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Monthly Red
2015 El Cayado Mencia, Bierzo

Adegas Galegas makes wines from three World-Class D.O.’s: Rías Baixas, Monterrei and Bierzo. In this area it is common to see pilgrims travelling through the Mencia vineyards on The Way of St. James, often carrying “El Cayado” or traditional pilgrim walking sticks.  The wine is made from 100% Mencia and shows predominantly the red-fruit flavors of cherries and strawberries, with notes of flowers and minerals on the back end. Light and refreshing, but with a surprising amount of nuance and depth. This is thanks in part to the brownish-grey slate in Bierzo that allows the Mencía grape to reach its maximum expression in such a mild climate. Great for pairing with tomato-based dishes but also as a fun alternative to Pinot Noir.

Monthly White
2015 Merf Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

MERF stands for something, actually someone: David "Merf" Merfeld. Merf began his career as a brewer, making his way from an Iowa farm to the Pacific Northwest during the original craft beer boom of the 1990s. Since then, he has extended his passion for fermentation from brewing to winemaking, and has earned a reputation as an acclaimed Washington winemaker. 2015 was the warmest growing season in Washington State history, resulting in well ripened grapes that produced loads of fruit flavors. For fermentation, a specific type of yeast was chosen to accentuate these flavors of tropical fruits and ripe apples. 75% of the wine was then aged for 9 months in oak barrels to add richness and buttery qualities, while the other 25% was left in stainless steel to preserve the crisp fruit flavors. What is left is a 100% easy drinking Chardonnay.

Featured Red Wines

2014 Haras de Pirque Carménère, Maipo

Eduardo Matte has a passion for both breeding thoroughbred horses and producing fine wine.  The horseshoe shaped winery that he built in the Maipo Valley of Chile reflects the testimony to this passion.  Situated just south of Santiago and tucked in the foothills of the Andes, the Haras de Pirque winery has the natural resources for producing world-class wines.  The gravel and loam based soils are ideal for growing and producing Bordeaux varieties, including the little known and locally celebrated Carménère. For many years it was mistaken for the Merlot grape but now it’s known to be one of the other Bordeaux grapes and particularly well suited for Chile’s climate. The wine shows savory berry aromas and hints of black olives, smoked meats, green tobacco, and black pepper, with a finish of mint dark chocolate. Bold and beautiful.

2016 Dante Pinot Noir, California

Michael Pozzan Winery is owned and operated by Michael and Mary Ann Pozzan, who make wine under four different names including Dante. Michael was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but spent his summer months with his grandparents on their 35 acre vineyard estate in Sonoma County. Michael’s grandfather purchased the land in the town of Healdsburg after WWII and planted Zinfandel grapes which he sold to local wineries. He always made sure that he retained a portion of the grapes to make his own wine. The 2016 Dante Pinot Noir has a brightly perfumed nose with aromas of fresh strawberries, red plum, and candied cherry, with a light cinnamon spiciness. In the mouth, the wine is soft and pliable, with flavors of strawberry cobbler and fresh vanilla bean.

2016 Château Les Granges, Bordeaux

Château des Granges is located on the Entre-Deux-Mers plateau on the Dordogne River side and has gravelly clay soil typical to this area. In 1912 Alfred Faucher bought the property which was eventually inherited by his granddaughter Aline Faucher and her husband Daniel Dumas. But they didn’t simply stumble into the wine business though inheritance, rather they both work as oenologists at the University of Bordeaux, with their ultimate goal being to make wines of high quality at a reasonable cost. The red is made predominantly from Merlot and shows notes of brambly raspberries, black cherries, spices, and a little smokey bacon with a refreshing dry finish.  Medium body, with plenty of complexity and richness to match a grilled rack of lamb or a braised beef stew.

2015 Château Haut-Blanville Helios, Languedoc

When Béatrice & Bernard Nivollet left their home in Paris and headed to Languedoc in 1997 they had a mission: to raise the reputation of the region by focusing on terroir driven parcels of vines. Languedoc is considered the workhorse of French wine region and few producers here are able to make wine that rivals the more reputable regions of France. It’s with this reputation that the Nivollets set out to change the narrative.  Over the years they have proven themselves fairly successful, producing a wide range of exceptional wines, many of which are highly sought after. These wines are affordable and need little to no aging before being released. The Helios rouge is a blend of Syrah and Grenache, loaded with fresh fruit flavors, spice, and subtle gravel notes.

2016 Finca Torremilanos Roble, Ribera del Duero

Finca Torremilanos began over a hundred years ago but was little more than an old castle where sheep would graze and average wine was made, that is until the Peñalba family bought the property in 1975. They quickly increased the property size and quality of wine being produced. Then in 2000 the eldest son, Richardo, took over the estate and began converting the vineyards to organic and finally biodynamic, something especially uncommon in Ribera del Duero at the time. The Montecastrillo wine is 100% Tempranillo, 80% of which is aged in stainless-steel and 20% in oak barrels. The wine is deep and vibrant, exuding earth, fresh flowers, and intensity, fantastically balanced between its acidity and smooth tannins. Dark fruits, herbal, and minerality all blend and lead to a long stunning finish.

