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1. Maison Saint AIX, AIX Provence Rosé 2018

Cooper’s Price $17.99

AIX rosé is the top blend of Maison Saint Aix. The domain was founded in 1880 as a truffle orchard and was converted into a vineyard in the early 1900’s. The domain is one of the largest domains in Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence area.

The cellars are renovated with one sole purpose: producing the best rosé in the world. AIX rosé has been awarded many times with a gold medal at the Concours Agricole in Paris and was elected best rosé by the club of oenologues of the French senate.

Wine Education –The Concours General Agricole Paris (CGA) is a French agricultural show funded and organized by the French ministries of agriculture, food, fisheries and rural affairs.

Kevin’s Notes – This is the best rose I have tasted from AIX in the four years I have bought this wine.  It continues to be dry with great acidity, but the fruit is more pronounced. 

2. Roger Naudet Domaine des Buissonnes Sancerre, Loire, France 2017

Tasting Price $23.99

This is a small family estate consisting of some 33 acres with 24 acres planted to Sauvignon Blanc and 9 acres to Pinot Noir. The family farms the vineyards which are mostly located in the valleys of the village Sury en Vaux. The wine making here is very natural.

Wine Education– Sancerre is a small wine district in central France, famous for its crisp, aromatic white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc. It is also known for its high-quality goat cheeses, which are an excellent match for the local wine. The vineyards here surround the eponymous town, which sits atop a bean-shaped hill overlooking the river Loire

Kevin’s Notes- Sancere sales in our store have always been very strong for obvious reasons.  The wines are brilliant with their aromatics of citrus and minerality.  This Sancere gas been our best seller for years, but realized we have never tasted this wine so I bought extra cases.  You’re going to love this.

3. Trivento, Malbec Golden Reserve Luján de Cuyo

Cooper’s Price $18.99

Trivento, was started in the mid-1990s by Concha y Toro.   This wine region exemplifies the advantages of high-altitude viticulture. Here, significant differences in day and night temperatures minimize the risk of pests and disease. Vineyards that receive barely 8 inches of rainfall a year are irrigated with natural snow melt from the Andes.

However, wind is the primary agent of change when it comes to growth and nurturing of vines in this region.  Thus, the name “ Trivento” (Three Winds), was given to the winery.

Wine Education:  The first wind, is an icy Polar wind in winter (June-August) that forces sap deep within the vines. It is succeeded by the Zonda, which races in from the Andes, its warmth rousing dormant sap to generate new spring growth. In the summer months a third wind, the Sudestada, provides a welcome respite from the searing sun and helps to temper ripening.  This is BIGGER Malbec than most that over-delivers. 

4. Matteo Correggia Anthos Dry Brachetto, Roero in Piedmont, Italy – Organic

Cooper’s Price 21.99

The Roero district is located in the lower-altitude of north-west Piedmont where young Nebbiolo and Barbera from this region have a particularly fresh and lively character. 

In 2001, Matteo Correggia tragically passed away just as he entered Piedmont’s winemaking elite. With the help of Giorgio Rivetti (of the famous La Spinetta estate), Matteo’s wife Ornella took over the estate, carrying on her husband’s passionate desire to expand the reputation of the Roero.  Their son is now the winemaker.

The Anthos vineyard sits at a 300 meter elevation, on an east/south-east facing slope. Fermentation in large steel vats lasts two to four days, with frequent pumping over. After fermentation is complete, the wine is racked to a large stainless steel tanks for eight months before bottling. Only 330 cases a year are produced.

Kevin’s Notes: This is one of the most fascinating wines I have tasted.  The grape is Brachetto and as a wine it is usually sweet, but this wine is dry and very exciting to the senses.  It is truly another one-of-a-kind.  I can’t wait to share it with you.  It will give you goose bumps of satisfaction.  It’s extraordinary!!!

Spring in this weekend and enjoy these lovely wines!

The lineup…

Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino di Sardegna – Argiolas is the foremost wine estate on the island of Sardinia producing archetypal wines from native varietals. The winery was founded in 1938 by Antonio Argiolas and was the first on the island to pursue quality over quantity. Today, the Argiolas family is recognized as Sardinia’s leading wine producer. Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean and lies roughly 190 miles west of Italy’s mainland. The vineyards of Argiolas are located in Serdiana in the Trexenta hills just north of the capital of Cagliari. Argiolas farms 600 acres of native Sardinian grapes including Nuragus, Monica, and Cannonau.

