Bodega Gorosti Flysch Getariako Txakolina DO 2016
Country: SPAIN / Region: BASQUE COUNTRY / Appellation: GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA DO / Varietal(s): HONDARRIBI ZURI --- Bright, hot days are well suited to Txakolina, the refreshing Basque white poured from a distance to accentuate its fizzy nature. This cuvée gets its name from a geologic term for the unique rock formations of the Basque coast, formed under the sea 60 million years ago. These dramatic layers of rock are now part of the Basque Coast Geopark, which extends 13 km along the coast. Inaugurated in 2010, it's part of a European network of geologically interesting locations. Winemaker Juan Mª Etxabe is a fourth generation Txakolí producer, and planted vines of the native hondarribi zuri grape in the Geopark in 2008, releasing his first vintage in 2011. The winery, named Gorosti, is located on the coastline in Elorriaga, between the small cities Itziar-Deba and Zumaia (or the larger cities of Bilbao and San Sebastian.) Bright and briny, the Flysch cuvée displays refreshing lime and citrus flavors, with accents of sea spray on a light, crisp palate. This is the kind of wine you can drink all day and well into the evening. A lovely companion to shellfish, this will also work beautifully with grilled or roasted sole finished with a squeeze of lemon and a few capers.
Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon AOC Rosé 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: CHINON AOC / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- Jean-Maurice Raffault's rosé is consistently among the best produced in the Loire Valley. 100% cabernet franc planted on alluvial sand and gravel soils on the former Loire river bed, Raffault picks the fruit dedicated for rosé at the beginning of the harvest period to ensure freshness. Raffault uses only pressed juice that is selected and vinified parcel by parcel. It is then fermented at low temperature using native yeast until fully dry. The low temperature also prevents the start of malolactic fermentation while the rosé rests on its lees in tank for 5 months, further maintaining its refreshing nature. Before bottling in late February, the wine is racked to diminish the level of CO2, and is then lightly filtered to ensure clarity. Brilliant, light pomegranate-red in color, this bursts with aromas of red roses and raspberries. Red raspberry and blood orange zest on the palate yield to an elegant stony finish with a hint of savory red pepper skin. A lovely match with chicken breasts stuffed with goat cheese and roasted red pepper.
D'Angelo Aglianico "Sacravite" Basilicata IGT 2014
Country: ITALY / Region: BASILICATA / Appellation: BASILICATA IGT / Varietal(s): AGLIANICO --- D'Angelo is a family estate in the heart of the Basilicata appellation in southern Italy. They've produced wine on the slopes of Mount Vulture (a dormant volcano) since the 1930s, beginning to bottle their own just after WW II, with a concentration on the aglianico varietal. Introduced to Italy by the ancient Greeks, aglianico's similarities to nebbiolo in terms of structure, acidity, and aging potential, have earned it the moniker "Barolo of the South." It produces full-bodied wines with firm tannin structure that display earthy, woodsy, dark berry fruit. D'Angelo owns about 40 hectares of vines, as well as some of the oldest, high elevation vineyards on the mineral-rich volcanic slopes. This high elevation contributes to the complex character of the wines, by allowing for large diurnal temperature variations, while maintaining the strong sun exposure typical to southern Italy. Winemaker Rocco D'Angelo strives to continue his grandfather's legacy of biological agriculture and traditional winemaking, using only native yeasts, large neutral oak barrels and minimum intervention. Layers of dark cherry, dried blackberry, Middle Eastern spices, licorice, and leather are supported by refreshing acidity with a satisfying burst of earthiness and savory spice on the finish. Robust, intense and pleasantly firm, pair this aglianico with savory, tangy, and meaty fare. Cheeses like Taleggio and Pecorino, mushroom risotto, lamb chops with sage, meatballs, BBQ; all are great matches with this bold red! Time to fire up that grill!