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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!


Jean Vesselle, Brut Reserve Champagne, Bouzy ~ SALE $35.89 Reg. 39.89
Grower Champagne deal of the year. A blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. I really enjoy this Champagne for its rich, full-bodied and deep Pinot Noir fruit profile and can’t believe the cost to quality ratio. “Powerful, vinous and beautifully resonant, Vesselle's NV Brut Réserve hits all the right notes. The richness and radiance that make Bouzy Champagnes so compelling comes through in spades. Rich red stone fruit, spice, leather and lightly honeyed notes all form a super-attractive fabric of aromas and flavors in this deep, intensely satisfying NV Champagne. What a gorgeous wine this is.” - 92 Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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2014 Giuseppe Nada, Barbaresco, Casot Piedmont $29.99
Not to be confused with the better known Fiorenzo Nada, the 2014 Giuseppe Nada Barbaresco from the Casot cru in the commune of Treiso is a standout wine in this under-rated Barbaresco vintage.  While 2014 was a mediocre Barolo vintage, it was a strong Barbaresco vintage producing wines of grace, detail, soil-transparency and medium body. A beautiful nose with scents of roses, leather, thyme, and cherries segues to a perfectly balanced palate with flavors that echo the same along with earth and tobacco notes.  Suave tannins frame this powerful, yet elegant Barbaresco and promise the Casot a long, graceful evolution.  I'm tucking some away in my cellar and you should too.  Drink through 2035. A crazy deal.

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2016 Giuseppe Nada, Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont $16.89
OK, while this is not the grandest or most profound wine in this month's newsletter, it's probably the one I want to drink most often with dinner.  Barbera in general, and Giuseppe Nada's specifically, is exceptionally versatile at the table as it pairs well with so many different dishes.  If what you're dining on didn't once reside in water, this wine will probably complement it very well.  Classic aromatics and a perfect balance of earth, intense fruit and good acidity make this a serious, but very accessible mid-weight red.  A real steal.

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2016 Dom. M. Delarche, Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc, Les Combottes, White Burgundy $36.99
Longtime readers of this newsletter know my affinity for Pernand-Vergelesse - both the reds, and especially whites. The beguiling and undeniable gout de terroir of great Pernand-Vergelesse is on full display in the Marius Delarche Les Combottes (100% Chardonnay). The Les Combottes vineyard sits high up on the hill just slightly around the bend from the famous grand cru of Corton. This blessed site typically displays highly aromatic, mineral-driven wines and Delarche’s version is a perfect example of this chiseled style. Aromas of wet stones intermingle with scents of lime, green apple and baked pear. The linear palate expands with a little time in the glass with flavors that reprise the aromatics. The mid-palate shows off the baked pear component while a strong core of tangy mineral action runs through the entire wine to the stoney finish. As delicious and satisfying as this wine is now, the best is yet to come. Enjoy this special wine now and over the next seven to ten years. Very limited.

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2017 Domaine de Gouye, Saint Joseph Rouge Vieilles Vignes, Northern Rhone $35.99
Geek alert: 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.

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2016 Domaine La Fourmone, Vacqueyras, Les Ceps d’Or, Southern Rhone $24.89
Mostly old vine Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre, the La Fourmone Les Ceps d’Or offers a classic Southern Rhone nose and palate.  A big, full-bodied red with restrained fruit and a good dose of earth, minerals and garrigue make this a very food-friendly red.  This offers all the pleasure of Chateauneuf-du-Pape without the $50+ price tag.  “Deep bright-hued ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, exotic spices and candied flowers, and a smoky mineral nuance emerges as the wine stretches out. Juicy, focused and velvety in texture, offering intense raspberry preserve, spicecake and lavender pastille flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. Finishes extremely long and juicy, with rounded tannins shaping the wine's sappy fruit.” 91-93 Vinous

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2012 I Custodi, Etna Rosso, Aetneus, Sicily $29.89
Geek alert: I always want to like Etna Rosso -they are after all, the darlings of sommeliers, podcast producers and instagram stars all over the world. They often, however, fall short of excellence, or are really good, but way over-priced. Finally, with the 2012 I Custodi Aetneus, there is an Etna Rosso that I can truly get excited about on all fronts. Comprised of organic Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Alicante vines up to 150+ years old, aromas of tar, licorice, cassis, prune and dark tobacco waft up from the glass. The palate is refined and and elegant with a quiet power. Notes of dark fruit intermingle with a strong core of volcanic minerality and an earthy finish framed by silky tannins. At seven years old, this wine is just entering its prime drinking window. 13.5% alcohol.

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2016 Felsina, Chianti Classico RISERVA, Tuscany $29.99
Felsina is one of my two or three favorite producers in all of Tuscany.  The entire range of Felsina Chianti Classicos are always detailed, balanced, complex and structured while offering unparalleled value at their respective quality levels.  With this, the much heralded 2016 vintage, Felsina's Chianti Classico Riserva has risen to new heights.  “The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva shows all the quality and pedigree of the year in its layered personality and overall nuance. Cedar, dried cherry, game licorice and tobacco convey the darker, gamier side of Sangiovese that is such a signature at Fèlsina. The 2016 finishes with terrific energy and bright acids that suggest it will enjoy a long life in the cellar, but readers should plan on giving it at least a few years in bottle.” Drink through 2036 - 92+ Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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2017 Tenuta Santa Maria, Soave, Lepia, Veneto $19.89
This is one of the few "old-school" Soaves left, made by the original Bertani family for generations.   Mouthwatering aromatics lead to the perfectly balanced palate with layers of complexity and detail with real density without being cumbersome.  This is serious, extremely food-friendly white wine. I love this wine!

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2017 Do Ferreiro, Albariño, Rias Baixas, Galicia, Spain $24.89
Without a doubt, year in and year out, Do Ferreiro produces one of our favorite Albariños on the planet.  With an unsurpassed aromatic complexity, intense saline minerality, deep concentration and flavor intensity that escapes other Albariños, Do Ferreiro stands alone.  Winemaker Geraldo Mendez believes 2017 is a special vintage due to an ideal growing season and this wine reflects his enthusiasm with its extra dimension of scrumptiousness!  Delicious upon release, the 2017 will improve in bottle for several years.  Enjoy this very intense mineral-driven wine with virtually anything coming out of the ocean, rice dishes featuring vegetables, mushrooms or seafood.

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