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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!


2015 Clos Cibonne, Cotes du Provence, Tibouren Rosé, Cuvée Spéciale des Vignettes $29.89
Geek Alert: This is a singular rosé.  The Clos Cibonne estate is located some 800 meters from the Mediterranean Sea in beautiful sunny Provence.  There are a couple of key elements that set this rosé apart from all others.  First, it's the only known rosé made from the antique varietal Tibouren, indigenous to the area.  Second, the Cuvée Speciale de Vignettes is raised in giant 100+ year old foudres under a "fleurette" (a thin layer of yeast, or "sous voile" in the Jura).  The result is like nothing else.   While this is only the eighth vintage I've tried, the word is that the Cuvée Speciale de Vignette ages well.  Indeed, the last bottle I enjoyed upon opening was even more exciting on the second day.  The Cuvée Spéciale des Vignettes is very complex on both the palate and the nose, food-friendly, refreshing and above all, delicious.  Although different from either, if you enjoy the Savagnin based wines of the Jura or the great rosado from Lopez de Heredia, then you need to try this wine!  Limited.

Special Price: $29.89 per bottle

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2012 Domaine Terrebrune, Bandol Rouge $34.89
Fans of old-school Bandol take note - this is the real deal.  This is not one of those gussied up, lipstick sporting glossy juice-ball Bandols.  The 2012 Terrebrune Bandol Rouge offers an ethereal nose and the promise of greatness with some bottle age.  The palate is tight, structured and balanced with a little dark fruit surrounded by notes of herbs de Provence, leather and a little wild game.  In time, this will become the perfect food partner with cassoulet, garlicky lamb and the like.  Awesome Bandol. Enjoy 2016 - 2032.

Special Price: $34.89 per bottle

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2015 Maestracci, Corse Calvi, E Prove Blanc, Corsica $17.89
High in the foothills of Monte Grossu mountain, inland from Calvi, lies the granite plateau of Reginu.  The plateau has been continuously used for vine and olive growing for centuries.  Corsican wines have only started gaining attention in the U.S. over the last couple of years, but importer Kermit Lynch has been featuring the the wines of Maestracci for what seems like forever.  The E Prove Blanc is 100% Vermentinu (or Verentino in Italy and Rolle on the French mainland) which is evident in the wine’s aromas of wild thyme, sage, and bees wax. The medium-bodied palate is rich and delicious with flavors of almonds, thyme, and a saline minerality supported by balancing acidity. While this kind of wine is appealing all year long due to its incredible versatility at the table, it will be especially rewarding over the spring and summer with all manor of seafood and vegetable dishes.

Special Price: $17.89 per bottle

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2015 Franchere, Grüner Veltliner, Havlin Vineyard, Willamette Valley, OR  $16.89
Geek Alert:  Well, well, well...I'm occasionally still blown away by new styles of wine from the the Pacific Northwest and here is one that just about snapped my neck.  I must confess that I've loved Austrian Grüner Veltliner since long before they were cool and favorites of hipster sommeliers from coast to coast.  This is the first new world Grüner that could ever be confused for a top-notch Grüner from the Wachau or Kremstal.  Farmed near-organically etc., cold-soaked with the skins for 18 hours and fermented in neutral acacia barrels and made as naturally as possible with only a little sulphur at bottling to keep the wine stable, this white is really complex, both aromatically and on the palate.  Aromas of white pepper, chamomile, nutmeg and pear skin lead to the medium-full-bodied plate with great grip, restrained fruit, good minerality and acidity and general deliciousness!  Drink all spring and summer by itself and with everything. Very,very cool wine!

Special Price: $16.89 per bottle

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2014 J. Christopher, Pinot Noir, Villages, Willamette Valley, OR $20.89
The great 2014 Willamette Valley vintage just continues to amaze. To wit, the newly released “Villages” Pinot Noir for the highly esteemed J. Christopher winery. This is rich, full-bodied, complex Pinot with gorgeous balance and it sells at an entry-level price. Winemaker Jay Somers hit it out of the park in 2014. So much so that this bottling runs rings around most $40 Pinots. A blend of Olenik, Lia’s and their Estate vineyards, the Villages Pinot soars aromatically and offers a velvety texture that supports a palate loaded with gorgeous dark fruit and hints of earth and game. Enjoy now and over the next five to seven years.

