Wines of Summer

Downtown, Friday, 26 May 5-7:30 pm

FEATURING

White

Boet La Roux, Colombard Old Vine Swartland 2016

Wine-of-the-Week on Sale for $7.96

(100% Colombard; Swartland, South Africa)

If you ever find yourself in the heart of the Swartland, you’re likely to see a familiar face. Boet Le Roux, farmer extraordinaire, a living legend. Tirelessly he battles the fierce South African sun to deliver only the finest the Swartland has to offer. With crisp citrus fruit and a zesty, refreshing finish, Boet Le Roux’s Old Vine Colombard has a lively larger-than-life character that’s refreshingly good company all year round.

Hugl, Gruner Veltliner Niederosterreich 2016 – $11.99, Tasting Price $10.80

Sylvia and Martin Hugl are a young couple in Ketzelsdorf-Poysdorf in north-east Austria who

have just taken over from their parents. Their fresh and vibrant Grüner Veltliner shows citrus, grapefruit, and tropical fruit aromas with a hint of freshly ground white pepper. Its nice depth and mineral backbone make this an almost universal match for all foods. Since liter bottles

contain one-third more volume than standard wine bottles, the equivalent regular bottle price is $8.99.

Le Rocher des Violettes, Montlouis Cuvée Touche Mitaine Sec 2015 – $25.99,

on Sale for $19.96

(100% Chenin Blanc; Montlouis, Loire Valley, France)

Le Rocher des Violettes’ Xavier Weisskopf has had a remarkably precocious track record in the world of wine. He went to school in Chablis, where his passion for the vine took root and led him to the wine school in Beaune. After earning a degree in viticulture and enology, he went to work for the dynamic, hard-driving Louis Barruol at Château de Saint Cosme in Gigondas. In January 2005, Xavier bought 22 acres of vines in the Saint Martin le Beau sector of Montlouis and an enormous, raw 15th century stone cellar—originally a quarry dug deep into the Loire’s chalk limestone bank in Amboise. Montlouis faces Vouvray across the broad Loire. These are Touraine’s two great white wine appellations, and both have plateaus where most of the vineyards grow high above the river. From a 10-acre parcel named ‘Touch of the Mitten’ because it’s cold up there during pruning season. At 35+ years of age, this is Xavier’s youngest parcel of Chenin, growing in limestone flint soil. –-importer Vat59

Red

Mont Gravet, Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2015 – $8.99, Tasting Price $8.09

(100% Carignan; Pays d’Herault, Languedoc, France)

“Let’s not waste any time – the Mont Gravet carignan is the best cheap red wine I’ve tasted since the legendary and too long gone Osborne Solaz. To quote my notes: “This cheap French red couldn’t be any better and still be cheap.” What makes the Mont Gravet carignan so wonderful? It’s not dumbed down for the so-called American palate. It’s varietally correct, not easy to do with a blending grape like carignan. It tastes of terroir, not common in $10 wine. I tasted this wine over and over, looking for flaws, because that’s what the Wine Curmudgeon does. I couldn’t find any. What will you find? An earthy and fruity (blackberry?) wine, with a welcoming, almost figgy aroma, acidity that sits nicely between the fruit and the earthiness, and just enough tannins to do the job. It’s everything you could want in $10 wine – or $15 wine, for that matter. This is the kind of the the $10 Hall of Fame was made for.” –winecurmudgeon.com

Hedges C.M.S. 2014 – $16.99

Tasting price – $15.30

(49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 4% Syrah; Columbia Valley, WA)

Dark, deep ruby color. Aromas of black cherry, blackberry, sweet plum fruit and sweet toasted oak with undertones of ripe melon, dried herbs and vanilla with hints of cocoa powder, tobacco and graham cracker. On the palate toasted oak and graham cracker with lively acidity, darker berry fruits, cocoa powder and sweetness, good body with well integrated tannins that linger on the long finish. A nicely balanced wine, with enough acid and tannin to make this a more serious, longer lived wine that will go well with food.” – The winery

Avancia, Mencia Valdeorras

Cuvee de O” 2014 – $17.99,

Wine-of-the-Week $11.96

(100% Mencia, Valdeorras, Galacia, Spain)

The grapes for Avancia Mencia come from the winery’s oldest vineyards planted in 1904 and 1910 on terraced mountain slopes at 450 m (1,476 ft.) above sea level. “Inky purple. Dark fruit preserve and floral pastille scents are complicated by smoky mineral, licorice and spicecake qualities. Juicy, broad and spicy in the mouth, offering sappy boysenberry and mocha flavors that become spicier and livelier with aeration. Suavely combines richness and vivacity and finishes spicy and very long, with slow-building tannins and repeating floral and blue fruit notes.” —Vinous

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