Costamolino, named after the area, is made from Vermentino, an aromatic white grape variety that thrives in the Mediterranean climate of Sardinia. The grapes are harvested in August and September and vinified in stainless-steel tanks to retain acidity. A small percentage sees malolactic fermentation to give the wine roundness and texture.

Vermentino often shows the fragrance of macchia, the mix of evergreen shrubs and herbs that typifies the Sardinian landscape. Costamolino hints at aromas of pine and mint coupled with ripe stone fruit and sweet citrus. The palate is at once vibrant and textural and finishes with lingering acidity.

Regular $19.99 Cooper’s Price $15.99 

Argiolas Costera Cannonau di Sardegna – Argiolas is the foremost wine estate on the island of Sardinia producing archetypal wines from native varietals. The winery was founded in 1938 by Antonio Argiolas and was the first on the island to pursue quality over quantity. Today, the Argiolas family is recognized as Sardinia’s leading producer of wine.

Costera, a name referring to hills, is made from Cannonau (Garnacha or Grenache). It is the workhorse red grape of Sardinia where it is likely to have arrived centuries ago from Spain, although an alternative theory suggests that Cannonau originated in Sardinia. In either case, Cannonau is well-adapted to the warm Sardinian climate and gives a deeply-colored, full-bodied red wine.

Costera shows the typicity of the Cannonau grape with flavors of very ripe strawberries, black cherries, herbs, and spices. The warmth and intense sunlight of southern Sardinia can be seen and felt in the wine with unexpectedly deep color and fullness on the palate. French oak barriques provide rounded tannins and flavors of vanilla.

Regular $19.99 Cooper’s Price $15.99 

Jolie Laide Barsotti Vineyard Gamay – Jolie Laide is a one-man operation based in Sebastopol, CA, where winemaker Scott Schultz makes only 500 cases of wine a year under his own label. The name Jolie-Laide translates loosely to “Pretty-Ugly”, a French term of endearment to describe something that is unconventionally beautiful. Scott makes some of the most unique and highly sought-after wines in California that are true to their name. He works with Wind Gap, Ryme Cellars, Pax, and formerly, Arnot-Roberts. They all share, both a winemaking space, and similar philosophies in discovering unconventional beauty.

This Gamay is grown at high elevation in the beautiful red grinitic soils of the Sierra Foothills. Picked in two separate passes, one early and one a bit later makes for a wine that is a bit riper and fleshed out than in years passed. The clusters are left whole and started by carbonic maceration, which lends its distinctive high tone appeal but eventually crushed by foot and finished whole cluster for skin contact and extraction. Pressed to neutral barrique for a short 6 month elevage and bottled young to preserve delicate aromatics. Light, fresh and utterly charming. Wild strawberry and summer herbs with cranberry tartness. 

Regular $35.99 Cooper’s Price $29.99 

Hess Collection Allomi Cab Sauv – Though just 30 miles long and a few miles wide, Napa Valley is home to diverse microclimates and soils uniquely suited to wine grape growing. It is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world and for our Napa Valley wines we look to our estate vineyards and select growers throughout the valley to source the very best wine grapes. The Hess Collection wines are family owned, sustainably farmed and dedicated to reflecting a true sense of place.

Allomi is named in honor of the original Spanish land grant in Napa County which the native Patwin people lent their name – Rancho Locoallomia. The Allomi vineyard lies in the gently rolling hills of northeastern Napa Valley, where the combination of long, warm growing seasons with well-drained soils create the optimal ripening conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon. The 210-acre vineyard is sustainably farmed and grows 35 unique growing blocks with six different Cabernet clones.

On the nose, this wine delivers intriguing vegetal aromas with hints of mushroom and forest floor. On the palate, Allomi Cabernet is known to deliver moderate, well-integrated tannins and a round, plush mouthfeel making it one of the most popular Napa offerings. A wonderful brightness of raspberry and red plum delight the mid-palate, and these flavors are supported by a subtle oak spice that adds to the personality of the wine.

Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petite Sirah, 4% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot

Regular $32.99 Cooper’s Price $29.99

June 30th July 1st – International Wine Tasting

Penya Vin de Pays Cotes Catalanes Rose

This juicy rose is a blend of 94% Grenache and 6% Syrah. Cases de Pene is a tiny village in the Roussillon region of Southern France, just 30 miles north of the Spain. Ceded to France in the mid 17th century, the area is still known as “French Catalonia”. We celebrate this heritage with the Catalan spelling of the ancient Château and village Cooperative: “Penya”.

Kevin’s Notes: The wine displays a gorgeous salmon color. The aromatics of peach and freshly peeled pomegranate pops from the glass. The flavors quickly appeal to do you as the wine is juicy yet dry on the finish. A great pairing is; a West Coast Mexican beach while you munch on goat and pork cheek tacos with a topping of diced mango and cilantro. Made ya’ hungry…. Didn’t I???

In the past we have bought and sold the red and we currently sell their Viognier. These wines are great values and always taste well above their price.

Cooper’s Price $12.99

Arrowood Vineyards Sonoma County Chardonnay 2014

Arrowood is 100% Sonoma. Since 1986, we have been producing high-character wines from sustainably and organically farmed vineyards west of the Mayacamas Ridge. Our winery is located in the historic Sonoma Valley, a small sub-appellation in the heart of the county. Often described as a warm pocket in a cool region

Sourced mainly from the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Los Carneros, here’s a 100% malolactic fermented Chardonnay with a softer, 4.8 grams/liter acidity.

Winery’s tasting note: “Our Chardonnay has tropical aromatics with notes of citrus, crème brulee and integrated oak. It has a round, lush mouthfeel with balanced acidity and a long finish of orange peel, tangerine and toasted almond.”

Regular Price $21.99

Cooper’s Price $17.99

Giacomo Grimaldi Barbera d’Alba Pistin Vyd, Italy 2016

Giacomo Grimaldi, was founded in 1930 by Ernesto Grimaldi. In 1983 the winery was inherited by Giacomo, who sold the greatest part of his grapes in bulk, while keeping only a small part to be bottled for sale to a mostly local clientele. In 1996 Ferruccio Grimaldi, Giacomos son decided to continue the family wine business. Animated by a great passion, Ferruccio started to produce wines exclusively from the family’s vineyards. He began acquiring vineyards of Nebbiolo in the most prestigious Barolo zones, firmly convinced of the great potential of Barolo wine.

This southwest exposed vineyard near Barolo Sotto Castello Novello is vinified in stainless steel fermentation tanks and then aged in stainless steel for 8 months. The wine saw a long maceration (skins soaking with juice) period of 10-12 days.

Kevin’s Notes: In March, we went to Aspen to taste 100+ different Barolo’s, Barbaresco’s, Dolcetto’s and Barbera’s and Grimaldi blew us all away. We committed to 5csaes of each; Pistin Barbera, Dolcetto d’Alba, and his Sauvignon Blanc. He was the one of the stars of the tasting and now you’re going all of them over the next 30 days starting with Pistin Barbera d’Alba. This vineyard is unique and special due its very close proximity to Barolo.

This is a full bodied Barbera with stunning personality like myself.

Cooper’s Price $19.99

Cortijo Rioja, Spain 2015

Cortijo means ‘cottage’ or ‘shack,’ a reference to the fact that shacks, often times, make better wine than most high-flown Chateaux in Rioja. The Philosophy of Cortijo is very simple yet very effective: to make better wine, you need to harvest better grapes. Cortijo improves the quality of its wines by doing a better job in the vineyards. Rather than building a chateau or a beautiful tasting room, Cortijo pays to take care of the only meaningful ingredient, the grapes.

Beginning with the 2009 vintage, Cortijo is made with estate-owned grapes. The goal with Cortijo is to show a pure, youthful expression of Rioja Alta. Cortijo is a sort of “non-profit organization”. It is very difficult to find such a pure expression of Rioja at this price point.

Rioja is Spain’s most prestigious wine region and for younger or neophyte wine drinkers who want to learn more about this magical, storybook wine region, its grapes and its wines, there’s no better introduction than Cortijo Tinto.

