You may or may not have read my article about Provence Rosé in the latest newsletter. Well, this is the full, ‘un-cut,’ version of that article. I hope you enjoy it in all its glory. Side note: all of these wines can be found at K&L.
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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer
Greetings and Happy Friday Everyone,
August is here, which in most parts of the country means long, hot days and hopefully a comfortable cooldown at night. In the Bay Area, of course, along with other coastal spots in the Golden State, it means that while we may luck out with some occasional warm days, our real summer is just one more month away!
Depending on your mood, your food, and yes, the weather, what you drink could be white, pink, bubbly or red. My only requirement this time of year (OK, all year 'round, but especially in August) is that the wine be fresh. Based around Alicante, near Spain's middle Mediterranean coast, Rafa Bernabe is making some of the most energetic, alive, complete, and completely gluggable wines in Spain. Organic cultivation, check. Minimal intervention in the cellar, check. Interesting vineyards with old, indigenous vines, some of which I had never heard of prior to tasting (Merseguera or Fourcayat anyone?), check. While these wines have quietly been on our shelves for the past few weeks, they are very limited, affordable at $25 each, and not likely to last too long once word gets out about their quality. Year to date, this is my Spanish wine revelation.
2012 Vinedos Culturales "La Viña de Simon" Alicante - $24.99 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1135866
2012 Vinedos Culturales "Viñedos Culturales "Musikanto" Rosado - $24.99 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1135867
2012 Viñedos Culturales "Ramblis Arco" Alicante - $24.99 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1135868
2012 Viñedos Culturales "Ramblis" Monastrell Alicante - $24.99 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1135870
Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer
K&L Wine Merchants
Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748
We've posted the latest electronic copy of our printed newsletter in PDF format online, available for view or dowload at http://www.klwines.com/staff/3005pdf/August12.pdf -- here are some of our highlighted recommendations this month:
2011 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir Vin de Pays d'Oc Rosé ($12.99) This elegant and crisp Pinot Rosé hails from Domaine Begude, a small family -owned property located high in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the Limoux region of the Languedoc.
Chiara Shannon: What's not to love here? With fresh watermelon and strawberry aromas and flavors lifted by hints of tomato leaf and chalky minerals, this 100% Pinot Noir rose is fruity and refreshing without skimping on complexity. Served chilled, this is delightful on its own or accompanied by a fresh nicoise salad. It would also make a cleansing counter pairing to a more substantial dish, such as a provencal chicken or sausage stew with tomato and fresh rosemary.
2010 Eyrie Vineyards Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Gris ($13.99) 93 WE A blend of grapes from all four of their Dundee Hills vineyards, Eyrie's estate Pinot Gris was a trailblazer for the varietal in Oregon with its first bottling in 1970.
Bryan Brick: On a recent week long trip to Oregon scouting out wines with my counterpart in San Francisco Mike Jordan we found tons of great stuff. We met with something like 30 wineries and were impressed by pretty much everyone; however few of our visits rivaled the one we had with Jason Lett at Eyrie Vineyards...From what may be some of the oldest Pinot Gris vines in the Willamette Valley this Pinot Gris is head and shoulders above all that we tasted on our trip...more
2009 Bodegas Norton "Privada" Mendoza ($17.99) 93 WE | 91 RP | 91 WS Bodegas Norton is back in a big way with their Privada bottling from the very solid 2009 vintage made of nearly equal parts Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Joe Manekin: Though I'm not a "brand hater"...the larger guys need to continually prove themselves and earn a spot here. And this year, Norton really earned it. Their 2009 privada bottling is all pure, fresh, focused red fruits, with a satisfying texture and persistent finish. For the price, you could not ask for a tastier new world Malbec Cab blend.
2010 Sarno Fiano di Avellino ($24.99) Tenuta Sarno's organically farmed vineyards are situated on 4.5 hectares and are planted on rich soil deposits of calcareous clay and limestone characteristic of the region- a phenomenon attributable to the great eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1944.
Chris Miller: Citrus, foral notes and minerals blossom on the mid-palate of this rich, textured white. The long , elegant fnish gives way to notes of honey and toasted hazelnuts. Hands down, one of the best Fiano d'Avellino I've ever tasted.
2002 Domaine Moillard Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Malconsorts" ($74.99) *Outstanding* 89-94 BH With Pascal Marchand consulting and a movement to biodynamic growing, the estate wines from this negociant are getting better and better.
Susan Thornett: We don't often get beautiful, direct-from-France, well-aged Burgundies so it is a real pleasure to have this 02 Malconsorts available to sell. It needs some time to open in a decanter as it is still a little young. Lots of forest-floor and rich mushroomy goodness on the nose, the structure is quite firm and well balanced, do enjoy this one with food!
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