Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Wine of the Week - Maire-Pierre Manciat Crémant de Bourgogne

For the last Wine of the Week of 2016, a Crémant de Bourgogne was chosen. Made in the same method as Champagne, or methode traditionnelle, Maire-Pierre Maciat's sparkling wine is made from 100% Chardonnay and has received 91 pts from Wine Advocate. A perfect pairing for a festive New Year's Eve celebration!

Marie-Pierre Manciat was born into a family of vignerons that have been making wine since 1871. From a very young age, she spent her school vacations in the cellars and vineyards, soaking up knowledge and experience, all of which helped her when she took over the reins of her family’s estate in 2002 and became a sixth-generation winemaker. Her family has instilled in her a strong sense of tradition, time-honored winemaking practices, and the value of quality over quantity. She now maintains 22 hectares with every bit of the passion she began with, and each year it is reaffirmed with the birth of a new vintage. As she says, this job teaches you to be humble every day—winemakers simply help develop what nature gives them.

#blog #cremant #Manciat #sparklingwine #bubbles #NYE

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Shiverick team celebrating Winter Solstice in New York with what else but Rosé! #roseallday #roseallnight #winewednesday #rocim #portugal #portugesewine #blog

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Wine of the Week: Domaine Jean Fournier Marsannay "Es Chezots"

This week's featured wine is Jean Fournier's "Es Chezots". True to his non-interventionist style, Laurent Fournier utilized one-third whole bunches during fermentation of the current 2014 vintage. The resulting wine is medium bodied, full of floral and red berry notes. Crisp with an edge of chalkiness.  

Marsannay, the Côte de Nuit’s northernmost winegrowing region, is unique in Burgundy for having AOC status for red, white, and rosé wines. Domaine Jean Fournier dates back to the reign of Louis 13th in the early 17th century, making it one of the oldest properties in Marsannay. Today the Domaine’s 16 hectares are helmed by the dynamic young Laurent Fournier, son of Jean, who crafts wines with integrity in a non-interventionist style. He has converted the vineyards to organic agriculture and has been Ecocert certified since 2008. Old vines can be found throughout the Domaine, contributing to the immense purity and finesse Fournier’s wines are known for.

#blog #burgundy #fournier #wineoftheweek

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wine of the Week: Bernard Remy "Carte Blanche"

This week's featured wine is Bernard Remy's "Carte Blanche". With only 800 cases produced, this grower champagne is the ideal sparkling wine for the final holidays of the season. Made from 60% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, and 5% Pinot Meunier and grown in Clay-Limestone soil, the Carte Blanche is clean, fresh, with classic notes of grapefruit and lemon curd with a slight salinity. 

Capitalizing on the recent upswing in attention for grower Champagne, smaller houses that have been overshadowed by the large grands marques are now gaining more recognition. Bernard Rémy is one such producer. Founded in 1968 in the southerly village of Allemant in the heart of the Cotes des Blancs, Champagne Bernard Rémy debuted on the domestic market in France in the early 70’s. Bernard’s son Rudy began working under the tutelage of his father in 1996, and completely took the helm at Champagne Bernard Rémy in 2008. Still though Bernard is never too far from sight. This father-son collaboration now offers a fine range of local, Grand Cru, vintage, and rosé Champagnes. The sophistication of the wines and approachable price points highlight Champagne Bernard Rémy’s persistent quest for perfection in each aspect of their product.

#blog #BernardRemy #champange #CarteBlanche #growerchampagne

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Jean Fournier's 2014 Bourgogne Chapitre Vieilles Vignes named one of the best of 2016!

Jean Fournier has once again impressed top wine reviewers, this time making Robert Parker's list as one of the three best Burgundies of the year! Grapes used for the Chapitre Vieilles Vignes are on par with Fournier's top Crus: Echezots, Clos du Roy, and Longeroies; being vinified in a similar manner as well. It's no wonder Neal Martin raves about this hidden gem of Marsannay, stating that while it's "virtually within the Dijon suburbs, Laurent Fournier proves you don't need a fancy Premier or Grand Cru to fashion delicious Pinot Noir".    

