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The Sec Wines Newsletter features wines that we're really excited to offer you.  These are wines worthy of a special feature due to their high quality to value ratio and just plain deliciousness.  Enjoy!

2010 Rizzi, Barbaresco Riserva, Boito, Piedmont ~ SALE $39.89 Was $49.89
Rizzi is one of the great wineries of Barbaresco, yet still seems to fly under the radar. Maybe this is because their wine-making style is so classical that the new releases don’t stand out in tastings or professional wine reviewers are unaware of Rizzi or most probably because they don’t have a great ambassador to champion their wines outside of Barbaresco. I’ve been cellaring and drinking traditionally-styled Barbaresco for over 25 years now, and I will put Rizzi’s top wines up there with the more famous, and often much more expensive Barbaresco that seem to garner all the national attention. Rizzi’s 2010 Boito Riserva is exceptional Barbaresco. At almost eight years old, it is still a baby by almost any standard, yet is already taking shape and showing glimpses of its enormous potential. The nose offers classic Barbaresco aromas of pipe tobacco, dried porcini mushrooms, earth, pine and an intriguing chinato aromatic profile. Already velvety on the palate despite the wine’s serious tannic structure, the 2010 Boito Riserva is a multi-faceted gem in the making with great depth and inner mouth perfume. Elements of black raspberry fruit, juniper and orange peel are all well integrated with the wine’s massive structural components. Enjoy a bottle now with beef brasato or porcini risotto, then drink over the next 20+ years as it gains in complexity.

Special Price: $39.99 per bottle


Paul Dethune, Brut Grand Cru Champagne ~ SALE $34.99 net REG. $44.99
This is a great example of the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay: big, rich, full-bodied, detailed and Pinot Noir-driven. Ambonnay is Pinot Noir territory and it shows in this excellent Champagne. The addition of 30% Chardonnay adds to the overall complexity and balance of this Champagne by adding an intriguing mineral component as well as giving the wine a more chiseled, detailed personality. Fans of rich, full-bodied Champagne who don’t want to spend $65+ should load up. This sale price is only good through April 16th. So don’t mess around!

Special Price: $34.99 per bottle


2016 Franchere, Grüner Veltliner, Havlin Vineyard, Willamette Valley, OR $18.89
Geek Alert:  Well, well, well...I'm occasionally still blown away by new styles of wine from the the Pacific Northwest and here is one that just about snapped my neck.  I must confess that I've loved Austrian Grüner Veltliners since long before they were cool and favorites of hipster sommeliers from coast to coast.  Franchere’s 2014 was the first new world Grüner that could ever be confused for a top-notch Grüner from the Wachau or Kremstal and this 2016 continues the streak. Farmed near-organically, cold-soaked with the skins for 18 hours and fermented in neutral acacia barrels and made as naturally as possible with only a little sulphur at bottling to keep the wine stable, this white is really complex, both aromatically and on the palate.  Aromas of white pepper, chamomile, nutmeg and pear skin lead to the medium-full-bodied plate with great grip, restrained fruit, good minerality and acidity and general deliciousness!  Drink all spring and summer by itself and with everything. Very,very cool wine!

Special Price: $18.89 per bottle


2015 Franchere, Pinot Noir, Havlin Vineyard, Willamette Valley, OR $25.89
Owner-winemaker Mike Hinds also excels with Oregon’s “other” varietal - Pinot Noir. After featuring Mike’s 2014 Havlin vineyard Syrah along with all three vintages of his Havlin Gruner Veltliner, it’s not surprising that we would be impressed with his Havlin Pinot Noir too. This is really classy Pinot Noir that comes across like it was grown in a cool vintage (only 12.7% alc.), not a torrid one. Floral aromatics backed by scents of Rainer cherries lead to a palate bursting with fresh blood orange with just a touch of cured meat and a bit of spice in the background all framed by bright acidity and fine-grained tannins. Already very refined and delicious, this wine’s structure indicates it’s poised for a long, graceful evolution. To quote owner and winemaker Mike Hinds: “So drink now, drink soon thereafter, and stash a few bottles away to drink 10 or more years down the road.” Very Volnay-like! “Vivid red. Vibrant, spice-accented aromas of fresh red berries, cherry cola and fresh rose pick up a hint of musky earth with air. Shows very good clarity and cut on the palate, offering sappy raspberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of allspice. Finishes long and appealingly sweet, featuring sneaky tannins and suave, floral-driven persistence.” - 91 Josh Raynolds, Vinous Mike Hinds has got it going on. Keep an eye on Franchere!

