Annual French Rosé Sampler
149.50 per case
... reg. 167.99
Summer is nearly here,
and it is time to enjoy the pleasure that great
dry rosé wines can offer! Our selective
sampler consists of three bottles each of the
following four wines:
- 2015 Moulin de Gassac,
Guilheim, Pays D’Herault: Refreshing notes
of strawberries, lemons, and herbs.
- 2015 Foncalieu, Pique
Poul, Coteaux D’Enserue: Salty mineralty
combines with strawberries, raspberries and orange.
- 2015 Domaine Vertriccie,
Corsica: Red cherries, sour cherries, bright acidity
and a strong mineral background.
- 2015 Hecht & Bannier,
Cotes de Provence:
Red apple skin, rhubarb, raspberries, apricots
and lots of spice.
WASHINGTON - RED
At 12.5% alcohol, this is about as cool and refreshing
a Pinot as we’re going to find from the 2014 vintage.
Swick’s Les Sous-Bois Pinot Noir hails from a five-acre
vineyard situated on the Washington side of the Columbia
Gorge, directly across from Hood River. The vineyard’s
deep basalt soils, windy days and cold nights produce tiny
Wädenswil and Pommard clone clusters with thicker skins
and intense acidity. A lovely crimson-ruby in the glass,
Swick’s Pinot opens with bright, wild yeast-driven
aromas of rhubarb, spicy red cherries, cinnamon and wintergreen.
High-toned yet earthy on the palate, fine, savory tannins
mingle with suggestions of tart red cherries, earthy cranberries,
cloves, bay leaf and subtle barrel tones. Brisk and lip-smackingly
delicious, the Sous-Bois finishes with lingering notes of
red currants, pomegranate and a dusting of smoky basaltic
minerals. Enjoy this immensely versatile wine now and over
the coming two years.
The Domaine Rabasse Charavin is one of
the southern Rhone’s best-kept secrets. In the generous
2014 vintage, Rabasse Charavin’s Cotes du Rhone conveys
the nuance and chewy kernel of cherry fruit reminiscent
of a top-notch Cairanne. The wine’s saturated ruby
color leads to the lovely fruit-forward nose, superb weight
and layered texture on the palate. Fine, framing tannins
and notes of black licorice, black pepper and floral garrigue
emerge as the wine balances its opulent fruit with impressive
tannic structure. Suggestions of crushed stones, leather,
dried bay leaf, and a touch of wet, stony terroir linger
as the wine lingers long and satisfying on the palate. This
blend of 80% Grenache with a dollop of Syrah and Mourvedre
is delicious now and has the structure to age three to five
years. Enjoy with hearty southern French fare like rosemary-encrusted
leg of lamb or ratatouille, or with burgers and grilled
We were thrilled with this Malbec wonder
from the venerable Jean-Luc Baldes’s Triguedina estate.
Translucent black plum in the glass, the Malbec du Clos
explodes with vibrant aromas of black cherries, cardamom,
black licorice and dried herbs. Crafted to be generous and
approachable, Baldes’s Malbec du Clos conveys a meaty
core of cassis and black raspberries layered with suggestions
of earthy morels, carob bean and cracked black peppercorns.
Plentiful fine tannins join the wine’s juicy core
of black fruits mid-palate and segue the wine to its full,
satisfying, herb-tinged finish. Bright acidity buoys the
Malbec’s layered dark fruit palate impression, making
this a most approachable and immediately satisfying Cahors
in the modern aesthetic. Enjoy now and over the next five
years with hearty stews, mushroom dishes, burgers, casseroles
and other rustic fare.
