47th Annual Chambers Street Thanksgiving Parade of Wines!

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(A few of you may have missed this last Wednesday, so here it is again.) Thanksgiving 2016 - A time to give thanks, perhaps most appropriately, to the strength of America's traditions and institutions that have withstood the wars, hard times and cretinous politics that have beset us over the years. A time to give thanks for our time on earth and the presence of friends and family, with hope and determination for Thanksgivings to come...

Thanksgiving - the wine lover's favorite holiday, when sharing our favorite bird-friendly wines with family, friends and neighbors heightens our enjoyment of this most convivial day! And what do we look for in a Thanksgiving wine? A full-bodied white that will not only complement turkey, but stand up to the cranberry sauce, stuffing and onions; rosés (yes, rosés are a great choice on Thanksgiving); and reds that are relatively light and low in alcohol, supple with pretty fruit that won't overwhelm the mild flavors of turkey, turnips and mashed potatoes. And of course a sparkling wine or Champagne to begin or end our feast, and dessert wines that will shine with pumpkin, apple and mince pies, walnuts and cheeses. So here's our eclectic and food-friendly turkey-day list, with time for local and national delivery. (It's loosely in order: sparkling, white, rosé, red and after...) Please order as soon as possible to ensure pre-Thanksgiving arrival. Give us a call at 212-227-1434 - our salespeople will be glad to help with your Thanksgiving selections, or to find you something old and rare or very special. (All prices in this email, except sparkling wine/Champagne and spirits, discount 10% on a case or mixed case.)

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Chambers Street Wines!

 

Ruppert-Leroy 2013 Champagne Brut Nature Pinot Noir "Les Cognaux"

While today we tend to think of most wines in terms of fruit or mineral descriptors, some transcend those notes with profoundly savory character. Ruppert-Leroy's 100% Pinot Noir Champagne Les Cognaux hits this sweet spot with loads of minerality, pure fruit, and a rich sapid character which makes it a natural for the table. Here's a wine that will stand up to  all manner of savory dishes, while leaving the palate refreshed. A visit to the vines with Bénédicte Ruppert of Ruppert-Leroy is an illuminating experience. There’s a world of difference between the Aube and the Vallée de la Marne. Not only are the soils different, (Kimmeridgean limestone vs. chalk), but the undulating landscape itself is wilder and less manicured. Often the vineyards abut forest rather than village, which in the case of biodynamic growers is especially desirable to insure a biodiversity according to Bénédicte. Between the vines is a riot of vegetation and flowers, as Ruppert-Leroy has 30 different plants and flowers sown in the vineyard.  One such vineyard is the Les Cognaux whose grey marl soils are planted to Pinot Noir and when we visited in the Spring was aglow with yellow flowers. (These flowers are made into a tissane by Bénédicte to treat the vines for mildew.) The wildness of the countryside is reflected in the wines which are energetic, exuberant, and vibrantly mineral. The 2013 Les Cognaux shows red fruit, peach skin, orange peel, and see spray aromas with notes of daishi and fond. The palate balances lush, ripe flavors of apricot, peach, and Rainier cherry with crunchy acidity, compelling umami character and a pungent sense of minerality. The finish is vibrant and luminous. As of 2013 Ruppert-Leroy vinifies and bottles without SO2. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Precedent 2014 Borden Ranch Chenin Blanc

Precedent is the personal project of Nathan Kandler, winemaker at the excellent Thomas Fogarty estate in the Santa Cruz Mountains. If you've never had California Chenin Blanc or you're never been thrilled by one, Precedent is a pure rendition of the grape from 32 year-old vines planted on pink granite and silica-rich quartz soils in northeast Lodi; foot trodden and whole-cluster pressed (with a portion undergoing a few hours of skin contact), then fermented with native yeasts in used French oak. Fresh aromas of lemon blossom, golden fruit, and peach, with a clear, tingly,  mineral palate of orange citrus and stone fruit, pineapple pith,  chamomile, and a hint of beeswax. Broad yet delicate, distinctive and delicious. Unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulfur additions. Ariana Rolich

