Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Drinking domestic, saying goodbye to our amazing intern Jean!!! He will be missed! Back to France to work in Burgundy! 🥂#cheers #blog #bigbasin #whitcraft

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Wine of the Week - David Renaud Irancy

Inspired by our recent visit to the Domaine, this week's featured wine is David Renaud's Irancy. Most northerly of the Cote d’Or AOCs, Irancy is a 100% red wine appellation devoted to the production of Pinot Noir. Unlike other Burgundian AOCs however, a small percentage (no more than 10%) of one other black grape, the lively, tannic, and noble César, is permitted into the blend for wines labeled Irancy. This wine is clean and fresh, with raspberry and crushed-strawberry on the nose. The palate is a little chewy on the front with red cherry and a light earthiness on the palate. A slightly edgy tannic finish.   

Sometimes referred to as the red wine of Chablis, Irancy is the most northerly of the Cote d’Or AOCs, a 100% red wine appellation devoted to the production of Pinot Noir. David Renaud’s domaine, which has been in his family for four generations, sits on 11 hectares under vine on soils of Kimmeridgean marl and brown limestone. It unfurls within the best territories in Irancy, Vincelottes and Cravant, at altitudes ranging from 150-250 meters. “I like to think of myself as an orchestra conductor,” says Renaud, “who is able to create beautiful compositions thanks to the talented people working with and around me.” He continues: “Without these people wine would not exist, and I would not be a winemaker.”

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Wine of the Week - Vincent Pinard Sancerre "Cuvée Florès"

This week's wine feature is Vincent Pinard's Sancerre Cuvée Florès. Consistently receiving outstanding reviews, this Sancerre hails from, Bué, a small town of 360 people in the heart of Sancerre. Bué is renowned for its limestone and clay-limestone (the Kimmeridgean terres blanches) soils, which produce more structured and powerful wines compared to other sancerre examples. The Cuvée Florès has notes of Apple, lemon juice, a floral perfume with an expressive minerality.

The Pinards have been making wine here since the 16th century and their ways of winemaking have been passed down from father to son for more than 20 generations. The current generation of Vincent and Cosette, along with their two sons, Florent and Clémente, have been producing especially impressive wines. Their goal is to create the most precise, pure, and fine wines possible using the traditional and natural winemaking techniques of their ancestors

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wine of the Week - Tenuta Scuotto Aglianico

How about a history lesson for this week's featured wine? Tenuta Scuotto's Aglianico is not only a beautiful, food-friendly, age-worthy, intense red wine, but it's also one of the world's oldest grape varietals still cultivated today. Believed to have been first brought to Italy by the Greek Phoenicians, Aglianico is now found in Southern Italy in the regions of Campania and Basilicata, as well as in the U.S. and Australia. Wine produced from Aglianico are full bodied, with firm tannins and high acidity; making them ideal for lengthy aging. This rustic, earth-driven wine would be served best with hearty red-meat stews, tomato sauces, and marinated portobello mushrooms.     

Eduardo Scuotto was driven to settle in Irpinia by his passion for wine and his desire to experience the synergy between man and nature. With the support of his family, his dream has been realized and Tenuta Scuotto was founded. Each aspect of their production is characterised by respect for the traditions of the land, while at the same time avoiding uniformity. Working with enologist Angelo Valentino, the estate produces wines that show the passion of the winemakers and their love for this beautiful region rich of history and traditions. Tenuta Scuotto limits vine yields, pays great attention to detail, and harvests by hand, all to achieve the highest quality raw product. Their ambition is to continue on this path, being able to blend tradition with innovation to meet the changing tastes of wine lovers.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wine of the Week - Chateau Ollieux Romanis "Atal Sia"

This week's featured wine is a Corbières-Boutenac red blend from Ollieux Romanis. The Languedoc-Roussillon producer is on it's way to becoming Organically certified, while also harvesting 80% of it's wine manually, rare for an estate of their size. Atal Sia, Ollieux Romanis' high end cuvee, has received 90 points from both Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast. The 2013 vintage is a blend of 45% Carignan, 30% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah, the three main varietals being cofermented. This blend has cool notes of pepper, herb, earth and a darker fruit-driven bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, with excellent purity of fruit and good acidity.

