Rojac Istra Slovenija Malvazija Slovenska Istra 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: SLOVENIA / Region: PRIMORSKA / Appellation: SLOVENSKA ISTRA / Varietal(s): MALVAZIJA ISTRIANA --- Born to one of the pioneer families (dating back to the 17th century) of traditional winemaking in the coastal region of Slovenska Istra, Uroš Rojac had a reputation as the wild child of Bruno Rojac. The father and son team came to an abrupt end in 2005, however, with the sudden passing of Bruno at the height of his career. Stunned by the tragedy, many thought Uroš would abandon his family’s ancestral winery. Instead, Uroš came back more fiercely dedicated than ever to become one of the most notable young winemakers in the region, remaining true to the principles of his father’s artisanal hand work in the vineyards and cellar. The malvasija varietal is quite low in tannins and is very sensitive to the use of available sulfur. Therefore, it is able to maintain its freshness in the bottle with minimal sulfur needed, resulting in a lush, fruity wine with complexity and balance for easy drinking. Produced from organic grapes, this wine is straw yellow in color with gold overtones. The aroma is of fresh-cut white peaches, green apple, acacia blossom and a touch of almond complemented by nice acidity. On the palate, there are earthy notes of petrol with a distinct sea-side minerality. Try this with baked white fish, potatoes or pasta dishes.
Fattoria San Lorenzo "di Gino" Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC 2016 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: MARCHE / Appellation: VERDICCHIO DEI CASTELLI DI JESI DOC / Varietal(s): VERDICCHIO --- Fattoria San Lorenzo is a family operation dedicated to producing organic and biodynamic wines, situated in the Marche region of Italy on the Adriatic coast. Now run by third generation winemaker, Natalino Crognaletti, it's still based at the farm passed down from his father Gino and grandfather Enrico, a master cooper. Gino spent his life selecting old clones of verdicchio from ancient vineyards called alberate. Today, Natalino and his mother Vera Biondini manage the vineyards which are organically and biodynamically farmed and worked by hand. Vigna di Gino is named after Natalino’s father and planted with the carefully selected clones Gino spent his life working with. The most important grape of the "under the radar" region of Le Marche, legend holds that when the troops of the king of the Visigoths marched on Rome, they were provided with barrels of verdicchio to maintain their strength and morale. Fermented in cement with native yeasts, this is a classic, beautifully balanced example of what verdicchio can do. Aged in stainless steel, lively acidity mingles with aromas of wet herbs, pear and green apple notes, delicate minerality, and the nutty finish verdicchio is noted for. Open this with seafood chowder, or with hard nutty cheeses such as pecorino.
Omero Cellars Gamay Noir Willamette Valley 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: WILLAMETTE VALLEY / Varietal(s): GAMAY NOIR --- Tired of being told that Oregon wines were too expensive and that there was no way he could make one under $30 without relying on man-made chemicals or additives, Omero Cellars winemaker Chad Stock decided to prove them wrong. His winemaking philosophy: "Be humble, work with intent, keep it clean, no additives, let the wine speak for itself." Omero Cellars uses all organically farmed, hand-harvested grapes to create moderately priced wines with all the seriousness in style and friendliness in personality one usually finds in Cru Beaujolais. This Willamette Valley gamay (unusual in this region where pinot noir dominates) is fermented with indigenous yeasts in cement tanks, and bottled without filtration or fining. It features vibrant flavors of tangy red cherries, spicy strawberries, and a touch of earthy red apple skin. An elegant, yet easy-going dinner companion, open this with frisée salad with roasted chicken, bacon, goat cheese, and cranberries.