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  • Davide Vignato | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    and zingier wines than the more rounded and honeyed expression of Garganega in Soave The family history behind Davide s wines began when his grandfather Rinaldo purchased a small plot of land in the hills of Gambellara and planted vines Davide s father Gian Domenico was the first in the family to make wine from those grapes and as of 1997 Davide introduced organic and later biodynamic farming to the vineyards with the goal of producing deeply mineral wines that would legitimately reflect Gambellara s unique soils The Vignato estate is tiny only a few hectares all hand worked by the Vignato family including a large percentage of labor intensive traditionally trained pergola vines The grapes are harvested by hand fermentation is spontaneous and the wines are aged on fine lees These wines represent not only authentic and compelling terroir expression but also great values Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area Gambellara Classico El Gian Garganega 25 years average Volcanic basalt soil 6 ha total Gambellara Classico Col Moenia Garganega 40 years average Volcanic basalt soil 6 ha total Veneto Bianco Metodo Classico Cuvee dei Vignato 90 Durella 10 Chardonnay Durella 20 years average Chardonnay 15 years average Durella Volcanic basalt soil Chardonnay Alluvial Volcanic basalt soil 6 ha total ha hectares one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres VITICULTURE VINIFICATION Gambellara Classico El Gian Hand harvested Fermented in stainless steel tank Ages on fine lees in stainless steel tank for 5 months until bottling Gambellara Classico Col Moenia Hand harvested Fermented in stainless steel tank Ages on fine lees in stainless steel tank for 7 months until bottling Sourced from the domaine s highest elevation vineyards Veneto Bianco Metodo Classico Cuvee dei Vignato Hand harvested Grapes are fermented separately in stainless steel tank

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  • Les Vignes Oubliées | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    grandfather s passion for their profession They stressed to him the importance of listening to Nature and the young boy aspired to have his own estate one day where he would use only the most natural hands off methods in the vineyards and winery The emphasis on chemistry and big industry in his studies only strengthened his contrary convictions As part of his viticulture enology degree Granier got an internship with Olivier Jullien who was already well known as a staunch defender of natural methods and a pinnacle of winemaking in the Languedoc While working together the two often drove through Saint Privat and admired the beautiful bunches of grapes they saw there An idea took root and they easily convinced the vignerons to leave the cooperative that had been buying the fruit After confirming their impressions with trial cuvées over two vintages Jean Baptiste and Olivier officially established Les Vignes Oubliées with the 2009 vintage By 2011 the new project was well off the ground and Jullien retired from the project to let Granier hold the reins alone The high altitude of the Larzac plateau combines with a schist and sandstone soil to give unusually fresh delicate wines with silky tannins that also have the garrigue aromas and great generosity that are characteristic of the Languedoc Though the first vintage is still young the wine promises to age very gracefully for at least a decade Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac 60 Grenache 20 Syrah 20 Carignan 40 yrs avg Schist Sandstone Clay Limestone 6 ha ha hectares one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres VITICULTURE VINIFICATION Hand harvested with sorting in the vineyards and again in the cellar All grapes are de stemmed Indigenous yeasts used

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  • Domaine Jean-Marc Vincent | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    20 55 years Marly Limestone 90 ha Santenay Blanc Chardonnay 10 years Clay Limestone 13 ha Santenay Blanc Les Potets Chardonnay 45 years Clay Limestone 23 ha Santenay Blanc 1er Cru Le Beaurepaire Chardonnay 11 years Marly Limestone 27 ha Santenay Blanc 1er Cru Les Gravières Chardonnay 60 years Clay Limestone 06 ha Montangy Blanc 1er Cru Chardonnay 40 years Clay Limestone 47 ha Puligny Montrachet Corvée des Vignes Chardonnay 40 years Silt 25 ha Santenay Rouge Pinot Noir 50 years Clay Limestone 60 ha Santenay Rouge Gravité Pinot Noir 70 years Clay Limestone 60 ha Santenay Rouge 1er Cru Le Beaurepaire Pinot Noir 11 years Marly Limestone 45 ha Santenay Rouge 1er Cru Le Passetemps Pinot Noir 7 50 years Clay Limestone 81 ha Santenay Rouge 1er Cru Les Gravières Pinot Noir 50 60 years Clay Limestone 1 23 ha Auxey Duresses Rouge 1er Cru Les Bretterins Pinot Noir 50 years Clay Limestone 21 ha ha hectares one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres VITICULTURE VINIFICATION All grapes are harvested by hand with several passes through the vineyard to pick grapes at the optimal point of maturity Sorting happens in the vineyard with each grape being inspected by the harvesters The goal of the vinification and aging is to let the wine develop at a very slow pace Whites Grapes are pressed immediately after harvest under low pressure and must is transferred by gravity to new oak casks for fermentation Wine is aged in 30 to 40 new oak barrels Wines are never racked Wines are aged for a minimum of 15 months Lees are stirred 3 or 4 times per month up until Spring then left on the lees until aging is finished Bourgogne Blanc is sourced from the southwestern stretches of Chassagne Montrachet near the

