Nov15


White:

La Croix Gratiot Roussanne

After years of selling to the local co-operative, Yves Ricome began bottling his own wine in 2005, showcasing the oldest vineyard area in France, the Coteaux-du-Languedoc.  It is quite unusual to find a 100% Roussanne from this area, but Yves’s daughter and winemaker shows the potential of the the variety.  La Croix Gratiot’s Roussanne is a dry, medium to full-bodied Roussanne with plenty of apple & ripe stone fruits with a lingering lemon sherbet on the finish.

Red:

Cusumano Nero d’Avola

Nero d’Avola, simply translated to the black grape from vineyards near the small town of Avola in southeastern Sicily, is considered to be the most important red wine grape of Sicily.  This Nero d’Avola from Cusumano is bright and fruit-forward with notes of red & black berry jam, plums and black spices that could most closely be compared to a modern Australian shiraz.

Alternate Red:

Tormentoso Syrah-Mourvèdre

Syrah is well-suited to the Paarl region of South Africa where warm conditions reduce the vigor of the vineyards and produce fruit with smaller berries.  Tormentoso blends their Syrah with a touch of Mourvèdre which adds notes of spice & licorice.  Intensely aromatic, this red blend is full-bodied with layers of black fruit, dark plums, leather, and black licorice notes that are perfectly suited for the fall weather.

Whites:

Huia Gewürztraminer

There’s more to Marlborough, New Zealand than Sauvignon Blanc!  This Gewürztraminer (geh-vERtz-truh-mEEn-er) is grown on Huia’s low-yielding, certified organic estate vineyards.  Don’t save this for dessert, as this dry, aromatic white bursts out of the glass with generous lychee on the nose and a richly textured palate with notes of apricot & mango laced with that sparkle of ginger.

Gérard Tremblay Chablis

Another name that was misused in America’s wine infancy, Chablis is actually a wine producing appellation within Burgundy, France that is made entirely from the grape Chardonnay.  Though Chablis is located within Burgundy, it is actually closer to Champagne than the famous vineyards within the Côtes-de-Nuits.  Its northern location and Kimmeridgian soils produces what some consider to be the purest form of Chardonnay: fresh, crisp with green apple, citrus, and excellent minerality that is not masked by the use of oak barrel-aging.

Reds:

Vino Lauria Frappato

While it certainly is a tradition to guzzle Beaujolais Nouveau after its release on the third Thursday of November, Vino Lauria’s Frappato is a serious alternative from Sicily!  Made from the indigenous variety of Frappato thrives in sandy soils not very far from the beaches of Scoglitti.  These lean vineyards produces a wonderfully fresh, vibrant, lightly colored red that speaks of red cherries and an interesting note of white pepper.

Indigenous Nebbiolo d’Alba

Indigenous Wines presents a unique opportunity to experience local Italian varietals of exceptional quality at a great value selected from one of Piemonte’s most prolific winemakers, Giorgio Rivetti of La Spinetta.  This Nebbiolo d’Alba was personally selected from small, family-owned vineyards that express the genuine character that goes into the great wines of Barolo & Barbaresco.

Lenez Pinot Noir

Lenné Estate produces wine from its south-facing sloped vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton District of the Willamette Valley in Oregon.  The vineyard’s poor soils yield small grape clusters with tiny berries, leading to wines with great density and color.  While they do not set out to make an extracted Pinot Noir, their vineyard’s terroir lends well to this wine with a juicy mid-palate with notes of red cherry, cola, & mocha.

Sandler Wine Co. Zinfandel

Sandler Wine Co. is the personal label for renowned consultant winemaker, Ed Kurtzman, whose pedigree includes Roar, Freeman, August West, Benardus, Testarossa, Fort Ross & Chalone!  While his specialty is Pinot Noir, this single-vineyard Zinfandel from Buck Hill Vineyard in Sonoma is perhaps his best wine, balancing the ripeness of a larger crop produced a wine that is notably Zinfandel, yet not in the over-ripe style that may be found in warmer climates such as Lodi.  Even with the larger crop load, the 2013 vintage produced just 156 cases.