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Low Sulfur

Maldivinas 2015 Castilla y Leon Sierra de Gredos Combate Pink

I heartily recommend drinking more deeply pigmented rosés throughout winter (especially at holiday feasts). This is an addictive, fuschia-hued, slightly off-dry rosado of Garnacha from Maldivinas' prime vineyards in Cebreros, the heart of the Sierra de Gredos. Two-thirds of the fruit comes from vineyards on schist and one-third from granitic soils. The perfumed nose of hibiscus, wild flowers, and damp brown earth continues onto the wild, juicy palate of strawberry preserves, raspberry patch, and black tea. Lots of bright, tangy acidity is present to balance the rich, wild fruit and the touch of sugar that remains in the wine. An explosively delicious rosé for sipping and an inspired pairing for any cured or smoked pork products, dark poultry (like turkey or duck), Asian fare, cheeses, and fruity or chocolatey desserts. One barrel produced. Ariana Rolich

  • rosé
  • 10 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Birichino 2013 Central Coast Besson Vineyard Grenache

The grapes from this vineyard (named after George Besson Sr. and Jr. whose families have lived and tended this vineyard since the 1930s) is fermented with native yeasts, using 15% whole cluster (with the rest destemmed), and racked into neutral barrels, unfined and and unfiltered. This wine envelops the palate with black cherry skin and fruit flavors, and violet, freshly rained earth, and menthol undertones. Despite the lightness and brightness of this Grenache, all the flavors resonate with an understatedly profound intensity. Pair with roast turkey with cranberry sauce or mushroom and herbed stuffing! Jonas Mendoza

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $25.99

Chapelle St. Theodoric 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Sablons

I don't normally think of Chateauneuf-du-Pape on Thanksgiving, but this elegant, relatively light-bodied version would be a brilliant choice for your hoilday meal.   "Chapelle St. Theodoric is a project between winemaker Baptiste Grangeon and importer Peter Weygandt.  There are two parcels; one in the lieu-dit La Guigasse, which is a pure sand soil and where the vines (all Grenache) range in age of from 50 to 100 year; and the other parcel at the top of Pignan, literally adjoining the vines of Chateau Rayas, also in pure sand and also pure, old vines Grenache. The vinification is traditional, that is to say, whole-cluster, such as employed  by Jacques Reynaud at Chateau Rayas, Laurent Charvin, Henri Bonneau. In the 2014 vintage, it was decided to put all of the La Guigasse and some of the Grand Pin into  Les Sablons, because of the more forward style of 2014." - Weygandt-Metzler.  The 2014 "Les Sablons" is indeed a very lovely Châteauneuf, showing beautiful ripe red currant and black cherry aromas with hints of brown spice, rose, earth and musk. The palate is light and fine but very dense with sappy red fruits, citrus, earth and mineral flavors with hints of licorice and prune. The finish is long and lingering, with firm acidity showing good aging potential. Elegant and delicious now - serve slightly cool - perhaps best 2020 to 2030. Three cheers to Peter Weygandt and Baptiste Grangeon for producing this lovely old-school Châteaneuf-du-Pape!

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Oltretorrente 2014 Rosso Colli Tortonese (Barbera 90%, Dolcetto 10%)

This Rosso is 90% Barbera and 10% Dolcetto. We will drink some on Thanksgiving – we have a miscellaneous crowd of fellow-orphans, and they represent a wide range of taste and interest in wine, or lack thereof. I am not normally a fan of blends from Piedmont, so it’s surprising to me that I love this wine. There is still plenty of old vine Barbera character, but extra vivacity and complexity from the Dolcetto makes it really delicious and interesting. I anticipate it to be a crowd-pleaser, with enough intrigue for wine lovers, easy drinkability for the drinkers, and a very good pick to play well with the crazy range of Thanksgiving flavors. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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La Clarine Farm 2015 Sierra Foothills Pet Nat Circles Don't Fly They Float

Sparkling Albarino might not necessarily fly in the variety's traditional stronghold of Spain and Portugal, but New World winemakers tend to float above historical precedent and traditions. The Albarino was picked early for acidity; later Marsanne was added for freshness and fruitiness. The resulting pet-nat has soft effervescence with flavors of ripe peach, apricot, and lemon curd  along with dried herbs and sea spray. An excellent complement to Thai takeout or a happy pairing with glazed ham for Thanksgiving dinner. Jonas Mendoza

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Les Capriades NV Vin de France Méthode Ancestrale Pet'Sec