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  • Domaine Vinci | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    the clay limestone granite and schist of this corner of the Roussillon While each of their three cuvées is capable of inspiring sincere awe this is no surprise given Olivier and Emmanuelle s painstaking determination and endless hard work The wines are a testament to the potential of the rugged terroir as well as the Vinci philosophy and it is truly an honor to represent wines of such purity and vitality Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area Côtes Catalanes Blanc Coyade 75 Maccabeu 15 Carignan Blanc 10 Grenache Blanc 40 years Clay Limestone 1 ha Côtes Catalanes Rouge Roc 70 Carignan 30 Mourvèdre Carignan 80 years Mourvedre 12 years Granite Carignan Schist Mourvèdre 1 ha Côtes Catalanes Rouge Rafalot Carignan 100 years old Clay Limestone 1 ha Côtes Catalanes Rouge Coste Mourvèdre 12 years Schist 0 8 ha ha hectares one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres VITICULTURE VINIFICATION Côtes Catalanes Blanc Coyade Hand harvested Each grape variety is vinified separately Grapes are crushed by foot then pressed gently Natural fermentation Wine is vinified in demi muids and old barrels except half of the Maccabeu is vinified in stainless steel tank Regular topping off of barrels and stirring of the lees Malolactic fermentation in old barrels Aged for 16 months in 12 year old barrels Wine is then racked into stainless steel tanks for 6 more months of aging Unfined and unfiltered Coyade is the name of the mountain where the vines are planted Côtes Catalanes Rouge Roc Hand harvested Whole clusters are crushed gently by foot Natural fermentation in cement tank for 2 weeks Punchdowns and pumpovers during fermentation Wine aged in stainless steel tanks for 12 months Unfined and unfiltered No SO2 during vinification Roc is the name of the valley where

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  • in your area we recommend that you use our wine locator If your local merchant is not familiar with our wines please direct them to this list of our distributors throughout the country On the back of every bottle we import we have a Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant import sticker and on a growing number of bottles we have a front label that says Imported by Kermit Lynch When shopping

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  • wines please send our wholesale office an email wholesale kermitlynch com You may also contact our office directly at 510 524 1808 If you already work with one of our wholesale representatives feel free to send them an email Northern California Daniel Madero danielm kermitlynch com Matt Gerloff matt gerloff kermitlynch com Luke Kammann luke k kermitlynch com Sam Imel sam imel kermitlynch com Southern California Kate MacWilliamson katem kermitlynch

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  • Inspiring Thirst
    me a martini for only thirteen dollars a price at which you can buy four in Montana In New York City however you can hear expensively dressed career people talking about themselves at a speed that will remind you of the old Alvin the Chipmunk phonograph records You leave the bar in a hurry thinking that Castro had some good ideas and take a snooze after planning the evening s wines Life is rarely instructive One of the wisest and best writers I know Peter Matthiessen who loves good wine once said I have never learned from experience Put that in your pipe and smoke it Anyway a Hollywood studio had put me up in the Hôtel Plaza Athénée for a significant meeting about the fate of a hundred million dollar movie I was stressed and jet lagged over the nastiness of the business world which is as morally compromised as the literary world and went into the hotel bar for a double shot of V O Canadian whiskey which was forty two dollars a tad stiff price wise I m not comfortable in the Plaza Athénée in Paris or The Ritz in my collection of fifty dollar sport coats I ve been easygoing about taking friends out for a seven hundred dollar meal but it would be unthinkable to spend that much on an article of clothing I said to the Plaza Athénée barman Are you f g kidding and he poured me a four dollar glass of Côtes du Rhône saying that it was the solution to all the problems in life I rarely feel spiritual in New York or Paris except when I ve stopped at the old church across the side