Hild Elbling Sekt NV

EMILY’S PICK:

Upper Mosel, Germany

$18 / $102.60 / $183.60

A sparkling cuvee filled with energetic refreshment and raucous acidity, behaving like the lovechild of a Brut Nature Champagne and lemon La Croix. This is a celebratory sipper meant to be consumed on a random weekday evening. Or to geek out and enjoy with friends over the weekend.

This is produced in the upper Mosel, which is a different place altogether from the Mosel. Instead of Riesling and slate, you have limestone (think Chablis and Sancerre) and a winemaking culture based on one of Europe’s oldest grapes, Elbling. Matthias Hild farms 12 acres in the sleepy town of Wincherin. And he’s doing something that makes pretty much no financial sense: saving old, terraced parcels of Elbling. But it’s important to understand that in this region, Elbling is something of a religion. “It’s a culture, a regional dialect that is spoken through this wine of rigorous purity, of joyous simplicity, of toothsome acidity.” – importer notes

Muros Antigos Avesso 2016

EMILY’S PICK:

Vinho Verde, Portugal

$19 / $108.30 / $193.80

A step up from your average, fun little Vinho Verde. This is thirst-quenching sophistication. Nostalgic, maritime aromas with fresh green fruits, steely minerality, a sharp, saline-infused acidity and a lithe, yet lengthy finish. Pairs beautifully with oily seafood and salty kettle chips.

The work of Anselmo Mendes is recognized in Portugal and abroad, not only for the excellence of the wines he produces but also for the surprising and consistent manner in which he innovates. The fermentation of Alvarinho grapes in wooden casks or the use of traditional vinification techniques, such as fermentation on skins, are just some of the methods that set these wines apart in the world of whites. – importer notes.

Claus Presinger Puszta Libre! 2015

EMILY’S PICK:

Burgenland, Austria

$20 / $114 / $204

It’s the beaujolais of Burgenland! A blend of St. Laurent and Zweigelt grapes, Puszta Libre! is winemaker Claus’ loose interpretation of Burgenland table wine. According to the importer, the retro style bottle and label pays homage to the vessels once used for lemonade in the 1920s. The name Puszta translates to “prairie” or “plains” in Hungarian and harkens back to a time when the source vineyard sites were once part of Hungary. Libre, of course, is Spanish for “free.”

The packaging of this makes me want drink it like I do a cold half liter of Mexican Coke on a hot summer day. It’s fresh, juicy and fruity, yet just dry and tannic enough to make you remember that you’re an adult. Who is drinking wine. Serve slightly chilled to truly bring out the thirsty kid in you. 😉

Teutonic Red Blend 2016

KEITH’S PICK:

Willamette Valley, Oregon

$22 / $125.40 / $224.40

This is a truly exciting wine from the Teutonic folks. The blend is 80% Gewurztraminer and 20% Pinot Noir, which leaves the wine light in body and color but extremely well balanced. You might be surprised at the beautiful gemstone color once you realize it is only a fifth Pinot. The enticing floral nose might also take you by surprise with its sweet sandalwood tones and jasmine, rose petal, and citron notes. The body is light in color but not in texture. Rich red fruits greet the palate and an underlying minerality graces the mid-palate. Initially, the finish is a touch tart, but after opening up for a few minutes it morphs into a graceful ending that will leave you wanting more when the bottle is empty. This wine is a true conversation starter! Get some now before it is gone!

Bud’s Bloom Pinot Noir 2014

KEITH’S PICK:

Yamhill-Carlton, Oregon

$26 / $148.20 / $265.20

This family owned winery from the Janice Vineyard in Eastern Yamhill-Carlton is an homage to the winemaker’s grandfather, Bud.  Planted in Willakenzie soil at an elevation of 200-300 feet, the cold nights bring out a noticeable acidity in this wine. Savory, soft and surprisingly elegant, this Pinot has a nose of under-ripe strawberries and a body that is well-structured with a subtly nuttiness underlying the earthy/soil tones. This is one of those wines that will keep you coming back for more! We are proud to offer you another local wine at a price that won’t break your budget. Enjoy now through 2027.

Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

KEITH’S PICK:

Napa, California

$27 / $153.90 / $275.40

This is de-classified fruit from the vineyards that go into the Napanook and Dominus releases, and the 2014 vintage is fabulous! It’s a powerful, fruit-forward, classic-style Napa Cabernet Sauvignon for under $30! Coco nibs, hints of dried herb and a note of black currant grace the nose, while the palate shows a firm but poised texture and exhibits soft tannins, making it pleasant to drink in its youth. Oak is used sparingly to keep Carpe Diem fresh and vibrant. This ’14 vintage is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot and aged 12 months in French oak barrels. This is a great wine at an exceptional value.

