APRIL 2016 NEWSLETTER

 
RED WINES


Our Great Southern Rhone Red Wine Sampler

145.00 per case ... reg. 163.50

Once again, we’ve found four Southern Rhone wines that we simply couldn’t resist! Each of these wines is unique – and each is delicious. The sampler consists of three bottles of each of these four wines:
  • 2013 Les Hauts de Valcombe, Ventoux: A savory and silky texture, with sweet black cherry and raspberry fruits. Earthy and soulful.
  • 2012 Yves Cheron, Cotes du Rhone, Les Dentelles: A floral nose, with baking spices, pepper and mushrooms. Very complex and delicious.
  • 2012 J.L. Chave Selections, Cotes du Rhone, Mon Coeur: A powerful and expressive wine. Chave never misses!
  • 2013 Dom. Charvin, Vin de Pays Principaute D’Orange IGP, A Cote: Mix herbes de Provence with hints of wild strawberries, leather and a supple texture – and voila!


OREGON - RED

2014 Arterberry Maresh, Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, Oregon (O) 22.99/248.29

Third-generation winegrower Jim Arterberry is fashioning some of the Willamette Valley’s finest and most sought-after wines. This “entry-level” cuvee is a blend of superb fruit from six of the finest vineyards in the Dundee Hills AVA. Sporting a translucent ruby color in the glass, Arterberry Maresh’s 2014 Dundee Hills Pinot casts delicious aromas of wild strawberries, rhubarb and cinnamon backed with hints of toffee, wood smoke and herbs. Snappy, savory and precocious on the palate, the wine marries sweet cherry and red raspberry fruit with suggestions of loamy earth and cinnamon-spiked potpourri. Fruit-forward and generous on the palate, the wine’s fine, lip-smacking tannins and soft acidity make this beauty ready to go now and over the next couple of years. A very elegant example of Oregon’s 2014 vintage and a steal at it’s sub-$25 tariff, this is one to buy by the case to pair with broiled salmon, roast chicken and grilled Portobello mushrooms.

2012 Tyrus Evan, Claret, Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain, Washington
17.99/194.29 reg. 32.99

Tyrus Evan is Ken Wright’s project that specializes in Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. From the famous Ciel du Cheval site in Washington’s tiny Red Mountain AVA, Wright blends 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot to fashion this suave and forthcoming wine. Casting an opaque black plum robe, the Claret meshes a fleshy core of black cherry and currant notes with complex suggestions of tobacco, bitter chocolate and graphite minerals. Bright, spicy and framed by a firm tannic backbone, Tyrus Evan’s Claret adds notes of dried herbs, black pepper and dark roasted coffee. Enjoy this great buy now and over the coming three years with hearty fare: rib roasts of beef, braised game, hanger steaks, and rich vegetarian recipes featuring black truffles. Limited: 25 cases available.

FRANCE – RED

2013 Ludovic Mathon, Morgon, Les Grands-Cras, Beaujolais, France (S)
16.99/183.49

2013 cru Beaujolais are really wowing us with their savory tannins, soil transparency and terroir definition. As Morgon is one of Beaujolais’ most famous and expensive crus, we’re delighted to present this classic and affordable example from one of the appellation’s up-and-coming talents. The soils of the Grands-Cras consist of clay, schist and shale, making for one of Morgon’s boldest wines. A bright ruby in the glass, Mathon’s Morgon opens with aromas of cherry skin, violet and smoky schistose soil. Bright and spicy on the palate, the Grands-Cras reveals plentiful, food-friendly tannins alongside suggestions of black cherries, game and bitter herbs. Crisp, clean and totally satisfying, the wine finishes with latent notes of dried rose petals, cinnamon, menthol and perfumed soil. Pair now and over the coming five years with roast chicken, pan-seared pork chops, and dishes featuring fresh porcini mushrooms.

2010 Chateau Larose-Trintaudon, Haut Medoc, Cru Bourgeois, Bordeaux, France (S) 23.99/259.09

Chateau Larose-Trintaudon is one of red Bordeaux’s best – and most consistent – values, and their 2010 delivers a mouthful of classic Medoc goodness. Opaque black ruby, the Larose-Trintaudon explodes out of the glass with textbook Medoc aromas of black currants, cedar, vanilla and gravelly soil. Supple on the attack, the Larose-Trintaudon firms up mid-palate to reveal plentiful fine tannins that frame the wine’s core of velvety cherry and currant fruit. Hints of dried bay leaf and tobacco segue the wine to its long, savory and lingering finish. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, this classic claret satisfies on all levels. Enjoy now and over the coming ten years with beef Wellington, roast leg of lamb and rich lentil dishes.