street from Les Deux Magots on St Germain and lit candles for the liver of my friend the renowned gourmand Gerard Oberlé who caught hepatitis in Egypt and couldn t drink wine for two years His suffering was incalculable and on several occasions I lit five bucks worth of candles which brought about his recovery The other day on a very warm border winter afternoon I was sitting on the patio with my wife Linda sharing a bottle of delightful Bouzeron We were watching a rare pair of hepatic tanagers at the feeder These birds evidently don t get hepatitis It was all very pleasant and I recalled again a passage from the journal of a Kentucky schizophrenic who had escaped from an asylum He wrote Birds are holes in heaven through which a man may pass I had this little epiphany that wine could do the same thing if properly used We all have learned sometimes painfully that more is not necessarily better than less When Baudelaire wrote in his famed Enivrez Vous Be always drunk on wine or poetry or virtue he likely didn t mean commode hugging drunk Wine can offer oxygen to the spirit I thought getting off my deck chair and going into the kitchen to cook some elk steak and dietetic potatoes fried in duck fat and not incidentally opening a bottle of Domaine Tempier Bandol because I had read a secret bible in France that said to drink red after dark to fight off the night in our souls Tags Domaine La Tour Vieille Tempier 1 Comment La Famille Montanet Posted on March 11 2016 12 22 pm by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant under Burgundy Monthly Newsletter Tweet by Chris Santini The first of many words to come to mind when I think of the Montanets and their wines is unpretentious In an era of unfortunate and rampant luxurization of Burgundy here is a family that has achieved enormous success in France as well as in export markets the world over yet manages to keep a modest approach in all they do Value drinkability organic farming and noninterventionist winemaking are the pillars of all their wines How often are those words associated with Burgundy anymore We ve been working with the Montanets for nearly fifteen years now a partnership that was a no brainer given that Bernard Raveneau first taught Jean Montanet the techniques and importance of getting things right in the vineyard before anything comes into the cellar and it was Marcel Lapierre who showed Jean the splendor and purity of natural winemaking It has always been and remains a great pleasure to work with Jean and his son Valentin both of whom are ever smiling ever optimistic and quick to joke at their own expense But don t be fooled Their wines every last one of them are world class serious and most important delicious Burgundies Domaine Montanet Thoden 2014 Bourgogne Vézelay Blanc Galerne The 2014 Bourgogne Vézelay Blanc Galerne from their Montanet Thoden label is grown on the ancient limestone soils that put Vézelay on the wine map That limestone provides a Chablis like precision and the local northern wind Galerne on this parcel keeps the grapes dry and ripe giving ample body and character too Here s the perfect representation to show why Vézelay has its own appellation 27 00 per bottle 291 60 per case DOMAINE DE LA CADETTE 2014 Bourgogne Rouge Champs Cadet Their 2014 Bourgogne Rouge Champs Cadet is grown on those same limestone heavy soils and is all about pure and lively fruit This is young Pinot at its best aromatic expressive and a true pleasure to drink 32 00 per bottle 345 60 per case 2014 Bourgogne Rouge L ermitage If you enjoy rarities and curiosities be sure to try the La Cadette 2014 Bourgogne Rouge L Ermitage a blend of Pinot Noir and César an ancient varietal that legend has it Caesar himself brought from Rome with his conquering armies to Gaul This rustic and fruity mix is unlike any other red Burgundy out there today Hail César 32 00 per bottle 345 60 per case Tags Burgundy Monthly Newsletter New Arrivals No Comments March Newsletter 2014 Vieux Télégraphe Côte d Or Alsace Beyond Riesling Posted on March 4 2016 5 24 pm by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant under Alsace Burgundy Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Italy Tuscany Uncategorized White Burgundy Tweet The March Newsletter is now available Click here to download the pdf Highlights from this month s newsletter PRE ARRIVAL OFFER 2014 VIEUX TÉLÉGRAPHE by Dixon Brooke A meaningful number of the most prestigious expensive cuvées of Châteauneuf du Pape come from the lieu dit of La Crau All of the fruit iused for VT s classic bottling is sourced from old vines on the plateau of La Crau What would be a reserve wine or a special cuvée at any other Châteauneuf estate is the minimum standard for VT La Crau is one of the undisputed grands crus of the appellation As many of you know the special thing about this site is the stones The stoniness of VT is its most exciting quality and it is always evident In riper years it may only become evident after some bottle age One of the challenges with this appellation of late is achieving balance and freshness What the Bruniers have