Wine of the Month   ||   June 2017

 

REDS

Altocedro Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
15.00

Big, jammy, over-the-top Cab with mulchy aromas of coffee grinds and ripe berry fruits. 
La Consulta, ARG

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Beaumes-de-Venise Domaine de Durban 2015
15.00

Sustainably farmed vineyard, let this one open up for an hour. Dark and dense color, tart black cherry, medium body, nose of earthy truffle, BBQ, cooked dark fruit, light acidity. 
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre | Southern Rhône, FRA

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Callaghan Buena Suerte Blend (2014)
15.54

One of the great Arizona blends, red currants, spice, medium bodied and average acidity with unique complex tannins that emerge quickly and linger respectfully.  2014 vintage just released from the winery.
44 Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 Petit Verdot, 19 Tanat, 17 Cab Franc | Sonoita, AZ

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Cantine Elvio Tintero, Piemonte Grangia Vino Rosato (NV)
9.54

Mark's Pick.  Just a spritz of sparkle owing to the Moscato in the blend, light-medium Bodied, off-dry, medium-high acidity, lemon, cherry, strawberry jam. 
Barbera, Moscato | Piemonte, ITA

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Cantine Volpi 'Era' Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2014
8.40

Mark's Pick
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, ITA

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Adelsheim Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains, Breaking Ground Pinot Noir
36.00

Mark's Pick:  Aromas of roasted spices, black raspberries, lilacs, dark loam, and bramble. Flavor follows with notes of cocoa nibs, toasted anise seed and black cherry. Textures are rich and silky, with supple acidity. 
Chehalem Mtns, OR

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De Laumont Merlot 2015
6.30

Solid old world velvety merlot with structure.
Languedoc, FRA

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Domaine de la Chanteleuserie, Bourgueil Cuvee Alouettes (2015)
9.54

Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this pristine Cabernet Franc is made to be enjoyed young. There’s tannic structure and bright acidity along with juicy fruit—think fraises des bois, or wild strawberries, and just the slightest hint of mushrooms. An easy go-to wine—pair it with a plate of charcuterie for an hors d’oeuvre that can be put together effortlessly after an afternoon on the trail.
Cab Franc | Loire, FRA

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Domaine Diochon Moulin-a-Vent 2015
19.20

Brambly and earthy strawberry gamay, deep ruby color, balanced tannins and acidity.
Gamay | Beaujolais, FRA

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Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Rouge (2015)
13.14

Utterly gulpable. Fresh and fruity with red cherries, strawberry, clove, and earth. This is perfect with a little bit of a chill on it. 
Pinot Noir, Gamay | Cheverny, FRA

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Domaine du Salvard, Cheverny Rose (2016)
13.14

Strawberries, melon, crisp minerality -- a wonderful inexpensive Summer wine.
65 Pinot Noir, 35 Gamay | Loire, FRA

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Domaine de Fontsainte Corbiéres Gris de Gris 2016
8.99

Fresh picked strawberries and rose petals with a touch of tart rhubarb. A hint of pink grapefruit keeps things interesting. Think Ladies that Lunch meets the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
Grenache Gris, Grenache Noir, Carignan, Cinsault, Mourvédre | Corbiéres, FRA

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Domaine Fontsainte Corbiéres Rouge, 2015
14.35

Candied orange peel, cinnamon, citrus, blueberry, red currant. Smooth, integrated tannins.
Carignan, Grenache, Syrah | Corbiéres, FRA

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Domaine Du Salvard Cheverny Blanc (2016)
13.14

A blend of Sauvignon Blanc (85%) and Chardonnay (15%), showing off lots of Sancerre-esque crispness and zippy mineral flavors, but with a bit of a softer feel.  Tangy apples and grass with a long and dry finish.
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay | Cheverny, Loire Valley, FRA

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Domaine Maestracci, Vin de Corse-Calvi Clos Reginu (2015)
11.94

Supple, silken in texture, buoyant and infectiously bright, this brims with fresh strawberry and red raspberry, infused with rose hip, mint and red licorice. 
Nielluccio, Sciacarello, Syrah, Mourvedre | Corsica, FRA

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Dos Cabezas El Norte (2014)
23.40

MARK's PICK:  Nose of blueberry and blackberry preserves, scents of cherry cola with spicy red fruit on the palate and fine tannins.   
61% Syrah, 33% Garnacha, 6% Monastrell | Sonoita, AZ

