Zyme Veneto IGP Il Bianco "From Black to White" 2014
Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: VENETO / Varietal(s): RONDINELLA+KERNER+GOLD TRAMINER+INCROCIO MANZONI --- Rondinella is a red grape grown in the Veneto, used in Valpolicella and Amarone wines. In 1999, a 60-year-old rondinella vine produced a spontaneous mutation that resulted in a stem with black, red and white grapes. Eight years of careful selection have resulted in vines that yield only white grapes — hence the name of this wine, "From Black to White". Blended here with 15% kerner (an aromatic grape varietal bred by crossing trolliger and riesling), 15% gold traminer and 10% incrocio (cross) manzoni (another highly aromatic varietal created in the 1930's from riesling and pinot blanc), the result is a luminous, delicate white wine, pale yellow in color with greenish highlights. A compelling bouquet of spring wildflowers, crushed herbs and orchard fruit develops into notes of Golden Delicious apple, hints of pink grapefruit, mint, vanilla and elderflower. Balanced and elegant, seductive and rich in the mouth, with silky viscosity supported by a steely core of acid-driven fruit, and a lingering, mineral-based finish. This unique wine makes an exquisite choice with spring asparagus risotto.
Wrath Pinot Noir Rosé Saignée Rosé Monterey 2014
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: MONTEREY / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- The Thomas family purchased the well-regarded San Saba Vineyards in 2007 and set out to make their own mark on the California wine industry. Michael Thomas and his mother are working together, creating wines that speak of site rather than a specific style. They are allowing the cooling winds that sweep through their vineyards to determine the direction of each wine. Bright red fruit and moderate (13.5%) alcohol make this rosé from Wrath Vineyards a versatile spring wine. 100% pinot noir aged for three months in neutral French oak barrels, this wine provides vivid strawberry and rhubarb aromas on the nose while the juicy red-berry and watermelon flavors blend with crisp acidity on the palate. A touch of weight makes this perfect with salads, grilled fish, light pasta and rice dishes, or goat cheese.
Tousey Winery Pinot Noir Hudson River 2013
Country: USA/ Region: NEW YORK STATE/ Appellation: HUDSON RIVER / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- From our neighbors up the river in Clermont, NY, comes a new Hudson Valley winery we’re excited to feature again (the chardonnay was a hit last month!). Tousey Winery is a family-run affair, founded by Ray Tousey, and now run by Ray’s daughter, Kimberly Peacock, and her husband, Ben. This young winery has already begun gathering accolades for their focus on quality and elegance, and is hailed as one of the hottest up-and-coming wine producers in NY! This pinot shows what the fuss is all about: light and lovely, with beautiful layers of complexity; refined aromas of red cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and violets evolve into bright, ripe cherry flavors with beguiling accents of dried fruit and spice. Drink with mushroom burgers with arugula.
Jean-Louis Chave Côtes-du-Rhône AOC "Mon Coeur" 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHONE VALLEY / Appellation: COTES-DU-RHONE AOC / Varietal(s): SYRAH+GRENACHE --- The Chave family has been growing grapes and making wine in the Rhône valley since 1481— for a remarkable 16 generations. They are known for making some of the finest expressions of the high-end Rhône Valley blends Hermitage (both red and white) and Saint Joseph — bottles of which command some heady prices. Thankfully for most of us, Jean-Louis Chave began producing a more affordable Côtes-du-Rhône called "Mon Coeur" in the late 1990s by purchasing fruit from other top organic growers in his area. Mon Coeur (meaning "My Heart") is a consistently outstanding value — a $25 bottle from one of the world's great winemakers — and we're always excited to feature it. A dense purple color hints at aromas of ripe blue and black fruits, as well as anise and dried herbs. This is met by black pepper and an almost meaty complexity on the palate, finished with some fleshy tannins — a wonderfully textured and balanced creation. This vintage is more approachable than might be expected, given its high percentage of syrah, which can be quite tannic and structured. One of our favorite things about Côtes-du-Rhône is its versatility with food, and this would be as happy with grilled vegetables and bagna cauda as it would with a rack of lamb with rosemary and garlic. Just make sure you uncork the bottle and give it a bit of time to breathe first.