The cleverly named Anjou Démon –
fashioned from 100% Cabernet Franc – absolutely sings
in the generous 2014 Loire Valley vintage. A translucent
claret color in the glass, Terres Blanches’ Anjou
Démon opens with aromas of ripe black currants and
black raspberries accented by Earl Grey tea, licorice and
black pepper. Smooth and generous on the palate, the wine
shows layered black fruits accented by hints of tobacco,
violets, limestone soil and appetizing herbal notes. Finishing
spicy and cinnamon-tinged, the Anjou Démon expresses
chewy licorice notes alongside firm tannins and a deep limestone
soil signature. The Anjou Démon is delicious and
savory today, but has the poise and the balance to reward
three to five years’ aging in your cool cellar. Pair
this superb Anjou Rouge with charcuterie, aged goat cheeses,
braised rabbit and pork dishes, and grilled hanger steaks.
Aglianico, the noble red variety of southern
Italy, finds one of its rare natural homes on the deep volcanic
soils around Monte Vulture. For four generations, Elisabetta
Musto Carmelitano’s family has been making wine in
the DOCG of Aglianico del Vulture. Employing old vines and
organic farming, Musto Carmelitano is fashioning deep, soulful
expressions of Monte Vulture’s deep, spicy volcanic
soils. The estate’s Maschitano Rosso casts a transparent
rusty ruby color alongside aromas of Bing cherries, menthol
and perfumed soil. On the palate, velvety cherry fruit merges
with firm tannins and suggestions of bitter medicinal herbs
before segueing to a long savory finish that revisits ripe
cherries, spicy volcanic soil and chewy Aglianico tannins.
Enjoy this southern Italian beauty now and over the coming
five years paired with hard cheeses, hearty pasta dishes,
roast lamb, grilled beef and rustic eggplant casseroles.
Folks, this is a ridiculously great wine
and a dead ringer for the great, long-lamented early Notarpanaros
and Salice Salentino Riservas from Dottor Cosimo Taurino.
Copertino is the DOC to the south and east of the famous
Salice Salentino. Like Salice, Copertino emphasizes the
Negroamaro grape. The Cantina Sociale’s Copertino
is crafted from Negroamaro seasoned by a 5% dollop of Malvasia
Nera. An orange-rimmed garnet color, the Copertino Riserva
casts a kaleidoscope of aromas, from leather to red currants,
ripe cherries, cinnamon, cola and cured beef. Supple on
the palate, the wine packs a wallop of funky, leathery fruit
followed by framing tannins and notes of bitter herbs. Long,
lingering and with impressive staying power, the wine finishes
with earthy, mushroomy notes alongside reprises of saddle
leather, tobacco, game and peppery salumi. Buy this soul-satisfying
rosso by the case and serve with pizzas, pasta in a sun-dried
tomato, pine nut and olive oil sauce, grilled sausages and
marinated flank steak.
The Tonelli family of Villa Ligi specializes
in the indigenous and superior Aleatico clone of the Vernaccia
Rossa di Pergola variety. Highly perfumed and deliciously
scented, the Aleatico is thought to be a red mutation of
the noble and ancient Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains.
Pale garnet colored, Villa Ligi’s Vernaculum explodes
out of the glass with Muscat-inspired aromas of rose petals,
cherry blossoms, crushed raspberries, dried orange peel,
menthol and gentian. Refreshingly bitter on the palate,
the wine fills the senses with a panoply of floral notes,
quinine, wild red berries and cinnamon-tinged potpourri.
Light, long and immensely satisfying, the Vernaculum finishes
with soft, framing tannins, refreshing acidity and reprises
of spicy cinnamon, white pepper and rose petals. This is
fascinating wine and a must try for those who love dry,
beguilingly aromatic wines.
Ian D’Agata, Vinous – 90 points
Given the Podere Capaccia impressive pedigree,
complexity and character, this is one beautiful Chianti
for an unbelievably affordable tariff. Located in the hallowed
village of Radda in Chianti, the estate fashions this authentic
Chianti Classico Riserva from a blend of 95% Sangiovese
and 5% Canaiolo. Translucent ruby with amber overtones,
Capaccia’s Riserva offers a mouthful of supple, round,
fleshy plum and black cherry fruit accented by Sangiovese’s
special leathery, mushroomy, woodsy overtones. Capaccia’s
Chianti blossoms with aeration, offering complex notes of
menthol, dark roast coffee, underbrush and untanned leather.
