Ampeleia, Costa Toscano Rosso Un Litro 2015 – $19.99
(Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Alicante Bouschet; Tuscany, Italy)
Elisabetta Foradori, one of Italy’s top superstar winemakers, famous for her work with Teraldego in the Alto Adige has come together with 2 friends, GiovanniPodini and Thomas Widmann, to develop Ampeleia: a completely unique project in the Maremma region of Tuscany, farmed biodynamically, focusing on the synergy between mankind and nature, producing fresh and elegant, silky wines.
Piedrasassi, Syrah “PS” Santa Barbara 201 – $24.99
Domaine De Fontsainte, Réserve la Demoiselle 2014 – $19.99
(60% Carignan, 30% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre; Corbières, France)
“The first vineyards at Domaine de Fontsainte, in the Corbières appellation, were planted by the Romans. The original domaine was built around a thermal spring, which was later named for the local, twelfth-century patron saint, Saint Siméon; hence Fontsainte—the saint’s fount. Winemaker Bruno Laboucarié believes that “great wines are made in the vineyard” and less in the cellars. He farms the land sustainably and keeps treatments to a minimum. Many of their vines are older, especially the parcel known as La Demoiselle, which recently celebrated its hundredth year.” – Kermit Lynch Wines
Domaine La Blaque, Pierrevert Rouge 2013 – $15.99
(90% Syrah, 10% Grenache; Haute Provence, France)
Made from cool, high altitude vineyards, allowing the wine to retain more acidity and freshness. The nose is rich with cassis and blackberry aromas enlivened by licorice, lavender, and a pronounced floral note. The palate is lush, but not overly so, and the tannins are ripe. Pierrevert has only been an appellation since 1998, so it’s not yet widely known. Wines like this will quickly change that.
Chateau de Vaux, Pinot Noir “Les Hautes Bassieres” 2014 – $21.99
(100% Pinot Noir; Moselle, France)
Chateau de Vaux is a humble winery run by Norbert and Marie-Geneviève Molozay. Their Pinot Noir is the smoothest and silkiest we’ve tasted in ages. When writers speak of the sensuous and delicate nature of Pinot, this is what they’re talking about. Lovely aromas of cherries and a bit of a spice note are echoed in the smooth as silk palate.