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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 Foradori, Teroldego, Morei, Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Trentino, Italy $42.89
Since she took over her family's winery at the age of 19, Elisabetta Foradori has made it her life’s endeavor to elevate the ancient Teroldego grape (native to the alpine region of Trentino in NE Italy) to heights once inconceivable.  Genetically related to Pinot Noir, Syrah and Lagrein, Teroldego thrives in this cool but sunny region. Farmed biodynamically and aged in amphore, the Morei vineyard is the source of the most serious Teroldgo on the planet. First and foremost, this is incredibly delicious red wine with the most alluring blend of red and dark fruit, a strong core of minerality and long, savory finish. The fact that a wine from a cool sub-alpine region can have this kind of intensity and refinement is downright surprising. Elisabetta’s 2016 Morei casts a dark purple hue, hinting at its relation to Syrah and offers up aromas of earth, raspberry, strawberry, lavender and blood orange. The palate is medium-bodied with impeccable balance and a vein of minerality running through the luscious fruit with the grace of a fine red Burgundy. You owe it to yourself to give this wine a whirl if it sounds even remotely appealing to you because I can’t do this wine justice with my limited articulation.

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2016 Franchere, Syrah, Havlin Vineyard, Willamette Valley  $27.89
Wow, Central Willamette Valley Syrah that behaves more like Northern Rhone Valley Syrah.  What’s next?  Owner-winemaker Mike Hinds has not only issued the coolest domestic Grüner we've ever tasted and Volnay-like Pinot Noir, but also the one of the coolest domestic Syrahs too.  Mike's 2016 Havlin vineyard Syrah is grown on a shallow layer (less than two feet) of silty loam atop ironstone bedrock giving this Syrah uncommon minerality and structure. Initially tight upon opening, the wine slowly reveals layer upon layer of complexity as it opens up.  The nose offers floral scents of violets, lavender, licorice, black olive and cured meats - very Cornas-like.  The firm palate is given structure from a strong spine of acidity and tannin and offers lift to the flavors of cracked pepper, earth, sage and blueberry fruit.  As if that's not enough to hold your interest, there is a strong vein of minerality that runs through the wine from start to finish.  Decant now and enjoy with grilled meats of any kind (especially lamb), or cellar for up to fifteen years for further complexity.  This is serious Syrah that sells for a pittance. 12.3% Alc.

Special Price: $27.89 per bottle

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2016 Franchere, Pinot Noir, Havlin Vineyard, Willamette Valley, OR $27.89
Owner-winemaker Mike Hinds also excels with Oregon's "other" varietal - Pinot Noir.   After featuring Mike's 2014 & ’15 Havlin vineyard Syrah along with all three vintages of his Havlin Gruner Veltliner, it's not surprising that we would be impressed with his Havlin Pinot Noir too. Floral aromatics backed by scents of Rainer cherries lead to a palate bursting with fresh blood orange with just a touch of cured meat and a bit of spice in the background all framed by bright acidity and fine-grained tannins.  Already very refined and delicious, this wine's structure indicates it's poised for a long, graceful evolution.  To quote owner and winemaker Mike Hinds: "So drink now, drink soon thereafter, and stash a few bottles away to drink 10 or more years down the road."  Very Volnay-like! I can’t think of a better domestic Pinot Noir for under $30.

Special Price: $27.89 per bottle

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2016 Minimus, Chardonnay, Mt. Eden Clone, Omero vineyard, Willamette Valley, OR $27.89
While Minimus winery and the Omero vineyard are here in the Willamette Valley, what makes this Chardonnay singular and so special is that its clonal material comes from the great Mt. Eden vineyard located high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, south of the San Francisco Bay. For many wine aficionados, Mt. Eden Chardonnay has been the reference standard for complex, balanced, age-worthy California Chardonnay - a million miles away from the typical butter ball Napa Chards. With Minimus’ 2016 Mt. Eden Clone Chardonnay we have the best of two worlds - legendary clonal selection of Mt. Eden and the gentle growing season of the Willamette Valley. When tasting with winemaker Chad Stock, my notes for this wine were simple: “Wow! Great nose, great palate, great texture. Very exciting Chardonnay. This is the full-meal-deal. Buy for the cellar.”

