June 15, 2016 – July 14, 2016

The Age of Riesling

Our annual run for Riesling yielded great value wines once again. Heyden, Schneider, Bollig-Lehnert, and Binz display the spectrum of German Riesling from bone-dry to fruity/zesty to honeyed/crisp to richly sweet to decadently dessert-like.


Kalk und Rotliegenden
Schneider vom Kalk Riesling2014 Riesling Vom Kalk Trocken (Georg Albrecht Schneider)
Sale Price $11.99 – $122.30 case of twelveSchneider vom Rotliegenden Riesling
2014 Riesling Vom Rotliegenden Trocken (Georg Albrecht Schneider)
Sale Price $11.99 – $122.30 case of twelve
Like the 2013s we featured last year from Schneider, these 2014s express the delicious difference in dry Riesling when it’s grown on limestone and red clay soils. This time the 2014 Kalk has more intensity of earthy, minerally dryness, while the Rotliegenden shows a softer, broader palate of pleasing stone fruits with a spicy finish. Thanks again to the Schneiders for bringing great value and a delicious lesson in terroir. These dry Rieslings are terrific wines for pairing with spicy foods and shellfish.


Weingut Binz Nackenheimer Engelsberg Riesling Beerenauslese2015 Nackenheimer Engelsberg Riesling Beerenauslese (Binz)
Sale Price $19.99 per 375 ml – $203.90 case of twelve
Here we have a great value in dessert wine. It helps that 2015 is turning into a great vintage in Germany and wines like Beerenauslese rarely come to market. This is lusciously sweet, with tropical fruit and a long, expansive finish of rich fig and pear fruit.Have this with a strawberry and rhubarb tart.

Golden Mosel
2014 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese
Sale Price $14.99 – $152.90 case of twelve
Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling SpätleseThe Goldtröpfchen may not be the Mosel’s best vineyard, but it may be its most consistently excellent vineyard. The terrific steep south southeast exposure achieves ripe fruit and minerality year after year. The Gold in Goldtröpfchen is apt in that this 2014 Spätlese from Bollig-Lehnert tastes like a ripe peach with a drizzle of honey laced with gold filament. Do not discount this semi-sweet wine as a food companion. Try it with spicy curries of all description.


Heyden Seek
2015 Oppenheimer Riesling Kabinett (Dr. Heyden)
Sale Price $9.99 – $101.90 case of twelve
Dr. Heyden Oppenheimer Riesling KabinettThis Rheinhessen Riesling
is a textbook Kabinett with crisp apple fruit and zesty minerality. A semi-dry white, it will be a fine match with summer salads and corn.


Glorious Auslese
Georg Albrecht Schneider Niersteiner Hipping Riesling Auslese2011 Niersteiner Hipping Riesling Auslese (Georg Albrecht Schneider)
Sale Price $15.99 – $163.10 case of twelve
Last fall we featured this wine in a half-bottle size. We wish we could offer that format again, but now only the full bottle size is available. It’s still an incredibly delicious Auslese with ripe. complex fruit and a stunning long finish.

Listed prices are honored through July 14th, 2016. We will not honor mistyped prices. Vol. 40, No. 7


Nimes, Corsica, and Provence
Château Mourgues du Grès Costières de Nîmes Rosé Les Galets Rosés2015 Costières de Nîmes Rosé ‘Les Galets Rosés’ (Château Mourgues du Grès)
Sale Price $11.99 – $122.30 case of twelve
A long-time favorite and great value, Les Galets Rosés is a cool, crisp rosé with a stony dryness centering its subtle, peachy fruit.
Domaine Petroni Corse Rosé
2015 Corse Rosé (Domaine Petroni)
Sale Price $13.99 – $142.70 case of twelve
From the stunningly beautiful island of Corsica comes this wonderfully herbal and dry rosé made from Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu, and Grenache.

Domaine Dupuy de Lôme Bandol Rosé2015 Bandol Rosé (Domaine Dupuy de Lôme)
Sale Price $19.99 – $203.90 case of twelve
Our favorite organic Bandol Rosé is also our least expensive. Dupuy de Lôme has a strict dry intensity from beginning to end, making it perfect for a grilled whole fish stuffed with fennel.Château Pradeaux Côtes de Provence Rosé

2015 Côtes de Provence Rosé (Château Pradeaux)
Sale Price $21.99 – $224.30 case of twelve
Pradeaux is a Bandol producer who also makes a peachy, zesty Côtes de Provence Rosé. This is forward and full in flavor with a long, intense, completely dry finish. Perfect for grilled tuna and tapenade.


Lirac Rouge
2013 Lirac Rouge (Roger Sabon)
Sale Price $15.99 – $163.10 case of twelve
Roger Sabon Lirac RougeLirac is where Châteauneuf-du-Pape vignerons now go to buy less expensive vineyards. Roger Sabon’s 2013 Lirac is a dark, full Rhone blend with lively floral aromas and herbal spice. Great for lamb on the grill and a smoky ratatouille.

2014 Menetou-Salon ‘Les Bornés’ (Domaine Henry Pellé)
Sale Price $14.99 - $152.90 case of twelve
Domaine Henry Pellé Menetou-Salon Les BornésObservant readers will recognize this domaine, as we offered their rosé last month to great reception. Well, it was this white from Menetou-Salon that first enchanted us with Domaine Henry Pellé. At its original price, it was a revelation, with flavors of minerals and lemon set in a creamy texture with a hint of intriguing flint. Its long saline finish cries out for oysters. At this new price, it’s our best Sauvignon Blanc steal.

