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2014 Goodfellow Family Cellars, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon (S)

2014 was a lovely, warm Willamette Valley vintage, one that definitely favors the deft, elegant touch of winemaker Marcus Goodfellow. Gleaming with a pure, transparent cherry-colored center gradating to an amber rim, Goodfellow’s 2014 Pinot presents a cinnamon-scented bouquet of pie cherries, red raspberries, underbrush, and spicy earth. Fresh and nimble on the palate, the wine conveys a gorgeous sour cherry core framed by savory tannins, brightening acidity and complex notes of bay leaf, smoke, vanilla, and toffee. Sappy, brisk, and sporting an appetizing stemmy grip, this lovely red-fruited Pinot demands food and rewards with impressive versatility. Pair with broiled salmon, roast chicken, gratin dauphinois, and sauteed mushrooms.

2013 Adelsheim, Pinot Noir, Elizabeth’s Reserve, Willamette Valley, Oregon (O) 42.99/441.08

In the cool, lithe 2013 Willamette Valley vintage, Adelsheim has succeeded in fusing the elegance of Chehalem Mountain fruit with a sense of power and authority rare for this harvest. Elizabeth’s Reserve is the legendary Adelsheim Vineyard’s barrel selection of their finest Pinot Noir lots. A translucent ruby color in the bowl segues to sweet aromas of Bing cherries, marionberries, and wood spice. Round and suave on the attack, the Elizabeth’s Reserve tightens mid-palate to reveal framing tannins, saturated blackberry fruit, menthol, cinnamon, and dried rose petals. Long and lingering on the palate, the wine finishes strong and satisfying with further waves of black cherry fruit and a final loamy, earthy undertone. This is a terrific, unusually full-bodied example of the underrated 2013 vintage. Enjoy now and over the coming decade with roast chicken, duck, grilled strip steaks and spring morels in a cream sauce.
- James Suckling: 92 points


2014 Domaine de Lafage, Coteaux du Quercy, Tradition, Southwest France (B) 16.99/183.49

From the Coteaux du Quercy, a brand new AOC producing impressive and distinctive red wines. Lafage’s beguiling blend fuses Bordeaux’s elegance with the herbal garrigue aromas of Provence and the complexity of Loire Valley Cabernet Franc. A deep claret black-purple color in the glass, Lafage’s 2014 Quercy offers cool aromas of black currants, gravelly soil, and Szechuan peppercorns. The blend of Cabernet Franc, Cot (Malbec), Merlot, and Tannat is tannic and gripping on the palate, offering a core of black currant fruit and complex suggestions of white pepper, ferrous minerals, saddle leather, tar, and tobacco. Robust and rustic, the wine’s raw power is accented by its piquant soil expression. While the fruit is present, it’s the soil perfume that makes the wine sing. We encourage you to try this truly unique and special wine now and over the coming seven years, served with oven roasted potatoes, duck confit, pork terrines, roast goose, and other delicacies of southwestern France.
- Gold Medal/First Prize, Concours Regionale des Vins du Sud-Ouest

2015 Domaine de la Chanteleuserie, Bourgeuil, Cuvee Alouettes, Loire Valley, France (S) 14.99/161.89

Bourgueil, along with its neighbor Chinon, are the planet’s benchmarks for the noble Cabernet Franc grape. Chanteleuserie’s Cuvee Alouettes, fashioned from 100% Cabernet Franc planted on sandy clay soils, is the domaine’s most approachable and immediately delicious wine. Opaque purple-ruby in the glass, the 2015 Cuvee Alouettes casts aromas of freshly crushed black raspberries and black currants, tobacco, violets, and damp earth. Fresh, lively, and immediately delicious, the wine stains the palate with chewy blackberry and cassis fruit, hints of tobacco, white pepper, and appetizing herbal notes. Soft, framing tannins and lovely hints of violets, pepper, and licorice sneak in on the mid-palate and segue the wine to its long, fresh, soil-driven finish. As always, the Cuvee Alouettes is a stunning wine and a terrific value. We suggest buying a case to enjoy now and over the next five years with pork rillettes, rabbit in a mustard sauce, steak frites, grilled eggplant, fresh chevres, burgers, and roast poultry.