Regular $14.99

Cooper’s Price $12.99

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Easter Wine Pairings – April 14th and 15th Tasting

Mas des Cabres Rose 2015

A Languedoc family domaine dating back to 1724, situated between Nimes and Montpellier, near the foothills of the Cevennes mountains, just north of Pic St Loup (south central France near the Mediterranean Ocean) . The name Mas des Cabres comes from the name of where the vineyard is situated: goats used to be bred in this area in the 18th century. The winery is certified sustainable by Terra Vitis, an organization originally formed by growers in Beaujolais which takes into account the work in both the vineyard and the winery. No herbicides or insecticides are used, cover crops are kept between rows, and traditional biodiversity is encouraged.

Wine tasting: A well-balanced, deliciously bright rosé from old vines of Cinsaut and young of Syrah. Notes of strawberries, raspberries and peonies dominate the nose and the palate.

Cooper’s Price $12.99

B.R. Cohn North Coast Chardonnay

The winery is one of few remaining family owned and operated estate wineries located in the Sonoma Valley. It is protected on the west by Sonoma Mountain, which acts as a buffer to coastal fog, creating more sun exposure for the grapes. Less fog, more sunlight and no frost during the growing season, makes for days that are seven to ten degrees warmer than other parts of Sonoma Valley during the crucial growing months. These high daytime temperatures result in earlier bud break, an extended growing season and an earlier harvest than neighboring vineyards

The winery was established in 1984 by Doobie Brothers’ Rock-n-Roll manager, Bruce Cohn.

Tasting notes: Since opening the store a number of people have asked me to recommend a buttery, oaky chardonnay. This can be especially difficult for Chardonnay to carry these without it being especially pricey in the $40 range or it’s been chemically manipulated in the labs of the winery.

Well guess what, this is a buttery oaky Chardonnay for $16.99!!!!

Domiane Palon Vacqueyras 2015

For more than a century, the Palon family has played a prominent role in Gigondas and Vacqueryas. Sebastien is the 4th generation of winemakers and since the tender age of 23, is fulfilling the family dream of crafting wines under his own name. Sustainable agricultural practices are maintained across the estate’s 15 hectares and yields are deliberately kept low to ensure the best quality.

Wine Critic Review – The Wine Advocate 91 Points: “The 2015 Vacqueyras from Domaine Palon, which had already been bottled at the time of my tastings, is a smoking effort that delivers tons of Provencal charm. Strawberries, spice box, dried flowers and Provencal herb characteristics all emerge from this sexy, rounded and supple 2015 that’s already hard to resist.

Kevin’s Notes: Vacqueyras is an appellation for red, white and rosé wines from the vineyard-strewn area around the parishes of Vacqueyras and Sarrians in France’s southern Rhone Valley wine region. This wine is a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah. The region is only 11 miles from the much more expensive wines of Chateauneuf du Pape and is sometimes referred to as “baby Chateauneuf du Pape”. This is a stellar wine for Easter lamb, roasted fowl, and ham dinners.

Cooper’s Price $18.99

Robert Oatley Margaret River Cabernet, Western Australia 2013 1.5ltr (Magnum)

Over forty years of nurturing grapevines and making wine has taught the Oatley family many lessons. Site selection is paramount, that ‘sense of place’, as where you choose to grow your grapes is vital to both style and quality. The Oatley approach is to overlay this philosophy with an outstanding team of grape growers and wine makers, using the best possible equipment, to allow them every chance of producing a winner.

Kevin’s Notes: This is a crazy story. Last week, a sales rep came to me with his “inventory reduction list” of wines. I immediately spotted the Robert Oatley 1.5 liter Cabernet. A 1.5ltr

is twice the size of a typical 750ml bottle of wine. Anyhow, I tasted the wine and quickly bought 10 cases (60 bottles) at a ridiculous price. This week, the sales rep said the Robert Oately was put on the inventory reduction list by mistake! Someone really screwed up because the large format bottles were recently shipped to Colorado as a promotional piece to get accounts to buy and sell and the 750 ml. Long story short, the regular price for this bottle is $30 – $35. 

Cooper’s Price is $19.99

Great wine with BBQ steaks, lamb and other.

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Whiskey & Chocolate – Valentines Tasting

Whiskey and Chocolate – Feb 10th and 11th

Featuring Leopold Bros Whiskies and Chocolate from Grand Avenue Sweets!

