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1851 Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon   (Columbia Valley, Washington) --Reg. $14.99 | Mixed Case $11.99- Black cherries and summer black berries macerated with baking spices, vanilla and soft tannins.

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07.15.2016  Understanding Vintage & Aging

Shuffling through the wine shop- we restock, we straighten, and above all, we check vintages. So- it may seem basic, but here we go: What’s in a vintage?

The vintage on the bottle is the year that the grapes were in the vineyard. That eventual fermented juice could spend a few years in a barrel, but the vintage will not change when it is bottled.  Some regions have aging requirements on the label to inform the consumer how long it was in the barrel (for example Crianza in Spain or Riserva in Tuscany) and some do not. And then, then there is non vintage (NV).  This is when a winemaker decides that blending of two or more years produces the results s/he wants. It is found most often in fortified or sparkling wines such as Champagne and ports.

Most wineries have their style for their wine and do their best to keep that mark.  Why does it matter if one year is different or not and what would make it any different?  Well, crafting wine is not the same as making legos. Winemakers cope with the weather, which (as we know in Seattle) is more variable than one might expect. As much as winemakers desire to hold true to their style, each year has a challenge.  For those of you that enjoy visiting wine country, you have heard the stories- and every year has them!

  • Early frost, or surprise frost for that matter
  • Hail as seen this year in Chablis and few years ago in Piedmont
  • Over the top temperatures (2015 California)
  • And even a simple rainy finish prior to harvest can create watery juice...

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1851 Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon   (Columbia Valley, Washington) --Reg. $14.99 | Mixed Case $11.99- Black cherries and summer black berries macerated with baking spices, vanilla and soft tannins.

20% CASE DISCOUNT & 10% HALF CASE ...includes mixed cases!


Domain Moltes Pinot Blanc
(Alsace, France) -- Reg. $19.99 | INSIDER $16.99  | Mixed Case $13.59- Baked apples, Bosq pears, cinammon, vanilla, flaky pastry and fresh cut herbs.

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Olzilhan Rosé (Côte du Rhone, France) -Reg. $13.99 | Mixed Case $11.19 - Bright summer cherries with lingering mineral, soft thyme and simple acidity.
 
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Palladino Barolo Serralunga d'Alba 2011 (Piedmont, Italy) --Reg. $51.99 | Mixed Case 41.59-- “Aromas of mature dark berry, baking spice, pipe tobacco and a balsamic note lead the nose. The ripe palate doles out juicy wild cherry, black raspberry, licorice grilled herb, clove and tobacco alongside a backbone of fresh acidity and velvety tannins.” 93 Pts. Wine Enthusiast  Ratings Key>

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Vinchio Vaglio Serra Roero Arneis (Piedmont Italy) -Reg. $21.99 | INSIDER $14.99  | Mixed Case $11.99 - Golden Delicious apples with hazelnuts, white floral undertones and soft minerality.

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Domaine Frégate Bandol Rosé (Provence, France) -- Reg $29.99 | 25% OFF $22.50 Tasting notes- Rosé of Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault -- Plum meats with herbs, cooked cherries and raspberries!  --Jens  ...Who's Jens?

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Scuttlebutt Transistor IPA  (Everett, Washington) --  $2.79 12 fl oz -- Crisp and light with pleasant floral and woody hop flavors.  Support your local public broadcast radio station with this great tasting beer! All net proceeds are donated to KEXP! Gold color with hops of Columbus, Chinook, Glacier, and Nugget.  Read more about Scuttlebutt>>