2014 Domaine de Durban, Beaumes-de-Venise Rouge, Southern Rhone Valley, France (S) 16.99/183.49

Domaine de Durban is the Beaumes-de-Venise’s premier producer, and their 2014 rouge from fifty-year-old vines is breathtakingly delicious. Based on a blend of Grenache (70%), Syrah (25%), and Mourvedre, Durban’s Beaumes-de-Venise rouge casts a translucent purple-ruby robe followed by classic southern Rhone aromas of kirsch, red currants, leather, herbal garrigue, and stony soil. Fresh and vibrant on the palate, the wine’s kernel of cherry-scented Grenache fruit meshes seamlessly with the leather, mushroom, and pepper overtones provided by the Syrah and Mourvedre. Firm tannins frame the wine’s core of fruit and segue the wine to a long, appetizing finish. This sensational southern Rhone rouge drinks amazingly well today while possessing the energy and reserve to promise five to seven years’ maturation in your cool cellar. Enjoy with lamb, game, mushroom duxelle, ratatouille, and fowl.

2014 Chateau La Grolet, Cotes de Bourg, Origines, Bordeaux, France (B) 14.99/161.89

La Grolet’s Origines is a splendidly authentic, vibrant, and characterful Right Bank claret, and one that doesn’t require a second mortgage to secure a case. Featuring a deep young claret color, this blend of Merlot (65%), old-vine Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), and Malbec casts brilliant aromas of cherry skin, cassis, dried herbs, saddle leather, and gravelly soil. Fresh and vibrant on the palate, the wine bursts with currant and dark cherry fruit accented by hints of cinnamon, cedar, leather, baker’s chocolate, and beef bouillon. Bright, delicious, and satisfying, this traditionally crafted Bordeaux finishes with firm tannins and reprises of cedar, cinnamon, and clay-and-gravel soil. Open this beauty well ahead of serving to give it plenty of time to unfurl, then pair it now and over the coming decade with everything from burgers to rib roasts, pork chops, duck, sauteed lentils, and grilled eggplant.


2015 Simone Scaletta, Dolcetto d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy (S) 16.99/183.49

This is delicious, ready-to-go Dolcetto of depth and warmth. Simone Scaletta is a young vigneron with vineyards in the Manzoni cru in the north of Barolo’s outstanding Monforte d’Alba zone. Deep, saturated purple ruby in the glass, Scaletta’s Dolcetto casts aromas of violet petals, black plums, licorice, wintergreen, and Seville oranges. Full and ample on the palate, the wine fuses a deep core of plum and cherry fruit with appetizing tannins and a haunting bitter almond note. Warm and resonant, the wine finishes with further suggestions of blueberries, menthol, tar, sweet brown spices, and clay-limestone soil. Enjoy now and over the coming three years with Piemontese primi and antipasti like carne cruda, risotto, vegetable flans, pates, and mushroom dishes. It will also prove delicious with everyday fare like pizzas, burgers, casseroles, and pan-seared pork chops.

2015 Mannucci Droandi, Chianti Colli Aretini, Tuscany, Italy (CO) 11.99/129.49

The Mannucci Droandi estate in the Chianti Colli Aretini zone is renowned for its cultivation of nearly extinct, indigenous Tuscan varietals. Mannucci Droandi’s 2015 Chianti Colli Aretini, a blend of Sangiovese (90%), Canaiolo (5%), and a blend of ancient Tuscan varietals, projects a translucent ruby robe and bright aromas of Bing cherries, cinnamon stick, button mushrooms, and limestone soil. Ripe, suave, and savory on the palate, the Chianti Aretini frames its chewy core of cherry and plum fruit with plentiful food-friendly tannins. On the finish, hints of mushrooms, leather, dried herbs, and delicious funky earth 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. It will also repay three to five years’ aging in your cool cellar. It’s a steal for its tariff.

