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Corfini Cellars, WA

Corfini Cellars, WA

This is our very own negociant label sourced from some of the best vineyards in Eastern Washington and made by some truly talented winemakers. These wines are of high quality and are priced to be poured by the glass in restaurants or as a great affordable everyday wine to be purchased at a bottle shop.

2009 Sangiovese – The fruit for this comes from vineyards in the Columbia Valley including the Walla Walla area. This is a big, voluptuous new world Sangiovese complimented by soft tannins and great acidity. Flavors of cedar, dark cherries and earth abound with subtle oak nuances. This is a great wine to be had with rich pasta dishes and red meat and is fairly limited. SOLD OUT

2009 Lella’s Blend – Named for Jim Brooke’s mother, this is a blend of 100% Walla Walla fruit from Pepper Bridge, Birch Creek and Les Collines vineyards. Seriously, an absolute steal for fruit of this caliber! It is simple human error that the label says Columbia Valley (Walla Walla is IN the Columbia Valley, after all). Sometimes it is best to find humor in what could otherwise be a negative situation and move on with our lives. It is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Merlot aged for 18 months in Hungarian, French and American Oak with about 22% new Hungarian. It is soft and supple with black cherries, cassis and a hint of cedar. There is a slight roasted-nut and caramel quality that lingers for quite some time on the finish. SOLD OUT

2009 Syrah – 89% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre & 5% Grenache from Horse Heaven Hills & Wahluke slope AVAs. Medium bodied and quite smooth with just a touch of smoke, fresh herbs and lush dark fruit. This wine allows the fruit to shine through by keeping the oak and alcohol in check. A great Syrah for someone craving an “old world” style from Washington.

2011 Riesling – This refreshing Riesling comes in at just above dry/off-dry threshold at about 1.5% residual sugar. Like a piece of fruit off an orchard tree, this wine features bright & ripe fruit aromas and a mouthful of juicy fruit. The little bit of residual sugar that was left in the wine is balanced perfectly by racy mouth-watering acidity and will pair wonderfully with a wide variety of seafood and spicier fair. This stuff is very drinkable.

2011 Un-Oaked Chardonnay – 100% Chardonnay with zero barrel contact and just a smidge of malo-lactic fermentation. Tropical fruits with apples and a banana accent delivered with full fruity body and a bone dry finish that shows a bit of lemon and lime accent. Great acids and a light touch make this wine great as a cocktail “happy-hour” choice that is sure to please.

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – The idea here is to offer a medium bodied, fruit driven wine with very little tannin or oak influence. Dark fruits, low alcohol and just enough earth without any harsh “green” flavors, this is a cocktail sipper to be enjoyed with or without food that can be revisited for a second glass.

Ott & Murphy Wines, WA

Ott & Murphy Wines, WA

When he’s not guiding climbers up some of the biggest mountains in the world, Eric Murphy creates small lots of French styled wines using old world artisan techniques. Cold soaks, co-fermentation at crush, hand punch downs, stem Inclusion, sur lie aging & battonage, minimal filtration or fining, and carefully balanced oak exposure help make wines that are balanced and very food friendly.

2011 Viognier –A great alternative to some of the heavier overripe Viognier out there, this is bright and crisp with mouthwatering acidity due to no malolactic fermentation and restrained use of neutral French oak. The palate shows a complex play of kiwi, mango and citrus fruits, with a spicy twist that lingers through to the soft, rich- almost creamy finish. The Roussanne component adds depth and richness to the floral and vibrant Viognier, and the Marsanne brings notes of Citrus, with a mineral and spice mouthfeel. Yippeeeee, great acids!

2010 Double Bluff Red – Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Roussane from the Horseheaven Hills all co-fermented at crush. This is a very cool and exotic Southern Rhone style blend displaying bright flavors of raspberry, cherry and pomegranate. Mostly neutral barrels were used, helping to make a lower alcohol red blend that is light on its feet, very well balanced and prime for pairing with a wide variety of foods. It’s almost as if Washington’s true terroir is shining through here without being masked by lots of oak, alcohol and overly ripe fruit. What a gem!

2011 “Chanson” Rose – Grenache & Tempranillo. Dig the pale dusty rose/orange color! This dry rose is full of refreshing flavors of tart strawberry, watermelon & citrus rind. It’s clean and dry, has bright lively acidity and very much in the style of those charming wines from the South of France. Quantity is very limited so this will not be around for long.

2008 Radieux – Eric has decided to make a Bordeaux blend of the usual suspects like Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Fairly dark and chewy in style here, the black fruit is very much “of Washington” but without being sappy, sweet or over-oaked. Balance and restraint are everpresent in this lovely age-worthy wine.

2009 Grenache – Mostly Grenache with a little bit of Cinsault and Syrah aged in almost only neutral French Oak barrels. A rich, dark garnet-red wine with aromas of violets, fennel and chocolate. Ripe raspberry, blackberry, and cherry flavors build, with chocolate and caramel rounding out the spicy finish.

