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3 Years in a row
Wine of the Week
Cabriz 2015 Colheita Selecionada Tinto
$8.99, $8.09 for Wine Club Members or by the case.
Did you drain all the reds from the cellar during the snows? Here is a perfect bottle for your restock 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.
Cabriz Dao Red 2015, a former Wine Spectator Top 100 and a back-to-back Wine Enthusiast Best Buy.
"This ripe and textured wine has tannins as well as bold red fruits. The wood aging shows in the spice and vanilla flavors that give the wine its firm richness."
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 and 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. The 2015 vintage is also a Wine Enthusiast Best Buy, making Quinta de Cabriz among the best known wineries in the region.
Walla Walla Vintners Tasting
with Assistant Winemaker Sam Boyle
Saturday, March 23rd. 2-4 pm. No fee tasting
"Walla Walla Vintners started in 1995 when pioneering winemakers, Gordy Venneri and Myles Anderson established the eighth winery in what would become one of Washington’s most celebrated appellations. Over the next two decades, we earned a reputation for our sustainably and traditionally crafted, elegant and ageworthy wines served in a beautifully rustic and friendly setting (on a picturesque plateau in the shadow of the Blue Mountains). In 2016, we were honored to be named “Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year” by Wine Press Northwest. And we began a new chapter a year later, when Myles and Gordy decided it was time to officially retire and welcomed the Haladay family as owners; continuing our tradition of being a family run winery."
We featured their Bello Rosso in last month's Northwest wine club.
This is an opportunity to taste a full line-up of what they have to offer. We are fortunate to have Sam Boyle, assistant winemaker and hometown boy, in the shop to pour and share his knowledge.
Jean-Luc Columbo 2016 Côtes du Rhône "Les Abeilles"
Rhône Valley, France
$13.99, $12.59 for Wine Club Members or by the case.
#4 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buys of 2018
"This buoyant red wine is marked by aromas of ripe blackberries, blueberries and anise. It's full bodied and plump but balanced by crisp acidity and a firm, tannic finish. An easy-drinking but classic Côtes du Rhône, it has just a hint of mineral intensity. Enjoy now–2021." "90 Points"
Innovation, passion and dedication are what drives Jean-Luc and Anne Colombo, whose contributions to Rhône Valley winemaking has remained unparalleled since 1984. Colombo’s innovative approach in the northern appellation of Cornas was nothing short of revolutionary; his expressive, character-driven wines have helped breath new life into this highly-prestigious and acclaimed appellation.
Living among the vines, the Colombo’s have adopted numerous sustainable and organic practices, including banning the use of any pesticides and encouraging the natural biodiversity of the land by planting trees around each plot and allowing wildflowers to bloom. Laure has begun the official certification process in 2012, to confirm the organic status of the Domaine.
Life-long beekeepers, they have dedicated their Côtes du Rhône wines, Les Abeilles (in French “The Bees”), to these precious animals who help pollinate their vineyards and fruit trees. As bee colonies have been declining globally at alarming rates, the Colombo’s have been committed to solving this problem with the development of the Bee Helpful Program, whereby a portion of each bottle sold of Les Abeilles goes to Entomology research.
Eric Texier 2015 Côtes du Rhône Brézème
Rhône Valley, France
$26.99, $24.29 for Wine Club Members or by the case.
"The medium-bodied 2015 Cotes du Rhone Brezeme had me flashing back to the complex-as-hell 1999 that originally put Texier (and Brézème) on the map. Crushed stone, herbal notes, blueberries, black olives and smoke all swirl together with roasted meat, then come to a firm, lingering finish."
"91 Points" The Wine Advocate #234 12/2017.
100% Syrah. Brézème is an historic Syrah growing area at the southernmost edge of the northern Rhône Valley, on the eastern side of the Rhône River in the Drôme, near the start of the Alps. It is a steep, south-facing hill rich in limestone and old vine terraces. Eric Texier owns some old Serine parcels, as well as some younger clonal Syrah plantings going back 30 to 40 years. For this Côtes-du-Rhône bottling, Texier uses only this younger, clonal Syrah. The fruit is organically farmed and harvested by hand. Whole clusters are fermented with native yeasts in concrete tank with a short one-week maceration. There is no punching down or other cap submersion (only a moistening of the cap with wine) in order to avoid overextraction. The wine is aged in concrete for 15 months and bottled without filtration and with a miniscule10 mg/liter of sulfur.
Generally pegged as part of the natural wine movement in France, Éric shrugs this and every other label off. He is an intellectual, a scientist, and a pragmatist with a clear-eyed, unapologetic take on his work: "My wines are not "nice" or "fun". I believe that they express where they come from and truly show a sense of regional identity. They are clear and precise. I don't give a damn what people are drinking at hipster wine bars in Paris or what a 1000-Euro bottle of Bordeaux tastes like. I'm very happy that people like my grandma and François Pouchoulin, the father of Brézème, like them."
First Day of Spring
We've got a bad case of Spring Fever! To celebrate these amazing first days of the season we are offering up Rose-of course! Put a bottle in the fridge before you get the first soil under your nails. You'll be glad you did when it comes time to put away the shovel and take up the wine key.
Juan Gil 2017 Rose
$8.99, $7.99 for Club Members
While supplies last.
Regular price $17.99!
This Rose from Spain is splashingly delicious! Notes of tart red plum, cherry and cranberry are evident on the nose. The well-integrated oak gives hints of nuts, toast and ripe creamy weight, apricot and peach fruit with an orange peel savory finish, making this a perfect choice with salmon.
All tastings have no fees!
New Arrivals Tasting
"Wine of the Week"
Walla Walla Vintners Tasting
with Assistant winemaker Sam Boyle
Saturday, March 23rd
City Limits Winery
by Morgan Lee Tasting
with Matthew McKinnon
Saturday, March 30th 2-4 pm.
Exploring The Rhone Valley
with William Woodruff of
Saturday, April 6th. 2-4 pm.
Lobo Hills Winery
Saturday, April 13th. 2-4 pm.