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Schloss Schönborn Riesling Kabinett Rheingau 2011Country: GERMANY / Region: RHEINGAU / Appellation: RHEINGAU / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- When we start talking about history and the consistency of working a particular set of vines, Schloss Schönborn is on par with almost anyone. In fact, they are the oldest estate in Germany under continuous family ownership. We're talking 27 generations and approaching 650 years, that's back to the late 1300's. They also own some of the oldest white wine in the world. This is part of the philosophy of aging wines prior to release or in some cases re-release. This allows you, the consumer, the opportunity to drink wines at their peak. This riesling is a great example, it has the classic, mature notes of petrol and stone, while still delivering a subtle richness. This is ideal for the Thanksgiving table, as it has body and depth to handle mashed sweet potatoes, rich gravy and even those creamy casseroles.
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Eminence Road Farm Winery Pinot Noir Elizabeth Vineyard 2013 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: FINGER LAKES / Appellation: FINGER LAKES / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- One of our very favorite New York producers, Eminence Road Farm Winery marches to the beat of its own drummer. Based in a converted cow barn in the mountain valley of Long Eddy, NY, on the western edge of the Catskills (a hundred miles southeast of Ithaca), Eminence Road is still in a way a Finger Lakes winery, as they have been working with the same Finger Lakes grape growers for years, and all of their wines are made from sustainably managed Finger Lakes vinifera grapes. All wine is produced from single vineyard lots, fermented by naturally occurring yeasts, and bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered with the only addition being a minimal amount of sulfur for stability. With no wine route through this part of the state and few tourists, proprietors Andrew Scott and Jennifer Clark take an indie rock approach to winemaking, developing an original style and cultivating an audience of discerning retail outlets rather than relying on sales to passersby (although it is possible to arrange tastings by appointment). As their bottles proclaim, their wines are “bottled alive”. This single-vineyard pinot noir is a delightful expression: bright acidity, with juicy red cherry notes and a vein of minerality. The wine has all the wiry muscle needed to cut through even the richest gravy.
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Qupé Syrah Central Coast 2012
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CENTRAL COAST / Varietal(s): SYRAH --- Bob Lindquist is one of the pioneers of a movement of producers now known as the Rhône Rangers, planting in California grape varieties commonly found in the Rhône Valley of France. These wines have been slowly been gaining interest among consumers but have long been championed by astute sommeliers and retailers. The reason being, grown in California, these grapes offer great balance, while being uniquely expressive of the grapes. This grapes for this pure syrah were harvested from about four different sites. Linquist believes in allowing the vineyard do the work and the motto for Qupé, pronounced "kyoo-pay”, is "A modern stone-age winery". So Linquist uses traditional fermentation techniques: long, slow fermentation and aging in old neutral oak. The wine is bright and clean, but with peppery elements and loads of blue fruit. The wine is powerful without being heavy and thus great for everyone's favorite sausage and fennel stuffing.
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