PATRICIA GREEN CELLARS

Two new wines from Patricia Green Cellars pay tribute to the wonderful winemaker we lost to an accident in 2017. The 2016 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Reserve is blended from great lots from Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills, and Freedom Hill vineyards. Powerful and rich, it has classic black cherries and plums. The 2015 Patricia Green Pinot Noir ‘Old Vine’ comes from their Ribbon Ridge estate vineyard and is made from 100% old vine Pommard clone fruit. These are two excellent values for winter meals.

2016 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Reserve Willamette Valley 25.00 20.75VS

2015 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir ‘Old Vine’ Ribbon Ridge 36.00 29.88VS

Deal Of The Month

2010 LES HAUTS DE TRINTAUDON

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, the 2010 Les Hauts de Trintaudon (2nd wine of Château Larose Trintaudon) has an amazing texture for wine that sees only stainless steel aging. Lots of cassis and currant with hints of cedar and tobacco, it is a full wine with a rich and lasting finish. This is a true steal!

2010 Les Hauts de Trintaudon Haut-Médoc 16.00 13.28VS

The Weekly Tasting

BUTY WINES - WALLA WALLA

Nina Buty established Buty Winery in 2000 and has guided it to recognition. Working with winemaker Chris Dowsett, they are making finesseful wines from specific rows of their favorite vineyards. Come in and meet Nina on Saturday, January 20th at both shops.

2015 Buty Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 25.00 20.75VS

2015 Buty Chardonnay ‘Conner Lee Vineyard’ Columbia Valley 35.00 29.05VS

2014 Buty Merlot-Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley 40.00 33.20VS

2013 Buty Columbia Rediviva ‘Phinny Hill Vineyard’ Horse Heaven Hills 45.00 37.35VS

2013 Buty Rediviva of the Stones ‘Rockgarden Estate’ Walla Walla Valley 50.00 41.50VS

New Arrivals

2015 DOMAINE FRANCOIS LUMPP

From the Kermit Lynch website,“In the late 1970s, François Lumpp and his brother inherited their family property, located in the Côte Chalonnaise… Every wine François makes is from Givry, from vineyards that he planted and nurtured himself—something that is exceedingly rare in Burgundy today, and will become more and more so over time. An acknowledged leader of the appellation, his greatest achievement is harnessing the finesse we look for in Burgundian Pinot Noir—le Pinot fin.” These are superb wines, each having a unique flavor of its soil. The quantites are small.

2015 Domaine François Lumpp Givry 1er Cru ‘A Vigne Rouge’ 55.00 45.65VS

2015 Domaine François Lumpp Givry 1er Cru ‘Petit Marole’ 55.00 45.65VS

2015 Domaine François Lumpp Givry 1er Cru ‘Le Pied du Clou’ 55.00 45.65VS

2014 BADIA A COLTIBUONO - ROBERTO STUCCHI

Roberto Stucchi and his siblings are the seventh generation stewards of Badia a Coltibuono—the ‘abbey of good culture’. It was established in 1051 by San Giovanni Gualberto, founder of the Vallombrosan order, and patron saint of foresters, rangers and parks. The Vallombrosans may have been the first to cultivate Sangiovese in Tuscany. Maintaining the integrity of Sangiovese and the unique terroir of Chianti Classico through organic farming practices and clonal diversity is their goal. They work closely with Tuscan oenologist Maurizio Castelli to produce exceptional wines.

2015 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti ‘RS’ Gaiole in Chianti 15.00 12.45VS

2015 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Gaiole in Chianti 20.00 16.60VS

2012 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva Gaiole in Chianti 35.00 29.05VS

Staff Picks

2016 NEYERS CARIGNAN

From Bruce Neyers, “We’ve been making wine from the Carignan grapes grown on Frank Evangelho’s vineyard in Antioch for over a decade now, and nothing else brings me more face to face with the glorious history of California viticulture. Simply trying to imagine what was going on in this country – or the world – when these vines were planted in the 1880’s gives me pause.” This is a smashing wine with very little restraint—one for getting rowdy sipping.

2016 Neyers Carignan ‘Evangelho Vineyard’ Contra Costa County 37.00 30.71VS

2015 DOMAINE CHEVEAU

The cellars of the Domaine Cheveau are situated in the hamlet of Solutré-Pouilly in the heart of the appellation of Pouilly-Fuissé. Nicolas and Julien are actively running the fourteen hectare estate. The vineyard holdings are predominantly located in and around Solutré-Pouilly but extend as well into Davayé in the Maconnais and Saint Amour in Beaujolais. All harvesting at the Domaine Cheveau is done by hand and the wines are fermented and vinified parcel-by-parcel. Fermentation and aging is done either in barrel or stainless steel tank, depending on the particular terroir of each site.

2015 Domaine Cheveau Mâcon-Fuissé ‘Les Grand Bruyères’ 22.00 18.26VS

2015 Domaine Cheveau Mâcon-Soultré-Pouilly ‘Sur La Mont’ (Limited) 25.00 20.75VS