WINE OF THE WEEK
Francois Lurton 2017
Grenache Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc
$9.99, $8.99 for Wine Club Members
Regular price $14.99
This yummy little gem is here to welcome June and those summer-time temperatures. You've already sprayed down the porch and brought out the rocking chairs. The yard looks incredible. Last on that prep list is chilled and delicious affordable wine in the garage fridge. This one will fit the bill without breaking the bank. Pairs well with backgammon.
The Grenache Blanc 80% contributes an exotic expression of ripe apricot with a hint of spice that is complemented by the more citrus, crisp fruit flavors of the Sauvignon Blanc 20%. Aromas of white flowers, peaches and citrus fruit lead to a well-balanced, complex palate with just the right amount of acidity that lingers on the finish in this food friendly, crowd-pleasing wine.
The Grenache Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc for this wine stem from the 59 acre estate of Mas Janeil in Maury. Mas Janeil is committed to sustainable agriculture and does not use any pesticides or chemicals. Grapes from both the winery’s neighbors and from vineyards closer to the coast complement the estate fruit. The vines average 20-25 years of age and are planted in soils of granite moraine that experience a Mediterranean climate—mild winters and hot, dry summers.
When we wrote this piece we had heavy inventory. We are currently a little low. Please be aware when placing your order that it can't be fulfilled until Thursday's truck arrives.
Blind Tasting #2
$34.99, $31.49 for Wine Club Members
The speed with which our first Blind Tasting Package sold out tells me that the people are interested. How did you do? Did you learn anything about yourself? This week we are raising the difficulty level enough to keep you challenged so fine tune that palate and get ready to expand your knowledge. This package provides two bottles, one white and one red, pre-wrapped in paper bags to help you resist any urge to peek. You will also get a helpful score card to assist you in the evaluation process.
Let the games begin!
Gramercy Cellars 2019 Picpoul
Walla Walla Valley
$21.99, $19.79 for Wine Club Members
Crabbing season is just around the corner! We’re searching far and wide for that perfect sunny sipper, and this 2019 Picpoul from Gramercy Cellars is bound to become a staple in many wine fridges this season, including our own.
Fresh and young, this Picpoul sings of spring. More acidity and bright lemon notes than a Sancerre or Muscadet, and with gorgeous minerality and brininess like a Chablis, this wine is very alive, with lots of tension on the palate.
Winemaker Greg Harrington, a Manhattan-based Master Sommelier, tasted some Washington State wines and was so inspired that he and his wife, Pam, sold everything to move across the country to make his own. Thus in 2005 Gramercy Cellars was born, and they’ve since been creating wine that’s considered some of the best that Washington offers.
The Picpoul was going to be a onetime only project for Gramercy; the results were so spectacular that fellow Walla Walla grower Ken Hart offered a small Picpoul block at his Blue Mountain vineyard so Gramercy could continue to make the wine.
Picpoul, which translates from French to “sting the lip,” is a high-acid wine with dynamic energy. Refreshing and bracing on its own, pairing Picpoul with food softens the wine, rounding out its more acidic characteristics. Pair with all kids of crab—freshly steamed and dunked in butter, crab Rangoons, crab bisque, crab everything. Also phenomenal with mango and black bean salad with scallions, or whipped feta and goat cheese with lemon thyme, served with whole-roasted cauliflower or potatoes.
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese Recipe by Bon Appétit
Notes by Hannah Green
Reynvaan Family Vineyards 2016
Syrah "The Unnamed Series"
$25.99, 23.39 for Wine Club Members
You, the customer, bring in some of our best finds!
Once again we were told of this new project by a good customer with her ear to everything happening in wine. We couldn't be happier that she brought this to our attention.
Reynvaan is one of those wineries from Walla Walla that falls under "cult status". They don't produce much and what they do make is incredibly well balanced, elegant and sophisticated, expressing exciting terrior. Matt Reynvaan started the project with assistance from super star, Christophe Baron, of Cayuse. Today Matt is in full control and is showing his immense talent. Normally Matt's wine are in the $70 plus price range and are very difficult to get your hands on. This new project gives great quality at a very accessible price. He has three wines under the new label. Today we will be focusing on the Syrah. It is incredibly delicious with that super silky texture you expect from Matt.
"Hands down, some of the most electric wines being produced in Washington are coming from Reynvaan Family Vineyards. Matt Reynvaan trained under Christophe Baron and even spent time at famed Bordeaux house Chateau Smith Haut-Lafitte before starting at his family winery in 2007. Most of you who have come to enjoy the value of Result of A Crush wines by Matt Reynvaan will be excited to hear that these ‘second wines’ of Reynvaan have been recently rebranded as ‘The Unnamed Series.’
Each of these wines are absolutely sensational values considering the complexity and terroir that the wines offer. I highly recommend that you track these exceptional wines down."
"2016 The Unnamed Series Syrah- The 2016 The Unnamed Series Syrah is a sensational new release that shows the wonderful warmth of the vintage. While vineyard sourcing is uncertain, the aromatics take me to their high elevation Foothills In The Sun Vineyard, with lovely thyme and sagebrush tones that mingle with suggestions of Hoisin sauce and wild blackberry. The palate has wonderful poise and a plush texture showing off ripe dark fruits and minerals — all leading to an exceedingly long and gratifying finish. Simply put, this wine is a steal at 25 dollars. Drink 2019-2025- 92" Washington Wine Blog
Porto Rocha 2013 LBV (late bottled vintage) Port
$9.99, $8.99 for Wine Club Members
Regular price is $19.99.
Politics, alive and well even in the wine world. An importer leaves one distributor for another and "Kaboom!", crazy blow out prices. Not fake news or alternative facts, just a great opportunity for you.
And who wants to live in a world where you can't enjoy a nice glass of Port six months out of the year? Sure it's warming up but a little sweetness at the end of the day is not a temperature sensitive pleasure.
This half bottle size makes a great choice for anyone worried about oxidization after opening. Because seriously, you are going to finish it sooner than later.
An extra amount of bottle aging has given this rich wine a rounded character. Black fruits, raisins and sultanas mingle with tannins that give shape to the richness of the Port. It could be aged further, but there is no need.
Late Bottled Vintage Port (LBV) is a type of vintage-character wine from a single year just like vintage Port, but it is left in barrels for several years before it is bottled. The increased exposure to oxygen, due to the porous nature of barrels, allows the wine to age faster than its Vintage counterpart. With a little less tannin and fruitiness, these wines are good approximations of ready-to-drink Vintage Port without too much sediment, and at a third of the price.
With all the craziness swirling around these days, Diane and I totally lost track of time and completely forgot that this past week was our 7th Anniversary! We have both been so busy pivoting our business concept we missed the date. Seven trips 'round the sun already! Diane and I want to thank you all for making this possible with your constant support. We understand that life is busy and you have many options.
We're darn proud to be the best and only exclusive wine shop in town. We promise to continue to bring you new and unusual experiences in the world of wine.
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