Firm, fine tannins and wintergreen highlights transition
the wine from its palate-staining presence to its long,
smoky, earthy finish. Enjoy now and over the coming five
years with grilled Porterhouse steaks, rustic eggplant casseroles,
hearty bean stews and recipes emphasizing earthy mushrooms.
Vajra’s Langhe Rosso, the venerable
winery’s creative regional blend, has become a client
favorite over the past decade. Vajra’s Langhe Rosso
blend is primarily Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera, with
deft touches of Albarossa, Freisa and Pinot Noir. A transparent
ruby color in the bowl yields to vibrant aromas of black
currants, Assam black tea, camphor and tar. Brisk and lively
in the mouth, the wine conveys a core of chewy cherry, raspberry
and cassis fruit before transitioning to a long finish marked
by notes of menthol, tobacco, cloves, sarsaparilla and sottobosco.
The combination of dazzling aromas, fresh and zesty red
and black fruits, food-friendly tannins, authentic Piemontese
character and everyday affordability will make Vajra’s
Langhe Rosso a lovely choice at the table. Serve it with
pasta tossed with a butter and sage sauce, grilled burgers,
salumi, beef, lamb, sausages, pizza – anything that
calls for a robust, versatile red. Enjoy now and over the
next five years.
The Piedmont’s great Tintero estate
crafts this delicious, authentic, approachable Barbaresco
from a tiny parcel in Barbaresco’s famed Treiso zone.
Tintero’s 2012 Barbaresco fills the room with aromas
of sweet cherries, red licorice, menthol, vanilla bean and
aniseed. Vigorous decantation allows the young Barbaresco
to reveal a gorgeous core of cherry and red plum fruit backed
by fine, food-friendly tannins and complex notes of rose
petals, limestone soil, camphor and fennel. Floral notes
of violet, rose petals and cherry blossoms mark the wine’s
long, lingering, smoky finish. Youthful and structured yet
admirably generous, this unusually affordable Barbaresco
will pair now and over the coming fifteen years with hearty
Piemontese fare like creamy risottos, egg-rich tajarin topped
with shaved truffles or a rich ragù, braised game,
rack of lamb, and hearty beef stews. Very limited.
Nigl, unquestionably one of Austria’s elite estates,
crafts focused, chiseled wines of impeccable detail and
transparency. This month we present Nigl’s always-delicious
Gruner Veltliner Freiheit, perhaps the greatest value in
Nigl’s exemplary portfolio. In the superb 2014 Gruner
vintage, Nigl’s Freiheit coveys the exceptional balance
and mineral tension that we so adore. The wine casts a pale
green-gold hue followed by crystalline aromas of honeysuckle
blossoms, lentils, toasted barley and white pepper. On the
palate pure, juicy green melon and citrus fruit are accented
by suggestions of white pepper, blond tobacco and wintergreen.
A smoky mineral note transitions the Freiheit to its long,
zesty finish, which repeats the citrus, apple and melon
fruits. Enjoy now or over the coming two years with sautéed
green vegetables, grilled zucchini, braised pork and roast
Burgundy insiders are thrilled by the 2014 vintage that
yielded white Burgundies of impressive intensity, flesh
and acidity. The perfect example: Bouchard’s 2014
Bourgogne Chardonnay Réserve, a wine that bursts
with classic white burgundy soil notes of crushed clay and
limestone alongside palate impressions of lemon oil and
green apple skin. A brilliant green-glinted lemon gold in
the glass, Bouchard’s Bourgogne Blanc accents its
unmistakable soil expression with aromas and suggestions
of lemon curd, crunchy yellow apples, white flowers, sweet
cinnamon and crushed oyster shell minerals. Rich and layered
yet bright and ineffably soil-driven, the wine will appeal
to Burgundy lovers seeking authentic character and value,
as well as to devoted Chardonnay fans who prefer the varietal’s
crisp, mineral and citrus expressions. Enjoy this authentic
white Burgundy now and over the next two years with delicate
freshwater fish preparations, light pasta dishes with white
sauces or a spinach and zucchini frittata.
