2019 Summer Wine Case
Summer 2019 Wine Case
Azoi, Vinho Verde, Minho, Portugal
A white blend, mainly Alvarinho and Loureiro, from the Minho region of Northern Portugal, this wine is full of green apple, tart pear, and a refreshing squeeze of lemon-lime. The finish is as expected out of Vinho Verde, crisp, clean, and refreshing. Pair this wine with fresh white fish or grilled shellfish.
Pech Merle, Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County, CA
This Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Big Valley AVA of Lake County, an area known for its Sauvignon Blanc production. The vineyard is fairly flat, but in a river bed with heavy loamy clay soil. This wine is completely fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness of fruit and acidity. It completely shows off enticing tropical fruit of pineapple, passion fruit and tangerine and finishes with such an ease. John Pepe, the winemaker, says that they don’t sell that Sauvignon Blanc in the tasting room, it’s more for wine by the glass and restaurants. So enjoy this treat.
La Gascogne d’Alain Brumont, Côtes de Gascogne Blanc, France
Gascony, lying between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees Mountains, is home to Alain Brumont, one of the leaders of the region. He was a pioneer in Madiran and Côtes de Gascogne wines, bringing them to rank with the world’s best. This wine is a combination of Gros Manseng's structure and freshness with the Sauvignon's aromas and fruitiness. The Sauvignon gives the bouquet notes of flowers and citrus and yellow fruit. The Gros Manseng brings length, freshness and balance. The palate is lively and energetic.
Les Chemins de Bassac, ‘Isa Blanc’, IGP Cotes de Thongue, France
Isabelle and Rémy Ducellier took possession of this 19th century estate in the mid-nineties and have been producing a stunning array of wines ever since. The Chemins de Bassac vineyards are 100 meters above sea level and located near the village of Puimisson, close to the nearby Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy this blanc, a blend of 67% Roussanne and 33% Viognier as you uncover scents of beeswax, white flowers, peach nectar, plump apricot and notes of wet stones. The palate offers up supple white fruit flavors backed by elegant minerality
Leitz, Qba Riesling Feinherb, Rheingau, Germany
There are recorded documents linking the Leitz family winemaking history all the way back to 1744! This wine is made from collected declassified spätlese-level grapes that are blended into this lip-smacking Riesling 'Feinherb' QbA ('Qualitätswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete': quality wine from a designated region). Feinherb just means the wine has a slight touch of sweetness. You’ll fine notes of peach, nectarine, and lime zest on the nose and palate. Slate and petrol is evident on a gripping finish of malic acid with a touch of sugar. Zippy and refreshing!
Bodegas Latúe, Rosado, La Mancha, Spain
Bodegas Latúe began as San Isidro Cooperative in 1954. At that time 131 winegrowers were determined to produce wines to become commercialized over Spanish territories. Since that time, the co-op focused on the export market and coverted all farming to supply organically certified grapes. This Rosado is made from the 100% Tempranillo and fermented and aged for 5 months in stainless steel tanks. This wine has a strawberry red color, clean and bright. Very aromatic with strawberry hues, hints of peach and red fruit. On the palate this wine is fresh with a lingering finish focusing on red fruits.
Pennautier, Pinot Noir, Pays d’OC, France
This pinot noir from the historic Chateau de Pennautier in Southern France, is a light bodied red with an easy, elegant, and restrained style. There is a background of earth and bright red cherry on the nose. The palate confirms the red cherry and add a tart raspberry to the profile. The finish is smooth and clean with refreshing acidity to clean the palate.
Barbarossa, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Italy
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is an Italian red wine made from the Montepulciano wine grape in the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy. It should not be confused with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a Tuscan wine made from Sangiovese and other grapes. Smell the fresh red fruits, mulberry and sour cherry preserve aromas with notes of leather, licorice and black pepper on the backend. The palate confirms the fresh fruity red appeal of the wine.
Bodegas Bousquet, Malbec, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina
The Bousquet Family, who hail from the Southern French City of Carcassonne, arrived in Mendoza in 1990 to investigate vineyard potential. They were happy with what they found. These organically farmed vineyards are located in Gualtallary, Tupungato, Mendoza, at an altitude of 1200 meters (4000 feet) above sea level. This Malbec has a dark, almost black violet color, typical of Malbec, with aromas of blackberry, green pepper and blackcurrant. In the mouth, ripe plums and chocolate are accompanied by a smooth and elegant finish.
Les Chemins de Bassac, ‘Isa Rouge’, IGP Cotes de Thongue, France
This is a kitchen sink blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. The nose is a heady medley of red & black fruits; cherry, strawberry, currant, plum & orange spice. The palate expresses bright and juicy red and black fruit flavors. This wine has moderate tannins backed by a deft touch of acidity making this a really easy drinking wine by the grill this summer.
Terra d'Alter, Alicante Bouschet, Alentejo, Portugal
Thiss 100% varietaly correct and needs all of the 14 months it spends mellowing out in oak barrels. In the glass it shows purple-red very dense and dark. On the nose you’ll find notes of dark fruit and spice with a floral nuance that are accented with plums and prune notes, great acidity and structure on the palate. Silky and rich tannins accent a long and rich finish with notes of chocolate and vanilla that linger.
Terra d'Alter, Touriga Nacional, Alentejo, Portugal
What has become Portugal's national red grape shows well here in Alentejano. It has the characteristic violet and hedgerow berry fruit notes that go with some firm tannins. This wine really expresses some blackberry, plum skin, and black currant fruit flavors that are all in balance with the oak aging and vineyard management that really shows off the winemaking ability here.