White Wine

Duck Hunter & Allan Scott Sauvignon Blancs


As the hot summer nights continue, we’ve selected another pair of Sauvignon Blanc, both hailing from Marlborough, New Zealand.

Duck Hunter Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Duck Hunter harvests Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards in both the Wairau and Awatere Valleys. The winemaker describes a “crisp and clean pallet” and a nose “bursting with stonefruit and melon.”

Rich Cook agrees, awarding Duck Hunter Sauvignon Blanc a 94 pt score, with notes that include:

“…fresh citrus, mild grass, bright stony minerality and a sexy texture that finishes with a zesty pop.”

Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc 2020
According to the winemaker, a lower crop resulted in a higher concentration of flavor and texture – describing this Sauvignon Blanc as “fresh, zesty, juicy and full.”

Wine Spectator seem to agree, awarding Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc a 92 pt score, with tasting notes that include:

“…generous and juicy mix of passion fruit, key lime and ruby grapefruit flavors.”

EQ Coastal & Manu Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

We’ve selected a pair of Sauvignon Blanc to keep you going through these hot summer nights.

First up from Chile, we have EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc 2019 from Matetic Vineyards. The “EQ” refers to the balance or “equilibrio” in Spanish, the winemaker sees in the soils of the Valle Hermoso vineyard. Matetic’s tasting notes include:

“….fresh and vivid, crisp and concentrated, very fruity with a salty mineral dimension leading to a lingering finish.”

And from New Zealand we have Manu Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020. Manu is a collection of New Zealand wines from winemaker Steve Bird. Steve Bird Wines descreibes Manu Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc as:

“…vibrant and tasty, packed with flavors of lime, stone fruit and fresh herbs.”

Jose Maria Da Fonseca – Waterdog Portugal Wines

Our featured wines this month come from Jose Maria Da Fonseca’s premium Waterdog line. The wines are from the southern coast of Portugal, home of the original Portuguese Waterdogs.

Waterdog Portugal White Wine 2020 is a blend of 90% Arinto and 10% Fernão Pires grapes. The winemaker’s tasting notes for Waterdog Portugal White include “peach and pineapple aroma and a touch of spices and wood.”

Waterdog Portugal Red Wine 2020 is a blend of 56% Castelão, 22% Touriga Nacional, and 22% Touriga Francesa grapes, aged for 6 months in French and American Oak. The winemakers describes Waterdog Portugal Red as having a “fruity palate with notes of red berries and a touch of wood”.

Bio Zero – Wines Without Sulfites


Every so often we have a customer requesting a wine without added sulfites. We’ve kept our eye out and found Bio Zero, a line of “wines without sulfites” from Italy’s Cascina Del Colle.

The Bio Zero red wine is made entirely of Montepulciano grapes, fermented in stainless steel tanks, and aged for one month. The winemaker’s notes describe:

“red berry fruit, complemented by subtle herbaceous nuances and pleasing floral sensations…balanced, fresh, young, with good tannic texture, body and persistence.”

Bio Zero’s white wine offering is made of Trebbiano grapes, also fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks for one month. Casinca Del Colle’s notes include:

“…fresh notes of green apple, white flowers and citrus notes…sapid, fresh, balanced, refreshing.”

Whether you’ve been searching for a sulfite free wine, or just looking for something interesting to try, consider picking up a bottle of Bio Zero on your next visit to Village Beer & Fine Wine.

Casali Roncali Pinot Grigio 2018

casali-roncali-pinot-grigioOur featured wine for July is extremely limited, only 100 cases, packed 6 bottles to a case, were imported into the US this year. We’re excited to offer Casali Roncali Pinot Grigio 2018 from Fruili, Italy, located in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region. Casali Roncali uses a soft pressing of it’s grapes to avoid contact with the skins.

The winemaker describes Casali Roncali Pinot Grigio:

“….Aromas of orchard fruit, toasted bread and elderflower….bright minerally white, with caressing acidity of pear, lemon peel and apricot leading to tangy finish…”

Stop by soon if you’re interested in Casali Roncali Pinot Grigio 2018. Not only is availability limited, this is an excellent and competitively priced example of the white wines of Italy’s Colli Orientali del Friuli region.

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.”