SUNNY SUMMER SIPPERS!
Tibaldi Roero Arneis DOCG 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: ROERO ARNEIS DOCG / Varietal(s): ARNEIS --- Cantina Tibaldi is run by sisters Monica and Daniela Tibaldi, who got their start from their grandfather, Tunin. Winemaking in the TIbaldi family goes back to the days of their great-grandfather Stefano, passed down to their grandfather, Tunin, and then their father, also Stefano. They have learned much from their family, but approach winemaking in a more modern way, aiming for lower yields of organically-farmed grapes to make high quality wines. In the cellar, they adopt a minimalist technique, doing everything painstakingly by hand. This arneis is aged in stainless steel for three months and in bottle for an additional two months before release. It displays a lovely balance of acidity and minerality with notes of apple, lemon, peach, honeysuckle and almond, and a luscious, unctuous finish that coats the palate and lingers for ages. Fantastic with fried smelt or butter curry chicken.
Hervé Villemade "What's Up" Rosé Petillant Naturel Vin de France 2018 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GROLLEAU+PINEAU D'AUNIS+ MENU PINEAU --- Hervé Villemade is an old-school Loire vigneron, hailing from several generations of vignerons that farmed the vineyards around Cellettes. Domaine du Moulin encompasses 22 hectares of vineyards spread out over the Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny appellations, where Hervé took over the family winemaking duties from his father in 1995. Hervé began transitioning away from conventional farming in the late 1990s, feeling that the wines weren't as good as they could be. Inspired by the wines of Marcel Lapierre and Clos du Tue-Boeuf, as well as a severe allergy to sulfur that he developed around the same time, he converted to organic farming in 2000 in order to get the high quality grapes needed for low sulfur and sulfur-free vinification. After a few years of organic farming, he noticed a distinct difference in quality, confirming his belief, and has made natural wines ever since. And although Hervé might be "old school" in many ways, that doesn't mean his wines are stodgy by any means! This new pet-nat rosé is perfect case-in-point: a head-scratching blend of lesser-known Loire grapes, it's 99% dry and 100% fun! Hervé makes a white pet-nat from the menu pineau grape, but this year decided to mix in some pineau d'aunis and grolleau for a fun rosé twist! "What's Up" on the palate? How about bright red berry fruit, a touch of funk, and some juicy freshly-squeezed grapefruit? Summer fun in a bottle, pop the cork on this with grilled shrimp salad - or anytime you want to get the party started!
Roagna Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: DOLCETTO D'ALBA DOC / Varietal(s): DOLCETTO --- Luca Roagna is giving a voice to the voiceless, as far as Piedmontese grape varieties are concerned, by producing a natural-style dolcetto d’Alba that has earned its spot next to titanic Barolos and Barbarescos. Luca employs native yeast fermentation to give this dolcetto a gamey wild side that melds seamlessly with the grape’s intrinsic black cherry aroma. This wine sees 100 days of skin-maceration, and is then aged in large-format, old oak barrels for one year. The 2017 is especially gorgeous; fantastically fresh with expressive aromatics and bright red fruit tones. Bottled without filtration, this wine has chewy tannins and a silky, supple texture begging to be paired with braised pork shank or smoky grilled eggplant. Open early and enjoy a classic taste of Piedmont.