Proletariat Wine Company, Walla Walla WA

Proletariat Wine Company, Walla Walla WA

Proletariat brings high quality, otherwise expensively priced wines to restaurant patrons everywhere…and at very reasonable prices. Our wines are 100% grown and produced in the Northwest and our focus is on AVAs like Walla Walla Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain, Wahluke Slope and Snipes Mountain. What’s more, there is essentially ZERO WASTE for you restauranteurs out there, thus helping lift that ever precious bottom line! Five gallon kegs.

2010 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon – Deep raspberry preserves dark chocolate, truffle earth tones and a finish of vanilla tobacco. Smooth as velvet. Seguin Moreau and Taransaud French oak.

2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – Classic Pinot notes on the nose introduce dark opaque fruits. Juicy blackberry and raspberry with a well balanced natural acidity make this a Willamette gem.

2010 Walla Walla Malbec – Deep purple, magenta color with aromas of blueberry pie and hints of floral and sweet spice. On the palate, this gem offers up ripe berries, silkier tannins and a slightly drying earthy mineral finish.

2010 Walla Walla Bordeaux Blend – Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Thke aroma of blackberry and hints of anise and vanilla lead to toffee and mocha. 100% French oak on this bad boy creates great balance and allows it to be enjoyed throughout a meal (protein heavy, of course).

2010 Walla Walla Super Tuscan – A blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet. Aiming to combine the rustic with the lush, this wine presents cherries and lively acidity.

2010 Syrah – Juicy, earthy and well balanced with just enough smoky meaty quality to round things out.

2011 Yakima Valley Sauvignon Blanc – A refreshingly intense summer beauty. Concentrated citrus, passion fruit and a tropical fruit finish with balanced and layered minerality. Stainless Steel only!

2011 Yakima Valley Riesling – Racing acidity meets tropical pineapple and pear. Floral and orange rind lift the nose as grapefruits and minerals finish. No secondary fermentation, gentle on the sugar.

2011 Pinot Gris – Clear yellow straw in color this opens up with intense aromas of melon, citrus and a touch of vanilla. The palate is rich and bright with focused acidity that carries the fruit from start to end. Just sweet enough to be perfectly enjoyable!

2010 Reserve Chardonnay – Ripe, round and perfectly balanced. Creamy pears and apples with some tropical fruits and very gracefully integrated French oak.

2011 Viognier/Roussanne – This playful blend of Yakima Valley Viognier and Walla Walla Roussanne boasts aromatics of honeysuckle, apricots, cinnamon, pineapple and pear leading to a creamy mouthfeel. Copmpletely balanced and refreshing.

2011 Columbia Valley Chardonnay – Delicious melon and peacyh notes are achieved by combining two barrels from WSalla Walla fermented in 100% French oak with 10 barrels from the Wahluke Slope fermented in stainless steel. A great balance between fruit, acidity and just a touch of French oak.

2010 Columbia Valley Rose – Bright pink with a nose of cherries, strawberries and raspberries. Red fruit on the palate with balanced acidity and a full fresh finish. Pressed Cabernet Franc at 22 brix makes up the majority of this blend. 100% Stainless steel fermentation with glycol jacketed tanks gave us a cold 55 degree fermentation which lasted 46 days.

2009 Reserve Cabernet

Rotie Cellars, Walla Walla WA

Rotie Cellars, Walla Walla, WA

Winemaker Sean Boyd is a self-professed Rhône Valley junkie, and his gorgeous blended wines do a great job of paying homage to the ancestral home of the Syrah grape. These wines are hand crafted with no acidification, dilution or chaptalization and strike a great balance of fruit, tannin, oak and a acidity. Sean resists the urge to beef up his wine with tons of new oak because, as he puts it, “I don’t like to taste popsicle stick tannins.” Hello food friendly Washington wine!

2011 Southern White – 50% Viognier, 30% Roussane and 20% Marsanne with zero oak or malolactic fermentation. Though rich and mouthfilling, Sean has done a great job of keeping this wine lively, elegant and above all delicious! This is a highly aromatic white. Golden colored, it emits scents of Asian pears, peaches, apricots, lilac, honeysuckle, sandalwood and flint. The stone fruit flavors are well extracted, with tones of grape skin, melon rind and a hint of beeswax, followed by a lingering minerally finish. 92pts The Rhone Report
SOLD OUT

2010 Southern Blend – 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre with only neutral French oak barrels. Grenache from choice vineyards along the Columbia River is Sean’s baby! Steep slopes, sandy soils, high wind & 40 degree diurnal temperature swings help to make some of the best Grenache in the new world. Deep ruby colored, it displays a sultry, smoky nose of raspberries, cassis and garrigue evocative of the classic Southern Rhone G/S/M blends. The flavors are thick and penetrating, with the Grenache component imparting unctuous fruit, underlain with earth, minerals, bittersweet chocolate and licorice. On the back, the texture thickens with roasted berries and orange peel on a deep ripe tannin finish that shows fine fruit acids and a dusting of spice and pepper. 91pts Robert Parker

