Recent American Arrivals from Broc, Matthiasson, Bedrock, and More.

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The outstanding crop of 2012 rosés trickling in from California is a source of great pleasure and excitement.  Selecting the most interesting American wines has never been so challenging and fun, as wines of great quality continue to emerge from respected regions as well as previously-unknown pockets of vines. The wines we offer today are unique and delicious, each one expressive of the distinct terroirs tapped by thoughtful winemakers like Morgan Twain-Peterson at Bedrock, Pax Mahle at Wind Gap, and Steve Matthiasson. The same holds true of new reds and whites from the high-altitude warriors of Teutonic Wine Company, vigneron-sans-frontières Chris Brockway of Broc Cellars, Arnot-Roberts' deep and delicate Cabernets, and Loire-centrist Scott Frank's vivid Gamays from  Portland's Bow and Arrow. Cheers! -AR

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Bedrock 2012 Sonoma County Bedrock Kick Ranch Sauv

Steep, south-west facing Kick Ranch Vineyard straddles the Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Valley, Chalk Hill, and Russian River Valley appellations. Tart green apple, clover honey, and lemon zest fill the nose; the palate is dense, dry, and bright with prickly acid, mouth-coating lime curd, tangy dill fronds, and a long, lemony finish. Reminiscent of neither Sancerre nor New Zealand, this is California Sauvignon Blanc. Steep, south-west facing Kick Ranch Vineyard straddles the Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Valley, Chalk Hill, and Russian River Valley appellations. Malo is blocked, raised in older French barrels and acacia wood with regular battonage. -AR

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Bedrock 2012 California Ode to Lulu Rose

The pale, peachy salmon hue is not deceptive: this is Mourvedre! Morgan Twain-Peterson's ode to the impeccable rose of Lulu Tempier achieves Provencal depth with a tease of California fruit (thanks to a splash of Contra Costa Carignan). Whole-cluster fermentation, with ripe peaches and pink peppercorn on the nose followed by a rich, dry gust of raspberry, pink grapefruit, tarragon leaves, and tingly baking spices that dance across the tongue. Like the rest of this outstanding crop of 2012 Cali roses, Bedrock's is unique, fragrant, and versatile. Pairs beautifully with herbed meats and poulty (simply grilled) and fragrant middle eastern fare. -AR

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Lucques 2012 North Coast Rose Wine

2012 was a good year for Wind Gap, allowing Pax Mahle to appropriate some Trousseau Gris (and a little Pinot Noir) to his second label: Lucques. Carbonically macerated in concrete, this is a light but luscious rose with heady aromas of cherry blossoms, blueberry stems, and lavender; translucent on the palate, with alpine strawberry, strawberry seeds, flesh, and sap. Vinous, dreamy, and exceptionally versatile. -AR

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Matthiasson 2012 Napa Valley Rose Wine

Palest rose quartz in the glass with a silky nose of blood orange, cranberry, golden beets and carrot juice that rises and surprises with a searing, salty, structured palate of watermelon pith, raspberry seeds, jasmine flowers, piquant white pepper, and a rosy raspberry nectar finish. 100% Syrah from Kahn Vineyard, a rocky, breezy outcrop overlooking Carneros; picked a bit early to retain acidity, whole-cluster pressed, and fermented in stainless steel. Pure, pert, and almost austere until it opens up, this rose begs for shrimp cocktail, crab salad, salmon, maybe even sushi. Very interesting and beautiful. -AR

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Teutonic Wine Company 2011 Willamette Valley Brut Rose

If we gave out awards for bottle design, Teutonic Wine Co. would take them all.  This Rose is packaged with a pink tutu around the neck and an amazing picture of what looks to be the robot from Lost in Space dancing with a female robot.  The wine’s name, Maschinenliebenblase, translates into machine love bubble so there’s also that going for it.  Beyond Teutonic’s wacky packaging and Germanic wordplay, the wine is absolutely delicious.  It’s made from Pinot Noir sourced from a high elevation gravel plot in Willamette Valley and bottled with no added sugar of any kind.  The wine has low yeast contact to focus on the wine’s minerality.  And minerality this wine has in spades!  Typical for Teutonic, there is tons of acid and very dry intense bubbles with only 11.6 degrees of alcohol.  Perhaps the most exciting and distinct sparkling wine I’ve ever tried from the states!  JR