American Small Batch Whiskey (Denver, Colorado)

The Bros:
Todd Leopold received his Diploma in Malting & Brewing from the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago in 1996. After graduation, he trained at the Doemens School in Munich, focusing on the production of lager beers. He has apprenticed at several breweries and distilleries throughout Europe. Scott Leopold began his career in manufacturing after receiving a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University, then a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. He spent the early part of his career engineering environmentally sustainable manufacturing processes for Fortune 500 companies, as well as designing wastewater treatment systems.

The Distillery: In 1999, Scott and Todd opened a brewery on Main Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan called Leopold Bros. It quickly became popular, and operations soon expanded to distilling, releasing their first spirits in 2001. They were well-known for their eco-brewing techniques, using organic ingredients and effective management of water and waste byproducts. In 2008, operations moved to Scott and Todd’s home state of Colorado, where they continue to make Leopold Bros. spirits to this day.

The Whiskey: Begun by fermenting a traditional sour mash of corn and rye at colder temperatures, but without the aid of refrigeration. Fermentation takes more time this way, but results in a softer whiskey and develops subtle flavors such as vanilla, pear, and raspberry. Next comes distilling the mash in our small batch copper potstill on grain to extract fuller and rounder flavors from the corn and rye. Finally, the distillate is barreled at the Pre-Prohibition standard of 98 proof, so that the barrel may add subtle notes of oak and vanilla and does not overpower the finished whiskey.

Regular Price: $39.99

Cooper’s Price: $34.99

Georgia Peach Flavored Whiskey                                                          

Beginning with the early June harvest, Leopold Bros destone, juice, and blend only the most aromatic varieties of Freestone and Clingstone peaches in preparation of this refined American whiskey. The intense and unique flavors marry perfectly with the subtle oak, vanilla, and raisin finish. Next comes blending the juice of the most aromatic varieties of peaches with whiskey and moving the entire spirit to used bourbon barrels. The peaches slowly oxidize in the barrel, yielding more complex flavors and colors. When the time is right, it goes straight into bottles.

Regular Price: $39.99

Cooper’s Price $34.99

Rocky Mountain Blackberry Flavored Whiskey

The finest blackberries from the Rocky Mountain region are harvested over the summer, juiced, and blended with whiskey, creating an intensely rich spirit. The whiskey rests in charred American barrels, where notes of vanilla, raisin, and oak are pulled from the barrel itself, flavoring the whiskey. The spirit is naturally colored by the barrel and blackberry juice used, without the aid of artificial coloring agents. Lastly, it is bottled by hand to maintain the integrity of the sweet blackberries and soft finish.

Regular Price $39.99

Cooper’s Price: $34.99

Michigan Cherry Flavored Whiskey

Before Prohibition, many American distillers added small amounts of fruit juices to sweeten the whiskey as it aged in wooden barrels. We revive this classic style of whiskey production by juicing world-renowned Montmorency tart cherries from Michigan, and blending the juice with whiskey. The spirit then rests in their used bourbon barrels, giving the flavors time to marry and mature while drawing out notes of vanilla, marzipan, and spice from the barrels. Like all Leopold Bros. spirits, this is bottled by hand, to preserve the bright cherry flavor, full burgundy color, and soft whiskey finish.

Regular Price $39.99

Cooper’s Price: $34.99

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Super Bowl Snack Wines – February 3rd and 4th

Super Bowl Snack Wines – February 3rd and 4th

Barnard Griffin Fume Blanc Columbia Valley

Barnard Griffin is the premier family owned winery in Washington and an important part of every wine afficiando’s tour of the state’s greatest wineries. Barnard Griffin winery not only has a rich family winemaking history, one that represents the true pioneering spirit of Washington State wines, but also takes you into wonderful, new varietals. Founded in 1983 by Rob Griffin and Deborah Barnard, Barnard Griffin has been producing Award Winning wines for over 30 years.

Winemaker’s Comments: “Our many years of practice blending Semillon in with our Sauvignon Blanc have created a style that exhibits richness and enhanced longevity. The wine shows dynamic orange, lime and mango flavors and aromas, shaded with sage and flint overtones. Has just the right amount of mouth cleansing acidity and pizzazz to pair well with shellfish and light cheeses.”

Cooper’s Price $12.99


Badia A Coltibuono, Chianti Classico RS (Roberto Stucchi) 2014

The “abbey of good harvest” is at least a 1,000 years old according to the Marchio Storico and the monks of Coltibuono, the Vallombrosan (the name of the Benedictine Abbey) may have been the first to cultivate Sangiovese in Tuscany.

