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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 Fontanabianca, Barbaresco, Piedmont $34.89
Fans of the Produttori del Barbaresco, take note: The much beloved Produttori del Barbaresco is our most popular Barbaresco year in and year out, and for good reason as the quality-price ratio is always sky-high. In the great 2016 vintage, however, the much smaller and less know Fontanabianca winey has issued a Barbaresco “normale” which compares very favorably with the 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco “normale.” Fontanabianca’s 2016 Barbaresco is a classic example of traditional-style Barbaresco, raised in large neutral botti. Classic Barbaresco aromas of dried porcini, leather, tar, roses and earth give way to the savory palate where notes of earth, rosemary and dried cherries are framed by the vintage's fine acidity and tannic structure.  While still years away from full maturity, the 2016 Fontanabianca is enjoyable now with rich dishes like osso bucco, mushroom risotto, pasta with meat sauce or braised meat dishes with creamy polenta. "Fontanabianca presents a rich and full-bodied expression of Nebbiolo here in this classic vintage. The 2016 Barbaresco is enhanced with black fruit, spice, leather and tar, all rolled into one harmonious wine. There is beautiful texture here, with balanced and silky intensity to the end.” - 93 Wine Advocate “Aromas of new leather, iris, wet earth and perfumed berry meld together with crushed herbs and spices. The full-bodied, elegant palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, black raspberry, white pepper and a hint of tobacco, while firm acidity and taut, fine-grained tannins lend age-worthy support and finesse. Drink 2023–2036.” - 94 Wine Enthusiast An outstanding value for excellent Barbaresco.

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2017 Ridolfi, Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany $24.89
From the cooler northeastern slope of the Montalcino hill, the 2017 Ridolfi Rosso di Montalcino starts with classic Montalcino aromas of menthol, earth, tobacco, cedar and dusty cherry fruit that segue to the medium-bodied palate featuring a reprise of the cherry fruit, a touch of earth and good supporting acidity and velvety tannins. This 100% Sangiovese Grosso is already delicious and will continue to improve for another five to seven years. Enjoy with beef, lamb, pork, pizza, and pasta with tomato or meat sauces.

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2016 McKinlay, Pinot Noir, Ladd Hill, Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, OR $34.89
Insider alert: For over 25 years, Matt Kinne of McKinlay has been quietly issuing some of the best 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 and son Jake’s 2016 Ladd Hill vineyard bottling is the last truly great Oregon Pinot Noir to be released in this outstanding vintage.  Planted in 1976 with the noble Wedensville clone, the 2016 Ladd Hill offers a subtly beautiful nose with scents of violets, earth, game and warm cherries.  The palate is reserved, yet penetrating with exquisite balance (only 13% alc.) and a seductive silky texture.  Delicious already, the pretty red fruit, earth, minerals and 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. I’m packing this wine away in my personal cellar as this may turn out to be the value of the vintage for Oregon Pinot Noir capable of long-term cellaring.

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2018 Domaine La Fourmone, Vacqueyras Blanc, Le Fleurantine, So. Rhone Valley $23.89
This rare Vacqueyras Blanc, a blend of Grenache Blanc and Clairette, is a dead ringer for a top Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc.  Aromas of freshly cut hay, honey and wet stones give way to the rich, balanced palate.  It’s a full-bodied white with nectarine and citrus fruits that play off one another and complement the stoney gout de terroir of this classic Souther Rhone white.  Rich, delicious and very food-friendly. The most important part of the notes I took for myself when tasting this wine: "Buy, buy, buy." Very limited.

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2017 Terrazze Dell’Etna, Vino Bianco, “Ciuri” Terrazzo del Vulcano, Etna, Sicily $19.99
This still “blanc de noir”,or more appropriately, “bianco de nero” is 100% Nerello Mascalese, a red skinned grape native to Mt. Etna made into an intriguing white wine due to the lack of skin contact. The nose offers aromas of apricot skin, white flowers and nickel while the medium-bodied palate is dominated by its volcanic minerality which plays beautifully against a backdrop of stone fruits. Very cool. Enjoy now and over the next few years with white-fleshed fish, shellfish, vegetable dishes and antipasto platters.

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2018 Christophe Pacalet, Cote de Brouilly, Cru Beaujolais $19.89
Christophe Pacalet is the nephew of late, great Marcel Lapierre, one of the pioneers of Beaujolais' resurgence.  After working alongside and learning the minimalist ways of Uncle Marcel, Christophe started his own winery in 1999. He raises all his crus in neutral Burgundy barrels, practices minimal intervention and seeks to express the distinct terroir of each of his crus.  Christophe's Cote de Brouilly comes from a plot of granite and schist soils typical of the best sectors of Côte de Brouilly.  The super-cool nose has scents of wild game, Hood strawberries and earth.  Flavors of strawberry, blueberry and freshly cracked peppercorns are framed by fine-grained tannins and bright acidity giving this wine excellent balance.  Enjoy this extremely food-friendly wine over the next three years. Delicious!

