May Case Of The Month - $115


COM = a mixed case with one bottle each of these winners
– or you can buy them individually as well...

Appaloosa Syrah Columbia Valley 2013 This Washington red takes inspiration from the northern Rhône as hints of leather and licorice accent a mouthful of just-ripe, spicy blackberry fruit. Aromas of graham cracker and crushed marionberry offer a typical Washington feel but the full-bodied meatiness seems more old world than new. $10.99

Ravier Abymes Jacquère 2015
Jacquère is a lovely, little-known white varietal from the Savoie region in the French Alps. There aren’t many available in Portland but when we have one, the customers are pleased. This bottling was a hit last vintage and should be again; lively and fresh tasting, the fleshy melon fruit is balanced by zesty tangerine while a dried pineapple note adds bite on the finish. $11.50

Scaia Corvina 2015
Made by an Amarone producer in an appealing springtime style, this is silky and smooth, jazzy and vibrant, the kind of red you could chill lightly and chug down at the season’s first picnic. The nose offers violets and lavender while the palate boasts a wash of black cherry, studded with nuggets of dried cranberry.  Supple overall, it tightens slightly on the allspice-tinged finish. Note: glass stopper, no corkscrew required. $11.99

Giocato Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Produced just over the Italian border in Slovenia, this is a high-quality second label from winery Edi Simcic. Airy and pure, the tender white peach fruit is joined by light fresh fennel and stony mineral notes finishing racy and clean. A lot of drinking pleasure for just $8.99.

Barbi Sangiovese “il Ruspo” 2015
An easy pick, this direct import Sangio from Umbria is user-friendly and easy to like but offers enough complexity to enjoy glass after glass. Dark chocolate brownie aromatics lead to juicy black cherry and tangy red plum on the palate while the more rumbling finish and spiced salumi notes remind you: that’s Italian! $9.99

Zoe Greek Red 2015
A captivating summery red from the Peloponnese, this opens with inviting floral aromatics and a crunchy lively texture as dusty raspberry and pie cherry fruit ride along a vein of volcanic minerality. The fruit shades darker and sappier with more airtime, ending with a crushed black pepper zestiness. 90% Aghiorghitiko, 10% Cab Sauv. If you can’t pronounce Aghiorghitiko, you haven’t drank enough. $11.99

Esprit Gassier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015
Perfect timing on this pretty pink from Provence - an end-of-vintage deal cut the price almost in half. Like many of Provence’s best rosés, it is pale and coppery in appearance but there’s a surprising amount of flavor and personality hiding within. Whispery flavors of cherry, plum and dried herb glide across the palate and the texture alternates between rounded smooth and grippy, finishing with hints of ground white pepper. Normally $18, now just $9.99.

Dry Creek Chenin Blanc 2016
Flavorful yet snappy, this charming white is a Chenin that California can be proud of. Peachy nectarine aromatics lead to a honeydew melon succulence drawn tight by lime zest and a botanical juniper spiciness. Bracingly fresh yet gentle and fruity, it would be a welcome companion to an afternoon of gardening. $12.99

Vizar Tempranillo 2015
This powerful Spanish red over-delivers for the money and no surprise, given that it’s a declassified Ribera del Duero. While it’s immediate neighbors charge twice the price (or more), this humbly offers a ride on the Triple S train: silky, then sappy, then structured, a minibus tour of Tempranillo tastes. Polished smooth to start, the fruit expands mid-palate with blackberry and boysenberry notes before sliding into a chewy, clay-like finish. $9.99

Greenstone Point Pinot Noir 2015
This pleasantly plump Kiwi Pinot offers ample fruit flavors of black cherry and red plum balanced by more leafy notes of black tea (with lemon!) and dried orange zest. Soft and generous (and organic!) it has a mellow, lazy vibe as the fruit unfoldsslowly across the palate ending with woodsy cinnamon spice. $9.99

Charamba Douro Reserva 2015
Portugal continues to offer such great values and range, from juicy fresh versatile reds to more sturdy offerings like this one. Satisfyingly situated between the old world and the new, the dark fruit is soft and mellow and the notes of old wood and floral dusty earth lend a timeless quality. Flashes of oakiness bring it into the present, adding richness and depth. $9.99

Elsa Bianchi Malbec 2015 1L
Happy, straightforward and simple in a good way, this party-sized 1 Liter bottle offers a sappy smooth blast of jumbleberry, razzleberry, and whateverberry backed by vanilla toasty oak notes. Despite its generous and anodyne fruit profile, there’s a balanced lively fresh feel that keeps it pumping along. $8.99

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