96 pt Cab for $15.99 / Wines for Ski to Sea Race
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Wine of the Week

Tapiz 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina

$15.99 Regular Price $17.99
$14.39 For Wine Club members.

“Take Note—This is a Winery to Follow”
-Sommelier Journal

What do you get when one of the top winemakers in the world decides to retire and make wine for you?  An absolutely stunning wine that happens to be an incredible value to boot.

Winemaker Fabian Valenzuela was joined by Jean Claude Berrouet in 2012. Jean Claude is the recently-retired winemaker of Petrus, having presided over 44 vintages at this revered Bordeaux winery. Tapiz is thrilled that Jean Claude chose to work with them exclusively in Argentina. To celebrate the addition of Jean Claude, Tapiz created a new “Alta Collection” line of wines. The “Alta Collection” fruit comes solely from Tapiz's sustainably-farmed estate San Pablo vineyard in the Uco Valley. San Pablo is one of the highest altitude vineyards in Mendoza (4,600 feet above sea level). This extreme altitude provides for warm days which impart concentration to the grapes, and cold nights which give natural acidity.

Fabian and Jean Claude work together to create a beautiful tapiz (tapestry) between the wine's unfiltered fruit and its oak aging. These full-bodied yet elegant wines have the acidity and complexity to drink on their own or complement food. As Restaurant Wine exclaimed: “Tapiz is a very consistent producer of excellent wines.”
96 points, James Suckling 
90 points & a "Top Argentine Cab. Sauv.," Wine Enthusiast
90 points, Wine Spectator
 91 points, Stephen Tanzer 

“...fat, ripe and sweet in the mouth, with a sexy leesy complexity to the deep flavors of blackberry, mocha, chocolate, herbs and licorice. Creamy, mouthcoating wine with substantial ripe tannins and lingering notes of cassis, licorice and herbs. Legendary Pomerol winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet, who made more than 40 vintages at Chateau Petrus, is now involved at Tapiz. An extraordinary value.” 

Ski to Sea Prep Tasting

Wines for After the Race

Friday & Saturday

May 26th 3- 6pm.
May 27th 2-4 pm.

No fee tasting.

This race is extreme, worthy of a variety of rewards, perhaps equally extreme. Reveling needs to factor into all of this. We have put together a group of wines for you to taste with the spirit of the race in mind.
 On your mark, get set, GO!  Best of luck to all the teams participating this year.


Upcoming Tastings


Kelly Fox Winery
Meet the winemaker

Saturday, June 3rd 2-4 pm.

La Rioja Alta
Rioja, Spain

Wednesday, June 7th 4-6 pm.

BBQ Wines 
With American Northwest Imports

Saturday, June 10th 2-4 pm.

McLaren Vale, Australia

Saturday, June 17th 2-4 pm.

Amavi & Pepperbridge
Walla Walla

Saturday, June 24th 2-4 pm.

Classic Rioja

La Rioja Alta

NEW Arrivals

Few dispute that La Rioja Alta S.A. is the leading quality orientated producer in the Rioja. With more than 50,000 casks and 6.4 million bottles stored at any one time, the equivalent of about 8 years sales, La Rioja Alta S.A. is unique in its ability to supply large quantities of fully mature wines of world class quality.

2007 Vina Ardanza Reserva $36.99
"The 2007 Viña Ardanza Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha, the Tempranillo from 30-year-old vineyards La Cuesta and Montecillo in the villages of Fuenmayor and Cenicero, and the Garnacha from old head-pruned vines at 600 meters altitude in Tudelilla, in Rioja Baja, from plots next to their Finca La Pedriza. Those should soon be mature enough to go into the wine (they were planted in 2004 and they will make it into the Ardanza blend from 2007-2008). The grapes are fermented separately with natural yeasts and the Tempranillo then matured in American oak barrels averaging four years old for 36 months, while the Garnacha matured in second- and third-use American oak barrels for 30 months. The nose is very fresh, with notes of beef blood, iron, cherries in liqueur, some subtle leather and spices plus notes of autumn forest and truffles. The palate is more lively and has some tannins that would feel better integrated with some food or a little bit of time in bottle It was bottled in November 2011. This will be released around September/October 2015, so by the time it hits the shelves it will be more polished. Great value for money." "94 Points" The Wine Advocate April 2015

2007 Gran Reserva 904

"This wants to be the classic Gran Reserva--polished, silky and elegant, with aging potential. It is a blend of Tempranillo with 10% Mazuelo aged for four years in well-seasoned American oak barrels, with eight manual rackings. I found that the freshness of the vintage and its relatively young age gave the wine a youngish character that I loved, combining developed notes of meat, spices, leather and balsam with almost cherry-like aromas. The palate feels balanced and elegant, with fine-grained and fully resolved tannins and great acidity." "95 Points" The Wine Advocate Aug 2016


Chateauneuf du Pape

"new house of the Pope"

Xavier Vins 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape
"Cuvee Anonyme" $47.99

This is another impressive lineup from oenolgist Xavier Vignon, who works with the likes of Raymond Usseglio, Le Nerthe, Marcoux and Grand Veneur, to name a few. These are all negociant wines, but they obviously have access to some serious vineyard, and the winemaking is impeccable. Looking at these latest releases, his 2013s buck the vintage stereotype with their ripe, textured profiles, and his 2012s are certainly up with some of the top wines of the vintage as well. In addition, prices remain more than reasonable here. If you haven’t yet discovered these wines, now is a great time. 
"The top wine from the portfolio, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme offers thrilling purity and focus in its lively dark fruits, roasted meats and underbrush-scented bouquet. Full-bodied, ripe and textured, with fantastic polish and sweetness to its tannin, it has a supple, forward feel, yet will easily evolve for 10-15 years." "95 Points" The Wine Advocate Oct 2014




You get 10% off on ALL* wine purchases when you become a 
S & J Club Member.

 At Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants we offer three different monthly wine clubs with three different interests to consider. As a Wine Club member you get:

*A 10% discount off any purchase at the shop, excluding non-wine items, "Cellar Selection" wines and not to be combined with any other discount.

Each month receive two bottles of hand selected wines. The wines selected will be discounted 10% off regular retail. You choose-red, white or both.

We have three clubs for you-
World Tour $29
Northwest Corner $49
Grand Cru $99.

There is no fee to join and you may cancel your membership at any time. Pick a club and start today. It's that easy. Wines are available for pick-up the first Saturday of each month. For out-of-towners, we do ship within Washington State for an additional charge.
Ted Seifert (ted@sjwinemerchants.com)

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