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October 2014 Montly Case
October Wine Case
Bergeonniere Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine France– Domaine de la Bergeonniere, in the same family for five generations, has been run by Delphine and Laurent Benoist since 2003. With 55 different plots over 15ha in the area of Saint Romain sur Cher with limestone, clay and flint terroir. This sauvignon shows bright ruby grapefruit, ripe passion fruit with delicate notes of tarragon and white pepper. Similar in style to a Sancerre without the pricetag, the perfect accompaniment to salmon or most seafood dishes.
Piedmont Wine Project, Asinel, Italy– The Piedmont Wine Project is the creative project of Alberto Cordero di Montezemolo. It is his approach to interpreting the classic appeal of the region’s indigenous varietals blended to create fresh and young wines with strong character that distinguish themselves from the traditional Piedmont style. The origin of the wine’s name and the image on the label play on several aspects. The literal meaning of Asinel is two-fold. In the Piedmont dialect “Asinel” means both “donkey” and “grape”. The face of a donkey was chosen to illustrate the historical and traditional importance the animal had to the farmers’ work in the vineyards. A blend of 50% Cortese, 35% Arneis and 15% Moscato d’Asti secco, carefully selected from various producers in diverse areas of Piedmont, then vinified entirely in stainless steel and aged on the lees for around 4 months. Bright straw yellow with light greenish reflections, it has intense aromas of peach, apricot, orange blossoms, chamomile and sage. Its’ delicate taste, hint of sweetness and good fresh acidity make it perfect for pairing with hors d’oeuvres, cold appetizers and fish dishes
Toolbox Chardonnay, Oak Knoll California– Since 2009 Toolbox Wine company has been bringing family and friends together over great food and wine with the motto “in every great chef’s toolbox is a great bottle of wine.” Katie Hamilton Shaffer in a joint partnership with Thrace Bromberger (co-owner of Gustavo-Thrace winery) and Nancy Otton (proprietor of Ramspur Winery) and Jeff Hill of Hill wine company, the Toolbox Chardonnay has moved to sustainable farming, producing a chardonnay with delicate orchard fruit notes, melon and hints of acacia flower. Soft and easy drinking on the palate – pairs well with any casual meal.
Merlo Family Chardonnay, Napa California– Set on the right bank of the Rhône, a few steps from the historic site of the Pont du Gard, Les Vignerons de Saint Hilaire d’Ozilhan stretches out in a triangle between the famous communes of St Hilaire d’Ozilhan, Castillon du Gard & Valliguières at the heart of that southern slice of land bordering the Gard region and the Côtes du Rhône. 620 hectares in total. A blend of Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache Blance, the nose unusually complex notes of citrus, lime blossom and apple, plus a hint of green walnut. On the palate, a wonderful melting, how rare is it for white wines. With delicate, ripe fruit flavors and a refreshing acidity and a surprisingly long finish, it presents itself as a whole quite voluminous, yet refined and elegant representative of the region.
Bles Joven, Utiel Requena Spain– Bles is the name given to an indigenous plant - Chrysanthemus Blés -whose growth is encouraged between the rows of the vines .Aranleon Bles has 120 Ha of organic vineyard in Valencia (Spain) and are respectful with the environment and maintain the balance and richness of the ecosystem. The best grapes grow in our fields alongside with small insects like the lady bug. This blend of Bobal, Tempranillo and Caberent from Requena are minimally handled yielding a lighter styled wine, juicy with dark berry fruit and hints of mineral and earth but showing delicate floral notes of violets and berry blossom. With a soft finish and supple tannins this makes the perfect accompaniment to any meal.
Bodegas Megallum 6MB, Rioja Spain– Bodegas Megallum is a young winery tied to an old tradition. The family business stands for quality in the making of wine and is dedicated to producing high-quality Rioja wines that express the distinctive combination of soil, climate and location. The unique potential of the Rioja Alta regon was recognized early on, located at the foot of the Sonsierra Mountain Range. Barren soils, a hot, dry climate and an altitude of up to 600 meters present the ideal conditions to ripen the grapes to perfection. With 20ha of vineyards consisting of 25 separate locations, the tempranillo vines are over 40 years old and surround the small village of Abalos in Rioja Alta. The 6MB is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha – spending six months in American oak – this is classic Rioja, ripe cherry, hints of tomato leaf, sweet tobacco, bright acidity with vanilla and herbal notes on the finish. Delicate tannins allow this wine to pair well with red and white meats alike.