Martin reviewed the 2014 Bourgogne Chapitre Vieilles Vignes last December after visiting the domaine. His tasting notes read:

"The 2014 Bourgogne Chapitre Vieilles Vignes comes from two parcels in the vineyard (although not on the same soils or altitude as Sylvain Pataille's Chaptire). It is aged in 1one-third new oak albeit in 600-liter barrels. Despite a touch of reduction, there are some lovely ripe raspberry and wild strawberry fruit here interlaced with mineral tones. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, crisp acidity, very focused and supple with a fresh, pure finish that is an absolute delight. Anyone buying this bottle should slip it into a flight of bigger names and change a few opinions. This wine makes a mockery of the Burgundy hierarchy."

#Blog #RobertParker #Bestof2016 #NealMartin #JeanFournier #ChapitreVieillesVignes #Bourgogne

Friday, December 9, 2016

The first reviews are in for Max Ferd. Richter's 2015 vintage!

Wine Spectator's Kim Marcus is among the first to review Max Ferd. Richter's stellar 2015 vintage. Dirk Richter has again set the bar for Mosel Riesling, with his current vintage showing the exquisite complexity and balance Richer is known for.       

The estate of Max Ferd. Richter has been passed down from father to son for the past 300 years. The current reins are held by Dr. Dirk Richter, the 9th generation, and will eventually be passed down to his son Constantin. The estate produces world-class Rieslings from some of the most esteemed vineyards in the Mosel, and all production comes from estate holdings. The terroir of their steep vineyard sites is generally grey slate with different compositions of ferruginous (Brauneberg), mineral quartz (Veldenz) or clay (Graach, Wehlen, Mülheim) soils; those deeply influence character and flavor of the wines. Strict attention to quality and detail is paid to all vines from the QBAs on up through the Eisweins. Through the entire line of wines, their hallmark balance is evident in every glass.

#blog #Richer #Mosel #2015 #WineSpectator #Riesling

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wine of the Week: Château Perray Jouannet "Les Menus Clos" Bonnezeaux

Bonnezeaux, the highly respected dessert wine appellation of the Anjou region, produces some of the best examples of Chenin Blanc known for their beautiful complexity and almost infinite aging potential. Bonnezeaux wines are hand harvested over the span of a few days and only the ripest grapes, touched perfectly by the 'noble' rot botrytis, are selected. Château Perray Jouannet Bonnezeaux “Les Menus Clos” has a golden hue, rich stone fruit and spice on the nose. Opulent and full bodied, with a lively acidity. 

The prestigious appellation of Bonnezeaux lies in the heart of the Loire Valley’s Chenin Blanc region and is spread over three hills that overlook the Layon River. The AOC sits on approximately 110 hectares of land within the Coteaux de Layon. Within this area Pascal Laffourcade has launched the second arm of his ambitious project to create wines from the three most prestigious Chenin crus of the Anjou region: Quarts de Chaume, Bonnezeaux, and Savennières. Chenin for the Le Menu Clos Bonnezeaux is harvested from 2.5 hectares of clay and sand soils. Average age of vines is 20 years on south/southwest facing slopes. Grapes are hand-picked then fermented in barrel for 6 months with no added yeast. Wines are filtered before bottling. Aging potential: 15-20 years.

#blog #Ajou #Loire #ChâteauPerrayJouannet #CheninBlanc

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Wine of the Week - Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Réserve Secrète"

With the holiday season in full swing and the temperature dropping, we find ourselves reaching for richer fuller wines that can surprise and impress even the most wine savvy party host or dinner guest. Domaine de la Solitude, one of the region's oldest estates, does just that with their 2010 vintage Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Réserve Secrète". With 65% Grenache and 35% small barrel-aged Syrah, this classic Rhône blend has an unexpectedly modern feel. Receiving 93 points from Wine Advocate, the 2010 has "extravagant vanillin, toasty oak, blackberry and cassis fruit, huge aromatics and full-bodied, powerful, inky richness". A wine well worth seeking out before the year is done!

Châteauneuf-du-Pape translates to “new house of the Pope” and refers to the relocation of the papal court to Avignon in the 14th century. Many Italian nobles moved to the area as well, and, thus the Lançon family members (owners of Domaine de la Solitude) are direct descendants of the Barberini family of Rome, still a prominent family in Italy to this day. Generations of winemakers at Domaine de la Solitude have worked hard to consistently improve the quality of their wines. Current vignerons Michel and Jean Lançon are taking seriously the future of Domaine de la Solitude, focusing attention on the vineyards. Fertilizers have not been used at Solitude for the past ten years. The Estate is a contiguous 100 acres, planted to 86 acres of red grapes and 14.8 acres of white grapes, with vines averaging 50 years of age.

