Lochiri Oskos Vermentino di Gallura Superiore 2014

vermentino-di-gallura-superiore-2014-tenuta-lochiri-“oskos”Sardinia, Italy

$21 / $119.70 / $214.20

The Vermentino grape is so often overlooked, but we aim to change that by featuring this stunning Sardinian example. This wine is presents a perfect harmony of freshness and flavor. Highly fragrant honeysuckle and orange blossom on the nose, with tart apricot jam, wet stone, and spicy pear on the palate. Finishes firm and crisp. This is born to be crafted with seafood. Most Sardinian wine comes from the western side of the island. Established in 1854, Tenuta Lochiri is located in the northeastern part of Sardinia, in the beautiful rolling hills of Gallura, surrounded by olive groves, cork tree forests, and game reserves that were frequented in the past by royal families. The Gallura appellation (Sardinia’s only DOCG) has arid granitic land, high temperatures and steady marine winds that produce a more opulent and intense style of Vermentino… ones like you’ve never tasted before. You will geek out on how deliciously complex it is. And it will continue to develop as it ages in the bottle over the next few years. A brilliant pairing for anything fishy, herby or citrussy and a great wine for spring and summer drinking.

Swick Grenache Blanc 2016

swick grenache blancColumbia Valley, Washington

$20 / $114.00 / $204.00

His Pinot Noirs and Pet Nats are developing quite the cult following in Portland, but Joe Swick’s whites are his most exciting wines yet. We can’t get enough of his just-released 2016 Grenache Blanc. Made from an obscure white grape originally planted in Southwest France and Spain has somehow made its way to the high elevation Conley vineyard north of Yakima. This site has cool evenings that balance the hot daytime temperatures and has provided Swick with the perfect grapes to make this delightfully savory white that is reminiscent of an expensive Priorat Grenache Blanc. Certified organic, very low sulfur, and one month of skin contact (giving it that cloudy appearance), it possesses a mouthwatering vibrancy. Impressionable notes of aromatic orange blossoms, lime zest, apple, wet stone, and spice, it carries an appealing texture and lengthy finish. It’s a remarkably food friendly wine that goes with anything from fresh seafood to fried food to Asian food. Cheers!

Day Wines “Vin de Days” White Blend 2016

vin de dayWillamette Valley, Oregon

$21 / $119.70 / $214.20

Newly released by Oregon native Brianne Day, Vin de Days Blanc is an Alsatian inspiration of pinot blanc, pinot gris, riesling, muscat and Müller-Thurgau. “If there’s a breakout star right now in Oregon wine, it’s Brianne Day. No other local  winemaker can translate a penchant for wild experimentation into such approachable wines.” – Willamette Week

“Bright, fun and floral like hiking in the mountains during wildflower season. The summer patio wine. Pinot Blanc fills out the majority of the mid palate, with juicy lemon curd and crisp green apple. Muscat and Riesling come through on the nose with exotic lychee, just-ripe white peach, and pretty wildflowers. Mouth watering acidity is balanced by a touch of residual sugar.” – winemaker notes

Perfect pairing with Hawaiian or Thai food!

Domaine Pignier Cremant NV

Cremant-du-JuraJura, France

$23 / $131.10 / $234.60

A brilliant pale yellow color, this cremant is defined by tiny, spirited bubbles that burst throughout your tongue upon the initial sip. The nose is subtly perfumed and elegant, with spring floral notes and hints of freshly-baked brioche. The floral aromas continue into the palate, with a whipped mousse mouthfeel that is harmonized with the lively effervescence that doesn’t dissipate quickly, as revealed in the delightfully long finish. Domaine Pignier was founded during the 13th century by monks of Chartreux. Their cellar and vineyards were sold to the Pignier family as national property in 1794. Today’s 37-acre vineyard still covers the slopes of Montaigu in the tiny Côtes du Jura appellation. In keeping with the estate’s philosophy, the vineyard is cultivated bio-dynamically, and the wines age in oak barrels in the 700-year-old cellar. The perfect Mother’s Day brunch wine, you’ll want to buy at least a case of this. Pair with shellfish or seasonally fresh fruit salads. But if you’re like us, the bottle will be consumed much too fast before you realize that you could have had it with food.

Jean-Max Roger Menetou-Salon “Cuvee le Charnay” 2012

menetou-salonLoire, France

$21 / $119.70 / $214.20

An expressive and vivacious Sauvignon Blanc perfect for warmer weather sipping. From the small sub-region of Menetou-Salon in the Loire Valley, this white has notes of navel orange peel, summer straw bales, wet stone and fresh kiwi with ripe citrus bursts throughout the palate. A soft, rounded, and lengthy finish. Aging potential is 4-10 years. Beautifully complements a bounty of different seafoods including crustaceans, shellfish and raw or cooked fish. Also fantastic with goat cheese drenched in olive oil and a fresh-squeezed lemon.

Domaine des 7 Terroir Bourgogne Rouge 2014

7 terroir bourgogne rougeBurgundy, France

$16 / $91.20 / $163.20

Burgundy this deliciously exquisite, at this price, is extremely rare. Named after the seven different chalky vineyard plots in St. Veran owned by the prestigious Thevenet family, this Pinot Noir showcases bright red berries with edgy nuances of pepper and earth with a silky texture that acknowledges modernity while maintaining traditional European elegance. This will fly off our shelves, so you’ll want to snag a case (or two) sooner than later. Perfect with Peking duck or dishes with wild mushrooms.