2010 Northern Blend – 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier co-fermented in the classic style of the Northern Rhône Cote-Roties. This co-fermentation trick has a wonderful way of bringing out ripe red and black fruits, floral aromatics as well as adding structure and complexity. Blackberry and blueberry nose with whiffs of incense and tobacco. The flavors are exquisitely wrought, permeated with vibrant red and blue fruits that persist on the back palate, along with tons of chocolate, licorice, and pomegranate. Meaty bacon fat and olive tapenade are well integrated into this fantastic rendition of the Rhone! 94pts Robert Parker

2011 Northern White – 100 Marsanne with NO oak and no malolactic fermentation. This is Sean Boyd’s latest experiment gone right! Though young and sleepy and needing to lay down for a bit, it is already showing bright and fresh white peach, Asian Lilly and honeysuckle with prominent minerality and bracing acidity. Do not expect the rich oxidized style of a white Hermitage, rather this is sleek and minerally stuff to pair with a wide array of our local seafood bounty.

2010 Little G – Finally, Sean Boyd has released small amounts of his club wines to us in the general population! 100% Grenache from a single old vineyard overlooking the Columbia River. This stuff looks more like a Pinot in the glass and is all about sexy elegance. It’s rare, expensive and built to age. 93pts Robert Parker

2010 Dre – Again with the club wine Sean, thanks! Dre is short for Mourvedre. This 100 case lot hails from Alder Ridge block #34 which is perched about 500 ft. above the Columbia River in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. This quaint little spot is ideal for Rhone varietals such as Mourvedre due to its high heat indices, constant wind flow and insulation from the river preventing catastrophic winter freezes. Inspired by some of the great old producers of the Rhone Valley, Sean Boyd decided to take a chance and bottle this as sort of an homage to their go-to-end-of-the-day Mourvedre heavy blends. Soft red fruits and mineral on the nose followed by a lively and surprisingly “bright” portrayal of the characteristic dark fruits inherent to the varietal. Though savory and gamey notes persist throughout, the wine resists the urge to be one dimensional and carries a superb balance of fruit, alcohol and chalky tannins through the long finish. One of my favorite thing about these wines is the intelligent use of oak; second and third use Sirugue barrels from his buddy in Sonoma to be exact . To quote Sean “I don’t really like using new oak on these small batch wines because the oak dominates the fruit and creates popsicle-stick like tannins.” 92pts Robert Parker

Toasted Goat Wines, WA

Toasted Goat Wines, WA

Another one of our negociant labels, obviously one that takes itself incredibly seriously and is geared for only the most up tight and un-fun of wine venues...not really. The wines are all meant to be fruit forward, clean and without over the top alcohol & oak. The idea for the label comes from former wine-maker Jimmy Morin (our operations manager) and his observations of a goat in the vineyard. It seems that during his tenure in Temecula, CA a certain goat would wander sheepishly into the vineyard and eat the grapes right off the vine thus giving wonder to the thought of a goat getting toasted off the fruit of the vine. There is a small industry secret I will release to you; these are the same wines as the Corfini chard, Riesling, cab and Syrah. Different clients like different things. Toast the goat!

2009 Syrah – 89% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre & 5% Grenache from Horse Heaven Hills & Wahluke slope AVAs. Medium bodied and quite smooth with just a touch of smoke, fresh herbs and lush dark fruit. This wine allows the fruit to shine through by keeping the oak and alcohol in check. A great Syrah for someone craving an “old world” style from Washington.

2011 Riesling – This refreshing Riesling comes in at just above dry/off-dry threshold at about 1.5% residual sugar. Like a piece of fruit off an orchard tree, this wine features bright & ripe fruit aromas and a mouthful of juicy fruit. The little bit of residual sugar that was left in the wine is balanced perfectly by racy mouth-watering acidity and will pair wonderfully with a wide variety of seafood and spicier fair. This stuff is very drinkable.

2011 Un-Oaked Chardonnay – 100% Chardonnay with zero barrel contact and just a smidge of malo-lactic fermentation. Tropical fruits with apples and a banana accent delivered with full fruity body and a bone dry finish that shows a bit of lemon and lime accent. Great acids and a light touch make this wine great as a cocktail “happy-hour” choice that is sure to please.

