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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 Kelley Fox, Pinot Noir, Maresh Vineyard, W.V. OR  $64.89
Kelley Fox is quietly on her way to becoming Oregon's other cult winery (along with John Thomas).  Coincidently, neither Kelley, nor John, are the type of people who seem to care about "cult" status and go about their craft quietly and thoughtfully.  While her wines are not that well known outside of Oregon, she has a die-hard following here in the Pacific Northwest.  Her wines, especially the Maresh, are made in tiny quantities and sell out very quickly.  Maresh is the second oldest vineyard in the Willamette Valley (after Eyrie's original vineyard) and is high up in the Dundee Hills.  Maresh is easily one of the most sought-after fruit sources in the state by Oregon's top winemakers and Pinot Noir lovers alike. Kelley's style is very non-interventionist and seeks purity, complexity, elegance and detail over raw power and bombastic fruit.  So... how's the wine?  It's great, of course!  The beautiful nose soars from the glass and segues to the seamless medium-bodied palate.  At 13% alcohol, this is one of the most elegant and balanced wines of the vintage while still possessing a gorgeous kernel of fruit.  Delicious now, this beauty should gain in complexity for years and prove to be very long-lived. Very,very Limited. First come, first served.

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2015 Domaine Labet, Fleur de Savagnin, En Chalasse, Cotes du Jura $29.89
Geek Alert! Holy cow - this wine is so intense, not to mention delicious! Savagnin is the local white grape specialty of the eastern French region known as the Jura. Labet’s Fleur de Savagnin from the outstanding En Chalasse vineyard is an exemplary version of ouillé (topped-up, non-oxidized) Savagnin. The nose offers up aromas of smoky minerals and bergamot orange. The full-bodied palate is coiled and ready to spring with laser-like focus, citrusy acidity, Meyer lemon and dissolved Jurassic minerals to complement the wine’s fruit profile. This wine will only improve for years to come. Experience the goodness.

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NV(2013) André Beaufort, Brut Reserve, Polisy, Champagne $45.89
“Jacques Beaufort makes some of the most pure, unadulterated and highly singular Champagnes readers are likely to come across…At their best, the Beaufort wines are exceptional, and well worth the effort of seeking out.” - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Last week was my introduction to the Champagnes of Andre Beaufort, a grower based in Ambonnay and until recently, the only U.S. market they had made it to was New York. We’ve been missing out! The current “non-vintage” is actually from the outstanding 2013 vintage and from a Kimmeridgian limestone plot in Polisy, a village in The Aube. A blend of approximately 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, this is an incredibly terroir-driven Champagne.

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NV(2013) André Beaufort, Brut Reserve Grand Cru, Ambonnay $59.89
Like the André Beaufort from Polisy, this is made from biodynamic grapes and bottled with minimal sulfur allowing the 100% Pinot Noir fruit to shine in this big, full-bodied Champagne. A very expressive nose and well-balanced, rich palate reflect the true grand cru nature of Ambonnay. While the Polisy Brut Reserve may possess a little more minerality, this Champagne is a little deeper and richer. Both are exciting Champagnes!

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2013 Domaine le Couroulu, Vacqueyras, Cuvée Classique, Rhone $18.89
If you like big, meaty, earthy, complex southern Rhone wines, the Cuvée Classique bottling from Couroulu is just the ticket.  2013 is an outstanding vintage in the southern Rhone and it really shows here, making this Vacqueyras better than the majority of Chateauneuf-du-Papes in most vintages.  Drink with hearty stews, garlicky lamb, and bean dishes like cassoulet.  My tasting notes for this wine are not elegant, but they're honest:  "Awesome earthy nose.  Delicious - hearty, earthy, great balance.  Excellent - buy!"  Josh Reynolds’ review is nicer: “Bright ruby. Powerful, spice-tinged aromas of blackberry, cola and smoky Indian spices. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering gently sweet dark berry flavors that gain weight and spiciness with air. A fruity, energetic Vacqueyras with good finishing cling and supple, slow-building tannins.” 89-91 ~ Josh Raynolds, Vinous Drink with gusto now and over the next five years.