Sainte Croix Le Fournas 2014

le_fournasCorbieres, France

$14 / $79.80 / $142.80

Le Fournas, is named after a Syrah vineyard, hidden in the hills of Corbieres on the Mediterranean coastline. A blend of old vine Carignan Noir (45%), Syrah (23%), Grenache Noir (25%) and Mourvèdre (7%). Medium-to-full-bodied with a lot of depth, Le Fournas has a lovely bouquet of black and red currant and dark forest foliage. The palate reveals cassis, plum and wild red fruits, backed by an acidic backbone, flinty minerality and soft tannins giving way to a smooth, lengthy finish. Pair with Mediterranean cuisine, using tomato-based sauces, olives or herbs such as thyme or rosemary. The winery site states that the concentration of fruit and acidity balances rich sauces and particularly ‘red’ poultry/game such as pigeon, duck or guinea fowl.

Domaine des Terres Blanches “Anjou Demon” 2012

anjou demonLoire, France

$18 / $102.60 / $183.60

A savory, rustic medium-bodied Cabernet Franc from the Loire, home of the noble Cabernet which “Cab Sauv” mutated from. Toasted chestnuts and Bing cherries, rounded rustic tannins with hints of baking spice and licorice. Céline and Benoit Blet began this domaine in 2004, taking over a pre-existing vineyard in Oiron. They chose Oiron because of its relative value in the Loire which allows them to make the wine they truly want to make, which is as natural as possible. They farm organically, actively compost, and promote a diverse natural grass cover between the vines. They take advantage of gravity and ambient temperature whenever possible, and limit the additions to the wines to only sulphur at bottling (and never at fermentation). This wine pairs well with earthy dishes made with wild game and with lamb, with accompaniments of olives, feta and preserved lemon.

Domaine Labranche Laffont “Tradition” 2014

laffont madiranMadiran, SW France

$17 / $96.90 / $173.40

Inky black cherry and leather with hints of five spice. This impressive red is a blend of 70% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Christine Dupuy took over her family’s estate in 1992 and lovingly hand harvested Madiran from 50-year-old Tannat vines in France’s Southwest. Majestic and powerful, yet simultaneously smooth and seductive, this wine manages to perfectly balance Madiran’s traditionally rugged style while carrying a modern, approachable finesse. Pair with hearty, slow-cooked meat and bean dishes.

Grosjean Vallee d’Aoste Gamay 2015

grosjean valle d'aoste gamayAoste Valley, Italy

$23 / $131.10 / $234.60

“Of the many wrinkles in the Italian wine tapestry, one of the wrinkliest is about as far northwest as you can go in Italy. There, tucked away in the Alps beneath looming Mont Blanc, the tallest peak in the chain, is the smallest Italian viticultural region, brimming with little-known wines capable of offering great pleasure.” – Eric Asimov of New York Times

Grosjean is one of those wines. And we are very excited to share it with you. Sensual aromas of ripe wild berries, violet and wild rose. Sweet spice and black fruit pierce the palate while being softly integrated with deep, woodsy tannins. Pair with cheese dishes like Raclette, or with wild game birds and other fowl, or anything featuring dried mushrooms.

Quinta do Vale Meao Meandro 2014

meandroDouro, Portugal

$22 / $125.40 / $224.40

This second label of the famed Vale Meão estate has enough structure to allow it to develop for years while also having plenty of lush dark berry notes and structured tannins. It’s a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and a small percentage of other indigenous grapes. The full-bodied mouthfeel is attributed to the 13 months it spends aging in used French oak. Douro Superior was generally one of the best regions in this tough vintage, and the Meandro is a great example of this: focused, elegant and powerful. The tannins and fruity forefront will mellow with age, but the complexity will only deepen. Drink now through 2020. Pair with savory cheeses or spicy, garlic-y meat and game dishes — like grilled duck breasts with black olives.

“Plum, boysenberry, currant flavors lead the way in this supple, juicy red, with licorice, smoke and floral notes chiming in on the herb-tinged finish.” – Wine Spectator 90 points

Emilio Moro Tempranillo 2014

bot-emiliomoro-2014 Ribera del Duero, Spain

$26 / $148.20 / $265.20

Sensationally intense and rich with savory black fruit and smoky vanilla, this wine leaves an impression. Emilio Moro, the founder of Bodegas Emilio Moro, was born in Pesquera de Duero, a wine area of time-honored traditions, where some of the flagship wines of the rugged Ribera del Duero region are now produced. One advantage that the Emilio Moro winery has in its vineyards is that some of them have belonged to the family for three generations and have the purest clone of the indigenous Tempranillo varietal, known in Spain as “Tinto Fino.” Pair with grilled or cured meats, roasted vegetables and polenta.

“The 2014 Emilio Moro was produced with grapes from vineyards ranging between 12 and 25 years old, fermented with yeasts selected from their own vineyards in stainless steel vats, and aged in 50/50 French and American oak barrels (one-third new) for one year. There are some faint toasty notes denoting a very young wine, but in general it’s very fruit-driven and quite harmonious. Time in bottle has polished it and given it a sleek texture and nicely integrated oak. Very approachable and ready. ” – Wine Advocate, 90 points