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SAY TODAY'S SECRET WORD "SERRALUNGA" and we'll pour you a free taste of PALLADINO'S 2015 BAROLO....

We are pleased to welcome adults who've been Double-Vaxxed to our newly reopened Tasting Room.

Tasting Hours are 12pm until 5:45pm.

 

UPDATED AS OF June 24, 2021

PALLADINO 2015 BAROLO del Commune di Serralunga  SALE $49.99  $5/taste
The Barolo wines from Serralunga are prized for their cellaring potential.

The Palladino family has been making wine in this town in Barolo since 1974.  
The wines have routinely been good, but we think they've improved nicely over the past decade, or so.

This bottling comes from 5 vineyard sites, including the prestigious Ornato, Parafada and Gabutti crus.

Following its fermentation and maceration on the skins for about a month,
it's been matured in large French oak and big Slavonian oak vats.

We find it rather showy already and this can be cellared for about another
15-20 years.

Impressive!

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

DOMAINE ALBERT BOXLER RIESLING  $5/taste
Boxler is a highly-respected winemaker in France's Alsace region.

The estate has vineyards in the Niedermorschwihr area...

We recall a visit from a prominent vintner from Alsace who saw we had some
Boxler wines on display near theirs.
"Oh, I buy these whenever I see them in France.  I love Boxler wines!"
Well, there's some praise.

We've been Boxler fans since the 1980s and have visited a number of times.
We hope to return soon, but until then, we can enjoy their wines here in Burlingame.



 

 

LAURENT COMBIER 2019 CROZES-HERMITAGE  $2.50/taste
This new vintage of Combier's "purple label" Crozes-Hermitage is a winner.

We've often had this wine in the shop, though we did skip a recent vintage we
we found to be a bit quirky.

The 2019 is spot-on, though and if you'd like to taste a classic French Syrah
from the Northern Rh˘ne, come get a pour of this.

The wine is dark in color and displays beautiful black fruit fragrances and some spice notes.








 

 

 


 

 

 

 

DELILLE Washington State CHALEUR BLANC  $3.50/taste
We loved the white Bordeaux from Smith Haut Lafitte, but now that it's north of $100/bottle
(closer to $150 these days), we've looked for alternatives.

The crew at Delille are also fans of Bordeaux wines and their Chaleur Blanc often hits the mark.

The 2019 is exceptional and displays the herbal notes we like in Sauvignon Blanc and the texture
of the Semillon.  They use a fair bit of new French oak so there's a rather woodsy
character here, too.

Very showy white wine...

 

 

 

 




 

 

TITUS 2018 Napa Valley CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $5/Taste
We had this wine in two blind tastings of Cabernets the past few months and this was
our top wine in both.

Phil Titus and his brother have vineyards in and around St. Helena and they make
a nice range of wines.  His day job is that as winemaker at the Chappellet winery on
Pritchard Hill.  

It's a really inky red wine, with youthful purple tones and plenty of dark fruit.
There's a nice bit of oak here as it was matured in French and Hungarian barrels.
Something like 60% of the barriques were brand new.

This goes for $62 at the winery.

We sale tag it at $49.99.

 

 

 


TERLAN 2019 TERLANER  (Italian White Blend)   $2.70/taste
The Terlan co-op winery in Italy's Alto Adige makes some pretty damned good wines.

They distinguish themselves with their work incorporating Pinot Bianco.

We visited the cellar a few years ago and they still had a tank of 1979 Pinot Bianco that is a
"work in progress," awaiting bottling one of these years!

In early June we splurged and bought a bottle of their "Rarity" Pinot Bianco...2007 vintage and
it's fairly recently bottled.

This was a magnificent wine, but it's price for its scarcity: $180/bottle!

A few days later we popped the cork on a few wines we'd bought in hopes of making a
discovery and this 2019 "Terlaner" was exceptional.  Not only that, we can buy more than 
six bottles of this compared to one of the Rarity!

The Terlaner appellation is a bit obscure, but it's a white wine blend based on Pinot Bianco
with Chardonnay and, in this case, Sauvignon Blanc.

It's mostly fermented in stainless steel, but about 20% of the juice is vinified in large wood to
add a bit of complexity.  Happily, the wood is not prominent here and the wine displays the
bright, appley and peachy notes of Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay.  


 

 

 

SADDLEBACK 2019 Napa Valley ZINFANDEL Old Vines $4/taste
Old vines in Calistoga and an old winemaker in Oakville make for a rather exceptional
Napa Valley Zinfandel.

We've known winemaker Nils Venge since the 1970s and first met him as he was making
wine for Villa Mount Eden and then Groth.

These days, aside from his various consulting jobs, he makes his own wines.

Especially charming is this amazing Zinfandel.  It's beautifully berryish and sports
a little bit of wood.  The wine is rather gentle, too, being smooth and approachable
in its youth.

This is a great choice for a backyard barbecue featuring ribs or burgers, yet it can
pair beautifully with chicken, too.




 

 

 


ZAHEL "ORANGE T" Austrian White from Vienna $1.90/Taste
The Zahel winery is located in the Vienna area and it is the reference point for a rather curious and
obscure grape variety called "Orange T," or Orange Traube.

Don't confuse this with the category of white wines vinified with the skins which are known as
"Orange Wines."  Those can be all over the map in terms of grape varieties and styles, with 
some being rather odd and tannic.

