Truchard Roussanne Carneros Napa Valley California 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CARNEROS - NAPA VALLEY / Varietal(s): ROUSANNE --- The Truchard family has been making with in the U.S. for over a century, starting with Jean Marie Truchard who emigrated from the Lyon area of France with his brother, Father Anthony Marie, a Catholic priest, in 1887. No one knows for sure why they came over, but it is speculated that it could have been due to the phylloxera epidemic that was starting to ravage Europe. They started growing grapes at their barn-winery outside of Houston, Texas, but unfortunately, their project did not survive Prohibition or the Texas heat. The family tradition would later be rekindled by Jean Marie's grandson, Tony. He attended medical school in Texas and then after enrolled as an officer in the army to repay his school. He was supposed to be stationed in South Korea with his family, however, fate would have it that his pregnant wife would slip and break her knee, and instead he was stationed in Herlong, California. He was inspired by the beautiful vineyards in Napa Valley, and would go on to become a pioneer of the soon-to-be Carneros AVA, growing grapes in a region that was deemed "too cold" to produce stunning wines, all while running his own medical private practice in Reno. After selling their grapes to premier wineries for 15 years, the Truchards began producing their own wines in 1989 to great acclaim. This 2017 roussanne is elegantly textured and aromatic, with a rich, almost creamy mouthfeel and concentrated lemon curd and baked yellow apple and slight marzipan flavors. For the California chardonnay lover and someone looking to expand knowledge of Rhône varietals grown in California (since roussanne is originally from the Rhône valley in France). Pair with your garlic-herb butter roasted chicken or pasta carbonara.
Château Ampélia Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux 2014 - GROWN ORGANICALLY
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: CASTILLON-CÔTES DE BORDEAUX / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC --- In 1996, three years before acquiring the lands of Ampélia, François Despagne inherited the Grand Corbin-Despagne estate from his family, making it the seventh generation of his family at the helm of this Grand Cru Classé Saint-Emilion property. Since he already had a wonderful successful estate, he sought out a challenge: creating fine wines in Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux, the much less-renowned bordering appellation. He found a particular plot of land that he was drawn to that is the highest point in altitude in all of Bordeaux. This, along with the clay-limestone soil, had him convinced that he would be able to produce stunning, terroir-driven wines. They offer freshness and minerality, and are a wonderful alternative for people who wish to drink their wines young rather than wait several years until they reach a peak age (although this can be aged for up to a decade!). Throughout every stage of the growing season, François Despagne demonstrates a deep respect for the terroir and its identity. Constantly attached to his land, he even chose to begin converting his vineyard in 2010 to certified organic status - a choice that reinforced his commitment to quality and high standards of vine growing. Each lot is vinified separately, but blended before aging in the cellar. François visited the shop last month and we were taken with the wines (including his 2008 Saint-Emilion which is on our shelf!), but more so, we were taken by his palpable love for winemaking. The 2014 Ampelia is a blend of 95% merlot with 5% cabernet franc grown in the same 5 hectare vineyard on clay/limestone soils. The wine possesses a real energetic core of balanced acidity and fine tannin with great freshness characteristic of slightly wetter vintages. The impeccable texture is accented flavors of fresh berries and crunchy plum with just the right amount of earthy forest floor notes. Pair with seared duck breast in a port wine reduction sauce for a decadent pairing.
Aaron Burr Cidery Homestead Elderberry Apple Cider 2017
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Aaron Burr Cidery has become the sought-after icon of local, traditional cider making. This small homestead farm dates back to the early 1800s and is located in Wurtsboro, NY, in neighboring Sullivan County. Aaron Burr's name was on the original deed of the home, and a rebellious energy pulses through everything made by Andy Brennan and Polly Giragosian. Dedicated to making "true cider", once the most popular drink in America, their main source of apples are those which they forage themselves. around the Hudson Valley and Lower Catskills. The Elderberry Apple is a co-fermented cider combining unsprayed, uncultivated apples foraged throughout the region with co-fermented elderberry foraged from around their homestead farm.