The Thanksgiving Cru Beaujolais
Case Sampler ... 220.00 reg. 295.00

As we head into the holiday season, we can think of no other wine that so effortlessly fits the bill for festive gatherings. This month’s sampler represents six of the ten Beaujolais crus, and a cross section of the region’s finest terroirs. And these wines hail from among the most highly-acclaimed producers as well. Wine geeks and critics alike are extolling the virtues of cru Beaujolais. If you’re not already a convert, this selection is wonderful and illuminating place to start.

Here’s the perfect choice for your Thanksgiving table - and great as a holiday season gift! The sampler holds two bottles of each wine:

2012 Domaine Cheysson, Chiroubles (18.99)
Bright red ruby color; vivid high-altitude fresh cherry fruit envelops a gripping undercurrent of granite minerality.

2013 Arnaud Briday, Domaine des Chers, Julienas, Vieilles Vignes (16.99)
Deep ruby color and floral aromas of violets and orchard blossoms; spicy apricot, peach and red raspberry fruit framed by hints of game, menthol and plentiful, vibrant tannins.

2012 Nicole Chanrion, Domaine de la Voute des Crozes, Cote-de-Brouilly (S)
(17.99 reg. 25.99)

Brilliant ruby robe; aromas of black cherries, smoke and cinnamon lead to a fresh, light palate that’s just the ticket for turkey and all the trimmings. A Kermit Lynch selection.

2011 Guy Breton, Regnie (O) (23.99 reg. 29.99)
Beautiful, classic funky Beaujolais nose; deeply pitched black cherry and pomegranate fruit complemented by fantastic lashing of smoky granite minerals and unbridled deliciousness. A Kermit Lynch selection.

2011 Domaine Chignard, Fleurie, Les Moriers (S) (19.99 reg. 25.99)
Opaque ruby; assertive granite-driven nose. Chewy black raspberry fruit highlighted by hints of lavender, Asian five spice and cloves. A Kermit Lynch selection.

2011 Jean-Paul Thevenet, Morgon, Vieilles Vignes (B) (23.99 reg. 29.99)
Opaque purple-ruby color followed by an incredibly pure red currant nose, smoky earth, cured meat, stems and wild yeast funk. The most “Old School Burgundian” of the lot. A Kermit Lynch selection.



2013 Ayres Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon (S) | 19.99/215.89

Since 2001 Ayres Vineyard has fashioned some of the Willamette Valley’s most immediate, soulful and delicious Pinot Noirs. Ayres’ just-released 2013 Willamette Valley Pinot is a blend of estate-grown Pinot from Ribbon Ridge blended with fruit from the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The result gives a keen glimpse into the transparency and impeccable balance we’re looking for in the 2013 vintage. A transparent garnet color in the glass, Ayres’ 2013 Pinot opens with aromas of pie cherries, spicy cinnamon, vanilla bean and smoky soil. On the palate, Ayres’ Pinot casts waves of snappy cherry and raspberry fruit accented by a smoky soil undercurrent. Balanced, food-friendly tannins frame the wine’s core of crunchy red fruits. Enjoy this delicious, splendidly balanced, tangy, red-fruited 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.


Also see: Beaujolais Case Sampler (described above)

2012 Elian da Ros, La Vin est une Fete, Cotes du Marmandais, SW France (B) | 14.99/161.89

Here’s a spectacular country red that drinks like a delicious cross of a fresh, young Right Bank claret and a rustic, gripping red from Cahors. Working biodynamically, winemaker Elian da Ros blends the traditional Bordeaux varietals Merlot and Cabernet Franc with the indigenous Arbouriou. An opaque claret-plum color in the glass, Da Ros’s Le Vin est une Fete (Wine is a Party) explodes with deeply-pitched black currant fruit alongside complex notes of cedar, white pepper, tobacco and cured meats. Vibrant in the mouth, the wine coats the palate with plum and currant fruit accented by stony minerals, tar, tobacco and fine, framing tannins. Long and complex well beyond its modest origins and price tag, da Ros’s Le Vin est une Fete finishes with additional suggestions of menthol, herbs, cracked peppercorns and lip-smacking tannins. This is another superb Elian da Ros wine to buy by the case for enjoyment now and over the coming three years with just about anything but seafood.

