OREGON - RED
Cameron Winery, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon (O) 17.99/194.29
John Paul has done it again!
How can anyone fashion such a delicious and complete Willamette
Valley Pinot for under $20? Medium ruby in the glass, Cameron’s
2013 Pinot opens with aeration to reveal classic Willamette Valley
Pinot aromas of red raspberries, wild cherries and a dark mineral
undercurrent. Bright and crunchy on the palate, the wine reveals
a gorgeous core of Bing cherry fruit framed by firm tannins and
smoky minerals. Juicy and vibrant from start to finish, Cameron’s
2013 Pinot finishes bright and lip-smackingly delicious with persistent
reprises of black cherry fruit, earthy minerality and zesty cinnamon
bark. Stock up on this incredible value and pair it with broiled
Chinook salmon, roast chicken, potato galettes, and recipes featuring
spring morel mushrooms. Be sure to decant this wine and give it
plenty of air before serving. It will also reward five years’
aging in your cool cellar.
St. Innocent, Pinot Noir, Villages Cuvee, Willamette Valley, Oregon
1988, Mark Vlossak has been crafting some of Oregon’s most
elegant, detailed and terroir-focused Pinot Noirs. Sourced from
six of the northern Willamette Valley’s top vineyards, St.
Innocent’s 2013 Villages Cuvee casts a bright ruby robe followed
by deep aromas of loganberries, pie cherries, dried herbs and cedar.
Fresh and zippy on the palate, the Villages Cuvee expresses a tangy
core of red berry fruit balanced by fine, dusty tannins and suggestions
of cherry skin, menthol and loamy earth. Bright, persistent and
thoroughly delicious, the Villages Cuvee’s tangy core of red
berry fruit carries through to the long, floral finish. Pair with
grilled salmon, chicken breasts, roast duck and potatoes au gratin
now and over the coming five years.
FRANCE - RED
Francois Gay, Chorey-les-Beaune, Burgundy, France 24.99/269.89
Gay’s approach of short pruning, low yields and traditional
vinification rewards the Burgundy enthusiast with some of the most
vinous, resinous and terroir-expressive red Burgundy values on the
market. Reflecting a transparent garnet robe, Gay’s 2012 Chorey-les-Beaune
explodes with a high-toned bouquet of fresh red raspberries, violets,
cured meat and perfumed limestone terroir. On the palate, the Chorey’s
taut kernel of red berry fruit meshes with rustic, earthy Burgundian
soil notes and fine, framing tannins. The wine finishes with a persistent
undercurrent of inimitable Cote-de-Beaune limestone earthiness alongside
suggestions of pomegranate, violets, menthol and lip-dusting tannins.
Drink this stellar value now or over the next decade with roast
chicken, pork chops, grilled steaks and potato casseroles. Limited.
Domaine Jean Vullien, Mondeuse, St.-Jean de la Porte, Savoie, France
the cool, elusive, peppery red of the Savoie, has recently been
confirmed to be a relative of the noble Syrah of the Northern Rhone
Valley. Jean Vullien’s Mondeuse – from St.-Jean de la
Porte, one of the finest crus for the varietal – casts a beautiful
purple ruby robe followed by aromas of white pepper, bitter cherries,
violets, smoke and graphite minerals. On the palate, the Mondeuse
beguiles with hints of cherry and plum complemented by suggestions
of tar, tobacco, camphor and black tea. Long and lingering on the
back-palate, the wine adds further notes of black pepper, smoked
salt, blood oranges and bitter herbs. The connection to Syrah is
vivid, yet this wine is brighter, zestier and more versatile. Enjoy
this affordable wonder now and over the coming three years with
roast chicken, quail, duck and goose, washed-rind cheeses, potatoes
au gratin, vegetable souffles, and dishes featuring wild mushrooms
and rich cream sauces.
Domaine Lombard, La Cote, Drome, IGP, Northern Rhone Valley, France
we say delicious? This wine is knockout delicious! From the Northern
Rhone Valley’s Drome sector comes this delicious organic,
mini-Cote-Rotie fashioned from 90% Syrah co-fermented with 10% Viognier.
Translucent plum-ruby in the glass, Lombard’s La Cote oozes
with young Cote-Rotie aromas of damson plums, smoked meat, tar,
violets, blood orange peel and saddle leather. Unlike the stern
Cote-Rotie at this stage, Lombard’s La Cote is vibrant, precocious
and open for business. Notes of licorice, black pepper, granitic
minerals, fruitwood smoke and orange zest marry with the wine’s
pulsing, energetic core of pomegranate, cherry and plum fruit. This
affordable wine is perfect for barbecues, Provencal vegetarian fare,
and everyday enjoyment. Serve this organic Northern Rhone wonder
now and over the coming three years.
