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.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Crémant d'Alsace 101

The Wine Enthusiast has a new piece all about Crémant d'Alsace. It's a great primer on the wine.

Of course, we'd recommend the wines of Vignobles des 2 Lunes as a great place to get started trying Crémant d'Alsace! Vignobles des 2 Lunes is a fourteen hectare Demeter-certified estate in the heart of the Alsatian wine country. Looking towards the model of small growers in Champagne, the crémants of 2 Lunes are light and ethereal, characterized by freshness, strong mineral tension and finishing in a very dry style. Their Blanc de Noirs "Clair 2 Lune," Blanc de Blancs "Comète," and Rosé "Poussière d'Etoile" are all delicious examples of this style of wine.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

J.L. Chave Sélection in the Wine Spectator "Insider"

Wine Spectator, in this week's "Insider," features the 2013 J.L. Chave Sélection Saint-Joseph Rouge "Offerus," awarding it 93 points.

"Dark and vinous, featuring blackberry, black currant and plum fruit melded with smoldering charcoal and singed bay leaf notes. The long finish echoes. —J.M."

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wine of the Week - Le Roc "Folle Noire d'Ambat" Fronton Rouge

The new Wine of the Week comes from the southwest of France. The Le Roc "Folle Noire d'Ambat" is made from 100% Negrette, an indigenous grape to this region that produces deep colored, fruity, low-tannin wines.

A recent review of the 2014 vintage in Wine Enthusiast says: "This wine comes from a clay and ironstone vineyard that has produced an intensely perfumed wine. It balances a smooth structure and vivid black fruits. The tannins are light and rounded."

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wine of the Week - Max Ferd. Richter's Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Trocken "Uralte Wurzelechte Reben"

This week's Wine of the Week is a truly special Riesling from the Mosel. Max Ferd. Richter's Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Trocken "Uralte Wurzelechte Reben" may be a little bit of a tongue twister, but let us help you break it down:

The Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard (which translates to "sun dial") is one of the most famed and prestigious in the Mosel. Precipitously steep and rocky, with stunning views of the Mosel river below, produces elegant, mineral, and refined wines. The steep, stony, dark grey slate vineyard is situated on the right bank of the Mosel river, and faces south-southwest. The sunshine naturally heats the vineyard up during the day and keeps the temperature at night.

The Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard with its namesake sun dial visible in the middle
The grapes used for this wine are from an especially old plot planted in 1890 and “Uralte Wurzelechte Reben” translates to “ancient, ungrafted vines.” Grapes were harvested in late October and almost 15% were botrytised. This is Richter's equivalent of a grand cru and represents the pinnacle of winemaking and site selection in the Mosel.

Stephen Tanzer writes about the 2014 Burgundies

Calling them "delectable," Tanzer praises the 2014 vintage in Vinous, including the wines of Domaine de la Pousse d'Or.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Beaujolais 2014 in Vinous

Writing for Vinous, Josh Raynolds calls 2014 in Beaujolais "Another dream vintage," noting that "... even if one takes into consideration the recent run of strong vintages—2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and, almost certainly, 2015—2014 might turn out to have produced the most consistently outstanding group of Beaujolais since the legendary 2005s, which is saying something. "

Both our Beaujolais producers, Domaine des Marrans and Laurent Martray, receive scores in the 90s, and Raynolds calls Martray "a property to watch."

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wine of the Week - Macle Côtes du Jura

Jean and Laurent Macle are the 6th and 7th generation winemakers of Domaine Macle and they produce some of the top wines from the Jura. This Côtes du Jura is made sous voile or “under veil,” which is a semi-oxidative style of wine unique to this region.

Luis Guttierez, writing for the Wine Advocate, says of the 2011 vintage: "The palate is much more expressive and tasty, with deep salty flavors and a long finish. It would welcome some decanting in advance or plenty of time in the glass to open up, and of course a few months in bottle to settle down, but it's a very worthy Côtes du Jura. 91+ points."

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Wine of the Week - Rocim Amphora Branco

This week our featured wine comes from the southern part of Portugal - Herdade do Rocim's Amphora Branco.

2,000 years ago the Romans introduced amphora winemaking to the Alentejo region of Portugal, specifically the small southern wine region of Vidigueira. Winemaking with amphora, or talhas as they are called in Portugal, is rarely commercially viable today. But estates such as Herdade do Rocim are rediscovering this ancient tradition with much success. To read more about this fascinating method of winemaking, click here.