#blog #LangdonShiverick #ShiverickImports #Rhone #Holidays #ChâteauneufduPape #DomainedelaSolitude

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Wine of the Week - Les Chais du Vieux Bourg "Le Micmacvin" Macvin du Jura

Just in time for Thanksgiving, try this fortified wine from Jura. The Les Chais du Vieux Bourg "Le Micmacvin" Macvan du Jura is made from equal parts late harvested Savignin and Chardonnay. The grapes are fortified with Marc du Jura, which stops fermentation and results in a naturally sweet wine. Wine Spectator magazine says of the 2010 vintage: "Aromas of pear and peach eau-de-vie give way to a bouncy, frankly sweet core of lemon sherbet, peach cobbler and tinned apricot."

The Jura is a small, mountainous winegrowing region located between Burgundy and Switzerland in the far east of France. The region is fairly isolated and has retained a strong sense of tradition, marked by unique grapes and unusual wine styles. The owners of Les Chais du Vieus Bourg (which translates to “the cellars of the old town”), Ludwig Bindernagel and Nathalie Eigenschenck, purchased the Domaine in 2000. Their first vintage came shortly after in 2002. Their motto of “the wine is made in the vineyard” is exemplified by the fact Ludwig works with the vines every day. The strict attention to detail and quality helps create very complex wines with depth and layers that reflect the individuality of Jura.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Wine of the Week - Domaine Comte Senard Aloxe-Corton

From the village of Aloxe-Corton in Burgundy, this classically styled Pinot Noir is an elegant choice for entertaining any time of the year, but is particularly suited to the Thanksgiving table.

Blended from the climats of Les Caillettes, Les Morais, Les Bruyères and Les Boutières, this wine is a deep red, with fragrant red berry aromas and light earthiness. Domaine Comte Senard was founded in 1857 and is currently under the management of Lorraine Senard, one of a small but growing number of female vignerons in the Côte d’Or. To maintain the clay and marly limestone soil, the Domaine utilizes a sustainable-organic approach and avoids the use of herbicides and insecticides. Harvesting is done by hand and the fruit is sorted twice to ensure quality. In the cellar, the grapes undergo a 5-12 day cold soak, gentle pressing, and temperature controlled fermentation. The wines are aged in the Domaine’s cellars, which were built in the 14th Century by Benedictine monks from the Abbaye de Sainte Margurite.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wine of the Week - Samuel Billaud Chablis 1er Cru "Séchet"

Our Wine of the Week comes from Domaine Samuel Billaud. A small plot within the larger 1er Cru of Vaillons, the Samuel Billaud Chablis 1er Cru "Séchet" was at one point owned by Billaud's grandmother. In 2014, he was able to purchase the plot and now creates estate Chablis from 60-70 year old vines.

Neal Martin of The Wine Advocate praises the 2014 vintage, giving the wine 92 points and saying:

"The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Sechet has a very pure bouquet, one of the best from the domaine this year, with gorgeous white peach, fresh pear and gooseberry combined with subtle white flower scents that emerge with time in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with a crisp line of acidity. Tensile and saline, it closes in towards the finish, offloads some of the weight you might have expected to obtain more nervosité and mineralité. This discrete Chablis will blossom as its matures."

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Big Basin Receives High Marks from Wine Advocate

Wine Advocate's Jeb Dunnuck discusses his recent visit to Big Basin and his thoughts on the 2013 and 2014 vintages. While the impressive regions in California for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are abundant, Dunnuck highlights the coastal Santa Cruz mountain terroirs has "making some of the most age-worthy wines in California". 

With cool-climate, ocean-influenced, mountain vineyards throughout the AVA, the owner and winemaker Bradley Brown at Big Basin strives to showcase location and terroir, forgoing manipulation and intervention whenever possible. The steep hillsides, cooling ocean breezes, fog, and mountain soils of their vineyard locations promote the development of deep color and complex flavors. By keeping the yields very low and harvesting small sections of the vineyard at perfect ripeness, Big Basin strives to achieve the most important part of winemaking – great fruit. The winemaking then becomes the art of gently extracting what the fruit has to offer, utilizing a minimalist approach in the cellar, with hand sorting, gentle pressing, the use of ambient yeasts, and indigenous malolactic fermentation.

