FOUR NEW WINES FOR SECOND SATURDAY!
We're breaking out of the mid-summer doldrums with four new arrivals to celebrate Second Saturday! A creamy, mineral-laden sparkler from the Jura region of France is an intriguing bargain sure to make any time a celebration, and at under $25, a value worth celebrating as well! The next wine is a classic expression of German riesling, and the 2012 vintage is an excellent one for the Mosel region. Then it's on to an organic, elegant cabernet franc from the Loire Valley, a versatile addition to any meal. Finally, a lesser-known grape, trousseau, here from Santa Barbara County, takes a delicate turn suitable for special gatherings, or to make any meal special!
Domaine Rolet Crémant du Jura AOC Blanc Brut 2010 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: JURA / Appellation: CREMANT DU JURA AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY+POULSARD+PINOT NOIR --- In an area primarily run by négociants, the Rolet family sustainably farms and bottles their own wine across three AOCs: Arbois, Côtes du Jura and L'Étoile, growing a wide variety of grapes traditional to the region. Established in the early 1940s by Désiré Rolet, the vineyards are farmed using sustainable practices and hand harvested. Located to the east of the Côte d’Or, the clay and limestone vineyards of the Jura are separated from other regions by the forested Jura Mountains which has assisted in allowing certain traditional wine styles and grapes to persist in the region.This Crémant du Jura is 70% chardonnay and 30% mixed poulsard and pinot noir. Made by Méthode Champenoise, it undergoes a second fermentation in bottle for more than 21 months before disgorgement. Appellation rules require that it be held for at least a year in bottle before release. Appealing, complex and minerally, this is yellow with a light green tint in color loaded with elegant tiny bubbles. Green pear and grapefruit mingle with minerals and a touch of saline on the nose before giving way to creamy tart pear and citrus flavors with a chalky finish. Elevate dinner and serve this with poached wild shrimp with heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers.
Günther Steinmetz Riesling Kestener Paulinshofberger 2012 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: GERMANY / Region: MOSEL / Appellation: MOSEL / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- One of the top producers of genuine, old-style German rieslings, winemaker Stefan Steinmetz has taken over from his late father Günther, and continues the family tradition for excellence as is evident in this 2012 vintage, a great year for the Mosel. Organically farmed on steep slate slopes directly bordering Brauneberger Juffer, this riesling spent six months on the lees, and another six conditioned in bottle. Precise, complex, and laden with minerals, savory herbs, and lime blossom, this wine explodes with beautifully balanced acidity and a finish that just keeps going. Enjoy the classic taste of old-style dry German riesling with smoked trout and leek linguini, or discover how well it pairs with Asian cuisine, perhaps lemongrass-basil grilled pork chops Vietnamese-style.
Domaine Jaulin Plaisantin Chinon AOC "L'Enfer" 2012 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: CHINON AOC / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- A practicing organic winery that received its certification in 2013, Domaine Jaulin-Plaisantin was founded in 2008 by Sébastien Jaulin and Yves Plaisantin, with Sébastien in charge of the field work and Yves handling production in the basement. Located a few kilometers east of the town of Chinon, the fruit for this wine comes from 40-60 year old cabernet franc vines on a hot, south-facing clay and limestone site right on the Loire river.This light to medium-bodied cabernet franc strikes an elegant balance between brambly red fruit and spice, with racy acidity and delicate tannin. A hint of roasted red pepper on the finish lends a complex, savory quality that makes this perfect for drinking with grilled bluefish or olive oil-marinated grilled vegetables.
Stolpman Vineyards Trousseau "Combe" Ballard Canyon 2014
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: BALLARD CANYON / Varietal(s): TROUSSEAU --- Stolpman Vineyards lies on three limestone ridges in Santa Barbara County. The winery is known for pushing the limits of dry-farmed limestone grapes to exceptional levels of quality through revolutionary viticultural techniques. A naturally light, delicate varietal, trousseau (also known as bastardo) thrives in low humidity and chalky soils. The wine is fermented in open-top concrete tanks (75% whole cluster) before aging for several months in closed concrete, with no oak or sulfur dioxide ever used. Pale cherry red in color, with enticing aromas of cherry pie, orange zest, and a lively touch of rhubarb, the wine turns silky on the palate with soft red fruit. Enjoy this with roast chicken or turkey burgers.