'They truly say, as years expire
A lake of wine is drunk up quite
By summer glade or winter fire.'
Get them while you can! Rosé weather is departing our area and my selection is correspondingly getting smaller. Although most of these may be enjoyed year round, during the winter months fewer are imported and local rosé will need to make room for more robust reds.
That said, I want to focus on two very nice end of summer whites:
Ressò 2014 Catalunya Garnacha Blanca. Sourced from the Terra Alta region on slopes high above the Mediterranean, the vines are exposed to a climat of hot summers and cold winters, low rainfall, calcareous soils, and the near constant impact of the “garbì wind(from offshore)” or “cers wind (from the interior)”. Fermented in stainless, low sulfur, and light filtering. White peach, floral, mineral driven in the mouth and a touch of citrus round out this delightful package! 7.99/750.
Long absent from our market, and one of the wines I cut my teeth on while I was wine buyer and sommelier at the Village Green in Cottage Grove, is Dr. H. Thanisch Berncasteler Doctor 2012 Riesling Kabinett. The Doctor vineyard is perhaps, with the Wurzgarten above Urzig, justly regarded as one of the most outstanding white wine vineyards in the world. Situated on nearly vertical slopes of weathered argillaceous schist peppered with stones. Vines are up to 80yrs old and face south-south west for maximum solar exposure. Carved into the hillside rock 350 years ago is the ‘Doctorcellar’ where the wines are still vinified. The cellar maintains a constant temperature of 8-9° Celsius, ideal for storage and maturation. Manual harvest, lightly crushed with 2-4 hours maceration at low temperature. Spontaneous slow fermentation in stainless with controlled low temps, no additives and maturation in traditional 1000L Mosel barrels. These barrels, called Fuder, are made from German oak and are given a much lighter toast than French barrels. Green gold in the glass, lovely floral bouquet with notes of peach and orange. Layered flavors emerge on the palate: peach, apricot, kumquat, lemon curd propelled by excellent acidity underneath that keeps it lively, and keeps you guessing what will show up on the next sip! 39.99/750.
Fattoria San Lorenzo ‘Il Casolare‘ 2014 Marche Rosso 50% Sangiovese and 50% Montepulciano. Fermented in concrete, 20 days maceration, 100% malo, natural yeasts, 3months in concrete on the lees, 3months in bottle with filtration. A declassified Rosso Piceno. Bright bing cherry bouquet, satiny in the mouth with some salty notes bracketing the fruit. 13.29/750. Certified organic.
Domaine du Tauch 2012 Fitou. 40% Carignan, 30% Grenache, 30% Syrah. Partially organic. Fitou is located in the SW Mediterranean corner of France near Perpignan. The Domaine comprises 250 growers and was established as a cooperative in 1913. Very dark in the glass. Tight bouquet opening out after a few minutes. Cherry and lavender. Lightly tart on the attack with current, prune, and pepper midpalate. Finishes strongly with lingering black pepper. 14.99/750.
Domaine Faiveley 2013:
Mercurey Blanc. Outstanding. Not seen very often. Mercurey is in the Cote Chalonnaise and is better known for red. This is powerful mineral driven chardonnay. Ripe, asian pear with underlying chalk and firm acidity. Subtle melon and scone touches kept creeping in as I sampled over several appetizer courses. . Regular: 34.99/750ml. Pre sale price: 28.49/750ml.
Mercurey ‘La Framboisiere”(Monopole) Rouge. Lovely fragrant fresh raspberry perfume. Raspberry, with interweaved subtle rose, sweet fig, Seville orange and underneath a hint of steel. Long finish. 37.69/750.
Gevry Chambertin. Powerful attack. Front palette assaulted with a multitude of flavors: orange, fig, plum, notes of savory, just a hint of chanterelle. Lordly tannins, sinewy, vice like on the finish. Whoa! Liked this one a lot. 69.99/750.
Wines arriving soon.
Other highly recommended:
Domaine Couron Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2014 Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc. 13.99/750.
Jean Touzot Macon Villages 2013 12.99/750.
Clos Chanteduc Côtes du Rhône 2012 16.99/750.
Fattoria Del Cerro Vino Nobili Di Nontepulciano 2011 18.99/750.
Only a few seats remain for our next event. We will be hosting Ridge Vineyards with a representative from the winery to present their current bottlings, followed by a vertical tasting of the iconic Monte Bello Red Blend. We will be sampling 6 vintages:
The tasting will be held in our Community Room at 5:30pm Wednesday Nov. 4th, accompanied by light hors d’oeuvres. Seating is very limited. Payment in advance will guarantee a seat. $50/seat. All participants will be given a 15% discount on purchases.