ELEGANT SUMMER SIPPERS FROM ITALY, CALIFORNIA, AND THE CANARY ISLANDS!
Valdinera Roero Arneis DOCG 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: ROERO ARNEIS DOCG / Varietal(s): ARNEIS --- Italy's Piedmont produces some outstanding wines, with reds receiving the most acclaim. This one, however, comes from the native arneis grape, an unusual white that's perfect for warming weather! Valdinera has been in the Careglio family for four generations, and is now run by Guiseppe Careglio, along with his daughter Pamela. The estate's 50 acres of rocky hills in the Roero region (just north of Barolo and Langhe) are all farmed organically. Here we get the true essence of the arneis grape, no oak involved. A nose of crystallized honeycomb leads to peaches and apricots on a textured, medium-bodied palate with a structured, luxuriously lengthy finish. Enjoy with grilled pork chops with arugula, grilled peach, and feta salad.
Los Bermejos Listán Negro Maceración Carbónica Lanzarote DO 2016
Country: SPAIN / Region: CANARY ISLANDS / Appellation: LANZAROTE / Varietal(s): LISTAN NEGRO --- Los Bermejos is owned and run by winemaker Ignacio Valdera, on the island of Lanzarote, the most challenging of the Canary Islands on which to produce wine. A mere 125 km from the African coastline, conditions here are extreme, earning the island the reputation of “vineyard of the impossible”. The terrain of Lanzarote resembles a lunar landscape more than a traditional vineyard, as little to no vegetation can survive in the porous, black volcanic soil that only receives a few inches of rain per year. Adding to the challenging conditions are the fierce winds from the Atlantic Ocean and Sahara desert, resulting in the innovative winegrowing technique of planting each vine in a small hole, or hoyos, protected from the elements by stone walls. The hoyos also allow the vines to better access the organic matter beneath the top layer of solidified lava. As might be expected, yields are very low and all the vineyard work is done by hand (using pack camels), and organically (the winery is in the process of certification). Ignacio occasionally supplements each crop with purchased fruit from growers who share his vision of sustainable viticulture. Listán Negro (also known as Listan Prieto or Palomino Negro), is closely related to pais, or mission grape, grown in parts of South America and California. Listán negro barely remains on the European mainland (it was wiped out by the phylloxera epidemic) but thrives on the Canary Islands, where it covers almost 12,000 acres of land. This lovely new red is produced via carbonic maceration, a process most closely associated with Beaujolais. In this process, grapes are fermented whole-cluster in a carbon dioxide-rich environment, which yields wines that are juicy, fresh, and low in tannin. This is bright and vivacious, with exuberant dark fruit flavors, crushed herbs, green bell pepper, and spicy earthiness – a treat for lovers of cabernet franc! Perfect with a light chill, this will light up any backyard BBQ! Try it with grilled mushroom, pepper, and sirloin tip skewers.
Piedrasassi Syrah Santa Barbara County 2014
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY / Varietal(s): SYRAH --- Sashi Moorman (of Stolpman and Sandhi renown) and his wife, Melissa, have been making Northern Rhone-style syrah for a decade, selling it only in California – until now. The vineyard sites for Piedrasassi stretch from Ballard Canyon in the east to the Santa Rita Hills and Arroyo Grande in the west. In addition to focusing on cool climate locations, Piedrasassi also harvests a bit earlier than other area wineries to keep alcohol and acidity balanced. In the winery, Moorman uses some whole cluster inclusion, as well as indigenous yeast fermentation, remaining as natural as possible without compromising the integrity of the wine. A minimal amount of sulfur is added at bottling. In its unique, stocky bottle, this syrah is floral, silky, and lively on the palate. It offers up pure, gorgeous dark fruit; layers of blackberry, crushed herbs, black olive, pepper, and notes of leather on a mid-weight frame. Grippy tannin and juicy acidity make this an elegant arrival that'll have you coming back sip after sip! Enjoy with cedar plank grilled beef brisket with chocolate ancho rub.