La Pierre Frite, Domaine du Pas Saint Martin’s
Saumur blanc, is fashioned from Chenin Blanc grown organically
on silica-rich limestone soils and given extended ageing
on its lees to enrich the wine’s palate texture and
express the Saumur’s special terroir. Pale straw-gold
in color, Pas Saint Martin’s Pierre Frite blanc opens
with aromas of honeydew melon complicated by notes of coconut,
freesia and gardenia blossom. On the palate, juicy acidity
drives the wine’s core of melon and kiwi fruit while
a gripping, resinous palate texture elevates the smoky tuffeau
limestone soil signature. Further notes of green pineapple,
sweet grapefruit and Golden Delicious apple complete the
wine on the finish. This splendid, expressive Saumur blanc
is ready to drink now and over the next three years as a
partner to everything from bivalves to cephalopods to halibut
to sautéed zucchini to light poultry recipes.
Third-generation Burgundian vigneron Pierre-Emmanuel
Sangouard farms 25 acres in the Maconnais’ most hallowed
terroirs. Sangouard spotlights the Clos de la Bressande
vineyard’s superb aspect and classic clay-limestone
soil to craft this delicious Macon-Villages. A bright golden
color in the glass, Sangouard’s Clos de la Bressande
brilliantly expresses its Maconnais origins with aromas
of dark limestone soil, buttery lemon curd and toasty brioche.
Crisp, lemony and stony on the palate, the wine suffuses
its juicy core of tangerine and yellow apple fruit with
mineral undercurrents, balancing acidity, and complex notes
of yellow corn and acacia blossom. Vinified in stainless
steel, the wine finishes long and tangy with echoes of its
calcareous terroir. As with all selections in Sangouard’s
portfolio, this is superb, terroir-driven white Burgundy
and a terrific value. It will wow as a welcome wine this
spring, and perform as a lovely foil for herb-roasted chicken,
troute amandine, chanterelles in a cream sauce, and light
Quite possibly the quintessential spring
wine, Hild’s Elbling joins Txakoli and Vinho Verde
as our go-to quaffers as the sun assumes a more acute angle.
Until the early 1900s, Elbling, one of the planet’s
oldest grapes, was Germany's most widely planted variety.
Today, it’s a mere footnote in the register, and one
that primarily gets blended into Germany’s ubiquitous
sparkling wine, Sekt. Matthias Hild’s zesty, bone-dry
Elbling, however, is the varietal at its apogee: delicious,
vivid and bursting with zippy lime, green plum, and Pippin
apple fruit. Chalky minerals and jasmine blossoms join a
zesty core of citrus fruit before the wine finishes juicy,
mouthwatering and long. Pair now and over the coming two
years with spring vegetables – asparagus, artichoke,
nettles, fiddlehead ferns – or with poached halibut,
oven-roasted mussels, or steamed Littleneck clams.
Falanghina is one of southern Italy’s
most historic and noble white wine grapes. Thanks to modern,
temperature-controlled fermentation, we can now capture
and retain all of the Falanghina’s fragile floral
and tropical fruit aromas. Brilliant lemon-gold with green
highlights, Terredora’s Falanghina conveys beguiling
scents of orange blossoms, yellow melon and volcanic minerals.
On the palate, Terredora’s Falanghina presents suggestions
of star fruit, Mirabelle plums and freshly cut pineapple.
