We've got many cool new arrivals to tell you about. We're also highlighting some of the better deals from the Portuguese Wine Sale; on many of the vintage ports, there are only a couple bottles available, so happy hunting!

As a sponsor of Portuguese "Wine Geek Week" we are offering:
20% Off 2 or More bottles of Portuguese Wine (mix or match)
25% Off 12 or More bottles of Portuguese Wine (mix or match)
OOPS! We forgot to put the dates on this in last week's newsletter; it was supposed to end tomorrow, but we've decided to extend it through Sunday August 20th! See below for some of the sale highlights.

Friday's Free Wine Tasting, 4:00-8:00
Truchard Roussanne, Napa, CA
Colome Torrontes, Salta, Argentina
A Fine Rose - To Be Announced
Steelhead Pinot Noir, Sonoma, CA
Edgebaston "Pepper Pot," Stellenbosch, South Africa
Seven Hills Merlot, Columbia Valley, WA - Half Price Deal!

Plus a Secret Sipper: Please ask discreetly to taste the "Secret Sipper" - Lion Tamer Napa Valley Red by The Hess Collection - 93pts Wine Advocate

Saturday's Free Wine Tasting 3:00-7:00
Check our facebook page early Saturday afternoon for the lineup.

New & Arrivals:

Casale del Giglio "Satrico" 2016, Lazio, Italy, $21.99
A blend of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Sauvignon and 20% Trebbiano Giallo grapes. Previous vintage rated 92pts JS; this vintage not yet rated. We tasted it Wednesday and were wowed by its classically Italian crispness, medium weight, minerality and variety of citrus and more exotic fruits.

Casale del Giglio Bellone 2016, Lazio, Italy, $19.99
A grape variety cited by Pliny the Elder and present in the Latium region since Roman times. The Bellone grape is vigorous and resistant to drought - a guarantee for wine quality and balance - while its plump, golden yellow, thickskinned grapes hang in elongated, cone-shaped bunches. The persistent sea breeze contributes to the over-ripening of the grapes while a high concentration of both sugar and acidity lead to early maturation and the highlighting of the wine's pronounced mineral notes. This wine is fuller, and weightier - more likely to please the Chardonnay drinker, with its creamier texture.

Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley, CA, $29.99
"This full and smoothly soft wine blended with 10% Petite Sirah, 7% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot is aged in American oak, a quarter of it new. It pleases in bright red currant, cassis and wisps of blackberry, both approachable and sophisticated. Velvety black licorice meets smoky campfire on the finish." 91pts WE

Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2013, WA, Reg. $31.99 , Sale $15.99 - Half Price!
"The aromas of cedar, fresh dark berries, thyme, garden herbs and flowers provide instant appeal, with woodsy accents following. Lively plum and raspberry flavors back them up, with fine-grained tannins and barrel accents speckled throughout." 91pts WE

Seven Hills Merlot Columbia Valley 2014, Reg. $27.99, Sale $13.99 - Half Price!
This vintage not yet rated - previous vintage 90pts WE

Basel Cellars Claret 2012, Columbia Valley, WA, $16.99
This vintage not yet rated - previous vintage 90pts WE

Casale del Giglio Cesanese 2015, Lazio, Italy, $22.99
This variety hails from the Latium Province of Frosinone, once inhabited by the ancient Volsci tribe who conquered the town of Satricum in 488 BC and ruled supreme until the Romans established a colony there in 385 BC. Casale del Giglio's version is full of personality with dark berry fruit, earthy/smokey notes and a hint of anise. It is medium-full, with good structure. The winery recommends serving it with a buffalo stew, but it should pair nicely with many hearty dishes.

Falesco "Montiano" 2012, Lazio, Italy, $51.99
"The 2012 Montiano sports a new design and front label that is cleaner and minimalist in personality. That doesn't change the fact that this is one of the most historic Merlot-based wines in Italy that put Lazio wines on the map. Riccardo Cotarella had set his sights on great Merlot from his home turf, that lies on the Lazio and Umbria border in central Italy. This vintage is especially plump and opulent and signals a slight evolution in the winemaking style of this historic wine. It feels more elegant and streamlined thanks to the purity of its aromas. Black cherry, blackberry, Indian spice, dark chocolate and pressed rose petal come together in seamless fashion." 93pts WA