2012 Les Vignerons du Quercy, Les Hauts Lastour, Coteaux du Quercy, SW France | 10.50/113.40

Les Vignerons du Quercy is a group of thirty-three winegrowers dedicated to achieving the vast potential that this newly minted Appellation Controlee in Southwestern France can offer. For their Les Hauts Lastour bottling, the vignerons blend 20% each of Malbec and Gamay and 10% of Merlot into a foundation of Cabernet Franc. Tobacco and herbal notes buoy a vibrant core of plum and cassis fruit. On the palate, tangy suggestions of cedar, tobacco and Bing cherries yield to fine, lifting tannins and an undercurrent of limestone minerals. The wine finishes long and savory with leafy tobacco notes and hints of herbs. The Hauts Lastour satisfies both as a delicious, quaffable rouge and as a wine to tickle the curiosity of French wine fans. This is one heck of a value and a terrific, versatile choice to partner with pates, sausages, roast pork, burgers and Thanksgiving turkey with a savory dressing.

2002 Chateau Lanessan, Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France 23.99/259.09

Looking for something extra special to grace your holiday table? Look no further than this impressive Bordeaux from Chateau Lanessan. One of the greatest overachievers in the Haut-Medoc, Lanessan employs a classic Left Bank blend of 60 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 35 % Merlot seasoned with dollops of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Add to this twelve years’ maturity and you have a sensational claret that’s just now entering its window of peak drinking. Sporting a translucent ruby core with hints of mature orange at the rim, Lanessan’s 2002 opens with heady cassis and plum fruit accented by hints of cedar, tobacco, black pepper, gravelly soil and vanilla. Silky and voluptuous with waves of chewy cherry and currant fruit, the wine shows the mature sweetness and leafiness that can only be achieved by time and patience. Long and sexy on the finish, the Lanessan reprises waves of silky red fruit framed by lovely tannins. It will prove a lovely foil for rich and savory fare such as roast beef, game and poultry, as well as seasonal mushroom preparations. Enjoy this now and over the coming decade.

2013 Domaine de Fenouillet, Ventoux, Southern Rhone Valley, France (O) | 12.99/140.29

Brothers Patrick and Vincent Soard own and operate the impeccable Domaine de Fenouillet, based in the hallowed village of Beaumes de Venise. Fenouillet’s 2013 Ventoux, a blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Carignan, casts a deep plum-ruby robe and heady aromas of macerated cherries, smoke, bay leaf and arid, stony terroir. Dense and chewy on the palate, the wine fuses a deep kernel of cherry fruit with overtones of orange peel, herbal garrigue, cloves and potpourri. Fine tannins sneak in on the back-palate, frame the wine’s exuberant fruit, and segue it to a long herb- and spice- tinged finish. A lingering hint of juniper makes the wine all the more delicious. This is a superb and smartly-priced selection that will make a nice addition to your Thanksgiving table and served with grilled and roasted meats over the coming cool weather. A Neal Rosenthal portfolio selection.

2011 Joseph Drouhin, Cote de Beaune-Villages, Burgundy, France | 20.99/226.69

Drawing from superb sources in the Cote de Beaune, Drouhin blends wines from a few hand-selected villages to fashion its Cote de Beaune-Villages. A vivid garnet color in the glass, Drouhin’s Cote de Beaune-Villages conveys senses of earthy raspberry and pomegranate fruit, licorice, and that special limestone earthiness that adorns the most honest of red Burgundies. Nuanced and supple on the palate, the Cote de Beaune-Villages’ earthy red fruit kernel mingles with fine, buffered tannins and complex suggestions of wood smoke, game, mint, and vanilla. Long and tangy, the wine finishes with reprises of red fruits, smoky soil and earth. Another fine choice for your Thanksgiving table, enjoy this beauty now and over the coming three years with full-bodied savory fare such as gratin dauphinois, duck, roast chicken and pork.

