2011 Matello Pinot Noir, Whistling Ridge Vineyard, Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon (S) 24.99/269.89 reg. 31.99

Winemaker Marcus Goodfellow’s masterful touch yields one of the most perfumed, elegant and downright delicious Pinots from the 2011 harvest. Matello’s Whistling Ridge Pinot casts an orange-tinged, pale crimson-garnet robe from the glass followed by a perfumed bouquet of spicy potpourri, cinnamon, and red raspberry and bitter cherry fruit. On the palate, subtle barrel notes join gamy, earthy, cinnamon-tinged raspberry fruit. Fine, framing tannins appear mid-palate and propel a dusty mineral undercurrent, while crunchy acidity lifts reprises of fresh red raspberry fruit. Matello’s 2011 Whistling Ridge Pinot drinks fabulously well today, and will continue a positive evolution and take on further complexity with another three to five years in your cool cellar. Enjoy with roast chicken, grilled Chinook salmon, pan roasted quail, squash sautees and young chevres.


2012 Domaine Chofflet-Valdenaire, Givry, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France (S) 21.99/237.49

From prime mid-slope vineyards in the village of Russilly, Denis Valdenaire has crafted a Cote Chalonnaise beauty that conveys Givry’s charm and its Burgundian roots in the focused, pure-fruited 2012 vintage. Located in the center of the Cote Chalonnaise, Givry is renowned for its lush, delicious renditions of Pinot Noir. A deep ruby hue in the bowl leads to pure, rich aromas of Bing cherries, game, herbs and bright limestone minerals. Full and mouth-filling, the Givry buoys its sappy core of black cherry and plum fruit with brisk acidity and supple, fine tannins. The long finish offers an impeccable balance of pure cherry fruit, Burgundian gaminess and framing tannins. Pair this now and over the coming three years with hearty sausages, roast duck, coq-au-vin and grilled squashes. Limited.

2012 Domaine Berthet-Rayne, Cairanne, Tradition, Southern Rhone Valley, France (O)16.99/183.49

Berthet-Rayne is fashioning lush, full-throttle Cairannes that combine old-school character with modern accessibility. Crafted primarily from old-vine Grenache, Berthet-Rayne’s Cairanne Tradition opens with a classic translucent black-plum color and heady aromas of black raspberries, wild blueberries, black pepper, lavender and thyme. Spicy and understated on the attack, the wine blossoms on the palate to reveal a deep core of bitter cherry, kirsch and red currant fruit accented by notes of dried herbs, leather and brown spices. On the finish, the wine’s sappy fruit expression meshes with just enough ripe, framing tannins and a persistent undercurrent of smoky terroir. At this price, Berthet-Raynes’ delicious and thoroughly satisfying Cairanne is a wine to buy by the case to enjoy now and over the coming five years with roast lamb, grilled burgers, ratatouille… just about anything that calls for a hearty rouge.

2010 Chateau Haut-Peyrous, Graves, Bordeaux, France (O) 16.99/183.49 reg. 23.99

Graves’ incomparable gravelly terroir signature is immediately apparent the moment this wine is poured. Black cherry in color, the Haut-Peyrous casts a bouquet of black currants, gravelly soil, tobacco, violets and smoke. Light in body but packed with flavor, the wine expands on the palate with cedar-tinged cherry and currant fruit complicated by suggestions of black truffles, chocolate and sappy herbs. Fine, buffered tannins and tangy acidity segue the Haut-Peyrous to its long, spicy, herb-tinged finish. A blend of Merlot (55%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), Cabernet Franc (10%), Malbec and Petit Verdot, Darroze’s 2010 Haut-Peyrous will delight fans of classically styled, elegant, herb and tobacco-tinged clarets. Enjoy now and over the coming eight years with rib roasts of beef, grilled eggplant, leg of lamb, game and rich potato dishes. Twenty cases available.

