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JUNE 2016 NEWSLETTER

 
 


BARBERA WINE SAMPLER from
Piedmont, Italy

145.00 per case ... reg. 162.00

We couldn’t decide which of these superb Barberas we liked better, so our indecision becomes your treat! These are all lip-smacking, earthy, irrestible Barberas. The case sampler contains four bottles of each selection:

  • 2012 Rapalino, Barbera d’Alba, Pian Romauldo - Old-school, terroir-driven Barbera. Wow!
  • 2013 Nada, Barbera d’Alba, Superiore - Bright and tangy, filled with herbs, black pepper, black cherries and black tea notes.
  • N/V Fuso 21, Barbera - Silky and earthy, featuring blackberries and black cherries.


RED WINES


OREGON - RED

2014 Lundeen, Pinot Noir, Mon Pere, Willamette Valley, Oregon 17.99/194.29

The 2014 Mon Pere Pinot Noir pays homage to winemaker Michael Lundeen’s father, who planted the estate’s first vines in 1983. From vines planted in the heart of the winery’s Poverty Bend vineyard, the 2014 Mon Pere casts a limpid garnet color from the glass followed by cool rhubarb, perfumed rose petals, and earthy cranberry notes. Sweet raspberry and pomegranate fruit stain the palate, complemented by complex suggestion of cinnamon, maple, nutmeg and dusty soil. Fine, suave tannins sneak in to segue the Mon Pere to its long, savory and totally satisfying finish. A smashing sub-$20 Oregon Pinot and an especially fresh example of the Willamette Valley’s 2014 vintage, this splendid value can be served now and over the coming three years with broiled salmon, potatoes au gratin, roast chicken, lasagna in a bechamel sauce and roast pork loin.

2014 Cameron, Dundee Hills, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon 23.99/259.09

Once again the "maestro of vintages," winemaker John Paul, side stepped the heat and excesses of the 2014 vintage and produced this beautifully aromatic and balanced Pinot Noir. The 2014 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of barrels from both the great Abbey Ridge vineyard and estate fruit from Clos Electrique.
The wine possesses a ripe nose of black fruit, Dundee red clay earthiness, pretty floral tones and Italian plums. On the palate, clay soil notes dominate and mingle with blue-black plum skin notes alongside black and red cherry fruit and pepper spice. The wine’s ample structure is buttressed by grippy tannins and superb acidity. The finish is long, balanced and an additional brambly, woodsy undertone complements the luscious fruit. Enjoy this beguiling wine now and over the next seven to ten years. Limited.

WASHINGTON - RED

2014 Tyrus Evan, Claret, Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain, Washington State
17.99/194.29 reg. 33.99

After our resounding success with the 2010 and 2012 Tyrus Evan Claret, we’re thrilled to present the estate’s newly released 2014 vintage. From the famous Ciel du Cheval site in Washington’s tiny Red Mountain AVA, Willamette Valley legend Ken Wright blends Cabernet Sauvignon (50%) and Merlot (33%) with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot to fashion this deep, spicy and satisfying Meritage. Casting an opaque black plum robe, Tyrus Evan’s Claret fuses a supple core of black currant and plum fruit with sexy barrel notes of nutmeg, coconut, toffee and sweet vanilla. Spicy, dense and packed with a chewy core of black fruits, Tyrus Evan’s Claret finishes with additional notes of mentholated tobacco, black pepper and dark chocolate. Enjoy now and over the coming ten years with hearty fare: rib roasts of beef, braised game, hanger steaks, and rich vegetarian recipes featuring black truffles. Limited: only twenty-five cases available.

