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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!


2013 Caprili, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany $43.89
Caprili has done it again.  For years, Caprili has made not just good, but great Brunello, all the while flying under the radar because they don't have a marketing arm. With most of the great 2013 Brunello di Montalcinos costing well over $65.00, the 2013 Caprili offers thrilling Brunello at a more affordable price.  Caprili has long been one of our favorite Brunello producers because they offer wonderfully complex Brunello that can be enjoyed young or cellared for many years. Caprili is not issuing a 2013 Riserva only because they have a lot of Riserva in the pipeline which means all of their would-be Riserva juice is in this bottling.  Yeah!  The 2013 Brunello offers a thrilling nose and rich, well-balanced palate with power and elegance to spare.  Beautiful fruit complements this earth-driven Brunello.  “Bright red with a pale rim. Blackberry, earthy spices, mint, minerals, game and violet on the very deep but still youthfully reticent nose. Dense, energetic, large-scale and brooding on the palate, offering floral flavors of red and dark berries and underbrush. Finishes extremely long, scented and subtle, featuring very suave tannins. Cellar this beauty for at least another five years, as it will likely blossom into something special; the plus sign on my score indicates that I would not be surprised to find myself scoring this 95 or 96 in the years ahead. Drink through 2035” - 93+ Ian D’Agata, Vinous / 94 J.S. / 92 W.S. / 92 W.A. / 92 W.E.

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2016 Domaine Louis Boillot, Volnay Les Grands Poisots, Red Burgundy $54.89
The Boillot family has been issuing classic Burgundy for generations with Louis inheriting vines from his father, Lucien, in 2002. In a little over decade, Louis’ domaine has become one of the most admired small estates in the Côte d'Or. The turning point came in the mid-2000s, when he and his partner, the supremely talented Ghislaine Barthod, built a cave together in Chambolle-Musigny. This brought two of Burgundy’s most gifted winemakers together—working and tasting side by side. The vineyard management was also combined, with Louis responsible for not only his own vines, but those of Ghislaine as well. At the heart of Louis’ style is a profound respect for the terroir of his old vines. If you’re interested in Burgundy that trades on finesse, elegance, and above all - soil transparency, or sense of site - give these Louis Boillot wines a whirl. “(from 55-to-60-year-old vines on clay soil with some rocks; the frost cut production by 70%): Saturated ruby-red. Brooding, lightly medicinal aromas of black fruits, spices and minerals suggest a very tight wine. Quite concentrated but with an inviting plummy sweetness; a bit high-toned in a positive way. Here the late-arriving tannins are nicely supported by fruit. A complex, dark style of Volnay from the Pommard side of the appellation, finishing with lovely soil-driven length.” - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

Special Price: $54.89 per bottle

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2016 Domaine Louis Boillot, Gevrey-Chambertin Les Evocelles, Red Burgundy $69.89
“Bright ruby-red. The first one of these 2016s that was obviously reduced, offering aromas of licorice, smoked meat, dark chocolate, spicecake and espresso. Concentrated, supple and sweet, combining dark fruit flavors, sexy soil tones and salty minerality. Boasts excellent inner-mouth tension to go with its size. A bit reduced throughout but cleanly made and vibrant on the back end.” - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

