BOBBING FOR APPLES (CIDER!), SPOOKY ORANGE WINE, AND CLASSIC FALL RED!
Fall is in full swing by now and we've got wines to match! First we're honoring New York's apple growing tradition by opening a fantastic local cider from our neighbors at Fishkill Farms. Then just in time for Halloween - a spooky, orange wine from the Republic of Georgia! "Haunted" by sediment (the ghosts of three months of skin contact!), this is delicious with heartier fall fare – if you dare! For fans of a more accessible style, fear not! We've got a beautiful organic Chinon too. That cabernet franc is just perfect for pairing with cozy warming food and fall foliage.
Treasury Cider "Burr Knot" 2016
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK - HUDSON RIVER REGION/ Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- The origins of Treasury Cider are steeped in early 20th Century US history: the farm's founder, Henry Morgenthau Jr., served as Secretary of the Treasury under FDR after a career in farming and conservation. Fishkill Farms, the home of Treasury Cider, is located just down the road from us in East Fishkill, on 270 acres, planted to over 80 varieties of apples, as well as other fruits and vegetables. Parts of the orchard are old-growth remnants of the original plantings by Henry, whose legacy is being carried on by his grandson, Josh Morgenthau. With a commitment to organic farming practices and Eco-certified integrated pest management, Josh and his team grow their American-heirloom, European bittersweet, and dessert apples with utmost care and attention. This yields some delicious results, like this award-winning bone-dry bottle-conditioned cider. Powerful and expressive, this blend of Hyslop Crab, Granny Smith, Jonamac, Golden Delicious, and Pink Lady apples is reminiscent of an old-fashioned tart strawberry-rhubarb pie! Firm, well-integrated tannins support a lengthy, herbaceous finish with touches of nutty minerality, making this a delightful choice with tomato-bacon grilled cheese sandwiches!
Pheasant's Tears Rkatsiteli Kakheti 2012 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION + SKIN FERMENTED
Country: GEORGIA / Region: KAKHETI / Appellation: KAKHETI / Varietal(s): RKATSITELI --- Pheasant’s Tears was founded in 2007 by John Wurdeman, an American painter who moved to the Georgian town of Sighnaghi to follow his twin passions of wine and art, and Georgian winemaker and farmer Gela Patalishvili. The name Pheasant's Tears comes from a Georgian folktale in which the hero claims that only a truly exceptional wine could make a pheasant cry tears of joy. A ninth generation winemaker, Gela has an extensive knowledge of the entire growing region of Kakheti, one of Georgia's main wine districts. Together, John and Gela seek to make natural wines while preserving Georgian winemaking traditions. Some writers claim that the rkatsiteli grape was the first vine planted by Noah after the flood, while others cite evidence of rkatsiteli seeds found in clay vessels dating back to 3000 BC. Legends aside, this is undoubtedly a very old grape varietal, made here in the traditional Georgian style. It has been vinified on the skins in clay amphorae called "quevri" for six months, resulting in a unique, oxidative style. Amber in color, it displays aromas of raw honey, walnuts, dried apricots, apple skin, peaches and nectarines. The dried fruit and nut element is well-balanced on the palate by rkatsiteli's characteristic lively acidity, and a tannic finish, thanks to the extended skin contact. Don't be scared off by the sediment (it's bottled unfiltered and unfined) – this makes a fabulous match with garlic-roasted chicken with herbs.
Béatrice et Pascal Lambert "Les Terrasses" Chinon AOC 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: CHINON AOC / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- Vignerons since 1987, the Lambert family converted their property to practicing organic in the early 2000's and became certified organic by Ecocert in 2005. However, Béatrice and Pascal decided this was not enough, and began transitioning to biodynamic production. Emulating many of their neighbors in the Loire, they adhered to the dogma of Nicolas Joly, using plant foliage between rows, and adding no sulfur to their wines. 100% cabernet franc, "Les Terrasses" comes from vines planted on the gravelly calcareous clay atop the region's famed tuffeau (chalky limestone). A wild, musky nose of berries and crushed herbs evolves into dense ripe red and black fruits on the palate, elegantly accented by hints of spring flowers and supple tannins. This delightful cab franc embodies what great Chinon can be, seeing no oak, and no added sulfite during winemaking, only 10-20 mg/l added at bottling. Displaying bright, clean fruit and classic Loire minerality, this is perfect with a plate of sausage, mushrooms, and potatoes, or pair with pork chops or quinoa-stuffed peppers.