December 23rd Newsletter

December 23, 2013
About this week

Dec 23: regular hours 10AM-6PM
Dec 24: opening 9AM- closing 5PM
Dec 25:  closed – Merry Christmas
Dec 26: Open 10AM- Closing 6PM
Dec 27: Open 10 AM- Closing 6PM
Dec 28: Open 10 AM- Closing 6PM
Dec 29: Open Noon- Closing 5PM


New Week – New Arrivals



Harper Voit Pinot Blanc Surlie 2012 ($21.95) $18 special
Harper Voit Strandline Pinot Noir 2011 ($37.95) $30.90 special
Harper Voit Huntington Hill Pinot Noir 2012 ($59.95) $49 special
Shea Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Block 7 2008 ($99.95) $89 special

–winery cellar release
Shea Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Estate 2004 ($99.95) $89 special -winery cellar release
Wine Spectator 95 points “Lithe, supple and expressive, offering layers and layers of white pepper-accented currant and cherry, with a mineral note that adds depth and distinction. Broad and open-textured, lasting beautifully on the finish against superfine tannins. Best from 2007 through 2016.”
Cristom Sommer’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 ($41.95) $36 special
Wine Advocate 91 points 
“Cristom’s 2010 Pinot Noir Summers Reserve s pungently – and sweetly-scented with blond tobacco; fresh cherry and red currant; smoked meat; brown spices and white pepper, all of which then inform a tight, tart-edged, firm palate.”

Cristom Mount Jefferson Pinot Noir 2011 ($31.95) $28 special
Wine Advocate 90 points 
“From as many as ten different non-estate vineyard sources — principally in the estate’s Eola-Amity Hills neighborhood — Cristom’s 2011 Pinot Noir Mount Jefferson Cuvee is brightly red-fruited and tinged with similarly vintage-typical smokiness; root flavors of iris, ginger and sassafras; and a musky, sharp note of radish. Polished in feel and penetrating in length, with a touch of salinity serving for saliva-inducement, and its piquant and incisive notes for invigoration, this energetic archetype of 2011 vintage virtue should perform admirably through at least 2017.”


St Bartholomew Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2011 ($14.95) $11.90 special
Reininger Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla 2010 ($37.95) $30.90 special
Walla Walla vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla 2010 ($37.95) $31.90 special
Pepper Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla 2010 ($59.95) $49 special

Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2010 ($119.95) $99 special
Wine Spectator 95 points #4 TOP 100 2013
 “Deliciously pure, rich and deep, featuring tiers of spicy red berry, blackberry and red and black licorice flavors, with pretty wilted rose scents and a long, seamless finish that slowly reveals an underlying tannic grip. Drink now through 2026.” 


Alzinger Gruner Veltliner Steinertal Smaragd 2012 ($69.95) $55 special
Joel Payne 91 points

“Intense ripe aromas of pineapple, cantaloupe and white pepper. Quite concentrated, warmly rich and powerful, yet cool, austere and focused. Mineral spices and a nearly salty impression linger on the long finish.”


Pierre Peters Champagne Brut Cuvee Reserve 3.0L ($359.95) $319 special
Jacquesson Champagne Extra-Brut Cuvee 736 NV ($79.95) $66 special
Antonio Galloni 95 points
 “I had been dying to drink – not taste – Jacquesson’s Brut Cuvee 736, following my visit to the domaine a few months ago. The bottle was every bit as great as I remembered. Built on a base of 2008, the 736 was brilliant, focused and chiseled from the very first taste. What a wine!”

Jaquesson Champagne Brut Avize Champ Gain 2004 ($279.95) $219 special
Antonio Galloni 96 points 
“The broad shoulders of Avize come through loud and clear in Jacquesson’s 2004 Brut Avize Champ Cain. A rich, creamy wine, the 2004 fills out its frame beautifully. Layers of vanilla, pencil shavings, peach, apricot and white flowers all flesh out in the glass. Rich and powerful the Avize impresses for its intensity and pure pedigree. This is a drop-dead gorgeous wine from Jacquesson. Dosage was 1.5 grams per liter.”

Jaquesson Champagne Brut Dizy Corne Bautray 2004 ($279.95) $219 special
Antonio Galloni 95 points 
“The 2004 Brut Dizy Corne Bautray is remarkable for many reasons. One of those is just how vivid the flavors are. An utterly seamless wine, the 2004 Corne Bautray impresses for its exceptional overall balance. Almonds, lemon oil, chalk, sage and light pastry notes develop as this utterly beguiling Champagne shows off its superb pedigree. The 2004 was bottled with no dosage, but that isn’t even evident in the least. A wine of notable vibrancy and energy, the 2004 is a wine built on focus and persistence”. 