2013 Domaine Berthet-Rayne, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Tradition, Rhone Valley, France (CO) 27.99/302.29

Employing organic viticulture, manual harvesting, superbly situated old vines and traditional methods in the cellar, Berthet-Rayne is fashioning a portfolio of elegant and restrained wines from some of the southern Rhone’s finest terroirs. Classic, youthful black-plum in color, Berthet-Rayne’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape opens with spicy aromas of wild cherries, black pepper, leather, lavender and thyme. Poised and reticent on the attack, the wine blossoms on the palate to reveal old-school Chateauneuf suggestions of pie cherries, underbrush, anise and garrigue. A classic Chateauneuf blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault and 5% Syrah, the wine finishes fresh, transparent and pleasantly funky – bringing to our minds memories of Chateauneufs from the early 1980s. Affordable, honest and utterly delicious, this classic Chateauneuf is ready to serve now and over the coming ten years with roast lamb, grilled burgers and ratatouille.

ITALY – RED

2010 Sella & Mosca, Terre Rare, Carignano del Sulcis, Riserva, Sardinia, Italy 12.99/140.29

The varietal Carignano (aka Carignan) has a long and storied history on Sardinia, especially on the island’s southeastern corner. A crimson-garnet color in the glass, Sella & Mosca’s Terre Rare (rare earth) opens with tobacco-tinged aromas of spicy cherries, licorice, cloves and smoky soil. Vibrant and spicy on the palate, the Terre Rare offers silky cherry fruit backed by fine tannins, brisk acidity and lovely hints of sweet tobacco and earthy mushrooms. The wine’s vibrant kernel of cherry fruit carries through to the Terre Rare’s long, leather, mushroom and soil-inflected finish. Lovers of southern French Carignan need to try this wine and compare it with their favorite examples from Minervois, Corbieres and Faugeres. Fans of bold, earthy, soil-transparent reds will find it a soulful and comfortable value. Enjoy now and over the coming eight years with dishes featuring tomatoes, eggplant, garlic, lamb and game.

2013 Mannucci Droandi, Chianti Colli Aretini, Tuscany, Italy (CO) 10.99/118.69

The Chianti Colli Aretini zone is named for the hills around the town of Arezzo to the east of Chianti Classico. The Mannucci Droandi estate has practiced organic viticulture since 2000 and is renowned for its cultivation of nearly extinct, indigenous Tuscan varietals. Mannucci Droandi’s 2013 Chianti Colli Aretini, a blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and a 5% blend of ancient Tuscan varietals, projects a translucent ruby robe and bright aromas of Bing cherries, cinnamon stick, button mushrooms and loamy soil. Ripe and savory on the palate, the wine frames its chewy core of cherry and plum fruit with plentiful food-friendly tannins. On the finish, hints of mushrooms, leather, menthol and dried herbs join the wine’s persistent waves of cinnamon-tinged cherry fruit. This is lovely Chianti that drinks well now with heartier fare like grilled Portobello mushrooms, roast game, pork and beef, but will repay three to five years’ aging in your cool cellar.

2013 Vallana, Spanna, Colline Novaresi, Piedmont, Italy 15.99/172.69

Long, zesty and brimming with character, this is a superb and unusually affordable expression of Northern Piedmont Nebbiolo. Renowned for intense, characterful, long-lived wines from the Alto Piemonte, Vallana’s Spanna is 100% Nebbiolo vinified in cement and aged six months in large oak casks. Swirl the Spanna vigorously to coax its lovely aromas of violets, smoky soil, salumi, orange peel and white pepper. On the palate, transparent cherry fruit joins with plentiful tannins, balancing acidity, and complex notes of potpourri, tobacco, mushrooms and ferrous soils. Pair this traditionally styled beauty with hearty Piemontese cuisine and everyday fare such as pizza, pasta, burgers and pork chops.

