2012 Château de la Liquière “L’Unique Gaz de Schiste” Vin Mousseux Rosé Brut- Languedoc, France
Ladies and gentleman – let us introduce you to your new favorite summer wine.
It’s pink, it sparkles and it comes with a funky name that we just dare you to try and rapidly say 10 times in a row.
Several months ago we put in a special order for some of the smaller production wines of one of our favorite producers in the Languedoc, Château de la Liquière. Based in the appellation of Faugères, they own 60 hectares of vineyards in different zones.. From top to bottom, everything that Liquière does is top notch, and representative of the region. This is a name you will see lots of over the next couple months here at Perman Wine.
Our first selection for you to try is a small production sparkling wine made in the Methode Ancestrale. Many of you wine nerds have tried sparkling wines from Bugey Cerdon, but how about a wine of this style from the Languedoc?
Liquière produces just 2500 bottles of this sparkling which is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Mourvèdre, bottles with 25 grams of sugar, after which the secondary fermentation process turns into about 4 or 5 grams.
The aromatics on this wine scream wild strawberry, while the palate shows a more intense raspberry and currant liqueur-like note. All of this while maintaining balance, mineral and a dry, refreshing finish.
Let’s just say you are going to go bananas over this. The only trouble – only 132 bottles were imported, directly to the store.
Come get some!
$18.00 BTL. / $216.00 CASE
2012 Vietti Dolcetto D’Alba- Piemonte, Italy
For all the love Pinot Noir seems to engender, we sometimes get troubled by the fact that Dolcetto often gets overlooked. After all, Dolcetto makes luscious and juicy wines with low tannins and great freshness. And for us, Dolcettos can be a delightful and versatile food pairing buddy, good with fish, salads, white flushed meats, Asian and Mediterranean cuisines.
And what better producer for your Dolcetto than Vietti, a Piedmontese icon. Their vineyards are among some of the greatest in Barolo. Their Dolcetto is produced on the estate and handled with the same family love as the Cru Barolo.
Translated from Italian, Dolcetto D’Alba means “little sweet one of the dawn”. Very little on the earth could be as charming as that. Have we convinced you yet?
$20.00 BTL.-$240.00/CASE OF 12
2012 Quinta da Bica Vinho Branco-Dão, Portugal
Last year when Craig returned from Portugal, he decided that we would make a big commitment to finding and bringing in producers that deserved shelf space alongside the great wines of France, Italy, Spain and the United States. So we pushed for our distributors to start bringing in these great Portuguese producers that Craig found on his travels.
It seems as if the wine press is catching up with us. First, there was this article in which Eric Aasimov of the New York Times extolls the beauty of Portuguese white wines.
And in March, Matt Kramer of the Wine Spectator put a call out for more people to get on board with Portuguese wines, posing the question ” Is Portugal the most exciting wine place on the planet?”. The answer is yes. And we agree with him.
And while we realize we have been offering and writing about Portugal a lot these days, how can you blame us? We are pretty excited about the way things are going and happy that the media is seeing things the way we do.
Today’s Portuguese offering is a white wine from Quinta da Bica, a producer in the Dāo region. You may recall from other newsletters that the Dāo is a mountainous region in the middle of Portugal, protected on either side by the Beiras Interior and Atlantico. This is where you will find wines made with elegance and finesse, and this Vinho Branco (white wine) is no exception.
The blend here is Verdelho & Encruzado. Verdelho is a grape used in Madeira production, and sometimes you might see new world versions from Australia and California’s Central Coast. Encruzado is exclusive to the Dāo, and provides floral aromatics as well as weight to the blend.
This wine is described best as a light and ethereal, with good minerality and delicate aromatics.
$19.00/BTL- $228.00/CASE OF 12
2012 Can Feixes Blanc Selecció-Penedés, Spain
For over 15 years, nothing has said summer better than a bottle of Blanc Selecció from Can Feixes. That is how long Craig has been selling this great value from the Huguet family.
Located in the Northwest corner of the Alt Penedès region of Catalunya, Spain, the estate sits in a particularly cool microclimate, perfectly suited to the local grape varietals, Parellada, Macabeo, Malvasía de Sitges, as well as the international grape, Chardonnay.
In the Penedès region it is typical for Cava producers to make a still white wine from the typical grapes of the region, and Can Feixes has always been one of the shining examples of this still, white wine blend.
In keeping with their idea of providing a fresh, easy drinking style, the grapes are cold fermented in stainless steel tanks, and matured in contact with their lees for a few months.
2012 provided another great vintage for Can Feixes, and this wine displays its classic lime zest, mineral and orange notes on the nose and palate. An ideal glass while sitting on your deck, it also is the bottle to reach for when going out for sushi.
$15.00 BTL. / $180.00 CASE
2012 Château D’Orschwihr Pinot Gris “Bollenberg”-Alsace, France
No-one will argue that Alsace doesn’t make good, sometimes great wines, but I think we are all in accord when I say that buying wine from this region can be confusing. Are you buying something sweet, off dry, intense or light? There is often no indication of what you may find in the bottle.
Alsace is definitely a region for white wine drinkers. They specialize in Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat. Other accessory grapes include Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc & Pinot Noir. Quaint picturesque villages (119 in total) dot the landscape and planted around these are 40,000 acres of vines. Of these, 52 vineyards are considered Grand Cru.
Château D’Orschwihr got going in 1049 A.D. and may be one of the most experienced wineries we have here at the shop. They work with several Grand Crus and two single vineyards, one of which is Bollenberg. This vineyard is atop a limestone hill and is one of the driest and warmest sites in Alsace. As a result, the grapes grown there achieve a lovely richness coupled with nervy acidity.
This wine is off-dry. They actually state how much residual sugar on the label, which is nice. There is a perception of sweetness, but this is tempered by the acidity, which is bracing. This would be a superb match for a BYOB sushi night, or even Korean barbecue.
$18.00/BTL-$216.00/ CASE OF 12
2013 Broc Cellars Valdigué-Solano County/ Green Valley, CA.
In the 1970s, it was quite common to peruse a wine shop’s domestic section and see many different labels of Napa Gamay, or Gamay Beaujolais. You could also at that time, buy Napa Cabernet Sauvignon for $6.99/ bottle. There was also a lot more Petit Sirah. So times have changed.
The 1970s were also time when many Californian winemakers did not know what the hell was planted in their vineyards. They were too busy growing afros, minding their marijuana plants and sitting nude in hot tubs. No-one bothered to find out that the Gamay they were growing was actually Valdigué. Too much free loving and not enough botany, if you ask me.
Valdigué made it’s way from southwest France, where it grows in the Tarn and Lot departments. It is distantly related to Cot, or Malbec. It somehow settled in California and someone decided it looked like Gamay Noir. Broc Cellars (Chris Brockway) has always been invested in the historic vineyards of California. So you can imagine their delight when they found 70 year old Valdigué vines still in cultivation in Solano County.
Freshness and acidity are always important to Chris, and his wines’ alcohol levels are always quite low by California standards; the 2013 Valdigué clocks in at only 12.5%. Tart red fruit, earth and light tannins are coupled with a crisp, fresh character in this unique red.
$24.00/BTL- $288.00/ CASE OF 12