Holiday Classics from America's Finest: Kelley Fox, Steve & Jill Matthiasson, John Lockwood, Eric Demuth, Kenny Likitprakong, and More. (Plus a Last-Minute Thanksgiving 6-Pack!)

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We're always eager to prod our customers outside of preferred regions, varieties, and styles - happily, it almost always works out!  This time of year, however, even the most adventurous drinkers among you seek out classic producers and varieties, often American, for gifts, parties, and feasts. Thanksgiving is marked by a mad dash for Willamette Valley and Russian River Pinot Noirs, with some Zinfandel for good measure; December is dominated by fuller, richer selections - Cabernet, Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, and blends thereof. Classics are stately and satisfying by definition, but we think they ought to be interesting as well. Some of our favorite domestic classics are offered below, all of which will provide great drinking pleasure and hopefully spark some conversation as well. 

In addition, our annual Last-Minute Thanksgiving 6-Packs are ready to go! This year's edition is all-American, well-priced and feast-friendly, with one excellent Chardonnay, two Pinot Noirs, two Zinfandels, and a Cabernet, available for same-day delivery below Canal Street and next-business-day delivery in the rest of Manhattan and Brooklyn. 

Our Thanksgiving hours this Thursday will be 9:30am - 3pm. Truck deliveries to Brooklyn and above Canal Street in Manhattan will be suspended on Thursday, November 26th, resuming on Friday, November 27th. Cheers! Ariana Rolich

 

Bedrock NV North Coast Shebang Red Wine

55% Zinfandel blended with Carignane, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache, Syrah, Barbera and a touch of whites for aromatics from old vine plantings (up to 100 years old) around Sonoma County, fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel and raised in a nice bit of French oak for a bold, bright-fruited, silky, and satisfying wine that is unbeatable at this price. 

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Bedrock 2014 Contra Costa Evangelho Vineyard Heritage Red

Bedrock's 2014s are impressive in their freshness and balance across the board, but Evangelho is extra subtle and structured, with pink and purple floral aromas that carry onto the palate of crushed purple berries with tart, tannic skins, an abundance of blood orange and citrus oils that I associate with Evangelho, and fresh, gritty minerality. Evangelho is 40-foot-deep beach sand planted in the 1890s to Zinfandel, Carignane, Mourvedre, and more. The fine folks at Bedrock call it a "viticultural survivor- wedged betweem a PG and E plant, a Burger King, and a motel that rents rooms by the hour." Pretty and refreshingly acidic, this is a Zinfandel blend to unite diverse drinkers. Ariana Rolich  

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Last Minute Domestic Thanksgiving 6 Pack 2015

This year's Thanksgiving 6-pack features the following feast-friendly domestic wines at an excellent price: Enfield 2014 Citrine Chardonnay, Grochau 2014 Willamette Valley Commuter Cuvee Pinot Noir, Gros Ventre 2012 Russian River Valley Baranoff Pinot Noir, Bedrock Wine Company Shebang (9th Cuvee), Birichino 2013 Central Coast St. George's Zinfandel, and Brea 2012 Paso Robles Cabernet. Wines that sell out will be replaced with selections of comparable value and quality.

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Grochau Cellars 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Commuter Cuvée

John & Kerri Grochau's Commuter Pinot Noir is just as fun and zippy as its label suggests, and that's precisely what we love about this easy drinking wine.  The 2014 vintage is lively, fresh, and bright revealing strawberry & cherry preserves, a hint of baking spices, and a silky mouthfeel that leads to some subtle vanilla.  The grapes are hand picked from 8 different organically farmed vineyards within the Willamette Valley and spend over 7 months on the lees in a combination of oak and stainless steel.  Even though it's light in body, the 13.8% alcohol lends this wine the flexibility to stand alone or compliment fuller fare. Lily Sears

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Swick Wines 2014 Willamette Valley Cancilla Pinot Noir Sans Soufre

We have been impressed by the personality and freshness of the wines we've tasted from Joe Swick, an Oregon native with an enviable resume (including Kosta Browne in Russian River, Niepoort in Portugal, and Ceretto in Piedmont). This thirst-quenching Pinot Noir, sourced from organically farmed, un-irrigated Cancilla Vineyard in northern Willamette Valley on silty clay loam soils, is fermented with native yeasts, 100% whole cluster, trod by foot just a few times, with no added SO2 at any time during vinification. Tart and juicy, with flesh, seeds, and skins of wild strawberries, bright and buoyant wild cherry, brambly mulberries, and white pepper spice. Electric upon opening, we wouldn't blame you for drinking it all at once, but you will be rewarded for letting it open up a couple of hours (1.5L bottles are available as well). Ariana Rolich

