Mid-Week Extra 4-27-17

We couldn’t let Wednesday have all the fun…

Matello Library Release & New Crowley Cuvees; (Second to) Last Call for Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV; Domaine Perrot-Minot Vosne Romanee Beaux Monts Arriving Tomorrow; New April Sale Wine – Final Few Days; May Sale Beginner; April Sale Recap


Kick off your Oregon Wine Month celebrations with flair:

Exclusive Library Release from Matello & New Releases from Crowley!


Matello’s Top Cuvee

Arriving Tomorrow

The 2012 vintage was the final release by Marcus Goodfellow of the ‘Souris’ barrel selection. Sourced from all non-irrigated vines, the 2012 is a testament to the ageability and style of what our humble Oregon dirt can achieve. The 2005 is just reaching its apex, so allow this to sleep soundly in your cellar. It (along with the 2011 which is in stock now) will reward with years of enjoyment.

Matello ‘Souris’ Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2012 750ML ($41.95) Was $37, Now $29 re-arrival special
Case-6 Matello ‘Souris’ Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2012 750ML (249.95) $166 pre-arrival special (that’s only $27.67/bottle!)
Case-12 Matello ‘Souris’ Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2012 750ML ($449.95) $299 pre-arrival special (that’s only $24.92/bottle!)
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 93 points “Vivid ruby-red. Heady, complex scents of fresh red and dark berries, incense and Asian spices, with a bright mineral overtone. Intense black raspberry and spicecake flavors convey a shapely, seamless quality. Fleshes out and deepens with aeration and finishes sweet and extremely long, with lingering smokiness and harmonious tannins.”

The next best price is $36.89
The average price is $42

New Releases from Crowley

Also Arriving Friday

Crowley Pinot Noir Rosé, Willamette Valley 2016 750ML ($21.95) $18 pre-arrival special
VinopolNote: Block 9 from the Four Winds Vineyard. All Pommard clone. Whole cluster, barrel fermented, full malo. Expressive with inviting acidity, notes of red fruits and dark minerality.

This is the only listing in the USA today!

Crowley Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2015 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 pre-arrival special
VinopolNote: No whole cluster this vintage (a marked change from the 2014 release). The stems were too green to include. The grapes are from the Tukwila, La Colina and Four Winds Vineyards. More clean & focused than the 2014 release with a vibrancy Evan attributes to the strong diurnal temperature swings during the growing season.

This is the only listing in the USA today!


(Second to) Last Call

Perrier Jouet “Grand Brut”

Under $30! Under $27 by the case!!!

Perrier-Jouet is one of the most reliably delicious grande marque Champagne houses.  They’re best known for the flower-pained ‘Belle Epoque’, but their gold labeled Grand Brut is one of the best bottles for the price.  That’s especially true now, as we’ve managed to acquire a lot at what is by far the best pricing in the country.  We’ve got it by the bottle as well as in six-pack and twelve bottle case specials (and we have a little of the rose in as well!) Normally when we have these sorts of wines at prices like this, they disappear quickly, so if you want to go straight to our website and buy the wines, click here.

Arriving Tomorrow, April 28th:

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($49.95) $29.50 pre-arrival special
Case-6 Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($279.95) $169 pre-arrival special (that’s only $28.17/bottle!)
Case-12 Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($519.95) $319 pre-arrival special (that’s only $26.58/bottle!)
Wine Spectator 90 points “Lively and mouthwatering, with flavors of black currant, graphite, candied lemon zest and smoky mineral, supported by a creamy mousse. A balanced crowd-pleaser. Drink now through 2018.”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!
The average listed price is $45!

Perrier-Jouet Blason Brut Rose, Champagne NV 750ML ($89.95) $49 pre-arrival special
James Suckling 92 points “Immensely fresh red fruits and pink grapefruit citrus with flinty reduction that’s nicely captured; the clarity is intact. The palate has a similar pink grapefruit flavor, plus nectarine and red berries to close. Smoothly crafted texture with fine, fresh acidity cleansing the finish. Drink now.”


