Folk Machine Riesling Santa Lucia Highlands 2014
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- In the words of progressive California winemaker Kenny Likitprakong: "The Hobo Wine Company is the brainchild, side job, menace to the wine industry, hedged bet, cash strain, mental anguish, late night musing, bruised hands, dirty t-shirts, and constant companion..." Owning neither vineyard nor winery, he enjoys the advantage of flexibility, with the ability to make small lots, and pick and choose grape type, vineyard, appellation and winery on an ongoing basis. This delightful riesling comes from the Big Pond Vineyard on the north end of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Planted in 1960, it's one of California's oldest riesling vineyards still producing, and still on original rootstock! Those old vines deliver minerality and petrol notes with time in the bottle, an especially rare characteristic in California riesling. Previously under Hobo Wines' Banyan label, this became a Folk Machine wine in 2010, in recognition of its somewhat esoteric personality. Elements of citrus, chalk and a touch of herb and petrol continue to unfurl with each consecutive sip. Sneakily seductive, this is a refreshing choice with salty cured meats like Serrano ham, hard cheeses, or light summer seafood salads.
Whitecliff Vineyard Gamay Noir Reserve Hudson River Region 2015
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: HUDSON RIVER REGION/ Varietal(s): GAMAY NOIR --- The gamay grape is most often associated with the Beaujolais region of France. Michael and Yancey Migliori have been working with this grape for roughly fourteen years, experimenting at first, then increasing plantings after initial success. In Beaujolais, winemakers often ferment the wines using a process called carbonic maceration, which can create a distinct bubble-gummy/banana aromatic. This wine is entirely different. Whitecliff does not use carbonic maceration; instead, they allow the fresh raspberry and delicate floral nature to shine through. This is their reserve gamay noir, all estate-grown fruit. This wine is so well made, it is one of our favorite New York state wines! The palate is plush yet refreshing, with just the right amount of cherry fruit, cranberry, and herbs to keep you going back for more. Serve this with all the late summer produce we’re getting - it's perfect for warm days and (slightly) cooler nights.
Poco a Poco Grenache Mendocino County 2014 - Biodynamically Grown
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: MENDOCINO COUNTY / Varietal(s): GRENACHE --- A great late-summer red, this 100% grenache is clean and delicate, perfect for when you want a lighter, food friendly red that won't get overwhelming in hotter weather. As refreshing as a fresh-picked strawberry, it starts out fruitful and juicy, gets a touch tart, and finishes a tad herbaceous and leafy! Porter-Bass Winery was founded by the Bass family in 1980, when they began reviving a run-down 100 year old vineyard in the hills above Guerneville, CA. Through patience, time and organic and biodynamic methods, they succeeded, and today second generation winemaker Luke Bass carries on the family tradition in the same vineyards he grew up in. The cooler climate in Mendocino County allows grapes to maintain good acidity and freshness. These grapes are sourced from 15-25 year old biodynamically-farmed vines from the Dark Horse Vineyard on a ridge above Hopland in Mendocino County. Bass de-stems the grapes but leaves them whole with skins on, so the natural yeasts are slower to start fermenting, leading to more concentrated fresh berry flavor. Compelling aromas of hibiscus, red plum and subtle sweet spice finish with gentle tannins. This is a delightful match with late summer fare, or all by itself! Put a slight chill on it and try it with grilled pizza topped with spicy Italian sausage and salt-cured black olives, or lamb burgers with cucumber and feta.