Friday, April 28, 2017

Happy Friday! Although it doesn't look like it, this is a magnum bottle of Chateau Revelette rosĂ© (our preferred bottle size)! 😉#happyfriday #rosĂ© #rosĂ©allday #chateaurevelette #Provence #blog

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Jean-Louis Chave 2015 Vintage in Vinous and Wine Spectator

Jean-Louis Chave has received some outstanding press recently regarding his most current 2015 vintage; with both Vinous and Wine Spectator commenting on the stellar progress of his more recent Saint-Joseph project as well as his always distinguished Hermitage.   

In Vinous' April publication, Josh Raynolds recounts his interview with the producer in which Chave highlights the notably rainy and warm growing season, the increased interest in Saint Joseph, as well as the very promising 2015 vintage and how it stands up with previous outstanding years. Raynolds states that "after suffering through the short crops of 2014 and 2013, Jean-Louis Chave told me that he was relieved to realize a normal crop... Even better, he said, was the fact that the fruit was uniformly of extremely high quality— 'healthy, ripe and with great natural acidity'—thanks to the cool nights that the region enjoyed, along with some well-timed rain." 

Of the 2015 Hermitage Rouge Raynold's sees much promise in this current vintage, stating that "the final wine should be a knockout and I envision that it will come off as a hypothetical cross of Chave's 2009 (power and heft) and 2010 (energy and structure)". Appointing the wine 96-98 points.  

Raynolds was also impressed with the 2015 Saint-Joseph. Noting that "the final wine will be one of the best examples of this bottling yet...delivering serious depth and flavor intensity but energy as well... that it will match up favorably with plenty of Hermitages from the vintage". Appointed 92-94 points.

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. He then 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 RhĂŽne terroir.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wine of the Week - Jean Fournier "Origines"

Although Chardonnay reigns supreme in Marsannay, there are three other white varietals permitted in this region; Pinot Blanc, Pinot Beuret (Pinot Gris), and Aligote. Domaine Jean Fournier's “Origines” CuvĂ©e SpĂ©ciale is a blend of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Beuret. Favoring long strong presses when making his white wine, Jean Fournier ferments this cuvĂ©e in neutral oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks with no yeast added and no fining. 

Marsannay, the CĂŽte de Nuit’s northernmost winegrowing region, was overlooked when the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO) originally delimited AOCs in the 1930s. The region finally received its appellation in 1987, giving the recognition the growers felt their rocky limestone and marl terroirs deserved. Marsannay is unique in Burgundy for having AOC status for red, white, and rosĂ© 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.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Burghound Reviews 2015 Pousse d'Or

Burghound has released their comprehensive review of the Domaine de la Pousse d'Or 2015 vintage. Most notable accolades being the Clos de la Roche, Bonnes Mares, and the Chambolle-Musigny "Les Amoureuses"; which all received a score of 95 pts.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wine of the Week - Clesi Malvasia Bianca

While rarely seen in the United States, Malvasia is found throughout the Mediterranean, from Portugal to Greece. Clesi Winery, located in Monterey with it's Mediterranean-like climate, has the right combination of warm marine days and cool nights that Malvasia thrives in. This wine has notes of Jasmine, white peach, and apricot aromas. Complemented with grapefruit, honeysuckle and lemon flavors on the palate. It's crisp with strong minerality and a balanced acidity. 

Chris and Adrienne Ferrara began producing Italian-varietal wines sourced exclusively from the diverse microclimates of the Central Coast. Clesi’s Italian focus came from Chris’s love of Italian wines and a background in viticulture that allowed him to plant and farm old world varieties. During his extensive travels throughout Italy, he noted the similarity in conditions of rainfall, soils, and temperatures that are shared between Italy and the Central Coast of California. It just made sense to him to try his hand at planting the traditional varietals of the old world, visualizing them through a new world lens. The intent at Clesi is to merge the exceptional quality produced on the Central Coast with the complexity and restraint necessary to create an elegant and food-focused wine.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Wine of the Week - Mariana Rose

It's the first 2016 RosĂ© Wine of the Week feature! Although the Mariana RosĂ© is perfect for all year around, pairing well with a variety of cuisines, there's something about the warming spring season that makes you reach for rosĂ©! Made from Touriga Nacional and Aragonez, the Mariana is easygoing, vivaciously fruity, and very fresh; showing notes of bright red berries, elderflower, and melon.  

Fans of the Mariana wines might also notice a label change! We are excited to announce that Herdade do Rocim has introduced a new design for their Mariana label! Classic and elegant, this label encompasses the beauty of wines and the Alentejano appellation.  

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.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Shiverick Imports at Vinitaly 2017

Shiverick Imports will be present at VINITALY this year! Our Italian producers will be Verona April 9th-12th along with David and Hope! 


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wine of the Week - Grochau Melon de Bourgogne

Yes, you read right! Melon de Bourgogne from Oregon! While not completely unheard of, we are truly excited to have this wine from Grochau in our portfolio. One of their newest additions, this varietal is usually grown in Loire and is also known as Muscadet. This wine is whole cluster pressed, with uninoculated fermentation in neutral French oak barriques. Aged sur lie for 7.5 months. No fining. With mouth watering acidity and fresh minerality this is the perfect white wine for shellfish, lightly aged cheeses, and white fish with fresh herbs. 

In the backyard of Portland, Oregon, the Willamette Valley is now one of the premier regions for United States Pinot Noir. Within the larger AVA lies Eola-Amity Hills, a more defined microclimate that has thinner soils with less water holding capacity and proximity to cooler winds. Specializing in Eola-Amity Hills wines, Grochau Cellars was founded in 2002 by John Grochau and is based on the principles of minimalism, only utilizing grapes from vineyards whose processes are organic and environmentally friendly. The main philosophy of Grochau Cellars is “Don’t Screw It Up,” believing that with minimal intervention, naturally healthy grapes can be given their best chance to shine. By maintaining this philosophy, Grochau Cellars represents the true flavors of Oregon: complex, pure, and satisfying.