Tilted Shed Ciderworks "Inclinado" Sidra-Style 2014
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SONOMA COUNTY / Varietal(s): N/A --- This week we're kicking off the tasting with a delicious dry cider from Tilted Shed Ciderworks in Sonoma, CA. Founded in 2011 by husband and wife team Scott Heath and Ellen Cavalli, Tilted Shed highlights the Russian River Valley's rich apple heritage (often eclipsed by its famed wines!). "Inclinado" translates to "tilted" in Spanish, and this is an homage to Spanish sidra, complete with light spritz and mouthwatering tang! Produced from 100% Gravenstein apples, Inclinado is a slightly hazy yellow-gold hue. Fermentation takes place using wild yeast, which lends it the characteristic Spanish sidra tang on the palate. More than a tart quaff, however, this delights with lovely high-toned floral notes, hints of crushed herbs, and sweet orange aromas. Velvety tannins in the mouth support acidity that's refreshing but not overwhelming. Complex and interesting, this displays subtle earthy apple flavors and splashes of zesty lemon and lime on the finish. Drink it lightly chilled with pork, charcuterie, salmon, and aged cheeses - or tapas of course!
Regis Bouvier Rosé Marsannay AOC 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: MARSANNAY AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Burgundy’s hallowed Côte de Nuits isn't necessarily the first place you'd think of for rosé, but Régis Bouvier in Marsannay proves himself a master of all three colors of wine – white, red, and rosé, producing perhaps among the finest examples of Burgundian pinot noir rosé we've seen! Lesser-known among Burgundy's appellations, Marsannay has a centuries-old history of winemaking, as far back as the 14th century. Bouvier's vineyards boast prime locations in Marsannay, some of them premier-cru quality. Combined with his talent in the cellar, the results are stunning, and a great value. This rosé elegantly captures the weightless grace of Burgundian pinot, with notes of white citrus, watermelon, dried cranberries, spiced fresh berries, and crushed seashells. Wonderfully dry and refreshing, this is fabulous with end of summer BBQ fare. Try it with grilled shrimp, corn, and avocado salad!
Tavijn Grignolino Ripasso "G Punk" Vino Rosso 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): GRIGNOLINO --- Nadia Verrua’s family have been making wines in the hills of Monferrato in the province of Asti for over a century. Still a small family operation, they currently have five hectares of vines planted to local grape varietals, and have always been committed to sustainable growing practices in the vineyards, and natural winemaking techniques in the cellar. Fermentation takes place using wild yeast, and little to no sulfur is added, their philosophy being to let the wines fully express themselves without adding or taking away too much. The resulting wines are crazy, joyful, and delicious! This wildly vibrant grignolino (named Ottavia for Nadia's vigneron father who still works the vines along with her mother) is very gently destemmed and pressed with the berries whole, allowing fermentation to slowly and naturally take place in stainless steel and cement tanks over two months. It is then kept on the lees for a year before being passed over (ripasso) the pressings from the 2016 vintage to restart fermentation, a process that adds depth and body. Pale garnet in color, with beguiling notes of Amarena cherry, this cuvée expertly balances grignolino's characteristic brightness and structure with a saline, oxidative finish. This "punk" is just perfect with lighter fare such as dried sausages and hard cheeses, especially aged asiago!
Wildekrans Cabernet Franc Merlot Bot River WO 2013
Country: SOUTH AFRICA / Region: WESTERN CAPE / Appellation: BOT RIVER WO / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC+MERLOT --- The Wildekrans estate lies on the Bot River near the coastal town of Hermanus, where the rocky surroundings provide an ideal environment for rare birdlife – and for wine grapes! With a focus on low yields and respect for the natural processes and ecology of the area, Wildekrans is able to produce distinctive wines full of the character of the region, as evidenced here in this beguiling blend of cabernet franc and merlot. Aged 15 months in old French oak, an inviting, wild nose of funky green pepper, plum, violet, and black olive precedes a broad, generous palate of plum, dark berries, cassis, and more savory woody herbs and olives. Fresh acidity and integrated tannins lend balance, while a savory finish and a touch of smoke make this a winner that begs to be drunk with food. Dark and dangerous, this is delicious now with sausage and peppers, but can be cellared for 3-4 years as well.