This Pet’Sec (méthode ancestrale) wine from Pascal Potaire is the perfect companion to your Thanksgiving festivities. Whether you will drink it as an apéritif or throughout your meal, you will find this Touraine sparkling wine to be delicious and refreshing. Made mostly from Chenin Blanc with an additional 18 months spent on lees, this natural sparkling dry wine showcases a beautiful structure of finesse and elegance. Its brininess and limestone mineral notes will open your appetite. Its superb acidity with its beautiful bouquet of lemon, green apple skin and light herbal notes will enhance your turkey or glazed ham dishes. With a great finish and long lasting notes, this wine will not disappoint. Caroline Coursant

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bérêche, Raphael NV Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan Base 10

For holiday celebrations, Champagne is a must. Not just for the festive association of bubbles, but also because it is truly one of the most versatile wines to grace one's table. The inherent acidity of the wine cuts through the richness of the foods, while the bubbles and moderate alcohol invigorate the palate rather than tire it. One of my favorite Champagnes for the table (not just Thanksgiving) is Bérêche's Reflets d'Antan. Based on a perpetual cuvée dating from the 1980's, the wine combines the vivid, nervy fruit of a recent vintage with the burnished, textural and aromatic complexity of the aged wines which make up the 'solera.' The secondary fermentation under cork rather than crown cap adds an additional layer of finesse with a delicate bead and soft mousse. This will pair beautifully with most of the foods on your holiday table (skip the marshmallows, please). Better served in a white wine glass to allow  the aromas to develop. John McIlwain

Based on a perpetual cuvée started in the 1980s, this Reflet is 2/3rds reserve wine and 1/3rd from the 2010 vintage. Whatever may have been the experience of 2010 for other growers, this Champagne speaks to Bérêche's deft hand in the vineyards and the cellar. Deep golden yellow in color and boasting a super-fine bead, the aromas reveal themselves in stages of Braeburn apples, fresh mint, and laurel, followed by honeysuckle, orange zest, and candied ginger. The palate is round, broad, and electric with notes of peppermint, black tea, cardamom, and verbena that continues through to a anise, lemongrass, and tart green apple finish. Complex, to be sure, but lighter on the palate than the previous release. This is a statement Champagne. (Disgorged : 5/2015). - David Salinas  

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

Piollot NV Extra-Brut Come des Tallants No Dosage

Sourced from less than a hectare parcel of old-vine Pinot Noir, the Come des Tallants is the jewel of Roland's range. Beginning with a crystalline clear and brilliant golden yellow in the glass and very finely beaded mousse, the nose shows aromas of Greengage, lillies, spearmint, toffee, guava, and some musky tones. The palate is finely chiseled with a nervy minerality, buoyed by a weighty concentration and a full aromatic range of wild flowers, which continues through to a finely pointed finish. A fantastic effort and Champagne from Roland Piollot! (Dosage : Zero, Disgorged : 7/2015). This beautiful Champagne is a superb value and a great way to start, or enjoy during your holiday feast!

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $41.99

  • Organic

Lo Fi 2015 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay

The philosophy behind Lo-Fi (just like music production) isn’t to create wine that is too polished or perfect, but rather that which embraces a more natural, raw expression. For winemakers Michael Roth and Craig Winchester, less is more: neutral barrels, native yeasts, little to no sulfur additions, and no acid adjustments. The Chardonnay is aged in 6-year old barrels, then racked and matured in concrete eggs for 6 months. The wine has a leesy texture and crisp snappiness, accompanied by flavors of ripe peach, banana, and white flowers. Jonas Mendoza

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $25.99

Closel (Château des Vaults) 2014 Savennières La Jalousie

This year we're featuring Chenin Blanc in our Thanksgiving email with two great choices from the Loire Valley. These beautiful  wines are great food pairings due to their unique combination of ripe fruit, firm acidity and saline minerals that complement the full-flavored dishes of the holiday table. The 2014 La Jalousie is a particularly great choice as the vintage gave  the wine luscious ripeness while retaining the bright acidity so important for balance and freshness.

