Pet-Nat Wines from Early Mountain
Downtown, 5-7 pm, Tuesday 24 January 2017
We scored these cool “Pet-Nat” or naturally pettillant (sparkling) wines from Early Mountain Vineyards. These are their winemakers’ limited edition projects and this is a one-time opportunity to taste and buy these wines. If you think that Virginia wines aren’t cool, these will certainly change your mind. Since all of are wine geeks, we got a little giddy when we first say pictures of these fascinating wines on their Facebook page. And yes, the wines are cloudy (unfiltered) and closed with a bottlecap. Need I say more? Featuring these wines. With Patt Eagan of Early Mountain. (Note: these wines will not be in stock until the tasting event starts.)
“Pét-nat is not a style of wine, but a method of winemaking, and in true renegade fashion most of what that process is changes according to winemaker, with an unwavering requirement that the wine acquire its sparkle by finishing its primary fermentation in bottle.” Read more from Eater.com.
- 2015 Petillant Naturel Syrah Rose: Pétillant naturel (pét-nat), literally meaning “naturally sparkling,” is a term for sparkling wine made by méthode ancestrale. A predominate red fruit and berry character leads to subtle savory and herbal notes, characteristic of Syrah. The bright acidity complements the soft fizz of this wine, with the bottle fermentation providing a fuller mouthfeel.
- 2016 Pétillant Naturel of Petit Manseng & Sauvignon Blanc: Pétillant naturel (pét-nat), literally meaning “naturally sparkling,” is a term for sparkling wine made by méthode ancestrale. A predominate citrus and tropical fruit note leads to subtle savory notes, influenced by Petit Manseng. The high acidity is complemented by the bright bubbles and round mouthfeel from the bottle fermentation.
- 2015 Foothills Red: The 2015 Foothills is based in Merlot, a grape known for its plush, black fruited flavors. We have that here, but we also find the smoky, peppered, herbal-mint combination of the Cabernet Franc and Syrah roaming the periphery of the aromas and flavors. These accents and the dash of sit-up-straight structure from the Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon provide counterpoint to the wine’s fruit-given charm.