Fjord Cabernet Franc Rosé Hudson River Region 2017
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: HUDSON RIVER REGION / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- Fjord Vineyards is the creation of Matthew Spaccarelli, winemaker at Benmarl Winery across the river in Marlboro. These wines are crafted by Matthew in the Benmarl cellars, using both estate-grown fruit and grapes sourced from renowned vineyards in the Finger Lakes and the North Fork of Long Island. From a single vineyard site (the award-winning Ridge Road vineyard) in Marlboro comes this exquisite rosé, made from 100% cabernet franc. A beautiful salmon hue, thanks to five hours of skin contact, it's clean and crisp, with notes of red strawberries, and a hint of watermelon on the nose. Fresh, elegant, and perfectly refreshing, why not have an all-local feast, and open this with asparagus and goat cheese quiche made from Hudson Valley eggs, veggies, and cheese? A great way to celebrate the bounty of spring!
Bodega Chacra "Amor Seco" Merlot Río Negro 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ARGENTINA / Region: PATAGONIA / Appellation: RÍO NEGRO / Varietal(s): MERLOT --- Argentina is justifiably famous for malbec, but do yourself a favor and don't overlook its merlot! Bodega Chacra is located in the Río Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, 620 miles south of Buenos Aires, 1,240 miles north of Tierra del Fuego, and roughly equidistant west to east from the Andes Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The arid central Argentine desert is tempered by the converging Neuquen and Limay Rivers, both of which flow from the Andes and join up in the Río Negro en route to the Atlantic. The Río Negro Valley itself is a glacial bed 15.5 miles wide stretching 310 miles along the river's banks at an elevation of 750 feet above sea level, and is irrigated by a network of channels excavated in the late 1820s by British colonists who took advantage of the Andean snow melt to make an oasis in the desert. This incredibly dry climate and the natural barrier provided by the desert has resulted in an area free from the scourge of phylloxera and other vine diseases, while the pristine, pollution-free air allows for maximum sunlight. One of the most southerly regions in the world for wine production, Patagonia has seen tremendous vineyard growth since the early 2000s. Its drastic diurnal shifts caused by cold air sinking from the steep slopes of the Andes at night contrast with the hot summer days to produce grapes with ideal ripeness, aromatic intensity, and concentration. In this delicious example, lively flavors of red plum, currant, and cherry tango with earthy elements of tobacco, tar, and dried herbs, wrapping up with a pleasantly savory finish. Medium-bodied, this is a versatile choice for mushroom barbacoa tacos or burgers fresh off the grill!
Domaine Les Poëte "Le Côte Cabernet des Poëte" Touraine AOC 2011 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: TOURAINE AOC / Varietal(s): CÔT AKA MALBEC+CABERNET FRANC --- Winemaker Guillaume Sorbe is one of the Loire Valley’s hottest rising young stars. In 2007, he began his domaine in the Cher producing white, rosé, and red wines from the Touraine, Quincy, and Reuilly appellations. Ironically, Guillaume comes from a grape growing family (his father had vineyards in Quincy and Reuilly, but after it became apparent that his sons had no interest in continuing the family domaine, he sold the vineyards in 2001.) Guillaume first worked in some of France’s finest restaurants both as a cook and a sommelier, but gradually he said, “The soul of a winemaker awoke in me." He went to Beaune to study viticulture and oenology, and in 2007 after completing his studies he returned to the Loire intent on starting a domaine of his own. He began with a small plot of very old gamay vines on the right bank of the Cher river, and has slowly patched together a tiny domaine today of more than 25 single plots that he farms himself biodynamically. Only 4.5 hectares total are put into production so quantities are extremely small. Freshness and delicacy are his hallmarks, as Guillaume believes that terroir is the most important thing, often citing his motto “moins mais mieux” – “less but better”. Each of his 25 parcels is vinified separately, a method that is very labor intensive but which allows Guillaume greater control over the final blend. 50% côt (malbec), 50% cabernet franc, this wine is dark and deadly-delicious! Explosive aromas of black raspberries, currants, spice, and violets on the nose yield to juicy, fun-and-funky fruit on the palate. Gentle tannins and mouthwatering acidity make this an elegant, easy partner to roast chicken with new potatoes and watercress.