Evelyn de Pontebriand took over her parents’ estate in 2001 after a long career teaching French literature all over the world. As a lover of all things botanical, it did not take long for her to convert the estate to strictly organic farming and she continues to experiment with different vineyard management techniques in her quest to highlight Savennière's austere terroir. Her work in the cellar is very traditional with fermentations occurring naturally with indigenous yeasts and SO2 is used in miniscule doses only if needed. The Chenin Blanc vines from the La Jalousie parcel are 15-20 years old and are planted in sandstone and decomposed quartz schist soils. On the nose it shows classic Savennières aromas of stone fruits, papaya, mango, and waxy citrus fruits. The palate is quite full-bodied and offers luscious tropical fruit anchored by minerals and more juicy citrus. The 2014 is the finest La Jalousie in many years - beautifully balanced and delicious now, but would be interesting to taste in 5-10 years! Tim Gagnon 

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Saumon, Frantz 2015 Montlouis sur Loire Mineral Plus 1.5 L

Frantz Saumon consistently makes some of the most compelling wines in Montlouis. The soils here are shallow, but rich in clay and silex with a limestone base, making for chiseled wines that with an emphasis on purity and minerality. Minéral+ is made from 100% Chenin Blanc sourced from all of Frantz’s parcels in an effort to showcase all terroirs present in Montlouis. The nose is rife with yellow citrus fruits, honeysuckle, and smoked sea salt. The palate is much more airy and cerebral, very dry as well, with a punch of citrus and tangy minerals framed by a racy acidity and fleshy texture. I find it to be an incredibly polished wine, begging to be served with your Thanksgiving, be it a traditional feast or something more exotic involving seafood or spicy Schezuan cuisine. Did I mention that this is a magnum? Tim Gagnon

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $59.99

Gripa 2011 Saint-Peray Les Pins

Domaine Bernard and Fabrice Gripa is one of the top estates in Saint-Joseph and Saint-Peray, with the whites being particularly stylish and well-made. The Saint-Peray Les Pins is from 30 year-old vines on both granite and limestone soils, 75% Marsanne, 25% Roussanne. Honeyed floral, herbal and citrus aromas, creamy lemon oil, hay and stone.The palate is round and fairly soft with spicy white fruits and lime, but with nice finishing acidity and mineral character. An elegant Rhône white that will drink well over the next 10 years, a great aperitf and a good match with full-flavored fish and pork dishes and mild cheeses.  And the distinctive flavors of this lovely Saint-Peray will complement a traditional Thanksgiving meal beautifully.

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $31.99

Lafouge 2013 Meursault Les Casses-Têtes

(Whether you're entertaining royalty or hosting your family and friends, a good Meursault is a fine choice for Thanksgiving!  The Lafouge Casses-Tetes is a rare and beautiful wine that will grace your holiday table at a resonable price - 24 bottles available.) The hillside lieu-dit Les Casses Têtes is located high on the slope above the premier cru Les Gouttes d'Or and next to Le Tesson. The soils are thin and rocky, producing wines of great energy and lift. The 2013 Lafouge is a very pale gold color with aromas of wet stone, pear, fresh herbs and lemon peel with hints of oak. The palate is crystalline and vibrant with stony acidity and flavors of marcona almonds, bitter lemon, dried pear and saline minerals. This is a beautifully structured Meursault to drink now in its youth with any elegant fish or chicken preparation, or cellar for ten to fifteen years or more. David Lillie

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $47.99

Koehler-Ruprecht 2014 Pfalz Kallstadter Annaberg Chardonnay Spatlese Trocken

This is Chardonnay grown in Germany. The tree fruit is there: the apples, the pears, along with a bright acidity and stony, salty minerality, but there also is a fullness on the palate that reflects the warmth of the Pfalz region. This is not a butteriness or an oakiness, but a richness of vibrant fruit. There is also an element of stone fruit that one does not often associate with Chardonnay, and it’s fascinating to see that nuance come through. The grapes come from the Annaberg, a vineyard of mostly sandstone soils, but the Chardonnay is planted on the western portion that has predominately chalk soils and ample shade, so the grapes ripen slowly. Notes of yellow pear, apricots, apple skin, and white blossoms are fresh and rich on the palate. Pair with all things Thanksgiving: pre-gaming during cooking, roasted turkey and herbed stuffing, Thai food if the turkey burns. Cari Bernard