Fresh and snappy, the wine finishes with complex notes of
quince, lemon zest and hops electrified by brisk acidity
and spicy volcanic minerals. Very versatile at the table
enjoy this superb Falanghina now and through 2016 with sushi,
clams, mussels, squid, vegetarian fare and seafood pasta
dishes sporting lots of fresh extra virgin olive oil fresh
Pale, shimmering and vibrant with newly
bottled freshness, the crisp Vinhos Verde of northeastern
Portugal refresh and revive the spirit on hot sunny days.
This brisk, mineral-driven Vinho Verde from Quinta da Aveleda
still sports a whisper of trapped CO2 in its pale green-gold
robe. Based on two classic varietals, Alvarinho and Loureiro,
Quinta da Aveleda’s 2015 bottling casts notes of fennel,
grapefruit and gardenia blossoms from the glass. Brisk,
refreshing and low in alcohol, Aveleda’s 2015 bristles
on the palate with notes of lemon zest, kiwi and muskmelon
coupled with saline minerality and a hint of kaffir lime
leaf. On the finish the wine’s lightness and verve
combines with its zippy CO2 kick to wake up the palate and
prepare it for another bite of fresh seafood, grilled summer
squashes, light salads or pasta tossed in a light olive
oil sauce. Buy plenty for the remaining warm months, but
finish your stash before next spring.
Aitzalde in Spain’s
Basque region translates to “place of stone,”
an apt name for this rocky vineyard that slopes straight down
to the Atlantic Ocean. Pale green-tinted lemon-gold in color,
the Aitzalde 2015 Txakoli offers salty, sea breeze-driven
aromas of lime oil, green papaya and honeydew melon. Fresh
with a happy dose of dissolved CO2, the Aitzalde’s lively,
exuberant palate impression suggests lime zest, green plums
and unripe kiwi. Brisk and saline on the finish, the wine
adds notes of white grapefruit, lemon juice and fresh tarragon.
Showing enough bristling acidity to handle the most wine-challenging
vegetables – even asparagus and green beans –
Aitzalde’s Txakoli is perfect paired with seafood, spring
and summer market vegetables, and fresh halibut, ling cod
and sablefish. Enjoy over the coming year to capture the wine’s
LINER & ELSEN
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Portland, OR 97210
Mon.-Sat. 10am - 6pm
Mon. May 30, Memorial Day
First and third Friday
of the month
5:30-7:30 p.m. - Fee
May 6 - Celebrate Oregon
Wine Month! Savor the best of Oregon wines.
May 20 - Great Spanish wines from
the Rias Baixas and Bierzo regions.
June 3 - Rosé Night Fever:
A preview of refreshing, delightful, thirst quenching rosé
Weekly; Starts at
12 noon - No fee
April 30 - From France:
Our Rhone Valley Sampler. Plus, a sneak preview of new rosés!
May 7 – Meet Diana Lenzi of
Fattoria Petroio, one of our favorite Chianti estates.
Plus, from France: We pour our French Rosé
Sampler, Bouchard Bourgogne Chardonnay Reserve, and Rabasse
Charavin Cotes du Rhone.
May 14 - Great Italian
Wines: Fattoria Villa Ligi Vernaculum Pergola Aleatico,
Musto Carmelitano Maschitano Aglianico del Vulture, Cantina
Sociale Cooperativa di Copertino Riserva, Capaccia Chianti
Classic Riserva, Vajra Langhe Rosso, and Tintero Barbaresco.
May 21 - From La Belle France: Dom.
du Pas Saint Martin Saumur Blanc La Pierre Frite, Sangouard-Guyot
Macon-Villages Clos de la Bressande, Dom. des Terres Blanches
Anjou Démon, and Triguedina Jean-Luc Baldès
Malbec du Clos.
May 28 - Great wines from here
and there: Swick Pinot Noir Les Sous-Bois (Washington
State), Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde (Portugal), Txakoli
Aitzalde Getariako Txakolina (Spain), Hild Elbling Trocken
(Germany), and Nigl Grüner Veltliner Kremser Freiheit
Sunday, May 8
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