Sept. 6, 2019
Plus! Don’t miss our special Tuesday the 10th tasting from 5-7PM with Bertrand Minchin of La Tour Saint Martin!
Deux Moulins IGP Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 2018
Paris Wine Company founder Joshua Adler uses his connections with producers in France to create custom bottlings of “good wine at good prices with good labels” for The Good Wine Project. That’s a lot of “good”!
The fruit that goes into Deux Moulins comes from gravel and schist vineyards located between Anjou and Tours that’s vinified at cold temperature in stainless steel tanks to emphasize the fruit-forward nature of the wine. This Sauvignon Blanc is party-pleasing-perfect, from the price tag to the crisp yet juicy fruit. Toss it back.
Weingut Brand “Unholy Alliance” 2017, Pfalz, Germany
Brothers Damiel and Jonas Brand are the 5th generation to work this estate in southwestern Germany. They took over in 2014, and though the property always farmed responsibly, they have taken it to the next level and eschew all chemicals, in favor of plant remedies, herbal extracts, and teas. The property is also heavy on biodiversity of flora and fauna, and interplanted with clover and wild herbs, in order to attract bees and other beneficial animals.
Unholy Alliance is 90% Chardonnay and 10% Riesling from vines planted on limestone. White peach, green apple, and lime zest quenches your thirst, while bright acidity keeps your mouth watering. It’s a perfect partner for seafood, spicy bean dishes, and salty/crispy pork & poultry, but you can just sip it on its own as well.
Viña Zorzal Graciano, Navarra, Spain
Antonio Sanz has been in the wine industry pretty much his entire life. In 1989 he was making wine in Navarra, where he established Viña Zorzal. In 2007 his sons took over and expanded the project. Farming and production techniques are organic.
Viña Zorzal is located in the heart of Navarra’s Ribera Baja region, in the centuries-old village of Corella. The Graciano vineyards are in the high altitude hills where the climate is continental, and the soil is stony.
Like all of the fruit here, the Graciano is hand-harvested, then initial fermentation is in stainless steel, followed by malolactic fermentation with 25% in new French oak, and the rest in stainless steel. 9 months of aging on the lees in French oak follows, with just a light filtering at bottling. This wine is earthy and aromatic with black-fruit throughout as well as black pepper and cedary notes. Pair it with fall stews, cured meats, manchego…
Les Tètes Bordeaux Superior AOC “Triangles” 2017
Les Tètes is a small wine project run collaboratively by four winemaker friends, Nicolas Grosbois and Philippe Mesnier (of Domaine des Hauts Baigneux) and Baptiste and Vivien Martin. They are located in the village of Le Pressoir in Touraine Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley, but they also work with vineyards in Bordeaux. Les Tètes is focused on bringing fresh and fruity competitively-priced wines that are grown organically and fermented with native yeasts and with only minimal sulfur added. In their own words, “Les Tétes is about friendship, and wines you drink with friends.”
Triangles is Merlot from a friends 1.5 hectare vineyard of 35 year old vines planted on clay and limestone, somewhere on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. Farming is biodynamic, harvest is by hand, and fermentation is spontaneous with indigenous yeast in concrete tank, where it’s then aged for 12 months before being bottled un-fined, and only lightly filtered.
This is an easy-drinking, fruit and mineral-driven, food-friendly red.