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $27.99

Lauer, Peter 2015 Saar Lambertskirsch Riesling Kabinett

Lambertskirch is a parcel, not too far from Schonfels, that during its long history has gone from vines to fruit trees and forest overgrowth. Florian cleared and replanted the 0.2 hectares in 2012. 2015 is the second vintage from this predominately southeast-facing site where large, gray slate stones litter the ground between the vines. Floral with nectarine skin on the nose, the wine is practically vibrating, shimmering with acidity and tension. The palate is a touch more linear and lighter than the Fass 8 Kabinett, with fresh flavors of ripe nectarine, floral stems and petals, salinity and finely-integrated residual sugar. Cari Bernard

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  • white off-dry
  • 0 in stock
  • $37.99

Vega de Tera 2014 Rueda Verdejo

Balance, purity, and affordability combine in Vega de Tera's organically farmed Verdejo, the great white grape of Spain's Rueda region. Heady aromas of yellow flowers, stone fruit, white pepper, and green herbs, followed by refreshing flavors of crisp apricot, orange oil, lemonade, florals, and a hint of salt. There is earthy, mineral depth and definition in Vega de Tera that is rarely found in Verdejo under $15 (it's also fermented with native yeasts - another rarity for Verdejo in this price range!). I'd love to serve this wine with seared mackerel, garnished with vegetable sprouts and lemon, served over jade rice with Verdejo pan sauce. Ariana Rolich

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Partida Creus 2015 Catalunya Massís de Bonastre BN Blanco Natural

A top pick for any natural wine lover's Thanksgiving celebration, BN (Blanco Natural) is 90% Macabeo and 10% Cartoixa (aka Xarello) Vermell, a vibrant, pinkish-red-skinned mutation of Xarello, which lends a bronze tint to this exotic white wine. Aromas are a swirl of orchard fruit and orange blossom with spice and funky earth. Light tannins and gentle acidity finesse the mouth-filling flavors  of musky apricot and crunchy red apple with vegetal hints of aloe and gooseberry. Full of character at just 10% alcohol, BN is a perfect aperitif to spark your guests' appetite and shines when paired with root vegetables, soup, and salad courses. Ariana Rolich

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Ronco Severo 2014 Colli Orientali Pinot Grigio

The 2014 Pinot Grigio from Ronco Severo is a beautiful wine that challenges neat and tidy wine categories. Technically it is an orange wine made from late harvest Pinot Grigio, which is fermented on its skins for about a month, gently pressed, and then raised on the lees for an additional 23 months. However, because Pinot Grigio has much more pigment in the skins than other white grapes, the extended skin contact causes it to look and drink like a very light red wine.  Lightly ruby in the glass with a touch of orange at the rim, the nose shows startling complexity with layers of burnished red fruit, nectarines, soft yellow florals, citrus zest, and slightly nutty tone. The palate has some density with very soft fine tannins and lifted acidity with red apple skins, mandarin oranges, and considerable minerality.  Definitely not a simple Pinot Grigio!  This wine would pair well with traditional Thanksgiving fare, especially mashed potatoes and gravy or green bean casserole.  Don't be afraid to try it on day two with a turkey sandwich if there is any left after the feast.  Open early and serve with a slight chill. Andy Paynter

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $27.99

Les Fouques 2015 Côtes de Provence La Londe

We always have a bottle or two of good rosé on the Thanksgiving table, and it's funny how they're the first bottles to disappear!  We're very proud of our rosé selection at Chambers Street - all fermented with wild yeasts and organically farmed, giving distinctive wines that pair beautifully with the autumnal flavors of Thanksgiving. We love the Les Fouques, but there are many more and all priced for a holiday crowd - try Ferme St Martin, Laguerre, Peybonhome, Fresche, Madonna Grazie, Romeo del Castello and many more...

The 2015 Rosé La Londe is a beautiful wine and a real rosé of terroir! Made from 70% Cinsault and 10% each of Grenache, Syrah and Vermentino, the 2015 La Londe is a lovely pale pink/orange color with subtle aromas of peach skin, citrus, brown spice, raspberry and rose petal. The palate is light, balanced and long with red currant, raspberry and yellow fruits, blood orange, spice with saline mineral flavors and creamy fruit in the long finish. Drinking beautifully now, it will improve over the next year or two and accompany an elegant ceviche, grilled tuna or chicken, salads, mild cheeses and berry desserts. Great sipped by itself as well - really delicious and highly recommended!

