“Case Syrah, Syrah” Sampler . . . 205.09

For your holiday table and beyond, we have put together a spectacular case of Syrahs from the Northern Rhone Valley. Each wine is unique and totally delicious! The sampler consists of four bottles of each of the three selections.

  • 2014 Chante-Perdrix, Verzier, IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes
    Bright, crunchy, fresh raspberry notes, with rocky soil undertones.
  • 2013 Alain Voge, Les Peyrouses, Cotes-du-Rhone, France
    Animal, rustic, blackberry and plum, chewy, tarry, offering notes of mushrooms and underbrush.
  • 2013 Domaine Mucyn, Crozes-Hermitage
    Refined, superbly balanced “Burgundian” elegance; red and black fruit and sun-warmed stone terroir notes.



2014 Ayres, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon (S) 19.99/215.89

Ayres’ estate-grown Ribbon Ridge Pinot gives a keen glimpse into the depth and fullness we’re seeing in the superb 2014 Willamette Valley vintage. A deep ruby robe in the glass, the 2014 Pinot opens with aromas of cherry blossoms, red currants, spicy cinnamon and smoky soil. On the palate, the wine casts waves of snappy, transparent cherry and raspberry fruit lifted by bright acids followed by a smoky soil undercurrent. Supple, lip-smacking tannins frame the core of bright red fruit. Spicy and delicious right out of the chute, enjoy this splendidly balanced Oregon Pinot over the next three years with grilled salmon, roast chicken, pan-seared pork chops, boudin blanc and hearty vegetarian fare featuring chanterelle mushrooms.

2013 Crowley, Pinot Noir, Entre Nous, Willamette Valley, Oregon (S) 27.99/302.29

Tyson Crowley’s talents have never been more evident or more remarkable than in his 2013 Entre Nous cuvee. A blend of classic Pommard and Wadenswil clones from the Four Winds and Laurel Hood vineyards, the Entre Nous opens with lovely aromas of orange peel, red currants, cinnamon and wood spice. Bright and weightless on the palate, the wine reveals layers of spicy cherry and red raspberry fruit complicated by fresh orange zest, star anise and loamy earth. Fine tannins emerge on the back-palate and lead to a long, bright, spicy and satisfying finish. Be sure to reserve your stash for enjoyment now and over the coming five to eight years with roast chicken, duck, rich potatoes au gratin, stews and other hearty fare. It will also make a lovely foil for traditional Thanksgiving fare.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous – 90 points


2013 Lucien Lardy, Morgon, Cote du Py, Cru Beaujolais, France (S) 13.99/151.09

One of our perennial favorite Beaujolais producers, Lucien Lardy fashions this cru beauty from the granite hillsides of the Cote du Py in Morgon’s finest sector. Lardy’s 2013 Cote du Py casts a deep purple-ruby color alongside gorgeous aromas of granite dust, bitter cherries, cinnamon and white pepper. Elegantly textured and supple on the palate, the wine fuses a pure kernel of chewy cherry and black raspberry fruit with hints of camphor and cloves before a wave of food-friendly tannins segue the Morgon to its long granite-laced and cinnamon-tinged finish. This is superb, traditionally crafted Beaujolais that will delight fans of old-school cru Beaujolais. We encourage you to pull a cork now and serve with roast chicken, burgers or roast pork, but buy enough to lay down this wine for seven or ten years. There’s a lot of stuffing in this bottle, and a latent mushroomy complexity will emerge in time to reward the patient.

