August 2, 2019
Weingut Schlossmuhlenhof Riesling Trocken (Liter) 2017, Rheinhessen, Germany
The Schloss Mühlenhof estate, started in 1846, is now on its 6th generation. It began as a rye and wheat mill until the 1920’s when the small vineyard attached became the focus for the family income…They follow what they call “ecologically healthy’ organic farming practices, avoiding chemicals and utilizing extreme green harvesting to reduce yields by nearly 50%. In the cellar they will use selected yeasts, and small amounts of SO2 to maintain freshness. This liter Riesling has been a go-to for years. It’s snappy, zesty, lemon-lime deliciousness that’s super versatile; beach, brunch, just a bottle and a sunset…it’s all good.
Fattoria di Petrognano Orci Trebbiano 2016, Tuscany, Italy
Fattoria di Petrognano is a large, 4th generation property that covers 85 hectares, 25 of which are vineyards, in the village of Bottinaccio, situated in the Lucca hills of Chianti DOCG. This area is considered the terracotta capital of Tuscany. All the wine is estate-grown and estate bottled, as well as the olive oil that’s produced here. Farming is organic. If you’re planning a Tuscan wine trip, their guest accommodations look pretty enticing.
Orci Trebbiano is 100% Trebbiano fermented and aged on the skins for 3 months in terracotta amphora. It’s copper colored, somewhat savory, rocky-mineral laced, and subtly spicy, with fresh notes of apples and apricots. Pair with seafood, mushroom risotto, fresh mozzarella, tomato salad…
Jean François Merieau La Rosée Pineau d’Aunis 2018, Touraine, France
Jean-François Merieau practices organic farming and believes in a minimalist approach to winemaking. He produces mostly single varietal bottlings, often from single parcels in the inland Loire Valley AOC of Touraine. The cellar on his property is from the 14th century and the newest building dates from WWI. You’ll often find three generations working together. His vines are old too: from 50 years for the Malbec, to over 100 year-old Pineau d’Aunis.
La Rosée is from Pineau d’Aunis vines of 45 to over 100 years old. It’s full of flowers and spices, a touch of honey, and ripe red fruit. The finish is bright, dry, and long. Works well with spicy grilled poultry, fish in yellow curry, white beans with rosemary and garlic…
G D Vajra, Clare JC Nebbiolo 2018, Langhe, Italy
G.D. Vajra was officially established in 1972 (named after Aldo’s father, Giuseppe Domenico) but the family roots in the region go back over two centuries. Aldo Vajra has been making wine here since the late 60s. Today the estate is close to 60 hectares, 10 of which are planted to Nebbiolo for Barolo production. Farming is organic, grapes are hand-harvested, and aging is done in traditional Slavonian casks. Aldo and Milena’s children Giuseppe, Francesca and Isidoro are now carrying on the family business and traditions.
Giuseppe is making this Nebbiolo in the Metodo Ancestrale style that harks back to Thomas Jefferson’s time that slipped out of fashion in the 1950s: fermentation starts in the tank on the skins and finishes in the bottle, creating a slightly off-dry, lightly sparkling wine (the fizz might subside before the bottle is finished). Serve with a slight chill with pizza, pasta, salumi, olives, cheese, etc…