2011 Fiorenzo Nada, Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy (S) 29.99/323.89

Fiorenzo Nada is one of the leading lights in the Barbaresco commune of Treiso. This is Nada’s Barbaresco fashioned from grapes grown directly behind the Nada property in Treiso. Casting a beautiful transparent amber-tinged garnet robe, Nada’s 2011 Barbaresco opens with deep aromas of black cherries, menthol, herbs and mushroomy earth. Soft on the attack with herbal, menthol highlights, Nada’s Barbaresco tightens mid-palate to reveal plentiful, old-school Nebbiolo tannins, juicy acidity and hints of game, anise, smoke and calcareous earth. Long, bright and appetizing, this wine begs to be matched with hearty cuisine – especially meaty casseroles, earthy mushrooms, rich risottos, grilled meats and egg-rich pastas. Buy a case of this lovely and unusually affordable Barbaresco to enjoy now and over the coming ten years. Limited: ten cases available.


WHITE WINES

OREGON – WHITE

2014 RoseRock, Drouhin Oregon, Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon (S) 29.99/323.89

The much-anticipated debut of the Drouhin family’s new Oregon venture has arrived! Sourced from vineyards located at the southern tip of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, the brand new RoseRock Chardonnay conveys classic Drouhin elegance and suave texture with the smoky volcanic soil touches of the family’s new terroir. The RoseRock Chardonnay casts a brilliant, medium gold color followed by complex butter, nougat and brioche notes on the nose. The palate is ample and round with suggestion of baked buttered pears, pastry crust and roasted hazelnuts. Superb acidity, deep smoky minerality, vanilla, lemon cream, pastry crust and toffee notes emerge on the RoseRock’s long, complex and lingering finish. We suggest serving this charming Chardonnay with roast chicken or rich fish preparations. It will also serve as a lovely, if lavish, aperitif. Drink now or over the next five years. A brilliant debut for the new Drouhin venture - sante!

2015 Cameron Winery, Pinot Blanc, Giovanni, Dundee Hills, Oregon (O)
13.50/145.80

Here’s our first taste from the warm, dry 2015 Willamette Valley vintage! Fashioned from 100% Abbey Ridge Vineyard fruit, winemaker John Paul employs a core of Pinot Blanc accented by creative dollops of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris to fashion the richest and most generous Giovanni release yet. A lovely pale green-glinted lemon gold color, Cameron’s 2015 Giovanni opens with aromas of lemon balm, papaya and smoky soil. Rich and generous on the palate, notes of ripe honeydew melon, green pineapple and star fruit mingle with a tangy suggestion of freshly pressed ginger. Hints of lemongrass, tangerine and smoky soil mark the wine’s long, juicy finish. Feisty, complex, unusual, the wine is as irrepressible as its creator. Serve this at cool cellar temperature, and 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

2015 Domaine de Fontsainte, Gris de Gris (Rose), Corbieres, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (S) 13.99/151.09

The impeccable wines of the Domaine de Fontsainte have been staples of Kermit Lynch’s venerable portfolio for over thirty years. The domaine’s beloved rose is a fascinating melange of 50% Grenache Gris, 20% Grenache Noir, 20% Carignan, and 5% each Mourvedre and Cinsault grown on the stone-strewn clay, limestone and silica terroirs of the Corbieres region in the center of the Languedoc. Fontsainte’s 2015 rose shows a vivid pink watermelon color in the glass followed by aromas of red currants, rhubarb, orange peel and white pepper. On the palate, the Gris de Gris opens with juicy Rainier cherry and currant fruit accented by suggestions of lavender, spicy cinnamon and star anise. Snappy, zesty and bursting with flavor, Fonsainte’s 2015 Gris de Gris finishes with reprises of red currants, orange peel and quinine backed by an undercurrent of dusty minerality. Perfect for warm weather sipping, it will also work as a fine foil for ratatouille, grilled squashes, broiled salmon and roast quail.
- A Kermit Lynch selection

2014 Michel Delhommeau, Muscadet, Sevre et Maine Sur Lie, Cuvee Harmonie,
Loire Valley, France (CO) 13.99/151.09

The Delhommeau duo, Michel and Nathalie, return again with this delicious and aromatic rendition from the gorgeous 2014 Muscadet vintage. Pale lemon-gold in the glass, Delhommeau’s Harmonie soars with pungent wild yeast and mineral-driven aromas of lemon oil, gunflint and briny oyster shells. Deep, balanced and deliciously accessible for a young Muscadet, the Harmonie’s texture is satisfyingly ample and refreshing right out of the gate. Notes of grapefruit pith, Anjou pear, ginger and lemongrass mingle with impressions of salty sea air and crushed oyster shell minerality. Brisk, long and zesty, the wine finishes extraordinarily fresh, vivacious and clean, and begs you to slurp another Belon oyster, Littleneck clam, mussel, or to take another bite of Dungeness crab or sole in a beurre blanc sauce. Gorgeous Muscadet and always a great buy in a mineral, soil-driven white wine.