Arriving Tomorrow

Incredible Price

Incredible Wine

Domaine Perrot-Minot Vosne Romanee Beaux Monts

1er cru, For Me and For You

Domaine Perrot-Minot has been quietly climbing the ladder of the best respected and most collectable Burgundies for the past two decades. Since 1993, Christophe Perrot-Minot has helmed the estate, expanding holdings and managing the neogce side of the business. The wines have been compared by the Guide de la RVF to producers like Jayer: rare air, indeed. Vintages like 2010 are a prime example of the ballet-like balance between intensity and elegance that is achieved on a regular basis here. It borders on weightlessness, yet leaves such a lasting impression that you will be hard pressed to find a wine to take its place in your cellar.

We’re lucky to secure a stash of the amazing Vosne Romanee Beaux Monts 1er cru. It offers an undeniable minerality and grip that refuse to let go of your palate. In warmer vintages, the wine is accessible almost immediately, but the classic 2010 needed the time in the bottle to merge all of the puzzle pieces into the seamless image of strength and harmony. Now, in 2017, the Beaux Monts 1er cru just begins to turn the corner into that wine.

Opening up with perfectly ripe raspberry and whiffs of brown and black spices, the wine still takes time to fill the bowl. When it fully opens, the scent jumps out of the glass to fill the room. Tannins are silken, but steady, showing that the wine has plenty of potential to develop. A bolt of brightness on the palate, the wine seems to grow both in freshness and boldness until it lets go to a perfectly rounded and lengthy finish. Partial cluster fermentation gives the wine a touch of something bigger than you’d imagine, and the elevage serves only to create a lasting impression of the fruit. Galloni’s initial impression left him thinking that these would be accessible in 2020, but he also described the wine as irresistible upon his initial tasting in 2012. Patience will of course be rewarded but the Beaux Monts 1er cru is just getting into its sweet spot.

Arriving Tomorrow:

Domaine Perrot-Minot Les Beaux Monts, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru 2010 750ML ($199.95) $179 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 91-93 points “The 2010 Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux Monts is deep, dark and sensual. It currently comes across as young, but there is gorgeous fleshiness and mid-palate pliancy that makes the Beaux Monts totally irresistible.”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!
The average price is $192


New April Sale Wine – Final Few Days

Allegrini Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy 2013 750ML ($17.95) Was $14, Now $9, 33 bottles available
“Fresh and balanced, with a pleasing mix of ripe cherry, hot stone, black raspberry and spice notes. Drink now through 2017.”–Wine Spectator

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!
The next best price is $13.99

See the complete list of all wines on sale through the end of the month at the bottom of this newsletter!


May Sale Intro

SuperUco SuperMalbec SuperSale

Michelini Bros Superuco Calcareo ‘Coluvio de Altamira’ Malbec, San Carlos, Argentina 2013 750ML ($49.95) Was $39, Now $33, 36+ bottles available
Wine Advocate 94 points “The 2013 Calcáreo Coluvio de Altamira is closed and tight, feeling the most austere and chalk-driven of the three reds I tasted form the Calcáreo line. The grapes are selected from a small part of the vineyard where the calcium carbonate is seen in the surface. It’s a serious, balanced and terribly salty and mineral red with the violets of Malbec intermixed with crushed rocks and even a marine feeling to it. Complex, subtle, elegant… terrific! And very affordable too. 3,000 bottles produced, the content of the amphora.”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!
The average price is $40

Michelini Bros Superuco Calcareo ‘Granito de Tupungato’ Malbec, Tupungato, Argentina 2013 750ML ($49.95) Was $39, Now $33, 36+ bottles available
Wine Advocate 95 points “The 2013 Calcáreo Granito de Tupungato starts with lactic notes followed by ripe plum and ripe skin aromas from grapes grown at higher altitude, closer to the sun. It is a bit wild. The palate is tremendously mineral, with a chalky texture and incredible length. The tannins are ultra-fine and the wine is compact, very harmonious. This is the more austere and mineral of the three. Awesome value!”
James Suckling 96 points “This is so sexy and polished. Full-bodied, yet refined and long. Seamless and ethereal. Drink or hold.”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!

