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Giovanni Rosso

Langhe Nebbiolo 2017

Serralunga d'Alba    $24.99

Our friend and wine liason from VIAS Imports, Fred Mullins, shares his thoughts on this delicious expression of Nebbiolo, and its winemaker:

"Baby Barolo, is that a thing? Well yes and no, it’s kind of like saying Super Tuscan; we all know what that is, but at the end of a day it was a nickname that stuck and rightfully so...the wines that were famously dubbed Super Tuscans by a wine writer(too many contrary opinions on who actually said it first) back in the 70’s were well simply put: overachievers...something above and beyond what Chianti (the most famous region in Tuscany) was offering at the time.
 
So this leads me to Baby Barolo: it’s a term I shy away from because that is a slippery slope...but there is an exception to all rules and here’s the exception to this one: 2017 Giovanni Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo. Giovanni Rosso is under the guidance of Davide Rosso (the great, great, Grandson of the Giovanni Rosso). To be brief the Giovanni Rosso winery is now considered to be one the best producers in all of Barolo...no easy task I assure you. So probably no surprise his Barolos are outstanding...all of them, but his Langhe Nebbiolo comes from his Barolo vineyards and not sourced elsewhere in the Langhe which is legally allowed. Why is this important? Well the fruit is the same as the fruit in his Barolos it's just not aged for the full four years which is just one of the minimum requirements to qualify as Barolo. To take this a step further when I first tasted this vintage, I was having a hard time believing how good it was...kind of like I was believing my own press, if you will. Ultimately I opened a few bottles over the course of a month and they were all incredible, but what really pushed this bottle over the top was when I tried it back to back with Barolo's from 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015 (5 different producers in all) and this wine held its own nicely and in a couple of instances was simply better.
 
This is not meant to take the shine away from Barolo, I mean who would do that anyway? It's just that from time to time a wine like this will come along, it defies the vintage, it drinks very close to the level of Barolo and it's estate fruit from Serralunga, so it's as close to being Barolo as you can get without stamping that on the label. This is (and take my word for it) a wine that punches way above its weight class. This is a perfect example of talent and terroit overcoming perception and vintage." - Fred Mullins, VIAS Imports
 
You can find Fred on YouTube at Until Next Wine:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcyYM64sFlIdegrIHluibcA

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With a purchase of Cellardoor wines, you can help support MaineNeeds.

Award-winning Cellardoor Winery, of Lincolnville, Maine, in partnership with local National Distributors, 

will Donate $1 from each bottle sold to the non-profit MaineNeeds.org.

 Join us to help in this effort.

MaineNeeds provides individuals and families with their basic, material needs such as clothing, hygiene products, household items, and other necessities. By partnering with schools, caseworkers, nurses, and other non-profits, MaineNeeds provides material resources to domestic abuse survivors, asylum seekers, and those facing financial hardships.

“As we all reflect, it is especially important to look after our neighbors here in Maine,” shares Cellardoor Winery owner Bettina Doulton, “First and foremost, we are proud to be Mainers. We are honored to partner with National Distributors to support MaineNeeds, an organization that works daily to provide Mainers with basic materials needs.”

THE CLOWN is featuring 4 exciting Cellardoor wines for this fundraising effort, extended  through May 8th.

The Buoy White $14.99 – a Chenin Blanc/Semillon blend, made with Yakima AVA and Columbia Valley AVA, Washington grapes. “Engagingly fruity, yet crisp and mouthwatering, our unique blend of Sémillon and Chenin blanc has notes of ripe apricot, white peach, and mandarin zest.”

The Buoy Red $20.99 – a Nebbiolo/Petite Sirah blend crafted from Lake County, California, grapes. “With the perfect dichotomy of delicate fruit and bold tannin, our Nebbiolo is a classic interpretation of the famed wines of northern Italy.”

Perfect Stanger White $14.99 – made from Vidal and Cayuga grapes from the NY State Finger Lakes region. “With aromas of Asian pear and crisp green apple, our off-dry Cayuga White has a bright and refreshing finish.”

Prince Valiant Red $14.99 – a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot made with grapes from Horse Hills Heaven AVA, Snipes Mountain AVA and Walla Walla Valley AVA, Washington State. “This harmonious blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Malbec, and 25% Merlot has notes of maraschino cherry, cooking spice, plum, and vivid acidity.”

Call or email us to place your order.

 


 

Thank you to our customers who helped us raise money for Feeding America during the last two weeks of January. A percentage of our sales created a $1,450 donation to the charity. This thank you below, from Feeding America, is to you:

“Thank You For Your Gift!

"Your incredible act of generosity will have a profound effect on someone's life. In fact, your gift today will help us provide 14,500 meals to families in need. That's truly phenomenal – and something we hope you take great pride in! And it's not just food you're giving with your donation today, it's also hope. When a bag of food or groceries is placed in the hands of someone struggling with hunger you can actually see their spirit lift as this one realization takes hold: someone cares. And today, that someone is you.” – FEEDING AMERICA

Thank you! -- Kyle and Monique, THE CLOWN


 

Yes, we are open!

We are now open again for browsing and shopping with the hope that our customers will be thoughtful and kind with respect to one another and our staff. We will honor the social distancing guidelines, and will continue to require all customers who enter to wear a mask.

We are grateful for the support you, our customers, have given us during this unprecedented time of a pandemic, and are happy that so many of you continue to stay healthy and visit us for your wine and gift needs. We thank you for your continued patronage, for the referrals you sent our way this winter and early spring, and for your patience as we filled orders.

 

Email and phone orders are welcome.
To those of you who are happy and comfortable with our current email and call order program with pickup in the entryway, we encourage you to continue to utilize this service.

Here's hoping that our decision and others' decisions in reopening our state will result in intelligent, strategic and successful cooperation resulting in a coordinated effort to both enhance our economy and protect the health of our residents.

Happy Spring, Happy Summer!

 

 


 

 

THE CLOWN has a fun assortment of wine accessories, from wine gift bags and canvas wine totes to bottle stoppers including VacuVin and Viski, DropStops, and glassware --  including decanters, as well as Riedel and Spiegelau stemware. 

Wine Bottle Openers by Franmara

Corkscrews, bottle openers, "wine keys" -- we have them in many styles and colors. Whether you keep losing yours or want to add one to a wine gift, we have a fun assortment to choose from. We also have a collection of vintage corkscrews - true antiques!

Wine in Cans: We have your new favorite thing.

Wine in cans are perfect for when you don't want to open a full bottle of wine. Or want an easy way to have wine with you during outdoor activities and excursions. We have a great selection including wine cocktail spritzers:

Pampleonne Blood Orange /  Pampleonne  French 75 / Pampleonne Rosé Lime and Peach / Ramona Ruby Grapefruit Wine Spritz / Ramona Ruby Lemon Wine Spritz /  West & Wilder White Wine and Sparkling Pink Rosé / Rosé All Day /  WANTED Grüner Veltliner.

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