2014 Domaine des Forges/Vignoble Branchereau, Anjou, Rouge, Loire Valley, France (S) 9.50/102.60

The wines of the Domaine des Forges continue to blow us away, offering both comfortable prices and top-notch quality. the domaine’s Cabernet Franc Anjou Rouge delivers an opaque plum-ruby in the glass followed by aromas of black currants, chocolate, violets, licorice and herbs. Showing the classic proportions of the Loire Valley’s excellent 2014 vintage, the wine alternates waves of black currant and black cherry fruit, plentiful fine tannins, and notes of leafy underbrush, tobacco and smoky soil. Spicy and cinnamon-tinged on the finish, the Anjou Rouge presents further complex suggestions of white pepper, Assam tea, dried leaves and salty minerals. Firmly structured with chewy tannins, the wine is delicious and savory today, but has the poise and the balance to reward three to five years’ aging in your cool cellar. Pair this superb rouge with charcuterie, aged goat cheeses, braised rabbit and pork dishes, and grilled hanger steaks.

2012 Domaine le Couroulu, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, Southern Rhone Valley, France 9.50/102.60

Vacqueyras superstar Domaine le Couroulu extends its magical touch to an affordable everyday wine that fuses the sauvage expressions of its Southern Rhone homeland with the suave complexity of Right Bank Bordeaux. Blending equal parts Syrah and Merlot, Couroulu’s Vin de Pays casts a saturated black plum color from the glass and a complex bouquet that combines the olive, leather and juniper nuances of a fine Syrah with textbook Merlot notes of violet and plum. The wine opens with herbal garrigue overtones, sweet plum and black cherry fruit before introducing a generous lashing of food-friendly tannins. On the palate, the wine’s Merlot component offers silky plum fruit fused with the Syrah’s savory herbal, spicy tapenade accent. The blend is terrific and makes this a lovely, spicy rouge to drink now and over the next five years with cured meats, mild sheep’s milk cheeses, braised beef or lamb with rosemary and olives or with rich, slow-cooked ratatouille.


2012 D’Angelo, Aglianico del Vulture, Basilicata, Italy 13.50/145.80

On the base of the ancient Monte Vulture volcano in Italy’s mountainous Basilicata province, the rustic but noble Aglianico marries with deep volcanic soils to produce Basilicata’s most revered wine. Opaque black plum in the glass, d’Angelo’s 2012 Aglianico casts aromas of plums, wild game, iron and peppery volcanic earth. Firmly tannic, spicy and appealingly rustic on the palate, d’Angelo’s Aglianico alternates waves of black plum, ripe fig and bitter cherry fruit, menthol, plentiful tannins and piquant volcanic minerals. Chewy and delicious, d’Angelo’s Aglianico finishes with further waves of ferrous earth, dried fruits, licorice, tobacco, baker’s chocolate and gripping tannins. This is superb, ready-to-go Aglianico that’s priced at a pittance for what it delivers. Buy this by the case and serve with hard cheeses, hearty pasta dishes, roast lamb, grilled beef and rustic eggplant casseroles.

2013 Benanti, Rossodiverzella, Etna Rosso, Sicily, Italy (S) 16.99/183.49

The 2013 Benanti Rossodiverzella is one of the most delicious, affordable and versatile Southern Italian wines on the market. Based on a blend of 80% Nerello Mascalese (for color and richness) and 20% Nerello Cappuccio (for structure and complexity), Benanti’s Rossodiverzella offers a lovely rust-tinged ruby robe and spicy aromas of Morello cherries, cloves, fruitwood smoke and dusty earth. On the palate, Benanti’s Rossodiverzella presents elegant, transparent red cherry and fig fruit alongside plentiful, food-friendly tannins mouthwatering acidity and complex suggestions of orange peel, cloves, cinnamon and dried herbs. The wine’s long, satisfying finish delivers savory, smoky volcanic minerals that mingle with the wine’s spicy dried fruit core. Enjoy now or over the coming five years as a lovely complement to dishes featuring rich tomato sauces, pine nuts, olive oil and fennel.

