Bott-Geyl Crémant d’Alsace ‘Paul Edouard’ Extra Brut

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Alsace, France

$26 bottle / $156 half case / $266 full case

It’s not the holidays without a bottle of bubbly! Sparkling wine is magical: brightening the room and elevating the level of festivity and cheer. Circumstances may call for an affordable bottle. I turn to Alsace for ethereal sparkling wine made in the traditional method at a fair price. Bott-Geyl’s ‘Paul Edouard Extra Brut’ is a stunning expression of Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The two years spent on the lees lends a brioche note to counter the tart green apple and almond flavors.

 Vins Auvigue Mâcon-Fuissé Moulin du Pont 2014 

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Burgundy, France

$16­­ bottle / $92 half case / $173 full case

Ask any of us at Park Avenue Fine Wines staff and we will tell you how much we love white Burgundy. The iconic producers are expensive, so to balance it out we look high and low for values from this historic region. The Auvigue family sources Chardonnay from neighboring estates in Mâcon for the Moulin du Pont label. The initial aromas of lemon, white peach and green apple lead into a creamy mouthfeel.  Representative of the brilliant 2014 vintage, fruit and galvanizing acidity coexist harmoniously. The Vins Auvigne Mâcon Fuissé ‘Moulin du Pont’ is screaming for shellfish. At this price you’ll be able to purchase several bottles for your next holiday meal.

Keith’s Pick

Domaine Corinne & JP Grossot Chablis 2015

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Burgundy, France

$25 bottle / $143 half case / $250 full case

We are so glad that a small, local importer brings these wines directly to Oregon because the Grossot family creates flawless and enjoyable Chablis at a jaw-dropping price.  The 2015 Grossot Chablis is textural and deep, a great Chardonnay in a leaner style. The nose is crisp and bright, but the palate brings notes of chalky dust, almond skin, lemon curd, and spiced vanilla bean (no new oak, just spice!). Such complexity is usually reserved for the premier cru level of wine from this region. Enjoy this wine with crustaceans, roasted chicken, Christmas ham, and double creme cheeses. Drink now through 2018+.

Neil’s Pick

Viña Real Crianza Tinto 2011

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Rioja, Spain

$16­­ bottle / $92 half case / $173 full case

This wine brings me back to my roots. I’m constantly surprised by the quality of this traditional Rioja blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Mazuelo, Graciano and Garnacha. On the nose, the expression of old barriques, cherry and strawberry flood the senses. I turn to the Viña Real Crianza Tinto because it reminds me of family. Blackberry, pepper and smooth tannins. A very, very good wine.

Will’s Pick

Château Lafond Canon Fronsac

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Bordeaux, France

$19 bottle / $114 half case / $194 full case

While nowadays neighboring St. Émilion gets all the press, there was a time in the 18th century when Canon-Fronsac was the most sought-after Bordeaux region. Although it is no longer poured at the court of Versailles, wineries like Château Lafond are still making full bodied wines with balance. Ripe cherry, plum and blackberry flavors are predominant with an underlying tannic structure. Great to pair with holiday roasts.

Joanna’s Pick

2015 Felsina Chianti Classico

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Tuscany, Italy

$27 bottle / $154 half case / $276 full case

This wine is hitting it on all cylinders! Year in and year out the Felsina estate produces some of the best wines in the region. This vintage is a tremendous wine for the money. Vibrant and lively with loads fruit and acid. Notes of tobacco, spice, and wood. The perfect bottle of vino for holiday celebrations. Purchase by the case because it will go fast!

