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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 Borgogno, Langhe Freisa, Piedmont, Italy $24.99
Borgogno is one of the most historic Barolo producers, issuing very traditional wines that age for decades. While Borgogno is rightly revered for their great Baroli, they also make one of Piedmont’s most interesting and delicious non-Nebbiolo wines with the rare Freisa grape variety. Freisa is a genetic cousin to Nebbiolo and the two varieties have many similarities, both aromatically and on the palate. Freisa, however, is more medium-bodied and a little less tannic than Nebbiolo while offering its own special aromatic profile. Borgogno’s 2016 Freisa offers a cool, brooding nose with notes of tar, earth, dark plums and spices. The vibrant palate is perfectly balanced with cherry and plum fruits, soil tones, silky tannins, and lively acidity. Tasted blind, I think that most experienced fans of Piemontese wines would guess this to be an intriguing Barbaresco, or perhaps a Nebbiolo-based wine from Alto Piemonte. Enjoy with gusto now and over the next 10 - 12 years with all kinds of antipasti, roasted meats, sausages, pizza etc. Limited.

Special Price: $24.99 per bottle


Bereche, Champagne, Brut Reserve, France $46.99
Whether you're a Champagne geek, or just looking for flat out DELICIOUS Champagne, you can't go wrong with Bereche.  Highly aromatic with notes of toasted brioche and lemon cream, the rich, textured palate offers notes of buttery biscuits and lemon zest followed by a lashing of chalky minerality.  Bereche's Brut Reserve is blended from roughly equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, with about 30 percent reserve wine and the remainder of this bottling being from the outstanding 2018 vintage. This bottling is stacked with energy and grip and a medium-full-body platform, displaying an impressive depth of fruit, minerals, ginger, citrus zest and and racy structure.  Did I mention how delicious this Champagne is? Fantastic now, the Bereche Brut Reserve will only improve and gain in complexity over the next five to seven years.  We’ve been promoting Bereche Champagne since long before they became one of the Champagne darlings of the sommelier world and now they are in short supply. If you’re fan, buy all you can now as it will go fast and then probably be unavailable until the late fall.

Special Price: $45.99 per bottle


2016 McKinlay, Pinot Noir, Special Selection, Chehalem Mts. Willamette Valley, OR $34.89
Insider alert: For over 25 years, Matt Kinne of McKinlay winery has been quietly issuing some of the finest Pinot Noir in the new world.  You won't find McKinlay wines reviewed in the wine press, but you will find them in the cellars of the savviest Pinot Noir collectors. Matt's 2016 Special Selection bottling is the winery's most structured and age-worthy Pinot Noir.  McKinlay issues several different Pinot Noir bottlings in most vintages, but his Special Selection is the one he bottles with long-term development in mind.  From the the Estate and Ladd Hill vineyards planted in the 70s with the noble Wedensville and Pommard clones, the 2016 Special Selection offers a Volnay-like beautiful nose with scents of violets, earth, game and warm cherries.  The palate is reserved, yet penetrating with exquisite balance (13% alc.) and a seductive silky texture.  Really pretty red fruit, earth, minerals and a hint of cinnamon in the background are supported by lively acidity and suave tannins and ensure a very long and graceful evolution; a model of power and elegance.  This may turn out to be the value of the vintage for Oregon Pinot Noir capable of long-term cellaring.  What kind of style of Pinot Noir do we stock our cellars with?  This kind!  A true value. 

Special Price: $34.89 per bottle


2019 Goodfellow, Chardonnay, Temperance Hill, Eola-Amity, Willamette Valley, OR $38.99
Marcus Goodfellow is one of the elite Chardonnay winemakers in the new world.  The 2019 vintage is turning out to be the best vintage in years for wineries and wine drinkers who appreciate balance and detail over extracted fruit bomb style wines. From perfectly ripe fruit grown in the esteemed Temperance Hill vineyard high in the Eola hills, Marcus has delivered a stunning example of great Willamette Valley Chardonnay. Aromas of wet stones and apricot segue to a palate featuring great intensity and balance delivered with lazar-like focus and a strong core of minerality. Drink now and over the next seven to nine years. Compelling wine. 

Special Price: $38.89 per bottle


2019 Ezio Poggio, Timorasso “Caespes” Colli Tortonesi, Terre di Libarna, Piedmont $23.99
Timorasso is quite possibly the most interesting white native variety grown in norther Italy, especially Piedmont.  Ezio Poggio is unflinchingly devoted to the revival of one of Italy’s great white grapes, Timorasso. Ezio first planted the grape in 2004, reestablishing a long-lost growing zone now known as Terre di Libarna along the mountains that separate Piedmont from Liguria. At 15 hectares total, this tiny DOC encompasses the highest elevation growing region for Timorasso at nearly 2000 feet. Capable of aging for years, Poggio’s “Caespes” is already complex, featuring a strong mineral expression both aromatically and on the palate and is supported by lush orchard fruits and refreshing, food-friendly acidity.  Enjoy with antipasti, pork, poultry, and richer seafood dishes, or just by itself! Very, very limited.

Special Price: $23.99 per bottle


2019 Sangouard-Guyot, Saint Veran, Au Brule, White Burgundy $21.89
Jackpot!  If the idea of rich White Burgundy (100% Chardonnay) with beautiful lush fruit and minerals galore sounds good to you, then this full-bodied gem is just the ticket.  While it's not that hard to find White Burgundy of this quality and style, it is unusual to find it for less than $45 a bottle.  Enjoy this fantastic value over the next two to three years with just about anything that doesn't/didn't get around on hooves - well pork roasts and chops work just fine!

Special Price: $21.89 per bottle


2020 Le Galantin, Bandol Rosé, Provence  $19.89
The tiny appellation of Bandol is located directly on the Mediterranean coast, just east of Marseilles, where many of the finest wines of the French Riviera are produced. Ganantin’s Bandol Rosé is produced from organically grown grapes (approximately 50% Mourvèdre, 25% Cinsault and 25% Grenache) from vines planted on southwest facing hillsides, with clay/limestone soils. The nose offers mineral-accented notes of wild fennel, blood oranges and garrigue while the palate displays flavors of tangerine, pink grapefruit with a lashing of minerals. Wonderfully elegant and food-friendly Rosé, not to mention and outstanding value.

Special Price: $19.89 per bottle


2019 Forjas del Salnes, Albariño, Leirana, Rias Baixas, Spain $26.89
Rías Baixas is tucked into the green rolling hills in the northwest corner of Spain, just above Portugal, hugging the deep blue Atlantic coastline where Rodrigo Mendez, a 5th generation winemaker from the tiny fishing village of Meaño in Val do Salnes, makes some of the most scintillating wines in Spain. This old vine Albariño offers a kaleidoscope of aromas and flavors with aromas of peach, nectarine, jasmine and flavors of Meyer lemon, nectarine, ginger and honeysuckle with a penetrating streak of minerals, framed by refreshing acidity.  Enjoy this dry, medium-full-bodied white with all manner of seafood now and over the next five years.

Special Price: $26.89 per bottle


2019 Ch. Thivin, Cote de Brouilly, Cru Beaujolais, France $29.89
Chateau Thivin is one of the original Kermit Lynch producers that help put great Cru Beaujolais on the map and back into the focus of wine lovers.  The highly aromatic nose offers scents of Rainer cherries, earth and iris. The structured palate offers strawberry and cranberry fruit and additional notes of lavender and spicy tannins.  Delicious now with any kind of fowl or sausage, this lip-smackin' red will only improve and become more noble over the next 3 to 5 years. Please pass the Dijon-lentils and sausages!

Special Price: $29.89 per bottle



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