accomplished in 2014 is nothing short of remarkable By the way the same is true at Pallières in Gigondas and 2014 looks to be this estate s greatest vintage since the Bruniers purchased the estate with Kermit in 1998 Vintage 2014 produced a VT of exceptional refinement with a texture of velvet Power and finesse fused into one complete package with all the character we expect from VT there is no mistaking those La Crau stones Vieux Télégraphe is returning to its roots and leading the way forward in Châteauneuf toward drinkable balanced terroir driven elegantly rustic old vine Grenache that will redefine and reinvigorate the appellation 828 00 per case fifths Also Available in Tenths Magnums Jeroboams Methuselahs Salmanazars and Nebuchadnezzars Pre arrival terms Half payment due with order balance due upon arrival CÔTE D OR by Dixon Brooke 2013 MOREY SAINT DENIS EN LA RUE DE VERGY RÉGIS BOUVIER Bouvier is best known for his Marsannay of all three colors produced where his winery is based and where the lion s share of his vines are located Outside of this inheritance his greatest acquisition ever was this parcel in Morey Saint Denis a coveted lieu dit surrounded by grands crus Every year it is the top wine in his cellar the strength of this terroir makes its presence felt This lush full fruited sensual red Burgundy delivers the type of experience that only Pinot Noir from these parts can 56 00 per bottle 604 80 per case 2013 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1ER CRU LES CORBEAUX LUCIEN BOILLOT FILS From a great site in the prime saddle of mid slope land between Gevrey and Morey Boillot s Corbeaux is a quintessential Gevrey Chambertin experience decidedly old school Thanks to his partial full cluster fermentations in open top cuves and his use of old barrels for aging nothing ever gets in the way of the expression of each of his terroirs Les Corbeaux 2013 shows smooth silky fruit solid structure and tannins that are all finesse This graceful harmonious wine will give much pleasure young and old 95 00 per bottle 1 026 00 per case 2013 NUITS SAINT GEORGES VIEILLES VIGNES domaine ROBERT CHEVILLON How do the Chevillons do it That is how do they make some of the prettiest most elegant Burgundies in all the Côte in what most consider one of Burgundy s most rustic appellations Fanatical vineyard management old vines and a focus on purity of fruit very few stems very little new wood soft gentle cuvaisons and racking This 2013 is as seductive a young Nuits as you are likely to encounter Enjoy over the next five to eight years 90 00 per bottle 972 00 per case 2012 ALOXE CORTON 1ER CRU LES VERCOTS DOMAINE FOLLIN ARBELET I can t recall a more inspiring moment in a cellar in Burgundy than when I tasted Franck Follin s 2012s out of barrel underneath his home in Aloxe Corton I have had many great tastings in Burgundy and I m not saying this was the best but I can t remember one that was better These are thoroughbred wines sleek sinewy beautifully constructed This Aloxe Corton will drink beautifully over twenty years Follin s wines are for fans of classically styled pure racy red Burgundy This is what red Burgundy should taste like 76 00 per bottle 820 80 per case 2011 CHARMES CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU DOMAINE MAUME My heart skips a beat every time I contemplate the fact that this is the last vintage of Maume that will resemble what we know as Maume Indeed I believe it is the last vintage even labeled with the Maume name Maume s collection of ancient vines with their diverse budwood his rustic and moldy cellars and his mad scientist like personality that came alive between the walls of his Gevrey Chambertin cave all combined to give us here at KLWM many great memories of some of the most unique Pinot Noir ever made We stockpiled library vintages in addition to the 2011 Bertrand Maume s final vintage but precious little is left Buy a bottle of Burgundian history that you can drink with pheasant 175 00 per bottle 1 890 00 per case ALSACE BEYOND RIESLING by Dixon Brooke 2012 GEWURZTRAMINER FRONHOLZ domaine OSTERTAG There is probably no white grape in the world capable of delivering the aromatic and flavor complexity of Gewurztraminer It is the wine that winemakers in Alsace are most excited about showing off to their colleagues Drinking one is almost like having a course unto itself at table though I certainly enjoyed it at home with eel and avocado sushi recently what a revelation This 2012 from Ostertag was harvested just shy of vendange tardive concentration so don t expect it to be dry 65 00 per bottle 702 00 per case 2014 PINOT BLANC VIEILLES VIGNES MEYER FONNÉ This gorgeous Pinot Blanc one of Félix Meyer s most ubiquitous cuvées always manages to capture the perfect blend of exotic fruit and stony freshness that is the hallmark of all of his wines Félix successfully packs as usual a lot of complexity into a very reasonably priced bottle that shows incredible versatility at table I am always thrilled to find it on a by the glass wine list 19 95 per bottle 215 46 per case 2013 MUSCAT GRAND CRU BRAND ALBERT