Hello and Happy Friday!
Why am I so excited this Friday! The “Six for $120” is back!
This sampler, aims to bring you some of the best wines I’ve recently tasted in and around the $20 range. All of these are available by the bottle or case, but for maximum pleasure you should take the whole sampler!
For those folks waiting for the “Six for $60-something,” I will have a brand new one for you next Friday.
Have a great weekend!
2009 MATELLO PINOT NOIR “LAZARUS,” WILLAMETTE VALLEY
I’m very excited about the new release from my good friend Marcus Goodfellow of Matello Winery in Oregon.
Marcus is one of the young, dynamic winemakers in Oregon today. He purchases fruit from family-owned vineyards, working closely with during the season, and vinifies the wine at Adea Winery. This coming vintage he will be in his very own winery!
“Lazarus” is Marcus’ Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – a wine meant for drinking young, and even with a few years of bottle age on it. He blends fruit from the Whistling Ridge, Winter’s Hill, and Bishop Creek vineyard for this bottling. The vine-age is around 20 years-old, which is atypical as most producers basic bottling is from younger vine fruit. All three of these vineyards are dry farmed, something Marcus is very proud of.
2009 is a very good vintage in Oregon, and Marcus, who loves a cool-climate style, was happy with this wine because he was able to pick at moderate brix, from October 11th – 14th. Everything in 2009 was vinified in old oak at Matello.
A bright and juicy style of Pinot Noir, with plenty of that sour cherry, blackberry, and earth notes shining through. To drink in copious quantities now, or hold onto for a few years.
$25.00 BTL. / $300.00 CASE
2010 MAS CAL DEMOURA ROSÉ “QU’ES AQUO”
This outstanding Rosé comes from Vincent and Isabelle Goumard of Mas Cal Demoura, a winery in the Terrasses du Larzac AOC of the Languedoc. The Goumard’s bought the property from Jean-Pierre Jullien, one of the leading producers in the region and the father of Olivier Jullien of Mas Jullien fame.
They purchased the winery and vineyards in 2004 and also purchased additional vineyards from Olivier Jullien. The guiding principles of the winery are something I can stand behind – low yields, old vines, manual work in the vineyard, hand-picked grapes, phenolic ripeness that emphasis freshness, and an overall emphasis on balance.
Something you hear very little about in the world of Rosé is the usage of indigenous yeasts. Mas Cal Demoura uses these for all of their wines, including the Rose!
This is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan. It is a Rosé de saignée. It offers up bright strawberry aromatics and flavors with hints at flowers and herbs. Rich but freshness this is very suitable to the table or as an aperitif.
$22.00 BTL. / $264.00 CASE
2010 WIMMER-CZERNY GRÜNER VELTLINER “FUMBERG”
One of my favorite parts of my recent trip to Austria was my meeting with Hans Wimmer-Czerny at their winery in Fels am Wagram. One of the nicest families you will meet, they own 15 hectares of biodynamically farmed vineyards.
Wagram is an amazing wine region due to its high proportions of sandy soil called “Löss.” This soil is a great storage container for water, making irrigation unnecessary unlike close by regions like the Wachau and Kamptal.
Grüner Veltliner is a specialty at the estate, and their “Fumberg” Grüner Veltliner displays the pure, fruit-driven style of the variety. This vineyard features a pure Löss soil, and it shows with the bright aromatics and flavors of grapefruit and green apple. 2010 is a vintage that offers great freshness and if you are a fan of bright, acidity driven wines you are going to love this.
Have it on its own, or pair it with oysters or halibut. Delicious juice!
$18.00 BTL. / $216.00 CASE
2007 LUBERRI RIOJA “BIGA”
Luberri is a winery to know – located in the Rioja Alavesa subregion of Spain. Owner and winemaker Florentino Martínez Monje presides over 35 hectares of vines, most of which are in the villages of Elciego and La Guardia.
“Biga” is a vineyard that sits just outside of the winery. Carefully selected Tempranillo from 40+ year-old vines form the base of this wine. It is a Crianza, first fermented in stainless steel before aging for one year in a mixture of French and American oak.
There has been a rediscovery of the Rioja region and wines over the last few years. This is a shining example of the flexibility of the wine at the table. Think of it like a Pinot Noir or Barbera as it can be enjoyed with grilled salmon, poultry or lamb.
$20.00 BTL. / $240.00 CASE
2009 CLOS DU TUE-BOEUF “LE P’TIT BLANC” TOURAINE
I’m a big fan of the Puzelat brothers domaine called Clos du Tue-Boeuf. They are considered guardians of the traditional grapes of the Loire Valley of France and mavericks because they would rather make a wine their way then have the stamp of a more famous appellation on the label.
“P’tit Blanc” is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Menu Pineau. Menu Pineau also goes by the name “Arbois”. It is a very old Loire varietal that was once widely planted but rarely these days. The brothers inherited a vineyard planted by esoteric varietals like Menu Pineau (Arbois) and Pineau d’Aunis along with Cot (Malbec), Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Gamay and Pinot Noir.
This wine as well as all the Clos du Tue-Boeuf wines is fermented and bottled with minimal sulfur which adds to its aromatic complexity. Really pretty notes of orchard and citrus fruits with a little almond and floral notes. This wine has really nice texture and weight, and should be versatile with fish as well as meat like chicken and pork.
$16.00 BTL. / $192.00 CASE
2007 MORODER ROSSO CONERO
If you haven’t tried a wine from the Rosso Conero appellation of the Marche region in Italy it is about time you did! And if you are going to start, you might as well try one from the top producer of the region the Moroder brothers, Marco and Alessandro.
The Moroder’s owns 36 hectares of vines, with their winery set in the middle of the Conero National Park, close to the Adriatic Sea. Montepulciano is the most notable grape varietal of the region, and it is their work with this varietal that has made them so well-respected in Italy and abroad.
The 2007 Rosso Conero is 100% Montepulciano, organically grown and aged for a year in a mixture of French and Slavonian casks. The Moroder wines and this wine in particular carry great balance. The wine offers rich notes of black cherry and pepper spice. Locally they eat both meat and seafood with Montepulciano. So next time you are grilling up some langoustines, or cooking snails or razor clams, pop open a bottle of this terrific wine.
$19.00 BTL. / $228.00 CASE