FRANCE – RED

2014 Dubreuil-Fontaine, Bourgogne, La Chapelle Notre-Dame,
Burgundy, France (S) 22.99/248.29

The venerable Dubreuil-Fontaine is a highly respected domaine located in the Côte de Beaune village of Pernand-Vergelesses. Their Bourgogne La Chapelle Notre-Dame hails from 35-year-old vines planted facing the hill of Corton. A deep crimson-ruby color, Dubreuil-Fontaine’s Bourgogne explodes with earthy, stony, gamy aromas reminiscent of a rustic, old-school Corton rouge. Bright and spicy on the palate, the wine expresses a core of saturated black cherry and cassis fruit accented by further notes of peppery game, crumbled dark limestone earth and a subtle barrel tones. Deep and dark-fruited, yet bright and lively on the palate, the Bourgogne finishes with framing tannins and zippy acidity buoying a chewy core of black cherry and black raspberry fruit. This is a terrific value in earthy, soil-driven red Burgundy. It drinks well now and has the poise to reward several years of aging. Pair with mild charcuterie, herb roasted chicken, seared duck breasts and spring morel mushrooms in a cream sauce.

2012 Chateau Magneau, Graves, Bordeaux, France (S) 17.99/194.29

In the charming 2012 vintage, Chateau Magneau has captured all of Graves’ special terroir expression in a most approachable and delicious fashion. An opaque young claret color, the Magneau needs a bit of aeration before it reveals its wonderful bouquet of crushed herbs, cedary pencil shavings, tobacco and chewy cassis fruit. Suave on the palate, the wine’s cedary, tobacco and cassis core is framed by soft tannins, buoying acidity and sexy barrel notes of vanilla and toffee. The wine finishes with the inimitable gravelly soil signature that we so adore. Bordeaux fans, this is classically styled, elegant claret that embodies all that makes Graves so distinctive. It’s delicious now, but has the stuffing to age gracefully for five to ten years. Pair with rib roasts of beef, burgers hot off the grill, sauteed lentils, roast duck and anything enhanced by shavings of black truffles.

2012 Les Eminades, St.-Chinian, Sortilege, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (CO) 18.99/205.09

Les Eminades’ gorgeous, certified organic Sortilege is a cuvee of Syrah (70%) and Grenache from St.-Chinian in the Languedoc. An opaque plum-ruby color, the blend casts dark, brooding aromas of black cherries, cassis, tar, herbal garrigue and black licorice. Tarry and leathery on the attack, the Sortilege bursts on the palate with a dense core of black fruits backed by hints of bay leaf, leather, juniper and tar. Deep and resinous yet wonderfully vibrant, the wine finishes long, serious and well beyond its price tag. Echoes of abundant black fruits join firm, plentiful tannins before segueing to complex suggestions of tobacco, sassafras, black pepper, leather and button mushrooms. This is a superb choice whenever a bold, rustic red wine is the call. Enjoy now and over the coming five years with grilled lamb chops, pork, beef and lamb stews, hearty eggplant dishes and appetizers featuring a rich, spicy tapenade. Limited: only twelve cases available.

2013 Jean-Pierre Gaussen, Vin de Pays du Mont-Caume, Provence, France (O) 13.50/145.80

Farming traditionally without pesticides or herbicides, Gaussen makes rustic, soulful Provencal wines that simply knock you out with their depth, authenticity and character. In addition to his prestigious Bandols, Gaussen also crafts this Vin de Pays – his “country” wine – which takes the traditional Bandol varietals, Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah, and adds a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon. Meaty, exuberant and herbal from the moment it’s poured, Gaussen’s Vin de Pays immediately announces that it offers far more than it humble price tag suggests. Black cherry, blood orange, sandalwood, tar, salumi and violet aromas segue to a palate packed with the kind of smoky, leathery, earthy Mourvedre notes that one usually encounters only in the very finest red Bandols. Fine, suave tannins, hints of sweet tobacco, chewy cherry fruit, cured meats and sappy herbs mark the wine’s impressively complex and satisfying finish. Gaussen’s Vin de Pays will work well with recipes featuring, game, beef, lamb or venison. Enjoy now or over the coming three years.