BOXLER A fifty fifty blend of Muscat Ottonel and Muscat d Alsace this is the first Muscat Brand that has been produced at Boxler since the 2008 vintage It is a truly breathtaking creation The aromas are pure soft and ethereal with an understated class that comes from the Ottonel The palate is layered with white fruits slightly smoky hints and a heavy dose of granite minerality Much like his Pinot Blanc Réserve from Brand it shows its terroir in striking fashion Dry Muscat doesn t get any better than this and as I discovered with a 1959 the last time I was in the region it is one of Alsace s greatest agers 79 00 per bottle 853 20 per case No Comments A for Alsace Posted on February 19 2016 11 14 am by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant under Alsace Domaine Ostertag Meyer Fonné Tweet by Julia Issleib Beaune Office Manager Let me be frank Alsace rarely comes to my mind as the solution to the dilemma What should we drink I m a bit intimidated by the region s complexity and variety its many styles of wines and appellations Yet when I think back I cannot remember a single time when an Alsatian bottle de qualité bien sûr was a disappointment and didn t go delightfully with the food So why not reach for Alsace more often Put it back in its natural place at the top of the wine alphabet We like to praise a wine region s versatility how there s something for everyone Nowhere is that more true than in Alsace 2014 GENTIL D ALSACE MEYER FONNÉ Clearly this Gentil is named after the older meaning of the word noble And noble it is Riesling makes up 50 of the 2014 and 25 is Muscat The nose is elegant and chalky on a delicate base of rose petals But it s the palate of lychees yellow raspberries and chamomile that shows the full complexity of this dry linear wine You and your guests might forget your noble upbringing and fight over the last pour in the bottle My solution buy a case 18 00 per bottle 194 40 per case 2014 PINOT BLANC BARRIQUES DOMAINE OSTERTAG Pinot Blanc is not considered one of the noble varieties in Alsace Leave it to André Ostertag to give it the royal treatment in homage to its Burgundian origin Indeed this cuvée is aged in barrels allowing the equal blend of Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois to develop unexpected power The nose is delicately buttery the palate rich yellow peach and white flowers lead to a smoky finish 26 00 per bottle 280 80 per case 2013 RIESLING GRAND CRU BRAND KIRCHBERG ALBERT BOXLER One whiff of this might make you want to plunge right into the glass Once the wine hits your tongue Nope zingy lemon delicate white flowers rich mineral backbone beautiful mouthwatering finish incredible length though all true will not come close to summing up the experience of enjoying this wine How s Buy as much as you can get for a tasting note It s a classic 85 00 per bottle 918 00 per case No Comments February Newsletter An Abundance of New Arrivals from Italy White Burgundy Beaujolais Blanc Rouge Posted on February 9 2016 12 33 pm by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant under Beaujolais Burgundy Italy Monthly Newsletter New Arrivals Tweet The February Newsletter is now available Click here to download the pdf Highlights from this month s newsletter ITALIA by Dixon Brooke As I hope you ve noticed we have invested a lot of energy in revitalizing and growing our Italian portfolio over the past few years It sure has been a lot of fun We are just getting started by the way so please keep paying attention and help us in bringing you the best from this great land of riches Many in the wine world express surprise about our company s roots in Italy As far back as the 1970s Kermit was a pioneer in the region first importing to these shores what are now household names such as Vietti Aldo Conterno Cacchiano and Gini For whatever reasons maybe the quality of the wine and cooking in Provence Kermit s home there and his well traveled circle of influence from Collioure in the west up to Beaune in the north and most especially up and down the Rhône River KLWM developed a real focus on and expertise in French wine Still we never stopped importing Italian wine and our love of the country its people its history and culture and of course its incredible food and wine brought us back with a vengeance during the past decade As the New Year gets under way here are a dozen great reasons to get better acquainted with our Italian selections Let one of our salespeople help you unlock all of Italia s glory with a personalized tour of our entire portfolio Give us a call anytime Salute ANDRÉ MICHEL QUENARD by Dixon Brooke 2014 CHIGNIN BERGERON LE GRAND REBOSSAN Selling the ten cases we import per year of this wine may take more work than selling several thousand cases of Sancerre but it continues to be totally worth it For every person I introduce to the joys of Roussanne grown on the limestone scree slopes of the Savoyarde his or her life will be more complete This bottling is from the Quenards finest hillside parcel fermented and aged in large oak

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