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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 Argiano, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany $59.99 bottle / $341.94($55.99) six-pack
We’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for the epic 2016 Brunelli to arrive. Well, the first one that we’ve come across comes from the venerable Argiano estate does not disappoint. In fact, of the 20+ vintages of Argiano Brunello I’ve tasted over the years, this is easily the best. The 2016 Argiano is a marriage of power and finesse blessed with exceptional balance and soil transparency. Being grown on limestone and marl soil allows both the shimmering Sangiovese fruit to shine as well as the mineral drive that coursed through the palate. Enjoy 2024-2040. 14% Alc. Damn. “The 2016 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino shows sweet herbs and tobacco with hints of mocha and cedar spice box. It's silky in texture, coasting across a medium-bodied frame while giving way to tart red berries, with grippy tannins mounting toward the close. A cooling wave of minty herbs and licorice adds much needed freshness, bringing the 2016 into balance throughout the youthfully structured finale.” - 94 Vinous & “A very polished red with cloves and caramel, on top of black cherries, mushrooms and forest floor. Black olives, too. It's full-bodied with polished tannins and lovely depth all the way through. Lightly chewy. Juicy black-cherries and savory black-olive character. Complex.” - 97 James Suckling / 94 Wine Advocate / 96 Wine Enthusiast

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2016 Tiziano Mazzoni, Ghemme dei Mazzoni (Nebbiolo), Alto-Piemonte $31.89
Ghemme is a tiny DOCG dedicated solely to the noble Nebbiolo grape.  Great Ghemme like this one ages like fine Barbaresco or Barolo, but its aromatic and flavor profile are just a bit higher-toned.  The 2016 Mazzoni Ghemme offers savory aromatics with notes of menthol, rose petals, orange peel, and cherries.  The structured palate is medium-bodied and youthfully tight, but shows red cherry fruit along with earth, dried porcini mushrooms and is framed by bright acidity and dusty tannins.  Enjoy with all manner of Piemontese cuisine like mushroom risotto, pasta with butter and sage sauce or simple fare like pizza, or grilled lamb or beef. Cellar this excellent value through 2040. Limited - First come, first served.

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2014 Luigi Maffini, Cilento Aglianico, “Cenito” Campania, Italy $35.89
This is a super-cool big red Italian wine from Salerno, a bit south of Naples, in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius.  Aglianico is by far the most interesting red grape of southern Italy with rich fruit, strong mineral notes and structure for aging. Both aromatically, and on the palate, this wine offers dark fruit and volcanic earthiness in a well-balanced, full-bodied but elegant package.  Already delicious, this wine will only get better with time in a cool cellar. Enjoy with penne alla puttanesca, grilled sausages, steaks or lamb now and over the next ten plus years.  Fans of Nebbiolo will love this wine.

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2017 Jean Bourdy, Cotes du Jura Blanc (Chardonnay) Jura, France $29.89
Geek Alert: Founded in 1475, the current Bourdys represent the 15th generation of producing wine, in what is the epicenter of Jura's revival as a wine producing region.  The prodigiously mustachioed Jean-François Bourdy is the Domaine's current ambassador, and an enchanting one at that.  The Bourdy wines represent a style of wine which is since long lost in our hurrying state of mind, where immediate pleasure most often dictates our buying decisions. The Bourdy family couldn't care less as they continue to make wine in the same manner as they have for so many generations.  This 100% Chardonnay is all about Jura terroir on both the nose and palate.  Unlike any Chardonnay from outside the Jura.  Very nice now,but will really reward a long spell in the cellar. Experience terroir in action.

