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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 Mayacamas, Merlot, Mt. Veeder Napa, CA $59.89
Damn! This is really good Merlot. In fact, I think the last Merlot I had this good was the 2004 Mayacamas. Time flies… While this wine is packed with sumptuous plummy Merlot fruit, it’s really about the special terroir that is the Mayacamas estate high up on Mt. Veeder. Way too often, high-profile domestic Merlot (and Cabernet Sauvignon) are overblown high alcohol fruit bombs slathered in 100% new oak with little structure and often some residual sugar. This is just the opposite. The balance is paramount: ripe, but not over-ripe fruit, with a strong soil signature framed by good acidity and firm, but very silky tannins that insure a long positive evolution in the cellar. Mayacamas Cabs and Merlots have a great track record as some of the longest-lived reds in California and this wine is no exception. “The 2016 Merlot is a fabulous wine from Mayacamas. It is also very clearly a wine from Mt. Veeder first and foremost. A whole range of floral, savory and mineral notes give the 2016 striking layers of nuance and complexity. Sweet red fruit, white pepper, mint and dried flowers all grace this sublime, super-expressive Merlot. There is so much going on. Readers will find a wine of superb complexity, nuance and character. Best of all, the 2016 can be enjoyed with only minimal cellaring. I loved it. Drink 2022-2041” - 95 Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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2012 Lopez de Heredia, Rioja, Viña Cubillo, Spain $25.89
Along with La Rioja Alta, Lopez de Heredia is the greatest source of age-worthy traditional Rioja.  Viña Cubillo is comprised mainly of 40+ year old Tempranillo with a little Garnacha, and a touch each of Mazuelo and Graciano.  Even though it is  released as a Crianza, it meets the requirements of a Reserva and almost Gran Reserva.  This red is highly aromatic with notes of baking spices, leather, orange peel and dried cherries.  Super delicious now, it will age beautifully for many years.  “Glistening ruby. Spice-accented aromas of red berries, cherry cola and candied rose, plus a smoky nuance in the background. Supple and energetic in style, with a core of zesty acidity adding lift and cut to bitter cherry and red currant flavors that take a sweeter turn through the midpalate. Finishes long and smooth, delivering gentle tannic grip, a snap of peppery spices and repeating florality. Drink through 2029.” - 92 Vinous & “Wonderful aromas of mushrooms, bark, cigar tobacco and plums with just a hint of citrus. Full-bodied with incredible softness and complexity. Subtle chocolate, fruit and walnut in the aftertaste. Goes on for minutes. Fantastic wine. Classic, textbook Rioja. A joy. Incredible value!” - 95 James Suckling

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2018 Bodega Alegre Valgañon, Rioja Blanco, Spain $21.89
The Alegre Valgañon is composed of 90% Viura and 10% Grenacha Blanco from old bush-vines from the Obarenes villages at almost 2000 feet altitude. Oscar Alegre and Eva Valgañón strive to recapture the magic of an earlier Rioja era – before phylloxera and before the Bordelaise arrived in the late 1800s. Bright yellow, their 2018 Blanco is at once remarkably fresh, yet showing a glimpse into the way it will develop over the years in the cellar. Not nearly as oxidized as the great Lopez de Heredia Rioja Blancos, you can still detect a hint that it will move in that direction with another 5-10 years in a cool cellar. Aromas of almonds, orange, and a kiss of oak waft from the glass. The palate is quietly rich and deep with a dense textural feel without any sense of heaviness. Full-bodied and racy, with a superb core of fruit, good soil signature, a fine girdle of acidity and a long, complex and very well-balanced finish. This is already starting to drink very nicely, but it has excellent structure and should prove to be quite long-lived in the cellar. If drinking soon, consider decanting to allow for greater textural and aromatic depth. “Bright yellow. Fresh tangerine, dried pear and white peach on the fragrant nose, with a spicy element emerging slowly. Juicy and silky in texture, offering fresh orchard and citrus fruit flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Closes with strong, stony persistence and very good lift, leaving an appealing floral note behind.” - 90 Vinous

