Domaine Jean Teiller Menetou-Salon Blanc '14. ($24.99)
The Domaine Jean Tellier is a family business founded in the 1950s by Leon Millet. It found its true wine-growing vocation with Jean and Denise Tellier (Leon Millet's daughter) who believed in the future of Menetou-Salon and worked to enhance their appellation's reputation.
The Domaine covers an area of 17 hectares and is located on the best slopes of the communes of Menetou-Salon, Parassy, Aubinges, and Vignoux sous les Aix.
Varietal Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc from average 25 year vines.
Soil: Shallow clay limestone
Aging: 95% in tank, 5% in barrel.
Tasting Notes: Golden color with green reflections. Powerful, rich nose, with notes of citrus, peach, and white flowers. When shaken, the nose reveals even more of its aromatic power and complexity. The attack is crisp and full-bodied. The acidity ensures that there is a good balance and the notes of white flowers enhance the fruity aromas on the nose. Lingers well, remains on the palette.
Food Pairings: The Menetou-Salon Blanc is the perfect accompaniment to fish, shellfish, white meat, poultry, chèvre...or simply as an aperitif.
Gothic "Ophelia" Willamette Valley Chardonnay '13. ($25.99)
In 2009, Josh Nadel and William Tigertt launched Gothic. With decades of food and wine experience in New York City, the young would-be vintners sets out to make classic Pinot Noir in the elegant, food-friendly style of Old World winemaking. Years of travel and relationships with top wineries eventually led them to the America's Pacific Northwest. In the remote, misty vineyards of Oregon's Willamette Valley, Gothic Wine was born. Gothic Wine has expanded to a complete line of Burgundy varietals including several sought-after Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and a popular Rosé wine.
Varietal Blend: 100% Chardonnay.
Aromas of Anjou pear, gingerbread and marine-sediment mineral are complimented by flavors of confit lemon and green apple. Judicious use of lees stirring during elevage helped to develop the mid-palate, while contributing weight and complexity to the texture. A lush, medium, mouth-feel is followed by a crisp, lingering finish.
Production Notes: Post harvest and sorting, the Chardonnay was whole cluster pressed and fermented entirely in French oak, of which one third was new. Weekly batonnage was carried out during fermentation, and the wines were racked to tank after approximately 10 months in barrel. The wine completed malolactic
fermentation, and was bottled the first week of September.
300 cases produced
Winzer Sommerach Sommeracher Katzenkopf Silvaner Kabinett Trocken '12. ($18.99)
The winemakers of Winzer Sommerach have had one credo which they have abided by since the winery was established in 1901: Unity is strength. At the beginning of the 20th century, 35 families, all steeped in viticulture for generations, came together out of economic necessity and founded Winzer Sommerach. Since then, a common vision has determined the path of these wine-growing families.
This Franconian classic comes in the Bocksbeutel, a traditional bottle for this terroir. The vines of Winzer Sommerach are among the best in the region and have earned high praise from local wine competitions and trade press alike. The single vineyard wines reflect the specific nature of the vineyard plots. Typical Franconian qualities such as minerality, elegance, and body are what make these wines unique to their terroir. The grapes come from the vineyards of ambitious and nature-loving winemaking families who pursue the goal of producing the highest quality grapes in their vineyards. In their daily work, these winemakers bring kindness and respect
for their vines and are true stewards of the land.
The Vineyard: Katzenkopf ("cat's head"), the most famous Sommeracher vineyard, is south facing and rises gently toward the horizon. The combination of the unique microclimate and special soil together make the vineyard one of the best of the Franken Rebstandorte, giving its wines positions on the leaderboards of national and international wine tastings.
Tasting Notes: Katzenkopf Silvaner Kabinett Trocken is a Frankish masterpiece. The bouquet is inspiring with notes of ripe apple, pear, plum. The taste is juicy and almost melts on the palate, combining with its lovely minerality. This wine pairs beautifully with fish and shellfish, dishes with asparagus, stews, and white meat.
Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss "Les Grimaudes" Costieres de Nimes Rouge '12. ($15.99)
Born in Strasbourg in 1948, Marc Kreydenweiss is heir to a family of viticulturists who have lived in Alsace for 3 centuries. He has owned and managed the Domaine since 1971. In 1984, he made the decision to exclusively produce extremely high-quality wine based on the expression of the terroir. As a result, the wines have preserved the delicacy on which their reputation was established but now contain increased concentration, complexity, and a taste that lingers longer on the palate.
Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss produces biodynamic wines in Alsace and in the Rhone Valley. The winery has been certified since 1989. Today Kreydenweiss farms a little less than 30 acres of vineyards in Alsace, and 22 acres in Costieres de Nimes in the Southern Rhone.
Varietal Blend: 50% Grenache, 40% Carignan, 10% Cinsault
Tasting Notes: This wine is a veritable explosion of fruit flavors without being overpowering. Concentrated fruit remains juicy, fresh, and savory. Gamey and earth driven qualities juxtapose the fruit and fight for dominance. Bright ruby red in color. Aromas of black fruit (blackcurrant) with notes of pepper and violet. Digestible and juicy mouth full of dense fruit flavors.
2012 Reviews: "Coming from pebble and limestone soils and comprised of 50% Grenache, 40% Carignan and 10% Cinsault, the 2012 Costieres De Nimes Grimaudes is a smoking value that offers up classic Carignan spice, violets, lavender and underbrush like aromas and flavors. Loaded with character, this medium-bodied, elegant and beautifully done red should be enjoyed over the coming 3-8 years."-89pts, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
Chateau Franc Laporte Saint-Emilion Bordeaux Rouge '14. ($22.99)
The Calvet and Rollet families have a history in the Bordeaux wine story that stretches back well into the last century and, as some might say, they have wine in their veins!
Benoît Calvet and Michel Rollet, oversee this family-owned property with 4 generations of history and success.
Varietal Blend: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Vineyards: This 10 acres family owned estate is located on the clay and limestone plateau of Saint Emilion known for creating wines with smooth, round tannins, red fruit flavors, and spicy notes.
Vinification: Manual harvest with sorting in the vineyards. Aging in vats and French oak barrels (70%).
Tasting Notes: A deep purple color with red berry notes. Full-bodied with ripe, rich fruit aromas and a silky structure. A beautiful Saint Emilion from the very promising 2014 vintage. The sumptuous blackberry driven core is well balanced, with notes of saddle leather and tobacco. The oak element of this wine is seamlessly integrated and adds that something extra special on the finish. Drinking well now and over the next 6-8 years.