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Cantina Muri-Gries Müller-Thurgau Alto Adige DOC 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: ALTO ADIGE / Appellation: ALTO ADIGE DOC / Varietal(s): MÜLLER-THURGAU --- The ancient monastery of Muri-Gries, located just south of the Bremmer Pass in Süd Tyrol, is the source for this beautiful, classic müller-thurgau, a traditional white grape of region. Originally built in the 11th century as a fortress, Muri-Gries became a Benedictine monastery in the 14th century, and remains so today. In 1845, a Benedictine order from neighboring Switzerland took up residence, and applied their winemaking skills to the monastery's wines. Muri-Gries began to produce DOC wines in 1947, and since then has won local fame; a fame that is now growing internationally. Just in time for summer, this is a perfect warm weather white: elegant, brisk, and refreshing. From 30 year old organically grown vines, this sees no oak, remaining pure, bracing, and mineral-driven. Aromas and flavors of lemon peel, grapefruit, green honeydew melon, white flowers, and slate provide a beguiling glimpse into müller-thurgau's sophisticated side. Imagine sitting in the cobblestone courtyard of a tiny cafe in Baden-Baden (as this writer recently did sipping müller-thurgau), people-watching the evening away. Why not save the airfare and enjoy a grilled pizza with shallots, arugula, and goat cheese with a glass of this in your own backyard!
Bodegas Valdesil "Montenovo" Godello Valdeorras DO 2015
Country: SPAIN / Region: GALICIA / Appellation: VALDEORRAS DO / Varietal(s): GODELLO --- Located in the mountainous region of Valdeorras, Valdesil is tied to the history of the godello grape in Galicia. Now run by the Prada family, it was their ancestor, Jose Ramon Gayoso, who planted the first small parcels, or "pezas" of his beloved godello in 1885. In 2001, the current generation of the family began a process of buying back the small pezas that were originally planted by Jose and as of today they have regained them all, including the estate of Pedrouzos which contains the oldest godello vineyard in Galicia. The history of wine growing in Valdeorras ("Valley of Gold") dates back to the Roman times, and the region has had DO status since 1945. All of Valdesil's vineyards are worked by hand, and the wines are fermented with wild yeast in stainless steel tanks. Montenovo means "fresh mountain", and this wine is made with godello from black slate soils, bottled young to maintain its vibrance. White acacia flower, white peach, and hints of dried flowers and green olive on the nose yield to a fresh, textured palate bursting with zesty acidity, complex minerality, and godello's signature bittersweet finish. Perfect with a barley salad with grilled chicken, green olives, and lemon-parsley dressing.