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – The idea here is to offer a medium bodied, fruit driven wine with very little tannin or oak influence. Dark fruits, low alcohol and just enough earth without any harsh “green” flavors, this is a cocktail sipper to be enjoyed with or without food that can be revisited for a second glass. SOLD OUT

Elemental Cellars, Willamette Valley, OR

Elemental Cellars, Willamette Valley, OR

Winemaker Steven Westby has been making wine in the Willamette Valley for nearly 20 years for his primary label, Witness Tree Vineyard. Elemental Cellars is his little side project for cork-dorks, featuring varietals that don’t compete with Witness Tree from small batch, single-vineyard contracts throughout the Willamette. These wines are absolute gems and can please old world palates as well as anything from the states! Coming soon….Gamay! Sauvignon Blanc!

2008 Pinot Gris – 100% Pinot Gris from the Croft Vineyard in Willamette Valley. This is a very big Pinot Gris due to the warm temperatures of 2008. Fermented to dryness in 100% neutral French oak, this Alsacian style Gris shows flavors of Granny Smith apples and fresh pears with minerality and racy acidity. The high alcohol and round mouthfeel make this wine able to pair with richer seafoods like Sturgeon or Halibut.

2011 Auxerrois – 100% Auxerrois from the Zenith vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills near Salem. Ok, before we go any further remember that some of the most delicious wines are also the hardest to pronounce. OH-ZEHR-WAH. There, that wasn’t so bad was it? Auxerrois is a very obscure grape originally named for the city of Auxerre in Burgundy and usually used as a blending grape in Alsacian white wines. This is a fantastic example of the high grade dry whites that the Willamette can produce. The nose is immediately enticing with aromas of Asian Lillies, white roses and exotic fruits. Richly textured (from netural French oak fermentation) in the mouth bursting with flavors of pear, nectarine and other orchard fruits followed by mineral flavors and very bright acidity. This wine is a star and needs to be paired with anything involving shellfish or fennel!

2006 Syrah – 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier co-fermented. This is a cool climate red and a nice counterpoint to Washington’s big brawny Syrahs. Feminine in style with a very pretty nose of plums, moist earth and violets. The mouth is clean with jammy plum and blackberry fruit and a nice touch of mineral. Once again, this is something different not to be missed especially for those “old world” palates out there. Pairs brilliantly with rabbit, duck or lamb. Sadly, this is the last vintage Steven made and even though it may seem like a hard sell, this is our job as wine pushers. SOLD OUT

Witness Tree Vineyards, Willamette Valley OR

Witness Tree Vineyards, Willamette Valley OR

Everything Witness Tree produces comes exclusively from their organic, dry farmed 50 acre vineyard just NW of Salem, OR. Originally planted in the early 80s, this vineyard is in a particularly cool sub-climate and tends to produces balanced dialed back wines with lower alcohol and great acids. Steven Westby is the vineyard manager, winemaker, dishwasher and resident at WTV and these wines are very much his labor of love. With some of the lowest prices for estate wines of this caliber, I’m sure some of his neighbors are at least a little annoyed that he has resisted the urge to over-charge.

The Witness Tree is a 350 year old Russian Oak tree that’s just about as big as any tree you could imagine. These Witness Trees were used in the 1800s as landmarkers for surveyors in the pre-Iphone GPS world. Carving the co-ordinates of the location into the trunk of the tree with a giant chiseling device proved to be too violent an act for about 99.9% of them and this is now a nationally protected monument. If you visit, make sure to take a moment and soak in the view of the valley from an adirondack under the tree. In addition, method champenoise bubbles are right around the corner and yes they are affordable.

2010 Pinot Blanc – Austere, deep, rich, lively, bone dry and with great acids. These are just a few words to describe one of my favorite domestic white wines. This is not the flabby stuff with a bit of residual sugar you may be used to from our country, this is indeed a tip of the cap to Alsace. Come n get it!

2010 Chardonnay – The flavor profile lies somewhere between Macon & Napa Valley. There is a hint of tropical fruit on the nose, but it’s much more a step towards citrus and mango. The oak has presence but it is not vanilla and toast, it’s really just there for structural support and mouthfeel. If you’re looking for a Chardonnay to quell the griping of all those haters, this is it.

2010 Pinot Noir “Chainsaw” – Now before you wine dorks get all uppity and skip the Chainsaw Pinot, read a bit more. Obviously, chainsaw is not a term usually indicative of an elegant Pinot Noir. Once upon a time in a late 1990s winter, Steven Westby took a chainsaw to some 30 odd acres of old vine Chardonnay as part of a huge field grafting project to get more pinot rolling. This is about 80% of the source for this wine with the other 20% being old vine Pommard. This pinot is bright red, fresh, silky and ultra food friendly.

2010 Estate Pinot noir – As I mentioned before, all things Witness Tree are in fact estate, but this wine is sourced only from the original plantings of Pommard and Wadenswil. Resisting the often over ripe nature of many 2009s, it is elegant, sexy and supremely balanced. Aromas of dark primary fruits with intense perfume and spice driven qualities. On the palate the wine is round, full and satiny with notes of black cherries, rhubarb, dried herbs and baking spices. The finish is fresh and clean with well-integrated tannins and acid.

