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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 Goodfellow, Syrah, Duex Vert, Yamhill-Carlton, OR SALE $19.89 - Reg. 24.89
Geek Alert:  Here's our candidate for one of the most the most exciting Syrah made in America  - and at a third the price of most of its competitors.   From the Willamette Valley's historically warm 2015 vintage, Goodfellow’s Syrah (+ a little Viognier) from the Deux Vert Vineyard is a dead-ringer for great Norther Rhone Valley Syrah (Pierre Gonon's great Saint Josephs comes to mind.)  Scents of wild game, smokey bacon, violets and earth precede the juicy, concentrated fore-palate with flavors of black raspberries, minerals, and a hint of pastis.  Fine-grained tannins and good acidity tighten up the wine's finish and leave you wanting more.  Lip-smackin' good now, this rare wine will evolve and drink beautifully for seven to ten years. 13.6% Alc.

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2016 Ch. d'Epiré, Savennieres, Cuvée Spéciale, Loire, France  $29.89
Geek Alert: Chenin Blanc is the darling white wine variety of the wine geek world but you certainly don't need to be a wine geek to appreciate this delicious Loire Valley white.  This insanely good wine is comprised of 100% Chenin Blanc from the estate's 90+ year old vines in the Le Hu-Boyau vineyard (immediately  above the Coulée de Serrant). The Cuvée Spéciale is a dry, full-bodied, rich wine with a waxy texture and honeysuckle notes buttressing an intense core of stoney minerality. Here are importer Kermit Lynch's thoughts:  "The Cuvée Spéciale is what it usually is, their best parcel, old vines next to the Coulée de Serrant, fermented and raised in demi-muids, and bottled unfiltered...It is intense with a strong goût de terroir to go with the fruit. It is powerful, coiled like a spring, needs some time, and can age well into the next century."  Word!  Buy a case and watch this wine's beautiful evolution unfold over the next 20 years.

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2013 Cascina Tiole, Barolo, Perno Vigna Santo Stefano $37.89
By now, Italian wine aficionados know that 2013 is one of the great vintages of the last 50 years in Barolo and Barbaresco.  Many of the most famous Barolo producers have already released their 2013s and watched as they sold out in record time (and at record prices).  Cascina Tiole flies under the radar and is directly imported into Portland by a small, quality-minded local importer.   Because Cascina Tiole doesn't submit their wines to wine publications and they have no national importer to promote their wines, they are still virtually unknown in the U.S. so their wines sell for a song.  The 2013 Cascina Tiole Barolo is from the great Santo Stefano vineyard in the hamlet of Perno which is within the famous commune  Monforte d'Alba and it shows in the wine’s muscular makeup.   Traditional in style, the Tiole Barolo offers scents of wild rose and earth with dark, restrained fruit on the palate surrounded by firm, but velvety tannins and a finishing streak of minerals.   A crazy value to drink from 2020-2040.

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2013 Selvapiana, Chianti Rufina Riserva, Vigneto Bucerchiale $29.89
For those of you who enjoy Chianti Classico, but are not familiar with Chianti Rufina, this wine would make an excellent introduction. The earth-driven nose announces that this is “Rufina.” The palate is warm and generous with plummy fruit and, again, features the terroir of Bucerchiale, arguably Rufina’s greatest site. “A host of dark red cherry, iron, plum, smoke, licorice and dark spice infuse the 2013 Chianti Rùfina Vigneto Bucerchiale. Pliant and dense, with tightly wound tannins, the 2013 is going to need at least a few years to unwind (Nov. 2016 review). There is plenty to look forward to for those who can wait. Despite its mid-weight structure, the 2013 packs quite a punch to match its decidedly virile personality. Drink 2018 - 2033” - 93 Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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2015 Domaine La Fourmone, Vacqueyras Rouge, Le Poete $18.89
La Fourmone has quietly become my favorite Southern Rhone winery with outstanding reds and whites year in and year out emphasizing balance, complexity and terroir expression while always offering outstanding value. The Le Poete, a blend of Grenache and Syrah, is already drinking exceptionally well and will continue to do so for years to come while complementing a wide range of foods. “Limpid ruby-red. Highly fragrant raspberry, cherry, floral pastille and Asian spice scents show excellent clarity and pick up a dusty mineral nuance with air. Nicely concentrated but surprisingly lithe red and dark berry flavors stain the palate and show no rough edges. Candied lavender and allspice qualities emerge on a long, smoky, subtly tannic finish that leaves a hint of candied red fruit behind. Drink through 2027” - 91 Josh Raynolds, Vinous

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