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4th year in a Row!
Wine of the Week
Cabriz 2016 Colheita Selecionada Tinto
$8.99, $8.09 for Wine Club Members or by the case.
Here is a perfect bottle to invigorate your wine stash at a crazy low price. The epicenter of value wines is Portugal, with more "Best Buy" distinctions than France, Spain, South America and even the United States.
This is third time we have highlighted this great value because it's just that good. Cabriz Dao Red 2016 is a former Wine Spectator Top 100 and a back-to-back-to back Wine Enthusiast Best Buy.
"Produced from organically grown grapes, the wine is a blend of Touriga Nacional and Aragonez. Rich tannins and spice shine strongly against the backdrop of warm blackberry fruits. The wine is dense and smoothly textured. Drink now."
The Wine Enthusiast, Best Buy
Quinta de Cabriz first hit our radar when their Dao red hit the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines for $9 a bottle. It became an instant hit. It was a simple blend of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro and Tinta Roriz fermented in stainless steel and aged six months in second-year French oak barrels.
TWO TASTING WEEK
Finca Torremilanos TASTING
Ribera del Duero Spain
FRIDAY, November 15th. 4-6 pm.
With special guest Vincent Lopez Albeniz
We welcome local Spanish importer, Basi Grueso, in house with Vincent Lopez Albeniz, Sehome graduate and son of the family, to show off these new arrivals.
Finca Torremilanos is the second oldest winery in Ribera del Duero, created in 1903 by Don Calixto Seijas Zorrilla, although many of the vines in the estate were planted much earlier. The winery stands just under 3,000 feet from the Duero river. The soils of this terrific estate are alluvial from the old river bed, filled with river rocks, sand, silt and quartzite.
The entire 470 acres of the estate are certified organically farmed and contain some of the oldest vines in Spain to still be producing grapes. The estate's youngest are Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo) vines at 30 years old with the oldest being about 90 years old. But the most impressive vines the estate has are of Viura (Macabeo) with around 180 years of age. Yes! They were planted in the 1830’s. The other white from the estate is Blanca del Pais (Tempranillo Blanco) which is around 80 years old. There is also some Garnacha, between 60 and 90 years old, and some Pinot Noir of 25 years old. Too bad they had to pull some approximately 130 year old vines of Garnacha back in the 1980’s.
When the owner of Torremilanos decided to send his sons abroad for high school, he picked... SEHOME HIGH SCHOOL in Bellingham. He wanted his sons to study in a place where it would be difficult for them to speak Spanish and where they'd be forced to learn English.
J. Wrigley Vineyards Tasting
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Meet the owner-Jody Wrigley
Saturday, November 16th 2-4 pm.
It's all about the family at J. Wrigley and we think they say it
quite nicely, so in their own words:
J Wrigley Vineyards is an estate vineyard located in the McMinnville AVA of Yamhill County Oregon. McMinnville is the home of the International Pinot Noir Festival, distinguishing Yamhill County as a contender in the global marketplace for award winning wines. We, the Wrigley Family, purchased 200 acres of prime vineyard land in 2006 and planted our first Pinot Noir, Riesling and Pinot Gris vines in October of 2008. In 2011, we added 2 acres of Chardonnay grapes to our varietals. It’s been a joy to share this process of land preparation, planting, tending to the vines and ultimately harvesting the grapes with our family, friends and wine lovers around the world!
In 2010 we rolled out our J Wrigley label with a 2009 “Mac” Cuvee and a 2010 Pinot Blanc. We hand selected grapes from within the McMinnville AVA and crafted wines that are distinctive to our Coastal foothills viticultural area. Our first estate vintage made its debut in 2011 with 250 cases produced. Today we are producing 2000 cases annually.
We are so grateful to all of those who have supported us since the beginning and who continue to journey with us. Our family and friends have played a very significant role in making J Wrigley Vineyards what it is today.
John, Jody, Jordan and John Hayes Wrigley
Please join us as we host Jody and sample her delicious wines.
It's all about the family at your place as well. That's why taking care of holiday wines early is such a good idea.
