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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!


2012 Luigi Tecce, Taurasi, Poliphemo $69.89 - 2013 Luigi Tecce, Taurasi Riserva, Puro Sangue $69.89
Geek alert: I tasted these wines a few weeks ago and thought they were the best Italian red wines south of Tuscany that I’ve ever had in terms of concentration, potential complexity and longevity. Wow. That same evening at dinner, a bottle of the legendary 1977 Mastroberardino Taurasi Riserva was enjoyed for its head spinning complexity. I have no doubt that these two Tecce Taurasi will one day live up to the heights of the 1977 legend. Comparing the two Tecce Taurasi, the 2012 Poliphemo is the more overtly tannic and obviously structured wine, yet it is also the wine I preferred to drink now. The 2013 Puro Sangue Riserva is also very structured, but with more elegance and discreet tannins while being tighter at this point. I believe they will both be spectacular through their 40th birthdays - probably much longer. The 2013 Puro Sangue was still in cask when John Gilman reviewed the 2012 Poliphemo, so no review of it. “…his Taurasi “Poliphemo” is fermented in old chestnut tanks, spends forty days macerating and is then aged for twelve months in older tonneaux, before being racked into botti for an additional twelve months of elevage prior to bottling. The wines are made with indigenous yeasts and are bottled unfiltered. I took one taste of my first Tecce wine on my second evening in Campania and thought here is the Bruno Giacosa of Taurasi! While his wines are not particularly well known today outside of Campania, Luigi Tecce is clearly amongst the very finest, if not the finest, winemaker in Taurasi today and he will be a superstar in the very near future! I cannot urge readers strongly enough to search out some of Signor Tecce’s wines soon, as these are going to be hard to find and far more expensive in the years to come. The comparison to Bruno Giacosa is not far-fetched, I assure you! The 2012 Poliphemo is a brilliant young Taurasi in the making, offering up stunning purity and precision in its complex nose of red and black cherries, roasted game, lovely soil tones, woodsmoke, a touch of Cornas-like medicinal tones, gentle tariness, lavender and just a whisper of cedar. On the palate the wine si deep, full-bodied, pure and focused, with a great core of fruit, stellar soil signature, ripe, perfectly integrated tannins and absolutely superb length and grip on the focused and impeccably balanced finish. This is a great young wine by any measure! 2022-2065+.” - 95 John Gilman, A View From The Cellar These two wines put most $70+ Tuscan and Piemontese wines to shame.

Special Price: $69.89 per bottle

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2017 Felsina, Chianti Classico, Tuscany $23.89
Vintage in and vintage out, Felsina is the most consistent winery in Tuscany.  Hailing from the hamlet of Berardenga in the southern-most region of the Chianti Classico zone, Felsina issues beautifully pure and very structured Chianti Classico that combine power and finesse in a manner few Tuscan wineries can. The 2017 is already showing well and offers a freshness and vibrancy that make you want to come back for more. “The 2017 Chianti Classico Berardenga is an absolutely gorgeous wine. Racy, powerful and sumptuous in the glass, the 2017 offers terrific depth and textural resonance. Sweet black cherry, plum, mocha, licorice and spice bring out the darker side of Sangiovese. Bold and racy, the 2017 will drink beautifully right out of the gate. Drink 2019-2027” - 90 Antonio Galloni / 95 James Suckling / 93 Wine Enthusiast / 92 Wine Spectator / 91 Wine Advocate

Special Price: $23.89 per bottle

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2016 Barolo Alert:
We’re adding Barolos from the highly anticipated 2016 Barolo vintage to the website weekly. Let us know if there are any 2016 Baroli that you’re looking for (please don’t say Bartolo Mascarello) and we’ll keep an eye out for them for you.

