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2013 Chateau Pegau Cotes du Rhone Blanc Cuvee Lone

REGULAR  23.00 / SPECIAL  13.99 NET

40% Clairette, 30% Bourboulenc, 20% Grenache Blanc, 10% Ugni Blanc

And now for something a little bit different!  Domaine Pegau makes one of the most legendary and iconic Chateauneuf-du-Papes.  What is less well known is that the Féraud family also makes a bit of under-the-radar white wine as well.  While labeled as humble Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc, this little gem totally over-delivers, and rivals many Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blancs at three times the price!

Bright aromas of pear, nectarine, wildflower and jasmine are followed by a clean, balanced mineral-driven palate impression with hints of acacia, all balanced by just the right amount acidity and viscosity.

Deal Of The Month

No it is not cheese, it is a light skinned wine grape grown in Italy’s eastern coastal regions. The 2015 Collefrisio Pecorino is dry, straw-yellow in color, and has a floral bouquet of acacia and jasmine. It is a crisp and delicious wine to serve with local shellfish.

2015 Collefrisio Pecorino ‘Vignaquadra’ Terre di Chieti 15.00 12.45VS

The Weekly Tasting

MARK RYAN

The new releases from winemaker Mark Ryan McNeilly are as polished and textured as any he has produced to date. The 2015 Mark Ryan Viognier is outperforming many European models with its vibrant minerality. The new reds show a finesseful use of wood allowing the super-rich style of the wines to show complex, intense flavors. There is a striking red fruit aroma with major game and minerals to the 2014 Mark Ryan Mourvèdre ‘Crazy Mary’.

2015 Mark Ryan Viognier Columbia Valley 30.00 24.90VS

2014 Mark Ryan Red ‘The Vincent’ Columbia Valley 20.00 16.60VS

2014 Mark Ryan Red ‘The Dissident’ Columbia Valley 38.00 31.54VS

2014 Mark Ryan Mourvèdre ‘Crazy Mary’ Red Mountain 48.00 39.84VS

2014 Mark Ryan Syrah ‘Wild Eyed’ Red Mountain 48.00 39.84VS

New Arrivals

2014 CADENCE RED CODA

Ben Smith describes the 2014 Cadence Red ‘Coda’ as “the nose explodes with black cherry, black raspberry, and spice that appear on the palate in waves of deep flavors. The fruit stays fresh and focused, buoyed by the natural acidity we kept by picking early. Coda’s exceptional depth and structure build through the long finish, ending with substantial fine tannins that show the pedigree of Red Mountain vineyards.” This is a superb version of Coda and will make many more expensive Washington wines pale in comparison.

2014 Cadence Red ‘Coda’ Red Mountain 28.00 23.24VS

2013 CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'

The 2013 vintage was one of the highest quality harvests in decades in Napa Valley. Smaller in quantity than the big 2012 harvest, 2013 had slightly cooler temperatures heading into harvest, which led to higher natural acidity levels than 2012. The wines have fine and smooth tannin structures. This is a vintage to collect.

2013 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Special Selection’ Napa Valley (Limited) 149.95 net

2013 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (Limited) 159.95 net

2013 Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District (Limited) 114.95 net

2013 Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Oakville (Limited) 109.95 net

2013 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District (Limited) 79.95 net

2013 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley (Limited) 154.95 net

2013 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville (Limited) 129.95 net

Staff Picks

2015 SYNCLINE WHITES

Two new 2015 whites from Syncline Cellars are perfect for summer meals and decktop sipping. The 2015 Syncline Grüner Veltliner comes from two distinct growing regions, the Columbia Gorge and Rattlesnake Hills. The wine shows wet stone, white pepper, and lime notes that make it a great complement to sushi and shellfish. The 2015 Syncline Grenache Blanc has flavors of apple and star fruit. The high elevation of Boushey Vineyard allows for longer, cooler maturity and preserves the natural acidity of the fruit.This is great to serve with seafood soups, the classic being bouillabaisse.

2015 Syncline Grüner Veltliner Washington State 20.00 16.60VS

2015 Syncline Grenache Blanc ‘Boushey Vineyard’ Yakima Valley 32.00 26.56VS

2015 ROSES ARRIVE

Another wave of 2015 vintage dry rosés is now arriving. These are perfect fare for warmer weather.

2015 Petit Romauresq Rosé Côtes de Provence 12.00 9.96VS

2015 Château d’Eau Rosé Pays d’Oc 13.00 10.79VS

2015 Domaine Santa Giuletta Rosé Corse 13.00 10.79VS

2015 Château d’Or et de Gueles ‘Les Cimels’ Rosé Costières de Nîmes 14.00 11.62VS

2015 Commanderie de la Bargemone Côteaux d’Aix en Provence 16.00 13.28VS

2015 Château Minuty Rosé Côtes de Provence 20.00 16.60VS

2015 By.Ott Rosé Côtes de Provence 24.00 19.92VS

2015 Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé Côtes de Provence 25.00 20.75VS

2015 Château Pradeaux Rosé Bandol 35.00 29.05VS

2015 Château Romassan Rosé Bandol (Very Limited) 55.00 45.65VS