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  • rosé
  • 0 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Madonna delle Grazie 2015 IGT Basilicata Rosato Sagaris - Aglianico

A deeply-colored, dry and aromatic winter rose from the Aglianico grape. Fuller in body than what we often drink during the high heat of summer, this has a plush, silky mouthfeel with plenty of generous cherry fruit, a hint of bitterness on the finish, and streaks of smoky Basilicata minerality throughout. I would love this as a bolder, fall aperitif rose while cooking or welcoming guests, and at the dinner table as a refreshing yet substantial companion to any vegetarian or poultry-based feast. Karina Mackow

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  • rosé
  • 0 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Cooper Hill 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Cooper Mountain Vineyards started in 1978 when Dr. Robert Gross and his wife, Corrine, planted the first Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in the unique soils of Cooper Mountain in the Chehalem Mountains of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Today, the estate has more than 100 acres  dedicated to organic and biodynamic farming and winemaking. The wine sees partial stem-inclusion, fermented in stainless steel tanks, and matured in 10% new oak. The ripe raspberry and cranberry flavors are vibrant and expressive, underscored by bright acidity and firm structure. Jonas Mendoza

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Edmunds St. John 2015 Dry Creek Valley Rocks and Gravel Unti Vineyard 1.5 L

I cannot think of a California winemaker working today whom we admire and celebrate as enthusiastically as Steve Edmunds of Edmunds St. John. What greater pleasure can there be, then, to open this great big bottle of Rocks and Gravel from a great American winemaker? Displaying a greater resemblance to L'Anglore Tavel than to the typical California GSM blend, 2015 Rocks and Gravel is juicy and generous with invigorating acidity and lots of life ahead. Perfumed and mouth-watering aromas of wild rose, black currant, tea leaves, and wild cherry with a terrifically spicy, bright and balanced palate of black raspberry, cherries and cherry skins, sweet tobacco, juicy young tannins and vibrant acidity. Medium bodied and crystal clear at 13.2% alcohol, this wine opens up beautifully and will reward cellaring. Ariana Rolich

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Eminence Road 2014 Cayuga Lake Gamay Noir

Loire Valley Cabernet Franc by way of the Finger Lakes. Cranberry, red cherry skin and sage flavors resonate on the palate along with fresh earth undertones and hints of dried sage. A French grape grown in upstate New York that would pair excellently your Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce or mushroom and sage stuffing!

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Low Sulfur

Kelley Fox 2014 Willamette Valley Mirabai Pinot Noir

A blend of two legendary Oregon vineyards, Maresh and Momtazi, Kelley Fox's 2014 Mirabai Pinot Noir is considerably more structured and fruit-forward than the 2013, reflecting the warmth and sunshine of the vintage. Initially enticing with dried black cherry and sage notes, this vintage is chock full of ripe black fruits with savory, herbal, and baking spice undertones. Jonas Mendoza

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Precedent 2014 Contra Costa County Evangelho Vineyard Zinfandel

Precedent's Evangelho bottling teaches even the Zin-averse to contemplate this fragrant, complex, and age-worthy grape anew. Aromas of creamy boysenberry  and black cherry, with pink flowers, citrus, incense spice, and licorice; the palate exudes both perfect ripeness and fresh acidity, with juicy black and dark red fruits, licorice, bergamot, orange oils, sea brine, and a long minerally finish. Evangelho is a very special vineyard in Contra Costa county, composed of own-rooted Zinfandel with Carignan, Mourvedre, Palomino, Muscat, Chasselas, etc  planted in 1890 on deep alluvial sands. Ariana Rolich

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Low Sulfur

Buronfosse, Peggy and Jean-Pascal 2015 Côtes du Jura Poulsard Sous Le Monceau

Poulsard for turkey day? Yes, please. Thanksgiving is a feast, and at a feast you need wines that are versatile, light in body, and low in alcohol so that they can pair with multiple dishes, and so that you can keep on drinking throughout the day without feeling like you have a hangover before dinner is even over. This wine is all of the above, and will be perfect at your dinner table. Peggy and Jean-Pascal farm just 4 hectares of vines in the sleepy hamlet of La Combe below Rotalier, not far from Jean-Francois Ganevat, and have become known for their pure, clean, and compelling natural wines. They produce a miniscule amount of red wines at their domaine, so it’s always exciting when we see that some has arrived. Think lip-smacking, tart red cherries, a hint of red flowers, ample minerality, and a touch of Jurassic funk. This is a seriously gulpable and delicious wine. Tim Gagnon

