Naughty or Nice… Our Pick List 2015

Naughty or Nice… Our Pick List 2015

Tis the Season! If we handed Santa our list of wines, first he would laugh and double check that we are not on the “Naughty” List!  Enjoy!

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Northwest

  • Capitello Sauvignon Blanc (OR) — Zesty!  Lychee, passion fruit, citrus and minerality.  — Julie
  • Ashan Cellars  Kestral Vineyard Chardonnay (WA) – Toasty oak with cooked golden apples, caramel and exotic spices.  French oak-new and neutral.  –Jaci
  • Brickhouse Select Pinot Noir (OR) –  Beautiful and Biodynamic! — Jens
  • Wish Wine Co. Pinot Noir (CA) — A spicy Damsel is what this Pinot is:  aromas of rose petals and lilacs, tart cranberry and wild strawberry with rich Rainier cherries, soft earth, and subtle peppercorn.  –Jaci
  • Isenhower Holiday Paintbrush  (WA) — Another Everything But The Kitchen Sink blend by Brett Isenhower!  How does he do it? Dark ruby red bing cherries, river rock, baking spices and soft earth.  –Jaci
  • Reininger “Helix” Pomatia (WA) —  Primarily Merlot with a touch of Syrah, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, and a kiss of Petit Verdot.  Rich dark cherry, dried plum, black currant with subtle herbs, black olive  and oak.  –Julie
  • Cadence  CODA (WA) — Cabernet franc, Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot |  Bright raspberries, warm summer cherries, baking spices and cedar undertones.  Supple, plush and silky. –Jaci
  • Sleight of Hand Spellbinder (WA) Beautiful cassis, summer blackberry cobbler, river rock, pencil shavings.   Aromatic and definitive. –Jaci

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Big, Bold, Brash

  • Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon (WA) — Summer blackberry cobbler tango’ing with Asian spice, figs, cedar and fun.  — Julie
  • Nottola Vino Nobile Riserva (IT) – The real king in Tuscany! –Jens
  • Le Mourre Chateauneuf du Pape (FR) – Recently had the pleasure of retasting this wine. 100% Grenache. Great earth. A little spice. Killer! — Jens
  • B. Leighton Grenache (WA) – Not your normal Grenache. Powerful. Vibrant dark fruit. Kind of smoky. Long finish. — Jens
  • Buty Rediviva of the Stones (WA) — Vivid. Black raspberry, black cherries, black berry, currants with black olive, wood smoke, baking spices and hints of pepper. –Julie
  • Turley Old Vine Zinfandel (CA)  — Can a Zin be elegant?  I guess so!  Jammy blackberries, black cherry, briary wild berry, cedar smoke, peppercorn and anise. –Jaci
  • Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon (CA) — Hint of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.  Layers of  dark cherry, boysenberry, blackcurrant, blackberry and black fig mingle with cedar, cassis and dark chocolate.–Julie
  • Coral Red (WA) — Rhone varietals in Washington = Depth, rich cherry and currants mingling with spice and sagebrush.  Mmmm. — Jaci

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Classic Old World

  • Jacques Lassaigne Vignes de Montgueux Brut Blanc de Blanc (FR) — Diamonds are a girls best friend?  Not this girl!  Here’s my glass.  — Jaci
  • Cave de Bissey Cremant (FR) — Delicate bubbles with warm toasty notes of apple, quince, stone fruits & white flowers. Cheers! –Julie
  • Craggy Range Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc (NZ) —  Well-integrated acidity with juicy gooseberry on the mid-palate. Mildly herbaceous. –Jens
  • Bodegas Rauda Reserva (SP)– Older now. More settled.  — Jens
  • Pelassa Barolo (IT) –  Hedonistic.  Cured fruits, leather and character! — Jens
  • Burgum Novum Lagrein Riserva (IT) – Unknown grape. Vibrant fruit. Rocky minerality. Smooth in the middle.   Crazy-good & interesting wine. — Jens
  • Domaine de Nalys Cuvee Reserve (FR) — Sweet black fruit, cassis, dried herbs, with spice and floral notes. Corpulent with a long finish. –Jens
  • La Croix Dillanges Saint-Julien (FR) —  Complex, elegant, appealing personality. Dark fruit with earthy undertones. –Jens
  • Fleur du Grand Port Pauillac (FR) – Left Bank (so, Cab driven). Super complex. Memorable finish. — Jens
  • Dead Arm Shiraz (AU) –  Intense just like its name!   — Julie

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Talk of the Table

  • Bruno Paillard Brut Premiere Cuvee (FR) — Brioche with summer peach- orchard goodness mingled with bright citrus and subtle red currant aromas.  — Jaci
  • Weingut Prechtl Gruner Veltliner Reserve Leitstall von Molasse (AT) — Delicately nutty, soft ripe yellow apple, some biscuit, herbs & spices. Wonderful, full-bodied white. Great gift!  –Julie
  • La Colline aux Princes Sancerre Rose  (FR) — Fabulous nose: raspberry, blackberry & black cherry. Lively acidity. Fresh. Long finish. Love this wine!  –Julie
  • La Puerta Reserva (AR) – Several years ago this wine was BIG. It has settled down. Smoother. More sophisticated but still decadent.  — Jens
  • Ashborne Red Blend (SA) – Pinotage blend, so smoky. Full-bodied, peppery. Voluminous. Hollering for a flank steak! — Jens
  • Flying Dreams Tempranillo (WA) —   Exotic and spicy.  Dark and mysterious.  Sounds like my kind of wine!  — Jaci
  • Maison Paul Reitz Volnay (FR) — Huge, masculine type of Pinot Noir with densely packed dark cherry, cassis fruit. –Jens
  • Quilceda Creek Red Wine (WA) — Classy, harmonious character. Juicy, black fruits, licorice, some spice. Outstanding depth. –Jens
  • Smith Woodhouse 2000 Colheita Tawny (PT) — Harvested in 2000, this single vintage tawny exudes gingerbread, mace, praline-hazelnuts, dates, burnt sugar, toffee and light citrus.  –Jaci

These wines are available in shop and on line.  Please note that shipping is best to do earlier than later!

Happy Holidays and Safe Travels!

Jens, Julie and Jaci

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