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. Along with the Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Syrah, Marsanne, and Roussanne, all of which are quite common to the Languedoc, the Bories also cultivate Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Merlot, and Mourvèdre, the “unapproved” varietals going into their fun entry-level VdP label Capucines. Ollieux-Romanis is also currently working its way to fully organic status, having dispensed with herbicides and pesticides in the late 1990s.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Wine Advocate's Jeb Dunnuck reviews Jean-Louis Chave 2014 & 2015 Vintages

On a recent trip through Northern Rhône, Wine Advocate's Jeb Dunnuck visited the acclaimed Jean-Louis Chave estate. There he spoke with winemakers Gérard and  Jean-Louis about the 2014 and 2015 vintages, tasting each from barrel. With so many exceptional past vintages, it's no surprise that the current releases will fare well among the best. Concluding his review, Dunnuck states "I suspect that the 2015 will slot in among 1990, 2003, 2009 and 2010 as one of the greatest wines from the estate".

Jeb Dunnuck's full review on the 2014 & 2015 Chave vintages can be found here.

The Chave family is based in a small village on the northern right bank of the Rhone.  There have been Chaves growing vines on the famous Hermitage hill since 1481. Gerard Chave took over from his father in 1970 and rapidly achieved megastar status due to the extraordinary quality of his wines. Recently he has passed on the winemaking responsibilities to his son Jean-Louis.  The Chave’s methods for all their winemaking are traditional farming, super low yields, full ripeness, and minimal manipulation. Their unmatched meticulousness continues through five centuries to render venerable expressions of the purest of Rhône terroir.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Winter in Trentino at the Cesconi Family winery. Dormant vines preparing for the upcoming year. ❄️ #blog #Italianwine #cesconi #shiverickimports #trentino #trentinoaltoadige

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Reviews are in for Domaine Marc Colin's 2015 Vintage

As the first week of January comes to a close and we reflect on the past year, it's exciting to see our producers continue to receive exemplary marks on their past and current vintages. Most recently, Neal Martin from Wine Advocate reviewed Domaine Marc Colin in Beaune. During his visit, Martin spoke to Damien Colin regarding the challenges he faced with the 2015 vintage as well as the unexpected freshness and vivacity the wines have captured upon recent tastings. This current vintage, as noted by Martin, has "reaffirmed their position as one of the best winemakers in the Côte de Beaune".  

Check out the full 2015 vintage review here.  

Founded in 1970 by Marc Colin and his wife Michele, Domaine Marc Colin now spans 15 hectares encompassing 26 appellations in St. Aubin, Chassagne, Puligny, and Santenay. Most of the land was inherited from past generations of the Colin and Ponavoy families; certain parcels have been in the family for more than 100 years. While the family does own prime territory in Chassagne, home base in St. Aubin features parcels of the very best vineyards, En Remilly and Chatenière, to name a few. Today Joseph, Caroline, and Damien, the children of Marc and Michele, own and run the Domaine. Production consists of 70% white and 30% red with total production maxing out at 120,000 bottles.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Wine of the Week - Herdade do Rocim Verdelho

After weeks of holiday indulgence, January provides an opportunity to take it easy on our palates, lightening up recipes and wine pairings. For the first week of the year, Rocim's Verdelho was chosen. Many times Verdelho is found fortified in Madeira, or has a table wine in Australia, but for a truly old-world style Portuguese white, this wine fits the bill. This Verdelho has a bright green golden color with tropical fruit on the nose with a medium body and refreshing acidity. Pair with fresh seafood, roasted green vegetables like brussel sprouts or asparagus, and even light Japanese cuisine.      

Located in the Lower Alentejo region in the southern half of Portugal, between Vidigueira and Cuba, lies the estate of Herdade do Rocim. Catarina Vieira has been in charge of the development of the estate and she believes that Alentejo has the unique conditions required to produce world-class wines. Joining her as General Manager of the estate is Pedro Ribiero. He contributes to the winemaking decisions, as well as running the sales and business affairs of the estate. Since purchasing the estate, Caterina and Pedro have invested greatly in the land by completely regenerating the vineyards and building a new state of the art winery. They believe that Rocim has great potential for producing high quality wines with worldwide recognition and have created a project that gives value not only to Alentejo, but to Portugal as a whole.

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