Frank Cornelissen

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Frank Cornelissen

Last week we were lucky enough to have a visit from Frank Cornelissen. For those familiar with Frank and his wines you know what a special and unique winemaker he is. His own words say it better than we ever could:

Our farming philosophy is based on our acceptance of the fact that man will never be able to understand nature's full complexity and interactions. We therefore choose to concentrate on observing and learning the movements of Mother Earth in her various energetic and cosmic passages and prefer to follow her indications as to what to do, instead of deciding and imposing ourselves. Consequently this has taken us to avoiding all possible interventions on the land we cultivate, including any treatments, whether chemical, organic, or biodynamic, as these are all a mere reflection of the inability of man to accept nature as she is and will be. 

The divine ability to understand the 'Whole' was obviously not given to man as we are only a part of this complex and not God himself. 

Our products are the result of this philosophy and our hands and team. Wines and olive oils which reflect ultimate territorial identity and mineral depth carry the name Magma® and MunJebel®. These are single cru and vintage wines and olive oils from various superb terroirs between 600-1.000 metres altitude in the Northern valley of Mount Etna, Sicily. Magma® Rosso is our "Grand Vin", produced from only Nerello Mascalese grapes in contrada Barbabecchi. Magma® Olio di Oliva is pressed from perfectly ripe San Benedetto olives from contrada Borriglione.

Wines on offer:

Contadino

Munjebel 2015

Munjebel PA

Munjebel CS

Munjebel VA

 

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Lower Falls Wine Guide to Thanksgiving - vol. 80

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Lower Falls Wine Guide to Thanksgiving - vol. 80

Our own national food-focused holiday calls out for copious quantities of compelling beverages. After all, some folks could be around your house for a while. Remember, this holiday can last all weekend!

With numerous varying dishes; aromas and flavors, there is are a lot of pairing options. Our preference is to open the chosen bottles at outset and revel in the ensuing gustatory gymnastics. If there was ever a no rules have another glass holiday, Thanksgiving is it!

Yes!  We can pre-assemble
your order for quicker pick-up!
 
WINE LIST
 
Opening Acts
 
Gramona La Cuvee Gran Reserva Brut 2012 - This is serious Cava. Produced using perfectly ripened fruit and precise winemaking, trounces most Prosecco. A must try. $20
 
Le Mesnil Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut - Impeccable quality from a top co-op in Champagne. Every time we taste this one we can't believe the quality to price ratio. $36*
 
Whites
(light and dry to full and rich)
 
Raptor Ridge Pinot Gris 2015 - We always get great feedback on Oregon Pinot Gris as a Thanksgiving wine - crisp and refreshing fruit with a nice clean finish. $19

Guy Amiot Bourgogne 2014 -  White Burgundy is a perfect match with game birds. Lovely 'cut' and minerality, we are happy to see this Domaine available again. $29*
 
Shea Wine Cellars Chardonnay 2014 - One of Willamette Valley's best Chardonnays, nuanced layered flavors that are round yet elegant. $39
 
Meadowcroft Bonneau Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 - Our old friend and customer favorite returns to the market, classic Sonoma Chardonnay rich and with excellent balance due to judicious use of oak.  $26
 
Teutonic Jazz Odyssey Wasson Vineyard 2015 - The perfect match for the traditional menu, this is a blend of Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay. Aromatic with a semi-sweet nose that gives way to medium dry palate. The richness makes for a great foil to turkey. $20
 
Rosé
(not just for the beach anymore)
 
Miraval Côtes de Provence 2015 - Sure, we've been drinking this all this summer, but this may be our last shot at this Jolie-Pitt creation. It might even become a collectable. $25*

Domaine Maby Tavel 2015 - Our favorite Rosé as the temperatures begin to drop. Deeper and darker in color and flavor, perfect with food! $18

Reds
(light and bright to dark and rich)