2010 Domaine des Forges, Anjou-Villages Rouge, Les 3C, Loire Valley, France (S) | 11.99/129.49

"Les 3C" on the label refers to the three C's of the Branchereau family, owners of the Domaine des Forges: Claude, the grandfather; Corentin, the grandson; and Camille the granddaughter. A blend of Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon, Forges' Les 3C is a brilliant representation of the varietals as expressed on the schistose soils of the Anjou. Translucent black-ruby in the glass, the cuvee casts aromas of dried leaves, cured meat, black currants, black pepper and herbs. Showing the beautiful structure of the Loire Valley's 2010 vintage, the wine alternates waves of currant and cherry fruit, plentiful fine tannins, leafy underbrush and smoky soil notes. Spicy and cinnamon-tinged on the finish, the 3C presents further complex suggestions of bitter chocolate, black cherries, Assam tea and salty minerals. Firmly structured with chewy tannins, the wine is delicious and savory today, but has the poise and the balance to reward five to seven years' aging in your cool cellar. Pair this superb Anjou-Villages with cured meats, aged goat cheeses, braised rabbit and pork dishes, and grilled beef. Another testament to the greatness of France's 2010 vintage!


2012 Brigaldara, Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy | 15.99/172.69

There’s truly nothing like pure, unadulterated Valpolicella for a versatile, delicious and characterful year-round red. The benchmark Brigaldara estate’s gorgeous 2012 Valpolicella casts a transparent black cherry robe and delivers a pure, delicate nose of cherry and raspberry fruit accented by hints of tar, violets and potpourri. On the palate, fresh, spicy cherry and raspberry fruit joins zippy acidity and delicious overtones of limestone minerals, camphor and sweet cinnamon. On the finish, fine, food-friendly tannins and an appetizing bitter almond note serve to frame and elevate the wine’s gorgeous kernel of red berry fruit. Fashioned exclusively from the traditional Valpolicella varietals (Corvina 40%, Corvinone 20%, and a blend of Rondinella, Molinara and Sangiovese), the wine is ripe, lush and ready to go. Pair now and over the next five years with savory poultry, pasta, burgers, pizza and grilled squashes. Delicious Valpolicella and another fine turkey wine!

2009 Tenuta Sella & Mosca, Tanca Farra, Alghero DOC, Sardinia, Italy | 22.99/248.29

Sella & Mosca is unquestionably Sardinia’s leading estate. The estate’s Tanca Farra (“iron earth”) is a terrific blend of equal parts indigenous Cannonau (aka Grenache) and Cabernet Sauvignon. This ferrous soil profile infuses the wine with a compelling terroir expression and amazing complexity. A deep ruby color with crimson highlights, the Tanca Farra casts aromas of black currants, figs, ferrous earth, smoke and licorice. Broad and rich on the palate, the wine coats the palate with rich black fruits imbued with the soil signature and hints of cured meats, tar and game. Barrel notes of dark roasted coffee emerge on the long, soil-driven finish. Pair this truly impressive wine with sausages, salumi, braised rabbit, rich game dishes, hearty pastas and pizzas, as well as roast lamb and beef. Enjoy now and over the coming seven years.