2009 Dolcetto “Rimari” – Quite simply, I am so happy that I finally found a domestic Dolcetto that actually tastes like Dolcetto! After visiting the vineyard, it kind of makes sense that parts of the Willamette could do an exceptional job of growing Piemontese varietals. This half acre block of Dolcetto comes from a steep and rocky portion of the upper area of the vineyard and the wine is wonderfully old school. Violets, red berries and great minerality are delivered with medium body and a graceful mouthfeel. Bright, high toned acids compliment the wine perfectly and it is sure to pair with food. I only got 7 cases to sell, lucky me! SOLD OUT

2011 Rose – 85% Pinot Noir & 15% Viognier. This is NOT the usual saignee method rose you may be used to from Oregon. Instead they decided to roll with the tight 2011 vintage and use some under-ripe pinot noir grapes in a short cold soak to make a true rose of Pinot. A bit of viognier was thrown in to round out the mid pallet and add some citrus elements to the wine. The flavors are of rhubarb, watermelon, tart strawberry and citrus rind with a soft mouthfeel and great acids.

Stangeland Winery, Willamette Valley OR

Stangeland Winery, Willamette Valley OR

Larry Miller planted his first vineyard in 1978 and now works with 6 different vineyards in the Eola-Amity hills AVA just north of Salem. He is a seasoned veteran and makes Pinot Noir at great prices that reflects the climate and soil of the area perfectly.

2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – One of the few handmade Pinots at this price, this wine flows with red and black fruits, forest floor and a good amount of earth. Persistent flavors and surprising weight with a dry finish and balanced tannins and acids. Perfect for a glasspour!

2009 Vermeer Vineyard Pinot Noir – A shocking price on a single vineyard designate pinot from the highest elevation vineyard in the Eola Amity Hills. Dark, earthy, minerally and full of Burgundian character. The elevation really helped this wine resist the 2009 heat spike.

Gamba Vineyards and Winery, Russian River Valley, CA

Gamba Vineyards and Winery, Russian River Valley, CA

To be perfectly frank, I have outgrown my zinfandel days as I often find it cloying and one dimensional. However, Gamba consistently blows my mind and weaves a tale of decadence and beauty like none other I have tasted. This is all about Old Vine Zinfandel!

The words “old vine” have been an increasingly popular sales line and have become associated with vines that are really not that old at all. How old is old? Well, I would have to say that 90 years old is up there and 110 years old is well past the required age for the Denny’s senior discount! Simply put, Gamba has been producing Zinfandel in the Russian River for over a century using organic practices and zero irrigation or machine harvesting. Half ton per acre yields make this small production wine a serious treasure not to be missed!

2010 Zinfandel Estate Vineyard- planted in 1900, these gnarled old beasts barely produce any fruit. What they do produce is absolute gold! Intensely seductive aromas of black cherry and fresh raspberry with plenty of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg spice accents. The mouthfeel is luscious and the flavors are intense but it is surprising how elegant and balanced the wine is.

2009 Zinfandel Moratto Vineyard – Quite simply, this is liquid-hedonism. This wine is absolutely HUGE with plenty of ripe raspberry jam, blackberry pie and creamy vanilla notes. Considering the ABV (16.5% !!) there is no burn on the nose and the finish is clean and pleasant.

Baldacci Family Vineyards, Napa Valley CA

Baldacci Family Vineyards, Napa Valley CA

Baldacci Family Vineyards blends a deep passion for winemaking with the timeless tradition of family. Combining these two vital facets of life into one ensures that every drop in every bottle produced is a true labor of love. Thomas and Brenda Baldacci purchased their 17-acre parcel of vineyard land in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley in 1997. They believed then, as they do now, that the enjoyment of great winemaking and the opportunity to build a lasting legacy for their family was a dream worth pursuing. This all-inclusive approach to winemaking has helped the Baldacci’s to establish a reputation as part of the Napa Valley winery community. Expert crop management & minimal handling help to make these wines of serious distinction and critical praise. It should be noted that uber-talented winemaker Rolando Hurerra is the former assistant from Screaming Eagle.

2011 Sorrelle Chardonnay - This is that creamy, buttery, tropical stuff that made California Chardonnay so beloved! The difference here, however, is balance, structure and acids. Aromas of pineapple and mandarin orange with a sexy butterscotch undertone give way to a mouthful of ripe fruit and cream. This wine resists the urge to overwhelm you with oak and butter and maintains grace throughout. I knew I liked this wine, so I bought every last bottle the winery had.

