Scholium Project "Naucratis" California Lost Slough Vineyard 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): VERDELHO --- Abe Schoener has been making wine in California since 1999, but in very small quantities. Schoener was not trained as a winemaker, but as a philosopher or at least in philosophy: he was a professor of Ancient Greek philosophy just before beginning his winemaking adventure. Many of his early wines were considered experiments as he didn’t follow the norms, but for instance allowed white grapes to have extended skin contact, a practice reserved for red wines. His “Project” can no longer be viewed as just experimental as the wines have consistently been sought out by top restaurants and a few more discriminating shops (ours included). This pure verdelho has great balance: a clean freshness, but a deep rich flavor that satisfies. That wonderful fresh acid makes this a great partner to food. A wonderful complement to the rich dishes that come around this time of year.
Regular Price: $28.99 Tasting Sale Price: $26.09
Domaine Edmond Cornu Ladoix AOC "Les Carrières” 2010
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: LADOIX AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR--- The Cornu family settled in the town of Ladoix in 1870 and established their domaine five years later. Ladoix is the northernmost appellation of the Côte de Beaune, an area known for graceful, structured wines. Edmond Cornu took over the estate in 1956 and in 1959 began to bottle the fruits of his labor, as until then all the wines made at the estate had been sold to negociants. As demand from private clients expanded, so did the domaine, with Edmond’s son Pierre joining the family business, followed by his cousin, Emmanuel Boireau. Currently, the estate comprises 15 hectares, 13.5 of which are planted to pinot noir. The entire crop is hand-harvested. Les Carrières is located on the site of an abandoned quarry, and this plot reaps the benefits from the heat radiating from the rocks after nightfall, which helps to promote full and even maturity. Ladoix wines remain among the best buys in the Côte d’Or today, and this wine is a perfect example. Precise and elegant, with intense aromatics of spice-driven fruit and minerals, it balances palate-cleansing acidity with a touch of earth and good structure. Perfect for opening at the holiday table, try this with special occasion fare such as roast duck.
Regular Price: $44.99 Tasting Sale Price: $40.49
Grandes Bodegas "Toga" Ribera del Duero DO 2010
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Appellation: RIBERA DEL DUERO DO / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO--- La Vina del Loco is the name of the Ribera del Duero project of Miravinos in La Horra (Burgos). Spanish wine trade veterans Victor Rodriguez and Jose Carlos Garcia now produce their own range across many regions of the country, and while not inexpensive, this wine represents value from Ribera del Duero. Pure tempranillo from old tinto fino vine clones, this has an expressive nose of sweet cherries, flowers, and malt, with notes of spice and smoke. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins, and a long, lush finish. Fresh and vibrant, but with plenty of body to age well, drink this with roast pork, paella, or aged cheeses.
Regular Price: $48.99 Tasting Sale Price: $44.09
Eden Ice Cider Company Vermont Ice Cider Heirloom Blend 2013
Country: USA / Region: VERMONT / Appellation: N/A/ Varietal(s): N/A --- Ice cider first emerged about a decade ago in southern Quebec, where the winter cold is used to concentrate cider to achieve a delicious balance of sweetness and acidity. Unlike grapes, most apples will not naturally stay on the trees until frozen, so the cider-making process differs from that of ice wine in that the apples are picked at peak ripeness and kept in cold storage until winter, then pressed. The juice is then set outdoors to freeze for 6-8 weeks, after which the resulting concentrate is fermented, filtered, and bottled. Eden Ice Cider brought this tradition across the border in 2007, converting an abandoned dairy farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont to cider production. Made from a blend of traditional and heirloom apple varieties, this delicious ice cider has a complex, balanced flavor with citrus, pear, and honey notes and a long finish. 100% of the apples used are grown in Vermont, and it takes over 8 lbs of apples to make one bottle. In addition to MacIntosh and Empire, Russets supply full-bodied sweetness, Caville Blanc provides acidity and citrus notes for balance, and Ashmead’s Kernel contributes natural tannins for structure. Drink this like a dessert wine, chilled, with artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, or buttery desserts!
Regular Price: $32.99 Tasting Sale Price: $29.69