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Vin Chicago's August 2019 Newsletter!

At Vin Chicago, we try to make wine shopping easy. Rather than stock everything under the sun and let you sort out the good from the bad, our staff of sommeliers and wine professionals do extensive research and tasting, selecting only the most interesting, best value wines to bring into our stores. Scroll below to shop our August 2019 newsletter and stop by this Saturday from noon to 4:00 to taste a selection of these wines with us!

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Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac 2016

98 Wine Advocate
100 Wine Enthusiast
98+ Jeb Dunnuck
(2/28/2019) "Reminding me of the 2010 and, I suspect, a wine that will merit a triple-digit rating in a decade or so (I tasted this on multiple occasions and thought it was perfect on one of them), the 2016 Chateau Pontet-Canet comes from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Petit Verdot that spent 16 months in 50% new French oak, 35% in concrete amphora, and the rest in second fill oak. Thrilling notes of pure creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, crushed mint, graphite, and crushed rock notes all emerge from this deep, powerful, yet elegant Pauillac. The style of this wine has become more and more finesse-driven and pure, yet it hasn't lost a beat on concentration or length. This singular, beautiful Pontet-Canet needs 7-8 years of cellaring (it has some accessibility today given its purity and balance) and will keep for 4-5 decades. Maturity 2026 - 2076."
$
16999
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
~77 bottlesCheck all Stores

Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017

96 Jeb Dunnuck
95 Wine Spectator
(6/30/2019) "Unctuous, featuring succulent flavors of pear tart, dried tropical fruits, quince jelly and apple pastry, loaded with cream and spice details. The long finish is filled with light buttery accents and hints of hazelnut. Drink now through 2025. 1,900 cases made."
$
6999
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
~47 bottlesCheck all Stores

Domaine Serene "Evenstad Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

When the most senior member of our tasting panel tried the 2015 Evenstad Reserve, he proclaimed, "This is the best Pinot Noir I have tasted all year!"
94 Our Score
94 Wine Spectator
94 Wine Enthusiast
94 James Suckling
94 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
(6/2019) "Shimmering ruby. Expansive aromas of fresh dark berries, cherry cola, potpourri and exotic spices; vanilla and espresso notes emerge as the wine opens up. Sweet, fleshy and seamless in texture, offering palate-staining black raspberry, cherry liqueur, vanilla and spicecake flavors and a sexy violet pastille nuance. Velvety tannins build slowly on the finish, which hangs on with impressive, floral- and spice-dominated persistence. (60% new French oak) Drinking window: 2023 - 2030."
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Discount:
750 ML
Available:
~29 bottlesCheck all Stores

Chateau Prieure-Lichine Margaux 2016

96 Vinous, Antonio Galloni
(1/2019) "The 2016 Prieure-Lichine is all class. Floral, silky and nuanced to the core, the 2016 is a wine of pure and total seduction. Freshly cut flowers, vibrant red fruit and creamy tannins all add to the wine's undeniable allure. In 2016, Prieure-Lichine is all class, not to mention one of the sleepers of the vintage. Don't miss it! Tasted two times. Drinking Window: 2022 - 2041."
$
4999
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Fattoria di Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva 2016

97 Decanter
96 Wine Advocate
(5/31/2019) "The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia knocks it out of the park. Like the other new releases from Felsina, this pure expression of Sangiovese needs more time to evolve and improve with bottle age. But even at this young stage, you are made fully aware of the beautiful intensity and complexity of the quality fruit at its core. There is so much energy and tension here, further reinforced by the fresh acidity of the vintage. There are vibrant tones of wild cherry, raspberry and spice, followed up by white truffle and tilled earth. Drink Date 2020 - 2040."
$
4899
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
~76 bottlesCheck all Stores

Domaine des Granges "Vers Cras" Pouilly-Fuisse 2017

93+ Our Score
(7/2019) Yannick Pacquet crafts this brilliant wine from his family's one-third of a hectare plot in the high elevation, limestone-soiled "Vers Cras" vineyard. Annual productionl is a mere 90 to 100 cases! How to describe this profound white Burgundy? Utterly unctuous and seductively delicious are a good start. This youthful and pure expression of Chardonnay is immediately distinctive, beautifully expressing soprano-themed notes of chalk and white rock minerals. Crisp red apple, Meyer lemon, orange creme, white peach, vanilla, creme brulee and allspice flavors sit atop a densely packed, seductively creamy texture. As is the case with great 1er Cru Puligny-Montrachet or Meursault, the oak and primary fruit flavors will fold into the wine over time, creating deeper, more complex flavors. This decadent Burgundy will only gain in complexity in coming years!
$
3999
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
~95 bottlesCheck all Stores

Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2015

93 Wine Advocate
93 Wine Spectator
93 Wine Enthusiast
93 Wine & Spirits
(12/2018) "Produttori's classic Barbaresco is lush and expressive in the warm 2015 vintage. Flavors of ripe cherries stay vibrant and plush, lifted by notes of orange zest and bright green herbs. The tannins are silky and ripe, drawing out the flavors into a long, balanced finish. Although the price has crept up, this remains one of Barbaresco's best bargains, well worth buying a case so you can revisit the wine every few months."
$
3799
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

St. Supery "Estate Bottled" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

90 Our Score
(8/2019) As owners of the largest contiguous vineyard in Napa Valley, St. Supery ONLY produces estate wines. This Cabernet is sourced from their Dollarhide and Rutherford vineyards. It is everything many Cabernet lovers seek in a sub-$40 bottling. Approachable and delicious from the moment you pop the cork, it is absolutely dripping in creme de cassis and black plum, highlighted by green herb and a touch of vanilla. A very delicious and friendly Napa Cab, and our price is hot!
$
2799
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2017

92 Our Score
(8/2019) From a third generation winegrower tending some of the Willamette Valley's oldest Pinot Noir vines, Arterberry Maresh is a relative rare find in retail, but a darling of the restaurant world for its grace and friendliness at the dinner table. A picture-perfect, classically-styled Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, it offers highly expressive notes of pure fresh-picked strawberry, cranberry and orange zest complemented with notes of sous-bois. If you have found the increasing ripeness and density in Oregon Pinot contrary to the classic sensibilities you historically attributed to the region, this 12.8% ABV masterpiece is your style of wine. An irresistibly fresh, and drinkable slam-dunk!
$
2699
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
~88 bottlesCheck all Stores

R. Lopez de Heredia "Vina Gravonia" Crianza Rioja Blanco 2010

Only a few cases of available of this brilliant white from the legendary Lopez de Heredia!
95 Wine Advocate
(6/28/2019) "2010 was a superb vintage in Rioja, and the white 2010 Vina Gravonia Blanco is simply stunning, the best of the three vintages I tasted together (2009, 2010 and 2011). This is from a cooler and very balanced year that is perfectly reflected in the wine. The wine is evolving slowly, with notes of lemon curd, dried yellow flowers, saffron and spices. The palate reveals real energy, great balance and a very tasty, almost salty finish. This has to be one of the best vintages for Vina Gravonia. 14,500 bottles were filled in November 2016. Drink Date 2019 - 2030."
$
2599
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
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