The name implies a duality of purpose. An ancient badia, or abbey, holds a special place in the history of Western Europe. During the Middle Ages, these abbeys served not only as places of worship and spiritual refuge, but also as centers of learning, engines for economic growth, and laboratories for agricultural development: coltibuono.

The monastery was active from 1000 C.E. to around 1800 C.E. when Napoleon annexed most church property in Tuscany. Some he gave away to friends or as political favors, some he sold. Thus, there were two owners between the time of the annexation and the abbey’s purchase by the Stucchi’s ancestors in 1841. Emanuela Stucchi and her siblings are seventh generation stewards of the property. The philosophical approach is to maintain both the integrity of Sangiovese and the unique terroir of Chianti Classico through organic farming practices, clonal diversity, restrained use of new oak barrels and the shunning of dominant varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cooper’s Price $15.99

Tomero Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina

Tomero wines are traditional Argentine varietals with classic varietal character that is always true to their terroir. Most Tomero wines are sourced from high-elevation vineyards in Valle de Uco, a sub-appellation of Mendoza nestled against the base of the Andes.

The Valle de Uco is located 130km southeast from the city of Mendoza. Mr. Antonio Pulenta came upon these lands more than 30 years ago and began the planting of vineyards in what today is known as Finca los Alamos. It is undoubtedly a vineyard of inestimable value due to its location, its old age and the quality of its grapes.

TASTE: Intense red-purple color with a dark core. It has a light smoky bouquet with touches of cooked meat and sage, while the palate has a supple core of peppery red fruit and a harmonious, elegant finish.

Cooper’s Price $14.99

Bodegas Olivares Altos de la Hoya

As Spain’s winemaking revolution matures, Jumilla continues to produce some of the world’s great wine values. The region’s native Monastrell—Mourvèdre in the Rhone —is one of the most prized varieties of Mediterranean Europe. And on account of the reliably hot, dry summers, ripeness is rarely an issue.

Yet Jumilla has a diversity of terroirs, certain of which clearly transcend mere “value.” And the wines of Paco Selva’s Bodegas Olivares have done just that, thanks to a singular terroir and the perspective necessary to give it a meaningful voice. The vines here are 85 years old! They have never been crafted. The trunks on these vines are bigger than a fire hydrant. When you taste this wine you will beg me to charge you more!

As buyer for a wholesaler in Atlanta, I would order 600+ cases. Its cost to quality is among the highest in the wine industry and I’m so happy to finally find it in Colorado!

Cooper’s Price $12.99

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Thanksgiving Tasting – November 18th and 19th

Thanksgiving Tasting!

Join us Friday November 18th for our usual tasting. On Saturday the 19th we will be celebrating our THIRD BIRTHDAY

5-7 PM – See you there!

Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris 2014 – $17.99

(Willamette Valley, Oregon)

1970 was winding down when founders, Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser pulled their ’68 VW Camper up to an abandoned prune orchard some 30 miles southwest of Portland. These moonstruck kids had little farming experience and just a basic knowledge of winemaking. What they did have in abundance was a passion for growing the Pinot Noir grape and creating world-class wine. Soon after settling on this extraordinary land, they planted their first vines and cinched their place as pioneers in Oregon’s budding wine industry.

This Willamette Valley Pinot Gris is one the most popular wines from the winery. No surprise there since it is considered one of the finest Pinot Gris’ to emerge from this Oregon wine-growing region. The grapes are farmed from the hills; most come from our vineyards and those are organically grown. The grapes are crushed as whole clusters. They’re given a slow, cool fermentation in stainless steel for approximately three weeks. This gives the wine a firm, focused backbone coupled with a lush creaminess.

Besides the apple/fig/citrus and spice, this Pinot Gris has complex undertones of earth and mineral with aromas that will develop over time.


Elouan Rose 2015 – $16.99

(Willamette, Umpqua, and Rogue Valleys)

Elouan Rosé brings together fruit from three regions along Oregon’s Coast: Willamette, Umpqua, and Rogue Valleys, with the majority of the fruit coming from the warmest of the three valleys: Rogue.  The diversity of these cool climate areas combined with a long growing season creates wine with intensity of fruit flavor, structure, and a fresh vibrant acidity. This is a bespoke rosé where grapes were grown and harvested with the specific intention of making rosé; and not a saignée rosé, which can be a by-product of making red wine.

