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Monthly Red
2014 Menhir Salento N Zero Negroamaro, Puglia

When people say that good wine has a sense of place they probably are imagining something like Menhir Salento. Not just a winery, Menhir Salento is an all-encompassing experience, including its own organic farm, store, and osteria (a neighborhood place that serves simple food and wine). The whole thing is owned by one family and all their labor is shared to create one beautiful final product, where the farm grows the grapes for the wine and the ingredients for the osteria. The result is more than a meal but an experience for the senses that is 100% Puglian. The N Zero Negroamaro shows deep colors and notes of boysenberries and blackberries, balanceds with sweet spices and smooth tannins, perfect with the local panino con la zampina.

Monthly White
2017 Barone Fini Pinot Grigio, Valdadige

The Bonmartini-Fini family started making wine in 1497 when the two noble Venetian families of Bonmartini and Fini united in marriage and began producing wine in Northeastern Italy. Today, the Bonmartini family, direct descendants of the Barone Finis, continue to own and manage this venerable property.  Located in the Valdadige - the valley of the Adige river that runs from the Alps in the North down to the Mediterranean Sea in the South - the vines are bathed in cool mountain air but balanced by the sea’s warming influence. The grapes are hand-harvested to maintain the highest level of quality in the final product. The wine is both crisp and round, showing notes of lemon, honeydew melon, apples, and white flowers. Easy-drinking but with remarkable depth, and certainly not your average Pinot Grigio.

Featured Red Wines

2015 Chime Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Chime is constantly focused on providing their consumers with exceptional wines at very reasonable prices. Instead of owning their own vineyards they source fruit from all over California, which means that with each vintage you may have a completely different wine, sometimes all from one vineyard, sometimes and blend of many different locations. What you may lose in consistency from year-to-year you gain in overall quality and value. The 2015 vintage shows bright, spicy oak flavors from the first cedar-laced whiff to the well-structured texture and lingering finish, backed by notes of red fruits and mocha. While not too full-bodied, it does have firm, grippy tannins—a rare thing for a wine this reasonably priced. Enjoy either with bold flavored foods, chocolate, or simply on its own.

2016 Louis Bernard, Côtes du Rhône

Maison Louis Bernard, today headquartered in Gigondas, was founded in 1976 in the heart of the Southern Rhône Valley. From Châteauneuf-du-Pape to Gigondas and estate-grown Côtes du Rhône from select Domaine partners, the winery offers a well-defined house style: fruity and concentrated, supple and well-rounded. Louis Bernard has earned its reputation for quality and consistency through close partnership with long-term growers that work with the winemakers to deliver premium fruit year after year. The Côtes du Rhône is predominantly made from Grenache with some Syrah added, and is cherry red in color with an expressive nose of stewed cherry, blackberries, flowers. The finish shows more baking spices, vanilla, lavender and thyme. Full-bodied but freshly balanced.

2015 Prazo de Roriz, Douro

The Prats & Symington partnership stems from a long standing relationship of two great wine production families.  Prats was most well know for owning the 2nd growth Bordeaux property Cos d’Estournel.  The Symington family has roots in England, but have spent many years cultivating top quality wines in the Douro Valley. With increasing popularity of the dry Duoro wines, this Prazo de Roriz has become increasingly more popular among international wine drinkers.  The fruit is sourced from two vineyard sites; Quintas de Roriz and Quinta da Perdiz. The blend of 33% Touriga Franca, 27% Touriga Nacional, 27% Tinta Barroca, and 7% Tinta Roriz, and 6% Tinta Amarela, which then spends time aging in a combination of stainless steel and  French Oak 400 liter barrels.   The wine that is dense, powerful, rich, and polished.

2015 Laroche La Chevalière Pinot Noir, Vin de Pays d’Oc

Domaine Laroche is commonly associated with the region of Chablis and its production of outstanding Chardonnay from some of the greatest vineyards in the appellation.  Since the late 1960’s, 5th generation winemaker Michel Laroche has been dedicated to developing wineries in regions with great opportunities for making world class wines.  The Mas la Chevaliere estate is located in the Languedoc region, attributed with making this outstanding Pinot Noir.  We found this wine offered a similar fruit profile to the ripe vintages of good Bourgogne rouge at a fraction of the price.  Smooth and supple with round flavors of ripe cherry, red raspberry, and wild red plum.  A hint of herb and spice accent the pretty fruit profile and add the perfect amount of character to the wine.

2012 Casanuova Delle Cerbaie ‘Rivale’ Rosso di Toscana

Casanuova delle Cerbaie is a fairly young winery compared to many of its neighbors, being founded in the early 80s. This, however, doesn’t mean that the wines they produce are any less serious. Located just below the village of Montalcino in the northern sector of the region, the vineyards of Casanuova delle Cerbaie are located from 250 to 350 meters above sea level. Their exposure mainly south-west allows them to receive the best sunlight throughout the day, away from both the cold winds of the north and hot winds as the sirocco. Although Casanuova delle Cerbaie is mainly known for their Brunello, they are able to declassify some amazing fruit for their IGT Rosso Toscana which provides an amazing quality and depth in character, brimming with notes of tobacco, cherry, red currants, and rose petals.