ITALY – RED

2011 Faraone Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Le Vigne de Faraone, Abruzzo, Italy (O) 13.99/151.09

Year ’round, few red wines offer such deep, soulful satisfaction for such a modest pittance as the rustic and charming Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Faraone’s lovely 2011 release effortlessly captures the robustness of the Montepulciano grape tamed by twelve months’ leisurely ageing in large neutral oak botti. Casting an opaque black plum robe, the 2011 Montepulciano is redolent of black cherry skin, fleshy black plums and peppery salumi. Fleshy, round and vibrant on the palate, the wine bursts with tobacco-scented cherry fruit, backed by suggestions of licorice, macerated cherries and dusty earth. The wine finishes luscious and long with further waves of plum and cherry fruit complicated by notes of leather, herbs, tar, mushrooms and tobacco. Buy this for immediate enjoyment and up to five years aging. Pair with rustic pasta dishes, grilled meats, smoked baby back ribs and grilled marinated Portobello mushrooms. This wine is brimming with sun-warmed central Italian charm!

2012 Castello di Farnetella, Chianti Colli Senesi, Tuscany, Italy (O) 16.99/183.49

Castello di Farnetella is the great Felsina estate’s property in Chianti’s Colli Senesi zone. Employing the same care that goes into Felsina’s reference Chianti Classicos, Farnetella’s 2012 Chianti casts an opaque black cherry color followed by a complex bouquet of cured meats, pencil shavings, leather and porcini mushrooms. Lush and satisfying on the palate, the wine’s blend of Sangiovese (93%) and Merlot spotlights the dominant Sangiovese component with delicious suggestions of wild cherries, pipe tobacco and mushroomy sotto bosco. The dollop of Merlot fleshes out the wine and contributes hints of plums, cedar and Belgian chocolate. Thoroughly authentic, satisfying and complete from start to finish, this is delicious, precocious, ready-to-drink Chianti at a fantastic price. Pair now and over the coming four years with grilled steaks, eggplant Parmigiana, pastas with rich meat sauces, hearty bean stews, or grilled summer squashes.

2011 Vignalta, Colli Euganei Rosso, Venda, Veneto, Italy 12.99/140.29

We’re delighted to feature Vignalta’s Venda Rosso, a terrific, claret-inspired blend of Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the highest altitude vineyard site in the Veneto’s Colli Euganei zone. A translucent crimson-ruby color in the glass, Vignalta’s Venda Rosso offers scents of sour cherries, dried herbs, violets, and clay soil. Vibrant on the palate, the Venda Rosso presents a core of spicy cherry fruit framed by brisk acidity and complex suggestions of green tobacco, juniper and Szechuan peppercorns. Clay-limestone minerality reemerges on the wine’s long cherry, currant and herb-tinged finish. Harmonious and elegant, this is a compelling Right Bank Bordeaux-style blend with bright fruit, Old World grace and world-class affordability. Serve this beauty with all red meats, poultry, game and stews rich in beans. Enjoy now and over the coming five years.

2011 Nino Negri, Quadrio, Valtellina Superiore, Lombardy, Italy 16.99/183.49

The Nino Negri estate’s Quadrio is a blend of Nebbiolo (90%) and Merlot from the finest parcels of the Valtellina Superiore. The 2011 Quadrio emerges with a translucent amber rimmed crimson-garnet color. Casting classic Nebbiolo aromas of pie cherries, roses and pencil shavings, the Quadrio stains the palate with velvety cherry and raspberry fruit accented by hints of camphor, dried rose petals, button mushrooms and limestone dust. Bristling acidity and fine tannins join the wine’s core of refreshing sour cherry fruit on its long, juicy finish. The wine is an outstanding Nebbiolo bargain and a delicious complement to mushroom risotto, beef brasado, grilled lamb, and the Valtellina’s famous buckwheat-based pizzoccheri pasta. Enjoy now and over the coming six years.