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $26.99

Gonin 2013 Isère - Balmes Dauphinoises Persan

Nicolas Gonin farms 0.8 hectares of this little-known variety in Isere, a tiny region in the southeast of France better known for skiing than for wine. But not only is Gonin a passionate and talented winemaker - farming organically, using native yeasts and barely any sulfur - he is also a dedicated ampelographer, seeking out and reviving the production of many arcane varieties. His 100% Persan is on the ligher side of medium-bodied, aromatic, and bursting with bright, juicy red fruits and a whiff of white pepper. The surprisingly sturdy tannins and mouth-rinsing acidity play well with a range of hearty, rustic fare at the dinner table (and particularly complement the cranberry-accented dishes of Thanksgiving). Vines are planted in sandstone-rich, gravelly soils that lend a vibrant, crunchy minerality to this delightfully tart and high-toned local grape. Karina Mackow

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Matassa 2014 Vin de Pays Cotes Catalan Coume de l'Olla

Those who aren’t familiar with the wines of Tom Lubbe in the Roussillon, take note. Tom, who is originally from New Zealand and grew up in South Africa, started his estate here in the village of Calce in 2003 after working for a winery in South Africa and a 3 –year stint at Domaine Gauby. All work in the mostly 60-120-year-old vines is done without chemicals, and he is certified organic by ECOCERT. Coume de l’Olla is an exotic blend of Grenache Noir, Grenache Gris, and Maccabeu planted in schist and marl soils, fermented whole-cluster with native yeasts in concrete vats. The nose is energetic and intoxicatingly pretty, with bright red flowers, orange pith, red berries, and brown spice. The palate is lithe with more red berries, a touch of pine, ample minerality, and silky tannins. This is a wine of finesse and freshness, and is among my favorites from the Roussillon. It has enough richness to pair with heartier, meaty foods this Thanksgiving for those who opt out of the traditional dishes (think steak, game bird, or wintry stews), but would also be a perfect pairing with turkey. Tim Gagnon

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Roche Bleue 2015 Coteaux du Loir La Belle D'Aunis

Fans of taut, aromatically  complex light reds (think Piedmontese Ruché or a well-crafted carbonic Gamay) take note! Sébastien Cornille has hit it out of the park with this 100% Pineau d'Aunis: freshly cracked pepper and generous rose blossoms on the nose lead into crisp red strawberries,  cherries, and sweet plum skins. The snap of tannin on the finish is addictive, bracing the palate for more while the earthiness is pleasingly textural, countering soft, sheer aromatics with a cool mineral crunch. This bottling of what is often used as a blending grape takes full advantage of the clay, silex, and limestone soils and meticulous farming at Roche Bleue to craft a terroir and varietal expressive wine that is a must for lovers of floral, lighter-bodied reds. Delicious served with a  slight chill. Karina Mackow

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Guion 2014 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

From 40 to 80 year-old vines on clay over limestone soils around Benais in Bourgueil. Certified organic since 1965! By now the great work of Stephane Guion needs no introduction to CSW customers, but the quality of his 2014 Cuvée Prestige deserves special attention. The wine is perfectly balanced, with the high acidity and mineral content always present in Stephane's wines  framed by precisely ripe and supple fruit with depth and elegance. The aromas show raspberry and blackberry liqueur with hints of dark chocolate, earth and licorice, ripe but bright. Supple, ripe berry fruits on the palate with fine tannins and citrusy acids, deep and intense but forward and delicious now. This wine will drink beautifully over the next 20 years or longer and is highly recommended. 

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Artuke 2015 Rioja Red

An utterly delicious bargain, made of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Viura from Artuke's organically farmed family estate in the Rioja Alavesa. Made in the traditional, refreshing (pre-barrel aging) style of Rioja, whole cluster fermented and raised in concrete tanks for a pure, juicy, floral, and thirst-quenching young red that begs to be chilled and downed over lunch (or on the couch). Alluring wild rose and ripe cherry aromas and flavors, with crushed red berries (cran/raspberry and currant), soft earth, wild green herbs, and a hint of salty licorice. Keep a bottle chilling in the fridge to pair with everything from pizza to paellas! Ariana Rolich