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Dos Cabezas Toscano 2013
22.20

Red fruit, brown sugar, red candy, candied orange peel on the nose. Leather, tobacco, lots of oak on the palate. Definitely a crowd pleaser for a new world palate.
Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc | Cochise County, AZ

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Dourthe La Grande Cuvee Rouge 2010
11.94

Delicious fruit, silky and concentrated old world blend with lovely balance. 
66% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot | Bordeaux, FRA

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Ecker Zweigelt (2014)
11.94

Mark's Pick:  Recently featured as the "the ultimate wine for grilled food", an easy drinking light red for the warmer weather; would take a bit of a chill. A little barnyard funk. Tart cranberry.  Great price point.
Zweigelt | Niederosterreich, AUS

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Klinker Brick 'Farrah' Syrah (2014)
15.90

Aromas of ripe plum, cacao, and smoky oak with subtle earthy floral notes.  On the palate, blackberry, anise and exotic spices.  Supple tannins and superb balance with a long finish.
Syrah | Lodi, CA

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Jaboulet Domaine De Thalabert Crozes Hermitage, 2010
37.14

Vivid red and dark fruit scents, violet, anise and cracked pepper. Supple raspberry and dark cherry flavors are supported by gentle minerality and firmed by dusty tannins. Silky texture and a long finish.
Syrah | Northern Rhone, FRA

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Love & Squalor Pinot Noir 2013
23.40

Mark's Pick.  Sensational value, this is a Pinot lover's wine, beginning with the gorgeous color of a deep red/orange sunset. Cherries, chocolate, and a light touch of orange peel elevate the aromatics and inform the well-integrated midpalate. The wine lingers through an immaculate finish.
Willamette Valley, OR

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Paul Hobbs Felino Vina Cobos Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015
15.54

Spicy and fruity character, black pepper, clove and cinnamon, as well cedar and tobacco. Great freshness, acidity, and sweet tannins for a very well-integrated wine.
Mendoza, ARG

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Poe Rose (2016)
19.79

Aromas of orange blossom and ripening strawberries. 66% old vine pinot noir, 34% pinot meunier. Easy warm weather drinking, light bodied, crisp with a persistent citric finish.

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Poe, Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir (2014)
38.99

elegant and silky smooth, offering a full flavored Pinot experience of pomegranate, sweet rhubarb, orange blossom, forest floor and sophisticated spice and minerality. 

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Sand Reckoner "7" (2012)
45.00

Woodsy with smoked plum and blackberry fruit along with warm spices of cardamom, cinnamon, clove, and vanilla. Full bodied and rich with a velvety and creamy palate.  Sourced from 17 year old Syrah vines, among the first planted at the Sand-Reckoner estate.
Syrah | Willcox, AZ

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Sivas Old Vine Zinfandel 2013
16.74

Aromas of blackberry, dried fig, white pepper and cinnamon bark. Scents of nutmeg and warm spices are woven together with layers of dark black fruit flavors, black strap molasses, Mexican chocolate and pomegranate reduction.
Sonoma, CA

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Ultraviolet Wines, Napa Cab (2014)
23.94

Blackberry compote with hints of blueberry, a chewy mouthfeel with an earthiness familiar of an old world Bordeaux. Hints of tobacco and leather with bright acidity and soft lasting tannin.
Cabernet Sauvignon | Napa, CA

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Warres Otima 10 year Tawny Port (NV)
20.40

MARK's PICK:  Beautiful warming tawny port; aromas of caramel, figs, crushed nuts, and sweet spices.
Porto | Portugal

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WHITE/SPARKLING

August Kesseler Riesling Kabinett 2015
15.00

Mark's Pick.  Fresh and zesty, with intense citrusy notes to the melon- and lilac-infused flavors. Light and spicy on the finish.
Pfalz, GER

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Berger Grüner Veltliner 2015
11.94

Fresh and expressive with citrus, floral, and mineral notes that make it incredibly refreshing and easy to drink.
Grüner Veltliner | Kremstal, AUST

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Bernier Chardonnay 2015
12.00

Made in a fresh, unoaked style, though unconventional, it's delicious, with fruit flavors that echo pears and apples, and an enticing hint of minerality beneath the surface.  Great value at this price.
Chardonnay | Loire, FRA

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Callaghan Lisa's Proprietary White (2013)
16.74

