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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!


2017 Baudry, Chinon, Le Clos Guillot, Loire Valley $32.89
Geek Alert: If you're already a fan of great Loire Valley Cabernet Franc, then here you go - great producer, great vineyard, great vintage, great price.  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!  With the 2017 vintage, Baudry's Clos Guillot has ample rich cassis, plum and cherry fruit buttressed with notes of tobacco, pepper, firm tannins, good acidity and plenty of stoney minerality form the Clos Guillot's limestone and clay soil.  Enjoy now and over the next 15 years.  Come on, you deserve it! “From one of Baudry’s top limestone sites. Aged 12 months in 2- to 5-year-old barrels, then rests for nine months in cement tanks. Still young and rambunctious, very juicy and full of energy, very like Pinot-like. It’s one of the fruitier Baudry expressions, with lots of black and sour cherry, some blackberry and tomato, and light stoniness on the finish. Give this a year or two and it will pay back your patience.” - 93 Vinous

Special Price: $32.89 per bottle

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2018 Baudry, Chinon, Les Granges, Loire Valley $19.89
The Les Granges is Baudry’s Chinon cuvée made for early drinking. While not as complex or nearly as age-worthy as Baudry’s Clos Guillot, it can’t be beat for its price-to-quality ratio as an early-drinking bistro style red. “Spicy and fruity throughout, with an expressive nose full of smoked meat and grilled herbs. In the mouth, there’s solid structure and notes of blackberry, along with more savory flavors of black olive and tomato. At midpalate comes an underlying tobacco note, followed by the dry, spicy finish. Feeling of chalk and clay on the palate. This is the kind of value that Chinon should be more famous for.” - 92 Vinous

Special Price: $19.89 per bottle

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2018 Kelley Fox, Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, Weber, Willamette Valley, OR $74.89
Contender for Oregon wine of the year so far! Kelley Fox fans (and you are legion), take note: The Weber vineyard is just down the road from the famous Maresh vineyard and the vines for Kelley’s block are from an own-rooted 1983 planting. Kelley has been wanting to make wine from this truly great vineyard for years and this is her debut vintage working with Weber fruit. While this wine has many attributes that are similar to her Maresh bottlings (notes of earth, game, spices and hood strawberries), it shows Weber’s own distinct terroir with its sweetness of fruit without any sense of over-ripeness, a little more weight (still mid-weight) and textural density. Silky and seamless, this is a model of elegance, balance, depth and complexity -new world Pinot Noir at its best.

Special Price: $74.89 per bottle

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2018 Flaneur, Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, OR $24.99
It seems like it happens about once ever other year, or so - a newer winery will suddenly emerge from the pack and make us stand up and take notice. This year, it’s Flaneur from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Flaneur makes excellent Pinot Noir, as do many other Willamette Valley wineries. What really stands out for me with Flaneur are their Chardonnays which are detailed, balanced and terroir-driven. The 2018 Flaneur Willamette Valley Chardonnay possesses all of these attributes along with a beautiful tension between lush orchard fruits, balancing acidity, and a touch of oak. This is flat out delicious Chardonnay that competes favorably with any domestic Chardonnay in the market under $35.00. Fans of Cameron, Twill, Goodfellow take note: you’ll love this wine! Enjoy frequently over the next few years.

Special Price: $24.99 per bottle

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2016 Antoniotti, Coste della Sesia, Alto Piemonte, Italy  $29.89
Odilio Antoniotti makes incredibly expressive, terroir-driven wines and is about as "old-school" as it gets.  Only 20 cases of the Bramaterra come into the U.S. and 25 of the Coste della Sesia. This is 88% Nebbiolo and 12% Croatina from a southwest-facing terraced vineyard with sandy/limestone soil.  Here the nose is fairly tight (as you would expect from young Nebbiolo) but the palate is electric!  While still young and unevolved, it pulses with energy and veins of minerality, earth and red fruit all framed by ripe acids and suave tannins.  Very savory.  Try a bottle now, but hold some for 10+ years of very positive evolution. Limited.

Special Price: $29.89 per bottle

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2016 Antoniotti, Bramaterra, Alto Piemonte, Italy $44.99
Damn!!!  Complex nose with tobacco, earth, leather, etc.  The palate is fairly full-bodied for Alto Piemonte, but still lively and vibrant.    Immediately recognizable as Piemontese Nebbiolo (even Barbaresco-ish) but with a different kind of complexity and soil expression than you get from the Langhe.  This needs time to really reach its (very) full potential.  Drink 2025 - 2040. Again, super limited. Let me know how much you would like and I’ll try to make it happen.

