What were you doing in 2009? That's the thing about enjoying a wine with age. It let's you go back in your own personal time machine. Here's your chance to experience 2009 all over again. This time it's a little more subtle and balanced, not so fruit forward, a couple pounds lighter but drinking exceptionally well for it's age.
We featured this exact wine back in August of 2020 and it sold out in a flash. Once we heard the winery was releasing another tranche we immediately asked for a sample to check into the livelihood. We were truly blown away by this wine over the 3 days we had it opened. If tasted blind we would have pegged it as an upper $20 Bordeaux.
We only have 10 cases of this wine so don't dillydally if you're interested.
"Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a percentage of Syrah. The Cabernet is clearly dominant here, with aromas of graphite and cedar rising above wild flower and toasted spice. Black fruit and lusciously ripe plums ride across the deep tannins that smoothly fold into smokey elements. Vanilla and pomegranate come forward in the finish which jumps into a slam dunk of tannin." "91 Points". James Suckling
Some wine gets a little tired after 11 years in the bottle. We trust our distributor and so gave this one a try. We're happy to report that this bottle is still wide awake and ready to party. This is a great example of a wine with bottle age on it that's certified organic. In today's world of sub $20 wines it's rare to see an offering with this much age still showing well.
It's a tasty, interesting experience with little cost to you.
Erasmo is a dry farmed, certified organic estate in Maule Valley of Chile owned and operated by the Cinzano Family and the wines the family produce are stunning values and it shows in the bottle! The Cinzano family are the also the owners and operators of the iconic Brunello Estate, Col D’Orcia, and their style of powerful elegance translates perfectly to the high elevation valleys of South America.
In 1995, Count Francesco Marone Cinzano, owner of the eminent Col d’Orcia estate in Montalcino, visited the Maule Valley in Chile on a trip to the Conquistadores Trail. He fell in love with the land – an area he felt exhibited a true “Harmony of Nature”. Count Cinzano and long time consultant Maurizio Castelli settled on the area of “Riserva di Caliboro” in the Maule Valley to establish Erasmo. The decision to farm organically was paramount from the beginning. In fact, the Caliboro area was chosen because of the allowance of dry farming.
Notes by Sam Fox
Andrew Rich Glacial GSM 2016
Willamette Valley, Oregon
$24.99, $22.49 for Wine Club Members
After editing the wine column of a national magazine based out of New York City, Andrew Rich decided it was time to pack his bags and head to Burgundy to study winemaking and viticulture. Once he finished school in Burgundy, he moved to Bonny Doon Vineyards in California where he spent six years honing his craft of winemaking. In 1994, he headed Oregon with the vision of making Rhône-style wines in the Willamette Valley from Columbia Valley grapes. Turns out he was a little ahead of the curve: it wasn't until 2000 – when Syrah, Roussanne, Grenache, and Mourvèdre grapes became available to him – that he was finally able to realize that vision. Since then he has been crafting elegant, balanced and delicious Rhone style wines in the Willamette Valley.
The 2016 Andrew Rich Glacial has had plenty of time to develop. It is lush and structured, coming in at 60% Syrah, 24% Mourvedre and 16% Grenache. This wine is being sold by the winery for $45, we are happy to be able to offer it at $24.99.
“Good dark red-ruby. Slightly inky aromas of blackberry, licorice and menthol, with a note of olive tapenade emerging with air. Suave and fine-grained on entry, then a smooth midweight in the middle palate, showing a hint of peppery lift to its black fruit flavors. Not a particularly fleshy wine, this shows a slightly medicinal quality, restrained sweetness and good vinosity. Finishes with sneaky length, pepper and olive tapenade notes, and firm, dusty tannins that avoid dryness. This moderately ripe but lively wine should evolve gracefully.” 91 Points. Stephen Tanzer. Vinous.
Domaine Aleofane Natacha Chave 2019
Crozes-Hermitage-Rhone Valley, France
$29.99, $26.99 for Wine Club Members
Aléofane translates to “gem of truth”, which is exactly what this wine represents. It is an authentic expression of winemaker Natacha Chave’s plot of land in the Crozes-Hermitage. Natacha Chave hails from a family with a rich and celebrated history of wine making. In 2000, her brother Yann Chave took over their father, (Bernard Chave’s) domaine, a renowned vineyard created in 1970 on the Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage appellations. Instead of joining her brother at the family Domaine, Natacha purchased small plots in Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. It’s a manual labour of love, all her vineyard work is done by hand and everything is organic, with sulphur use kept to a minimum and only using indigenous yeast. The wines are bottled with no fining or filtration, and when combating problems in the vineyard, she prepares her own holistic treatments from spices, oils, and plants.
