SUSTAINABLY/ORGANICALLY GROWN ALL-AMERICAN!
Division Winemaking Co. Division-Villages Sauvignon Blanc "La Frontière" Willamette Valley 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA/ Region: OREGON / Appellation: WILLAMETTE VALLEY / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Within the Willamette Valley, the Eola-Amity Hills are well known as one of the most coveted places for growing cool climate pinot noir. They're not as well known for producing great sauvignon blanc... yet! Division Winemaking Co. is a Portland, Oregon based winery founded in 2010 by Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe, and inspired by the wines of Loire, Beaujolais, Burgundy, and the Northern Rhône. This urban winery works with well-farmed terroir-driven vineyards, many of which are organic or biodynamic to source the grapes that allow them to make approachable, balanced wines with minimal manipulation. Oregon winemaking legend Myron Redford founded Amity Vineyards in the mid-70s as part of a group of young pioneering entrepreneurs that were responsible for building the Oregon wine industry. While most members focused on pinot noir and pinot gris, Myron spent time experimenting with other varietals such as gamay noir, riesling, and sauvignon blanc. After selling the original Amity Vineyards, he and his partner Vikki Wetle planted a 7.5 acre certified organic vineyard at their home property which is the source for the sauvignon blanc for this cuvée. Named "La Frontière", it seeks to forge a new frontier in Oregon winemaking. Fermented "sur lie" using native yeast in neutral white Burgundy barrels and stainless steel, this is a delicious demonstration of New World sauvignon blanc at its most refreshing. Vibrant grapefruit, yellow mango, and flint aromatics provide a compelling introduction to a full, bright palate of citrus that avoids the dreaded "cat pee" and overripe tropical fruit notes that tarnish some sauvignon blancs. Secondary notes of wildflower honey contribute to a supple finish. This would make a lovely companion to grilled chicken with mango relish, or fish tacos.
Eminence Road Farm Winery Cabernet Franc Rosé Finger Lakes 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: FINGER LAKES /
Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- This lively rosé from our friends at Eminence Road is a style of wine that's all the rage right now: pétillant naturel, or naturally sparkling, abbreviated to pét-nat. Pét-nat is made by taking unfinished (still-fermenting) wine, bottling and capping it, and allowing it to complete fermentation in the bottle (producing that light bubbly texture). While Champagne-style bubblies start with “finished” wine, to which a precise amount of sugar and yeast is added, pét-nats are quite raw and unpolished, still living and unpredictable, with about half the pressure of Champagne. The refreshing, spontaneous result is the perfect spring sipper! Made from Finger Lakes cabernet franc, this vibrant but complex rosé possesses the bone-dry, subtly wild/earthy character we expect from Eminence Road's natural winemaking practices. Wild strawberries and brambly raspberry flavors, light green herbal notes, and a touch of minerality on the finish make this perfect for adding a celebratory air to light spring brunches, dinners, and garden parties.
Broc Cellars Mission Lodi Somers Vineyard 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
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 listan 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.
Birichino Central Coast Pinot Noir "St. Georges" 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CENTRAL COAST / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Birichino Winery was founded in 2008 by Alex Krause and John Locke. Fruit sources are focused on older plantings, often from non-grafted vines that are more expressive of the natural character of the grapes. The pair has been making wine for several decades not just in California but also other countries including Italy and France. This elegant pinot noir hails from the St. Georges vineyard on the eastern side of the Santa Cruz mountains, named for father and son, George Besson Sr. and Jr., whose families have tended the vines since the 1920s. Light ruby in color, it features enticing aromas and flavors of dried cranberry, red cherry, red flowers, tarragon, and sage. The granite and sandy soils of the vineyard lend a distinctive texture and vibrant freshness, with delicate undertones of roasted meat/game on the finish. A sophisticated partner to mushroom and lentil pot pie with Gouda biscuit topping.