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Hermann Moser Riesling Kremstal DAC Gebling 2013
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: KREMSTAL / Appellation: KREMSTAL DAC / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- The Federation of Traditional Austrian Winemakers (ÖTW) was founded in 1992 with the goal of establishing a vineyard site classification system to identify exceptional and unique quality terroir sites in Austria, in recognition that some vineyards consistently produce wines of excellence. Hermann Moser riesling Gebling is an ÖTW classified wine and therefore of exceptional quality. The Gebling vineyard is located in Rohrendorf, right behind Moser's cellar, and gets its name (which means "yellowish") from the color of the soil, which contains one of the highest percentages of loess sediment in Europe. Grapes are handpicked, destemmed, and fermented in stainless steel. Light and translucent in color, this releases explosive aromas of tropical fruits, honey, and a touch of that classic riesling petrol note, yielding to light, briny minerals on the palate. Ripe white peach and tangerine flavors meld with hints of crushed green herbs (tarragon, chervil and shiso) on a streak of mouthwatering acidity. A delightful savory, resinous quality and a clean, lengthy finish makes this a delightful match with grilled trout.
Domaine Castera Jurançan AOC Sec 2013 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: SOUTHWEST / Appellation: JURANÇON AOC / Varietal(s): GROS MANSENG+PETIT MANSENG --- Located in Southwestern France near the Spanish border, Domaine Castera dates from 1749, and has been owned by the Lihour family since 1895. Their ten hectares of vineyards are on the surrounding hillsides with the steepest parts being terraced, and are planted with petit manseng and gros manseng, native Basque varietals well adapted to the challenging conditions of the Pyrenees. The estate does not use chemical fertilizers or herbicides and all harvesting is done manually. Christian Lihour is rapidly gaining a reputation as an up-and-coming star of Jurançon winemaking, and this wine illustrates why. A small quantity of petit manseng (approximately 5%) is added to gros manseng to produce this cuvée. The grapes are harvested in mid October and fermented in small stainless steel tanks allowing different parcels to be fermented separately. The fermentation tanks are kept at a low temperature prolonging the process and preserving the intense fruit qualities of the grapes. The wines rest “sur lie” with frequent stirring until the following spring when the wines are bottled. A stony, slate/limestone-tinged nose mingles with crisp yellow fruit. Lean yet powerful on the palate, this is bright and refreshing, with elements of green apple and tropical fruit, and more limestone on a lovely finish. A perfect match for grilled scallops with remoulade!
Tami' Frappato Terre Siciliane IGT 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: TERRE SICILIANE IGT / Varietal(s): FRAPPATO --- Arianna Occhipinti has been a trailblazer in Sicilian natural winemaking. 21 years old when she released her first vintage in 2004, she has since gained a cult following in the biodynamic movement. After studying oenology in Milan, she returned to Sicily to "unlearn" the technical ways she had been taught to "construct" a wine, instead growing grapes and making wine from the ground up. She tends 5 hectares of vineyards near Vittoria, in southeastern Sicily, and has built her reputation on frappato, a secondary, often overlooked grape, used in Sicily to brighten up heavier nero d'Avola. 'Tami' is her moderately-priced second label, named after the concept store in Siracusa where she, along with two architect friends, sells natural wines, design objects, books, and specialty foods. Organic, fermented with indigenous yeasts in cement containers, this young wine proves that frappato can stand alone. Elegant and authentic, it's a light, fresh red, low in alcohol with an intense perfume of flowers, crushed herbs and zingy red berry character. Its vibrant nature and delicate structure make it an easy-going, yet sophisticated choice for grilled arctic char with eggplant and heirloom tomatoes.