Will’s Pick

Tenuta di Valgiano Palistorti di Valgiano Rosso 2012  

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TUSCANY, ITALY

$33 bottle / $198 half case / $337 full case
$69 1.5L / $ 197 3 bottles / $352 6 bottles

Newly available in Oregon, the Valgiano estate is the crown jewel of the Lucca DOC. Winemakers Moreno and Laura place Sangiovese front and center by utilizing a small percentage of Merlot and Syrah. The fruit will appeal to those who are more accustomed to lush, modern wines while the structure is traditional Tuscan. The best notes are from expert in the field, Antonio Galloni. His notes on the high-scoring, killer 2012 vintage:

“The 2012 Palistorti di Valgiano is bursting at the seams with personality. Juicy dark cherries, smoke, earthiness, licorice and violets are all super-expressive in the glass. Fleshy and boisterous, with plenty of intense, super-ripe fruit, the 2012 Palistorti di Valgiano delivers the goods, and then some. Drink this fleshy, immensely pleasing red over the next handful of years.”
– Vinous (Galloni) 91 points

Neil’s Pick

Belle Pente Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015 

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Willamette Valley, Oregon

 $25 bottle / $143 half case / $255 full case

It makes perfect sense almost half of the grapes in the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir are from the Belle Pente Estate vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton. Yamhill-Carlton vines concentrate the cherry flavors in the grape, creating a deeper, richer mouthfeel with an afternote of baking spices. When first opened cherry dominates the palate and over time the cranberry notes emerge. After a few months in the bottle, the earthy notes flourish and the fruit will mellow out. Grab some of this classic Yamhill-Carlton for your holiday meals, especially if you are going to serve salmon!  Enjoy over the next 4-5 years.

Keith’s Pick

Rapalino Barbera D’Alba 2013 

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Piedmont, Italy

$16 bottle / $92 half case / $164 full case

Barbera can get a bad rap for being too fruity, this wine is a true testament to what Barbera can achieve. The vineyard site is typically reserved for Nebbiolo in the village of Barolo. The nose is one of forest floor, coffee grinds, and deep berries. On the palate, the wine is a kaleidoscope of Italian flavor profiles. White truffles, rich black currant and black cherry. It’s full-bodied, but not overly tannic; making this lush and soulful wine the perfect partner for hearty winter stews and braised meats. Purchase a case or two today at this laughably low price and I promise you’ll be rewarded over the next three years.

Neil’s Pick

Château du Petit Thouars Cuveé Admiral 2010

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Chinon, France

$27 bottle / $154 half case / $276 full case

The du Petit Thouars family has been making wine since 1634 and their wines are a great addition to Park Avenue’s selection. This bottle offers a clean and focused representation of Cabernet Franc from the great 2010 vintage. Balanced acidity with intermingling flavors of smoke, jam and just a touch of barnyard. It would be very interesting to taste these wines blind against the likes of Olga Raffault or other well-known Chinon producers. I bet it would give them a run for their money! Goes hand in hand with charcuterie, cheese, pâté. Stash some in the cellar, this will go the distance.’

Will’s Pick

Antonelli Montefalco Rosso 2012

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Umbria, Italy

$16 bottle / $92 half case / $164 full case

The 2012 Montefalco Rosso is an elegant, yet easy-drinking gem.  Purple garnet in color, the nose greets you with cherry, ripe red fruits, tobacco, tar and savory spice with slight musky undertones.  The body is medium weight with notes of crunchy red berries, cherry, tar and mushroom. This blend is the ultimate pizza night wine. Another a favorite food pairing? Beef stew. Place the pot on the stove to simmer, pour a glass and enjoy the nice, bright tannins and lingering finish. Drink now through 2020.

Keith’s Pick

Kopke 10 Year Tawny Port

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Douro, Portugal

$19 / 375 ml
$35 / 750ml

My wine of choice to enjoy by the fireplace, with or without snacks. Kopke’s 10 Year Tawny Port is textbook: luxurious flavors of molasses and candied pecans with a splash of blackberry. Bad memory of sickly-sweet Port will be washed away with this caramel dream of a wine. My fireside snacks range from baked figs, to nutty cheddar cheese to a slice of warm apple pie. Serve slightly chilled. A great gift for a friend, available in adorable half bottles.

Joanna’s Pick