Well, “The Heat is On!”
So, the mission is to locate less-expensive every day white wine, to stick into a cooler or big bucket of ice. Sorry, sparkling is for another time. This is all about white win!
Please look it over, and if you have a go to source and want to share, please add it as a comment.
For now, here are you deals, right here in Portland. In fact, if you are tasting wine on Friday, all of these deals from from shops listed in the Friday wine tasting entry, right here at Portland Wine Shopping. Taste some wine, and take some cool whites home with you.
Here are this weeks deals!
2901 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
2011 ABACELA Grenache Rosé Oregon Umpqua $ 15.75
2011 ABACELA Albariño Oregon Umpqua $ 19.00
2010 CHEHALEM 3 Vineyard Pinot Gris Oregon Willamette $ 18.00 2009 BROOKS Dry Muscat Oregon Willamette $ 18.00
2010 MAHONIA Pinot Gris Oregon Willamette $ 18.00
011 CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL Pinot Gris Oregon Willamette $ 12.00
2011 J. SCOTT Pinot Blanc Oregon Willamette $ 15.75
2011 TRANCHE Pink Pape Washington Columbia Valley $ 17.25
2011 CHARLES & CHARLES Rosé Washington Columbia Valley $ 10.50
2010 MATROT Bourgogne Blanc France Burgundy $ 23.25 2010 MONTRU Muscadet France Loire $ 9.50 2011 POUJOL l’Herault Rosé France Southwest $ 16.75
2011 ST. MARTIN Rosé France Southwest $ 14.75
2011 PEYRASSOL Cotes de Provence Rosé France Southwest $ 21.00
2011 VALCOMBE Epicure Rosé France Southwest $ 17.00
339 Northwest Broadway Portland, OR 97209
Ackermann Zeltinger Himmelreich 2011 $15.00
Ca’ Montebello Pinot Nero Frizzante 2011 $19.00
Ca’ Montebello Pinot Grigio 2011 $12.50
Ca’ Montebello Pinot Nero Bianco 2011 $19.00
Clavidor Rueda Cepas Viejas 2011 $12.50
Corte Gardoni Bianco di Custoza 2010 $17.0
Boesch Riesling 2009 $22.50
Boesch Sylvaner 2010 $17.5
Cognettes Muscadet 2010 $14.50
Bergstrom Rose 2011 $21.00
Garrisons Fine Wines
1401 SE Morrison, Portland (503) 233 8060
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Ana Vineyard Oregon 2007 Riesling $14.00
Eyrie Oregon 2007 Chardonnay $21.00
Eyrie Oregon 2009 Chardonnay $21.50
Great Wine Buys
1515 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: (503) 287-2897
Walter Scott Pinot Blanc and Deux Blancs 2011
Pinot Blanc: $15.99/$12.80 case
Deux Blancs: $13.99/$11.20 case
“Although we certainly like him, we’re not just being nice when we say that Ken Pahlow has once again over-delivered quality for the money. For an under-$15 Oregon white, his Deux Blancs was the star last summer, showing wild acidity in June then softening slightly as the summer waned. The 2011 is already showing better balance and more flavor complexity with 10% Auxerrois that adds a mild smoky light peach note. Last year’s laser beam acidity is replaced by a crunchiness that’s racy, but broken up and more textured to pull the green apple and lemon flavors across the palate to the grippy finish.
“Even better is his single-vineyard Pinot Blanc (from 16 year-old vines). Ken poured both whites at our Memorial Day winemaker tasting and based on sales, customers agree. Two extra bucks ramps the quality up exponentially. Richly textured with vibrant lemon crème and again that crunchy acidity, this has beautiful balance and depth, and could easily fetch over $20 from a more established winery. Whether you’re seeking a zippy party-time feel or need a classy nuanced dinner white, this is an excellent place to start.”
LINER & ELSEN, WINE MERCHANTS
2222 NW Quimby St.
(off 22nd Ave.)
(Web Only Deals)
2010 The Eyrie Vineyards, Pinot Blanc, Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon … 15.99/171.00
Eyrie’s latest Pinot Blanc from the long, cool 2010 growing season is quintessential Oregon Pinot Blanc. Lemon gold in the glass, the 2010 Pinot Blanc casts cool aromas of sappy hazelnuts, lemon curd and mineral-rich soil. Ample in texture and body yet bristling with crisp acidity, the wine conveys senses of creamy lemon curd, fleshy green melon and ferrous minerals all lifted and amplified by zippy acidity. Snappy, cool and clean, the wine finishes with further juxtapositions of creamy citrus fruit, crunchy hazelnuts and crisp sensations of tart green apples, fennel, aromatic hops and lemon balm. This is world-class Pinot Blanc and a wine to savor over the coming five years with grilled sockeye salmon, halibut, pan-roasted black cod, light poultry dishes, and grilled zucchini and seasonal squashes.
