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SEPTEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER

 


RED WINES


Our Southern Rhone Sampler ... 195.00 reg. 216.88

We simply could not find one wine better than the other — hence our new Southern Rhone Sampler is born. Each one is irrestible, and with autumn and winter on their way, these four wines are sure winners for end-of-summer barbecues and hearty foods.

Each sampler contains three bottles each of the following four wines:

  • 2013 Domaine Bressy-Masson, Rasteau - Dark fruits, spice, earth, and so easy to drink.
  • 2014 Chateau La Canorgue, Luberon (O) - The most elegant of the four selections. Leather, spice and gorgeous balance.
  • 2014 Domaine La Roubine, Sablet, La Grange des Briguieres - Very complex; black pepper, savory tones, smoke and game notes.
  • 2013 J.L. Chave Selections, Mon Coeur - Chewy, spicy, meaty, rustic and delicious.


OREGON

2014 RoseRock Drouhin Oregon, Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon (CO) 31.99/345.49

Following on the heels of their stunning debut Chardonnay, the Drouhin family’s new Oregon venture, RoseRock, presents its first Pinot Noir. RoseRock is situated at the southern tip of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, and their 2014 Pinot Noir conveys all the classic Drouhin elegance and suave texture with the smoky volcanic soil touches of the family’s new terroir. RoseRock’s 2014 Pinot Noir casts a deep purple ruby robe followed by scents of earthy cranberries, rhubarb, dried leaves and smoky soil. On the palate the wine conveys a bright, tangy core of black raspberry fruit complemented by notes of white pepper, tobacco leaf, cloves and baking spices. Balancing acidity and framing tannins fuse seamlessly with the sappy core of blackberry fruit on the lingering finish. Serve now or over the next seven years with roast chicken, duck, grilled bavette steak or chanterelle mushrooms in season.

2014 A.F. Nichols, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon 21.99/237.49

A. F. Nichols is a limited production winery established by oenologist Alex Nichols. Following his own compass, Alex employs a minimal intervention to the wines that bear his name. Nichols’ 2014 Willamette Valley bottling features a dusty, translucent garnet robe and bright aromas of red raspberries, pomegranate, mustard seed, wood spice and crushed herbs. Fresh and vigorous on the palate, the Nichols Pinot conveys a lively, spicy, red fruited core accented by barrel notes of nutmeg, hazelnuts and baking spices. Bright acidity buoys the gorgeous kernel of red raspberry and pomegranate fruit to transition the wine to a long, tangy and satisfying finish. This is a superb, energetic 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot and a great value. Buy by the case and serve cool to finish off summer, then enjoy the remainder over the next three years with grilled burgers, roast chicken, sauteed squashes and grilled Portobello mushrooms. Limited.

FRANCE

2013 Domaine Philemon, Gaillac, Croix d’Azal, Southwest France (CO) 12.50/135.00

Employing the classic Bordeaux and Rhone varietals blended with local specialties, Gaillac is one of the most exciting and dynamic regions in France. Distancing itself from the pack, the organic Domaine Philemon estate employs the indigenous Braucol (Fer Servadou) for its Croix d’Azal bottling. The wine fills the room with wildly aromatic scents of wildflowers, root bark, dusty cinnamon, peppery cured meats and ferrous soil. Earthy on the attack with fine tannins and complex suggestions of ground cinnamon and sassafras tea, the wine fleshes out mid-palate to add meaty notes of salumi alongside elderberry fruit. Don’t be afraid, but rather beguiled, by all these wild descriptors: this is a delicious, compelling, medium-bodied red that begs you to pour it with pulled pork, grilled meats and vegetables, roast game, braised rabbit and mild semi-firm cheeses. A must-try selection!

2014 Chateau Jouclary, Cabardes, Cuvee Tradition, Southwest France 11.50/124.20

A perennial favorite, Jouclary’s Cuvee Tradition delivers a tasty mouthful of funky French goodness in the lovely 2014 vintage. Casting a purple-ruby hue from the glass, Jouclary’s 2014 Cuvee Tradition leads with a plum and cassis-driven Merlot component (50%) followed by herbal and tarry complexities contributed by equal parts Grenache and Syrah. On the palate, the Cuvee Tradition offers fleshy plum and cherry fruit accented by undertones of tar, leather, game and dried herbs. Deep, soulful and satisfying, the Cuvee Tradition adds hints of cloves, licorice and lavender before finishing with gorgeous earth, mushroom and soil notes. As always, the wine shines with deliciousness, terroir expression and value. Enjoy now and over the coming three to five years with hearty roasts of beef, grilled leg of lamb, roast goose, Carcassonne-style cassoulet and other rich, robust and savory fare.