Pierre Chermette Primeur 2016 - Hands down our favorite 'Nouveau'. This centuries old property produces some of the finest Beaujolais made today. $15*

Dubois Hautes-Cȏtes de Nuits 2014 - Silky smooth Red Burgundy, lovely aromatic notes of cherry and a hint of spice. Guaranteed to please the crowd. $20*

Domaine Agapé Pinot Noir 'B' 2015 - This new Alsatian find blew us away. Earthy, elegant, savory - a perfect food wine! $30

Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2014 - From cooler climate vineyards that ripen late resulting in a pinot of finesse and length. Stylish and elegant.  $40

Calluna CVC 2013 - Bordeaux blend that is half merlot with the balance the classical varietals. A strong nod to the European style, excellent mid-palate structure. A steal at $34.

Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel 2014 - Produced from vineyards across California averaging eighty+ years. Bold and a tad spicy, perfect with the bird. $30


Sweet Finishers

Carr's Ciderhouse Pommeau - Local cider fortified with apple brandy and oak aged. Just the right amount of sweetness, but not cloying, wakes up your palate. $18.00 / 375ml

Carmes de Rieussec Sauternes 2010 - A lovely 'drinkable' Sauternes to end the meal. Classic richness, perfect with desert, at this price you can be generous! $30.00

For you lingering guests

Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon - A classic ten year Bourbon, just right amount of sweetness and a very long finish. $29.99

Lagavulin 8 Year Whisky - One of our favorite Islay Scotch producers has released this limited edition 8 year to commemorate the distillery's two hundredth anniversary. $64.99

Suntory Whisky Toki - Japanese Whiskey continues it's explosive growth. A most welcome introduction to the catagory, slightly sweeter, quite floral aromatics and medium bodied. $39.99
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Shea Wine Cellars

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Shea Wine Cellars

Last Friday we had the rare opportunity to taste through the Shea Wine Cellars 2013's with none other than proprietor Dick Shea himself. He brilliantly purchased land (cow pasture) and planted vineyards (on marine sedimentary soils) over twenty years ago with the plan to sell the fruit to other wineries.  It proved to be a smart move; so sought after were his grapes that he ended up starting his own winery! He now supplies fruit for more than twenty of the Willamette's best producers, including St. Innocent, Bergström and Ken Wright. This is arguably the most famous vineyard in Oregon.

Although we have lately been touting the Willamette 2014's, here is a perfect example of an elegant, so-called 'lighter' vintage that has now blossomed with time in the bottle. We could see how thrilled Dick was with how well all of these wines were showing. Beginning with the2013 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir you could sense the quality of the vintage.  The acidity has integrated and the fruit has really fleshed out.  On display were the hallmark Shea elements; deep blue & black fruits combined with seductive floral and spice notes. This is a truly elegant, balanced wine that is stunning right now, (Thanksgiving) and will continue to improve with age.

The 2013 West Hill Pinot Noir is a single vineyard bottling that shows
deeper florals, highlighted by hints of blueberry, savory spice and wonderfully smooth tannins.  This will cellar beautifully for 3-5 years.

Always dramatic, the 2013 Homer is a blend of all their best barrels. It shows a deeper concentration of the black fruits, enticing spice and compelling length for a wine at 13.7 alcohol.  This is pure Willamette hedonism,  and it's incredibly food friendly.

Perhaps the nicest surprise of the tasting was the 2014 Chardonnay, a perfect example of what this grape is capable of in Oregon. It really compares more to the style of white Burgundy, with a subtle richness balanced with finely etched acidity.

Shea 2013 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Estate

e-mail special: $39 by the bottle - Reg. $47
 
also available
 
2014 Shea Wine Cellars Chardonnay - $38

2013 Shea Wine Cellars West Hill - $65
 
2013 Shea Wine Cellars Homer - $100

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Opus One

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Opus One

The 2013 has released and our allocation has arrived! We've also got Overture and some magnums of 2011.

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