2010 Falchini, Paretaio Rosso, Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy 17.99/194.29

Falchini’s 2010 Paretaio Rosso is the finest and most complete Paretaio yet! The great estate crafts this superb, barrique-aged Super Tuscan red from fruit grown exclusively in the esteemed Paretaio vineyard north of the hilltop village of San Gimignano. The Paretaio, a blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Merlot, opens with deep aromas of black cherries, plums, smoke, leather, tobacco and button mushrooms. Bright tobacco-scented Sangiovese fruit stains the palate alongside waves of authentic old-school tannins and bristling 2010 acidity. The Sangiovese’s distinctive leather and button mushroom notes reappear on the wine’s back-palate and segue it to a long, elegant finish featuring complex suggestions of black cherries, cured meat, tobacco, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla bean. Enjoy this terrific Super Tuscan value over the coming decade with pizza, meaty pasta dishes, rich Tuscan bean stews, and thick grilled porterhouse steaks.

2010 Scarpa, RossoScarpa, Monferrato Rosso, Piedmont, Italy (O) 15.99/172.69

Founded in 1854, the Antica Casa Vinicola Scarpa is one of the grand, aristocratic, but woefully unknown names in fine Piemontese wine. While the house is renowned for its long-ageing Barolos and Barbarescos, it also crafts this lovely rosso from the Monferrato hills east of the Langhe. A blend of 90% Dolcetto and 10% of the rare Ruche varietal, Scarpa’s RossoScarpa opens with a bright ruby color and aromas of wild cherries, huckleberries, rose petals and dried bay leaf. Light and lovely on the palate, the wine’s weightless palate presence propels its kernel of crushed raspberry fruit, saddle leather, black pepper and sweet orange zest. Dry and appetizingly tannic, the wine finishes with the dusty cherry fruit and zippy acidity that makes the RossoScarpa a perfect foil for all things Piemontese: egg-rich tajarin with a butter and sage sauce, risotto con funghi, beef brasato, polenta and salumi. It well also pair well with thoroughly American fare like burgers hot off the grill, mac ‘n cheese and pan-seared pork chops.

2013 Franco Serra, Langhe, Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy 12.99/140.29

Following up on our huge successes with Franco Serra’s 2009 and 2011 Nebbiolos, we’re thrilled to present their just released 2013. Displaying the classic transparent brick-garnet robe gradating to a clear amber rim, Franco Serra’s Langhe Nebbiolo opens with aromas of pie cherries, mushrooms, olives and dusty limestone earth. Bright and lively on the palate, Serra’s 2013 Nebbiolo delivers a mouthful of chewy cherry fruit, firm tannins and complex suggestions of mushrooms, blond leather, pipe tobacco, violets and camphor. Delicious and showing old-school Nebbiolo structure, the wine finishes with length and complexity far beyond its price. This is the real deal: “baby Barbaresco” with no oak obfuscation for under $13. Enjoy now and over the coming decade with risotto, braised short ribs, roast poultry and semi-firm cheeses. This is an outrageous deal on authentic, traditionally-styled Langhe Nebbiolo. Order your case now!


2008 Cellers Santamaria, Gran Recosind, Crianca, Emporda, Cataluna, Spain 14.99/161.89

Based on a creative blend of Garnatxa, Samso, Ull de Llebre (Tempranillo), Cabernet Sauvignon and Macabeu aged eighteen months in American oak and another twelve months in bottle, Cellers Santamaria’s Grand Recosind is priced absurdly low for its quality and the extended aging it enjoys. Deep aromas of spicy cherry and plum fruit are accented by notes of leather, tobacco, cedar and wintergreen. Lush and velvety on the palate, thanks to the extended aging period, the 2008 Grand Recosind presents lovely suggestions of red plum and bitter cherry fruit complicated by barrel notes of cigar tobacco, smoke, vanilla bean and pencil shavings. Tangy acidity and saliva-inducing fine tannins emerge as the wine segues to its long, brisk and complex finish. Serve as a terrific partner to grilled burgers, flank steak, lamb rib chops and dry-rubbed baby back ribs. The wine will also pair well with potato tapas and hearty eggplant preparations. Enjoy now and over the coming decade.