Plus: Our Southern Rhone Sampler (above)


ITALY

2013 Cardedu, Cannonau di Sardegna, Caladu, Sardinia, Italy (S) 14.99/161.89

In Sardinia, Cannonau (Grenache) achieves a special cinnamon-tinged earthiness unique to the island. Cardedu’s Caladu is stunning: bursting from the glass with bold aromas of wild cherries, leather, cinnamon, tobacco and fruitwood smoke. Bold in flavor, yet elegant and graceful on the palate, the Caladu continues with persistent waves of wild cherry and spicy red plum fruit balanced by tangy acidity, a mushroomy note, and fine, lip-dusting tannins. Earthy and sauvage on the finish, Cardedu’s Caladu is Cannonau at a happy convergence of complexity, boldness, rusticity and value. Fans of earthy, autumnal reds will find it a delight and a stunning value. Enjoy now and over the coming eight years with dishes featuring tomatoes, eggplant, garlic, lamb and game.

2012 Montaribaldi, Barbera d’Alba Du Gir, Piedmont, Italy (S) 17.99/194.29

Montaribaldi blesses their Barbera Dü Gir with the same loving, elegant touch they afford their esteemed Barbarescos. From fifty-year-old vines in the prestigious Alba zone, Montaribaldi’s Dü Gir bursts out of the bottle with an opaque black plum color and smoky aromas of black plums, tar and underbrush. Bright and fleshy on the palate, the Dü Gir coats the palate with dense plummy fruit while brisk Barbera acidity and modest tannins propel complex suggestions of tar, crushed herbs, fennel, cola and limestone minerality. Lip-smacking, effusive, appetizingly chewy and ready for your table, enjoy Montaribaldi’s Dü Gir as your go-to hearty red wine this fall and winter with just about anything but seafood. It will pair beautifully with hearty risottos, osso buco, braised lamb shanks and aged cheeses. Drink now and over the coming five to seven years.

2015 Abbazia di Novacella, Schiava, Alto Adige, Italy 14.99/161.89

This 2015 Schiava from the Abbazia di Novacella monastery glows a light red color from the glass, followed by beguiling aromas of red currants, wild cherries and limestone minerals. Fleshy and vibrant on the palate, the Abbazia’s Schiava bursts with expressions of spicy cherries, tangy red raspberries, bitter orange peel and menthol. The wine finishes with buoying acidity and light tannins that deftly frame the wine’s gorgeous kernel of crunchy red fruit. Transparent and radiating energy, the Schiava will take a light chill and prove a most versatile and food friendly seasonal red. Enjoy this with alpine cheeses, salumi, light chicken preparations, morel mushrooms, pizza, sushi, sashimi, broiled salmon and seared ahi tuna.

2014 Tenuta di Gracciano della Seta, Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy 14.99/161.89

Rosso di Montepulciano, the younger sibling of the esteemed Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, is specifically designed to be enjoyable and approachable at an earlier age. A translucent black-ruby color in the glass, Gracciano della Seta’s Rosso di Montepulciano offers notes of cherry skin, leather, herbs and dusty earth. Deep, elegant and structured on the palate, sappy cherry mingles with dusty limestone earth and hints of menthol, leather and anise. On the finish, the Rosso’s chewy tannins yield to further waves of bright cherry fruit, tobacco and limestone soil. We suggest pairing this lovely Rosso now and over the coming three years with bucatini all’Amatriciana, mushroom sautees, grilled beef, roast pork and rich Tuscan bean stews.