Bow & Arrow Gamay 2016

WILL’S PICK:

Willamette Valley, Oregon

$21 / $119.70 / $214.20

Every year, this is one of those much-anticipated releases in Oregon. Bow & Arrow has set themselves apart by keeping true to their “less manipulative” wine-making style. These wines carry a ton of freshness, rich flavors, and show real varietal character, which may be a hard thing to do in Oregon terroir, especially in the warmer weather varietals. I find this year’s Gamay to be a bit more ethereal and composed that its predecessors. It’s more complex and rich and a bit less aromatic to start, but after a few minutes in the glass it explodes with red fruits and complex aromas. This gamay is a serious wine and perfect for this fall season. Get your bottles soon because this is a very small production wine and will sell out very quickly.

Domaine Georges Lignier et Fils Bourgogne Passetoutgrains 2015

WILL’S PICK:

Burgundy, France

$22 / $125.40 / $224.40

Passetoutgrain is one of my favorite Burgundy categories to drink this fall. These wines are classically a blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir, with the caveat that it must be at least 30% Pinot Noir. The wines are typically enjoyed early in their youth and are traditionally fresh and pure. And depending on the producer, the wines can be fairly elegant and bright, or a bit funky and animal-like. I find this particular Passetoutgrain to be exceptionally aromatic, elegant and bright; with pronounced acidity and ripe red and black fruits. George Lignier is a talented winemaker who holds some very impressive vineyards in the region, and he is bringing some light into a very distinct style of winemaking to his family name, recently gaining much international attention.

Viña Olabarri Gran Reserva 2007

WILL’S PICK:

Rioja, Spain

On Sale: Reg. $30
$24 / $136.80 / $244.80

The Olabarri winery is one of those great, under-the-radar estates in the Rioja. These guys pay great attention to their aging program and are producing some sexy tempranillos. It is no secret that wines from this region are best enjoyed with classic Spanish food. And this gran reserva is no exception. Penetrating and complex, dark earth and spice with a velvety mouthfeel that lingers. A mix of French and American oak adds spice and vanillin, and the cellar aging has smoothed out the tannic nature of young Rioja. Drink over the rest of this decade, and the next.

 

Sangouard-Guyot Pouilly Fuisse Terroirs 2015

NEIL’S PICK:

Burgundy, France

$22 / $125.40 / $224.40

Year in and year out, Sangouard-Guyot proves to be the finest quality-to-price winery in its class in the Portland market, as well as world-over. Of the four tiers, Terroirs is a favorite for focusing on the soil notes and mineral presence of the vineyard site, rather than a luxurious barrique presence (like the Quintessence cuvee). It carries flavors of salt-preserved lemons, chicken broth, and herbal flowery notes, with enough acidity to make one’s eye tick–just as the fresh cream nuances smooth out the long finish, beckoning another bite of crispy duck, fried chicken, and panko crusted halibut with winter vegetables. A must-buy for all lovers of white Burgundy, especially if you need a quantity on hand for every occasion without taking out a mortgage to do so.

Herve Villemade Cheverny Rouge 2016

NEIL’S PICK:

Loire, France

$19 / $108.30 / $193.80

This is everything about fall time in a glass! Damp woodlands, drying fallen leaves, crunchy red berries, earthy mushrooms, all on the palate, accompanied by a texture that is immediately vibrant and fresh with a deep, soulful “funk” at the same time. For those who are fans of the biodynamic gamays from Morgon (from producers like Lapierre), this wine is a must for your fall table. It’s a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay, and the result is stunning in its balance. Pungent red fruit, floral overtones, earthy undertones, and brilliant lift. Priced to go out by the case, it will pair all season long with fall veggies, game birds, pan roasted fish in mushroom cream sauces, and a variety of Loire valley style goat cheeses. Delicious!

Can Rafols dels Caus Terraprima Red 2012

NEIL’S PICK:

Penendes, Spain

$18 / $102.60 / $183.60

This compelling blend of Cabernet Franc, Grenache, and Syrah is crafted from 30-50 year-old plantings from the northern Penedes region, which is known mostly for sparkling Cava wines. Since the 1970s, Carlos Esteva has been building his family’s estate into an organically farmed nirvana for olive and almond trees, as well as a staggering 28+ grape varieties. This wine is a bright, fall time tinged red, boasting stony minerality and bright red fruit that is lifted by brilliant acidity. It has a lip-smacking, thirst-quenching finish that is taught and vibrant–almost tart, but in a good way (think pie cherries). Partner this fun wine with fall mushroom dishes, roasted fowl, and hearty fall squash dishes in tomato sauce.