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SAY TODAY'S "SECRET WORDS, "MAY ELIANE"  and we'll pour you a taste of PICHON LALANDE'S RESERVE DE LA COMTESSE from the 2012 VINTAGE................................................


UPDATED AS OF July 9, 2016

RESERVE DE LA COMTESSE (PICHON LALANDE) 2012 PAUILLAC  $5.50/taste ($54.99/bottle)
Gerald's first place wine in a recent blind-tasting of 2012 Bordeaux...it's predominantly Cabernet 
Sauvignon with the other "usual suspects."  They really did a good job in capturing the Pauillac
character and making a showy wine.
Our friend May Eliane de Lencquesaing sold her interest in the estate to the Roederer Champagne
folks who run it today.  She's making wine now in South Africa.

 

 


COLOME 2015 TORRONTES  $1.40/taste
Hugely fruity...wonderfully flowery, yet dry...a fruit basket!

 

RAMEY 2013 Russian River Valley CHARDONNAY $4/taste
One of our favorite California Chardonnays, this is a wine made with
an astute awareness of French White Burgundies, but with a
decidedly California accent.  Very fine.

POLIZIANO 2012 VINO NOBILE  $2.80/taste
Federico Carletti was the head of the Consorzio of Vino Nobile producers and his wine
is a bit of a reference point for us.  We skipped the 2011 which was a bit light but this
2012 has the intensity we like in his previous vintages.  

VIETTI 2015 ARNEIS  $2.40/taste
The latest vintage of Arneis from Vietti is another benchmark bottling...
Dry, no oak and perfect for summer aperitivo service and seafood dishes...
Linguine con Vongole, anyone?

SHUMI "TSINANDALE" Blend  $1.40/taste
They've been making wine forever in Georgia (nowhere near Atlanta) and this is a
delightful blend of Rkatsitelli and Mtsvane.  Peachy and showing a woodsy note.


CIU CIU 2014 PECORINO  $1.50

A fantastic example of the Pecorino grape...certainly this will appeal to you if
you're enchanted by crisp, non-oaked Sauvignon Blancs.

DEHLINGER 2013 Russian River Valley CHARDONNAY  $4.00/taste
Tom Dehlinger has been producing great Chardonnays since the mid-1970s.  His 2013
is a classic...lovely ripe pear/apple fruit, toasty oak and a creamy element.
Very fine and very flashy.

DAULNY 2014 SANCERRE $2/taste
Crisp, tangy, stony, minerally and bone dry...no oak.
Classic Sancerre at a rather modest price.



BURGESS 2011 Napa CABERNET SAUVIGNON $3.50/taste
Burgess took over the old Souverain winery back in 1971-1972 and they've been
making good Cabernets for decades.  The 2011 is beautifully elegant and mildly
cedary.  It's a delicious Cabernet for immediate drinking or short-term
cellaring.

 

HEITZ 2011 Napa CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $5/taste
Heitz did not produce any of their single vineyard wines in 2011, blending
everything into this amazing "Napa" Cabernet.  It's a showy bottle
of wine and anyone with half a palate will recognize it as such.

 

 

 


GREEN + RED Chiles Mill Napa ZINFANDEL $2.70/taste
We're big fans of Jay Heminway's wines...this comes from a great site above Napa
Valley not far from Lake Hennessy.  Beautifully berryish with mild spice notes.

ROBERT WEIL 2014 Rheingau RIESLING $2/taste
Weil is a famous winery in Germany's Rheingau and they make a terrific entry-level 
"Trocken" (dry) Riesling.  It's fruity and fresh with snappy acidity and a dry, clean
finish.  

CHALK HILL 2014 SAUVIGNON BLANC  $2.30/taste
So many California wineries over-crop the hell out of their Sauvignon Blanc vines,
resulting in wines which have little varietal character.
To their credit, Chalk Hill makes a Sauvignon that sings "Sauvignon."
Herbal, grassy, passion fruit...dry & crisp, too.


LLOYD 2012 Santa Rita Hills PINOT NOIR  $5/taste
Rob Lloyd is well known for his commercially-successful Chardonnay.  His Pinot is a more
serious effort...nice cherry and spice notes.

SUMMERS NAPA CHARBONO  $2.30/taste
Jim & Beth Summers make our favorite California Charbono...teeming
with blackberry & blueberry fruit...mild tannins...fairly full-bodied.


LUCIEN ALBRECHT GEWURZTRAMINER $2/taste
This is not an over-the-top fruity Gewurz, but you'll easily detect the grapefruit and
rose petal notes typical of this variety...fairly dry, too.

