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MUSCADETS FOR OYSTERS

Oysters are at their best in the winter months and they work well with French Muscadet. A selection of new cuvées from two of our favorite producers have just arrived.

2014 Domaine Luneau-Papin Muscadet ‘Clos des Allées’ 18.00 14.94VS

2015 La Pepiere Muscadet ‘Les Cras Moutons’ 19.00 15.77VS

2014 Domaine Luneau-Papin Muscadet ‘L d’Or Granite’ 24.00 19.92VS

Deal Of The Month

2015 FRANCESCO BONFIO CHIANTI

The newest vintage of this old favorite is a screaming deal. Francesco Bonfio, who owns wine shops in Siena, has this wine produced in the hills of Tuscany specifically to his taste. It comes across like a wine from more southern hilltowns—bold, deep cherry fruit, a lovely texture, and a lasting finish. It is hard to find a better Chianti for twice the price.

2015 Francesco Bonfio Chianti DOCG 12.00 9.96VS

The Weekly Tasting

2015 KEN WRIGHT PINOT NOIRS

2015 was the warmest year on record in Oregon, and records have been kept in the Willamette Valley since 1924. Such high heat was initially a concern, growers hoping that they would not see the vines struggle at the end of the season from drought stress. At harvest, the season ended with vines that had lush, vibrant canopies. Rather than achieving high sugar levels through dehydration, the vines were still fully physiologically active to the end. We have access to the 2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir ‘Single Vineyards’ for a short while, and they are superb. Come in and sample a selection of these rich and delicious gems on Saturday, January 14th at both shops.

2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir ‘Abbott Claim’ Yamhill-Carlton 49.95 net

2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir ‘Canary Hill’ Eola-Amity 49.95 net

2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir ‘Carter’ Eola-Amity 49.95 net

2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir ‘Freedom Hill’ Willamette Valley 49.95 net

2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir ‘Shea’ Yamhill-Carlton 49.95 net

2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir ‘Savoya’ Yamhill-Carlton 49.95 net

2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir ‘McCrone’ Yamhill-Carlton 49.95 net

2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir ‘Guadalupe’ Dundee Hills 49.95 net

2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir ‘Latchkey’ Dundee Hills 49.95 net

New Arrivals

2015 LAFON MACONS

The wines of Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon are made by Dominique Lafon and Caroline Gon in the tiny village of Milly-Lamartine. Crafted in a modest building, the wines each have a unique character, but a consistent thread of quality vinification, featuring minerality and verve. We receive
small quantities of these wines each year, and our allocation of the 2015 vintage is due to arrive in January.

2015 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon-Prissé (Limited) 35.00 29.05VS

2015 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon ‘Milly-Lamartine’ (Limited) 35.00 29.05VS

2015 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon-Uchizy “Les Maranches’ (Limited) 40.00 33.20VS

2015 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon-Chardonnay ‘Clos de la Crochette’ (Ltd) 40.00 33.20VS

2015 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon-Bussières (Limited) 40.00 33.20VS

2015 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon ‘Milly-Lamartine Clos du Four’ 47.00 39.01VS

2015 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Viré-Clessé (Limited) 50.00 41.50VS

2015 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Saint-Véran (Limited) 50.00 41.50VS

2014 BLUEGRAY PRIORAT

A blend of 45% Garnacha, 30% Carinena and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine puts many $50 bottles from the Priorat to shame.

2014 Bluegray Red Priorat 20.00 16.60VS

Staff Picks

THE SEASON OF STEWS

*The cold, gray days of January are perfect for having reviving stews. Made with seafood, grains, chicken, or meats, the rich spoonfuls of spiced ingredients soaking in aromatic sauces is a perfect way to warm the soul in winter. Zarzuela de Mariscos, a shellfish stew from the Catalan coastal region of Spain is at the top of the list. May we suggest Godello as a pairing.

2015 Avancia Godello ‘Cuveé de O’ Valdeorras 15.00 12.45VS

*Bouillabaisse is the fish stew of Provence and it works sublimely well with Bandol Blanc and the whites of Cassis.

2015 Le Galantin Blanc Bandol 23.00 19.09VS

2014 Clos Ste. Magdeleine Blanc Cassis 35.00 29.05VS

*Cioppino with gremolata toasts is the San Francisco version of a Genovese seafood stew, where tomato sauce changes the wine to red. Try a Valpolicella.

2014 Fumanelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore Veneto 20.00 16.60VS

*Cassoulet combines beans, pork, duck, sausage, and goose— named for the cooking dish in which it is prepared.

2013 Georges Vigouroux Vassal de Mercues Cahors 15.00 12.45VS

2014 Clos la Coutale Cahors 15.00 12.45VS

2014 JESSIAUME BOURGOGNE BLANC

A new find is the 2014 Maison Jessiaume Bourgogne Chardonnay from a tiny producer in Santenay. The wine comes from a single site— .23 hectare in size with a southern exposure, and marl and limestone soils. The wine has complexity way beyond its appellation and a great price. A racy minerality from the limestone soil, and a toasty style from 10 months aging in oak, make it a great wine for rich fare. This is a direct import by a local supplier and thus the price is right!

2014 Maison Jessiaume Bourgogne Chardonnay 22.00 18.26VS