Floral nose, white peach, lime zest, almost, refreshing citrus, medium body.
Viognier, Riesling, Malvasia, Roussane, Marsanne | Sonoita, AZ

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De Laumont Chardonay 2015
6.30

Great value - round and rich with pineapple and citrus.  
Languedoc, FRA

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De Laumont Sauvignon Blanc 2015
6.30

Great value - sunset sipper.  With warmer weather on the way, keep a few of these babies stowed away cold.  
Languedoc, FRA

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Domaine De Durban Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise 2014
12.59

(Half Bottle) This sweet Muscat expresses itself with finesse. Floral nose, tropical flavors tingle the tongue with notes of pear and apricot.

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Domaine Pichot Le Peu de la Moriette 2015
16.75

Fresh acidity and delicious hints of honey and yellow fruits. Fruity and rich while still full of the typical freshness of young Chenin Blanc. 
Chenin Blanc | Vouvray, Loire Valley, FRA

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Gradis' Cuitta Friulano 2015
19.14

Mark's Pick.  Reminiscent of juicy fruit gum, this Italian white makes friends easily.
Friulano | Collio, ITA

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Gradis' Cuitta Pinot Grigio 2015
19.14

Beautiful acidic balance with pleasing almond notes.
Collio, ITA

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Jakob Schneider Kabinett Riesling, 2015 (1 L)
14.64

Notes of pineapple, apricots, a tad sweet but not so much as to keep you from sharing the entire liter with someone in one sitting. 
Nahe, GER

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Johanneshof Reinisch, Rotgipfler (2013)
16.74

Mark's Pick.  Round, very perfumed, medium acid, big flavor, big zing and citrusy zest.  Quite lovely.  
Rotgipfler | Niederosterreich, AUS

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Malat Crazy Creatures Grüner Veltliner 2013
15.54

Ripe pineapple, bright lemon acidity, refreshing.
Grüner Veltliner.  Kremstal, AUST.

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Marques de Caceras Verdeho 2015
10.20

Mild white-fruit aromas come with notes of white pepper. Lightly vegetal flavors of lemon, peach and melon.
Verdejo | Rueda, SPA

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Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc, 2015
33.00

MARK'S PICK.  Succulent, lush and rich, with fleshy mango, melon and peach flavors up front, leading to a core of pineapple, lemon and honeysuckle. The smoky edge and acidity weave in and out, giving this a fresh finish.
Sauvignon Blanc | Russian River, CA

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Poe Manchester Ridge Chardonnay (2014)
32.99

 

Outstanding wine. Ultra complex, a combination of oak and vanilla, bright acidity, and limestone-like minerality. It's a higher altitude and single vineyard, and basically perfect

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Robert Sinsky Pinot Blanc (375 mL) 2013
19.80

MARK'S PICK.  Per the winemaker: this wine only comes in "half-bottles and magnums, because you should either start with it or party with it."
Aromas and flavors of fresh pears, apricots, casaba melon and a hint of mineral-like complexity complimented by tart notes of kaffir lime.
Pinot Blanc | Los Carneros, CA

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Robert Sinsky Pinot Blanc 2013 (1.5 L magnum)
81.60

MARK'S PICK.  Per the winemaker: this wine only comes in "half-bottles and magnums, because you should either start with it or party with it."
Aromas and flavors of fresh pears, apricots, casaba melon and a hint of mineral-like complexity complimented by tart notes of kaffir lime.
Pinot Blanc | Los Carneros, CA

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Skinner Vineyards Rosé, 2016
15.54

Fresh and bright with classic aromatics of strawberries, white flowers, and watermelon, coupled with subtle notes of orange zest. 
Grenache, Mourvedre, Counoise | El Dorado, CA

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Tank Garage 'Stars Like Ours' Rose, 2015
13.14

Fragrant notes of white flower, watermelon and lemon zest play harmoniously with juicy strawberry & cream flavors. Dry and crisp with nice acidity…this one is as refreshing as it gets!
72% Pinot Noir, 22% Grenache, 6% Syrah Noir
Napa, CA

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Vignetti Del Sole Pinot Grigio 2013
9.60

A lighter-style Pinot Grigio with plenty of fruit and crisp acidity for a well-balanced wine. Nose of lemons, green apples and almonds. With no oak, the wine shows the best of the Pinot Grigio varietal flavors.
Tre Venezie, ITA

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