Urbanite Cellars Caliberico Verdelho Lodi 2012
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: LODI / Varietal(s): VERDELHO --- Luis Moya’s Caliberico label pays homage to the traditional wines made in Spain and Portugal and uses indigenous varietals found in those countries. He makes two single varietal white wines under this label: albariño and verdelho, the traditional grape of the island of Madeira. For his 2012 Caliberico verdelho, the grapes are sourced from the Suisun Valley AVA. After fermenting with native yeasts in an egg-shaped concrete vat, it then spends 7 months in a combination of stainless steel tanks and neutral French oak barrels. Expressive and textured, it displays lovely notes of citrus and melon with floral overtones. Try this as an aperitif or with marinated vegetables or fried appetizers such as croquete de bacalhau (salt codfish croquettes).
Clos Cibonne Tibouren Rosé Côtes de Provence AOP 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: COTES DE PROVENCE AOC / Varietal(s): TIBOUREN+GRENACHE --- Described by one taster as “love in a bottle”, this elegant rosé is the embodiment of summer romance. Owned by the Roux family since 1797, the property of Clos Cibonne saw its winery modernized in 1930 by André Roux, who hoped to showcase his estate’s rosés. André replaced all of the estate’s mourvèdre with the native grape varietal tibouren, which he believed to be the ideal grape for the region. Bridget Roux (André’s granddaughter) took it over in the 1990’s, bringing Clos Cibonne back to its standing as one of the 18 Cru Classés in Côtes de Provence. Nowadays, Clos Cibonne is highly esteemed for producing distinctive rosé wines with earthy notes that capture the essence of Provence. From 30+ year old vines of 90% tibouren and 10% grenache, this rosé displays aromas of orange peel and notes of spice. On the palate, it is fresh with vibrant fruit flavors and a touch of salinity – perfect for pairing with red mullet, tomato bouillabaisse, grilled chicken, or dishes with saffron or curry.
Ganevat Vin de France "Y'a bon the canon" 2014 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: JURA / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GAMAY+OTHERS --- Jean-Francois Ganevat is producing cutting edge wines by looking to the past, rediscovering techniques and grape varieties, and using biodynamic viticulture principles since 1999 (he also completely eliminated the use of sulfur in 2006). After training in Beaune and 9 years as the Maître de Chai at Jean-Marc Morey in Chassagne-Montrachet, he returned to make wines at his family domaine in 1998, the 14th generation of his family to do so since 1650. Seeking to make Jura wines with the same philosophy as the best wines of Burgundy, he draws on the ancient, yet outlawed, Jura grape varietals that his father had preserved, including petit béclan, gros béclan, gueuche (white and red), seyve-villard, corbeau, portugais bleu, enfariné, argant, poulsard blanc. As these grapes are illegal by AOC rules, his wines are classified as Vin de Table instead. He and his crew destem the grapes by hand, and ferment with indigenous yeast. This delicious natural wine is made from gamay grapes from Château de Grand Pré in Beaujolais, blended with old indigenous varieties from Ganevat's vineyards in the Jura. The vines are 30 to 40 years old. Juicy, bright red strawberry and black raspberry fruit is tart and crunchy, with savory undertones of smoky minerals and a touch of fresh tobacco on the finish. An irresistible sipper with a rebellious attitude, uncork this with garlicky greens and grilled portobello mushrooms with a balsamic dill dressing.