2012 Vincent Prunier, Volnay, 1er Cru, Les Mitans, Burgundy, France 49.99/539.89

What a treat it is to offer this stunning 1er Cru Volnay for under $50. It has the nuance, complexity, energy and soil definition of a Burgundy three times its price. Saturated ruby in the bowl, Prunier’s Les Mitans blossoms with gorgeous notes of violet, game, black raspberries, dark earth and mustard seed. Supple on the attack, the wine tightens on the palate to reveal savory tannins that elevate a bright core of tangy black raspberry and currant fruit. Long, crunchy and showing impeccable freshness, the Mitans finishes with notes of game, cherry blossom and currants all wrapped inside a supple blanket of fine earthy tannins, bright limestone earth and zingy acidity. From a painfully small vintage, a top-notch Volnay premier cru and an up-and-coming Burgundy superstar, this is your premium pick for roasted Thanksgiving turkey, coq au vin, chanterelle mushroom duxelle and pan-seared pork loin chops. It will also repay a decade of aging in your cool cellar. Superb Burgundy! Ten cases available.

2013 Domaine le Roc, La Folle Noire d’Ambat, Fronton, SW France (S) 13.99/151.09

Opaque black crimson in the glass, Domaine le Roc’s 100% Negrette La Folle Noire d’Ambat explodes with a highly perfumed bouquet of violets, blueberries, black cherries, bergamot and ferrous terroir. Bright, snappy and appetizingly tannic on the palate, the 2013 Folle Noire d’Ambat reveals notes of potpourri, star anise, citrus peel and freshly crushed pink peppercorns. Fresh, long and driven by its spicy soil signature, the Fronton finishes with a complex and compelling melange of violets, star anise, ferrous soil and a lovely dose of that delicious French funk. Enjoy this now and over the coming two years with hearty sausages, charcuterie, lentil dishes, duck confit and roast poultry.

2013 Mas de Gourgonnier, Les Baux de Provence, Provence, France (O) 17.99/194.29 reg. 20.99

Farming organically, the Mas de Gourgonnier assembles their best lots of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan to fashion this delicious cuvee. A beautiful translucent black-ruby color, Mas de Gourgonnier’s 2013 casts perfumed aromas of sandalwood, dried rose petals, cinnamon, leather and garrigue. Fresh and invigorating on the palate, the wine’s core of fleshy cherry and currant fruit is buttressed by savory tannins and earthy notes of game, leather, coffee and black trumpet mushrooms. Waves of lip-smacking tannins, brown spices and crunchy currant fruit segue to a long, leather, mushroom and garrigue-accented finish. This is a classically styled – and most affordable – Provençal rouge with an appetizingly lithe profile, which makes it a lovely partner for all things Provençal, but especially lamb, quail, squab, rabbit, potatoes, mushrooms and eggplant. Enjoy now and over the next three to five years.

2009 Les Sources de Livran, Medoc, Bordeaux, France (S) 15.99/172.69

This is classy claret! Les Sources de Livran is the second wine of Chateau Livran, one of the finest estates of the Bas Medoc. A blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2009 Sources de Livran radiates a lovely claret ruby and textbook Medoc aromas of black currants, black plums, cedar, game and menthol. Plump and velvety on the palate, waves of plum, cassis fruit mingle with supple, fine tannins and loamy soil notes. Long, rich and satisfying, the Sources de Livran finishes with reprises of black fruits, clay soil and barrel notes of vanilla bean and milk chocolate. The wine is ready to enjoy with hearty fare like rib roasts of beef, leg of lamb, braised rabbit, grilled eggplant and dishes accented with black truffles. It will also repay five to seven years’ aging in your cool cellar.

2010 Chateau du Port Malbec, Cuvee Prestige, Cahors, SW France 15.99/172.69

We were thrilled with this Malbec Cuvee Prestige from Chateau du Port. The bright acidity of the 2010 vintage buoys this Cahors’ dark fruit expression and makes it one of the most approachable and immediately delicious Cahors in memory. Opaque black plum in the glass, the 2010 Cuvee Prestige unfurls with deep aromas of black cherries, woodruff, button mushrooms and sassafras. Unusually bright and generous on the palate, the wine’s refinement develops with layers of meaty black fruits accented by notes of earthy morel mushrooms, cola and gentian. Soft, fine tannins enter the landscape mid-palate and segue the wine to its full, satisfying, black-fruited finish. Enjoy now and over the next five to seven years with hearty stews, mushroom dishes, burgers, casseroles and other rustic fare.
Wine Enthusiast – 90 points


