Fiegl Ribolla Gialla Collio DOC 2016
Country: ITALY/ Region: FRIULI VENEZIA-GIULIA / Appellation: COLLIO DOC / Varietal(s): RIBOLLA GIALLA --- Fiegl Winery makes its home in Oslavia, a small village of 150 inhabitants located in the foothills of the Collio. Local culture represents a mixture of Italy and Slovenia, with the border located only 200 meters to the east and signage written in both languages. Ribolla gialla, a grape native to the Italian-Slovenian borderlands, finds excellent growing conditions in this micro region: warm daytime temperatures segue into cool nights; well-draining sandy soils are interspersed with marly clay and limestone striations. This terroir expresses itself through the ribolla gialla grape as a bright, dry white wine with delicate tones of white flowers, fresh white peach and wet stones. Perfect aperitif wine - pour a glass with goat cheese salad with grilled summer squash.
Bodegas Lavia Bullas DO 2012 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: SPAIN / Region: MURCIA / Appellation: BULLAS DO / Varietal(s): MONASTRELL+SYRAH --- Attention Southern Rhône Red Lovers: Please introduce yourself to Lavia, which hails from the Murcia region of southeast Spain (between Andalusia and Valencia). The Bullas growing zone is located in the inland, mountainous region of Murcia, where it is slightly cooler and nighttime temperatures can dip down to around 60F (from daytime highs of 100F+!). Only olives, almonds and warm-climate vines like monastrell and syrah typically grow well here. This is certainly more Sahara than Mediterranean. In such extreme conditions, one would expect the wine to be big and brash, however French winemaker Sebastien Boudon shows incredible restraint and coaxes incredible complexity and finesse from their grapes by choosing to harvest early and ferment at low temperatures. After fermentation, the monastrell and syrah spend 12 months aging in 500 liter barrels and other large-format wooden vats. The result, now with almost 5 years bottle age, is a red with complex layers of baked red and black berries, leather, and nutmeg. Tannins have smoothed out with time and the lively acidity keeps this big wine from becoming daunting. Great for the Fall table with stuffed mushrooms, beef stew, or roasted venison.