December Holiday News
By: Joel ~
WoW Holiday 2016 Wine Shopping Guide
Thanks to all who have supported us and have tolerated our construction woes. No matter the size of your wallet or your tastes, our holiday season features are extensive, with something for nearly everyone. Whether for a gift, celebration or holiday meal, you’ll find something in our selection, arranged by variety, style or origin - Happy Holidays! Karen & Joel
Special Holiday Hours:
Sunday December 18
Open 12PM - 7PM
Monday December 19
Open 11AM - 7PM
Saturday December 24
Open 11AM - 3PM
Sunday December 25
Saturday December 31
Open 11AM - 7PM
Sunday January 1
Now on to the fun stuff!
WASHINGTON HOLIDAY WINNERS: All of these have been highly praised and rated 90 Pts Plus (if you are truly counting!), and will make an excellent gift for someone you care about, or enjoy with holiday feasting!
2014 Gorman Old Scratch Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $29.40
2013 Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla $124.00 (very limited quantities available!)
2013 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla $112.00
2013 Efeste Cabernet Syrah, Columbia Valley $29.50
2013 Force Majeure Collaboration Series V Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain (Chris Gorman) $94.50
2014 Long Shadow Feather Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $68.50
2013 Co Dinn Painted Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley $57.50
2013 Lady Hill Elfrieda Zorn Red Red Willow Vineyard, Yakima Valley $36.75
2013 Wilridge Winery Estate ‘Melange Noir’ Naches Heights $41.50 From Paul Beveridge’s biodynamic & organically farmed vineyards, this Double Gold medal winner Bordeaux blend is truly a gorgeous wine, revealing just how classy Washington wine can be! Dark ruby-violet. Cedar, herbs, cassis and dark cherry bouquet. Deep full and fruity with fine tannins, and good length. Very classy flavors, more Bordeaux like length, finesse, fine cassis, tannins and style. Rich fruit, cassis & dried herbs cabernet freshness. Beautifully done wine.
Rhone Style Blends and Syrahs
2014 Betz Family La Serenne Syrah, Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley $68..50
2013 Force Majeure Collaboration Series VII Syrah, Ciel de Cheval Vineyard, Red Mountain (Chris Peterson) $68.25
2012 Gramercy John Lewis Syrah Walla Walla $90.00
2014 Betz Family Besoleil Rhone Blend Columbia Valley $54.75
2014 Two Vintners Columbia Valley Syrah, $20.50
BIG BOTTLES ARE BEST!
Often, BIG is better! Especially with wine, large bottles allow a wine to age longer and more gracefully, offering a more distinctive, celebratory experience. We have a unique collection of Magnums as well as some even larger format wines as well. Magnums (equal to 2 regular sized bottles) are perfect for dinners with four or more guests. This holiday season, celebrate in a big way! Here’s a selection of what we have: Magnums (1.5 Liter)
2002 Beaulieu Vineyard Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $210.00
1999 Torbreck the Steading Shiraz, Barossa Valley AU $100.00
2011 Betz Syrah Côte Patriarche, Red Willow Vineyard, Vineyard Yakima Valley $131.50
1999 Schloss Johannisberg Rosalack Riesling Beerenauslese, Rheingau $700.00
2005 Tori Mor Estate Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills $132.00
2006 Pierre Gimonnet Champagne Brut Fleuron Blanc des Blancs $141.75
NV Marc Hebrart Champagne Brut Selection $106.25
2005 Bergstrom Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountain OR $130.00
1998 Enrico Scavino Carobric Barolo $189.99
1999 Hartwell Estate Red Stags Leap District Napa $219.99
2001 Enrico Scavino Carobric Barolo $200.00
1999 Ch. Duhart Milon Rothschild, 4eme Cru Classé Pauillac Bordeaux $155.00
2007 Quilceda Creek Cabernet, Columbia Valley $650.00
1996 Duval Leroy Champagne des Roys $439.99
2000 Tommasi Amarone di Valpolicella Classico $209.00
1997 Fontodi Flaccianello Sangiovese IGT Toscana $235.00
2007 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Arthur Chardonnay, Willamette Valley $75.00
1997 Paul Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle $275.00
1998 Quinta do Vale Meao Douro Tinto Portugal $65.00
1999 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Red, Margaret River W. Australia $110.00
1997 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve Red Napa Valley $145.00
EVEN LARGER FORMATS
2004 Felsinà Chianti Classico Riserva “Rancia” 5Liter $349.99
1996 Ch Duhart Milon Rothschild, Pauillac 3Liter $400.00
Holiday Bargains Whether a last minute gift, or when all the relatives descend on you at the last minute, these are wines that will satisfy immensely while stretching your budget, around $15 or less!
