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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 AR.PE.PE. Rosso di Valtellina, (Nebbiolo) Italy $32.89
Geek Alert: Alright, many of you are already familiar with and love the wines of Barbaresco, Barolo and the Alto Piemonte. But there is another ancient region of Northern Italy that also is home to Nebbiolo: Valtellina. AR.PE.PE. (Arturo Pelizzatti Perego) is a historic and highly respected estate in the Valtellina, a tiny mountainous region nestled in the Italian Alps that borders Switzerland. AR.PE.PE makes their Rosso di Valtellina to be enjoyed in its youth and accompany family dinners on a regular basis. The nose is highly perfumed with some classic Nebbiolo aromas like red cherries, leather and earth, but also adds a delightful floral note. The medium-bodied palate is indeed like some hybrid of Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir with recognizable Nebbiolo flavors, but delivered with Pinot Noir-like finesse and elegance. Savory fruit and faint mineral notes are supported by feathery tannins making this a great food-partner. Enjoy now and over the next five years.

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2016 Casa Emma, Chianti Classico Riserva, Vignalparco, Tuscany $29.89
“I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about Chianti Classico and its wines. The top 2016s have turned out to be just as extraordinary as I had hoped they would be…The 2016s are distinguished by their superb aromatic presence, silky tannins, layered fruit and fabulous sense of harmony. The 2016s I have tasted so far point to a high-quality vintage that may very well turn out to be profound.” - Antonio Galloni, Vinous. Casa Emma (with no U.S. national importer up to this point) flies under the radar from most Tuscan wine enthusiasts and the wine press, thus making the wines hard to find, but affordable versus their peers when you can find them. Vignlaparco is a single vineyard estate wine made from 100% Sangiovese grapes coming from the top three rows of vines in the choicest location with an exposition that is pretty much perfect. The Vignalparco Riserva is aged in neutral oak barrels in the traditional manner. While the great 2106 needs time to unfurl, it already shows immense promise with its classic aromatics and dense, tight, structured palate that’s envelops a strong core of dusty cherry fruit. Buy enough so that you can try some now with hearty fare like grilled ribeye steaks, braised lamb shanks, pork roasts and all manner of pastas featuring tomatoes, mushrooms or meat sauces while saving enough to watch it develop further complexity and refinement over the next 15-20 years.

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2017 Twill, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, OR $19.99
This is one of my favorite "Willamette Valley" (non single vineyard) Pinot Noir bottling of the 2017 vintage.  Beautiful aromatics with pretty Pinot fruit, blood orange and a touch of spice is worth the price of admission alone.  The medium-bodied 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.   Delicious already, this elegant wine will only improve with a few years in the cellar.  Fans of Cameron's Dundee Hills Pinot Noir bottling will love this wine. 13.2% Alc.

Special Price: $19.99 per bottle

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2017 Jérôme Galeyrand, Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay “Orane” White Burgundy $29.99
Like it when you find really good White Burgundy that drinks well over its price point? Then you’ll love this wine which drinks like a $60+ premier cru Meursault despite being from the Cote du Nuits. The Galeyrand “Orane” offers pure White Burgundy aromas featuring pie crust, baked apples and a hint of rosemary. The impressive palate is drop dead gorgeous with great balance of fruit, acidity and its backbone of minerality. The mouthfeel is at once round and taught. This is excellent White Burgundy that easily challenges many of its peers selling for twice the price. Limited.

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2017 Pierres Séches Saint Joseph Blanc, Northern Rhone $24.89
Winemaker Sylvain Gauthier is a young rising star in the Northern Rhone Valle. His Saint Joseph blanc is 100% Roussanne from small, steeply graded plots located in the southern portion of the Saint-Joseph appellation - the “original” boundaries and villages of the Saint-Joseph appellation drawn in 1956. It’s also 100% delicious with layers of mineral, honeysuckle, marzipan and apricot flavors. “Pale yellow. Vibrant and sharply focused on the nose, displaying fresh citrus and orchard fruit scents complemented by ginger and dusty mineral nuances. Sappy and incisive on the palate, offering juicy Meyer lemon and green apple flavors that become deeper with air. In a juicy, graceful style, carrying no excess fat. The strong, persistent finish echoes the citrus fruit and mineral notes. Drink through 2026.” - 91 Josh Raynolds, Vinous Limited

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2018 Domaine de Gouye, Syrah, Gabouillon, Northern Rhone $19.89
Geek Alert: We love the 100% Syrah wines of the Northern Rhone that express soil-transparency and terroir and vigneron Philippe Desbos's wines of Domaine de Gouye are perfect examples.  Domaine de Gouye is the epitome of old-school, classic northern Rhône Syrah. Desbos’s Syrah is from estate vines that sit at 1,080 feet above sea level- just a mile away from the family’s Saint-Joseph vineyards and cellar. Soils are similar to Saint-Joseph which is mostly decomposed granite. This wine is a pure joy to drink. The first whiff put a huge smile on my face. Classic aromas of wild game, dried herbs, blackberries, earth, pepper and bacon fat segue to the medium-bodied palate that echos the aromatic themes. Damn, this wine is delicious, not to mention a crazy value. DON’T SCREW UP AND MISS THIS WINE! Limited.

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2010 La Rioja Alta, Rioja Reserva, Viña Ardanza, Selección Especial, Spain $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 pre 1990s Bordeaux.  This is only the fourth vintage in the long history of this great estate to earn the designation "Reserva Especial" (the others being 1964,1973 & 2001).  The greatness of the 2010 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.  Enjoy now and over the next 30+ years. “2010 was a great vintage in Rioja in general and seems to be exceptional here, with a 2010 Viña Ardanza Selección Especial (what used to be Reserva Especial) that can challenge any of the recent vintages and hopefully can develop in bottle to reach the heights of years like 1973 or 1964. The wine is expressive, aromatic, very elegant and clean, with classical Rioja aromas of long aging in barrel. The palate is polished and sleek but shows plenty of energy, with very fine, mostly resolved tannins and very good harmony and persistence. There is great complexity, and you could start smelling spice and smoke to move to earthy tones, hints of beef blood, cherries in liqueur, curry, diesel, old furniture and forest floor. A great Viña Ardanza! “ - 95 Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate / 96 James Suckling / 94 Wine Spectator

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2017 Borja Perez, Artifice Tinto, Ycoden Daute Isora, Canary Islands $22.99
Holy cow, this is captivating wine! Listán Negro is one of the indigenous red grape varieties of the Canary Islands and probably its most charming. The aromatic profile of this wine is beguiling and worth the price of admission alone. With both floral and gamey aromas backed by scents of blood orange and boysenberry, this is like some kind of enchanting marriage between Northern Rhone Syrah and great Cru Beaujolais. Medium-bodied and very food-friendly, this wine is singing now and should drink well over the next few years. "Composed entirely of Listán Negro, which he makes from purchased grapes and then ferments in cement and ages in a combination of one old foudre and one even older French barrique. The wine is characteristically light in color and offers up a lovely nose of dried cherries, a bit of blood orange, dried herb tones, vinesmoke, volcanic soil and sea salts. On the palate the wine is medium-full, complex and very transparent, with a good core of fruit, impeccable balance, lovely focus and grip and a long, modestly tannic and vibrant finish. This is an excellent wine." - 91 John Gilman, View From the Cellar

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