#Blog #WineAdvocate #BigBasin #Reviews #LangdonShiverick

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wine of the Week - Last Light "Derbyshire Vineyard" Pinot Noir

We chose Last Light's Pinot Noir from their Derbyshire Vineyard in San Luis Obispo to highlight this week. Produced with non-interventionist and traditional techniques, this elegant yet impressive Pinot Noir has redefined what can be produced in even the most extreme coastal climates.      

Last Light’s name is a nod to the coastal vineyard sites from which they source their grapes, both of which see the last light of the sun on the west coast as it sets over the ocean. Currently making Pinot Noir exclusively from the Derbyshire Vineyard in San Simeon and Chardonnay from the Spanish Springs Vineyard in the Edna Valley AVA, these locations represent the ultimate in cool climate viticulture. For founders Jared Lee and David Sartain, this project is truly driven by passion. They don’t make wine with mass market appeal in mind, instead focusing on producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay they want to drink and put their names on. With such unique vineyard sites, they focus solely on making wine that reflects these amazing coastal locations.

#blog #LastLight #PinotNoir #SanLuisObispo #CoolClimate

Monday, October 31, 2016

Domaine de la Solitude - Full Estate Review by Wine Advocate's Jeb Dunnuck

Domaine de la Solitude has its fair share of outstanding reviews, but rarely does it receive one as comprehensive and extensive as Wine Advocate's October write-up. Jeb Dunnuck provides an in depth look into the terroir, wine making practices, and past vintages of this domaine; even highlighting the 1967 Châteauneuf-du-Pape.   

Driven by the desire to produce the best possible wines while still respecting the traditions of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and their lineage, current vignerons Michel and Jean Lançon, along with Michel's son Florent are taking seriously the future of Domaine de la Solitude. The Estate is a contiguous 100 acres, planted to 86 acres of red grapes and 14.8 acres of white grapes, with vines averaging 50 years of age. Michel and Jean decided to introduce four prestige cuvées and added Cuvée Barberini Rouge,  Cuvée Barberini Blanc,  Réserve Secrète, and Cornelia Constanza to the winery’s production.

#blog #Shiverick #shiverickimports #Rhone #Châteauneuf-du-Pape #Solitude #DomainedelaSolitude #WineAdvocate

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wine of the Week - Bernard Galbrun's Bourgueil "Chatrois"

This week, as autumn is ever more present, we wanted to focus on a wine of great quality and even better value that would pair well with a variety of seasonal fare. Bernard Galbrun's "Chartois" is a organic, biodynamically farmed Cab Franc with an earthy elegance.    

In Bourgueil, a sleepy commune situated on the right bank of the Loire River about midway between Angers and Tours, we see the mainstay grape, Cabernet Franc, produced in its apogee. Inspired by the uniqueness of the terroir, Bertrand Galbrun founded his eponymous domain in the area in 2005 and he now farms 3.5 hectares of 100% organic grapes. He is truly committed to the production of non-interventionist wine in order to eke out the purest, most limpid expression of grape and place. The reds of Bourgueil are elemental and visceral: they make you want to eat. They are peppery, savory, with just enough tannin to pair beautifully with a wide variety of foods.

#blog #Loire #Bourgueil #cabfranc

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Samuel Billaud Scores Big in Burghound!

Samuel Billaud receives outstanding reviews from Burghound's Allen Meadows!  

Samuel Billaud comes from a long line of Chablis winemakers and was in fact in charge of production at famed estate Billaud-Simon for over 20 years. After he decided he wanted to take a different direction with his own Domaine, Billaud was able to take advantage of his deep roots in Chablis and has sourced grapes from some of the finest, most well-established growers in both premier and grand cru terroirs. The resulting range, from AC to Grand Cru, are layered wines rife with crunchy oyster shell and silex, and exhibit a range of flavor profiles from licorice to white peach to toasty baguette. This is top quality Chablis from a rising star producer.

#blog #SamuelBillaud #LangdonShiverick #burgundy #burghound

Friday, October 21, 2016

Vadio 2006 Tinto Named One of Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wines of the Year

Vadio's 10 year release, the 2006 Tinto has been named one of Wine & Spirits Magazine's 100 Best Wines of the Year. Receiving a score of 94 points, this well aged Bairrada is quite impressive!  

