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July 15, 2014

After almost 4 decades of work with vineyards in France and Italy as an importer and distributor, Kermit Lynch has gained an unmatched level of knowledge and expertise in this crazy industry.  In the last few years, he’s applied his experience and capitalized on his close relationships with growers and winemakers on a new project- consulting on wines with his very own label. 

His 2010 Cypress Cuvee Cotes du Rhone, made by Louis Barruol comes from 30+ year old vines, mostly from the red clay vineyards of the Vin Sobre appellation. 75% Syrah, 15% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre, vinified and aged in concrete tanks, make up this classic, elegant wine, with hosts of black fruits and spicy cracked pepper notes. Burgers, steaks, eggplant parm, rainy nights, starving artists… this is a stand-out on our Rhone shelf right now, priced just right for any night of the week at $17!

July 9, 2014

New Rosé! It’s Christmas in July!

Massaya Rosé, Bekaa Valley 2013

Our rad friend Sami’s rosé is old-school and elegant, 100% Cinsault from Lebanon. $18

Tegernseerhof/Mittelbach Rosé, Wachau 2013

Citrus and strawberries, bright and satisfying, this Austrian Zweigelt rosé is hard to pronounce but easy to drink. $15

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Rosato, Etna 2013

Complex and sophisticated, made from Nerello Mascalese grown in rich volcanic soil. $21

Liquid Geography Rosado, Bullas 2013

100% Monastrell from southeast Spain, Liquid Geography is a team project between talented and venerable winemaking friends, and all profits benefit the TJ Martell Foundation, a non profit dedicated to cancer research. Delicious rosé with real heart.  $13

Les Vignobles Gueissard Cuvee Papilles,Cotes de Provence 2013

A blend of hand-harvested Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre, with a touch of Rolle and Cinsault. Pale, dry and mineral-rich, with a touch of citrus- a true classic from a venerable producer. $15

Chateau Trinquevedel Tavel, Rhone 2013

Tavel holds the distinction of being the only AOC in France that produces only pink wine, so you know they do it right. This traditionally rich, zesty rosé has notes of cranberry and blackcurrant with a long, spicy finish. $21

June 18, 2014

SUPER FUN NEW WHITES

Summer, summer, summer time

We deliver to Transmitter Park, y’know…

Espelt Vailet Blanco 2010

60% Garnacha Blanca/ 40% Macabeo

Hailing from northeast Spain near the Mediterranean sea and the Pyrenees, this sunny blend is light and bright, just like these suuuu-uh-meerrrrr niiiiiights. $15

Effet Papillon Cotes du Roussillon Blanc 2013

Biodynamic, hand-harvested Grenache Blanc from the iron rich soil of the Cotes du Rousillon.  Jasmine scented with peach and citrus on the palate.  $12

Nomade Torrontes, Cafayate 2012

Old vine fruit, hand picked from several vineyards for the highest quality, makes up this intensely charactered Argentinian white. Aromatic white flowers and tropical fruit…it’s a vacation in a bottle. $14

June 18, 2014

NEW CIDERS
We’re told that before prohibition, cider was the most popular beverage in America… but how quickly we forget! Some fine folks are creating some terrific ciders out there, and we love our selection.  Here are a few new additions!
Eric Bordelet Sydre Argelette 2013
Former sommelier at Alain Passard’s famed Paris restaurant Arpege Eric Bordelet took over his family’s cider orchards in 1992. The property is located in Southern Normandy, and there, Eric decided that the cider produced should be made and treated with just as much respect and care as fine wine.  His Sydre Argelette is made from nineteen heritage apple varieties from a single harvest in the ancestral method. With tiny bubbles and incredible aromatics giving way to nectarine, honey, and apricot notes, this is an incredibly complex cider. An excellent pairing with cheese similar to those of Normandy. roast chicken, or as an aperetif, this truly is a special and age-worthy cider. $23
Eve’s Cidery Beckhorn Hollow
Located in Van Etten in New York’s Finger Lakes, Eve’s Cidery is a magical place where wonderful people are doing some pretty rad work. Grower James, along with our friends Autumn and Ezra, produce small quantities of several different cider cuvees, and it’s always tough to pick favorites.  This is our first season working with the Beckhorn Hollow Dry, and we’re in love. Naturally sparkling and refreshingly dry. The cidery calls it “a farmers’ favorite” and recommends using it “to cool down after a long day of work or serve it alongside left-overs or as a blue-collar Champagne… served chilled and often”. We think they’re being too humble.  $15
Leon Desfrieches et Fils Le Pere Jules Poiré de Normandie
And now for something completely different… Poiré! Papa Jules returned to his family home in Normandy after the first World War to produce cider and Calvados from the apple and pear trees grown on the property for generations.  His Poiré is produced today by his great grandson from three varieties of pears from the now hundreds-year-old orchards. Crisp, dry, and clean, with a real vibrancy from the beautiful pears that make it.  Drink with soft fromage and friends.  $17