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Swick Wines 2014 Willamette Valley Cancilla Pinot Noir Sans Soufre 1.5L

We have been impressed by the personality and freshness of the wines we've tasted from Joe Swick, an Oregon native with an enviable resume (including Kosta Browne in Russian River, Niepoort in Portugal, and Ceretto in Piedmont). This thirst-quenching Pinot Noir, sourced from organically farmed, un-irrigated Cancilla Vineyard in northern Willamette Valley on silty clay loam soils, is fermented with native yeasts, 100% whole cluster, trod by foot just a few times, with no added SO2 at any time during vinification. Tart and juicy, with flesh, seeds, and skins of wild strawberries, bright and buoyant wild cherry, brambly mulberries, and white pepper spice. 1.5 liters of fabulous Pinot Noir rarely costs this little. Ariana Rolich

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St Innocent 2012 Willamette Valley Momtazi Pinot Noir

St. Innocent winemaker Mark Vlassak recounts, "In 2006 I approached Moe Momtazi and asked if St. Innocent could contract for Pinot Noir fruit from his bio-dynamically farmed vineyard. From my first trip to France in 1998, I observed that the greatest domaines in both Burgundy and Alsace had one thing in common, they farmed bio-dynamically." Momtazi Vineyard is certified biodynamic by Demeter and the source for some of Willamette Valley's most sought-after Pinot Noir grapes. St. Innocent's allocation comes from the 4 highest blocks of the vineyard, planted in 1999 and 2004 on thin, poor soils, facing south and southwest. The grapes are destemmed and fermented with no SO2 before spending 16 months in French oak barrels (27% new). Aromas of meaty black cherry and moss, with a hearty, dark-fruited palate inflected with licorice, cola, rhubarb, and lots of earth meld marvelously with meat and mushrooms. Some time in the decanter (or overnight on the coffee table) reveals spicy floral garrigue, silky kirsch, and funky blue fruit. Ariana Rolich

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Kelley Fox 2012 Dundee Hills Maresh Pinot Noir

There was a lot of outstanding Pinot Noir produced in Oregon in 2012 and Kelley Fox's Maresh Vineyard bottling is one of the best. Planted in the Dundee Hill A.V.A. on reddish-brown, well-draining Jory soils, Maresh Vineyard is a sought-after, historic source for Pinot noir, one of the first planted in the region and home to a healthy polyculture that includes walnut, hazelnut, and fruit orchards, full of butterfies, birds, and bees. Kelley's blocks at Maresh, which she farms herself, contain own-rooted old vines planted in 1970. The bottle reads: "this mercurial Pinot Noir is simultaneously transparent and full of depth." That says just about everything, though I'd like to add that, for the thoughtful drinker, Kelley's wines offer mystery, wildness, and poise, a sort of natural beauty that you don't find often and is hard to pinpoint. Fields of flowers, silky wild strawberry fruit, and spicy raspberry, with fine, mineral earth, structure and tannins that grow with air, and lingering floral cherry notes. Fascinating now, but wise to cellar some for 10 years or more. Ariana Rolich

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Folk Machine 2014 Central Coast Pinot Noir

Kenny Likitprakong makes some of our favorite single-vineyard California Pinot Noirs for his Ghostwriter label, so it was a thrill to learn that he makes this delicious and very affordable bottling from a blend of Central Coast vineyards, fermented with native yeasts and vinified gently with some whole clusters and batonnage with 9 months in used French oak. Refreshing, satisfying, and elegant, with tart, pretty wild strawberries, rich red and black cherries, and hints of savory earth and herbs. Crowd-pleasing and versatile at the table, it's an ideal "house" red and a terrific value. Ariana Rolich

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Bluxome Street 2012 Russian River Pinot Noir

Winemaker Webster Marquez is a founder of Anthill Farms, one of the most esteemed wineries in Sonoma for Pinot Noir enthusiasts. Anthill's Pinot Noirs are tightly allocated for retailers like us (it is reserved for restaurants in New York, we are told), so it was a gigantic pleasure to taste Marquez's lovely wines for Bluxome Street Winery, a gesture toward historic revival in the heart of San Francisco's SOMA district, which was home to many wineries prior to the devastating earthquake of 1906. A blend of Pinot Noir from 4 vineyards in Green Valley, fermented with native yeasts, Bluxome's basic Russian River cuvee displays lithe, pretty cherry and red berry fruit and notes of bitter earth. A welcome addition to our selection of affordable California Pinots. Ariana Rolich

