Friday, 6 October 5-7:30 pm, Downtown
Organic, Biodynamic, & Sustainable Wines from Williams Corner Wine, with Jeff Latchem.
Barbi, Macciarello Rose 2016 – $9.99, Tasting Price – $8.99
Ca’ dei Zago, Sparkling 2013 – $29.99, Tasting Price – $26.99
Domaine de la Bergerie La Croix Picot 2013 – $24.99, Tasting Price – $22.46
(100% Chenin Blanc; Anjou, France)
The Loire Valley village of Savennières (Anjou region) is one of the world’s great places of Chenin Blanc. Typical of the best from here, this is dry, high-acid, fresh apple-y, a little floral on the nose and waxy on the palate. Makes your mouth water from the acid and its fruity/chalky/floral character.
Domaine de la Bergerie has been a family estate since 1964, first purchased by Marie-Scholastique Horeau and currently run by her grandson, Yves Guégniard, with his wife, Marie-Annick. The domaine has always adhered to a high standard of excellence: green harvest, strict sorting and separate vinification of each harvested parcel. Now, as Yves and Marie-Annick’s daughter, Anne, begins to take the lead, the domaine is converting to organic viniculture and exhibiting an exciting new energy — and fascinating wines.The domaine is in the heart of Côteaux du Layon, in the Anjou region of the central Loire Valley. Encompassing a total of 89 acres, the vineyards are spread throughout multiple appellations, including Anjou (blanc and rouge), Savennières, Côteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume. From soils of schist and clay, Chenin Blanc making up the majority of their vineyards, joined by other varietals, such as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grolleau.
At Domaine de la Bergerie, the entire operation is a family affair: Following stints with Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon, Anne’s husband, David, has opened a beautiful restaurant on the property. His local cuisine is a lovely complement to the outstanding sparkling and still wines made here.
Mas des Brun, ‘Bandol’ Rose 2016- $19.99
Tasting Price – $17.99
Carini, A2B Alicante Bouschet 2013 – $14.99, Tasting Price – $13.49
(100% Alicante Bouschet; Lodi, California)
Opaque ruby in color, once in the glass the nose explodes right away. Delightfully intoxicating aromas of black and blue berry fruit leap forward first, followed by notes of cherry head candy, crushed violets, caramel, allspice, cloves, and cigar box. I could go on. In your mouth, more persistent and chewy berry fruit: blue and black + lots of sour cherry and tart blackberry. This wine is a baby, one year old as I write this. I’m drinking it now and loving its youth, but patience will be rewarded as well. Put some away and drink it over time as this wine will just be getting better for years to come.
I’m a big fan of Alicante Bouschet for many reasons. Mainly I just love to drink the wine, but I also like it because Grenache is it’s dad and I love Grenache so much! Also, my grandpa made it in the basement in Milwaukee and top of that, it’s hard for me to not root for the underdog and in 2015, Alicante is the underdog. Most of it that was grown in CA has been ripped out to make way for Chard and Cab. That’s fine for most people, but this is some worth while fruit and as long as i have something to say about it, this Alicante is here to stay. So DRINK IT UP people! One try and ill bet you feel the same way that I do.
(winemaker Andy Carini)
Bellevue, Cotes de Bordeaux-Castillon “Vieilles Vignes” 2015 – $17.99
Wine of the Week – $11.96
(Merlot, Cabernet Franc; Bordeaux, France)
Bordeaux is the once and future king of wine; unfortunately its price reflects its fame. So how can those of us who aren’t to the manor born afford this royal libation? Simple — move away from the communes with the high prices such as Pauillac and Pomerol, to outlying communes with similar soils and cheaper land. Castillon is one such appellation, home to some of the best values in Bordeaux. This Castillon, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, offers deep aromas of blackberry and mint notes, followed by flavors of blackberry and milk chocolate. Perfect for drinking now, it should age nicely for at least five years