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Offering the best, hardest to find, and most sought-after wines from around the world a few times a week selected by sommeliers.

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Internationally acclaimed wines from small wineries of the highest quality - selected by professional sommeliers.

With decades of experience at the world's top restaurants, our sommeliers select some of the most sought-after wines produced by small family wineries from around the world. With an emphasis on acid-driven, lower alcohol, perfect-for-food wines from the Old World – think France, Italy, Spain, and beyond. We offer an ever-changing selection to pick up in person, deliver to your Seattle-area home, or ship far and wide.

 

We admire Brendan Stater-West’s “get ‘er done” attitude. In the mid-2000’s, Brendan left America to teach English in France. In his second year teaching, a co-worker got him hooked on wine, leading to a job at a wine shop in Paris. His revelation wine was a 2008 Chenin Blanc from Domaine Guiberteau. (We offered the sister property, Domaine du Collier, a couple of weeks ago!) After experiencing this wine, Brendan knew he needed to move to the production side to make Chenin Blanc specifically. So he went to the Loire Valley and, in his words,”I felt like it was time to make the move out of the city and get back into a more rural context where I could learn to grow grapes and vinify. I, therefore, harassed Romain Guiberteau and other winemakers in the area for a month, when finally, Romain gave in and accepted to take me under his wing as an apprentice. I enrolled in a BTS Viti-Oeno program and worked full-time at the domaine. In 2015, I insisted that I wanted to find some vineyards to start making my own wine. Romain proposed one hectare of a vineyard called Les Chapaudaises to me, and I knew it was a terroir that could make the style of Chenin that I am crazy for elegant, pure, vertical, with salinity from the limestone. What a wonderful vintage to begin with as well! Beautiful ripeness and satisfactory yields after a very easy growing season.”

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SKU: BTL Brendan Stater Blanc Breze

Ciacci Piccolomini is a rockstar among greats. Each release of their Brunello is widely anticipated, but not nearly as much as their flagship and raison d'être - the Vigna di Pianrosso Riserva. Pianrosso is their plot which makes the most concentrated, robust wines that are a perfect canvas for opulence. They also have a fragrance that I can only compare to the spice of great Barolo, with the coffee-like aromas of St. Julien Bordeaux. The 2015 is a blockbuster. Only 6 bottles were given, so grab them fast!

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SKU: Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona "Riserva" 2015

This vineyard is one of their youngest, with the average age being 27 years old. It is planted on rocky soils, which surround a rock quarry - exposing the look of this amazing terroir. The wine is always 90-95% Chardonnay, and the difference is comprised of Pinot Gris - most in Burgundy don’t admit this when they make white, but they know how it adds richness without adding new oak.

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SKU: Simon Bize "Le Champlains" Blanc 2018

For the first time ever, Sauvignon Blanc is having success globally, not just in the wines of Marlborough, New Zealand. Many people's palates have moved to fresher varieties and styles of winemaking instead of the rich, concentrated, heavily oaked white wines. We see that in the shop, as more people are drinking crisp varieties from Italy, Greece, Austria, Germany, and France. Included in France is the true home of great Sauvignon Blanc - the Loire Vally.

Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé are the gold standards for the purest examples of Sauvignon Blanc with both fruit and mineral intensity. Sancerre has pure chalk Kimmeridgian soil which gives its zing-like texture. Just across the way is Pouilly-Fumé, which also has the beautiful Kimmeridgian soil but also flint mixed in. This additional layer of soil adds a great intensity level to the knows - one which is like using a firestarter while camping. 

Régis Minet is a second-generation winemaker at what was his family's estate and is now his own. With forty harvests of experience, he knows the land and has the ability to morph with the years. In a time when many are pushing ripeness to fit into a specific profile, he works the wine to fit the land - keeping true to the classics of the region. His wines have intensity, a lean, dry citrus rind character, along with a zip of terroir which almost makes the center of your tongue numb. In my years of building wine lists, it is a wine that has always been a staple because it is such a standout from the Loire - period. Another perfect porch sipper which goes with all the amazing spring and summer vegetables, any type of goat cheese, and yummy smoked fish. 

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SKU: Régis Minet "Vielles Vignes" Pouilly Fumé 2020

Burlotto is synonymous with the town of Verduno, in Barolo. In rare fashion, all of their wines are incredibly sought-after, as they give the same care to a single-vineyard Barolo as they do their Freisa. Speaking of Freisa, Verduno is also home to the great Palaverga grape, which like Freisa is a very fragrant, easy-drinking wine that is so tasty - and Burlotto is the master of it. They have been innovators in Barolo since their inception in the 19th century and were the sole supplier of wine to the house of Savoy. They were also the first to perfect Barolo in the bottle, long before most switched from using demi-john. The Acclivi is a Barolo which is a blend of all their crus - Cannubi, Monvigliero, and their other vineyards. It captures the essence of them all, which is the elegance the wines interpret from the marl soil of Verduno. This vineyard blend is a thing of beauty!

