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The Sec Wines Newsletter features wines that we're really excited to offer you.  These are wines worthy of a special feature due to their high quality to value ratio and just plain deliciousness.  Enjoy!


2016 Renzo Marinai, Chianti Classico, Tuscany $27.89
That dog loves Chianti! After tasting dozens of the highly heralded 2016 Chianti Classicos (most from much more famous producers) I was wowed by the relatively unknown Renzo Marinai.  Classic Chianti aromas of leather, earth, sage and dark cherry are followed by the well-balanced, structured palate with notes that echo the nose with a dollop of concentrated dark cherry fruit.  Pretty, perfectly ripe Sangiovese fruit makes it delicious now, but it has the structure to improve and gain in complexity for 15 years. 13.5 % Alc. “The 2016 Chianti Classico from Renzo Marinai is ample, rich and concentrated, as these wines tend to be. A whole range of black cherry, plum, chocolate and leather give the 2016 its extroverted, racy personality. Sadly, I only tasted one wine from Renzo Marinai this year, but the 2016 Chianti Classico is certainly impressive.” - 92 Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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2016 Renzo Marinai, Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscany $39.89
Yep, worth the extra 12 bucks. Out of sight Chianti Classico Riserva! Already delicious, this wine will just keep getting better and better and will easily go 20+ years. This wine runs rings around most $75 Chianti Gran Selezione and Brunello di Montalcino.

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2018 Davide Carlone, Vespolina, Colline Navaresi Alto-Piemonte, Italy $19.89
This Northern Italian red is so cool. Vespolina is a local grape in the Alto Piemonte, and a variety that is a mandatory part of the Boca blend, but is rarely seen on its own. Carlone’s 2018 Vespolina has a wonderfully floral aromatic profile and is simply a pleasure to drink with its delicious strawberry fruit with notes of pepper. The medium-bodied palate also offers a silky texture and the cool feeling of sub-alpine reds from this part of Piedmont. Enjoy on its own, with appetizers, vegetarian fare or light meat and poultry dishes. Lip smackin’ good!

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2017 Suavia, Monte Carbonare, Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy $23.99
Suavia does not issue run-of-the-mill Soave, they deliver intense, complex food-friendly whites from the Veneto in NE Italy. This sommelier favorite is made from 100% Garganega and offers a rich and full-bodied palate without any sense of heaviness or flab. Crystalline orchard fruit marries with an electric streak of minerality and lively acidity to set off the fireworks. “Bright straw yellow. Lively aromas and flavors of fresh nectarine, white peach, jasmine, and minerals. Then lemony and juicy, but with very good size to the fresh citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Finishes long and saline with harmonious acidity nicely extending the flavors and providing clarity and cut. An outstanding Soave Classico that offers lots of flavor and only 12.5% alcohol. Drink through 2023” - 92 Vinous & 95 James Suckling

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2018 Eyrie, Dundee Hills Pinot Blanc, Estate, OR $18.89
This is as good as domestic Pinot Blanc gets and competes with the finest Pinot Blancs of Alsace. 2018 is the 25th vintage of Eyrie’s delicious Pinot Blanc - I think they’ve figured it out! Aromas of Meyer lemon, peach and mid-summer jasmine wet the appetite for the rich, full-bodied creamy-textured palate which features hints of nectarine and Mackinaw peach and kept taught with ripe acids. This wine is so delicious now that there is no reason to delay gratification. If, however, you want to do so, Eyrie’s Pinot Blanc has a history of aging gracefully for 10+ years. What am I supposed to say? It just crushes other Pinot Blancs.

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2018 Twill, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR $19.99
This is one of my favorite "Willamette Valley" (non single vineyard) Pinot Noir bottling of the precocious 2018 vintage.  Beautiful aromatics with pretty Pinot fruit, blood orange and a touch of spice is worth the price of admission alone.  The substantial palate is perfectly balanced with a silky texture and suave tannins. A hint of minerality complements the gorgeous red and blue fruit while still retaining a savory element.   With better balance, more depth and “completeness” than other Pinot Noirs in this price range, the Twill “Willamette Valley” wins the day. Delicious already, the Twill will only improve with a few years in the cellar.  Fans of Cameron's Dundee Hills Pinot Noir bottling will love this wine. Our vote for best Pinot Noir in the $20 and under range (and way better than a lot of $30+ Pinots.)

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2018 Thibaud Boudignon, Anjou Blanc, Loire Valley, France $42.89
Geek Alert, part I In August, we introduced you to the great Savennieres of rockstar winemaker Thibaud Boudignon. We sold out of both of those wines within two weeks despite their $85 price tags. Here, we feature two other great Boudignon wines from the much less famous Anjou appellation, so the prices tags are much friendlier despite the wines competing favorably with their Savennieres counterparts. This is 100% Chenin Blanc from what is considered to be one of the best vintages in the 70 years for Loire Valley Chenin. Aromas of almonds, beeswax, and honeysuckle slowly reveal themselves with a little aeration. The palate is dense and very concentrated with an indescribable sense of intensity and energy. Delicious now, this wine will continue to gain in complexity and mineral expression for at least a decade. Very limited.

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2018 Thibaud Boudignon, Anjou Blanc, “a François” Loire Valley, France $64.89
Geek Alert, part II Same story as above with amazing focus, detail and concentration. The “a François,” is an homage to his mother Françoise, who passed away when Thibaud was 17, and his father François. The a François is even more aromatically expressive and processes a similar intensity and energy as the above wine but with even greater detail and more elegance and depth. World class Chenin. Enjoy now, or sit back and watch the show over the next 15 years. Very, very limited.

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2017 Pernot Belicard, Bourgogne Blanc (Chardonnay), White Burgundy $29.89
This superb White Burgundy deal comes from rising star, Philippe Pernot, grandson of luminary winemaker Paul Pernot.  Pernot-Belicard is a small domaine that has not yet caught the attention of the international wine press - a blessing for White Burgundy lovers who don't like overpaying for their wine.  2017 is a classic vintage for Cote d'Or whites with the only downside being the considerably reduced production due to flowering issues in the spring.  This Bourgogne Blanc comes from two small plots just below the village of Puligny, and indeed is reminiscent of a $50+ Puligny-Montrachet village wine.  Featuring aromas of stone fruits and wet stones, the mineral-laced palate is taut while balancing flavors of lemon curd and brioche and is supported by medium-body and nice structure. 

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2018 Jean-Maurice Raffault, Chinon, Les Picasses, Loire Valley, France $18.89
One of Chinon’s great vineyards, Les Picasses sits on a limestone and clay base, giving wines great complexity and longevity. 100% Cabernet Franc, the Raffault’s Les Picasses is aged for 18 months in primarily neutral oak casks which allows it to express its distinctive terroir. Aromas of cassis, boysenberry and leather give way to the beautifully balanced palate with an echo of the cassis fruit and a little terroir action. Polished tannins and good acidity provide the structure for this medium-bodied red to be enjoyed now with beef or lamb prepared in any manner, or cellar for up to 8 years for additional complexity to develop.

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