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Bow & Arrow 2011 Oregon Willamette Valley Gamay Noir

New wine from Bow and Arrow!  This time all sourced from the Willamette Valley, the Gamay shows the mineral and bright character of Loire Valley Gamay.  Perhaps not a coincidence considering Clos Roche Blanche’s Didier Barrouillet acted as an over-the-phone consultant.  We hear that there is a Melon de Bourgogne in the wings…JR

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Broc Cellars 2011 Paso Robles Cabernet Franc

Could this be our favorite Cabernet Franc outside of the Loire?  Quite possibly, and we can never get our hands on enough of it.  This year’s version has a bit more weight (probably on account of the Paso Robles fruit) and perhaps less of Franc’s telltale pepper aromas.  Instead this wine has more of a friendly crushed berry and floral quality.  It won’t stop us from drinking lots of Baudry and Breton, but it does give us another wine to pour for California nay-sayers.  JR

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Broc Cellars 2011 Santa Barbara Grenache Co-Ferment

Chris Brockway’s winery in Berkeley is turning out some of the most exciting domestic wine in the shop. The 2011 Co-Ferment Grenache is a testament to his project highlighting natural style wines from site specific terroir and little added sulfur. “Co-Ferment” is sourced from the Biodyanmic Martian Vineyard in Santa Barbara and is a production of a whopping 334 bottles!  Co-ferment gets its name from the inclusion of some Syrah, Mouvedre, and a bit of Grenache Blanc, with the lion’s share Grenache.  The results show soaring cherry-ed Grenache fruit with a freshness that many vignerons around Avignon would be jealous of.  JR

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Arnot-Roberts 2010 Sonoma County Bugay Cabernet Sauvignon

Located at 1400 feet on the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas mountain range, Bugay Vineyard boasts cool breezes, rocky volcanic soils, and extremely low yields. Arnot-Roberts' 2010 Bugay Cabernet is pure-fruited with a bright, sweet cherry note, savory, floral hibiscus, and subtly smokey mineral tone. 20% whole clusters were used and only 6.5 barrels were produced. -AR

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Arnot-Roberts 2010 Sonoma County Chalk Hill Clajeux Cabernet Sauvignon

Clajeux Vineyard faces south-west at 800 feet altitude in the Chalk Hill AVA, just above the Russian River Valley. Subtle chocolately earth balances ripe red plum and slightly brambly berry fruit. 30% whole cluster, raised in new French oak barrels crafted by Nathan Roberts himself! 5 barrels produced. -AR

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Arnot-Roberts 2010 Santa Cruz Mountains Fellom Ranch Cabernet Sauvigno

Fragrant and earthy with licorice spice and sweet dark tones of buckwheat honey. Fellom Ranch is at 2200 feet in the Santa Cruz Mountains; from 33 year old vines on Franciscan shale over limestone, fermented 30% whole cluster with native yeast. 6.5 barrels produced.

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Teutonic Wine Company 2011 Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir Laurel Vineyard "Battle"

The “Battles” label from the Laurel Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains represents Teutonic’s biggest production for the fall release- at 133 cases!  Although they refer to it as a red wine, the color is actually much lighter than many of the Italian Rosatos that we stock.  Flavor-wise the wine resembles Touraine in a cool vintage more than the West side of the states.   Crunchy would be an apt word to describe the intense minerality and powerful acidity.  It’s not all sternness; there is a delicious core of cherry fruit and more than a hint of savory herbal character.  Really an eye-opening look at Oregon wine.  10.2% alcohol and from a vineyard planted in the mid 1960s.  JR

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