NV (2014) Popolo di Indie, Langhe DOC, Vino Rosso al Popolo, Piedmont, Italy 13.50/145.80

Emphasizing sustainable and organic philosophies, the Indie Wineries portfolio spotlights artisans making transparent wines that speak of their place and their history. Their Vino Rosso al Popolo employs 55 to 60-year-old vines planted just to the east of Alba to fashion a classic Langhe blend of Nebbiolo (55%), Barbera (30%), and Dolcetto. The wine sports a lovely black cherry robe and gorgeous aromas of red plums, cherries, leather, and rose petal potpourri. Fresh and vibrant on the palate, the 2014 Rosso al Popolo shimmers with fleshy cherry fruit accented by delicious suggestions of leather, tar, camphor, mushrooms, and cinnamon. Brightened by tangy acidity and framed by fine, buffered Nebbiolo tannins, the Rosso al Popolo finishes clean, delicious, and ready to serve with all things Piemontese – think risotto, carne cruda, tajarín, salumi and polenta – as well as everyday fare. Enjoy this “people’s choice” winner now and over the coming three years.

2010 Cosimo Taurino, Salice Salentino, Riserva, Puglia, Italy (S) 12.50/135.00

Since the early 1980s, Dottor Cosimo Taurino’s Salice Salentino has been one of the world’s greatest wine values and a perennial staff favorite to boot. Back in our market after a long, much-lamented absence, Taurino’s newly released 2010 Riserva reestablishes Taurino’s legend. The wine offers a black cherry robe with orange highlights and classic Salice Salentino aromas of wild cherries, tobacco, dried herbs, and mushroomy earth. On the palate, Taurino’s 2010 Salice conveys tangy bitter cherry fruit complemented by plentiful tannins and complex undertones of leather and tobacco. After coating the palate with its ripe, rustic fruit and earthy sotto bosco notes, the Salice cleanses it with food-friendly acidity and finishing dashes of red plum, bay leaf, blood orange, and dusty limestone minerals. The spicy, balanced, soil-infused finish lingers and begs you to take another bite of pizza margherita, pasta in a sun-dried tomato, pine nut and olive oil sauce or grilled sausages. Taurino’s classic blend of Negroamaro (90%) and Malvasia Nera remains the Salice standard and, as always, it’s a terrific value.


2011 Cellers Santamaria, Gran Recosind Crianca, Emporda, Cataluna, Spain 14.99/161.89

Based on a creative blend of Garnatxa, Samsó, Ull de Llebre (Tempranillo), Cabernet Sauvignon, and Macabeu, Cellers Santamaria’s Grand Recosind casts a black-crimson robe followed by spicy aromas of wild cherries and black plums. The wine’s core of velvety black fruits yields to complex, mature notes of leather, tobacco, wintergreen, bitter chocolate, and mushrooms. Plump and silky on the palate thanks to an extended aging period, the 2011 Criança presents lovely suggestions of red plum and bitter cherry fruit complicated by barrel notes of cigar tobacco, smoke, vanilla bean, and cedary pencil shavings. Tangy acidity and fine tannins emerge as the wine segues to its long, brisk, and complex finish. The wine is priced absurdly low for its superb quality and the extended aging it enjoys, and will serve as a terrific partner with barbecued meats, potato tapas, and hearty eggplant preparations. Enjoy now and over the coming decade.



2016 Cameron Winery, Pinot Blanc, Giovanni, Dundee Hills, Oregon (O)

Crafted from the winery’s Clos Electrique fruit, John Paul premieres his 2016 Giovanni Pinot Blanc, perhaps his most complete and impressive Giovanni release yet. A lovely lemon-gold color, the 2016 Giovanni opens with exotic aromas of star fruit, pear, and passion fruit. Smoky, ferrous soil notes segue the wine to its full, sumptuous palate redolent of green melon, yellow peaches, lemon balm, and refreshing menthol. Hints of bitter herbs, lemongrass, and Seville oranges mark the wine’s long fleshy finish. Feisty, unusual, and as irrepressible as its creator, Cameron’s 2016 Giovanni finishes as exotic and intense as it began. To allow all the many complex components to reveal themselves, be sure to serve the wine at cool cellar temperature rather than straight from the fridge. Enjoy over the coming eighteen months as a complement to grilled halibut, cedar plank salmon, and brook trout, as well as vegetable frittatas and omelets.


