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Our Wine Department is truly Seattle's hidden treasure. Located upstairs in our store, you will find the most complete selection of Italian wines in the city. The selection doesn't stop there: we also proudly offer wines from the Northwest and around the world. Indeed, we carry over 1,800 wines. We are particularly proud of our half-bottle selection, too. As with our deli and gourmet items, we are proud to offer a breadth and depth of unique wines you simply will not find anywhere else in the Northwest.

Our inventory of wines changes frequently. If you are looking for a specific bottle or something special, please call us at (206) 622-0141 or (800) 873-6685. Case discounts and limited delivery are always available.

 Featured Wine: Pecchenino - Piedmont, Italy


The 2010 vintage in Italy was amazing. We've enjoyed the Sangiovese from Tuscany and the northern whites but now it's time to experience the noblest wine of Piedmont - Barolo.

The Pecchenino estate dates back to the 18th century and has always been a family-run operation, with the holdings handed down from father to son for over four generations. They made the leap from small wine production to a winery of international recognition under the brothers and current proprietors, Orlando and Attilio. Today, Pecchenino consists of 54 acres in Dogliani and an additional seven acres in Monforte. Focused on the production of high-quality Dolcetto, Nebbiolo and a few other select varietals, Pecchenino's vines are painstakingly cared for by hand.

"2010 Barolo: Flying High Again." Antonio Galloni

"This is a fabulous set of wines from the Pecchenino brothers…Orlando and Attilio Pecchenino run this small property in Dogliani, where they make some of the
most powerful, intense wines that readers are likely to come across." eRobertParker

2010 Pecchenino Barolo 'San Giuseppe' $54.99/bottle
95 Points - Antonio Galloni "Savory herbs, dried rose petals, tobacco, wild flowers, mint, spices and dark red stone fruits lift from the glass as Pecchenino 2010 Barolo San Giuseppe shows off
its beguiling personality. Deceptively medium in body, this classically austere, tannic Barolo possesses striking nuance, chiseled fruit and exceptional overall balance."

2010 Pecchenino Barolo 'Le Coste' $68.99/bottle
96 Points - Antonio Galloni "Another dazzling wine, the 2010 Barolo Le Coste races across the palate with bright red cherry, plum, spice, hard candy, mint and rose petal overtones. The Le Coste is a bit more primary, perfumed, sweet and pliant - especially through the mid-palate - than the San Giuseppe. Sinewy, powerful and tannic, the Le Coste is what traditionally made Barolo is all about."

Posted on February 26, 2015 9:44 AM

 Featured Wine: Chateau Palmer - Bordeaux, France


From Margaux, this Third Growth Chateau produces some of the most compelling wine in France. A recent tasting of several vintages and a rare taste of the Vin Blanc confirms the pedigree is firmly intact.
Winery representative Jean-Louis was in Seattle last week and provided us with glimpses of the chateau's philosophy (100% biodynamic as of the 2014 vintage. No Cab Franc on the property). We happily tasted the 2011 Vin Blanc (60% Muscadelle, 40% Loset). Only 100 cases were produced and Washington State got 22 bottles. We have 4 of them! We enjoyed the 2008 and 2010 Alter Ego (a more modern version of The Vin Rouge with noticeable oak influence) before we tasted a nice vertical of the Palmer Rouge: 1995, 1999, 2007, 2010. The 1999 stood out as impeccable and ready to drink with the 2010 a young version of the '99. Jean-Louis commented that the '10 is one of the greatest vintages ever at Palmer - of course we naively nodded in agreement.
Here's what our friend Robert Parker said back in 2002 about the '99 Palmer:
"The 1999 is the greatest Palmer made since 1961, 1966, 1970, 1983, and 1989. It is one of the superstars of the vintage. The wine is a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot. It boasts a staggering bouquet of violets and other spring flowers intermixed with licorice, black currants, and subtle wood. Only 50% of the production made it into the grand vin. This is a multidimensional, compelling effort with both power and elegance, it offers sweet tannin along with flavors that caress the palate, and a 45-second finish. This is terrific stuff! Anticipated maturity."

We have only a few bottles of each of these wines. As ever, it's first come, first served - or just call and let us know your desires.

Posted on February 26, 2015 9:06 AM

 New Arrivals: Washington Cabernets


Here we go... the Spring Release Cabs (and Bordeaux blends) are starting to come out. Leonetti is next. Why wait, though? Grab the last of the impeccable 2010's and snag a few of the just-released 2011's before the weekend. As always, there's more at the store!

Posted on March 11, 2014 12:49 PM

 Featured Wine: Wine of the Week

2009 Cuvelier Los Andes 'Colleccion'

All great things in France are done with a good bit of Pomp & Circumstance, so that when it came time for winery owners Jean-Guy Cuvelier to partner with his cousin Bertrand on a new venture, they alerted the wine paparazzi, and gathered around the patriarch's great desk in Lille-Haubourdin in way Northern France to sign the papers. The project was not, however, in the vein of their Second Growth Bordeaux, Leovelle Poyfere, but this time these two elegant Frenchmen were moving to Argentina! Enter a third character, Michel Rolland, the great French vigneron and consultant, and the recipe for a critic's acclaim!

The Blend: 59% Malbec, 16% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah and 5% Petite Verdot purple and dense.
The Press: (The Wine Advocate) "structured, rich wine with impeccable balance, volume, and length. It too, is a great value." 92 Points - Parker

Posted on March 2, 2014 9:45 AM


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