Henri Gouges Nuits St Georges 2011 ($69.95) $55 special
Stephen Tanzer 87-89 points
 “Good bright, deep red.  Strong animal reduction along with black and red fruits on the nose.  Silky and supple for a Nuits villages owing to ripe acidity, with a lovely restrained sweetness to its dark fruit flavors.  Finishes with suave tannins and good breadth and length.  Very nicely balanced.”

Henri Gouges Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Chaignots 2011 ($99.95) $79 special
Stephen Tanzer 89-91 points
 “Bright medium red.  Precise aromas and flavors of blackberry, violet, licorice, minerals and musky chocolate.  Juicy and sharply delineated, with noteworthy intensity of flavor.  Spreads out nicely and vibrates on the long, firm finish.”

Henri Gouges Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Chene Carteaux 2011 ($79.95) $69 special
Burghound 89-92 points
 “A discreet touch of wood surround the ripe and well-layered mix of red berry fruit scents that are liberally laced with earth and underbrush nuances. There is good ripeness to the suave, even seductive middle weight flavors that possess really lovely depth on the persistent, balanced and harmonious finish. This is really quite good and worth considering.”

Henri Gouges Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Porets 2011 ($99.95) $79 special
Stephen Tanzer 90-92 points 
“Good bright, deep red.  Blackberry, minerals and crushed stone on the nose.  Densely packed and concentrated, with savory dark berry, floral and licorice flavors leading to a youthfully powerful if rather strict finish.  Classic sturdy Nuits-Saint-Georges but with lovely energy and finesse to its fruit.  The big tannins spread out on the back end, yet the wine maintains a light touch.”

Henri Gouges Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Pruliers 2011 ($99.95) $89 special
Stephen Tanzer 90-92 points
 “(these premier crus are all aging in roughly 20% new oak):  Good bright, deep red.  Aromas of currant, blackberry, blueberry, licorice and spices.  Sweeter than the Clos des Porrets, but with lively acidity giving the mid-palate a sappy quality.  Dark berry flavors are complicated by leather, tobacco and minerals.  Finishes with nicely ripe, building tannins and a firm spine.”

Henri Gouges Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains 2011 ($149.95) $119 special
Burghound 91-93 points
 “This is also somewhat toasty though not so much that the earthy, ripe and distinctly sauvage aromas of plum and cassis cannot be appreciated. The palate impression is strikingly rich and muscular and the typical bold and brash flavors of a classic Vaucrains are present before terminating in a wonderfully intense, austere and hugely long finish. As is almost always the case with the Gouges Vaucrains, this is very firmly structured and will need all of a decade and very probably then some to fully mature.”

Henri Gouges Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Les St Georges 2011 ($179.95) $149 special
Burghound 91-94 points
 “As is usually the case this is the most elegant wine in the range with its lightly oaked nose of spice, violet, plus, earth and humus. There is excellent richness and concentration to the distinctly earthy large-scaled but not huge flavors that possess dense but relatively fine supporting tannins on the wonderfully persistent finish. While the Vaucrains is an excellent wine it appears that there is just a bit more present here. This is well worth your consideration, at least if you’re prepared to cellar it for a minimum of 10 years.” 

Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2011 ($59.95) $39 special
Wine Advocate 92 points
 “A similar blend (slightly more Grenache Blanc), the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc shows a touch more citrus and green herbs, with additional minerality that is most likely due more to the additional year in bottle than anything else. Slightly leaner and straighter than the 2012, it too is a beautiful wine that stays beautifully focused, with impressive acidity and an overall classy feel. Drink it over the coming year or two. Drink now-2016.”
Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2010 ($59.95) $39 special
Wine Advocate 92 points
 “The 2010 La Nerthe Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits the rare combination of unbridled power and freshness, minerality and abundant aromatics. A well-made, delicious red, with blueberry, boysenberry, black raspberry fruit, some background wood smoke, and the tell-tale Provencal garrigue, pepper and loamy soil notes, it is a wine of finesse, power and richness that should drink nicely for 10 to 15+ years.”

Bernard Stehelin Gigondas 2011 ($37.95) $30.90 special
Stephen Tanzer 88-90 points 
“Ruby-red.  Pungent, smoky cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by notes of cracked pepper and Indian spices.  Exotic black cardamom and clove notes add complexity to deep cherry and cassis flavors, with zesty minerality providing lift.  The finish shows good power and a firm, tannic edge.” 