ALSO: Barbera Sampler (see top)



WHITE WINES

FRANCE – WHITE

2014 Drouhin-Vaudon, Chablis, Burgundy, France (B) 20.99/226.69

Drouhin-Vaudon’s biodynamic viticulture and masterful winemaking imbue its Chablis portfolio with impressive purity of fruit and authentic terroir expressions. Pale straw-gold in the glass, Drouhin-Vaudon’s 2014 – a truly great Chablis vintage – casts marine, iodine-infused Chablis limestone soil notes alongside hints of pear skin, lemongrass and flint. Rich yet brisk and energetic on the palate, lemon zest and acacia blossom expressions mingle with suggestions of flinty limestone soil, ginger and botanical herbs. Further waves of saline minerals segue the wine to its long citrus-driven finish that leaves that elusive and wonderful dusting of chalky minerals on the lips and cheeks. Drouhin-Vaudon’s Chablis is drinking smashingly well at this early stage, but will easily reward five years’ patience in your cool cellar. Pair with all things seafood, vegetable souffles, potatoes au gratin, light poultry and pork preparations. Limited: only twenty cases available.
Wine Spectator – 92 points

2014 Paul Pernot et ses Fils, Bourgogne, Chardonnay, Burgundy, France 26.99/291.49

Fashioned from declassified Puligny-Montrachet vines on the Meursault border, Pernot’s Bourgogne Chardonnay opens with rich, golden, Meursault-like aromas of lemon curd, hazelnuts and subtle French oak inflections. The Bourgogne’s palate is impressively precise, conveying premier cru intensity and purity rarely found in such an affordably priced Côte-de-Beaune blanc. Long, sappy and packed with sensations of crisp white peaches, pastry crust and white Burgundy goodness, Pernot’s Bourgogne blanc finishes elegant, rich and incredibly well balanced. The wine’s persistent limestone mineral undercurrent underpins the Bourgogne’s palate experience from start to finish. Pernot’s Bourgogne already drinks well young, but also has reserve and balance to ensure midterm keeping. Enjoy now and over the coming decade with roast pork, veal, poultry, white-fleshed fish dishes and young chevres.

ITALY – WHITE

2014 Faraone, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Le Vigne de Faraone, Abruzzo, Italy (O) 12.99/140.29

Faraone’s white partner to their Montepulciano featured in this newsletter is this superb Trebbiano. A deep gold color in the glass, Faraone’s Trebbiano d’Abruzzo – crafted with an indigenous clone of Trebbiano called Passerina – casts resinous aromas of Mirabelle plums, yellow apple skin, clover and honeycomb. On the palate, the wine is electrically vibrant with shimmering acidity, driving deep expressions of apricot, yellow melon and chalky minerals. Refreshingly clean and bristling with energy, Faraone’s Trebbiano finishes with suggestions of lemongrass, sage, yellow peaches and reprises of dusty limestone minerals. Enjoy this soulful and refreshing Trebbiano now and over the coming two years with grilled squashes and hearty steak fishes like mahi mahi, swordfish and tuna.

2015 Giovanni Almondo, Roero Arneis, Vigne Sparse, Piedmont, Italy 13.99/151.09

The Giovanni Almondo estate is one of the Roero’s benchmark producers of the fickle yet delightful Arneis grape. A brilliant pale lemon-gold in the glass, Almondo’s Vigne Sparse Arneis casts aromas of Comice pears, jasmine blossoms and loamy soil. Bristling with energy on the palate, the Vigne Sparse explodes with suggestions of lemongrass, ginger, bay leaf and grapefruit zest. Fresh, zesty and packed with character, Almondo’s Vigne Sparse finishes by revisiting its juicy core of citrus fruit and adding complex notes of crisp fennel, bitter almond skin and fenugreek. This is fantastic Arneis and a superb call for a crisp, aromatic white wine on a warm summer day. Enjoy this now and over the coming year with steamed clams, sauteed zucchini, angel hair pasta dressed in a light white sauce, and seafood or vegetable paellas.