Special Price: $20.89 per bottle

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2013 Claude Desvignes, Morgon, Cote du Py, Cru Beaujolais $25.89
This is great Morgon made in the Burgundian manner rather than in the usual carbonic method. This beautiful wine smells and tastes like the purest essence of Morgon, but without the aromatic carbonic lift one normally associates with Cru Beaujolais. The result is spectacular with aromas and flavors that scream Morgon, but a palate feel and structure more akin to Red Burgundy. Buy a case now and enjoy over the next seven to ten years. “Lurid ruby. A highly fragrant bouquet evokes ripe red berries, floral oils, Asian spices and smoky minerals. Shows excellent clarity and thrust on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that deepen and gain sweetness with air. Powerful yet lithe and nervy, finishing with strong closing cut and silky tannins that come up slowly.” 92 Josh Raynolds, Vinous

Special Price: $25.89 per bottle

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2013 Luigi Maffini, Paestum Aglianico, Kleos, Campania, Italy $17.89
Eric had to stop me from diving straight into this lovely Southern Italian red when we tried it last week. Simply delicious! This Maffini Kleos Aglianico oozes with notes of black cherries, currants, plums and blackberries but it ends with a hint of baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. There is also a flinty smokiness which make for a delightful companion with those dark fruit tones. This wine would be an ideal companion for grilling red meat or pork on the barbecue. Maffini resides on the Campania coastline where Aglianico reigns. This Kleos Aglianico is lush but not overtly juicy. You’ll find a solid tannin structure behind this bold beauty. Winemaker notes: “Deep ruby. Perfumed dark berries, minerals and flint on the nose. Then rich and dense, but with fresh acidity lifting the dark fruit and tarry flavors. Finishes clean, long and lively.” Drink now - 2020. - Allison’s Pick ~ Also, 94 James Suckling

Special Price: $17.89 per bottle

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2013 Secret Squirrel, Columbia Valley Red, Bordeaux Blend $24.89 ~~~ 2013 Secret Squirrel, Red Mountain Red, Bordeaux Blend $27.89
Secret Squirrel is the second label for Washington’s esteemed Corliss Estate Winery.   Corliss annually issues some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon-based Red in the state.  Corliss wines are tightly allocated and sell out in a flash.  Because of the insanely stringent selection process, Corliss is left over with some wine that just doesn't fit their $75+ flagship wines.  Thus, we have Secret Squirrel. 2013 Secret Squirrel, Columbia Valley Red, Bordeaux Blend $24.89     An amazing value that drinks way, way over it's price point.  This wine replaces what was labeled as Cabernet Sauvignon in 2012.  As mentioned above, it’s a little bit bigger and fuller bodied that the 2012 Cabernet was.   The 2013 is a blend of Corliss Estate vineyards: Blue Mountain Vineyard (Walla Walla), Red Mountain Vineyard (Red. Mt.) and Blackrock Vineyard (Yakima) aged for 28 months in French Oak.  Deeply fragrant with aromas of blackberry, cassis, freshly ground coffee, and cured black olive.   The dense palate is rich with beautiful dark fruit and hints of vanilla bean, cocoa powder and olive all enveloped in a velvety tannins giving this wine a wonderfully lush impression.  Drink now and over the next 5-10 years. 2013 Secret Squirrel, Red Mountain Red, Bordeaux Blend $27.89 The Red Mt. Red is bigger, denser and more structured.   The Red Mt. Red is a Bordeaux blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petite Verdot and 7% Malbec.  Scents of dried herbs, cedar, spices, cocoa and vanilla segue to the intense plate featuring cassis fruit, dried plum, fine tobacco and suave tannins and a long, rich finish.  Great now, but improving over the next 10 years.

Special Price: $27.89 per bottle

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