2011 Oddero, Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy (O) 14.99/161.89

This is sensational Barbera that charms now with its vibrant fruit expression, but promises to repay time in your cellar with added complexity and harmony. Hailing from organically farmed vineyards in Barolo’s hallowed Castiglione Falletto and La Morra zones, these superior terroirs translate into a smashingly delicious and serious Barbera d’Alba. Deep plum-ruby in the glass, Oddero’s 2011 Barbera casts gorgeous aromas of cherry pit, licorice, menthol and black pepper. Full and rich on the palate, the wine features a chewy core of ripe cherry and black raspberry fruit accented by notes of mushroomy sotto bosco, cinnamon bark and peppery salumi. The Barbera finishes suave and satisfying, with reprises of bitter black cherry fruit accented by food-friendly tannins, palate-freshening acidity and complex notes of untanned leather, cinnamon, mushroomy sotto bosco. Enjoy now with everyday fare like burgers, pizza, pasta and pork chops, or hold a half-case for enjoyment later with roast poultry, pastas with a butter and sage sauce, and regional cheeses like Toma Piemontese and Bra Tenero.

1999 Scarpa, Dolcetto d’Acqui, La Selva di Moirano, Piedmont, Italy (O)
19.99 / 215.89

Founded in 1854, the Antica Casa Vinicola Scarpa is one of the grand, aristocratic, but woefully unknown names in fine Piemontese wine. The house is renowned for its long-aging Barolos and Barbarescos, it also crafts this incredibly delicious and lively sixteen-year old (!) Dolcetto. A deep and youthful crimson-ruby color, Scarpa’s Dolcetto fills the room with gorgeous, Nebbiolo-like secondary aromas of mushrooms, underbrush, dried rose petals, flint and fruitwood smoke. Deft and lively on the palate, the Dolcetto’s mature texture layers the palate with complex suggestions of saddle leather, tobacco, mint and dried orange peel. Dry and still appetizingly tannic, Scarpa’s Dolcetto finishes with dusty tannins and the velvety texture that only time and patience can bring. Pair this Dolcetto now and over the next decade with all things Piemontese: egg-rich tajarin with a butter and sage sauce, risotto con funghi, beef brasato, polenta and salumi. It will also pair well with thoroughly American fare like roast chicken, burgers hot off the grill and pan-seared pork chops. Genre-busting and very limited.


2008 Bodegas y Vinedos Fernandez Rivera, Dehesa la Granja, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon, Spain 16.99/183.49

Like everything this talented pair of winemakers touch, the results have been stunning. With a nod to tradition, Fernandez ages the wine two years in American oak and bottles it unfiltered. Opaque black-plum in the glass, the ’08 Dehesa la Granja opens with deep, tobacco-tinged blackberry fruit backed by hints of graphite, smoke, vanilla and dark roasted coffee. Lush and velvety on the attack, the wine soon reveals an impressive lashing of tannins followed by complex suggestions of tobacco, tar and licorice. Deep, long and smoky, the ’08 Dehesa la Granja finishes with suggestions of blueberry fruit deepened by barrel tones of vanilla and baker’s chocolate. Tremendously food-versatile, enjoy the Dehesa la Granja now and over the coming decade with rich beef, lamb or pork preparations, or with meaty paellas and savory potato tapas.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous – 91 points