"Loís Patrão, who makes the red wines at Esporão in the Alentejo, started this project in 2005 with Eduarda, his partner from Brazil, and his father Dinis. His family has a block of baga vines, planted sometime before 1932, when Portugal started registering vineyards. They farm it organically, providing the fruit for what is now a ten-year-old wine. It has matured to graceful refinement, taking on the fennel-like notes of an older Barolo, as well as the tarriness of tannins. Those tannins bring a tomato-leaf character to the bright cherry core of the fruit. Decant this gentle red for pork roasted with fennel."

#blog #WineandSpirit #100bestwines #Portugal #Bairrada #Vadio #Tinto

Thursday, October 20, 2016

J.L. Chave Saint-Joseph in Wine Spectator's "Insider"

Another great review for Jean-Louis Chave from Wine Spectator, with the 2013 Saint-Joseph receiving 93 points. Wine Spectator's "Insider- Hot Wines" highlights high-scoring wines from around the world that are well worth seeking out. We couldn't agree more!    

"Fleshy in feel, with plum sauce and steeped cherry and raspberry notes gliding along over a backbone of bittersweet cocoa. There’s a good chalky spine buried on the finish and solid, latent length. Built for the cellar. Best from 2018 through 2028. From France."—J.M.

#blog #shiverick #langdonshiverick #JeanLouisChave #Chave #SaintJoseph #Rhone #France #wine

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wine of the Week - 2014 Potek Riesling "Kick on Ranch"

This week we have Potek Winery's 90pt Riesling "Kick on Ranch", an outstanding example of Santa Barbara's single-vineyard wines. A recent review from Vinous hails it as "one of the most distinctive wines in Dave Potter's range." 

David Potter is one of the new guard making a name for himself in Santa Barbara. After honing his craft as assistant winemaker at Fess Parker for several years, and currently serving as Director of Winemaking Operations, Potter went on to launch his first brand, Municipal Winemakers, in 2007 with the goal to make high-quality wines at entry-level prices. In the fall of 2015, wanting to create more focused, single-vineyard wines, Potter opened Potek Winery, with a commitment to produce the best possible wines from Santa Barbara’s most exciting vineyards. The winemaking is rooted in traditional techniques with a reverence for site and a search for balance; using a minimalist approach to winemaking. The wines are mainly aged in neutral oak and are treated as naturally as possible, with no fining or filtration before bottling. The resulting wines speak of their locations throughout Santa Barbara, and are a beautiful survey of the area.

#blog #Potek #PotekWinery #DavePotter #SantaBarbara #SingleVineyard #Riesling #2014 #90pts

Friday, October 14, 2016

Wine & Spirits Magazine Names Drew Family Winery to its Top Wineries of 2016!

Great press for one of our newest domestic producers! Outstanding scores and reviews for two of the Drew Family Pinots!

Jason and Molly Drew founded Drew Family Wines in 2000. Their estate, once an old neglected orchard, has proven to be distinctive and telling of all that Mendocino has to offer. While others saw a daunting project in this old orchard property, Jason and Molly saw ancient oceanic soils, south facing slopes and a true coastal climate, with the ocean a mere 3.3 miles away. Drew Family Winery focuses on small lot coastal Pinot Noir and Syrah from Anderson Valley and the Mendocino Ridge, producing its first crop in 2014. Their winemaking practices remain focused on traditional methods that include whole cluster and native yeast fermentations, hand punchdowns and no fining or filtering. 

#WineandSpiritsMagazine #2016 #Topwineriesof2016 #WineandSpirits #Blog #mendocino #PinotNoir #California 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wine of the Week - Schmitt Pinot Noir

Today's wine of the week comes from the Rheinhessen region of Germany. The Schmitt Pinot Noir is old-world styled wine that shows notes of blackberry, cranberry, and licorice on a light and earthy palate, with fresh herbs on the finish. Pairs well with a variety of dishes such as cucumber, mint and feta salad, herb-roasted pork tenderloin, or baked salmon with fresh dill.

Located in the southern part of the Rheinhessen, the region of Flörsheim-Dalsheim is an up and coming area due to the efforts of a handful of ambitious young vintners, Daniel and Bianka Schmitt among them. The winery was certified organic beginning in 2007 and Demeter Biodynamic® certified in 2012, one of only 75 properties in Germany to hold the Demeter certification. Their wines are food-oriented and meant to pair with a wide variety of dishes. Schmitt epitomizes the new wave of German producers who are creating the highest quality wines from what nature has to offer, with as little intervention as possible. As Daniel puts it, the philosophy of the winery is, “Wine just from grapes!”