2014 Chignin-Bergeron ‘Les Cantates’ (Les Fils de René Quénard)
Sale Price $17.99 – $183.50 case of twelve
Les Fils de René Quénard Chignin-Bergeron Les CantatesAmong our selection of Savoie whites, this Roussanne (or Bergeron in the local dialect) from the commune of Chignin stands out for its depth and richness. A beautiful golden color foretells a mouth-filling weight that is surprisingly elegant. Honeysuckle and woodsy spice fill the nose. This vintage of Domaine les Cantates has a bit more succulence than vintages past, but by no means is it overly ripe, thanks to its cool alpine origin. It’s a white for either fish or meat, grilled swordfish or roast chicken. For those who prefer more texture and weight in their white wines without sacrificing finesse, this is your wine.

Cab Franc
2014 Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame ‘Les Petites Roches’ (Cave de Saumur)
Sale Price $15.99 – $163.10 case of twelve
Cave de Saumur Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame Les Petites RochesWe love Saumur Cabernet Franc for its versatility with an array of foods and its sheer deliciousness on its own. Le Puy-Notre-Dame gained appellation status in 2009 and is known for producing heftier, concentrated examples of the wine. The 2014 from the Cave de Saumur features briary red fruit, a nose reminiscent of licorice and tea, and a powerful, long finish. Try this with duck breast in a cherry sauce.


Les Bordeaux
2012 Castillon (Château Roche-Mezières)
Sale Price $9.99 – $101.90 case of twelve
 Château Roche-Mezières CastillonComprised of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc, Château La Roche Mezières exemplifies the splendid value Castillon is awash with. Prunes and plums lead this structured, aromatic wine with plenty of verve and tannin. Perfect with a myriad of steak preparations.

Château Beauregard-Ducasse Graves2012 Graves (Château Beauregard-Ducasse)
Sale Price $13.99 – $142.70 case of twelve
Bordeaux typically has a reputation for needing a long time to become fully enjoyable. Well, here’s one to enjoy tonight. The 2012 Beauregard Ducasse smells like a stew of red fruits and tastes of black cherry. Firm, dry tannins support this mid-weight delight.


Montefalco Riserva
2010 Montefalco Riserva (Perticaia)
Sale Price $24.99 – $254.90 of twelve
La Belle Étoile Château de Manissy Gard RougeMontefalco is Umbria’s capital of red wine, and the Umbrian grape that delivers the most flavor is Sagrantino. With only 250 acres of Sagrantino planted, it is doled out judiciously. There are single-vineyard bottlings of Sagrantino di Montefalco that need years to develop, but Perticaia has released a 2010 Montefalco Riserva that shows the spicy, tannic side of Sagrantino softened by Sangiovese. To us this drinks like a mature Montalcino wine at a much lower price. Its cherry fruit and deep earthy tannins make it perfect for a grilled duck breast along with some sautéed chicory.

Specialty Foods

Heublumen $21.99 per lb.
(Regular price $25.99)

Heublumen cheeseWe know it may be a little unconventional to promote an alpine-style cheese in the warmer months, but this raw cow’s milk delicacy was created by Swiss cheesemaker Thomas Stadelman to celebrate hay season. Covered in fresh grass from surrounding pasture, this cheese is indeed grassy, but also mellow and creamy with the nuttiness one expects from a good Swiss cheese.


Porter cheesePorter $18.99 per lb.
(Regular price $20.99)

From 5 Spoke Creamery in New York, this is the tangiest Tomme-style cheese we have ever tasted. Porter is a true farmstead cheese, made with the raw milk of grass-fed, closed-herd Holstein cows, and free of antibiotics and hormones. Lightly pressed, with a semi-hard paste, and aged 3-4 months, it resembles a Tomme de Savoie, but it’s uniquely different.


Fleur Verte $20.99 per lb.
(Regular price $23.99)

Fleur Verte, which translates to ‘Green Flower,’ is a scalloped-edged wheel of fresh French goat cheese covered with herbs and pink peppercorns. This is the kind of cheese to enjoy on your porch with a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and a nice breeze. It adds a touch of elegance and a pop of color to a cheese platte.


Bavaria Blue  cheeseBavaria Blue $13.99 per lb.
(Regular price $14.99)

Pasteurized triple-cream with white and blue mold produced with the highest quality milk from the Bavarian Alps, Bavaria Blue is handmade without any additives or preservatives. Rich and buttery with a complex blue flavor. You’ll love this if you’re a fan of Cambozola.


Wines of the Month — June 15, 2016 through July 14, 2016

Château Barrail-Meyney Bordeaux Rouge 2015 Bordeaux Rouge (Château Barrail-Meyney)
Sale Price $8.99 – $97.09 case of twelve
This early arrival from Bordeaux confirms the quality of the 2015 vintage with its ripe berry fruit and soft tannins.


 Dr. Heyden Silvaner2015 Silvaner (Dr. Heyden)
Sale Price $8.99 – $97.09 case of twelve
This is one of our absolute favorite German values. The 2015 old-vine Silvaner from Dr. Heyden is crisp and dry with a sneaky intensity.

Palazzone Orvieto Classico Vignarco

2015 Orvieto Classico ‘Vignarco’ (Palazzone)
Sale Price $8.99 – $97.09 case of twelve
Orvieto is Umbria’s great value white. The 2015 Vignarco is an intense dry white with apricot fruit and a firm dry finish.




Moulin de Gassac Pinot Noir2015 Pinot Noir (Moulin de Gassac)
Sale Price $9.99 – $107.89 case of twelve
Moulin de Gassac in the Pays d’Oc of the south of France has again made a lively, fresh, earthy, dry Pinot Noir. At 12%, this gentle wine with its subtle fruit and overall dryness will be a fine match with chicken or fish.