2004 Vina Olabarri, Rioja, Gran Reserva, Spain 19.99/215.89 reg. 26.99

At the pinnacle of Rioja’s wine hierarchy is the esteemed Gran Reserva, a wine that has spent a minimum of two years in oak barrels and an additional three years in bottle before release. The complexity that this leisurely and expensive aging period affords is immense, as exemplified by this eleven-year-old Rioja Reserva from Vina Olabarri. Olabarri’s 2004 Gran Reserva casts tobacco and cedar-infused aromas of Montmorency cherries, red plums, cured meat and menthol. The classic Rioja fusion of 80% Tempranillo and a 20% blend of Graciano and Mazuelo saturates the palate with bright red currant and cherry fruit backed by a fine grained tannins and classic, lifting Tempranillo acidity. Hints of camphor, cigar tobacco, leather, coconut husk, game and vanilla creep in on the wine’s long, structured finish. Enjoy this classic, old-school Rioja now with hearty roasts of beef and grilled lamb, or stash it away in a cool cellar for another decade or two to allow all its structural components to meld together. At its sub-$20 price tag, it’s a world-class value!



2014 Domaine de la Pepiere, Muscadet, Sevre et Maine sur Lie
Loire Valley, France (O) 13.50/145.80

Marc Ollivier, the affable, hard-working genius behind the Domaine de la Pepiere, crafts some of the finest expressions of authentic, naturally made, soil-driven Muscadets. 2014 is showing itself as a lovely, ripe and generous Muscadet vintage, and Pepiere’s newly released example shows remarkable freshness, cut and verve. A limpid, green-inflected pale straw gold in the glass, Pepiere’s Muscadet casts a mineral-driven bouquet of flint, oyster shells, green pineapple and Key lime zest. The wine’s palate glows with pure expressions of tart, crisp green apples, crunchy gooseberries, white grapefruit and Meyer lemon backed by brisk acidity and flinty minerals. Pepiere’s 2014 Muscadet finishes clean, long and ineffably delicious, which makes it a natural foil for fresh briny oysters, pan-roasted shellfish dishes, baked halibut, clams, mussels and savory seafood stews. Enjoy now and over the coming three years.

2014 Pascal Bouchard, Chablis, Les Vieilles Vignes, Burgundy, France 18.99/205.09

For this gorgeous Vieilles Vignes bottling, emerging Chablis superstar Pascal Bouchard employs his estate’s oldest vines from plantings to the north and west of the village of Chablis. Reflecting a brilliant lemon-gold in the glass, Bouchard’s old-vine cuvee casts textbook Chablis aromas of high toned chalky minerals, freshly grated lemon zest and sweet butter. Lithe and sprightly on the palate, the Chablis’s brilliant acidity and smoky, flinty mineral spine lift its core of buttery citrus fruit. The wine’s old-vine quality comes to the fore on its long, flinty, soil-inflected finish. Showing impressive grip, persistent minerality, resinous old-vine fruit and a most comfortable price point, this a superb choice for pairing with oysters, mussels, crustaceans, light fish dishes and vegetable souffles.

2013 Domaine Labet, Chardonnay, Fleurs, Jura, France (CO) 19.99/215.89

This is sensational Chardonnay and a shining example of why the Jura is the primary target on many a wine geek’s radar. Julien Labet’s Fleurs cuvee enjoys eighteen months’ “elevage ouille” – or topped up in a non-oxidative style – in neutral oak, which deepens and enriches the wine’s texture and mouth-feel. Deep lemon-gold in the glass, Labet’s Fleurs casts high-toned wild yeast notes alongside deep impressions of brioche, roasted hazelnuts, grapefruit and smoke. On the palate, the Fleurs alternates impressions of lemon juice, fleshy Golden Delicious apples, toasted brioche and sappy hazelnuts. The wine’s long finish reprises suggestions of crushed hazelnuts and resinous barrel tones all lifted by wild yeast notes and persistent minerality. Enjoy this delicious and distinctive wine now and over the coming five years with chicken in cream sauces, light sausages and charcuterie, Comte and Gruyere cheeses, simple pork preparations, and rich vegetable souffles.