NEW CIDERS

We’re told that before prohibition, cider was the most popular beverage in America… but how quickly we forget! Some fine folks are creating some terrific ciders out there, and we love our selection.  Here are a few new additions!

Eric Bordelet Sydre Argelette 2013

Former sommelier at Alain Passard’s famed Paris restaurant Arpege Eric Bordelet took over his family’s cider orchards in 1992. The property is located in Southern Normandy, and there, Eric decided that the cider produced should be made and treated with just as much respect and care as fine wine.  His Sydre Argelette is made from nineteen heritage apple varieties from a single harvest in the ancestral method. With tiny bubbles and incredible aromatics giving way to nectarine, honey, and apricot notes, this is an incredibly complex cider. An excellent pairing with cheese similar to those of Normandy. roast chicken, or as an aperetif, this truly is a special and age-worthy cider. $23

Eve’s Cidery Beckhorn Hollow

Located in Van Etten in New York’s Finger Lakes, Eve’s Cidery is a magical place where wonderful people are doing some pretty rad work. Grower James, along with our friends Autumn and Ezra, produce small quantities of several different cider cuvees, and it’s always tough to pick favorites.  This is our first season working with the Beckhorn Hollow Dry, and we’re in love. Naturally sparkling and refreshingly dry. The cidery calls it “a farmers’ favorite” and recommends using it “to cool down after a long day of work or serve it alongside left-overs or as a blue-collar Champagne… served chilled and often”. We think they’re being too humble.  $15

Leon Desfrieches et Fils Le Pere Jules Poiré de Normandie

And now for something completely different… Poiré! Papa Jules returned to his family home in Normandy after the first World War to produce cider and Calvados from the apple and pear trees grown on the property for generations.  His Poiré is produced today by his great grandson from three varieties of pears from the now hundreds-year-old orchards. Crisp, dry, and clean, with a real vibrancy from the beautiful pears that make it.  Drink with soft fromage and friends.  $17

June 18, 2014

THIS JUST IN! BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!
We just received new vintages of some of our old faves!
Ampeleia Unlitro, Tuscany 2013
An organic Grenache/ Mourvedre blend from Tuscany in the cuuuuutest liter bottle! Love Cotes du Rhone?  Try this Italian version.  Clear red fruit, direct and focused. Didn’t think we could love it more than the 2012 but the 2013 is seriously where it’s at!
$21

Lundeen Mon Pére Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2012
Low intervention Pinot Noir from the beautiful Willamette Valley. Ripe cherries, a touch of spice, and a finish that lingers forever. Pair with virtually any food, or drink on it’s own, it’s a real crowd pleaser and don’t you want to please your crowds?
$25
Tegernseerhof Rosé, Mittelbach 2013
Super bright, super zesty, super delicious Austrian rosé if 100% Zweigelt. Hard to pronounce, incredibly easy to drink.  Citrus and strawberries make quite the cocktail, y’all.  A staple in the fridge, year in and year out. Get some!
$15

THIS JUST IN! BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!

We just received new vintages of some of our old faves!

Ampeleia Unlitro, Tuscany 2013

An organic Grenache/ Mourvedre blend from Tuscany in the cuuuuutest liter bottle! Love Cotes du Rhone? Try this Italian version. Clear red fruit, direct and focused. Didn’t think we could love it more than the 2012 but the 2013 is seriously where it’s at!

