Spring 2019 Shipments

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March 2019 - Walter Scott Chardonnay Willamette Valley and Eola Amity Hills (Viticole Cuvee)

2017 walter Scott Eola-Amity Hills, Viticole Cuvee

2017 Walter Scott Willamette Valley, Viticole Cuvee

GRAPE: Chardonnay

TASTING NOTES:

Red Letter: Who wants to drink clouds? This is just pure finesse.  Citrus and white florals linger effortlessly on a medium frame.  Too easy to love.

Black Letter: The illusion is that this wine is just ready to slam.  It will taste like it is but it’s young and brooding.  There is an extra level of stuffing from older vines that leads to extra mid-palate depth and length on the finish.

RECOMMENDED DRINK WINDOW:

Eola-Amity Hills (Red Letter):  accessible now but best 2020 – 2035+
Willamette Valley (Black Letter):  accessible now but best 2022 – 2045+

SEASONAL PAIRING: With Walter Scott Chardonnay you have a range of options from briny shellfish to oven-roasted fowl.  Taste the rainbow…

 
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February 2019 - Pax Syrah & Lost and Found Syrah (Cuvee Viticole)

2017 Lost & Found Syrah, Cuvee Viticole

2017 Pax Syrah, Cuvee Viticole

GRAPE: Syrah

TASTING NOTES 

Pax: This is Cote Rotie meets Cornas.  Imagine pretty pepper-tinged lavender on a laser beam focused, rustic spine.  Patience 100% required as this has enough structure to go the distance.  Ultra-low sulfur (didn’t need it with all that structure).

Lost & Found: dark and blue fruits mingle with pepper and olive on a tingly fresh, open-knit palate.  The upfront joy will confuse you into thinking it’s more fun than serious.  Do not fall prey to such blasphemy, as our bottling will appease both parties.

RECOMMENDED DRINK WINDOW
Pax:  2022 – 2036+
Lost & Found:  Now – 2035+

SEASONAL PAIRING
Pax:  grilled fowl and heavily marbled meats
Lost & Found:  grilled spare ribs, pork roast

 
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January 2019 - Whitcraft Pinot Noir La Lie Fine (Cuvee Viticole)

2017 Whitcraft Pinot Noir “La Lie Fine” Cuvee Viticole

GRAPE: Pinot Noir

TASTING NOTES: Lithe, elegant, transparent.  Red fruit and fine herbs floating on air. 
Crunch factor high…

RECOMMENDED DRINK WINDOW: Now - 2036+

SEASONAL PAIRING: Herb roasted fowl, grilled salmon, epoisses cheese…

 
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December 2018 - Hure Freres Champagne and Etienne Calsac Champagne (Cuvee Viticole)

NV Hure Freres Champagne “Invitation”

NV Etienne Calsac Champagne Cuvee Viticole

GRAPES: 

Huré: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay

Calsac: Chardonnay

TASTING NOTES: 

Huré: Laser beams of joy from the north.  Green apple mingles with citrus and pomegranate.  This is razor-sharp focus…

Calsac: Pure citrus and green apple on an ultra salty, chalk-laden palate.  What I love about Etienne’s wines is how forgiving they are without feeling loose or chunky.  This is effortless precision.

RECOMMENDED DRINK WINDOW: 

Huré: now - 2033+
Calsac: now – 2033+

SEASONAL PAIRING: 

Huré: Camembert cheese, any fried food
Calsac: tailor-made for briny shellfish

 
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November 2018 - Marc Soyard / Tercet Bourgogne Blanc and Domaine de la Cras Bourgogne Rouge (Cuvee Viticole)

2017 Domaine de la Cras Bourgogne Rouge, Cuvee Viticole

2017 Tercet Bourgogne Blanc, Cuvee Viticole

GRAPES: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

TASTING NOTES: 

Tercet Rouge:  Ultra fresh red fruit meets a generous spine of spice-tinged energy in the mid palate. What a sleek and beautiful wine that will be hard to lay off but improve with age.

Tercet Blanc:  Citrus and signature tangerine notes give way to pure chalk and salt on the finish. Can’t wait for this too integrate in a couple of years.

RECOMMENDED DRINK WINDOW: 

Rouge: late 2019 - 2035+
Blanc: 2020 - 2038

SEASONAL PAIRING: Grilled salmon, herb roasted fowl, epoisses cheese