PORTUGAL – WHITE

2015 Anselmo Mendes, Alvarinho, Contacto, Vinho Verde, Portugal 18.99/205.09

This wine is truly something else! Anselmo Mendes’s 2015 Alvarinho Contacto is given extended skin contact to coax out greater depth, character and intensity than the usually delicate Vinho Verde. Intense is the key word here: Mendes’s Contacto conveys the eye-wincing acidity of a grand cru Chablis, the dazzling aromatics of a great German grösses gewächs, and the deep granitic mineral expression of a Hermitage blanc. The Wine Advocate raves: “[B]rilliant Contacto, perhaps the best yet. It's also another Mendes bargain to buy by the case and sip on the porch this summer and for a few years to come.” You will love it for its electric granitic mineral undercurrent and the purity and depth of its lemon, yellow melon, pineapple, and passion fruit expressions. Join the Iberian wine revolution and pair this amazing wine with seafood and vegetable paella, vegetable and seafood tapas, sushi and sashimi and seafood pastas. Very limited.
The Wine Advocate – 92 points

SPAIN – WHITE

2015 Huguet de Can Feixes, Blanc Seleccio, Penedes, Spain 13.50/145.80

The historic Can Feixes estate is situated on graveled amphitheater-like slopes near the famous Montserrat pinnacle. Only the estate’s finest high-altitude fruit – a blend of primarily Parellada and Macabeo with dollops of Chardonnay and Malvasia de Sitges – goes into the brothers Joan and Josep Huguet’s Can Feixes Blanc Seleccio. Can Feixes’ pale green-glinted blanco offers mineral driven aromas of lime, green melon, crisp pears and tangerine. On the palate, the Blanc Seleccio’s brisk acidity meshes seamlessly with its refreshing, mineral-infused citrus, melon and Bartlett pear fruit, leading to a clean finish marked by hints of fresh ginger, juicy tangerine, quinine a reprise of flinty minerals. Enjoy this crisp, refreshing, low-alcohol wine over the coming two years as a wonderful alternative to Chablis, Aligote or Sancerre, and pair it with oysters, white-fleshed fish selections, scallops and other fruits du mer.

ROSE WINES

FRANCE – ROSE

NV J.P. Xiradakis et La Famille Ducourt, Rose Lime, Vin Rose Aromatisee,
Bordeaux, France 13.99/151.09

Rose Lime is outrageously delicious, refreshing and needs to be in your refrigerator this summer when the evening sun is still hot and your thirst needs slaking. Jean-Pierre Xiradakis, owner of the celebrated Bordeaux restaurant La Tupina, joined forces with the venerable Bordeaux winemaking Ducourt family to revive the historic recipe of this old-fashioned cocktail, which marries crisp rose wine, citrus aromatics, a touch of sweetness, and a light spritz. Pale hot pink in the glass, the Rose Lime opens with aromas of pink grapefruit, yellow peaches, navel oranges, strawberries and sweet freesia. Delicately sparkling, the Rose Lime refreshes the palate with a crisp citrus fruit expression accented by notes of cling peaches, sweet grapefruit and candied ginger. Drink all by itself as a delightful aperitif, or pair with simple poached fish dishes, salads, fresh lightly sauteed green vegetables, and not-too-sweet desserts. Pink lemonade for grownups!

2015 Andre Dezat et Fils, Sancerre Rose, Loire Valley, France 19.99/215.89

This is simply brilliant Sancerre rose and a rare treat at less than $20 a bottle! Dezat’s rose – fashioned from 100% Pinot Noir grown on Sancerre’s incomparable silex and caillottes soils – gleams from the glass with a brilliant orange-salmon robe followed by aromas of flinty minerals, ruby red grapefruit, cling peaches and perfumed rose petals. Deep, broad and packed with character, Dezat’s 2015 fuses shimmering acidity with a kernel of grapefruit and bitter orange zest, followed by a lashing of flinty minerals. Juicy and brimming with electric energy, Dezat’s Sancerre rose finishes clean, brisk and mouth-watering. Buy enough to get you through the coming year and enjoy this beauty by itself or pair it with crab, rare ahi, sashimi, sauteed summer squashes, fresh chevres and beef tartare.

