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Tasting Texier Cotes du Rhone and Meyer-Nakel Rosé in the Shop, 5pm – 8pm

adele texier Éric Texier “Adele” Cotes du Rhone Blanc, 2014

Éric Texier came to wine without any family connection or romantic, multi-generational story. In 1992, after years as a nuclear scientist, he opted to follow his passion for wine and formally study viticulture and oenology at Bordeaux University. He read a lot, visited winemakers around the world, and worked in Burgundy with Jean-Marie Guffens, at Verget. There he learned the benefits of minimal-intervention wine-making: native yeasts, little to no herbicides, no machines, etc…

As a beginner, he was unable to afford his own vineyards, so he became a négociant, buying only from small growers philosophically aligned with himself. He has since acquired plots in Côte Rôtie and Condrieu in the northern Rhône, and replanted several hectares in long-forgotten Brézème with Syrah and Roussanne. All of his wines are aged in the underground 16th-century cellar at his home in Charnay-en-Beaujolais.

Adele is mostly Clairette with the remainder Marsanne, fermented in cement tanks with native yeasts. It rests for about 8 months on its lees, without sulfur, and is bottled unfiltered and unfined. Very little sulfur (25 ppm) is used at bottling. Buoyant and aromatic, with notes of apricots and pears, and a rounded texture punctuated by refreshing acidity.

Meyer-Näkel Spatburgunder Rosé 2015, Ahr, Germany

This is a Pinot Noir based rosé from the Ahr Valley in Germany. Winemaking in Ahr goes back at least to the time of the Romans, 1,000 years ago, but there’s evidence to suggest the cultivation of vines back to the year 770. The region has been known for growing red varieties since the 13th century, and specifically for Pinot Noir (Spatburgunder) since the 18th century. This 19-hectare eco-friendly estate has been in the same family for 5 generations. Winemaker Werner Näkel has taken his show on the road in recent years and also produces wine in Stellenbosch, South Africa and in the Douro in Portugal.

This is a beautifully produced rosé. It’s elegant, precise, perfect.

Here’s what Jancis Robinson has to say about this producer: It would not be exaggerating to say that Meyer-Näkel makes some of the most outstanding Spätburgunder in Germany – Werner Näkel was Gault Millau’s winegrower of the year in 2004, and won Decanter’s International Pinot Noir trophy amid a host of worthy rivals from Burgundy, New Zealand and Oregon. I had a chance to taste his wines at The WineBarn’s annual tasting earlier this year (2010) and was bowled over by their elegance.

Éric Texier “Chat Fou” Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2014

This is a light and lively blend of mostly Grenache and some white Rhone varieties from Eric’s biodynamically farmed vineyard in St-Julien. Roughly a 3rd of the Grenache is fermented in large wooden vats, with the remainder in stainless. This is a fresh, spicy, perfumed and peppery red. It can handle a little chill, and is perfect for sipping on its own, or with bistro-style meals and meats & veggies off the grill.

Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5PM – 8PM

December 18th, 2015

Gift Worthy Wines

Cool wines for gift giving!

Donkey & Goat Lily’s Cuvée Pétillant Naturel Chardonnay 2014

Donkey & Goat Winery is owned and operated by Jared & Tracey Brandt in Berkeley, California. They make natural wines from sustainably and organically farmed vineyards in Sierra Nevada, Mendocino and Napa. Lily’s Cuvée is 90% Chardonnay, 8% Roussanne, 2% who-knows. It’s fun, easy to drink, slightly rich, a touch sweet, pleasantly fizzy.

Éric Texier “Adele” Cotes du Rhone Blanc, 2014

Éric Texier came to wine without any family connection or romantic, multi-generational story. In 1992, after years as a nuclear scientist, he opted to follow his passion for wine and formally study viticulture and oenology at Bordeaux University. He read a lot, visited winemakers around the world, and worked in Burgundy with Jean-Marie Guffens, at Verget. There he learned the benefits of minimal-intervention wine-making: native yeasts, little to no herbicides, no machines, etc…

As a beginner, he was unable to afford his own vineyards, so he became a négociant, buying only from small growers philosophically aligned with himself. He has since acquired plots in Côte Rôtie and Condrieu in the northern Rhône, and replanted several hectares in long-forgotten Brézème with Syrah and Roussanne. All of his wines are aged in the underground 16th-century cellar at his home in Charnay-en-Beaujolais.

Adele is mostly Clairette with the remainder Marsanne, fermented in cement tanks with native yeasts. It rests for about 8 months on its lees, without sulfur, and is bottled unfiltered and unfined. Very little sulfur (25 ppm) is used at bottling. Buoyant and aromatic, with notes of apricots and pears, and a rounded texture punctuated by refreshing acidity.

Broc Carbonic Carignan, 2014, Alexander Valley

Chris Brockway makes site-specific wines out of a “low-wattage” urban winery in Berkeley, CA (the same winery as Donkey & Goat). He produces natural wines, with a minimal SO2. This Carignan is from a 130 year old vineyard on decomposed sandy soils, which make it impossible for phylloxera to survive. These are some of the last remaining self-rooted vines in the state. The wine is made via-carbonic maceration, allowing the yeasts to begin to ferment the grape sugars from the inside out. After fermentation, it rests in neutral oak and concrete tanks for 10 months. This wine is lively, complex, savory and herbal. It’s vibrantly delicious.

Chateau Haut Segottes Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2008

Chateau Haut Ségottes is owned and operated by Danielle Meunier, the fourth generation of her family to oversee this nine hectare estate in the heart of the Saint Emilion appellation. The entire estate is within the Grand Cru appellation, and is planted 60% to Merlot, 35% to Cabernet Franc, and 5% to Cabernet Sauvignon. Although the majority of wines produced in Saint Emillion are Merlot dominant, approximately 65% of this blend is Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Franc dominance produces a wine that is structured and age worthy. Chateau Haut Segottes spends 18 months in barrel, approximately 20% of which are new. Wines are then bottled unfiltered. Total estate production is about 3,000 cases.