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François Chidaine Touraine AOC Blanc 2017 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN

Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: TOURAINE
AOC / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- The cellar of François Chidaine is in Montlouis-sur-Loire, the center of the Loire Valley region known as the Touraine, named for its proximity to the historic city of Tours, about 150 miles southwest of Paris. Long revered in the Loire for his Montlouis and Vouvray wines, Chidaine began producing sauvignon blanc a few years ago with the same impeccable growing and winemaking techniques. The fruit for this cuvée comes principally from the domaine's vines in Chissay-en-Touraine and Saint-Julien-de-Chédon, less than 10km from Montlouis. Augmented by some fruit sourced from neighboring sites, Chidaine is proud to maintain that even those locations not owned by the domaine are still managed by his team and entirely hand-harvested. Made from biodynamically grown grapes that are whole-cluster pressed into stainless steel, the wine is then fermented with wild yeast and aged on its lees until bottling. Sumptuous aromas of grapefruit, white flowers, and crushed stone give way to an explosion of citrus, including Meyer lemon and grapefruit, as well as green apple, pear and minerals on the palate. Herbaceous but not grassy, the citrus and stone linger seductively in the mouth. The depth of flavor and complexity here are the hallmarks of this highly esteemed grower, and make this an impressive value as well! Enjoy this as a luxurious sipper all on its own, or let it elevate light fish dishes, green vegetables, and goat cheese.
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 (structure, acidity, aging potential etc.) 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 complexity and character of the wines, by allowing for large diurnal temperature variations, while maintaining the strong sun exposure typical to southern Italy, thereby concentrating the aromas and intensity. 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 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! Perfect for bringing the grill out of hibernation!