SPAIN

2015 Alvaro Palacios, Priorat, Camins del Priorat, Catalonia, Spain (B) 19.99/215.89

This is a gorgeous, affordable example of top-notch Priorat. Alvaro Palacios is undoubtedly the single most important influence in the region’s ascent into the upper echelon of the wine world. Opaque black plum in the glass, Palacios’s 2015 Camins del Priorat – a blend of predominantly Cariñena and Garnacha with dollops of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah – explodes with rich aromas of licorice, blueberries and vanilla bean. Supple and satiny on the attack, the wine offers a gorgeous, ripe melange of deep blueberry, plum and black currant fruit accented by notes of licorice, brown spices and minerals. Plentiful, chewy tannins emerge on the wine’s back-palate and segue it to a long, saturated, licorice-tinged finish. Enjoy now and over the coming three years with grilled strip steaks, pan seared double-cut pork chops, meaty tapas and pastas featuring oil-cured black olives.


WHITE WINES


FRANCE

2015 Magaly et Sylvain Gobin, Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu Sur Lie La Berriere, Loire Valley, France (S) 11.99/129.49

We’re gearing up for the next oyster season, and this beauty will prove a perfect partner for the freshest and briniest bivalves you can find. A limpid green-inflected pale straw color in the glass, the Gobins’ Muscadet La Berriere casts a mineral-driven bouquet of crushed stones, lemon pith, white grapefruit and crunchy gooseberries. Crisp and energetic on the palate, bracing acidity lifts waves of gooseberry and kiwi fruit infused with notes of basil, quinine and crushed granite minerality. The Gobins’ Muscadet finishes clean and long with its ineffable crushed rock soil impression that leaves an appetizing dusting of minerals on your lips. In addition to oysters, the wine will pair well with pan-roasted shellfish dishes, baked halibut, clams, mussels and light seafood soups and stews. Enjoy now and over the coming three years.

2014 Domaine Demeure-Pinet, Jacquere, Vin des Allobroges IGP, Savoie, France (S) 8.99/97.09

Situated south of the Jura on France’s border with Switzerland, the chilly, Alpine terroir of the Allobroges is perfect for the indigenous Jacquere grape, as exemplified by this superb wine from Domaine Demeure-Pinet. Demeure-Pinet’s Jacquere casts a pale lemon-gold color and suggestions of wet limestone, crushed basil, grapefruit pith and white meadow flowers. Crisp and zesty on the palate, the wine bursts with fleshy gooseberry fruit vivified by electric acidity. This Alpine refresher finishes with further waves of chalky limestone minerals, white flowers and citrus pith. This is a perfect aperitif for warm weather sipping and a natural partner for freshwater fish preparations, sauteed summer vegetables, fresh chevres, fresh bivalves and hors d’oeuvres. Enjoy now and over the coming year. A perennial medal winner at the prestigious Concours General Agricole de Paris and mainstay in the Guide Hachette, Demeure-Pinet’s Jacquere is benchmark for the region and a steal for the quality and deliciousness in the bottle.

2013 Joseph Drouhin, Saint-Veran, Burgundy, France 16.99/183.49

Saint-Veran in the Maconnais region of southern Burgundy is the source of delicious, food-friendly Chardonnays laced with that inimitable Burgundian limestone soil signature. In the 2013 vintage, Drouhin has fashioned an elegant, restrained and soil-driven wine from this appellation. Drouhin’s Saint-Veran sports a lovely lemon-gold color in the glass followed by clay and limestone-inflected aromas of butter, lemongrass, honeysuckle and apple blossoms. On the palate, the wine is fresh, vivacious and savory with suggestions of muskmelon, chamomile and lemon zest balanced by gripping acidity and a vibrant undercurrent of saline oyster shell minerality. Enjoy this lovely, authentic and reasonably-priced white Burgundy now and over the coming three years with salmon, pork, roast chicken, duck, boudin blanc and light pork dishes. Limited.
Wine Spectator – 90 points

2012 Domaine Jean Sipp, Riesling, Vieilles Vignes, Alsace, France (O) 17.99/194.29

Domaine Jean Sipp crafts authentic, comfortably priced dry Alsatian Rieslings that bring smiles and unbridled joy to those who adore the genre. 2012 is a lovely, classically proportioned vintage in Alsace, and Sipp’s old-vine Riesling captures the vintage’s elegance in spades. Medium gold in the glass, Sipp’s old-vine Riesling opens with classic Riesling petrol notes punctuated by hints of honeysuckle, lemon oil, muskmelon and pear skin. Dry and bracing on the attack, the wine broadens mid-palate to show ripe lemon, peach and pineapple notes amplified by a subtle touch of the noble rot, botrytis. Long and incisive on the finish, the wine lingers with sappy fruit and undercurrents of smoky minerals. Enjoy now and over the next decade with roast pork, baeckeoffe, choucroute garni, pates, shellfish and grilled vegetables. This is a fantastic value in Alsatian Riesling!