Carlisle Petite Sirah "Palisade's Vineyard" 2015, Napa, CA, $61.99
"Another monster in the making is the 2015 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard (15.7% alcohol, 580 cases). This is no ordinary Petite Sirah, but then, few are. Nearly black as a moonless night, the wine's aromatics soar from the glass, offering up floral notes intermixed with blackberry, incense, blueberry liqueur, graphite and licorice. Huge intensity of flavor, sweet but noticeable tannins, low acidity, but fabulous richness, and a broad, almost endless finish characterize this Petite Sirah that should age well for 30-50 or more years." 91-94 pts WA, also 92pts WS

Carlisle Zinfandel "Mancini Ranch" 2015, Russian River Valley, CA, $57.99
"The 2015 Zinfandel Mancini Ranch is 85% Zinfandel and 15% mixed black varieties, and a whopper at 15.8% natural alcohol. The vineyard dates back to 1922, which makes it another vineyard planted during the middle of Prohibition. This is a meaty, Proven├žal style of wine, with loads of Mediterranean spices, peppery notes, some allspice and lots of black cherry and blackcurrant fruit. It is full-bodied, powerful, and will be bottled unfined and unfiltered, as most of these wines will. Drink it over the next 7-8 years." 88-90pts WA

Portuguese Wine Sale - Final Weekend!
Winery, Wine, Region, Notes Reg. Sale 20% Off
Ramos Pinto "Duas Quintas" Douro 2014, 90pts WE 16.99 $13.59
Wine & Soul "Manoella" Douro 2013, 92pts WA 24.99 $19.99
Valcatrina Alentejano 2014 14.99 $11.99
Quinta do Crasto Douro Superiore 2011, 92pts WA 32.99 $26.39
Cerejeiras "C" Tinto, Lisboa, 2014 9.99 $7.99
Udaca Dao 2014 12.99 $10.39
Alvaro Castro Dao 2013 18.99 $15.19
Paxis "Bulldog" Red Blend 2013, Lisboa, 90pts WE 13.99 $11.19
Colossal Reserva 2014, Lisboa, 91pts WS 13.99 $11.19
Cabriz Dao Sellecionada Colheita 2014, 90pts & Top 100 -WS 12.99 $10.39
Oscar's Douro 2016 14.99 $11.99
Lavradores Feitoria Douro 2015 14.99 $11.99
Quinta Raza Vinho Verde Alvarinho/Trajadura 15.99 $12.79
Raza Vinho Verde 9.99 $7.99
Casa do Homem Vinho Verde 9.99 $7.99
Gomariz Loureiro Vinho Verde 16.99 $13.59
Broadbent Vinho Verde 11.99 $9.59
Dom Diogo Arinto Vinho Verde 12.99 $10.39
Dow's Fine Ruby 16.99 $13.59
Quinta Santa Eufemia Fine White Port 16.99 $13.59
Noval "Black" 23.99 $19.19
Grahams "Six Grapes" 21.99 $17.59
Dow's Crusted 37.99 $30.39
Warre's Late Bottled Vintage  37.99 $30.39
Ferreira "Dona Antonia" Reserve 23.99 $19.19
Taylor Fladgate 20 year Tawny 67.99 $54.39
Kopke Colheita 1998 & 2004 (375ml) 29.99 $23.99
Kopke Vintage Port 2011 (375ml) 44.99 $35.99
Graham's 40 Year Old Tawny 209.99 149.99 $119.99
Churchill's Vintage Port 2011, 97pts WS 149.99 106.99 $85.59
Quevedo Vintage Port 2011, 92pts WA 124.99 $99.99
Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port 2013, 95pts WA 78.99 $63.19
Quinta Santa Eufemia Vintage Port 2007 74.99 $59.99
Graham's Vintage Port 2007, 97pts WA 109.99 $87.99
Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2012, 94pts WA 109.99 $87.99
Warre's Vintage Port 2007, 95pts WS 89.99 $71.99

Thanks for reading. We'll see you soon!

The North Loop Wine and Spirits Team

Key: WA=Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, WS=The Wine Spectator, IWC=Steven Tanzer's Old Publication, WE=Wine Enthusiast, V=Vinous (Galloni & Tanzer), JS=James Suckling, North Loop Staff: LI=Lisa, TD=Tony, DM=Darrin, PG=Patti

North Loop Wine and Spirits
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401