We are READY! As a small wine shop, the coming months are some of the most exciting all year. Holidays, parties, tons of eating and drinking! New wines arriving by the dozen! Check out three we're particularly jazzed about below! We've got your back this holiday season.
Eric Texier 'Adele' Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2017 $24.99 WHITE Cotes-du Rhone?? OUI! 100% Clairette, these vines are planted in the granitic clay-limestone soils of the Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban area on the western side of the Rhône River in the Ardèche. The bunches are hand-harvested and direct-pressed in whole clusters, fermented with native yeasts in cement tank. The wine spends 6-8 months on fine lees without any addition of sulfur. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, with a small dose of sulfur. Root veggies and roasted birds would be our ideal match.
Domaine Plageoles, Braucol, Gaillac, FR 2017 $23.99 A wine made from the Braucol variety. Braucol is more commonly known in the south-west of France as Fer Servadou. This one comes from a parcel of 30-35 year old vines grown on clay and limestone soils. You could think of it as a Southern Pinot or Beaujolais with a bit more heft. But of course, it has its own irresistible personality that reflects both a unique grape and its unique terroir. Vinified with 50% whole clusters, low yields, and aged only in cement tank with no filtration begets a vibrant, red fruited, sappy and jucy wine with a crunchy, fresh personality!
Cruise Wine Co., Valdigue 'Rancho Chimiles' Napa Valley, CA 2017 $34.99 Valdigue! aka Napa Gamay. We never thought you could make a wine with such freshness, verve and energy from a terroir like Napa Valley, but Michael Cruse has done just that. Fermentation occurred without any additions and punchdowns were carried out by foot. Floral and perfumed, bright and fruity. It smells like roses; on the palate, it’s all purple fruit, with a deep sanguine bitterness at the edges to keep everything in check. If you want to drink American this Thanksgiving, make it this wine: USA! USA! USA!