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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.