LEADERS OF THE OLD & NEW SCHOOLS
Join us Saturday to explore wines that show the promise of organic and biodynamic agriculture across Europe. And all are ready for your BBQ ice bucket.
Hervé Villemade Sauvignon Blanc Vin de France 2018 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- 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. Fermentation is done with native yeast in large wood or stainless steel, avoiding heavy-handed new oak. Villemade's sauvignon blanc is round in texture and full and of ripe white peach and golden apple flavors with honeysuckle and bright seashell minerality - a revelatory style of winemaking with sauvignon! Enjoy it with seared scallops and summer vegetables with a beurre blanc sauce!
Azienda Agricola Il Farneto "Rio Rocca" Spèrgle 2016 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: EMILIA-ROMAGNA / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): SPERGOLA --- Azienda Agricola Il Farneto was founded in the 90’s by Marco Bertoni with the intent to contribute to sustainable agriculture initiatives, producing grapes while respecting the environment and making natural wines that reflect terroir. They have 34 hectares (only 8-ha are vineyard, the rest grows other food products) located between the hills of Scandiano and Canossa in Emilia-Romagna. They are situated at a higher elevation, and the land itself presents a wide variety of biodiversity thanks to the favorable microclimate temperatures. The wine is named after the Rio Rocca, a river cherished by locals. At the winery, all fermentation occurs with natural yeast and sulfur use is minimal to non-existent. Spergola is a grape that is indigenous to the Emilia-Romagna, and typically creates wines with bracing acidity. Typically, when made into still wines, they are partially dried to create intense and elegant aromas with a rounder body. This example is no exception, and it also sees some skin contact to further increase heady floral and spice aromatics. The nose is full of wildflowers, honey, and spice with a very dry palate with some tannin structure. Complex yet refreshing, try this bottle with Moroccan-spiced roasted chicken with preserved lemon, ginger and saffron.
Folias de Baco Uivo "Renegado" Douro 2018 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: DOURO / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): FIELD BLEND --- Folias de Baco was founded in 2007 by young, innovative winemaker, Tiago Sampaio, who was inspired by his grandfather’s vineyard work. He has a PhD in Viticulture and Enology from Oregon State University (where he also studied agricultural engineering), but never forgot his Douro roots. Driven by a vivacious curiosity, Tiago loves to experiment at every step of the winemaking/growing processes. Folias de Baco is in the Alto Douro, in the sub-region of Cima-Corgo, known for its challenging, high altitude terroir. “Uivo Renegado” is a field blend from 80-year-old vines. The 25+ varietals, about half of which are white grapes, are hand harvested and fermented whole-cluster with wild yeasts in large (1000L) granite lagars. “Renegado” spends 6 months on its lees with battonage every two weeks, with 15% of it in 2-3 year old chestnut oak and the rest in the cement, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. The result is young, bright, and full of red cherry and strawberry fruit with mouthwatering acidity and a smooth finish. Brilliant with a slight chill and some grilled vegetable skewers!