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Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5-8PM

Rosé is so passé, we’ve moved on to Ramato! Just kidding, we still love rosé, but have you ever tried copper wine, or Ramato, as it’s known in Friuli? Ramato is made from the pinkish-hued Pinot Grigio grape, which is crushed and then the juice is allowed to sit on its skins for an extended period of time, usually less than a day. Copper wine is not to be confused with orange wine, which tends toward the funkier, cidery, oxidized end of the spectrum. Ramato is all about texture, texture, texture, with a richness & mineral character that is hard to define. The nose is highly aromatic & enticing, and the color is simply glorious! It makes us want to take up painting just to see if we can recreate it on canvas. We’ll taste the Di Lenardo Ramato tonight; you’ll definitely want to swing on by for a sip!

Di Lenardo Vineyards, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

The Di Lenardo estate produces wines from its four large (150 hectares) family owned vineyards situated in Ontagnano, in the heart of the Friuli region in the foothills of the Alps, as well as from rented vineyards in Aquileia and Manzano. The estate was established in 1878, and has been for many years now under the direction of winemaker Massimo “Max” Di Lenardo.

All the fruit here is hand-harvested and the winery is 100% solar powered.

Di Lenardo Sauvignon Monovitigno 2013

This Sauvignon Blanc is from Sancerre clones. It’s fermented in steel and left on its lees until bottling. This is a richer & rounder expression of Sauvignon Blanc than what we commonly encounter. On the nose it has peaches, melons, and on the palate there is the suggestion of fig, followed by more tropical fruit. It’s a perfect ham wine, but is also lovely with fish or as an aperitif.

Di Lenardo Pinot Grigio Ramato “Gossip” 2013

2012 was the first vintage of Di Lenardo Ramato, and only about 1600 cases are made each year. We’re not really sure why it’s called Gossip, but we think it has something to do with everyone in town talking about the new copper wine that Max was cooking up. And now we’re talking about it! As mentioned previously, this is a wine produced by letting Pinot Grigio sit on its skins for an extended period of time, 18 hours in this case (Ramato is sometimes called a baby-orange wine). The nose is pretty wild and intense; it’s fruity, floral and concentrated with notes of citrus, pears, tropical fruit & hay. The first sip reveals deep minerality, almonds, dried flowers, & dried fruit. The fine grained texture is intriguing and satisfying.

La Roche Bussiere Flonflons 2012, Cotes du Rhone

We meant to taste this a couple of weeks ago, nut we bumped it for a new Rioja. Here it is again!

Importer notes on the estate: Located northeast of Vaison-La-Romaine in the southern Côtes du Rhone, Antoine and Lawrence Joly work 18 hectare of organic vineyards making some of our favorite wines in the region. They maintain a freshness and lightness in their wines by dedicating themselves to very intense vineyard work that allows them to harvest earlier than several other producers in their area, resulting in less concentrated and lower alcohol wines.

Antoine’s family has run the estate since the early 1970s (his grandfather was a beekeeper in the area and his father Pierre returned to live a more simple life after his involvement in the Parisian student riots of 1968). Pierre was a pioneer of organic viticulture in the Rhone and the vineyards have been certified since the 1980s, although he sold most of the grapes to the local co-op when he started. Antoine and Lawrence took over in 1999 and, since 2003, have vinified 100% of the harvest themselves.

Flonflons is mostly Syrah and Grenache from 2.5 hectares of vines averaging 25 years old. It’s fermented and aged in concrete and bottled unfiltered and unfined with little to no sulfur.

Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5-8PM

Champagne David Coutelas Brut Cuvée Tradition 

8 hectares/under 5,000 cases annually

The Coutelas family has been growing grapes in the Marne Valley since before the French Revolution, but they didn’t start bottling their own Champagne until 1910. The Cuvée Tradition is from the village of Villers-sous-Chatillon and is 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir & 25% Pinot Meunier, fermented in oak (no malolactic) with 9g of residual sugar. It’s a blend of three vintages; the base vintage is 2008. This is a lively champagne with loads of citrus and lemon zest with a touch of almond and apples on the finish. Refreshing from start to finish, it’s the perfect match for fancy brunches and the festive ringing in of the new year.

Domaine Cheveau Macon Fuisse “Les Grandes Bruyeres” 2012

Domaine Cheveau was established in 1950 by André Cheveau; today his two grandsons run the estate, which is situated on 14 hectares around Solutré-Pouilly, and extends into Davayé in the Maconnais and Saint Amour in the Beaujolais. All harvesting is done by hand and the wines are fermented and vinified parcel by parcel. Total estate production is less than 5,000 cases.

Notes from the importer: Approximately 6000 bottles are produced annually from 40 year-old vines in the village of Fuissé. Planted to limestone-clay soils, these vineyards produce a typically generous, rich wine from this village famed for its ideal setting that yields some of the finest wines of the Maconnais.  In this instance, after fermentation, the wine is raised in stainless steel but left in contact with the fine lees for one year.  Virtually the entire production of this wine is dedicated to the US market.

Chateau Thivin Cote de Brouilly 2013, Beaujolais

Chateu Thivin, built into the side of an ancient volcano, is the oldest estate on Mont Brouilly, dating back to the 15th century; it has been in the Geoffray family since 1877 and has hosted many famous writers & journalists over time. The writer Richard Olney is responsible for introducing importer Kermit Lynch to the estate, proclaiming it the best producer in all of Beaujolais. Farming here is organic (conversion will be complete by 2020) and the vines are an average of 50 years old, with some over 90.

The Cote de Brouilly comes from 8.5 hectares that sit upon the steep, blue-stone slopes of Mont Brouilly. This wine can be enjoyed in its youth, but can also age for close to a decade. Right now it is fresh and floral, with notes of wild strawberry and black pepper. Have it with terrines & paté, roasted poultry, duck breast and goat cheese.

La Roche Bussiere Flonflons 2012, Cotes du Rhone

Importer notes on the estate: Located northeast of Vaison-La-Romaine in the southern Côtes du Rhone, Antoine and Lawrence Joly work 18 hectare of organic vineyards making some of our favorite wines in the region. They maintain a freshness and lightness in their wines by dedicating themselves to very intense vineyard work that allows them to harvest earlier than several other producers in their area, resulting in less concentrated and lower alcohol wines.

Antoine’s family has run the estate since the early 1970s (his grandfather was a beekeeper in the area and his father Pierre returned to live a more simple life after his involvement in the Parisian student riots of 1968). Pierre was a pioneer of organic viticulture in the Rhone and the vineyards have been certified since the 1980s, although he sold most of the grapes to the local co-op when he started. Antoine and Lawrence took over in 1999 and, since 2003, have vinified 100% of the harvest themselves.

Flonflons is mostly Syrah and Grenache from 2.5 hectares of vines averaging 25 years old. It’s fermented and aged in concrete and bottled unfiltered and unfined with little to no sulfur.