2014 Pernot-Belicard, Bourgogne, Chardonnay, Burgundy, France 22.99/248.29

This is a white Burgundy to thrill the purists among you. Philippe Pernot, the grandson of Puligny legend Paul Pernot, offers one of the most exciting white Burgundy finds in memory. A brilliant green-glinted lemon gold in the glass, Pernot-Belicard’s 2014 Bourgogne Chardonnay, sourced from five different parcels around Puligny-Montrachet, casts classic Puligny aromas of bright limestone soil, lemon oil, green apple and smoky lees. On the palate, the wine simply screams “real white Burgundy!” It conveys lovely precision, detail and delicacy alongside a kernel of buttery Chardonnay fruit. It’s this tension between shimmering acidity, limestone minerality and buttery richness that separates white Burgundy from every other Chardonnay producing region. And with this beauty at less than $25 a bottle, you’ve got the legitimate article in your hands. Buy this by the case and serve now and over the coming eight years with all things seafood, rich potato gratins, morels in a cream sauce or light poultry preparations. Believe it.

ITALY – WHITE

2014 Bisci, Verdicchio di Matelica, Marches, Italy (O) 13.50/145.80

Matelica is one of two zones famed for the varietal Verdicchio in the Marches region between Umbria and Italy’s Adriatic coast. Located inland and boasting some of the Marches’ highest altitude vineyards, Matelica is renowned for Verdicchios with more flesh and body than elsewhere in the Marches. Bisci’s Verdicchio di Matelica reveals a deep lemon-gold color and an ebullient nose of white flowers, green apple skin, lime zest and saline minerals. Crisp yet fleshy on the palate, the Bisci’s Verdicchio teems with notes of lemon oil, lime juice, honeysuckle blossoms and lip-dusting minerals. On the wine’s long, zesty finish, a gripping, sappy palate texture elevates further suggestions of kiwi, sea breeze, fennel bulb and fresh herbs. Refined, elegant, thirst quenching and delicious, this is a splendid wine for sipping by itself but ideally paired with the myriad seafood and seasonal vegetable preparations.

2014 Cardedu, Vermentino di Sardegna, Nuo, Sardinia, Italy 12.99/140.29

Vermentino is Sardinia’s most important white grape variety. This lovely, traditional example from Cardedu hails from the most mountainous and least populated sector of the island. Here vineyards are planted near cliffs that go straight down to the Mediterranean Sea and capture the salty sea breeze coming directly from the waters below. A deep golden color in the glass, the Nuo casts aromas of briny sea mist, fresh seaweed, wet straw, pear skin and herbs. Ample yet crisp and lively on the palate, the Nuo adds suggestions of apricot, honeydew melon and smoky granitic soil. The Nuo finishes fresh, zesty, saline and with a compelling resinous tactile grip. The wine begs to be paired with seafood of all shapes and sizes. We suggest enjoying this wine young and cool, served with a whole roasted branzino, zuppa di pesce, calamari, shellfish paella, grilled swordfish, or prawns sauteed in olive oil and garlic.

2014 Ronco Blanchis, Pinot Grigio, Collio Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy 14.99/161.89

This is a gorgeous, textbook example of Pinot Grigio – the style that made the grape so famous – as can only be created in most hallowed zones of northeastern Italy. From high-altitude slopes in the prestigious Gorizia zone on Italy’s border with Slovenia, Ronco Blanchis is crafting exemplary wines from the classic varietals, Pinot Grigio, Tocai Friulano, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Ronco Blanchis’ Pinot Grigio casts a brilliant lemon-gold hue from the bowl followed by aromas of pear, golden apples and dark limestone minerals. Brisk on the attack with riveting acidity and persistent minerality, the wine blossoms on the palate to reveal notes of Bartlett pears, yellow apple skin, ginger and bitter herbs. Juicy and brisk with abundant citric acidity, the wine shows the zesty, food-friendly nature of the Pinot Grigio grape lifted and amplified by the insistent minerality of the vineyards’ soils. Enjoy this beauty now and over the coming two years with golden trout, medium chevres, vegetable omelets and angel hair pasta dressed with lemon-cream sauce and plenty of fresh Dungeness crabmeat.

