Oct. 14th Newsletter

Oct. 14th Newsletter


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Hello on a beautiful Friday! Just a quick email with what we're tasting tonight, no real time for new arrivals...perhaps that will come later. Our 15% off rosé sale continues until it's gone. Applies to everything except sparkling and already on sale items.

So, without further ado, here's the line-up for tonight's Tasting in The Shop, 5-7PM:

Vera Vinho Verde 2021, Portugal, $11.99

Vera notes are from Olé & Obrigado (and us): The Vinho Verde DOC is in northwest Portugal, just north of the warm Douro River Valley. It is rainy, mountainous and intensely green. The Basto sub-region where Vera is located is primarily granite soil, planted inland with vines that are between 10 and 35 years old. Cold damp winters are flowed by a mild spring and summer.

Vera Vinho Verde is 100% estate fruit, estate bottled, low residual sugar, and a very light carbonation. Made from vines planted in 1998 in sandy loam, granite, and schist soil, at 320m (1,050 ft) elevation. Annual rainfall: 2000 mm (79 inches).

This is an energetic little white with ripe grapefruit, zesty lime, and a little bit of zippy effervescence.

Schloss Mühlenhof Picobello PGGB 2021, Rheinhessen, Germany, $20.99

The Schloss Mühlenhof estate, started in 1846, is now on its 6th generation. It began as a rye and wheat mill until the 1920s when the small vineyard attached became the focus for the family income…They follow what they call "ecologically healthy' organic farming practices, avoiding chemicals and utilizing extreme green harvesting to reduce yields by nearly 50%. In the cellar they will use selected yeasts, and small amounts of SO2 to maintain freshness.

Picobello is 100% Grauer Burgunder, aka Pinot Gris from 27 year old vines planted 3.5 hectares to calcareous clay soils. Harvested in the middle of October, macerated on the skins for 14 days, and then allowed to spontaneously ferment for eight weeks with temperature control in stainless steel. Unfiltered.

This is a clean, lively, subtle orange wine, with lots of food-friendly acidity and delicate citrus and floral notes.

Domaine Piquemal Cotes du Roussillon 2019, France, $14.99

Domaine Piquemal is a 4th generation, 48 hectare, biodiverse estate (including olive groves) at the base of the Corbieres massif. The vineyards are farmed organically, with certification expected by 2023. In 2018, France’s Le Guide Hachette named Marie-Pierre Piquemal Winemaker of the Year.

This medium-bodied red is a blend of Syrah & Grenache from 30+ year-old vines, and Carignan from 70+ year-old vines, grown on clay-limestone. The grapes are hand-harvested, 100% de-stemmed. Fermentation is with native yeast. Grapes undergo a pre-fermentation cold-soak, followed by 21-day temp-controlled maceration, and six months aging in 100HL stainless steel tanks (not fully filled) before being bottled unfined. The wine then rests 4-6 months in bottle before release.

On the nose: black pepper, licorice, red berries. The palate has licorice/fennel again, plus dark chocolate, dried herbs, and creamy red fruit. The tannins are silky, the finish lingers…Producer suggests pairing with pot-au-feu, grilled red meat, roasted chicken, lasagna, and goat cheese or cow’s milk blue from the region. 14.5% abv

Domaine Antoine Sanzay Saumur Champigny ’La Paterne’ 2020, Loire, $33.99

This is a certified organic blend of Cabernet Franc from 45+ year-old vines from five different villages. Fruit is de-stemmed and fermented in concrete, then aged in 60% cement, 40% older barrels for 9 months. The vineyards are on clay and limestone, with high iron content in the soil; that high iron content comes through in this mineral-driven red, where the chalky tannins support violets and black cherry notes. There’s a mushroomy, damp-earth quality wrapped around the pure fruit that makes for umami-goodness…and then tree bark and wet stones playing minor notes in the background. Tannins are chewy upfront but soften as the wine opens up. It’s yummy.

Tiny note: Antoine Sanzay is a Clos Rougeard neighbor, and both have pieces of the same vineyard, “Les Poyeux,” in the village of Chacé.
And, paraphrased from …The Saumur-Champigny zone, prettily named after the village of Champigny, is on a tuffeau plateau that lends itself well to viticulture, as in neighbouring Touraine. …the most significant still wine of the region is Saumur-Champigny, whose extraordinary expansion in the 1970s and 1980s was originally due to fashion, and mainly Paris fashion at that, but has been sustained by growers’ determination to maximize vineyard potential and reach full ripeness. Its high limestone content made the Chenin Blanc vine traditionally grown here prone to chlorosis in the post-phylloxera era, but by the mid 2000s more than 1,330 ha/3,200 acres of vines were producing Saumur-Champigny. It was the dominant St-Cyr-en-Bourg co-operative in particular that encouraged the planting of Cabernet Franc vines and developed the still red wine appellation with such success. Much Saumur-Champigny is too light to be worth aging, although it is usefully, and quintessentially, fruity and flirtatious.

Cheers to decent humans!

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