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COS 2014 IGT Sicilia Pithos

Cos Pithos Rosso is always one of my favorite wines to drink during a big meal with plenty of courses. Made from 60% Nero d’Avola and 40% Frappato raised in amphora, the 2014 is stunning, showing dark fruit, vibrant herbal tones and lift on the palate.  The nose is very aromatic, led by bay spice and lavender with ferrous earth followed by rich dark red fruit.  Medium weight on the palate with soft tannins and great acidity, it is more fruit-driven than the nose with dark red plums and red florals over a crisp mineral tone.  Despite having great depth, the Pithos Rosso is ultimately a refreshing wine, perfect to cut through the richness of a Thanksgiving table; pair with herbed stuffing, game birds, turkey, or roast pork loin with wine sauce.  Serve slightly chilled and enjoy. Andy Paynter

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Rovero 2014 Grignolino d'Asti

Nowadays, Grignolino is often made in a fairly heavy, extracted style that mimics something of the structure of Nebbiolo, but this one is old-school: light, fresh, juicy. It’s dry and savory with lovely bright cherry fruit and a foundation of chalky earth. The wine sings! It’s perfect for fall appetizers — salume, crostini, rich soups — or as red-wine-with-fish. This wine is an absolute delight. Jamie Wolff   

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Pranzegg 2012 Mitterberg Schiava / Vernatsch Campill

We love Schiava (also called Vernatsch in the Alto Adige, and  Trollinger in Germany and Austria) for its light and easy-drinking character. At the same time it reminds us of a hypothetical wild mountain cousin of Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir, hinting at a more important structure and complexity beneath the surface of pretty color and fruit. This one delivers much more –the result of great biodynamic fruit, and a long slow fermentation and maceration. It’s unmistakably Schiava, but there is a depth and complexity to the wine that we haven’t found elsewhere (excepting Nusserhof), and despite the typically light color of the wine, the delicious cranberry fruit, the cut and lift present, there is a core that suggests much more. You can have your fun and think about it too! Jamie Wolff

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Valdespino NV Jerez Amontillado Blend Contrabandista

The Valdespino Contrabandista is an approachable Amontillado with overt nutty characteristics softened by just a bit of sweetness.  The wine is deeply perfumed, most distinctly with toasted walnuts,  lovely candied orange, sweet spice, and a touch of caramel.  Medium weight on the palate with a nice balance of sweetness and acidity and a soft, almost creamy texture.  The flavors are again led by notes of toasted nuts but also showing more of a honeyed tone with citrus on the long finish.  This wine would pair easily with a Thanksgiving feast, showing enough power to stand up to turkey and gravy along with enough sweetness to fit with sweet potato casserole or a zesty cranberry sauce. It would also be a perfect partner for cheese or sweets after the meal. Serve slightly chilled and enjoy. Andy Paynter

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Henriques and Henriques NV Madeira Verdelho (15yr Old) Medium-Dry

Established in 1850, the Henrique family had been landowners on the island of Madeira since the 1400s. They are unique in the fact that they are one of the only independent Madeira producers to use estate-grown fruit. They have vineyards planted to all of the noble grape varieties, as well as Tinta Negra, a versatile workhorse grape that lacks the polished reputation of its counterparts. Verdelho, one of the noble grapes of Madeira, (and the variety of this particular bottling) is grown on the cooler slopes of the island. This 15-year-old (youngest year listed) Verdelho has notes of figs and honey, while also being smoky, meaty, and nutty with a vibrant acidity that helps lend itself well to a multitude of food pairings. Pair with olives before dinner, smoked ham during, and nutty cheeses after. Cari Bernard

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Quinta do Infantado 2005 Porto Colheita Tawny 2005

Simply put, Colheita is a vintage-dated, Tawny Port. Infantado’s Colheita is unique as all the grapes come from 100% “class A” vineyards. In addition, the minimum aging in very old 500 liter casks, is for seven years before bottling. This Colheita is made through gradual oxidation and concentration, resulting in a golden brown color and complex nutty flavors. The wine will keep for months after opening. Tasted in October of 2016, the wine was remarkably complex, soft and elegant with lovely aromas and flavors of  prune, tea, burned citrus, brown spice, nut and dried flowers - just delicous. This would be a perfect ending to a Thanksgiving feast, served with the pies, nuts and cheeses. Highly recommended!

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