SPAIN – ROSE

2015 Izadi, Rioja, Rose Larrosa, Rioja Alavesa, Spain (S) 13.50/145.80

Founded in 1987 by the Anton Family, Izadi is renowned for its full Rioja portfolio of robust, refined and modern wines. Led by Mariano Garcia, Vega Sicilia’s wine maker for over thirty years, Izadi crafts its Larrosa rose from high altitude, low yielding, 55-year-old Garnacha vines. A pale watermelon color in the glass, Izadi’s Larrosa rose opens with aromas of Rainier cherry fruit, white pepper and blond tobacco. Soft and elegant on the palate, cherry fruit mingles with suggestions of sappy herbs, crunchy fennel, white currants and menthol. Zesty and full of fruit, Izadi’s rose finishes with further notes of fennel, cinnamon and freshly cracked white pepper. Perfect for a sunny day enjoyment, enjoy this solo or as a partner to squid à la plancha, grilled marinated chicken, vegetable tapas, broiled salmon or pork barbecue.

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FRIDAY TASTINGS:
First and third Friday
of the month
5:30-7:30 p.m. - Fee

June 3 - Rosé Night Fever: A preview of refreshing, delightful, thirst quenching rosé wines.

June 17 Father’s Day festa: Great Barbaresco!

July 1 Our Semi-Annual Champagne Blast!


SATURDAY TASTINGS:
Weekly; Starts at
12 noon - No fee

June 4 Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Judgement of Paris Tasting with Grgich Hills. At Plus, from France: Dezat Sancerre Rose, Pernot Bourgogne Chardonnay, Dubreuil-Fontaine Bourgogne La Chapelle Notre-Dame, and La Famille Ducourt Rose Lime.

June 11 Lorenzo Gatteschi, founder of Small Vineyards, will pour wines from Podere Ciona and Slovenia’s Edi Simcic. Plus, from the Pacific Northwest: Lundeen Pinot Noir Mon Pere, Cameron Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, and Tyrus Evan Claret Ciel du Cheval.

June 18 Tutti Italia: G. Almondo Roero Arneis, Faraone Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Faraone Trebbiano, Castello di Farnetella Chianti, Vignalta Venda Colli Euganei Rosso, Nino Negri Quadrio Valtellina. Plus, we pour our Barbera sampler.

June 25 From France: Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis, Ch. Magneau Graves, Les Eminades Sortilege Ste.-Chinian, Gaussen Vin de Pays du Mont-Caume. Plus, from Iberia: Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho Contacto, Huguet de Can Feixes Blanc, and Izadi Rioja Rose Larrosa.


SPECIAL EVENTS AT L&E:

SPANISH WINE TASTING
With DeMaison Imports
Weds. June 8, from 6:15-7:30

Join Holly Wing from DeMaison Imports as she pours an array of extraordinary wines from Northern Spain.

It has become quite apparent that the wines coming from this region are revolutionizing the way people think about Spanish wines. Don’t miss this event!

This will be an informal presentation, and reservations are not necessary. Glass fee: $10.


BLUE DANUBE WINE TASTING
Tues. June 21 at 6:30 p.m.

We are thrilled to present an extensive and exciting lineup of new wines from Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary!

Please join for what will be Oregon’s most important and fascinating tasting of wines from these three regions. The event is a sit-down seminar with our hosts Erich Danch (Blue Daube Imports) and Tim Davey (Corridor no. 5).

Seating is limited, and pre-payment is required. Price per seat is $15. Contact L&E or purchase seats online.

 


B = biodynamic methods; CO = certified organic; O = organic; S = sustainably farmed

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