Coming to you live from a basement on "G" Street, it's local favorites, Donatas and Lotte Freeman, consistently topping the lists with their stellar wines. Five minutes away and most likely delivered by bicycle. I love this town!
This Cab has all the elements to make dear old dad super happy. The quantity is TINY because 100 years ago there were no McMansion style basements being dug in the Letter Streets. A grand total of only 2 barrels equaling 106 cases, were produced. The Freemans were a little concerned about how quickly it might go, but I'd still have that concern if they'd been able to double that amount.
All packed up and ready to cross over the pass.
This Cabernet is all sourced from Riverbend Vineyard on the Whaluke Slope. Such a warm vineyard presents a wine that is big and bold. Out of the gate you get a mix of cassis, blackberries, red plums and a touch of mint wrapped in a vale of toasty vanilla oak. It pushes the boundaries with the oak but the immense fruit carries it well. It has the presence of a Lincoln Continental--big, bold, and extravagant. The palate weight is full-bodied and the tannins have a presence without being too aggressive to enjoy now. We really love a wine that is just as perfect today as after a 5 year lay down.
First Father's Day? When diapers and super cute onesies are the newest category in the family budget this price makes it a little easier to celebrate Papa. So buy two and let him enjoy a well deserved bottle this year. The next could be held for 5 years when Little Bundle of Joy is entering kindergarten. Take lots of notes with this first one and put them with the second bottle in storage because nothing is a more efficient brain drain than a newbie in the house. (Hey! You're all newbies!)
STAFF PICKS FOR FATHER'S DAY
Why try to figure out what Dear Old Dad needs? He's already taken care of that by now. A delicious consumable? Different story. Restocking the coffers is always appreciated and even necessary. And he's going to be very impressed by the great wine choice you personally made for him.
Notes by Sam Fox
JB Neufeld 201 Yakima Red Yakima, Washington
$19.99, $17.99 for Wine Club Members
JB Neufeld is the personal project of Justin Neufeld, who is the lead winemaker and vineyard manager for Yakima Valley’s Gilbert Cellars. He operates on the belief that Cabernet is one of the best varieties for communicating where and how the grape is grown without much intervention from the winemaker. Because of his minimal intervention approach, his wines are able to authentically and elegantly express Cabernet of the Yakima Valley.
The 2019 Red Wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. The fruit was hand harvested, aged for 17 months in 32% new French oak, and the wine unfined and unfiltered. Only 395 cases were produced, making this a special opportunity to get a gorgeous Yakima red at a value price.
Maloney Single Vineyard Cabernet Project
4 Bottle Gift Pack
$139.99, $125.99 for Wine Club Members
A perfect gift for a true lover of Washington Cab (Hi Dad!). Winemaker Josh Maloney works within a very specific framework: One vineyard, One Variety, One Vintage. He works within this framework because he feels that even more beautiful than the traditional model of continuity and replication from wineries, is the knowledge that any given wine is singular and will live only in memory after the last bottle is consumed. Each year Josh Maloney contracts one acre of Cabernet Sauvignon from a grower and vineyard he respects. He then tailors the winemaking to accentuate the terroir of that site, and then never repeats that vineyard again.
Col D’Orcia, which literally means the hill overlooking the Orcia River, is one of the original estates of Montalcino and now the largest certified organic estate in Tuscany. Col d’Orcia is a leader in Brunello di Montalcino, helping to define and promote one of Italy’s most prestigious wine regions. The winery and vineyards are located in the southwest of Montalcino. All 375 acres of vines are certified organic and biodynamic within a larger farm encompassing 1,285 acres, where the estate tends olive groves, raises vegetables and grazes livestock to create the biodiversity which they believe is essential. Proudly defined as an ‘organic island,’ Col d’Orcia is committed to maintaining the natural environment in which it operates.
The 2016 vintage for Brunello is being hailed as a classic and getting a lot of attention by the press and collectors alike.
"Dusty earth gives way to dried roses, incense, hints of cedar, sage, currants and black cherries in a display that makes the 2016 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino a very special experience. It’s nuanced and perfumed from start to finish, boasting silky textures contrasted by tart berries and minerals, but with sweet tannins that frame the expression perfectly. Its inner sweetness is balanced by bright acids, creating an almost-juicy sensation, right up until the moment you realize that your palate is aching with youthful tension. There’s so much going on and much more to come, making me wonder what the Poggio al Vento might offer in the 2016 vintage. For now, that doesn’t even matter, because the 2015 Col d'Orcia impresses on nearly every level."
"95 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.
Notes by Hannah Green
CVNE Gran Reserva 2013 Gift Pack 2 Bottles
$79.99, $71.99 for Wine Club Members
Dad wants a home-cooked meal for Father’s Day. This Rioja is an excellent accompaniment for a tapas platter (Manchego is particularly good with this wine) or a tender, well-marbled steak. The set includes two bottles of Rioja and a decanter in a beautifully packaged box with a rope handle, ready for travel. Decant one of the Rioja bottles while you enjoy that Manchego, then serve with dinner. Dad will still have another great bottle to savor later.
“Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Highly perfumed red fruit, potpourri, pipe tobacco, vanilla and coconut aromas, along with hints of star anise, cola and woodsmoke. Offers intense redcurrant, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that deepen steadily with air while maintaining vivacity. Finishes very long, smooth and appealingly sweet, showing excellent definition, sneaky tannins and a late jolt of smoky minerality.” -Vinous, 92 points
85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo
I’ve included a recipe, but we know how to cook a steak. Salt generously; sear over shimmeringly high heat; baste with butter. Let rest, and pour a glass of wine.
Washington’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard sites provide the fruit for Mark Ryan’s Dead Horse. The first vintage of this wine was sourced from Ciel du Cheval, which loosely translates to Horse Heaven. Mark Ryan took inspiration from the source to name this Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, the foundation of the blend comes from their custom plantings at Quintessence; these vineyard blocks produce exceptional fruit with incredibly purity, intensity, and depth. Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun vineyards round out the composition, lending additional layers of complexity and nuance.
“Deep ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of blueberry, boysenberry, blackberry and licorice lifted by a violet topnote. At once fine-grained and tightly wound, offering lovely definition and energy to its dense, primary flavors of black and purple fruits, minerals, bitter chocolate and violet. Very firmly built and backward but not hard even today. Finishes with a firm spine of tooth-dusting tannins and rising floral length. Still some oak to be absorbed. Lay this down for at least a couple years. Less minty and herbal than the very good 2017 version, but the tannins will require patience.” -Stephen Tanzer, 91+ points
Celebrating 20 vintages 1998-2018.
Now Open for Limited In-Store Shopping
We are happy to announce that we are now open for LIMITED in-store shopping.
Our staff has been fully vaccinated. We will continue with tight COVID protocol and strictly enforce only 4 customers at a time in the shop. Properly wearing masks and respecting everyone's personal 6' bubble is an absolute. We look forward to welcoming you back.
We do still want to highly encourage you to use our web site and continue curb side pick up. We feel that this is the safest means to shop with us. We are going to continue with our drive through curb side pick up and door service.
Many of you have also asked about the return of our weekly tastings, as this time we are not comfortable with this element. As much as we enjoy bringing amazing personalities from around the globe to meet you and share their story and wine it just isn't feasible with the size of our shop.
Tuesday-Saturday 10-6 pm.
Serving Bellingham fine wine since 2013.
19 Prospect Street Bellingham
Limited In-Store Shopping / Door Service / Store pick up / Curb side