2009 IV Sons - The blend is Cabernet, from our Stags Leap District vineyard, and Merlot and Syrah, from the Estate vineyard in Carneros. Rolando won’t tell us the exact blend but from tasting the wine, it seems to be primarily Cabernet with a full-bodied mid-palate from the Merlot and Syrah. Aromas of black cherry, cassis, white chocolate, and crushed herbs are an amazing introduction to the mouth-watering flavors of blackberries, figs, dark chocolate, tabacco leaves and delicate notes of minerals and earth all wrapped in a coating of delicious French oak. 91pts Robert Parker

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon - 100% Cabernet from their prized Stag’s Leap District vineyards. While this wine is full throttle and certainly new world, it is not the over the top mouth coating oak bomb that has become so popular these days. I like to say, powerfully graceful. Complex and lively with a touch of roasted jalapeno on the nose, the mouth is full of black fruit and cocoa with soft silk tannins you just can’t resist. 93pts Wine Enthusiast, 92pts Robert Parker SOLD OUT

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon – The Black Label Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is smooth, rich and generous – a Stags Leap District wine that truly represents the “Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove;” it is what we think of when we say “Napa Valley Cabernet.” The aging in 100% French, 55% new, for 18 months only enhances this balanced wine. Aromas of cassis, blackberries and clean earth complement the layered flavors of black cherries, wild berries, caramel custard and refined, mouth-water tannins. Irresistible in its youth, this wine will age gracefully for 8-10 years. 1176 cases produced. 94pts & Cellar Selection Wine Enthusiast, 91pts Robert Parker

Upland Estates Winery, Snipes Mountain, WA

Upland Estates Winery, Snipes Mountain, WA

First planted in 1917, the upland Vineyard is essentially Washington’s oldest winery. W.B. Bridgman planted port varietals as well as the ancient varietal, Muscat of Alexandria, to feed the nation’s craving for dessert and fortified wines. By the 1930s the winery was beginning to thrive and Bridgman decided to propagate more traditional wine varietals throughout his vineyard. The winery was purchased by the Newhouse family in 1972 and today boasts about 400 acres of wine grapes with an additional 600 acres of various fruit crops. This high elevation old vineyard helps to produce wines of distinction, balance and noticeably low alcohol levels for Washington.

2009 Gewurztraminer – This is a wonderful semi-Alsacian style wine produced from a 20 year old planting on the cooler north slope of the mountain. Floral and perfumey with pear, lemon zest, ripe melons and spicy undertones that are balanced by nice acidity and a clean refreshing finish. Though not bone-dry, the nominal sweetness of this wine is perfectly balanced and will not overwhelm.

2010 Gewurztraminer – 2010 was a cooler vintage than the previous and yielded classy dialed back white wines. This vintage is a bit leaner and more minerally than the previous.

2008 Malbec – Finally, a local Malbec that I think I could pick out blind in a lineup. It’s dark and rich up front but the palate quickly reveals that there is freshness and nice acidity to be had. Violets, dark fruit and a bit of clean minerality that are not covered up by excess oak or alcohol…13.5%! 91pts Robert Parker

2009 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon – Planted in 1973, these are definitely some of the oldest Cab vines around. Dried berries, herbs, caramel, coca and unctuous dark fruit with a dusty earthiness. Though big rich and bold, this wine again shows wonderful balance and poise.

2009 Ampelli Ice Wine – these Muscat of Alexandria vines were planted in 1917 and are by far the oldest still producing vines in the state. Harvested frozen on the vine in early December of 2009, this unctuous hedonistic goodness is nothing short of shocking! Orange blossom, candied pear, tea and honey flavors that are sweet but not too sweet…shocking balance for such a rich dessert wine. If you can resist the urge to finish it, leave it open (corked of course) in the fridge for a few days and watch it evolve. Taste history! 92pts Robert Parker

Des Voigne Cellars, Columbia Valley, WA

Des Voigne Cellars, Columbia Valley, WA

Darren and Melissa Des Voigne started Des Voigne Cellars in 2004, a few years after a long honeymoon that took them all over Italy. After spending weeks eating and drinking their way through the country, and having spent one week at a winery in Castellina in Chianti they decided to abandon their half-formed plan of opening a wine shop and take their garage wine making hobby to the next level. With the help of UC Davis seminars and Darren’s brother, Derek (owner/winemaker of Cuillin Hills Winery) Darren honed his wine making style to become one of the two best Des Voigne brothers currently producing wine in Woodinville. Darren is also an avid collector of vintage jazz records and admirer of Deco poster art, interests which inspired the look and names of all of Des Voigne Cellars’ wines. If you’re looking for big, rich, spicy and bold Washington wine then these are for you!

2010 The Groove – This huge blend of Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot absolutely delivers bang for the buck. Rich dark fruit and spice with loads of character and flavor.

2007 Solea - Cabernet Sauvingon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Boasting lovely aromas of black cherry, black plum, vanilla, and old fashioned root beer, the ripe dark fruit flavors round out the underlying structure of medium-bodied tannins. Although young, Solea is elegantly balanced and smooth textured and will continue to integrate and evolve beautifully with cellar aging.

