Wine Geek

Below is a list of geeky wines we have in the store. If you are interested please call the store or fill out the form below to see if it is still in stock. This list is updated periodically, thus sales are subject to confirmation.

UPDATED 12/17/17

Wine Varietals Region Year Price Size Description
Bodegas Valdespino, Ojo de Gallo Palomino Fino Andalucía, Spain

2016

$17

750 ml

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This is not a sherry, it is a wine vinified from the Palomino Fino grape. The wine has ripe peach and delicate citrus (lime chutney) aromas with a complex mineral background, clearly showing its Albariza origins. In the palate there is a combination of smooth oiliness, a mineral character along with the citrus background, and an elegant, appealing, slightly bitter bite aftertaste. It is an extremely elegant and unique wine, which shows the finesse and complex potential of the Palomino grape grown in the Albariza soil.
Domaine Belluard, Gringet Les Alpes Blanc Gringet Savoie, France

2015

$40

750 ml

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In all likelihood, you’ve never heard of Ayse or it’s local, rather obscure, indigenous grape, Gringet. After all, there are only 22ha of it left in the world (of which Dominique owns 12ha). The obscurity is too bad, because Dominique Belluard tireless works here, with this grape, striving to create some of the most singular, compelling wines around. In 2001, Dominique decided to convert his vineyards to biodynamics, which he feels interferes the least with the 700 year history of viticulture in Ayse (some people speculate that Gringet pre-dates the Roman influence in the area). When he didn’t like what wood and steel were doing to his wines, he switched to concrete eggs, as he felt the smaller volumes and controlled aeration they provided yielded the best results for his small, unique parcels. 
Domaine Eugène Carrel, Vin de Savoie Jongieux Blanc Jacquere Jongieux, Savoie, France

2016

$13

750 ml

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Bright with green highlights, this wine expresses fruit essences (citrus and very ripe pears), associated with floral overtone and a slight mineral essence at the finish. Serve chilled as an aperitif or with shelfish, and don’t forget to try with savoy specialties.
Romain Chamiot, Aprémont Jacquere Apremont, Savoie, France

2015

$22

750 ml

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In high demand, the white wines of Savoie have already gained a good reputation. The Apremont is one of the most popular varieties. The wines of Romain Chamiot fit into compliance with this Savoyard tradition. The white wines of Savoy Apremont are dry white wines produced from grapes typical Jacquère.
Domaine Felines Jourdan, Picpoul de Pinet Picpoul de Pinet Picpoul, Languedoc-Roussillon

2016

$11

750 ml

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100% Picpoul (translates as “lip stinger”) from estate fruit. Three sites , Félines, Les Cadastres, and La Coulette provide three terrors for blending. 100% steel aged.
Domaine des Ardoisières, Vin des Allobroges Argile Blanc Chardonnay, Mondeuse, and Jacquère Savoie, France

2015

$30

750 ml

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The domaine’s 17 acres of vineyards are planted on steep, rocky slopes high above the town of Freterive. The domaine has employed biodynamic principles in the vineyard since the vines were planted. Brice’s wines are brilliantly unique, capturing the stony and mineral character of the vineyard terraces, and possessing an amazing crystalline purity. Drinking these wines from the side of Mont Blanc is like tasting freshly squeezed juice running off a glacier.
Gourdon Chenin Noir Saumur, France

2014

$20

750 ml

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The Pinault d’Aunis, although a native of Saumur, has totally disappeared from the region of Chinon. Vinified as a light red wine, it’s a real thirst quencher at only 9.5° alcohol with a refreshing peppery note.
Censo Praruar Cataratto Sicily, Italy

2013

$34

750 ml

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An orange wine, the first release from Il Censo, the Praruar (meaning ’golden’ in Greek) comes from the organically managed estate vineyard. 100% Cataratto. Fermented spontaneously for 16 days on indigenous yeast and with skin contact. No temperature control. Bottled without filtration. The white wine characteristically has a rich, golden tint with a strong minerality and a pleasant bitterness and an almost saline quality. 230 cases produced.
Movia Lunar Ribolla Primorska, Slovenia

2013

$49

1 L

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Late harvest, hand picked, short vine-to-fermentation times (max. 2h). The grapes are destemmed by hand and placed in new oak barrels with custom caps. Fermentation begins in the berries themselves, which gradually release the wine. After 8 months of maturing, at full moon, the wine is gravity racked into bottles, no added sulphur, no filtration, no pressing. This is as close as it gets to the wine ancient man found in nature.
Keep Carignan Carignan California, United States

2015

$43

750 ml

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100% Carignan made from dry farmed, 130 year old vines. A middle wight champ, with bright and chewy tannins and bounding with fruit.
Chateau Musar Gaston Hochar Blanc Obaideh & Merwah Bekka Valley, Lebanon

