Lambert de Seyssel Petit Royal
I used this lovely sparkling wine from the Savoie for my wedding celebration. Lucky for us, there is some amount left. Get it while you can.
Bottle 34. Glass 8.75
Nobilissima Prosecco DOC
We bring Prosecco out for any excuse to celebrate. It’s simpler than Champagne and infinitely better than most sparkling wines costing much more. There is insipid Prosecco and there is beautifully dry and aromatic Prosecco. Try it, you’ll love it.
Bottle 29. Glass 7.75
Clos Normand French Brut Hard Cider
There are few beverages more refreshing than dry hard cider. This version from Normandy is both crisp and delicate, with lively dry fruit and a lovely bitter finish. Feeling adventurous? Try a Normand Kir, a lovely drink combining French cider, creme de cassis and a dash of Calvados.
Bottle 18. Glass 6.
Banshee 2016 Chardonnay
A newer winery for us and full of young, renegade energy. Unfortunately, in this day and age being a renegade means slow fermentation, judicious use of French oak and impeccable fruit sourcing. Pretty crazy, right? The wine is full of the requisite apple/pear fruit with a lighter stone fruit component, followed by warmer notes of vanilla and brioche. Pretty rocking’ juice from the renegades.
Bottle 36. Quartino 13.25 Glass 9.
Domaine de Mauperthis 2015 Bourgogne Blanc Les Truffières
This wine is not for California Chardonnay drinkers. It’s so crisp and mineral laden you’d almost think you were drinking Sauvignon Blanc.
Tart apple and citrus zest abound with a distinctive minerality from the Portlandian soil. This wine is made with native yeasts,
cool fermentation and restrained use of sulphur, making this a clean, fresh expression of the varietal.
Bottle 33. Quartino 13. Glass 8.75
Niro 2016 Pecorino Terre di Chieti
Pecorino is a relatively new discovery for me and now I’m an evangelist! It’s difficult to explain because it doesn’t taste like anything else.
From Abruzzi, this grape dates back to Roman times. It is crisp and dry but also has elements of tropical fruit and earthier notes
of matcha tea and sage. A really spectacular wine.
Bottle30. Quartino 11.75 Glass 8.
Domaine Lafage 2016 Milaflors Rosé
This wine from the Côtes du Roussillon is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 10% Carignan. Light in color but packed with juicy strawberry fruit and white flower aromas with a lively, focused minerality and vibrant acidity.
Bottle 30. Quartino 11.75 Glass 8.
Clos du Val 2012 Three Graces
Three Graces is a proprietary Bordeaux style blend from one of Napa’s most iconic brands. TheirCabernet was the first “fine” wine I ever bought. A great balance of elegant, full-bodied, black fruit lushness and silky tannins. Alas, this winery is under new ownershipand perhaps a different direction, but for now, enjoy a glass of Splendor, Mirth and Joy.
Bottle 53. Quartino 17.75. Glass 12.5
Sineann 2014 Pinot Noir
We received the new vintage of this wine from our friends at Sineann who private label it for us and wow...what a wine. Perfect with almost any dish, this wine is curated from our good friend Peter Rosback of Sineann. It shows the beauty of a bountiful vintage from key vineyard sites within the Willamette Valley. Beautiful, juicy dark cherry fruit and a long luxurious finish. Think Nicolas Potel as a Portlandia hipster.
Bottle 43. Quartino 14.75 Glass 10.
Chateau La Tuilerie Du Puy 2015 Bordeaux Supérieur
2015 is going to bring forth some great wines in the higher price points, but on the Superieur spectrum, there are delicious, extremely drinkable wines for current consumption. This little beauty is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Full of plummy fruit, with silky tannins, but enough minerality that signals, French wine. A lot of wine for the money.
Bottle 30. Quartino 11.75 Glass 8.
EgoBodegas 2013 Fuerza
If you loved the wine Goru we featured a few months back, you are going to love another of their wines from the intriguing Spanish region of Jumilla. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Monastrell aged for 12 months in new American oak. The resulting wine is smooth, warm with dark plummy fruit. Perfect for these cooler Autumn days.
Bottle 25. Quartino 10. Glass 6.75