$21

Lundeen Mon Pére Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2012

Low intervention Pinot Noir from the beautiful Willamette Valley. Ripe cherries, a touch of spice, and a finish that lingers forever. Pair with virtually any food, or drink on it’s own, it’s a real crowd pleaser and don’t you want to please your crowds?

$25

Tegernseerhof Rosé, Mittelbach 2013

Super bright, super zesty, super delicious Austrian rosé if 100% Zweigelt. Hard to pronounce, incredibly easy to drink.  Citrus and strawberries make quite the cocktail, y’all.  A staple in the fridge, year in and year out. Get some!

$15

June 6, 2014

New Wine Alert!
La Cuadrilla Red 2012, Stolpman Vineyards, Santa Barbara County
Named after the loyal and hard-working full time vineyard crew…check it out here!
By coincidence, the blend of the 2012 vintage represents each varietal’s respective acreage planted on the vineyard: 60% Syrah, 20% Sangiovese, 15% Grenache, and 5% Petite Sirah.
Being that the blend comes from the perfect, warm 2012 vintage, the wine is darker with fresh blue and black fruits abounding.  It already is drinking great so raise a glass and toast “Salud!” to the crew!
This year’s label is titled “courage and loyalty” in honor of the strength, fortitude, and dedication of our passionate full-time workers, La Cuadrilla.
Here’s a whole lot more technical info and background:
https://www.stolpmanvineyards.com/pdf/LaCuadrillaRed12.pdf

New Wine Alert!

La Cuadrilla Red 2012, Stolpman Vineyards, Santa Barbara County

Named after the loyal and hard-working full time vineyard crew…check it out here!

By coincidence, the blend of the 2012 vintage represents each varietal’s respective acreage planted on the vineyard: 60% Syrah, 20% Sangiovese, 15% Grenache, and 5% Petite Sirah.

Being that the blend comes from the perfect, warm 2012 vintage, the wine is darker with fresh blue and black fruits abounding.  It already is drinking great so raise a glass and toast “Salud!” to the crew!

This year’s label is titled “courage and loyalty” in honor of the strength, fortitude, and dedication of our passionate full-time workers, La Cuadrilla.

Here’s a whole lot more technical info and background:

https://www.stolpmanvineyards.com/pdf/LaCuadrillaRed12.pdf

May 13, 2014

New Wines from Oregon!

Division Winery, Portland

L’Isle Verte Chenin Blanc 2013

"…A truly balanced and approachable young Chenin Blanc that is still very zippy, but with classic stone fruit and palate richness that Chenin is known for. The secondary components are a combination of mineral, citrus and pineapple that really comes alive after the wine is open for 20 to 30 minutes." $23

WIllamette Valley Gamay Noir 2012

"The aromatics are dominated by classic Gamay juicy strawberry and raspberry with mild pepper, clove and some earthiness that brings distinction to this year’s wine. The palate is bright, red fruit driven with modest tannins. The wine immediately shows off the carbonic profile with underlying caramel tones, winter spices and what we believe to be a hint of calcium minerality leached from the cement vat during fermentation." $33

May 9, 2014

Sticky days call for chilled wine.  This is what we’re drinking… a brand new bubbly from Savoie, France.  A fresh and chalky blend of Molette and Altesse.  A Kermit Lynch import.  
LAMBERT DE SEYSSEL PETIT ROYAL $21
Seyssel may be unknown to many oenophiles today, but the vineyards of this small appellation are regularly mentioned in documents dating back to at least the 11th century, and with the development of sparkling wine production methods in the 19th century a new Seyssel mousseux was created that quickly gained great popularity. Even Queen Victoria is said to have enjoyed the region’s sparkling wines during spa stays in neighboring towns. The “Royal Seyssel” label (originally called “Royal Carte Bleue”), launched in 1901 by the Varichon and Clerc families, was considered for many years to be the best sparkling Seyssel on the market. But when the operation was purchased in the 1990s by a large Burgundian négociant, quality suffered badly, and in 2007 the owners finally closed the local winery, keeping only the rights to the name ‘Varichon et Clerc’ in order to shift the name recognition in the market to their other sparkling wines. Dismayed to see what their great local wine had come to, Seysselans Gérard and Catherine Lambert teamed up with Olivier Varichon, great-grandson of the founder, to buy back the Royal Seyssel label and recreate the light, floral wine that was once so renowned.
The sparkling wines of Seyssel indulge in the same méthode traditionnelle production techniques used for Champagne, and Lambert de Seyssel takes it one step further by aging the Royal Seyssel for at least three years before disgorging it, giving the wine more complex, distinguished aromas and a fine perlage than the competition, which ages only the legal minimum of nine months. The house style is also quite dry (low dosage) in order to preserve the character of the grape varieties.

