Adega de Borba Alentejo DOC Reserva 2015
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: ALENTEJO / Appellation: ALENTEJO DO / Varietal(s): ARINTO+ALVARINHO+VERDELHO --- Located in the Alentejo region of southern Portugal, Adega de Borba is a cooperative winery founded in 1955, a pioneer at the time. The economic incentives in the 50s were stacked against wine and in favor of grain production in this part of Portugal, and it required great perseverance to expand wine production. The co-op now includes 300 members, a commitment to sustainability (even the labels are make of renewable cork!), and state of the art facilities. The sub region of Borba has proven favorable to white grape varietals, producing rich, aromatic wines. A blend of arinto, alvarihno, and verdelho, hand harvested in the morning to preserve freshness, vinified and aged in French and American oak barrels, this new white is intensely perfumed with aromas of tropical fruits and vanilla. Balanced acidity and notes of lemon, honey, and spice on a lengthy finish make this an elegant choice for cold weather seafood dishes. A velvety-textured winter white, serve this with scallops or halibut with fennel cream sauce.
Folk Tree Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande 2014
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: ARROYO GRANDE / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Inspired by Cru Beaujolais and other village wines, Folk Tree is the creation of importer T. Edwards, seeking to make an American equivalent to the wines Europeans drink with everyday fare. A collaboration with their winemakers and vineyard partners, Folk Tree is meant to be affordable and versatile for sharing with family and friends, whether an impromptu get-together or a special occasion dinner. Produced entirely from hand-harvested grapes in the Arroyo Grande Valley, near San Luis Obispo, this pinot noir was fermented with native yeasts then aged for 7 months in French oak barrels of which 20% are new. The result is a lighter style of California pinot noir, with fresh, bright red cherry and strawberry notes. Although the fruit is bright and the texture delicate, this doesn't lack for depth on the palate, exhibiting plenty of silky sweet cherry flavors, subtle hints of earth, mushrooms, and pepper, and a touch of tannin on the finish. Versatility is the name of the game here, making this perfect to enjoy with chicken mushroom pot pie or smoked salmon, dill and goat cheese quiche.
Jean-Luc Mouillard Trousseau Côtes du Jura AOC 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: JURA / Appellation: CÔTES DU JURA AOC / Varietal(s): TROUSSEAU --- The Jura region has flown under the radar for quite some time, producing a fraction (about 0.2%) of France’s total wine. Best known for vin jaune, golden wine made in an oxidative style (like sherry) under a fine layer of yeast, its other wines are now gaining recognition worldwide. An ancient grape-growing region whose wine was referenced in 80 AD by Pliny the Younger, the Jura is sandwiched between Switzerland and Burgundy, and its vineyard area is the first upland between the Bresse Plain and the Jura Mountains. Winemaker Jean-Luc Mouillard was born in Nevy-sur-Seille at the foot of the Château-Chalon. He grew up on the family's dairy farm, which had a few vineyard parcels on the side from which the family sold fruit to the local co-op. After enology school, he established his own domaine in 1991, renting several parcels and planting others. Today he farms twenty acres of vines, using the sustainable "lutte raisonnée" (literally "reasoned struggle") farming ethic, which avoids the use of chemical intervention unless absolutely necessary. He is assisted by his wife, Annie, and son Mathieu, a recent graduate of studies in enology who now works with his father full time. In 1997, Jean-Luc moved north from Nevy-sur-Seille to the village of Mantry where he bought a sixteenth-century house that originally served as a stage-coach stop, largely for its stone cellar, where he ages wine in barrel. This delicious red comes from the trousseau grape, also known as bastardo in Portugal. Unique and intriguing, trousseau offers the beguiling fluidity of a pinot noir, but with a bucolic nose of cherry, blackberry and pepper, reminiscent of the outdoors. Soft fruit is balanced on the palate by lively freshness and structured tannins on the finish, making this a lovely match for roast chicken with root vegetables.