Aug/Sept Case Of The Month - $115


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

Bocelli Poggiocino 2012
Whoa, a national inventory oversight takes this serious Tuscan red from $28 down to just $13. Dark in profile, the black cherry fruit is encircled by a range of warm bass note flavors and aromas - smoky graham cracker, spicy anise and a forest floor woodsiness. It opens slowly, the texture becoming creamy mid-palate before rumbling into chewy layers of fruit on the finish. $12.99

Domaine de Montmarin Rosé 2018
We can’t let summer slip by without including a classic French Mediterranean pink and this direct import bargain is tough to beat. A 50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah, it’s fragrant and floral with lifted raspberry aromatics brightening the soft watermelon texture while the finish is crisp and clean. A pleasure to drink, especially for just $8.99.

Pierre Henri Muscadet Sevre et Maine Saint Fiacre 2016
Saint-Fiacre is an “island” of weathered granite and schist-clay soils that sits at the wishbone of the Sèvre and Maine rivers close to the Atlantic Ocean. Its soil, littered with sea fossils, and its proximity to the ocean give the grapes a distinctive briny, oyster shell minerality perfect for pairing with, well oysters! And other shellfish and light late summer fare. This version is appropriately dry and crisp, joined by mild bready aromas, lemon zest and a flowing dappled texture. $11.50

Lezaun Tinto 2018
Spain has more vines under cultivation than any other country, which is partly why I suppose they can produce a wine like this so cheaply. A small family affair, they farm organically and use very little sulfur in production; an artisan product like this could easily be twice as much. 65% Tempranillo, 35% Garnacha and 5% Merlot, this is dark in color, juicy and inviting. There’s good balance between the dusty black plum fruit and bright red cherry notes, flavors kept buoyant by an undercurrent of lively acidity. $9.50

Ridge Crest Syrah Columbia Valley 2015
For the waning days of summer, here’s a classic NW Syrah for your remaining BBQ outings. Expressive and punchy, this tastes a bit like a pepper crusted steak cooked over hickory wood and sauced with a ripe blueberry coulis. Meaty, spicy and super smooth in texture, the finish brings lightly creeping tannins, perfect to pair with that pepper crusted steak. $9.99

Quinta do Correio Dão Branco 2018
Delivering more charm and seduction than first meets the eye, this Portuguese white starts stony and limey before rolling into a white peach softness midpalate followed by salt water taffy on the finish. Mild aromas of ripe honeydew and tarragon add complexity and linger on the finish. 40% Malvasia Fina, 30% Cerceal Branco and 20% Bical from the north central Dão region. $9.99 

L’Isola dei Profumi Rosso Siciliane 2017
A summery charmer from Sicily, this marries the dark power of Nero d’Avola to the more fragrant brighter feel of Perricone. Fresh and airy enough to pair with light summer meals, it’s also sturdy enough if that meal ends up being burgers or sausage pizza. Floral dried tobacco and herb aromas lead to strawberry and ripe raspberry on the palate, supple and toothsome, before fading into a gentle finish. $9.99

Lavradores de Feitora Douro Tinto 2017
With a rustic bass note personality, this Douro offers big black smoky fruit with a singed earth, spicy edge. The aromatics are a bit wild, the finish holds with a grainy grip and in between there’s lots of dark plum/black cherry fruit to chew on. $10.99

Umani Ronchi Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2017
Italy has plenty of value-priced reds; one of our favorites is Montepulciano, like this one. Flavorful and generous, it envelopes your palate with steeped plum and dark marionberry fruit while appealing notes of cocoa, dried oregano and black licorice float in the background. Rich enough to satisfy, medium-bodied enough to be versatile, it’s a great pick for a daily drinker. $11.50

Basel Cellars Chenin Blanc 2018
Some of our most popular NW reds come from Walla Walla’s Basel Cellars and the whites are really good too! This Chenin is a nice change of pace from the lean crispness of many summer whites offering a gentle mellow texture and floral blossomy aromas. Its peachy softness is cut with an appealing orange peel citrus bite finishing with a toothsome grapeskin grippiness. $11.99

Lapostolle Cabernet Sauvignon 2013  
Showing classic Chilean Cab Sauv flavors, this tastes new world with  hints of the old, tasting downright Bordeaux-like on the finish. The big black cherry and currant fruit flavors have a brambly dusty edge, soft and savory, all encircled by a halo of tobacco and cedary spice. Time in the bottle has been kind; this punches above its price. $11.99

Mas des Mas Corbières 2016 
Jean-Claude Mas’ goals are true-to-appellation character, a clean fresh personality and value, and here he has succeeded. A blend of 45% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 20% Carignan, this is classy and polished for a Languedoc rouge while still offering typical flavors of dark ripe berry fruit and shades of wild herb and cracked pepper. $11.99

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