SPAIN – WHITE

2014 Herencia Altes, Garnatxa, Blanca, Terra Alta, Catalonia, Spain 10.99/118.69

Terra Alta is the most southerly wine and highest altitude denominacion in Catalonia. Here the Garnatxa (Grenache) Blanca thrives and yields wines of impressive character and value. Herencia Altes’s 2014 Garnatxa Blanca casts a vivid yellow-gold color from the bowl, followed by luscious aromas of lemon zest, dried herbs and dusty soil. Vibrant on the palate, Herencia Altes’s Garnatxa Blanca presents a deep kernel of melon fruit accented by minerals, quinine, dried herbs and white pepper. Long and zesty on the finish the Garnatxa Blanca adds a stony, resinous quality reminiscent of a fine Chateauneuf-du-Pape blanc. The wine will surely prove a natural partner now and over the next two years with seafood and vegetable tapas, paella, sauteed summer squashes and all things seafood. Terrific Catalonian white wine!

2015 J. Esteve Nadal, Avinyo Blanc, Petillant, Vi d’Aguilla, Penedes, Spain (O) 12.99/140.29

Esteve Nadal’s Avinyo Blanc Petillant is vinified as a lightly sparkling wine, specifically to be fresh, zesty and exuberant. Vi d’Aguilla – or “wine with a prickle” – is a year-round thirst quencher crafted from 80% Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains. Pale green-glinted gold in the glass, Avinyo’s Vi d’Aguilla presents light effervescence, which propels the wine’s musky, floral nose and citrusy bouquet of white grapefruit, key limes and saline minerals. Bristling with dissolved CO2, the wine greets the palate with expressions of tarragon, lemon, ginger, muskmelon and gardenia blossom. Bracing acidity lifts the wine’s citrus fruit core and segues it to a crisp, refreshing finish that makes it perfect as a welcome wine or as a complement to seafood and seasonal vegetables. It will also complement light poultry and pork dishes and fresh goat cheeses. Enjoy now and throughout the coming warm weather months.

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FRIDAY TASTINGS:
First and third Friday
of the month
5:30-7:30 p.m. - Fee

April 1 - Spectacular 2014 Austrian Whites: Prager, Veyder-Malberg, Knoll, Brundlmayer, and more!

April 15 - Great Spanish wines from Ribera del Duoero.

May 6 - Celebrate Oregon Wine Month: Eyrie, Caballus, Adelsheim, Cameron, and more!


SATURDAY TASTINGS:
Weekly; Starts at
12 noon - No fee

April 2 - Tutti Italia: Bisci Verdicchio di Matelica, Ronco Blanchis Pinot Grigio, Vallana Spanna, and Droandi Chianti. Plus, from Spain: Herencia Altés Garnatxa Blanca.

April 9 - La Belle France: M. Delhommeau Muscadet Cuvée Harmonie, Dom. de Fontsainte Gris de Gris (Rosé), Ch. Larose-Trintaudon, and Dom. Berthet-Rayne Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

April 16 – Northwest Wines: Meet Washington winemaker Alexis Pouillon. From Oregon: Cameron Winery Pinot Blanc Giovanni, Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir, Tyrus Evan Claret, and RoseRock Drouhin Oregon Chardonnay.

April 23 - Italian Beauties: PortoVino Cardedu Vermentino di Sardegna, Fiorenzo Nada Barbaresco, and Sella & Mosca Terre Rare Carignano del Sulcis. Plus, from Burgundy: Pernot-Belicard Bourgogne Chardonnay, and Mathon Morgon Les Grands-Cras.

April 30 - From France: Our Rhone Valley Sampler. Plus, a sneak preview of new rosés!


SPECIAL EVENTS:


A TASTE OF BURGUNDY
from the Cote de Nuits:
Dom. Clerget and
Dom. Dupont-Tisserandot

Tues., April 12 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a tasting of Burgundies from Domaine Clerget and Domaine Dupont-Tisserandot. We have become great fans of these two estates, and now you’ll have the opportunity to taste a bevy of wines from some of the Cote de Nuits finest vineyards. The complete list of wines is on our website.

Seating is limited, and pre-payment is required. Price per seat is $75. Contact L&E or purchase seats online at our website.


A TASTE OF GREAT PORTUGUESE WINES

Friday, April 8, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Meet Antonio Macanita, wine-maker and owner of the Azores Wine Company and Fitapreta Vinhos, and Rui Abecassis of Obrigado Imports.

We’ll serve some of Portugal’s most important and brilliant wines at this special event.

No reservations needed. Tasting fee: $15.


B = biodynamic methods; CO = certified organic; O = organic; S = sustainably farmed


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