Eva Fricke Riesling Trocken Rheingau 2017- ORGANICALLY GROWN
Couuntry: GERMANY / Region: RHEINGAU / Appellation: RHEINGAU / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- Eva Fricke wasn’t born into a winemaking family. The daughter of two doctors in Lower Saxony, she was bitten by the winemaking bug after time spent in the vineyards of South Africa. She went on to study viticulture and oenology in Geisenheim, where she graduated in 2001, having worked at several vineyards around the world: in Bordeaux, Piemonte, Australia and the famed Dominio de Pingus estate in Ribera del Duero. Eva worked as winemaker for many years at Leitz, one of the best known Rheingau wineries. She began her own project while still employed there, making her first independent vintage in 2006, from the Krone vineyard in Lorch. She farms organically, currently working 3.2 hectares in Lorch, Lorchhausen and Kiedrich, where the slate, loess, and loamy soils yield distinctive wines of powerful elegance. This dry riesling is simply beautiful: aromatic, fresh, and pure, with lively apple and pear fruit, and touches of lime, peach, white flowers, and crushed stones. Vibrant acidity keeps this wine juicy and light on its feet without becoming too austere. Lovely with lemongrass-seared chicken over warm vermicelli, or try it with shrimp green curry!
Domaine Coudert "Cuvée Christie" Fleurie AOC 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY-BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: FLEURIE AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- Among the most highly regarded producers in Beaujolais, Clos de la Roilette has 9 hectares in Fleurie, with one of the top slopes in all of the ten Beaujolais crus. In the 1920s, when the Fleurie appellation was first created, the former landowner was infuriated with losing the Moulin-à-Vent appellation under which the estate had previously been classified. He created a label using a picture of his racehorse Roilette and used the name Clos de la Roilette (without mentioning Fleurie.) In 1967, Fernand Coudert bought the then long-neglected estate and replanted the vineyards. His son Alain joined him in 1984 and has been the winemaker since. As on the entire estate, the 30-40 year old gamay vines for "Cuvée Christie" are farmed sustainably by lutte raisonnée and the soils worked by hand, only twice a year and very carefully in order to not do damage to the older plants’ roots. The fruit is manually harvested and fermented in whole clusters with native yeasts, kicking off Roilette’s version of traditional Beaujolais semi-carbonic vinification. Because the vines are not located in Coudert's historical Clos de la Roilette lieu-dit, Alain Coudert decided to bottle it as "Domaine Coudert", with a differently-styled label as well. 100% gamay, the fruit for the 2017 vintage was augmented with some purchased Fleurie fruit, as Roilette lost 70% of their fruit due to a combination of frost and hailstorm damage. "Cuvée Christie" is the most delicate and pretty of the Roilette line-up, its moderate tannins and lighter body rendering it ready to enjoy sooner (like right now!). It boasts a perfumed bouquet of cherries, dark berries, licorice and a touch of gaminess. Beautifully balanced on the palate, it remains lively, with cherry, blackberry, and currant flavors mingling with delicate acidity and supple tannin. An elegant offering altogether, pair this with roast pork loin.
Kiko Calvo "Bigardo" Toro DO 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Appellation: TORO DO / Varietal(s): TINTA DE TORO AKA TEMPRANILLO --- Bigardo is the breakthrough release from Kiko Calvo, a young up-and-coming winemaker from Toro (Zamora.) He gained diverse experience making wine all over the world before eventually returning to farm his family's old Tinta de Toro (a local, loose-bunched strain of tempranillo) vines, focusing on realizing the grapes' full character rather than adhering to local winemaking conventions. "Bigardo" is an expression in Toro used to refer to a young rebel, a person who doesn't care what others think, and who does things their own way. The label reflects this: a picture of Calvo's hand making the sign of the horns, a two-fold gesture (both signifying rebelliousness while also referring to the horns of the animal that give the town its name). The grapes for this wine are harvested over the course of 45 days, with several individual fermentations to highlight the character of specific vineyard parcels, which range from 20-100 years old. This experimental method of enhancing and layering the personalities of the grapes has paid off in spades: the wine is a supple, complex melange of rich flavors and textures. Scents of cherries, red currants, and sweet smoke yield to a palate redolent with red fruit and sweet tannin. Over time, the wine opens up even further to reveal layers of creamy black and purple fruit – think black currants, mulberry, and earthy plum, all gloriously accented by hints of licorice, rosebud, violets, cocoa, and a hint of cool pine boughs. A winner with bison and portobello mushroom burgers or venison ragú.