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White Wine

Carlo & Sylvia Piemonte Brachetto

carlo-sylviaOur featured wine for July is 100% Brachetto, an Italian red wine grape from the north western Piedmont region. Brachetto may be still frizzante (lightly sparkling).

Carlo & Sylvia Piemonte Brachetto

Wine Maker Tasting Notes

“Floral and musky notes – with light nuances of forest fruits. Sweet, aromatic and balanced in the mouth, with an enjoyable savoury finish.”

Carlo & Sylvia Piemonte Brachetto is frizzante. The winemakers suggests serving Carlo & Sylvia Piemonte Brachetto as an apertif or with desserts and fruit.

We also have a Carlo & Sylvia Mosacto D’asti, a sparkling white wine, native to the same region. If you’re a dessert wine fan, Mosacto D’asti is a wine to consider.

 

Volte Face Vinho Branco and Reserva

nov-wine-webOur featured wines for November, the mysterious Volte Face, comes from the Alentejano region of Portugal.

The first of this pair, Volte Face Vinho Branco, was featured in the Washington Post. Vinho Branco is made from Antaõ Vaz, one of the most sought after grapes in the region.
The Washington Post rates Vote Face Vinho Branco “Excellent”, with tasting notes that include:

“Flavors of white flowers and talc are backed up by rich textures of lanolin and beeswax. Delicious. There is also an excellent red at the same price.”

That “excellent red” is Volte Face Reserva, our second featured wine for the month. Volte Face Reserva is what’s known as a rare red blend.

Either of these wines will pair well with your Thanksgiving turkey or ham.

90+ Cellars Winter Weekender

winter-weekenderThis month our featured wine is a seasonal variety pack from 90+ Cellars. If you’re not familiar with brand, this is a great place to start. 90+ Cellars began in 2009, with the goal of offering great wine at discounted prices. They achieved that goal, by buying excess wine from top rated winemakers.

Our feature is this year’s 90+ Cellars Winter Weekender collection. This box set includes three perfect wines for the season.

Cabernet Sauvignon – Lot 53
90+ Cellars Lot 53 is sourced from an Argentian winemaker, whose vines were originally planted in the late 1700’s. 90+ Cellars describes this Cabernet as having the taste of “uicy, dark berry fruit…followed by a trickle of sweet spice and savory plums.”

Pinot Grigio – Lot 42
The Lot 42 Pinot Grigio comes from Trentino Italy, made from grapes growm at the base of the Dolomite mountains. 90+ Cellars says this Pinto is “Medium bodied with a generous smack of minerality.”

Malbec – Lot 7
90+ Cellars doesn’t sell this Malbec directly. Only available from select retailers, like us! The Lot 7 Malbec is made from grapes frown in the Andes Monutains of Argentina. The wine was aged in French and American oak for at least six months. 90+ Cellars says this Malbec has “Aromas of fresh black currants raspberries and plums with a hint of dark chocolate.”

2013 Sean Minor Four Bears Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc

sean-minor-hdr-webSean and Nicole Minor founded Four Bears Winery, and Sean Minor Wines, in 2005. One of the couple’s primary goals, was making affordable wine without compromising quality. They’ve certainly achieved that goal, and we’re excited to feature two white wines from the Four Bears collection.

2013 Four Bears Chardonnay – Central Coast
Sean Minor takes their winemaking very seriously, and this Chardonnay is no exception. The grapes are put through a slow cool fermentation, some in french oak barrels, and the rest in stainless steel. The wine makers tasting notes for Four Bears Chardonnay includes:

“On the entry, pear and green apple flavors are framed by nice acidity which integrates well with the medium body mouth feel.  The green apple and peach flavors evolve into a hint of minerality that adds complexity to the lengthy finish. “
2013 Four Bears Sauvignon Blanc – California

The Sauvignon Blanc goes through a similar winemaking process, with a few exceptions. Only a small portion is aged in French oak barrels, most in stainless steel. And the wine in the oak barrels is i”sur lie aged”, meaning it is left to sit on the lees after fermentation, the sediment at the bottom, a combination of yeast and grape remains. The wine makers tasting notes for Four Bears Sauvignon Blanc include:

“On the entry, the juicy grapefruit acidity integrates well with a medium body mid palate mouth feel.  The kiwi, green apple and peach flavors evolve into a hint of minerality that adds complexity to the finish.”

Bryn Mawr Vineyards – Rosé of Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc

bryn-mwar-webWe have two great summer wines to highlight for July, both from Oregon’s Bryn Mawr Vineyards.

Bryn Mawr Vineyards – Pinot Blanc

While Pinot Blanc, a white variety of Pinot Noir, is not widely grown in Oregon, the folks at Bryn Mawr felt they had the perfect conditions for it when they planted the vines back in 2010. It turns out they were correct, as Bryn Mawr really delivers with a grape typically associated with cooler European climates.

The wine makers tasting notes include “honey, ginger, rose water, pear flowers, and mandarin…”

Bryn Mawr Vineyards – Rosé of Pinot Noir

The winemakers say their rosé is very “intentional”, that many other  rosés are simply leftovers from red wine making. Bryn Wawr pulls their rosé from the early stages of red wine fermentation.

The wine maker’s description includes “rich and creamy notes combine with fresh raspberry, strawberry, mandarin, and orange zest.”

 

 

Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2012

Rob Griffin and his wife Deborah Barnard have been making wine in South Central Washington’s wine country, for over 30 years.

Chardonnay has been a focus of Barnard Griffin from the beginning. So its no surprise Barnard Griffin Chardonnay rates so well.

Wine Enthusiast named Barnard Griffin Chadonnay 2012 a “Best Buy”, awarding it 90 pts. Some tasting notes from Wine Enthusiast:

“Opening scents of cracker and Asian pear roll into a concentrated, sophisticated effort that was half barrel fermented. Tart citrus, apple and pear fruit is touched lightly with pretty spice.”

According to the winemaker Barnard Griffin Chardonnay pairs well with a wide variety of foods, and is perfect for entertaining. This is definitely one to consider for your next dinner party.

Burgáns Albariño

Our featured wine this month comes to us from the Rías Baixas region of Spain. The region is known for the Albariño grape. In fact, over 90% of grapes grown and wine produced in the region is Albariño.

On our shelves, you will find the Burgáns Albariño from Bodegas Martín Códax. The goal at Martín Códax is to bring authentic Galician wines to the region, and to the world. Burgáns Albariño is named for the slope the winery sits on in the Salnés Valley.

The winemakers tasting notes:

Appearance – “A bright greenish yellow colour with golden highlights.”

Nose – “A uniquely fruity aroma where the variety is clearly appreciated, highlighting hints of ripe apples, apricots, and peach aromas.”

Palate – “In the mouth, it is rich, mellow and well-balanced. The aftertaste is fully rounded and off dry on the palate with juicy fruit flavours, clean acidity and a long, mineral-dominated finish.”

Whether you’re looking for an authentic Galician wine, or nice summer white, Burgáns Albariño won’t disappoint!

 

Fabulous White Wine for Thanksgiving Dinner

This Thanksgiving, try a Pinot Gris, a perfect white wine to pair with your turkey and ham dinner. Pinot Gris is a white wine grape from France that grows a grayish-blue fruit. You may be more familiar with its Italian clone, Pinot Grigio. We are proud to feature Paul Blanck Pinot Gris this November. This fabulous white wine hails from Alsace, France, a region known for producing exceptional white wines. Wine Spectator gives the  2011 Paul Blanck Pinot Gris 91 pts., describing it as showing…

 …accents of honeycomb, lemon wax, camomile and almond with flavors of papaya.

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