NEW ORGANIC AND LOW INTERVENTION WINES FROM FRANCE AND ITALY!
Domaine de Majas Côtes Catalanes IGP Blanc 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: CÔTES CATALANES IGP / Varietal(s): MACABEU+ROLLE AKA VERMENTINO+CARIGNAN BLANC --- Alain Carrère founded Domaine de Majas with his wife Agnès in 1992. Situated between Corbières and the Pyrenees mountains, the estate today represents 30 hectares, all in the commune of Caudiès-de-Fenouillèdes. A meeting with Tom Lubbe of Domaine Matassa provided the catalyst for Alain's conversion to organic, and Domaine de Majas has now been an organic estate for over 15 years. As well as working organically in the vineyards, Tom and Alain also eliminated all commercial yeasts, additives, and excess sulfur in the cellar, to further highlight the different terroirs the estate offers. A perfect late summer/early autumn white wine, this bursts with succulent aromas and flavors of green pineapple, kiwi, quince, and lemon. Fermented and aged on its lees in concrete, its mineral-driven texture on the palate leads to a subtly nutty finish, making this a delightful match with zucchini fritters.
Cirelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: ABRUZZO / Appellation: MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO DOC / Varietal(s): MONTEPULCIANO --- Trained as an economist, Francesco Cirelli left the profession to pursue a career in winemaking. He purchased his land in 2003 and devoted the property to organic farming, growing olives, garlic, spelt, barley, and figs, as well as tiny vineyards of trebbiano and montepulciano. (We've enjoyed several of Francesco's trebbianos, including his amphora-fermented one this past weekend!) Francesco's secret is lower yields for more concentrated fruit, but also lowering the amount of sulfur to avoid masking the terroir. This montepulciano is a savory, dark-fruited gem, fermented and aged in stainless steel. With an exuberant nose of black raspberry, plum, pomegranate, black cherry, and wet violets, it is medium-bodied and silky in the mouth. This accessible, ready-to-drink style is even more delicious with a slight chill. Soft tannins and moderate alcohol make it a good partner with spicier dishes, such as the classic Abruzzese pasta, spaghetti alla chitarra ("guitar pasta" - long noodles accompanied by a ragù or spicy red pepper sauce!)