2010 Feudi di San Gregorio, Aglianico, Rubrato, Irpinia IGT, Campania, Italy | 11.99/ 129.49

There’s little debate among Italian wine authorities that Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Aglianico are the country’s three noblest grapes. Aglianico, the least well known of the three, reaches its apogee on the volcanic hillsides in southern Italy’s Campania region. A fickle and difficult grape, the Aglianico requires the care and gentle coaxing of a quality-conscious producer like Feudi to realize fully its mysterious and elusive personality. Feudi’s Rubrato embodies all the hallmarks of a great Aglianico wine: a dense black-purple color, flavors of plums and deep, black fruits, licorice, and a finish that expresses the volcanic ash soils from nearby Mount Vesuvius. Feudi’s 2010 Rubrato sports a bright, high-toned nose of dried cherries, Medjool dates, star anise and tar. The Rubrato’s palate is zippy, lively and satisfying with nuances of blackberries, cinnamon, star anise, menthol and cloves, but it’s on Rubrato’s long finish that Vesuvius’s volcanic terroir emerges and conveys the unique expression of ashen soil that simply can’t be matched anywhere else on the planet. This is a wonderful cool weather wine that’s tailor-made for grilled meats, salumi, hard cheeses, charcuterie and pasta dishes with sun dried tomatoes. Drink now or over the next five years.



2013 Eyrie Vineyards, Pinot Gris, Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon | 17.99/194.29

From the granddaddy of Pinot Gris in Oregon, the legendary Eyrie Vineyards is back with a vengeance. In 1970 Eyrie produced Oregon’s very first Pinot Gris. Forty-three years later, Eyrie has released yet another classic Oregon Pinot Gris with a rich golden color and refreshing aromas of Williams pears, smoky soil and buttery tarte tatin. On the palate, Eyrie’s just-released 2013 Pinot Gris offers a fleshy yellow plum and fresh apricot expression, followed by a perfumed mineral streak that reminds us of a fine Condrieu. The wine finishes with complex suggestions of ginger, jasmine and Meyer lemon. Jason Lett carries the torch of elegance lit by his father, and this is absolutely gorgeous, textbook Oregon Pinot Gris from the Willamette Valley’s most legendary estate. Enjoy now or over the coming seven years with sturgeon, salmon, halibut, oysters, roast chicken and braised pork preparations.


2011 Thevenet et Fils, Saint-Veran, Clos de l’Ermitage St. Claude, Vieilles Vignes, Burgundy, France | 19.99/215.89

White Burgundy lovers rejoice! The honest, old-school wines of Saint-Veran’s Thevenet family are back! Thevenet’s Clos de l’Ermitage Saint Claude Vieilles Vignes is their prestige cuvee, crafted from the 70-year-old estate vines. These old vines express themselves in both an impressively soil-driven nose and explosive concentration on the palate. A brilliant lemon-gold in the glass, Thevenet’s Clos de l’Ermitage casts limestone-infused aromas of buttered pears, wildflower honey and smoke. Brisk and tense on the fore-palate, the wine opens to reveal gorgeously pure impressions of Bartlett pears, lemon and sweet butter. Long and savory, the wine’s smoky clay-limestone undercurrent shows impressive persistence while notes of lemon balm, menthol and ginger linger on its long finish. A superb buy for enjoyment now and over the coming five years with broiled salmon, pan-seared chicken breast, medium aged chevres, and recipes highlighting the noble chanterelle. Be sure to serve this at cool cellar temperature – not too cold – so that the wine’s old vine intensity and smoky mineral soil notes can fully reveal themselves.

2012 Drouhin-Vaudon, Chablis, Burgundy, France | 17.99/194.29

The Moulin de Vaudon, an eighteenth-century watermill on the Serein River, is headquarters for Joseph Drouhin’s Chablis endeavors. Over the decades, Drouhin has quietly crafted excellent Chablis, and now these wines are firmly entrenched in the region’s upper echelon. Pale green-tinged lemon gold in the glass, Drouhin-Vaudon’s 2012 Chablis casts broad, classic Chablis limestone soil notes alongside hints of fresh lemon zest. Ample and fleshy on the palate, lemon and grapefruit expressions mingle with suggestions of smoky, flinty limestone soil, ginger and hazelnuts. Further waves of limestone segue the wine to its long finish featuring added notes of unripe pineapple and candied lemons. Drouhin-Vaudon’s Chablis is drinking smashingly well at this early stage, but will reward five years’ patience in your cool cellar. Pair with all things seafood, vegetable souffles, mashed potatoes, light poultry and pork preparations.