Special Price: $25.89 per bottle


2015 Domaine Courbis, Cornas, Les Eygats, Northern Rhone Valley $64.89
I tried it - it’s good! “Dark purple. Heady aromas of fresh dark berries, cherry liqueur, potpourri and incense, along with a spicy topnote. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering energetic, palate-staining dark berry, violet pastille and spicecake flavors enlivened by a spine of juicy acidity. Silky tannins build slowly on the strikingly long, penetrating finish, which leaves behind notes of candied blue fruit, cracked pepper and violet.” 92-94 Vinous & “Even inkier-colored than the Sabarotte, the 2015 Cornas les Eygats is another single vineyard release that comes from a site located on the northern edge of the appellation. Aged in 50% new French oak (the balance is in once-used barrels), it offers sensational notes of plums, blueberries, crushed violets, pen ink and barbecue smoke in an utterly profound, decadent, layered, heavenly profile. There's ample tannin here, but they're sweet and polished, and it has an awesome finish. Don't miss it!” 95-97 Wine Advocate

Special Price: $64.89 per bottle


2014 René Rostaing, Coteaux du Languedoc, Vassal de Puech Noble Rouge, France $24.89
Cote-Rotie superstar René Rostaing also makes really cool wine from the Languedoc, and at a price point most of us can afford. A blend of mostly Syrah with a touch of Mourvedre, Grenache and Rolle, the nose is Syrah-dominated with smoke and wild game aromas. The generous palate is easy to cozy up to with blueberry and blackberry fruit playing nicely off the wine mineral, smoke and earth notes. Delicious on its own, or with a wide range of food like grilled lamb or steak, roast pork shoulder, burgers or white bean dishes featuring garlic and herbs.

Special Price: $24.89 per bottle


2013 Jean Deydier, Cotes du Rhone Rouge, Massif d’Uchaux $15.89
This is serious Southern Rhone wine - more so than its humble price tag suggest. Jean Deydier is an exceptional Chateauneuf-du-Pape producer and this is his “every day” wine. Combined with the ideal 2013 vintage, this wine is a total home run for those seeking an affordable robust, but detailed, complex, well-balanced food-friendly red. Buy a case already!

Special Price: $15.89 per bottle


2012 Jean Bourdy, Cotes du Jura Blanc, Savagnin $32.89
La Merde - bonne merde! Founded in 1475, the current Bourdys represent the 15th generation of producing wine, in what is the epicenter of Jura's revival as a wine producing region. The prodigiously mustachioed Jean-François Bourdy is the Domaine’s current ambassador, and an enchanting one at that. The Bourdy wines represent a style of wine which is since long lost in our hurrying state of mind, where immediate pleasure most often dictates our buying decisions. The Bourdy family couldn't care less as they continue to make wine in the same manner as they have for so many generations. This wine started out with the intention of it one day becoming a Vin Jaune. Yet, some barrels (never topped up) don’t make it the required six years before their veil of protective yeast (“voile”) fails. This “failure” is a gift to us as the wines are released earlier and cost about a third of what Vin Jaune costs, yet provides a very similar drinking experience. I can’t begin to do this wine justice by trying to describe it, but know that it is one of France’s most unique vinous treasures. Enjoy with pork, boudin blanc, lentils, scalloped potatoes, duck, and especially - roast chicken with cream and morel mushrooms. WARNING:  While we LOVE this compelling wine, if you are not familiar with wine aged under the “voile,” proceed with caution as this wine (as with all voile influenced wines) offers a modest oxidative quality and is intensely savory and pungent - just as we like it!

Special Price: $32.89 per bottle


2017 Division, Rosé of Gamay, “l’Avoiron, Willamette Valley, OR $16.89
Oh, yeah, it’s spring - we should have a rosé! From the aforementioned dynamic duo of Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe, we present this super refreshing Rosé which is all about the delicious strawberry fruit of Gamay.  Light and fresh with zingy acidity, Division's l'Avoiron is hard not to gulp! How cool is this wine? It’s very difficult to sell wine from the United States in France, but Division’s Paris importer just brought in two palates - so that cool! Spring sunshine in a bottle, baby! Very Limited.

Special Price: $16.89 per bottle



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