(Web Only Deals)
2011 Bohigas, Blanc de Blancs, Xarel-lo, Catalunya, Spain … 9.50/101.50
The Bohigas family has been growing grapes on their land in Catalonia since 1290, and bottling its own wine since 1870. This is Cava country, and Xarel-lo is considered by most authorities to be the premier Cava varietal. It also makes a smashing still wine, as exemplified by this 100% organically grown Xarel-lo Blanc de Blancs. A brilliant straw-gold in the glass, Bohigas’s Xarel-lo opens with aromas of lemon zest, honeysuckle and wet stones. Brisk with juicy citric acidity, the wine dances on the tongue with green pear, grapefruit and preserved lemon fruit. Zesty and satisfying, the wine finishes with a lashing of salty minerals that leave a delicious, savory dust on tongue and lips. Enjoy this rare 100% Xarel-lo with the entire seafood spectrum, grilled squashes, chicken, or pork. This is a delicious, characterful summer sipper and a great choice for deck gatherings, BBQs, or relaxing at the end of a long day.
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2010 Domaine Labet, Chardonnay, Fleurs, Jura, France … 18.99/203.00
Julien Labet is the insider’s up-and-coming star in the Jura, and we’re fortunate to have his exemplary portfolio represented here. Labet’s Fleurs bottling is the domaine’s Chardonnay from vines grown on the Jura’s Marnes soil, which lends its richness and pungent minerality to this exemplary wine. Eighteen months’ “élevage ouille” – topped up in a non-oxidative style – in neutral oak has deepened and enriched the wine’s texture and gras. Deep lemon-gold in the glass, Labet’s Fleurs casts impressive freshness and floral perfume from the bowl followed by suggestions of cashews, honeycomb and preserved lemons. On the palate, the Fleurs alternates impressions of rich nuttiness with juicy apple and lemon fruit. A persistent undercurrent of clay-limestone minerality punctuates the wine’s nutty Chardonnay fruit, while wild yeast tones lift and lighten the wine’s rich texture. This is sensational Chardonnay and a shining example of why the Jura is the French wine region to be reckoned with. Enjoy this delicious and distinctive wine now and over the coming five years with chicken in cream sauces, light sausages and charcuterie, Comté and Gruyère cheeses, and rich vegetable soufflés.
(Web Only Deals)
2011 Gioacchino Garofoli, Guelfo Verde, Vino Frizzante, Marches, Italy … 9.50/101.50
This lightly sparkling white from the Marche region is our vote for the best value, most charming sparkling party wine on the market. Made from 30% Verdicchio and 70% Trebbiano, the Guelfo Verde opens with a pale straw yellow color and aromas of green melon, Bartlett pears, cinnamon and sugar snap peas. Dry, crisp and irresistibly quaffable, the wine’s natural sparkle – frizzante! – lifts the wine’s pear and melon fruit and elevates its refreshment quotient. It’s really quite futile to try to analyze this wine: it’s simply so good that one sip and one glance at its price tag will have you buying this by the case for quaffing over the coming warm weather months. Enjoy as your wine for toasting at spring and summer celebrations, or pair it with light fish dishes, antipasti, and mild semi-firm cheeses.
Portland Wine Merchants
1430 SE 35th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
10 RAPHAEL VERDICCHIO
BONE DRY ITALIAN WHITE!
$9.95 BTL./$102.00 CS.
“ As anyone who has ever visited knows, the Marche is an enchanted place full of hillside towns, delicious wines, black truffles, sunny afternoons and general agrarian bliss. This is what attracted Franco Beretta, a shipbuilder from Naples, and his bride Noemia, a beautiful and charming Brasileira (who was a top model for Christian Dior for fifteen years, and now brings that sense of elegance to the world of wine) to claim their little corner of paradise and found a vineyard, winery and agriturismo. We were hipped to them when one of our favorite customers (grazie, Michael!) kept coming back from summering near the estate and raving about them and their wines. So, we talked one of our importers into bringing some in for us!
“This 2010 Verdicchio is a beautiful, elegant wine that stands head and shoulders above most of the whites from the Marche. Rich and generous on the palate, the Raphael Verdicchio impresses for its textured expression of fruit, well-articulated bouquet and long finish. Fragrant peaches, mint, minerals and very light honeyed tones resonate on the close. This is simply a first-class effort from Raphael that you will not want to miss. Best of all, it is a fabulous value.”
10 BONIFACE SAVOIE ROSE’
FRENCH ALPS GAMAY ROSE’
$9.95 BTL./$102.00 CASE
Les Rocailles is a true earthly paradise nestled in the French Alps, and the source of Pierre Boniface’s wonderful Rose’ from the Savoie. One hundred percent Gamay from vines upwards of 25 years producing a Rose’ that is very light salmon in color & with a bouquet and flavors that run toward ruby grapefruit and citrus. Crisp, very clean and refreshing with lively acidity so it can take anything you dare throw at it! AND, YES IT IS BONE DRY!!