Paitin 2017 Barbera D' Alba
$16.99, $15.29 for Wine Club Members
This bottle was a top favorite at our recent Saturday tasting featuring the wines of Piedmont, Italy.
Paitin is one of the oldest wineries in Barbaresco, they consider 1796 their founding but their roots in the area date back even further.
Quite often customers enjoy how the wine represents place and authenticy at price they can't resist.
The nose of this wine drags you in right away, it’s dramatic, and just so much aromatics bursting out of the glass it is incredible. This 2017 vintage has really added an extra layer of rich fruit aromatics to most wines but Barbera seems to have benefited more than most varietals. On the palate the fruit explodes, but this is taut fruit, there’s a vibrancy in it, it isn’t fat and loose it’s a muscular fruit, rich, intense but whose texture is smooth and leaves a warm easy feeling on your tongue. Barbera’s natural acidity just holds this wine’s center together and allows the lushness to wrap around the core. I really love this wine; it shows the best that Barbera can be a tremendous cocktail wine but even better food accompaniment.
2018 UNLITRO Rosso
$19.99, $17.39 for Wine Club Members
Elisabetta Foradori has an exciting new project in the works in the Tuscany region. Elisabetta is regarded today as one of Italy's most important winemakers as well as a leading pioneer in the global natural wine movement. The shift to natrual winemaking and soil-focused viticulture came about as a result of her determination to revitalize Teroldego and the vineyards of Trentino. To quote: “A whole variety had to be rebuilt, viticultural practices had to be brought back to quality levels, the soil had to be enriched with life, the plants brought to an equilibrium,” she says, “I myself have changed with the variety, and I find myself to be a different person, watching and listening to the land and to nature in a different way.”
A blend of Grenache, Carignan and Alicante Bouschet from the Tuscan coast. Ampeleia was born in 2002 from the collaboration and friendship between Elisabetta Foradori, Thomas Widmann and Giovanni Podini. Unlitro comes from vineyards at an altitude of 650 to 980 feet above sea level in area where the climate marked by sea breezes and the vines are surrounded by chestnut woods. Aged for 6 months in cement, 'Unlitro' – one litre of Ampeleia – is a one-liter bottle expression of the freshness and vitality of the estate. Red-fruited and juicy, this is perfect for pizza night, pasta with tomato-based sauces or simply to sip on with bowl of olives and your favorite people.
Corta alla Flora 2014 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
$19.99, $17.39 for Wine Club Members
Long before people got hip to the breadth of Tuscan wine, Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano ruled wine lists in countless Spaghetti joints across America. With such a noble-sounding name, customers thought they were getting top-tier wine to go along with their baked ziti. Chances are some people even mistook Nobile as a description for high-end Montepulciano d'Abruzzo! When artisanal Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino made it into the mainstream, Vino Nobile was forced into near obscurity. Nevertheless, there's some wonderful Prugnolo Gentile (local Sangiovese) made less than 15 miles east of Montalcino.
This 2014 is a blend of Prugnolo Gentile (80%), Merlot (10%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) grown on 84 acres near the town of Cervognano. The wine is aged for nearly two years in Allier barriques and another year in bottle. Fuller-bodied, with bright floral aromas. The velvety palate shows raspberry, dried cherry, and blackberry structured by grainy tannins. Mint, vanilla, and plums on a spicy finish. A perfect match with Spaghetti Bolognese.
We're coming up on the final two weeks until the biggest meal of the year!
Keep an eye out for next week's email containing our annual
"Top Turkey Picks".
There are plenty of great choices already on the shelf should you be wanting to get an earlier start.
Holiday Week Hours
Sunday, 24th 12-5
Monday, 25th 10-6
Tuesday, 26th 10-6
Wednesday, 27th 10-6
All tastings have no fees!
Finca Torremilanos Tasting
Ribera del Duero, Spain
FRIDAY, November 15th
J. Wrigley Wines
Willamette Valley Oregon
Saturday, November 16th
American Northwest Imports
French Focus Tasting
FRIDAY, November 22nd
The Wonderful World of Beaujolais Tasting
Saturday, November 23rd
Celebrating Small Business Saturday with
Garzon Winery, Uruguay Tasting
with Mele Sosa
Saturday, November 30th