January 02, 2018
January 2018Here are your club wine peeps...Daily Drinking Red Wine Club $392015 Garofoli 'Farnio' Rosso PicenoNotes: 60% Montepulciano & 40% Sangiovese. This medium-bodied wine comes from the hilly areas of Ancona, Macerata and Ascoli Piceno. It is meant for early consumption. Perfect accompaniment for savory pizzas and those made with cheese; introductory dishes with red sauces and grilled meats.2015 Maiana Salice Salentino Rosso DOCNotes: This wine is ruby-red in color with expressive notes of ripe plum mingled with blackberry jam and sweet spice. On the palate, Maiana is full-bodied and robust. A wonderful partner to roast game, beef, or hearty casseroles.2015 Contrade NegroamaroNotes: Deep ruby red; intense aroma, with notes of cherry and blueberry jam, cocoa, licorice and floral fragrances. Round with warm structure and smooth tannins. On these cold nights...this wine makes it worth sitting on the front porch with a book!Red Wine Club $752015 Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon $17Notes: This soft, juicy and fruity is full of red-berry flavors that are laced with acidity and a spicy, smoky edge. The wine is smooth and ready to drink.2008 San Felice Campogiovani Brunello di Montalcino $58Notes: The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is strikingly beautiful in this vintage. Sweet floral notes meld into raspberries, flowers, mint and spices. A sexy, radiant wine, the 2008 impresses for its balance and overall sense of harmony. The long, polished finish is impeccable. All the elements are in the right place. I don’t expect the 2008 to be a long-term ager, but it is very appealing today. There were only 36 bottles of the 2008 brought into the state...I guess you folks in the red wine club just happen to know someone in the industry.
December 03, 2017
Folks I'm not gonna lie...I can get you several bottles of 1982 Chateau Lafite faster than I can get a bottle of two of Cuvee da Capo! This is an ultra rare opportunity for me to be able to offer this pre-sale to you guys. At this time we are looking at a delivery date of January 2018. This is a wine that will cellar for decades and I can truly say the bottles of 1998 I consumed back in NY when I was working at the auction house were some of the finest CDP's I've ever had. Matter fact...the finest wines I've ever had. God I wish I had more.
Check out the reviews for the '15 vintage...
Vinous | Rating: 95-97
Saturated ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe dark berries, incense and garrigue , accented by a sexy Asian spice nuance in the background. Plush, seamless and alluringly sweet, offering intense black raspberry, cherry liqueur and floral pastille flavors that reach every corner of the palate. Smooth, seamless and deeply concentrated but lively as well; velvety tannins add shape to an extremely long, spice- and mineral-accented finish. The interplay of richness and vivacity here is awfully impressive.
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96-98
The flagship cuvee, which isn't made in every vintage (when the Cuvee da Capo isn't produced, Laurence normally releases a Cuvee Laurence), the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo is primarily Grenache, with 4% Mourvedre, and the rest and assortment of varieties. It comes all from la Crau (a few different parcels), isn't destemmed and there's only a single foudre ever made in a vintage. Easily one of the wines of the vintage, it sports a deep, opaque purple color as well as thick, concentrated, unctuous notes of black cherries, caramelized meats, liquid smoke, pepper and charcuterie. Full-bodied and beautifully concentrated on the palate, with masses of sweet tannin, it reminds me of a slightly toned down 1998 as opposed to the more opulent 2000, 2003 or 2007.
$25 will secure your bottle or bottles. Once we confirm the exact amount we can get you...we'll bill you the rest of the $375.
We'll also be asking request for 1.5L & 3.0
October 16, 2017
Below is the list of Madeira we are offering and like most importers...they've just sent this out and need everyones request back by the 23rd of October. Yup...great! Let me know what you want and I'll put the request in for you. Please note that I may pick up some extra Madeira for the shop and Nicole and I but that doesn't mean we'll pick up everything. All order will be confirmed a few days later to make sure we will be getting your request. Orders will be in on or around the 2nd week on November. Once we confirm order are coming in we will set aside your request and assign invoices. Being the cool place we are...we will now start accepting partial payments so you can pay off your order a little at a time.
All bottles are 75oml
1995 Old Wine
1929 Tinta Negra Med-Sweet
September 01, 2017
Are you all in for a treat this qtr! Here's the case of goodies you'll be cracking open this time around.