Special Price: $44.99 per bottle

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Nicolas Maillart, Champagne 1er Cru, Brut Platine $38.89
The Nicolas Maillart Brut Rosé was a run-away success in last mont’s newsletter as it sold out in less than a week (don’t worry, we have more coming). As we mentioned last month, the Maillart family have been growing vines since the 1700s and bottling their own Champagnes for five generations (making them one of the earliest "Grower Champagnes,") they are new to the U.S. market and so, have not yet been “discovered.” Nicolas Maillart's buddy is Fred Savart and the connection shows in this Champagne with its textural richness and power while demonstrating the spicy notes that Ecuiel is famous for. This is a screaming deal. “The wine offers up a lovely and expressive nose of apple, a touch of lemon zest, chalky minerality, wheat toast, white flowers and a touch of gentle smokiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, fullbodied and nicely snappy with acidity, with a good core, frothy mousse and fine focus and grip on the long and nascently complex finish. This is a lovely wine of impeccable balance and blossoming complexity- a fine example of non-vintage Brut.” - 91 John Gilman & 95 Decanter

Special Price: $38.89 per bottle

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2019 Sainte Magdeleine, Cotes de Provence Rosé, Provence $25.89
After tasting 40 to 50 dry, still rosés this spring and summer, I’ve landed on this one as my favorite under $30 from the 2019 vintage. This scintillating dry Rosé is comprised of 35% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, 20% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah grown on the clay and limestone terraced Mediterranean seaside hills in the commune of La Ciotat. This wine goes way beyond simple summer refresher. It offers real depth and complexity with bright citrus notes balancing the fresh fruit and briny minerals framed by racy acidity on the silky palate. Um…more, please!

Special Price: $25.89 per bottle

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2018 Thibaud Boudignon, Savennieres, Clos du Fremine, Loire Valley $85.89
Just when you think you’re familiar with the best producers and wines a region has to offer, a new discovery comes along and stops you in your tracks. Boudignon and his Savennieres are such a discovery. They are pure expressions of terroir and Chenin Blanc. This offer is likely a one-time shot for us to be able to offer these wines in our newsletter as they are so in demand, so rare that we will likely never have enough to be able to offer them to more than the individual customers who have bought them from us before (so get in line now). So what’s the deal? Thibaud Boudignon is easily one of the five hottest winemakers in France at this point and 2018 is considered by many to be one of the greatest vintages in the last 70 years for Loire Valley Chenin Blanc. As a long-time Chenin Blanc lover, I’ve drunk many great bottles of Savennieres, both young and old, famous and infamous, but these two stand as the best young Savennieres I’ve ever had and I believe with time, they will prove to be the best mature Savennieres I’ll have ever had the experience of drinking. Ultra-classic Savennieres aroma of almonds, beeswax, honeysuckle and wet chalky rocks explode from the glass with aeration. The palate is extremely well-balanced with fantastic tension between the perfectly ripe fruit and racy acidity. As powerful and very concentrated as these two wines are, remarkable finesse is still on full display with a mineral grip that won’t let go. Decant if drinking soon, otherwise cellar 10-15 years for further development and complexity. 12.5% Alc. 400 cases made. Very, very limited.  First come, first served.

Special Price: $85.89 per bottle

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2018 Thibaud Boudignon, Savennieres, La Vigne Cendrée, Loire Valley $85.89
Same story as above with amazing focus, detail and electricity. The Vigne Cendrée offers the impression of having just a hair more weight, yet with only 12% alcohol. Like the Clos du Fremine, this is world-class wine that will only get better and better in a cool cellar over the next decade or probably longer. If you have the budget and space in your cellar, stock up while you can on both of these wines. 150 cases made. Very, very limited. First come, first served.

Special Price: $85.89 per bottle

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2017 Guy Breton, Morgon, Vieilles Vignes, Cru Beaujolais SALE $26.89
Utterly beautiful wine.  Brilliant ruby in color, with aromas of ripe boysenberry and raspberry fruit that pair nicely with incense and spice cake notes.  The palate is bright and lively with Rainer cherry and boysenberry fruit and a hint of earth, ensconced in velvety tannins.  I can't stop thinking about how delicious this will be with roast duck or chicken.  Freakin' delicious! “Opaque bright-rimmed ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh dark berries, cherry liqueur, smoky minerals and candied violet. Sappy, sharply focused blackberry, bitter cherry and lavender flavors show very good depth and take a sweeter turn with air. Fine-grained tannins add grip to an impressively long, mineral-driven finish that shows sharp delineation and resonating florality.” - 93 Vinous & “Aromas of cherries, pungent soil, grilled meats and cassis introduce the 2017 Morgon Vieilles Vignes, a medium to full-bodied, chewy wine with good stuffing and structure that will need a year or two in the cellar to round out.” 90+ Wine Advocate

Special Price: $26.89 per bottle

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