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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!

2007 Lopez de Heredia, Rioja Reserva, Viña Tondonia, Spain $42.89
Lopez de Heredia's Viña Tondonia Rioja Reserva is one of Spain's greatest wines.  In fact, if I were to only buy one red wine from Spain, it would be Viña Tondonia.  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 2007 Viña Tondonia Reserva is the great young Viña Tondonia Reserva - probably the best of the decade up to this point. 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.  This wine has amazing depth.  Buy a case and watch it develop and gain in complexity over the next 30 years. “Following the appreciation of the 2007 vintage from María José López de Heredia, the red 2007 Viña Tondonia Reserva is showing great, revealing unusual finesse and elegance. The nose is a little reticent but nuanced and complex, a little shy rather than explosive. The palate is medium-bodied, and the tannins are very refined. This has to be one of the finest vintages of Viña Tondonia Reserva of recent years.” - 96 Wine Advocate

Special Price: $42.89 per bottle


2017 Arterberry Maresh, Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, Old Vine, Willamette Valley, OR Newsletter only SALE $39.89 List $44.89
Beautiful, and I mean beautiful aromatics soar from the glass and announce that this is serious wine.  The elegant palate is flat-out delicious with both red and dark fruit complementing the wine's underlying earthy nature.  Outstanding balance and sneaky structure support this very concentrated wine and make it suitable for aging up to 10+ years in a cool cellar.  It's pretty damn delicious now, but if you can keep your hands off it, will continue to gain in complexity for years to come.  One of my favorite 2017 Oregon Pinot Noirs. The following Vinous review is spot on! “Glistening scarlet. A highly complex bouquet evokes red berry and cherry preserves, along with building Asian spice, rose oil and smoky mineral flourishes. Shows fine delineation and seamless texture, offering concentrated, spice-tinged Chambord, cherry, cola and spicecake flavors that pick up a strong rose pastille nuance with air. Finishes extremely long and pure, with fine-grained tannins providing framework and gentle grip to lingering red fruit, five-spice powder and savory herb notes. 70% of this fruit comes from the estate Maresh vineyard and the other 30% is from the neighboring Weber vineyard; the vast majority of the vines were planted in the late 1970s.” - 96 Vinous

Special Price: $39.89 per bottle


2017 Azienda Agricola 499, Langhe Freisa, Piedmont, Italy $22.99
Geek alert: As the genetic parent of Nebbiolo (with 80% genetic overlap), it's not surprising Freisa would show a bit of Nebbiolo character with its high acidity, firm tannins, age-ability, and complexity. The vines here are in sandy and chalky soils at very high altitude - 499 meters in the hills southeast of Barbaresco. Wonderful floral aromatics share the stage with fresh cherry, tobacco and licorice scents. The vibrant palate is savory and lively with notes of Bing cherries, Santa Rosa plums along with rosemary and thyme. While delicious now, chewy tannins and food-friendly acidity give this mid-weight wine the structure to age gracefully through 2030. This Piemontese red is so much more interesting than the vast majority of Dolcettos and Barberas, not to mention most Nebbiolo delle Langhe wines.

Special Price: $22.99 per bottle


2016 Davide Carlone, Boca, Alto-Piemonte, Italy $32.99
As local and traditional as it gets, Davide Carlone (who has never been on a plane) has held tight to the traditions of the Boca;s glorious past whie.  Since the late 80s, he has labored to keep Boca alive, clearing woods and planting more and more Nebbiolo, Croatina and Vespolina where it once thrived.  If you are unfamiliar with the wines of the Alto Piemonte, they are based on Nebbiolo and share many of the same attributes that Barolo and Barbaresco do, but have their own unique qualities and are often more ethereal.  They can be mesmerizing and while they can age like their neighbors to the south in the Langhe, they usually don't require such extensive aging.  Davide Carlone's Boca (a tiny 37 acre D.O.C.) is such a wine. Approximately 75% Nebbiolo and 25% Vespolina, Carlone's Boca offers beautiful fruit up front with notes of underbrush, dried herbs and earth in the background.  As this wines ages, the earth-driven tones will become more accentuated.  Enjoy over the next 20 years with all the same dishes you would drink Barbaresco or Barolo with.