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Gros Ventre 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Baranoff Vineyard

Chris Pittenger is best known for his outstanding work with Rhone varieties for Skinner Vineyards (Sierra Foothills). Gros Ventre is Pittenger's personal label with his wife, Sarah, under which they make Pinot Noir from some of the most interesting (and prestigious) sites in the Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley, and Russian River Valley appellations. Baranoff is a 3 acre vineyard overlooking the Laguna de Santa Rosa, planted to seven different Pinot Noir clones (a rarity in California) on red sandy clay loam soils in 2001. 2012 is complex and elegant, with warm aromas of roses, cinnamon sticks, funky purple plums and skins and a generous, exuberant palate of rich red berries and brambly black cherry, with earthy undertones of nettles, sage, sandalwood, licorice, and bright bolts of citrus oils. -Ariana Rolich

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Porter-Bass 2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Just 9 miles from the coast, Porter-Bass Vineyards is encircled by forests of fir and redwood trees and encroached upon by cooling fogs each evening. The 2011 Estate Pinot Noir is made from 30 year-old vines on granite and loam soils, which are certified biodynamic by Demeter; the farming is as thoughtful as the winemaking is restrained. 2011 was a cool vintage and the Estate Pinot Noir displays attention-grabbing aromas of floral boysenberry and mineral earth; the palate is fascinating, full of violets and silky berry fruit, grounded by funky forest floor and a nice bit of spice. Fermented with native yeasts, bottled unfined and unfiltered, intriguing, elegant, and even; one of our most highly recommended American wines for gifts and special dinners. Ariana Rolich

 

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Drovers 2013 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

Our friend Brian McKee at Encore Wine commissioned this wine and named it after his family's homestead in upstate New York: "I grew up in a house that was built in the late 1700's and was expanded into an inn for road weary drovers and travelers in the mid 1800's. The owners of Drovers Tavern started the inn as a place for everyone to come and enjoy a respite...where hard working folks could share good times with good people." Made by Andrew Jones of Field Recordings, Drovers Cabernet is a delicious everyday Cab, expressing the power of Paso Robles, with great depth of flavor and impressive balance. Aromas of ripe currants, licorice, and coffee, with flavors of dark berry and black raspberry fruit, dark earth, peppery tarragon, and hints of thyme, and cloves. A rich and rewarding California Cab at an excellent price. Ariana Rolich

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Brea 2012 Paso Robles Margarita Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Chris Brockway makes Brea Cabernet from Margarita Vineyard in Paso Robles, the same site behind the delicious and popular Boadside Cabernet. Aromas of pretty purple flowers lead to a balanced, medium weight palate of brambly purple fruit tangled up with tart tannins, cassis, black and green peppercorns, dark herbs, and tons of freshness and zing. This is an elegant, food-friendly, and distinctive Cab for the price. Brockway continues to provide some of the prettiest wines in the state of California! Ariana Rolich

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MakeWork 2012 Sonoma County Cabernet 'The Plan'

Kenny Likitprakong makes truly great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Santa Cruz under the Ghostwriter moniker, and continues to surprise us with his other labels: Folk Machine, Hobo, Banyan, and MakeWork. Many of these have become staples here at Chambers Street for quality and interest that defy their price point, exemplified in 2012 MakeWork "The Plan," a Bordeaux-styled blend of 75% Russian River Cabernet and 15% Russian River Merlot (with some Alexander Valley Malbec and Napa Valley Petite Verdot). Sweet pink and purple berries and bold blue fruit, with 50% new oak, rich rugged tannins, and woodsy oregano and earth on the long finish. Ariana Rolich

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Eric Demuth 2011 Chalk Hill Clajeux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

From Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, and especially in his Cabernet bottlings, Eric Demuth's commitment to precision, depth of expression, and overall quality of his wines is palpable. He produced 92 cases of Cabernet from Sonoma's Clajeux Vineyard, a steep, cool, rocky site in the Chalk Hill A.V.A. near the western border of the Mayacamas Range and the Russian River Valley. Aromas of rose petals, cherry blossoms, and pits on the nose, with a dense, chewy palate of herbal black berries and cherry flesh and deep minerality, reflecting the volcanic soils of the site. We are outspoken fans of everything that Eric Demuth makes. Nuanced, stylish, and deep, Clajeaux Cab is drinking profoundly well right now. Ariana Rolich

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Enfield Wine Co. 2012 Sonoma Fort Ross-Seaview Cabernet Sauvignon