2015 Albert Mann, Pinot Blanc, Alsace, France (B) 18.99/205.09

Over the past decade, the Albert Mann domaine has catapulted itself into the highest echelon of Alsatian producers. Biodynamic, delicious and always an incredible value, Mann’s Pinot Blanc again satisfies far beyond its price tag in the tiny, extremely high quality 2015 vintage. Lovely lemon-gold in the glass, Mann’s 2015 Pinot Blanc deftly balances a bold core of peach and pineapple fruit with soft minerality, acacia honey, and smoky, herbal notes. A full, lavish palate features suggestions of peach, Mirabelle plum and nectarine. On the finish, lifting acidity buoys the wine’s citrus and stone fruit expressions, while reprises of nectarine and yellow plum fruit yield to hints of fresh ginger and slate minerals. This is a textbook, mineral-driven Pinot Blanc in the elegant yet palate-staining Alsatian style: the kind that serves as inspiration for Pinot Blanc specialists in Italy and Oregon. Enjoy this over the coming two years with broiled salmon, choucroute garni, pork roasts, duck confit, quiches and washed-rind cheeses.

ITALY

2015 Matteo Correggia, Roero Arneis, Piedmont, Italy (O) 14.99/161.89

A guiding light for the renaissance of quality in the Piedmont’s Roero district, the legacy of the late Matteo Correggia shines brightly with this reference standard Arneis grown on sandy soils northwest of the Langhe. A pale lemon-gold color with green flashes, Correggia’s 2015 Arneis bursts with aromas of juicy peaches, ripe apricots, honeydew melon and juniper berries. Vibrant and fleshy on the palate with flinty soil and waves of ripe melon and peach fruit, Correggia’s Arneis enlivens the palate with lifting acidity and appetizing notes of bitter herbs, almond skin and fresh orchard blossoms. Notes of dried apricots and cling peaches reemerge on the wine’s long, juicy finish. Enjoy this now and over the next two years with all things seafood, seasonal squashes, fresh cheeses and white pasta preparations. Superb, distinctive Arneis!

2014 Tiberio, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Abruzzi, Italy 17.99/194.29

The Tiberio estate spotlights old-vine selection Trebbiano d’Abruzzese, the finest clone of the Trebbiano grape. The dazzling aromatics of the true Trebbiano are on display as soon as the wine is poured. A green-tinged gold color leads to stunning expressions of golden apples, fleshy pears, pineapple and jasmine. Driven on the palate by brilliant acidity, juicy notes of yellow apples, ripe pineapple, fennel and navel oranges convey a golden, Meursault-like impression. Fresh and vibrant, Tiberio’s Trebbiano finishes with additional impressions of tangerine, iodine and saline minerals. Tiberio’s Trebbiano begs to be paired now and over the coming three years with fresh seafood, deep-fried zucchini blossoms, chevres and white lasagnas with a bechamel sauce.
Ian d’Agata, Vinous: 90 points

PORTUGAL

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

2014 Coto de Gomariz, Ribeiro, Gomariz Dende o, Seculo X, Galicia, Spain (O) 17.99/194.29

Straddling the banks of Galicia’s Mino River, the Ribeiro DO is gaining steam as one of Spain’s most fascinating and compelling white wine regions. The Gomariz bottling blends Treixadura (80%), Godello (10%), plus Loureira and Albariño to craft a stunning Ribero blanco that opens with opulent aromas of pineapple, passion fruit, nectarine and honeysuckle blossoms. Dry and bristling with acidity, the 2014 Gomariz stains the palate with intense expressions of lime zest, tangerine, passion fruit and salty minerals. The wine finishes zesty and incisive with complex notes of grapefruit, ginger and refreshing bitter herbal accent. We suggest pairing this delicious, versatile beauty now and over the coming year with grilled octopus, potato tapas, broiled swordfish and albacore tuna.