Michelini Bros Superuco Calcareo ‘Rio de los Chacayes’ Malbec, Tunuyan, Argentina 2013 750ML ($49.95) Was $39, Now $29, 36+ bottles available
Wine Advocate 93 points “The 2013 Calcáreo Río de los Chacayes is sourced from the Chacayes zone of Tunuyán on top of Vista Flores towards the mountains. It has a riper, spicier, floral, and aromatic profile with notes of thyme and rosemary. It is the most extroverted of the three, and also feels quite polished. The palate, however, is more serious, with the austerity of the rocks, a very fine thread of subtle acidity and a long, long, long finish with sweeter tannins. It’s a rolling stone covered in chalk and surrounded by thyme. Awesome! 3,000 bottles were produced.”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!
The next best price is $34.98

We kicked off the start of our grand May sale with two beguiling/gracious/pretty&expressive 2011 Brunelli – don’t just take our word for it!

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011 750ML ($59.95) Was $49, Now $39, 35 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 92 points “Casanova di Neri’s 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a very pretty and expressive wine. Sweet red cherry, menthol, rose petal and mint open up first, followed by a touch of blood orange that adds lovely aromatic lift and brightness throughout. Although not especially complex, the 2011 should drink beautifully for at least a handful of years. Today, it is quite pretty and expressive.”
Wine Advocate 92 points “Giacomo Neri has produced a very approachable wine in this warm vintage. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is plump and juicy with loads of dark fruit and mild spice at the back. It doesn’t have the depth or complexity of the gorgeous 2010 vintage, but the wine does a very good job presenting the main traits you look for in Brunello. The fruit is lively and the acidity gives the wine a sense of buoyancy and brightness. The tannins are very well integrated. It doesn’t reach Brunello greatness, but it is a good Brunello.”
Grapelive 93+ points “It was a pleasure to meet Giavanni Neri and taste through the latest Casanova di Neri wines. Casanova di Neri is one of Italy’s great wineries and a blue chip standard Brunello year after year. The new set of Casanova di Neri is an amazing lineup from the humble Rosso di Neri to the mind-blowing perfection of the 2010 Cerretalto Brunello! Of course, I was most interested in the soon to be released 2011 Brunello offerings, and how they’d compare to the 2010’s. Similar to 2011 Barolo, these wines gained from the warmer summer heat, these are more generous wines with sweeter tannins and will be easy to please in their youth. Casanova di Neri really did a great job here as these Sangiovese Grosso Brunello di Montalcino 2011’s both have balance, depth and vitality. The 2011 Casanova di Neri White Label, the Brunello Normale, is full of flavor, extract and energy with ripe fruit, structure to match and pleasing mouth feel. [It] starts with a touch of graphite/flint, red raspberry, sweet minty herbs, light floral tones and cigar wrapper leading to a full and round palate of blackberry, cherry, spiced plum and wild strawberry fruits along with cedar, black fig, anise and warm stones. The body is lavishly textured, but there is lift and vigor with just enough acidity and fine tannin to frame this spot on Brunello. This will be a sleeper, while most people will chase the top end wines and or keep tracking down 2010’s this looks set to be a great wine that might get overlooked. That will be a mistake: this is one to have and drink over the next decade. It’s very nice stuff.”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!
The average price is $54

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011 750ML ($59.95) Was $49, Now $39, 36+ bottles available
Antonio Galloni 92 points “Altesino’s 2011 Brunello di Montalcino opens with beguiling aromatics. Sage, licorice, menthol and sweet tobacco flesh out nicely as the wine shows off its ample, broad personality. The tannins could use another year or two to soften, but all the elements are very nicely balanced throughout. This gracious, silky Brunello will drink well for the next decade-plus.”
James Suckling 92 points “This is long and delicious with lovely cherry, chocolate and fresh walnut flavors. Linear yet open with persistence and joy. Drink now.”

This is the lowest listed price on the West Coast today!


April Sales Recap

Hurry! These great deals expire on May 1st – don’t miss your chance!

April sales 4-27

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