2013 Domaine Maurice Schoech, Cotes d’Ammerschwihr, Alsace, France | 18.99/205.09

The Schoech family traces its roots in the vineyards of Ammerschwihr back to 1650. The current domaine was established in 1971 and boasts a superb portfolio of traditional Alsatian wines. This is Schoech’s delicious everyday white blend, fashioned from primarily Pinot Blanc with a dollop of Muscat, all grown on hillside vineyards situated at the beginning of the valley south of Ammerschwihr. A brilliant lime-glinted lemon gold color, Schoech’s Cotes d’Ammerschwihr fuses a base of fleshy, pear and green apple scented Pinot Blanc with exotic Muscat notes of orange zest, muskmelon and linden blossom. Ripping acidity balances the wine’s fleshy fruit expression and lifts the wine’s top notes of mint, kaffir lime leaves and orange blossom honey. Schoech’s Cotes d’Ammerschwihr finishes long, crisp, clean and begging for food. If you’re looking for a versatile wine that will complement all your Thanksgiving fare, look no further than this elegant Alsatian beauty from Maurice Schoech. Enjoy now and over the coming three years.

2010 Domaine des Baumard, Savennieres, Loire Valley, France (S) | 21.99/237.49

The noble Chenin Blanc grape reaches its pinnacle as a dry wine in the complex, schist-dominated terroir of Savennieres in the Loire valley’s Anjou sector. We’re thrilled to be able to offer this stellar example from the legendary Domaine des Baumard that brilliantly expresses the 2010 vintage’s classic, racy, soil-driven profile. Baumard’s 2010 is a superb, spine-tingling Savennieres that opens with a brilliant gold hue and a knockout dose of Savennieres’ smoky, assertive schistose minerals. Brisk on the attack, the wine’s acidity and ineffable minerality lift and electrify its fleshy core of preserved lemon, Mirabelle plum and quince fruit. Notes of chamomile, beeswax and ginger mark the long, grand cru finish, followed by a dusting of dissolved saline minerals that lingers on your lips. Baumard’s Savennieres are renowned for their early appeal as well as their ability to age. Thus, we suggest pairing this over the next year or two with medium to rich seafood dishes, and then allow the rest of your case to mature for another seven to twelve years while it gracefully adds complexity, richness, texture and nuance.


2013 Falchini, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Vigna a Solatio, Tuscany, Italy | 10.50/113.40

Falchini, undoubtedly one of San Gimignano’s finest and most venerable estates, enjoys yet another well-deserved appearance in this newsletter with this classically fresh, dry and delicious single-vineyard Vernaccia. A lemon-gold hue in the glass, Falchini’s Vigna a Solatio casts aromas of pear skin, fennel and white meadow flowers. Brisk and refreshing on the palate, the wine conveys suggestions of crisp Bartlett pear and green melon fruit mingling with zesty acidity, menthol and bitter medicinal herbs. Crisp and clean on the finish with lingering notes of grapefruit, lime, melon, almond skin and smoky minerals, Falchini’s Vernaccia drinks impeccably well by itself, and will perform splendidly as partner to fresh and semi-firm cheeses, pastas tossed in olive oil, the entire seafood spectrum, and light poultry preparations. Enjoy now and over the coming year.

2013 Terradora Dipaolo, Falanghina, Irpinia, Campania, Italy | 13.99/151.09

Falanghina is one of southern Italy’s most historic and noble white wine grapes. Terredora Dipaolo estate’s commitment to excellence is evident in this brilliant lemon-gold Falanghina, which shows an especially beguiling fusion of white flowers, beeswax and subtle tropical fruits. The 2013 Falanghina begins with captivating aromas of star fruit, pear blossoms and freshly-cut pineapple. Fresh and snappy, the wine’s palate meshes pineapple, lemon and quince fruit with brisk acidity and a subtle volcanic mineral undercurrent. On the finish, the Falanghina turns up the volume on its minerality as the dissolved volcanic dustiness merges with the wine’s acidity to lift its fruit profile and make it especially versatile at the table. Drink this superb Falanghina now with sushi, clams, mussels, squid, vegetarian fare and seafood pasta dishes sporting lots of extra virgin olive oil and fresh garlic.

