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2014 Long Shadows Red ‘Saggi’ Columbia Valley 50.00 41.50VS

2014 Long Shadows Syrah ‘Sequel’ Columbia Valley 60.00 49.80VS

Deal Of The Month

2014 THE HUNTSMAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON

The 2014 Ross Andrew Cabernet Sauvignon ‘The Huntsman’ is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. Grapes for this wine come from Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills, and the Columbia Valley. The Petit Verdot enriches the Cabernet Sauvignon adding spicy aromatics. The wine has a fantastic balance for one in this price range.

2014 Ross Andrew Cabernet Sauvignon ‘The Huntsman’ Columbia Valley 17.00 14.11VS

The Weekly Tasting

2014 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPES

The 2014 Châteauneuf-du-Papes have a greater proportion of Grenache in their cuvées, providing dazzling, floral aromatics of lavender and rose petal. There is lots of body, with plenty of glycerin, but the tannins are soft and ripe. The freshness, minerality, and acidity of these wines will pair well with grilled flank steak or lamb. The forward style of these wines will be appreciated, especially for those planning Fall meals.

New Arrivals

EIGHT BELLS WINERY

Two fine new wines from Eight Bells have just arrived. The 2015 Eight Bells Viognier from the ‘Chapel Block’ in Red Willow Vineyards may be one of the best in America. Seriously refreshing acidity combines with an orange citrus note that is reminiscent of great Condrieu wines of the Northern Rhône Valley. The 2014 Eight Bells Tempranillo has an aroma that recalls Ribera del Duero reds. These are great wines to explore from Washington.

2015 Eight Bells Viognier ‘Chapel Block’ ‘Red Willow Vineyard’ (Ltd) 30.00 24.90VS

2014 Eight Bells Tempranillo ‘Red Willow Vineyard’ (Ltd) 35.00 29.05VS

2014 RIDGE - THE FALL RELEASE

The 2014 Ridge Vineyards will arrive this month and they are getting great press. 2014 was a drier than normal year with lots of Spring moisture and a sunny, dry harvest.

2014 Ridge Zinfandel ‘Ponzo’ Russian River Valley 32.00 26.56VS

2014 Ridge Petite Sirah ‘Lytton Estate’ Dry Creek Valley 35.00 29.05VS

2014 Ridge Zinfandel ‘Pagani Ranch’ Sonoma Valley 40.00 33.20VS

2014 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 40.00 33.20VS

Staff Picks

TIBERIO - ABRUZZI

You may have noticed that Trebbiano and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo seldom make it into our newsletters. This is because 80% of all the wine in the Abruzzo region is produced by four large co-operative wineries, and the quality is generally too variable to feature. Then we discovered Tiberio, run by Cristiana and Antonio Tiberio, who work with indigenous varieties only, to create elegant, refined wines. Tiberio’s Trebbiano Abruzzese vines are among the oldest in Abruzzo and they are the true Trebbiano Abruzzese—not Trebbiano Toscano which is much more widely planted. The 2014 Tiberio Trebbiano d’Abruzzo is delicious, having an aroma of apricot and jasmine. It is zesty with acidity, and perfect for finfish dishes. The Appennine mountain ranges of the Marche and Abruzzo are home to the ancient variety Pecorino. Its wines are rich in body but have firm acidity, offering a unique combination of texture and vibrancy. The 2014 Tiberio Pecorino shows sage, melon, and peach notes. It is a white wine for Northwest shellfish. The 2013 Tiberio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo was awarded a 2016 Gambero Rosso ‘Tre Biccheri’ (three glasses) and it deserves it. It has an aroma of blueberry, violet, and gunflint, with a bright black cherry flavor, and refreshing acidity. A wine for fowl and game dishes, it has a classic flavor that pairs with pasta in red pepper sauce as well.

2014 Tiberio Trebbiano Abruzzese Abruzzo 19.00 15.77VS

2014 Tiberio Pecorino Colline Pescaresi 25.00 20.75VS

2013 Tiberio Montepulciano Abruzzo ` 21.00 17.43VS

2014 PIAN DELLE VIGNE BRUNELLO

The Pian delle Vigne estate is located 3.5 miles south of Montalcino, and takes its name from a typical 19th century railroad located on the property. The 2010 Antinori Brunello di Montalcino ‘Pian delle Vigne’ has an aroma of wild cherries, raspberries, and chocolate, with nuances of tobacco leaf and licorice. On the palate, plums, mint, and eucalyptus emerge. The wine is elegant and noble in the textural sensations of its tannins. This is an ageworthy wine that will live for decades.

2010 Antinori Brunello ‘Pian delle Vigne’ Montalcino 80.00 66.40VS