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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!


2018 Gian Luca Colombo - Sengi di Langa, Barbera d’Alba - Superiore, Piedmont $31.99 bottle / $174.00($29.00) per 6-pack.
I’ll cut right to the chase - this wine is a dead-ringer for Giacomo Conterno Barbera d’Alba Francia at less than half the price. Powerful and restrained, beautiful fruit, yet earth-driven and full of autumnal aromas and flavors.  Delicious now, this masterpiece will improve for many years in your cellar taking on Barolo-like aromas and flavors as it ages.  The rich demi-glace like texture envelops the palate with concentric circles of depth ringing outward. Delicious while young with great intensity the Colombo Barbera Superiore will age gracefully for 10+ years becoming more "Barolo-esc" with time. 

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2020 La Miraja, Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato, Piedmont $23.89
Geek Alert: The singular wines of La Miraja have heretofore been impossible to find in the United States. A seventh-generation viticulturist, Eugenio personally tends to the oldest vineyard of Ruché in Castagnole Monferrato, the birthplace of Ruché. It is here that Eugenio Gatti devotes his life’s work to producing 840 transcendent cases of wine each year. Explosive aromatically with scents of rosewater, pine, jasmine and cardamom that lead to the intriguing palate which features wild berries, cherry, and pomegranate framed by zippy acidity and moderate tannins thus enabling this grape’s singular, beguiling aromatics to shine. Limited.

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2018 Badia a Colitbuono, Chianti Classico, Tuscany $19.89
Last month we featured the grand 2016 Badia a Colitbuono, Chianti Classico Riserva and it became our best selling Chianti of the year. While the 2016 Riserva is built for the cellar, the 2018 Chianti Classico “normale” is built for your table now and over the next eight to twelve years. Enjoy this mid-weight Chianti with virtually anything that didn’t once reside in water. “The 2018 Chianti Classico is a very pretty, enticing wine. Crushed flowers, sweet red cherry, pipe tobacco, cedar and mint all grace this exquisite, ethereal Chianti Classico from Coltibuono. All the elements simply fall into place effortlessly. Silky tannins round things out in style. This is such a beguiling Chianti Classico. Drink through 2032” - 91 Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Special Price: $19.89 per bottle

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2018 Russiz Superiore Cabernet Franc, Collio Friuli–Venezia Giulia, Italy $27.99
Alright, if you’ve read many of these newsletters, you know that when we get excited about Cabernet Franc, it’s always from the Loire Valley…but not this time. From the extreme northeast Italian region of Collio, Russiz Superiore has issued a wine that somehow shouts both Cab Franc and Italy. Classic Cab Franc aromas of fine pipe tobacco, green pepper, dark plumbs and damp earth segue to the medium-bodied palate reprising the aromatic themes and supported by silky tannins. Bright and focused, this Cab Franc pulses with energy and minerality. Enjoy now with beef, lamb or pork prepared in any manner, or cellar for up to 15 years for additional complexity to develop.  Limited.

Special Price: $27.89 per bottle

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2019 Iacopo Paolucci, “Iacopone” Grachetto di Todi, Umbria $19.99
Geek alert: this is fantastic white wine & one of the coolest Italian whites I’ve tried this year (along with the Paolucci Trebbiano Spoletino) and I’ve tried a few. From the central Italian region of Umbria, Iacopo Paolucci is focused on cultivating organically grown indigenous grape varieties like Grachetto di Todi.  With five days of skin contact (this is not an orange wine), the Grachetto is a golden straw color and offers enticing aromas of wildflowers, apricots and peach skin.  The succulent full-bodied palate is complex with a wonderful texture and flavors of apricots, orange zest, and a hint of thyme with a vein of minerality running through the wine.  Very cool, very delicious, this white is great both on its own and with a wide range of dishes.

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2014 La Rioja Alta, Rioja Gran Reserva, Viña Arana, Spain $39.89
If you've been reading the Sec Wines newsletter for the past few years, you know what a fan of La Rioja Alta's Rioja Reservas we are. La Rioja Alta is a bastion of traditional Rioja - a style that has come roaring back into fashion over the last five or six years. Our most popular red Rioja is La Rioja’s Riserva “Viña Ardanza.” Their “Viña Arana” is their next step up and has earned the Gran Riserva designation. The biggest difference between the two is that the Viña Ardanza has a sizable chunk of Granacha in it while the Viña Arana is 94% Tempranillo and is a bit more structured than the Ardanza. The Viña Arana is one of the most age-worthy wines not only in Spain, but in Europe. The 2014 will improve for decades (Sorry Mr. Raynolds). “Limpid ruby-red. Oak-spiced cherry, black raspberry, candied rose, spice cake and coconut aromas show very good definition and pick up tobacco and licorice notes as the wine opens up. Smooth and appealingly sweet, offering sappy cherry cola, fruitcake, coconut and floral pastille flavors complemented by an earthy undertone. Shows very good energy and floral lift on a long, smoky finish framed by velvety, well-knit tannins. Drink through 2032” - 93 Josh Raynolds, Vinous

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2019 Jean Foillard, Beaujolais-Villages, France $24.89
Jean Foillard has been one of the true masters of Beaujolais for decades with his reference-standard Morgon bottling now going for north of $40. From the outstanding 2019 Beaujolais vintage, Foillard has given us this more affordable Beaujolais that is already very enticing. I’m going to get out of the way now because Josh Raynolds’ review just nailed it: “Brilliant violet. Incisive, mineral-accented cherry and black raspberry aromas are complemented by suggestions of pungent flowers and allspice. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors that deepen slowly and become sweeter with air. The mineral note repeats on a very long, smooth finish shaped by fine-grained, even tannins. Drink through 2019” - 92 Vinous

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2013 Elian da Ros, Cotes du Marmandais, Chante Coucou Rouge, SW France $25.89
Geek Alert: the Côtes du Marmandais is one of southwest France's lesser known appellations, immediately east of Bordeaux.  This unique wine is a blend of biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot & Syrah grown on the estate's gravely-clay soil.  While Elian da Ros's wines all have nice fruit, the Chante Coucou Rouge is all about terroir expression.  The nose is dominated by forest floor aromas with suggestions of freshly turned soil, clay and hay.  The structured palate offers another healthy dose of earth and minerals with smoke and black fruits in the background.  Cellar this wine as you would a fine Bordeaux (without having to lay out $$$) and drink over the next seven to ten years.

Special Price: $25.89 per bottle

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