Special Price: $27.89 per bottle

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2013 Hermanos de Peciña - Señorio de P. Peciña, Rioja Crianza, Spain $16.89
Along with Lopez de Heredia, CVNE and La Rioja Alta, Hermanos de Peciña is one of the shining lights for great traditional Rioja. The Vinous review below is right on! “Lurid ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet displays an array of ripe red fruits and pungent flowers, along with spice, vanilla and pipe tobacco accents that emerge with aeration. Juicy and appealingly sweet, offering sappy, spice-tinged raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors and subtle licorice and mocha nuances. Finishes supple, sweet and very long, with slow-building tannins that meld smoothly with the wine's intense fruit. Drink - 2030” 92 - Josh Raynolds, Vinous An insane deal!

Special Price: $17.89 per bottle

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2016 Jean Bourdy, Cote du Jura Rouge $25.89
Geek Alert:  The Bourdy family has been in the wine growing/making business since 1475. Their estate is southeast of the Cote D'Or in the small town of Arlay in the Jura region. They grow Trousseau Poulsard, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Savagnin which make some of the most interesting and age-worthy wines in the world at almost give-away prices.  These are wines with a strong gout de terroir. The “Rouge” is a blend of 1/3 each Pinot Noir, Poulsard (Ploussard) & Trousseau co-fermented.  Bourdy’s 2016 Rouge is quite aromatic with the Poulsard taking center stage. The elegant palate is nicely concentrated and loaded with pretty strawberry fruit and minerals. Enjoy this tangy, soil-driven wine now and over the next two decades with all manner of poultry, pork, mushroom casseroles and all kinds of vegetable dishes.

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2017 Domaine Sangouard-Guyot, Pouilly-Fuissé, Terroirs , White Burgundy $19.89
Jackpot!  We've featured the wines of Sangouard-Guyot for years because of their amazing track record of pairing high quality with high value. 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 $50 a bottle.

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2014 La Stoppa, Bianco, Ageno, Colli Piacentini, Emilia $34.89
In many ways, this orange wine has become not only the flagship wine of La Stoppa, but one of the most famous “orange” wines in the world. Ageno is a blend of 90% Malvasia Aromatica with 10% Ortugo and Trebbiano that is co-harvested, co-fermented and undergoes a 3-6 month maceration on the skins. After aging in neutral barrels for a year, it is aged in bottle for at least two years before release. The result is a wine of great texture and weight, yet racy and electric at the same time with notes of dried apricot, pear skin, tangerine and noticeable tannin.

Special Price: $34.89 per bottle

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2002 La Stoppa, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colli Piacentini, Emilia $37.89
This is not your typical fruit-bomb Cabernet Sauvignon. If that is what you are looking for, take a pass on this wine. At 16+ years old, the 2002 (yes, 2002) Cabernet Sauvignon is all about the terroir of La Stoppa’s estate vineyard in Colli Piacentini. Balanced, soil-driven, food-friendly and very interesting!

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2009 La Stoppa, Barbera della Stoppa, Colli Piacentini, Emilia $29.89
This is the very earthy side of Barbera. It is fermented with native yeasts and no sulfur in tank and undergoes maceration with the skins for 30 days in a similar manner as Barolo. Highly aromatic with the soil notes highlighting both the nose and palate. The 2009 Barbera is starting to show some appealing secondary notes and offers great acidity making it very versatile at the table.

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2012 Le Piane, Boca, Alto-Piemonte, Italy $54.89
“The 2012 Boca is fabulous. Rich, ample and deep, the 2012 offers a level of pure immediacy that, while not typical of this wine, does mean that the 2012 will drink well with only minimal cellaring. Even so, I expect the 2012 will age beautifully because of its palate density and weight. Wild cherry, sweet tobacco, licorice, smoke and underbrush build into the powerful finish. As always, the Boca presents slightly darker shades of Nebbiolo. Drink - 2032” 94 - Antonio Galloni, Vinous. June 2018

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