INTRIGUING WINES TO PAIR WITH THE SPRINGING OF SPRING!
Dominique Lucas "C de Marin" Vin des Allobroges IGP 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN / LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: SAVOIE / Appellation: VIN DES ALLOBROGES IGP / Varietal(s): CHASSELAS --- Dominique Lucas comes from a family of Burgundian winemakers (he is the 5th generation) who own a small estate outside of Pommard. After completing oenology school, he decided not to return to the family estate because he did not want to work within the strict oversight of the AOC, settling instead in the Haut Savoie in 2008. His vineyards lie just outside the small village of Ballaisons, on slopes overlooking Lake Geneva (known as Lac Léman on the French side of the border). In spite of a family history of Burgundian winemaking traditions, he vinifies his grapes in an array of different amphorae, barrels and concrete eggs. Fermentations occur naturally and the only addition to the wines is a tiny bit of sulfur at bottling. The results are stunning: pure and character-filled, these wines can hold their own with any of the best of the region. Chasselas is a fairly esoteric grape, grown mostly in eastern France, Switzerland and Germany, and mostly drunk casually, après-ski. Here, however, it comes into its own, bright and refreshing! The chasselas for the "C de Marin" cuvée comes from 40-50 year old vines planted in granitic soils, which lend it a definite mineral core. Loads of granite, citrus, and honeysuckle on the nose yield to a palate of honeyed tropical fruit, lemon zest, and a smooth, stony finish. Try it with fish cakes with a side of slaw with honey-lemon vinaigrette!
Troupis Winery "Hoof & Lur" Moschofilero Arcadia IGP 2016 - LOW INTERVENTION / SKIN FERMENTED
Country: GREECE / Region: PELOPONNESE / Appellation: ARCADIA IGP / Varietal(s): MOSCHOFILERO --- Troupis Winery is located at 700 meters in elevation in the heart of Mantinia in the Peloponnesian region of Fteri. The Troupis family has a long history of agricultural work, beginning back in the 1970s when vines, fruit trees, and flowers were grown and sold from the family nursery. Like many traditional Greek families, they made wine for their own table, eventually expanding their efforts into the commercial realm. Today, Tasos Troupis, along with his children, manage the family estate of 16 acres of vines. Hoof & Lur is Troupis's homage to the old school style of winemaking practiced for generations in the region – the wine of their grandparents and great-grandparents. Made from the native moschofilero grape, this wine undergoes spontaneous fermentation using native yeast, and sees a slight amount of skin contact, which lends texture, weight, and complexity. It sees no oak and is bottled unfiltered with little to no sulfur added. Tangy tangerine pith, wildflower pollen, and honeycomb flavors meld together deliciously on a medium-bodied palate that features lip-smacking acidity and a nutty, saline finish that goes on and on with just a kiss of dusty tannins. Great with falafel and a salad or with spring veggie quiche.
Salem Wine Co. Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills 2015 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: EOLA-AMITY HILLS / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Salem Wine Company is a new project by Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman, who were behind the highly sought Evening Land, Sandhi, and Domaine de la Côte. With those credentials, expectations for this wine were high, and we're pleased to report that it certainly doesn't disappoint. Near Salem, Oregon, about an hour's drive southeast of Portland, lies the seahorse-shaped Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Contained entirely within the larger Willamette Valley AVA, it was established in 2006. The name Eola comes from Aeolus, the Greek god of winds, and it's those winds that define this AVA's character, as cool sea breezes are funneled over the hills, rapidly cooling the vineyards but also increasing evaporation. Foliage is thinner and vines are challenged to produce their fruit, gaining complexity as they respond to unique climactic changes. Most of the fruit for this cuvée comes from the renowned, biodynamically farmed Seven Springs Vineyard. Aged for 15 months in neutral oak barrels, the purity of fruit really shines though. Delicate and elegant, it opens with a lovely bouquet of red and black cherries, black raspberries, wild mushrooms, and hints of Earl Grey tea. The vibrant palate brings forth more flavors of strawberry, cherry, pomegranate, cola, tobacco leaf and baking spice. A showstopping addition to any meal, fire up the grill for bbq tacos.