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Chilling and Grilling!
Chilling and Grilling!
What a wonderful summer it’s been so far. I’m grilling at least three times a week (don’t tell my cardiologist) on an old kettle barbecue with real hardwood charcoal. I love how long it takes to get the coals going and how it forces me to slow down, take a break, enjoy the experience. What enhances that experience and the dinner even more? A great glass of wine, of course!
So, here’s a small collection of wines from our catalogue, which features at least 250 at all times. These are all aromatic wines, open, fruity and drinking well now. Crack some seafood, fillet some fish or slap a thick steak on the grill, it’s the best time of the summer!
Any questions? Feel free to call me. I’m always happy to “talk wine”: 647 955 8872 or email@example.com. I hope to hear from you.
“Named for the gate surrounding the town of Conegliano, the “Porta Monticano” 2017 is a blend of the region’s premier grape Glera (also called Prosecco), and the lesser known indigenous grapes Incrocio Manzoni, Verdiso, and Boschera.
This bubbly was created for the wine bars of the Prosecco region’s heartland, Congeliano and Valdobbiadene. It is made with summer in mind and is perfect in a Spritz while sitting on a patio and chatting with friends.
This wine is, perhaps surprisingly, a little fuller on the palate than the winery’s DOC Proseccos but still has the characteristic floral and appley aromas and the crisp, bubbly mouthfeel. If you’re not making Spritzes, pour it beside a nice platter of sliced Italian meats, cured vegetables, olives and cheeses.
The 2017 bottling represents a new era for one of my favourite whites. La Giustiniana is one of Gavi’s most respected properties and has always bottled their wines as single-vineyard wines.
With the 2017, they have created Lugarara as a blend of the Lugarara vineyard, complimented by the best estate fruit. It’s hard to imagine the wine getting better, but this is a leap forward in quality.
Drinking Gavi is like drinking Chardonnay, but it’s softer, less “overtly fruity” than Chardonnays at the same price. I think of it as an alternative to Pouilly-Fuissé. La Giustiniana’s is rich for a wine made from Cortese, yellow plummy, fresh and pretty with an underlying minerality.
Pierrick Laroche splashed onto the Chablis scene with his first vintage, the 2010, which received a top-rating of three stars by France’s Guide Hachette. The following vintages were lauded by British MW Rosemary George when she “stumbled” upon them in 2012 at Chablis’s annual post-harvest wine fair.
His family holdings are located in Petit Chablis, Chablis, and the heart of Maligny’s Premier Cru Homme Mort. He shows an uncanny understanding of the land’s influence on his wines. He farms organically, tends his rows using horses (Hâtes roughly means a long strip of land to be plowed by horse), and only bottles the best of the best fruit.
It is well balanced, with crisp acidity and lovely tension. Drink this now and for 3-5 years. Shuck some oysters or slice open the goat’s cheese for this one!
Rias Baixas (pronounced Ree-ass By-shass) is the westernmost, lush, green, wet corner of Spain where the indigenous Albariño grape excels.
Pazo de Señorans is a family business on the site of a 17th century country manor, called a Pazo. The winery is entirely focused on the Albariño variety, an under appreciated yet world-class white varietal. Theirs is grown in the Valle del Salnes, is fermented and raised in stainless steel on the lees and is bottled after 5 months.
Owing to it’s freshness and energy, I think of this as “Spanish Chablis” if you’ll forgive my mashing of terms. There is no nutty, oxidative quality like you may find in many Spanish whites, no use of barrels, just pristine, poised, mineral-driven freshness, and a soft hint of melon, white peach and apricot.
Buehler Vineyards is a 4th generation winery and was founded with one goal – to make wines as good as any in Napa and Sonoma at “everyday” prices. They continue to do so, in a world of ever-more-expensive wines.
The Chardonnay is text-book Sonoma Chardonnay. Citrus, peaches, sweet corn on the nose, complimented by graham cracker and pie crust shadings added by ageing in barrels of varying ages. Creamy and rich on the palate with more crisp stonefruit coming through and that characteristic Russian River Valley acidity. Fire-roasted chicken with summery potato salad would be an amazing match!
Mount Eden is one of the most iconic wineries in California. Located in the Santa Cruz Mountain appellation, it makes some of the best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon in the state.
Domaine Eden is a mountaintop wine estate purchased by Mount Eden Vineyards in 2007. Consider it a “sibling” winery. The soil at the Domaine property produces fruit with more upfront fruitiness and more weight. When this fruit is blended with the typically leaner, more concentrated Estate fruit, you have quite a Chardonnay for the money.
