2013 Domaine Les Poëte Reuilly Rouge
2013 Domaine Les Poëte Reuilly Rouge
This week’s Friday Feature announces the newest 6 for $70-Something sampler.
For those unfamiliar with our sampler, once a month we put together a group of six bottles with season in mind, a kind of best of the best in value wine. The six bottle assortment always lands in between $76 – $79. All the wines are available by the bottle, but we encourage you to stock your wine rack up for the month and try the whole sampler.
This month we have a truly spectacular lineup from around the world. We hope to see you soon!
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Sheb
6 for $70-Something
2013 “Rufo” Tinto from Quinta Vale D. Maria – Douro, Portugal
People ask us all the time, “can I get a good bottle of wine for $15 and under.”
The answer is of course yes, albeit it is getting more difficult to find. The first way to ensure great wine at a great price is to search for a winery that really cares about what they do. A true insider tip is to look for some of the leading wineries of their respective regions and seek out the value wine in their range. Almost every top producer has a great value as a type of “business card” to introduce everyone to what they do as a winery.
The “business card” of Quinta Vale D. Maria, one of Portugal’s truly top wineries is a line of wines called “Rufo.” While the fruit for the wine may not come entirely from their estate, the Van Zeller family relies on their family network to provide them with good quality grapes from three different sub-regions of the Douro.
We’ve featured previous vintages of “Rufo” Tinto on our newsletter before, and are excited to introduce the excellent 2013 vintage. It is a blend of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, co-feremented in stainless steel tanks and aged in 2nd, 3rd and 4th use oak barrels for 1 year before resting in tank for an additional year.
A superb vale for a Douro red, this jumps out of the glass with blackberry, plum aromas, a seamless and silky texture, and a long, balanced finish. Try this alongside some grilled lamb chops.
$15.00 BTL. / $180.00 CASE
2015 Fattoria Poggerino “Aurora” Rosato – Tuscany, Italy
We are one of only two accounts in Illinois (and possibly the US) to receive the fantastic Rosé from one of our absolute favorite Chianti Classico producers, Poggerino.
As a recap, Poggerino is located in the village of Radda in Chianti Classico. One of the key elements to quality at this estate is the location of the property, high elevation, with a large swath of “galestro” the local rock strewn through the carefully farmed vineyards. Winemaker Piero Lanza is one of the most dedicated farmers we know, and it is important to note that this Rosé is produced with Sangiovese that could very easily be made into a more expensive red wine.
True to form, this Rosé is a labor of love from Piero Lanza, and is very unique in its production. Half of the grapes are harvested the last week of August / first week of September, a type of green harvest. Alcoholic fermentation begins with natural yeast and proceeds at a cool temperature. At the end of September/ early October, when the main harvest begins, the second portion is made as a saignée, bleeding the vat, and then combining it with the ongoing fermentation of the first portion.
This is quickly becoming one of our favorite Rosé. Hints at watermelon rind, strawberry and orange on the nose. Medium weight, with a really juicy, fresh fruit component and a long, balanced finish.
This is a Rosé you are going to want to stock up on! We only received 20 cases, so taste soon and come back for more. It is a fantastic value!
$15.00 BTL. / $180.00 CASE
2013 Weingut Köfererhof Müller-Thurgau – Alto Adige, Italy
For years, the mystery surrounding the origins of this grape have plagued scientists both near and far. Created by a 19th century scientist named Dr. Müller (no surprise there) thought he was crossing Riesling with Sylvaner, but later a theory was put forward that it was a Riesling and Chasselas cross, however, a final, definitive analysis revealed that the grape was indeed, a Riesling and Madeleine Royale cross, and a grandson of northern Italy’s Schiava.
Now that your brain is super tired from reading that, its time to tell you why Müller Thurgau should become your new best friend this summer. In the hands of a great producer like Köfererhof, this aromatic varietal is a fantastic aperitif wine. I’ve had the pleasure to visit Köfererhof in the gorgeous Isarco Valley, at the most Northern part of the Alto Adige region. A very small producer, making only about 70,000 bottles in total per year, they are considered one of the best producers of the entire Alto Adige.
The 2013 Müller-Thurgau is stunning. Gorgeous aromatics of white flowers, lychee and citrus peel. This wine has terrific texture, it really glides across the palate, delivering more citrus flavors and hints of plum and spice.
Not only does it deliver on its own, this is one of the most versatile food pairing wines you will find. It can really stand up to meat such as chicken and pork, and even work against spicier foods.
