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Carpe Vinum Up to Half Off

Tasters and emailers alike seized most of what we offered last week. The Sancerre sold out before the tasting. The Weil Riesling during; We have just a few bottles of the Drouhin Pouilly Fuisse left.
February 14, 2018


        We were able to get more of the Rose and the reds so we have two to three cases left of each.
        Tasters agreed that the 2016 Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Moussiere Rose  showed very nicely, and even in last week's cold, ordered quite a bit. It flaunted Pinot Noir and showed quite a bit more open than some 2017s we have beeen tasting recently. Highly recommended.
        2012 Windracer Russian River Pinot Noir  is drinking in a nice place for a five-year-old. Slightly reticent at first, it opened into a very popular plummy fullness, with just the right amount of offsetting acid structure underneath

        We opened the 2014 Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf du Pape the morning of the tasting because we thought that it might need a lot of air due to its youth. We were wrong. It is forward and drinking nicely, showing a nice classicly Rhone-deep complexity. Drink now with maybe an hour's decant or over the next five years.


2015 Domaine Fouassier Sancerre Les Chasseignes
Was $33 , now 19.99 Net Sold Out
2015 Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse
Was $32, now 24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49 Bottles only

Drouhin is one of the finest negociants in Burgundy, renowned for their ability to express the naunce of site. One of the most popular of their 2015 whites at our dinner in November was their Pouilly Vinzelles .
2014 Robert Weil Riesling Trocken (Dry)
Was $21, Now 15.99 sold out


2016 Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Moussiere Rose
Was 27.99; Now 19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99; Case, 16.99

Everybody knows  you have to drink rose young. The better the rose, the more everybody is wrong. Case in point, this fine poised Pinot Noir rose from an excellent vintage with lots of stuffing and drive. It is just as good now as it was last year when I made the notes below and with its Loire Valley minerality will age like a lighter Pinot red. It will drink better this year than last and is good for at least another couple of years

 Color: very pale orange pink; Aroma: light fresh clean , very pretty fine, finely elegant rather rich; Mouth: subdued ripe notes, rather full, pretty & fine, satisfying ripe dark fruit, focussed structure; Very Good Plus


2012 Windracer Pinot Noir Russian River
Was $45, Now 24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49; Case, 21.24 18 bottles left

Aroma: dense heady, plummy deep black fruit, an acid spice edge; Mouth: plummy fullish, black fruit, very full in the front of the mouth, , clean finish, some length, fine tannins on the end; Very Good Plus 24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49; Case, 21.24

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate "charcuterie, roasted herbs and rosemary jam. It is a spicy yet fresh style of Pinot Noir to drink [now]."

2014 Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes
Was $60, now 39.99 Net - 2 cases left

The Maurrel Brothers are famous for their monumental Deus Ex Machina and Combe des Fous Chateauneuf du Papes. In 2014 they opted to put the grapes from those cuvees into their regular bottling. It is a sturdy wine, with their hallmark linear spice.

 Jeb Dunnock, Wine Advocate"Richer, darker and also slightly more polished [than the basic botting], the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is another beautiful wine and is one of the few gems in the vintage to seek out. Licorice, dried earth, black cherries, raspberries and spice are just some of the nuances here, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, impressive balance and ripe tannin. It will have a decade of overall longevity, and that’s saying something in 2014."


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