AN ALL NATURAL, ALL-AMERICAN SECOND SATURDAY LINEUP!!!
We're celebrating Second Saturday with four delicious wines from across America, all made with natural winemaking practices! First, an elegant, silky Rhône-style white blend from Broc Cellars in California is perfect for any special occasion – or for making an ordinary day special! Our second white is pinot gris from Oregon, German-inspired in approach and character, with a velvet texture and beguiling acidity that just might change the way you think about pinot gris. Then we're featuring one of our favorite NY wineries, Eminence Road Farm, this time with a cabernet sauvignon that's filled with their characteristic style of brambly fruit and deliciously wild personality. Finally, we return to CA, for a gorgeous red blend from Lo-Fi in the Santa Ynez Valley, described by the winemakers as reminiscent of a beach campfire!
Broc Cellars Love White California 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN, NATURAL WINE
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): MARSANNE+ROUSSANNE+VIOGNIER --- Founded by Chris Brockway, Broc Cellars is built on a philosophy of sourcing sustainable and organic fruit on the way to creating exceptional wines. Brockway takes a hands-off approach, allowing nature to be in charge. This is the second release of a new vineyard for Chris called Love Ranch. Like many of his sites, this one is in an out-of-the way place in Madera County about an hour south of Yosemite National Park. Not exactly Napa Valley, the vineyard lies at 1350 ft elevation and is graced with 30 to 40 degree diurnal temperature swings. This fluctuates with the winds blowing through the area, which contribute to healthier vines and better fruit. The roussanne in this blend saw brief skin contact before pressing; the wine is unfined and unfiltered, native-yeast fermented. This Rhône-style white is silky-textured, showing bright lively flavors with a focus on subtle stone fruit with some pear notes. A lovely wine to start a special meal, try with all-crab cakes with saffron aioli, a fennel-pear salad with tiny dots of blue cheese or perhaps pan-seared shrimp and lemon-tahini couscous with crisp fried shallots.
Teutonic Wine Company Pinot Gris Maresh Vineyard Dundee Hills 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: DUNDEE HILLS / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIS --- “All cool climate, all the time” is the motto of Teutonic Wine Company founder Barnaby Tuttle. Graduating from washing dishes (at the age of 12) at Papa Haydn Restaurant in Southeast Portland to general manager and wine steward, it was there he developed a passion for wine, becoming obsessed with esoteric cool-climate wines after crossing paths with German wine importer Ewald Moseler. He then worked as assistant winemaker at Laurel Ridge Winery in Carlton, OR, before starting Teutonic Wine Company with his wife Olga. Recognizing parallels between Germany and his native Portland, Barnaby and Olga began producing wines that emulate that style: lean, low alcohol wines with a distinct sense of place and varietal. Using only natural winemaking practices, they access some of Oregon’s most highly-regarded vineyards, including Medici, Maresh (where this pinot gris hails from), David Hill and Laurel Vineyard. This pinot gris is a delightful sipper, great with food, and equally pleasing on its own. With distinctive aromas of stone fruit, pineapple, kiwi, and exotic tropical flowers, the slightest touch of residual sugar on the palate offers an inviting introduction before turning the show over to racy acidity that both cleanses and lingers on the palate. A gorgeous choice with roast pork loin with onions and potatoes.
Eminence Road Farm Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Elizabeth Vineyard 2012 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: FINGER LAKES / Appellation: FINGER LAKES / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- 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”. From 25-year-old vines, this single vineyard cabernet sauvignon is a delightful expression: medium-bodied, with earthiness, fruit and structure, all beautifully balanced. Raised in old French oak, it has ripe 17% cabernet franc blended in to lightly soften things up. Ripe with weedy blackberry fruit, a faint hint of spritz, and grippy tannins on the finish, try this with ropa vieja with Cuban rice and beans.
Lo-Fi Santa Ynez Valley "33 1/3" 2013
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA YNEZ VALLEY / Varietal(s): SYRAH+COUNOISE+CINSAULT --- This young winery is a collaboration between winemakers Mike Roth and Craig Winchester. Roth earned his chops helping to create another winery we've featured in the past, Martian Ranch. Launched early last year, Lo-Fi has already garnered numerous and rave reviews for their straightforward, yet layered style of wines. In part the formula is working with great fruit. From the Demetria Estate vineyard, three tons of grapes were hand harvested and placed whole cluster in separate fermenters. The wine was foot tread daily throughout a twelve-day fermentation with native yeasts. Medium-full bodied, it displays enticing aromas of flowers, dark fruits, and hints of crushed herbs and tar. Chewy tannins on the finish make this a great choice for drinking with steak and mushroom kebabs.