Thursday, April 12, 2012

For the geeks

Here's a shout out to our wine geeks. You know who you are, you drink a lot of wines and you like things to be interesting. You love the classics, but also like to find new discoveries from unheralded places and wines that are not typical for their grape varieties. I thought it would be fun to mention a few wines that fit the criteria.

Les Sablonettes "Le P'tit Blanc 2010 ($17.99) - Lovely chenin blanc from the Loire Valley. Grown on schist, produced biodynamically, hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks. This has raciness and weight, subtle citrus and pear with notes of white flowers and honey.

Coturri "Sandocino" NV ($21.99)
- Yes, there's geeky wine from California too, of course! An organic and natural wine, it's a non-vintage blend of cabernet, syrah, merlot, and zinfandel from vines in both Sonoma and Mendocino. The wine is full and tangy, with nicely complex savory notes; soy sauce, mint, tobacco leaf, artichoke, and cocoa powder are just a few of the descriptions the staff has used.

Reynald Héaulé, "Eclat De Silice" 2006 ($24.99) - One of my favorite whites in the store right now. This is a naturally made wine from sauvignon blanc, menu pineau, and chardonnay. The wine is just full of complexity and interest, with 6 years in the bottle there's a beautiful mouthfeel, waxy and viscous, and a slight oxidative edge that's totally enjoyable.

La Stoppa Gutturnio Rosso Colli Picentini 2009 ($17.99) - From near Piacenza in Emilia-Romagna, this is a biodynamic barbera and bonarda blend that sees a long fermentation on native yeasts. The result is fairly full cherry and plum fruit with nice acidity and a wondrous earthy, funky edge.

Valli Unite, "Bianchino" Colli Tortonesi ($14.99) - An organic wine from Tuscany, it's a revelation for the cortese grape. There's a crisp, refreshing quality here but also a minty sensation and a sense of aliveness.

Angiolino Maule, "Rosso Maseiri" Rosso Del Veneto 2010 ($16.99) - How about a wine from northern Italy that's a blend of merlot (mostly), with cabernet franc, and lagrein (sometimes) fermented in open top wooden vats then aged in a combo of stainless steel tanks and old barrels without intervention. It's sappy, resinous, and delicious and if you guessed merlot in a blind tasting you'd be the only one.

Hope that you get to try a few of these.


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