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2017 Domaine Michel Bouzereau, Volnay 1er Cru Les Aussy, Burgundy, France $69.99
This is what real, authentic Volnay tastes like - wine that speaks more of Volnay’s gout de terroir than Pinot Noir. For those of you too young to be familiar with Burgundy from the 1980s and ‘90s, this wine may surprise you & for those of you who are familiar with wines like this, you remember them fondly. Domaine Bouzereau is better known for their fantastic White Burgundies from Meursault, Puligny and Beaune than for their tiny holding in Volnay. Bouzereau’s 2017 Volnay Les Aussy offers head-spinning complexity via its incredible soil-transparency and beautiful red fruit. Aromas of raspberries, damp earth, violets and rose petals segue to a medium-bodied palate that is riveted with energy, red fruits, earthy minerals, good acidity and fine-grained tannins. Good Volnay should provide intensity without sacrificing elegance and finesse and this wine captures that notion. Enjoy now, or cellar for additional complexity over the next 10-12 years.

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2017 Eyrie, Chardonnay, Original Vines (formally “Reserve”) Dundee Hills - Willamette Valley, OR Intro SALE $54.89
2017 is the best Oregon Chardonnay vintage I can remember in my 28 years of professionally tasting (lots) of Oregon wine. Eyrie put Oregon Chardonnay on the map and is the source of the most age-worth Chardonnay in the new world. You can connect the dots. My simplistic tasting notes: “Seamless texture. Deeply mineral mid-palate with perfect Chardonnay fruit and excellent balance. Rich, but taught structure. Drink now, or cellar a long time. HOME RUN.” “The Chardonnay Original Vines is a barrel selection. Since each barrel ferments with its own yeast and ages at its own rate, each barrel becomes very distinct. Before bottling, Jason tastes each barrel. Those barrels which speak to the longest aging potential become the Original Vines Reserve. Old vines give the wine a distinctly direct connection to the mineral underlayment of the soil. Firm acidity complements a richly textured mid-palate spiked with notes of flowers and sea grass.” - Winery notes “The 2017 Chardonnay Original Vines has an incredibly alluring perfume, exploding with lemon drop, salted almonds, exotic spices and honeyed undertones. The medium-bodied palate is satiny with pure, intense flavors and addicting juicy acidity, and it finishes very long and mineral-driven. It's stunning now but will age well in the cellar.” - 92 Wine Advocate

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2019 Luigi Maffini, Fiano "Kratos" Paestum, Campania, Italy $19.89
Fiano, the most famous white grape of central and southern Italy, has long had a reputation for improving with age.  Most really good Fianos, however, are delicious when young too, and are consumed before they've had a chance to develop more complexity in the bottle.  The 2014 (now sold out), at seven years old is in its prime & drinking sublimely.  The 2017 Kratos is straw yellow 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, pasta with clams - well, pretty much anything that once resided in sea, as well as grilled white meat dishes. Enjoy this outstanding value now and over the next five or six years.

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2016 Corzano e Paterno, Il Corzano, Toscana Rosso $29.99
I’m reluctant to bestow/curse this wine with the tittle of “Super Tuscan,” but being a blend of mostly Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon, it falls into that nebulous category. I prefer its proper title of “Toscana Rosso” because this wine speaks much more of Tuscany, in the heart of the Chianti Classico zone, than grape varieties. That said, you can pick up both Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon notes on the nose, enveloped by some indescribably “Tuscan” aromatics. It’s the same situation on the mouth-watering palate - recognition of the best attributes of both varieties and an overriding sense of “Tuscan-ness:” full-bodied and rich with savory components, dense fruit with lift from good acidity and tannic structure. Enjoy now and over the next 15 years with anything but seafood coming off your grill or out of your oven.

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