The distribution of this wine changed hands in Chicago recently, and this is being offered at a much lower price than normal. Please don’t miss the chance to stop up on some of this benchmark Müller-Thurgau.
$15.00 BTL. / $180.00 CASE
2013 Xavier Clua “El Solà d’en Pol” Blanco – Terra Alta, Spain
There is no doubt that Catalunya is one of Spain’s most prestigious wine growing departments. Yet when you quiz both the general public and industry folks about the wines of the area, Cava and red wine from Priorat and Montsant are the most publicized and talked about.
While they are deserving of their acknowledgement, there is so much more to Catalunya. We here at Perman Wine love to share and talk about the great white wines of the area, including the appellation of Terra Alta. Located just south of Montsant, the region takes its name from its high altitude and placement in the mountains.
Xavier Clua grew up in the region and the wine business, before embarking on his own project over a decade ago. He owns 10 hectares of vines in the region and produces white, rosé and red.
“El Solà d’en Pol” is a white wine made from predominantly Grenache Blanc with a little Viognier and Muscat. It is an aromatic white, perfect for “porch pounding” or enjoying along simply prepared shellfish. The 2013 is in a really beautiful place right now, so get ready for this to be a new favorite this Spring and Summer.
$12.00 BTL. / $144.00 CASE
2011 Santa Lucia Castel del Monte Nero di Troia ‘”Vigna del Melograno” – Puglia, Italy
Castel del Monte is one of the more important wine zones of Puglia, situated in the hilly part of Puglia (southern Italy, the heel of the boot) where the grapes are granted a bit more protection from the relentless, Mediterranean sun.
The variety that makes this wine is called Nero de Troia, a dark-skinned flavorful red grape that unfortunately has been supplanted by more recognizable varieties such as Aglianico & Montepulciano.
This is a lot of wine for the money; and the the kind of voluptuous, bone-warming red you sometimes desire. The vines here are 18 years old which is quite mature for the region and this adds to the depth and quality level.
$11.00 BTL. / $132.00 CASE
2014 Padrillos Malbec – Mendoza, Argentina
Our old friend the Padrillos Malbec is back!
While Argentina continues to be known for great value Malbec, we’ve seen a rise in prices over the last few years leading us to the difficult task of finding good examples for under $15. Luckily this wine made by Ernesto Catena, of Catena family fame continues to over deliver for the price.
Malbec sourced from various vineyards in the Uco Valley that are fermented in stainless steel and aged partially in stainless steel and also French and American oak for 8 months.
The result is a, dare I say, balanced example of the variety with a mixture of red and dark fruits, flowers and spice. A super silky texture lends itself to drinking on its own, but of course this varietal is best known to be consumed alongside grilled red meat.
$11.00 BTL. / $132.00 CASE
Hello and Happy Friday,
Get ready Perman Wine fans, because its almost Spring, and that means lots of new and exciting events as well as new releases from your favorite producers.
We are excited to announce a late night “tasty” (part tasting, part party) at Perman Wines on Wednesday, April 6th.
Most of you know we are huge fans of the wines of Marcus Goodfellow of Goodfellow Family Cellars and Matello in Oregon. Believe it or not, back in the day, Marcus and Craig used to sling cosmopolitans (the drink, remember that was popular?) behind the bar at the Heathman Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Since Craig isn’t as talented as Marcus, he wound up selling wine, and Marcus wound up being one of Oregon’s top wine producers.
Marcus is coming to town for a Oregon wine takeover at City Winery on Wednesday, April 6th and after we are hosting a late night “tasty” at the store. So here are the details:
Late night “tasty” with Marcus Goodfellow
Where: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL
When: 10 PM till Midnight
Cost: $15 (waived with purchase of Goodfellow wine)
RSVP: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com – we are going for controlled chaos, so we will only have 20 spots available
The Details: Join us as we taste a range of wines from Goodfellow Family Cellars with winemaker extraordinaire, Marcus Goodfello. Both current vintage white and red wine will be tasted. This is an informal walk-around tasting.
Sign up today! We will provide you with a late-pass to work the next day.
It is the last Friday of the month, and fans of Perman Wine know that means time to introduce another 6 for $70-Something sampler. For those of you new to the newsletter, this sampler is something we created to stock your homes with “everyday” wines for not a lot of money.
We all know Spain is one of the greatest country’s to find value-driven wines. Each year in the Spring we typically offer a Spanish-heavy or all-Spanish 6 for $70-Something sampler. This year its the former as we’ve paired three of our most popular Spanish offerings with three other fantastic values from France and Italy.
