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Huia Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: NEW ZEALAND / Region: MARLBOROUGH / Appellation: MARLBOROUGH / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Named after a legendary (sadly extinct) bird native to New Zealand, this delicious sauvignon blanc is certified organic! Huia feathers were worn by the Maori and said to represent wisdom, elegance, and dignity, the same philosophies that today guide Claire and Mike Allan in their winemaking. Grapes here are sourced from two separate vineyards with contrasting soil types resulting in a greater array of flavors and textures in the finished wine. A small percentage of this sauvignon blanc (10-15%) was native-yeast fermented in a mix of neutral and French oak. Dry, with classic New Zealand herbaceousness and lime-based citrus softened by delicate tropical fruit notes, this is beautifully balanced on the palate, finishing with enticing minerality. A touch more subtle than many New Zealand wines, this makes an elegant match with spring pea ravioli with herbs.
Domaine Les Terres Promises Rosé "L'Apostrophe" Coteaux Varois en Provence AOC 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN / LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: COTEAUX VAROIS EN PROVENCE AOC / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+CARIGNAN+CINSAULT --- Fed up after a long career as a political advisor, teacher, and author, Jean-Christophe Comor moved to Coteaux Varois en Provence, near Bandol, in 2003 to start a new life as a vigneron. With help from generous like-minded winemakers like Catherine and Pierre Breton and Marcel Richaud, he learned to farm organically, and doesn't use any chemicals in his vineyards. All harvesting is done by hand, and sorting is done in the vineyard. In the cellar, he uses natural fermentation and sulphur is kept to a minimum. He generally doesn’t fine or filter his wines and uses fiberglass tanks and oak foudres for fermentation. Jean-Christophe’s Domaine Les Terres Promises (The Promised Land) is located in the village of La Roquebrussane, 1,300 feet above sea level. His vineyards are in a microclimate between Aix-en-Provence and Côtes de Provence that has colder winters and hotter summers on eroded hillsides that are composed mostly of limestone with gravel and flint. This striking minerality shines through in "L'Apostrophe", a delightful rosé made from the classic Provençal blend of grenache, carignan, and cinsault. From 25 year old vines, the grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts and lightly filtered before bottling. Wonderfully fresh, this bursts with notes of ripe peach, red raspberries, and red currants, while hints of orange blossom, crushed herbs, and spices add intrigue. More than just a simple sipper, its elegant weight and structure make this a fantastic match with grilled vegetables, ratatouille, or salads. A fabulous new addition to your summer BBQ lineup!
La Grange aux Belles "53" Anjou AOC Rouge 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN/ LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: ANJOU AOC / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- La Grange aux Belles is a relative newcomer to the Loire Valley wine scene, founded in 2004 and releasing its first vintage in 2008. It is managed by Marc Houtin, Julien Bresteau, and Gérald Peau in Anjou. Another classic story of searching for a new career, Marc, the founder, used to work for a major oil company before pursuing an enology degree in 2001. He eventually found 9 hectares of vineyards in Anjou after a lengthy search in both the Languedoc and Loire. Unlike many in the region, Marc had no family connections to the world of wine, but he persevered in spite of the steep learning curve, turning the vineyard organic and using biodynamic methods as well (although not seeking organic or biodynamic certification). Along with young winemakers Houtin and Julien Bresteau, this "naturalist" operation grows cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, pineau d'aunis, gamay, grolleau, and chenin blanc, all farmed organically, using herbal infusions against mildew and vinified with minimal sulfur. In contrast to the tannic, high-acid reds common to Anjou, La Grange aux Belles focuses on producing light-bodied aromatic wines, low in tannins and alcohol. Cuvée 53 is especially unique; made from a cabernet franc vineyard planted in 1953, it is vinified in unlined concrete vats without the addition of sulfur. It boasts incredible purity of fruit, a lovely richness of flavor that somehow still remains light and refreshing. Delicate mineral notes and juicy berries dance across each sip, making this an irresistible choice for warm weather dining! Perfect with grilled flatbread with goat cheese and roasted red peppers.