2015 St Cosme Côtes du Rhone red FR $15.75
2015 Mont Gravet old Vines Carignan FR $9.50
2014 EXEM Bordeaux Rouge FR $12.50
2014/15 The Pinot Project Pinot Noir CA $14.50
2013 Nathan Gray Cabernet, WA $16.99
2014 Ciacci Aragona Rosso Toscana IT $12.85
2015 D’Estezargue Côtes du Rhone FR $11.50
2014 Soter Planet Oregon Pinot Noir OR $16.50
2013 Concannon Petite Sirah, CA $14.50
2015 Gauthier Morgon, Beaujolais FR $16.25
2015 Idilico Cellars Albariño, WA $15.75
2015 The Chard Project, CA $14.50
2014 San Pietro Pinot Grigio IT $13.95
2015 Faisâo Vinho Verde, PT $9.50
2015 Loimer Grüner Veltliner Lois $14.99
SPARKLING (Good for mimosas too!)
Francois Montand Brut, Jura $11.75
Zardetto Private Cuvée Brut (Prosecco) $9.95
TWO GLORIOUS ITALIAN GEMS
2012 Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco $56.75
Barolo Marcenasco has ancient origins. There are historical documents from the "Rigestum Comunis Albae" that bear witness to the cultivation of the Nebbiolo wine in the "Marcenascum" area already back in the 12th Century.
In 1965 Renato Ratti purchased the first small Barolo Marcenasco® vineyard near the ancestral home in the hamlet of Annunziata below La Morra. Barolo Marcenasco always represents a superb value in Barolo, with youthful drinkability combined with enough structure to age well up to a decade. 2012 is a particularly succulent, rich version. Red ruby, some garnet.
Fine classic, elegant dark cherry bouquet with a hint of licorice, some earthiness, and florality. Fresh, full, dark cherry fruit, fairly rich and well textured with velvety, powerful tannins and good length. Classic warm cherry-plum and tannin coated fruit. Very definite La Morra cherry/floral, almost raspberry like character. Structured for aging, yet lots of character and fruit now. Richer than 2005/2007 but also more approachable! Great stuff!
2007 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso ‘Etichetta Colnago’ $83.50
Only a very small quantity of this superior Brunello was bottled with a special label honoring the great bicycle maker Ernesto Colnago at 80 years of age.
Two great Italian symbols, Brunello e Bicicletta! Ciacci and Colnago. Ciacci owner Paolo Bianchini is a great bicyclist, having raced in the 2010 Giro d’Italia which passed through Montalcino, as an amateur. To honor Ernesto Colnago just 80 magnums and a few cases of bottles were labeled with this special label for their great Pianrosso vineyard Brunello.
Medium ruby, garnet rim. Deep, mahogany, leather-cherry bouquet with solid, warm black plum/cherry compote accents. Very deep, anise-inflected rich flavors, showing great weight and balance with fine tannins, graphite-anise and leathery earth tones on the finish. Lively yet full texture. Gains velvetiness, length and density with a couple hours aeration. Stylish, long, and capable of another decade’s improvement., yet drinking wonderfully now!
RHONE LEGENDS Drinking history!
2012 Ch Ste Cosme Gigondas Le Claux $94.5o
Saint Cosme - located north to the village of Gigondas - is the most ancient estate in the region. Lying on the site of a Gallo-Roman villa which very probably already had its own vineyard, the estate's existence in 1416 is attested by a document mentioning the granting by Jean de Chalon, Price of Orange, of "land for the planting of vines on the Saint Cosme slopes." Owner Louis Barruol's ancestors acquired it in 1570, and at the end of the sixteenth century built a splendid residence over existing cellars.
Le Claux (Clow, as in ‘glow’) is the oldest vineyard on the St Cosme property in Gigondas, planted originally in 1870 on Gloire de Montpellier rootstock just after the remedy for Phylloxera was figured out! It may be the oldest extant vineyard in France as well! It was meant to be pulled out in 1914, but Barruol’s grandfather went off to fight in WWI, and died, so the family never got around to pulling it out!