This will be one of the best samplers we do all-year -so don’t miss it!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Sheb and Collin
6 for $70-Something
2015 Avinyo “Vi d’Agulla” Petillant Blanc, Penedès, Spain
Quite simply put, this is the most popular wine at Perman Wine Selections, year in and year out. I sell more of it than any other wine.
There is a reason, nothing says warmer weather better than the Avinyo Petillant. It’s actually so popular that we forewarn you – by the time the weather actually get hot, this wine will have sold out.
For those of you new to Perman Wine, Avinyo is one of the great producers of Cava in the Penedès region of Spain.
Several years back, they introduced a white wine, produced in a Petillant, or lightly spritzy style, made from the grape Petit Grain Muscat. Today they are blending in a little bit of the traditional Catalan variety, Macabeu.
This is one of the most refreshing white wines known to man. Citrus, white flowers, and almond combine on the nose leading to that slightly fizzy mouthfeel. It’s dry, crisp and oh-so-chuggable.
Buy this by the trunk-load, you won’t be disappointed!
$13.50/BTL.-$162.00/CASE OF 12
2015 Luberri “Orlegi”-Rioja, Spain
Another wine that needs no introduction to “Perman-ites” is the “Orlegi” from superstar Rioja producer Luberri.
The other day we lost one of the best we have in the rap game, Phife Dawg from Tribe Called Quest. We had to send a shout out to him on this newsletter.
It’s also appropriate to mention him because winemaker Florentino Martínez Monje is essentially the Phife Dawg of Rioja. In the Rioja region, he is a man that needs no introduction, he has the “mad” respect of virtually everyone in the region. His no-nonsense vineyard practices are incredibly well-respected and his personality makes him larger than life.
“Orlegi” pays homage to the roots of Rioja, when wine was fermented using whole-cluster, or in this case partial, and aged quickly for immediate consumption. Here you won’t find the oak-influenced style that Rioja is so well known for today, rather a wine that offers bright red fruit, juicy acidity, and compliments virtually all you bring to the table.
This is authentic in the best sense of the word, and is a delicious wine for Spring and Summertime drinking.
$13.00/BTL.-$156.00 CASE OF 12
2013 Cigliuti Dolcetto d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy
Barbaresco has a bit of an image problem. On the one hand you have the Barolo appellation which dominates the Piedmontese wine-scene in the United States. On the other hand, virtually all the chatter in the business regarding Barbaresco focuses on its two superstar producers: Gaja and Bruno Giacosa, and not much else.
We have news for you, Barbaresco has a handful of truly special producers, every bit as good as you will find in Barolo. While we give props to those two famous names, we humbly ask that you listen to those with a deep working knowledge and incredible devotion to the wines of Piedmont, your humble crew at Perman Wine.
What we want to tell you is that if you haven’t tasted the wines of Cigliuti in Neive, a sub-region of Barbaresco, you are sincerely missing out. We aim to rectify that situation by offering you this absolutely outstanding and classic Dolcetto.
The history of this winery extends back 4 generations, and today Renato, his wife Dina, and daughters Claudia and Silvia run this winery with great precision. The vineyards are top-notch and include two of Barbaresco’s most famous Cru’s, Serraboella and Bricco di Neive. To keep the essence of the terroir, only natural yeasts are used, fermentation is in stainless steel and aging is done in large oak barrels, except for this Dolcetto which stays in tank.
This Dolcetto hails from 20+ year-old vines in the Serraboella vineyard. This gives us everything we love about the variety: the freshness, the mixture of red and black fruits, the integrated herbal notes, and the ability to work with virtually everything at the table.
We so often are on a search for authenticity in wine, and very few wines speak to it more than this. Delicious Dolcetto!
$15.00 BTL. -$180.00/CASE OF 12
2011 Domaine de la Mordorée Côtes du Rhône
You may have noticed in the last few samplers a theme of Rhône varietals. This region remains a source of fantastic value in a range of styles from producers we believe in. Today we are featuring a very elegant and earth driven Côtes du Rhône from famed Tavel-based estate, Domaine de la Mordorée.
Last year we learned of an immense tragedy, when winemaker and founder of Domaine de la Mordorée, Christophe Delorme, died unexpectedly of a heart attack at the age of 52. His influence in the Southern Rhône and in particular the appellation of Lirac can’t be underestimated. He founded his Domaine at the age of 24, along with his father. In just a short time he took his original 5 hectares of vineyard holdings, inherited from his family, and turned it into 55 hectares of vines. More impressive was his strive for quality. With machine harvesting the norm in Tavel, he believed that the best quality came from hand harvesting. He worked organically in the vineyard, and staunchly believed in quality over quantity, restricting his yields to microscopic levels.