2013 Le G de Chateau Guiraud, Bordeaux Blanc Sec, Bordeaux, France (O)

Richer, deeper and delivering more gravitas than most Bordeaux blancs, dry Sauternes is a class unto itself. The legendary Chateau Guiraud produces this affordable rarity from a blend of organically grown Sauvignon Blanc (70%) and Semillon (30%) fermented in once used Sauternes barrels. The G opens with Sauvignon’s grassy, herbal edge accented by hints of coconut, grapefruit zest, beeswax and pineapple. Bright, grassy and herbal on the palate, the G’s dominant Sauvignon component conveys notes of pineapple, pine resin and basil followed by spicy barrel notes. Terrifically long and lingering on the finish, the wine’s waxy Semillon character comes forth with rich texture and further accents of pineapple, coconut, pinesap, basil and smoke. Enjoy now and over the coming five years with rich white meat dishes like roast chicken, duck, braised rabbit. It will also complement sauteed green vegetables and vegetarian lasagna. A treat!

2013 Henri Perrusset, Macon-Villages, Burgundy, France (S) 16.99/183.49

Year after year, Henri Perrusset, a longtime staple of Kermit Lynch’s wine portfolio, crafts stunning Macons of unusual richness, distinction and minerality. Yields were painfully small in 2013, and Perrusset’s Macon-Villages conveys the vintage’s small berry intensity alongside crisp, white limestone minerality and the Macon’s textbook kernel of creamed corn and hazelnut-tinged lemon fruit. In fact, the wine’s pungent mineral spine, superb cut and rich fruit core serve to make the Macon perform more like a much pricier Pouilly-Fuisse than a humble Macon-Villages. But that’s to be expected from Kermit Lynch, and this wine will delight fans of authentic, full throttle, uncompromising white Burgundy. Enjoy this beauty now and over the next three years with broiled salmon, grilled swordfish and trout amandine.
A Kermit Lynch Selection


2013 Vadiaperti, Greco di Tufo, Campania, Italy (B) 15.99/172.69

Vadiaperti’s Raffaele Troisi has crafted a dynamite Greco di Tufo that captures the varietal’s wild aromatic nature with an elegance, body and texture that sets a new benchmark. A medium straw-gold color in the glass, Vadiaperti’s Greco bursts with aromas of Bartlett pears, Golden Delicious apples, acacia blossoms and volcanic minerals. Dazzlingly mineral on the palate, the wine conveys a crisp, lip-smacking expression of Meyer lemons, tart tangerine, yellow apples and fresh apricots. The back-palate adds riveting acidity, a gripping, almost tannic texture, and beguiling suggestion of honey-glazed hazelnuts. The Greco’s finish is again packed with complex spice, cinnamon and juicy orchard fruit expressions, all of which serve to make this one of the most compelling and balanced Grecos to hit our palates. Serve now – not too cool – as an aperitif or as a complement to grilled prawns in a garlic and olive oil sauce, charred octopus, grilled sardines, or linguini with a white clam sauce.

2014 Falchini, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Vigna a Solatio, Tuscany, Italy 10.50/113.40

The beautiful hillside Tuscan village of San Gimignano is home to Italy’s first D.O.C.G. white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Falchini, undoubtedly one of the zone’s finest and most venerable estates, enjoys a yet another well-deserved appearance in this newsletter with this classically fresh, dry and delicious single-vineyard Vernaccia. A brilliant lemon-gold hue in the glass, Falchini’s 2014 Vigna a Solatio casts aromas of pineapples, fennel, flint and white meadow flowers. Full and ample on the palate, the Vigna a Solatio conveys suggestions of Williams pear and green melon fruit mingling with zesty acidity, menthol and bitter medicinal herbs. Crisp and clean on the finish with lingering notes of pineapple, star fruit, fresh bay leaf, flinty minerals, Falchini’s Vernaccia drinks impeccably well by itself, and will perform splendidly as partner to fresh and semi-firm cheeses, olive oil dressed pastas, the entire seafood spectrum, and light poultry preparations. Enjoy now and over the coming year.