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Wine of the Week - Vadio Tinto

This week's featured wine is Vadio's red made from the local, indigenous grape Baga.

Located just 15 kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean and 100 kilometers south of Porto, the village of Poutena in Portugal’s Bairrada region is home to the Vadio Project, a small organic winery run by Luis Patrão, his Brazilian girlfriend Eduarda, and his father Dinis. Their mission is the resurrection of the region’s traditional grape varieties, Bical, Cercial, and Baga. Though viticulture has existed in this region since the Moor withdrawal in the 10th Bairrada is not a well-known wine region. The Vadio Project is striving to change the perception of Bairrada and show that it can produce world-class wine. They also balance the seriousness of their intentions with a good sense of fun: Vadio means ‘bon-vivant bum,’ and Luis believes the wines should be consumed in the spirit of pleasure and lively good cheer.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Travel Tuesday with Harvest in the Sonoma Valley

For #traveltuesday we head to sunny Sonoma, California as Wild Hog Winery harvests their red grapes!

#Harvest2016 #WildHogWinery #Sonoma

Wine of the Week - Lou Dumont Gevrey-Chambertin

Made from winemaker Koji Nakada's own estate fruit, this Gevrey-Chambertin reflects the respectful and balanced approach to the environment and viticultural practiced throughout the domaine.

The three Japanese characters on their label stand for sky, earth, and man, with all three together representing the concept of terroir.  The wine has a complex nose with aromas of strawberry, raspberry and undergrowth. The palate shows subtle aromas of spice, red fruits, and earth.
As is the hallmark of Lou Dumont, this wine shows great elegance and site-specific typicity. #wineoftheweek

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wine & Spirits Magazine Names Domdechant Werner to its Top Wineries of 2016!

Great press for the Rheingau winery, with its superb single-vineyard Rieslings and the wines will be featured at their annual event in San Francisco!

Located in Hochheim, with its gently rolling slopes, Domdechant Werner produces the slightly richer Rieslings this area is known for. They own property in three single vineyard sites, all capable of producing Erstes Gewächs wines (known as Grosses Gewächs in other regions in Germany), the German equivalent of Burgundy’s Grand Cru. Kirchenstück grows the more elegant wines, while Hölle and Domdechaney yield more generous examples. #Top100event #Top100Winery #WineandSpiritsMagazine #Top100

Welcome Drew Family Wines!

Langdon Shiverick is pleased to welcome Drew Family Wines! Crafting wines from Mendocino Ridge and Anderson Valley in Mendocino County, their line of cool-climate Pinot Noir and Syrah is a great addition to our domestic portfolio.

Mendocino is one of California’s largest and most diverse appellations. Located about 150 miles from San Francisco, it has never been as developed as the Napa and Sonoma Valleys further south. Within the coastal zone of Mendocino County likes the Mendocino Ridge AVA. A cool climate and high altitude area roughly 36 miles long, the designation is unique in that it is limited by elevation, reserved for vineyards stilling at 1200 feet or higher that are within 10 miles of the Pacific Ocean. Just inland from the Mendocino Ridge lies Anderson Valley. Though lower in altitude than the mountains to the west, the valley AVA still ranges in altitude from 800-1500 feet above sea level and has only a handful of vineyards on flat land.

This distinctive and remote area is where Jason and Molly Drew founded Drew Family Wines in 2000. In 2004 they stumbled upon an old neglected 26-acre orchard for sale and decided this would be their estate. While others saw a daunting project in this old orchard property, Jason and Molly saw ancient oceanic soils, south facing slopes and a true coastal climate, with the ocean a mere 3.3 miles away. They eventually planted their seven acre estate Pinot Noir vineyard organically, and it just produced its first crop in 2014.

With over 25 years in the wine business in Central and Northern California, Jason Drew brings a vast depth of knowledge and a holistic perspective to his winemaking.  Drew focuses on small lot coastal Pinot Noir and Syrah from Anderson Valley and the Mendocino Ridge. For his sourced fruit, he has long standing partnerships with several local vineyard growers who share his passion for sustainable and meticulous farming practices. Single vineyard sources are chosen for their climate, clonal selection and complexity of soil type. Winemaking practices remain focused on traditional methods that include whole cluster and native yeast fermentations, hand punchdowns and no fining or filtration.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

J.L. Chave in Wine Spectator’s "Insider"

The 2013 vintage has scored big, with the Hermitage Rouge garnering 95 points and the Hermitage Blanc getting a whopping 97 points.

