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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!


Francis Orban, Extra-Brut Champagne $39.89
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. Francis 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.

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2016 Ch. Pibarnon, Bandol Rouge, Provence $39.89
Geek Alert: Chateau Pibarnon, one of the three great Bandol estates, differentiates itself by sitting at the highest elevation in the appellation (more than 900 feet above sea level) and occupies its own micro-climate. The influence of the Mediterranean to the south as well as the estate’s altitude keeps the southern temperatures moderate, allowing Mourvèdre the long growing season it requires to reach optimal ripeness. The 2016 Bandol Rouge, a blend of 90% Mourvèdre and 10% Grenache offers power and grace with intensity and longevity. This is wildly aromatic, deep, dark mysterious full-bodied red that can be enjoyed now with rare lamb or beef to absorb some of the tannins, or cellared for 15+ years for further complexity to develop while the tannins unwind. 93 Wine Advocate

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2017 Alberto Nanclares, Albariño, Rias Baixas, Spain $32.89
Alberto Nanclares works five hectares of vineyards comprised of thirteen tiny parcels around the town of Cambados and the Meaño areas of the Val do Salnés subzone of Rías Baixas. Alberto’s goal is to produce classic and age-worthy Albariños that reflect the unique characteristics of the grape and terroir by utilizing organic viticulture with very little intervention in the winery. Goal accomplished! This wine is seriously aromatic. The plate is delicious and penetrating with a strong core of minerality and good acidity supporting the rich texture. “Even though 2017 was warmer and, analytically, the 2017 Alberto Nanclares has less acidity than the 2016 I tasted next to it, it still feels very fresh and in fact quite similar to the 2016. It seems like the blending can bring homogeneous results. It's fresh, vertical and very fresh, impossible to guess it's from a warm year. Drink 2019-2024” 93 - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate

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2017 Do Ferreiro, Albariño Cepas Vellas, Rías Baixas, Spain $49.89
Vintage after vintage, Do Ferreiro’s Cepas Vellas vies for the greatest wine from the Iberian peninsula. This wine just pulsates with energy. “There is another phenomenal vintage in the 2017 Albariño Cepas Vellas…We’re talking about ancient, ungrafted, pergola-trained vines around the winery—1.5 hectares of gnarled, incredible vines that are up to 150 years of age. This is very complete, and there is a touch more complexity and depth when tasted next to the 2016. The nose is quite similar and is both undeveloped and young, with notes of freshly cut grass, white flowers and wet granite. It has an electric palate with tasty flavors and a saline, tasty finish. This should make beautiful old bones. I tasted the 2011 next to it, and this wine has years ahead of it. Drink 2019-2027” 95 - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate

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2016 Domaine Grossot, Chablis 1er Cru Vaucoupin $29.99
Yes, for the price of middling CA Chardonnay, you can have nobel Premier Cru Chablis. The Chablis 1er Cru Vaucoupin vineyard is a very steep, south-facing slope and is a combination of limestone and clay soil which provide minerality and structure. The vines in Grossot’s 1.6ha parcel on the upper part of the slope average 50 years of age. These factors contribute to the full-bodied, powerful and concentrated character of Grossot’s Vaucoupin – as well as great minerality. Grossot aims to balance the natural power and density of the Vaucoupin vineyard with finesse to produce a superb Chablis 1er Cru. Enjoy now and over the next eight years.

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2016 Montenidoli, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Tradizionale, Tuscany, Italy $17.89
This is my unofficial white wine of summer 2019.   After meeting the charming proprietress, Elisabetta Fagiuoli, I felt my judgement of this wine might have been clouded.  But low and behold, I adore it even outside of Elisabetta's presence.  This is Vernaccia made in the old way: following local tradition, the must macerates on the skins and is pressed just before the fermentation begins in order to capture the character and the flavors of the land.  Pale yellow, tending towards gold, with hay and almonds on the nose, the palate is rich, yet racy with fine minerality and acidity and a firm dry finish.  Enjoy as an ideal partner with olive oil-based Mediterranean dishes, or on a lazy afternoon/evening while you're doing whatever you're doing or not doing.

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2018 Vetriccie, Corse Rosé, Corsica $14.89
After tasting around 20 dry Rosé wines in the last couple weeks, including six from Corsica, the 2018 Vetricci Corse is the one I want to return to again and again. Looking back at my tasting notes, I see why I’m so enamored with this wine - it has “an extra dimension of deliciousness!” Also noted was “yum” and “stock up for the summer.” Beyond it’s “extra dimension of deliciousness,” the 2018 Vetriccie is really a complex rosé with an underlying current of minerality from the terroir, “E Croce,” which sits on thin chalk soil above a thick bedrock of pure schist. Brisk acidity keeps this medium bodied wine very refreshing and ultra food-friendly. Again, “yum” and “stock up for the summer.”

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