LA RIOJA ALTA 2005 VINA ARDANZA  $3/taste (Sale $29.99)
Here's a fabulous Spanish red that is matured in a lot of new American oak
and then given substantial bottle aging before it's released.
How many California wineries offer relatively matured, nicely aged red 
at a reasonable price?


DELILLE "Chaleur Estate" SAUVIGNON BLANC Blend $4/taste
This reminds us of the $100 bottles of Smith Haut Lafitte we love so much (but
can't afford).

JELLY JAR Lake County BARBERA $1.80/taste
Lots of red fruits in this soft, dry, mildly wooded California red.

WAX WING 3 CREEKS SYRAH $2/taste
Vinified in San Carlos (!) from Sonoma County fruit, winemaker Scott Sisemore really
has a good touch with Syrah.  Berries and some Rhone-like spice.  Well-priced, too.

HUDSON Carneros CHARDONNAY $6.50/taste
The Hudson vineyard name is found on some impressive bottles of California
Chardonnay.  Lee Hudson launched his own label.  Big.

CHAPPELLET 2014 MTN CUVEE  $3/taste
A Bordeaux-styled blend with a California/Napa accent.
Dark fruit, berries, a touch of currants and a low level of tannin.

THE FORAGER CHARDONNAY $1.90/taste
Jonathan Pey offers a couple of remarkably good wines under The Forager
label.  If you don't like this, you probably should not be drinking Chardonnay. 
Sonoma fruit.

JAYSON North Coast CHARDONNAY $5/taste
They pick the best barrels for the Pahlmeyer label and charge a hefty price.
The Jayson wine represents most of their production and it's routinely a 
very flashy, lavishly oaked, high octane wine.  Despite the relatively high
level of alcohol, the wine tastes balanced.  Not sure how they do that!

ELYSE 2012 Yountville "Holbrook Mitchell" CABERNET SAUVIGNON $5.30/taste
Winemaker Ray Coursen is an old-timer...his single-vineyard Cabernet is very showy,
with some brown spice notes and cassis-like Cabernet fruit.

CASTELL'IN VILLA 2011 CHIANTI CLASSICO $2.70/taste
Castell'in Villa is an old-school producer in south-east Chianti...100% Sangiovese...no Merlot.
No Cabernet.  No Syrah. This vintage is spot-on.





SWEET WINES OPEN TODAY:

QUINTA DO NOVAL 2011 VINTAGE PORT  $10/taste

The most recently-declared Vintage is offered today for tasting...quite showy now and it
will repay cellaring handsomely.


CHATEAU HAUT-MAYNE 2010 SAUTERNES   $3.80
You're not alone...nobody knows this fine little domaine...

JM da FONSECA 20 YEAR SETUBAL (Moscatel)  $6/1 ounce pour
Hugely famous in Portugal and around Europe, they're a mystery to most
wine consumers in the US.  Remarkable wine, though.


STONY HILL 2010 Napa S╔MILLON DU SOLEIL $4.50/taste
A sort of Napa Valley "passito" made of Semillon.

SMITH WOODHOUSE 2002 LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO $3/taste
Savvy wine buyers know this brand from the Symington Family (Graham's, Warres, Dow's)
for its killer LBV Port...If you have taste for hundred buck bottles of Vintage Port and are
on a budget, check out this delicious Porto!


LA MAGENDIA Juranšon $3.60/taste
From master winemaker Jean Bernard Larrieu comes this stellar sweet wine which is
balanced by laser-sharp acidity.  


CARMES DE RIEUSSEC 2005 SAUTERNES $3.50/taste
A second wine from the famous Chateau Rieussec, this is nicely honeyed and rather affordable...

BARBADILLO 30 YEAR AMONTILLADO SHERRY $5/taste
When we pour a taste of this stellar Sherry, its perfume permeates the entire shop...nutty
and very fine with an after-taste which lingers for a very long time.

NIEPOORT 1988 COLHEITA PORTO $5/1 ounce Pour
Dirk Niepoort is a leading light in Portugal and he makes some top Colheita (single vintage tawny) Ports.   Here's a nicely aged bottling...old, but not too old and not too young...

PIETRI GERAUD 2005 BANYULS $3.30
France's answer to the question "Port?"

EXCINDRE MUSCAT DE MIREVAL  $2.20/taste
Terrific Muscat from the south of France.

From the Republic of Georgia...claimed to be comprised of more than
300 different grape varieties!  It's along the lines of Port/Madeira, but
uniquely Georgian.




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