the balance in the 2016 Marsannay, which has a solid bouquet of passion fruits, wild strawberries, violets, and leafy herbs. It’s fresh, medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, and has integrated acidity, all pointing to an outstanding Marsannay to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years. — Jeb Dunnuck.

2017 Lingua Franca, Anvi Pinot Noir  $37
Avni Pinot Noir reflects its Eola-Amity Hills fruit, born of volcanic soils on hillside vineyards and sourced primarily from neighbors in Hopewell. The wine is medium intense, complex with floral, mineral and red cherry, black plum fruit tones and a long round finish.

2016 Meyer-Näkel, Spätburgunder  $40
A beautiful Pinot Noir from an award-winning winemaker.  Light, mineral driven and elegant.

2016 Xavier Monnot, Maranges 1er Clos de la Fussiere  $40
A lovely bottle of 1er Cru red Burgundy from a monopole vineyard in the oft overlooked QPR village of Maranges. Lovely perfume of blue and black fruits, fresh cut flowers and candied violets leads to a mineral-inflected palate of ripe fruit, sweet spice, and fresh earth. Fine vibrancy gives lift to the complex palate and the firm tannins need only a little time in decanter (or 2-3 years in cellar) to smooth out.  Was $52, Now $40

2018 Patricia Green Cellars, Marine Sedimentary Pinot Noir  $42
Refined and multilayered, featuring raspberry and blueberry flavors that show poise, laced with black tea and crushed stone notes, building tension toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2029

2011 Tendril, Pinot Noir White Lable  $45
This incredibly aromatic wine possesses an abundance of wild strawberry, chocolate covered cherry, cinnamon, candy cane beet, and fresh rose petal character. The palate is lithe and juicy; displaying pretty raspberry, red plum, tobacco, mineral, allspice, and coca nibs with fine-grained tannins on the finish.

2013 Mischief and Mayhem, Nuits Saint Georges  $45
A couple of Brits go to Burgundy and open a Winery.  Their Nuits St. Georges is well-structured, rich, with a good tannic grip and mineral and earth components. Ripe black fruit notes, especially blackcurrant and blackberry, along with hints of spice, dark chocolate, black tea, dark toffee and graphite. The finish is intense and firm, yet ripe, powerful and long. Was $90 now $45

2015 Aurélien Verdet, Morey Saint Denis  $45
Broad and spicy, displaying sandalwood overlaying cherry, vanilla and toast notes. Dense, with a firm, dusty grip on the meaty finish. Best from 2020 through 2032. Was $90 now $45

2016 Arnaud Mortet, Gevery Chambertin  $50
The expressive nose is ripe and ultra-fresh with its aromas of violet, plum, earth, red and dark cherry and humus. There is excellent volume to the attractively energetic medium weight flavors that brim with dry extract as well as a subtle minerality on the complex, detailed, persistent and highly refreshing finish. Was $90 now $50

2015 Domaine Serene, Yamhill Cuveé Pinot Noir  $52
The Yamhill Cuvée is extremely expressive showcasing heavenly aromas of cocoa, pomegranate, clove, and star anise. A patchwork of cherry, cranberry cocktail, and blueberry flavors explode on the palate. Polished and plush, its seamlessly integrated and inviting tannins lead to a long, lingering finish.

2015 Bouchard, Gevery Chambertin  $58
Bouchard vinifies 10.4 hectares of village vines in Gevrey, and does the vineyard work for just over half of this total; fermented with 30% whole clusters. The wine exudes an intense, perfumed bouquet with fruit aromas and an animal touch. Nice structure. Was $68, now $58

2012 Domaine Faiveley, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru “Les Porêts Saint-Georges”  $79
Aromas of black cherry, menthol and sweet oak, lifted by topnotes of rose petal and violet. A step up in flavor and depth from the foregoing Nuits samples, showing lovely cut and lift to the perfumed flavors of sweet black cherry and menthol. At once chewy and refined, finishing with ripe tannins, attractive salinity and lingering perfume.

2009 Louis Latour, Château Corton Grancy Grand Cru  $125
Part of the Latour empire, this Grand Cru is a beautiful red with ruby highlights. A complex nose revealing an earthy mix of red fruit, spice and licorice. Rounded in the mouth with the same juicy flavors as on the nose rounded out with hints of coffee.  The wine is harmonious with supple tannins.

Holiday Hours

Tuesday to Sunday
Noon to 6PM

Thanksgiving Day, Noon to 3PM

Beaujolais & Company

Gamay is the grape of Beaujolais and it makes a great go to dinner wine, with Thanksgiving coming up we present our current stocking along with an Oregon version.

