Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine AOC Sur Lie "Les Gras Moutons" 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE AOC / Varietal(s): MELON DE BOURGOGNE --- Les Gras Moutons, or “the fat sheep”, is not simply a charming name, evocative of pastoral Loire countryside; it is in fact the specific plot of gneiss soils on which these melon de Bourgogne grapes are grown. Domaine de la Pépière’s other Muscadet bottlings come from grapes grown on granite soils, while the gneiss plots of Gras Moutons produce wines with generous floral and stone fruit aromas and great textural balance. Winemaker and Happy of the Seven Dwarfs doppelgänger, Marc Ollivier conducts all farming organically, and through careful handling of the grapes from vineyard to cellar, is able to vinify using yeasts present on the grapes. Aging on the lees (sur lie) gives this wine added richness in texture, and combined with its refreshing acidity, will allow this wine to age well for the next several years. Chill this down and serve with oysters, or use some in, before pairing with, a braise of chicken with cipollini onions and wild mushrooms.
Roagna Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: DOLCETTO D'ALBA DOC / Varietal(s): DOLCETTO --- Luca Roagna is giving a voice to the voiceless, as far as Piemontese grape varieties are concerned, by producing a natural-style dolcetto d’Alba that has earned its spot next to titanic Barolos and Barbarescos. Luca employs native yeast fermentation to give this dolcetto a gamey wild side that melds seamlessly with the grape’s intrinsic black cherry aroma. This wine sees 90-100 days of skin-maceration, and is then aged in large-format, old oak barrels for one year. Bottled without filtration, this wine has chewy tannins and a texture begging to be rounded out with the rich dishes typical of Piemontese cuisine! Open early and serve with fresh egg pasta in mushroom ragù, or if you’re feeling truly indulgent, spend the day preparing stinco, the Piemontese braised and roasted pork shank served over creamy polenta with roasted root vegetables!
The Red Hook Winery "Twenty One: Twenty Four" North Fork of Long Island 2012
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: NORTH FORK OF LONG ISLAND / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Robert Foley, one of the kings of big California reds, has found himself enjoying the fruits of the East Coast while tackling new challenges. Born out of calamity, “Twenty One: Twenty Four” refers to the military time when Hurricane Sandy surged on Red Hook Winery back in October of 2012. The storm destroyed almost all 100 casks of the 2010 vintage and most of the fermentation tanks holding what would become the 2012 vintage. Out of this hardship was born a 90:10 Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon blend that showcases the cult Napa-valley style for which Foley is famous. Indulgent notes of stewed black berry, black currant, and plum pave the way for a secondary rush of spice and nuttiness. Superstorm Sandy postponed the bottling of the 2012 vintage, so this wine was able to spend four years aging gracefully in barrel! Although it sounds like Twenty One: Twenty Four has all the makings of a big Napa valley red, it comes in at a sprightly 12.8% abv and is refreshing on the palate (possibly the wine equivalent of “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”?) Grapes from the North Fork of Long Island have a distinct sea-air quality due to the vineyards’ proximity to the Great Peconic Bay and Peconic Sound. This adds another unique layer of depth to Robert Foley’s wine. A must try for any New York wine fan. Open a bottle with mushroom barbacoa tacos or rosemary-scented pork roulade.