This Just In / Bothellwa

  • Fattoria Selvapiana Tasting LIVE w/ Pot Roast!


    Friday January the 13th at 3pm

    That's right...we'll have a roast in the crockpot to go with all the wines this Saturday! Who does that in the year 2017? We do!

    One of my favorite produces in Tuscany is Fattoria Selvapiana. When I was living in Rome I visited the estate a few times and just fell in love. The wines are classic and textbook plus they make a Rufina to die for! Prices are right in everyones wheelhouse and the Vin drinking tears from an angel.

    Here's what I've got rolling into the shop this Friday at 3pm till 7pm

    2014 Selvapiana Chianti Rufina - Elegant and fragrant, this opens with aromas of pressed rose, crushed violet, wild berry and a whiff of baking spice. The vibrant, focused palate delivers juicy red cherry, raspberry, white pepper, cinnamon and dried herb. It’s well balanced, with supple tannins and bright acidity. Drink through 2018. 

    2011 Selvapiana Chianti Riserva Bucerchiale - The excellent 2011 Chianti Rufina Riserva Vigneto Bucerchiale shows distinctive and attractive tones of cherry cola, balsam herb, tea leaf, chopped mint and blue flower. The aromas are ethereal, pure and show beautiful vertical lift from the glass. Although the nose is decidedly feminine in approach, the mouthfeel feels masculine with lingering flavors of wet earth and leather. The aromas are true to the territory. 

    2011 Selvapiana Fornace IGT - This is the Super Tuscan blend made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Merlot from the vineyard on the property called Fornace. The wine is aged in small barrels for 15 months giving it structure and smoothness. This is a lovely wine to enjoy with grilled meats or stews or with a delicious cheese plate.

    2011 Selvapiana Syrah - This 250 case production of Syrah will blow your minds so much you'll need to bring a mop bucket to clean up the floors for when you minds hit it!

    2007 Selvapiana Vin Santo del Chianti Rufina- A deep amber wine with dried fruit on the nose. Rich and sweet on the palate balanced by excellent acidity. Fresh on the finish.

    There you have it. Chances are it will be raining so these wines are perfect for a nice roast. Matter fact...I think we might just have one simmering in the old wine shop crock pot.

  • Domaine La Sang des Cailloux of Vacqueyras w/ Special Guest 1/7

    January 7th at 3pm
    This is a very special tasting for the wine shop. Several months ago (last year) a few of you were lucky enough to taste these wines with the winemaker & owner, Serge Férigoule. Him and his son were in town with another producer (who's wines we'll get into later). The wines were showing so well and those of you that tasted fell in love with them so fast we actually took everything they had in the warehouse...then we were told that another shop wanted some after we secured them all. I offered to "go to the mattresses" with the other shop as I'll fight for my peeps! In the end we took most of it but had to lay down a few rules for when wine people come into the shop and taste you all on wines. It wasn't Serge's fault, the importer just had bad inventory amount.

    Well now we have some new wines of his in town and I think it's time we rip into these before anyone else knows what hit them!  

    One glimpse of Serge Férigoule’s barbell moustache might be enough for one to be completely enamored with the wines of Le Sang des Cailloux, although they also speak remarkably well for themselves. This domaine’s name means “the blood of the stones,” and Serge Férigoule is most certainly the heart that links the two together. In 1974, Serge left winemaking school with a longing to return to the vineyards. He went to work for Monsieur Ricard’s family in 1979 to oversee the vineyards. Without anyone in his family to succeed him, Ricard decided to gamble by partnering with Serge in 1982. In 1990, after Monsieur Ricard’s retirement, Serge launched Le Sang des Cailloux. Vacqueyras had just been awarded an A.O.C. that same year, a timely twist of fate that helped Serge’s wines to become as celebrated as they deserve.

    All of Serge’s seventeen hectares rest on the great Plateau des Garrigues, where red clay, limestone, and the famous galets roulés, or rounded stones, impart a terrific intensity and depth to the wines. Given the aridity of the soil, the vines here are naturally prone to lower yields—this gives the wines their concentration and power. That Serge has been farming organically for years but has never sought certification says something about his philosophy. He is not looking to impress; only to make the best wines he possibly can. Serge is also sentimental—each year, the Cuvée Traditionnelle of Le Sang des Cailloux is named for one of his daughters, Floureto, Doucinello and Azalaïs. The “Vieilles Vignes” is also called “Lopy,” named for his hometown. His wines have everything we love about the Rhône – wild and chewy with great notes of leather, spicy garrigue, and smoky, black fruit. -Kermit Lynch

    2014 Domaine Le Sang des Cailloux "Un Dang Blanc" Vacqueyras
    2011 Domaine Le Sang des Cailloux "Cuvée Lopy" Vacqueyras Rouge 
    2014 Domaine Le Sang des Cailloux "Cuvee Doucinello" Vacqueyras Rouge
    2014 Domaine Le Sang des Cailloux "Cuvée Doucinello" Vacqueyras Rouge 
    2013 Dmaine Le Sang des Cailloux "Cuvée Floureto" Vacqueyras Rouge
  • Daddy's Got Some New Wines! 1/6

    January 6th at 4pm
    This is the first tasting of 2017 so I thought I would start things off with some brand new releases from Kermit Lynch and a few other importers. Thanks to the euro for going down and the dollar getting better...we've seen some of our favorite wines drop in price. These wines just came off the container on the 28th and I was able to get one of the wines ahead of everyone else. Matter fact...I took all of what they brought in!

    Time to wake up your palate!

    2015 Pascal Janvier Coteaux du Loir Rouge "Cuvée du Rosier"  
    2015 Mathieu Paquet Macon-Villages
    2015 Domaine de la Chanteleuserie Bourgueil "Cuvée Alouettes"
    2014 Clos La Coutale Cahors
    2015 Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 

    Here's the kicker...all the wines are $18 or less!! Buy them by the case and save 10% more. 3 of the 5 wines can be laid down for several years while 2 of those 3 can be laid down for a decade or more!

    We also have all the 1.5L of 2014 Clos La Coutale that were brought into the state...only $30 each! Get em while we have them!

    We will now be charging $5 per person for our tastings. If you are in the wine clubs you taste for free. If you purchase a bottle that we are get the $5 back! No credit Cards for the $5 tasting fee. Cash only as we will probably be giving you the $5 spot back.
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