2016 Venica & Venica 'Jersa' Pinot Grigio - Gold with copper highlights, this elegantly structured wine offers heady scents of white spring flower and orchard fruit. On the juicy, savory palate, nutmeg and mineral notes back up ripe apple, mature pear and apricot that lead to a fresh finish. $26
Jean-Paul Brun Crémant de Bourgogne NV - Brun’s non-vintage (aka NV) sparkling, the Cremant de Bourgogne Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut “Charmes,” is made of 100% Chardonnay grapes, and is made with the same winemaking method used to produce the wines of Champagne. The wine is aged 18 months on its lees (dead yeast cells) before the wine is released, and this is only the third time that wine has ever been produced by Brun. It has a green apple and citrus character, with nuances of a chalky minerality making its presence known on the tangy, briny finish. This wine will liven up any occasion, and makes a great aperitif. Also, pair it with anything lighter, like salads and delicate seafood. $21
Chateau Moncontour Vouvray Brut NV - Chenin Blanc makes delicious when the producer tames its high acidity. This wine has a fine, fresh, gala apple flavor, crisp but not overpowering acidity, and a layer of almonds. It has fresh citrus and mineral aromas and a rich mousse with excellent acidity. This elegant sparkling wine is a great aperitif or accompaniment to caramel, cream and fruit desserts, but it can also be served with sushi and other seafood. $20
2011 Agricola Querciabella Mongrana - Fresh and clean wine with dried cherries and citrus fruit. Medium body, firm tannins and a medium finish. Needs a little more in the center palate to be outstanding. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. $25
2011 Sasa Jazz Barbaresco - Jazz Barbaresco comes from vines that are 30 years old. The color is medium red with light aromas of cherry, mint and flowers. Bright, clean and juicy followed by sweeter floral notes that develop in the glass. $27
2016 Domaine du Gros More Bandol Rosé - This rosé comes from 25% Grenache and 25% Cinsault. These grape varieties are then combined with Mourvèdre. These three grape varieties bring a large personality due to the quality of the terroir. Thanks to all these factors we can confirm this wine of Bandol is fine, delicate and has a pronounced roundness. $33
2015 Domaine Auguste Clape Vin des Amis Rouge - Readers on a budget looking for a taste of the style of this benchmark estate need to latch onto a few bottles of the Vin des Amis and Côtes du Rhône. A great vintage, the 2015 Le Vin des Amis should be snatched up by savvy readers. Bottled the first of September, it sports an inky color as well as classic Clape notes of violets, iron, and black and blue fruits. It comes from clay soils and is a bigger, richer and chunkier wine than the Côtes du Rhône. It is ideal for drinking over the coming 3-4 years. $28
2006 Malvira S. Guglielmo Langhe Rosso - Not even sure I can describe how this wine taste! Pretty dense ruby in color but with tons of blackberry, rich prunes and tobacco. This is a HUGE wine that needs time in the bottle. Notes of more blackberry, leather and vanilla with a super velvety finish. Why can't all wines be like this? $22
2009 Boeri 'Porlapa' Barbera d'Asti Superiore - Pörlapà presents an almost impenetrable intense ruby red color. It has persistent notes of ripe fruit with a rich body and well-balanced structure. The wine maintains a surprising freshness even after years of aging. Aged 18 months in barrels. $35
2014 Le Clos du Caillou Vieilles Vignes Cotes du Rhone Rouge - The 2014 Cotes du Rhone Le Caillou offers plenty of sweet cherry, strawberry, anise and herbes des Provence characteristics in its elegant, lightly textured and juicy style that gains more weight with aeration. This is a Grenache dominant blend including Syrah, Carignan and Mourvedre. This is essentially a de-classified Chateauneuf-du-Pape. $22
2015 Crous St. Martin Chateauneuf-du-Pape - A beautiful clean ruby color. The nose will reveal aromas of cherry, mulberry and fine spices. Sensual mouthfeel expressing depth and smoothness with aromas of kirsch, blackcurrant, followed by fine spices such as thyme, liquorice and white pepper. Tannins are present but are polished and silky. Complex wine with roundness, power and a long mouthfeel. $25
2014 Domaine des Fines Caillottes Pouilly-Fume - Blended from grapes from a range of different soils, this open, generous wine has richness and a structure that comes from the ripe apple and gooseberry fruits. The wine is textured and deserves to age. $27
August 16, 2017
Well boys and girls...the shop will be closed from this Saturday the 19th till Wednesday the 23rd. Nicole, Jeanne-Claire and I will be heading back to the ranch to spend some time with the family, finish up the wheat harvest and watch the eclipse.
As usual my vacation will be me working long hours on things I don't understand and have only used once or twice. Needless to say we'll have some fun, do a bit of riding around the ranch and I'll get some fly fishing in on the Deschutes river. Hell...we might even shoot a few birds if it's not too hot out.
Just wanted to keep everyone in the loop about the shop. Don't look directly at the sun!!! Wear your eclipse galsses and don't join any cults. There is no space ship picking you up at the end!!!