Philippe Alliet Chinon l’Huisserie 2010 ($41.95) $38 special
Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses 1989 ($69.95) $59 special
Olga Raffault Chinon Le Picasses 1990 ($69.95) $59 special
Olga Raffault Chinon Le Picasses 2002 ($29.95) $24 special


Terre Nere Etna Bianca Le Vigne Niche 2011 ($39.95) $33 special
Antonio Galloni 93 points
 “The 2011 Etna Bianco opens with an extraordinary bouquet laced with the incense, smoke, gunflint, lime and crushed rocks. Taut and marvelously pure, the 2011 is endowed with superb energy throughout. Quite simply, the Bianco is one of the very finest Italian whites I have tasted in some time. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017”
Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2012 ($21.95) $18 special
Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2011 Calderera Sottana ($49.95) $39 special
Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2011 Guardiola ($49.95) $39 special
Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2011 Santo Fuedo di Mezzo ($49.95) $39 special
Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2011 Santo Spirito ($49.95) $39 special

WA/ID Flat rate shipping- $20 any size single order,
Oregon Flat rate shipping- $17 any size single order,



Flash Sale- Last Roses
Ham / Turkey / Salmon?

Argiolas Serra Lori Rosado Sardinia 2011 ($17.95) $6 special only 2 cases remaining
Antonio Galloni 90 points 
“The 2011 Serra Lori Rosato is a standout among this year’s crop of rosés from Italy. Red berries, tobacco, mint, pomegranate and licorice are some of the many nuances that emerge from the glass in this texturally finessed, exotic wine. In 2011 the Serra Lori is beguiling and totally beautiful. The Serra Lori is Cannonau, Monica, Carignano, Bovale Sardo, all indigenous Sardinian varieties.”

Plouzeau Chinon Rose Rive Gauche 2012 ($17.95) $9 special 15 bottles remaining
Stephen Tanzer 89 points
 “Light orange.  Pungent cherry and black raspberry on the nose, with an earthy hint of rhubarb in the background.  Light-bodied, chewy and focused, displaying surprising power to its bitter cherry and succulent herb flavors.  Sweeter on the finish, featuring notes of candied rose and raspberry.”

Domaine de Reuilly Pinot Gris Rose 2012 ($24.95) $14 special 13 bottles remaining
Stephen Tanzer 90 points
 “Pale salmon-skin color.  High-pitched scents of pink grapefruit, quince and white flowers, with a chalky mineral nuance gaining strength with air.  Shows very good energy and a light touch to its vibrant red berry and citrus zest flavors.  Closes on a brisk, spicy note, with very good focus and mineral-driven persistence.”

Chateau Thivin Beaujolais Rose 2012 ($19.95) $11.90 special 30 bottles remaining
Corsini Langhe (90% Nebbiolo) Rosado 2012 ($14.95) $9 special 36 bottles remaining
La Valentina Cerasuolo Rose 2012 ($14.95) $7 special 12 bottles remaining

Artazuri Garnacha Rose Navarra 2012 ($14.95) $6 special 3+ cases remaining
Stephen Tanzer 88 points
 “Bright pink.  High-pitched aromas of strawberry, blood orange and white flowers are complemented by a hint of licorice.  Juicy, focused and incisive on the palate, offering tangy red fruit and floral flavors that put on weight with air.  Shows good energy on the pliant finish, which features a refreshingly bitter touch of orange pith.”


Christmas is Coming


Piollot Pere & Fils Champagne Reserve Extra Brut ($39.95) $27 super special
“The NV Champagnes from Piollot are easy and fruity.  A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, these wines outstanding characteristic is their freshness and drinkability.  Fantastic value champagnes, made organically and naturally in the cellar with a minimum of intervention, Roland Piollot is a humble artisan and the price reflects his modesty and understates the quality.”

Bereche et Fils Reflet d’Antan NV [2008] ($119.95) $99 special
Antonio Galloni 94 points 
“The NV (2008) Reflet d’Antan is incredibly delicious. At once rich yet weightless, it embodies a sense of pure aesthetic beauty that is hard to do justice to with mere words. Rich, burnished overtones develop in the glass, giving the wine additional volume, yet the Reflet d’Antan remains gracious and impeccably polished. Hints of almond, spice and orange peel add elements of exoticism. Bérèche’s Reflet d’Antan remains one of the most unique and compelling wines in Champagne. Reflet d’Antan is a perpetual solera, based on the 2008 vintage in this release. This bottle was disgorged in October 2012. Dosage was 6 grams per liter”

Chartogne- Taillet Cuvee Heurtebise Blanc de Blancs NV (2008) ($79.95) $66 special
Terry Thiese
 “The NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Heurtebise is one of the more virile, imposing wines in this lineup. Smoke, pastry, spices, honey and candied fruit are some of the many notes that flow from the glass. The Heurtebise has plenty of power, but less in the way of finesse. Still, it is an intriguing Chardonnay loaded with personality and character”

Deutz Blanc de Blancs 2007 750ml ($84.95) $69 special
Stephen Tanzer 91 points
 “Light, bright straw.  Lemon zest, green apple and chalky minerals on the fragrant nose.  Dry and precise, offering energetic citrus and orchard fruit flavors that pick up anise and honeysuckle nuances with air.  Closes stony and long, with lingering floral and iodine notes.”