Sticky days call for chilled wine.  This is what we’re drinking… a brand new bubbly from Savoie, France.  A fresh and chalky blend of Molette and Altesse.  A Kermit Lynch import.  

LAMBERT DE SEYSSEL PETIT ROYAL $21

Seyssel may be unknown to many oenophiles today, but the vineyards of this small appellation are regularly mentioned in documents dating back to at least the 11th century, and with the development of sparkling wine production methods in the 19th century a new Seyssel mousseux was created that quickly gained great popularity. Even Queen Victoria is said to have enjoyed the region’s sparkling wines during spa stays in neighboring towns. The “Royal Seyssel” label (originally called “Royal Carte Bleue”), launched in 1901 by the Varichon and Clerc families, was considered for many years to be the best sparkling Seyssel on the market. But when the operation was purchased in the 1990s by a large Burgundian négociant, quality suffered badly, and in 2007 the owners finally closed the local winery, keeping only the rights to the name ‘Varichon et Clerc’ in order to shift the name recognition in the market to their other sparkling wines. Dismayed to see what their great local wine had come to, Seysselans Gérard and Catherine Lambert teamed up with Olivier Varichon, great-grandson of the founder, to buy back the Royal Seyssel label and recreate the light, floral wine that was once so renowned.

The sparkling wines of Seyssel indulge in the same méthode traditionnelle production techniques used for Champagne, and Lambert de Seyssel takes it one step further by aging the Royal Seyssel for at least three years before disgorging it, giving the wine more complex, distinguished aromas and a fine perlage than the competition, which ages only the legal minimum of nine months. The house style is also quite dry (low dosage) in order to preserve the character of the grape varieties.

April 4, 2014

NEW WHITE WINES FROM ITALY
L’Isola dei Profumo Terre Siciliane 2012: Cheap and cheerful blend of Sicilian native varietals Catarratto and Grecanico. Light, bright, dry, and sunny… easy like Sunday afternoon. $11
LUNAE Colli di Luni Vermentino 2012: Saline minerality with a lime-zest kind of lust for life! Fish, please! $21
Conte Leopardi Calcare Sauvignon 2012: Sancerre lovers rejoice! This elegant and dignified Sauvignon Blanc is an amazing alternative to the Loire Valley fave.
Agricola San Salvatore Falanghina Campania 2012: Lush and textural, with white peach and melon notes.  Wildly satisfying. 
Institut Agricole Regional Aoste Nus Malvoisie 2012: This is Pinot Grigio and it’s really, really good. Like, really good. Which is something I didn’t know was possible.  It’s savory and generous and nuanced and slightly herbal. Consider me a convert.

NEW WHITE WINES FROM ITALY

L’Isola dei Profumo Terre Siciliane 2012: Cheap and cheerful blend of Sicilian native varietals Catarratto and Grecanico. Light, bright, dry, and sunny… easy like Sunday afternoon. $11

LUNAE Colli di Luni Vermentino 2012: Saline minerality with a lime-zest kind of lust for life! Fish, please! $21

Conte Leopardi Calcare Sauvignon 2012: Sancerre lovers rejoice! This elegant and dignified Sauvignon Blanc is an amazing alternative to the Loire Valley fave.

Agricola San Salvatore Falanghina Campania 2012: Lush and textural, with white peach and melon notes.  Wildly satisfying.