2014 Matteo Correggia, Roero Arneis, Piedmont, Italy (O) 14.99/161.89

A guiding light for the renaissance of quality in the Roero, the legacy of the late Matteo Correggia shines brightly with this reference standard Arneis. A pale lemon-gold color with flashes of green and still sporting a subtle dose of dissolved CO-2, Correggia’s 2014 Arneis bursts with aromas of juicy peaches, ripe apricots, dissolved minerals, sappy hops, almond blossoms and honey. On the palate, flinty soil notes and waves of ripe grapefruit, basil and white pepper enliven the wine with acidic energy, followed by impressions of appetizing bitter herbs, almond skin and fresh floral top notes. The smoky soil signature reemerges on the wine’s long, fresh finish. Enjoy this now and over the coming year and with all things seafood, squashes, fresh cheeses and white pasta preparations. Superb, distinctive Arneis!


2014 Giocato, Sauvignon Blanc, Pimorska, Slovenia 11.50/124.20

Aleks Simcic, celebrated winemaker at the world-renowned Edi Simcic winery just across the border from Italy’s Collio region, fashions this gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards in his home Primorska region. Pale lemon-gold in the glass, the Giocato Sauvignon Blanc reveals grassy herbal notes atop a base of pineapple, melon and kiwi fruit. Brisk and lively in the mouth, the wine’s ripe core of melon, sweet grapefruit and Asian pear fruit yields to fresh, quintessential Sauvignon nuances of cinnamon basil, freshly cut grass, smoky minerals and bitter herbs. Clean and refreshing, the wine finishes with crisp reprises of Asian pear and green pineapple. Experience the magic of Aleks Simcic’s impeccable winemaking at a fraction of the price of his domaine wines. Serve now and over the coming year with pasta topped with pesto, mild Asian cuisines, light freshwater fish preparations and vegetable sautees.


2014 Columna, Albarino, Rias Baixas, Galicia, Spain 13.99/151.09

It’s genuinely rare to find an Albarino this affordable, delicious, and loaded with character. Columna’s Albarino casts a bright lemon-gold color and blossoms with aromas of nectarine, chamomile, honeysuckle and stone. Crisp, juicy and citrusy on the attack, the wine bursts on the palate with expressions of yellow peaches, crunchy pineapple, tangerine peel, clover honey and saline minerals. Precise and focused, the wine finishes clean and crisp with its slate-driven mineral undercurrent marrying with its crunchy fruit expressions, and leaving a tactile dusting of saline minerals on the lips and inner cheeks. This is a joyous, crisp, aromatic wine that will delight all by itself as a welcoming aperitif or as a partner to prawns, oysters on the half shell, steamed clams, vegetable tortillas, sashimi and mild cheeses.

2014 Rogo, Godello, Valdeorras, Galicia, Spain 15.99/172.69 reg. 19.99

Galicia’s indigenous Godello is enjoying a brisk revival thanks to its distinctive herbal aromas and the ability to convey the nuances of its site. The Rogo Godello – crafted from vineyards planted on slate at 1,500 feet above sea level – opens with a bright lemon-gold color and aromas of honeysuckle blossoms, freshly-cut fennel, malt and herbs. Delightfully brisk on the palate, the wine alternates crisp lime and grapefruit expressions with notes of honeydew melon, tactile skin tannins and quinine. The wine finishes with electric tension between its brisk citrus fruit core, its salty, slate and mineral spine, riveting acidity and tactile palate presence. Enjoy this superb Godello now and over the coming year all by itself or as a complement to seafood and vegetable paellas, broiled halibut, squid tapas, raw clams and salt grilled prawns.



2014 Domaine de Margui, Perle de Margui Rose, Coteaux Var en Provence, Provence, France (O) 17.99/194.29

This may be the year’s most aromatically complex and interesting rose. Margui’s quintessentially Provencal rose is a blend of organically grown Cinsault (50%), Syrah (25%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Clairette & Vermentino (5%), Margui’s rose. On the nose, aromas of red currants, Rainier cherries, sourdough bread and wild herbs join overtones of smoky, stony Provencal soil. At once both crisp and refreshing and impressively deep, tactile and complex, the wine’s kernel of currant, cherry and blood orange fruit is accented by Provencal hints of oil-cured olives, lavender, and dried orange peel. Full-bodied and yet seemingly weightless on the palate, the wine finishes as crisp and satisfying as it begins. Enjoy now and over the coming two years with everything from the sea, river and lake, plus pork, poultry, light game, light pasta dishes, and sauteed and grilled vegetables. This wine embodies precisely what defines Provence’s greatest roses: the crispness and refreshment of a great white wine paired with the depth and grip of a great red.