2015 Daniel Vergnes, Tursan, Les Pentes de Barene, Southwest France 13.50/145.20

The rare Tursan AOC is found in far southwestern France near Madiran and only 45 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. For his Les Pentes de Barene bottling, Daniel Vergnes blends the indigenous Baroque (48%), Gros Manseng (40%), and Petit Manseng (3%) with the noble Sauvignon Blanc. Opening with a deep green-glinted lemon-gold color, the 2015 Pentes de Barene casts aromas of pear skin, star fruit, sunflowers, and lemongrass. Full and satisfying on the palate, suggestions of pink grapefruit and Mirabelle plums are infused in the wine’s resinous texture. Rich and ample, the Tursan finishes clean and focused as fleshy pear and apricot fruit mingle with suggestions of ginger and beeswax, all lifted and brightened by a salty mineral undercurrent. Enjoy this unique and delicious wine now and over the coming year with shellfish, green salads, goat cheeses, and milder white-fleshed fish preparations.

2015 Chateau Trebiac, Graves Blanc, Bordeaux, France (S) 13.99/151.09

Chateau Trebiac’s 2015 Graves Blanc is composed exclusively of Semillon, a rarity in Bordeaux where most of the region’s white wines have a significant Sauvignon Blanc component. The ample, waxy texture imparted by the Semillon makes the Trebiac an especially compelling example of white Graves. Glowing with a medium green-gold color, Trebiac’s Graves Blanc projects warm, inviting aromas of papaya, muskmelon, ginger, apricots, and yellow rose petals. Graves’ inimitable soil notes emerge on the palate alongside a full, resinous texture and deep expressions of golden apples, pear skin, passion fruit, and tarragon. Waxy and impressively layered, the Trebiac finishes with notes of white grapefruit, yellow plums, gravelly soil, and chervil, all driven by a persistent waves of stony minerality. A terrific value in full-bodied white Bordeaux, enjoy this Semillon with gusto over the coming two years with fresh chevres, poached salmon, oysters on the half shell, pasta with a light shrimp and scallop sauce, pan-seared pork chops, lightly dressed green salads, and white asparagus.

2015 Thierry Veron, Sancerre, Cave de la Bouquette, Loire Valley, France 21.99/237.49

Based in the center of Chavignol, Sancerre’s most hallowed village, Thierry Veron’s domaine encompasses a mere 13.5 acres, making it one of the smallest estates in the Sancerre region. Based on vines over 30 years old, Veron’s Sancerre reflects a medium lemon-gold color followed by aromas of pineapple, passion fruit, freshly cut grass, and flinty minerals. On the palate, the wine juxtaposes juicy citrus and exotic tropical fruits with textbook Sancerre overtones of white pepper, basil, lemongrass, ginger, and mint. On the finish, the wine’s grassy notes are amplified by Sancerre’s inimitable Kimmeridgean limestone minerality. This is one impressive and intense Sancerre, and at this price it’s a rare value. Buy this by the case and enjoy now and over the coming three years with fresh chevres, poached freshwater fish dishes, oysters, clams, mussels, grilled summer squashes, or as a top-shelf reward for a hard day’s work.

2015 Chateau d’Epire, Savennieres, Grand Cru d’Anjou, Loire Valley, France 19.99/215.89

The noble Chenin Blanc grape reaches its pinnacle as a dry wine in the complex soils of Savennieres in the Loire Valley’s esteemed Anjou sector. The Chateau d’Epire, imported for decades by the legendary Kermit Lynch, has released an absolutely superb, bone-dry 2015 Savennieres that shows perfectly Savennieres’ smoky, pungent minerality as well as its exotic and beguiling lemon, quince, and chamomile facets. Long, zesty, and vibrant, the wine conveys impressive grip on the palate with insistent expressions of lime zest, white pepper, beeswax, and aromatic quinine. Pungently mineral and unusually fresh and bright in the warm 2015 vintage, the wine drinks well now with trout, sushi, sashimi, scalloped oysters, and light seafood dishes. It will mature gracefully for another ten to fifteen years, adding complexity, richness, texture, and nuance. This is just about as classy a sub-$20 Savennieres as we’ve tasted in years: buy this by the case!

