Time to trade your warm and fuzzy reds for some clean, crisp, cleansing wines. At the risk of jumping into rosé season just a little too quickly, we're featuring three white wines that are fitting (and delicious) this time of year. There is a connecting thread through out this week's features – textured, salty, mineral-driven, refreshing–they each reflect a distinct essence of where they come from, making them all drastically different rather than repetitive. Shake of the chill of winter with these cool, bright new additions!
“I think a lot about my wines – not only with my head but with my heart as well. My feeling, instinct, nose, mouth, and gut decide about my wines. It is as simple as that and as complicated as that.” While Austrian grape varieties may be hard to pronounce, nothing about Claus Preisinger is complicated. His first vintage was in the early 2000s, and he has been working biodynamically since 2006. His commitment to the environment and non-interventional winemaking shines through each bottle. This Burgenland white is a blend of Weissburgunder (aka Pinot Blanc), Grüner Veltliner and a bit of Chardonnay from premium sites around the picturesque Lake Neusiedl. Some are dominated by limestone (Kalk) and others by pebbles (Kiesel), lending the wine an outstanding mineral streak. After 4 days of skin and juice contact, the wine is spontaneously fermented and aged on the lees in used oak vessels, then bottled with no added SO2. This wine is as golden and as bright as the sun. Clean and elegantly textured with notes of papaya, ripe apricot, peach and salted yellow apple.
Viña Somoza is located in Valdeorras, a pocket of eastern Galicia in the northwest Spain – it is nicknamed the “valley of gold” due to its wealth of natural resources. Romans first planted vines here over 2,000 years ago, but it wasn’t until the 1980’s that a small group of fearless producers ripped up high-yielding Palomino and Garnacha Tintorera vines that were planted during the early decades of Spain’s tumultuous 20th century, and boldly replanted the indigenous and lovely Godello grape. Victor Fernandez carried on the innovators’ work by founding Viña Somoza in 2001, then bringing on talented viñador Javier Garcia in 2015 to oversee the estate’s evolution. Valdeorras is unlike any other region in Spain: lush, green pastures are accompanied by rolling hills, while its two flowing rivers form a diversity of soil types such as granite, gneiss, quartzite and clay – a perfect home to the remarkably transparent Godello grape, which is known to combine the richness and power of Northern Rhône and acid-driven, mineral expression of distinguished Chablis. ‘Neno’ comes from multiple parcels of 30-40 year old vines on granite and slate soils. Textured, salted stone fruit, followed by a bracing acidity and tension reminiscent of white Burgundy (at a fraction of the price).
Juan Francisco Perez 'Los Loros' Canary Islands, SP 2015$34.99
Not quite beach season in Charleston, but this wine will fuel your anticipation for crisp, salted air and sandy feet. Juan Franciscos Farina Perez’s winery is on the volcanic island of La Palma, on the western tip of the Canary Islands. It has been a family tradition for several generations. Juan’s father and grandfather simply made wine for personal consumption until they decided to so generously share with the rest of us! They began by selling bottles to local restaurants, and production gradually grew without sacrificing quality. ‘Los Loros’ is made from 100% Albillo Criollo, a grape who’s origins are uncertain. But, what we do know is that it Albillo is perfectly adapted to the volcanic soils of La Palma, producing a vertically mineral and profound wine. Notes of salted pineapple and papaya jump from the glass, while the palate is lush and silky with a lingering, smokey finish. A Canary Island wine at its unique best.
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