Institut Agricole Regional Aoste Nus Malvoisie 2012: This is Pinot Grigio and it’s really, really good. Like, really good. Which is something I didn’t know was possible.  It’s savory and generous and nuanced and slightly herbal. Consider me a convert.

March 26, 2014

NEW FROM BORDEAUX
Bordeaux is the world’s largest quality wine producing region on the planet, and we’ve recently acquired 5 new bottles from the storied (and confusing) Gironde! Let’s break it down…
Chateau de Monrepos Grand Bordeaux 2011: A generous oak barreling gives this dark blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc a smooth, concentrated, vanilla-laden finish.  Red velvet cake, baby. $12
Chateau la Haute Claymore Lussac-Saint-Emilion 2009: This rIght bank Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend from a banging vintage is rife with bold plum and raspberry fruit and touches of cocoa, tobacco, and green bean. A steal. $20
Chateau du Champ des Treilles Sainte-Foy Grand Vin 2011: Corine and Jean-Michel Comme “let nature be their guide” on their Sainte-Foy property, one of the first to be certified organic in the region.  Employing hand harvesting, native yeasts, zero sulfur, and “hands off” vineyard practices, they create wines that are true to the varietals and terroir. Their Grand Vin is 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Petit Verdot. $24
Clos Magne Figeac Saint-Emilion 2010: A gorgeous Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend from a vineyard that’s been in the same family for over 500 years. Black currant, spicy cedar, crushed forest fruit, and the softest tannins.  Blue cheese and steak, please and thanks. $30
Chateau Aney Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc 2010: Another stunner from beloved importer Kermit Lynch! Classy left bank Cru Bourgeois- 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. Finessed and balanced, aged in old oak barrels… drinks great now with a little decanting but will age beautifully. $36
Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac-Leognan Grand Cru Classe de Graves Blanc 2010: We were instantly in love with this dreamy Bordeaux Blanc and just had to have it. The vineyard was founded in the 13th century by Benedictine Monks, making it one of the oldest estates in the region. This Cru Classe is 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon. White peaches, nectarine, honeysuckle, and preserved lemon, with the minerality we always look for in French whites… truly exceptional.  $54

NEW FROM BORDEAUX

Bordeaux is the world’s largest quality wine producing region on the planet, and we’ve recently acquired 5 new bottles from the storied (and confusing) Gironde! Let’s break it down…

Chateau de Monrepos Grand Bordeaux 2011: A generous oak barreling gives this dark blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc a smooth, concentrated, vanilla-laden finish.  Red velvet cake, baby. $12

Chateau la Haute Claymore Lussac-Saint-Emilion 2009: This rIght bank Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend from a banging vintage is rife with bold plum and raspberry fruit and touches of cocoa, tobacco, and green bean. A steal. $20

Chateau du Champ des Treilles Sainte-Foy Grand Vin 2011: Corine and Jean-Michel Comme “let nature be their guide” on their Sainte-Foy property, one of the first to be certified organic in the region.  Employing hand harvesting, native yeasts, zero sulfur, and “hands off” vineyard practices, they create wines that are true to the varietals and terroir. Their Grand Vin is 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Petit Verdot. $24

Clos Magne Figeac Saint-Emilion 2010: A gorgeous Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend from a vineyard that’s been in the same family for over 500 years. Black currant, spicy cedar, crushed forest fruit, and the softest tannins.  Blue cheese and steak, please and thanks. $30

Chateau Aney Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc 2010: Another stunner from beloved importer Kermit Lynch! Classy left bank Cru Bourgeois- 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. Finessed and balanced, aged in old oak barrels… drinks great now with a little decanting but will age beautifully. $36

Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac-Leognan Grand Cru Classe de Graves Blanc 2010: We were instantly in love with this dreamy Bordeaux Blanc and just had to have it. The vineyard was founded in the 13th century by Benedictine Monks, making it one of the oldest estates in the region. This Cru Classe is 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon. White peaches, nectarine, honeysuckle, and preserved lemon, with the minerality we always look for in French whites… truly exceptional.  $54