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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!


2009 Lopez de Heredia, Rioja Reserva, Viña Tondonia, Spain $47.89 bottle / $273.00($45.50) six-pack
Lopez de Heredia's Viña Tondonia Rioja Reserva is one of Spain's greatest wines. With complexity and longevity that would embarrass most first growth Bordeaux and at about 1/10 the price, this is truly an amazing wine and equally amazing value. Lopez de Heredia is perhaps the most traditional winery in the world with little changing in the way they make wine over the last 130+ years. The nose offers enticing aromas of dried cherries, cigar box, leather and faint vanilla bean. The perfectly balanced and supremely elegant palate is well structured with good acidity and refined tannins that frame the complex flavors of dusty minerals, plums, dried herbs, orange peel and hazelnuts. Buy a case and watch it develop and gain in complexity over the next 30 years. As if it matters: “Sweet berries, cherries, cedar and dried flowers on the nose. Some lemon and lime zest, too! Medium-to full-bodied with tight, integrated tannins that show wonderful length and reserve. So fresh and vivid. Lots of energy. A wonderful, classic wine. Drink or hold.” - 97 James Suckling & “The 2009 Viña Tondonia Reserva, a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho and 5% each Mazuelo and Graciano, matured in used American oak barrels for six years. It has some toasted character, with ripe fruit, black rather than red, denoting a warm year but more restrained than the Bosconia Reserva from the same vintage. 2009 is a year of ripeness, concentration and tannin; the wines are powerful, but here you see the finesse of Tondonia in comparison to the more rustic Viña Bosconia.” - 93 Wine Advocate

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2021 Caravaglio, Malvasia Secca, Tricoli “Infatata” Salina, Sicily $24.99 bottle / $135.00($22.50) six-pack
Salina is one of the small Aeolian islands off the northeast coast of Sicily. Simply put, for me, this is about as exciting a new release white wine as I’ve had in a while. It checks off pretty much all the boxes that I’m looking for in dry white wine: complexity, balance, soaring aromatics, flavor intensity, nice body, refreshing, terroir-driven, very food-friendly, and !*#$%@^* delicious! There are a lot of clones of Malvasia, so this is probably different than any you may of had before. The Infatata is from a triangle-shaped vineyard, called ‘Tricoli,’ which climbs up the side of an ancient volcano. Aromas of the open sea, wet stones with floral and mandarin orange notes. The awesome palate is medium-bodied with a core of minerality running thought it along with perfect lush tangerine and peach fruit balanced by fresh acidity. A wine of intrigue and deliciousness.

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2013 Lancelot-Royer, Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut Millésime, Champagne $84.99 bottle / $450.00($75.00) six-pack
From the great, age-worthy vintage of 2013, this is an incredibly hedonistic Champagne. Lancelot-Royer is a tiny grower in the grand cru village of Cramant and all the stars are aligned in this luxurious Champagne: great vintage, great grower, and 100% Cramant fruit in all its glory. What’s so special about high-end Cramant Blanc de Blanc? Besides expressing a chalky minerality, Cramant offers more weight and richness than other Cote de Blancs grand cru villages. Aromas of just baked croissants and lemon cream rise from the glass and segue to the opulent full-bodied palate where flavors of crème brûlée, crystalline Chardonnay fruit, lemon zest, and a lashing of chalky minerality await. While the 2013 is already showing uncommon depth, it will only gain in complexity for many years to come. Warning: It’s very hard to put your glass down once you’ve tasted this magnificent Champagne.

Special Price: $84.99 per bottle

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2020 Domaine Guy Robin, Chablis 1er Cru, Montée de Tonnerre, Vieilles Vignes, Burgundy $42.99 bottle / $239.94($39.99) six-pack
This is one of the last great Chablis Premier Cru deals in the worldwide market place. Montée de Tonnerre is arguably the greatest Premier Cru vineyard in Chablis, often out-classing most of the Chablis Grand Crus.  2020 is a return to a more classic Chablis vintage as it was cooler than the previous several hot vintages. Briny aromas of oyster shell, chalk, lemon curd and lime segue to the rich palate that offers a pleasing tension between Meyer lemon fruit and its strong core of chalky minerality. Guy Robin’s Montée de Tonnerre runs circles around most other Chablis in the sub $75 range and offers one of the few remaining classic old-school Chablis still available. Enjoy now and often over the next twelve years.