 

ROSÉ WINE

2014 Domaine de la Fouquette, Cotes de Provence, Cuvee Rosee d’Aurore, Provence, France (O) 14.99/161.89

Domaine de la Fouquette blends organically grown Grenache (65%), Cinsault (30%) and Rolle (5%) to fashion its delicious Cuvee Rosee d’Aurore. Casting a pale peach-salmon robe and a delightfully pungent herbal, garrigue-driven bouquet, Fouquette’s Rosee d’Aurore employs a zippy, acidic backbone to drive its complex core of white currant, bitter orange, grapefruit and bergamot fruit. Fleshy yet refreshing on the finish, the wine revisits its ineffable herb and lavender garrigue overtones to inform you without any doubt of the wine’s hallowed Provençal origins. This is a superb, cool and herbal rose that begs for food. We suggest bouillabaisse, crab, seared ahi, sashimi, crusty sourdough slathered with tapenade, marinated anchovies, ratatouille or, perhaps, sea snails sauteed in a white wine, garlic and chili pepper broth.
Josh Raynolds, Vinous: 89 points

 

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

Sept. 2
Just the Jura
: Bourdy, Rolet, D’Arley, Pignier and more.

Sept. 16
Amazing Chablis!

Oct. 7
Great Reds and Whites from Italy’s Abruzzo region


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

Sept. 3
Tutti Italia:
Matteo Correggia Roero Arneis, Tiberio Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Cardedu Cannonau di Sardegna Caladu, Montaribaldi Barbera d’Alba Dü Gir, and Gracciano della Seta Rosso di Montepulciano.

Sept. 10
Joe Moura from Casa Bruno
will pour Dom. Philémon Croix d’Azal, Abbazia di Novacella Schiava and Ch. Jouclary Cuvée Tradition Cabardès. Plus, from France: Gobin Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu Sur Lie La Berrière, Joseph Drouhin St.-Véran, and Dom. de la Fouquette Cuvée Rosée d’Aurore.

Sept. 17
Great wines from Oregon and France: Pinot Noir from RoseRock Drouhin and A.F. Nichols. From Alsace Dom. Jean Sipp Riesling VV, Albert Mann Pinot Blanc. Plus, we pour our Rhône Sampler. Wowza!

Sept. 24
Killer wines from France, Spain and Portugal: Dom. Demeure-Pinet Jacquère Vin des Allobroges, Coto de Gomariz Ribeiro, Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho Contacto Vinho Verde, and Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat.


SPECIAL EVENTS:

APERITIF SEMINAR
with Jake Parrott of Haus Alpenz Wine & Spirits

Tues. Sept 13, 6:30 p.m. sharp

Cocktail meister Jake Parrott is back in town!

This is your chance to experience one of the most knowledgeable and entertaining wine and spirits maestros in the U.S. We will do a whirlwind tour of different vermouths, aperitifs and aromatized wines, and how to serve them in a variety of ways. Jake is a whole lotta fun, and this event will tickle your toes!

Seating is limited and pre-payment is required. Contact L&E, or purchase your seats online. Price per seat: $25.


PAITIN WINE DINNER
at Gallo Nero Restaurant

Tues. Sept. 20, 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for an evening of superb Piemontese wines from the Azienda Agricola Paitin.

Owner-winemaker Giovanni Pasquero Elia will be on hand for this exciting event, which will feature a host of great wines paired with the fine cuisine of Davide Filippini of Gallo Nero restaurant.

Seating is limited and prepayment is required. Contact L&E, or purchase your seats online. Price per seat: $75, inclusive.

The list of wines to be served is on our website.

Gallo Nero is located at 903 NW Everett St., Portland



CHATEAU DE LA CREE BURGUNDY
Debut Wine Tasting with Domaine Serene

Weds. Sept. 28 6:30 p.m.

Join us and Eric Mueller from Domaine Serene for the inaugural tasting of Burgundies from Chateau de la Cree, Oregon’s Domaine Serene project in Burgundy.

The tasting will feature red and white Burgundies from the villages of Santenay, Montagny and Chassagne-Montrachet. We will also serve Domaine Serene’s Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Seating is limited and prepayment is required. Contact L&E, or purchase your seats online. Price per seat: $35.

The list of wines to be served is on our website.

 


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

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