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2017 Domaine Jessiaume, Auxey-Duresses Rouge, Les Ecussaux 1er Cru, Burgundy $39.89
It’s fun to come across a gem like this, especially when they are so hard to find in the ever more expensive landscape of Burgundy. While Domaine Jessiaume has been around since the mid-1800s, the estate has undergone a complete transformation (for the good!) under new ownership since 2014. A renovated cellar, a move to organic farming and a new winemaker have taken this formally underachieving estate and helped it to realize it full potential. The 2017 Les Ecussaux Premier Cru is shining example of the progress this domaine has made. A pretty nose with red fruit and soil tones segues to the elegant, medium-bodied palate and offers red cherry and strawberry fruit and strong dose of Auxey-Duresses gout de terroir. Enjoy this classy Red Burgundy (100% Pinot Noir) now, or watch it improve over the next six to eight years.

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2016 Samuel Billaud, Chablis 1er Cru, Montée de Tonnerre, White Burgundy SALE $39.99 (Reg. $55.89)
Like the accompanying Sechet (below), this is serious Chablis from a great vintage and rising star producer that’s on sale merely because the distributor is going out of business (#%&@ wine tariffs!) and needs to liquidate their inventory. This wine reminds me of what a better-balanced Raveneau Montée de Tonnerre would taste like (sans the over-hype and the $300+ price tag) with it’s rich textural density. “The 2016 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre, which underwent 15 months in (neutral) barrel, has a lovely dried honey and beeswax scented bouquet that gains intensity with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, fresh and vibrant with a tangy, saliva-inducing saline finish that feels very persistent. Excellent. Drink 2020-2032” - 92 Neal Martin, Vinous

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2013 Georges Lignier, Clos-Saint-Denis Grand Cru, Red Burgundy $139.89
Look what I found! Yes, a little 2013 Grand Cru Red Burgundy at a great (for Grand Cru Burgundy) price! The domaine of Georges Lignier has risen to the top tier of Red Burgundy producers over the last decade and have been “discovered” by but haven’t yet hit “cult” status. The Georges Lignier wines are all about precision, finesse and the ability to express their sites clearly while offering ultra-pure fruit. 2013 was a terrific vintage in the Cote de Nuits and this Clos-Saint-Denis is an outstanding example of both the vintage and this Grand Cru site’s ability to balance a quite power with finesse and elegance. The striking aromatic purity and complexity are worth the price of admission alone. While the Clos-Saint-Denis can be drunk now, it will improve throughout at least 2015 and drink beautifully through 2033. Extremely limited.

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2013 Georges Lignier, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Red Burgundy $149.89
Compared to the Clos-Saint-Denis above, the Clos de la Roche is slightly tighter both aromatically and, on the palate, while still conveying a dynamic sense of power allied with finesse and a latent complexity that demonstrates its “Grand Cru-ness.” Put this in your cellar and open it between 2028-2038. Then pat yourself on the back. Extremely limited.

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2011 Dom. Macle, Cotes du Jura Blanc, Jura, France $39.89
Geek Alert:  We sold through two vintages of the Macle Chateau Chalon in a heartbeat, and now we're finally seeing the Chateau Chalon's little brother, the Cote du Jura Blanc.  A blend of Chardonnay and Savagnin, Macle's Cote du Jura Blanc is made in the traditional "sous voile" (with the veil) stye in which the wine ages in barrel under a veil of naturally occurring yeast which both enriches the wine with an unmistakable tangy, nutty aroma and flavor while protecting it from spoilage while it ages for three years without ever being topped-up.  The result is an amazingly intense nose of freshly roasted hazelnuts with an equally intense palate balancing dried apricot, tangy acids and a kaleidoscope of spices.  Go nuts enjoying this amazingly complex wine with braised pork, sausages with lentils, roast chicken with cream and morels, or duck and potatoes dauphinoise!  Intriguing now, this wine will gain in complexity and age effortlessly for many years.  WARNING:  While we love this compelling wine, if you are not familiar with the sous voile style, proceed with caution as this wine, as do all sous voile wines, offers an oxidative quality (that adds to the complexity of the wine) and is intensely savory and pungent - just as we like it! Extremely limited.

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