Les Eminades, Cebenna, Saint-Chinian, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
to our shelves, this gorgeous rouge from Saint-Chinian casts dark,
brooding aromas of sun-warmed plums, cassis, tar, dark-roasted coffee,
herbal garrigue and black licorice. Firm and tannic on the attack,
Les Eminades’ Saint-Chinian bursts on the palate with spicy
black cherry fruit backed by hints of cinnamon, leather, juniper
and baker’s chocolate. Deep and resinous, the wine finishes
long and serious beyond its price tag with echoes of its black-fruited
core, firm, plentiful tannins, and complex suggestions of tobacco,
sassafras, black pepper, bay leaf and vanilla bean. This is a superb
choice to ward off the chills of cool vernal evenings and to carry
you throughout the year whenever a bold, rustic red wine is the
call. Enjoy now and over the coming ten years with grilled lamb
chops, pork, beef and lamb stews, hearty eggplant dishes and appetizers
featuring a rich, spicy tapenade.
Domaine Laroque, Cite de Carcassonne, IGP, Languedoc-Roussillon,
Cite de Carcassonne IGP, the historical area that surrounds the
famous walled city of Carcassonne, enjoys a privileged climate where
the heat of the Mediterranean is tempered by the influence of the
Atlantic Ocean. Unique for this part of France, Domaine Laroque
fashions this beauty from 100% Cabernet Franc. A translucent young
claret robe in the glass yields to deep Cabernet Franc aromas of
tobacco, rhubarb, brown spices and tarragon. Soft, silky on the
palate, cherry and red currant fruit play with herbal tobacco and
red licorice notes. Fine tannins and balancing acidity enliven the
wine’s soft currant fruit profile. Pair this special Cabernet
Franc now and over the coming two years with pork rillettes, cassoulet,
earthy lentils du Puy and braised rabbit.
Chateau Larose-Trintaudon, Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France 21.99/237.49
over five decades Chateau Larose-Trintaudon has issued superbly
authentic, age-worthy and under-the-radar clarets. Leveraging the
vintage’s long growing season, their 2008 shows impressive
nuance and complexity. A classic Left Bank blend of 60% Cabernet
Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, the wine reveals a claret robe followed
by a captivating bouquet of cassis, cedar, incense, tar and vanilla.
On the palate, a silky core of black cherry and currant fruit is
backed by plentiful, food-friendly tannins and hints of caramel,
wood spice and gravelly soil. The wine finishes long, graceful and
poised with echoes of cherry and currant fruit mingling with lovely
hints of cocoa, caramel and crushed herbs. This is classic Medoc
just approaching its window of maturity. Pair now with hearty fare
like potatoes au gratin, roast beef, leg of lamb or rustic mushroom
preparations. Better yet, lay down a stash for enjoyment over the
coming decade or two.
Chateau La Grace Dieu, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France 37.99/410.29
a superb, old-school Saint-Emilion that’s built for the long
haul. Our perennial Right Bank favorite, Chateau La Grace Dieu,
exemplifies all the qualities we love about the great 2010 vintage:
the impeccable balance of pure fruit, plentiful old school tannins,
brisk acidity, and ineffable soil transparency. The wine’s
opaque black plum robe segues to gorgeous Right Bank aromas of plums,
mocha, tobacco and soil. Conveying a tense, coiled kernel of plum
and black cherry fruit, the Grace Dieu – a blend of 80% Merlot
and 20% Cabernet Franc – presents waves of plentiful, chewy
tannins backed by a tar and gravel soil signature. Notes of sappy
herbs and vanilla bean join reprises of red and black fruits and
old-school framing tannins to ensure that this Right Bank wonder
has plenty in reserve for extended cellar aging. Buy by the case
to enjoy now with hearty rib roasts of beef and rich mushroom dishes,
but ideally to lay down and allow the wine’s tannic backbone
melt into its dense kernel of cherry, currant and plum fruit.