2014 Domaine Sangouard-Guyot, Macon-Vergisson, La Roche, Burgundy, France (S) 16.99/183.49

A third-generation Burgundian vigneron, Pierre-Emmanuel Sangouard farms 25 acres in some of the Maconnais’ most hallowed terroirs. Sangouard hones Vergisson’s rocky soil to express the minerality of the terroir and to demonstrate how it differs from its more prestigious neighbor, Pouilly-Fuisse. A deep golden color in the glass, Sangouard’s La Roche (the rock) hails from unusually calcareous soils. Aromas of lemon curd, baked croissants, orange zest, and hazelnuts segue to a full Burgundian texture on the palate. On the wine’s long and satisfying finish, limestone minerals and brisk acidity focus a brilliant, sappy, old-vine kernel of Meyer lemon and golden apple fruit. Vinified in old, neutral barrels, this is superb, soil-driven white Burgundy and a screaming value. It will wow as a welcome wine with canapes this spring, and reward several years of aging to be a lovely foil for herb-roasted chicken, trout amandine, chanterelles in a cream sauce, or blanquette de veau. Very limited.


2015 Benanti, Etna Bianco, Sicily, Italy 16.99/183.49

From indigenous Carricante grapes grown on Mount Etna – an active volcano – at nearly 3,000 feet above sea level, Benanti’s Bianco casts a lovely pale gold in the glass followed by shimmering notes of lemongrass, Asian pears, honeydew melon, and crushed smoky volcanic minerals. On the palate, Benanti’s Etna Bianco is fleshy and ample with juicy acidity lifting delicious expressions of quince, golden apples, and lemon balm. The wine finishes clean and zesty with a tactile mineral presence alongside final whispers of cinnamon, bay leaf, bitter orange peel, and smoky, piquant volcanic soil. Benanti’s 2015 Bianco will serve well as an intriguing and attention-grabbing aperitif. Drink now and over the coming year with white pastas, white pizzas, sauteed squashes, and all things seafood.

2015 Ronco Blanchis, Pinot Grigio, Collio, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy 13.99/151.09

From high-altitude slopes in the prestigious Gorizia zone on Italy’s border with Slovenia, Ronco Blanchis is crafting exemplary wines. The special terroir upon which the estate’s grapes are grown includes sunny slopes sheltered by the nearby Alps to allow for long ripening and insistent minerality. The 2015 Pinot Grigio casts a brilliant lemon-gold hue from the bowl followed by aromas of Bartlett pear, golden apples, lemon curd, and limestone. Brisk on the attack with juicy acidity and a riveting mineral undercurrent, the wine blossoms on the palate to reveal notes of yellow plums, raw hazelnuts, menthol, and medicinal 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. This is a gorgeous, textbook example of Pinot Grigio. 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.


2016 Ostatu, Rose, Rioja Alavesa, Spain (S) 13.50/145.80

Rioja is the oldest and most famous winegrowing region in Spain. Located in Rioja’s Alavesa sub-zone, the Ostatu estate features predominantly clay-calcareous soils which are essential for creating wines of great concentration and complexity. Their Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Tempranillo Blanco vines yield a fiery watermelon pink rose of exceptional depth and vinosity. Casting chalky, mineral-driven aromas of watermelon and Rainier cherries, Ostatu’s 2016 rose opens to reveal a tangy core of wild cherry, blood orange, and red raspberry fruit elevated by dried herbs and chalky minerals. Fresh and zippy, the wine conveys an exceptionally pure core of tangerine, berry, and cherry fruit highlighted by spine-tingling acidity, black pepper notes, and saliva-inducing juiciness. A very exciting start to the 2016 rose season, Ostatu’s superb rose is a treat by itself or as a versatile pair with seasonal vegetables, firm-fleshed fishes, poultry, and pork. Enjoy now and over the coming two years.


