Congratulations to Marcus Goodfellow

Always Delicious Chardonnays

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Marcus Goodfellow’s Matello and Goodfellow Family Cellars labels have been mainstays at the shop for some time now—wines that we carry regardless of vintage, scores or overall hype.  The wines are amongst the best in Oregon and consistently some of the most inspiring wines we taste.  It looks like we aren’t alone in our love—the new Wine Advocate reviews for our fair state lavish (deserved) praise on Marcus’ wines, particularly two Chardonnays (Richard’s Cuvee and Durant Vineyard) which we wanted to feature today.

Goodfellow Family Cellars Richard’s Cuvee Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2014 750ML ($39.95) Buy Now: $36 special

Goodfellow Family Cellars Richard’s Cuvee Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2014 375ML ($24.95) Buy Now: $19.50 special
Wine Advocate 95 points “The 2014 Chardonnay Richard’s Cuvee knocks it out of the park with a nose of ripe apricots, pink grapefruit and guava underscored by fresh ginger, baking bread, beeswax and yeast extract hints with a waft of jasmine.… Read the rest

Il Poggione’s Magnificent 2011 Brunello

il poggione sealMost Brunello collectors buy either traditional or modern examples with the exception of a few wines whose appeal seems to transcend stylistic categories. These wines are the real ‘collectible’ Brunelli—there’s always going to be a market for them. In that category, Il Poggione manages to be unique. It’s a wine that’s traditionally made, yet approachable, beloved across the board and is still reasonably priced.

For that reason, Il Poggione remains one of our favorite wines in Brunello—it’s tough to beat the combination of quality and price. The wines are probably the least expensive, collectible-quality Brunello out there. The 2011 vintage is no exception and the wine is gorgeous, from a warm vintage but with the freshness and elegance you expect from Il Poggione.… Read the rest

A Vinopolis-Cellared Treasure: 2005 Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barolo

A Vinopolis-Cellared Treasure:

Giacosa’s Incredible 2005 Barolo Falletto

Now Entering Its Prime Drinking Window

A Barolo legend to enjoy now, or in the years to come…

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We have over six original import cases of 2005 Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barolo DOCG that have been in our (temperature-controlled) care almost 10 years:

Falletto di Bruno Giacosa ‘Falletto’, Barolo DOCG 2005 750ML ($249.95) Buy Now: $169 special, 36+ bottles available
Antonio Galloni 94 points “The 2005 Barolo Falletto offers up a gorgeous bouquet of red cherries, flowers, spices and menthol. This is a relatively delicate, elegant Barolo Falletto yet it offers gorgeous balance, tons of inner perfume and a long, refined finish. It is one of the overachievers in 2005. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.”WA
Stephen Tanzer 94 points “Medium red.… Read the rest

Budget-Friendly Rhone Wines

Featured New Arrivals

Just in time for your summer festivities!

Budget-Friendly Rhone

(And Rhone-Adjacent) Wine

Domaine Boisson Cotes du Rhone Villages Massif d’Uchaux Clos de la Brussiere 2009 750ML ($24.95) Buy Now: $18 special
Case-12 Domaine Boisson Cotes du Rhone Villages Massif d’Uchaux Clos de la Brussiere 2009 750ML ($299.95) Buy Now: $199 special (that’s only $16.58/bottle!)
Robert Parker 91 points “Even better is the 2009 Cairanne Clos de la Brussiere from the Massif d’Uchaux, the newest Cotes du Rhone-Villages appellation. A dark ruby/purple color is followed by deliciously ripe fruit in this seriously stacked and packed effort. Revealing lots of kirsch liqueur, loamy soil, garrigue and lavender notes, this full-bodied, richly fruity, pure, well-balanced 2009 should drink well for 4-5 years.”

lots of lavau rhoneLavau Cotes du Rhone Villages 2013 750ML ($14.95) Buy Now: $11.90 special
Case-12 Lavau Cotes du Rhone Villages 2013 750ML ($179.95) Buy Now: $119 special (that’s only $9.92/bottle!)
Wine Spectator 88 points “Juicy blackberry and raspberry fruit races along, inlaid with subtle black tea and anise notes.… Read the rest

La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet 2013

La Jota Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 2013

A Great Big Cabernet at a Great Big Discount!

la jota wineryIt’s telling that La Jota’s full name is “La Jota Vineyard Co.”  Founded in 1898, it’s a winery explicitly tied to a place, in this case Howell Mountain.  Howell Mountain is a special place in Napa to grow Cabernet Sauvignon and the history of the winery reflects that—the first awards for the winery were in the 1902 Paris Exposition.  They shuttered during prohibition and became a “ghost winery” until the current winery opened in 1982.

The winery makes its wines from estate fruit spread over 28 acres of prime volcanic Howell Mountain real estate, and the Cabernet is what they’re known for.  We’ve been lucky enough to score a great deal on the lauded 2013 version, which has dense, rich dark flavors that the mountain fruit provides. … Read the rest