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2016 - 00 Chardonnay, VGW, Willamette Valley, OR - Intro Sale $69.89 / Reg. $74.89
Breaking the mold of New World Chardonnay. Simply put, these are among the greatest Chardonnays and the most unique in the new world. The 00 Chardonnays blur the line between Willamette Valley Chardonnay and White Burgundy. Proprietors Chris & Kathryn Hermann’s fanatical love of great Chardonnay (from both France and Oregon) has led them on an unrelenting pursuit of producing the best Chardonnay they possibly can. The early results are very promising! In addition to sourcing fruit from some of the top cool climate vineyards in Oregon and employing a very talented winemaking team, 00 has a secret weapon - the “Black Chardonnay” technique. This is not some gimmicky technique; it has been used to make some of the greatest White Burgundies (Roulot, Coche-Dury, Dujac, DRC) and was a very common method of making White Burgundy throughout much of the 1900s. The Black Chardonnay method seeks to extract more nutrients from aggressively crushed grapes while inoculating the wine from potential “pre-mox.’ For an interesting article on the Black Chardonnay method, check out this article by Tamara Belgard https://www.oregonwinepress.com/back-to-black “WE WANT TO OFFER PEOPLE WHO ARE OBSESSED WITH CHARDONNAY — LIKE WE ARE — THE CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE THE RELATIONSHIPS, INTERPLAY AND BALANCE BETWEEN FRENCH AND OREGON CHARDONNAY, AND BETWEEN TRADITION AND INNOVATION.” - Co-Founder Chris Hermann While Chardonnay is the primary focus at 00, they also issue some pretty damn good Pinot Noir. Their Pinot Noir program is unique too: every single grape is hand snipped off the cluster directly into amphora - in the vineyard!!! Here is your only chance to advantage of introductory sale pricing. This wine is going to become tightly allocated in no time at all. Get in on the ground floor and put these in your cellar!

Special Price: $74.89 per bottle

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2016 Domaine Faury, Cote-Rotie, N. Rhone $64.89
For many, the tiny appellation of Cote-Rotie in France's northern Rhone Valley is the source of the world's most exhilarating syrah.  Because Cote-Rotie is such a small appellation, its production is naturally limited and finding great traditionally made Cote-Rotie is becoming harder and harder as wine collectors around the world snap them up.  Finding great traditionally made Cote-Rotie at a good price is rare but Faury's 2016 Cote-Rotie is just such a wine.  Soaring aromatics that are at once both floral and gamy segue to a palate that is both incredibly intense and elegant with beautiful red Syrah fruit, earth, game notes, a strong mineral core and sneaky structure ensuring a long, graceful evolution in your cool cellar.  Drink through 2040. “(40% whole clusters) Vibrant, mineral-tinged aromas of blue fruit preserves, candied flowers and five-spice powder, along with suggestion of candied licorice. Palate-staining, concentrated black raspberry, boysenberry and peppery spice flavors show very good clarity and energetic cut. The floral note comes back strong on the subtly tannic finish, which hangs on with serious tenacity and lingering spiciness.” 92-94 Josh Raynolds, Vinous

Special Price: $64.89 per bottle

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2008 Diebolt-Vallois, Blanc de Blancs, Fleur de Passion, Cramant, Champagne $129.89
Along with Pierre Peter’s Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons, Diebolt-Vallois’ Fleur de Passion is among the two or three greatest Blanc de Blancs in any given vintage that it’s released. 2008 happens to be an epic vintage - maybe the greatest since 1979. If you are serious, about age-worthy Champagne in general, and great mineral-driven Blanc de Blancs in particular, Fleur de Passion is the real deal. This is 100% old vine Chardonnay from a few of the top vineyards in Cramant raised in neutral barrels without malolactic fermentation and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. This is powerful, penetrating Champagne with an intense chalky terroir expression that screams Cramant. Taut, very structured and linear in its youth, this wine will reward many years in a cool cellar as it slowly reveals the richness, beautiful fruit expression and rock-solid core of minerality. Best from 2021-2030. This Champagne is already a collector’s item and will go fast as we’re one of the few markets in the country to receive an allocation.

Special Price: $129.89 per bottle

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2017 Luigi Maffini, Fiano “Kratos” Paestum, Campania, Italy $19.89
Kratos is Greek for "power” and this wine expresses its own in a very tasteful and sophisticated way. The Kratos is straw yellow color, with an explosive nose typical of the best Fianos. The palate is dry, full bodied and well structured, offering lush orchard fruit and an elegant, mineral laced finish. A perfect match for antipasti, seafood platters - well, pretty much anything that once resided in water, and grilled white meat dishes. “Vivid straw. Peach and apricot aromas and flavors are rich and ripe and more in the style of the year than of Kratos. Showcases very good balance thanks to lovely juicy cut that lifts the long, saline, balsamic finish. Drink through 2021” - 91 Ian D’Agata, Vinous & 92 James Suckling

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