2014 Hofgut Falkenstein, Niedermenniger Herrenberg, Riesling, Spatlese Feinherb, Mosel, Germany 18.99/205.09

Falkenstein’s 2014 Riesling Spatlese Feinherb is crafted from carefully tended, low yielding ungrafted vines – some up to eighty years old – fermented on wild yeasts and raised exclusively in very old neutral “fuder” (the region’s traditional large oval oak barrels). A pale green-lemon gold color, the wine explodes with high-toned aromas of honeysuckle blossoms, lime zest and crushed slate. Full in the mouth with old-school Spatlese weight and texture, the wine unfurls with suggestions of white currants, lemongrass and slate-driven petrol. Finishing essentially dry, the wine leaves a dusting of slate minerals that compel you to another sip…and another. This is superb, traditional Saar Riesling and a natural choice to grace your holiday table with just about any fare.


2014 Chateau Pajzos, Dry Furmint, Tokaj, Hungary 9.50/102.60

Located in the heart of the Tokaji region, Chateau Pajzos represents one of the world's great white wine terroirs. Famous for its late harvest dessert wines, Tokaji is increasing its attention on producing world-class dry white wines. Pajzos’ 2014 Furmint – the noble grape variety of Tokaji – casts a pale straw color from the glass and opulent aromas of pineapple, Comice pears, clover honey and smoke. Fresh and weightless on the palate with bright notes of pears, apricot, grapefruit and honey, the wine satisfies with its brilliant fruit expression as well as its electrifying undercurrent of smoky volcanic minerals. Long and lingering, the finish offers hints of muskmelon, ruby grapefruit and lemon verbena. Enjoy now and over the coming three years with veal, pork, mild Asian cuisines, goulash, and Eastern European dishes featuring potatoes and paprika. This a grand cru selection at a great price!


NV Vallarom, Trentatre, Vino Bianco (Trentino), Italy (O) 15.99/172.69

Splendidly aromatic and refreshingly peculiar, Villarom’s Trentatre, a blend of three indigenous varieties – Moscato Giallo, Nosiola and Verdealbara – defies classification. The wine delivers a fascinating mix of muskmelon, fennel, grapefruit, orange marmalade, juniper, nutmeg, tilleul honey and gardenia blossoms. Crisp and zippy on the palate, attention-grabbing expressions of tangerine zest, lime juice, sweet cinnamon, vetiver and jasmine mingle with a chalky, stony mineral undercurrent and a beguiling floral perfume. Long and lingering on the palate, the Trentatre’s kaleidoscope of floral, citrus, spice and herbal expressions changes from sip to sip. This mind-bending northern Italian wonder is a must try, especially as an eye-opening brunch wine or a welcoming aperitif this holiday season, or as a complement to quiches, mild fish recipes and vegetable frittatas.

2014 Cristiana Meggiolaro, Saro, Garganega in Purezza, Veneto IGT, Italy 13.99/151.09

Garganega, the most important indigenous grape of the Veneto, gives the greatest Soaves their depth and character. Here we have 100% forty-year-old-vine Garganega that relies more on the character of the wine than the name of its famous region. Limpid lemon-gold in the glass, Meggiolaro’s 2014 Saro opens with refreshing aromas of pear blossoms, tarragon, Chablis-like flint and green melon. Deft and mineral on the palate, the wine expresses notes of green pears, crushed raw almonds and honeydew melon. Lively and energetic on the palate, tuffaceous and basaltic minerals propel alternating waves of lemon, green melon, pear fruit. Crisp, zesty and 100% delicious, this is a lovely choice for a dry white wine on your Thanksgiving table. Unendingly versatile, Meggiolaro’s Saro will also serve remarkably well as a partner for mild fish preparations, fresh shellfish, seafood pasta dishes, roast chicken, braised pork, and fresh chevres.