ITALY - RED
Conte Loredan Gasparini, Venegazzu, Rosso della Casa, Montello e
Colli Asolani, Veneto, Italy 18.99/205.09
of Venice in the Treviso hills, the classic Bordeaux varietals have
been planted since the 1950s to fashion Bordeaux-style red wines
of unusual complexity and value. An opaque young garnet color, Gasparini’s
Rosso della Casa opens with Medoc-like aromas of cassis, lead pencil,
tobacco and herbs. Rich and silky on the palate, the wine shows
tangy acidity and fine, food-friendly tannins balancing a dense
core of black cherry, plum and blackberry fruit. Complex notes of
licorice, tobacco and baker’s chocolate emerge on the long
finish alongside subtle hints of bitter herbs, mushroom-y sotto
bosco and a touch of appetizing Franc-o-licious “funk.”
Aged eighteen months in large, neutral oak barrels, the purity of
the wine’s fruit takes center stage while its superb structure
ensures years of positive evolution in your cellar. This is an elegant
and distinctive interpretation of a classic Left Bank Bordeaux,
and its lack of obvious oak influences makes the wine especially
suitable for hearty braises, roasts and grilled meats, and vegetarian
Giuseppe Nada, Barbera d’Alba, Superiore, Piedmont, Italy
Giuseppe Nada domaine boasts vineyards in Treiso’s hallowed
crus of Marcarini and Casot. From plantings in the Marcarini cru,
Nada’s terrific 2012 Barbera d’Alba casts a translucent
ruby robe segueing to textbook aromas of ripe plums, button mushrooms
and blond leather. Brisk acidity and fine tannins buoy the wines’
voluptuous black cherry fruit alongside suggestions of fresh bay
leaf, tar, violet petals and baker’s chocolate. A year’s
aging in large French oak barrels has rounded the Barbera’s
fierce acidic nature while elevating its sappy core of blackberry
and black cherry fruit. This is superb Barbera that’s ready
for your table tonight and over the coming three years with beef
carpaccio, mushroom risotto, and rich carbonara. It will also delight
with everyday fare like burgers, mac ‘n cheese, pan-seared
pork chops, and eggplant lasagna.
Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco (Torre), Piedmont, Italy 26.99/291.49
we can say is “Oh, my gosh!” In the greatness of Piedmont’s
2010 vintage, the Produttori decided to blend its finest juice and
release it with its “basic” Barbaresco label. The addition
of the single-vineyard cuvees has elevated this wine to previously
unachieved levels. A textbook Nebbiolo amber-rimmed garnet color,
the Produttori’s 2010 Barbaresco jumps out of the glass with
a classic bouquet of Morello cherries, licorice, leather, camphor,
calcareous minerals and white truffles. On the palate, the wine
caresses with silky cherry and red currant fruit before a lashing
of firm, old-school Nebbiolo tannins sneak in to remind us that
there’s indeed riserva-level juice in this bottle –
and that we must pay it proper respect. Bright, livening acidity
propels the Barbaresco on its long finish, while suggestions of
anise, rose petals, cedary pencil shavings, cinnamon, cherry blossoms
and potpourri serve to make this one of the complex, balanced and
compelling offerings from the Produttori in many a moon. The wine’s
firm tannins ensure at least two decades of positive evolution.
Decant and serve with hearty Piemontese fare like creamy risottos,
egg-rich tajarin topped with shaved truffles or a rich ragu, braised
game, rack of lamb and hearty beef stews. Limited.
OREGON - WHITE
Cameron Winery, Pinot Blanc, Giovanni, Dundee Hills, Oregon (S)
the most complex Giovanni release from Cameron winery yet. Sourced
from the renowned Abbey Ridge Vineyard, the blend offers a core
of Pinot Blanc plus dollops of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Cameron’s
2014 Giovanni opens with ripe, tropical aromas of pineapple, spiced
pears and quince. Smoky soil notes segue the Giovanni to its rich,
Alsatian palate of green melon fruit, yellow peaches, lemon balm,
menthol and complex spice. Hints of mint, fiddlehead fern and Seville
oranges mark the wine’s long fleshy finish. As irrepressible
as its creator, Cameron’s 2014 Giovanni finishes sprightly
and vivacious. Enjoy over the coming eighteen months as a complement
to grilled halibut, cedar plank salmon, zucchini frittatas, omelets,
brook trout and grilled vegetables.
FRANCE - WHITE
Francois Cazin, Le Petit Chambord, Cour-Cheverny, Loire Valley,
France (O) 15.99/
is an amazingly complex wine that reveals yet another color in the
endlessly intriguing and rewarding spectrum of Loire Valley wines.
Using Romorantin, a rare, historic heirloom grape varietal from
the eastern Loire Valley, Francois Cazin fashions dry and dessert-style
wines of rare focus and complexity. The 2012 Cour-Cheverny casts
a brilliant green-glinted lemon gold color in the glass followed
by a bouquet of green melon, gunpowder tea, sorrel and flinty minerals.