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SKU: Comm.G.B.Burlotto "Acclivi" Barolo 2017

There aren't many more superlatives that can be said about Bründlmayer, other than "INCREDIBLE"! This release is classic Grüner Veltliner, however, it is an exception to the rule. The Lamm vineyard is one of the warmest sites, that faces south near the border of Heilegenstein. While the usual Grüner has a little lightness and prickle on the finish, the Lamm takes on an unctuousness that dominates the palate. It has great balance, and classic chalkiness, but an almost Yellow Chartreuse richness and herbal note that keeps the flavor on the palate for forever. We tasted this in an Austrian class recently and it was remarkable. It is tasty now, but a great one to put away if you are patient enough. 

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SKU: Brundlmayer Lama Gruner Veltliner

This premier cru vineyard is within Savigny but is right above the village of Pernand - running contiguous with Pernand Vergelesses. Marl and limestone soil gives this wine fragrance and power. This is the only red that undergoes 80% whole cluster because the one tank used for their small plot isn’t big enough to ferment 100% whole cluster.



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SKU: Domaine Simon Bize Savigny-les-Beaune 2018

When I picture great Barolo in my head I see a table of fresh berries, dried berries, bunches of curing tobacco, and fragrant aromatics like menthol, potpourri, and star anise. When I pour the wines from Oddero into the glass I get the entire vision in one smell, and it pulls me in like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. Oddero isn't the first Barolo on many people's list, but those who know their wines also know they are a must for any table or cellar. This is another great from the amazing 2016 vintage. 

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Sandrone should be spelled "SandrOOOOOHHHHHHne" because it has brought OH so many good times. Their Cannubi Boschis brought Luciano Sandrone's winery to fame, which is now a wine called "Aleste", but being so rooted in tradition it is their "Le Vigne" that really showcases their style. Le Vigne honors the blending tradition of Barolo. It is blended with grapes from Castiglione, Novello, Barolo, and Serralunga. Each commune adds its own piece to the symphony. Castiglione imparts fragrance, Novello and Barolo elegance, and Serralunga the backbone. Together they make a harmonious medley that comprises Le Vigne. To me, the telltale character from Sandrone is a dried dark cherry element that combines with dried roses, and a long, fresh finish. 2017 is a powerhouse! This could be labeled as a cru from Serralunga it has so much intensity. A great wine for the cellar. 

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One of the last places people think of when the words "Cabernet Sauvignon" are used is Sardinia. Sella & Mosca has been making some of the greatest wines in Italy, and in Sardinia for over a century. They focus on the local varieties of Vermentino and Canonau (grenache). However, one thing they did decades ago is plant Cabernet on a plot that has turned into a treasure in the region of Alghero in Sardinia. The Marchese di Villamarina is like well structured Bordeaux from St. Estephe, but harkens back to the 80s when the wines had power. This 2014 is a drinker and a wine for the cellar. It has rich, powerful fruit, with dried savory herbs, and a punch of vanilla from the oak. This is a find!

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SKU: Sella & Mosca "Marchesi di Villamarina" 2014

It isn't often when a new winery starts in a location that is known for tradition, let alone begin and rise to the top of the ranks - such is the story of Siro Pacenti. In 1970 Siro purchased property north of the town of Montalcino, in Pelagrilli. Here he planted vineyards on the clay soils facing north to the town of Sienna. However, as an individual in pursuit of excellence, the first wines weren't bottled until 1988, which gave time for the vines to reach a maturity level worthy of Brunello. Siro's son, Giancarlo, had taken over the day-to-day at the property and he bottled both Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino. 

In the early nineties, they added a new gem to the property from the town of Piancornello. This new gem was vineyards south of the hill of Montalcino. These vineyards are planted to mineral-rich soil with a base of marine layers. The appellation of Brunello di Montalcino is a mosaic of soils, which range from clay, sand, schist, mineral, and marine. Much of the house styles of wineries are based on where their vineyards are planted. The flavor and textures of the final wines showcase the vineyards they are planted on. In the case of Siro Pacenti, it gave them the next flavor component to blend for their wines so they could mix power and elegance.  

There are two main bottlings for their Brunello's. The first is the Pelagrilli. This wine is made from their "younger" vines, which happen to be at least 25 years of age. The second is the "Vecchie Vigne", which is made from vines 35 years of age and older. They also produce a Rosso di Montalcino that they make from their younger vines that are 25 years and under. Unlike many wineries in the area, Siro Pacenti uses the same vineyards for their Rosso as they do their Brunello. 

In a rare occurrence, the winery has released a vertical of past vintages of their Vecchie Vigne, so we are offering this to you. For our Friday Five, we are doing a Friday Five +1. This six-pack is the '12, '13, '15, and '16 of the Vecchie Vigne, as well as the '16 Pelagrilli. To boot, we thought we would add the Rosso to Montalcino from 2019 to have a wine to drink while you watch these babies grow up. There are only four of these available, so act fast. They don't make a lot of wine, and they hold even less of the back vintages. Ciao!

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SKU: Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vertical

G.D. Vajra is another rockstar amongst the other rock gods in Piemonte. They excel at Barolo with their single-vineyard wines and their "Normale" - which is a term that gets used here in the U.S., but there is nothing normal about any of their wines. Today we are offering a wine that should be three times the price, but we are happy it isn't. This Barbera is like hawthorn berries, dried cherry, and a fresh pop at the end. Like a great Beaujolais, it benefits from being served at cellar temperate. Put this on ice for a few minutes, pull the cork, and you have the perfect summer wine for charcuterie on the deck. 

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SKU: Vajra Barbera 2020
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