2016 Señorío Peciña Cosecha, Rioja

Bodegas Hermanos Peciña S.L. was founded in 1992 by Pedro Peciña Crespo in a small winery in the center of San Vicente de la Sonsierra. The area was mostly known for producing simple, fresh wines called “cosechero”. However in 1997 the firm began a new phase, with the inauguration of the massive bodega with enough cellar space to start aging wines to reach the levels of Crianzas, Reservas, Gran Reservas. Although Pedro has had an eye towards making traditionally long-aged wines, he still understands the need for young fresh wines to be drank in the meantime. His Cosecha comes from his youngest Tempranillo vines. The grapes are macerated for 3-4 days before being fermented and aged in stainless steel and released shortly thereafter. The flavors are as bright and fresh as you’d expect, full of plums and blackberries with a touch of balsamic on the finish.

Featured White Wines

2016 Evolucio Furmint, Hungary

There is limited popularity of Hungarian wines due to a lack of general education of these wines. The sweet wines of Tokaji have certainly put this country on the map in the world of fine wine. The rich, sweet, tangy style of Tokaji wines challenge any great sweet wine- producing region, however it has been just recently that the dry style wines have emerged into the world market of wine. Furmint is an exotic, high acid variety with peachy, floral tones, and a rich texture. The Evolúció Furmint is completely dry, with concentrated apple, peach, and pear flavors and a long mineral finish. The wine is explosive on the palate, crisp and refreshing. The name is taken from the word “froment” for the wheat- gold color of the wine it produces.

2017 Cabert, Pinot Grigio, Friuli Grave

While standing in the Cabert Pinot Grigio vineyards within Italy’s Grave region one can look directly north and see the majestic Dolomites and perhaps establish a greater understanding of the influence the mountains have on the vineyards.  They provide the benefit of the rainshadow effect that protects the vineyards from the elements and also contributes to a dry environment.  Additionally, the cold air that descends from the hills in the evening cools the grapes and elevates the acidity for a wine that is racy and bright.  This 2016 Cabert is an outstanding Pinot Grigio and seems to offer more fruit richness with less bitterness than most in this category.  Often Pinot Grigio will show a slight bitter almond note on the finish, but this wine is round and pure with a clean, supple finish.

2018 Pie de Palo Viognier, Mendoza

Pie de Palo is situated 20 km south of Mendoza City in the Cruz de Piedra district. The climate here is dry with limited rainfall, moderate temperatures, breezes and water for irrigation from the Andes, and plenty of sunshine. Generally, vines are very happy here and produce clean, beautiful fruit. The Pie de Palo Viognier is produced using only stainless steel, with a goal of offering a wine that features balanced fruit flavors and no oak influence. The Pie de Palo is loaded with ripe peaches, cantaloupe melon, and golden apple along with a hint of dry sage and honey.  The texture is round and smooth with medium body and a long, lingering finish combining fresh fruit and floral tones.  This wine pairs beautifully with Mediterranean cuisine and dishes that require bold flavors without the interruption of oak influence.

2017 Marc Plouzeau Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine

Thanks to the will of two generations, the Château de la Bonnelière regained its nobility and its original vocation, vineyards and wine. In 1976, Pierre Plouzeau bought the family property, renovated the castle and replanted the vineyards. In 1989, a modern winery was born as well as a wine "Chinon Château de la Bonnelière." His son, Marc, took over the domain in 1999, continuing to develop, going fully organic and perfecting the cellar.  This Touraine Sauvignon Blanc comes from 30 year old vines grown on a combination of gravel and clay soils.  The bright citrus notes give way to rounded flavors of peaches and melons before finishing with a dry, minerally finish.  Finally, there is a touch of fresh cut green herbs and white flowers that provide depth on the nose and palate.

2017 Domaine de la Damase Picpoul, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse

The Latour family has been making wine at Domaine de la Damase since 1872 when the estate was purchased. Sébastien Latour works the vineyards and makes wine with his parents Bernadette and Serge. Domaine de la Damase is small (12 ha of vines), organically farmed and has been in conversion to biodynamic viticulture since 2011. Interestingly, Sébastien did a one-year internship with Kenny Likitprakong of Hobo Wine Company in Sonoma County, which helped to establish the Damase winery in the US. Sébastien’s newest wine is the organically farmed “Picpoul de Violes.” The wine is light, fresh, and way too easy drinking. Sourced from one small vineyard in the Vin de Pays de Vaucluse region close to the village of Violes where Sébastien and his family live and make wine. Fermented and briefly aged in stainless steel.

2016 Trimbach Pinot Blanc, Alsace

The 2016 Pinot Blanc was particularly tasty coming from almost 80% Auxerrois. In Alsace “Pinot Blanc” can contain Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Auxerrois. The Auxerrois actually adds to the body of this dynamic blend of grapes. The Trimbach house style is typically dry, so this is a great example of a bone dry wine that maintains extract and oily weight on the palate. The white pepper spice and sage accent the pure yellow tree fruit richness of this deliciously balanced and nuanced 2016 vintage. Exotic tones of chamomile and saffron add character and spice to the concentrated fruit flavors.  These wines can be enjoyed immediately with a variety of foods, but are sure to reward patient collectors with plenty to be happy about in the future!