Special Price: $34.89 per bottle


2012 Dom. Jean-Pierre Gaussen, Bandol Rouge, Longue Garde, Provence, France $39.99
Geek Alert: Fans of old-school Bandol take note - this is the real deal.  This is not one of those gussied up, lipstick sporting glossy juice-ball Bandols.  The 2012 Gaussen Bandol Rouge offers an ethereal nose and the promise of greatness with some additional bottle age.  The palate is tight, structured and balanced with a little dark fruit surrounded by notes of herbs de Provence, leather, a little wild game and a strong soil signature. In time, this will become the perfect food partner with cassoulet, garlicky lamb dishes and the like.  Enjoy now with hearty fare, or better yet, through 2025-2035 for additional complexity. Awesome Bandol.

Special Price: $39.99 per bottle


2018 Buona Notte, Syrah, Brutto Nobile, The Rocks district, Walla Walla $34.89
Hold on, hold on!!! This is not your typical 15% alcohol stewed fruit bomb WA Syrah. Longtime readers of this newsletter know I love traditional northern Rhone Syrahs and tend to eschew the heavy-handed Syrahs of eastern OR and WA. So with some skepticism, I sampled this Syrah and was blown away by its purity, balance, complexity and resemblance to an excellent Saint Joseph Rouge. Brutto Nobile or the “Ugly Noble” is Syrah from the Rocks District which lies just below the Washington border in the Walla Walla AVA. This AVA is filled with river stones that go 50 to 100 deep. The vines translate that terroir into aromas of violets, incense, tapenade, herbs de Provence and yes, wet stones. The mid-weight palate is silky-smooth with exceptional balance (12.4% alc.) and plenty of complexity highlighted by an array of spices, blueberries and a stoney gout de terroir.

Special Price: $34.99 per bottle


2018 J.L. Chave Selections, Saint Joseph Blanc, Circa, N. Rhone  $28.89
Chave is the name in the northern Rhone Valley for both red and white wine.   Chave's "Circa" is rich, full-bodied Saint Joseph Blanc comprised of about 90% Roussanne and 10 % Marsanne and insanely delicious!!!  Enjoy with roast pork, quail, rich seafood dishes like lobster or halibut with beurre blanc sauce. “Pale yellow. Powerful peach nectar, orange, honey and chamomile aromas show sharp definition and lift thanks to a smoky mineral flourish. Supple, silky and broad on the palate, offering ripe orchard and pit fruit flavors and a touch of sweet butter. The mineral quality repeats emphatically on the impressively long, seamless finish, which leaves behind a juicy Anjou pear note. Drink through 2028” - 92 Vinous ~ Limited

Special Price: $28.89 per bottle


2019 Marjan Simčič, Sauvignon Vert (100% Friulano) Classic, Goriška Brda, Slovenia $19.89
Marjan Simčič is a winegrower in the Goriška Brda wine region in Slovenia. The vineyards straddle the Slovenian/Italian border, with half of them on either side and the cellar only 200 meters from the border in the village of Ceglo. Simčič’s wines speak articulately of their fascinating terroir with an intensity, complexity and power that is unusual for wines from Northern Italy and Slovenia. Simčič’s Sauvignon Vert, formerly “Sauvignonasse,” formerly “Tokai Friuliano,” is extremely full-bodied and rich. The distinctive nose offers aromas of herbs, charcoal-grilled peaches and beeswax. The ample palate echos the aromatic themes with a vein of minerality running through the wine and ends with a pleasant almond note. Enjoy as a head-turning apéritif, or with all manner of fish and seafood, grilled vegetables with polenta or herbed pork loin.

Special Price: $19.89 per bottle


2019 Domaine André Vatan, Sancerre, Les Charmes, Loire Valley, France $24.99
André Vatan has been at the helm of this small family domaine in the Sancerre appellation since 1988. Most of the fruit (100% Sauvignon Blanc) is grown in silex, a flinty, limestone-free soil that gives the fruit powerful, exotic, perfumed character while there's also a small proportion from fruit planted in limestone soils, which adds smokiness and complexity along with a second vein of minerality. The richness and warmth of the vintage reveals itself in the Les Charmes with perfectly ripe fruit showing notes of lime, anise and Tuscan melon. Enjoy over the next two years with simply prepared white-fleshed fish, crustaceans or some good goat cheese and a crusty baguette.

Special Price: $24.99 per bottle



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