Königschaffhauser Grauer Burgunder Baden 2014
Country: GERMANY / Region: BADEN / Appellation: BADEN / Varietal(s): GRAUER BURGUNDER AKA PINOT GRIS --- Amazingly well made, this grauer burgunder comes from a co-op of 300+ growers in Baden, which allows it to be an amazing value as well! From grapes grown on the terraces of the famed Kaiserstuhl area, this medium-bodied white is dry with no oak influence. Rich citrus essence (think orange meets melon... but without a trace of sweetness!), hints of yellow plum and pear meld with high-toned acidity, and a finish of surprising power and length. Good all by itself, or drink with ham and Gruyère on a baguette.
Cardedu Cannonau di Sardegna DOC "Caladu" 2012 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: SARDINIA / Appellation: CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA DOC / Varietal(s): CANNONAU --- Cannonau is a native grape from Sardinia, but its impact on winemaking worldwide can’t be underestimated, as it’s grown in France as grenache, and in Spain as garnacha, and therefore a crucial component in renowned wines from all over the globe! Cardedu’s vineyards are in the remote, mountainous area of Ogliastra on the southeast coast of Sardinia. Winemaker Alberto Loi and his family are among the island’s better known traditional producers. Although they don’t title themselves natural winemakers, all of their wines are fermented with native yeasts, and they employ dry farming techniques with no herbicide or pesticide use. Named “Caladu”, the Sardinian word for “sunset”, this wine gets back to the island origins of the cannonau grape, with appealing smoky, spicy notes matched by fleshy fruit tones and dusty tannins. A perfect mate with grilled meats, try this with sausage or lamb chops, and get back to the native roots of the grape that went on to conquer the world!
Château de la Vieille Tour Bordeaux Supérieur AOC 2012
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR AOC / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON+MERLOT --- Owned by the Boissonneau family since 1839, Château de la Vieille Tour is located outside the village of St. Michel de Lapujade at the southern edge of the Entre Deux Mers region of Bordeaux. Lapujade translates as “the hillside” and the vineyard is a picturesque collection of rolling hills with soils of chalky clay. Farmed organically since 2007, the domaine is now in transition to being certified organic. This is a classic Bordeaux for a great price – deep garnet in color, with seductive blackberry and plum aromas. Robust dark fruit elements linger through an elegant finish, with lip smacking acidity. Beautifully balanced, this excellent value offers classical styling that’s perfect for drinking with braised beef and shiitake mushrooms.