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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 Olga Raffault, Chinon, Less Picasses $28.99 bottle / $165.00($27.50) per six-pack
I don’t mean to sound like a broken record but… longtime readers of this column know that traditionally-minded Olga Raffault is not just our favorite producer of Chinon, but of Cabernet Franc grown anywhere in the world. The Les Picasses vineyard is one of the finest in Chinon,  thus making it one of the finest Cabernet Franc vineyards in the world.  Fifty+ year old vines grown on clay with a limestone base combined with minimalist winemaking give us one amazing Chinon.  The 2016 is one of the most structured young Les Picasses I’ve ever had. Still, this wine is all about the earthy, minerally side of Chinon; beautiful raspberry fruit supports leather and soil tones, framed by mouth watering acidity and fine-grained tannins with amazing finesse.  While the 2016 Olga Raffault Les Picasses is certainly very enjoyable to drink now with charcuterie, grilled fatty ribeye or a simple pork shoulder roast, this wine will improve as it ages effortlessly in the cellar through 2040. I've had the pleasure of enjoying the 1978, 1989 and 1995 over the past few years and flipped over all three vintages.  I'm confident the 2016 will join the ranks of the above trio of mature vintages.

Special Price: $28.89 per bottle

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2019 Dom. Delarche, Pernand-Vergelesse, Les Boutières, Vieilles Vignes, Red Burgundy $33.99 bottle / $179.94($29.99) per six-pack
For lovers of terroir-driven Burgundy who also appreciate value, no Burgundian appellation can  compare to Pernand-Vergelesse.  Never the biggest, ripest or juiciest Red Burgundies, fine Pernanad-Vergelessse is all about the gout de terroir of its expressive vineyard sites.  The 2019 Les Boutières offers aromas of blood orange, Rainer Cherries, damp earth and a faint floral note.  The medium-bodied palate is offers perfectly ripe, ultra-pure fruit with the terroir of Les Boutières expressing itself fully. Enjoy this silky-smooth, seamless 100% Pinot Noir now with roast chicken or duck, or better yet, let it develop additional complexity over the next 10-15 years in a cool cellar. This is easily the very best red Burgundy value we’ve seen in years.  Due to arrive mid-month. Limited.

Special Price: $33.99 per bottle

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NV(2018) Cazé Thibaut, Extra-Brut, Naturellement, Champagne, France $49.99 bottle / $281.94($46.99) per six-pack
Champagne alert! New to the U.S. market is Champagne rising star Fabien Cazé. Cazé’s family has been bottling Champagne since 1953, but Fabien only started making his own estate-bottled Champagnes under his own label in 2013. Cazé organically farms just under three hectares of vines in on the Rive Droite, or northern bank of the Valée de la Marne - the best of Pinot Meunier country! An enticing light copper color, the Naturellement is highly aromatic with classic Meunier fruit on the nose and autumnal scents that add intrigue and complexity. The palate is very focused with outstanding balance and complexity. Plum, toasted baguette, and minerals dominate that palate. Already delicious and very satisfying now, this Champagne will only improve and gain in complexity over the next five years. Fans of Bereche’s Rive Gauche and Jerome Prevost’s La Closerie will love this Champagne.

Special Price: $49.99 per bottle

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2020 Domaine Vico, Corse Rosé, Corsica, France $19.99
If last month’s runaway hit Domaine Vico Corse Blanc was the summer white wine quaffer of the year, then this is the Rosé equivalent! Primarily Nielluccio, with a touch of Grenache, Vico’s 2020 Corse Rosé has wonderful aromas of strawberry, orange peel and wet stones. The medium-bodied palate offers great texture and balance with vivid mineral notes punctuating the orange, nectarine, strawberry and dried herb flavors. Enjoy this refreshing Rosé as a delicious aperitif, or with grilled chicken, pork chops or just about anything coming out of the sea. Deal!

Special Price: $19.99 per bottle

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2016 L’Aietta, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany $75.89 bottle / $419.94($69.99) per six-pack
Geek Alert, part I: This is truly throw-back Brunello. Classic, old-school Brunello before Brunello was Parker-izd, before Brunello was gussied up with new oak or micro-oxygenated at the behest of some jet setting consultant. Hailing from the great 2016 vintage, this wine is the Jacky Truchot (Red Burgundy) or Overnoy/Huillon (Jura) of Brunello. The smallest winery in Montalcino, L'Aietta is run by a young vigneron by the name of Francesco Mulinari. Having begun his wine journey while he was still in high school, everything from vine cultivation to winemaking is done solely by Francesco himself. His Brunello di Montalcino is an energetic and youthful wine, showcasing remarkable depth and complexity already. A cool ethereal nose leads to a palate that is unusually (for today’s Brunello) elegant and mid-weight with great balance between the red fruit, mineral/earthiness, sneaky tannins, supporting acidity and unheard of by today’s standard, 13% alcohol. “Forest berry, truffle, botanical herb and new leather aromas shape the nose on this radiant, elegant red along with a whiff of cedar. The youthfully austere, vibrant palate offers juicy sour cherry, wild strawberry, cinnamon and star anise alongside taut, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. Still young and primary at this point, it needs time to fully develop but shows great aging potential. Drink 2026–2036.” - 97 Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast. Limited

Special Price: $75.89 per bottle

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2019 Mario Bagella, Cannonau di Sardegna, Sardinia, Italy $19.99
Geek alert, part II: Canna-what? Yep, Cannonau is a red grape variety indigenous to Sardinia. Bagella’s 2019 Cannonau offers spellbinding floral aromas of violets, spices, Mediterranean herbs, and warm blueberries. The palate is medium-bodied with soft tannins and reflects the aromatic themes with the addition of beautiful red fruit. I’m reluctant to call a wine charming, but damn, this red is charming, not to mention delicious. Enjoy on its own out on the patio, or with chicken, grilled lamb, burgers, sausages and all manner of pork over the next few years. Delicious!