2020 Bulliat, Beaujolais Nouveau  $15
The New Nouveau from a quality, organic, Morgon producer is just off the plane.  Organic & Biodynamic

2018 Franck Decrenisse, Coteaux du Lyonnais  $15
Fruity, savory and expressive wines from Gamay vines that are over 60-years-old. Bright youthful aromas of red berries such a cherry and fruit compote continue on the palate with quite some depth.

2018 Dupre, Beaujolais-Villages  $15
Single-vineyard Gamay from vines planted in 1940. The wine has a good concentration full of red fruit and drying tannins.

2018 Domain des Grand Rocs, Juliénas  $15
Cru Village Beaujolais at a very pleasant price.  Medium-bodied cherry and berry fruit layered over a mineral backbone.

2019 Christophe Lapierre, Chénas Domaine de Chênepierre  $18
Super pretty, floral Beaujolais from a producer specializing in old-vine Chénas.  This wine has a “warm” personality that includes fruit and spicy aromas. The palate is full and fleshy, with a great structured.

2015 Stephane Aviron, Morgon Côte du Py  $15
Sourced from the slopes of an 1150-foot inactive volcano that is regarded as one of the top terroirs in all of Beaujolais. Black raspberry, cherry, and violet aromas, along with suggestions of smoky minerals, baking spices and licorice. Concentrated yet lively and precise, offering bitter cherry, blue fruit and floral pastille flavors enlivened by a snap of juicy acidity. Turns sweeter on the long, penetrating, floral-driven finish, where slow-building tannins lend shape and gentle grip.  Was $20 now $15

2018 Domaine de Bel-Air Morgan les Charmes  $20
Some deeper aromas here with darker fruit and mineral notes, leading to a palate that has impressive density and rich dark berries. Long, stony finish. Really rich. Organic.

2018 Bulliat Morgon Nature  $25
No sulphites were added to this wine from Morgon, but it doesn’t show it. It shows just pure rich fruit.  Aromas and flavors of stone fruit, pomegranate, and blueberry.  Silky texture and long finish.  Organic, No Sulphites Added.

2017 Brick House Gamay Noir  $32
Brick House Gamay is obscenely good, adding a forward character to the typical crushed berry core. Hints of incense and cracked pepper add lift. Biodynamic.

The Holidays are here!

We will be open Tuesdays starting next week and continuing till New Years.

And as always, Mark will be here on Thanksgiving Day from Noon-3PM for those last-minute wine emergencies.

Holiday Hours

Tuesday to Sunday
Noon to 6PM

Barbaresco and Barolo

Here’s our selection of Nebbiolo from the top two DOCGs in Piedmont.  Some of these wines we have a good supply of, some only a bottle or two.  These wines really develop with age, so it is worth a look at the older vintages.

2017 Villa Rosa, Barbaresco   $20
This young Barbaresco has more secondary notes than a Langhe Nebbiolo, but you have to wait on the fruit to come out.

2014 Covalli, Barolo  $23
Covalli is the second label of Sordo, and most of the juice here is declassified “Cru” fruit. Raised in neutral/very old Slavonian casks, this beauty shows layer after layer of traditional Nebbiolo character.  “Dried strawberries, candied orange peel, cedar and sandalwood. Medium to full body, medium-chewy tannins and an acidity-cut finish. Drink now. 91 points.” -James Suckling

2014 Pasquale Pelissero, Bricco San Giuliano Barbaresco  $27
A family estate, single-vineyard Barbaresco that comes from an 8-hectare parcel at about 400 meters above sea level and is aged mostly in large botte.  Plum, cherry, licorice and leather notes on a broad frame. Tight and dense, with a lingering, fresh finish.  Was $40 now $27

2015 Casetta, Barbaresco  $32
Since 1725, the Casetta family have been making Barbaresco wine from Nebbiolo grapes grown in the winery’s estate vineyards.   Notes of tanned leather and dried herbs. Full-bodied cherry fruit with a firm grip on the palate from the tannins.

2013 Terre di Bo, Barolo  $35
Extremely full and dry. Notes of red berries, strawberry, cherries, rose, vanilla, tobacco and cinnamon.

2010 Fontafredda, Barolo  $37  500ml
A great deal on an aged Barolo.  Not too heavy, but loaded with black fruit flavor and some tarry notes. Supple and full-bodied with dried herbs.

2015 Fratelli Revello, Barolo  $38
The dark-berry, strawberry and charcoal aromas are impressive. Full bodied and totally integrated with wonderful presence and composure of fruit and tannin balance. Lovely finish. Lingers. — 95pts James Suckling

2011 Bergadano, Barolo Sarmassa  $40
Founded by Enrico Bergadano in 1974, this estate is now managed by son Piercarlo who farms two hectares of vines in Barolo, Monforte and Novello. This is the family’s top wine, with fruit harvested from the celebrated Sarmassa cru. It shows incredible density and elegance with bright aromas of wild berries, white truffle and licorice. The drying tannins are tight and firm.  Was $50 now $40

2014 Bricco Giubellini, Barolo  $42
Bricco Giubellini is the highest vineyard (530 m.) in Monforte d’Alba, renowned village of the Barolo area. And it is also the smallest, with not even one hectare of vines which are organically farmed.  The 2014 is fresh, vibrant and beautifully delineated. Bright raspberry, lavender and violet notes unfold effortlessly in a translucent, nuanced, Barolo loaded with personality.