Rouge - “Solidly built, with a bolt of charcoal through the core of dark cherry, plum and blackberry preserves. Lots of bay, sage and leather fill in the background. Best from 2019 through 2034.” —J.M.

Blanc: “Acacia, orange blossom, white peach and fresh ginger notes lead the way, followed by waves of honeysuckle, Jonagold apple, chamomile and lightly toasted macadamia nut flavors. The finish combines weight, purity, fruit and minerality as a quinine accent echoes. Best from 2018 through 2035.” —J.M.

Wine of the Week - Cesconi "Pletter" Lagrein

This week we are featuring the Cesconi "Pletter" Lagrein - a unique red from Trentino in Northern Italy.

Perched high above Trento on banks of the Adige River is the hill of Pressano. In these rugged Alpine surroundings, the Cesconi family tends their vineyards planted to both red and white grapes. The current proprietors can trace their family roots back to the 17th century, and building on more than two centuries of cultivating and producing wine in Trentino, the four Cesconi brothers - Lorenzo, Roberto, Alexander and Franco - as well as their father Paul, continue the family tradition. The family has a deep appreciation and respect for the achievements of their ancestors, however, they seek to build on this history by perfecting the traditional practices of the Domaine. To that end, the brothers work entirely organically in the vineyards and continue to move towards biodynamic methods. It's hard not to admire the humble ambitions of these soft spoken farmers to make what Lorenzo refers to as, "tasty wine" - if only more wines were produced with such a concise vision.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Grenache Day!

It's #grenacheday! Celebrate this grape, one of the most widely-planted in the world.

Langdon Shiverick offers a great selection of Grenache and Grenache-based wines!

Big Basin Winery, Santa Cruz Mountains, California - The mission at Big Basin is to create wines that show their Santa Cruz Mountains roots. With cool-climate, ocean-influenced, mountain vineyards throughout the AVA, owner and winemaker Bradley Brown strives to showcase location and terroir, forgoing manipulation and intervention whenever possible.
  • 2014 Homestead (Rhone Blend)
  • 2012 Gabilan Mountains GSM
Deux Punx, Napa Valley, California -  Deux Punx was founded by Dan Schaaf and Aaron Olson, two wine addicted ex-punks, in April of 2008. They utilize the facilities of Punk Dog Wineries, a shared space in the River East Neighborhood in Napa, which lends itself to the minimalist and experimental style of winemaking they capture in their wines.
  • 2013 Grenache
Ollieux-Romanis, Boutenac, France - Located in Boutenac, just south of the village of Corbières in the Languedoc region, Ollieux Romanis is now one of the largest privately owned wineries in Corbières, spanning some 130 hectares.
  • 2015 Capucine Rosé 12/750ml $96 $8.00 $7.20
  • 2015 Corbières Rosé
  • 2012 Capucine Rouge
  • 2014 Corbieres Classique Rouge 
  • 2014 Lo Petit Fantet (unsulphited) 
  • 2013 Atal Sia
Potek Winery, Santa Barbara, California - David Potter is one of the new guard making a name for himself in Santa Barbara. In the fall of 2015, wanting to create more focused, single-vineyard wines, Potter opened Potek Winery, with a commitment to produce the best possible wines from Santa Barbara’s most exciting vineyards.
  • 2013 Demtria Grenache
Château Revelette, Provence, France - Nestled in the heart of Provence, in the commune of Jouques, lie the unspoiled and wild lands of Chateau Revelette. Winemaker Peter Fisher has a relaxed and straightforward approach to winemaking and his resulting wines exude a classical Old World elegance and refinement.
  • 2015 Côteaux d’Aix Rosé
  • 2014 Côteaux d’Aix Rouge
  • 2013 Le Grand Rouge
  • 2010 Le Grand Rouge
Château St. Cyrgues, St. Gilles, France - Among the many value-driven wines in the Langdon Shiverick portfolio, Château Saint-Cyrgues stands out as offering inexpensive products that over-deliver in taste and quality.
  • 2015 Costières de Nimes Rosé
  • 2014 Costières de Nimes Rouge
Domaine de la Solitude, Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Florent Lançon is taking seriously the future of Domaine de la Solitude, focusing attention on the vineyards. Fertilizers have not been used at Solitude for the past ten years. The Estate is a contiguous 100 acres, planted to 86 acres of red grapes and 14.8 acres of white grapes, with vines averaging 50 years of age.
  • 2015 Côtes du Rhône Rosé
  • 2014 Côtes du Rhône Rouge
  • 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
  • 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
  • 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barberini
  • 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cornelia Constanza
  • 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve Secrete
Domaine du Terme - Gigondas, France - 