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2015 F. Pinon, Vouvray, Les Déronnieres “Demi-Sec” Loire $25.89
While not as well know as Domaine Huet or Foreau, Francois Pinon has been issuing glorious Vouvrays (100% Chenin Blanc) for many years. Since Pinon and his importer have taken a quieter approach to marketing, these wines fly under the radar and sell for about half of a comparable Vouvray. This is only the second vintage for the Les Déronnieres bottling as the grapes from this vineyard used to be included in Pinon’s Silex Noir bottling. This excellent vineyard, on a limestone hill-top above the Pinon's cave, is planted on limestone, not Silex, and so offers its own unique terroir expression. While the label doesn’t mention it, this is really a Demi-Sec with some delicious honeyed sweetness that cozies right up with the wine’s brisk acidity and deep limestone minerality. The nose offers aromas of honey, bees wax, limestone and ripe nectarine. The impressively dense, full-bodied palate is laden with apricot and nectarine fruit, honeycomb and a freshly baked croissant note along with a secondary lashing of limestone minerality. So delicious!!! "Flattering, with an off-dry edge to the green plum, melon, apple gelée and pear fruit flavors, laced with a powdered ginger note that lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2027.” - 92 Wine Spectator Limited.

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2014 Renzo Marinai, Chianti Classico, Tuscany $24.89
After sitting down to taste a lineup of 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. Delicious now with hearty dishes, this wine will really hit its stride at around 10 years old. I’ll be adding this impressive wine to my cellar. “The 2014 Chianti Classico is one of the best wines I have tasted from Renzo Marinai in some time. Bold, pungent and expressive the 2014 delivers surprising intensity for the vintage. Black cherry, plum, violet and licorice notes give the 2014 much of its personality. This is an unusually dark, powerful wine for the year, but all the elements are nicely balanced. The inclusion of 10% Cabernet Sauvignon is evident.” - 91 Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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2008 La Rioja Alta, Rioja Reserva, Viña Ardanza $35.99
Long-time readers of our newsletter know that we love La Rioja Alta's great Viña Ardanza virtually every year that it's made.  This vintage is a model of elegance and finesse - like some kind of dreamy hybrid of Rioja and Red Burgundy.  The elegant style of the 2008 vintage has married perfectly with the classical wine making at La Rioja Alta to produce this magnificent wine that offers incredible complexity, elegance and age-ability.  “There are notes of stewed meat, cured leather, cloves, other spices and an overall balsamic character. The palate feels solid, consistent, nicely built, with abundant tannins and good balancing acidity.” - 93 Wine Advocate

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2016 Broc Cellars, Zinfandel, Vine Star, Sonoma County, CA $27.89
Geek Alert: A Zinfandel with only 12.5% alcohol! No, this is not a typo. This is somewhat of a throw-back Zin of the 1980s and early ‘90s highlighting bright, vibrant red fruit, and balancing acidity - really. “Our Vine Starr Zinfandel has been lauded by drinkers and critics alike as a multi-dimensional restrained Zinfandel that re-imagines what you come to expect from the California varietal. Essential aromatics of bramble-brush and spice remind us what we're drinking, but the palate, alive with fresh mouth-watering acidity and subtle nuances of fruit are a departure from the expected. Delicacy, finesse - a distilled, pure eau-de-vie focus of flavor has invigorated our fondness for this often less-than-magnificent variety.” - Winery notes. I suspect there are many other Zinfandel producers sitting around plotting how to kick Broc Cellars out of the club.

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2014 Alain Roy, Montagny 1er Cru, White Burgundy $19.89
The Roy family have been wine growers in Montagny since 1809. Today, Alain Roy owns eleven hectares of some of the oldest vines in the appellation. From the classic 2014 vintage, Roy’s Montagny 1er Cru is an expressive, vivid, and elegant wine with flavors of green apple, nectarine, lime and an intense core of minerals. Enjoy now and over the next few years with chicken, and all just about anything that resided in water. This is an outstanding value in soil-driven white Burgundy.

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