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.