2014 Luigi Pira, Serralunga Barolo  $42
A firm and juicy 2014 with leather, light tar and dark-berry aromas and flavors. Medium body. Fresh finish.  The flavor is persistent and supple with a good balance between tannins and acidity.

2009 Franco Morlino, Barolo Riserva Rocche dell’Annunziata,  $43
In the glass the Barolo Rocche has a clear bright garnet red color with orange reflections. Intense fruity and wooden bouquet. It has a wide, persistent mellow taste, well-structured, pleasantly sweet, with a balanced tannin aftertaste.  Was $55 now $43

2010 Vinchio-Vaglio Serra, Barolo  $43
A solid Barolo with a bit of age with an intense, extraordinary complex bouquet, with clear notes of violet, goudron and vanilla and a garnet red color with orangish reflections; its taste ample, warm and caressing.

2010 Malvira, Roero Trinita  $45
Not Barolo but seriously delicious.  From 25-35 year old vines in the Trinita and Renesio vineyards planted at 300 meters above sea level.  Aged for 20 months in 450 liter casks. Wine rests in bottle for an additional 12 months prior to release.

2014 Renato Ratti, Barolo Marcenasco  $45
The 2014 Barolo Marcenasco offers dark and rich aromas of pressed rose with dark fruit, smoke and tar. The fruit almost appears to be on the ripe side, yet the wine also reveals the depth and the sophistication of aged Nebbiolo. In the mouth, Marcenasco is a bit thinner than your average vintage, and it has touches of sour cherry fruit on the close.  91pts Parker.

2008 Sorelle de Niccola, Barolo Reserva Vigna della Serra  $46
2008 is a prime example of traditionally styled Barolo, still brimming with life and loaded with all the earthy goodness that makes Barolo so special. An assortment of age-related “secondary” aromas of leather, sandalwood, and tobacco are starting to creep in and flank the fruit notes of dried black cherry, tiny wild strawberries, red currant, and orange peel. The medium-plus-bodied palate is firm and fine, with mouthwatering “cut” and tremendous aromatic persistence on the finish.

2014 Giovanni Rosso, Serralunga d’Alba Barolo  $48
Deceptively medium in body, the 2014 packs quite a bit of punch, with plenty of Serralunga tannin enshrouding the fruit. Smoke, scorched earth, and licorice add to the wines virile expression of Nebbiolo. There is quite a bit to admire in this overachieving, village-level Barolo.

2015 Massolino, Barolo  $54
Very fresh and attractive Barolo with abundant red cherries and a wealth of sweet, rose-petal aromas, too. The palate has a very plush, fleshy and juicy core of fruit in the red-cherry zone. The tannins are velvety and long. One of the more approachable 2015s.

2010 Cantina del Pino, Barbaresco Albesani  $110  1.5 liters
This single vineyard Barolo from a great vintage is a very different wine with a softer, broader approach in the mouth layered by more spice and dark fruit. The wine’s structure is defined, firm and enduring. The fruit is immediate and inviting.  Drink 2016 to 2028 — 93pts Wine Advocate

2010 Livia Fontana, Barolo Busia Reserva  $70
This Barolo Bussia Riserva has great harmony, strength and full flavor as well as an earthy, mineral-rich character.  The aroma is very intensive with berry notes, and the color is garnet red.  The wine is drinkable immediately, but has fantastic aging potential and will develop well over many years.

2008 Borgogno, Barolo Le Teorie  $80
A special bottling of the 2008 Barolo The le Teorie is from Cannubi, Liste, Fossati and San Pietro delle Viole. After at least four years aging, it is bottled and labelled and is ready to stimulate intellectual reflection. A wine which at table can stimulate discussion of the most refined topics.  6 different labels take your pick or get the set.  The regular bottling of 2008 got 92pts Vinous

And here is one we left off the everyday list on Thursday.

2018 Orsolani, Achini Sparsi  $16
85% Barbara and Nebbiolo, 15% Native Grapes
An easy going wine that is respectful to the local traditions.  good ripeness of the fruit, elegant aromas of black cherry, small red fruits such as currant, floral notes and a light memory of plum jam, austere balsamic notes but integrated in a balanced way with a noble and immediate tannin, pleasantly confused with a final sensation of sweetness.  Organic

Our Fall Hours

Wednesday to Sunday
Noon-6PM