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Weingut Holzapfel Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Wachau "Zehenthof" 2014
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: NIEDERÖSTERREICH / Appellation: WACHAU / Varietal(s): GRÜNER VELTLINER --- Weingut Holzapfel is situated in a former farmstead, established 700 years ago by the Canons of St Pölten, which was updated to the baroque style by Jakob Prandtauer, architect of the famous Benedictine abbey, Stift Melk. At that point in history, most of the vineyards in the Wachau belonged to the Catholic Church and its nearby monasteries; the farmstead was the center for the harvest and fermentation of wine grapes and for the administration of local sales. Today, the estate consists of some fourteen hectares of vines, worked with traditional methods. Grapes of first-class quality flourish on these stony and mineral-laden soils, which contain in places significant elements of limestone and mica schist. The climate conditions specific to this particular part of the Wachau produce extreme variations of temperature between daylight and nighttime, which, together with the various elevations of the vineyards, encourage an acidity which imparts freshness and elegance to the wines. This grüner veltliner is packed with an intensely fruitful, citrus nose, and comes alive on the palate with savory herbaceous flavors and delicate acidity. A seriously delicious wine meant for some serious food. This riper Federspiel category (a label specific to wines with higher minimum must weight), is perfect with roasted pork or poultry, savory pâtés, charcuterie, or the now seasonally appropriate asparagus soup. YUM! For those willing to go full Austrian, pair with backhendl (fried chicken)!
Domaine La Bastide Blanche Rosé Bandol AOC 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: BANDOL AOC / Varietal(s): MOURVÈDRE+GRENACHE+CINSAULT+CLAIRETTE --- We look forward to drinking rosé each year, but inevitably some of the best come from the Bandol appellation. The wines possess a power and depth of flavor, while holding it all together elegantly. La Bastide Blanche is a great example of the quality found in this region. This wonderful wine is the work of Michel & Louis Bronzo, who purchased this property in the early 1970's. Bandol is unique in France in that it is the only area the mourvèdre grape must be dominant. The region is ideal for this sometimes difficult-to-mature grape. The warm summer days and stony soils are the perfect marriage for the heat-loving grape, allowing it to fully mature before harvest. This cuvée is elegant, yet capable of hanging with almost any summer indulgence. There are lovely strawberry notes entwined with a strong sense of minerals and delicate peppery notes. This is a winner with any and all summer fare - we're thinking grilled whole trout stuffed with citrus and garden herbs.
John Almansa Cinsault "Zou Maï" Vin de France 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CINSAULT --- A true vin de soif (roughly "thirst quencher") from the Languedoc. This is the epitome of a chillable, light, juicy red, perfect for taking the edge off of that mid-afternoon yard work, or when you just need something deliciously simple to open with pizza, salad, or sausage. John Almansa, a Spaniard who has been in Languedoc making wine at Domaine Pibarot for a few years began renting vines from Pibarot in 2015. This is his second vintage of cuvée "Zou Maï" (translates to 'come on!' like the Brit punkers say - hence the mohawk'd seahorse label?) and he is making his mark among the many amazing organic, biodynamic and low-intervention producers in the region. Fruit from the 30+ year old cinsault vines is destemmed and macerated for 10 days without punchdowns, giving the wine an energetic and sprightly feel without the weighty over-extraction that can plague some wines from hot southern France. It then ages on the lees for three months in fiberglass tank. Zou Maï – unfined, unfiltered, and bottled without additional sulfites, allowing us pure enjoyment of this pure expression of cinsault.
Broc Cellars Mission Lodi Somers Vineyard 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: LODI / Varietal(s): MISSION (AKA PAIS) --- If you read these emails with any regularity, you know the wines of Broc Cellars. For those new to the winery, Broc was founded by Chris Brockway and built on a philosophy of sourcing sustainable and organic fruit on the way to creating exceptional wines. He takes a hands-off approach, allowing nature to be in charge. This bottle is a taste of California history! Chris first moved out to California to work with older plantings, and this is his first time making wine from the mission grape (also known as país or listán negro). Mission was the first cultivated varietal in California, planted by Spanish missionaries who used it to make sacramental, table, and fortified wines. The grapes for this bottling came from old vines (of unknown age but at least 60+ years old) dry farmed in sand and gravel soils beside a river in Lodi. This wine is made through carbonic maceration (a technique often used in Beaujolais where whole grapes are fermented prior to crushing), and fermentation is initiated using native yeasts. Dry and earthy, it displays aromas of rose petal, strawberry cordial and spice, with red berry and smoky citrus peel flavors on the palate. Medium-bodied and fresh with good structure and acidity through the finish, this would be a great match for farro salad with roasted mushrooms and Swiss chard, peppercorn-crusted pork loin with bitter greens and mash, or with grilled portobella tacos.