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2018 Flâneur, Pinot Noir, Cuvée Constantin, Willamette Valley, OR $39.89 bottle / $225.00($37.50) six-pack
Flâneur is dedicated to creating distinct and memorable Willamette Valley wines that tell the story of time and place with each sip and this wine does exactly that. Flâneur’s 2018 Cuvée Constantin accurately tells us about the time (2018) and place (Willamette Valley) reflecting the warm, generous 2018 growing season with perfect harvest conditions and the aroma, taste and structure of the northern Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. And, as a bonus, the wine is also delicious! Josh Raynolds of Vinous nailed it with this review: "Bright ruby. Subtly smoky, mineral-tinged red and blue fruits on the nose, along with building floral and spice flourishes. Shows very good depth as well as energy to the appealingly sweet black raspberry, cherry cola and spicecake flavors, which deepen slowly through the back half. The mineral and floral notes drive a long, gently chewy finish that features harmonious tannins and a hint of bitter chocolate.” - 92 Vinous

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2016 SanCarlo, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany $54.99 bottle / $299.94($49.99) six-pack
Tiny producers - I think there is a theme developing here. Gemme Marcucci makes less than 500 cases a year from the seven acres of old vines that are surrounded by wild forest planted by her grandfather, and estate founder, Fulvio Marcucci. Winemaking is old-school traditional with long maceration and aging in older Slavonian oak botti. This is still an insider’s wine - somehow relatively unknown despite great reviews in the wine press and it’s exceptional value. Stock up and enjoy through 2040+. “The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is savory, dark and almost animalistic, with blackberries and currants giving way to crushed stone, licorice and smoked meats. It’s silky in texture, with depths of spicy black fruits complemented by hints of sour citrus and stimulating acids. There’s so much to like here, as residual acids keep the experience fresh in spite of grippy tannins and youthful restraint. It’s briary at times yet sapid, salty and unbelievably persistent. San Carlo really knocked this one out of the park. The 2016 spent three years in 30-hectoliter Slavonian oak barrels and one year in bottle before release.” - 94 Vinous

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2020 Domaine Sangouard-Guyot Macon-Vergisson, La Roche, Burgundy $19.99
Domaine Sangouard-Guyot is one of the best estates of southern Burgundy's broad Macon appellation. Macon-Verggison is arguably the best of the Macon’s village appellations and Sangouard Guyot’s is made from a small vineyard called "La Roche” that is situated up the rock of Vergisson right next to Pouilly-Fuissé.  Vergisson's terroir brings minerality, balance and power. The 2020 is a rich and luxurious yet balanced wine with moderate alcohol (13%). Scents of wet stones, Asian pear and baking spices rise from the glass and ready the taster for the luxurious full-bodied plate with rich Chardonnay fruit and a steak of minerals that runs throughout this shimmering white Burgundy. Enjoy now or cellar through 2026.

Special Price: $19.99 per bottle

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2019 Les Pierres Ecrites, Montlouis (Chenin Blanc) Petits Boulay, Loire Valley $21.99
Pop Quiz: Les Pierres Ecrites, Montlouis Petits Boulay is the finest value in: A) The Loire Valley B) Chenin Blanc C) Richly textured mineral-driven white wine D)All of the above Answer: Of course it’s all of the above! Along with Savennieres, Saumur and Vouvray (right across the river), Montlouis is the homeland of great 100% Chenin Blanc wines. The Petits Boulay is produced from 100% organic Chenin Blanc that grows in siliceous-limestone soils and give wine its signature minerality and gout de terroir.  If you love the mineral-driven Chenin Blancs from Savennieres and Vouvray, you owe it to yourself to indulge in this amazing value. A pale golden color, the Petits Boulay offers aromas of honeycomb (the real stuff, not the cereal) ,still oven-warm freshly-baked bread and ripe nectarine.  The dry, full-bodied palate has more in common with a great Savennieres than Vouvray with its big waxy texture and unique mineral expression.  The aromatic themes are reprised on the palate and given force and structure from fine acidity.  Enjoy over the next five years with white-fleshed fish like halibut, or prawns, lobster and or even roast pork or lemon chicken.  A crazy deal.

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2020 Domaine des Pierres Séches (Sylvain Gauthier), Ardèche Syrah, Northern Rhone $21.99 bottle / $119.94($19.99) six-pack
Sylvain Gauthier is a rising star in the Norther Rhone valley and makes reference standard red and white Saint Joseph wines. His humbly labeled “Ardèche Syrah” is from a vineyard he farms which is contiguous to the Saint Joseph appellation and offers depth, polish, and authentic character way beyond what its label may suggest. One whiff of this lets you know that this could only be Syrah from the northern Rhone Valley with its dazzling aromas of violets, blackberries, lavender, cured olives and pure syrah fruit. The vibrant medium-bodied palate offers additional notes of black pepper, earth, sage and blueberry fruit supported by soft tannins and fresh acidity. Enjoy frequently now and over the next five years with everything from burgers, lamb, pork and tomato and eggplant dishes. What a deal.

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