Bellus Wines Falanghina Beneventano Falanghina IGT 'Caldera' 2018 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: CAMPANIA / Appellation: BENEVENTANO FALANGHINA IGT / Varietal(s): FALANGHINA --- Bellus was founded by Jordan Salcito, currently director wine special operations at Momofuku, who has focused her company not only on making outstanding wines, but doing so with a social and environmental mindset. She noticed her guests’ simultaneous interest and confusion about wine, and perceived a void in the marketplace for quality wines with excellent value that reflect a distinct sense of place. As you'd expect, the fruit is produced without the addition of chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. Working closely with winemakers, Salcito set out to create a line of wines that would offer vibrant choices in terms of style and packaging. ‘Bellus’ means “beauty” in Latin, the root language for the world’s classic wine growing regions. This pure, medium-bodied falanghina offers refreshing acidity with a balanced texture and flavors ripe apple and delicate orange blossom and lovely minerality. Drink this with savory seafood stews or a hearty cannellini and tomato stew. Organically grown.
Château Vieux Chevrol Lalande de Pomerol AOC 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: LALANDE DE POMEROL AOC / Varietal(s): MERLOT+ CABERNET FRANC+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Château Vieux Chevrol is owned by and farmed by Jean-Pierre and Michel Champseix (a father and son team) who farm their 20 hectares in Lalande de Pomerol. The family has been making wine in the region for generations, and continue to do so with traditional methods. Michel is in the process of taking the reins from his father, Jean-Pierre, and has inherited a profound respect and veneration for his land, a relationship that truly guides his work, receiving an organic certification starting with this vintage. Situated in the “lieu-dit” Chevrol, the Château Vieux Chevrol vineyard lies on the Neac plateau overlooking the vineyards of Pomerol, a terroir long considered the most privileged of the appellation. The vines have an average age of 30 years, and the soil is clay mixed with gravel and iron-rich sandstone known locally as “crasse de fer”. The vineyard is planted to 80% merlot, 10% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon, and Jean-Pierre says that the acidic clay of his area naturally gives light and fragrant wines. Harvesting is done by hand as late as possible to ensure full maturity of the grapes; they are left uncrushed and fed into the stainless-steel fermenting vats by gravity in order to retain maximum freshness. The wine is aged for 12 months in 600L casks, aged another 6 months in tank to allow for a natural clarification, then fined and bottled unfiltered. It's quite plush with round tannins; streaks of herbs and earth on top of a core of red fruit and caramel make it a delight with seared lamb chops au jus. Organically grown.
Ross Andrew Winery "The Huntsman" Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2017
Country: USA / Region: WASHINGTON STATE / Appellation: COLUMBIA VALLEY / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Ross Andrew Winery is the project of Alexandra and Ross Andrew Mickel (who cut his winemaking teeth at Betz Family Winery). This cabernet is named "The Huntsman" as Seattle-born Ross loves to hunt... hunting down Columbia Valley's top vineyards and growers for his grapes. Grapes for this cabernet were sourced from some of eastern Washington’s finest vineyards, including Alder Ridge, Ciel du Cheval, and Klipsun, contributing to the wine's balance, power, and structure. This cab has just a touch of petit verdot to darken the color and deepen the flavor, while maintaining the classic character of an American cabernet. Lovely touches of earth, deep black and red fruit flavors on the palate, smooth tannins and a long finish all add up to a darkly delectable drink that's versatile enough for almost any occasion. Try this with mushroom-quinoa burgers with caramelized onions and cheddar.