This wine should be enjoyed very well chilled.  It is finished with a screw cap to preserve the crisp, clean aromas and tastes, and is a great choice for outdoor occasions: picnics, lunch on the patio, or enjoyed on its own as an aperitif.

Tasting Notes: On entry, bright acidity enlivens the palate with firm red berry fruit flavors combined with tart, dried apricot and concentrated minerality. The mid-palate is rich and expansive with fresh acidity that carries flavors of freeze-dried berries and clementine rind through the long-lasting finish.

Famille Gonnet Confidentia Cote Du Rhone – $12.99

(Southern Rhone, France)

According to local archives, the Gonnet family has been settled at Bédarrides since 1600. In 1880, Jean Etienne Gonnet built the farmhouse that serves as the headquarters of the estate today. His grandson, Etienne Gonnet, created Font de Michelle in 1950. This 30 hectare vineyard – adjoining land connected all in one lot – is magnificently situated in the southeast of the Châteauneuf du Pape AOC.

Since 1975, his sons, Jean and Michel, have kept watch over the destiny of the estate. The Grenach, Syrah, and Cinsault used in the wine were grown on clay and limestone soil and harvested from high elevation southern facing slopes. After a fifteen day fermentation and maceration the wine is then put into traditional casks for twelve months.

Tasting Notes: Red fruits, cherries, spices, and red licorice. A wine to be enjoyed in its youth, or aged for 5 to 7 years. A great pairing with game, red meats, cheeses, and spicy foods.

G.D. Vajra Nebbiolo 2014 – $22.99

(Barolo, Italy)

G.D. Vajra was founded in 1972 by Aldo Vaira and his wife Milena. For generations, the Vairas had sold their fruit to local growers but upon inheriting the estate, Aldo broke from family tradition and began producing wines under his own label. G.D. Vajra is entirely a family affair, the winery was named after Aldo’s father, Giuseppe Domenico and Aldo and Milena work with their daughter Francesca and sons, Giuseppe and Isidoro.

The family owns almost 100 acres of vineyards in Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo. The Vaira’s winemaking philosophy is simple, they are not modern, and they are not traditional. They practice sustainable farming and craft sensitive, transparent wines of place by patiently allowing the fruit to dictate its own evolution.

Tasting Notes: Ruby red, delicate and at times, transparent. Intense expressive aromas of violets and dried roses are layered over small red berry notes. Silky tannins envelop the palate with personality and vivacious energy.

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Top Deck Diaries – May 23

Top Deck Diaries – Chablis Premier Cru

Here is an awesome pairing we thought you’d like to enjoy too!

2014 Mont de Milieu – Chablis Premier Cru

We paired this lovely french chablis with grilled shrimp over salad greens and fresh vegetables with a delicious garden, Green Goddess dressing. Sale Price $29.99

Tasting Notes:

Medium straw in color; bright nose of apples and toasted almonds, luscious, medium texture; stone fruit and apples infused our mouths and it finished with a touch of minerality– long finish. 

More About The Winemaker

The Nicolle family is firmly rooted in the village of Fleys, a winemaker village in the middle of the vines 4 kilometers from the town of Chablis. The domaine was created with less than one hectare in 1979 by Robert Nicolle and Josette Laroche, who can both trace their history from winemaking families in Fleys back to the late 19th century.

Chablis Premier Cru bottle picSince the creation of the domaine, they have increased the size of their vineyards bit by bit, and currently the domaine produces wine from 20 hectares of vines. In 1999, they were joined by their 20 year old son Charly, who had just graduated from the lycée viticole. Today, Charly is officially in charge of the domaine, but Robert is still out in the vines nearly every day.

The largest holdings of the domaine are in AOC Chablis, located for the most part around the village of Fleys. The vinification is on the lees in stainless steel tanks, which produces a house style that is both fresh and vibrant, but also rich on the mid-palate.

100% Chardonnay from a south/southwest-facing 2-hectare ‘Mont de Milieu’ vineyard, which neighbors Chablis Grand Crus. 40-60 year old vines. Kimmeridgean limestone soils, with a high concentration of clay topsoil. Wine undergoes natural yeast fermentation and Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Aged 12-18 months on lees in stainless steel tanks.

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