Like most Côtes du Rhône this is a food wine, and the fact that this wine has some bottle age on it, makes it perfect for pairings. As we move into Spring you should think about pairing this with all things coming off the grill. The acidity will refresh but the concentration and structure will stand up to a variety of charred meats and veggies.
$13.50/BTL.-$162.00/CASE OF 12
2015 Bodegas Ostatu Rioja Rosado, Rioja, Spain
Located in the village of Samaniego, in a mountainous and somewhat remote part of the sub-region of Alavesa. The Saenz de Samaniego family raises classic Rioja grapes in a perfect microclimate at a two hundred and fifty year old winery. Historically, the wines made by the family were made in a fresh style for local consumption only.
The pedigree for the grapes used in this rosé is impressive; 60-70 year old vines of Tempranillo & Garnacha from their highest altitude vineyards. The wine is fermented in tank to retain freshness and vitality.
This is our first 2015 rosé here at Perman Wine Selections, and is one that we look forward to every year (see previous newsletters recommending filling up a bathtub with it!). It is fresh, clean and fruity with a core of minerality reminding you that it comes from the old world. Just the reminder of spring we all need!
$14.00/BTL.-$168.00 CASE OF 12
2014 Cave de Saumur “Plantagenêts” Saumur Blanc, Loire Valley, France
The sub-region of Saumur in the Loire Valley produces several kinds of wine; most notably red wine from cabernet Franc, a little rose, sparkling and white, like the one we are offering on this month’s sampler, made from Chenin Blanc.
The local co-operative of growers called Cave des Vignerons de Saumur produces this delightful example of Chenin Blanc. The name “Plantagenêts” refers to the royal family that inherited Château de Saumur in the 11th century.
It is completely unoaked, though still has some weight and offers beautiful apple and lemon citrus notes along with plenty of refreshing acidity and saline minerality. A very versatile and refreshing wine for the beginning of spring!
$10.50/BTL.-$126.00/CASE OF 12
It’s the second to last Friday of the month and that means time for a new edition of the Six for $120-Something Sampler.
This is a truly fantastic sampler. As always we travel around the globe, with great wines from Spain, Italy, South Africa, and of course France. We’ve seen an increase in people asking for white wine, and so this month we have equal parts red to white wine.
You are free to buy any of the bottles à la carte but you know you can easily drink six in one month so do the whole sampler!
Have a Great Weekend,
Craig, Sheb & Collin
6 for $120-Something!
2014 La Zorra “Teso” Blanco, Salamanca, Spain
I’m super excited to introduce a wine to you that is relatively new to me!
I can’t give you a long, storied history of the Sierra de Salamanca appellation because it is one of the newest appellations in Spain, gaining PDO status in 2010. It is located in the Sierra de Francia mountains, on the Eastern edge of Portugal, where for centuries terraced vineyards above the Alagón river have been farmed.
Agustin Maillo and his family own a small restaurant in the town of Mogarraz. For years they have been making wine for the restaurant and his family. Today, he has dedicated himself to the wines and produces three excellent wines, two red and the one we are featuring today, a white wine called “Teso Blanco.”
All the wines feature the Rufete grape, and there is both a red version and white version of it. The only other time I’ve had Rufete is when I’ve been in Portugal, and it is used there as a blending grape.
The 2014 Teso Blanco is produced from 59% Palomino (the grape of Jerez), 29% Rufete Blanca and 12% Moscatel from over 60 year-old vines planted on granite and slate. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks, and aged in old French barriques under a think layer of Flor for 5 months.
For those not familiar with Flor, it is a term we typically talk about with Sherry, a type of yeast allowed to develop on the surface of Fino Sherry. There are only a handful of wine regions in the world that practice this, and it leaves a distinct impression on the wine.
This is truly a special white wine, among the most unique and delicious that I’ve tasted all year. The aromatics are fantastic with notes of a concentrated grapefruit peel, spiced pear and flowers. This has medium weight to it, with a really pure, crystalline quality in the mid-palate. It is fresh, complex, and outrageously delicious. A whole roasted sea bream with olives, fennel and olive oil would be a great match.
I’m going to do a little begging here, even if you aren’t getting the sampler, please give this wine a try. It’s like nothing else, and is such a great value given its complexity.