Fleury Brut Millesime 1990 ($199.95) $139 special
Wine Spectator 94 points 
“Aromatic notes of ocean brine and white truffle announce this vibrant Champagne, which layers flavors of candied lemon, dried papaya, smoked almond, crystallized honey and pound cake. Offers a detailed texture and finely meshed acidity. Drink now through 2022”

Fleury Champagnes Brut Cepages Blanc 2004 ($79.95) $69 special
Wine Advocate 93 points
 “Another gorgeous wine, the 2004 Brut Cepages Blancs (Chardonnay) is stunningly beautiful. Rich, deep and layered, the 2004 comes alive in the glass. Lemon, dried flowers and hazelnuts wrap around the palate as this complex, utterly beguiling wine shows off its considerable personality and pedigree. Chalky notes frame the finish. This is without question one of the very best wines I have ever tasted from Fleury.”

L. Aubry Brut Premier Cru Ivoire et Ebene 2008 ($69.95) $59 special
Antonio Galloni 94 points 
 “The 2008 Brut Premier Cru Ivoire et Ebene wraps around the palate with serious depth. A cool, introspective wine, the 2008 is marked by serious vintage character. The Ivoire et Ebene is 60% Chardonnay (vinified in oak), 20% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier. All the elements are beautifully balanced from start to finish. The oak adds volume and richness, but is better integrated than in the Aubry de Humbert. A vibrant, tense finish rounds things out very nicely. This is another fabulous wine from Aubry. Disgorgement date: March 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”WA

Marie-Courtin Concordance Brut NV (2009) ($109.95) $79 super special
Antonio Galloni 94 points 
 “The 2009 Concordance is 100% Pinot Noir bottled with no SO2. Pears, apples, white flowers, spices and crushed rocks burst from the glass as this powerful, authoritative wine shows off its distinctive personality. The 2009 is rich, full-bodied and totally beautiful. Mineral notes reappear to frame a deep, creamy finish imbued with tons of exoticism, Concordance is the estate’s most adventurous wine, so it must be approached with an open mind and palate!”

Paul Bara Bouzy Grand Cru Brut Reserve NV ($49.95) $39 special
Josh Raynolds 91 points 
“(80% pinot noir and 20% chardonnay):  Light, bright yellow.  Lemon curd, toasted bread, cherry pit and ginger on the nose.  Taut and energetic in the mouth, offering bitter pear skin, Meyer lemon and quinine flavors and an undercurrent of smoky minerality.  Weightier on the finish, which lingers with impressive tenacity and resonating toastiness.”

Vilmart Cuvee Rubis Brut NV ($89.95) $75 special
Josh Raynolds 93 points 
“90% pinot noir and 10% chardonnay):  Bright, orange-tinged pink.  Sexy, high-pitched aromas of blood orange, strawberry, potpourri and minerals; smells like an elegant, stony red Burgundy.  Dry and precise, with very good depth and focus to its sappy red fruit, orange zest and floral flavors.  Shows a touch of vanilla on the impressively long, clinging finish, with the strawberry note repeating.”



About next week

Dec 30: regular hours 10AM-6PM
Dec 31: opening 9AM- closing 5PM
Jan 01 2014:  closed – Happy New Year
Jan 02: Open 10AM- Closing 6PM
Jan 03: Open 10AM- Closing 6PM
Jan 04: Open 10AM- Closing 6PM
Jan 05: Open Noon- Closing 5PM




2014 is Coming
So are these:

Isole E Olena Collezione De Marchi Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 ($79.95) $66 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 97+ points
 “At the beginning of what promises to be a long drinking window, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione De Marchi is stunning. Savory herbs, tar, licorice, cassis, graphite and melted road tar seduce the intellectual and hedonistic senses in a wine that has everything. A vibrant, powerful, structured wine underpinned by intense saline notes, the 2008 possesses remarkable finesse and fabulous overall balance. This is another fabulous wine from Paolo De Marchi.”
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