NV Tintero, Grangia, Vino Bianco Secco, Piedmont, Italy | 9.99/107.89

Oh my goodness, this is delicious! Imagine Txakolí or Vinho Verde with a Piemontese twist. A blend of 50% indigenous Favorita, 25% Moscato, 20% Arneis and 5% Chardonnay, the pale straw-colored Grangia sports an intentional dose of trapped CO-2. Herbal, lemony and chalky on the nose, the wine revives and refreshes on the palate with lemon, lime and tangerine fruit complemented by suggestions of hops, musk, cardamom pods and tarragon. Dry on the finish, the wine adds electric limestone minerality alongside notes of beeswax, clover honey and lemon thyme. Terrific by itself as an aperitivo, the Tintero Grangia will also pair well with antipasti, grilled fish and vegetables, light soups and young cheeses. Drink over the coming year to capture all the wine’s electric energy.



NV Domaines Des Baumard, Carte Turquoise, Cremant de Loire, France | 19.99/215.89

A Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc blend that delivers quality and finesse at Champagne level, at less than half the price.

NV Ampelidae, Armance B., Brut, Loire Valley, France | 14.99/161.89

This a fantastic value sparkling wine made in the traditional Champagne method. A blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Folle Blanche makes for a beautifully floral sparkling wine of considerable finesse and elegance.

NV Bereche & Fils, Brut Reserve, Montagne de Reims, Vallee de la Marne, Champagne, France | 39.99/431.89

An equal blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this low-dosage Champagne with its crisp, lemon, almond and apple fruit will bring stars to your eyes. Very elegant and sophisticated.


NV Pares Balta, B, Cava Brut, Penedes, Spain | 14.99/161.89

Spicy mineral and citrus peel aromas, with a hint of yellow plum. Fresh and broad on the palate, showing notes of orange, apple, white peach and floral honey.

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NOV. 21 Look North! A grand tasting of Washington reds.

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NOV. 1 A Taste of France: Dom. Maurice Schoech, Les Vignerons du Quercy Les Hauts Lastour, Ch. Lanessan Haut-Médoc, Dom. de Fenouillet, Drouhin Cote de Beaune-Villages, Elian da Ros, Domaine des Forges Les 3C, and Thevenet St.-Veran.

NOV. 8 Italian Lip Smackers: Falchini Vernaccia di San Gimignano Vigna a Solatio, Terredora Dipaolo Falanghina, Brigaldara Valpolicella, Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato, Tintero Grangia, and Sella & Mosca Tanca Farrà.

NOV. 15 Ooh la la! Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis, J. Baumard Savennières, and the six wines from our superb Beaujolais Sampler.

NOV. 22 Thanksgiving Fare: Eyrie Pinot Gris, Ayres Pinot Noir, and our four featured sparkling wines.

NOV. 29 Oregon Wine Weekend: Why crawl when you can sip? We welcome the great folks from Bethel Heights, Bergstrom, McKinlay, and more!


Jura Wine Tasting with
Jean-Francois Bourdy of Domaine Jean Bourdy

Thursday, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m.

Folks, this will be the tasting of the year! Some of the world’s greatest wines currently rest in the cellars of Jean Bourdy and his family, who have been making wines for seven generations.

We will present a variety of the domaine’s red, white and sparkling wines from this sub-alpine region of the French Alps. Though there are wines available going back to the 1700’s, we will taste only from six decades!

Seating is limited. Please contact Liner & Elsen or reserve your seats at our website. Price per person is $175.

Rioja Tasting: Bodegas Faustino Gran Riservas

Friday, Nov. 14 5:30-7:00

Join us and Michael Rosa from Palm Bay Imports for an informal tasting of superb, historic Riojas from the 150-year-old Bodegas Faustino. We will serve a spectacular selection of Gran Reservas from 1964, 1970, 1985, 1992 and 2001.

No reservations necessary. Tasting fee: $20.


Allegrini Wine Dinner
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Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m.

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