$24.00/BTL.-$288.00/CASE OF 12
2012 Elio Grasso Barbera d’Alba “Vigna Martina,” Piedmont, Italy
You know we adore the wines of Piedmont around these parts? That’s because its home to some of the greatest wines in the world, and at the same time the place to find wines you will want to drink on an everyday basis.
I’ve been known to say that a “glass of Barbera a day, keeps the doctor away.” I’ve heard that its supposed to be an apple, but I’m pretty sure that its Barbera.
This noble grape varietal is at its best in the hills of the Alba and Asti regions of Piedmont. We know you’ve tried it, but we ask that you keep doing so because there are so many great examples with such diversity of style.
For a long time one of my favorite Barbera has been from famed Barolo producer Elio Grasso, located in the heart of the Barolo region in Monforte d’Alba. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting this estate many times, and each time I get a chance to walk through the cellars with Gianluca, you see for yourself one consistent trend, they are sold out of wine! That’s because as one of the best producers (if not the best) in Monforte d’Alba, the global demand for these wines is insane.
This Barbera comes from 3.5 hectares of south-facing vines in the village of Monforte d’Alba. Vine age is averaged at healthy 30 years-old. The alcoholic and malolactic fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks, and the wine is aged in a combination of new and 1-year French barrique. Gianluca produces about 20,000 bottles of the Barbera per year.
Now for some really good news. Normally this wine would never be able to make our Six for $120-Something sampler, because it typically retails for $33, and is well worth it at that price. The other day, the distributor decided to reduce the price to help make room for the new vintage and I jumped at the chance to offer this to you at the amazing price of $26.
The 2012 is a fantastic wine, inviting from the first pour, with aromas of black cherry, wild strawberry, fennel and spice. This is a fresh vintage for this wine, and while it has medium weight on the palate, its got great snap, finishing with juicy acidity, and lots of complexity.
Please everyone out there in email land, take advantage of this great deal from this great producer! Its such a killer food wine, and you can pair it with so many different foods, from steak, to poultry, mushroom based dishes, pasta, and more.
$26.00/BTL.-$312.00/CASE OF 12 – Normally $33 a bottle, take advantage of this special price, while it lasts!
2013 Domaine Lupin Roussette de Savoie “Cuvée du Pépé – Vieilles Vignes,” France
It’s an exciting time in the world of French wine. Yes, appellations like Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne still get the majority of chatter in wine circles. Yet, it’s also important to note that the US now has a better selection than ever of regions that often tended to never make it here.
Case in point, the Savoie. Over my years in the wine business there was maybe 3 or 4 wines that you would routinely see from this region which sits on the Eastern edge of France, bordering Switzerland and Italy. With an estimated 50% of the regional economy derived from tourism, much of the local production was, and still is consumed in Savoie.
To navigate the world of Savoie wine, you need to know that it isn’t a huge region in terms of hectares planted, but it does stretch for over 100 kilometers from North to South. Because of that there is a good bit of diversity of style, terroir, and even grapes. The majority of what we’ve seen in the US up to this point comes from Chambéry which includes the crus of Apremont, Chignon and Chignin-Bergeron. This is Jacquère-land, a fresh, and relatively straightforward varietal.
Today we focus on what I feel is the more complex variety, the exciting grape, Altesse. Frangy is a Cru of A.O.C. Roulette de Savoie, located in the Vallée des Usses. Winemaker Bruno Lupin is one of the best producers of this small region. He owns 5 hectares of vineyards in Frangy, located on the South-facing hillside of Les Aricoques.
Two wines from Domaine Lupin are sold in the Chicago market, and I’ve featured the “regular” Frangy before. This year, I was able to get my hands on some of the “Cuvée du Pépé” This very special, small production wine comes from 60 year-old vines, all Altesse from his hillside vineyard.
Such pretty aromatics, combining apple and pear notes along with white flowers and mineral. Good examples of Altesse such as this show the grape to have a textural element, and this has medium weight on the palate, but finishes with great length, freshness and mineral notes.
A great wine for the table as it can handle seafood such as scallops and lobster, and also pairs nicely with mushrooms.
A special wine.
$29.00/BTL.$348.00/CASE OF 12
2011 Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva, Puglia, Italy
Wine people don’t drink full-bodied, intense red wine. Maybe its all the drinking we do, but for most of us, bubbles, white wine, Pinot Noir, those are the kind of things you will find us drinking at home.
Yet there is something comforting and crave-able about wines like this from Leone de Castris that make us reach out for a glass from time to time.