The grape called Orange T has typically been incorporated into the popular field-blended white 
wines known as Gemischter Satz.  Zahel thought it has an interesting personality and began 
vinifying it on its own.  

Today Zahel's Orange T is a benchmark for the grape.

We currently have this 2019 vintage in the shop and it's a delight.  We liked the 2018, too,
but Ellen noted this one is more intensely fragrant and beautifully crisp and dry.









 

PETIT AOUT "UN DE CES JOURS"  CÚpage ESPANENC $2.50/taste
Yann Agostini's family is of Italian heritage and so with the name "Agostini," or "little August," 
his French friends call his "Petit Aout."

He's got a small production of various grape varieties, some of which are quite obscure.

Espanenc is one of his specialties and we understand he makes something like 400 bottles annually
of this cool, little red wine.

There were maybe 300 hectares of this grape in 1968 and by 2011 we're told there were but 18!

Most of those precious grapes are sold to a little co-op cellar in the Hautes-Alpes, but a few years ago Agostini
vinified some and made 200 bottles.  He started a crowd source funding campaign and now the production
has grown, but it's still tiny.

The wine is a light, "mountain red," with the weight, let's say, of a Pinot Noir.

The perfume is that of red berries and you'll not find oak influence here.  There's a spice note here, too.
Quite a rarity!

 


LANGE WINERY 2020 ROS╔ of PINOT NOIR  $2.20/taste
The Lange RosÚ spent about 2 days in contact with the skins, so its color is a bit deep, but the
fragrances of Pinot Noir fruit are beautifully intense.

Dry.  

















TREFETHEN 2018 Napa CABERNET SAUVIGNON $4.50/taste
Trefethen's vineyards are in the Oak Knoll district of Napa, a slightly cooler region.

 

This makes for a nicely elegant rendition of Cabernet, beautifully balanced.

Trefethen has been making good Cabernet for decades.
This 2018 is drinkable now and it should age nicely.  

Its price-tag remains sensible.


 






ROLAND SCHMITT 2019 GEWURZTRAMINER  $2.20/taste
The Schmitt brothers are making some terrific wines in France's Alsace!

Their current bottling of Gewurztraminer is a gem as it beautifully captures the fruit and
spice notes of the grape without being heavy, sweet or ponderous.

Here's a great candidate for Asian-styled foods and it's mighty good as a cocktail white.









 

 


HUDSON 2019 Carneros CHARDONNAY  $6.50/taste
You'll see the Hudson vineyard-designation on expensive bottles of Chardonnay
from Aubert, Kongsgaard, Kistler and Ramey, but they've been making a
smallish quantity of their own wine, too.

Lee Hudson planted the Wente Clone of Chardonnay, by the way.

It's from four vineyard sites owned by Hudson and the juice is barrel-fermented
in French oak (60% new) using native yeasts.
This spent 14 months in barrel and was bottled without fining or filtering.

We like the intensity of Chardonnay aromas and its mildly toasty oak character.

The wine is dry, as it should be and mildly acidic.   Hudson's 2019 is a showy California Chardonnay that tips its cap to
French white Burgundy winemakers.

 

 

SOALHEIRO ALVARINHO  2.50/taste
The 2020 has just rolled in.

This is routinely one of our favorite, off-the-beaten-path dry white wines.
We brought a double magnum of the 2016 to dinner during the
San Francisco International Wine Competition and it was a hit with the
judges (from all over the world, too).

We brought this vintage recently to dinner with some friends at Dumpling Time in
San Francisco...thoroughly delicious!



Stony, nicely fruity with a hint of a spice note...


 

 

 



 

 

\CI┘ CI┘ 2019 PECORINO  $1.60
A fantastic example of the Pecorino grape...certainly this will appeal to you if
you're enchanted by crisp, non-oaked Sauvignon Blancs.

This is yet another great, flavorful alternative to the "water" that 
many commercial cellars bottle as "Pinot Grigio."



 

 

 

 

 





FORTIFIED & SWEET WINES OPEN TODAY:


PFEIFFER Rutherglen TOPAQUE (Muscadelle)   $4.00/taste
Here's a really delicious Australian "Sticky" that used to be sold as a "Tokay."
Beautifully sweet!

CASTA DIVA MOSCATEL  "Cosecha Miel"  $5.25/taste
Hugely famous in Portugal and around Europe, they're a mystery to most
wine consumers in the US.  Remarkable wine, though.


BARBEITO 5 Year Old BUAL MADEIRA  $2.40/taste
Not exactly dry but not precisely sweet...a nice 5 year old Madeira from a prestigious, traditional winery.

GRAHAM'S 2006 "MALVEDOS" VINTAGE PORTO $6.50/taste
The Malvedos bottlings from Graham's are routinely very good and this is showing beautifully!

SANDEMAN 10 Year TAWNY PORT   $3/taste
Nicely nutty and sweet!

FLORIO 2003 "TARGA" MARSALA   $3/taste
A special bottling of Vintage Marsala from the historic Florio winery in Marsala.


EXCINDRE MUSCAT DE MIREVAL  $2.10/taste
Terrific Muscat from the south of France.

 

ALSO:

CRUZ VIEJA OLOROSO SHERRY  $3.80
A well-aged, beautifully nutty dry Sherry...


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