The Aleofane Crozes-Hermitage is made from 50-year-old organically farmed vines located in the Chassis plain. The wine develops beautifully in the glass over the hours and days (if you can restrain yourself). It is silky and complex, with its blackberry and plum fruit complemented by notes of violet, anis, mocha and graphite. A truly authentic and enchanting expression of Northern Rhone 100% Syrah.
“Our immediate will is the respect of nature, soils, grapes and is to be as little as interventionist as possible both in grape growing and in winemaking process.” - Natacha Chave
Notes by Hannah Green
Mary Taylor Wines
The Mary Taylor labels all emphasize appellation and producer in clear, clean fonts, without decoration or evident marketing.
We've been thrilled to have Mary Taylor wines in the shop. The quality of the small-production wines combined with the incredible value make these some of our go-tos for a great dinner table wine. Eric Asimov of the NYTimes agrees.
Jean Marc Barthez Bordeaux Rouge 2016
$13.99, $12.59 for Wine Club Members
Small independent estates line the banks of the Garonne and the Dordogne rivers of Bordeaux. This is the Bordeaux to which winemaker Jean Marc Barthez belongs. The archetypal “dirt-under-the-fingernails” grower, he serves as the president of a small co-operative winery in Monségur, an ancient village founded by Eleanor of Aquitaine in the 13th century. There, he oversees a handful of growers who cultivate small family vineyards.
Grown in vineyards that surround the cooperative, this easy-drinking yet elegant Bordeaux perfectly embodies the region’s rural soul. A signature blend of 50% Merlot with equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, it possesses much of the dark-fruited complexity that made the region famous in the first place, but rendered in a brighter, more refreshing frame. This amazing “quaffability” is highlighted by the absence of oak during the aging process, which allows a bursting acidity and graphite minerality to shine through on the palate.
Best known for its famous pyramid-shaped goat cheese, the Valençay area of France’s Loire valley also produces an equally singular (if much lesser known) array of wines. What they lack in name recognition, however, they more than make up for in terms of sheer deliciousness and everyday charm. This bottle is one of the hidden values of the world of wine discovered along the road less traveled, far from the common crowd.
Originally founded in 1960, the Jourdain estate has been run since 1990 by Sophie Siadou and her partner, Francis Jourdain. Although the winery functions as a family affair, it was Sophie’s unique vision that informed this specific bottling, to which she has lent her name. Reflecting her holistic approach to the ecosystem of the vineyard and her careful attention to the nuances of her terroir, this wine was allowed to ferment naturally, using only the indigenous yeasts present in the surrounding environment.
The flinty soils of the appellation are known for giving their wines a finesse, perhaps even a chalkiness. This cuvée is known as 'Les Griottes' or ‘the cherries’ as its gentle flavor and character has notes of red fruits (cherry, blackcurrant), with a hint of spices in the finish. Expressing all the lightness and elegance of its high percentage of Pinot Noir, plus a wonderful floral quality, it also reveals its leaner, more structured Malbec side, expressed through a sturdy wash of tannins that balance its succulent flavors of raspberries, blackcurrant, and spice.
35% Gamay, 35% Côt (Malbec), 30% Pinot Noir
Pair either of these wines with roasted red pepper, lentil, and goat cheese salad, or serve the lentils and peppers on the side of this goat cheese stuffed whole roasted chicken.
At Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants we offer up five (soon to be 6) different monthly wine clubs with five different interests to consider.
Membership includes the exclusive 10% discount in the shop and the opportunity to receive Club Member Only special offers. As a member, you will receive two bottles of hand picked wines each month. The wines selected will be discounted by 10% off regular retail. 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 of each month.
Wine club memberships are the perfect gift, whether for a friend, family member, business associate or why not for yourself. When gift giving, you may choose from three time frames: 3 month, 6 month and 1 year.
World Tour Club $29
Northwest Corner Club $49
Natural Club $49
Sake Club $35-1 bottle
Grand Cru Club $99
Prices listed are per month.
**** NEW Club Coming in December ***
BUBBLES/CHAMPAGNE $99 - 2 bottles.
Just contact us directly to set up. 360-393-3271.
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