This historic producer, having been founded in 1665 by the Spanish Duke Oronzo is located in the heel of the boot – Puglia, Italy. This winery has been commercially exporting since the 19th century, and they own a massive 990 acres of vines, producing 2.5 million bottles a year.
This wine comes from the Salice Salentino appellation, just north of the village of Lecce. The main grape varietal of the area is Negroamaro, typically planted on the clay-loam soil of the area. This Riserva is made from 90% Negroamaro and 10% Malvasia Nera. It is fermented at a warm temperature in stainless steel tanks, undergoes malolactic fermentation in tank and is aged in 5 year-old French barriques for 1 year.
It has everything you want from a good Salice Salentino, intense, baked red fruit aromas, with hints and spice, vanilla and anise. It is medium weight, super silky, with the perfect amount of ripe fruit and a subtle, round finish. This is the kind of wine you want to just sit around and drink, or have at a barbecue with grilled steaks and sausages.
$17.00/BTL.-$204.00/CASE OF 12
2013 Domaine du Moulin Gaillac “Cuvée Réserve,” France
To say we are Francophiles around here at Perman Wine is a bit of an understatement. After all Sheb is currently on her annual trip to France, eating great food, visiting local CrossFit “boxes” (I still don’t know what that means), and of course drinking the local wine.
Ah, the local wine, that is what makes France so endearing to us. Everywhere you go in France there is a local wine, and it is often delicious, matching particularly well to the local cuisine.
We love rustic French countryside wines, and very few typify what we are talking about better than the wines of Gaillac.
Both the name of a village and the wine appellation, Gaillac resides in Southwest France along the river Tarn. The village was founded in 972, but wine has been produced there by the Romans in the first century BC.
As a wine region it offers different types of soil, clay, limestone, sand and silex. The region sees more sunshine than Bordeaux, but has a cool maritime climate to match with the sunshine. The main red grape varieties of the region are Duras and Braucol, and there is white made from Mauzac and Muscadelle. Syrah is also planted in the region and used in blending.
Domaine du Moulin is a six-generation wine estate that owns 38 hectares of vineyards. Due to their vineyards located on both sides of the river, they work with two distinctive types of soil, gravel and then clay-limestone.
We had the chance to welcome current winemaker Nicolas Hirissou to the shop a few months back and were really impressed by the wines, particularly by this great value the “Cuvée Réserve.” A blend of 50% Duras and 50% Syrah, fermented and aged in old barrel, it offers everything you want out of a rustic French countryside red. Notes of plum, cherry, tobacco leaf and herbs on the nose, lead into a medium-bodied palate with just the right amount of fruit and earthiness complementing each other.
This is clearly a wine for the table, and it conjures up the imagination of a table set with great paté, crusty bread, leafy salads, rich stews, and at the end of it all, several empty bottles of Gaillac.
$15.00/BTL.-$180.00/CASE OF 12
2015 Iona Sauvignon Blanc, Elgin, South Africa
We hear it all the time. “Do you have any New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.” “I love Sancerre.” “My favorite is Napa Sauvignon Blanc.”
It’s a fact, consumers order Sauvignon Blanc by appellation or country. While this is a good sign that there is an understanding of how appellation and place effects style, it also can oversimplify the concept of style.
A perfect example is this wine from Iona, a winery based in the Elgin region of South Africa. South Africa is well known for their Sauvignon Blanc production. Although there is almost twice the amount of Chenin Blanc planted in comparison to Sauvignon Blanc, when I visited the country in January, it seemed equally as present on wine lists in restaurants.
Yet just ordering a South African Sauvignon Blanc can lead to a very different experience. Stellenbosch is perhaps the most well known region for Sauvignon, but due to the dry and warm climate, many times the life cycle of the grape is too short to get totally ripe. You often fine Sauvignon with the “green meanies” or what are know as pyrazines, or quite simply put, lots of green, bell pepper and herb notes.
So I want you to keep that in mind when you taste this fantastic Sauvignon Blanc from the cool-climate Elgin region. Iona is often harvesting their fruit two months after many producers in Stellenbosch. Their long and slow life cycle, allows the fruit to outmuscle any effects of pyrazine. In fact the really fantastic 2015 Iona Sauvignon Blanc has more notes hinting at tropical fruit, than the typical citrus that you might find in other Sauvignon Blanc. It is everything you want in a Sauvignon Blanc, a wine that can be sipped on its own or paired with simple preparation of fish.
This is an excellent value.
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