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2018 Ch. d'Epiré, Savennieres, Cuvée Spéciale, Loire, France $29.89
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. 90 Vinous

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2017 Pernot Belicard, Beaune Blanc, Pertuisots 1er Cru, White Burgundy $69.89
This is first class White Burgundy.  Pernot-Belecard is a small domaine that has not yet caught the attention of the international wine press - a blessing for White Burgundy lovers who don't like paying $100-$150 for similar quality premier cru wines.  2017 is a classic vintage for Cote d'Or whites with the only downside being the considerably reduced production due to devastating spring frosts.  With impeccable balance, Pernot-Belicard's Pertuisots is an intense combination of perfectly ripe Chardonnay fruit, lemony-acidity and a strong mineral core that takes ahold of the mid-palate and runs through the finish.  Delicious now, this wine's Corton-Charlemagne-like gout de terroir will only become more magnified over the next seven to ten years.

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2019 Baudry, Chinon (Cabernet Franc), Les Granges, Loire Valley $19.89
If you're unfamiliar with Loire Cab Franc or have had your interest peaked by Washington or California Cab Francs and want to take the step to more complex and food-friendly wines, then here's the ticket! The Les Granges is Baudry's Chinon cuvée is made for near term drinking and it can't be beat for its price-to-quality ratio as an early-drinking bistro style red. The 2019 Les Granges is very aromatic with ripe Cab Franc fruit that takes a back seat to a pronounced earthy profile. The medium-bodied palate offers plush red fruit flavors with a strong soil signature and silky tannins. Enjoy now and over the next five years with burgers, steaks, mushroom dishes and all manner of pork. The 2018 received 92 points from Vinous, and while this vintage hasn’t been rated, I think it’s the best vintage I’ve ever had of the Les Granges. A great deal.

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2017 Jérémy Arnaud, Chablis 1er Cru, Vau de Vey, White Burgundy $47.89
There is no mistaking this wine for anything other than Chablis.  Both the nose and palate so clearly articulate their “Chablisness." Briny aromas of oyster shell, chalk, lemon curd and lime segue to the nervy palate that offers a pleasing tension between Meyer lemon fruit and its strong core of minerality. This is powerful Chablis with great textural density and an intense terroir expression.  This blows the socks of some very famous instagram darling Chablis costing 2 to 3 times the price. Very limited.

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2018 Lyrarakis, Dafni (dry white), Psarades Crete, Greece $19.89
Geek Alert:  This is the second (the 2016 was the first) wine from Greece ever to grace the Sec Wines' newsletter.   This 100% Dafni from the estate Psarades vineyard in central Crete is a true one-of-a-kind.  Lyrarakis planted Dafni in their estate vineyard to keep it from going extinct - so really, a one-of-a-kind.  I love the savory nose which smells just like fresh rosemary with a hint of sage and laurel in the background.  This wine sees a short ten hours of skin contact, giving it great texture on the palate which echoes the aromatic themes.  Not only is this wine fascinating because of its uniqueness, it's also delicious and very food-friendly.  I've already enjoyed it with grilled chicken and sea bass (over rosemary, of course) and look forward to enjoying it with other goodies from the ocean like squid, octopus, prawns, tuna and swordfish.  I can't help it- I'm hungry.  Very limited.  First come, first served.

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2020 Twill Cellars, Rosé of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR $17.99
We drink an awful lot of Rosé, but this is only the second (Twill’s 2016 was the first) domestic Rosé made from Pinot Noir that we've ever featured.  Why now?  Because this is the most compelling, most refreshing, most delicious domestic Pinot Noir Rosé around.  Penetrating ripe peach (Mackinaw?) and nectarine aromas and flavors meld beautifully with a mineral note and shimmering acidity.  The wine's one flaw is that, once in a wineglass, it seems to empty way too quickly...

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2019 Chateau Bourdieu, Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux, France $19.89
Last minute add-on. I can’t explain why this wine is such a crazy deal, but it is. I think that the importer must be very motivated! A blend of 87% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, the Bourdieu is deep purple in color with the nose offering plummy fruit segueing to a silky-smooth palate with suave tannins cradling dark cassis and plum fruit. "Flamboyant and deep, with ample, lush and fresh forest fruits, bramble and cassis, with cascading sweet spice swifty following. A super, brooding wine which will shine brighter with time” 97 Decanter (November 2020)

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