Located in the foothills of the Montmirail Mountains, Domaine du Terme is managed by Anne-Marie Gaudin and her father Rolland, who purchased their first vines in Sablet some forty years ago. Anne-Marie believes one must be “flexible, pragmatic, and intuitive” to make quality wine, and have a good connection to the earth.
  • 2013 Sablet
  • 2013 Vacqueyras
  • 2012 Gigondas
  • 2010 Gigondas Reserve

Trade Tasting in NYC - September 20

Langdon Shiverick will be participating in the Root of Nine trade tasting this Tuesday, September 20. If you're in the trade, join us at Back Label Wine Merchants from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Wine of the Week - Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Our featured wine this week comes from the Rhône Valley in France - Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf-du-Pape!

With cooler temperatures finally settling in, celebrate the return of fall with this Grenche-Syrah blend that featured black and red fruits, a hint of spice, and gentle tannins.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Château Lamothe Bordeaux Blanc in the Wine Spectator

Featured in the article 13 Bracing White Bordeaux Values, James Molesworth says of the Lamothe Bordeaux Blanc: "Lemon curd and grapefruit oil notes form the core, with light thyme and straw shadings gracing the slightly plump-edged finish."

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

2016 harvest at Herdade do Rocim in Portugal. #harvest2016 #wine #portugal #blog

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Wine of the Week - Chaumeau Balland Sancerre

It may be time for back to school, but temperatures are still summer-like. Kick back with a glass of our wine of the week - Chaumeau Balland Sancerre Blanc.

At the eastern end of the Loire Valley in Central France sits the famous wine region of Sancerre. Lying at the heart of Sancerre is the small and prestigious town of Bué. Owner and producer Madame Chaumeau oversees Chaumeau Balland et Fils from the center of Bué. The property extends along the rolling hills with vineyards scattered amongst different faces of these hills. Comprised of 11 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and three hectares of Pinot Noir that surround the village, the Domaine can attribute a large portion of its success to the Kimmeridian ridge, a geological feature that surfaces in Champagne, Chablis, and Sancerre. These famous regions all benefit from the unique limestone and clay soils that contribute to the body and mineral-driven flavor profile of their wines. For this part of Sancerre in particular, hints of caillottes gravel allow Chaumeau Balland to produce a clean, intense, and flavorful wine.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Samuel Billaud in the Wine Advocate

Domaine Samuel Billaud in Chablis just can't stay out of the news. Wine Advocate has just released the latest scores for the 2014 and 2015 vintages, and they're great!

From the article: 
"There’s a new guy in town. That guy is Samuel Billaud and more accurately, he is returning to the town of Chablis after being embroiled in a family dispute with his uncle Bernard Billaud ... These are well-crafted wines from a talented winemaker with a great deal of experience. As I expected, the 2014s are clearly more tensile, steely and mineral-driven, the nascent 2015s richer and more flamboyant, perhaps earlier drinking than the 2014s. Now that Samuel finally has a sense of permanence upon which he can build upon, literally, I think he can finally see the end of the tunnel after all the tumult in recent years. Look out for this domaine to become even more well known in the future."

Wine Spectator, in this week's "Insider," features the 2013 Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Cuvée Barberini," awarding it 93 points.

"A juicy style, with blackberry, boysenberry and raspberry pâte de fruit flavors holding sway, while light anise, sweet spice and fruitcake notes fill in. Best from 2017 through 2028."—J.M.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Come with us for #TravelTuesday as harvest and vinification begin at @lastlightwine on the far western reaches of the Central Coast of California. #chardonnay #pinotnoir #blog #sanluisobispo #harvest2016

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Wine of the Week - Jean-Charles Fagot Rully

Bargains in Burgundy can be hard to come by nowadays. Enter our wine of the week - Jean-Charles Fagot's Rully Blanc: 100% Chardonnay from southern Burgundy.

Rully is the first village in the Côte Chalonnaise as you move south out of the Côte d’Or. The soils are more limestone-heavy and the area is ideal for growing Chardonnay. The average age of the vines for this wine is 30 years old. Manual harvest followed by temperature-controlled fermentation with natural yeasts.