2003

$55

750 ml

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The king of specialty wines – nature, with a helping hand from the moon, does most of what is usually done by man. Chateau Musar’s most healthy and pure wine, without added sulphur. Pure nature in your wineglass. Amber color of medium intensity. The bouquet is pleasant, youthful, reminiscent of grapes.
Chateau Musar Hochar Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault & Grenache Bekka Valley, Lebanon

2012

$35

750 ml

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Notes of wood ageing are present, as is a refined spicy woody note, hinting at incense and fine herbs. On the palate the wine is dry, elegant, bitterish (the grape skins disintegrated and remained in the wine) and youthful. Grape notes on the nose are overcome by a fine note of wood. Plenty of character and a fine, long aftertaste. An extraordinary wine.
Domaine de la Touraize, Terres Bleues Savagnin Arbois, Jura, France

2015

$30

750 ml

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Made from young vines in the “lieu dit” Sur la Regole which give an average yield of 30hl/h. Savagnin is an old variety with origins in the Franche-Comté and northwest of France. It is connected to the Traminer grape which Jancis Robinson suggests is a clonal variation. It is also related to the Pinot variety. It is thick skinned, late ripening and acidic. The Savagnin bunches are hand harvested and put into small bins to avoid any damage to the grapes. They are left intact and and gently pressed by a pneumatic press. The fermentation begins in stainless steel for 2/3 days after which the fermenting juice is put into 500L foudres to finish the alcoholic and malo-lactic fermentations.The wine is further matured in the foudres for ten months. The aging is “sur lie” with no racking or batonnage (stirring of lies). The wine is topped off every week.
Chateau Musar Jeune Cinsault, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon Bekka Valley, Lebanon

2013

$25

750 ml

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Meant for current consumption – within a few years of the harvest – this deeply-coloured, vividly fruity style, first produced in 2007, may yet prove to be a ‘keeper’. Inky-dark, silky-textured and aromatic, with blackcurrant, raspberry and cherry jam flavours and a warm, spicy finish, it has been likened to a fine Roussillon red.
Bisson Marea Cinque Terre Cinque Terre, Italy

2015

$34

750 ml

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A full-bodied, earthy wine of immense character, almost briny, with a deeper golden tint to its color than is found in his other whites and marked by the aromas of heather, broom and juniper.
La Sabbiona VIP Famoso Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

2015

$19

750 ml

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Recently rediscovered and replanted in 2007, Famoso is an incredibly aromatic white with surpisingly nice acidity. Only two rows of vines were left in the early 2000s as a result of Phylloxera and uprooting. Mauro was one of the first producers to take up replanting of Famoso on grafted Pagadebit restock, and was the first to try a spumante version as well. 24-36 hours maceration on the skins at low temps followed by a soft press. Fermentation of 10 days or so. The wine will then spend a few months aging on the lees in stainless steel. Very aromatic, particularly considering where it’s grown. This wine might be compared to Malvasia grown in Piacenza. Flowers and tropical fruit dominate the nose. Notes of golden apple, banana and hawthorn flower. Not to be taken for granted this wine has nice structure and many layers to it. Great acid and a nice long finish.
Grrieri, Donna Grazia Bianco Nero d’Avola & Frappato Sicily, Italy

$19

750 ml

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The only white blend of Nero D’Avola and Frappato in the world! Rustic with a soft round mouthfeel, citrus is followed by a pleasant brioche quality.
Bisson, Vino Frizzante Bianco delle Venezie Prosecco Cinque Terre, Italy

2016

$19

750 ml

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Apple and floral aromas dominating the complex, heady mix. Chiseled mineral acidity demands a thoughtful pairing with light salads, youthful cheeses and salty, smoked fish. If you enjoy Prosecco, this is essentially what this bottle is as it’s made from the Prosecco grape, Glera. However, this is a bone dry rendition of the sparkling wine and very unique for that matter. Sealed with a crown cap and in 2016 this practice no longer allowed for the wine to be labeled as Prosecco all the while listing the grape Glera.
Domaine des Huards, Francois 1er Vielles Vignes Romorantin Cour-Cheverny, France

2011

$35

750 ml

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Old vines, average age around 75 years old. Elegant and refined bouquet. Plentiful on the palate, vigorous, mineral with mirabelle plum notes. Excellent balance between strength and delicacy.
La Sabbiona, Ravenna Centesimino Centesimino Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Itally

2015

$19

750 ml

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The last remaining Centesimino that was not wiped out by Phylloxera was found within a protected courtyard in the 1940s. Mauro and his father have been working with the varietal for decades, but it was officially recognized recently, in 2004. Only grown by a handful of producers, Mauro’s dedication to Centesimino is a testament to his dedication to promote local grape varietals. This chewy and aromatic red wine is ripe with menthol and a braised bbq quality to it. Depending on the vintage (2015 was warmer leading to darker aromas and richer mouthfeel) the wine can range from lean to ripe and chewy.

 


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