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Weingut Martin Nigl Zweigelt Rosé Niederösterreich 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

Country: AUSTRIA / Region: NIEDEROSTERREICH / Appellation: NIEDEROSTERREICH / Varietal(s): ZWEIGELT --- Weingut Nigl, nestled in the Krems Valley at the foot of the Senftenberg mountain, has been farmed by the Nigl family for over 200 years. Overlooked by the ruins of Senftenberg castle, built in 1197, the rocky slopes of gneiss lend themselves perfectly to grape production, aided by the cooler nights and large swings in temperature (thanks to the forested mountains) that prolong ripening and add spiciness and depth to the resulting wines. Martin Nigl is a first-generation winemaker, beginning in 1985 after convincing his family to keep the fruit from their small plot of vines and bottle it themselves rather than selling it to the local co-op. Martin practices sustainable farming, with no herbicide or pesticide use. He also plants cover crops of legumes and herbs, and avoids copper, a mainstay in the biodynamic arsenal, but which he considers detrimental to his vines’ vitality, and harmful to the soil. In his winemaking, he uses almost exclusively stainless steel, fermenting with ambient yeasts, and never destemming. This wine is 100% zweigelt, offering a crystalline juicy character, with notes of strawberry, herbs and elegant spice. Refreshing and graceful, pair this with grilled lamb kebabs with tabouli.

Vallana Spanna Colline Novaresi DOC 2012
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: COLLINE NOVARESI DOC / Varietal(s): SPANNA AKA NEBBIOLO --- Nebbiolo is most famous for its starring role in Barolo and Barbaresco, but regions in the Alto Piemonte in northwestern Italy also make delicious use of the grape, where it goes by the local name spanna. The Continental and Mediterranean climates meet here at the base of the Alps, at the foot of Monte Rosa. The soils of Alto Piemonte are uniquely acidic (differing from the alkaline soils of the Langhe, home to Barolo and Barbaresco,) and give the wines of the region a distinctive aromatic character, acid backbone and structure. The Vallana estate was founded in 1937, although the family's winemaking roots go back to the 18th century. Situated in the village of Maggiora, more than 100 miles north of Barolo, the estate is run today by Giuseppina Vallana, her son Francis (a Ph.D in Viticulture and Oenology) and her daughters Marina and Miriam. The grapes come from the Colline Novaresi DOC, an area noted for its old vines and high altitudes, located on the left bank of the river Sesia. In order to protect the older clones of spanna, Vallana only replaces their vines with genetically identical selections when necessary. Deep, alluring aromas of cherry, spice, floral notes and leather give way to structured, persistent red and black fruit on the palate. This version is younger and lighter (medium-bodied) than its famous counterparts Barolo and Barbaresco, and a great way to experience the delicious character of the nebbiolo grape without the hefty price tag! Smooth and savory, enjoy this with mushroom risotto.

Château Tour Rozier Fronsac AOC 2011
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: FRONSAC AOC / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Managed by the Leymarie family, Château Tour Rozier lies on the right bank of the Dordogne River in Fronsac, a hilly appellation with steep limestone ridges overlooking the river. This creates a microclimate that cools the summer heat while reducing nighttime frosts in spring. From a small parcel of 10 hectares divided between two vineyards (one a hillside site, the other on a plateau), Château Tour Rozier produces gorgeous Bordeaux for the price! Fronsac wines are known for their character, consistency and body, and this is no exception: beautiful deep ruby in color, with an expansive bouquet of raspberries, currant, and a touch of plum. Velvety texture evolves on the palate into more intense red and black fruit, hints of spice, and balanced tannins that make this a great match with steak au poivre.