2011 Remelluri Rioja Reserva

In the village of Labastida, at the base of the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range is the Remelluri estate.  The Rodriguez family, with Telmo as the winemaker, leads the charge in the pursuit of defining the “new” Rioja.  This is a very old wine region with many traditional laws associated with ageing their wines.  The Remelluri estate pays respect to the traditions of the region, while focusing on the true terroir and identity of the vineyards and soil types in order to distinguish their wines.  This 2011 Reserva is aged for a minimum of three years with a year in 225 liter barrels by law and shows amazing freshness, depth, and layered flavors.  The wine is a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha grapes that are planted on calcareous clay soils and farmed organically.  Spiced red fruits, dust, dried herbs, and bright acidity brilliantly balance the nose and palate with a long, dramatic finish.

Featured White Wines

2017 Fuente Milano Verdejo-Viura, Rueda

The Escudero family and patriarch Pedro in particular are recognized as being some of the very best grape growers in all of Rueda. They have only been bottling wine since 2002, though they had been growing and selling grapes for many years prior. The family owns a vineyard planted with 32 hectares of Verdejo and 2 hectares of Viura. The name of the vineyard is “Fuente Elvira” and the soil, which consists of gravel and sand over a red clay subsoil, has some of the most highly regarded soils in the Rueda district. They farm all of their plots with organic practices. Lively and sharply focused, offering bracing citrus, floral and mineral flavors and a late touch of salinity. Finishes brisk and dry, with lingering notes of citrus pith and white pepper.

2016 Château Cantelaudette, Graves de Vayres

In 1984, Jean-Michel Chatelier and his wife, Laurence, fell in love with his family’s rundown, abandoned Château Cantelaudette and its old, out of shape vineyards. From a young age, Jean-Michel was surrounded by the winemaking business and understood its inner workings, but decided to go to school and earn a master’s degree in economic science. At age 30, and freshly married, the pull of the family history (and Laurence!) brought him back to his roots. Gradually, they brought the magic of the French countryside château and its vineyards back to life and have made the château and vineyards their life’s work. Their blanc is a classic blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, showing bright citrus fruits with a little bit of hay and minerality on the finish.

2016 FUSO21 Le Marche Verdicchio di Matelica DOC 'Le Salse', Marche

The wine is made by Cantine Belisario, a high-quality co-op in Matelica. The vineyards are on top of a Jurassic-period raised sea bed, near saltwater springs called le salse (from sale / salt.) The high altitude of the raised valley (450 meters), its north-south orientation, and the distance inland from the sea combine to block off the tempering coastal influence and result in large day / night temperature differences.  Racy and mineral driven, with body and rounded flavors of tangerine and green apple. This is the kind of wine commonly consumed in large quantities at the local trattoria in the Marche region. Designed to be easily enjoyable while not breaking the bank. A thirst-quenching, easy-going, and versatile white wine perfect for seafood but good with most light dishes.

2013 Molino Real Mountain Blanco, Málaga

When Telmo Rodriguez left Remelluri to start his own company, he and his partner Pablo Eguzkiza were looking around Spain for new projects. They spent time reading old books, rediscovering where and how the famed wines of older times were made. In the course of their research, they came across the "mountain wines" of Málaga. Less famous than Sherry, the wines of Málaga were at a disadvantage, commercially speaking, from their Andalucian neighbors: the wines were made in a rugged, mountainous inland area, instead of a major port. As such, the wines faded into obscurity, but Telmo and Pablo were determined to recover the glory of Málaga wines. Although Molino Real predominantly makes the traditionally sweet wine of the area, the Mountain Blanco is their dry Moscatel, bursting with aromas of orange blossoms and citric overtones.

2016 Francois Chidaine Les Chenin d'Ailleurs, Vin de France

After finishing viticultural school in the mid-1980s, François went to work alongside his father, Yves, who had only four hectares of rented vineyard land in the Touraine. When Yves retired in 1989, he passed the torch to François. Early on, François developed clever contracts with the owners of the vineyards he worked, allowing him to buy a significant amount of vineyards throughout the Loire Valley. The Biodynamic grapes for this 100% Chenin Blanc come from Limoux, a region better known for its sparkling wines. After harvest the grapes are trucked back to his winery in Montlouis-sur-Loire where they undergo the same fermentation process as the rest of his wines. The result is a wine full of white peaches, yellow plum, flowers and pears, backed by fresh acidity and a chalky texture on the finish.

2015 Remoissenet Bourgogne Blanc, Burgundy

The name Remoissenet for serious collectors stands for refined, classic Burgundy wines. A leading light in Beaune for generations, the estate today—with new management and fresh talent in the cellar—is now more than ever the definitive source for the best Burgundy has to offer. Yet what is the most striking about the wines from this leading négociant estate is their unforgettable texture: with Remoissenet, it’s all about the finish. Their Bourgogne Blanc strikes a beautiful balance, using declassified grapes from Chablis for crisp minerality and grapes from Puligny-Montrachet for fruitiness and depth. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in old barrels, the wine has aromas of crisp pear, lemon zest and minerals.  Fresh and lively, with a silky texture; flavors of lime zest, white tree fruit.