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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 Ronchi, Barbaresco, Piedmont $28.89
I’ll cut straight to the chase -this is, hands down, the best deal in real, authentic traditional Barbaresco that I’ve seen in years. 2016 is an epic vintage for Barbaresco and this is flat out the best 2016 Barbaresco we’ve seen yet. It simply runs circles around other, much more famous 2016 Barbarescos on the market that cost twice the price. Already showing tons of potential with lots of aromatic complexity and the structure and balance to age gracefully for 25+ years, the Ronchi Barbaresco “normale” is an amazing deal. But don’t buy this wine just because of its value, buy it because it is outstanding young Barbaresco. While the 2016 has not yet been rated, Ronchi’s Barbaresco normale consistently scores in the 92-95 range from Antonio Galloni in vintages that are not as strong as 2016. Buy it now while it’s still available!

Special Price: $28.89 per bottle

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2018 Cameron, Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR $26.99
Come and get it! The 2018 Cameron Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is comprised of 100% Abbey Ridge and Clos Electrique fruit that didn't quite make the $60 a bottle single vineyard cut.  This bottling shows the classic violet and game notes of Abbey Ridge along with the usual earthy tones of Clos Electrique.   The  medium-bodied palate is beautifully balanced and elegant with ultra-pure fruit, a touch of earth, and a pretty floral note. This wine is ready to play.

Special Price: $26.99 per bottle

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2016 Cameron, Nebbiolo, Willamette Valley, OR $32.99
From Cameron's famed estate vineyard, Clos Electrique, and one other vineyard in Ribbon Ridge, this is the finest, most Piemontese-like Nebbiolo made outside of Piedmont.  The nose offers very cool, ethereal aromas of menthol, leather, and dried rose petals.  The palate is all Nebbiolo with its firm tannins, medium body and notes of blood orange peel, fine tobacco and dried porcini. Very Alto-Piemontese-like.  Enjoyable now with decanting and some hearty fare, this wine will really blossom over the next 7 - 15 years.

Special Price: $32.99 per bottle

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2018 Zarate, Albariño, Val Do Salnes, Rias Baixas, Spain $19.99
Founded in 1707, seventh generation winemaker Eulogio Pomares has taken Zarate (along with Do Ferreiro) Albariño to new heights. The Zarate estate was founded by the lower reaches of the Umia River. The undulating slopes of Xabre with its weathered granite soil, and cool climate make Val do Salnés the region’s greatest terroir and home to its longest-lived wines. Zarate’s 2018 “regular” Albariño offers a kaleidoscope of aromas and flavors with aromas of peach, nectarine and jasmine and flavors of Meyer lemon, nectarine, and honeysuckle with a lashing of minerals, framed by refreshing acidity. Enjoy this dry, medium-full-bodied white with all manner of seafood now and over the next few years.

Special Price: $19.99 per bottle

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Francis Orban, Extra-Brut Champagne $39.89
This Champagne was a huge hit last year and now it’s back! Longtime newsletter readers know I love Grower-Champagne in general, and 100% Pinot Meunier Champagnes specifically.  In fact, I find Blanc de Noirs built from Meunier to generally be more interesting and complex than those comprised of 100% Pinot Noir.  Too long seen as just a blending grape in other Champagne regions, Pinot Meunier has pride of place in the Marne Valley where Pinot Meunier reaches its full potential.  Orban adds 50% reserve wine from recent vintages to his non-vintage Champagnes for wines of incredible character and flavor depth. The Francis Orban Pinot Meunier delivers a vinous wine full of fresh fruit and lightly spiced with notes of earth and an array of spices. Full-bodied, vivacious and pure, it is a Champagne for food lovers who will appreciate its flexibility at the table.  Fans of Bereche's Rive Gauche and George Laval's Pinot Meunier-based Champagnes, take note.  This is an outstanding value.

Special Price: $39.89 per bottle

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2016 Montepeloso, A Quo (Super Tuscan) IGT Toscana $19.89
From Montepeloso’s hillside estate outside the town of Suverto near the Tuscan coast, the A Quo is a blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Montepulciano, 20% Sangiovese, 10% Marselan and 10% Alicante. I hate to admit, but I’m naturally dismissive of the “Super Tuscan” category. Montepeloso’s 2016 A Quo, however, won me over easily while enjoyed with dinner a few weeks ago. Luxuriously textured, powerful and deeply layered in the glass, the 2016 A Quo is also nicely nuanced. Notes of Bing cherries, black plums, sage, lavender and rosemary are some of the many aromas and flavors that give the 2016 its savory, inviting personality. “The 2016 A Quo is bright, punchy and loaded with character. Sweet red cherry, plum, cedar, sweet pipe tobacco, rose petal, mint and sweet spice are pushed forward in this racy, beautifully layered… I very much like the sense of energy here. More importantly, the 2016 is a stunning wine for the money. Drink through 2028” - 92 Antonio Galloni

Special Price: $19.89 per bottle

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2018 Dom. des Fines Caillottes (Jean Pabiot), Pouilly-Fumé, Loire $21.89
From the rich, intense 2018 vintage, Domaine de Fines Caillottes's Pouilly Fumé offers everything one wants from Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc.  With a brilliant light yellow hue, the Fines Caillottes offers an expressive nose of grapefruit, green apple, pear and floral notes.  The palate is full of life, suave, rich and fresh with an intense mineral core and a kiss of lime on the finish.  This is a terroir-driven Pouilly-Fumé with gorgeous fruit to enjoy now and over the next two years.

Special Price: $21.89 per bottle

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2017 Domaine de Gouye, Saint Joseph Rouge Vieilles Vignes, Northern Rhone $35.99
We love the 100% Syrah wines of the Northern Rhone that express soil-transparency and terroir pulled directly from the earth and vigneron Philippe Desbos's wines of Domaine de Gouye are perfect examples.  Domaine de Gouye is the epitome of old-school, classic northern Rhône Syrah.  The Desbos vineyard lies just above the legendary Raymond Trollat vines that now go into Rhone icon Pierre Gonon's Saint Joseph (and sells for $100+) in the commune of Saint-Jean-de-Muzols. It is one of the original villages that comprised the Saint-Joseph AOC, directly across the Rhone River from the hill of Hermitage.  The Debos's 2017 Vieilles Vignes offers a deep, smokey nose with accents of violets, fennel, pepper, cured black olives and earth.  The palate is more structured like a fine Hermitage than most Saint Josephs with a firm tannic backbone and plenty of acidity to keep the blueberry and raspberry fruit fresh and vibrant allowing the granitic minerality and earth tones to take center stage.   Enjoy this vin de garde between 2022 - 2040. Limited “Opaque violet color. An expansive, complex bouquet evokes fresh black/blue fruits, violet, smoked meat and cracked pepper. Shows very good depth as well as energy on the palate, offering sappy, appealingly sweet cherry, blueberry and floral pastille flavors that take on spice and woodsmoke nuances with air. Shows excellent clarity and spicy cut on the impressively long, gently tannic finish, which leaves hints of candied violet and allspice behind. (all whole clusters)” - 93 Josh Raynolds, Vinous

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