2009 The Duke – Washington Zinfandel aged 19 months in a mix of new and used French oak. Dark ruby color, this wine is loaded with ripe fruit. Aromas of cranberry and pomegranate combine with notes of black tea and toffee while flavors of wild berry and cracked pepper carry through the rich finish. Medium-bodied and well balanced, The Duke packs in a lot of flavor while maintaining a sense of elegance and balance. This is the most “zinfandel like” wine I’ve had out of Washington…hello brambleberry!

2009 Untitled - Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petit Verdot, aged 22 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak delivering a fragrant bouquet of licorice, blackberry, black currant and wood smoke. Medium to full bodied, layered and intense on the palate with an abundance of ripe flavors through the finish and a tannin structure that is seamlessly integrated.

Carabella Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, OR

Carabella Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, OR

Acccording to geologist turned winemaker Mike Hallock, “it’s all about the vineyard.” Before moving to the Willamette in the early 90’s, Mike spent about 12 years pouring over soil, topography and climate maps to find the ultimate site to plant his three favorite varietals. The site on Parrett Mountain combines some of the best qualities of Oregon and French terroir. The wines are elegant, expressive and supremely balanced to go with the meal.

2011 Pinot Gris – This Alsacian style Gris strikes the perfect balance of freshness, richness and acidity. Blending from two different sites in the vineyard and employing partial malo-lactic fermentation and neutral French oak, this table white is right at home with our array of local seafood and seasonal veggies.

2008 Dijon 76 Clone Chardonnay – Engineered to be like a domestic Montrachet, this is serious age-worthy old-world styled Chardonnay. Pure and clean orchard fruits balanced by subtle creaminess, exquisite mouthfeel and bright acidity. It can be a bit of a challenge to get people to understand that this is indeed the current vintage and your adventurousness will be kindly rewarded by pristine elegance that could easily age for many more years to come.

2010 Pinot Noir - This is a wonderful expression of the complex, elegant style of pinot noir for which Oregon gained its reputation. A blend of red fruit driven aromas, a bit of spice, very seamless tannins play well together. Some sultry underpinnings from some of the darker clones are beginning to assert themselves.

2010 Plowbuster Pinot Noir - This is the same fruit that goes into his big boy pinot. Mike carefully evaluates his barrels and picks the ones that display alluring drinkability in their youth to be sold younger and cheaper under this second label cuvee. 89 and Best Buy – Wine and Spirits 89 and Best Buy – Wine and Spirits

Wine from France

Wine from France

Domaine des Nugues, Burgundy FR - NV “Made by G” method Champenoise Gamay – 100% Gamay from Beaujolais, France…done in method Champenoise? Who are you? I dub thee Sommelier Crack! Up front the aromas of sweet blackberries and cherries make you think you’re about to drink candy, but the pallet does a 180 flip into a tart, slightly under-ripe plum that finishes squeaky clean. This tastes unmistakably like French Gamay but with a candied frothy-bubble twist. Very limited and very fun!

Domaine du Margalleau, Loire Valley FR - 2010 Vouvray Sec – Winemaker Jean-Michel Pieaux represents the third generation of this humble family estate, one that always dedicates the cream of its Chenin Blanc crop to crafting pure, artisanal wine. The Domaine's vineyards benefit from a combination of clay, chalk and flint soils which contribute to its fresh personality. 100% Chenin Blanc from their 26 Hectare Estate in the heart of Vouvray. The wine is perfectly ripe and clean, delivering abundant aroma, a full-bodied and ripe yet utterly dry finish. Spicy melon and citrus aromas with great honeyed-citrus flavors , a touch of stony minerality and a long, luxurious finish. Let us remind you of the true nature of this often mistreated varietal!

Domaine Jean Collet et Fils, Burgundy FR - 2009 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 375ml – The Collet family has been making wine in France since 1792 with the last 4 generations being focused on producing top quality Chablis from their estate vineyards. The parcels of the vineyards of Domaine Collet are located on the best slopes of the right bank (1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre and 1er Cru Mont de Milieu) and left bank (Montmains 1er Cru and Vaillons 1er Cru) of the Serein River. The philosophy is a marriage of traditional techniques with the latest and greatest in technology all without the use of herbicides or pesticides. This wine is definitely a product of terroir. Excellent southwest exposure, close proximity to the Serein River and alternating layers of very compact and hard chalky limestone and softer clay that is embedded with fossilized marine plants and animals. Fresh lemon & grapefruit flavors on the nose combined with Chablis’ infamous minerality and oh-so-delightfully-brisk acidity make this a Chardonnay not to be missed. The 375ml format makes it a great option for restaurant lists.