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2016 Badia a Colitbuono, Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscany $29.89
Badia a Coltibuono traces its history back to the 11th century when Vallombrosian monks founded the abbey and started planting the area's first vineyards. Their 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva is a great place to start. Organically grown, their 2016 Riserva is a real standout in a standout vintage. This is one of the most aromatically thrilling Tuscan wines I’ve encountered in quite some time with scents of sage, thyme, leather, earth and dusty cherries. The full-bodied palate offers lots of structure with an earth-driven nature buffered by dark plum and Rainier cherry fruit. While enjoyable now with hearty fare, this wine is really built for to cellar for 15-20 years. “The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Badia a Coltibuono is a very pretty wine with lovely aromatic nuance and plenty of character…Crushed flowers, mint, lavender, spice and black cherry are all finely knit in this attractive Riserva. Fresh and energetic, the 2016 will drink nicely for many years to come.” - 91 Antonio Galloni, Vinous & “Showing beautiful results in an excellent vintage, the 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva is a graceful and elegantly tempered red wine. It makes good on all the basic promises of traditional Sangiovese…Pretty mineral notes appear on the close, and the tannin is beautifully integrated.” - 93 Wine Advocate

Special Price: $29.89 per bottle

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2019 Dom. Sangouard-Guyot, Pouilly-Fuissé, Quintessence, White Burgundy $27.89
Domaine Sangouard-Guyot is one of the best estates of southern Burgundy's Pouilly-Fuisse appellation.  The Quintessence bottling is their best wine, in any given vintage, made from a selection of the best barrels of Pouilly-Fuisée in the cellar and offers the estates’ best expression of terroir, minerality, balance and power.  2019 was a fantastic vintage throughout Burgundy and the vintage's qualities are fully on display here.  Scents of wet stones, Asian pear and baking spices rise from the glass and ready the taster for the luxurious full-bodied plate with rich Chardonnay fruit and a steak of minerals that runs throughout this shimmering white Burgundy.  Enjoy now or cellar through 2027.

Special Price: $27.89 per bottle

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2020 Paul Prieur, Sancerre, Loire Valley, France $26.89
This wine is all about Sancerre terroir. Textbook Sancerre aromas of lime, pink grapefruit, and smoky minerals explode from the glass. The palate shows excellent balance with an intense mineral vein complementing the wine's almost perfect fruit expression.  So refreshing as an aperitif and so versatile at the table. How about some halibut with beurre blanc sauce?

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2018 Franchere, Pinot Noir, Havlin Vineyard, Van Duzer Corridore, Willamette Valley, OR $27.89
Owner-winemaker Mike Hinds (the goofball to the left) also excels with Oregon's "other" varietal - Pinot Noir.   After featuring four vintages of Mike’s Havlin vineyard Syrah along with several vintages of his Havlin Gruner Veltliner, it's not surprising that we would be impressed with his Havlin Pinot Noir too.  Floral aromatics backed by scents of Rainer cherries lead to a palate bursting with fresh blood orange with just a touch of cured meat and a bit of spice in the background all framed by bright acidity and fine-grained tannins.  Already very refined and delicious, this wine's structure indicates it's poised for a long, graceful evolution.  To quote owner and winemaker Mike Hinds: "So drink now, drink soon thereafter, and stash a few bottles away to drink 10 or more years down the road." Decant and drink now, or better yet, cellar for further development over the next decade.

Special Price: $27.89 per bottle

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2015 Ch. du Cayrou, Cahors, SW France $19.89
Here is a fantastic deal from southwestern France and with a few years of bottle age on it. The Chateau du Cayrou is an old, historic Cahors estate that produces wines with legendary longevity at very modest prices. It is comprised of 90% Malbec and 10% Merlot, (of course old vines) from iron-rich limestone and clay soils. If your only experience with Malbec comes from South American wines, you are in for a surprise and a treat!  Cahors is the home of Malbec and offers more complexity, balance and age-worthy wines than the Malbecs from South America.  The Ch. Cayrou displays a deep ruby color and nose that offers plenty of Cahors' earth and minerals along with scents of black cherry and blackberry. This medium-bodied red is packed with beautiful blackberry fruit, anise, and cracked pepper.  Well-integrated tannins offer balance to the wine's pretty fruit and give structure to this delicious wine.  Enjoy now and over the next eight to ten years with grilled sausages and lentils, burgers, grilled beef, braised lamb or mushroom dishes.

Special Price: $23.87 per bottle

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