The vineyard is composed of 12 million year clay and limestone marl deposits called Tortonian; the same as in Barolo, Italy and the only vineyard in all of Gigondas so composed. . Very traditionally made, with six weeks maceration on the skins and only 30% new oak barrels used for aging one year. Solid ruby color, with deep, pure Grenache cherry -plum aromas, with hints of raspberry, smoky herbs (garrigue), and graphite. Vinous, dense dark cherry, damson plum flavors, with earthy-anise accents that stain the palate. Great chewiness and length, showing depth, concentration and finesse now, but will easily age 10+ years. As John Livingstone-Learmonth (DrinkRhone.com) wrote in Decanter magazine, “Exceptional, and deserves its price tag”!
2013 Chateau de La Gardine Chateauneuf du Pape $39.75
One of Chateauneuf du Pape’s oldest estates is back on form, much to our delight! The winemaking tradition of the Brunel family dates back to the 17th century. Gaston Brunel, a famous négociant, acquired the Château de La Gardine in Châteauneuf du Pape in 1945. The estate is now run by his two sons, Patrick and Maxime, and their families.
The Gardine bottle, both original and elegant, is the result of a happy coincidence…(we always loved the bottle!-JB)
When he first wanted to expand his cellar, while digging in the ground, Gaston Brunel found an 18th C. mouth-blown bottle. He loved it and decided to use a similar shape for all his wine, beginning in 1964. Today the wine quality is as distinctive as the bottle and back to representing one of the fullest yet stylish wines of this great historic region as well as affordable!
The wine is composed of 65% Grenache, 15%Mourvedre, 14% Syrah, & 1% Muscardin. Mediumfull ruby violet. Aged 9-14 months in 60% vat, 40% 1-6 yr barrels, co-fermented. Very fresh, vibrant, black/red fruit aromas. Some meatiness with good rich flavors, solid finish with fine graphite/syrah flavors. The Potpourri chinese five spice/star anise aromas highlight the Mourvedre. Medium+ body with good grip and structure to keep 5-7 yrs. Chewy finish. Less Grenache than Syrah/Mourvedre on palate.
NAPA VALLEY GREATS!
We know how partial everyone here in WA is regarding drinking California wines – support your local sheriff etc! BUT…these past 3-4 years have produced a bevy of incredibly good, deeply flavored wines that should not be ignored. Every one of these is a classic, highly rated, age-worthy wine. Granted some of them are expensive (though less than most Bordeaux Classified Growths), but ‘tis the Season! We have also included some aged wines to tempt you further! These are treasures that will make great gifts.
2012 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena $177.50
2012 Paradigm Cabernet Napa (Heidi Peterson Barrett) $89.00
2001 Beaulieu Vineyard Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford $135.00
2012 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $89.50
2006 Cain Five Estate Red, Spring Mountain, $138.50
2014 Turnbull Cellars Napa Cabernet $57.75
2012 Continuum Estate (Tim Mondavi), Pritchard Hill, $210.00
2014 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain $239.50
2000 Beaulieu Tapestry Red Napa Valley $69.50
2012 Inglenook Cask Cabernet, Rutherford Estate $59.50
2013 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon $239.50
2012 Dominus Estate Red, Yountville $249.50
2013 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot $58.50
2013 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Napa Valley $66.50
2013 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley $259.50
At WoW, we are always ready for a chilled glass of fizz, even more so during the Holidays. THIS season we are featuring among others the following:
NV Champagne Chapuy Brut $32 ($18.50-375ml)
Still our best buy in true champagne-a lovely glass
NV Chamapagne Pierre Gerbais Grains de Celles Extra Brut, reg. $50, WoW $42.50
NV Champagne Delahaie Brut Prestige $37.50
2006 Dom Perignon Brut, reg. $210, WoW $149.50
NV Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve, Reg. $84, WoW $47 NET
2008 Champagne Lallier Grand Brut, Reg. $87, WoW $71.50
NV Champagne Veuve Clicquot Rosé Brut, Reg. $86, WoW $58.50
NV Champagne Hughes Godme Reserve 1er Cru, Reg. $57, WoW $51
2010 Champagne Jose Dhondt Vieilles Vignes Blanc des Blancs Extra Brut, Reg. $83, WoW $74.50 (vines planted 1949)
1995 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Millennaire Reg. $230, WoW $169
NV Champagne Pol Roger Brut Reserve Reg. $68.25, WoW $57.50
NV Champagne Gosset Brut Excellence Reg. $58.50, WoW $44.50
2009 Huet Petillant Brut Reserve Vouvray $46
(6 years aging on lees, Chenin Blanc: amazing bubbles and rarely made except in great vintages!)
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