This is Cabernet from Jesus & Patricia's vineyard, 2 acres planted in 1999 on mixed loam and volcanic soils in hard-core Pinot country just 5 miles from the coast, in Fort Ross-Seaview A.V.A. (Sonoma Coast). Enfield's John Lockwood manages a complete and delicious Cab from this site, with dewy, floral aromatics and a lively, elegant palate of herbal red berries, tart purple plums, black cherries, and bright, peppery spices. An intricate and inspired Cabernet that challenges preconceptions about the grape. Ariana Rolich

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Birichino 2013 Central Coast St Georges Zinfandel

Zinfandel from 92 year-old, un-grafted vines, planted by a bootlegger in 1922 on the eastern edge of the Santa Cruz Mountains, fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel and aged in old barrels, Birichino provides everything we're looking for in a food-friendly Zin. Dark cherry and clove aromas melt onto a concentrated, defined palate of tannic red plums, ripe cherries, floral purple berries, with crunchy wild berry seeds, dried herbs, and spice. Deep, versatile, exciting, and totally delicious with a light chill, paired with poultry and red meat alike. Ariana Rolich

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Matthiasson 2013 Russian River Limerick Lane Vineyard Zinfandel

The Matthiassons tell it best: "Our Zinfandel is a combination of a fascination with the long-lived vines and a friendship that made the wine possible. The Limerick Lane Vineyard in the Russian River Valley is a classic cooler-climate Zinfandel location, with vines dating back to 1910. Steve’s friend Jake Bilbro purchased the vineyard in 2008, and worked with Steve [Matthiasson] to plant a new hillside with Zinfandel. Steve specked out the planting, and has continued to work with Jake on the vineyard every step of the way. In 2013 we decided that it was time for Matthiasson to make a wine from the vineyard Steve worked so hard to establish." Tangy cranberry, boysenberry, cherry liqueur, ripe tomato, woods, and herbs on the nose, with flavors of dense purple and blue fruit,  ripe wild black berry, accompanied by green peppercorns, wonderful acidity, and dense minerally soil. Ariana Rolich

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Arnot-Roberts 2014 Sonoma County Syrah

Arnot-Roberts truly shine with regard to their Syrahs: they combine California's ripe fruit and seductive aromatics with the savory notes and structure of the Northern Rhone. The 2014 Sonoma Coast reminds me of a riper, elegantly structured Saint-Joseph. The wine is almost broodingly purple in the glass, with tantalizing flavors of ripe Bing cherries and black mountain raspberries, further underscored by notes of black peppercorns, hoisin, and celery stalk. The tannins grip the palate, but frame the dark fruit and earth/spice notes perfectly. The Syrah is sourced from six different vineyards in Sonoma Coast (among which include noted Clary Ranch and Griffin's Lair), all harvested using organic and sustainable methods. 100% whole-cluster fermentation with indigenous yeasts and 11 months in neutral French oak. Jonas Mendoza

 

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Banshee 2013 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Banshee is 100% Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast (including a large proportion from the excellent Heintz Vineyard), made by Ross Cobb (Hirsch, Cobb) with native yeasts and raised for 11 months in French oak, of which 40% is new. Rich and vibrant with notes of creamy lemon curd, juicy stone fruit, and a hint of vanilla bean, with invigorating acidity and a big but graceful build. A wine of great integrity for $20. Ariana Rolich

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Bow & Arrow 2014 Willamette Union School Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Their first ever Sauvignon Blanc, Scott and Dana Frank of Bow & Arrow made just 69 cases of this aromatic and complex wine. We expected Bow & Arrow's take on Sauvignon Blanc to be a lean-and-mean expression, and it has plenty of acid and angle, though it os also quite ripe and a touch honeyed, decadent even, with expressive stone fruit flavors, juicy orange, a hint of bitter grapefruit zest on the finish. I am taking one of these to Thanksgiving. Ariana Rolich

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Swick Wines 2014 Washington Columbia Gorge Pinot Gris Les Sous Bois

The Sous-Bois label is Joe Swick's project from the Underwood Vineyard in the Columbia River Gorge, where his family is from. The site is 5 acres of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir planted at 1500 ft above sea-level in basalt soils across from the Columbia River. Sous-Bois, meaning “forest floor,” alludes to the autumnal earthy quality of these alpine wines. The Gris undergoes full malolactic fermentation which allows for a fuller, dry style. It’s racked off the lees after aging 8 months in neutral oak then bottled with minimal sulphur. The cloudy Gris shows generous green fruit and subtle herbal notes on the nose. On the palate zesty citrus, honey and lively acidity with a refreshingly mineral finish. Amanda Bowman

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