On the palate, the wine conveys notes of sappy quince, breadfruit,
linden blossom and fresh ginger before segueing to a long finish
featuring suggestions of lemon balm, fresh bay leaf, flint and chalk.
We suggest drinking this gem now or over the next two years with
goat cheeses, vegetable dishes like zucchini or eggplant, light
chicken dishes, or light freshwater fish preparations.
Domaine Bernard Defaix, Chablis, Vieilles Vignes, Burgundy, France
2012 old-vine Chablis is a textbook example of true character and
value from vineyards in the very heart of the Chablis appellation.
Brilliant green-glinted lemon-gold in the glass, the wine casts
aromas of dusty oyster shells, lemon juice and Brazil nuts. Brisk
and racy on the attack, Defaix’s Chablis fuses a juicy core
of lemon, Bartlett pear and green apple fruit with electric acidity
and a riveting undercurrent of flinty, oyster shell minerality.
Classically brisk but impressively textured on the palate, this
is superb Chablis that combines the region’s special Kimmeridgean
limestone mineral expression with laser-sharp lemony Chardonnay
fruit and sappy suggestions raw hazelnuts. Serve as a lovely foil
for oysters, clams, mussels, prawns and the entire spectrum of fish
and shellfish. Enjoy this delicious, shimmering Chablis now and
over the coming three years.
GERMANY - WHITE
Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt, Piesporter Goldtropfchen, Erste Lage,
Riesling, Spatlese, Mosel, Germany 21.99/237.49
one of the most important estates in the Mosel and one of region’s
steepest, most revered vineyards, we’re delighted to present
this beautiful and honeyed Spatlese. A deep lemon gold color in
the glass, von Kesselstatt’s Goldtropfchen Spatlese bursts
with aromas of Mirabelle plums, quince, malt and slate-driven terroir.
On the palate suggestions of apricots and clover honey are elevated
by juicy acidity and dissolved grey slate minerality. Hints of peaches,
lime zest and ripe pineapple linger on the wine’s long finish
alongside mature, complex notes of petrol, flint and slate. This
is a gorgeous, full-bodied Spatlese – almost a mini-Auslese
– that is entering the first stages of maturity and drinking
smashingly well now. It will also reward another decade or two in
your cellar. Pair with Asian cuisines, sauteed steelhead, steamed
shellfish and light pastas. Very limited.
ITALY - WHITE
Marotti Campi, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico, Superiore,
Marches, Italy (S) 12.99/140.29
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 2013 Luzano Verdicchio opens with a straw gold color
and complex aromas of acacia blossoms, sweet meadow flowers, sugar
snap peas, white pepper and flinty minerals. The palate combines
crunchy green pear fruit, bittersweet apricot skin with a riveting
acid backbone. Brisk and uncompromisingly dry, the Luzano finishes
with reprises of snap peas, pear fruit and flinty minerals, all
propelled by the wine’s brilliant acidity. A haunting touch
of bitter almond 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.
Antonelli, Grechetto dei Colli Martani, Umbria, Italy 11.50/124.20
Umbria’s signature white varietal, finds its greatest expression
in the Colli Martani zone south of Perugia. Antonelli’s 2013
Grechetto begins with a medium lemon-gold color and deep aromas
of Bartlett pears, acacia and hawthorn blossom. Crisp, intense and
focused on the palate, the wine complements its juicy core of melon
fruit with crisp acidity and notes of Asian pear and bitter almonds.
Antonelli’s Grechetto finishes long and juicy with further
notes of crisp pear, honeydew melon, lemon drops and anise. Grechetto
is rightfully gaining serious attention as one of Italy’s
premier white wines, and we suggest pairing this distinctive central
Italian bianco over the coming year with pan-fried trout, zucchini,
seafood pastas, young chevres and grilled halibut.
