Of all the new wines coming through the store, here’s four that we keep taking home:
Smoking 08 Oregon Pinot:
Lemelsom Thea’s Selection Pinot noir 08
$25.16 in an order of any 12 bottles
Great! An amazing core of cherry fruit and a super lush texture draws you in, while shadings of huckleberry and dark cocoa keep your buds popping. Thea’s positively sings on the finish. Outstanding Pinot.
Ca del Baio Langhe Chardonnay “Luna d’Agosto” 09
$13.45 in an order of any 12 bottles
Unoaked Chardonnay from Italy’s Piedmont – damn straight. One of the wines I look most forward to this time of year. We had a bottle last night with Albacore sashimi – wow. Clean, citrus flavors aren’t complex, they’re just perfect. Bring on the heat and humidity!
Fire up the grill:
Monchiero Barolo “Roere” 05
$26.95 in an order of any 12 bottles
A contender for the best value Barolo. Floral and mega-aromatic, the Roere treats you to the allure of Nebbiolo – it smells like no other grape varietal. Dried rose, licorice, truffle-mushroom, dark cherry, fall leaves, resin and more. The tannins cry out for protein (steaks are on the menu) and it’s best to let this breathe for 1-2 hours before digging in. I can’t wait to visit the winery in September…
A glass with anything:
Westrey Pinot noir Willamette Valley 09
$19.75 in an order of any 12 bottles
The most recent success from Westrey. Red fruit – mostly crushed raspberry and wild mountain strawberry – subtle smoke, and white flowers. The WV 09 melds forward fruit with a bright and lively character, making a great intro to Oregon’s 2009 vintage.