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Pheasant's Tears Rkatsiteli Kakheti 2015 - SKIN FERMENTED
Country: GEORGIA / Region: KAKHETI / Appellation: KAKHETI / Varietal(s): RKATSITELI --- Pheasant’s Tears was founded in 2007 by John Wurdeman, an American painter who moved to the Georgian town of Sighnaghi to follow his twin passions of wine and art, and Georgian winemaker and farmer Gela Patalishvili. The name Pheasant's Tears comes from a Georgian folktale in which the hero claims that only a truly exceptional wine could make a pheasant cry tears of joy. A ninth generation winemaker, Gela has an extensive knowledge of the entire growing region of Kakheti, one of Georgia's main wine districts. Together, John and Gela seek to make natural wines while preserving Georgian winemaking traditions. Some writers claim that the rkatsiteli grape was the first vine planted by Noah after the flood, while others cite evidence of rkatsiteli seeds found in clay vessels dating back to 3000 BC. Legends aside, this is undoubtedly a very old grape varietal, made here in the traditional Georgian style. It has been vinified on the skins in clay amphorae called "quevri" for six months, resulting in a unique, oxidative style. Amber in color, it displays aromas of raw honey, walnuts, dried apricots, apple skin, peaches and nectarines. The dried fruit and nut element is well-balanced on the palate by rkatsiteli's characteristic lively acidity, and a tannic finish, thanks to the extended skin contact. This makes a fabulous match with garlic-roasted chicken with herbs.

Rojac Istra Slovenija Refosco Slovenska Istra 2013 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: SLOVENIA / Region: LITTORAL / Appellation: SLOVENSKA ISTRA / Varietal(s): REFOSK --- Refošk or teran, known in Italy as refosco, is an ancient variety native to Istria, most likely in cultivation since Roman times. Rojac’s refosk is grown organically, and displays the intense concentration, silky blackberry fruit, and deep purple color that are the hallmarks of this varietal. The soil where the Rojac family grow their vines imparts a deep mineral structure, resulting in a complex wine with black and red pepper notes and unique aromas of dried rose petals and star anise. This is an exciting expression of Istria’s soil, climate, and culture. Give this a try with miso-marinated steak, savory braised short ribs, or a goat cheese, leek and shallot tart.