SPAIN - WHITE
Zudugarai, Getariako Txakolina, Basque Country, Spain 15.99/172.69
things herald the coming of spring like the new vintage of spanking
fresh Txakolis. New to our palates is this smokin’ good Txakoli
from Zudugarai. Based on a blend of 90% Hondarribi Zuri and 10%
Hondarribi Beltza, Zudugarai’s Txakoli bursts out of the glass
with a healthy dose of dissolved CO-2, a pale lemon gold color,
and high-toned aromas of lime juice, green apple skin, green olives
and salty minerals. Zippy and light on the palate, the wine’s
kernel of citrus fruit takes center stage with bold expressions
of fresh lemon juice, Key Lime zest and sour tangerine. Leaving
the palate, the wine deposits a delicious dusting of saline minerals
on the lips and inner cheeks while adding notes of quinine and freshly
grated ginger. This is fantastic Txakoli, a true value for its denominación
and a superb choice for warm weather refreshment. Partner with raw
and steamed shellfish, light squid tapas, grilled sardines, boquerones,
ceviche, and acidic vegetables like steamed artichokes and grilled
Benito Santos, Igrexario de Saiar, Albarino, Rias Baixas, Galicia,
northwestern Spain’s signature white varietal, Albarino, is
often coaxed to reflect a tropical fruit profile, we’re partial
to the brisk, saline, minerally examples such as this beauty from
Benito Santos. Organically grown and naturally crafted, Benito Santos’
stunning Albarino reveals a pale lemon-gold hue in the glass followed
by aromas of lemon zest, papaya, smoky crushed granite, and wild
yeast top notes. Zippy and refreshing on the palate, the wine alternates
waves of white grapefruit, lime juice and green pineapple accented
by an appetizingly bitter herbal edge. This is one of the most exciting
Albarinos we’ve tasted in years! A fabulous choice to accompany
anything pulled from the water, it will also pair exceedingly well
with fresh vegetables, light pastas and myriad tapas.
FRANCE - ROSÉ
Chateau Beaulieu, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, Rose, Provence,
is a lovely Provencal rose, and a superb example of the acclaimed
2014 vintage. Fashioned entirely from estate-grown fruit, the Chateau
Beaulieu fresh-off-the-boat 2014 rose – a blend of 50% Grenache,
20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cinsault and Syrah – sports an
orange-tinted salmon color in the glass followed by lovely aromas
of cherry blossoms, herbal garrigue, ruby grapefruit and white pepper.
Crisp and refreshing on the palate, Beaulieu’s 2014 rose offers
crisp, crunchy suggestions of Rainier cherries, golden raspberries
and bitter orange peel suffused with flinty minerals. Dry, tensile
and bursting with refreshment, the wine finishes with notes of ruby
red grapefruit, bracing acidity and a lip-smacking dusting of saline
minerals. Enjoy this beauty now and over the coming year with sushi,
sashimi, broiled salmon, roast chicken, seared ahi, braised and
smoked pork, cured meats, and seasonal squashes.
LINER & ELSEN
2222 NW Quimby St.
Portland, OR 97210
Mon.-Sat. 10am - 6pm
First and third Friday
of the month
5:30-7:30 p.m. - Fee
APRIL 3 Ahhh…White
Burgundies from the Beaune Appellation.
APRIL 17 A
taste of Bandol: Reds, whites and rosés.
MAY 1 Savor
the great Chenin Blancs from Savennieres.
Weekly; Starts at
12 noon - No fee
• Goodness from Oregon: Cameron Pinot
Blanc Giovanni, Cameron Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, and
St. Innocent Pinot Noir Villages Cuvee.
• Tutti Italia: Antonelli Grechetto,
Marotti Campi Verdicchio, Giuseppe Nada Barbera d’Alba,
Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco, and Conte Loredan Gasparini
• The Tuttles are back! Olga and Barnaby
will pour the new wines from Teutonic.
• From France: Dom. Bernard Defaix
Chablis V.V. François Gay Chorey-les-Beaune, Dom. Jean
Vullien Mondeuse, Dom. Lombard La Cote, and Ch. La Grace Dieu
• A taste of the Piedmont with Cinzia
Travaglini, winemaker for the best wines – and most
unique bottles – from Gattinara.
• From Spain: Benito Santos Igrexario
de Saiar Albarino, and Zudugarai Getariako Txakolina.
• From France: Ch. Beaulieu Provencal
Rose, F. Cazin Le Petit Chambord Cour-Cheverny, Les Eminades
Cebenna St.-Chinian, Dom. Laroque Cite de Carcassonne, and
Ch. Larose-Trintaudon Haut-Medoc.
SPECIAL EVENT AT L&E:
DOMAINE CHANDON DE BRIAILLES
Tuesday, April 21,
Please join Michael Sullivan of Beaune Imports
and Doug Culver from C&G Wines for a tasting of the superlative
red and white Burgundy wines of Domaine Chandon de Briailles.
The focus will be the 2011 vintage, plus
a few older vintages. We consider these among the best valued
wines in all of Burgundy – guaranteed to impress!
Seating is limited, and pre-payment is required.
$75 per seat.
your seat now.