Domaine Menmard Gaborit, Loire Valley FR - 2010 Muscadet-Sevre et Maine sur lie Cuvee Prestige – Minerally, lithe, clean and bright acidity. Muscadet is the natural pairing for our delicious local shellfish and this is a fine example of the traditional style with a bit more fruit to give.

2011 Vrac Macon – Vrac is a play on the French term “en vrac” which refers to the age old practice of filling up your jug from the local producer. This un-oaked Chardonnay is bright, fresh, minerally and refreshingly perfect for lighter dishes or as a cocktail wine.

2012 Vrac Cotes du Rhone – Same concept as the Macon just from another small co-op in the very south end of the Rhone Valley. Though I was reluctant to bring another Cotes du Rhone into this saturated market, I couldn’t resisit this little baby. Up front the wine displays an alluring dark juicy profile but it immediately takes a turn for the bright, high toned flavor profile we all know and love. Ripe cherries and tart cranberries with clean minerality, fresh herbs and mouthwatering acidity. This is an uber versatile wine to pair with a wide variety of foods including poultry and our fantastic local Salmon.

Andres Clouet Grande Reserve Brut Champagne – Hailing from the famed vineyards of Bouzy, this 100% Pinot Noir Champagne spends six years on its lees! Rich and dynamic flavors that are shockingly well rounded for so much yeast contact. This rare gem is very limited and hard to get. 90pts Robert Parker

Wine from Italy

Wine from Italy

Azienda Agricola Bovio Gianfranco, Piedmont IT - 2010 Barbera d’Alba “il Ciotto” – Fleshy blue fruits and wet stone abound in this fine little Barbera. Medium bodied and with a silky mouthfeel, this is a very serious wine at an everyday price. Classic North Italy here! SOLD OUT

Castello di Potentino, Tuscany IT - 2007 “Sacramonte” Montecucco Rosso – Castello di Potentino gets its name from the 1,000 year old refurbished Etruscan castle sitting on the property. Built in 1042, the land has since been the home to countless noble families with famed winemaker Charlotte Horton now creating beautiful Tuscan delights sourced from her 4 hectare vineyard and made on sight within the castle walls. 100% Sangiovese aged for 16 months in mostly neutral French Oak barrels. An earthy nose with an alluring balance of cherries, fresh green herbs, licorice and leather, this medium bodied wine bursts with flavors on the palate. Finishing silky smooth with medium-firm tannins and great acidity, this is a sure fire example of Tuscan Sangiovese’s ability to easily pair with a wide range of food.

Socre, Piemonte IT - 2007 Barbaresco – The ripe 2007 vintage has given us a young Barbaresco that is actually ready to drink right now. Socre is lucky enough to have some of its vines within Roncaglie Alto and the wine displays wonderful depth and character. Leathery with ripe red fruits and fully integrated tannins, this wine will please the traditionalist and lure in a new world palate with ease.

Forteto della luja, Piemonte IT - 2011 Moscato d’Asti DOCG – I was reluctant to bring in a Moscato as the market has plenty of cheaper versions and it just really doesn’t get the respect it can sometimes deserve. However, I am not in this business to fill orders and sell the same old thing day in and day out so I figured, “what the hell?” This stuff is top notch. Deep and complex with apricot, white roses, honey and savory notes not that unlike biting into the best piece of baklava you’ve ever had. The sweetness is not cloying and the acidity makes it difficult to resist another sip. I recommend drinking this with salty cheese and charcuterie. Yin and yang baby! SOLD OUT

Azienda Agricola Eubea, Basilicata IT - 2006 Covo dei Briganti Aglianico del Vulture - Perched on the thick volcanic ash covered slopes of Mt. Vulture in South Italy, this robust gem has a great story behind it. Some odd 350 years ago the Eubea family was chased out of Greece due to some trouble with the law. They happened to land their vessel on the southern shores of present day Basilicata, IT (i.e. the arch of the foot of the boot of Italy) and hid out in some caves. Once the “heat” had dissipated, they emerged and decided to settled to plant crops (vines included) in then richly fertile soils of Mt. Vulture. Now days, the family uses those very caves (Covo dei Briganti) to age their powerful complex wines. After about 6 years in the bottle, this beast is finally settling down. Rocks, wildflowers, dark fruit and wild earth run rampant through the nose & flavor of this gorgeous wine. I would go so far as to say that Aglianico del Vulture could be considered the “other” Barolo of Italy. Powerful, complex and begging for a massive piece of meat fresh off the coals. This is a fantastic gateway wine for someone unfamiliar with the wines of Italy.

L’Arco – Coming very soon to a Corfini Cellars sales rep’s bag near you! Beautiful cutting edge wines rooted in tradition with the occasional use of some non-traditional varietals. Owner and wine-maker Luca Fedrigo honed his craft over an 11 year apprenticeship with the legendary Giuseppe Quintarelli. This is rich, top shelf stuff that heavily employs the use of appassimento.

 

 

 



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