“Showing a deep gold colour, the 2014 Chardonnay (57% declassified Mount Eden fruit, aged 10 months in 35% new barrels) offers lots of orchard fruits and buttered citrus, terrific minerality and reductive notes, medium-bodied richness and a silky texture. It has bright acidity, and while it doesn’t quite have the balance and finesse of the Mount Eden Chardonnay releases, it is a terrific Chardonnay.” 92 points, JebDunnuck.com, Aug 2017
“Grapefruit rind, yogurt, sour cream and warm pear show on the nose of this bottling. There is great acidity on the sip, with a mango cream and tropical fruit touch, but those elements coalesce into a rich, roasted-almond-driven palate as the wine breathes.” 92 points, Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2017
Sicily’s Nerello Mascalese grape excels on Mt. Etna’s volcanic slopes. Mascalese makes a medium-bodied wine, not dissimilar from Pinot Noir, but defies the eye by bringing more tannin than you may expect. Nerello Cappuccio brings another layer of bass-notes and dark fruit, yet only comprises 10% of this wine’s blend.
On the palate the wine is very fruit forward, like Sonoma Zinfandel, but the spicey, cinnamon and Mediterranean herb aromas bring the profile back down to earth. The wine finishes juicy, with obvious acidity which is characteristic of these black volcanic soils.
It seems too simple to say, “try it with Sicilian food”, but it’s true. Rustic Italian food, tomato sauces, braised meats, bean dishes, anything involving Mediterranean herbs would make a nice match.
Priorat as a region is a viticultural “jewel in the crown” of Spain. Ancient black slate soil called llicorella; dry-farmed old vine Carignane, Grenache and Syrah; and weather that you can set your watch to makes this one of Europe’s great wine regions.
The economics of the region have prevented it from really building a centuries-long history, but within the last 30 years, a few adventurous winemakers and families have brought it back to prominence.
Mas Doix was actually founded in 1850. Wars, the economy and phylloxera interrupted 150 years of unbroken vintages, but in 1998 the Doix and Llagostera families revived their estate near Poboleda. Today their wines are among the best in the region, annually attaining “classic scores” and praise from critics worldwide.
“Les Crestes” is their “everyday” wine. A fresh, fruity, and expressive wine from the exceptional 2016 vintage, when a long and moderately warm growing season produced perfect fruit. For a modestly priced Priorat, this vintage will age very well!
The blend is 80% Grenache, 10% old-vine Carignane, and 10% Syrah, all culled from the steep, licorella soil vineyards. Tons of fruit, large mouthfeel, low acidity makes me daydream of a tomahawk chop sizzling on my grill!
“Outstanding notes of black cherries, blackberries, graphite, lead pencil shavings, violets and beautiful minerality all emerge from the glass and this beauty is ripe, plump, rounded, and incredibly textured on the palate, with sweet tannin. It’s a beautifully pure, sexy little fruit bomb to drink over the coming 4-5 years 92 points, Jeb Dunnuck, The Rhone Report, Feb 2018
‘This  is one of the best vintages of the past few decades. Do not miss it.’ Matt Wells, Decanter, December 7, 2017
Another wine that begs for grilled meat is the 2016 Rasteau from Domaine Brusset. 40% Mourvèdre brings muscle, earthy spice and animale shadings to the wine, which compliments the deeply fruited, garrigue inflected, broad and weighty feeling of Grenache.
There is loads of blue fruit, floral notes, Mediterranean herbs; a full bodied, round mouthfeel and a lengthy finish. If you’re grilling something very rich and like short-ribs, or gamey like leg of lamb, this should be in your glass.
“The 2016 Rasteau “La Bastide”, a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre, is a step up from the impressive 2015. It’s riper and richer yet doesn’t come across as warm or overdone, dishing out aromas and flavours of licorice and dark fruit before ending long and supple.” (90-92) points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2017
Terrapura was formed by a pair of Chilean entrepreneurs with deep roots in the Chilean wine industry, Alfonso Undurraga and José Miguel Ovall. The project focuses on the sustainable production of authentically Chilean wines, valuing the magic of the land and the respect of tradition.
The grapes for this Pinot Noir come from the Itata Valley, which follows the path of the Aconcagua River between the Andes to the east and the Pacific to the west. The valley’s stark, hot terrain is tempered by more moderate micro-climates and cool winter breezes that result in stunningly healthy fruit.
On the nose, this Pinot is intense: aromas of cherries and blueberries dominate, accompanied by a hint of black pepper. The palate is soft and silky with good structure and a long, pleasant finish. Perfect as an aperitif or poured with salmon, gamy beef tenderloin, or earthy risotto.