Special Price: $110.00 per bottle

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2017 Domaine La Fourmone, Gigondas, Le Fauquet, Southern Rhone $21.89
From my favorite Southern Rhone winery, this La Fourmone Gigondas is a blend of old vine Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. A big red with restrained fruit and a good dose of earth, minerals and garrigue make this a very food-friendly red.  Enjoy this big, meaty balanced red now and over the next five years with garlicky stews, early bean dishes, roast lamb and the like. This offers all the pleasure of Chateauneuf-du-Pape without the $50+ price tag and 15% alcohol. “Deep violet. Spice-accented aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, violet and olive are complemented by a smoky mineral topnote. Taut and energetic in the mouth, offering chewy blueberry and bitter cherry flavors that are given spicy bite by a peppery nuance. Shows sharp focus and cut on the persistent, youthfully tannic finish, which leaves a suggestion of dark chocolate behind. Drink through 2020” - 90 Josh Reynolds, Vinous

Special Price: $21.89 per bottle

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2017 Jessiaume, Santenay Blanc (100% Chardonnay), White Burgundy $35.89
Wait, delicious White Burgundy for the price of middling California Chardonnay? Yes, indeed. The 2017 (outstanding White Burgundy vintage) Jessiaume Santenay Blanc is flat out delicious! The nose is youthful tight at first, but a little aeration brings notes of warm brioche and baked granny Smith apples. The rich palate is balanced with a good dose of Santenay gout de terroir supported by pristine fruit and citrus notes. Enjoy this outstanding value now and over the next three to five years.

Special Price: $32.89 per bottle

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2017 Savage Grace, Cabernet Franc, Copland Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills, WA $24.89
OK, OK, OK - I know you are used to reading about Loire Valley Cabernet Francs from Chinon and Bourgueil in our newsletter, but a Cab Franc from Washington? Yep! Wine iconoclast Michael Savage is thriving while seeking to make Loire Valley inspired reds from some of Washington’s best cool climate sites. Michael has been able to harness the intense fruit we normally see in WA reds and channel their intensity into site-specific wines with true varietal character along with lower alcohol and better balance. The 2017 Copland vineyard Cab Franc is dynamic both aromatically and on the palate. The aromatic boost from whole-cluster fermentation heightens the Chinon-like nose and leads to a palate bursting with bright, fresh, vibrant red fruit supported by silky tannins, good acidity and note of earth leading the taster back to the Loire Valley. This wine has more varietal character than any $50+ CA or WA Cabernet Franc I’ve ever come across. Very cool.

Special Price: $24.89 per bottle

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2015 Savage Grace, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Willow, Yakima, WA $32.89
This classy Cab will satisfy lovers of WA and CA Cabernet Sauvignon (beautiful fruit and velvety tannins) as well as Bordeaux (terroir) aficionados. Again, winemaker Michael Savage has captured both true varietal character and a sense of place with this wine. For those of us old enough to remember what great Cabernet Sauvignon from the 80’s and 90s smelled and tasted like, this is a keen reminder. Red Willow is one of Washington’s oldest and most highly regarded Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards and its pedigree is on full display here. In eastern WA, over-ripe fruit too often obscures any sense of terroir that winemakers claim they are striving to showcase - not here. In this rare case, the taster can clearly sense Red Willlow’s terroir. Very well done. Buy a case and enjoy now and over the next twelve years.

Special Price: $32.89 per bottle

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2018 Vincent Paris, Saint Joseph Rouge, Les Cotes, Northern Rhone $29.89
Ten years ago, I used to say that Vincent Paris was one of the rising stars of the Northern Rhone Valley issuing excellent Saint Joseph and Cornas. His star has fully risen in the years since. In the warm 2018 vintage, this wine remains cool and fresh with a high-toned nose offering notes of licorice, olive tapenade, blueberry and red raspberry fruit which segue to the medium-bodied, food-friendly palate where there is a reprise of the aromatic themes - especially the blueberry fruit. “Lurid violet color. Lively black raspberry, blueberry, olive and floral scents are accented by a spicy topnote. Offers juicy black/blue fruit flavors that show fine detail and vivacity thanks to a core of smoky minerality. Finishes long and silky, with dark berry and floral qualities, subtle tannins and bright, mineral-driven persistence.” 90 - 91 Vinous

Special Price: $29.89 per bottle

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