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Favorites for Fall - Every Bottle Discounted 20%!
Suddenly, long sleeves don't seem so completely out of the question. Nor does turning on the oven seem completely insane. As we count the final weeks (maybe days?) of tomatoes, we figured it was time to gather our latest favorite discoveries and best values.
Personally, it's hard for me to think of this as a "fall" mixed case. "Late summer" is easier for me to handle. Regardless, the cooling weather seemed to require a new cast of wines suitable for soon-to-come squash and sweaters.
As usual, this fall mixed case represents the BEST DEAL on these wines: a stellar cast of bottles, discounted 20%!
Starting with the reds, the heralded 09 Beaujolais vintage makes its appearance in Lapierre's Raisins Gaulois and Coquelet's Beaujolais-Villages. Heading to the south of France, we feature a darling of Paris' natural wine bars that's new to the New York market: Bruno's Duchêne VDP Rouge La Luna, which hails from the area around Collioure and is a blend of Grenache and Carignan. The wine shows plenty of freshness and vibrancy but also hints at the herb-tinged wilderness associated with the area. And from the Côtes du Rhône, Gramenon's 09 Poignée de Raisins is a delicious, spicy and exceedingly food-friendly wine made with carbonic maceration, which lends emphasis to the bright yet concentrated fruit.
For the cool nights that are just around the corner, we move to the more robust side of reds with Edmunds St. John's Old Black Magic, hailing from one of California's masters of old world-styled wines made from Rhône varietals. This offers lots of meatiness along with spice notes, smoke and dark fruits.
The white wines are an eclectic mix spanning the globe from France all the way to Hungary. Királyudvar's Furmint Sec delivers truly impressive precision and balance, which isn't surprising given that it's owned by Anthony Hwang, who also is majority-owner of Vouvray's Domaine Huet; it also has Huet's winemaker, Noël Pinguet, consulting. Patrick Piuze's Petit Chablis transcends its humble "petit" origins by delivering tons of grand Chablisian minerality. And from the Canary Islands, Bermejo's Diego offers up a fascinating saline-inflected minerality that betrays its volcanic origins. (Please see below for a full list of this mixed case's reds and whites.)
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the store at (212) 980-9463 to take advantage of this opportunity to drink well while ringing in the fall. And check out our website regularly, because as the seasons change, so will our mixed case. In fact, we will always have a tailored mixed case available online, so when these 12 bottles run out, don't hesitate to reorder.
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2009 Lambert Chinon Les Terrasses
This organic Chinon offers intense aromatics of herbs, pepper and crushed raspberries. A great food wine.
2009 Duchêne VDP Rouge La Luna
A new addition to the Louis/Dressner portfolio, Bruno Duchêne is a darling of Paris' natural wine bars. Hailing from vines around Collioure, which is very close to Spain and on the Mediterranean, this blend of Grenache and Carignan offers juicy, earthy and herbal-tinged fruits.
2009 Coquelet Beaujolais-Villages
This shows the strength of the region's 09 vintage with its concentration and complexity that belies the humble Beaujolais-Villages appellation.
2009 Monasterio de Corias Joven
This is a field blend of indigenous grapes from the slate soils of Asturias, a region in Northern Spain famous for its Cabrales blue cheese. A far cry from the polished, fruit-forward wines that Spain is commonly associated with these days, this is full of slatey minerality, bright florality and red fruits.
2009 Gramenon Poignée de Raisins
Dangerously gulpable Côtes du Rhône made with carbonic maceration by a Lapierre pupil. Deliciously packed with dark red fruits and spice.
2007 Edmunds St. John Old Black Magic
From one of the masters of making balanced wines from Rhône varietals in California, this delivers smoky, meaty flavors with pepper and dark fruits.
2009 Lapierre Raisins Gaulois
Another 09 Beaujolais, which is essentially declassified Morgon based on Lapierre's young vines. Juicy dark fruits, floral notes and a mineral spine.
2009 Patrick Piuze Petit Chablis
Patrick Piuze is one of the most exciting recent finds on the Chablis playing field. The 2008 vintage was his first, and he purchases grapes that are all hand-harvested from mostly old vines. His dedication to quality shows in the wines - even his Petit Chablis receives the royal treatment in the winery. It's citrusy and redolent with classic Chablisian minerality.
2009 Monte di Grazia Bianco
Monte di Grazia's red was so well-received in our summer mixed case that we couldn't resist including its white counterpart here. The bianco shows a remarkable freshness for a southern Italian white. The wine shows both stone fruits reminiscent of Riesling and green herbaceous fruit more in the Sauvignon Blanc vein. Fascinating.
2009 Tedeschi Pignoletto
Grown in the hills just outside of Bologna - the city renowned for its cured meats and, of course, its ragù - Pignoletto is the classic white that begins a meal in that city. Tedeschi's takes Pignoletto and pushes it into more complex and unfamiliar territory. The juice sees extended contact with the grape skins, resulting in a grippy impression on the palate. The wine offers an oily texture, deep minerality and fragrant citrus fruits.
2007 Királyudvar Furmint Sec
A dry wine from Tokaji country with an enormous pedigree, its owner is Anthony Hwang of Domaine Huet in Vouvray, and Huet's winemaker, Noël Pinguet, consults. The result is a high-wire act of incisive acidity and round, floral fruits.
2009 Bermejo Diego
A mineral-laden entry from the Canary Islands. Bermejo's Diego delivers an intense and singular minerality of saline and volcanic allusions.
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