2014 Terredora Dipaolo, Rosaenovae (Rosato), Irpinia, Campania, Italy 13.99/151.09

Terredora Dipaolo offers a rare rose – or rosato – fashioned from 100% Aglianico, the noblest grape of southern Italy that is usually reserved for the region’s most expensive and longest lived red wines. Bright salmon pink in the glass, Terredora Dipaolo’s Rosaenovae projects earthy, dusty aromas of red currants, fennel and cherry skin. Fresh on the palate, notes of ripe figs mingle with oranges, dried herbs and a dusty soil expression. Vibrant all the way through to its long finish, the Rosaenovae alternates waves of licorice-tinged fig and plum fruit, spicy volcanic minerals, cinnamon and dried rose petals. The structure of the wine ensures that it will be delicious for late summer enjoyment and will easily carry you through the coming year. Supremely versatile, the Rosaenovae will pair with everything from garden vegetables to all things seafood, roast chicken, pork and rabbit. This is a fascinating rose and a must-try wine!


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SEPT. 4 - We present a dazzling array of wines from Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

SEPT. 18 - Terrific red and white wines from Spain: Get ready to be blown away by our newest selection of world-class wines from Spain!

OCT. 2 - Great White Bordeaux: You’ve tried the famous reds - now enjoy Bordeaux’s other great varieties!


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SEPT. 5 - From La Belle France: Le G de Chateau Guiraud Bordeaux Blanc, Henri Perrusset Macon-Villages, Dom. Chofflet-Valdenaire Givry, Ch. Haut-Peyrous Graves, and Berthet-Rayne Cairanne.

SEPT.12 - Tutti Italia: Terredora Dipaolo Rosænovæ Rosato, Matteo Correggia Roero Arneis, Vadiaperti Greco di Tufo, Benanti Rossodiverzella, Scarpa RossoScarpa, and Franco Serra Langhe Nebbiolo.

SEPT. 19 - Great wines from Spain: Columna Albarino, Rogo Godello, and Cellers Santamaria Gran Recosind. Plus, an array of deliciousness from France: Dom. de Margui Rose, Dom. des Forges Anjou Rouge, and Dom. le Couroulu Vin de Pays de Vaucluse.

SEPT. 26 - Jackson Maberry will pour a superb set of wines from Seven Hills Winery in Washington. Plus, wines from here and there: Giocato Sauvignon Blanc (Slovenia), Matello Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge (Oregon), and Falchini Vernaccia Vigna a Solatio, Falchini Paretaio, and D’Angelo Aglianico del Vulture (Italy).


2012 CHANDON DE BRIAILLES Burgundy Tasting

Thursday, Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m.

Please join Doug Culver from C&G Wines for a tasting of the red and white Burgundies of Domaine Chandon de Briailles. The focus will be the 2012 vintage, plus a few older vintages.

This will be our 16th annual tasting of what we consider some of the best valued wines in all of Burgundy – guaranteed to impress! The wines to be tasted are on our website.

Seating is limited and pre-payment is required. $75 per seat.

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Thursday, Sept. 24,
6:30 p.m. sharp!

Meet cocktail meister Jake Parrott, who will take you on whirlwind tour of ten different vermouths, aperitifs and aromatized wines, and how to serve them in a variety of ways. Jake is a whole lotta fun, and this event will tickle your toes!

Seating is limited and pre-payment is required. Fee: $25.

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Italian Wine Tasting

Friday, Sept. 25,
from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

We welcome Alfonso Gagliano, brand ambassador from Sella & Mosca, as we taste the superlative wines from this great Sardinian winery. The wines to be tasted are on our website.

No reservations are required. Tasting fee: $10.


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