NV Joel Bouvet, Vin Mousseux de Qualite, Cache Cache, Loire Valley, France (O) 14.99/ 161.89

The Muscadet region has a rich history crafting vins mousseux, or sparkling wines, from its varied terroirs. We love this beauty from Joel Bouvet, who farms organically and – rare for the region – harvests by hand. A brilliant pale lemon-gold in the glass, Bouvet’s Cache Cache conveys the smoky, mineral-rich soil of its origins in a delicate, refreshing (and refreshingly affordable) sparkling wine. On the palate, the Cache Cache offers classic Muscadet saline vigor alongside suggestions of pear skin, green melon, and lime zest. The added bonus of bubbles propels the wine’s mineral expression while broadening its texture on the palate. Brisk, salty, and brimming with raw minerality, serve this anywhere a sparkling wine is appropriate… and some where it’s not! Pair with picnic fare, bloomy rind cheeses, sauteed vegetables, salt-baked fishes, steamed clams, mussels, and oysters on the half-shell.

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April 7
Rieslings from the spectacular 2015 German vintage.

April 21
Astonishing red wines from Northern Spain: Raul Perez, Cesar Marquez, Jose Garcia, Forjas del Salnes, and more!

May 5
It's a Natural Wine Festival: Taste what everyone’s been talking about!

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April 1
No fooling! Superb Oregon wines: Cameron Winery Pinot Blanc Giovanni, Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir, and Adelsheim Pinot Noir Elizabeth’s Reserve. Plus: French beauties from Daniel Vergnes Les Pentes de Barene Tursan, and Dom. de Lafage Coteaux du Quercy.

April 8
Great Loire Valley wines: NV Joel Bouvet Cache Cache, Thierry Veron Cave de la Bouquette Sancerre, Ch. d’Epire Savennieres, and Chanteleuserie Bourgeuil Cuvee Alouettes.

April 15
A tasting of amazing Austrian wines from Weingut Malat with Josh Segal. Plus, from Spain: Ostatu Rose Rioja, and Cellers Santamaria Gran Recosind Crianca.

April 22
Tutti Italia: Ronco Blanchis Pinot Grigio, Benanti Etna Bianco, Simone Scaletta Dolcetto d’Alba, Mannucci Droandi Chianti, Popolo di Indie Vino Rosso, and Cosimo Taurino Salice Salentino Riserva.

April 29
Vins de France:
Ch. Trebiac Graves Blanc, Dom. Sangouard-Guyot Macon-Vergisson La Roche, Ch. La Grolet Origines Cotes de Bourg, and Dom. de Durban Beaumes-de-Venise Rouge.

Special Events at L&E:

AR.PE.PE Nebbiolo Tasting
With Michael Wheeler

Tuesday, April 18 6-7:30 p.m.

We're tasting the superb Nebbiolos from the Perego family, one of the finest producers you’ve never heard of in Lombardy. The Perego family have been tending vines on sheer granite terraces in the mountainous Valtellina since 1860. They work only with Nebbiolo grown high above sea level on vines that dig straight into rock. The transparency of the grape, the singular landscape, and the Peregos’ gentle hand in the cellar lend these wines a remarkable sense of place.

We will feature six of their wines, beginning with the 2002 Sassella Rocce and continuing with wines from 2005, 2006, 2010, and 2012. This is a drop-in tasting and no prior reservations are necessary. Tasting fee: $10

Lustau Sherry Wines
with Lucia Ramos Perez

Thursday, April 27 6:30 p.m. sharp

Please join us for a comprehensive tasting of the superb Sherries from Emilio Lustau. We will feature many of their Almacenistas (family-owned soleras) alongside some of their most unique sherries. This rare opportunity to taste the entire range of sherries will hopefully elucidate and demystify these world-class wines.

Seating is limited. Please call for your reservation or purchase online. The complete list of wines will be posted on our website. Tasting fee is $60.


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