Domaine de Bastide Cotes du Rhone, France–Winemaker Vincent Boyer is a “vigneron independent,” whose family-owned estate is on the grounds of a 1000 year old fortress once used by the Knights Templar. His signature Rhone varieties of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre produce a handcrafted wine of distinction. Boyer’s Cotes du Rhone has honesty and authenticity sometimes lost in today’s world and certainly not found in a bottle at this price. Experience the wine of a true craftsman with aromas of blackberry and brandied cherries, red plum, toasted vanilla and a round silky tannic structure.
Closerie de Lys Rouge, Languedoc France– La Closerie des Lys wines are made by Domaines Collovray et Terrier from grapes mainly grown in the high valley of river Aude in the Languedoc. The main part of the vineyards is located on the South of the city of Carcassonne in the Languedoc, in Limoux. This area is one of the most adapted for growing grapes in the South of France, due to its altitude and the cooler temperatures which provides a long and complete maturation of the grapes. The Terroir is made up of clay and limestone and the altitude of the vines is between 350 m to 500m high. The wine is a blend of Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache with bright cherry, notes of red licorice, delicate herbs and spicy undertones. Good on its own or with a charcuterie plate and cheese.
Weingut Nastl Klassik Red Blend, Kamptal Austria– Produced by a family with a long-standing tradition of cultivating grapes and making fine wines since 1656. The Nastl family wine estate is located in Langenlois, a center of Austrian wine culture where the mainly cultivated variety is Gruener Veltliner which is grown nowhere else in such abundance. Langenlois is located in Lower Austria (the north-eastern part of Austria) in the worldwide known wine growing region Kamptal. Our wines are characterized by its fresh fruitiness and elegant taste. - gentle cultivation to give the wine its personality and individuality “Wild, black cherry mixed with ripe red plum and wonderfully crunchy, fresh tannins make this exuberant and vibrant. The fruit is so frank, you almost forget that there also is a great structure and pleasing freshness. This blend of Zweigelt and Merlot is deceptively easy to drink and so attractive” 90 points from the wine enthusiast.
Castlerock Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California– The grapes for this Cabernet are grown in the Paso Robles region in the Santa Luca Highlands with its hot days and cool nights, it’s the perfect climate to ripen these Cabernet Vines. Made by winemaker August Briggs, this wine has expressive black cherry and spicy notes with rich body that supports the earthy flavors, vanilla and spice, an excellent companion for beef, game or many heavier cheeses.
Pedra Cancela Tinto, Dao Portugal–Joao Paul Gouveia is the dynamic viticulturist partnered with the Wines and Vines consulting team that work with many producers throughout Dao. Pedra is his family’s vineyard site on the slopes above the Dao River. The 10 ha vineyard is planted mostly to red with half in Touriga Nacional and the rest in Alfrochiero, Jaen and Roriz. Half of the vineyards have provided experimental techniques and clonal material for the WV projects. This blend of touriga (60%), Alfrocheiro (30%) and Roriz (20%) use modern and traditional winemaking styles showing the remarkable balance and great integration these wines can achieve. Savory red fruits and floral aromas greet the nose, offerin rich, full, expansive flavors of red and black fruit with a firm but polished structure.
Castle Rock Zinfandel, Lodi California–"Kudos to Castle Rock for producing this oh-so-easy-to-like, medium bodied Zinfandel whose nicely ripened berry aromas are geared first and foremost to youthful, friendly, varietal fruit. Somewhat round and open on the palate with more than enough acidity to carry its flavors to a zesty finish, it is the perfect red for sauces and meat.” Connoisseurs’ Guide; we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.