Domaine de Saint-Just "Coulée de St-Cyr" Saumur AOC 2011 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: SAUMUR AOC / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC --- This exciting arrival comes from Arnaud Lambert, who with his late father, Yves, enjoys a well-deserved reputation for producing stunning wines. Domaine de Saint-Just was established in 1996, and shortly before Yves's passing, the father-son team made the decision to farm organically (this cuvée is certified organic), with the goal of eventually becoming biodynamic producers. Saumur, a celebrated enclave within the Middle Loire, is famed for the elegance and intensity of both its chenin blanc and cabernet franc, and this chenin certainly doesn't disappoint! A rich, complex nose of pretty dried flowers, dusty minerals, and almond notes gives way to a softly textured palate of ripe apple and pear, lit from within by a core of brilliant acidity. The finish lingers luxuriously, piling minerals upon minerals, along with delicate citrus-tinged apple and spice. An elegant offering from this acclaimed producer - and a fabulous value to boot! Try this with pan-roasted pork chops with apples and onions.
Alvar de Dios Arribes DO "Camino de los Arrieros" 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Appellation: ARRIBES DO / Varietal(s): RUFETE+JUAN GARCÍA+TRINCADEIRA PRETA+BASTARDO+OTHERS --- Camino de Los Arrieros (The Arrieros Way) is the name of a route that traces the border between northern Spain and Portugal. The Arribes del Duero, the ruggedly beautiful borderland that abuts the Duero River where it separates Spain from Portugal, is home to the DO Arribes, a little-known appellation on the extreme western edge of Spain. Here, winemaker Alvar de Dios is exploring the grapes and terroir of this little-known region in new and exciting ways. The 2016 vintage of Camino de los Arrieros is his first village wine from Villadepera, where working with local organic growers, a delightful blend of native grapes all come together. A melange of rufete, Juan García, trincadeira preta, bastardo and some other unnamed varieties mixed in the vineyards all planted on sandy red slate soils, Camino is harvested by hand, crushed by foot, and fermented whole cluster by indigenous yeasts in large French oak vats. Organically farmed and made with minimal intervention in the cellar, this bright, high-toned red is perfect for changing fall foliage! Evoking savory Galician reds, it bursts with vibrant red and dark berry fruit, hints of black pepper, and distinct minerality. Its rustic character makes a great match with sautéed chicken with onions, peppers, and potatoes.
Field Recordings Fiction Red Paso Robles 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: PASO ROBLES / Varietal(s): ZINFANDEL+SYRAH+MOURVEDRE+GRACIANO+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+TOURIGA NACIONAL+CARIGNAN --- Andrew Jones seems to have a keen eye for finding diamond-in-the-rough parcels with untapped potential in California’s Central Coast. He spends his days as a vine nursery employee planning and planting vineyards for farmers all over the region and, in return, is sometimes gifted small allocations of the finest fruit the vines can offer for his efforts. Given his background, there’s no question as to why he produces such soulful and delicious wines. This red is a quirky blend of grapes. Based mostly in zinfandel, it also incorporates grapes traditional to Iberia and southern France. The wine is a full-bodied, fruit forward expression of the Paso Robles region. The fruit is decidedly black in profile, yet the tannins are a bit softer. This is a great partner to dry-rubbed Memphis style pork or chipotle black bean and sweet potato fajitas with avocado.