Wine of the Week
Domaine Lafage 2015 Tessellae
Carignan Old Vines
Cotes Catalanes, France
$12.99, $11.69 for Wine Club Members, or by the case.
For two years the Lafage husband/wife team has been one of our top sellers because of their beautifully crafted "must buy" wines. Jean-Marc and Elaine bring you another high-quality, low-cost stunner of a wine from one of the most advanced wineries in the Roussillon region.
Domaine Lafage is housed in their facility just outside the city of Perpignan. The Tesselle is 100% 70 year old Carignan. The vineyards for this wine are practicing organic with an average vine age of 55 years.
"A sensational value the readers should snatch up is the 2015 IGP Cotes Catalanes Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes! This full-bodied, ripe, sexy red has incredible purity of fruit, no hard edges and classic notes of blackberries, plums, spice and pepper. It’s a screaming deal."
"92 Points" from The Wine Advocate, April 2017 #230
Bellingham Wine Festival Preview Tasting
with Dan Radil
Saturday, July 14th. 2-4 pm. No fee tasting.
The 3rd annual Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival is scheduled for Saturday, August 4th at the Four Points by Sheraton Grand Ballroom. This year's event will feature up to 50 wineries from the Pacific Northwest along with eight restaurants from the Whatcom County area.
Dan Radil, co-founder of the festival, and one of this year's judges, started his journey with wine in the 1980s as Northwest wines began to become more popular. Up until 2015, he's written the wine column for the Bellingham Herald, and now writes for various publications in the Northwest. Beyond that, he teaches wine classes in Bellingham and has founded the Whatcom Beer & Wine Foundation.
Dan will be showing a mixed offering of wines that will give you an idea of what the festival has in store.
To purchase tickets to this year event follow this link.
NEW Summer White Arrivals
Domaine Michel 2015 Macon-Villages
$21.99, $19.79 for Wine Club Members, or by the case.
We instantly fell in love with this Chardonnay for it's old world charm and it's new world brightness. Yes, it walks a line, but steady and true. A brilliant lemon-gold in the glass, Michel’s Macon-Villages casts a complex citrus-kissed bouquet of white flowers, lemongrass and limestone minerals. The wine’s rich, layered palate is packed with impressions of hazelnuts, honeysuckle and golden delicious apples. On the long finish, hints of orange blossom honey with elements of smokey char from the oak. This is a sensational Macon that delivers the kind of depth, complexity and character usually reserved for the grander terroirs of the Cote de Beaune.
The Michel family has been producing Mâconnais wines for six generations in the village of ‘Cray.’ Since 1998, when the Viré-Clessé appellation was created, the Michels have produced a lineup of four Viré-Clessés and a small amount of Mâcon-Villages from vines they own just outside of Viré-Clessé. Their total exploitation amounts to 37 acres. 100% Chardonnay is planted on clay-limestone soils. The average age of the vines is 50 years.
Ingrid Groiss 2017 Gruner Veltliner "Weinviertel"
$22.99, 20.69 for Wine Club Members. Only 1 case Available.
“. . .You have to do what you really want inside your heart.” – Ingrid Groiss
The oldest wine growing districtus in Austria, the Weinviertel DAC, is where Ingrid Groiss calls home. Hailing from the town of Breitenwaida, in northeast Austria, near the border with the Czech Republic, Ingrid crafts wines expressive of terroir, keeping with her family’s long tradition of winemaking. She is supremely passionate about her wines, with sustainable practices in the vineyard and minimal interference of modern technologies in the cellar. In the Weinviertel, Grüner Veltliner prevails, and Ingrid’s wines express a relentless connection to the land, soil, and place. The sparse löss soils mixed with gravel and sand imparts these wines with a distinctive minerality.
Shiny golden with green nuances, fresh yellow and juicy fruits, red ripe pomegranate, yellow apple and elegant white blossom, full-bodied and mineralic on the palate, lively structure and acidity as well as a long finish.
The Grüner Veltliner Weinviertel DAC is regarded as an all-rounder: The structure and minerality of this wine harmonizes perfectly with meat dishes. The wine ́s fresh fruit- and citric aromas also make deliciously delightful complements to seafood or Asian dishes. The same is true for vegetable dishes and dishes with white meat.
Kelly Fox Wines
2017 Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vinehyard,
Willamette Valley, Oregon
$31.99, $28.79 for Wine Club Members
This wine was produced from the storied Freedom Hill Vineyard in Dallas (bordering the Eola-Hills A.V.A.) and was planted, owned and farmed by the Dusschee family. The soil here is Bellpine, a marine sedimentary silt clay loam that is well-drained. This is true, 100% Pinot blanc: there is no Auxerrois in this bottling. Produced much the same way as one would produce Chardonnay, this Pinot blanc was whole cluster-pressed after picking. It settled in tank for a couple of days before racking to neutral Burgundy oak barrels. No new wood.
The color is a highly transparent, brilliant pale, lemon yellow with a hint of green. The nose is full of fruit and flowers, and to date, extends quite a bit beyond the glass. The texture is rich without an iota of heaviness. Excellent acidity, very clean on the palate, and long.