Wines We’re Liking Now – from Oregon to Italy

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.

Sipping poolside:
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!

monchiero-roere-250pFire 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.

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