2014 Marotti Campi, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Classico Superiore, Luzano Marches, Italy (S) 12.99/140.29

Verdicchio is central Italy’s most distinctive white varietal, especially when it hails from the mineral-rich soils of the Castelli di Jesi’s Classico Superiore zone just miles from the Adriatic Sea. Marotti Campi’s 2014 Luzano Verdicchio opens with a deep straw-gold color and complex aromas of acacia blossoms, sweet meadow flowers, crushed lentils, sugar snap peas, white pepper and flinty minerals. On the palate, the Luzano combines fleshy apricot, white grapefruit and golden apple fruit with a riveting acid backbone and suggestions of earthy lentils and caraway seeds. Brisk and uncompromisingly dry, the Luzano finishes with reprises of lentils, grapefruit and flinty minerals – all lifted by the Luzano brilliant acidic spine. A haunting touch of bitter almond skin lingers on the palate as you prepare your next bite of roast pork, baked chicken, freshwater fish, and recipes featuring zucchini and summer squashes. Serve this superb and special Verdicchio now and over the coming three years.



NV Armance B. Brut Vin Mousseux de Qualite, Loire Valley 14.99/161.89

A blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Folle Blanche makes for a beautifully floral sparkling wine of considerable finesse and elegance.

NV A. Margaine, Premier Cru, Le Brut, Champagne 39.99/431.89

Ripe red fruit notes of red plum, cherry, and Red Delicious apples, with notes of toasted brioche and hazelnuts.

2012 Domaine Allimant-Laugner, Cremant d’Alsace, Brut, Rose 23.99/259.09

Allimant-Laugner’s 100% Pinot Noir rose bursts with a high-toned bouquet of wild strawberries, sour cherries, pomegranate, rhubarb, yellow rose petals and crushed minerals.

2010 Rolet, Blanc, Jura 17.99/194.29

A selection from the Jura that offers fresh acidity redolent of yellow plums, vanilla bean, spices, white flowers.




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NOV. 6
Experience the greatness of Alsatian Pinot Gris!

NOV. 20
Four decades of great Malbecs from Cahors.

DEC. 4
Amazing wines from Barolo!

Weekly; Starts at
12 noon - No fee

NOV. 7
Pamela Lenzi from Fattoria Petroio will pour their superb Chiantis.

At table two: John Paul from Cameron Winery will serve Abbey Ridge and Clos Electrique reds and whites.

Plus, wines from France: Lardy Morgon Cote du Py, Dom. le Roc La Folle Noire d’Ambat, Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence, Les Sources de Livran, and Dom. Labet Chardonnay.

NOV. 14
Winemaker Luca Brunelli will pour his beautiful Brunellis and Rossos.

Plus, more Italian beauties: Oddero Barbera d’Alba, Scarpa Dolcetto d’Acqui, Villarom Trentatre Vino Bianco, C. Meggiolaro Saro Garganega, and M. Campi Verdicchio Luzano.

NOV. 21
A great tasting of Ramos Pinto Ports with Cynthia Challacombe.

At table two: Fernandez Rivera Dehesa la Granja, and Olabarri Rioja Gran Reserva.

Plus: Our Holiday Sparkling Wine selections!

NOV. 28
From Europe: Ch. Pajzo Dry Furmint, Falkenstein Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling, P. Bouchard Chablis, Dom. de la Pepiere Muscadet, Ch. du Port Malbec.

Plu: Our superb Northern Rhone Syrah sampler.

From Oregon: Ayres Pinot Noir and Crowley Pinot Noir Entre Nous.


White Burgundy Dinner at
Roe Restaurant
Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 6:45

Please join us at Roe restaurant for an evening of great food paired with White Burgundies.

For those of you who have not experienced Roe, this is your opportunity to eat at one of the finest restaurants on the West Coast! Please keep in mind that Roe is seafood and fish only.

More details will be available on our website.

Seating is very limited. Price per seat is $150. Please contact L&E to reserve seats or shop online.


We are closed on
Thanksgiving Day,
Thurs. Nov. 26

A happy holiday to all!

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